Mercedes: Fear of not starting
After the two qualifying accidents at Spielberg, Mercedes were afraid of missing out on Sunday’s race. Because Lewis Hamilton and George Russell’s cars had to be repaired on a large scale: broken underbody, rear spoiler, suspension, front spoiler …
For example, Mercedes had an inferior replacement and had to put the second part together using the best parts from the two damaged parts.
“After we damaged two cars so badly, the drivers were in a situation where we might not be able to drive on Sunday if we got more damage in the race,” says technical director Mike Elliott.
Lewis Hamilton was not far from his collision with Pierre Gasly…
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Colton Hertha feels fast enough for a Formula 1 race
IndyCar driver Colton Herta was also allowed to test McLaren in Portimao. The American has repeatedly been associated with a move to Formula 1 and was considered a candidate if Andretti had bought Sauber.
“I think I’m fast enough,” he said after 162 laps in the Algarve. “Time will tell if they think so, but I hope I get more chances.”
Herta will be ready to do free practice sessions in Formula 1 in 2022. Because every team has to offer two of them to a rookie – and McLaren hasn’t given up yet.
Who still knows him?
Well, did you recognize the gentleman here in the photo? He is former Formula 1 driver Will Stevens. For those who can’t remember: The Englishman led the 2014 season finale for Caterham and in 2015 a season at Lower Marussia manor hopelessly.
Schwarzman: 130 laps at Ferrari
Ferrari test driver Robert Schwarzman completed a day of testing on the SF21 wheel last year at Mugello. The Russian drove 130 laps and completed an extensive testing program with qualification and race simulation, which would help him with his work in the simulator.
Ferrari also confirms that it will be used in two free training sessions this year, which each team must make available to the rookie.
By the way, Schwarzman is currently driving an Israeli driver’s license after Russian athletes were banned from entering the FIA.
Mick: “You look silly.”
Mick Schumacher also agrees with Christian Horner and believes “it would be a big problem, especially for Paul Rijkaard”. He’s hoping Formula 1 gets some improvement at Spielberg, as things haven’t been good for him there.
Path limits: a mess at Le Castellet?
Spielberg’s 43 track limit violations were counted, and it could get worse in the next race, Red Bull boss Christian Horner fears. Because then the Grand Prix of France is in the program, its asphalt runoff areas famous.
“The problem is that the nature of the track calls for drivers to use the track limits,” Horner says of the previous race at Spielberg. “But my concern isn’t so much here, it’s more about Paul Rijkaard, where you can really save time.”
“There are huge asphalt surfaces that invite you to drive off the track,” says the team leader.
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