In the round-up: Lance Stroll plays downs his prospects of scoring a podium on home ground this weekend.
Mercedes’ pace could dictate Aston Martin’s chance of Canadian GP podium
Stroll said Aston Martin’s performance in the Spanish Grand Prix has left him doubtful over the possibility of getting his first podium finish of the season on home ground in Canada this weekend.
“I thought it would be possible when we settled into third [in Spain] but we just didn’t have the pace,” he said after finishing sixth at Circuit de Catalunya.
“If we put it all together and have a good pace, it’s possible. If Mercedes does what they did again, and Ferrari and Red Bull, it will be tough. So we have to definitely work on some stuff and come back stronger.”
The recently-updated Mercedes finished second and third in a Safety Car-free race in Spain, having started from fourth and 12th respectively.
Daly losing drive shows sport can be “brutal” – Hunter-Reay
Conor Daly’s mid-season ousting from the Ed Carpenter Racing IndyCar team shows the sport can be “brutal”, says the driver who is replacing him.
Ryan Hunter-Reay, who lost his last full-time drive at Andretti to Romain Grosjean at the end of 2021, said “I wanted to call Conor about it but there’s an area where you just need to cool off. I remember right after my situation happened, it’s not necessarily the scenario I would have liked to happen right after. I’ll approach that in the right way.”
“Conor is a friend,” Hunter-Reay continued. “Honestly, I think he’s a great driver and I honestly think he’ll be back at some point and I just hope that that is soon.
“This sport is brutal. Like I said, my career has been a journey. I have been on every different end of it, whether it’s at Indy being bumped in, bumped out, on the front row winning the race. Then you look at my career and the whole thing has just been a journey from team to team to team, like I said, having been on either side of it.”
Hunter-Reay said he was surprised to be called up by Carpenter’s team, but understands their decision. “These were huge considerations in the process of deciding on all this, and really when it came down to it, the team was at a position where in order for it to be in a place where it potentially would like to be in the off-season of ’23-’24, these things had to happen now.
“But I was surprised. It wasn’t something that I was pursuing.”
Imola trophies auctioned for charity
F1 is continuing its fundraising efforts for those impacted by last month’s floods in Italy that led to the cancellation of the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.
“F1 Authentics – the UK based sports memorabilia specialist – joined forces with F1, Pirelli, Ferrari Trento, Automobile Club d’Italia and Formula Imola recently to raise money for the Emilia-Romagna Region’s Agency for Territorial Safety and Civil Protection,” announced the owner of F1 Authentics today.
“The campaign involved a collection of extremely exclusive memorabilia auctions, hosted on the F1 Authentics platform, including the Pirelli Pole Position Award trophy and all four Podium trophies – all of which would have been awarded at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – as well as an official Ferrari Trento bottle of sparkling wine. All of these items were also signed by all 20 F1 drivers, with the podium trophies also boasting autographs from team principals too.”
Auctioning of the items closed on 6th June, and led to £247,171 being raised for the Emilia-Romagna Region’s Agency for Territorial Safety and Civil Protection.
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