Mercedes' 'party mode' could be banned from Belgian GP

“Party mode” could be the next Mercedes weapon to disappear with FIA considering banning ‘qualifying mode’ engine settings. Already Mercedes’ dual-axis steering system (DAS) will be banned from 2021, even though the new rules have been delayed until 2022. And next year all the teams may be set to lose the ‘qualifying mode’ on their engine which gives them that […]

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Mercedes braced for blisters at Spain and Spa

Mercedes has said they have concerns over blistering tyres at not just the upcoming Spanish Grand Prix but at the following round at Spa as well. The Silver Arrows had won the first four races of the revised 2020 campaign but their unbeaten run came to an end at the second Silverstone race – named the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix […]

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Sergio Perez return confirmed after negative test

Sergio Perez will be back in Formula 1 action for Racing Point at the Spanish Grand Prix after testing negative for COVID-19. Following a trip back home, the Mexican became the first driver to test positive for the virus and was replaced at the British Grand Prix and the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix by Nico Hulkenberg. Hulkenberg was on standby […]

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Lewis Hamilton expecting similar tyre issues in Spain

Lewis Hamilton is bracing himself for more tyre issues to manage for the third race in a row at the Spanish Grand Prix. The six-time World Champion won on three wheels at the British Grand Prix after suffering a last-lap puncture at Silverstone and the tyre problems remained for the second race at the iconic circuit where high degradation and […]

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Super GT news: Yokohama made ‘backwards step’ for round two

Yokohama made a “backwards step” with its SUPER GT tyre in the second round of the season at Fuji, believes Mugen Honda driver Ukyo Sasahara. After showing encouraging one-lap pace in Fuji pre-season testing and in qualifying for last month’s opening race at the track, Mugen’s Red Bull-backed Honda NSX-GT was one of several Yokohama runners to encounter tyre trouble […]

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No conclusion yet on the aeroscreen’s effect on drafting at IMS

Neither today’s Indy 500 practice pacesetter James Hinchcliffe nor 2008 IMS winner Scott Dixon believe any firm verdict can yet be reached on how the aeroscreen will affect the racing at Indy – except that the leader of any given pack will remain a “sitting duck”. Hinchcliffe in the Andretti Autosport-Honda and Dixon in the Chip Ganassi Racing-Honda both broke […]

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Haas holding off on 2021 line-up, future not secure

Haas team principal Guenther Steiner says the team won’t announce any drivers for 2021 until Gene Haas commits to staying in F1. The American outfit joined Formula 1 ahead of the 2016 season and ever since debuting have enjoyed a close working relationship with Ferrari. In 2018 they secured their highest finish to date in the Constructors’ Championship with P5. […]

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Indy 500 practice: VeeKay tops Rookies and Refreshers session

Ed Carpenter Racing-Chevrolet’s IndyCar newbie Rinus VeeKay was the only driver to top 220mph in the two-hour Rookies and refreshers Orientation session for the 104th Running of the Indianapolis 500. The 2019 Indy Lights runner-up turned 69 laps to go through all stages of the ROP and set a top speed of 221.318mph. That was some 1.5mph faster than Alex […]

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Indy 500 practice: Dixon tops opening session for veterans

Chip Ganassi Racing-Honda’s five-time IndyCar champion Scott Dixon set the pace in the first practice session for the 104th Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge. The 2008 Indy winner lapped the iconic 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway at 224.047mph, some 0.85mph faster than Team Penske-Chevrolet’s two-time and reigning champion Josef Newgarden. A.J. Foyt Racing-Chevrolet’s Tony Kanaan was the first […]

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