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drama denies max but lewis misses his chance to topple red bull

The Baku street circuit has provided some dramatic moments in its short history in Formula 1, and last weekend was no exception. But the tyre blowouts that first spat Lance Stroll into the wall and then cost Max Verstappen victory are not what anyone had in mind. Failures happen of course, but investigations will need to be thorough because cars being pitched into barriers at 200mph is one of the most serious dangers F1 has faced for some time. Almost as surprising as the Pirelli situation was Lewis Hamilton’s error at the final restart. As Alex Kalinauckas shows in our report on page 16, three drivers could have won the Azerbaijan Grand Prix and Hamilton was one of them; this time he didn’t take his chance. Whether the race should really have restarted…

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bmw eyes lmdh for top-line race return

LE MANS 24 HOURS/WEC/ELECTRIC GT The LMDh prototype class and FIA Electric GT Championship are among the options for BMW as it plots its factory future in motorsport beyond the end of its 2020-21 Formula E Championship campaign. And it is pretty much certain that there will be one, according to the man at the helm of BMW Motorsport. Markus Flasch, who is now in charge of BMW’s competitions department, stated last week that he envisages the German manufacturer having a motorsport involvement at a higher level than its ongoing customer programmes in GT3 and GT4, and with the entry-level M2 one-make racer. Evaluation of what exactly that will be is already under way as the marque’s involvement in FE with the Andretti team moves towards its conclusion with the climax of…

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toyota pegged back as glickenhaus arrives

WEC Toyota’s Le Mans Hypercars have been pegged back for this weekend’s Portimao 8 Hours World Endurance Championship round on the arrival of Glickenhaus in the series. The Japanese manufacturer’s GR010 HYBRIDs have taken a double hit under the Balance of Performance for the Portuguese event. The two GR010s will run 26kg heavier – 1066 rather than 1040kg – at the Algarve Circuit than at last month’s Spa 2021 WEC opener. They will also be allowed 515kW rather than 520kW, a reduction of approximately 7bhp at peak power. The two Pipo-engined Glickenhaus 007LMH non-hybrid prototypes will be allowed the full 520kW and run at the 1030kg minimum weight prescribed in the regulations for two-wheel-drive LMH machinery. The BoP table tweaked last week has also reduced the amount of energy per stint for the Toyotas…

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singapore gp falls victim to pandemic again

FORMULA 1 October’s Singapore Grand Prix has been cancelled for the second year in a row, leaving Formula 1 to weigh up replacement options including a US double-header. The promoters of the race at the Marina Bay Street Circuit announced last week that they could not welcome F1 due to “ongoing safety and logistic concerns brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic”. Singapore has maintained low infection numbers throughout the pandemic by implementing a tough immigration and test-and-trace system, making it impossible to run the event. “To cancel the event for a second year is an incredibly difficult decision, but a necessary one in light of the prevailing restrictions for live events in Singapore,” said race deputy chairman Colin Syn. “We would not be able to deliver a full event experience fans have come…

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‘windbags’ at dawn as flexiwing row fades

FORMULA 1 Formula 1’s flexi-wings saga fizzled out at last weekend’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix when Mercedes and Red Bull did not follow up on their threats to protest each other. F1 teams have faced scrutiny over their rear-wing designs since Lewis Hamilton’s “bendy wing” comment, referring to the Red Bull, at last month’s Spanish GP, prompting the FIA to introduce new rigidity tests from next week’s French GP. Azerbaijan was the final race where teams taking advantage of the loophole could run the designs, but they were still subject to threats of action over their legality. McLaren team boss Andreas Seidl said early in the weekend there would “need to be action” if teams were seen to be running flexing wings. The FIA fitted yellow locator stickers to the rear wings so they…

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monza dtm races shortened to ease fuel worries

DTM The DTM’s first races under GT3 regulations next week at Monza will run to a reduced duration of 50 minutes to minimise the risk of cars running out of fuel. Although the series is going through a major overhaul after ditching the Class 1 ruleset, it is carrying forward its previous format of two races per weekend, each lasting 55 minutes plus a lap. Concerns were raised by the Walkenhorst Motorsport BMW team about cars being able to cover the full distance at a power-sensitive track such as Monza due to an aggressive Balance of Performance set by the DTM, which significantly pushes up the fuel consumption. As a result, the DTM says it has taken a ‘proactive measure’ by cutting both Monza races by five minutes, ensuring that drivers can make…