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Williams has "very clear" position on Racing Point appeal

Permalink - Posted on 2020-08-11 14:33

Williams is one of four rival teams that responded to the FIA's ruling on the Racing Point brake duct case, a guilty verdict that yielded a €400,000 fine and a 15-point penalty, by filing an intention to appeal.
Ferrari, McLaren, and Renault - which led the campaign against Racing Point with a string of protests - have also formally called for a harsher sanction, while Racing Point has made ...Keep reading

Ferrari: Racing Point saga like "copying a test"

Permalink - Posted on 2020-08-11 13:34

Racing Point was handed a 15-point constructors' championship penalty and a €400,000 fine after its brake ducts were ruled to have been designed via an illegal process.
Racing Point called the ruling "a bit bewildering", and has confirmed it's intention to appeal the sanction and clear its name.
But with the team permitted to continue to use the rear brake ducts for the rest of the season ...Keep reading

Haas retired Magnussen for "safety" reasons

Permalink - Posted on 2020-08-11 12:44

Magnussen believes that his car lost performance because older parts were re-used after his heavy crash on the first lap of the previous weekend’s British GP.
In Sunday's race the Dane had made two tyre stops by lap 20, and retired after 43 laps following a long stint on the hard compound that failed to work out for him. He also received a time penalty for rejoining the track in a ...Keep reading

FIA to review formation lap radio chat rules

Permalink - Posted on 2020-08-11 11:18

The restriction dates back to a technical directive issued in 2017 which used the requirement that drivers have to drive the car "alone and unaided" to stop chatter that could improve starts, specifically regarding clutch bite points. It states that only radio messages concerning safety are allowed.
In Hungary the ruling surfaced in unusual circumstances when both Kevin Magnussen and Romain ...Keep reading

Racing Point: Concorde Agreement still needs work

Permalink - Posted on 2020-08-11 10:11

F1 is currently finalising the updated set of commercial terms with all 10 teams that will come into force for 2021, with the existing Concorde Agreement expiring this year.
The new commercial agreements are aimed to introduce a fairer distribution of revenue between all 10 teams, as well as tweaking the governance structures.
Mercedes F1 boss Toto Wolff said on Friday that the team was not ...Keep reading

Nissany to get FP1 outing with Williams in Spain

Permalink - Posted on 2020-08-11 09:28

Nissany had previously taken part in the post-season test at Abu Dhabi last year, and was announced in January as Williams' test driver - joining reserve driver Jack Aitken and development drivers Dan Ticktum and Jamie Chadwick on the Grove team's back bench.
The Israeli currently drives for Trident in Formula 2, having previously driven for the Campos team in 2018.
"I am very keen to get in ...Keep reading

Verstappen now a championship threat, says Wolff

Permalink - Posted on 2020-08-11 08:26

Following his spectacular victory in the 70th Anniversary GP Verstappen lies second in the table on 77 points, 30 behind leader Hamilton, despite retiring in the first race in Austria.
Prior to last weekend, Wolff had consistently cautioned that the season was far from over, despite dominant performances from Mercedes in the early races, and he believes that Verstappen's Silverstone win proved ...Keep reading

No "bad blood" between McLaren and Mercedes over Racing Point

Permalink - Posted on 2020-08-11 08:00

Racing Point was docked 15 points in the constructors' championship and handed a €400,000 fine after it was judged to have used an illegal method to design its rear brake ducts.
Racing Point is permitted to still use the brake ducts - deemed to be a close copy of Mercedes' 2019 design - for the rest of this season, prompting four teams to plan appeals against the ruling in pursuit of a ...Keep reading

Formula 1 “close to finalising” 2021 calendar

Permalink - Posted on 2020-08-10 17:58

A provisional schedule would normally have been revealed by now, but Carey says F1 is holding back mainly because the 2020 calendar is still a work in progress, with the final batch of races yet to be confirmed.
No brand-new events are anticipated for 2021, unless any of the tracks that have stepped in at the last minute in 2020 are able to secure a date, while one of the question marks ...Keep reading

Carey: F1 business will bounce back in 2021

Permalink - Posted on 2020-08-10 16:18

Liberty Media revealed on Monday that in April-June, F1 generated revenues of just $24m, compared with $620m for the same period last year, because no races took place at the height of the global lockdown.
Income is always attributed in the quarters that the races take place, so the first 10 events to be held in 2020 will boost the figures for July-September.
However, there will still be ...Keep reading

