And that was it with today’s ticker. Tomorrow before the weekend we will of course be back with a new number, so my colleague Norman Fischer will take over at this time.
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McLaren: Podiums are not enough
Imola was without a doubt a great weekend for McLaren with P3. Norris ended up in front of the two Mercedes factory drivers, among other things. Team manager Andreas Seidl emphasizes, however, that this is not the team’s goal.
“I do not enjoy being in front of Mercedes on a weekend. Our goal is to win races,” he clarifies, adding: “We know we are not able to do that at the moment.”
One is not yet able to “regularly” fight for race victories. “We have to close the gap in the next few years,” Seidl said. So the requirements at McLaren have increased significantly again!
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Speaking of weight …
Williams even went so far as to sacrifice some of the paint on Imola to save weight. But is such a step really worth it? “I can not name any numbers,” says Dave Robson, who, however, stresses that it is definitely worth it.
“It’s significant,” he explains, emphasizing that it saves a few grams. In addition, it is “the fastest” way to save weight. As a result, some of the paint has already disappeared from other teams during the year …
Vasseur: No understanding of weight problems
At the start of the year, the Alfa Romeo was probably the only car in the field that should not suffer from “overweight”. Team manager Frederic Vasseur has no understanding of the competition, which would adjust the minimum weight subsequently.
“When designing a race car, weight is always the first goal,” he explains, making it clear: “No one can be surprised by weight at the last minute.” He assumes the teams were deliberately playing.
“I think some teams played a match with the FIA and expected that they would raise the minimum weight at the last minute. But that would have been unfair,” he clarifies. That’s why some teams are really sweating now …
So far, Vettel’s move to Aston Martin has not been a success. Last year’s highlights were two second places in Baku and Hungary, although he had to hand over the trophy in Budapest after a disqualification.
It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post. Otherwise a little consolation: He would not be the first world champion to play away when he changed teams …
Photo gallery: Ten world champions who played away when they switched teams
Nigel Mansell on McLaren (1995): After a one-year Formula 1 break, the 1992 world champion returned to his ex-team Williams for four races in the 1994 season. Because he himself won the season finale in Australia, he will attack again in 1995 – with McLaren.
Aston Martin: It would be “important” to keep Vettel
The future of the four-time world champion is currently open. His contract with Aston Martin expires at the end of the year. Team manager Mike Krack says it would be “very, very important” for the team to keep Vettel.
On the one hand it is about “continuity”, on the other hand of course about “experience” of German. “Having someone like him on the team is of great value,” Krack says.
“He has a lot of ideas and is pushing hard,” he reports. Other drivers who have had such successes as Vettel in the past can quickly lose motivation in similar situations, Krack says.
“That’s not the case with Sebastian,” he emphasizes. Ultimately, though, Krack also knows that one has to offer Vettel a sporting perspective if one wants to extend his contract.
Binotto: Pressure did not matter
Earlier we talked about Leclerc’s mistake in Imola. Teammate Sainz had already dropped out of qualifying. Could it have something to do with the extra pressure at the home run?
“Expectations were very high here in Italy,” admits team manager Mattia Binotto, who also makes it clear that he does not assume that his pilots felt any particular pressure in the cockpit.
Leclerc was “very calm” on the radio all the time during the race and did not make a tense impression. “I think it was just a mistake,” Binotto said of Sunday’s departure.
“It can always happen. A small mistake that cost him a few positions,” the team manager explains. But it had nothing to do with pressure.