In the round-up: Carlos Sainz Jnr admits Ferrari didn’t see their strong Monaco form coming after finishing second in last weekend’s race.
“I think we were all were a bit surprised,” he said. “I think the whole paddock in general was a bit surprised that that the car was performing at that level. But once we saw on Thursday that it was genuine, we wanted to win.”
His team mate Charles Leclerc took pole position, but was unable to start due to undetected damage incurred in his qualifying crash. Sainz took fourth on the grid and finished second.
“Unfortunately due to a few circumstances, we couldn’t get [the win]. But I’m happy to see the team making their steps forward. I think Ferrari deserves to be on the podium this weekend. I think Ferrari deserves a win this weekend, but we couldn’t get it.”
Sir Frank Williams pays tribute to Mosley
Williams team founder Sir Frank Williams paid tribute to former FIA president Max Mosley, who died earlier this week.
“It is with great sadness that I reflect on the passing of Max Mosley, aged 81,” said Williams. “Max had a profound impact on the wider world of motorsport, but on a personal level played an integral role in helping establish the foundations for the Williams team. He was a smart, talented man and his loss will be felt deeply by all those who knew him.
“I first met Max back in the 1960’s when he entered the world of motorsport as a driver. I prepared his car in Formula Two and, whilst he was never the quickest driver on the grid, he was always intelligent behind the wheel. After retiring from driving, I continued to work with Max through his March Engineering business, running customer cars in the early 1970’s under the Frank Williams Racing Cars banner. I would return to running a March chassis having founded Williams Grand Prix Engineering in 1977, with Patrick Nève taking the team’s first start at the Spanish Grand Prix that year.
“Max’s passing is particularly poignant for me given the role he played in the origins of Williams Racing, as the team celebrated its 750th Grand Prix last weekend in Monaco. It is fair to say that the team would not have achieved what it has achieved if it were not for the support Max gave in those early days, and I will forever be grateful to him for that.
“Despite his success as a chassis builder, Max’s political acumen was always clear and I had every confidence in the creation of The Formula One Constructors’ Association (FOCA) in 1974, with Max, myself, Bernie Ecclestone, Colin Chapman, Teddy Mayer, and Ken Tyrrell being founding members. This political skill led to Max having a profound impact on not only F1 but motorsport and road safety, in his role as president of the FIA.
“As a team owner, I had many dealings with him in this position and whilst we did not always see eye-to-eye on every issue, he was always willing to have a frank conversation and exchange of views. He led the sport into a new era during this period, one characterised by improved safety and technological innovation, and for that he will always be remembered fondly.
“My thoughts, and those of the Williams family, go out to his family and friends at this challenging time.”
Entries double for 2021 F1 Esports series
Formula 1 reported almost half a million players entered the 2021 edition of its official Esports series. Over 494,000 entries were received, an increase of 108% compared to last year. The series will begin with a Pro Exhibition event tomorrow night.
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On this day in F1
- 25 years ago today Jimmy Vasser won the US 500, a rival race to the Indy 500 run by CART which its teams entered due to a political row. A formation lap crash involving Vasser and several others marred the race. Meanwhile Buddy Lazier won the first Indianapolis 500 held since the split between CART and the new Indy Racing League