Does it really only depend on the material?
In the BBC interview, which has already been mentioned several times, Fernando Alonso also spoke about the perception of successes in Formula 1. His dissertation: “The headlines are reserved for drivers.”
He explains: “When I [2005 und 2006] won the titles, I beat Michael Schumacher. That was the big problem. But: Back then, my car was more reliable and performed very well. You can not praise the package highly enough, but it is always the driver who gets the headline. “
Nevertheless, Formula 1 drivers in particular are crucially dependent on their equipment. The example of Lewis Hamilton shows this, says Alonso: “It was unthinkable that anyone would achieve more than 100 pole positions. You need the best car and the best package for many years.”
Alonso does not want these statements to be understood as a scolding on Hamilton. “He deserves everything he has achieved,” Alonso says. “Nevertheless, the year 2022 is a good reminder that all records and figures go back to a large extent to what a [technisches] package you have. “
And with that: see you soon!
That was it for today in the Formula 1 live ticker. A fairly quiet day between the race in Barcelona and the race in Monaco, which follows this weekend. And from tomorrow Wednesday, Ruben Zimmermann is again active in the ticker.
Stefan Ehlen says thank you so much for being there today – and see you soon!
How to make Monaco better …
… many have bothered their brains over this. Here is a suggestion from Marc Surer from the recent Formula 1 past. Realistic or not? Just decide for yourself …
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To get in the mood for Monaco
Yes, everyone knows Monaco and the street circuit there. But how good really? We take you on a tour of what is perhaps the most famous racetrack in the world, and risk a glimpse into Monaco’s Formula 1 past in prominent places …
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Monaco Special Wings 2001
Let’s move on to a completely different topic: Monaco! After all, Formula 1 continues this weekend. What we did not see: aerodynamic excesses like this one from the 2001 season.
As is well known, you can argue about beauty, but not about safety: these attachments were soon banned again in Formula 1 …
Why the mere numbers do not do justice to everyone
In an interview with the BBC, Fernando Alonso said more about Lewis Hamilton and why his performance in the 2022 season was not given enough credit.
Alonso: “Sometimes you have a better car, sometimes it’s not that good. But you still have to fight and make progress. This year we see: The driver is very important in Formula 1, but not crucial. Lewis drives as well as for the last eight years. He’s running a mega lap now – or something like that, he said it himself in Australia – and is a second behind. “
“It’s just like that in Formula 1,” says Alonso. “In terms of numbers, this sport is not fair. For example, we did magic laps every now and then and were P15. How do you explain that to people? It’s impossible!”
Alonso believes: Hamilton is ahead of Russell in the end
Two-time Formula One world champion Fernando Alonso does not believe in snapshots. For example, it does not have to keep Lewis Hamilton currently behind his Mercedes teammate George Russell. Alonso said this in a BBC interview.
He said: “George has been very fast for years. I think everyone expected him to make life difficult for Lewis. But I still believe Lewis will be at the front at the end of the season.”
And Alonso explains it like this: “So far we have only talked about [sechs] Race. At some point, however, it becomes more difficult or difficult situations arise. Lewis has more experience and maybe more talent. “
Steiner: The team messed up Schumacher’s strategy
In Barcelona, Mick Schumacher seemed ready for a good result after a strong start. But then the strategy did not work: Schumacher fell back, missing the top 10 and thus his first points.
Team manager Günther Steiner admits: Looking back, the two-stop strategy with a long third inning was probably not the best idea. “Even with three stops, it would have been hard to finish in the points, but we certainly would have had better chances,” he says.
Haas: We should get points again …
Haas has not scored a point in Formula 1 since Imola. And team manager Günther Steiner believes: Recently, there was more to it than just positions outside the points. He says after the Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona: “You are worried because there are missed opportunities.”
