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Rosberg Insists Sebastian Vettel Will Be ‘Fine’

Formula1news.co.uk - Sat, 11/06/2021 - 13:11

Sebastian Vettel can still have a strong debut season with Aston Martin if he can break free from his “negative spiral”, 2016 F1 World Champion Nico Rosberg has said.

Vettel’s debut with the newly rebranded Aston Martin F1 Team at Bahrain last month was a poor showing for the four-time World Champion, with him qualifying towards the back of the grid and getting a grid drop for a yellow flag infringement.

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He made up some ground in the race but wrecked his chances of scoring points by crashing into the back of Esteban Ocon’s Alpine, which resulted in him getting a time penalty and yet more penalty points.

Rosberg has said he believes Vettel can bounce back from his difficult final season with Ferrari and the events that unfolded at the 2021 season-opener in Bahrain.

“I really wish it to Sebastian, that he comes out of this low, what he brought with Ferrari and now a little bit to the first race,” Rosberg said.

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“Funnily enough, it surprised me that he also says that he still doesn’t feel comfortable in the car. But okay, it’s a new team and he needs a little time.

“But Sebastian has huge talent, this is a four-time World Champion, so he’ll be fine and I’m sure we’ll see some great races from him this year.

“But he has to find a way out of this negative spiral, that’s very, very important. We’ve seen another mistake just now, which is atypical for a four-time World Champion.

“That’s where he has to find his way out, that’s very important,” Rosberg concluded.

READ: Ferrari Team Boss Fires Thinly Veiled Jibe At Vettel After Bahrain GP

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Live: 2021 Mexico City Grand Prix third practice | RaceFans Live

F1Fanatic - Sat, 11/06/2021 - 12:45
Follow the 2021 Mexico City Grand Prix third practice session on RaceFans Live.
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Norris set for back-of-the-grid start in Mexico after engine change

Motorsport.com - Sat, 11/06/2021 - 12:37
The Briton had been the only Mercedes-powered driver not to have gone beyond his allocation of three engines up to this point.
But, after a tricky opening day of running in Mexico City, Norris is expected to join Aston Martin's Lance Stroll and AlphaTauri's Yuki Tsunoda at the back of the grid.
McLaren confirmed the decision ahead of the final practice session.
With three drivers having ...Keep reading
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Stewart sees Hamilton’s title hopes fading: ‘Surprising how often his team mate is ahead’ | 2021 F1 season

F1Fanatic - Sat, 11/06/2021 - 11:51
"The fat lady hasn't sung" for Lewis Hamilton's title hopes yet, says three-times world champion Jackie Stewart, but he has been surprised to see the Mercedes driver trailing his team mate.
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Leclerc insists Ferrari F1 engine issues are ‘nothing too big’

Motorsport.com - Sat, 11/06/2021 - 09:45
Leclerc entered the race weekend at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez feeling optimistic given Ferrari’s strength at high downforce tracks this year and the set-up requirements of the circuit.
While Ferrari ended Friday in Mexico as the leading midfield team, it finished over a second off Max Verstappen’s P1 time for Red Bull, led by Carlos Sainz Jr in fifth with Leclerc three-tenths further ...Keep reading
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Mercedes may need slipstream plan to prevent Red Bull locking out front row | 2021 Mexico City GP Friday practice analysis

F1Fanatic - Sat, 11/06/2021 - 09:26
Mercedes may have to play a tactical game in today's qualifying session to stop Red Bull locking out the front row in Mexico.
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Paddock Diary: Mexico City Grand Prix part one | 2021 Mexico City Grand Prix

F1Fanatic - Sat, 11/06/2021 - 08:03
Formula 1 has begun to loosen its Covid-19 restrictions in the paddock, and the festival atmosphere is back at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez.
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Mercedes fears over need for Hamilton F1 engine penalty receding

Motorsport.com - Sat, 11/06/2021 - 07:38
The German manufacturer has been battling some durability issues with its internal combustion engine, which has prompted its own works team and customer squads to take grid penalties in recent events.
With Valtteri Bottas already on to his sixth ICE, the title prospects of Hamilton could be affected hugely if he needed to take extra power units in the closing stages of his championship fight ...Keep reading
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Horner ‘flattered’ by Wolff’s pantomime protagonist F1 jibe

Motorsport.com - Sat, 11/06/2021 - 05:08
Red Bull is chasing its first F1 title since 2013, and the driver’s championship is currently led by Max Verstappen who sits 12 points clear of Mercedes rival Lewis Hamilton at the top of the standings.
In the constructors’ race, Mercedes enjoys a 23-point advantage over Red Bull, but saw its lead shrink at the last round in the United States.
In the break before Mexico, Mercedes F1 ...Keep reading
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F1 extends Chinese GP deal until 2025

