Miami premiere in the analysis: No progress at Mercedes


Miami premiere in analysis

This brings us to the end of today’s ticker. Don’t worry: we’ll get back to you Monday morning to calmly work through the other topics in the Miami premiere

Of course, there will be a little more on our portal, and now Kevin Scheuren and Christian Nimmervoll are already reporting on the YouTube channel with their large video analysis.

The following topics are scheduled for today:

– Collision Vettel vs. Schumacher
– Red Bull: Top speed trumps Ferrari
– Mercedes: Russell makes it 4-1
– Alonso apologizes
– Gasly vs. Norris: racing accident?
– Conclusion: How did we like Miami?
– Questions from channel members from live chat

Have fun with it and see you later!


Bottas: Would have kept Hamilton behind me

The Finn believes he would have finished fifth without a safety car. He sees no reason why he should not have kept Hamilton behind him until the end of the race. “Until [zum Safety-Car] everything went pretty smoothly, “he says.

But the safety car allowed Russell to put “fresh tires on”. “It changed everything,” he explains. As a result, Bottas made the mistake under pressure and had to let both Mercedes drivers through.

“So the safety car was a little unlucky for me. But that’s the way it is,” he shrugs.


Gasly: ​​Wanted to leave extra space

Earlier we heard Norris and Alonso, now it’s Gasly’s turn. The Frenchman explains that his car was so badly damaged in the Alonso accident that he could not steer properly afterwards.

This again led to the Norris collision. He still tried to “steer the car as far to the right as possible”. “I tried to make room for everyone,” Gasly assures. Still, there was contact.

“I do not know where I should have gone,” he shrugs.


Russell: Knowing we were lucky

Speaking of gambling: This applies to Hamilton’s teammates, who were speculating in a safety car. “When something like this happens, you look like a genius,” Russell says, but admits he was just “lucky” in the end.

“That’s what happens when you take a different tactic. We secured ourselves against P7 and there was no need to pit. Then you can stay out there and hope something happens,” Russell said.

“Still, we did not manage to run the pace we had shown last Friday. But we were better than last Saturday, albeit far from Friday. We still have to understand why that was the case,” he says.


Hamilton: What was going on on the radio?

The record holder was not happy that the team wanted him to decide if he should pit in the safety car period. Why was there a little quarrel on the radio?

“You do not have all the information on the court,” he explains, adding: “So when you’re in charge of making a decision, it feels like you’re playing. And I do not like that.”

He therefore asked the team to make a decision.


Perez missed ten km / h

The sensor problem could be solved. But Perez reports that he was still missing ten km / h on the straight track afterwards. Therefore, despite the fresh tires, he did not have a chance for P3 in the end.

“Unfortunately, I was not able to get close to Carlos even with DRS. The deficit on straights was very large,” he reports, explaining that “with a normal engine” he might even have been able to win in the end.

Due to technical issues, it was “a bad race”.


punish Alonso

We were just outside the goal: the warning was not enough, Alonso got another five-second penalty because he got an advantage by leaving the field. This will drop him from the points!

Albon inherits P9 and Stroll, in tenth place, still scores points. Here is the stewards’ brief explanation in its entirety:

“The stewards reviewed the video evidence and determined that car 14 left the lane at turn 14 and gained a lasting advantage.”


Bottas: Braked a little too late

The Finn was in the P5 for a long time, but eventually lost two places to the Mercedes drivers due to a mistake. “I braked a little too late. I just missed the tip,” he reports.

It was already enough to run into the ground next to the ideal line. “I understeered into the wall. Luckily nothing broke or caused punctures,” he breathes deeply.

“It’s a shame we did not get P5, but P7 is still good,” Bottas said. In the World Cup, Alfa Romeo is still in P5 ahead of Alpine.


Alonso: Sorry for Gasly

Speaking of Gasly: ​​We reported earlier that Alonso apologized to the French. Now we also have the Spaniard in the wording: “It was my fault. It has happened to me sometimes.”

“Mick spun in Imola and ruined my race. Today I slowed down too late and ruined Pierre’s race. It was my fault and I feel sorry for him,” said the two-time world champion.

“It’s hard not to finish a race after someone has touched you from behind,” he knows from personal experience, explaining, “He was unlucky. It was my fault.”


Norris: Gasly crash “just unfortunate”

The McLaren driver does not see the fault of the crash itself. “I have to talk to him first to understand what happened,” Norris said. To him, it felt like Gasly was being driven in his direction.

In the end, the crash was “simply unfortunate” because Gasly’s car was already damaged after the previous contact with Alonso. A blessing in disguise: more than P8 would not have been possible today, even without the crash, “Norris said.

“Fortunately, we did not lose that much,” he says. “But a few points would have been better than none …”


The overtaking maneuver for victory …

… is available here again in the video!


Schumacher: Best race of the year

It makes the crash doubly annoying. “I think it was our best race this year so far,” Schumacher explains. “Of course, it was not the day we had hoped for,” admits team manager Günther Steiner.

For Magnussen also left empty-handed. “It was the hardest race I have ever ridden. It was incredibly hot,” says the Dane. In the last stint, his foreleg was also damaged.

“The pace in the car was there,” Steiner said angrily. In the end, one just had “accidents again”. In the World Cup, Haas is still only in P8. There would have been more.


Hamilton: No progress at Mercedes

“Unfortunately, we had the same speed as in the first race,” sums up the Briton, explaining: “Unfortunately, we did not improve in these five races.” He also ended up behind his teammate again today.

“George did a great job in the first place,” he says. Then Russell was lucky with the safety car. “Looking back, the hard tire was the best tire. Maybe we could have started on that,” Hamilton said.

In the end, however, they got important points for the team with P5 and P6.


Sainz: I needed this race

After his two previous failures, the Spaniard explains in the PK that he “needed” this race. He finally had to cover an entire race distance again – for his fitness and his understanding of the car.

He made “some mistakes” today because he still did not fully understand the new Ferrari. Of course, kilometers are all the more important. And today he was finally able to unwind a few again.


Verstappen: Had not even practiced a start

We hold on to the race winner, who reveals in the top 3 PK that he did not practice a single start all weekend. So he had no idea what to expect. Nevertheless, it was enough to crack one of the Ferraris directly.

Incidentally, he will not complain about the safety car that deprived him of his entire lead. After all, he has already benefited from the safety car in other races. Abu Dhabi last year, of course, comes to mind …


Today’s official driver …

… has by the way become Verstappen again today. His curious streak has also continued: If the Dutchman has seen the checkered flag this year, then he has also won. This happened three times. In the other two races, he walked empty-handed.

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