In the round-up: Carlos Sainz Jnr says he’s very please with how his first season has gone for McLaren so far.
What they say
For myself I think it’s been a good first season at McLaren I think we’ve hit every target or we probably exceeded expectations and targets for this season.
I’ve performed well when I’ve had to perform well. Sundays are going really, really well and I’m enjoying myself. I’ve had a very good relationship with all the team. We’ve managed to create a great team atmosphere.
So I must say it’s been, up until now except for those three consecutive zeroes that I have now and the three consecutive zeroes that I got at the beginning of the season, apart from that it’s almost perfect I would say.
Quotes: Dieter Rencken
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Comment of the day
A lot of you reckon the plan for ‘qualifying races’ doesn’t make sense:
Sprint races are supposed to be full of excitement and action because there’s a need to make up positions for the Feature race. But if the cars cannot overtake anyway, and there’s no room for strategy because it’s such a short race, it’ll be the dullest thing ever. Not to mention drivers not wanting to risk it everything because points are awarded in the feature race.
I find this whole thing more disappointing than anything else over the years. We were promised a change, a revolution in F1. And they are trying to do that for 2021. Yet they are pushing forwards with the same talk about gimmicks (and some being implemented) that we all suffered during ‘the evil years’ of Bernie.
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16 comments on “Sainz enjoying “almost perfect” start to life at McLaren”
27th September 2019, 5:29
In my opinion the sprint race should be in Q3 place. So you have the Q1 and Q2 as they are now. In the Q3 you have a reverse grid sprint race, reversing positions from 1-5 and 6-10. That would be very interesting.
27th September 2019, 5:30
BUT in tracks like Monaco it’s interesting to keep the original format for qualifyings.
Mark Zastrow (@markzastrow)
27th September 2019, 6:39
@miani Oh, I quite like this—that’s the best take on a reverse grid qualifying I’ve heard yet. And I especially like the idea of having multiple formats.
The more I think about it, the better it sounds, with the FIA able to pick and choose which format to use on a track-by-track basis. I think a Q3 sprint race would neatly solve the Q3 issues we have at tracks like Monza and Baku. But like you say, a pure time trial approach—like we have now—is great at tracks like Monaco. So why not keep both?
I don’t think the current shootout format is sacred—I look back pretty fondly at the old 12-lap format and even the single lap format as well. Q3 at Monza this year showed that no qualifying format is perfect for every track. If we’re seriously considering tweaking it for that particular track, you might as well go all the way and look at other formats for other tracks, too. I’d hate to lose the thrill of those on-the-edge runs at the end of Q3 in the current format—so why not keep it, but along with one or two other formats to spice things up?
27th September 2019, 16:22
I think an exciting format for Monaco Q3 would be to use an average of 3 laps. Like Indy 500 does. So drivers would have to push 100% for 3 laps. It’s the spirit of what make Monaco interesting, drivers pushing to the limits.
27th September 2019, 7:05
I’m not sure I’m a fan of this approach… so someone who qualifies P5 starts on pole, but the unlucky chap in P6 starts tenth. It seems quite arbitrary.
27th September 2019, 16:18
I agree with you that’s a problem, maybe you can reverse from 1-10. It’s better than a reverse grid in the feature race, because in the sprint race you give a chance to faster drivers to recover some positions.
27th September 2019, 6:25
What would be the ‘correct way’ to phrase the question about the subject of reverse-grids then?
But the British GP already isn’t paired with another event on subsequent weekends, so how would the provisional date be a problem then? Although, as I pointed out back when the provisional calendar for next season came out, it’d be a win-win for all three, Silverstone, Paul Ricard, and Red Bull Ring if the British GP took place on June 28 instead followed by the Paul Ricard and Red Bull Ring on the 12th and 19th of July respectively or the other way round so that the French GP wouldn’t take place on the same weekend next year’s Tour de France commences because that happens in the same region/part of the country where the Paul Ricard circuit locates. An even better alternative though would be:
Canada June 7
Britain June 21
France July 5 (or Austria)
Austria July 12 (or France)
27th September 2019, 7:36
I think the point is that ppl are pushing to move the British GP, and that is just not possible when 3-4 of the 4 days between the end of one weekend and the beginning of the next are spent waiting at the border clearing @jerejj.
27th September 2019, 19:14
I forgot to add Azerbaijan July 26 Hungary August 2
27th September 2019, 7:36
Quite the understatement there
27th September 2019, 7:57
Re: Reverse grid
I may be missing some crucial point, but I fail to understand the benefits of reverse grid. The situation at the end of Q3 in Monza was considered by many a farce and a disgrace (I actually found it amusing). Well, if reverse grid is implemented, you can expect 24 cars going around as slowly as possible. Is that somehow supposed to be more entertaining? Perhaps for those technical minded – watching drivers expertly nursing their cars as near to the anti-stall kick-in as possible.
27th September 2019, 8:18
I think the “reverse grid” they are mentioning is in the sense that the grid for the qualifying race would be the reversed championship standings. Sunday’s race grid would be defined by the qualifying race results.
Jimmi Cynic (@jimmi-cynic)
27th September 2019, 9:09
And the race results would be reversed by stewards post-race, to make viewers stay for more commercials! So much genius level IQs in F1 and nary a bit of common sense.
27th September 2019, 9:39
It makes absolutely no sense but I won’t complain if I can watch 2 races per weekend. Bring on the chaos I say!
27th September 2019, 9:38
Whats wrong with qualifying?!
Surely there are better things for them to focus on.
27th September 2019, 20:59
One thing I haven’t heard mentioned with regards to a Qualifying Race is crash damage. There’s usually not a lot of crashing in Qualifying but in a race that would determine grid slots, it’s almost a sure thing. With all the talk of cost cutting, this just seems to fly in the face of that.
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