In the round-up: George Russell’s final corner error in Q2 denied him another appearance in the top 10 shoot-out, his team believe.
Russell’s error costs him another Q3 appearance
“That’s what happened in those conditions sometimes,” Robson explained. “But he’d have definitely made it.”
McLaren’s pace better on medium than soft tyres
After a frustrating qualifying session for McLaren, team principal Andreas Seidl said the team’s performance seems to be worst on the sot tyres, which are unlikely to be used by many in the race.
“Hopefully, starting the race on the medium tyres we’ll be able to look a little bit better than what we could show today on the soft tyres, where we struggled already yesterday as well,” he said.
“I think Q2 actually looked a bit better for us on medium tyres, but there will be no miracles. We simply don’t have the pace for this weekend. We know the reasons why. But still, we will try with both cars tomorrow to move forward and to score points.”
Tsunoda: pace “completely different” on track after rain
The rain which fell on Saturday morning at Istanbul Park completley changed the track’s characteristics when it dried out, said Yuki Tsunoda.
“After the rain condition, the pace went completely different,” said Tsunoda, who qualified tenth.
Tsunoda is the only driver who reached Q3 who will have to start the race on soft tyres, having used two sets to get through to Q2. However, he believes that was the right call from the AlphaTauri team, given the changed circumstances.
“From practice pace, even if I’d fitted the medium tyre it would have been possible to go through to Q3,” he said. “But straight away from Q1 I didn’t feel the same feeling and there just wasn’t much pace in the car. So definitely a good choice that the team made for going to the soft tyre.”
Saucy wins 2021 Formula Regional Europe title
Gregoire Saucy has clinched the 2021 Formula Regional European Championship title with three races to go. The regional F3-grade series was decided conclusively, Saucy on 249 points to second-placed Hadrien David’s 161, after 17 races, of which Saucy won eight.
Following the second race of the weekend at Mugello today the championship will conclude at Monza.
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Notable posts from Twitter, Instagram and more:
At the first Turkish Grand Prix I remember asking Bernie Ecclestone how long the deal was and he replied. ‘We’ll be here forever.’
— James Roberts (@JRobertsF1) October 9, 2021
So after 14 years of F1 I've decided this season will be my last. Huge decision for me to make but the time is right.
I achieved what I always wanted to as a kid so I'm happy! I can't wait for my next challenge but for now we have a season to finish and points to nab 🧡 pic.twitter.com/iz3pD3exIW
— Marc Cox (@MarcCox) October 9, 2021
Whose pole is it, anyway?@LewisHamilton, @ValtteriBottas and @Max33Verstappen discuss in the press conference…#F1 #TurkishGP pic.twitter.com/FwHTTUQ0l2
— RaceFans (@racefansdotnet) October 9, 2021
Colton Herta in an F1 Andretti is a nice thought. But if Andretti is buying a Swiss-based, Ferrari-powered F1 team, would it not make more sense to call on their recently-hired, Swiss-based veteran of 179 #F1 races, most of which were with Ferrari power? pic.twitter.com/Dg0NXQQ6b3
— Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) October 9, 2021
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Motor racing links of interest:
North Korea, Thailand, Indonesia ruled non-compliant by WADA (Reuters)
"North Korea, Thailand and Indonesia were declared non-compliant by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) on Thursday, making them ineligible to be awarded the right to host regional, continental or world championships during the suspension."
Rees resists Cresswell pressure to win, ties for championship lead (British F4)
"The victory, secured by just 0.430 seconds over team-mate Cresswell, moves Rees level on points at the championship summit with Phinsys by Argenti’s Matias Zagazeta – sixth on this occasion – with the Peruvian ahead courtesy of his four wins versus Rees’ three."
