Why do drivers in Monaco sit higher in the car
“In some ways, you want to sit a little higher,” says Sebastian Vettel. Monaco like this circuit. The view from the 2022 Formula 1 car is worse anyway, so adjusting the seating position “a bit” helps get a better overview.
But how high is Vettel in the cockpit? “But you don’t have a lot of leeway,” he explains. “We’re talking about two or three millimeters here.”
Valtteri Bottas: Will Alfa Romeo surprise you in Monaco?
“If you think about our power at low speed, then yes, it should go just fine. But there are so many other factors at play here, everything should be perfect,” says Valtteri Bottas. He is at least suggesting that Alfa Romeo could be a great figure in Monaco.
Previous form of his vehicle, Bottas has scored points in five out of six races, and he’s definitely “encouraging,” Bottas says. “I can feel and see the motivation in the team,” he adds.
Why does Lando Norris skip PK
McLaren’s Lando Norris will miss the press conference to fully recover from tonsillitis. “We assume he’s fit enough to drive,” the team says. “We got an exception for the press conference so he can prepare to drive him as best he can.”
The first free training session is scheduled in Monaco at 2 pm.
Sebastian Vettel: The new Aston Martin is not convinced yet
Aston Martin driver Sebastian Vettel is the first to be asked about Barcelona’s update at the press conference. He talks about a “big deal” and says, “We haven’t seen a huge jump in performance yet, but we learned a lot. We expected more in qualifying, the race was just fine.”
Not much more was expected when the modified car was first used. “The most important thing was to understand the location of the car with the update,” Vettel says. “We think the car has a lot of potential with this other direction, otherwise we wouldn’t have converted it.”
Sergio Perez: The situation in Red Bull is ‘clear’
Whether the team hierarchy was also discussed during the discussion at Red Bull. Sergio Perez was asked if he has the same chances of winning as Max Verstappen. He replied, “It is quite clear. There was no need to say this. It is clear, otherwise I wouldn’t be here.”
And Perez is clearly uncomfortable with the question: His body language says he doesn’t want to talk about the topic, but he does it anyway without really saying much.
An extension of the contract beyond 2022 has not yet been discussed. “Now that’s not the top priority,” Perez says. “It is never easy to sign a contract with Helmut [Marko] and Christian [Horner] To do so, but we will definitely deal with it soon.”
Monaco ‘worst track’ for new Formula 1 cars
Sergio Perez believes Monaco will be “probably the worst track for new cars” in Formula 1. Because the cars are getting bigger and not as good as their predecessors, especially at lower speeds. “The view from the cockpit is also worse,” Perez says. “So we may see more errors.”
George Russell adds: “You might have to be a little more careful in the first practice session because the cars are really low profile and they are built very stiff.”
George Russell: Mercedes ‘turned the tide’
Mercedes driver George Russell believes that the technical problems of the early stages of the 2022 season are the history of the Silver Arrows. At the press conference he said: “We turned the tide. In the first five races we fixed the problems. Now it’s fixed and we can focus on performance. But we’re five races behind. It’s good to see that we now have a stable set of car to build on.”
The atmosphere in the team is good, however. But: “Morale has never gone down. We’ve always believed in finding performance. We just knew: It wouldn’t happen overnight. It’s still impressive getting around the problem in just five races. Brackley and Brixworth have worked hard to find solutions, and I grateful for that.”
Sergio Perez: There was a discussion with the team
In Barcelona, Sergio Perez reported the need to speak to the executive floor after directing the stables in favor of Max Verstappen. Before the Monaco Grand Prix, Perez could say: “We talked to each other. We agreed, we agree. The atmosphere is good.”
Analysis after the race showed that Verstappen’s strategy was the best, which Perez did not pick up at the Grand Prix. But now he says, “I have complete confidence in the team that they want to see me win.”
“You don’t have all the information in the car. I had the impression that things could go differently.”
