Meanwhile in F1 | Djokovic meets Sainz and analyzes his playing style: ‘That is the Spanish blood’

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Meanwhile in F1 |  Djokovic meets Sainz and analyzes his playing style: 'That is the Spanish blood'

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Djokovic meets Sainz and analyzes his playing style: ‘That is the Spanish blood’

Novak Djokovic is busy with the ATP tournament in Monte Carlo, and the Serbian met several Formula 1 drivers there, including Carlos Sainz. The 29-year-old Spaniard indicates that his backhand is less good than his forehand, after which Djokovic quickly thinks of Rafael Nadal: “Ah, that is in the Spanish blood,” says the current number 1 in the WTA ranking.

Verstappen takes advantage of RB20 sand sculpture: ‘More efficient on the straight’

Max Verstappen and Sergio Pérez have had a day at the beach. There, the drivers of Red Bull Racing found a detailed version of the RB20. The sand version of the RB20 also seems to be quite sturdy, but after a quiz there is less and less of the car left.

British duo sees Djokovic playing next to the front door

George Russell and Lando Norris traveled home after the Japanese Grand Prix just in time to see Novak Djokovic in action in the Monte Carlo ATP tournament. Russell was present with his girlfriend, and saw Djokovic make short work of opponent Roman Safiullin 6-1 and 6-2. Russell received a response from his compatriot and fellow driver under his message: ‘OMG, I met you there. It was a pleasure to meet you,” said Norris.

Pérez puts a quote from Senna under his own overtaking actions

Sergio Pérez achieved his best qualifying result in twenty weekends in Japan on Saturday, but still had to overtake some colleagues on Sunday due to a difference in strategy. George Russell and Lewis Hamilton were overtaken before 130R by the Mexican, who shared his overtaking actions on Instagram, with a not entirely corrected version of Ayrton Senna’s most famous quote: ‘If there’s a gap, you have to go for it!’

Verstappen exceeds track limits in the paddock

Max Verstappen arrived in Japan last weekend without a pass at the paddock of Circuit Suzuka. That was no problem for the Dutchman: out of sight of the race management, he exceeded the track limits in order to enter the circuit. On the circuit itself, the Limburger did not have to do such difficult overtaking actions.

No podium, but Norris had a great time in Japan in his own unique way

Lando Norris was unable to convert his third starting position for the Japanese Grand Prix last weekend into a podium place, but the McLaren driver seems to have forgotten that disappointment. On X the Brit posts a few ‘special’ images of his weekend in and around Suzuka.

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Verstappen is cheered on by a fanatic fan

Max Verstappen was accompanied in Japan by girlfriend Kelly Piquet and her daughter Penelope. During the podium ceremony, the daughter of Piquet and former Formula 1 driver Daniil Kvyat proudly watched Verstappen stand on the top step of the podium and cheered on the Dutchman: ‘Max, yeah!’

Fan comes up with a very inventive way to score Pérez’s signature

It’s a busy weekend for a driver during a race weekend, so they may not have much time for their fans. However, a fan of Sergio Pérez came up with a very inventive way to get the Mexican driver’s attention, and lowered his cap by a string so that the Red Bull driver could sign it.

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