F1 Friday Practice Highlights
I understeered off at the exit and tried to keep it nailed… – Sergio Perez
In F1 news, Friday’s practice round had plenty of drama and Monza madness surrounding it. So, buckle up and let’s get the lowdown on what’s happening at the Italian Grand Prix as well as all the rest of the F1 news and rumors.
I’m not sure if Sergio Perez has ever visited Kathmandu, but Bob Seger wrote a song called Katmandu (without the H) in honor of the Shangri-La of the Far East, and I can’t get the damn thing out of my head. Love the song, but it’s a friggin earworm, and I invite you to listen to it so you can join me in my own personal hell.
— DJACK (@topshotblazers) September 1, 2023
Anyway, I bring this up because Sergio Perez went boom-boom at Monza and my first thought was CrashManDo which brought me to Seger and now to you. Perez has been kind of a mess recently and he seems to be allowing the car to drive him rather than the other way around.
His most recent error, in what has become a regular occurrence, was at the iconic Parabolica corner, where he once again lost control and spun out.
“I understeered off at the exit and tried to keep it nailed,” Perez told F1 TV after the session. “I thought I had it under control, but then I touched a little bit of the gravel, and that was it, game over.
“It doesn’t look too bad, the damage. It was fairly small, and I don’t think we lost anything there at the end, two laps, so nothing representative in that regard.”
“The positive is that the car is performing well,” Pérez said. “I’m feeling comfortable with it, and I feel that we’re in a good position for the rest of the weekend. I really felt that we had a very strong Friday.”
| Checo to F1 on what happened at the end of FP2.
“Yeah, I understeered off on the exit […] I thought I had it under control but then I just touched a little bit the gravel and that was game over. It doesn’t look too bad the… to be the damage.“ pic.twitter.com/cmhRHJM6Hj
— valeria.✧･ﾟ (@checolover111) September 1, 2023
Happy Speedy Birthday
Carlos Sainz had a nice qualifying run on Friday, as he was the fastest on the track in the second session on his 29th birthday. The Spaniard and his Ferrari took just one minute and 21.355 seconds to get around the legendary track, while McLaren’s Lando Norris came second, trailing Sainz by just 0.019 of a second in the qualifying lap, replete with two red flags.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY CARLOS SAINZ pic.twitter.com/VZcrANh2dG
— katie ️ (@ricnorrisf1) September 1, 2023
F1 news and rumors are that Max Verstappen had the fastest time in the first session but had a rough ride in the second session. He was caught speeding in the Monza pit lane, moving along at 84.8kph instead of keeping it at or below the required 80kph.
That cost him a £428 ($464,15) fine but nothing more as it occurred in practice and not during the actual race. After coming first in the initial go-round, Verstappen came fifth in the second and said after the session, “We’ve been trying a few different wing levels and I think we still need to analyze a bit what way to go. It’s sometimes a bit of a tricky thing around Monza. From my side, it probably could have been a little bit better.”