Autosport 16/09/21

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bravo to mclaren and ricciardo, but max and lewis need to talk

There were conflicting emotions following last weekend’s Italian Grand Prix. On the one hand, it was fantastic to see McLaren – and the likeable Daniel Ricciardo – return to the top of the Formula 1 podium. On the other, seeing Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen again fail to race cleanly was disappointing. As Alex Kalinauckas shows in our report on page 16, Ricciardo stood a good chance of winning even if Hamilton and Verstappen had made it through the first chicane on lap 26. The MCL35M was quick all weekend at Monza, and Ricciardo had track position from the start. The clash between the two championship contenders created more controversy, and one hopes that the penalty handed out to Verstappen encourages him to be a little more nuanced with his approach (p15). Another…

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the saga that led to albon’s williams seat

FORMULA 1 Alex Albon will make his Formula 1 return with Williams in 2022, but it needed his Red Bull bosses to help engineer a deal via a temporary split for him to be Mercedes-bound George Russell’s replacement. The Anglo-Thai was dropped by Red Bull at the end of last year in favour of Sergio Perez, and moved into a reserve and test-driver role with the Milton Keynes-based squad, while undertaking a race programme in the DTM. Any hopes he had of a comeback with either of the energy drink giant’s two teams were dashed, with both Red Bull and AlphaTauri electing to stick to their current line-ups for 2022. With bosses at not only the F1 team but Red Bull itself eager to get Albon back on the grid, a deal was…

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british gp gets earlier date slot

FORMULA 1 The British Grand Prix has shifted forward by two weeks for 2022 and will take place over 1-3 July. F1 is yet to reveal its provisional calendar for next season, but the Silverstone race date is the first to become publicly known following an announcement by the circuit last Friday. The earlier date could potentially open up more space in July for other events to take place. A draft 2022 calendar is set to be issued to teams in the coming weeks, but caution has already been urged by some to avoid the use of triple-headers through the season for fear of the impact on team personnel. Last weekend’s Italian GP completed the second triple-header of the 2022 season, and a third is planned across Mexico, Brazil and Qatar. McLaren boss Andreas…

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merc moves to help vw entry

FORMULA 1 Mercedes is willing to drop the MGU-H from Formula 1’s next engine generation to help facilitate an entry by the Volkswagen Group. F1 held its latest crunch meeting over the upcoming engine formula, which looks set for introduction in 2026, at Monza last weekend. The manufacturers have been discussing options to make a simpler, more sustainable and cost-efficient power unit. One of the most interested parties is the VW Group, which had two of its marques – Audi and Porsche – represented at the previous major meeting at July’s Austrian GP. Mercedes F1 boss Toto Wolff confirmed that the plan was to drop the MGU-H, used to recover or store energy to and from the turbocharger, but added that there are other areas that need agreement. “There are several other topics…

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di grassi goes to venturi, but for how long?

FORMULA E Lucas di Grassi has been unveiled as a Venturi Racing driver for the 2022 Formula E season as the Brazilian temporarily breaks free from the Audi and Abt stable. Although details of di Grassi’s new contract to become team-mate to 2021 runner-up Edoardo Mortara have been kept under wraps, it’s likely that his switch is the equivalent of a football player moving for a season-long loan. Abt wanted to stay in Formula E after Audi’s exit. That plan was kiboshed when an American TV commercial backer reneged on a deal, but Abt boss Thomas Biermaier has confirmed to Autosport that plans are still afoot for the German team to return for Gen3 in 2022-23. If it does come back as intended, di Grassi will return to the fold. The 2016-17 champion said:…

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monza back to replace rally japan

WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP Rally Monza will replace the recently cancelled Rally Japan as the final round of this year’s World Rally Championship. The Italian event, which takes place on 19-21 November, had been expected to take the slot vacated by Rally Japan after organisers last week confirmed its cancellation for the second consecutive year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Monza stood in as the final round of last year’s COVID-19-impacted calendar and was won by Toyota’s Sebastien Ogier, who secured a seventh world title in the process. Details regarding the formats and stages of the 2021 edition of the rally, which will incorporate the famous Monza circuit, are yet to be announced. Confirmation of Monza’s inclusion on the calendar ensures that there will be three remaining events in the 2021 season, with the championship…