Team Hezeberg, based in The Netherlands, to enter NASCAR Cup Series with part-time schedule in 2022 (CBS)
"Team Hezeberg plans to participate in an upcoming Next Gen test at Charlotte not only with Hezemans, but another very accomplished driver from Europe: Former Formula 1 champion and 1995 Indianapolis 500 winner Jacques Villeneuve will drive the Hezeberg car on Tuesday, and the team has left open the possibility of Villeneuve driving races for the team next season"
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Comment of the day
Sometimes it’s the offhand comments that spark something; Dieter observed in his diary that there’s a risk, with 2022’s regulation change, of teams locking themselves into a disadvantage. Roger Ayles shared some extensive thoughts on whether that might be likely.
That is a concern that I have, Not just for the 1st year of the new regulations but also future seasons.
A team (be it at the front or back of the grid) getting it wrong and going into the season struggling is part of the game but the regulations and development opportunities been so restrictive then creating a situation where they essentially have to completely write that season because they aren’t able to do anything to recover is in my opinion not correct and does nothing to benefit the sport or fans.
Think of 2009 as an example. Watching teams having to develop to catch up to Brawn created some extra interest and eventually helped give us a more competitive fight for the championship. Likewise that year watching McLaren and to a lesser extent Ferrari start out so badly but recover to win a few races was again fantastic to watch and created that bit of additional interest over the season, Especially for those of us who love that technical/development aspect of the sport.
The restrictiveness of the regulations and apparently limited opportunities to develop or innovate is to me the biggest negative element going forward. Not just because I don’t think restrictive regulations are simply not F1 but also because that side of the sport, The ‘extremes’ are a huge part of the draw of it for me. It’s part of what hooked me and a part of what’s kept me hooked for as long as I have been.
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11 comments on “Russell would have reached Q3 “by quite a large margin” without error”
10th October 2021, 0:26
Maybe it’s my age, but I must admit to being more and more confused by the intricacies of the rules of modern F1. Even on an absolutely standard weekend without a sprint race, sorry, sprint qualifying I still really don’t know who got pole position today. If the drivers can’t work it out, what hope is there for us mere mortals?
10th October 2021, 2:21
Pole position is the first grid slot at race start, Derek. There needn’t be any confusion.
Nobody gets pole position on a Saturday in F1 – they can only be the fastest (or highest positioned) qualifier.
10th October 2021, 8:24
It has always be like this!
This has probably the ‘stablest’ of all all regulations; showing your age if you’re “more and more confused” ;)
10th October 2021, 1:50
Motogp used to go to thailand, guess not anymore.
we just got rid of Romain and you want him back again?
I’m sorry but in my view it is Ham’s pole, the penalty whilst pending, is and can only be applied after q.
Hazel Southwell (@hazelsouthwell)
10th October 2021, 9:35
@peartree They will be able to fulfill any existing contracts with Thailand; however, the Formula E race that’s been being mulled over (fairly unsuccessfully) in Jakarta is very unlikely to be viable.
10th October 2021, 18:49
@hazelsouthwell good to know, thanks.
10th October 2021, 6:43
I doubt Grosjean would want an F1 return unless for competitive machinery.
COTD: Given budget cap, wind tunnel time, more prescriptive design, PU development freeze, etc., I doubt anyone would lock themselves into an advantage or disadvantage, but we’ll see.
Red Andy (@red-andy)
10th October 2021, 7:12
I believe Grosjean is relocating his family to the US as part of his move to Andretti, so if he is still “Swiss-based” he won’t be for much longer.
10th October 2021, 8:26
But he will always remain ‘Swiss-born’ as is the team ;)
10th October 2021, 11:56
Something I thought of when reading the COTD is how engine development was initially restricted at the start of the current V6 Turbo Hybrid era with that token system & how that may very well have prolonged the engine advantage that Mercedes had in the era phase of the formula.
10th October 2021, 11:56
Why of course Russell would have made it to Q3 by a large margin without his error. But, and this is the but, he did make an error. This is the part of any drivers weekend that needs to get right. We can argue till hell freezes over about what might have happened. All of that is just meaningless. Get it right then we have a conversation. Simple really.
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