Hulkenberg was Mercedes' next choice after Hamilton for 2013

Permalink - Posted on 2020-08-10 15:20

Hulkenberg made his F1 race comeback at Silverstone on Sunday, deputising for Sergio Perez at Racing Point after the Mexican driver tested positive for COVID-19.
After an issue prevented him from taking the start of the British Grand Prix one week earlier, Hulkenberg qualified an impressive third for the 70th Anniversary race, and was on course for a top-five finish before a late pitstop ...Keep reading

Ten things we learned from the F1 70th Anniversary Grand Prix

Permalink - Posted on 2020-08-10 14:25

As with most birthdays that fell during lockdown, Formula 1 - born on 13 May 1950 - had to wait to celebrate its 70th but was rewarded for its patience on Sunday.
Fears the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix would turn out to be a carbon copy of the British Grand Prix at the same track one week earlier were long forgotten as Max Verstappen took a surprise victory for Red Bull.
Softer tyre compounds ...Keep reading

Horner says Verstappen had to "buy into" hard tyre gamble

Permalink - Posted on 2020-08-10 13:16

Verstappen was the only driver to use the hard in Q2 at Silverstone and thus commit to using it in the first stint, and it paid off when the Dutchman scored a victory over the two Mercedes drivers in a dominant style that even his own team hadn't anticipated.
Horner said Verstappen and the team had to balance the pros and cons of doing something different, and in the end they decided to go for ...Keep reading

F1 income crashes from $620m to $24m during lockdown

Permalink - Posted on 2020-08-10 12:48

The company traditionally attributes revenues to race dates, and no grands prix were held in the period as the schedule was turned upside. In 2019 seven races, or exactly a third of the season, took place in the second quarter.
The only income officially logged this year was from sponsorship that is not related to specific race dates.
After posting a profit of $14m for April-June in 2019 ...Keep reading

Wolff doesn't want Racing Point case to go to Court of Appeal

Permalink - Posted on 2020-08-10 11:23

The FIA stewards ruled on Friday that Racing Point had breached the Formula 1 regulations in the design process of its rear brake ducts for the 2020 season, resulting in a 15-point penalty and a €400,000 fine.
Racing Point was deemed to have copied the design of Mercedes’ 2019 rear brake ducts, but is permitted to continue using the part for the remainder of the season.
Racing Point is ...Keep reading

Ricciardo: "Seb spin" rubbed salt in the wound for Renault

Permalink - Posted on 2020-08-10 10:30

Ricciardo impressed for Renault through practice and qualifying at Silverstone, but a decision to take a set of medium compound tyres for his second stint of the race caused him to lose pace and fall down the order.
Ricciardo found himself outside of the points trailing a group of cars including Carlos Sainz, Sebastian Vettel and Alexander Albon when he spun at Village.
It cost Ricciardo ...Keep reading

Mercedes "at the very worst end" of tyre problems

Permalink - Posted on 2020-08-10 08:53

Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas were badly hampered by blistering in the 70th Anniversary GP, which compromised their pace and allowed Red Bull and Max Verstappen to score a well-judged strategic victory.
Shovlin said that a difficult 70th Anniversary GP showed that the team that it was at the "very, very worst end" of the blistering spectrum, and it now has days to resolve its issues or it ...Keep reading

Racing Point "99% sure" Perez will race in Spain

Permalink - Posted on 2020-08-10 08:23

Perez was forced to miss the last two Formula 1 races at Silverstone after testing positive for COVID-19 shortly before the British Grand Prix.
The Mexican driver completed his required quarantine period in the UK, but remained positive for COVID-19 when tested ahead of the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix last weekend.
Racing Point now expects Perez to test negative for COVID-19 in the coming ...Keep reading

Ferrari open to Vettel changing F1 chassis

Permalink - Posted on 2020-08-10 06:30

The four-time world champion endured another frustrating outing at Silverstone on Sunday, as he failed to finish in the points on a weekend where he could not find any more speed from his car. He languishes in 13th place in the championship.
Vettel is at a loss to explain why things have been so difficult so far this season, and team boss Mattia Binotto says he would not be against a chassis ...Keep reading

Horner surprised others didn't try Verstappen's tyre strategy

Permalink - Posted on 2020-08-09 20:13

Verstappen was the only top runner to start on the hard tyre, and he converted that into a surprise race win with a brilliant charging performance that saw him run a long first stint.
He was ultimately able to pit and come out just behind Valtteri Bottas, who he then passed. He gained the lead for the final time later in the race when Lewis Hamilton made his second stop after a long middle ...Keep reading

