In the round-up: Lewis Hamilton expressed relief the rest of the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix passed without serious incident, following Friday’s missile attack near the circuit.
Hamilton: “I just want to go home”
“I’m so happy the weekend is done,” said the Mercedes driver. “I’m also just so happy that everyone’s safe, and just looking forward to getting out.”
Hamilton refused to be drawn on whether the race should go ahead next year, saying that for now: “I just want to go home.”
AlphaTauri reliability issues “very difficult” after successful test
After managing to finish eighth at the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, despite being in extreme pain, Pierre Gasly said AlphaTauri’s recent reliability problems were a surprise to the team after relatively smooth testing.
“It’s been, reliability-wise, a very difficult two first weekends,” said Gasly. “The testing went so well, we were super-confident. We lost some points in Bahrain on my side and then now, today, Yuki [Tsunoda] didn’t qualify and he didn’t even take the start.
“So as a team, obviously it’s quite painful to see that. But I’m confident within the team to find a solution. We’ve been very reliable last year and the past few years, but it’s been quite tough for these first two weekends.”
Daruvala surprised by podium after anticipating safety cars
Formula 2 ran its first ever session around Jeddah Corniche Circuit without any safety car or red flag periods during Sunday’s feature race. As most prior sessions had been heavily disrupted by periods of stoppage or neutralised racing, third-place driver Jehan Daruvala said he was surprised to have been able to take to the podium from starting 14th without any.
“No, honestly I didn’t think so,” Daruvala said when asked if he’d believed the podium was possible without disruptions. “There were a lot of quick cars in front, so I thought I can just try to move forward as fast I can.
“We thought there were going to be a lot of crashes and safety cars, so [the plan was] to survive to the end,” Daruvala continued. “There was literally none so it makes it even more satisfying that in a race without any incidents and safety cars, I still managed to come from 14th to third so definitely a lot of positives to take and we can build on from here.”
Formula 2 drivers penalised for two unsafe releases, gaining an advantage off-track
Liam Lawson and Clement Novalak have been penalised after the feature race for unsafe releases, being issued fines to be paid by their respective teams. Carlin racked up a £833 (€1000) bill for failing to correctly attach all of Lawson’s wheels before he left the pit box, being forced to stop at the end of the pit lane and retire from the race. MP Motorsport received a fine of £416 (€500) for releasing Novalak into the path of Frederik Vesti as cars went out to the grid before the race.
Ralph Boschung was given a post-race five-second time penalty and one penalty point on his license for cutting the corner at turn two and gaining a lasting advantage, though he kept his 15th-place finish.
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Notable posts from Twitter, Instagram and more:
Arrrgghhh…that was a really quick end to the race. It has been a difficult weekend with also missing quali. But, as a team we keep our heads up and I know we can make it better together! pic.twitter.com/OLEjWvoo5Z
— 角田裕毅/Yuki Tsunoda (@yukitsunoda07) March 27, 2022
Safety car line on exit is pretty basic stuff… sheesh… thought they’d have a timing line on there… I know another series that does #F1
— Gavin Ward 🇨🇦 (@GDubRacer) March 27, 2022
I feel a bit arrogant not being able to reply to the people that congratulate me but trust me I’m reading everything!! Thank you 😉👊
— Richard Verschoor (@R_Verschoor1) March 27, 2022
P14 to the podium!🏆… A big thanks to @PREMA_Team – the car was mega and the strategy executed perfectly!👌🏽
Really enjoyed myself out there, especially with the triple overtake into Turn 1 😁… Very happy to bring it home in 3rd ✅
— Jehan Daruvala (@DaruvalaJehan) March 27, 2022
— Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) March 27, 2022
Great race! Unfortunate that the @F1 TV team decided that watching replays was more important than watching the live action at times, though. Replays help tell the story of key moments, but today was too much. #SaudiArabianGP
— Motorsport Broadcasting (@f1broadcasting) March 27, 2022
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