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2021 F1

Horner: Red Bull being deliberately targeted, FIA to slow down F1 pitstops

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Leading world champions Red Bull Racing’s team principal Christian Horner has labeled FIA’s new regulation changes to pit-stop slow-down for safety reason as “disappointing”. Horner is also claiming that rivals had deliberately targeted his team. Because the Milton Keynes based F1 squad Red Bull Racing is holding all-time best pit-stops records in the F1 history.

Formula One governing body FIA introduces new regulations for pit stops, to be at least 0.2 seconds slower, which will be affected from Hungarian Grand Prix.

“If you can’t be beaten, then the most logical thing is for your competitors to try and slow you down,” Horner said. “And that’s obviously what’s happening here.”

“You can see there’s an awful lot of pointed activity in our direction in the moment. That comes with the territory of being competitive. An awful lot of energy is going into trying to slow the car down which is what obviously happens in a competitive business. It’s something we’re used to but I’m not losing too much sleep about it.” Horner continues

“To have to hold the car for two tenths of a second, you could almost argue it’s dangerous because you’re judging your gaps. The guy that’s releasing the car is having to make that judgement, and I think that it’s not been well thought through.

“F1 is about innovation and competition. Seeing pit stops sub two seconds is a remarkable feat and we should be encouraging it, not trying to control it, otherwise where does it stop?

“We’re going to be told which way to walk into the garage, where we should sit on the pit wall, and which buttons we should press I guess. I find it a little disappointing. It’s the duty of the competitor to ensure that the car is safe, and the penalty for a wheel not being fixed is you have to stop the car immediately.

“So it’s a brutal punishment, if you haven’t got all four wheels securely and safely fastened. So what the technical directive is trying to achieve, I’m not quite sure because I think there’s an awful lot of complexity to it. Horner added

The FIA issued a technical directive before this weekend’s Styrian Grand Prix. Red Bull Ring which comes into force at the Hungarian Grand Prix on 1 August.

An FIA spokesman said: The key point is that this is a proactive safety update, building in some required latency into the procedures in order to ensure the decisions are being taken by the equipment operators rather than being automated, and thus to protect the pit crews from incidents similar to the one seen in Bahrain a few years ago.”

Article 12.8.4 is clear that: “Devices which are used to fit or remove wheel fasteners may only be powered by compressed air or nitrogen. Any sensor systems may only act passively.”

The new technical directive notes: “For safety reasons we would furthermore expect the minimum time offset between the initiation of the jack release procedure and the OK signal to the driver given by the green light to be at least 0.2 seconds.”

Fastest F1 pitstops of 2021 championship so far

PosTeamDriverGrand PrixTime (Sec)
1Red Bull Max VerstappenBahrain GP1.93
2Red Bull Max VerstappenAzerbaijan GP1.98
3Red Bull Max VerstappenPortuguese GP1.98
4Red Bull Sergio PerezBahrain GP2.00
5Red Bull Max VerstappenMonaco GP2.02
6Red Bull Sergio PerezFrench GP2.04
7Aston Martin Lance StrollPortuguese GP2.08
8WilliamsGeorge RussellAzerbaijan GP2.13
9Alfa Romeo Kimi Raikkonen Azerbaijan GP2.13
10Aston Martin Lance StrollSpanish GP2.16

2021 F1

Qualifying Results – United States Grand Prix

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Pos Driver Team Q1Q2Q3Laps
1Max VerstappenRed Bull1:34.3521:33.4641:32.91016
2Lewis HamiltonMercedes1:34.5791:33.7971:33.11916
3Sergio PerezRed Bull1:34.3691:34.1781:33.13419
4Valtteri BottasMercedes1:34.5901:33.9591:33.47515
5Charles LeclercFerrari1:34.1531:33.9281:33.60617
6Carlos SainzFerrari1:34.5581:34.1261:33.79215
7Daniel RicciardoMcLaren1:34.4071:34.6431:33.80815
8Lando NorrisMcLaren1:34.5511:33.8801:33.88714
9Pierre GaslyAlphaTauri1:34.5671:34.5831:34.11817
10Yuki TsunodaAlphaTauri1:35.3601:35.1371:34.91818
11Esteban OconAlpine1:35.7471:35.37712
12Sebastian VettelAston Martin1:35.2811:35.5009
13Antonio GiovinazziAlfa Romeo1:35.9201:35.7948
14Fernando AlonsoAlpine1:35.7561:44.54912
15George RussellWilliams1:35.746No Time11
16Lance StrollAston Martin1:35.9837
17Nicholas LatifiWilliams1:35.9956
18Kimi RaikkonenAlfa Romeo1:36.3117
19Mick SchumacherHaas1:36.4999
20Nikita MazepinHaas1:36.7968

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US Grand Prix rule change may affect Hamilton and Verstappen

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Formula One governing body FIA recently confirmed that lap times set by drivers who drive through double waved yellow flag sectors will be immediately deleted.