Mercedes boss Wolff refutes Bottas' "sleeping" claim

Permalink - Posted on 2020-08-09 18:09

As the leading W11 on the road, Bottas was given priority at the stops, and after a stint on the hard tyre he made his second stop on lap 32.
However, instead of coming in a lap later – as was the case at the first round of stops – Hamilton took his hard tyres all the way to lap 41, and indeed at one stage the world champion was hoping that he could reach the chequered flag without a second ...Keep reading

Binotto: Vettel's spin hurt his race more than strategy

Permalink - Posted on 2020-08-09 17:18

Vettel slumped to 12th place in Sunday's 70th Anniversary Grand Prix at Silverstone after spending much of his race stuck in the midfield, trailing a group of cars that he struggled to overtake.
The four-time world champion dropped to last place on the opening lap when he spun his car at the first corner, losing control after riding over the kerb on the inside.
Vettel questioned Ferrari's ...Keep reading

Verstappen explains why he defied Red Bull warning

Permalink - Posted on 2020-08-09 16:52

Verstappen charged to victory thanks to impressive tyre management over his first stint on the hard compound Pirellis which allowed him to pull out an advantage over Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton after their first stops.
Opting for the alternative strategy by starting on the hard tyres, Verstappen knew his opening stint and tyre management would be crucial and after seeing the Mercedes duo ...Keep reading

Vettel: Ferrari strategy "didn't make any sense"

Permalink - Posted on 2020-08-09 16:26

The German dropped to the back of the field on the first lap after spinning at the first corner, but steadily began to make some progress up the order.
However, Ferrari's strategy calls left him stuck in traffic – and he made clear his frustration on the team radio at one point by suggesting that the team had "messed up".
In the end, Vettel could manage no better than 12th place, as ...Keep reading

Leclerc wasn't expecting to finish higher than eighth

Permalink - Posted on 2020-08-09 16:16

Pirelli had indicated that it didn’t expect anyone to try a one-stop and potentially risk tyre issues, but Ferrari’s sporting director Laurent Mekies suggested before the race that the Maranello-based team might take some risks on the strategy side. 
Along with Renault’s Esteban Ocon, who finished eighth from 14th on the grid, Ferrari's Leclerc used a one-stop to propel himself ...Keep reading

2020 F1 World Championship points after 70th Anniversary GP

Permalink - Posted on 2020-08-09 16:08

Verstappen’s first win of 2020 for Red Bull Racing at Silverstone moves him four points ahead of Bottas in second place, and means he is now 30 points behind World Championship leader Lewis Hamilton.
Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc’s fourth place has pushed him ahead of McLaren’s Lando Norris into fourth position. Alex Albon, in the second Red Bull, is now just two points behind Norris, and ...Keep reading

Hulkenberg explains reasons for "forced" late pitstop

Permalink - Posted on 2020-08-09 15:40

After qualifying third on Saturday at Silverstone, Racing Point stand-in Hulkenberg looked on course to record a top-five finish after completing his second stop for a fresh set of hard tyres.
Hulkenberg was lapping quicker than both Mercedes drivers at one point and was catching the one-stopping Charles Leclerc, only to be called into the pits for a third time with eight laps remaining.
The ...Keep reading

Mercedes "sleeping" when Verstappen got ahead - Bottas

Permalink - Posted on 2020-08-09 15:30

Bottas led the early part of the race after starting on pole position, but struggled for pace after switching to the hard compound tyre for the second stint.
Red Bull opted to keep Verstappen out for a long first stint on the hard tyre, during which he was able to match Bottas’ pace despite the Finn having pitted for a fresher set.
It meant that by the time Verstappen took his first pit ...Keep reading

Racing Point reprimanded over use of brake ducts

Permalink - Posted on 2020-08-09 15:25

The FIA had ruled ahead of the Silverstone weekend that the ducts were a breach of the sporting regulations, because they had been designed by Mercedes and not Racing Point itself.
Following the race, the FIA noted that Racing Point had used the same design yet again, so had broken the regulations.
A team representative was asked to see the stewards on Sunday afternoon following a double ...Keep reading

Hamilton says new pressures making tyres like "balloons"

Permalink - Posted on 2020-08-09 15:18

With Max Verstappen taking a surprise victory for Red Bull at Silverstone, as Mercedes faced battles all afternoon to keep its tyres alive, Hamilton said he never expected things to be as bad as they were.
And with Mercedes suffering the most out of all the teams, Hamilton suspects that a ramping up of tyre pressures as a result of the failures encountered last week may have been to ...Keep reading

