Roger Benoit, Monte Carlo
This time the FIA commissioners are responsible for this, saying that the race director Eduardo Freitas did not intervene in the case according to the general rules. Whatever that means.
Formula 1 is missing VAR
Both Ferrari protests were smashed and the violations of winner Pérez and world championship leader Verstappen went unpunished, although they both clearly crossed the yellow line after a pit stop at the pit exit!
Nobody really understands why these violations of the rules were not noticed during the race and were not punished. Even the lawyers contradict themselves.
That’s where we praise the VAR in football: the refs look at the scene ten times and then make the judgement.
Did Red Bull have petrol that was too cold?
Ferrari is of course angry now – also because strategic mistakes were paid for with the defeat when changing the rubber (pole man Leclerc only fourth). And Red Bull surprisingly celebrated another victory.
There had already been a quarrel between the two championship leaders (235:199 for the Bulls) in Barcelona when it came to the temperature of the fuel before the start.
Red Bull admitted that the fuel was too cold, but they noticed the mistake and let the engine run to warm up the fuel. In short: the fuel temperature may be a maximum of ten degrees below the outside temperature.
Ferrari boss Binotto: “This rule should apply at all times. Not just when the car is on the track!”
Is Mercedes already gone?
It is clear that Ferrari and Red Bull are also following each other with eagle eyes in Baku. After all, two world titles are at stake. Because Bullen Motorsport Director Helmut Marko to Blick: “I don’t think that Mercedes can intervene with the drivers or teams at the front!”
With 134 points, the Silver Arrows are already 101 points behind Red Bull. When it comes to drivers, however, one must not forget Russell. The World Championship fourth placed in all 7 races in the top five. The Brit is just 41 points behind Verstappen.
But still clean cheers
Despite the only two Bottas points, Monaco was still a conciliatory weekend for Alfa-Sauber. On Sunday morning, Theo Pourchaire (19) from the Hinwil Academy took second place behind overall Formula 2 leader Drugovich (Br, 113 points). The Frenchman remains the closest pursuer with 81 points. Pourchaire should replace the Chinese Zhou in Formula 1 by 2024 at the latest.
Indy winner 49 races without points
And at 9.50 p.m. there was a big round of applause for the 31-year-old Swede Marcus Ericsson in the media room. The former Sauber driver (from 2015 to 2018) won the murderous Indy 500 in front of 250,000 fans after a dramatic finale. Ericsson had captured just 18 championship points in 81 races. Once he was pointless in 49 Grand Prix in a row!
Car in two parts: Mick Schumacher crashes spectacularly in Monte Carlo(00:32)