F1 is growing -
Stefano Domenicali, President & CEO of Formula 1:
"The USA is a key growth market for us, and we are greatly encouraged by our growing reach in the US which will be further supported by this exciting second race. We will be working closely with the team from Hard Rock Stadium and the FIA to ensure the circuit MIAMI delivers exciting racing but also leaves a positive and lasting contribution to the people in the local community."
Tom Garfinkel, Managing Partner, Formula 1 Miami Grand Prix:
“The Hard Rock stadium entertainment campus in Miami Gardens exists to host the biggest global events to benefit the entire greater Miami region and Formula 1 racing is as big as it gets. We have worked with specialist designers to create a racetrack that we, Formula 1 and the FIA believe will provide great racing and we hope to create best-
“I want to thank Formula 1 and the Miami Gardens and Miami Dade County elected officials for working to bring this hugely impactful event here for years to come.”
Aston Martin RED BULL Racing
Red Bull Racing Honda drivers excited to race around colourful US city next year.
Formula One announced today that Miami will be hosting a new race in 2022 with Red Bull Racing Honda drivers Max Verstappen and Sergio Pérez excited to compete in the "Magic City" famous for laidback seaside vibes and Latin-
"It's always interesting to go to a new place where we've never driven before and Miami is a great city. I'm sure if they build a good track, we can have a lot of fun out there and hopefully we'll bring a lot of excitement so the fans can of course enjoy the race. I'm always happy to be in America, it gives you that kind of feeling that anything is possible, so I'm just excited to go there."
CHRISTIAN HORNER, Team Principal
“It is fantastic for us to get the victory here, IMOLA today, particularly after losing such a close race in Bahrain. Max drove impeccably all afternoon with no mistakes and the Team made some perfectly timed pit stop calls, making this a thoroughly deserved victory and an important one for us. Max was pumped up for the race, with a great start giving him momentum down into Turn 1 where we saw two tough drivers pushing to the limit for track position which is what everyone wants to see. Lewis was still very quick today which could be seen particularly towards the end of the race when they seemed to have very low tyre degradation. I think they maybe had a quicker car than us today but it’s great to get that first victory of the season under our belts. It was a real shame for Sergio after such a brilliant day yesterday and nothing went his way which is frustrating for him, but he’s becoming more and more comfortable with the car and you can guarantee that he will come back strong. Now we need to build on this momentum for the remainder of the season and we are going to have to go some way to keep Mercedes under pressure.”
MAX VERSTAPPEN, Finish Position: 1st, Start Position: 3rd
“I am of course very happy with this win for everyone in the Team and Honda. I think the key was of course the start as we had a great launch. I surprised myself as it was always hard to get off the line in the wet last year but we worked hard to try and improve that and it worked. The conditions were challenging out there, especially in the beginning and it was very hard to stay on track but we stayed out of trouble. I wouldn’t call it a dominant performance as Lewis was following me quite well and for him to come back to second after his incident means they have a lot of pace in that car. We won because we made the right calls with tyres at the right time and the Team managed everything well in these conditions. With the tyres degrading, choosing the right moment to go onto slicks wasn’t easy but we got it right. I had a little moment at the re-
SERGIO PEREZ, Finish Position: 12th, Start Position: 2nd
“The conditions out there were really difficult today and I made quite a few mistakes that were very costly. I struggled to retain any temperature in the tyres, so I lost it under the safety car and I got a 10 second penalty. It is of course important that I get used to the car and that I learn these lessons, but I messed up, I’m very disappointed in myself and really sorry to the Team. I think at the re-
Mercedes AMG Petronas
Leading the Championship with the fastest lap is one thing but what actually gives it a silver lining or positive connotation today is that we seem to have a really quick race car.
Unfortunately, the crash between George and Valtteri was unnecessary. Valtteri had a difficult first 30 laps and shouldn't have been there but George should have never launched into this manoeuvre considering that the track was drying up. It meant taking risks and the other car is a Mercedes in front of him and in any drivers' development as a young driver you must never lose this global perspective. Lots to learn for him I guess.
