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Mazepin has “no real reason to be upset” over latest run-in – Schumacher | 2021 Mexico City Grand Prix

F1Fanatic - Sat, 11/06/2021 - 20:52
Mick Schumacher said his team mate shouldn't be upset over their incident in Q1, but Nikita Mazepin believe the pair are being treated differently.
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Russell, Latifi avoid punishment after Mexico F1 probe

Motorsport.com - Sat, 11/06/2021 - 20:23
After the first qualifying segment at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez had been suspended following Lance Stroll’s heavy crash at the Peraltada midway through Q1, the remaining cars began to queue at the end of the pitlane when the near-half hour stoppage was about to end.
The queue featured the two Haas cars stopped in the fast lane in front of the Williams garage, with Russell and Latifi ...Keep reading
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Red Bull drivers weren’t on course for pole before Tsunoda incident – Wolff | 2021 Mexico City Grand Prix

F1Fanatic - Sat, 11/06/2021 - 20:17
Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff doubts the Red Bull drivers would have taken pole position from Valtteri Bottas if they hadn't been forced to abort their final qualifying laps.
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Russell thanks Williams as team change two gearboxes and an engine in 24 hours | RaceFans Round-up

F1Fanatic - Sat, 11/06/2021 - 20:01
In the round-up: Russell thanks Williams as team change two gearboxes and an engine in 24 hours • Rear locking caused Giovinazzi crash • Alonso rues red flag after Q1 exit
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Verstappen: Red Bull had rear wing cracks ahead of qualifying

Motorsport.com - Sat, 11/06/2021 - 19:24
Red Bull had been in a commanding position ahead of qualifying at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez after topping FP2 – and completing favourable long run pace compared to Mercedes in that session – and leading FP3 by over 0.6-seconds with Sergio Perez.
But the team appeared to be under pressure going into qualifying, where Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton stunned Red Bull by claiming a ...Keep reading
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Tsunoda “worried” ahead of discussions with Red Bull over Verstappen incident | 2021 Mexico City Grand Prix

F1Fanatic - Sat, 11/06/2021 - 19:07
Yuki Tsunoda says he doesn't know what else he could have done to avoid holding up the Red Bull drivers after Christian Horner said he spoiled their final laps in qualifying.
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F1 Grand Prix qualifying results: Bottas takes Mexican pole

Motorsport.com - Sat, 11/06/2021 - 18:52
Bottas will start in front of Hamilton and Red Bull's Max Verstappen after the one-hour qualifying session, which is split into three segments with five cars each being knocked out in Q1 and Q2 before the top-10 shootout of Q3.
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Bottas: Mexican GP pole run one of my best F1 laps ever

Motorsport.com - Sat, 11/06/2021 - 18:42
On a weekend when Red Bull had looked to be in a class of its own, Mercedes turned the tables on it main F1 rival in qualifying with Bottas and Lewis Hamilton locking out the front row of the grid.
Having struggled to extract pace from the Mercedes over a single lap throughout practice, Bottas got it spot on exactly when it mattered to snatch provisional pole position after the first runs in ...Keep reading
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Horner blames Tsunoda for ruining Verstappen and Perez’s qualifying laps | 2021 Mexico City Grand Prix

F1Fanatic - Sat, 11/06/2021 - 18:32
Red Bull team principal Christian Horner blamed junior driver Yuki Tsunoda after Max Verstappen failed to claim a place on the front row of the grid for the Mexico City Grand Prix.
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Horner: Red Bull "got Tsunoda'd" on final Mexico Q3 laps

Motorsport.com - Sat, 11/06/2021 - 18:28
Red Bull entered qualifying as the favourite for pole position after comfortably taking a 1-2 finish in final practice, led by Perez, as Mercedes finished over half a second off the pace.
But qualifying saw Mercedes strike back by locking out the front row of the grid in Q3 as Valtteri Bottas pipped teammate Lewis Hamilton to pole.
Verstappen was left frustrated in third - more than ...Keep reading
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Hamilton: ‘We thought there was no way we’d get pole’ | 2021 Mexico City Grand Prix

F1Fanatic - Sat, 11/06/2021 - 18:19
Lewis Hamilton admitted he was surprised Mercedes beat Red Bull to claim the front row of the grid for the Mexico City Grand Prix.
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Hamilton "as shocked as everyone" by Mercedes' front row lockout

Motorsport.com - Sat, 11/06/2021 - 18:01
Mercedes entered the race weekend at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez expecting to trail Red Bull for outright pace, with the high downforce requirements of the track playing to the strengths of the RB16B car.
Red Bull took a comfortable 1-2 in final practice, but Mercedes hit back when it mattered in qualifying by topping all three stages, completing a front row sweep in Q3.
Valtteri Bottas ...Keep reading
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Verstappen doubts rear wing “repair” was cause of missed Mexico pole | 2021 Mexico City Grand Prix

F1Fanatic - Sat, 11/06/2021 - 17:53
Max Verstappen doesn't believe changes to his Red Bull's rear wing ahead of qualifying was the reason why he failed to take pole position.
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Verstappen says Perez/Tsunoda off "destroyed" his pole lap attempt

Motorsport.com - Sat, 11/06/2021 - 17:50
Red Bull went into qualifying at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez as the favourite for pole after sweeping to a 1-2 finish in final practice, led by Sergio Perez.
But Mercedes upstaged Red Bull by topping all three stages of qualifying, with Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton taking first and second after the opening runs in Q3.
Verstappen hoped to make up the 0.350s gap to Bottas by getting ...Keep reading
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‘What An Idiot!’ Verstappen Furious With Perez For ‘Destroying’ His Final Quali Lap

Formula1news.co.uk - Sat, 11/06/2021 - 17:48

Championship leader Max Verstappen has hit out at his Red Bull team-mate Sergio Perez for compromising his final lap in qualifying.