Verstappen on his win: "I didn't see it coming"

Permalink - Posted on 2020-08-09 15:02

Verstappen was able to give his rivals a lesson in tyre management by stretching out his first stint on the hard compound Pirellis, pulling out a gap on Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton after their early stops.
Verstappen emerged from the pits after his first stop just behind Bottas, but quickly passed the Mercedes driver before moving off the medium tyre just six laps later, moving back to ...Keep reading

2020 F1 70th Anniversary GP race results

Permalink - Posted on 2020-08-09 14:41

Pole-winner Valtteri Bottas led Lewis Hamilton, as hard-tyred starter Verstappen outdragged Nico Hulkenberg for third position, with the latter’s Racing Point teammate Lance Stroll passing Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo for fifth at Turn 2. Under-pressure Sebastian Vettel spun his Ferrari across the track at Turn 1 after taking too much inside kerb, and he fell to the tail of the field.
Bottas ...Keep reading

70th Anniversary GP: Verstappen takes first win of 2020

Permalink - Posted on 2020-08-09 14:34

Verstappen's hard starting tyres paid off immediately in the first stint, while polesitter Bottas lost out in a late wheel-to-wheel fight with Hamilton, who had run longer in the middle phase of the race.
Charles Leclerc took another unexpectedly high result for Ferrari with fourth, while teammate Sebastian Vettel had to put in a recovery drive after spinning at the start.
At the start ...Keep reading

70th Anniversary GP as it happened

Permalink - Posted on 2020-08-09 12:50

Ferrari: It's our "duty" to support struggling Vettel

Permalink - Posted on 2020-08-09 12:07

After starting 10th at the British GP, Vettel had another difficult qualifying for the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix at Silverstone, failing to progress into Q3. Charles Leclerc did make it through, and he starts eighth, four slots behind the place he attained last weekend.
Vettel told Italian TV that he was “up against a wall” and couldn’t extract any more from the car.
Mekies ...Keep reading

F1 drivers can't use pitlane 'shortcut' on last lap

Permalink - Posted on 2020-08-09 11:38

The subject has been highlighted after it was realised that Lewis Hamilton could have gained an advantage after his last-lap failure in the British GP by heading into the pitlane and crossing the line there.
Unlike many circuits, the pit entry at Silverstone represents a shortcut relative to drivers who stay on the circuit and negotiate the Club complex of corners.
Despite struggling with a ...Keep reading

Stroll Sr "appalled" by "poor sportsmanship" of rivals

Permalink - Posted on 2020-08-09 11:10

Stroll also said he was "appalled" by the way that Ferrari, McLaren, Renault and Williams have each lodged their intention to appeal the decision announced by the FIA stewards on Friday, accusing them of "poor sportsmanship".
Racing Point was fined €400,000 and docked 15 championship points by the stewards, but the team is allowed to continue to use the brake duct design.
The four rival ...Keep reading

Rivals set to probe Mercedes role in Racing Point saga at appeal

Permalink - Posted on 2020-08-09 11:01

With five teams having appealed the ruling that meant Racing Point lost 15 constructors’ championship points and received a 400,000 Euro fine for using Mercedes-designed brake ducts, the aspects of the case that different outfits are focused on goes far beyond just the individual car components.
In fact, one of the main questions that some teams want clarity on is whether or not Mercedes ...Keep reading

Silverstone race will be “a war”, says frustrated Ocon

Permalink - Posted on 2020-08-09 10:40

The Frenchman struggled to match the pace of teammate Daniel Ricciardo, and could manage only 11th place in Q2.
He was then bumped down to 14th by a three-place penalty for impeding fellow Mercedes protege George Russell in Q1, while Ricciardo will start from fifth position.
Ocon expects to have a fight to make up ground with a car that is potentially quicker than some of those ...Keep reading

McLaren drivers: 'Right decision to bring softer tyres'

Permalink - Posted on 2020-08-09 09:13

Drivers and teams have faced some strategy headaches this weekend in dealing with the softer compound tyres, especially with there being such high degradation on the softest of the range.
But although that has caused some difficulties, and could make the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix a huge challenge, Norris reckons things could have been too boring if teams had the same tyres as last ...Keep reading

Verstappen: Hulkenberg "definitely deserves to be in F1"

Permalink - Posted on 2020-08-09 09:04

Racing Point stand-in Hulkenberg charged to his best qualifying result in over four years on Saturday at Silverstone, taking third place on the grid behind the two Mercedes drivers.
It marked Hulkenberg’s best Saturday result since the 2016 Austrian Grand Prix, when he took third in qualifying before moving up to second on the grid due to a penalty for then-Mercedes driver Nico ...Keep reading