Apart from that we had all highs and lows from the incident in the first corner which cost us two tenths in aero performance on Lewis' car. Then we had Lewis hitting the barrier on lap 31. The recovery drive from Lewis after the race restarted was really brilliant, ten out of ten.
Overall, today was very difficult to judge because of the circumstances but we had a very good car today in the wet and in the drying up. We are slowly starting to understand it but according to the data we are still not having a car and power unit that can match the Red Bull Honda.
* Lewis completes impressive recovery drive to claim P2 in action-
* Lewis clinched second place in changeable conditions in Imola despite hitting the barrier on lap 31 and falling to ninth position before the race was restarted on lap 34 following a red flag
* Valtteri suffered a DNF after an incident with Williams' George Russell on lap 33
* Lewis set the fastest lap of the race to claim the bonus point on offer
• Lewis (44 points) leads the Drivers' Championship by 1 point from Max Verstappen (43 points) with Valtteri (16 points) in P5
• The Mercedes-
* Strategy Start Stop 1 Stop 2
No.44 Intermediate Medium (28) Medium (31) Medium (32)
No.77 Intermediate Medium (28)
Considering I was facing the barrier at one stage, then a lap down, yeah, it was a difficult day in that regard. I had some really good pace in the rain and was catching but just a little bit impatient, maybe, with the backmarkers. I'm only human so these mistakes happen. I'm grateful that I was back in the race and could hunt down and get back to second. The car had a rough time today. I started first, should have been first at the finish but these things are sent to test us and we've got a great battle on our hands. Game on.
I'm okay physically. It was a half-
On lap 31 it was difficult imagine how things could get any worse. We had Lewis stuck in the gravel with a broken wing and Valtteri out with a massive amount of damage. So, leaving here still in the lead of both championships is quite a relief and I suppose we should be grateful for that.
For Lewis it was very much a race of two halves. The early part was defined by the damage to the front wing after the contact with Max -
Valtteri's day was even more difficult. He was finding the warm-
Aston Martin Cognizant F1 team
Otmar Szafnauer, CEO & Team Principal
“After an Imola weekend that was challenging from a number of perspectives, Lance’s hugely impressive drive to seventh place, under pressure all the way through, lifted the spirits of everyone in the team. He had gear shift issues throughout, but managed them very capably, and did very well to hold off a fast-
“That was a lot of fun with some exciting racing. We have scored some important points and I really enjoyed myself today. The weather made things a little bit interesting and we made the most of it. All credit to the crew on the grid for getting my car repaired after the brake problem, too. We also overcame a gear shift issue, which cost us lap time, but we managed to hang on until the end. It was just a very busy afternoon with so much happening, so I am really pleased to have scored six points. The car was nicely balanced this weekend, but we still have some work to do to catch the teams ahead of us. That is where our focus is now as we get ready for Portugal.”
“Things did not go our way today. Even before the race, we had issues going to the grid and I had to start from the pit lane. That was not too painful because it was a wet start to the race, but the time penalty changed everything, especially because it came 20 minutes into the race. The track conditions were quite difficult in the beginning and it was hard to overtake, but a dry line soon appeared. We gambled on fitting the dry tyres early and, as the track dried more, there was a phase of the race where we were actually quite strong. Then there was the red flag, which was the right decision, and for the restart we chose to fit the soft tyres and gambled on a standing start happening, but they decided on a rolling start. Those soft tyres obviously had higher degradation compared to the medium, which made things more difficult at the end.”
IMOLA GP 2021, race result -
1 Max Verstappen RED BULL RACING HONDA 63 2:02:34.598 25
2 Lewis Hamilton MERCEDES 63 +22.000s 19
3 Lando Norris MCLAREN MERCEDES 63 +23.702s 15
4 Charles Leclerc FERRARI 63 +25.579s 12
5 Carlos Sainz FERRARI 63 +27.036s 10
6 Daniel Ricciardo MCLAREN MERCEDES 63 +51.220s 8
7 Pierre Gasly ALPHATAURI HONDA 63 +52.818s 6
8 Lance Stroll ASTON MARTIN MERCEDES 63 +56.909s 4
9 Esteban Ocon ALPINE RENAULT 63 +65.704s 2
10 Fernando Alonso ALPINE RENAULT 63 +66.561s 1
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