In the round-up: Two Formula 1 drivers had to endure 78 laps of Monaco without a drink – for different reasons.
Latifi and Raikkonen go without water in Monaco GPNicholas Latifi and Kimi Raikkonen raced around the Monte Carlo harbour for over an hour and a half without a drop of water in the race due to trouble with their drinks tubes.
For Williams driver Latifi, it turned out to be a self-inflicted problem. It didn’t seem to hamper his performance too much though, as he was only a second behind team mate George Russell at the flag.
“The only mistake I made was forgetting to put my my drinks tube in my mouth at the start of the race,” Latifi admitted afterwards, “so I just did the whole race and only realised afterwards that I didn’t drink anything.”
For Raikkonen, the problem appeared to be a fault that laid in the hands of his Alfa Romeo team, and didn’t take the lack of hydration for the duration of a F1 race as lightly as his rival did.
“One thing, again that fucking drinks pipe came loose on the formation lap,” Raikkonen said on the radio after finishing the grand prix. “It’s been behind my back the whole race the fucking filter, so I don’t know how it’s so difficult to put it, connect it correctly.”
Seidl: Ricciardo’s driving style doesn’t suit McLaren
McLaren team principal Andreas Seidl has reacted to Daniel Ricciardo being lapped by his team mate Lando Norris in Monaco by saying the team’s 2021 signing is finding it “not natural” to drive in a way “needed” for the McLaren MCL35M.
“I think if you look back since the beginning of the season, we have made good steps forward with him,” Seidl said of Ricciardo’s start to life at McLaren, which has included four consecutive points finishes prior to Monaco.
“In order to drive our car fast at the moment you need a special driving style, which is not natural for Daniel. That’s why it’s not easy for him to get the laps in and extract the performance.
“We simply have to keep working together now as one team, stay calm, keep analysing, keep learning. And do two things, which is [for] him further adapting to our car because obviously he sees that the potential is there. Which is I think the positive thing for him to see that and that Lando can pull it off.
“At the same time we look at the team side as well about what we can do in order to help him on the path to getting back this natural feeling that you need to go fast.”
FREC shortens Monaco race hours after it finishes
The Formula Regional European Championship held two races in support of F1 at the weekend, the second of which ran to 19 laps on the morning of the grand prix. However when the final classification was published a few hours later, the results were taken based on lap 10 due to an overlooked quirk of the rule book.
The timekeepers for the race failed to take note of event-specific supplementary regulations they were supposed to work to. Article 8.2 of the championship’s sporting regulations was revised to read as “in the event where a race is suspended, the duration of the suspension will not be added to the planned duration of the race”. The word “not” was a significant difference from the usual text.
The change was made because F1 has to operate on a strict schedule when using Monaco’s streets, and so when the FREC race was red-flagged on the opening lap it should have ended half an hour plus one lap after its start time. Instead, after a 17-minute stoppage it was restarted with half an hour still on the clock. This was only noticed post-race, and after teams appealed to the stewards the results were corrected.
Despite the race being cut by almost half its length, the most significant change which arose was that a different driver took 15th place.
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