FIA outlines plan for F1 race directors in 2023

Tue, 01/24/2023 - 06:00
Last year, in the wake of the controversy over the FIA's handling of the 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, motor racing's governing body elected a system whereby F1 race control was led by two different individuals.
Wittich and Edoardo Freitas shared the race director role for much of the season, as the FIA took on board the lessons from what had gone on before.
In the end, Wittich was assigned the ...Keep reading
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Fittipaldi stays at Haas for fifth season in F1 test/reserve role

Tue, 01/24/2023 - 05:25
The young Brazilian-American, who was called up for two grands prix at the end of 2020 as a replacement for the injured Romain Grosjean, will twin his reserve duties with Haas alongside his efforts for the Jota team in WEC's LMP2 class.
As part of his Haas responsibilities, Fittipaldi will likely get some testing mileage, most likely in pre-season running in Bahrain and during Friday free ...Keep reading
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F1 to change shortened-race points rule after Verstappen title confusion

Tue, 01/24/2023 - 04:06
Max Verstappen clinched the F1 title in Suzuka last year in the wake of Charles Leclerc being handed a five-second penalty for having cut the chicane and gaining an advantage on the final lap.
Leclerc's demotion to third gave Verstappen an unassailable lead, but even the Red Bull driver was left unsure about the situation because he and his team had been under the impression that full points ...Keep reading
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Russell felt "a bit of a rookie" during first Mercedes F1 year in 2022

Mon, 01/23/2023 - 12:10
After starting his F1 career at Williams during its rebuild from its results nadir of 2018-2019, Russell’s move to Mercedes meant he slotted into an operation that had won the previous eight world titles and produced the engines that power the works squad and its three customer teams.
But as well as learning new and additional processes at Mercedes’ Brackley base, Russell also highlighted ...Keep reading
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Ben Sulayem urges caution over "exaggerated" $20bn valuation for F1

Mon, 01/23/2023 - 11:07
A story by Bloomberg last week suggested that Saudi Arabia's sovereign wealth fund had been interested in purchasing F1 from current owner Liberty Media for a $20 billion price tag, but the proposal was rejected.
While sources suggest that the report was not totally accurate in that discussions never opened seriously with Liberty about a buyout, the eye-watering valuation of grand prix racing ...Keep reading
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Albon: "Privilege" to have long-term stability in F1 with Williams

Mon, 01/23/2023 - 09:03
Albon returned to F1 full-time last year with Williams after spending a year in a reserve and test role with Red Bull, who dropped him from its line-up at the end of 2020.
He excelled upon his return to the grid, leading Williams' efforts at the back of the field with points finishes in Australia, Miami and Belgium. It was enough for Albon to secure a multi-year contract extension with the ...Keep reading
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Old Aston Martin team wouldn't have overturned 2022 F1 form - Stroll

Mon, 01/23/2023 - 06:02
At the start of 2022's new ground effect era, Aston Martin's launch specification car proved unsuited to the new rules.
Just like Mercedes, the team had anticipated producing a lot of downforce when the car was close to the ground, but it found that porpoising prevented it from being able to run as low as it would like.
To avoid the bouncing, the team had to raise the ride height a lot, and ...Keep reading
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How F1’s bigger wheels have impacted car designs

Mon, 01/23/2023 - 03:51
But some areas of the cars required a deeper analysis to understand their implications – with perhaps one of the biggest being the shift in size of wheel rims from 13 to 18-inches.
This change created a knock-on effect to the design of several other components, with the FIA making efforts to clamp down on the use of tricks that teams had used in the past to better manage airflow in this ...Keep reading
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Norris: McLaren must match Ferrari's ground-effects gains for F1 2023

Sun, 01/22/2023 - 09:30
McLaren failed to win at the start of the second ground-effects F1 era last year, with Norris achieving a sole team podium in the Emilia Romagna GP.
The struggles with its MCL36 left the Woking outfit to take its first major competitive backwards step since the start of its Andreas Seidl-led recovery plan.
From scoring third in the 2020 constructors’ ...Keep reading
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Do Formula 1 team-mates really need to be best friends?

