In the round-up: Fernando Alonso has praised George Russell, saying he admired his performances last year while Alonso was watching from home.
Russell “pulling something special every weekend” – Alonso
Paired up for the press conference yesterday in Baku, Alonso said that it wasn’t empty praise – or politeness to the man sitting next to him – but a genuine opinion based on assessing Russell’s performance over 2020, when Alonso was not racing in F1.
“[I’m] definitely very impressed. It’s not that he’s here’s sitting [next to me] but I said, also, last year when I was following the sport at home, I think he has been very, very impressive.
“The performance we saw in the Williams that we know that is not a competitive package; a little bit better this year, but not in the last two and [despite that] I think he was pulling something special every weekend, that was nice to watch at home.
“Then the opportunity with the Mercedes, I think was good enough to show not only the people that we were watching at home. I think it was a real opportunity for everyone to watch what a driver with the talent of George can do with a winning car, nearly won the first race and the first opportunity he had. So that I think it was proof for many people, not only for few that we knew how good he was. I think that race in Bahrain was enough to open [the eyes of] many, many millions of people.”
Sainz “still angry about Saturday” on Monaco podium
Carlos Sainz Jnr has said that although he was still preoccupied with the frustrations of qualifying post-race in Monaco, he has since become more proud of taking his first podium for Ferrari.
“At the beginning, particularly on Sunday, I didn’t get much of a buzz. I didn’t get to enjoy it as much as I probably should have.
“I was still pretty angry about Saturday and I was still regretting not being able to be in the front row, at least of that qualifying due to what happened on the circumstances. So on Sunday, I still felt like second was not enough, for the pace we had that weekend.
“But it was a bit of a relief at least to score the podium, to finish second, give the team a good result. Then as the day started to pass, I started to reflect a bit more on it and I started to be a bit more proud, a bit more happy of the weekend in general.”
Raikkonen trying to “limit the bad days” in slower Alfa Romeo
Kimi Raikkonen has said that despite frustrations with Alfa Romeo’s performance this year, the key to a season in any position on the F1 grid is to take opportunities where you can.
“You always try to do your best and that’s all you can do, and especially when you’re in the fight in the front. Whatever the situation, you try to make the best end result and obviously in some races, a bit better than others, and it depends on many things.
“Obviously. when you have somebody close to you in a championship, it’s not just look at what he does to try to do it. [It’s about your] personal best and as a team and then hopefully that plays out in a good way for you in the end of the year.
“But there are still many races to go. And I think try to limit the bad days and if it’s a bad day then you still try to score points and it will pay off.”
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