In the round-up: Nyck de Vries accepted responsibility for his first-lap crash with Lando Norris.
De Vries escapes penalty, but takes blame for Miami GP collision
De Vries ran into Norris at the start of the Miami Grand Prix, sending the McLaren off-track. It began a tough race for the pair in which Norris finished 17th, once place ahead of his assailant.
“After lap one, I was on the back foot,” said de Vries. “It was my mistake, I locked up and Norris [was right in front] and I touched. This compromised our first stint a little because there were a lot of vibrations on the right-front which affected our pace.”
De Vries said he wasn’t able to rejoin the pack as he didn’t have the benefit of DRS. “When you’re so behind and out of DRS range, you lose so much time on the straights that it’s tough to catch up. I was at the back, alone, so it naturally becomes easier when you’re not fighting as hard as in the middle of the pack when every moment counts.”
Indianapolis queries F1’s use of slogan
Indianapolis Motor Speedway Corporation president Doug Bowles joined the Best of Monday podcast this week to talk about how the circuit has responded to appearances of the phrase in relation to F1’s Miami Grand Prix and forthcoming new race in Las Vegas.
“They actually started using that earlier [than Miami],” he explained. “And we actually reached out to our friends at Liberty [Media, F1’s commercial rights holder] and at Formula One Group, and they agreed not to use it.
“It was really more specific related to Vegas, where we had the problem. This is the first time we’ve heard it related to Miami. So we will definitely be calling our friends there again.
“They’ve agreed that it is our IP and that they aren’t going to use it. So I’m not sure exactly how it got [used] – I heard it was used in the pre-race. A couple of folks actually mentioned it.
“I haven’t seen it in their marketing materials, which they’ve agreed isn’t their mark and they’d leave it alone. So we will follow up this week.
“I’m excited that F1’s here, but go build your own IP, go build your own 114 years of of existence, and not steal ours.”
Aston Martin amused by Alonso’s radio slip
Aston Martin’s Fernando Alonso laughed off a radio error he made during the Miami GP, in which he told his team he wanted to pit 12 laps (equivalent to over a fifth of the race distance) earlier than planned.
“I did a mistake,” he admitted in the post-race press conference after finishing third. “I was just telling them [the team] which lap I think the tyre will be in good shape before the stop. And then yeah, I make a mistake, because ‘Plan A minus 12’ it was already gone a few laps before that. A few seconds later I said ‘sorry’, they were already laughing on the radio. So they realised I was telling something stupid.”
Verstappen pleased to see his father take first win
Max Verstappen may have now won 38 grands prix in Formula 1, but his father Jos never got to taste victory in the championship.
However in addition to his competitive streak being passed on to his son, the former F1 racer continued to seek victory for himself. He won in A1GP in 2006, the Le Mans 24 Hours in 2008, and since 2022 has been competing in rallying in Belgium.
His latest venture led to overall success for the first time last weekend, on the same day his son won the Miami GP, as he won the Station Le Seau Monteberg Rally. It unsurprisingly caught the attention of his son.
“For his first win in a rally car, a completely different discipline. But yeah, I’m happy for him,” said the younger Verstappen during the press conference for his own win in Miami.
“I mean he definitely spends a lot of time on it, and it’s nice when things pay off, when you put all that effort in. For him of course it’s kind of a hobby, but he takes it very serious. I saw, I got pictures and videos and to see that smile on his face.
“You never lose that kind of competitiveness and happiness if you do well, right? If you get rewarded for your efforts. So yeah, very happy to to see him there get the trophy.”
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