In the round-up: Alfa Romeo reserve driver Callum Ilott has called for changes to Spa-Francorchamps after witnessing a second serious crash at Raidillon within two years.
Ilott says “enough is enough” of Raidillon crashes
Four drivers received medical attention following a crash at Raidillon in the early stages yesterday’s Spa 24 Hours. Kevin Estre and Franck Perera, were taken to the medical centre and released while two others, Jack Aitken and Davide Rigon were taken to hospital for further checks, though their injuries are said not to be life-threatening.
Ilott, Rigon’s Iron Lynx team mate, also participated in the 2019 Formula 2 race at the circuit in which Anthoine Hubert lost his life following a collision at the same corner. Following yesterday’s crash Ilott said he believes the Raidillon corner – turn four – should be changed for safety.
“There needs to be a change at this corner and I’m very surprised nothing has changed yet,” wrote Ilott on social media. “Enough is enough.”
He pointed out several of his friends have now suffered major crashes at the corner. “If I’m wrong for chasing for better safety after seeing four of my friends involved in massive accidents then I may as well not be human,” Ilott added.
“I’ve come back to Spa after 2019 and I will come back again after this. But that doesn’t mean if something isn’t good enough it shouldn’t be fixed.”
Ricciardo form not linked to mid-season chassis changeDaniel Ricciardo is experiencing in getting up to speed with the team’s car.
Ricciardo revealed the change after he failed to reach Q3 for the sixth time this year in qualifying yesterday. However McLaren team principal Andreas Seidl said this had been a “scheduled rotation of monocoques” and no link to Ricciardo’s problems had been discovered.
“On Daniel’s side, we already changed two times this year but there’s nothing on the monocoque side.”
Seidl said that McLaren knew the problems Ricciardo was having and that they came down to the unique way the MCL35M has to be driven – and the inevitable comparison between struggling Ricciardo and flying team mate Lando Norris.
“We clearly see what the issues are that Daniel is also describing,” said Saidl. “It has nothing to do with parts and so on, [it] has to do with the characteristics of our car.
“In the end, it’s a combination of Daniel still getting used to our car. But at the same time, he also has a team mate that is in an unbelievable form and that’s why we see this gap from time to time. And that’s it.”
Perez expected “good lap time” from lost final run
Sergio Perez said he found it difficult to find a set-up which works to his liking at the Hungaroring. “It’s been a tricky weekend in terms of exploring the maximum out of the car, with the conditions changing that much,” said the Red Bull driver, who will start today’s race from fourth on the grid.
“Yesterday was pretty hot and we had some issues and other issues [on Saturday], so it has been very difficult to put the car in the right place. I certainly feel that I was making good progress through qualifying with the car, with the operating window that we have.”
Perez said being unable to start his final lap in qualifying cost him a useful chance to improve. “I felt that I was making good steps and that it was a real shame to lose that final lap because I felt like there was good lap time in it.”
Momentum key to W Series wins – Chadwick
Jamie Chadwick, who took the lead in the W Series title fight with her victory in Hungary yesterday, says building momentum over the weekend has been key to her two wins so far this year.
“I think it does seem to be a bit the nature of the series this year at the moment,” said Chadwick, who moved ahead of rival Alice Powell in the standings. “If you’ve got the momentum after practice and you’re comfortable with the car, that seems a bit easier to take it and carry that into qualifying and the race.
“It’s nice to have that pace advantage this weekend and be able to translate it into a win. So I’m obviously very happy, but still only halfway through the season so not to get too far ahead of ourselves.”
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