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2021 F1

McLaren, Aston Martin and Alpine could skip Sprint Race practice

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Formula 1 2021: Bahrain March testing

F1 mid-field fighters McLaren, Aston Martin and Alpine indicates their worries regarding the problem with their clutches, when the Formula 1 host the sport’s first sprint qualifying session at the British Grand Prix at Silverstone. The trouble-hit teams may avoid Free Practice 1 in order to protect their clutches for the entire weekend.

Silverstone will present the new session in this season. Friday’s second practice session will be replaced by a mini-Grand Prix over 100 kilometres sprint-race. In a regular free practice between 120 and 170 kilometres are covered, according to Auto, Motor und Sport. Nevertheless, these three teams are dissatisfied and have reported it to the FIA.

And yet, from the teams’ point of view, something is changing. The parc fermé will be moved forward by one day. With qualifying on Friday, the cars may no longer be touched. Exceptions are the brakes, spark plugs, filters and damaged parts.

But the clutch is not one of them. And it’s now causing three teams great concern. Aston Martin, Alpine and McLaren normally change or service their clutches after the two Friday practice sessions. That’s no longer possible with the sprint race schedule.

Aston Martin team manager Andy Stevenson is annoyed: “These clutches were built for a different purpose; they need new shims and servicing after 300 kilometres. If we had known before the season what to expect, we would have built different clutches.

“If we have to drive the whole weekend with a clutch without refreshing it, we can’t guarantee if it will last. If the FIA doesn’t give in, we might have to skip a practice session. That can’t be in the spirit of the invention.”

Until now, the Formula 1 governing body FIA has rejected demands from these teams to revaluate the regulations surrounding clutch changes for the sprint races, but the pleas have reportedly been swept aside by FIA delegates, who say: “Then just do fewer practice starts.”

Alan Permane of Alpine does not agree with this explanation. “It has nothing to do with the number of starts. It’s just wear and tear. The clutch is in use all the time. The shifting is the problem, not the starts.” All the teams use different clutches and Mercedes’, for example, can handle not 300 but 700 kilometres.

Not all teams have this problem. Mercedes uses a new clutch model that also manages 700 kilometres at a stretch. Aston Martin had already asked its engineering partner but received a rejection. There are not enough units for two teams.

At the second Spielberg race, there will now be another discussion with the FIA in the hope that a compromise can be found. Otherwise, Stevenson fears, “If the FIA doesn’t relent, we may have to skip a practice session. That can’t be in the spirit of the inventor.”

2022 F1

F1 Championship Points Standing – After Imola GP

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2022 F1 Drivers Championship Standing after F1 Emilia Romagna GP

Pos Driver Team Points
1Charles LeclercFerrari86
2Max VerstappenRed Bull59
3Sergio PerezRed Bull54
4George RussellWilliams49
5Carlos SainzFerrari38
6Lando NorrisMcLaren35
7Lewis HamiltonMercedes28
8Valtteri BottasMercedes24
9Esteban OconAlpine20
10Kevin MagnussenHaas15
11Daniel RicciardoMcLaren11
12Yuki TsunodaAlphaTauri10
13Pierre GaslyAlphaTauri6
14Fernando AlonsoAlpine2
15Zhou GuanyuAlfa Romeo1
16Alex AlbonWilliams1
17Lance StrollAston Martin1
18Mick SchumacherHaas0
19Sebastian VettelAston Martin0
20Nicholas LatifiWilliams0

2022 F1 Teams Championship Standing after F1 Imola Emilia Romagna GP

Pos Team Points
1Ferrari124
2Red Bull113
3Mercedes77
4McLaren46
5Alfa Romeo25
6Alpine22
7AlphaTauri16
8Haas15
9Aston Martin5
10Williams1

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Race results – F1 Imola Emilia Romagna GP

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Defending world champion Max Verstappen has won at Imola for the second season in a row ahead of his teammate Sergio Perez, Red Bull made 1-2 finish as leaders Ferrari’s home Grand Prix turned into a terrible for the Italian outfit.

Pos Driver Team LapsTimePoints
1Max VerstappenRed Bull631:32:07.98626
2Sergio PerezRed Bull63+16.527s18
3Lando NorrisMcLaren63+34.834s15
4George RussellMercedes63+42.506s12
5Valtteri BottasAlfa Romeo63+43.181s10
6Charles LeclercFerrari63+56.072s8
7Yuki TsunodaAlphaTauri63+61.110s6
8Sebastian VettelAston Martin63+70.892s4
9Kevin Magnussen Haas63+75.260s2
10Lance StrollAston Martin62+1 lap1
11Alex Albon Williams62+1 lap0
12Pierre GaslyAlphaTauri62+1 lap0
13Lewis HamiltonMercedes62+1 lap0
14Esteban OconAlpine62+1 lap0
15Zhou GuanyuAlfa Romeo62+1 lap0
16Nicholas LatifiWilliams62+1 lap0
17Mick SchumacherHaas62+1 lap0
18Daniel RicciardoMcLaren62+1 lap0
19Fernando AlonsoAlpine6DNF0
20Carlos SainzFerrari0DNF0

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Hamilton and Wolff spotted in heated conversation after Imola disaster

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Lewis Hamilton 2022 F1 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix

During Emilia Romagna Grand Prix post qualifying session, Sir Lewis Hamilton and his Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff was seen engaging in a heated conversation, the Brit was eliminated from Q2 on Friday.

Bothe Hamilton and Wolff be found to be holding heated conversations in the Mercedes garage just after the Brit crashed out of Q2 at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix. It was another poor results, which was resulted P13 in for sprint race at Imola.

On the incident with Wolff, Hamilton said: “It’s all internal stuff. I’d rather not share that. But yeah we’ll keep working, it is what it is. Each weekend is a rescue.

“It wasn’t a great session. Yeah. Naturally, it’s disappointing. We came here with optimism and we know everyone is working really hard at the factory and when things don’t come together it’s disappointing. I think we under-performed as a team today.

“There are things that we should have done and didn’t do. Anyway, we will work as hard as we can to move up in the sprint race. Hopefully tomorrow is better, weather-wise, and who knows, maybe we can work our way forwards.”

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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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