Sun, 01/22/2023 - 04:03
Only four of the 10 teams have an unchanged driver line-up - Red Bull, Ferrari, Mercedes and Alfa Romeo - meaning the remaining six will have spent much of this winter getting their new signing up to speed, learning the ropes and embedded within their team.
But it will also leave drivers facing new dynamics to work with. Team-mate relationships are often in the spotlight in F1, especially when ...Keep reading
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Williams had two-year plan for Sargeant in Formula 2

Sat, 01/21/2023 - 10:30
Williams junior Sargeant will make his F1 debut in Bahrain after being handed a seat for 2023 alongside Alex Albon, becoming the first full-time American on the grid since Scott Speed in 2007.
Sargeant was drafted in to replace Nicholas Latifi - who left Williams after three years - following an impressive rookie year in F2 that saw him take two wins and finish fourth in the ...Keep reading
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Russell sees no risk of Hamilton trouble even amid F1 title battle

Sat, 01/21/2023 - 04:00
Russell and Hamilton are set to embark on their second season as Mercedes team-mates in the 2023 campaign, which will follow the difficult 2022 season where Mercedes’ W13 challenger was initially badly off the pace and impacted severely by porpoising. 
Although Hamilton was known to prefer Mercedes possibly keeping Valtteri Bottas across the garage rather than ...Keep reading
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Steiner: "A lot of margin" for F1 race control to improve after "nonsense" calls

Fri, 01/20/2023 - 15:07
F1's governing body, the FIA, restructured its race control operations last year in the wake of the Abu Dhabi controversy at the end of 2021, with changes including the appointment of two race directors.
But it did not stop the decisions from race control becoming a big talking point throughout the 2022 season, especially over its use of the black-and-orange flag, policing of track limits and ...Keep reading
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Alfa Romeo announces launch date for 2023 F1 car

Fri, 01/20/2023 - 12:31
The Swiss squad, which is embarking on its last season under the moniker of the Italian car manufacturer, plans to reveal its C43 in Zurich on that day.
The launch will then likely be followed soon after by a filming day at Barcelona to iron out any early teething problems before the only pre-season test takes place in Bahrain from February 23.
Alfa Romeo made some encouraging progress last ...Keep reading
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F1 explains plan for active aero to improve racing for 2026

Fri, 01/20/2023 - 07:58
F1 overhauled its technical ruleset for the 2022 season in a bid to reduce the amount of downforce lost when cars were following each other, allowing them to get closer and attempt more overtakes.
The changes were widely praised by the F1 drivers, while Pirelli reported the number of overtakes in F1 had risen from 599 over the 2021 season to 785 last year.
But attention is already moving ...Keep reading
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How F1's new rules era has impacted front wing philosophy

Fri, 01/20/2023 - 05:07
The FIA insisted on a more stringent layout, in order to prevent any elaborate concepts that might erode the foundations for good racing upon which the regulations had been framed.
Steps had already been taken in recent years to rid the front wing of outwash-generating devices, such as cascade elements, whilst the number of flap elements, which had once reached nine in total, is now limited to ...Keep reading
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How one wrong simulation answer triggered key mistake with Mercedes' W13 design

Fri, 01/20/2023 - 03:53
The W13 came to be most closely associated with the porpoising problem that impacted every F1 team to some extent during the first season of the championship returning to running ground-effects designs.
Although Mercedes was able to address the specific aerodynamic porpoising issue, it then spent the next phase of the campaign working to fix a ride problem the porpoising had been masking before ...Keep reading
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Aston Martin: Rule loopholes have allowed "clever innovations" on 2023 F1 car

Thu, 01/19/2023 - 12:25
The Silverstone squad is gearing up for the launch of its AMR23 car at its factory on 13 February, with interest surrounding the team heightened with it having signed Fernando Alonso to partner Lance Stroll for the 2023 season.
Although it remains coy about the details of the design of its new challenger, Aston Martin's deputy technical director Eric Blandin suggests there should be some ...Keep reading
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Saudi Arabia F1 race set to remain in Jeddah until at least 2027

Thu, 01/19/2023 - 12:16
Saudi Arabia hosted its first F1 race in 2021 at the Jeddah Corniche Circuit, which was intended to be a temporary home for the grand prix before moving to the new-build city of Qiddiya on the outskirts of Riyadh.
But as work continues on the state-of-the-art facility, Jeddah is now expected to host the race for at least another four years, with a number of the temporary facilities at the track ...Keep reading
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Mercedes: Schumacher can get back to F1, even with another team

Thu, 01/19/2023 - 09:21
Schumacher was dropped by Haas, and left Ferrari's young driver academy, at the end of last season after two years of mixed fortunes in F1.
While he had some impressive days of racing, there were also frustrations triggered by a number of high-profile crashes.
After losing his race seat, Mercedes wasted little time in signing Schumacher as its official reserve driver for 2023.
Mercedes ...Keep reading
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