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Why 2019 may be painful for racing's two latest gamblers

Motorsport.com - Fri, 03/22/2019 - 08:43
Imagine the following situation: You are a motorsport athlete, pushing 30 as you arrive at a career crossroads. You've made an impact, fought with the best of them, emerged as a genuine star, but you've not come anywhere near your dream maiden championship title just yet.
Your current deal is expiring, and there's multiple suitors going forward. There's obvious interest from a top team, and ...Keep reading
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What went wrong at Ferrari? Plus more Australian GP tech updates | F1 technology

F1Fanatic - Fri, 03/22/2019 - 08:26
Were Ferrari slow in Melbourne because they had their power units turned down? Craig Scarborough's technical review of the Australian Grand Prix.
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Video: The key areas hurting Williams' performance

Motorsport.com - Fri, 03/22/2019 - 07:46
Now we've seen how far off the pace Williams is when it counts in F1 2019, the big question is how can it solve its problems? The team hinted that it has at least identified what those problems are, although it kept its cards close to its chest over what it needs to solve.
Scott Mitchell and Jake Boxall-Legge join Glenn Freeman to discuss why the FW42's "fundamental" troubles go further than a ...Keep reading
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FIA is working on improving visibility of F1 start lights in Bahrain

Autosport - Fri, 03/22/2019 - 07:38
The FIA is working to make Formula 1's starting lights more visible in Bahrain, as bigger wings on the 2019 cars made the lights difficult to view in Australia
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"Extremely peaky" F1 cars will spice up 2019 - Renault

Motorsport.com - Fri, 03/22/2019 - 07:27
Abiteboul stressed that the best of the rest contest behind the established top three teams is so close that teams will have to get everything right in order to be on top.
"It was extremely tight, and it's going to be extremely tight all season," Abiteboul told Motorsport.com after the Australian GP. "So I think it's going to be fascinating.
"It's very difficult to get it right or easy to ...Keep reading
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Pirelli finalising tyre testing plans for 2021 18-inch F1 wheels

Autosport - Fri, 03/22/2019 - 06:38
Pirelli is advancing with plans to commence its tyre testing programme for Formula 1's 2021 18-inch wheels with modified mule cars before the end of the current season
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Hamilton had “a lot of penalties through no fault of my own” in 2007 and 2008 | 2019 F1 season

F1Fanatic - Fri, 03/22/2019 - 05:51
Lewis Hamilton says there were "strange things going on" in his first seasons of Formula 1 and he felt people were doing "anything to stop me from succeeding".
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FIA working on start lights solution for Bahrain GP

Motorsport.com - Fri, 03/22/2019 - 05:08
Williams driver Robert Kubica, who was last on the grid in Melbourne, and Red Bull's Pierre Gasly who started 17th, both revealed after the race that their vision of the lights was blocked by the car in front.
"When I stopped [on the grid] I couldn't see the lights," said Kubica.
"The rear wing of the McLaren [of Carlos Sainz] was hiding it, so I could see the first block [of lights] and not ...Keep reading
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The glimpse of light at Williams's darkest time in Formula 1

Autosport - Fri, 03/22/2019 - 04:41
The Australian Grand Prix offered Williams no reprieve from a dismal start to the 2019 Formula 1 season, but there is a glimpse of light in the team's darkness
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Analysis: Why F1 is unlikely to attract new teams soon | 2019 F1 season

F1Fanatic - Fri, 03/22/2019 - 04:15
Formula 1 wants to increase grid sizes to 12 teams, but the boss of one company reckons a big budget motorsport programme would be "completely mad".
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Williams have to treat races like “test sessions” – Russell | 2019 Australian Grand Prix

F1Fanatic - Fri, 03/22/2019 - 03:10
Williams are lacking so much performance they have to treat races as being like "practice sessions for when we've got the pace", says George Russell.
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Health warning issued to Australian Grand Prix attendees

Motorsport.com - Fri, 03/22/2019 - 00:05
A woman is currently being treated in hospital for measles, having acquired the viral infection in the Northern Territory.
Authorities are warning health providers that she spent Saturday and Sunday at the Australian Grand Prix at Albert Park, sitting in the Jones stand on the Saturday and the Fangio stand on the Sunday.
She also visited the Gate 2 entrance and food areas at Gate 1.
It's ...Keep reading
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Ferrari’s Australian GP pace ‘won’t be the norm’ – Steiner | RaceFans Round-up

F1Fanatic - Thu, 03/21/2019 - 20:01
In the round-up: Ferrari's Australian GP pace 'won't be the norm' - Steiner • Mick Schumacher not concerned about comparisons to father • Formula E better than Williams seat - Rowland
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Why Mercedes sees Red Bull-Honda as a threat in F1 2019

Motorsport.com - Thu, 03/21/2019 - 14:23
Max Verstappen was able to split the Ferraris in qualifying and then took Honda to its first podium in 11 years after a pre-season in which Red Bull regularly sung the praises of its new engine partner.
Edd Straw and Scott Mitchell join Glenn Freeman to discuss Red Bull-Honda's Melbourne performance and the prospects for the team in 2019.

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No-nonsense Albon "really impressed" Toro Rosso in Melbourne

Motorsport.com - Thu, 03/21/2019 - 13:43
Albon, who had not driven an F1 car until last month’s shakedown, qualified 13th in Melbourne, ahead of experienced teammate Daniel Kvyat.
He finished 14th in the race, having suffered from brake overheating issues early on.
Although he was well outside the points, the team was pleased with how he tackled his first weekend.
“He did a really solid job,” Egginton told Motorsport.com ...Keep reading
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Steiner doubts F1 2021 plan will be resolved in upcoming meeting

Autosport - Thu, 03/21/2019 - 13:15
Haas boss Gunther Steiner has expressed doubts that everything Formula 1 needs to resolve in order to finalise its 2021 rules package can be sorted at a meeting next week
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F1 teams can't "run our businesses" without 2021 clarity

Motorsport.com - Thu, 03/21/2019 - 12:37
A meeting of the Strategy Group, where ideas are discussed and voted on by F1, the FIA and the six top teams, will be held next Tuesday in London.
This will be followed by a meeting of the F1 commission, where votes are undertaken involving all stakeholders.
FIA president Jean Todt has indicated that progress has been made on 2021, and said that will be apparent at the meetings.
“We ...Keep reading
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The factors that hurt Ferrari in Australia

Motorsport.com - Thu, 03/21/2019 - 10:30
Few believe that the speed shown in testing was not real, as there would be little incentive for a big team to go for such glory runs.
So, as the investigation continues at Maranello to get to the bottom of why it was beaten by both Mercedes and Red Bull, here we look at some of the factors that almost certainly contributed to what happened.
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Russell "not interested" in fighting only Kubica

Motorsport.com - Thu, 03/21/2019 - 09:14
After the late arrival of its new FW42 led to a disrupted pre-season programme, Williams was firmly last in the pecking order throughout all of the season-opening Australian Grand Prix.
Russell trailed Kubica in first practice but was ahead in every session after that, going on to finish a lap up on the Polish driver, who had broken his front wing at the start.
“From a personal ...Keep reading
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2019 Australian Grand Prix Star Performers | 2019 Australian Grand Prix

F1Fanatic - Thu, 03/21/2019 - 08:56
Max Verstappen, Lance Stroll and Valtteri Bottas were RaceFans' stars of the Australian Grand Prix. Here's why.
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