In the round-up: Yuki Tsunoda intends to make a fresh start at this weekend’s Monaco Grand Prix after a poor round in Spain.
Tsunoda “reset” to avoid repeat of Barcelona outburstPierre Gasly hadn’t been given equal equipment.
Speaking to media yesterday, Tsunoda admitted he was still holding regrets from the previous round, and intends to approach his Monaco debut with a new mindset.
“It’s a new track and, especially in Barcelona, I had a really difficult race week and I don’t want to do it again, [have] that kind of race week in the future. So I just have to reset.”
Tsunoda’s frustration during the last weekend also came across in his comment to the team on his radio. “Especially in qualifying and the radio, I feel really a lot of regrets in my mind,” he said. “Even now, I just don’t want to do it again and have to reset from there.”
Nent takes Dutch F1 TV rights from Ziggo
Nent – the Nordic Entertainment Group – has been chosen as Formula 1’s new broadcaster in the Netherlands, RaceFans understands. The $30 million deal will bring official streaming service F1 TV to its viewers. Current broadcaster Ziggo confirmed earlier this week its deal had not been renewed.
Jessica Hawkins signed as driver ambassador for Aston Martin
W Series racer and stunt driver Jessica Hawkins has taken on a role with Aston Martin’s Formula 1 team as a ‘driver ambassador’. Sebastian Vettel welcomed her appointment, saying he hoped that Hawkins would provide new perspectives within the team.
“I think she will be busy racing in W Series but I think it’s a great addition and I think probably she can add something that we haven’t thought of,” he said. “Hopefully she gets some experience in our simulator as well. I think it’s always great to have somebody else’s opinion on everything that you do.”
The team’s statement indicated Hawkins’ role will initially focus on PR and marketing work involving its sponsors.
Hawkins aspired to be a racer in her early career but ran out of funding without making it far up the single seater ladder. She became a stunt driver for film and television and is known for setting the lawnmower world speed record by clocking 186kph (116mph) on an episode of Top Gear.
She revived her racing career when she qualified for the inaugural season of W Series. Placing 11th, she was able to continue to the second season of the all-female junior series and tested at Anglesey this week.
Dixon heads second day of Indy 500 practice
Scott Dixon was quickest on the second day of practice for the Indianapolis 500, setting a best average speed of 365.045kph (226.829mph).
Formula 2 qualifying groups decided for Monaco
Formula 2 returns for its second weekend of the season in Monte Carlo. The feeder series runs qualifying in two split groups in Monaco.
This has been done by the drivers numbers. In F2 drivers are assigned consecutive numbers arranged by team, meaning one representative of each team will appear in each 16-minute session.
Group one will consist of the odd-numbered drivers: Robert Shwartzman, Guanyu Zhou, Dan Ticktum, Liam Lawson, Christian Lundgaard, Richard Verschoor, Guillaume Samaia, Marcus Armstrong, Ralph Boschung, Alessio Deledda and Marino Sato.
Group two will consist of their even-numbered team mates: Oscar Piastri, Felipe Drugovich, Jehan Daruvala, Juri Vips, Theo Pouchaire, Lirim Zendeli, David Beckmann, Roy Nissany, Gianluca Petecof, Bent Viscaal and series returnee Jack Aitken.
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On this day in F1
- 30 years ago today Jean-Marc Gounon won the Pau Grand Prix, the second round of the Formula 3000 championship, ahead of Christian Fittipaldi
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