Russell’s Mercedes adaption helped by his Williams F1 battles

Sun, 01/15/2023 - 09:35
Russell joined Mercedes' F1 line-up at the start of 2022 after spending five years as a member of its junior driver programme, with the final three as a racer for Williams in F1 after winning back-to-back championships in GP3 and Formula 2.
But the Briton's start to life at the Mercedes works squad changed suddenly from hoping for race victories and a possible title tilt when the first ...Keep reading
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Albon still finding F1 radio “sweet spot” at Williams after early aggression

Sun, 01/15/2023 - 05:47
Albon signed for Williams ahead of the 2022 season after spending a year in a reserve role with Red Bull, who had dropped him from its full-time line-up at the end of 2020.
The Anglo-Thai driver enjoyed an impressive season for Williams, leading its efforts at the back of the grid by scoring four of its eight points and winning praise for his efforts. It resulted in Albon signing a multi-year ...Keep reading
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F1 hopes 2026 engine rules ‘level the playing field’ for new manufacturers

Sun, 01/15/2023 - 03:51
F1 will overhaul the regulations for its V6 hybrid power units in 2026, placing a greater emphasis on electric power and sustainable fuels as part of the series’ push to become carbon neutral by 2030.
The plans have already successfully brought the Volkswagen Group into F1 through Audi, which will enter in 2026 as an engine supplier. Its sister brand, Porsche, remains ...Keep reading
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Brown: Andretti-Cadillac F1 bid a "compelling proposition"

Sat, 01/14/2023 - 14:06
Andretti CEO Michael Andretti has made no secret of his ambition to get his eponymous team into F1 and, although his bid for an entry was heralded by FIA president Mohammed Ben Sulayem, the 10 teams in the series have been less welcoming.
That stance from some of the teams, particularly Mercedes, has softened slightly with Andretti's tie-up with GM's Cadillac brand, while Alpine is believed to ...Keep reading
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Spirit F1 owner and Le Mans-winning Bentley team boss John Wickham dies aged 73

Sat, 01/14/2023 - 12:29
His role with the Spirit team, which brought Honda back into F1 in 1983, and the first of two stints at Bentley as team director of the organisation that triumphed at Le Mans with the Speed 8 LM-GTP coupe were just two chapters of a varied and successful motorsport management career spanning five decades.
Wickham, who was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease in 2019, worked all over the world ...Keep reading
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Gasly had to "put emotions aside" in decision to leave AlphaTauri F1

Sat, 01/14/2023 - 10:24
Gasly signed for Alpine in the wake of Fernando Alonso’s exit to Aston Martin and the team’s failure to secure Oscar Piastri’s services following a ruling by F1’s Contract Recognition Board.
It marked the first F1 move outside of the Red Bull umbrella for Gasly, who has spent the entirety of his F1 career with AlphaTauri and its predecessor, Toro Rosso, with the exception of a ...Keep reading
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McNish: 2026 rule changes offer Audi "good runway" for F1 entry

Sat, 01/14/2023 - 07:35
Audi announced at the end of August that it would be entering F1 for the first time when the next set of power unit regulations are introduced for the 2026 season.
The F1 entry will see Audi link up with Sauber, which currently races under the Alfa Romeo banner. Audi will supply engines to the Swiss-based squad and take a majority shareholding to form its works F1 operation.
The revised ...Keep reading
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Wolff: New Hamilton F1 deal will be sorted in a "few hours"

Sat, 01/14/2023 - 03:52
Hamilton revealed at the end of last year that he planned to sign off on a contract extension with Mercedes over the winter, with his current deal coming to an end in 2023.
Speaking to selected media including at the United States Grand Prix, Hamilton had said: “We are going to do another deal.
“We're going to sit down and we're going to discuss it in these next ...Keep reading
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FIA's F1 cost cap policing should deter future 'cover-ups', says Ben Sulayem

Fri, 01/13/2023 - 16:08
Both Red Bull and Aston Martin were found to have broken the 2021 cost cap during investigations last year, as new spending restrictions in grand prix racing were enforced for the first time.
While Aston Martin's offence was a procedural breach, Red Bull's was more controversial as it was found to have overspent by $1.8 million. It was handed a $7 million fine and a 10 percent reduction in ...Keep reading
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Mercedes F1 not looking for direct Vowles replacement

Fri, 01/13/2023 - 11:27
Vowles was announced on Friday as the new Williams team principal, bringing an end to a long and successful career at Mercedes.
And while Mercedes has long benefited from Vowles’ involvement, and will lose his valuable input, in terms of strategy it has emerged that there had already been a shift in approach from the middle of last year as he stepped back from having such a hands-on ...Keep reading
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Red Bull reveals launch date of 2023 F1 car

