Gerhard Berger: “Sebastian is a four times world champion so he’s one of the outstanding drivers, no question. But he never reacted very well on pressure. I remember when Daniel (Ricciardo) came to Red Bull at the time, Daniel was very strong and he put pressure onto Sebastian and for Sebastian it was difficult to cope with it. And in Ferrari the same thing and now I just feel when you watch him, you feel he’s not free, he’s not relaxed enough. He is maybe like to prove things but at this moment, maybe it’s not possible because the car is not good enough or his own form is not good enough.”
“The Bahrain GP was watched by an average of 1.98 million viewers, peaking at 2.23 million, as viewers tuned in to watch Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen fight for the top of the podium in an enthralling duel.”
“There was a time when the driver finishing higher in the championship the previous year got the stall nearest the pit entry. That led to a quite strange situation of Lewis and Jenson swapping sides on a regular basis depending on whether they were turning right or left to go to the pit exit.”
“The issue, as I understand it, is doing all the above with an engine that complies with the emissions regulations of every territory in which it is being sold – particularly while sat idle. Think of it that way and the work of Lewis’s motor on a Sunday afternoon seems easy indeed.”
“we saw two amazing races, sprint race two and the feature race. To be honest, there was less show in the first sprint race, but having talked to some drivers, they all said that the high temperatures made it difficult for them.”
“The second of our special shows in partnership with The Brain Tumour Charity. Our first show in this series focussed on Harry’s story of sadly losing him mum in 2018 to the underfunded disease. This week we speak with Williams F1 Team planning director, Richard Williams who lost his sister Ellie in 2020. This show is dedicated to her memory.”
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Daniel Ricciardo’s first-lap contact with Pierre Gasly caused floor damage which cost him “a considerable amount of downforce”, McLaren team principal Andreas Seidl revealed yesterday following the team’s post-race inspection of his MCL35M.
“Despite the performance loss Daniel used his experience to cope with the issues and score important points for the team,” said Seidl. “We now look forward to the next race.”
F1 confirms Covid-19 cases in Bahrain
F1 and the FIA has confirmed 12 positive cases of Covid-19 were identified during the Bahrain Grand Prix weekend out of a total of 8,150 tests conducted.
Formula E will use two different Safety Cars this season: This Mini Electric Pacesetter will be used at some races instead of the usual BMW i Roadster. It weighs 1,230kg – 130kg less than the standard Mini Cooper SE. It and produces 135kW, covering 0-100kph in 6.7 seconds, 0.6s quicker than the standard model.