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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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Mercedes will not appeal Abu Dhabi GP result, Verstappen to be confirmed as champion | 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

F1Fanatic - Thu, 12/16/2021 - 05:00
Mercedes have confirmed they will not proceed with an appeal over the outcome of Sunday's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, meaning Max Verstappen's confirmation as world champion is no longer in jeopardy.
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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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Meet the candidates for FIA president – Mohammed Ben Sulayem | News Focus

F1Fanatic - Thu, 12/16/2021 - 02:15
The FIA will elect a new president tomorrow to replace Jean Todt. Mohammed Ben Sulayem is one of two candidates in the running.
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‘We won it on-track and they’ll never take that away from me’ – Verstappen | 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

F1Fanatic - Thu, 12/16/2021 - 01:05
Max Verstappen said he is unconcerned about Mercedes' potential appeal of race direction decisions during the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
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Home win Verstappen’s highlight of 2021 campaign | RaceFans Round-up

F1Fanatic - Wed, 12/15/2021 - 19:01
In the round-up: Home win Verstappen's highlight of 2021 campaign • Formula E introduces cost cap and tweaks calendar • Correa returns to F2 in testing
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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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‘Strange feeling’ for Russell after first test as a Mercedes driver - Wed, 12/15/2021 - 17:19

Williams driver George Russell has reflected on his maiden test as a Mercedes Formula 1 driver.

Russell will replace Valtteri Bottas as team-mate of seven-time world champion Sir Lewis Hamilton for the 2022 season.

But, before the next season starts, Russell took to the cockpit of the 2019 Mercedes F1 car on the new 18-inch Pirelli tyres that will be used for the 2022 season. 

Russell enjoyed the experience but said it was comparatively “strange” to the other times he has driven for Mercedes. 

“It’s a strange feeling because I’ve tested with the team numerous times after races, end of season, but here we are again but obviously this is my first time as an official driver for the team,” Russell said.

Settling in.

— George Russell (@GeorgeRussell63) December 14, 2021

Of course this is not the first time Russell has been in a Mercedes car. He most notably stepped into the car after Hamilton’s positive COVID-19 test took him out of the 2020 Sakhir Grand Prix. 

Russell also seemed to be positive about the new tyres that drivers will be racing on. 

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“It was a really great day to be back with the guys and learning about these new tyres,” he said.

“It’s always a pleasant experience driving a World Championship-winning car, the 2019 Mercedes, and with these 18-inch Pirellis, which seem to be reacting pretty positively – so it was a nice day.

“It felt pretty nice to drive, to be honest,” he added. “I mean, it’s going to be very different next year as the cars are going to be drastically changed compared to these current cars.

“So there’s not an awful lot you can take away from it but nevertheless, they do react pretty differently to the 13-inch tyres that we’ve raced on previously. Let’s hope that carries through into next year and see how they react with the new regulations.”

The 2021 season is barely over, but excitement is already building for the new year.

Russell and Mercedes, alongside Hamilton, look to be in a strong position going forward and will be hoping to extend their dominance of Formula 1 into the sport’s new era. 

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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 power unit cost cap and no MGU-H from 2026 – FIA | 2021 F1 season

F1Fanatic - Wed, 12/15/2021 - 15:31
The FIA has confirmed further details of its planned new Formula 1 power unit regulations for the 2026 season including a "shift of focus to electrical power".
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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: Abu Dhabi GP row ‘tarnishing the image of F1 and celebration of Verstappen’s title’ | 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

F1Fanatic - Wed, 12/15/2021 - 14:58
The FIA World Motor Sport Council has approved a proposal by president Jean Todt to begin an "analysis and clarification exercise" in response to the Abu Dhabi GP row.
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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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‘They don’t want to look like bad losers’: Mercedes to ‘back off’ from appeal - Wed, 12/15/2021 - 14:21

Mercedes may renege on their intended appeal of the results of the 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Sky F1 commentator David Croft has opined.

Mercedes were infuriated when race director Michael Masi allowed just five lapped cars to go through past the Safety Car, clearing the path for Max Verstappen to pass Sir Lewis Hamilton and claim his first world title in a dramatic final lap.

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff seethed on the radio to Masi, and the Austrian refused to speak to the media following the season finale.

Having seen an initial protest of Masi’s decision rejected by the stewards, Mercedes instantly lodged an intention to appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), but Croft believes that this would be in bad taste.

“It sounds like Mercedes will probably back off from a further appeal, they don’t want to look like bad losers,” he told Sky F1.

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Croft also stated that Mercedes should focus on celebrating their Constructors’ Championship success in 2021, and he suggested that appealing the results of the Abu Dhabi GP would damage Formula 1’s reputation.

“They have a championship to celebrate, they are Constructors’ Champions for a record-breaking eighth consecutive time.

“They don’t to drag this on and damage the reputation of the sport, they just want to give the man they think should be champion the best chance of being champion. They felt robbed by what happened.”

Furthermore, the commentator who joined Sky in 2012, sees an appeal as a mountain that Mercedes cannot climb.

“To put it in simple context, if it was to go to the FIA Court of Appeal, Mercedes would have to overturn the result of the stewards, the result of the race and the result of the championship. That is a pretty big ask.”


A stunning season by an extraordinary talent#HistoryMade #F1 @Max33Verstappen

— Formula 1 (@F1) December 12, 2021

As a result, Croft maintains that the appeal is very likely to fail and Mercedes should back down.

“I can’t see it happening and I don’t think there is a precedent for three big events like that to be overturned and I don’t think Mercedes will continue on with this appeal.”

Verstappen is set to be officially crowned 2021 F1 World Champion during Thursday’s FIA Prize Giving Gala.

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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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Verstappen will “hopefully” collect trophy tomorrow if no appeal materialises – Horner | 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

F1Fanatic - Wed, 12/15/2021 - 12:46
Red Bull team principal Christian Horner says he has had no indication from the FIA Max Verstappen will be unable to collect his Formula 1 drivers championship trophy at the governing body's prizegiving ceremony tomorrow.
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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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Hamilton didn’t want to win his first title in court – does he feel the same about an eighth? | News Focus

F1Fanatic - Wed, 12/15/2021 - 10:10
An appeal could have delivered Lewis Hamilton his first world championship in 2007. Would the newly-knighted Mercedes ace he be happy to win his eighth that way?
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