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today is Dec 05, 2021

In the round-up: Antonio Giovinazzi spent most of the Russian Grand Prix “struggling with the car” after a radio failure left him unable to communicate with his team.

In brief

Giovinazzi: “I was struggling with the car, to be honest”

Giovinazzi revealed he suffered a radio failure on lap one of the Russian Grand Prix, meaning he had no way of communicating with the Alfa Romeo pit wall.

“A silent race with no radio again from lap one to the end,” said Giovinazzi. “I had contact on lap one and then I lost some time behind the Haas and Williams.”

Drivers had to make late-race calls on when to pit for intermediate tyres, in worsening conditions. Without being able to contact his team, Giovinazzi made a late tyre change on lap 50 – at the same time as Lando Norris, who had been attempting to go to the end.

“I was struggling with the car, to be honest,” said Giovinazzi, who finished 16th.

Norris’ rain dilemma “every driver’s worst nightmare”

George Russell empathised with Lando Norris’ lost win at the Russian Grand Prix, saying the call to pit was impossible to make completely correctly.

“It’s every driver’s worst nightmare to be leading the race and you start seeing rain on your visor.

“You’re damned if you do box, you’re damned if you don’t box. You’re in a lose-lose position,” said Russell, who also lost a potential maiden win at last season’s Sakhir Grand Prix.

“I’ve been there, it definitely hurts, but he’ll recover. I guess you try and take the positives from it and he’ll have a victory sooner or later, I’m sure.”

Ferrari hybrid system upgrade improved Sochi performance

Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto was pleased with the gains he saw from the upgraded power unit the team ran on Charles Leclerc’s car for the first time last weekend. “We introduced an update to the hybrid system for the power unit, which worked the way we had expected and produced a little bit more performance,” he said.

However, Binotto bemoaned that the team had been unable to secure Leclerc a points finish, despite his recovery from starting 19th.

“We were not perfect in other areas, for example the pit stops and tyre management with Charles in those final chaotic moments of the race, whereas with Carlos [Sainz Jnr] everything went according to plan and we will build on the experience gained today.”

Formula 3 champion Hauger given post-race penalty for tyre change

Dennis Hauger, who sealed the Formula 3 title on Friday, was given a 10-second stop-go penalty, converted to a 30-second time penalty, after scrutineers deemed he had changed tyres without a permissible justification.

F3 does not have pit stops during its sprint race format and drivers are not allowed to change tyres unless they have become “punctured or damaged,” according to Article 39.8 of the series’ sporting regulations.

Hauger pitted, reporting serious vibrations, after spinning at turn seven. All four of his tyres were changed by his Prema mechanics but when checked after the race, the discarded tyres were judged not to have suffered enough damage to have justified the replacement.

The technical delegate examining Hauger’s car further found that there was no evidence of significant vibrations through the steering wheel, so Hauger’s stop was deemed a violation. All his lap times from lap 11 were therefore discounted. Arthur Leclerc therefore earned the final fastest lap of the season.