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Albon impresses in China after pit lane start

Sun, 04/14/2019 - 17:33
Competing in only his third Grand Prix, the Anglo-Thai racer completed a comeback drive that belied his lack of experience.
His free practice three session ended with a crash in the barrier on the exit of the final corner, which ruled him out of qualifying. His rebuilt Toro Rosso had a change of survival cell, which meant he had to start the race from the pit lane.
Deploying a one-stop ...Keep reading
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"Worst driver of Saturday" Albon pleased by China turnaround

Sun, 04/14/2019 - 09:07
The F1 rookie crashed his Toro Rosso in final practice and missed qualifying because his team had to change his survival cell, consigning him to a pitlane start.
However, he pulled off a one-stop strategy to rise to 10th and bag his second point in a row, fending off the Haas of Romain Grosjean late on.
Asked who told him he had been named driver of the day, Albon said: "My trainer. I was ...Keep reading
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Tost believes Kvyat penalty was "unjustified"

Sun, 04/14/2019 - 08:34
Kvyat had first-lap contact with the McLarens of both Carlos Sainz and Lando Norris, causing both drivers to pit for new front wings.
Kvyat himself initially continued without making an extra stop, but he was assessed a drive-through penalty and given two penalty points on his licence.
The stewards noted that he had "lost control of his car at the exit of turn 6 and hit the cars to his left ...Keep reading
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Renault: Hulkenberg problem related to MGU-K change

Sun, 04/14/2019 - 08:13
The team believes that the German's retirement was brought about by a software glitch that can be resolved without any need for modified hardware.
Renault was forced to produce a new spec MGU-K after McLaren’s Carlos Sainz suffered a failure in the Australian GP.
The Spaniard had the new unit for Bahrain, but the works team stuck with the original version, only to suffer a costly double ...Keep reading
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Kubica feels he has "no race pace" since F1 race return

Sun, 04/14/2019 - 07:27
The Pole has finished as last of the runners in each of the three races since his return to the sport, winding up over 16 seconds behind teammate George Russell in the Shanghai event - despite an extra pitstop for the latter.
Kubica feels long-run pace was one of his strongest points during testing last year, and admits he is baffled as to why he is unable to match his teammate on Sunday.
"I ...Keep reading
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Leclerc: Strategy to hold up Bottas "right thing" for Ferrari

Sun, 04/14/2019 - 05:51
Leclerc ran third in the opening stages of the race but was told to let Vettel through early on and then dropped behind Max Verstappen when the Red Bull pitted earlier.
He ran behind Verstappen throughout the second stint, which Ferrari extended so much that by the time he stopped for fresh tyres he was too far behind Verstappen to try to fight back at the end.
Speaking to Sky Sports F1 ...Keep reading
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Ferrari: Team order not intended to benefit Vettel

Sun, 04/14/2019 - 05:25
Vettel's teammate Charles Leclerc had overtaken the German for third place at the start, but was unable to keep pace with the leading Mercedes cars ahead.
Ferrari soon made the decision to move Vettel ahead of the Monegasque, which Leclerc complied with on the 11th lap despite seemingly objecting to the call on the team radio.
But Vettel could not make any inroads on the Mercedes duo either ...Keep reading
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Sainz: Kvyat should have been more patient

Sun, 04/14/2019 - 05:09
Sainz and teammate Lando Norris were consigned to running at the back of the field in damaged cars after tangling with Kvyat's Toro Rosso at Turn 6 on the first lap.
Kvyat was blamed by the stewards and given a drive-through penalty. Both he and Norris eventually retired, while Sainz recovered to 14th.
"We were just all fighting in Turn 6, and at the exit of the corner I think someone didn't ...Keep reading
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Raikkonen says tyre temperature drop cost him better result

Sun, 04/14/2019 - 05:01
The Finn came home right behind seventh-placed Daniel Ricciardo and eighth-placed Sergio Perez in Shanghai to claim the ninth spot.
But he reckons he would have had a chance of overhauling the pair of them if he had not lost temperature in his rubber in the closing stages.
Speaking to Motorsport.com, Raikkonen said that his Alfa Romeo felt strong on race pace as he pushed through the field ...Keep reading
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Vettel "predicted" Verstappen's overtaking attempt

Sun, 04/14/2019 - 04:46
Verstappen was the first leading driver to pit and his pace on fresh tyres allowed him to attack Vettel when the Ferrari stopped one lap later.

