In the round-up: Nicholas Latifi says he knows he needs to get on the same level as team mate Alex Albon
Nicholas Latifi says he knows he needs to get on the same level of performance as Williams team mate Alex Albon.
Latifi currently sits bottom of the drivers’ championship, one of only two drivers yet to score their first point of the season. He admits he is struggling with a lack of confidence in car – even on the straights.
“It’s everywhere,” Latifi said. “As soon as you’re not flat out through the straights, that’s when it starts.
“Obviously Alex is clearly more comfortable with the car. I mean, regardless of the pace of the car, we know we’re missing downforce. We know we’re struggling with balance issues – this is clear. But he’s doing a better job in managing it, so I have to get to that level.
“For me, it is just a pure feel and confidence thing with the car. It’s not a driving style – [that] I’m braking too late, not carrying enough mid speed, this and that. If you don’t feel the confidence in the car, you can’t begin to work on the more technical aspects when you eventually, will have to work on those things.”
Porsche Formula E director Florian Modlinger said Porsche’s double retirement in the Monaco EPrix marked a “bitter day” for the team.
Pascal Wehrlein had been leading the race until he suddenly lost power to the car, with his team unable to radio to their driver. After a Safety Car, Andre Lotterer’s race ended in the Sainte Devote barriers following contact with Oliver Rowland.
“This is a bitter day for the team,” said Modlinger. “After a very good first half, Pascal was leading the field only to have a technical defect throw him out of contention. We now have to analyse what happened.
“The drivers and the team put in a strong qualifying performance and a promising start to the race, but unfortunately weren’t rewarded in the end.”
IndyCar drivers Alexander Rossi, Colton Herta and Callum Ilott all say they are excited for Formula 1’s first ever Miami Grand Prix next weekend.
“I think it’s going to be awesome,” said Rossi. “I’m just excited for Formula 1 and America, honestly. It’s been a long time coming to have multiple races in the States. It’s a big country. There’s no reason not to have three.
Herta said that it was “really good” to see Formula 1 growing in the USA, while Ilott thinks the event will draw a large crowd despite the high ticket prices.
“With the amount of people that turned up to COTA last year, I think Miami will be quite a spectacle and a half, even aside from the on-track stuff,” said Ilott. “I have no idea where the track goes. The rest of it should be a great venue for a lot of people. Just expensive.”
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Toto Talks Mental Health, Motivation and More on the Leadership 2050 Podcast (Mercedes)
"I've been in dark places quite a few times and it doesn't last a day or a week, it can go on for months. But that will make you so much stronger because there was so much introspection, so much analysis about your life. This sensitivity that is being given to you, that felt like a burden, can actually be a superpower."
John Elkann: Cultural shift behind Ferrari's 2022 success (Formula 1)
"Lawrence Barretto in conversation with John Elkann, chairman of Ferrari."
Two Hard Rock Stadium workers burned while working on coming Formula 1 event, officials say (Miami Herald)
"A Hard Rock Stadium spokesperson said an electrical incident, not an explosion, had occurred when work was being done for the race events from May 6 to 8. The workers did not suffer life-threatening injures, the spokesperson said."
The British Superbike champion trying to overcome 150mph crash and join Lewis Hamilton in motorsport royalty (TalkSport)
"Hamilton is probably the best and biggest British motorsport athlete of all-time. To have my name up there in the future would be amazing."
F1’s Nicholas Latifi gears up for Miami, dishes on travels off track (NY Post)
"Our team has been good going into new tracks, getting on top of what we need to do and how to optimize the car. It’s going to be a good opportunity for us hopefully. At the same time, we have to be realistic. We’re not in the position we want to be. But it doesn’t take away from the excitement of arriving in Miami to experience a brand-new event."
Formula One star Daniel Ricciardo’s family business damaged in accidental blaze (The West Australian)
"The family of famous Formula One racing driver Daniel Ricciardo have been hit with a hefty damage bill after a fire ripped through their Malaga factory. Ricciardo Earthmoving, owned by the Italian-Australian driver’s dad, Joe Ricciardo, went up in flames on Thursday."
Job: Junior Graphic Designer (Alpine)
"Alpine F1 Team are looking for a Junior Graphic Designer to work in our small but superb team of in-house designers. You will be expected to create content across multiple touchpoints, for use with the Race Team, the Commercial team and the wider Alpine F1 Team environment."
Formula E round 6: Monaco (Formula E via YouTube)
Euroformula Open round 1: Estoril (Euroformula Open via YouTube)
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