In the round-up: Alexander Albon expected the Monaco Grand Prix would come his way when rain started to fall, but it didn’t happen.
Albon left dry-lipped by rain
The Williams driver started the race on the medium compound tyre but felt the circumstances of the late rain fell into the hands of those who left the grid on hards.
“It felt like a lot of people started on the hard tyre and then a lot of people changed the hard tyre as early as they could,” he said. “We tried to hang it out on the mediums, but when that many guys are on hard tyres so early on, there was a train.
“We actually had good pace midway through the race, catching the hard guys, but we were just waiting for them to pit. And it rained so it worked out for them.
“It is a shame because I think we were on the fringes of points until the rain happened and then it basically went in all the hard starters’ favour. It rained, I thought that was going to spice things up a bit, but somehow it didn’t, at least for me. So everyone stayed stagnant. I was licking my lips, but my lips went dry.”
Martins given three penalty points
“Under Safety Car, full course yellow and double waved yellow flags at turns two and three, car six passed through the incident area at turn three where firemen were attending to a fire on car 14 from exposed positions on the track,” the stewards ruled.
“Car six’s speed was significantly higher than that of other cars going through the area. Because of his excessive speed, the driver of car six had to make a very quick, last minute change of direction to avoid the incident and the firemen, thereby creating an unsafe situation.”
Merhi to make Formula E debut
Formula Manor Formula 1 driver Roberto Merhi will make his Formula E debut in Jakarta next week. Merhi will take Oliver Rowland’s place in Mahindra’s line-up.
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Notable posts from Twitter, Instagram and more:
— FIA (@fia) May 28, 2023
The drive-through penalty for @VictorMartinsFR is totally deserved, that replay is a horror show. Went into the yellow flag far too hot and had to swerve to miss a marshal and a smouldering wreck. Frankly a black flag wouldn't have seemed harsh. #F2
— Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) May 28, 2023
— Allan McNish (@allanmcnish) May 28, 2023
— Andrew Kossack (@AndrewKossack) May 28, 2023
IndyCar confirms no one was injured by the tire that flew out of the track. However, one person was injured by the debris from that incident; they were seen at the infield care center and released, IndyCar says.
— Jeff Gluck (@jeff_gluck) May 28, 2023
Really don’t like the big dragon moves off of T2 & T4, to a degree it’s fine, but they’ve gotten way out of hand. Going ‘off track’ on exit of T2, then skimming the pit lane attenuator off of T4 is just adding a lot of risk for cars following behind trying to stay in the draft
— Stefan Wilson (@stef_wilson) May 28, 2023
You watch older 500s (obviously I do! 😂), and it never used to get that out of hand.
Why? It wasn’t as easy for them to run close and the danger was much higher.
I suspect (fear?) we’re now going to see Indy 500s end like this far too often.
— Glenn Freeman (@glennfreeman39) May 28, 2023
…In both scenarios a desire for “entertainment value” can impact race control’s decisions. And when this results in abnormal calls, if even slightly, this *does* demand a deeper analysis for the future, bc entertainment can be fleeting while competition results last forever. 2/2
— JR Hildebrand (@JRHildebrand) May 28, 2023
Fought our way forward slowly but surely. Spent most of day in the top 10. Our car on long green flag runs was outstanding. We had a couple struggles that hurt us at the end. Hope to have a chance to come back again next year and compete at the front 🙏 P8 @ECRIndy @ToddAultIII
— Conor Daly (@ConorDaly22) May 28, 2023
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On this day in motorsport
- 35 years ago today Alain Prost won the Mexican Grand Prix after beating Ayrton Senna away from the line