Leclerc tests positive for COVID-19 for second time in 2021

Thu, 12/16/2021 - 11:24
It is the second time this year that the Monegasque driver has tested positive, having also contracted the virus in January after coming into close contact with another case.
The Ferrari Formula 1 driver is suffering from mild symptoms but "feeling fine" and will self-isolate at home.
In a statement, the team tweeted: "Scuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow driver Charles Leclerc has tested ...Keep reading
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Ricciardo "clearly" needs to make another step in F1 2022

Thu, 12/16/2021 - 10:57
The Australian struggled for most of this year to get onto terms with teammate Lando Norris, especially over one lap in qualifying, which in turn made his life harder in races.
While his form improved and victory in the Italian GP was an obvious high, Ricciardo finished the season in eighth place on 115 points, 45 behind his teammate, and only five ahead of AlphaTauri's Pierre ...Keep reading
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Wolff has "no interest" in talking to Masi after F1 finale controversy

Thu, 12/16/2021 - 08:29
Wolff remains angry about Masi's handling of the safety car restart in the closing stages of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, which opened the door for Max Verstappen to grab the victory he needed for the crown.
The team believes that Masi's choice to select which backmarkers could unlap themselves, as well as the timing of the restart, were a clear breach of the regulations.
A protest lodged on ...Keep reading
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Mercedes hopes "disillusioned" Hamilton doesn't walk from F1

Thu, 12/16/2021 - 08:14
Hamilton was on course to take an eighth F1 drivers' title until the final five laps of the Yas Marina climax to a hotly contested 2021 season, which tipped the race on its head and allowed Max Verstappen to clinch his maiden title.
Although Mercedes protested the results and appealed the decision to throw that protest out, the team has since elected to withdraw its appeal.
Wolff explained ...Keep reading
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Hamilton, Wolff won't attend FIA prize-giving gala

Thu, 12/16/2021 - 07:11
While Mercedes has elected to drop its appeal into the FIA's handling of the late-race safety car restart in the F1 season finale, the German car manufacturer remains deeply unhappy about the way the events were handled.
Mercedes had already elected not to send its championship-winning F1 and Formula E cars to Paris for pre-gala photographs, and it has now been confirmed that neither Hamilton ...Keep reading
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Mercedes F1 team withdraws Abu Dhabi GP appeal

Thu, 12/16/2021 - 05:04
In a short statement issued on Thursday, the team said it welcomed a move by the FIA to investigate the events from last weekend so no longer felt it needed to push on with its action.
Mercedes had been left angry about the way in which F1 race director Michael Masi had selectively chosen some backmarkers be allowed to unlap themselves and had rushed the safety car restart.
The team claimed ...Keep reading
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Verstappen to receive trophy as F1 braced for critical 48 hours

Thu, 12/16/2021 - 04:47
At the annual FIA Prize Gala event, Verstappen will be presented with the famous trophy that marks the culmination of a brilliant campaign for the Dutchman to secure his maiden title.
But while he and his Red Bull team are set for a night to remember, F1 is still reeling from the scandal that has engulfed the sport over the way the final safety car restart at the Yas Marina circuit was ...Keep reading
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Alonso set for surgery in January to remove plates from jaw

Thu, 12/16/2021 - 04:20
Ahead of his return to F1 with Alpine in 2021, Alonso was struck by a car while cycling in Switzerland, leaving him in need of surgery to repair a jaw fracture. 
Alonso was able to get on-track for pre-season testing with Alpine, but by his own admission took time to get up to speed with the team as his preparations had been impacted by the accident. 
Having previously confirmed ...Keep reading
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Verstappen: Sitting in hospital after British GP crash lowest point of 2021

Thu, 12/16/2021 - 04:07
Verstappen clinched the F1 world title in dramatic fashion on Sunday in Abu Dhabi, passing Mercedes rival Hamilton on the final lap of the race in a controversial restart after a safety car period.
It brought an end to a season-long fight between Verstappen and Hamilton which had seen them regularly exchange the lead of the championship, as well as going wheel-to-wheel on-track on a number of ...Keep reading
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Haas F1 tech chief praises Pietro Fittipaldi’s pace on test return

Wed, 12/15/2021 - 18:00
Fittipaldi – who raced in the final two F1 races in 2020 in place of the injured Romain Grosjean – drove Haas’s converted 2019 ‘mule’ car at Yas Marina on Wednesday, testing the 18-inch Pirelli tyres that will be used in 2022.
His fastest lap of 1m28.622s compared favourably to race driver Mick Schumacher’s 1m28.499s from Tuesday. Fittipaldi has re-signed as Haas’s test/reserve ...Keep reading
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O'Ward sees two-year window to make F1 switch happen

