In the round-up: Andrea Stella says McLaren have “respect” for Lewis Hamilton after he apologised for hitting Oscar Piastri in Monza
Hamilton apology shows his ‘qualities’ – Stella
McLaren team principal Andrea Stella says that his team appreciated Lewis Hamilton apologising to Oscar Piastri after the pair collided during the Italian Grand Prix.
The two drivers were fighting over seventh place when they collided at the Della Roggia chicane on lap 40 when Hamilton appeared to move into Piastri in the braking zone. Piastri was forced to pit for a new front wing and missed out on points, with Hamilton handed a five second time penalty for the clash.
“I think maybe Lewis got a little frustrated because, in reality, I think Lewis would have overtaken Oscar,” Stella said. “If not there, he would have overtaken at the next opportunity. So in a similar way, I think there was no need to take too much risk for Lewis because he had the pace to overtake with more margin, I would say.”
Hamilton apologised to Piastri after the race after accepting responsibility for the clash.
“Lewis is a fair competitor,” Stella said. “If he apologised it shows his qualities as a competitor and as a person. He definitely has our respect.”
F1, FIA given until “mid-October” for Massa response
Massa is pursuing legal action in the UK against the FIA and F1 after former F1 chief Bernie Ecclestone claimed that he and then-FIA president Max Moseley were aware Nelson Piquet Jnr’s crash in the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix was deliberate before the end of that season. Massa failed to score in that race after a botched pit stop and Lewis Hamilton beat Massa to the 2008 title by a single point at the end of the season.
“The ball is on their court, we’ve been waiting for their response,” Bernardo Viana of law firm Vieira Rezende Advogados told Reuters. “They asked for more time, until mid-October, and in good faith we have agreed to that.”
Viana says Massa’s action was not targeted against Hamilton and urged the seven-time champion to support Massa’s claim.
“He is an important ambassador for the sport and has always defended sporting integrity. He is an honorary Brazilian citizen and very well liked by Brazilians, so I hope he will support us,” Viana said.
“We have absolutely nothing against Hamilton.”
Point on merit “very important” for Alfa Romeo
Scoring a point in the Italian Grand Prix in a race that ran green from start to finish was “very important” to Alfa Romeo, says the team’s head of trackside engineering, Xevi Pujolar.
Valtteri Bottas finished tenth after starting 14th on the grid, moving them within one point of Haas in the battle for eighth in the championship.
“For us, it was very important to score points in a race like this – no incidents or Safety Cars,” Pujolar told RaceFans. “That shows that the pace was there and the strategy worked out with the two cars working as a team and getting a car in the top ten.
“We finished ahead of Haas and also ahead of AlphaTauri. We just need to keep pushing hard and see if we can catch Williams and overtake them before the end of the season. Still, Albon was too strong for us this race, but we’ve got upgrades in the pipeline for the next race in Singapore, so let’s see if we can finish ahead of them and score more points than them in Singapore.”
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