In the round-up: Red Bull were unnerved by the problem that struck Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri before the Italian Grand Prix began.
Tsunoda’s non-start was a concern for Red Bull
The start of the Italian Grand Prix was delayed after Tsunoda’s AlphaTauri broke down on the formation lap due a power unit failure. He was unable to participate in the race, and that left Red Bull worried if the same problem could inflict their cars.
Red Bull team principal Christian Horner said he is “always” concerned when common parts they share with AlphaTauri fail. “They’ve got the same gearbox, the same engine; there’s a lot of common components. He described as “not comfortable to see that car pulling off on the formation lap”.
Max Verstappen led Sergio Perez in a Red Bull one-two, though Red Bull told their winner to back off in order to manage high temperatures late in the race.
Sainz recounts attempted muggingCarlos Sainz Jnr’s Italian Grand Prix weekend ended with an attempted robbery in Milan, in which his watch was taken. But he and several others then pursued the thief and the watch was reclaimed. On Monday morning he wrote on his Instagram story about the experience.
“As many of you already know, yesterday we experienced an unfortunate incident in Milano. The most important thing is that we are all OK and this will only remain as an unpleasant anecdote,” said Sainz.
“Many thanks to all the people who helped us yesterday, to the Milan police for their quick intervention and thanks for all your messages.”
Junior series champions crowned in America
Two of IndyCar’s support series finished their seasons at Portland last weekend, and two champions were crowned and awarded scholarships to step up to the next level on the American open-wheel ladder.
Myles Rowe made history by becoming the first African-American winner of an open-wheel series when he wrapped up the USF Pro 2000 title on Saturday. The Will Power protege will step up to Indy Nxt in 2024.
Simon Sikes, who like Rowe drives for the Pabst Racing team, gained a scholarship to race in USFP2000 by winning the USF2000 title. He clinched the crown with two races to spare, and then won the season finale.
USF Juniors, the rung below USF2000, crowned their champion Nicolas Giaffone the weekend before at the Circuit of the Americas.
Bottas’ Italian GP point “really important” for Alfa Romeo
Valtteri Bottas took his third points finish of 2023 in the Italian Grand Prix, coming home in tenth place.
“I think it’s really important for us, even though it’s one point,” he said. “It’s been a bit of a dry season for a while so I’m really glad we got one point. And in an important race for the team, the home of Alfa Romeo.”
Sargeant reveals car struggles
Logan Sargeant missed out on his first Formula 1 points after being passed by Bottas. A penalty for contact with Bottas dropped him to 13th
Sargeant revealed he was having to work hard to keep his car under control. “Lesmo 1, Lesmo 2, Parabolica, I was just honestly trying to keep keep the car under me. The rear was super light,” he explained.
“I had to run a different spec front wing this weekend, and I think that’s what really hurt our balance today. I think had we had the normal one, we would have been OK. And it would have honestly made a big difference in terms of degradation.”
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— Scuderia Ferrari (@ScuderiaFerrari) September 4, 2023
F1 top speeds: The driver with the highest top speed achieved in the current generation of cars is… @yukitsunoda07 – who hit 360kph on the final lap of the Belgian GP last year. #MonzaGP #F1 #ItalianGP
But yesterday that was almost equalled… pic.twitter.com/FAPKQaflqU
— Cllr Sam S Collins (@NorthHertsSam) September 4, 2023
First @IndyCar race completed yesterday. It wasn’t without its issues and in general a tough weekend but learnt a ton. Eager to get back out there this weekend coming at Laguna Seca to continue the process. #INDYCAR pic.twitter.com/XHbZ3mOt6D
— Tom Blomqvist (@tom_blomqvist) September 4, 2023
Back on track with @LandoNorris and @OscarPiastri. Going back to our roots with a bit of karting. I've maybe got a little bit of time to find, but I gave them a run for their money! 😂 pic.twitter.com/sb6yEwWhN5
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