George Russell, Mercedes, Silverstone, 2024

‘Mercedes are clearly back’ declares Russell despite ‘real blow’ of retirement

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In the round-up: George Russell said Mercedes’ performance at Silverstone shows the team is back on form, despite retiring.

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Russell thrilled he “had the car to win”

Russell led the early stages of yesterday’s race before being passed by team mate Lewis Hamilton, who went on to win. Although Russell later retired with a technical problem, he said Mercedes’ second win in as many races shows they are back on form.

“It’s incredible,” he said. “Lewis [took the] win, but we had the car, in normal dry circumstances to be one-two. We’re clearly back and I think we’ll be fighting for race wins more often now.”

However he admitted retiring from his home race after leading from pole position hurt. “Obviously, this is a real blow, retiring from any race, never mind you’re home grand prix when you have the car to win, but we’ll have another go.”

Verstappen and Albon fined for pre-race pit speeding

Max Verstappen and Alexander Albon earned multiple pit lane speeding penalties for exceeding the 80kph pit speed limit during their pre-race reconnaissance laps.

Verstappen was caught exceeding the pit speed limit three times, by 0.4kph, 0.4kph and 0.5kph, earning Red Bull a total of €300 (£253) in fines from the FIA. Albon breached the 80kph limit twice, the first time by 0.3kph and the second by just 0.2kph. Williams have therefore been fined €200 (£168) by the British Grand Prix stewards.

Another sixth show upgrade worked – Komatsu

Haas team principal Ayao Komatsu said he couldn’t ask for more after the team scored its second sixth-place finish in as many races yesterday. He said Nico Hulkenberg’s performance demonstrates the team’s new aerodynamic specification is a success.

“The updates have worked again,” said Komatsu, who had dismissed the team’s chances of repeating its Austrian Grand Prix result at Silverstone before the weekend began. “Nico felt it straight away on Friday, his qualifying on Saturday showed it and his race pace today showed it.

“Kevin in the old spec car was happy, but I think he had damage from FP2, so all in all today, these are results to be proud of.”

Famin finds positive in dire British GP for Alpine

Alpine team principal Bruno Famin admitted they “did not give our drivers a fighting chance” after an error-strewn British Grand Prix weekend for the team.

Pierre Gasly’s weekend was ruined by a power unit penalty followed by a first lap retirement with a gearbox problem. Esteban Ocon gambled on starting the race on soft tyres, which forced him to make an early pit stop, from which his race never recovered.

Famin managed to find one up-side from their dire weekend: “One positive to come from today is our work in the pit-stops where we have made significant strides forwards,” he said.

Sauber still point-less at halfway stage

Sauber is the only team still yet to score a point after 12 of this year’s 24 rounds. Team representative Alessandro Alunni Bravi said they intend to bring upgrades for the coming rounds after Valtteri Bottas and Zhou Guanyu finished out of the points again.

Zhou, like Ocon, started on softs but suffered heavy graining and was compromised from the beginning. Bottas followed a more conventional strategy but “suffered overheating on the front axle and graining, and this affected his pace heavily – on all compounds we used,” Alunni Bravi admitted.

“We clearly need to make a step forward, and this is why we need to keep working hard to address our weaknesses through a continued and committed programme of development, starting already from the next rounds.”

Maini penalised for Antonelli collision

Alpine junior driver Kush Maini was handed a 10-second post-race penalty for Sunday’s Formula 2 feature race after he was deemed responsible for his opening lap clash with Andrea Kimi Antonelli.

The two drivers collided at Village at the start of the race, spinning the Mercedes junior into retirement. While the stewards investigated the clash at the end of the race, Maini apologised to Antonelli but claimed he had experienced a braking problem with his car.

Despite this, the stewards determined that Maini was “wholly to blame” for the collision and handed him a ten second post-race time penalty, which did not change his finishing position of 19th, and his first pair of penalty points on his record.

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BLS isn’t surprised the FIA did not enforce its latest rules clarification when Max Verstappen overstepped the mark in Austria:

I feel like Verstappen quite often operates in the grey area of the rules. His driving is often enjoyable to watch but does also feel over the edge when really battling.

The FIA struggles to stick to its own basic rules so I’m not surprised it struggles when the infractions are borderline.
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10 comments on “‘Mercedes are clearly back’ declares Russell despite ‘real blow’ of retirement”

  1. ……exceeding the pit speed limit……… a total of €300 (£253) in fines …….. twice…….. fined €200 (£168)

    Those pit speeding fines are pretty lame (It is possible the last time I had a speeding fine it was higher, though more relevantly it would have been an exponentially greater proportion of my assets) . Of course they need to police them, but the fines are hardly a deterrent.

    Hopefully there is something more severe in place for multiple (multiple) infringements.

    1. Pit lane speeding only results in a sporting penalty when it happens during a race or sprint, with team fines being the standard for all other sessions as well as the 10-minute reconnaissance period before each race (or 5 minutes for pre-sprints), & I don’t see a problem with this approach.

    2. The fines scale up with the size of the infraction, so an additional €100 for each km/h over the speed limit. As Verstappen and Albon were only a fraction over the limit the fines were very small.

      1. I get that, and it makes sense. But it should still start somewhere meaningful.

    3. Just adopt Finland’s speeding fines. It’s calculated as a percentage of your annual income, as it is meant as a equal deterrent regardless of your economical situation.
      The “record”, I think is about 168.000€

  2. How could damage sustained in FP2 last through the remaining sessions, given ample opportunities to fix it between sessions, especially parc ferme-freely?

    I’m positive Sauber won’t finish the season without a single point.

    I found the ‘winner gets to be my teammate next year’ joke good.

    Cutting to crowds celebrating didn’t occur at unideal moments.

  3. The necessity to show the people really irritates me, specially since they always do it. Like, can’t you read the race ? I understand the TV director might have been told to do it but a changing weather race is all sorts of exciting, so cutting to the crowd makes it easier to miss a lot of the action. And it’s not like F1 has a lot of those moments…

  4. I find it remarkable we didn’t get to see the top 4 leaving the track (multiple occasions) at the first part of the race. FIA also didn’t look into it, despite it being visible in the background of some shots/frames.

  5. Andy (@andyfromsandy)
    8th July 2024, 16:46

    Well done Haas. I think I am right they use a Dallara chassis and it just so happens that a certain Aldo Costa works there. I can’t think it is a coincidence that the car is getting better.

  6. BLS (@brightlampshade)
    8th July 2024, 21:34

    Excellent comment choice I must say ;)

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