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GP Racing UK January 2021

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5 minutos
the sakhir gp in 3 key moments

1 Mercedes tyre blunder costs Russell victory George Russell’s mother couldn’t speak, such were the overwhelming emotions of the night, but the family was full of pride, despite terrible disappointment at the outcome. “That was yours today” is what Russell said his father told him on the phone, and of course he was right. For 63 of this race’s 87 laps Russell had everything under control. Pending a final stint showdown with Valtteri Bottas, who was chipping away at the gap, Russell looked set to cap an outstanding debut for Mercedes in place of unwell world champion Lewis Hamilton with victory. That it all fell apart so spectacularly was principally down to a communication error in the pits. It was the sort of pitstop – servicing both cars consecutively on the same lap…

4 minutos
in conversation with lewis hamilton

Lewis, a wonderful race today [in Turkey], a wonderful season in 2020. What would you like to say. How do you sum it all up? My dad always used to tell me to do my talking on the track, so I don’t really have a huge amount to say. The performance hopefully shows what I’m capable of and what we could all do together. In the sense of young kids out there it’s important for them to see. I dreamt this when I was five years old, to be here in Formula 1 and it’s so important to hold onto your dreams, to dream big, for all of us, it doesn’t matter how old you are. It’s taken a long time to get here but I’m forever grateful to the guys that…

4 minutos
russia’s new hope

What do you know about Nikita Mazepin? You’re probably aware that he has a rich dad. Maybe you’ve heard he once hit Ferrari Junior Callum Ilott in the face. And now, having lost out to Ilott in Formula 2, he’s beaten him to a 2021 Haas seat alongside Mick Schumacher. Well, there’s a lot more you need to know. The paths of Mazepin and Schumacher have crossed before, towards the end of their karting careers when they were team-mates in the works TonyKart team, and Nikita boldly claims that he was “a lot better” than Mick. In fact, it was maybe Schumacher Sr who left the bigger impression on Nikita. “Mick’s father was handling his career at the time,” Mazepin tells GP Racing. “He was very down to earth and straightforward. You can…

5 minutos
under the hood

FORMAT WARS: TO SPRINT OR NOT TO SPRINT? One of the most emotive topics of this unusual season has been the debate surrounding the introduction of sprint races. It is not a new topic, and in fact F1 commissioned research among fans in 2018 to solicit views on the subject. The top-level aim of such a proposal is to deepen engagement with existing fans while enticing new fans into Formula 1. The idea of a sprint race, with a grid where the cars line up in an order where the fastest is not necessarily at the front, is to generate an exciting spectacle in itself while also increasing unpredictability for the main event on Sunday. In doing this caution needs to be exercised because all sport should maintain meritocracy in deciding its victors,…

5 minutos
the bahrain gp in 3 key moments

1 Halo averts catastrophe in Grosjean shunt Divisive on its introduction in 2018, the Halo cockpit protection system unequivocally proved its worth during the Bahrain Grand Prix when Romain Grosjean emerged largely unscathed from a fiery accident in which he hit a trackside barrier while travelling at 137mph. The impact force of 53 times the force of gravity sheared the Haas in two as the front half sliced through the barrier. This was an accident some 30 seconds in the making and with several contributory factors. Several drivers were out of position, either as a result of problems in qualifying (Carlos Sainz and Lance Stroll) or poor starts (Valtteri Bottas, Esteban Ocon, Charles Leclerc and Daniil Kvyat). Bottas would later attribute his slow start to conservatism on the clutch paddle as he…

5 minutos
the f1 analyst

WHY F1 STILL SEES VALUE IN AGEING DRIVERS Two decades after bursting up to the top level of motorsport, Fernando Alonso and Kimi Räikkönen will be headliners again in 2021. With three world titles between them, plus several that slipped away, their impressive statistics set the scene. Alonso has won 11 races more than Räikkönen, but Kimi has the higher number of podiums (103, including race wins). Add their joint tally together and it comes to 200 and counting. Fernando has half the number of Kimi’s fastest laps (23), but Alonso has led one more race (84). And both have scored close to 1900 points in total. Their records speak loudly, but at a time when young drivers such as Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc have shown new talent can bring an extra…