In the round-up: Nikita Mazepin says he’s still getting used to obeying blue flags, after his involvement in two incidents involving the race leader in the past two races.
The Haas driver said he is still learning how to respond to F1’s blue flags. “I was dealing with these blue flag in Imola for the first time in my life,” he explained. “I previously never had a blue flag on a consistent basis.
“So it’s a matter of learning just the same as driving. And it took me about five, seven years to learn proper driving and it’s going to take me, hopefully, a few race weekends only to learn blue flags.”
The start of F1’s qualifying session was delayed by 10 minutes last weekend due to barrier repairs following a crash in the preceding Formula Regional Europe event on the track.
FIA F1 race director Michael Masi explained the damage caused to the TecPro barrier at turn nine by David Vidales’ car was not serious enough to require repairs before that race could resume, but had to be addressed before the quicker grand prix cars returned to the track.
“Having looked at that on the CCTV at the time and so forth, you need to consider everything, particularly from the point of view that Formula Regional cars are significantly slower than F1 cars and from that perspective it was fine to continue,” said Masi. “But obviously prior to the F1 session starting, with the damage that was to it, wanted to ensure that it was back to its full integrity.”
Just one positive test for Covid-19 was recorded among staff during the Spanish Grand Prix weekend, the FIA and Formula 1 has confirmed, out of 5,234 tests conducted. This is the second race in a row only one person tested positive for the virus.
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« Racing in F3 in a race like this is much harder, I would say, because yeah there is some tyre degradation, but you can push almost every lap and that is what I was trying to do now. In F2 instead, you can’t push really even after the beginning because otherwise you don’t have any more tyres. »
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Is Sergio Perez really doing that much worse a job than a driver like Valtteri Bottas?
Perez is a good midfield driver – that’s his level. If you put a good midfield driver and it always has been. If you put a driver like him up against a Hamilton or Verstappen, they are going to struggle.
The Mercedes is faster than the Red Bull and it allows Bottas to be closer to the front than Perez is but otherwise, I don’t think there’s much of a gap in performance between the two of them. Perhaps once Perez gets more used to the team, he’ll find a bit more pace but I don’t think he’ll find enough to consistently cause a problem to Hamilton the same as Bottas rarely causes Max any worries.
There’s always a lot of talk about Mercedes using Bottas on an alternate strategy to put pressure on Red Bull but it’s rarely the case that he can keep up with [email protected]
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Re COTD – Perez and Bottas may well be similar but until Perez can get to and stay P3 or P4 within around 20 seconds of the leaders it gives Mercedes the possibility of a free pitstop, opening up strategic options that Red Bull currently don’t have. Bottas does this, Perez for the moment at least, doesn’t.
All experts agree that the difference between the Red Bull and Mercedes in raw pace now is negligible while their different traits favour some tracks/corners over others – swings and roundabouts. The biggest difference seems to be Hamilton is using and therefore preserving the tyres better, Bottas runs out of tyre just as quickly as Verstappen so it doesn’t seem to be car specific.
It’s a common gripe I know but maybe one day they will have tyres that don’t need to be nursed and we can witness these great drivers pushing and racing for a whole race! Too much to ask for maybe… 🙁
@ltdslipdiff Yeah, “<emit took me about five, seven years to learn proper driving” with anyone else would go down as a heck of a statement, equal to “they race me so hard” but since it’s Nikita, it’ll just getting filed in the ‘another one’ folder.
I’m sorry but Mazepin has surely been watching F1 for a large part of his life? Even if he hasn’t observed blue flag protocol in other series he must say least be aware of the concept?
And honestly if someone is having difficulty understanding they drive the slowest car of the field, and when they see the colour blue flashing at them to let a car that’s clearly not racing for position with him past, should they really be kidding themselves that they belong in the sport?
@philipgb it seems a lot slower in the hands of Mazepin than it does in Mick’s, given that Mick was able to fight for a while with the Williams and ultimately finished 12 seconds behind Latifi, whereas Mazepin was about 50 seconds behind Mick.
@philipgb as someone said before, this is just another Mazepin statement. I hardly think Vettel or Alonso were used to seeing blue flags (apart from when they complained on the radio about other drivers not complying with them) and yet they dutifully move out of the way when they’re lapped.
@philipgb I couldn’t agree more with you. Every racing driver should be aware of the concept regardless of how common they’re in lower single-seater categories.
“On this day in F1” reminds me that the Monaco GP and the Indy 500 don’t need to clash. Would love to see more current F1 drivers give Indy a go.
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