In the round-up: Formula 1 CEO Stefano Domenicali is planning to style Formula 1’s Sprint Qualifying race weekends as “grand slam” events.
‘Grand slam’ plan for Sprint Qualifying grands prixCircuit of the Americas is likely to hold the other.
Domenicali told The Times that, if the innovation proves successful, it will be applied to a limited number of especially significant races.
“The idea is to create a sort of grand slam,” he said. “To select a number of races. We need to decide the number of races, in each region of the world, historical or new races on which we can create the grand slam.”
No point getting upset over flag rule, says Mazepin
While Nikita Mazepin is forbidden from racing under the Russian flag in Formula 1 due to the World Anti-Doping Agency’s sanction against the Russian Anti-Doping Agency, the same does not apply to competitors in Formula 2. His compatriot Robert Shwartzman, who won yesterday’s opening F2 race, was therefore awarded his trophy after the playing of the Russian national anthem with his country’s colours on display.
Mazepin said he isn’t concerned by the discrepancy. “Obviously the way it’s been worded is that in any world championship, being Russian, you cannot show your flag. And Formula 2 is not a world championship and F1 is.
“At the same time, I don’t think even if we could have done it, you would see me on the first place on the podium in Formula 1 in the current situation we’re at. So I don’t think we should get too upset about this.”
The Haas driver also clarified recent reports concerning his military service in Russia and its potential effect on his F1 duties when asked by RaceFans.
“I studied in university and the way it works in Russia, there is a mandatory military service and there’s two ways of serving, if you are fit enough,” he explained. “Option one is finishing university and then going for a year.
“Option two is, if you qualify, being fit enough in terms of your fitness results and in terms of studying results, you can go on to something called the elite army, which is served in completely different ways, one day a week and you are learning to be an officer in reserve. It takes three years, but only one day a week. And it’s basically done in a class. And this is what I’m doing for already two years.
“I’m obviously going to continue doing it for one more year to hopefully graduate into an officer in reserve. However, five days ago, I have passed my final exam in university for finishing my first four years and I’m moving on to get their second master’s degree in the coming two years.”
Vips explains sprint race pace
Juri Vips explained the impressive turn of speed which was key to his breakthrough win in yesterday’s second Formula 2 sprint race, which was held in cooler conditions than the morning event.
“We had to change a few things on the set-up, and on the warm-up because it does change things,” he explained. “The Pirelli tyres and the carbon brakes are very sensitive, you have to get them in the right window.
“With the temperature change, you have to change other things too so it was a bit of a challenge. I definitely didn’t nail it this morning, it was a pretty poor race from my side, but we learnt quite a lot and expected the temperature drop so we pretty much nailed today.”
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Throttle pedal got stuck before T1. Was a passenger after, I tried my best to avoid all the cars ahead.
I’m really sorry to @DanTicktum
— Guanyu Zhou (@gyzhou_33) June 5, 2021
Something learnt from Monaco. The sockets in the pit stop wheelguns feature shorter drive lugs, to allow the socket to engage and disengage quicker.
While quicker this means they have less contact area with the lugs on the wheel nut.
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— Craig Scarborough (@ScarbsTech) June 5, 2021
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— Martin Brundle (@MBrundleF1) June 5, 2021
Toto Wolff responds to Christian Horner's "keep his mouth shut" remark on Sky: "Christian is a bit of a windbag who wants to be on camera. It's easy to be punchy when you're on the top of the times sheets but you should be a little bit more modest."https://t.co/XszNE3dAnC#F1
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On this day in F1
- On this day in 1923 Ivor Bueb was born. He won the 1955 Le Mans 24 Hours with Mike Hawthorn, following the terrible crash which left over 80 dead. In 1958 he raced a Connaught run by Bernie Ecclestone in the British Grand Prix, but died in 1959.