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Williams’ new Red Bull-esque sidepod design is a “much-needed upgrade” – Albon | 2022 British Grand Prix

F1Fanatic - Thu, 06/30/2022 - 15:44
Alexander Albon has high hopes for the improvement Williams will make from its first major upgrade of the season, but admits it may take a while to get the most out of.
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F1 hits out at Bernie Ecclestone's Putin defence - Thu, 06/30/2022 - 15:41
Ecclestone caused a stir on Thursday morning when, in an interview with ITV show Good Morning Britain, he moved to defend the actions of Russian president Putin in his war with Ukraine.
The 91-year-old said at one point: "I would still take a bullet for him. I'd rather it didn't hurt but I would still take a bullet."
Pushed on why he felt that way, Ecclestone added "Because he's a first ...Keep reading
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Verstappen: No hard feelings over Hamilton Copse F1 crash one year later - Thu, 06/30/2022 - 15:07
The two drivers collided on the opening lap of last year’s British Grand Prix, resulting in a 51G impact for Verstappen’s Red Bull car with the barrier at the exit of the high-speed right-hander.
Verstappen had to be taken to hospital for precautionary checks as a result of the accident, and while Hamilton was given a 10-second time penalty for being predominantly to blame, he went on to ...Keep reading
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Verstappen: Piquet "definitely not a racist" but Hamilton comment "not correct" - Thu, 06/30/2022 - 13:58
Piquet - who is the father of Verstappen’s partner, Kelly Piquet - used a racial slur to describe Hamilton in an interview given last year, the contents of which surfaced this week.
It led to widespread condemnation from the F1 community over the past week as the majority of drivers and teams rallied around Hamilton, as well as resulting in a ban for Piquet from the paddock.
Piquet issued ...Keep reading
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Ricciardo’s TV series will be “like Ballers or Entourage in the world of F1” | 2022 British Grand Prix

F1Fanatic - Thu, 06/30/2022 - 13:43
Daniel Ricciardo says the F1-based television series he's developing is not intended to be a rival to Lewis Hamilton's forthcoming feature.
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FIA to set limit on ‘porpoising’ from French Grand Prix using new metric | 2022 F1 season

F1Fanatic - Thu, 06/30/2022 - 13:06
The FIA has determined the metric it will use to measure and restrict the severity of porpoising on Formula 1 cars from the French Grand Prix.
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Verstappen: Piquet was wrong but isn’t racist and shouldn’t be banned from F1 paddock | 2022 British Grand Prix

F1Fanatic - Thu, 06/30/2022 - 12:27
Max Verstappen said Nelson Piquet is not racist despite his use of a "very offensive" word to describe Lewis Hamilton.
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Sainz: Silverstone "good reference" on my progress with Ferrari F1 car - Thu, 06/30/2022 - 12:19
After struggling to adapt to the car in the first part of the season, Sainz had strong weekends in both Monaco and Baku before a valiant but unsuccessful chase of Max Verstappen in Montreal saw him finish runner-up.
The Spaniard says that, after the three street or temporary tracks, Silverstone is more akin to Barcelona, the last venue where he really had a difficult time with the car.
Sainz ...Keep reading
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Hamilton: Stop sharing views of ‘old voices’ like Ecclestone, Piquet and Stewart | 2022 British Grand Prix

F1Fanatic - Thu, 06/30/2022 - 12:04
Lewis Hamilton has claimed the views of some older Formula 1 figures should not be shared when they promote discrimination.
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Haas F1 plans FIA talks over Magnussen front wing flag call - Thu, 06/30/2022 - 11:52
Magnussen was ordered in to the pits early in the Montreal race a fortnight ago after the FIA felt that his damaged front wing posed a potential danger to other drivers.
Having brushed against Lewis Hamilton just after the start, the state of Magnussen’s front wing was highlighted when Alpine’s Esteban Ocon complained over team radio about it.
“Yeah I can see it's hanging on, it's ...Keep reading
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Vettel to demonstrate his ex-Mansell 1992 Williams at Silverstone using sustainable fuel | 2022 British Grand Prix

F1Fanatic - Thu, 06/30/2022 - 11:31
Sebastian Vettel will demonstrate Nigel Mansell's 1992 title winning Williams FW14B ahead of the British Grand Prix at Silverstone on Sunday.
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First pictures from the 2022 British Grand Prix weekend | F1 Pictures