And: “The car seems to have a good pace. Because [in Barcelona] we qualified in eighth and tenth place. At some point, you need points. “
But because there is no counter, “there is also frustration,” Steiner says. But he immediately adds: “It’s not entirely wrong for us. Sometimes we were unlucky with the safety car. It just takes a little now [Glück] on a Sunday. “
So far, only Kevin Magnussen has scored for Haas. Mick Schumacher is still waiting for his first top 10 result in a Formula 1 race.
What a movie day brings
Let’s stay with Ferrari. And came to the question of how the team benefited from its film day in Monza.
As a reminder: Special Pirelli tires are required for a movie day with the current car and the maximum distance is 100 kilometers.
“That is not much [Distanz]but it’s useful to drive, “explains Claudio Albertini, who is in charge of the chassis at Ferrari.” Let’s put it this way: You can try some special things that are otherwise difficult to do on a track when other cars are also on the path. Albertini does not go into detail at this time.
He only says: Ferrari has made progress because it was able to test its Spain updates before the weekend in Spain. “It gave us confidence because you [am Rennwochenende] can not change so much in such a short time. But it is so important that you trust what you are doing. Then you will find it easier to go in the right direction on the spot on the racetrack. “
Incidentally, Mercedes also had such a movie day: George Russell drove the current W13 in Le Castellet. Two of these movie days are available for each season and team.
What Ferrari can do now at Leclerc
A turbocharger and an MGU-H are over at Charles Leclerc. So what can Ferrari do now? In principle, the team has two options for the current engine overview:
Either Leclerc takes fresh components and uses them to the maximum for the entire season. Then it would mean a net penalty for him if he had another defect.
Or Ferrari and Leclerc can switch back to used components from the start of the season, provided they are still technically usable. In any case, there would not be an immediate threat of a penalty transfer on the starting grid, but probably a (smaller) performance deficit with used parts compared to new components.
Ferrari rules out design flaws
What are the consequences of the Leclerc defect beyond pure component wear? Ferrari also addressed this issue on Monday in Maranello.
The finding: “We analyzed the error and its causes and determined that it was not due to a design error or a reliability issue, either with [Turbolader und MGU-H] nor with other elements of the drive unit. “
It sounds as if it was not a systematic defect, but a mistake that occurred in isolation, albeit “quite suddenly”, without warning, as team manager Mattia Binotto said on Sunday.
The exact cause of Leclerc’s error
Ferrari has now also looked more closely at the cause of Charles Leclerc’s failure, who had led the race in Spain, but then had to give up after just 27 laps.
Leclerc’s driveline was examined in Maranello on Monday. Result: Turbocharger and MGU-H are irreparably damaged. Leclerc may need new components here. It would not (yet) be a problem, because even with the new parts, it would still be within the allowable range. But then Ferrari should not allow further defects in the turbocharger and MGU-H at Leclerc, because otherwise there would be a penalty.
More about this in our current engine overview, which shows all previously used drive components and shows which drivers should expect fines for which redundant elements. (Note: Any new Leclerc parts are only included in the list when they are used in the car for the first time.)
“Inspector Seb” – really now!
That Sebastian Vettel felt his stolen bag fits perfectly with his nickname “Inspector Seb”. But Vettel got it for other reasons: He is known for staying in parc ferme after qualifying or the race and taking a closer look at the opposing teams’ cars. This inspection made him an “inspector”, especially on social networks (where Vettel is still not represented).
Sebastian Vettel robbed in Barcelona
Our first report today concerns Sebastian Vettel: He was robbed after the Formula 1 race in Spain.
According to Aston Martin, it happened on Monday in Barcelona. The Spanish newspaper ‘El Periodico’ reports that a bag from Vettel was stolen from a car in front of the hotel.
According to the team, Vettel then tried to find the bag on its own by using the search function for its headphones and riding on a scooter.
At least the headphones actually reappeared: “Sebastian found them. [Die Diebe] left them. “However, the bag has disappeared.
Formula 1 Tuesday in the ticker
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