In the round-up: Red Bull team principal Christian Horner explains why the team was so eager to reclaim part of a front wing which broke off one of their cars in Friday practice.
Red Bull reclaim lost front wing part
Team principal Christian Horner said the damage their cars suffered in Max Verstappen’s two crashes at the previous round, plus the constraints of F1’s new cost cap, had led to the request.
“It’s very tough because consumption of parts is high,” said Horner, “We’re not running big stock levels because of the cap, so it’s a balancing act continually. And three races on the trot with circuits that are hungry for front wings.
“We didn’t come out of Baku particularly flush with them following the failure in the race and Max’s incident on Saturday morning. So it is a key factor.”
Horner echoed criticism of the kerbs at the exit of turn two, pointing out they are too low for drivers to be able to judge where they are and avoid them.
“The problem is that the way that the kerbs are laid out they’re not immediately visible to the drivers so it’s sort of inviting you to go there. It’d just be nice if we can find something that doesn’t do quite as much damage to the car, that there was a time penalty.
“This is why I think probably gravel is a better longer-term way to go that there is a physical penalty other than just smashing our front wings which in a cost cap world is obviously very expensive.”
Norris: Ferrari pace “not a surprise anymore”
Lando Norris says Ferrari’s pace in qualifying trim should not come as a shock to anyone given their recent form.
“I don’t know why everyone always sounds so surprised,” said Norris, “like, it’s Ferrari and Renault [Alpine], they’re quite quick often. Maybe Renault are a bit more of a surprise.
“But they’ve been quick at a few races this year and they’re a bit slower at others. So it’s not a surprise anymore.”
Grosjean quickest, Magnussen 23rd in IndyCar practice
Romain Grosjean headed the time in the first practice session for IndyCar’s Road America Grand Prix. The Coyne/Rick Ware driver lapped the Elkhart Lake track in a best time of 1’47.6781. Ryan Hunter-Reay took second fastest ahead of Josef Newgarden.
McLaren SP newcomer Kevin Magnussen, substituting for Felix Rosenqvist, ended his first ever run in an IndyCar with the 23rd-fastest time, 2.8 seconds off Grosjean’s pace. Fellow debutant Cody Ware was almost two tenths of a second quicker.
Sims: Puebla is “aggressive” for Formula E
Alexander Sims expects a challenge from Formula E’s first visit to Puebla. The Mahindra driver said the track’s combination of high speeds, banked sections and bumps will make for a tough combination.
“It’s quite bumpy,” he said. “Lots of track repairs have been done that have quite high profiling, which should make it bumpy throughout, but small bumps. The banking on the straight seems to be quite aggressive so the transition from the straight section, from the oval into the infield, will be a decent step.”
Formula E has made some minor alterations to the track, including slimming it with a wall at turn 10. “They’ve tightened up a couple of corners compared to what we expected, so that will challenge us a bit more to manage our energy but it all seems pretty sensible,” said Sims.
“It’s a very high lateral-loaded track, lot of corners where you’ve got very few straights in between so that will put a lot of stress through the tyre,” he added. “The last corner, in qualifying – if it’s dry – I think is going to be a pretty big corner to try and look after the tyres and get onto the banking section.”
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