In the round-up: Pierre Gasly says teams missed a trick by not having anyone advise their drivers on the track conditions before the restart at the Hungarian Grand Prix.
Hungary tyre choice was “very obvious” – Gasly
Gasly believes drivers missed an opportunity by heading out to restart the Hungarian Grand Prix on intermediate tyres. All the drivers bar Lewis Hamilton
immediately came in to switch to slicks, but Gasly said they should have realised before leaving the pits that intermediates were the wrong rubber.
“It was very, very obvious because the track is very dark so as soon as the sun [comes] out, it dries very fast.
“Actually it’s maybe something where we should have risked to go outside with the medium [slick]. When everybody boxed, we should have taken the start with the medium.”
In other series teams have used ‘spotters’ to advise their drivers on changes in track conditions and other incidents around the circuit.
“It’s something we need to do better,” Gasly continued. “If we had a spotter around the track, someone would have told us the track is completely dry. It was completely dry, so I’m surprised no one did it but it was a very obvious choice.”
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Aston Martin-Teamchef: Vettel soll bleiben (AutoBild - German)
Ralf Schumacher predicts George Russell will join Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes next year, while Valtteri Bottas could join Alfa Romeo, Williams or even Aston Martin.
Hinchcliffe finally catches good break for podium finish (IndyCar)
"What saved us is going red. As much as we hate that happening, I thought they were going to drive the field through pit lane until we cleared the traffic jam, and we were going to be three, four laps down and kind of out of it. Credit to IndyCar for not eliminating all eight of us, whatever it was, that were stuck back there. We had no damage. We avoided all the carnage. The traffic just blocked.”"
Bottas hopes to out-pace this season’s bad luck (Hypebeast)
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What's driving F1's US boom? (Racer)
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Lammers rekent op doorgaan GP Zandvoort en vraagt respect voor Hamilton (NU - Dutch)
Dutch Grand Prix promoter and Former F1 driver Jan Lammers has urged fans attending the race to show sportsmanship and hospitality towards Lewis Hamilton after he was booed by spectators at the Hungaroring.
My mid-season report card: Jehan Daruvala (Formula 2)
"I think my weakest point this year has been making a little mistake here and there in qualifying and not putting my lap quite together. I'm not qualifying as high up as I'd want to do and I think that is affecting the performance and the result of the races."
Oakes expected young trio to experience ‘growing pains’ and says we’ll now ‘see what they’re made of’ (Formula 3)
"All three of them have shown pace in the last few rounds. Jak (Crawford) was massively unlucky at the Red Bull Ring when his engine blew up and Ayu (Iwasa) has been a bit of a dark horse, he is constantly in the mix. We knew Roman (Stanek) from last year and he had a bit of a difficult season, but he is doing a lot better this year and improving every weekend."
Official Olympics video game jumps to number three (Games Industry)
"It's a third consecutive week at number one for Codemasters' F1 2021 in the UK."
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On this day in motorsport
- 30 years ago today Ayrton Senna beat the Williams drivers to victory in the Hungarian Grand Prix