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Wolff confirms Mercedes stopped development for 2021 W12

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Mercedes F1 team principal Toto Wolff reveals that, they are stopped development for 2021 W12, despite fall off a fourth consecutive defeat to nearest rival Red Bull.

Max Verstappen simply beat defending world champion Lewis Hamilton at Sunday’s Styrian Grand Prix. The Dutch man extends F1 title lead over Hamilton to 18 points and Red Bull lead the Constructors’ Championship by 40 points ahead of Mercedes.

On Styrian GP qualifying day, Wolff said that Mercedes would “continue to stick to our principle of putting our resource into 2022” The sport already set huge changes F1 regulations dramatically for 2022.

Speaking on Sky Sports F1 after the race, Wolff said it had been “the first race really in eight years where you’re just lacking the pace, where you see that we have stopped developing for this year, because we believe the next years are so important to get it right”.

Wolff also admitted that it was a “very, very tricky decision” not to continue development with the Mercedes W12, but felt it was important to weigh up the benefits for the new regulation cycle starting in 2022.

“We are having new regulations not only for next year but for years to come, a completely different car concept, and you’ve got to choose the right balance,” Wolff said.

“Pretty much everybody is going to be on next year’s car. Some may still bring stuff. Red Bull has brought trucks on Thursday and Friday with new parts.

“And fair enough, it’s a strategy, and one that proves to be successful as it stands, because today, they were simply in a league of their own from car-pace wise.”

“The championship is not only played with adding aerodynamic parts, because at this certain stage, even the ones like Red Bull who still keep adding parts, need to switch all of the development into next year,” Wolff said.

“That means all the exploitation of the car around the set-up, the set-up work, the tyres, and the optimisation of how we are running, will become a very, very important part.

“It would make no sense to put a week or two [or] a month back on the current car, because the gains wouldn’t be anywhere near of the gains we are making on the 2022 car.

“But having said that, this is far from over. We had a very difficult weekend here in Austria, with no weapons in our armoury to win this race fair and straight. But we will be winning races this season, and we will be having pole positions, and we will be fighting as much as we can for every single result.”

Asked if Hamilton had bought into the plan given his post-race comment about needing an upgrade, Wolff replied: “The driver will always fight with everything he has.

“We’ve had the chat before, and as a matter of fact, it’s a very rational decision. The upgrades you bring wouldn’t close the deficit, aerodynamic deficit, of the magnitude that these new aero regulations cost us. Fact.

“As I said before, they will stop aero development at a certain stage because it would be dangerous for next year’s championship, to lose out in next year’s championship.

“So the fight is still full on. That wasn’t our best circuit in the past, and wasn’t today. [It] doesn’t mean that we have no weapons in our armoury left.”

2021 F1

Masi out of organisation chart, FIA ‘set deadline for Abu Dhabi investigation’

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FIA Formula 1 Race Director Michael Masi has been utterly criticised following his 2021 F1 final lap decisions, which was decided the driver’s championship. Masi’s strange safety car call benefitted to Max Verstappen who beaten Lewis Hamilton to F1 title.

Meanwhile, the new FIA Organisation Chart has been released for the month of January 2022, and Masi is absent on the list under the single-seater section, this is first organisation chart after newly elected FIA President Mohammed Ben Sulayem, who replaced Jean Todt.

Initially Mercedes protested the results following the 2021 F1 season finale Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Silver Arrows withdrew its appeal after the FIA dedicated to launching an “analysis and clarification exercise”.

Also, a ‘senior source’ said that Mercedes had a deal agreeing to drop their appeal as long as Masi and Nikolas Tombazis, the FIA’s head of single-seater technical matters, were fired.

Masi has served as the race director for F1 since March 2019 when predecessor Charlie Whiting died just days before that year’s F1 season was due to start.

Recently Sky sports reported that, FIA confirms that Abu Dhabi Grand Prix investigation will complete in early February. Even as Mercedes still claiming that Masi contravened FIA regulations in doing so. Mercedes boss Toto Wolff expressed that Hamilton being “disillusioned” after he was “robbed” of a record-breaking eighth title. The Seven-time F1 world champion has not communicated publicly or on social media in a month.

