In the round-up: Nyck de Vries accepted responsibility for his first-lap crash with Lando Norris.
De Vries escapes penalty, but takes blame for Miami GP collision
De Vries ran into Norris at the start of the Miami Grand Prix, sending the McLaren off-track. It began a tough race for the pair in which Norris finished 17th, once place ahead of his assailant.
“After lap one, I was on the back foot,” said de Vries. “It was my mistake, I locked up and Norris [was right in front] and I touched. This compromised our first stint a little because there were a lot of vibrations on the right-front which affected our pace.”
De Vries said he wasn’t able to rejoin the pack as he didn’t have the benefit of DRS. “When you’re so behind and out of DRS range, you lose so much time on the straights that it’s tough to catch up. I was at the back, alone, so it naturally becomes easier when you’re not fighting as hard as in the middle of the pack when every moment counts.”
Indianapolis queries F1’s use of slogan
Promoters of the Indianapolis 500 race have queried Formula 1’s description of itself as ‘The Greatest Spectacle in Racing’, a phrase long used to describe IndyCar’s blue riband race.
Indianapolis Motor Speedway Corporation president Doug Bowles joined the Best of Monday podcast this week to talk about how the circuit has responded to appearances of the phrase in relation to F1’s Miami Grand Prix and forthcoming new race in Las Vegas.
“They actually started using that earlier [than Miami],” he explained. “And we actually reached out to our friends at Liberty [Media, F1’s commercial rights holder] and at Formula One Group, and they agreed not to use it.
“It was really more specific related to Vegas, where we had the problem. This is the first time we’ve heard it related to Miami. So we will definitely be calling our friends there again.
“They’ve agreed that it is our IP and that they aren’t going to use it. So I’m not sure exactly how it got [used] – I heard it was used in the pre-race. A couple of folks actually mentioned it.
“I haven’t seen it in their marketing materials, which they’ve agreed isn’t their mark and they’d leave it alone. So we will follow up this week.
“I’m excited that F1’s here, but go build your own IP, go build your own 114 years of of existence, and not steal ours.”
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