FIA president surprised by "adverse reaction" to Andretti/Cadillac F1 plans

Sun, 01/08/2023 - 08:43
After Ben Sulayem revealed at the start of this week he wanted the FIA to explore starting the process to get a new team on the grid, Andretti announced a new partnership with US auto giant General Motors with the intention of entering F1.
The plan would see Andretti race in partnership with GM brand Cadillac, bringing a new manufacturer name to F1 in the process should it be granted an entry ...Keep reading
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Russell: F1 car weight now on the edge of being a safety issue

Sun, 01/08/2023 - 03:57
The new ground-effects cars that were finally introduced for the 2022 season are the heaviest in the championship’s history at 798kg. 
That figure is actually 3kg up on the minimum weight target number for F1’s latest rules reset, but this was increased to incorporate the metal floor stays several teams ran throughout last season to improve their problems with porpoising, as well as ...Keep reading
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Bottas impressed by Zhou’s lack of mistakes through rookie F1 season

Sat, 01/07/2023 - 10:58
Zhou graduated to F1 last year with Alfa Romeo, forming an all-new line-up at the Swiss-based squad alongside Bottas, who joined from Mercedes.
While Bottas was responsible for 49 of Alfa Romeo’s 55 points in 2022, Zhou drew praise for his performances through his rookie campaign, scoring a best result of eighth place at the Canadian Grand Prix.
Bottas agreed with the ...Keep reading
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Vasseur wants quicker, stricter action for future F1 cost cap breaches

Sat, 01/07/2023 - 03:58
Following the audit of the first year of F1's financial regulations in 2021, Red Bull was found to have exceeded the $145 million budget cap by 1.6%, resulting in a $7m fine and a 10% reduction in its aerodynamic testing for 12 months.
The sanction drew mixed reactions from the F1 paddock. While Red Bull labelled the penalty "draconian" and "enormous", Ferrari sporting director Laurent Mekies ...Keep reading
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McLaren sets launch date for 2023 Formula 1 car

Fri, 01/06/2023 - 10:14
McLaren will unveil its new F1 car for the coming season, set to be called the MCL37, on 13 February - the same day that Aston Martin’s challenger is launched.
The launch will be the first official event for McLaren’s revised driver line-up in 2023, which sees 2021 Formula 2 champion Oscar Piastri join Lando Norris at the team.
Piastri got his first taste of McLaren F1 machinery towards ...Keep reading
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Steiner: Magnussen is "mentally a lot stronger" than before in F1

Fri, 01/06/2023 - 09:41
After terminating Nikita Mazepin's contract in the wake of Russia's invasion of Ukraine last February, Haas turned to Magnussen as a last-minute replacement for the 2022 season.
Magnussen raced for Haas between 2017 and 2020 before losing his seat, but quickly made a splash upon his return by finishing fifth in Bahrain, despite only signing in time for the second pre-season test.
The Dane ...Keep reading
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Russell: Nothing ‘telling’ Mercedes it cannot fight for F1 title in 2023

Fri, 01/06/2023 - 07:51
After a difficult start to last season, as Mercedes battled excessive porpoising with its W13, the German car manufacturer made good gains over the second half of the year.
Russell was able to deliver his maiden victory at the Brazilian Grand Prix and his bosses are bullish that the lessons they took on board will put them in good stead for the design of the new W14.
Speaking to ...Keep reading
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Marko: Red Bull should fear Mercedes more than Ferrari in F1 2023

Fri, 01/06/2023 - 05:31
Red Bull enjoyed a dominant end to 2022 as Max Verstappen clinched his second straight drivers' championship, while the team claimed its first constructors' crown since 2013, winning 17 of the 22 races.
Verstappen and teammate Sergio Perez won 10 of the final 11 races in 2022, with Red Bull's only defeat in this period coming at the Brazilian Grand Prix when George Russell took victory for ...Keep reading
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Rossi hopes Gasly grows as "technical leader" with Alpine F1 team

Fri, 01/06/2023 - 03:59
Alpine signed one-time grand prix winner Gasly from AlphaTauri following the departure of Fernando Alonso at the end of last season, partnering Esteban Ocon.
Gasly got his first taste of Alpine F1 machinery in the post-season Abu Dhabi test, and has now officially started work with the team ahead of the new campaign.
Discussing the boost that Gasly could offer Alpine, Rossi expressed his ...Keep reading
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Will Cadillac tie-up ease F1's resistance to Andretti's plans?

