In the round-up: Williams confirm Alexander Albon’s suspicions that a spike in his tyre temperatures contributed to his race-ending crash.
Turn five error led to Albon’s crash
Alexander Albon claimed his crash at turn six during yesterday’s race came about because his tyre temperatures rose when he ran wide at the previous corner.
“When I lost the car, I was going through slower than the previous lap,” he explained after the race. “I went wide on the corner before and spiked the tyre temperatures, losing grip and [went] into the next corner a bit hot, so I think that’s what happened but we need to look at it.”
The team’s head of vehicle performance Dave Robson affirmed Albon’s explanation. “Unfortunately, touching the kerb at high speed in turn five led to a small snap and a spike in tyre temperature, which led him to lose the car at the next corner,” he said.
Sainz’s penalty “too harsh” – Alonso
Fernando Alonso agreed with Carlos Sainz Jnr’s view that the stewards should not have penalised the Ferrari driver for the collision between the pair during the standing restart at the end of the race.
“Probably the penalty is too harsh, I think, because on lap one, it is very difficult always to judge what the grip level,” he said. “I think we don’t go intentionally into another car, you know? Because we know that we risk also our car and our final position.
“Sometimes you ended up in places that you wish you were not there in that moment. And it’s just part of racing, but I didn’t see the replay properly, but for me, it feels too hard.”
Junior drivers penalised for restart crashes
Formula 2 and Formula 3 drivers were penalised for crashes around Safety Car periods in yesterday’s races.
Victor Martins locked up at the penultimate corner and rear-ended Dennis Hauger at turn 13 as the F2 race restarted with three laps to go. The pair, who were disputing third place at the time, finished out of the points. The Alpine junior was therefore given a 10-second time penalty which demoted him from 16th to 18th, and two penalty points were added to his licence.
In F3, Kaylen Frederick was accelerating and decelerating to maintain tyre temperatures during a Safety Car period, but misjudged his speed differential to Nikola Tsolov and hit the back of his ART team mate at turn three. Frederick, who retired from the race, has been given a 10-place grid penalty for the next race he competes in, while three points have been added to his licence.
The stewards deemed both competitors “wholly responsible” for their incidents. In Frederick’s case they added “drivers must exercise the needed diligence and caution during Safety Car periods, and must not make erratic manoeuvres that would danger themselves or others.”
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Notable posts from Twitter, Instagram and more:
— Henry Leighton (@hen_da_man) April 2, 2023
If you were looking forward to a fight for victory between two multiple champions with plenty of history, you can thank the ludicrously over-powered DRS for ensuring we don’t get it. #F1 #AustralianGP
Stewards and officials trying to get Kevin Magnussen and Charles LeClerc’s cars onto tow trucks while crowds storm the track. pic.twitter.com/XBNnJ3DDL3
— 𝑫𝒂𝒎𝒊𝒆𝒏 𝑷𝒆𝒄𝒌 (@damopeck) April 2, 2023
Just watched the F1 race highlights.
Chaos. But in general I’m not aligned with the reset caused by a red flag after a start accident. Not fair by someone doing a good job avoiding crashes.
I have to think a bit but probably the most fair is to use the mini-loops to organize
— Lucas Di Grassi (@LucasdiGrassi) April 2, 2023
— Casey Stoner AM (@Official_CS27) April 2, 2023
OK stuff @F1 and all its amateur dramatics, that Texas @Indycar race was epic! And they happily ended the race under full course yellow after Grosjean, who had briefly led, hit the wall fighting for 4th.
They don’t need to ‘race to the finish’ when the racing has been so intense!
— Tiff Needell (@tiff_tv) April 2, 2023
Just got around to watching the Indycar race and they kicked ass today. Wish the oval racing was like that more often 👍🏼
— Sage Karam (@SageKaram) April 2, 2023
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Happy birthday to Jt19, Shreyas Mohanty, William and William Olive!
On this day in motorsport
- 35 years ago today Alain Prost won the season-opening Brazilian Grand Prix while Ayrton Senna was disqualified on his McLaren debut