Apology to Sainz was important to “clean the slate”, says Ricciardo · RaceFans

In the round-up: Daniel Ricciardo says it was important for him to apologise to Carlos Sainz Jnr after their lap one clash at Imola and ‘clean the slate’ with the Ferrari driver

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Sainz apology important to ‘clean the slate’ says Ricciardo

Daniel Ricciardo says it was important for him to apologise to Carlos Sainz Jnr after their lap one clash at Imola and ‘clean the slate’ with the Ferrari driver.

The pair collided at the first turn in the Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix, knocking Sainz out of the race and leaving Ricciardo with diffuser damage that hampered him the race entire. After the race, Ricciardo visited the Ferrari hospitality suite to apologise in person to Sainz for the contact.

Speaking on an appearance on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, Ricciardo said it was important for him to make sure there would be no hard feelings between the pair moving forward through the rest of the season.

“I hated every second of the apology!” Ricciardo told host Trevor Noah. “I guess probably with experience, being in it for so long, I have the maturity, I guess, to know now how much we all put into it. And as competitive as we are, we all have something strongly in common.

“There’s only 20 of us who do it – there’s only 20 F1 drivers. You kind of just respect everyone’s journey. Like the incident – ​​if I hold myself accountable, I feel like I want to just apologise. It’s nothing personal. I don’t think everyone would do it, but for me, I just felt better by doing it. So we kind of just clean the slate for the next one and I know that when we come alongside each other on track next, there’s no intensity. There’ll be an intensity, but nothing heightened, I guess.

McLaren ‘know the strengths and weaknesses of our car now’ – Seidl

McLaren team principal Andreas Seidl says the team have now established what the main strengths and weaknesses of their car are after the opening four races of the 2022 season.

The team enjoyed their first podium finish of the season in Imola after a tough start to the season in Bahrain that saw them finish outside of the top ten. Seidl says that McLaren now have a “clear idea” of where the MCL36’s strengths are.

“Definitely we improved our understanding of the car over the last couple of weekends after we had to play catch up with missing out on all these laps at the test in Bahrain,” said Seidl.

“I guess we have a clear idea on the strengths and weaknesses of our car. I have a clear idea of ​​what we have to address in order to bring more performance to the car. We have a clear plan in place of how we’re going to do at. We have to manage a lot of parameters, like cost cap as well, reduced wind tunnel time, etc, etc, but I’m very happy with what I’m seeing the team is doing and how the team is attacking that challenge.”

Drive to Survive style TV show would be “amazing” for IndyCar – Palou

McLaren SP driver Alex Palou believes that a Drive to Survive style documentary series would help to promote the popularity of IndyCar.

The success of the Netflix-produced show has been credited with the growth of Formula 1’s popularity in recent years. Palou thinks it would be “amazing” to have an equivalent show for IndyCar

“I think everybody saw what the Drive to Survive did to the series, and especially to the drivers and people working there,” said Palou.

“They told a story that maybe for really every motorsports enthusiastic kind of person that are following every session that you know that it’s a bit too dramatic, but it works for normal people and new fans, which that’s what they want and that’s what we want , as well. So yeah, absolutely. I think it would be amazing to have something close to that.”

McLaren “investigating” Hamilton abuse comments on Twitter

McLaren says it is “investigating” abusive comments about Lewis Hamilton allegedly made by an employee of the company on Twitter. “We consider these comments to be completely at odds with our values ​​and culture at McLaren. We take the matter extremely seriously and are investigating it as a priority,” it said in a statement.

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