Thu, 01/05/2023 - 14:08
Promising an “all-American team” complete with an American driver, the news on Thursday was largely met with enthusiasm from fans eager to see an expansion of the grid.
Yet F1’s response was lukewarm at best. Its statement made zero mention of either Andretti or Cadillac, and served a reminder that any new entry requires its approval, not just that of the FIA.
There is a lengthy ...Keep reading
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Honda is logical choice for Cadillac's F1 entry with Andretti

Thu, 01/05/2023 - 12:30
Andretti announced on Thursday that it had reached a deal with GM to lodge an expression of interest with the FIA to enter F1 as soon as it could. If successful, the team will run under the Cadillac banner.
The involvement of GM in the project has caused a surprise because it is not thought the American manufacturer had any intention of building its own F1 power unit from 2026, with the ...Keep reading
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F1 says Andretti entry still needs our approval

Thu, 01/05/2023 - 11:14
Andretti Global announced on Thursday that it was tying up with General Motors to lodge an intention of entry to join the grand prix grid in the future.
The announcement came a few days after FIA president Mohammed Ben Sulayem said he wanted to open the doors to potential new teams.
This came following months of wrangling over Andretti's previous interest, which was never enthusiastically ...Keep reading
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Andretti and Cadillac announce Formula 1 entry plans

Thu, 01/05/2023 - 10:32
Andretti revealed last February that it was planning to open an F1 operation in the future, and spent much of the 2022 season discussing the possibility of expanding the field with the existing 10 teams.
FIA president Mohammed Ben Sulayem revealed on Twitter earlier this week that he had asked his team to look at starting the process for expressions of interest from potential new F1 teams ...Keep reading
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Video: Driving the most realistic F1 sim you can buy

Thu, 01/05/2023 - 10:08
The British-based Dynisma company, which recently built Ferrari's new generation simulator at Maranello, has also created what is touted as the most realistic F1-spec sim that is available for anyone to buy right now.
The DMG-1 simulator, or motion generator as the company prefers to call it, offers a response time that sets a new benchmark in helping ensure drivers get feedback as quick as ...Keep reading
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Alpine: Ocon has to make "better judgements" racing teammate

Thu, 01/05/2023 - 06:13
Szafnauer worked with Ocon at Force India/Racing Point in 2017-‘18, when the Frenchman was involved in several controversial clashes with Sergio Perez.
Last season at Alpine there were moments of tension between Ocon and Fernando Alonso, notably at Interlagos, where they collided on the first lap of the sprint.
That led to both men getting a talking to from the team management. Szafnauer ...Keep reading
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Piastri will challenge Norris, but no friction expected - McLaren

Thu, 01/05/2023 - 05:27
After two seasons where McLaren has enjoyed a relaxed atmosphere between Norris and Daniel Ricciardo, the arrival of Piastri looks set to deliver a very different dynamic at the team.
Piastri is at a very different stage in his career compared to Ricciardo, and will want to make a name for himself after being at the centre of a tug-of-war battle between McLaren and Alpine over his services for ...Keep reading
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F1's driver penalty points in 2023: Gasly on the brink

Thu, 01/05/2023 - 04:09
With the FIA’s rules strict that any driver who hits 12 points must sit out the next race, AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly found himself on the cusp of having to skip a grand prix after racking up 10 points to his tally.
And so close was the prospect of him falling foul of an unintentional rules breach from just two extra points, there was even wild talk he could earn himself a deliberate ...Keep reading
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‘Heart surgery while running a marathon’: The challenge facing Williams’ next F1 boss

Wed, 01/04/2023 - 16:59
Williams confirmed Jost Capito’s exit after two years heading up its F1 operations, along with the technical director he appointed, FX Demaison, in December. It marked a big change at the top of the team, signalling a desire from its owner, Dorilton Capital, to clean house and go in a different direction.
The team said it would announce a replacement “in due course” and is yet to confirm ...Keep reading
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Alpine reveals launch date for A523 F1 car

Wed, 01/04/2023 - 10:43
Through a series of messages posted to social media on Wednesday, Alpine confirmed that its new car will be unveiled to the world on 16 February.
The car will follow the naming pattern that started when the Renault-owned squad was rebranded as Alpine in 2021, taking the A523 name, and will be launched in London.
It makes Alpine the fourth team to confirm its launch date ahead of ...Keep reading
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137 penalties highlights F1’s engine challenge

Wed, 01/04/2023 - 07:01
The start of an engine freeze from 2022 to 2026 could have been a moment when things calmed down a bit, as teams have to stick with the same designs for several years now.
However, a total of 36 engine grid penalties, which came from 137 times drivers exceeded component limits, showed the challenge manufacturers still face to keep within the limits.
There were 20 occasions when drivers ...Keep reading
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