Within the round-up: Fernando Alonso has praised George Russell, saying he admired his performances final yr whereas Alonso was watching from house.
Russell “pulling one thing particular each weekend” – Alonso
Alonso and Russell swapped helmets after the Monaco Grand Prix, with Alonso signing the one he gave Russell with a message: “George, you rock! Future world champ.”
Paired up for the press convention yesterday in Baku, Alonso stated that it wasn’t empty reward – or politeness to the person sitting subsequent to him – however a real opinion based mostly on assessing Russell’s efficiency over 2020, when Alonso was not racing in F1.
“[I’m] undoubtedly very impressed. It’s not that he’s right here’s sitting [next to me] however I stated, additionally, final yr after I was following the game at house, I believe he has been very, very spectacular.
“The efficiency we noticed within the Williams that we all know that isn’t a aggressive package deal; somewhat bit higher this yr, however not within the final two and [despite that] I believe he was pulling one thing particular each weekend, that was good to observe at house.
“Then the chance with the Mercedes, I believe was adequate to point out not solely the people who we had been watching at house. I believe it was an actual alternative for everybody to observe what a driver with the expertise of George can do with a successful automotive, practically gained the primary race and the primary alternative he had. In order that I believe it was proof for many individuals, not just for few that we knew how good he was. I believe that race in Bahrain was sufficient to open [the eyes of] many, many tens of millions of individuals.”
Sainz “nonetheless indignant about Saturday” on Monaco podium
Carlos Sainz Jnr has stated that though he was nonetheless preoccupied with the frustrations of qualifying post-race in Monaco, he has since grow to be extra pleased with taking his first podium for Ferrari.
“Originally, notably on Sunday, I didn’t get a lot of a buzz. I didn’t get to take pleasure in it as a lot as I most likely ought to have.
“I used to be nonetheless fairly indignant about Saturday and I used to be nonetheless regretting not having the ability to be within the entrance row, at the very least of that qualifying as a consequence of what occurred on the circumstances. So on Sunday, I nonetheless felt like second was not sufficient, for the tempo we had that weekend.
“However it was a little bit of a reduction at the very least to attain the rostrum, to complete second, give the crew an excellent outcome. Then because the day began to go, I began to mirror a bit extra on it and I began to be a bit extra proud, a bit extra joyful of the weekend on the whole.”
Raikkonen attempting to “restrict the dangerous days” in slower Alfa Romeo
Kimi Raikkonen has stated that regardless of frustrations with Alfa Romeo’s efficiency this yr, the important thing to a season in any place on the F1 grid is to take alternatives the place you possibly can.
“You all the time attempt to do your finest and that’s all you are able to do, and particularly while you’re within the battle within the entrance. Regardless of the state of affairs, you attempt to make the most effective finish outcome and clearly in some races, a bit higher than others, and it relies on many issues.
“Clearly. when you have got someone near you in a championship, it’s not simply take a look at what he does to attempt to do it. [It’s about your] private finest and as a crew after which hopefully that performs out in a great way for you in the long run of the yr.
“However there are nonetheless many races to go. And I believe attempt to restrict the dangerous days and if it’s a nasty day then you definately nonetheless attempt to rating factors and it’ll repay.”
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