In the round-up: Sebastian Vettel explains why he’s wearing a replica of Niki Lauda’s helmet for this weekend’s Monaco Grand Prix.
What they say
Obviously it’s not my design, it’s to give tribute to Niki and it goes without saying that I would have preferred to do something different here but I think given the circumstances and his passing it felt like a nice thing to do.
I think it actually looks quite cool. It’s based on his last Ferrari design so maybe it’s nice to take him around for a couple of final laps around Monaco.
Quotes: Dieter Rencken
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For Niki. pic.twitter.com/Um9BSDtsLN
— Mercedes-AMG F1 (@MercedesAMGF1) May 22, 2019
The whole #MonacoGP layout doesn't allow the slightest lack of concentration or mistake as @frankbird67 and @DeleddaAlessio found out at T1 and T7. Good news, they'll be back on track tomorrow for qualifying! #FormulaRenault pic.twitter.com/YoVQtUCQPU
— Renault Sport Series (@RenaultSpSeries) May 23, 2019
Want to know a cool Monaco story you haven’t heard before? Olivier Beretta, who before Leclerc was last Monegasque to start a GP on home soil, told me (in 2015) that his grandmother was at the first ever GP there in 1929! 65 years later she watched her grandson race. 👍🏻 🇲🇨 #F1
— sniffermedia (@sniffermedia) May 23, 2019
Headed back to Indy! I love this series. The drivers. The cars. The competition. The speed. What’s not to love. Can’t wait to check this race off the bucket list! #ThisIsMay #Indy500 pic.twitter.com/YTSil4qwqI
— Jamey Price (@jameypricephoto) May 23, 2019
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Lewis and Valtteri top the time sheets (Mercedes)
"Our number one concern is getting the Soft tyre to work on the first lap; our headline times were good today but it took us a lot of laps to get there and qualifying is so important at this track. We’ve got Esteban in the simulator this evening and tomorrow so hopefully he can help with some of that learning."
Thursday Practice Recap (Haas)
"This morning we had some issues with our IT equipment and we couldn’t run for a while. It was all sorted, but a lot of people read a lot more into the black flags than there actually was."
"The car is looking competitive here, as demonstrated by Alex (Albon), but there is work to do by the engineers tonight and tomorrow to give Daniil (Kvyat) a car that suits him on Saturday."
'Put that down, cancel that' (The Guardian)
"While Sir Philip Green’s 19,000 employees fear for their future as his Arcadia retail empire attempts to engineer a rescue deal, the Guardian tracked down the multimillionaire owner to tax-free Monaco, where he is preparing to host a lavish party aboard his £100m superyacht during this weekend’s grand prix."
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Comment of the day
Is there any track Mercedes are likely to be beaten on this year?
I can see it being a complete snooze up front. Mercedes will want to turn the power unit down and bring home a safe 1-2 so who ever leads the first corner will bring it home. They’ll probably stretch a little lead out in the first stint then coast the rest of the way after the pit stop.
I honestly can’t imagine which circuit they’ll trip over at this year. Sure the car doesn’t have the same advantage their 2014 car does, but the team are leaps and bounds ahead of then operationally. At least we can enjoy an impressive historic display by them.
Here’s to the next rule change hey? Those always seem to sort out the field right?
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24 comments on “Vettel wearing Lauda helmet “to take him around a couple of final laps””
Steven Gall (@steve45)
24th May 2019, 0:20
So I’m not normally an emotional type of person, but that photo of the Merc headset rack just hit me in the feels like a ton of bricks, such a powerful photo, such a simple but heartfelt sentiment. I genuinely hope they keep that for every race going forward!
24th May 2019, 7:14
it really is a powerfull image yeah. Not much more one can say.
24th May 2019, 12:06
COTD used to be insightful and interesting. This is just dripping with cynicism and sarcasm like we don’t have enough of that already.
24th May 2019, 17:02
Sorry @steve45 this was not intended as a reply to your comment.
Euro Brun (@eurobrun)
24th May 2019, 1:04
Got to say I enjoyed the Hass double black flag. Good bit of creativity from the team.
24th May 2019, 3:21
I’m slightly lost as to the Guardian article about Sir Philip Green. What’s his connection to F1 or motorsport? Or is it just that he’s at Monaco this weekend?
24th May 2019, 5:32
Very excited to find out who’s on the next boat, @phylyp.
