In the round-up: Angel Sticchi Damiani, president of the Automobile Club d’Italia, which runs the Italian Grand Prix at Monza, says the club will look to resurface Monza in a bid to retain the race beyond 2025
ACI plans improvements to Monza to keep Italian GP beyond 2025
The Italian Grand Prix will hold its place on the F1 calendar until 2025, but Sticchi Damiani admits that it is currently difficult to be optimistic about the viability of the race beyond that without changes to the circuit, especially with two races in Italy.
Sticchi Damiani claimed that the 2022 race failed to make a profit as a result of high maintenance costs. Among potential modifications outlined include a potential relaying of the track surface and major upgrades to access paths and underpasses for spectators.
There is already a second race in Italy on the F1 calendar, with Imola hosting the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix since returning to the calendar during the pandemic affected 2020 season.
Hamilton has no doubts he will win again
Lewis Hamilton has no doubts he “will win again” despite Mercedes’ slump in performance extending to a second season.
Mercedes have endured a second successive disappointing start to the season, finishing well behind Red Bull in the opening two rounds of the season and appearing to be overtaken by power unit customers Aston Martin. Despite the relative lack of performance, Hamilton is sure he will eventually increase his own record of 103 grand prix victories.
“Yeah, I will win again,” Hamilton said. “It’s just going to take some time.
“There will be things that happen in our in all of our lives that we least expect. But it’s not how you fall, it’s how you get up. It’s how you deal with it. It’s how you show up. It’s how you continue to remain positive and tackle the issues that you’re faced with. And so that’s where my energy is going into. And that’s where the everybody every single person in the team is focused on.”
Dennis frustrated after Ticktum clash ends race
Jake Dennis says his Formula E rivals “need to start looking forward instead of in their mirrors” after he was hit out of the Sao Paulo Eprix on Saturday by Dan Ticktum.
Dennis was struck by Ticktum in the first chicane, putting him out of the race, with Ticktum handed a post-race drive-through penalty, converted into a 15-second time penalty, by the stewards for the contact.
“[It’s like] a target on my back,” said Dennis. “It’s two races now. Just driving my own race and then some plonker, 100 metres behind me, just forgets to brake and just smashes into me.
“It happened in Hyderabad with [Rene] Rast, happened here with Ticktum. They need to start looking forward instead of in their mirrors the whole time.”
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