RaceFans Round-up: Learning blue flags will take a few races – Mazepin


Within the round-up: Nikita Mazepin says he’s nonetheless getting used to obeying blue flags, after his involvement in two incidents involving the race chief prior to now two races.

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Mazepin expects to be taught blue flag etiquette quickly

Mazepin was penalised for holding up Sergio Perez through the Portuguese Grand Prix, and final weekend was the topic of a criticism to F1 race director Michael Masi by Mercedes’ Toto Wolff, when Lewis Hamilton got here as much as lap him.

The Haas driver mentioned he’s nonetheless studying how to reply to F1’s blue flags. “I used to be coping with these blue flag in Imola for the primary time in my life,” he defined. “I beforehand by no means had a blue flag on a constant foundation.

“So it’s a matter of studying simply the identical as driving. And it took me about 5, seven years to be taught correct driving and it’s going to take me, hopefully, a couple of race weekends solely to be taught blue flags.”

F1 qualifying delay defined

The beginning of F1’s qualifying session was delayed by 10 minutes final weekend as a consequence of barrier repairs following a crash within the previous Formulation Regional Europe occasion on the monitor.

FIA F1 race director Michael Masi defined the injury triggered to the TecPro barrier at flip 9 by David Vidales’ automobile was not critical sufficient to require repairs earlier than that race might resume, however needed to be addressed earlier than the faster grand prix automobiles returned to the monitor.

“Having checked out that on the CCTV on the time and so forth, you might want to take into account every little thing, significantly from the standpoint that Formulation Regional automobiles are considerably slower than F1 automobiles and from that perspective it was advantageous to proceed,” mentioned Masi. “However clearly previous to the F1 session beginning, with the injury that was to it, needed to make sure that it was again to its full integrity.”

One optimistic Covid case once more at Spanish GP

Only one optimistic check for Covid-19 was recorded amongst employees through the Spanish Grand Prix weekend, the FIA and Formulation 1 has confirmed, out of 5,234 checks carried out. That is the second race in a row just one particular person examined optimistic for the virus.

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