It might be somebody’s grandmother.
Or another person tweeting about his bucket list even though he has clearly done it before.
Sometimes even Mercedes claiming their underdog position can be refreshing ;)
24th May 2019, 6:36
Agreed – I had never heard of this open sore on the face of humanity… and wish I still didn’t.
24th May 2019, 7:44
He is an even nastier piece of work than that article suggests – he’s also known to have used gagging orders to silence former female workers that the firm had to pay off over accusations he sexually assaulted them.
24th May 2019, 7:15
Yeah, the connection is that he is throwing a lavish F1 party on his yacht in Monaco while his employees are facing a very uncertain future.
24th May 2019, 11:19
@bascb – thank you. I was confused if there was some stronger like, like Arcadia being a sponsor, or so.
24th May 2019, 11:41
When the chips are down, order champagne.
24th May 2019, 6:00
On the topic of Lauda tributes, here’s a photo I received: the very tasteful tribute to Lauda at the Ferrari Museum
24th May 2019, 8:40
Saw a mem saying 4/1 odds that Niki will survive the cremation.
I really hope that they dont do some minutes silence for him, he would hate that. They should have everyone drop their politically correct facades for 2 minutes instead and evetyone just say what they really think.
That would honour him.
24th May 2019, 9:09
Re: COTD @Philipgb I’ll wait for Canada to see if Ferrari can do something. If they fail there, I think I’ll have some free weekends for the rest of the season. I’ll obviously follow F1 and Ferrari, but for the first time in a while I will not plan my schedule around the race weekend. If an exciting race eventually happen, I’ll catch it with a re-run. F1 has been predictable for a while now but this season we’re touching new lows.
24th May 2019, 9:34
A bit of F1 related news made the legal satire pages today (link below). It seems the lawyers acting on the Rich Energy/Whyte Bikes dispute weren’t exactly keeping things civil…
24th May 2019, 9:52
@geemac – LOL, thanks for this story. You can’t deny that Storey picked an appropriate law firm to represent him.
Off-topic, but I’m surprised at that article mentioning the dispute was between Whyte and the Rich Energy Haas F1 team. The logo is that of Rich Energy, and the team are merely sponsored by them.
24th May 2019, 9:59
Ignore the off-topic bit above: on further reading, it appears the article has minor inaccuracies and typos, so while it says the dispute involves Haas, the ruling itself mentions Rich Energy as the defendants, and only mentions Haas in passing.
24th May 2019, 9:58
Thanks to GeeMac for that link, because it leads to the entire ruling, which had this gem:
… as part of a larger and entertaining section:
24th May 2019, 10:59
Indeed, that was a great section of the ruling @phylyp. The bluff and bluster behind Rich Energy is remarkable. Joe Saward (speaking on the missed apex podcast) said that Haas obtained bank guarantees in respect of the Rich Energy sponsorship money, so it is a no brainer that the team signed the deal despite precious little suggesting Rich Energy is good for the money. The money will get to the team by hook or by crook.
Gerulf Dösinger (@)
24th May 2019, 11:10
I have never been a person that cares much for celebrities or one who looks up to other peoples achievements but the passing of Niki Lauda touches me.
He was and will be my one and only idol.
I always imagine that he told the story that the “others” like Rindt, Senna, Hill, Villeneuve – and the countless other drivers who lost their lives – would have liked to tell us after they died.
And now that he really had to face his final fate it’s more like a “job done” rather than a sad fading into oblivion.
Out of all the things he said and did and out of all his deeds (no matter good or not-so-good) I will always remember his underlying message: The question is not if or when fear strikes you, it’s how you deal with it and face the truth rather than constructing a believe that distracts you from tackling your problems and hurdles.
And being an austrian myself I always found his directness rather amusing because he was the harsh contrast to how austrians usually try to sugar-coat most of what we are saying and how we act.
This guy really was something.
24th May 2019, 11:14
@wildrover84 – very nice sentiment:
Green Flag (@greenflag)
24th May 2019, 14:59
Neither Hill died in a racing car. Phil died in bed, Graham in an airplane crash.
24th May 2019, 13:26
Regarding the COTD: Yes, there are. More than likely Mercedes isn’t going to be able to keep on with this run of 1-2s. Sooner or later, it’ll definitely come to an end for whatever reason.
The tweet of Mercedes, though.
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