Racing Point got Mercedes brake ducts in January as spares

Permalink - Posted on 2020-08-09 07:00

Racing Point was docked 15 constructors’ championship points and handed a €400,000 fine on Friday after it was deemed to have used an illegal design process for its rear brake ducts on its 2020 car.
The team previously used brake ducts supplied by Mercedes when they were a non-listed part, but were required to design their own for the 2020 season. Racing Point intends to appeal the FIA’s ...Keep reading

Formula 1 70th Anniversary Grand Prix – how to watch, start time & more

Permalink - Posted on 2020-08-09 05:49

Mercedes will start from the front row for the fifth consecutive time this season, with Valtteri Bottas outqualifying teammate Lewis Hamilton by 0.063s to take pole position.
Nico Hulkenberg delivered a stunning lap to take third on the grid for Racing Point, ahead of the lead Red Bull of Max Verstappen.
The Ferraris of Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel will line up seventh and 13th ...Keep reading

2020 F1 70th Anniversary GP qualifying results, full grid lineup

Permalink - Posted on 2020-08-08 20:24

In the top-10 shootout, Lewis Hamilton’s first attempt was 1m25.284s, 0.116s up on his Mercedes teammate Bottas. On the second runs, Hamilton improved to 1m25.217s but it wasn’t enough, as Bottas pipped him with 1m25.154s.
Nico Hulkenberg (Racing Point) pulled out an excellent final lap to take third, ahead of Max Verstappen (Red Bull), Daniel Ricciardo (Renault), Lance Stroll (Racing ...Keep reading

Verstappen "felt strongly" that hard tyre was right choice

Permalink - Posted on 2020-08-08 17:32

The Dutchman was the only driver to try to get through Q2 on the hard C2 tyre, and thus will be the only top 10 runner who will start on it.
In common with other frontrunners, Verstappen also used the C2 tyre in Q2 for the British GP, when it was the medium option. For this weekend Pirelli went a step softer, so the C2 became the hard.
Verstappen says he felt so comfortable on the C2 that he ...Keep reading

Racing Point: Stewards wrong in "tracing paper" design claim

Permalink - Posted on 2020-08-08 17:04

The FIA ruled on Friday that Racing Point had breached the sporting regulations in the design process of the brake ducts on its RP20 car, resulting in a 15-point penalty and a €400,000 fine.
But the decision has sparked anger throughout the paddock on both sides of the case, with five intentions to appeal being lodged with the FIA.
Racing Point has long defended its design approach for the ...Keep reading

Struggling Vettel feels he's "going up against a wall"

Permalink - Posted on 2020-08-08 15:49

After a tough time at last weekend's British Grand Prix, Vettel had hoped for an uplift in form at the 70th Anniversary GP. However, he has not shown much better form and failed to make it through to Q3 again.
With teammate Charles Leclerc ending up eighth on the grid, Vettel could only set the 12th fastest time in Q2 – but will start in 11th spot after Esteban Ocon was given a grid ...Keep reading

Leclerc: Eighth "realistic picture" of Ferrari's pace

Permalink - Posted on 2020-08-08 15:30

Just one week after Leclerc qualified fourth and finished third for Ferrari at the British Grand Prix, the Italian outfit has had a more challenging time this time out as it has struggled with the softer compound tyres.
Speaking to Sky F1 after the session, Leclerc said he was not partcularly shocked that he had been unable to repeat last weekend’s result.
“Surprise? No,” he said. “I ...Keep reading

Bottas: Resolving set-up "deficit" key to pole

Permalink - Posted on 2020-08-08 15:18

Bottas managed to deny Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton back-to-back pole positions at Silverstone by going six hundredths of a second faster with his final lap in Q3.
It marked an impressive turnaround for Bottas, who had finished three tenths of a second adrift of Hamilton in qualifying for the British Grand Prix last Saturday at Silverstone.
"From last weekend to this week, we've been ...Keep reading

Ocon hit with Silverstone grid penalty after Russell block

Permalink - Posted on 2020-08-08 14:55

While passing a slow-moving Antonio Giovinazzi, Renault driver Ocon was caught out on the racing line as Russell came through on a hot lap during Q1 at Silverstone, forcing the Williams to back off.
Russell was quick to complain over team radio about Ocon’s move, saying the Frenchman “massively got in my way” and was “mega dangerous”.
Ocon went on to qualify 11th for Renault, but ...Keep reading