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Perez concerned by Red Bull failures but “sure we will turn things around”

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In the round-up: Sergio Perez admits Red Bull’s reliability is a concern after his team mate’s retirement yesterday.

In brief

Retirements costing us a lot of points – Perez

Max Verstappen’s retirement from yesterday’s Australian Grand Prix was the third time one of the two Red Bull cars has dropped out of a race with a technical problem over the first six races.

“It’s certainly a concern,” admitted his team mate Perez, who finished second. “We’ve lost a lot of points already in these first three races that in the end can make a huge difference in the championship. So we are obviously aware of it.

“All the team back home in Milton Keynes, here, are working flat out to try to come up with solutions. We don’t know exactly the issue on Max’s today. We will see. I’m sure we will turn things around and hopefully we can start again from zero when we go back to Europe.”

Stewards take no action over Alonso-Magnussen incident

Kevin Magnussen was cleared after the stewards investigated whether he forced Fernando Alonso off the track during yesterday’s Australian Grand Prix.

“After [Magnussen] passed [Alonso] at turn three, Alonso had a run and was attempting an outside pass on Magnussen going through turn four,” the stewards explained. “The cars went through turn four essentially side-by-side but at the exit Alonso was off the track.

“The drivers agreed that this was hard racing with no clear breach of the regulations. The stewards agree and take no further action.”

Super Formula season opens at Fuji

Reigning champion Tomoki Nojiri and Ryo Hirakawa shared the wins in Super Formula’s double-header season-opener at Fuji Speedway. Nojiri left with a two-point lead at the top of the standings over his fellow race winner.

Nojiri’s Mugen team mate Ukyo Sasahara had a weekend to forget, stalling on the grid at the start of both races.

Turn 15 of Rome track “like running through gravel” after asphalt breakup

Formula E drivers said that asphalt break-up on the wide, curving turn 15 hairpin in Rome was so severe it was almost undriveable by the end of the second race.

Robin Frijns, who came third despite several incidents at the hairpin, said that it was “like driving through the gravel because you hear the sand or whatever it is in the tyres and on the car and it feels really terrible, kind of like you’ve got different tyres.”

Double Rome race winner Mitch Evans said “I think it’s a lot of it’s the new tarmac they put down, that was a new patch. There’s another new patch at turn nine, which was breaking up slightly as well. I think they just don’t leave it long enough to set, the cars have a lot of weight and over time it just starts to break up.

“But yesterday I didn’t really notice it, today was horrendous. So I think if they’re going to do repairs, they just need to do it a lot earlier.”

Ticktum “not happy” after scoring first Formula E point

Dan Ticktum took his first Formula E world championship point in the second Rome race, following a penalty issued to Oliver Askew. However, speaking to RaceFans, he said that “Everything that did happen went wrong for me and all I did was just not crash so yeah, ok, maybe it’s good for the team to get a point, but I’m honestly not very happy at all.

“There was literally about 10 events in that race and every single one just didn’t go my way, you just couldn’t make it up.”

Quotes: Hazel Southwell

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Comment of the day

The stewards were correct to point out the shortcoming with the Safety Car rules after yesterday’s Australian Grand Prix, says @Hawkii:

Masi decided before the day was even over after the Tuscan GP that everything was safe and nothing needed changing. Today’s incident was proof that it needed looking into, not instantly dismissing.

Good to see the stewards recognising these incidents for what they are – the rules not keeping up with the cars performance requirements – give the drivers a chance.

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6 comments on “Perez concerned by Red Bull failures but “sure we will turn things around””

  1. Cotd, the problem that day was Carlos Sainz jr, that said I agree even if race direction has been a disaster thus far.

    1. @peartree How? He wasn’t the one leading the pack nor even the first among the crashed drivers, but 4th behind Magnussen, Latifi, & Giovinazzi, respectively, so how can you blame him?

      1. @jerejj check the first incident.

  2. RB18 reminds me of MP4-18 & 20, i.e., a competitive but unreliable car.
    The lost points could prove decisive in the WDC battle, although many races (+all three Sprints) & points are available, so nothing’s lost this early into a campaign. Still, 10 points (this would be the present gap without DNFs) between LEC & VER rather than 46 would be more unideal for championship hopes.

    I’m surprised about an SF mention as never before has this series got any Round-Up mention (not to mention an article) on this site, or I don’t recall.

    How can Russell tell for sure which one is faster? The only way to be certain is a side-by-side single quick-lap comparison on an empty track.

    Notes from the Speedcafe article (long-ish post warning):
    Ramadan forces an earlier start for next season as both early-season Middle East races (assuming Qatar gets paired with Abu Dhabi) will have to occur before March 23 (Ramadan opening day).
    March 19 is the latest possible Sunday for any such early-season race.
    This means March 12 for the season-opener at the latest so that both fit before.
    Melbourne could still be the opener, though, either on March 5, forming a triple-header with Bahrain & SA, which would be better for travelling individuals, or as a standalone seven days earlier on February 26.
    Standalone AusGP before the Middle Eastern double-header would also be better than the other way round, a la this season, with less back-&-forth travel & more jet lag accustomization time beforehand.
    Sepang most certainly won’t return, so pointless to think about this, but a Melbourne-Shanghai pairing is something that got ruled out back in 2016 for logistics, so this option is off unless things have changed on this front.

    A valid COTD.

  3. I disagree with CotD, just like I did yesterday.
    The nature of the track made it more advantageous to accelerate as late as possible, whereas at other circuits it is generally better for the leader to go earlier.
    This is not a bug in the rules, but a feature that all competitors need to be aware of.

    Masi was correct.
    The guys in the middle and back of the pack caused that incident, not the rules.
    This stuff happens in every motor racing series in the world – F1 is not unique, and does not need any ‘solution’ because there isn’t any problem that can be solved with rules – other than preventing cars from accelerating and braking at all.
    Which I’d totally be OK with, BTW. As long as the conditions are the same for everyone.

  4. Max Verstappen’s retirement from yesterday’s Australian Grand Prix was the third time one of the two Red Bull cars has dropped out of a race with a technical problem over the first six races.

    Three races so far, right?

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