RaceFans Round up: Grosjean’s Mercedes F1 test delayed


Within the round-up: Covid-19 journey restrictions have pressured Mercedes to delay Romain Grosjean’s F1 check, though the workforce say it would nonetheless go forward.


Mercedes say Grosjean check will nonetheless go forward

Mercedes promised Grosjean two check runs of their automotive – one public, one non-public – following the crash which lower quick his F1 profession final yr. Nonetheless, journey restrictions and schedule modifications have to date made these assessments not possible.

Grosjean was to carry out a demo run in Mercedes’ 2019 automotive throughout the French Grand Prix on its unique date. Nonetheless, because the occasion was moved ahead to this weekend, he’s unable to attend on account of a conflict with IndyCar’s Street America race.

Now journey restrictions have scuppered plans for a non-public check on twenty ninth June, additionally at Paul Ricard.

A Mercedes spokesperson mentioned: “We’re disenchanted to announce that we’ve needed to postpone Romain Grosjean’s check with us, on account of journey restrictions and quarantine necessities.

“Nonetheless, we’re dedicated to giving Romain his likelihood to drive one in every of our Mercedes F1 automobiles, so we’re working to reschedule the check for later this summer season.”

F3 driver Tóth to overlook races after optimistic Covid check

Method 3 issued a press release saying one in every of their drivers wouldn’t take part within the races at Paul Ricard, following a optimistic Covid-19 check. No alternative, if he could have one, has been introduced by his Campos workforce or F3 as but.

F3’s assertion reads: “The FIA, Method 3 and Campos Racing can verify that in necessary pre-race PCR testing for the 2021 French Grand Prix and its related help occasions, Campos Racing driver László Tóth examined optimistic for Covid-19.

“In accordance with Covid-19 protocols and public well being authority tips, he’ll proceed to isolate for the required interval and subsequently not compete throughout the French Grand Prix weekend. No different members of the Campos Racing workforce have been affected by this case.”

Binotto: Ferrari not on tempo of prime groups but

Don’t learn an excessive amount of into Ferrari’s pole positions, says Binotto

Mattia Binotto says regardless of Ferrari’s back-to-back pole positions in Monaco and Baku, they continue to be solely the third-fastest workforce. Nonetheless, he expects extra good points over the course of the season.

“There are two automobiles forward of us that are nonetheless stronger, little doubt. It was nice to have pole positions each in Monaco and in Baku however I don’t suppose that’s reflecting our true efficiency general. So I feel there are two automobiles that are stronger however I feel that we’re progressing.

“We’re progressing as a result of ultimately we’re studying the automotive. We’re exploiting it higher in comparison with the beginning of the season.

“And we all know that there will likely be some developments coming sooner or later. So general, I feel that that’s the place we’re.”

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