June 13, 2021

Lack of grip at Algarve “brings memories back from F3” – Schumacher | RaceFans Round-up

In the round-up: Mick Schumacher was surprised by the lack of grip at the Algarve circuit, which he likened to driving a Formula 3 car.

In brief

Portimao’s grip makes F1 feel like F3

Schumacher has never previously raced at the Autodromo do Algarve, though he did test a GP2 car there before it was resurfaced. After experiencing his new surface for the first time yesterday he was surprised how little grip there was.

“It’s definitely a lot, lot more slippery than what I’m what I’m used to,” he said. “But it definitely was fun. We had a very lively car there. It kind of brings memories back from F3 and go karting style.

“Interesting track. It is quite impressive, a lot of blind corners and obviously it’s quite short but therefore it’s very intense. We have the very long corner in the last part where the neck sometimes gets long, but it’s definitely, definitely good training and definitely good fun.”

Vasseur happy with Ilott’s first practice drive

Callum Ilott, Alfa Romeo, Autodromo do Algarve, 2021
Ilott’s first F1 run went well

Alfa Romeo team principal Frederic Vasseur praised Callum Ilott’s job for the team in first practice, saying he compared well to the extremely experienced Kimi Raikkonen.

“He did a good job. [First practice] is not an easy exercise and he had to jump into the car for this. I think he drove in Portimao five years ago, six years ago with F3 and the session is very difficult.

“He had two kinds of pressure: the first one is to do a good job. The second one is don’t spray the car somewhere – and he did very well.

“He was a bit conservative at the first part of the lap, but he did a very strong job compared to Kimi on the last part of the laps, on the last stint so we are quite happy. The feedback is okay and the integration into the team is good.”

Social media boycott grows to 14 F1 drivers

Since Lando Norris, George Russell and Lewis Hamilton announced they would be joining English football’s boycott of social media this weekend, a further 11 drivers have announced they will join them. Esteban Ocon, Nicholas Latifi, Charles Leclerc, Mick Schumacher, Valtteri Bottas, Daniel Ricciardo, Max Verstappen, Pierre Gasly, Sergio Perez, Nikita Mazepin and Carlos Sainz Jnr have issued their own announcements confirming they will be taking part in the boycott.

Lasting until 23:59 on Monday, the drivers have committed not to post during the boycott period. The action is intended to impact social networks which have failed to take action against racism and discriminatory abuse on their platforms by depriving them the engagement driven by popular sports’ and star’s content.

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