F1Fanatic - Thu, 06/30/2022 - 11:24
Pictures from the build-up to the 2022 British Grand Prix, where Sebastian Vettel will drive a Williams-Renault FW14B in a demonstration run.
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Vettel to drive Mansell’s F1 Williams FW14B using carbon-neutral fuel - Thu, 06/30/2022 - 10:48
The Aston Martin driver will run the FW14B, carrying the iconic red number five, on Sunday morning ahead of the British Grand Prix. 
Vettel revealed on Thursday that the fuel makes "no difference" to how the Williams runs and believes that running historic cars in a more environmentally friendly way is important to "keep these cars and the history alive." 
He said: "I am expecting ...Keep reading
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Spanish driver slams Formula 2’s reaction to controversial decision after racist remark - Thu, 06/30/2022 - 10:48

Spanish sportscar driver Daniel Juncadella has criticised Formula 2 for their reaction to Hitech’s decision to keep Juri Vips for the rest of the season.

Vips was streaming live on Twitch when he blurted out a racist remark having used homophobic language while refusing to wear a pink hat.

The Estonian was suspended and eventually dropped by Red Bull – for whom he served as a junior driver – after issuing an apology for his actions.

“I wish to unreservedly apologise for the offensive language used during a live gaming stream earlier today,” he posted on Instagram.

“This language is entirely unacceptable and does not portray the values and principles that I hold.

READ: Piquet issues bizarre apology after racially abusing Hamilton following FIA threat

“I deeply regret my actions and this is not the example I wish to set. I will cooperate with the investigation fully.”

Having been dropped by Red Bull, Vips was retained by Hitech, whose team boss Oliver Oakes believes the 21-year-old deserves the chance to restore his reputation.

“I have made the decision for Juri to keep his F2 seat with Hitech for the remainder of the season, a decision which we have seriously debated,” he said in a statement.

“Allowing him to complete his season with Hitech in an opportunity for him to demonstrate, through his actions, the type of person he is.

“I have made it clear that I think the language used was totally unacceptable, but I choose to give him a chance to redeem himself.”

F2 publicly criticised the decision to keep Vips involved, asserting that such behaviour should not be welcome in the paddock, or indeed anywhere.

“Following the recent incident involving Juri Vips, F2 would like to reaffirm that the use of racist or discriminatory language cannot be tolerated in any environment,” they said.

“Hitech Grand Prix’s decision today is surprising and not one we would have taken.

“We will monitor the situation carefully with them to ensure that such behaviour is properly addressed.”

Juncadella, who races in IMSA and the ADAC GT masters, took issue with F2’s statement, stating his opinion that everybody should be given the opportunity to redeem themselves.

“Right, you would have rather fired him, beaten him, buried him to the ground,” said the Spaniard.

“Honestly this is getting to the point where I feel we, as fellow racing drivers, should voice our concern. 

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“The guy has paid and will keep paying for his terrible mistake, but deserves a 2nd chance!”

Right, you would have rather fired him, beaten him, buried him to the ground… honestly this is getting to the point where I feel we, as fellow racing drivers, should voice our concern. The guy has paid and will keep paying for his terrible mistake, but deserves a 2nd chance!

— Dani Juncadella (@dani_juncadella) June 29, 2022

Nelson Piquet has had his paddock pass revoked by Formula 1 for racially abusing Sir Lewis Hamilton last year, while the British Racing Driver’ Club (BRDC) are set to terminate the Brazilian’s honorary membership.

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Albon: New Williams package follows Red Bull F1 concept - Thu, 06/30/2022 - 10:21
Albon's car will be fitted with a major package of floor and bodywork changes from the start of Friday practice for the British Grand Prix.
Teammate Nicholas Latifi will have a standard car, enabling the Grove team to run a proper back-to-back comparison through the weekend.
"It's an interesting weekend for us, we haven't had major upgrades for a while," Albon said when asked about the ...Keep reading
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‘Screw the rule mate’: When Norris couldn’t believe Albon scored a point - Thu, 06/30/2022 - 10:08

After a dire start to the season and a horrible experience in qualifying in Australia earlier this year, one might have been forgiven for writing off Williams regarding a top 10 finish.

McLaren’s Lando Norris was in disbelief when Williams’ Alex Albon, having been disqualified from qualifying, came through the field, making his only stop ahead of the final lap, to manage P10.

He was, at one stage, within 10 seconds of Norris in P5 and four behind Daniel Ricciardo in P6 before his stop onto the Softs that saw him beat Alfa Romeo’s Zhou Guanyu to the final point.

