In the round-up: Esteban Ocon says he is excited to have the updated floor Alpine ran on Fernando Alonso’s car in Imola
Alonso received an updated floor in Imola, qualifying fifth on Friday and starting ninth in the grand prix, until damage from contact with Mick Schumacher led to his early retirement. Ocon says he keen to try the new specification floor himself this weekend.
“I look forward to testing this new performance part that Fernando had this weekend,” said Ocon. “I think it seems to be a good gain from what the team is looking at.
“I think it’s a missed opportunity for us [in Imola]. We were supposed to get good points and good performance from that. So yeah, it’s a shame, but we will bounce back and bounce back better.”
Formula E will add a new round in Brazil next year, the championship has announced. It has agreed a five-year deal to race in Sao Paulo.
Lucas di Grassi, the 2016-17 season champion who has participated in the series every year since its inception, said the opportunity to compete in a Formula E race at home was “music to my ears.”
“There is nothing like the pride and incredible energy of the Brazilian racing fans so it would be a dream come true for me to race in this game-changing championship in front of a home crowd.”
Lewis Hamilton believes Formula 1 is enjoying popularity growth boom in the US ahead of the first ever Miami Grand Prix this weekend.
The seven-time world champion appeared on ABC television’s Good Morning America on Monday morning to promote this weekend’s race. Asked if F1 had now arrived in the US, Hamilton said “I think so, yeah.”
“I’ve been coming out here for a long, long time,” Hamilton continued, “but I never quite understood why people weren’t into Formula 1. Everyone knew NASCAR and obviously you’ve got such huge sporting fans out here.
“But this Netflix show [Drive to Survive], particularly through the pandemic, has just brought massive awareness to the sport. And now it’s booming.”
Rinus VeeKay described his performance at Barber Motorsports Park last weekend as a “big confidence booster” heading into the all-important Indy 500 phase of the season.
The Ed Carpenter Racing driver took pole position for the Grand Prix of Alabama and led 57 laps before eventually finishing third for his first podium of the season. VeeKay says the performance puts him in a “good position” ahead of the Indy 500.
“It’s a big confidence booster,” said VeeKay. “Coming here, first road course of the season – just very happy. We were very fast in qualifying. Just in the race also we had the pace to win the race.
“I think coming into the month of May, I know Indy road course is going to be good for us. The Indy 500. I think we’re in a good position.”
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Notable posts from Twitter, Instagram and more:
I dedicate this win today to the memory of Ayrton Senna on the anniversary of his loss 28 years ago. I know he means a lot to everyone at McLaren and to McLaren fans all over the world.🧡 pic.twitter.com/NQ7wuTWPvu
— Pato O'Ward (@PatricioOWard) May 2, 2022
We’re going to Miami 😎🇺🇸#HaasF1 #MiamiGP pic.twitter.com/ZsbYiQnboY
— Haas F1 Team (@HaasF1Team) May 2, 2022
Faux outrage at a fake marina, when F1 could have been racing in a non descript car park. Think praise for the incredible job the folks in Miami have done on the campus is more fitting. Gonna be fun when folks realise F1 is racing past a fake Eiffel Tower in Vegas next year.
— Will Buxton (@wbuxtonofficial) May 2, 2022
It’s not faux. The ticket prices for this race are outrageous. Instead of building a grandstand with lower ticket prices they built a fake marina for millionaires.
— Real Heroes Wear A Mask (@WhateverJoel) May 2, 2022
Let's not forget that the "lake" inside the track at Albert Park in Melbourne is also a waist-deep prop. Red Bull Ring in Austria has a giant sculpture. What is all the crying about? https://t.co/ko9BmHULwt
— Bob Varsha (@bobvarsha) May 2, 2022
𝗜𝗧'𝗦 𝗥𝗔𝗖𝗘 𝗪𝗘𝗘𝗞! It feels so good to be able to say that. 🤩
Title sponsor confirmed ✅ Driver line-up confirmed ✅ Miami vibes 😎 ✅
Let’s go racing… 🏎#WSeries pic.twitter.com/GBIWRVIw3H
— W Series (@WSeriesRacing) May 2, 2022
Motor racing links of interest:
Dutch boy, four, takes mother's car for a joyride (BBC)
""New Max Verstappen found in (the Utrecht suburb of) Overvecht," police wrote in the post - a reference to the current Dutch world champion Formula One driver."
Mobility - Practical Information (French Grand Prix)
"In order to guarantee fluidity to all spectators, reduce the waiting time in their vehicles and reduce our carbon footprint as part of our sustainable development approach, access to the Paul Ricard circuit will be limited to 9,000 vehicles."
W Series' Chloe Chambers Is Here To Chase The Triple Crown Of Motorsport (Jalopnik)
"I had always had my eyes set on Formula 1, It’s pretty much one of the reasons why I got into motorsports. When I first started racing, I was always like, I want to race at Formula 1. I’ve always kept that."
Sidney Taylor: The deal-making nightclub entrepreneur who ran Theodore F1 (Motor Sport)
"Sid was a sometime irascible Irishman and at first glance he looked more like a mechanic than a world-class racing entrant but behind the gruff exterior was an enthusiast who knew his racing, could spot and support rising talent and was a brilliant deal maker."
Formula 1 Doesn't Need DRS Anymore (Road Track)
"Yes, removing DRS means fewer total passes. It also means longer battles, the sort of battles where passes develop over time and feel earned. It preserves the moments we love about auto racing, the big risks on corner entry with big reward, and only at the cost of the predetermined, formulaic, artificial passing we have today."
Behind the visor S2 E4 - Simulator (AlphaTauri via YouTube)
"We all hear the drivers spend a lot of their time in a simulator, but what do they gain from these sessions, especially ahead of a new circuit? Our latest episode has you covered!"
Celebrating people, passions and values (Aston Martin)
"Without you, there’s no us, and throughout the Miami Grand Prix week, we’re calling on local fans and creators – as well as a few familiar faces – to help tell our story."
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