Ricciardo on McLaren contract: “until the end of 2023”
How long is Daniel Ricciardo’s contract with McLaren? There has been some confusion after Zac Brown’s recent comments. Now Ricardo himself says: “By the end of 2023.” This is already obvious, but: an afterthought, which is: “Let’s put it this way.” Ricardo grinned. So maybe it’s not so obvious after all…
From Ricciardo’s point of view, it’s very clear how important Monaco is to Formula 1: “Saturday in Monaco is probably the most important event of the season. Sure, if you do it right. You have to be assertive at every track, but there are more variables. Not You have long trails to think about here too. You’re in the tunnel. And here it follows one of the other angles. It feels really great, and a privilege to drive here. It’s crazy in a positive sense.”
“It’s in your hands here. If you are one with the car, something special can come here. I am looking forward to developing my full potential here.”
Hamilton: Mercedes wants to be able to win by Silverstone
Lewis Hamilton was asked if he has a message for fans who want to follow the Formula 1 race at Silverstone at the site. Of course he has one. And it goes like this: “I hope we are where we want to be by then. I hope by Silverstone we’ll have the car ready to fight for victory. Everyone in the factory is working hard on it and I have every confidence in them as the team.”
Hamilton on Russell: He doesn’t say much
Lewis Hamilton has been asked to rate his Mercedes teammate George Russell. Hamilton doesn’t say much, only: “Things are going well. We work really well together. He’s meticulous and consistent in his comments on the team. He didn’t have to get used to that because he was already part of the team.”
Jewelery ban: Hamilton looks upset
The FIA has again suspended the ban on jewellery and given drivers another grace period. How does Lewis Hamilton feel about it? Of course, he was asked a question at the press conference. And Hamilton is annoyed: “Honestly, I have the impression that a lot of energy and time is wasted on it.”
“It’s positive that we work together here, but we shouldn’t talk about it every week. We have more important things to do.”
Leclerc: Barcelona’s defect has been removed
Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc ‘confident that the fault [aus Barcelona] It won’t happen again.” Leclerc was in the lead at the Spanish Grand Prix last weekend and failed due to damage to the engine area.
“We understand the problem. This is the most important thing. We have made some changes,” Leclerc said at a press conference in Monaco.
After bankruptcies, bad luck and a meltdown in a Formula 1 race at home, he is now hoping for a quiet but successful weekend. Original audio: “I hope 2022 will be the year.”
How does Ricciardo deal with McLaren criticism?
McLaren boss Zak Brown has publicly counted Daniel Ricciardo ahead of the Monaco Grand Prix – at least his comments can be understood as criticism of Ricciardo. How did Ricardo respond to this?
At the press conference, the McLaren driver said:[Was er sagte,] not wrong. This is largely true. I don’t take the comment personally. I have thick skin. No one is tougher on himself than me. I don’t want to fight for P10, I just want to be in the field.”
His time at McLaren has been ‘stressful’ so far, but he continues to work ‘hard’ with his team to finally make the breakthrough.
Now: Driver’s press conference in Monaco
After a brief review of Senna-S, follow the forecast for the rest of the day’s program in the morning. It’s around the corner: the drivers’ press conference in Monaco, with the following line-up:
From 10:30 am
Esteban Ocon (Albin), Charles Leclerc (Ferrari), Kevin Magnussen (Haas), Daniel Ricciardo (McLaren), Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
From 11:00 am
Guanyu Zhou (Alfa Romeo), Yuki Tsunoda (AlphaTauri), George Russell (Mercedes), Sergio Perez (Red Bull), Nicholas Latifi (Williams)
From 11:30 am
Valtteri Bottas (Alfa Romeo), Lance Stroll (Aston Martin), Sebastian Vettel (Aston Martin), Lando Norris (McLaren), Alex Albon (Williams)
From 12 noon
Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri), Fernando Alonso (Alpine), Carlos Sainz (Ferrari), Mick Schumacher (Haas), Max Verstappen (Red Bull)
And here in the live tape we present the most important data from the drivers before the start of training, which takes place at 2 pm today.