READ: Points finishes ‘unimaginable’ for Williams after Saturday DSQ – Albon

With the Grove-based side getting on the board in round three, Rosanna Tennant asked Norris during a Formula 1 live show if his team might have to consider Williams a midfield battler.

“So, you’re going to have to write the Williams guys into the midfield battle now?” she pondered.

“Yes,” interjected Albon.

“How far behind Daniel were you? Where did you finish?” enquired Norris.

“I was about four seconds behind him on the second last lap, and then I had to pit for another set of tyres,” said the Thai-Briton, adding: “I did the whole race not pitting.”

“No way! You should have just finished, screw the rule mate,” was the McLaren driver’s shocked response.

Norris was then made aware of the fact that Albon had managed to get into the points on the Sunday, leading to greater surprise.

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“You got points?” exclaimed an even more shocked 22-year-old.

“I was like ‘yeah right, you finished P10, it’s not April [Fool’s] you muppet!”

Albon had started the race on the Hards from P20, and was able to extract consistent lap times from them until his stop on lap 57.

“It was good, it was a hard one. We fought hard and it was like qualifying for 30 laps for us,” he told Sky Sports.

“I don’t know what it is about that tyre, but that Hard tyre suits us every time we put it on, and of course P10 seems unimaginable to us.

“When you come into your race strategy meeting, it’s P19 and P20, and we had a big chunk to P18 but it worked.”

Since Australia, Albon has scored in Miami, while Norris managed a podium at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.

Williams have now been dumped back down to 10th in the Constructors’ Standings after Aston Martin’s recent upturn in form.

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Piquet issues bizarre apology after racially abusing Hamilton following FIA threat - Thu, 06/30/2022 - 09:14

Nelson Piquet has released a confusing apology after being caught racially abusing Sir Lewis Hamilton last year.

In November, Piquet was giving an interview during which he analysed a collision at the British Grand Prix between Hamilton and Max Verstappen, after which the Dutchman was sent crashing out of the race.

Piquet used a racial slur to describe Hamilton and, ahead of the race at Silverstone this year, his comments have resurfaced.

It has led to widespread condemnation from the sporting world and beyond, with multiple teams and drivers coming to the defence of the seven-time champion, who continues to face abhorrent discrimination.

READ: Varane and Osaka jump to Hamilton’s defence following racist abuse

Piquet called every driver by their actual name during his interview, and only used the offensive term to describe Hamilton.

He used this to try and defend his actions amid a perplexing attempt at apologising.

“I would like to clear the stories circulating in the media about a comment I made in an interview last year,” said Piquet.

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— (@Formula1newsUK) June 29, 2022

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“What I said was ill thought out, and I make no defence for it, but I will clarify that the term used is one that has widely and historically been used in Brazilian Portuguese for a synonym for ‘guy’ or ‘person’ and was never intended to offend.

“I would never use the word I have been accused of in some translations.

“I strongly condemn any suggestion that the word was used by me with the aim of belittling a driver because of his skin colour.

“I apologise wholeheartedly to anyone that was affected, including Lewis, who is an incredible driver, but the translation in some media that is now circulating on social media is not correct.

“Discrimination has no place in F1 or society and I am happy to clarify my thoughts in that respect.”

Multiple reports within the F1 paddock are reporting that Piquet’s paddock access has now been revoked, and he has been banned.

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Piquet suspended as honorary member of BRDC - Thu, 06/30/2022 - 09:09
The three-time Formula 1 world champion has been widely condemned by the grand prix paddock after a Brazilian interview from November 2021 surfaced in which Piquet directed racist language towards Hamilton.
Piquet has since issued an apology in which he acknowledged what he said in his native Portuguese was "was ill thought out, and I make no defence for it".
He further claimed the term he ...Keep reading
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Banned Cordeel replaced by Beckmann for Silverstone F2 weekend | Formula 2

F1Fanatic - Thu, 06/30/2022 - 08:46
Van Amersfoort racing has confirmed David Beckmann will partner Jake Hughes at the team for this weekend's two races at Silverstone.
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FIA holds fire on F1 porpoising metric until French GP - Thu, 06/30/2022 - 08:46
Ahead of the Canadian Grand Prix, motor racing's governing body issued a technical directive (TD) to teams announcing its intention to help limit the amount cars were bouncing after complaints from drivers.
The FIA wanted to create an Aerodynamic Oscillation Metric (AOM), that would help define a limit that cars would be allowed to bounce up and down.
Once the metric had been put in place ...Keep reading
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