August 20, 2022

Inside the roundup: Fernando Alonso says he’s been driving with an injured hand since crashing in Australian Grand Prix qualifying

In short

Alonso with hand injury from Melbourne

Fernando Alonso says he has been driving with an injured hand since crashing during qualifying for the Australian Grand Prix in April.

Alonso crashed on the final sector of the Albert Park circuit on his first flying lap in Q3 when his Alpine suffered a hydraulic failure, denying him all engine braking and seeing him crash into the tire wall. The two-time world champion says he has since suffered hand injuries from the accident.

“Bones, ligaments, tendons – everything is a mess right now,” Alonso said. “I need two or three months. There is no surgery, nothing you can do – just rest. Unfortunately, every two weeks I have to drive. So I try to rest at home, but it will take a few months.

Wolff not happy with ‘gifted’ podiums

Toto Wolff says he and Mercedes will not be satisfied until the team once again earns podiums at pace, rather than being “gifted” podiums.

Mercedes sit third in the constructors’ championship with 134 points – 101 behind leaders Red Bull. Mercedes scored three podiums in seven races: one for Lewis Hamilton in Bahrain and two for George Russell in Australia and Spain. Wolff says he wants Mercedes to start clinching the top three spots on pure merit as soon as possible.

“In the past we had a few podiums before, but that’s only when something goes wrong up front,” Wolff said.

“At the moment, I don’t want anything talented for us. Our team is only third on the road and that’s why the fifth and sixth positions are where we belong, but that’s not where we want to be. If you inherit a podium, that’s fine – it’s good for long-term points – but I don’t want any of that. I want to be part of winning up front and those important lessons that we are learning here that will be the basis of our long term performance.

Aron beats Beganovic in the first FREC Paul Ricard race

Junior Mercedes driver Paul Aron won the first of two races in the Formula Regional European Championship (FREC) this weekend at Paul Ricard.

The Prema driver beat teammate and Ferrari academy driver Dino Beganovic to move up from third place on the grid and win his second race of the season by a margin of victory of just under a second. MP Motorsport’s Michael Belov took the final podium spot in third.

Beganovic increased his championship points lead to 65 points over Hadrien David in the standings. The second race takes place this afternoon.

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