Getty Images

Palmer out to roll Monaco momentum into Canada weekend

Leave a comment

Renault Formula 1 driver Jolyon Palmer is keen to roll the momentum gained over the Monaco Grand Prix weekend into next Sunday’s Canadian Grand Prix as he chases his first points of the season.

Palmer made his F1 debut with Renault in 2016 and scored one point through his rookie campaign, but is yet to add to his haul through six rounds of the current campaign.

Palmer bounced back from a run of poor form to finish 11th in Monaco – just one place off his first point of the year – and took heart from his best result of the season so far.

“It is pretty hard to overtake in Monaco, so 11th from P16 was it, and just one second away from getting the first point of the year,” Palmer said.

“It felt much better than P11 and we can certainly take this momentum to Canada and aim for a strong weekend with a good result on Sunday.”

Next weekend’s Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal will mark Palmer’s second visit to the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, with the Briton retiring from last year’s event due to a water leak.

“I enjoyed it last year, even though my race was rather curtailed for reasons outside my control. We should be a good chunk more competitive this time around,” Palmer said.

“We’ll do everything we can to maximize the car around the track and we’ll be pushing all the way as usual. In terms of the city, the place is really cool and one which genuinely embraces Formula 1.”

Sergio Perez still has coronavirus; will miss second consecutive F1 race

F1 Sergio Perez out
Laurent Charniaux/Pool via Getty Images
Leave a comment

SILVERSTONE, England — Sergio Perez will be out for a second F1 race at Silverstone this week after again testing positive for the coronavirus.

The Mexican driver had hoped to return to Formula One after spending seven days in quarantine, but his Racing Point team said this morning he had tested positive.

“He is physically well and recovering,” the team said. “The whole team wishes Sergio and his family well and we look forward to his return.”

That means German veteran Nico Hulkenberg again fills in for Sunday’s 70th Anniversary Grand Prix after having also replaced Sergio Perez when he was out for the F1 British Grand Prix at the same venue last week. Hulkenberg did not start that race because of an engine problem.

There are two consecutive weekends of racing at Silverstone as Formula One tries to pack in races following the pandemic-delayed start to the season.

Perez became the first Formula One driver to test positive for coronavirus, and it had been unclear whether he would be available to drive after the period of quarantine was extended to 10 days.

Racing Point also was in the news Friday after being hit with a 15-point penalty in the Formula One constructors’ championship and fined 400,000 euros ($470,000) Friday for using brake ducts based on those from last year’s Mercedes cars.

The stewards ruled that Mercedes was the “principal designer” of the parts, and that Racing Point made only minor changes to computer design data it received from Mercedes.

Rival team Renault filed protests about the legality of the brake ducts, which were added to the “listed parts” under F1 rules for 2020. That means teams must design their own. Racing Point argued it was merely using information about the Mercedes parts to inform its own design.

Racing Point uses customer engines from Mercedes and has admitted basing its 2020 car design on photographs of last year’s Mercedes car. The similarities led to the Racing Point being nicknamed the “pink Mercedes” when it was first seen in testing ahead of the season.

Racing Point can appeal the ruling. The points deduction drops the team from fifth to sixth in the standings, below Renault. The ruling doesn’t affect the points totals for Racing Point’s drivers.