The Dutchman will start tomorrow’s Mexican Grand Prix third on the grid, ahead of the two Mercedes of Sir Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas, who will line up P2 and P1, respectively.

Perez was sent out ahead of Verstappen on their final Q3 run to give the Dutchman a slipstream, but the Mexican went off the circuit in the middle sector after Yuki Tsunoda ran wide and seemingly distracted him.

This compromised Verstappen, as he was expecting a yellow flag and therefore decided to lift off, preventing him from improving on his previous effort.

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After the incident, the Dutchman got on the team radio and said: “Honestly, what an idiot.”

He was seemingly referring to Perez, though he could have been referring to Tsunoda for triggering the incident.

Speaking after qualifying, a frustrated Verstappen said the incident ruined his final Q3 run.

“Yeah, it seemed like through qualifying the balance went away a little bit. But then on the last lap, I was on for a good lap but I don’t know what happened in front of me, but there was two guys going off in front of me,” he said.

“So I thought there was going to be a yellow flag, so I backed out and of course the lap was destroyed.”

Continuing, he said that starting third is “not amazing” but better than starting in P2.

The Dutch ace will go into the 2021 Mexican Grand Prix with a 12-point advantage over Sir Lewis Hamilton at the top of the Drivers’ Standings.

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Bottas on pole in shock Mercedes front row lock-out in Mexico | 2021 Mexico City Grand Prix qualifying

F1Fanatic - Sat, 11/06/2021 - 17:41
Valtteri Bottas has taken pole position for the Mexico City Grand Prix ahead of Lewis Hamilton after Red Bull's challenge unexpectedly faded in qualifying.
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Mexican GP: Bottas takes pole as Mercedes stuns Red Bull

Motorsport.com - Sat, 11/06/2021 - 17:38
Sergio Perez took fourth in front of his home crowd, with the Red Bull duo having their final laps ruined when coming across stablemate Yuki Tsunoda off the track in the runoff at Turn 10.
But Red Bull, which had dominated in FP3, was already under pressure as Bottas had grabbed provisional pole on the first run in Q3 with a 1m5.875s, with Hamilton slotting in 0.145s behind.
Perez led ...Keep reading
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2021 Mexico City Grand Prix grid | 2021 Mexico City Grand Prix

F1Fanatic - Sat, 11/06/2021 - 17:32
Valtteri Bottas leads the provisional grid for the 2021 Mexico City Grand Prix ahead of Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen.
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Marko Says Max Verstappen Is ‘Definitely’ Faster Than Lewis Hamilton

Formula1news.co.uk - Sat, 11/06/2021 - 17:03

Max Verstappen is “definitely” faster than Sir Lewis Hamilton and has better car control than the seven-time World Champion, senior Red Bull advisor Dr Helmut Marko has said.

Hamilton and Verstappen look set to be the two Championship protagonists this year, marking the first time the pair will be able to go toe-to-toe over the course of a season.

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Red Bull seem to have the superior car and they typically outperform their rivals when it comes to in-season development, but Mercedes appear to be close enough to keep the Championship battle interesting and potentially take it right down to the wire in Abu Dhabi.

Speaking after the 2021 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, which Verstappen won to reduce his deficit to Hamilton in the standings to a single point, Dr Marko insisted that the Dutch ace has more raw pace than the Mercedes driver.

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“The two will decide the title among themselves. They are at eye-level but way ahead of everyone else,” Dr Marko said.

“If we can keep on delivering a car that will keep up with Mercedes, Max can do it. In any case, it will be extremely exciting.”

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Continuing, the Austrian said: “When it comes to car control and speed, Max is definitely ahead.

“But Lewis has more experience. That is still in the balance at the moment.

“Max learns something new with every race. He is still young. Mistakes are more likely to happen, even if they become fewer and fewer.”

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Earlier this year, Red Bull team principal Christian Horner claimed that George Russell’s strong stand-in performance for Hamilton at Mercedes in Bahrain last season “confirmed” that Verstappen is the best driver on the current F1 grid.

“I think he is the best, yes. Russell’s performance at Mercedes confirmed that for me,” Horner said.

“Max and Lewis stand out for me, but while we absolutely should not be blind to all that Hamilton has achieved, he does have access to a good package while Max has to get more and more out of his car.

“You can see that by the fact that a driver from Williams qualified directly on the front row of the grid and almost won the race.

“If someone had to get into Max’s car, if he had coronavirus, they would never reach his level of performance,” the Red Bull team principal added.

Continuing, Horner described Verstappen’s qualifying pace as “extraordinary” and said “his race craft is excellent, along with his tyre management.”

READ: ‘That Was Just Unfortunate For Him’: Nikita Mazepin On Latifi’s Imola Crash

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F1 to promote hybrid power with new graphic from Brazilian Grand Prix | 2021 Mexico City Grand Prix

F1Fanatic - Sat, 11/06/2021 - 16:29
Formula 1 will introduce new graphics to promote the sophistication of its hybrid power units at the next round of the championship in Brazil.
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