Autosport 01/07/21

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the gap widens at the front after red bull’s best race of 2021

If Max Verstappen and Red Bull weren’t favourites for the 2021 Formula 1 World Championship before last weekend, they certainly are now. An unhindered Lewis Hamilton was 17.2 seconds behind at the Red Bull Ring before pitting to secure fastest lap. Yes, Red Bull has often been competitive at its ‘home’ circuit in Austria, but it has now been the best package for four consecutive races. And pretty much all the major protagonists agree that the gap between the RB16B and Mercedes W12 was bigger in the Styrian Grand Prix than ever (see our report on page 14). Mercedes boss Toto Wolff says the team will stick to its guns in terms of making sure the development focus is on the new 2022 rules and that it’ll just be about optimising the…

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silverstone to admit full house for british gp

FORMULA 1 Silverstone has announced that this month’s British Grand Prix will go ahead in front of a capacity crowd. Despite a delay in lifting COVID-19 restrictions in the UK until 19 July, the day after the race, F1 officials remained confident of a bumper Silverstone crowd amid talks to include the race in the government’s Event Research Programme. The ERP also means large crowds can attend the Euro 2020 football games at Wembley, as well as the Wimbledon tennis tournament, which will run at capacity for the finals weekend. In a statement released on Thursday, Silverstone confirmed that it had been included in the ERP and that it would be able to welcome all ticket holders to the race. “The Silverstone team will now work closely with the ERP experts and particularly the…

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russian gp moves to new circuit

FORMULA 1 The Russian Grand Prix will leave Sochi and move to Igora Drive, the new circuit built 34 miles from St Petersburg, from 2023. F1 staged its first Russian GP in 2014 at the Sochi Autodrom, but was known to be eyeing a move away from the Black Sea resort in the near future. It was announced last week that Sochi will host its last GP in 2022, but that the race will continue under its existing promoter, Rosgonki. Igora Drive was designed by Hermann Tilke and opened its doors in 2019. The circuit has mainly hosted Russian national series so far, but was due to welcome DTM, W Series and World Rallycross as its first international events last year before the COVID-19 pandemic forced their cancellation. The track currently stands at 2.539…

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banked corner for yas marina

FORMULA 1 A high-speed banked corner and revamped hairpin section have been revealed as part of multiple changes Abu Dhabi is making to its Formula 1 track. Following a series of dull Abu Dhabi Grand Prix races, plans to change the layout of the circuit were announced recently, and the full extent of the changes became clear last week. At the end of the second back straight, the tight and twisty complex of bends at Turns 11-14 is being removed completely and replaced with a high speed and wide banked corner that Saif Al Noaimi, acting CEO of the race promoter, said could be “iconic”. The chicane before the Turn 7 hairpin preceding the first back straight will be removed, with the width of the track in this area increased to allow multiple racing…

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new pitstop safety rules are dangerous, argues red bull

FORMULA 1 Formula 1’s fastest pitstops are set to be slowed down on safety grounds from the Hungarian Grand Prix after a clampdown by the FIA. The governing body has addressed complaints that the stops of some teams are faster than can be achieved by following the current rules to the letter. The suggestion is that some stop procedures involve a higher degree of automation than was expected, and this has allowed teams to achieve record-breaking times. F1’s technical regulations contain a reference to pitstops, which states that sensors must act passively. The new technical directive is intended to enforce this more rigidly. From the 1 August race at the Hungaroring, teams’ pitstop procedures must have an inbuilt tolerance allowing for human reaction times in signalling. The figures are 0.15 seconds from wheelnuts…

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‘robust’ pirelli for british gp

FORMULA 1 Pirelli plans to introduce a new Formula 1 tyre construction from this month’s British Grand Prix at Silverstone in the wake of the recent Azerbaijan GP failures. The teams will be asked to test the new construction in free practice tomorrow (Friday) for the Austrian GP before final approval is given after the high-profile failures for Lance Stroll and Max Verstappen in Baku. In response, Pirelli increased its monitoring of the pressures with which cars take the start, following accusations that some teams were allowing them to fall during the race. The change of construction was discussed last Friday afternoon at the Styrian GP at a meeting of team bosses chaired by F1 sporting chief Ross Brawn, with Pirelli’s Mario Isola explaining the thinking behind the change. It is understood that the…