October 16, 2021

Russell would have reached Q3 “by quite a large margin” without error | RaceFans Round-up

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In the round-up: George Russell’s final corner error in Q2 denied him another appearance in the top 10 shoot-out, his team believe.

In brief

Russell’s error costs him another Q3 appearance

Williams’ head of vehicle performance, Dave Robson, said that George Russell’s final Q2 lap would have been good enough to make Q3 “by quite a large margin as it turned out” – had the driver not run wide at the damp final corner.

“That’s what happened in those conditions sometimes,” Robson explained. “But he’d have definitely made it.”

McLaren’s pace better on medium than soft tyres

After a frustrating qualifying session for McLaren, team principal Andreas Seidl said the team’s performance seems to be worst on the sot tyres, which are unlikely to be used by many in the race.

“Hopefully, starting the race on the medium tyres we’ll be able to look a little bit better than what we could show today on the soft tyres, where we struggled already yesterday as well,” he said.

Daniel Ricciardo, McLaren, Istanbul Park, 2021
Fragile softs don’t suit McLaren’s car

“I think Q2 actually looked a bit better for us on medium tyres, but there will be no miracles. We simply don’t have the pace for this weekend. We know the reasons why. But still, we will try with both cars tomorrow to move forward and to score points.”

Tsunoda: pace “completely different” on track after rain

The rain which fell on Saturday morning at Istanbul Park completley changed the track’s characteristics when it dried out, said Yuki Tsunoda.

“After the rain condition, the pace went completely different,” said Tsunoda, who qualified tenth.

Tsunoda is the only driver who reached Q3 who will have to start the race on soft tyres, having used two sets to get through to Q2. However, he believes that was the right call from the AlphaTauri team, given the changed circumstances.

“From practice pace, even if I’d fitted the medium tyre it would have been possible to go through to Q3,” he said. “But straight away from Q1 I didn’t feel the same feeling and there just wasn’t much pace in the car. So definitely a good choice that the team made for going to the soft tyre.”

Saucy wins 2021 Formula Regional Europe title

Gregoire Saucy has clinched the 2021 Formula Regional European Championship title with three races to go. The regional F3-grade series was decided conclusively, Saucy on 249 points to second-placed Hadrien David’s 161, after 17 races, of which Saucy won eight.

Following the second race of the weekend at Mugello today the championship will conclude at Monza.

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On this day in motorsport

  • 45 years ago today James Hunt won the United States Grand Prix, setting up a final-round title showdown with Niki Lauda, who came in third behind Jody Scheckter. Ferrari clinched the constructors championship.


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