In the round-up: Sergio Perez said the timing of the Safety Car appearance hurt his race in Canada.
Perez’s race “hurt massively by the Safety Car”
Perez started 12th and finished sixth in the Canadian Grand Prix, but believes a top five finish was possible. “I felt there was a little bit more, certainly,” he said. “But we just didn’t have the pace today.”
The Red Bull driver started on the hard tyre compound and therefore did not pit along with the front-runners on lap 12 when the Safety Car was deployed. He made his mandatory tyre change later in the race, losing more time as he did.
“I think we got hurt massively with the Safety Car, it came in the wrong moment for us,” he said. “Luck is not with us at the moment, but it’s how it is at the moment.”
He took the fastest lap and bonus point after making an extra visit to the pits for soft tyres at the end of the race.
Haas pair reprimanded for lateness
Haas drivers Nico Hulkenberg and Kevin Magnussen were given official reprimands for showing up late to the pre-race drivers’ parade.
“The reason for the lateness was the team’s media and other commercial commitments that the driver[s] had to satisfy before turning up for the parade,” the stewards noted. “We considered that this was not a valid reason for the lateness.”
After qualifying second and starting fifth due to his penalty, Hulkenberg suffered badly with tyre degradation and finished 15th. “It was a one-way street in the wrong direction today,” he said. “It just once again confirms that we have a lot of work to do on the long run pace and entire consistency because that’s really hurting our Sunday.”
De Vries and Magnussen “both missed our braking point”
Nyck de Vries said he and Kevin Magnussen both braked too late when they skidded into the turn three run-off area together during yesterday’s race.
“Until the fight with Kevin it was a decent race,” he said. “We fought each other hard but I think we both missed our braking point, and with the low grip, I locked up and went straight.”
He said AlphaTauri “weren’t quite quick and competitive enough” in Canada compared to recent weekends. “We need to see why we were lacking performance to understand how to improve. Equally, it was a DRS train and wherever you were, you maintained your position.”
Lundgaard unimpressed with Newgarden
Christian Lundgaard accused Josef Newgarden of forcing him off the track during yesterday’s race at Road America.
“I tried to go around the outside of Newgarden into turn five and basically he just hit me and drove me off the track,” said the RLL driver. “If we can drive that way, it’s okay but it needs to be equal to all race tracks as well.”
He said he was “a little disappointed” to finish the race seventh. “I think we had a car to be around the podium today and at least fight for it at the end.
“I didn’t get a fuel number early enough in the last stint so I was a little surprised when they gave me a pretty big number and was trying to reach that and made a few mistakes which is something we need to look into and understand because I just started locking front [tyres] out of nowhere.”
Miyata takes Super Formula championship lead
Ritomo Miyata took the lead of the Japanese Super Formula championship from Liam Lawson with his second win of the season at Sugo.
Toshiki Oyu led the field away from pole position but succumbed to Miyata’s attack on the 13th lap. Oyu then came under attack from Sho Tsunoi and ran wide trying to defend his position at turn one, ploughing through the gravel and losing several more positions.
Tomoki Nojiri took second ahead of Tadasuke Makino and Kazuya Oshima. Liam Lawson passed Kamui Kobayashi on the final lap for sixth place after the ex-Formula 1 driver was repelled at turn one by Oshima.
With four races remaining, Lawson trails Miyata by 12 points. The series’ next round takes place at Fuji, where Lawson won on his debut in April.
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Notable posts from Twitter, Instagram and more:
Call it a sh*t track, receive a sh*t truck.
— Marshall Pruett (@marshallpruett) June 18, 2023
F1 race day. Ferrari challenge. Great way to spend Father’s Day pic.twitter.com/qiPa3RzqJu
— Tony Di Ioia 🐬 (@tony_di41) June 18, 2023
Troubles in turn 1 for pole winner @kyffin_simpson.
— INDY NXT (@INDYNXT) June 18, 2023
This @indycar allowing people to run each other out of road on corner exit needs to stop. It’s getting a bit Wild West out there in general, they need to stop people just screwing each other over.
— Marino Franchitti (@MFranchitti) June 18, 2023
I cant help but feel like limiting the amount of DRS uses in the race would help stop these DRS trains. Would make it more of a strategic use 🤷🏻♂️ #CanadianGP * 😅
— Jake Hughes (@JakeHughesRace) June 18, 2023
Watching F1 and Indycar at the same time. Just swapped the big screen for Indy. Amazing on track battles, strategy and no DRS overtakes. Easy choice right now, let’s go @FollowAndretti @ColtonHerta 💪🏼 pic.twitter.com/zxrzm5IRRG
— Louis Delétraz (@LouisDeletraz) June 18, 2023
— Stefan Wilson (@stef_wilson) June 18, 2023
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On this day in motorsport
- 35 years ago today Ayrton Senna won the United States Grand Prix at Detroit, 38 seconds clear of team mate Alain Prost, the rest a lap behind