In the round-up: Yuki Tsunoda says he and his team mate approach the AlphaTauri car in very different ways, making it hard for the rookie to identify where he can improve.
Tsunoda baffled by difference to Gasly in PortimaoPierre Gasly and that he might have to adjust his own set up to be more like his team mate’s, in order to gain the benefit of Gasly’s more experienced feedback.
“For me, it’s about adapting,” he said after finishing half a minute behind Gasly in Portugal. “Compared to, even my team mate, when I compare [the cars] the pace looks completely different.
“So it’s really weird, to be honest, I don’t know what’s happened. I’ll talk to my engineer and try to make the car more like [Pierre’s] but it’s not even similar. And we always have opposite feedback from the car, so we’ll just have to analyse it, what’s happened there.”
Alonso missing home fans as Spanish Grand Prix
The Spanish Grand Prix will run mostly behind closed doors again this weekend, with only a small number of spectators allowed into Circuit Barcelona-Catalunya on race day. Fernando Alonso said he would feel the absence of fans at his first home grand prix for three years.
“It’s a real shame to be racing here with no fans in the grandstands,” said the Alpine driver. “Formula 1 with fans is very special, but even more so when it’s your home fans.
“I remember how supportive and passionate the Spanish fans have been in the past, so we will miss this over the weekend. You race to feel the emotion from the support of your fans.
“Hopefully the fans can return to races soon but in the meantime, we can put on a good show for them watching at home.”
Max Mosley’s F1 career documented in new film
Former FIA president Max Mosley’s life story has been made into a new documentary ‘Mosley: It’s Complicated’.
The film covers his life from early upbringing, through to being a racing driver and becoming FIA president, including key events from F1 history such as the deaths of Jim Clark and Ayrton Senna and McLaren’s 2007 ‘Spygate’ scandal.
The film will appear in UK cinemas on 9th July, and will later appear on DVD with digital downloads available from 19th July.
Energy management key to passing in Formula E on full Monaco layout
Mahindra driver Alex Lynn, who scored his first podium at Formula E’s second Valencia race last month, said afterwards that the energy management challenge in Formula E isn’t always visible, in terms of how much work goes into preparing for an event.
“It’s very tough,” he said. “We practice that a lot in the simulator, we practice being very efficient and being very clinical. And I think the world only sees 45 minutes on a Saturday or Sunday on the sofa but it’s hours and hours of practice to perfect what we think will be the race.
“At the last few laps, that’s where it becomes even more critical because obviously looking at energy divided by laps, the less laps you have that percentage becomes much bigger. So from that side, you’re always trying to save. You only get a couple of chances to make the move but when you do it, it has to stick. So that’s always the cat and mouse of Formula E.”
W Series to continue with Hankook tyres in delayed second season
W Series’ first, six-event season ran in 2019 but the 2020 follow-up was wholly suspended as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Now due to start testing later this month, at Anglesey, the all-female junior championship has faced a series of setbacks as it moves to be an F1 support series this year, but has managed to retain its tyre partner, Hankook.
“W Series’ inaugural season was a great success and Hankook played a big part in that, so today’s news that one of our founding partners is continuing to support our mission is fantastic,” said W Series CEO Catherine Bond-Muir. “Despite the enforced postponement of our second season, the momentum behind W Series remains strong and, with the support of all of our partners and Formula 1, 2021 is set to be a very exciting year for us.”
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