Wed, 12/15/2021 - 17:02
Arrow McLaren SP IndyCar driver O’Ward took part in the young driver test in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday as a reward for scoring his first victory earlier this year, having made a bet with McLaren Racing CEO Zak Brown.
O’Ward completed 92 laps in the McLaren MCL35M at the Yas Marina Circuit, and said afterwards that he found the experience “addictive”, surpassing all expectations.
O’Ward ...Keep reading
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F1 agrees to ditch MGU-H as part of new engine rules

Wed, 12/15/2021 - 15:12
The complicated technology, which generates electrical power from exhaust heat, has proven to be expensive and complex since it formed part of the new turbo hybrid rules that were introduced in 2014.
With F1 eager to attract new manufacturers from 2026, the presence of the MGU-H was viewed as a key part of the discussions.
For the Volkswagen Group, which is poised to enter F1 with either its ...Keep reading
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FIA launches probe into F1 Abu Dhabi safety car controversy

Wed, 12/15/2021 - 14:53
The decision by F1 race director Michael Masi to only allow select backmarkers to unlap themselves behind the safety car, and restart the race one lap before the sporting regulations dictate, has prompted a huge backlash from fans and media.
While the FIA stewards rejected a protest from Mercedes that the sporting regulations had been broken, as they insisted that other rules give Masi carte ...Keep reading
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Norris: We “deserved a lot more” after late season F1 frustration

Wed, 12/15/2021 - 13:30
Norris slipped from fourth to sixth in the world championship in the closing races of the season.
He finishing the year with a seventh in Abu Dhabi after a late puncture dropped him down from a potential fourth place finish, and cost him the chance to challenge Carlos Sainz for third.
His four previous starts saw him earn a ninth place and a trio of tenths after various misfortunes caught ...Keep reading
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The technology on show in Abu Dhabi F1 testing ahead of new-look 2022

Wed, 12/15/2021 - 10:18
Testing with these cars has been ongoing throughout 2021 but this is the first time all of them have been used together, allowing a much larger pool of data to be collected that can be used by the tyre supplier and the teams.
To qualify as a ‘mule’ car, teams were required to make the necessary changes to allow the new wheel rims and tyres to be fitted, which has mainly resulted in a new ...Keep reading
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Insider's guide: What are F1’s tyre rules?

Wed, 12/15/2021 - 10:09
Tyres are the most important – and arguably most confusing – part of modern Grand Prix racing. Teams are allocated different sets to use at different times and managing the process involves a big team of people. 
It wasn’t always this complicated – but the introduction of a wide range of different tyre types has revolutionised the sport, making it a complex game of strategy. Here ...Keep reading
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Shwartzman puts Haas on top as Abu Dhabi F1 test ends

Wed, 12/15/2021 - 09:07
Ferrari junior Shwartzman was the only young driver taking part in Wednesday’s test running at the Yas Marina Circuit, with the remainder of the field using modified mule cars on the new 18-inch tyres for 2022.
Teams were only allowed to field a young driver on one of the two days of testing, with all bar Haas opting to do so on Tuesday.
Shwartzman set a fastest lap time of 1m25.348s with ...Keep reading
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Russell: ‘Strange feeling’ making Mercedes return in F1 post-season test

Wed, 12/15/2021 - 08:34
Russell featured in both days of the post-season running at the Yas Marina Circuit this week, driving a modified Mercedes W10 from 2019 to sample Pirelli’s 18-inch tyres for 2022.
It marked Russell’s first outing for Mercedes since his stand-in appearance for Lewis Hamilton at the 2020 Sakhir Grand Prix, when he came close to winning on debut for the team.
Mercedes announced in September ...Keep reading
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Hamilton receives knighthood in ceremony at Windsor Castle

Wed, 12/15/2021 - 07:31
Hamilton, 36, was awarded a knighthood in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours at the end of last year, making him Sir Lewis Hamilton.
But it was not until this Wednesday that Hamilton was formally knighted by Prince Charles in a ceremony that took place at Windsor Castle.
Hamilton was first awarded an MBE by the Queen following his maiden world title win in 2008, and has since won a further ...Keep reading
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Seidl: Masi’s tricky role in intense F1 title battle needs to be understood

Wed, 12/15/2021 - 06:44
Masi has faced a barrage of criticism for the way the race was restarted after the late safety car for a one-lap sprint to the flag, which saw Max Verstappen overtake Lewis Hamilton and claim the World Championship.
The dramatic finale to the 2021 season came after a series of calls on racing incidents and other matters that have put a spotlight on how race control operates.
Seidl said he ...Keep reading
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