Ferrari, Williams suffer qualifying disasters at Silverstone

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Ferrari and Williams will be wondering what happened today during qualifying for the British Grand Prix as neither team managed to get a driver out of Q1 at Silverstone.

Rain during the session made conditions difficult for the drivers, but when the track began to dry up, most opted to make the switch to dry compound tires. Marussia made this work particularly well to get both of its drivers through to Q2 for the first time since Belgium last year.

However, by opting to bide their time and wait to post a time on the dry tires, both Ferrari and Williams fell victim of another rain shower. As a result, Valtteri Bottas, Felipe Massa, Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen all dropped out in Q1, making up positions 17 to 20 respectively.

It marks Ferrari’s worst qualifying result since the 2010 Malaysian Grand Prix. Once again, the Italian marque was caught out by wet weather as Fernando Alonso qualified 19th and then-teammate Felipe Massa finished 21st at Sepang.

Having gained so much momentum in Austria with its best result in nine years, Williams came back down to earth quickly at Silverstone during qualifying. Both of the cars came unstuck in practice, and the team will be hoping to finally have some good luck during the race tomorrow.

The drivers will all gain one position by virtue of Esteban Gutierrez’s ten place grid penalty. After qualifying 14th, he will start from the back of the grid. Bottas and Massa will also pick up another place due to Max Chilton’s five place penalty for a gearbox change, meaning that the Briton will start P18 after qualifying an incredible 13th in the wet.

You can read the full qualifying report from Silverstone here.

Malcolm Stewart sidelined from Supercross by knee surgery for ‘extended duration’

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The knee injury that kept Malcolm Stewart from mounting up for Anaheim 2 will require surgery and he will be sidelined for “an extended duration” of the Monster Energy Supercross season, according to the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna team.

“I just wanted to give you guys an update,” Stewart said on Instagram. “It’s not the news you guys want to hear, but I took a spill last week and hurt my knee pretty bad to the point that we’re going to have to get surgery done.

“I’m definitely bummed out about it; I felt we were riding pretty good and were just now starting to get the ball rolling, but it is what it is.”

Stewart’s season started with high expectations until accidents in the first two rounds left him 15th in the standings.

He ended 2022 on a high note, finishing a career high third in the Supercross standings. He then missed the start of the Pro Motocross season with another knee injury.

The 2023 season appeared to live up to his expectations. Despite back-to-back accidents, Stewart contended for podiums at both Anaheim 1 and San Diego. He won his heat at San Diego.

“It was very tough to receive the news that Malcolm will need to undergo knee surgery,” Nathan Ramsey, Team Manager for the Husqvarna team said in a press release. “He has worked so hard to be in a position to win races this year and I truly believe he was ready.

“The Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing program will support him in every way that we can through his recovery and we can’t wait to get him back on track and back at the races.”

Stewart joins 250 rider Jalek Swoll on the sidelines after he broke an arm in a practice session. Swoll will be relieved by Talon Hawkins beginning this week at Houston, Texas.

A replacement rider has not been announced for Stewart, which means the focus shifts to his 450 teammate Christian Craig, who currently sits 12th in the standings with three top-15s in the opening rounds.