During the Turkish Grand Prix qualifying Fernando Alonso set lap-time through the double waved yellow flag sectors and it was immediately deleted.

The FIA race director Michael Masi explained the change in his event notes ahead of the United States Grand Prix, with Max Verstappen currently leading the way over Lewis Hamilton in the battle to become the 2021 world champion.

“Any driver passing through a double waved yellow marshalling sector must reduce speed significantly and be prepared to change direction or stop,” wrote Masi.

“In order for the stewards to be satisfied that any such driver has complied with these requirements, it must be clear that he has not attempted to set a meaningful lap time, for practical purposes any driver in a double yellow sector will have that lap time deleted.”

Masi also added that following Turkish Grand Prix, deleting lap times altogether could be a solution to avoid any confusion over how much drivers must slow down.

“There’s probably a little bit of tweaking of wording that we can do,” he said. “It’s been one of those that’s been as it has been for quite a while.

“There’s some refining that we can probably do to make it clearer for everyone.”

Spaniard’s situation was immediately followed by Lando Norris escaping with just a warning after crossing the pit-entry line in Russia, as the McLaren driver struggled to keep the car on track as the rain began to fall.

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Verstappen is F1’s fan favourite, Hamilton falls behind Norris

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Formula 1 championship leader Max Verstappen beats seven-time F1 world champion Lewis Hamilton as Formula 1’s fan favourite in the sport’s latest global survey.

Vote from 167,000 fans conducted by Motorsport Network, in association with Nielsen Sports, with an average age of 32 and coming from 187 countries, placed Red Bull’s Verstappen top of the popularity stakes with McLaren emerging as the favourite F1 team.

Briton Lando Norris on the second position ahead of fellow citizen Hamilton. Hamilton stays a firm favourite in the UK, Brazil and Canada, It is Verstappen that tops the tables votes from the Netherlands, Japan and the United States.

F1 Global Survey 2021 – Top 10 Favourite Drivers

Max Verstappen – 14.4%
Lando Norris – 13.7%
Lewis Hamilton – 12.5%
Daniel Ricciardo – 10.2%
Sebastian Vettel – 9%
Charles Leclerc – 7.4%
Fernando Alonso – 7.3%
Kimi Raikkonen – 5.4%
George Russell – 4%
Pierre Gasly – 2.9%

F1 Global Survey 2021 – Top 5 Favourite Teams

McLaren 29.5%
Red Bull 19.7%
Ferrari 17.9%
Mercedes 11.9%
Alpine 3.1%

Speaking in a virtual press conference to announce the survey’s results ahead of this weekend’s showpiece US GP in Austin, F1 president and CEO Stefano Domenicali said of the fans’ feedback: “Their views are very valuable to all of us, and we are extremely pleased for what we have heard. We take that very seriously.

“One very important element for us is it shows that today Formula 1 is the most followed platform internationally and this is really great. This is something that shows who we are and the things that we need to do in order to progress with this growth that we are living today.

“It’s clear that we are reaching new fans and people that are also coming to the sport with a different vision. So we need to respect the traditions of the ones who are super-avid about motorsport with the fans who are getting into this business.”

“The number [in the survey] is very encouraging because you need to consider the mixed feeling of having a more traditional fan less happy for the change while the new fans are really happy to see things moving in a different way,” said Domenicali.

“As it’s stated on the survey, we are not even thinking to go with all the Grand Prix in a different format. We are thinking that we can create a very fixed number, that I think will be six, in the next future with this format with changes that we are thinking about together with the teams to improve the quality of the offer.”

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DUTCH GRAND PRIX

Date Session Time
FRI SEP 03 FP1 11:30 - 12:30
FRI SEP 03 FP2 15:00 - 16:00
SAT SEP 04 FP3 12:00 - 13:00
SAT SEP 04 QUALI 15:00 - 16:00
SUN SEP 05 RACE 15:00 - 17:00

Drivers Standings

DriverTeamPts
Lewis HamiltonMercedes105
VerstappenRed Bull101
NorrisMcLaren68
LeclercFerrari52
BottasMercedes47
Sainz Jr.Ferrari42
GaslyAlphaTauri31
PérezRed Bull69
VettelAston Martin28
RicciardoMcLaren26

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