Good Saturday morning – happy birthday to Platon. We’re in the middle of the race weekend at Austria and, for Mercedes (despite a horrendous qualifying outcome), things are getting brighter.
Despite a horrible start to the season, things for Mercedes are looking promising. Despite both of its drivers crashing out of qualifying for Austria in Q3, their pace looked strong, enabling them to mix just behind the top duo of Red Bull and Ferrari. Read the qualifying report.
“I’m encouraged, of course, to see our performance,” Hamilton said. “We weren’t expecting to be as close as that today so that’s a huge positive.”
“I could have been P4, for sure,” admitted George Russell after crashing out. “I was a tenth up on my lap and absolutely went for it because I thought there was an opportunity for third.
“I think we ordinarily have better race pace than we do qualifying pace. We’re definitely there in the fight.”
Hopeful for the better
Charles Leclerc hopes things will get better after what he called a “disaster” past five races. The Monegasque qualified behind poleman Verstappen for today’s Sprint and hopes for a clean race.
“I just want to drive a clean race,” he said. “There have been five races that have been a bit of a disaster from my side, so I just hope that everything goes well and that we can finally score the points we deserve.” Read more.
Submissive Perez – Marko’s wet dream reality
No double entendres intended – Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko is happy Sergio Perez is a team player that “doesn’t try to fight.”
Marko praised the Mexican for not fighting Max Verstappen on track and following team orders to facilitate victories for the Dutchman.
“Max can drive any car fast. That’s why having Sergio Perez as his teammate is perfect,” he said.
“Checo doesn’t try to fight but does everything he can, and that can lead to victory as it did in Baku last season. The two work very well together.”
Image of the week
Description: Guanyu Zhou crashes out of the Silverstone Grand Prix after George Russell makes contact with him. Photo by REUTERS / Molly Darlington.
In memory of Carlos Reutemann
Buenos Aires, July 7 (Action Sports Network) – This week marked one year since the death of former Formula 1 driver and Argentinian politician Carlos Reutemann.
Often referred to as the uncrowned champion – he won 12 Grand Prix in his 11 years in the sport. He also proved to be a driver of versatility having driven for 4 different teams in his career.
He raced for teams like Ferrari, Williams, Brabham, and even Lotus. He also took part in 2 events hosted by the World Rally Championship (WRC) and finished on the podium each time. For three decades, he was the only person to have scored points in two different championships, until Kimi Räikkönen achieved the same feat in 2010.
The Argentinian was known for being clever and technical. He put these skills of his to perfect use after retiring as he went on to become a Senator who declined offers to be President.
Reutemann was first signed into F1 by Bernie Ecclestone in 1972. Ecclestone had just bought Brabham racing which had seen several ownership changes in the prior years and needed stability to fare well as a team. The team had a strong line-up with Carlos and two-time world champion, Graham Hill. He also participated in multiple World Rally Championship events.
You rarely witness a man who possesses the caliber for being President, F1 world champion as well as a World Rally Champion. Reutemann’s death is painful, however, he will always be remembered as a man of various talents and a motor racer with the flair of an artist.
That’s everything for this week’s News Roundup, I hope you enjoyed it. My name is Luciano Calamante, see you around. 👋