Sainz “obviously not at Leclerc’s level”

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Sainz “obviously not at Leclerc’s level”

At least that’s what Jacques Villeneuve thinks. In his column on, the 1997 world champion wrote about the situation at Ferrari: “Sainz is making a lot of mistakes at the moment. He’s clearly not at the level of Leclerc.”

In order to keep up with Leclerc, Sainz has to drive at the limit all the time. “This should not happen in a car that can win races and the championship,” Villeneuve said, binding the Spaniard.

Sainz has always made at least one blunder in the past four races. In Melbourne he retired after a crash, at Imola he crashed in qualifying and in Miami in practice.

Recently in Barcelona, ​​he ran again in the race and thus lost the podium. That’s why he’s already 45 points behind his teammate in the world championships. This is roughly equivalent to two race wins.

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Does Monaco need to rebuild?

In general, the question arises whether the Monaco track in its current form is still suitable for Formula 1 today. Grand Prix didn’t have to pay anything for years and was still considered a group. It will be different in 2022. We explain why.

In this video, expert Marc Surer explains why Christian Horner is right in saying that if Monaco were the new Grand Prix, there would be no chance of it being included in the calendar.

Here at the bar, we’ll take a short break and get back to you in the afternoon, before the first media tours in the afternoon, as already announced. So we are here for you until the evening!

Marc Saurer: Monaco needs to be rebuilt!

Monaco didn’t have to pay anything for years, and it was still considered in Formula 1. That would be different in 2022. We explain why. More Formula 1 videos

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Talking about…

Speaking of annoying things about Monaco: the elegant swimming pool in its current form is definitely one of those things for us! More on this in our photo gallery:

Photo gallery: The 10 most awful pillars of the Formula 1 calendar

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Path limits

It sounds strange, but the track limits will be monitored again this year in Monaco. Namely in the 10/11 cycle, ie in chicane after the tunnel. This is evident from the “Event Notes” of the race.

As usual, tournament times will be voided if they are cut short here. In the race, there is also a penalty from the third offense. I’ll probably never get used to tracing the border in Monaco…

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We got questions about whether Thursday in Monaco will be eliminated permanently or just this year. It should stay that way. The background is, among other things, that teams and partners get a day off before the Grand Prix.

As a reminder: for this reason, state media outlets have been canceled on Thursdays and penalties have been imposed on the weekend in general. Liberty Media plan: ‘Shorter’ weekends and more races per year.

By the way, the new Monaco format was not well received by drivers …

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Ten years ago today…

… Michael Schumacher took the last place of his Formula 1 career – and was not allowed to keep it. As he had received a penalty in the previous race, his best time qualifying for the 2012 Monaco GP ended up being sixth on the grid.

However, many fans remembered his bosom at that time. For many, this was the highlight of Schumacher’s three (mostly difficult) comeback years at Mercedes. Here’s the tour again in the video:

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Robson: Albon has a ‘very bright future’

Alexander Albon has big shoes to fill at Williams this year. Three years later he replaced George Russell there. According to Dave Robson, the former Red Bull driver doesn’t have to hide from the shooting star Mercedes.

“I’m not sure it’s necessarily fair or useful to make comparisons,” said Robson, who explained that both drivers are “different.” BUT: The results in Albon are very similar to those obtained by Russell in previous years.

“He has a lot of talent,” Robson said, adding that Albon always makes sure that “we get the most out of every area every Sunday.” So his conclusion: “He has a very big future ahead of him.”

Let’s see if Albon gets another chance at any top team.

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We just talked about the fact that Monaco now follows the usual European schedule. Our next three days look like this:

10:30 AM: Driver PK
2:00 PM: FT1
5:00 PM: FT2

10:30 a.m.: PK Team Manager
1:00 PM: FT3
4:00 pm: Qualifiers

3:00 pm: The race

By the way: The tire series is already running today! Formula 2 & Co. continues to the race track in Monaco on Thursday.

Here is a quick overview of the participants in PK on Friday and Saturday:

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