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Bottas blames white line for slow start

Sun, 04/14/2019 - 04:20
The Finn made an initially good getaway from his pole position slot but a bit of wheelspin during the acceleration phase cost him valuable momentum and allowed teammate Lewis Hamilton to sneak ahead on the run to the first corner.
Trapped in Hamilton's dirty air without a big pace advantage, Bottas was unable to challenge his teammate as he eventually came home second.
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Chinese GP: Hamilton leads third consecutive Mercedes 1-2

Sun, 04/14/2019 - 03:54
Hamilton hooked up more cleanly away from the start and nosed into Turn 1 first ahead of pole-sitting Bottas, while Charles Leclerc went by his Ferrari teammate Sebastian Vettel to claim third place.
As the midfielders squeezed through the Turn 6 hairpin Toro Rosso's Daniil Kvyat caught a brief rear-end twitch, bouncing off Carlos Sainz's McLaren and then interlocking wheels with Sainz's ...Keep reading
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Brown: McLaren full-time IndyCar return more “when” than “if”

Sat, 04/13/2019 - 20:58
Following McLaren’s return to the Indianapolis 500 with Fernando Alonso as part of the Andretti Autosport team in 2017, McLaren and Alonso are heading back to IMS this year with an independent project, albeit in a relationship with sophomore IndyCar squad Carlin Racing which will see an exchange of data and feedback.
Attending the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach to compete in one of the ...Keep reading
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Raikkonen sketched own brake pedal changes

Sat, 04/13/2019 - 10:42
Raikkonen said ahead of this weekend's Chinese Grand Prix that F1 feels more like a hobby for him since his switch from Ferrari to Alfa.
Vasseur explained that the 2007 world champion feels happy and motivated in an environment with high expectations but less pressure than its famous Italian engine supplier.
The Alfa chief said Raikkonen was able to switch off and relax when necessary but ...Keep reading
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Sainz says China has brought McLaren "back to reality"

Sat, 04/13/2019 - 09:55
Both Sainz and his teammate Lando Norris showed well in Friday's second 90-minute practice session but even this came as a surprise, and come qualifying neither driver made it through to the top-10 shootout.
The team had appeared to be on an upward trajectory after four particularly miserable seasons, but the characteristics of the Shanghai International Circuit punished shortcomings in the ...Keep reading
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Giovinazzi had same problem that hit Leclerc in Bahrain

Sat, 04/13/2019 - 08:31
Following Leclerc's failure, which cost him victory at Sakhir, both Ferraris and both Haas entries were fitted with a new specification control electronics unit offered by Ferrari for China.
However, due to time constraints in adapting the cars to a different installation, Alfa Romeo chose not to take the new units for China.
Giovinazzi lost a cylinder at the start of his first flying lap in ...Keep reading
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Raikkonen's 'power loss' was actually "strange" headwind

Sat, 04/13/2019 - 07:57
Raikkonen reported a power loss on the radio during Q2, but the team says his unexpected drop in top speed was due to a gust of wind, and not a technical issue.
But team boss Frederic Vasseur says it was not an excuse for the Finn's failure to get into Q3 for the first time in 2019.
"It was not a loss of power, it was a loss of top speed," team boss Frederic Vasseur told ...Keep reading
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Mercedes: FIA-mandated front wing tweak has aero impact

Sat, 04/13/2019 - 07:28
The Brackley-based outfit appeared in Shanghai with a modified front wing, which featured a different cut endplate to produce a curved trailing edge.
The aim of this was to help open up the space between the wing and the front tyre to help improve the outwash effect.
But following discussions with the FIA, and a physical inspection from head of single seater technical matter Nikolas ...Keep reading
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Albon gets new Honda engine after FP3 crash

Sat, 04/13/2019 - 07:05
The Toro Rosso rookie missed qualifying at the Shanghai circuit after running slightly wide exiting the final corner, losing control of his car and spearing into the barrier before the pitwall begins.
Honda has confirmed the engine will not be used in the car Toro Rosso is building around a new monocoque.
"We are all relieved that Alex is fine after his FP3 crash," said Honda F1 technical ...Keep reading
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Leclerc "annoyed with myself" after Chinese GP qualifying

Sat, 04/13/2019 - 06:15
Fresh off his stellar performance in Bahrain, Leclerc trailed Vettel in all three practice sessions before qualifying fourth on the grid, 0.017s back from his German teammate.
The Ferrari newcomer was audibly disheartened after crossing the start-finish line on his decisive lap in Q3, raising his voice on the team radio and repeatedly calling himself “f***ing stupid”.
Speaking after the ...Keep reading
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