Sky Sports F1 reporter Slater said that: “They (Mercedes) want to find out what the FIA decide should be the fall-out from what went on over those final laps in Abu Dhabi where, as far as they are concerned, Lewis Hamilton lost an eighth World title because of a misreading of the rules, chiefly by race director Michael Masi.

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“I can report that three weeks is how long the FIA have set themselves to deal with this matter. Work only began in earnest on it on Monday [January 10], that’s to say this FIA commission started to interview those involved.

“This is going to go on. The FIA have told me they will not be dragging this out. It was a concern of Mercedes that it would take so long that it would jeopardise Lewis Hamilton’s pre-season, if he didn’t have these findings well in advance and could take a decision about 2022.

“They also say to me that the [internal] investigation will be thorough, objective and transparent as well. This should be done by February 3rd, at which point the FIA have a [World] Motor Sport Council meeting and hopefully they expect to announce those findings by then.”

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Revealed: Top 10 drivers of 2021 F1 voted by team bosses

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Max Verstappen beaten Lewis Hamilton to clinch 2021 Formula 1 world title in the much-debated Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Also, the Dutchman has been elected as the best driver in the 2021 F1 by team principals.

The same F1 championship points system applied in this voting procedure, 25 for the top driver down to one for 10th in each list.

Verstappen who was made 10 race victory and 18 total podiums in this 23-race long season, awarded as best driver position – 21 points clear of Hamilton.

McLaren youngster Lando Norris received 110 points, who made 10 successive points finish. The Ferrari duo Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc received fourth and fifth position respectively.

Double-time F1 world champion, Alpine’s Fernando Alonso was voted the sixth best driver of 2021, with Pierre Gasly a fine seventh for AlphaTauri.

Top 10 drivers of 2021 F1

POSITION
DRIVER
SCORE
1Max Verstappen213
2Lewis Hamilton192
3Lando Norris110
4Carlos Sainz85
5Charles Leclerc70
6Fernando Alonso69
7Pierre Gasly64
8George Russell44
9Valtteri Bottas43
10Esteban Ocon41

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Revealed: F1 2021 driver crash damage costs list

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2021 Formula One world championship witnessed most existing title battle in the sports history between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton. Also, the battle concluded with huge controversy and Verstappen cliched his first F1 world title.

F1 team’s spending huge amount of money for championship points, while the crash damage cost is a biggest challenge for every team.

Hass F1 is the only team completing 2021 Championship with zero point, also their speedy Mick Schumacher in top of the list of the crash damage cost during the 2021 season. The report Schumacher’s crashes have cost Team Haas 4,212,500 Euros.

The Sun Research confirm that Mick took eight new front wings and nine new sets of suspension following F1 crash damage across the season which had 22-races in total.

Ferrari ace Charles LeClerc who cost his car 4,046,000 Euros during the entire season. 2021 F1 World Champion Max Verstappen is third on the list costing his team 3,889,000 euros.

F1 2021 driver crash costs in Euros (Source: Sky Germany)

PosDriverTeamCosts in Euros
1Mick SchumacherHaas4,212,500
2Charles LeclercFerrari4,046,000
3Max VerstappenRed Bull3,889,000
4Nicholas Latifi Williams3,116,500
5Valtteri BottasMercedes2,713,500
6Lance Stroll Aston Martin2,686,000
7Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri2,606,500
8Nikita Mazepin Haas2,468,000
9Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo1,950,000
10George Russell Williams1,845,000
11Carlos SainzFerrari1,756,000
12Lando NorrisMcLaren1,453,000
13Lewis HamiltonMercedes1,235,000
14Pierre GaslyAlphaTauri1,113,000
15Sergio PerezRed Bull939,000
16Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo854,000
17Daniel RicciardoMcLaren713,000
18Sebastian VettelAston Martin660,000
19Fernando AlonsoAlpine315,000
20Esteban Ocon
Alpine280,000

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SAUDI GRAND PRIX

Date Session Time
FRI DEC 03 FP1 16:30 - 17:30
FRI DEC 03 FP2 20:00 - 21:00
SAT DEC 04 FP3 17:00 - 18:00
SAT DEC 04 QUALI 20:00 - 21:00
SUN DEC 05 RACE 20:30 - 23:30

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