In the round-up: Alfa Romeo team boss Frédéric Vasseur says that the driver market rumours should be decided soon, saying the team has to “move forward.”
Vasseur: driver news could be “before Monza, after Monza or before Sochi”Kimi Raikkonen at the team will come before the Russian Grand Prix at Sochi.
“I don’t know if it will be next week or the week after,” Vasseur explained, “but I think that now we have almost all the cards in our hands and we have to move forward and to take a decision.
“And in that case, we will be able to do it quickly. I don’t know if it’s before Monza, after Monza or before Sochi.”
Valtteri Bottas is widely expected to be confirmed as Raikkonen’s replacement, freeing up a seat at Mercedes which will be taken by George Russell.
Steiner: teams would “chip in” to compensate Spa ticketholders
Haas team principal Günther Steiner said teams won’t object to money being used to compensate fans who attended the Belgian Grand Prix in some way. Only three laps of the race were run, all behind the Safety Car, before the event was abandoned.
Asked what form compensation should take, Steiner said: “I have no opinion on that because I don’t know the facts and the contracts which are in place and making comments now, maybe we start something which we don’t want to.
“I’m sure Formula 1 will be doing the right thing and if we have to chip in, I think we chip in. That is what we have to do. But what and when it is done, this is not what I’m doing.”
Kimilainen on W Series pole after only three laps in practice
Emma Kimilainen followed up her masterful win in the wet at Spa with pole position at Zandvoort despite a technical issue limited her running in practice. Kimilainen beat Alice Powell by just seven hundredths of a second, with points leader Jamie Chadwick two tenths further off.
Immediately after the qualifying session Kimilainen said she felt “confused” as a live timing problem delayed her race engineer’s confirmation she had taken pole. “It was a really, really tight fight all the way from the beginning to until the end,” she said.
“My engineer didn’t say anything to me the whole in lap and then right at the end, he was like, ‘oh, I’m so confused, we had a good car and everything, it’s P3. No, no, no, wait, wait. What is it? It’s P1. Which was so good, I was like, ‘wow, I thought I got a good lap’.”
Kimilainen said she was especially pleased to have been fastest, given her lack of earlier running. “I pushed so much in the end, like the last lap and then I did a little mistake in sector three and I was so on the edge and I was just hoping that damn, I will get it.
“When I got it I’m like, yes, because that car felt amazing and they’ve done an amazing job. Since I didn’t do any practice, only three laps because of the technical issue I had in practice. So, yeah, I’m happy.”
Hauger returns to F3 pole at Zandvoort
Formula 3 championship leader Dennis Hauger, who struggled last weekend at Spa, has put himself back to the front of the field by claiming four points for pole position. He beat David Schumacher and Victor Martins to be fastest. Hauger’s closest title rival, Jack Doohan, took fourth place.
Hauger, joined the F1 field in praising the challenges of Zandvoort, particularly its two banked corners.
“There’s so much camber and everything happening is really technical, so you really have to focus forward,” he said. “It’s got quite fast sequences but still technical, it’s really cool to be on the edge around here. It doesn’t forgive you if you make a mistake so you really have to put it all together and that’s what we managed to do in quali. I’m obviously really happy with it.”
Hauger will, as per F3’s current format, start tomorrow’s morning race 12th, pole giving him the lead in Sunday’s higher-points-value race.
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Notable posts from Twitter, Instagram and more:
Spotted in the Zandvoort paddock: @GeorgeRussell63 catching up with his one-time race engineer – better known as @LewisHamilton's race engineer – Peter Bonnington.#F1 #DutchGP pic.twitter.com/4O4n8nMsd9
— RaceFans (@racefansdotnet) September 3, 2021
— @thestaveros (@the_staveros) September 3, 2021
Also a techno song blaring around here with the line:
Wie heißt die Mutter von Niki Lauda?
Mama Lauda! Mama Lauda! (translates as 'make it louder')
— Nate Saunders (@natesaundersF1) September 3, 2021
Qualifying without drs? 0/10 do not recommend. 😶
— Olli Caldwell (@ollicaldwell) September 3, 2021
Kimilainen's engineer said at the restart of the session he'd do the Spice Girls on karaoke if she got pole. She did. Motivation, innit. #WSeries
— Hazel Southwell (@HSouthwellFE) September 3, 2021
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