Autosport 24/06/21

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advantage red bull as mercedes fails to find an answer in france

Was Mercedes wrong to stick to a one-stop strategy in last weekend’s French Grand Prix? Given the straightline speed of the Red Bull-Honda (a remarkable thing to see given where Honda was not so very long ago), it made sense to leave Lewis Hamilton out. Time and again Hamilton has shown his ability to eke out tyre life, and the fact that Max Verstappen only retook the lead on the penultimate lap proved it was worth a try. What was strange was that the team also left Valtteri Bottas on old rubber. Quite apart from the argument that splitting your strategies makes sense, one of the Finn’s consistent weaknesses against Hamilton has been that Bottas burns through tyres much faster. He also stopped earlier than Hamilton at Paul Ricard and wanted to…

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pirelli baku inquest leaves teams unhappy

FORMULA 1 Formula 1 teams and drivers have hit out at a lack of transparency following Pirelli’s tyre failures at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix after the Italian company’s investigation deemed that no rules had been broken. Pirelli launched an inquest into what caused Max Verstappen’s Red Bull and Lance Stroll’s Aston Martin to both suffer left-rear tyre failures in Baku in the 6 June race, having initially said that debris could be to blame. The company issued a statement ahead of last weekend’s French Grand Prix making it clear that the failures were not caused by a production fault, wear or delamination, but instead were the result of a circumferential break on the inner sidewall of the tyres, rather than being the result of a cut from debris. The statement suggested that the…

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abu dhabi to change circuit layout for gp

FORMULA 1 Abu Dhabi’s Yas Marina Circuit is set to be tweaked in a bid to boost overtaking for Formula 1’s season finale in December. The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix has regularly faced criticism about the quality of racing since it joined the calendar in 2009, but organisers have now approved plans to make track changes, with work set to begin this summer. Two of the chicanes on the track are expected to be removed as part of the revised layout. The current Turns 5/6 chicane before the hairpin that leads onto the back straight will not be used, giving drivers more of a chance to pass into the hairpin or line up a move before the straight. A more noticeable change is planned for the Turns 11-14 slow-speed complex, which will be replaced…

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alpine snaps up ocon for three more years

FORMULA 1 Esteban Ocon has become the latest Formula 1 driver to sew up his long-term future after signing a new three-year contract with Alpine. Ocon has impressed through the early part of the 2021 season, prompting Alpine to open talks over a new deal upon the expiry of his current contract at the end of this year. The team announced last week that Ocon had signed a new three-year agreement, ensuring that he will remain with the squad until the end of the 2024 campaign. “It’s a weight off my shoulders, I would say, so I can only focus on the performance and what matters, now that the rest is secured,” said Ocon. “I feel good in the team, I feel very well integrated, I feel the atmosphere is fantastic and that we…

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keep sport out of politics, urges todt

FORMULA 1 FIA president Jean Todt says he supports Formula 1 going to countries that have been criticised for their human-rights records, and that he believes motorsport should stay out of politics. The addition of Saudi Arabia to the 2021 F1 calendar has raised questions from human-rights groups, while other races such as the Bahrain, Chinese and Russian GPs have also proved controversial. Todt said his road-safety role with the United Nations has given him the chance to meet human-rights experts who agreed that F1 should visit such countries. “It’s something which is very dear to my heart,” said Todt, “and since now five years I’m very much involved with the UN as secretary general special envoy for road safety. If you see the high-level panel I made on road safety, you have Zeid…

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pure etcr could headline all-electric events

PURE ETCR The series director for the new Pure ETCR electric touring car series, which kicked off last weekend at Vallelunga, has said that the long-term plan is for all-electric racing weekends. Eurosport Events’ Xavier Gavory said: “Our goal in the future is ideally to have 100% electric racing weekends, but today there are not so many electric racing series.” He added: “Pure ETCR is on the top of the pyramid that does not exist for the moment, but will in the future. We have a world-class championship, but we want regional championships and national championships.” HOW QUICK ARE THEY? It’s tricky to be exact. Pure ETCR ran its ‘Battles’ on a short layout of Vallelunga on Saturday, but used the old, pre-extension two-mile circuit for free practice on Friday and for its Sunday time…