At the rally: Pierre Gasly suspects gravel of having caused his puncture at the end of the British Grand Prix.
Gasly: the puncture at the end of the race is due to the gravel
Gasly was racing in ninth place until he was forced to stop on lap 47 of the British Grand Prix, after suffering a puncture at the left rear. He suspects that gravel dragged across the track by a rival caused the failure. “I don’t know who went through the gravel at turn seven, but there was gravel on the track and I went through that and had a puncture on the left rear,” he said.
“Honestly, I have no words because it was such a difficult weekend. We were in the dots five laps from the end and then, I don’t know, someone went into turn seven and then we had a flat tire and I had to fight with five laps to go because the left rear was punctured.
“Honestly it’s so frustrating because like I said it was one of the toughest weekends of the season and we managed to come back to the points and in the end to lose nothing, just for a puncture right at the end is very frustrating.
Verstappen was released from hospital without injury
Late Sunday, Red Bull released a statement confirming that Max Verstappen has been released from hospital, after being taken for further checks following his 51G crash at Copse in the first round of the British Grand Prix.
“We are happy to confirm that Max was released from the hospital at 10:00 pm this evening, following a thorough medical examination, without any major injuries.
“Max and the team would like to thank the Trackside Marshalls and the medical staff for their exceptional care both on site at Silverstone and at Coventry Hospital. “
Alonso: seventh place, Alpine’s strongest pace to date
Fernando Alonso described the British Grand Prix as Alpine’s best for pure pace since his return to Formula 1.
« [It was] very busy, we never have an easy run. We are still in different battles at different points in the race.
“But yeah, I think it was a strong weekend. We have been in the points for four or five races.
“Our best result was Baku, P6, but it was a strange race, so today P7 is probably our strongest weekend in terms of race pace. I’m happy for it. It was a tough race for tire management with a lot of bulb issues and we managed pretty well and got a good result.
Raikkonen: Alfa pace means races are purely defensive
Kimi Raikkonen said Alfa Romeo’s limited pace means the only type of racing he can do is defensive, rather than looking for opportunities to move forward.
“In the end, I look more in the mirrors than in the front all the time. Yes, the race is purely to try to defend.
“We have to be faster. And, you know, we tried and I’d rather fight for position than finish 11th or 12th, it just doesn’t make sense.