Author: Ian Dobson

12 May 2021

Wolff “wanted a little bit of publicity” with FIA call

Mercedes team boss Wolff was heard requesting blue flags from Masi as Lewis Hamilton closed up to lap Haas driver Nikita Mazepin shortly before making his first pit stop. The complaint was broadcast on the F1 world feed, marking the first time a message to race control from one of the teams had been aired. […]

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12 May 2021

Spanish GP performance proves race day weakness now banished

Ferrari finished as the leading midfield team in Spain on Sunday as Charles Leclerc took a comfortable fourth-place finish, having spent the first stint keeping Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas behind. Team-mate Carlos Sainz Jr was unable to regain places from Sergio Perez and Daniel Ricciardo after a slow start, but took seventh place to help… Continue […]

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12 May 2021

My 100% now is still not enough to match “impressive” Ocon

Alonso is still getting up to speed on his return to F1 this year, and has been outqualified in three of the four races so far by his French team-mate. But while Ocon has certainly benefited from being well settled in at Alpine, after a sometimes challenging 2020 campaign with the squad, Alonso is still […]

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11 May 2021

FIA to introduce new tests to clamp down on ‘bendy wings’

Questions over the design of the Red Bull rear wing in particular were floated during the Spanish GP last weekend after Lewis Hamilton suggested its design was “bendy”. The inference was that Red Bull could be exploiting a more flexible wing that rotates down on the straights to boost top speed, but then comes up […]

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11 May 2021

Pirelli “80-90%” towards finalising 2022 F1 tyres

The mule car testing programme continues this week in Barcelona, with Red Bull and Alfa Romeo joining the programme, and Alpine running for a second time after an earlier session this year in Bahrain. Further dry testing is planned with AlphaTauri in Austria, followed by Red Bull, Aston Martin and Haas at Silverstone, and then […]

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11 May 2021

Mercedes pinpoints Red Bull’s main weakness in F1 2021 battle

The opening four races have pointed to Red Bull having a quicker car in qualifying, but Mercedes holding the edge when it comes to managing tyres over longer runs. The advantage that the Mercedes held in looking after its tyres was obvious at last weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix, when Lewis Hamilton’s rubber appeared to be in much… Continue […]

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11 May 2021

McLaren has “clear goal” to improve F1 qualifying

McLaren picked up where it left off in 2020, holding third place in the constructors’ championship after four races with a slender five-point lead over Ferrari. At last weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix McLaren was outscored by the Italian outfit for the first time in 2021, with Ferrari’s qualifying performance proving key on the Circuit de… […]

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11 May 2021

Hamilton wants new Mercedes F1 contract agreed by summer break

Hamilton and Mercedes only announced they had signed a one-year contract extension for the 2021 season in February after postponing talks through last season. Hamilton has previously said he was not treating 2021 as his final season in F1, and has recently made comments that he intends to be on the grid with Mercedes in […]

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11 May 2021

Leclerc explains sensational Bottas pass in F1 Spanish GP

The Ferrari driver qualified third at Barcelona and was right behind Bottas after the start as they came out of the opening sequence of corners. However, he seized a brilliant opportunity to go around the outside of Bottas at Turn 3 in a move that was reminiscent of a similar effort that Fernando Alonso pulled […]

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10 May 2021

Autosport Podcast: F1 Spanish GP review

While Verstappen won the wheel-to-wheel fight at Turn 1, he didn’t have the pace to beat Hamilton over the race distance as Mercedes switched to an audacious two-stop strategy. In flashbacks to Hungary 2019, Hamilton was able to hunt Verstappen down and pass with seven laps to go, clinching a win that extended his championship […]

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