RaceFans Round-up: Performance under pressure still Vettel’s weakness

In the round-up: Former Formula 1 driver Gerhard Berger says Sebastian Vettel’s career since his four world championships victories has shown he doesn’t perform well under pressure.

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In brief

Ricciardo carried damage

Daniel Ricciardo, McLaren, Bahrain International Circuit, 2021
Ricciardo had a damaged floor in Bahrain

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.

Among the cases are believed to be two members of the Aston Martin team who were isolated after testing positive on Thursday.

Formula E adds second Safety Car

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.

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On this day in F1

Start, Interlagos, 1996
Hill won at a streaming wet Interlagos today in 1996
  • 25 years ago today Damon Hill won a soaking wet Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos ahead of Jean Alesi, with Michael Schumacher third in his second race for Ferrari, a lap behind

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