Fri, 01/13/2023 - 11:16
Red Bull has enjoyed its most successful F1 season to date in 2022, with Max Verstappen wrapping up his second consecutive drivers' world title and the team finally dethroning Mercedes in the constructors' championship, its first since 2013.
The successor to the Red Bull RB18 will therefore have a tough act to follow and it will be first shown to the public on 3 February, with the Milton Keynes ...Keep reading
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Wolff: Andretti F1 bid made a statement with Cadillac and GM tie-up

Fri, 01/13/2023 - 10:58
US racing stalwart Michael Andretti has been on the front foot trying to gather support for an F1 entry, including months of lobbying in the paddock.
But enthusiasm for Andretti becoming an 11th team on the grid, which requires the approval of both the FIA and F1, has been lukewarm at best.
It is understood a large majority of F1 teams are not keen on having to share the prize pool with an ...Keep reading
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Vowles: I won’t turn Williams into a ‘mini-Mercedes’ F1 team

Fri, 01/13/2023 - 10:32
Williams announced on Friday that Vowles would be leaving his role as Mercedes’ strategy director to become its new F1 team principal after Jost Capito’s departure in December.
Vowles will join a Williams team looking to bounce back from finishing last in the 2022 constructors’ championship, spending most of the season with the slowest car. He has been a key part of Toto Wolff’s senior ...Keep reading
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The top 10 Red Bull drivers ranked

Fri, 01/13/2023 - 08:48
Six drivers’ and five constructors’ titles headline a CV that includes 92 world championship grand prix wins, enough for sixth on the all-time list behind Ferrari, McLaren, Mercedes, Williams and Lotus.
For this list of top 10 F1 drivers, we’ve taken into account the amount of success the racers scored with Red Bull and its sister team Toro Rosso/AlphaTauri, the impact they had and the ...Keep reading
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Williams announces Mercedes strategy chief Vowles as new F1 team principal

Fri, 01/13/2023 - 07:07
Williams announced on Friday that Vowles, who has served as the motorsport strategy director for Mercedes for the past four years, would be taking over as its F1 chief following the departure of Jost Capito in December.
Vowles has been a key part of Mercedes' senior leadership in F1 throughout its recent domination, working closely with team principal Toto Wolff at the head of the team.
The ...Keep reading
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How McLaren got on top of its F1 pitstop struggles

Fri, 01/13/2023 - 05:59
In recent years the team was noted for not having the most effective stops, in terms of both the average time taken and mistakes made.
Under previous boss Andreas Seidl stops were earmarked as one of the key elements that had to be improved as the team tried to raise its overall level and move up the field.
"Independently of the on-track results there's a journey that happens in developing a ...Keep reading
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F1 teams looking to "exploit" cost cap extras, says Alpine

Fri, 01/13/2023 - 04:00
The big players have other racing programmes or non-motorsport technology departments into which they have moved personnel as they’ve downsized to meet the requirements of the cap.
However, those people can be switched back to F1 as and when needed, and their time allocated to the cap.
Szafnauer suggests that while Alpine benefited initially from already being the right size to hit the ...Keep reading
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Netflix reveals F1's Drive to Survive season five release date

Thu, 01/12/2023 - 10:28
A teaser for the new season revealed it will be released on 24 February, a week before the 2023 season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix.
The latest season will recap the 2022 F1 season, in which Max Verstappen took his second consecutive drivers’ championship.
The new trailer shows F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali discussing the rules change which came into effect last year, with him saying: "The ...Keep reading
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Silverstone pushing to expand British GP to four-day weekend

Thu, 01/12/2023 - 09:08
The British Grand Prix has become one of the most popular races on the F1 calendar amid the series’ current boom, boasting sell-out crowds since the return of fans to sporting events last year.
A record crowd of 400,000 fans was recorded over three days for last year’s race, won by Carlos Sainz for Ferrari, exceeding the 100,000 mark for each day of on-track action.
But in a bid to give ...Keep reading
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Red Bull: Cost cap has "changed the discipline" in F1 development race

Thu, 01/12/2023 - 08:59
F1 introduced its first set of financial regulations for the 2021 season, restricting teams to a yearly budget of $145 million. This was initially set to fall by $5m per year, but extra allowances were made to consider the economic climate and soaring inflation rates for 2023.
While F1’s biggest operations - Red Bull, Mercedes and Ferrari - have continued to dominate since the ...Keep reading
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