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In the round-up: Ferrari’s head of race strategy, Inaki Rueda, says the team misjudged Charles Leclerc’s gap to his rivals twice during the Monaco Grand Prix

In brief

Ferrari made two timing errors which cost Leclerc Monaco win

Ferrari’s sporting director and head of race strategy, Inaki Rueda, explained on a video released by the team they had made “two mistakes” with Leclerc’s strategy in the race, which saw him fall from first to fourth.

To begin with they attempted to cover Sergio Perez’s switch to intermediate tyres. At the point Leclerc came into the pits, Ferrari’s strategy software showed his likely advantage over Perez had diminished to just one second. Rueda said they hadn’t expected Perez to gain nine seconds on their driver in a single lap.

The team’s second mistake “was a gap mistake again” Rueda continued. “We wanted to pit both cars onto dry tyres. On lap 21, we thought the track was good for dry tyres. At the same time we were bringing Carlos in to try and keep the lead of the race, we thought, ‘let’s bring Charles to try and undercut Perez so we can finish P1 and P2’.

Transcript: How Red Bull seized a win that “Ferrari looked like they had in the bag” “As we were coming in, we were looking at our tools and our gaps. The gap in between our cars was five seconds. It was tight for a stop here. A comfortable stop here is done with six seconds in between the cars, but we thought five-and-a-half seconds might be enough.

“As the cars got closer and closer to pit entry, the gap was narrowed and at pit entry, the gap was only three-and-a-half seconds. We made a last second attempt to try and tell Charles to stay out, but it was too late – he had already veered into the pit lane and in this stop, Charles lost two seconds. This was crucial. This is what allowed Verstappen to come out ahead of Charles a lap later.”

Mercedes junior Aron tops wet FREC test

Mercedes junior driver Paul Aron was fastest in the Formula Regional European Championship (FREC) test day at Paul Ricard ahead of this weekend’s two races at the French circuit.

Aron, who currently sits seventh in the series after six races with one race win, set the fastest time in both the wet morning and dry afternoon sessions of a 1’59.325. The Prema driver was just under three tenths faster than Michael Belov, with ART’s Gabriele Mini third fastest.

The FREC is currently led by Ferrari academy driver Dino Beganovic, who leads Hadrien David by 129 points to 74 after three race victories.

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Just finished the track walk and it looks good.. lots of overtaking points and very very hard on the tyres. Gonna be an interesting race ! Asphalt temperature is now on the high 50 degrees C

— LUCAS (@LucasdiGrassi) June 3, 2022

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Motor racing links of interest:

De Vries insists he is focused on Formula E amid rumours he is going to switch over to F1 (Eurosport)

"I'm highly motivated and committed to achieving what we (are trying) to do. I really care about our sport, and I have a lot of passion for what we do. So regardless of my future, I obviously want to win and defend the championships. There are obviously a lot of rumours, and people like to talk about it, but I'm living in the present."

Formula One owner closes deal to purchase land near Las Vegas Strip for $240 million (3 News Las Vegas)

"The parent company of Formula One has closed its $240 million purchase of land near the Las Vegas Strip in advance of a planned race in 2023. Courtnee Chun with Liberty Media said in an email that the company bought 39 acres on the northeast corner of Harmon Avenue and Koval Lan."

Calan Williams: My greatest influences (Formula 2)

"My father put in a massive amount of work to get me to where I am. Massive. He does basically all of the communication stuff in terms of finding sponsors. He’s very very good at finding sponsors and investors for me, it’s incredible."

AMF1 Esports Team confirms new line-up for V10 R-League (Aston Martin)

"Manuel Biancolilla, who is already racing for the team in the SRO Esports series, will be joined by Alejandro Sanchez and Simon Weigang in V10 R-League."

Grill The Grid 2022 | Episode 2 | First Corners (F1 via YouTube)

"They know each 2022 track like the back of their hands (all that sim time!) so identifying the first corners on this year's race calendar should be easy, right?"

Behind the Charge | This is us, Sergio Perez wins the Monaco Grand Prix (Red Bull via YouTube)

"There is no place like Monaco. After three years, it was back to it's most glorious best as the Red Bull Energy Station came back to the Monaco harbour and Sergio Perez claimed his first Monaco Grand Prix victory."

My Job in F1: Rob | Machine Shop Manager (Mercedes via YouTube)

"Meet Rob, our Machine Shop Manager. He leads and coordinates the machining, fabrication and inspection areas of the Team."

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