The trio of Abu Dhabi Grand Prix podium finishers expressed doubts and concerns over Formula 1’s new logo, which was revealed on the podium after formalities were concluded.
None of Valtteri Bottas, Lewis Hamilton nor Sebastian Vettel addressed the new logo on the podium itself but were asked about it in the post-race press conference, and all offered frosty responses.
“I kind of like the old one. I only saw it very quickly,” Bottas said.
“Just say you don’t like the new one!” Vettel replied.
“What’s wrong with the old one? I don’t know. I think it’s quite cool,” Bottas answered.
“I liked the old one better,” Vettel concluded.
Hamilton took it a step further, noting how so many brands and companies retain their iconic logos and rarely switch.
“The problem is logos… I think the one that we already had was an iconic logo I think,” he said. “Just imagine Ferrari changing their logo, or Mercedes changed their logo. I don’t think the new one is as iconic but maybe it will grow on us.”
As one might expect, the quick and immediate “hot take” outrage erupted on social media in the aftermath of the logo’s release.
Logo designers Wieden+Kennedy London explained the process in a post on CreativeReview.co.uk following the release.
Defending MotoGP series champion Marc Marquez underwent a second surgery Monday after a titanium plate inserted in his fractured right arm sustained damage. The Repsol Honda Team said in a statement that it’ll be two days before the recovery period is determined.
Marquez was injured during a crash in the July 19 season opener. He underwent an initial surgery July 21 in Barcelona, and doctors said there was no nerve damage.
The eight-time champion was cleared to race in the season’s second event Jerez. But Marquez decided to skip the July 26 race after experiencing discomfort while riding the No. 93 bike in a July 25 practice.
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He had planned to race in Sunday’s grand prix at the Automotodrom Brno in the Czech Republic in hopes of returning to defend his title. His status for Sunday apparently will be unclear until at least Wednesday.
In a statement Monday, the team said the titanium plate in Marquez’s right arm successfully was replaced after stress accumulation. Marquez will stay in the hospital for two days recovering.
Dr Xavier Mir, who performed the surgery at the Hospital Universitari Dexeus, said in the release that “Marc Marquez underwent surgery 13 days ago and today he returned to the operating room. The first operation was successful, what was not expected was that the plate was insufficient. An accumulation of stress in the operated area has caused the plate to suffer some damage, so today the titanium plate has been removed and replaced by a new fixation.
“The rider has not felt pain during this period. He has always followed the medical advice given and the feeling from his body. Unfortunately, an overstress has caused this issue. Now we have to wait 48 hours to understand the recovery time.”