In the round-up: Formula 1’s recently-announced race at Istanbul Park in June has been put in doubt after Britain revised its travel restrictions for the country.
Turkish travel restriction casts doubt on race
The race was added to the calendar last month in place of the cancelled Canadian Grand Prix.
A Formula 1 spokesperson said the championship is “aware of the announcement made by the UK government regarding travel restrictions for Turkey and are assessing the situation and will provide more details in the coming days.”
Sainz having to learn at Ferrari what he “understood perfectly” at McLaren
Carlos Sainz Jnr says part of the reason for his disappointing performance in the Portuguese Grand Prix, where he fell out of the points on dying tyres in the final laps, was because he doesn’t understand his car’s behaviour as well as he did at McLaren.
“We cannot blame it all on strategy, for sure,” said the Ferrari driver. “We could have done things better. But our tyre understanding before the race wasn’t ideal.
“Also, we didn’t know that the medium was going to be so poor. We didn’t know that the graining was going to be so obvious as it was in the race. We basically didn’t know many things before the race. And we want to to be better at that, better arriving to a race a bit better prepared.
“I’m going to get better at it as the races go on, knowing what the tyres do in the race. This is something that in McLaren, I perfectly knew how the tyre was is going to develop into a race, how the car is going to behave in the race. And maybe I’m still lacking this experience and this this memory this predictability of the car and the tyres in this car in Ferrari.”
Hauger takes pole for opening F3 race
Dennis Hauger beat Jack Doohan for pole position at F3’s first round this year. The two were separated by just six thousandths of a second, after an extremely competitive qualifying session.
Because of Formula 3’s new, three-race weekend format, Hauger will not actually assume his pole position until Sunday’s race, with the top 12 being reversed to start tomorrow’s first of three races.
Until then, making up positions in Saturday’s races is “not that easy”, Hauger admitted. “Even with the new turn 10, it’s not that much easier. Obviously when the tyres degrade at the end of the race I think we’ll get more opportunities. Starting P12 with the new format is going to be interesting, we just have to survive race one, try and get some points and take as many opportunities as we can.”
Juan Manuel Correa, in his return to racing since suffering horrific injuries in the 2019 Spa Formula 2 crash which claimed the life of Anthoine Hubert at Spa, qualified 13th in the 30-strong field.
Hamilton impressed by midfield success
Lewis Hamilton praised the progress midfield teams are making in closing the gap to Mercedes and Red Bull.
“It’s amazing to see the progress that Ferrari and McLarexn are making and even Alpine,” he said. “It’s fantastic to see them so strong. So that applies pressure to us also.”
AlphaTauri trying to improve low-speed cornering
Speaking after Friday’s first practice session, AlphaTauri team principal Franz Tost described how the team is working to address the slow-speed cornering deficit which the Portuguese Grand Prix exposed.
“Today we had, in the slow-speed corners, some smaller problems but I think we can get rid of it. Yuki [Tsunoda] had a bit too much understeer in slow-speed and mid-speed corners but no major problems,
“Pierre [Gasly] was, with the soft tyres, quite satisfied. With the hard tyres, he said the car was a little bit too disconnected. The engineers are sitting [down] together to find out hopefully a proper set-up.”
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