Autosport 05/08/21

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some strange sights as formula 1 gets a new winner

The Hungarian Grand Prix provided many remarkable sights. The key ones were Valtteri Bottas and Lance Stroll taking out nearly half the field at the first start, while almost as memorable will be the moment Lewis Hamilton began a GP on his own (above). As Alex Kalinauckas shows in our report on page 14, those two moments also set the scene for a remarkable result. Esteban Ocon drove brilliantly to hold off Sebastian Vettel to win, helped by some superb racecraft from team-mate Fernando Alonso, crucially delaying a charging Hamilton. It was a glimpse of the Formula 1 battle we should have seen more of over the past decade. The contest we are seeing has taken a swing in recent weeks. Erstwhile championship leader Max Verstappen has twice lost out due to…

3 min
fia dismisses red bull’s ‘new’ crash evidence

FORMULA 1 The FIA has dismissed Red Bull’s request to review the British Grand Prix accident between Formula 1 title rivals Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton after the team failed to present any new evidence. Red Bull, which was pushing for a harsher penalty for Hamilton, notified the FIA in the build-up to last weekend’s Hungarian Grand Prix that it would be using its right to request a review of the incident, leading to a hearing on Thursday. Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko claimed that the team’s new evidence would make the stewards see the case in a “slightly different light”. But the stewards quickly dismissed Red Bull’s claim after it found that the team had created evidence instead of finding it, failing to meet the criteria of a “significant and relevant new…

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russell merc decision this month?

FORMULA 1 George Russell is “confident” that a decision about his Formula 1 future will be made during this month’s summer break, amid continuing speculation about a switch from Williams to Mercedes. Russell continues to be heavily linked to the second Mercedes seat for 2022. He has starred since he joined its junior programme for 2017, and there is a large points gap between Lewis Hamilton and current Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas. Russell (with Hamilton in pic) had previously said “we all want something decided either way by the summer break”, but when asked to provide an update on the situation at last weekend’s Hungarian Grand Prix, he replied: “I guess there will be a decision made over the summer break. Whether anything will be announced with regards to my future, that’s another…

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vettel ‘will take a stand again’

FORMULA 1 Sebastian Vettel was hit with a reprimand for wearing a pride T-shirt reading ‘Same Love’ during the Hungarian national anthem at the country’s grand prix last Sunday. Vettel, Valtteri Bottas, Carlos Sainz Jr and Lance Stroll were summoned by the stewards over a breach of the pre-race procedure outlined by race director Michael Masi. While Bottas, Sainz and Stroll had forgotten to replace their ‘We Race As One’ T-shirts, Vettel wore his rainbow version after speaking out earlier in the week against the populist right-wing Hungarian government’s anti-LGBTQ+ laws. “I’m happy if they disqualify me,” Vettel said before the ruling was announced, which in hindsight was rather tempting fate (see p6). “They can do whatever they want to me, I don’t care. I would do it again.” Earlier in the week, a…

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aston intends to appeal vettel exclusion

FORMULA 1 Aston Martin has lodged a notice of intention to appeal Sebastian Vettel’s disqualification from second place in last weekend’s Hungarian Grand Prix. In scrutineering checks after the race, the FIA officials could only retrieve 0.3 litres of fuel from the car, when the rules mandate that one litre should be left in the tank for sampling. The team believes that 1.74 litres of fuel should have been in the car, and that there are still 1.44 litres in the system that the FIA could not retrieve. Vettel stopped two corners from the end of his in-lap after the race after suffering what the team believes was an issue with the lift pump. It also believes that the pump failure could explain why the fuel has not been found. “I can confirm an…

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jordan to give hybrid debut at silverstone

BTCC The hybrid British Touring Car Championship development car is set to make its race debut at next month’s Silverstone round in the hands of 2013 series champion Andrew Jordan. Jordan, who has been out of BTCC action since splitting with the West Surrey Racing BMW team on the eve of the delayed 2020 season, has been undertaking most of the testing of the hybrid-equipped, Speedworks Motorsport-run Toyota Corolla, including last month’s official BTCC test at Oulton Park, where it completed more laps than any other car on the second and final day. The hybrid system, which will be deployed in races as a power-boosting push-to-pass tool, has been developed by Cosworth in conjunction with World Rally Championship giant M-Sport, which will supply the BTCC’s customer TOCA engine from 2022. As such, the…