Motorsport.com - Fri, 11/05/2021 - 22:29
China was the first race to fall foul of the coronavirus pandemic back in 2020, and it failed to make it back on to either last year's or this year’s schedule.
With international travel restrictions still quite tight as the country bids to keep control on the impact of COVID-19, F1 has decided to again steer clear for 2022 to avoid any risk of a late disruption.
But despite the ongoing ...Keep reading
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Russell to take Williams F1 gearbox penalty hit in Mexico

Motorsport.com - Fri, 11/05/2021 - 22:13
Russell began the day with a high-mileage ‘Friday gearbox’ but after he experienced a problem with that in Free Practice 1, the team opted to fit his race unit, which normally would not be used until Saturday.
However, that too suffered an issue early in FP2, forcing Russell to miss most of the session after he crawled back to the pits on his out lap. The team quickly determined that it ...Keep reading
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Hamilton: Mercedes pace deficit in Mexico down to lack of downforce

Motorsport.com - Fri, 11/05/2021 - 18:59
The world champion had arrived in Mexico City well aware that Red Bull would likely have the edge, with its car and engine package having proved so good at the high-altitude venue in the past.
Although Hamilton’s teammate Valtteri Bottas led the way in opening free practice, it appears that Mercedes’ tactic of running more aggressive engine modes early on flattered its form.
So after ...Keep reading
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F1 Grand Prix practice results: Verstappen fastest in Mexico City

Motorsport.com - Fri, 11/05/2021 - 18:36
Verstappen’s title rival Lewis Hamilton led a Mercedes 1-2 in Free Practice 1, but the Dutchman bounced back to top FP2 later in the afternoon – setting the quickest time of the day at 1m17.301s.
Mexico City Grand Prix FP1 results: Bottas fastest from Hamilton


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Gasly highlights visibility issue with 2022 F1 cars

Motorsport.com - Fri, 11/05/2021 - 18:33
Gasly says that the front wheel covers that form part of the new aerodynamic package partially obscure the view of the driver, and make it harder to place the car accurately when entering corners.
It's also potentially harder for drivers to know when they have locked the front wheels.
"Mainly in terms of visibility, it's also going to be quite different with the bigger tyres and the front ...Keep reading
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Mexican GP: Verstappen outpaces Bottas by 0.4s in second practice

Motorsport.com - Fri, 11/05/2021 - 18:02
After finishing one tenth of a second behind pace-setter Bottas in FP1 at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, Verstappen struck back by comfortably topping FP2 for Red Bull.
Verstappen set the early pace on the medium compound tyre in the session, running over a second clear of the field at one stage and ending the initial runs with a 0.7 second margin to Red Bull teammate Sergio Perez in ...Keep reading
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AlphaTauri explains how Albon assists Tsunoda on F1 weekends

Motorsport.com - Fri, 11/05/2021 - 16:18
With Albon’s commitments to race in the DTM this season having come to an end, AlphaTauri boss Franz Tost revealed at the Mexican Grand Prix that the Thai driver was now assisting Tsunoda.
“It's true,” said Tost. “Alex comes to Yuki, talks with him, explains him the track, whatever, and Yuki asks [questions]. It's a talk between drivers.
“I think that's quite positive for Yuki ...Keep reading
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Horner "disappointed" by suggestion F1 title fight could end in a crash

Motorsport.com - Fri, 11/05/2021 - 16:02
Verstappen currently leads the F1 drivers' championship by 12 points over Hamilton as he goes in search of Red Bull's first title since 2013.
Verstappen and Mercedes rival Hamilton have collided twice on track this year, crashing together at Silverstone and at Monza amid one of the most intense title fights F1 has seen in the past decade.
Their rivalry has led to comparisons with the battle ...Keep reading
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Hamilton handed reprimand for Mexico FP1 track limits breach

Motorsport.com - Fri, 11/05/2021 - 15:41
During the first 15 minutes of FP1 on Friday morning, Hamilton ran straight on when braking for Turn 1, noting over the radio that he "couldn't slow down there" as a number of drivers struggled in the dusty conditions.
Hamilton rejoined the track between Turn 2 and Turn 3, meaning he did not adhere to race director Michael Masi's pre-weekend instruction that drivers must follow the escape route ...Keep reading
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Mexican GP: Bottas leads Hamilton by 0.076s in FP1

Motorsport.com - Fri, 11/05/2021 - 14:39
Verstappen's teammate Sergio Perez, missed much of the one-hour session after crashing at the Peraltada corner in the early stages and breaking his rear wing, just as Ferrari's Charles Leclerc had done likewise.
The early running at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez featured considerable levels of dust as the cars swept the track surface, with drivers pointing out the reduced visibility ...Keep reading
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Tsunoda, Stroll set for F1 grid penalties after engine changes

Motorsport.com - Fri, 11/05/2021 - 14:27
Both Tsunoda and Stroll are taking a fourth internal combustion engine, turbocharger and MGU-H for the event from their respective engine manufacturers Honda and Mercedes.
Tsunoda will also use a fourth MGU-K system, while Stroll will add a third suite of control electronics to his pool.
With the engine limit at three per season, that means both drivers will drop to the back of the grid for ...Keep reading
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