Two Formula 1 teams are believed to have exceeded the sport’s budget cap in the first year it was introduced, according to reports in German and Italian media. Advert | Become a Supporter & go ad-free Red Bull, who took Max Verstappen to the world championship last year, is one of the teams which may have overspent, according to reports in La Gazzetta dello Sport and Auto Motor und Sport . F1 introduced its budget cap last season. Teams were required to keep their spending below $145 million, excluding some items such as the salaries of its drivers and top management. Any team which exceeded the spending limit stood to gain an advantage over its rivals as the additional funds could allow them to employ more staff, conduct more testing or produce more parts. Red Bull were involved in a year-long fight with Mercedes for the championship. Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton arrived at the final race tied on points. While Verstappen narrowly won the drivers’ … [Read more...] about Red Bull may have broken spending limit in Verstappen’s title-winning 2021 season – reports · RaceFans
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Listen to this article A combination of lower costs, particularly when compared to the LMP1 era of the FIA World Endurance Championship, and the chance to race the same car in two major series have proven key factors in luring manufacturers back to the top class of the WEC (simply known now as 'Hypercar') and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship (where the equivalent class is called 'GTP'). Before we proceed to the list of marques, it's worth reiterating the differences between LMDh and LMH regulations. LMDh is essentially a successor to the successful DPi platform IMSA introduced in 2017. As was the case previously, manufacturers must base their new designs upon a next-generation LMP2 chassis, of which there are four licensed constructors: Oreca, Dallara, Ligier and Multimatic. Engine choice remains free within the scope of regulations, but all cars must now be fitted with a spec hybrid system built jointly by Bosch (inverter), Williams Advanced Engineering … [Read more...] about Who will race in WEC and IMSA with LMDh/LMH cars in 2023?
Dropped by Williams, Nicholas Latifi acknowledges Formula 1 is a “performance based industry” and he just wasn’t getting the results. Unable to crack the top-ten this season, there has been a lot of speculation about Latifi and his future in Formula 1. The final nail came down at Monza where the Canadian had a debutant team-mate in the car alongside him with Nyck de Vries not only out-qualifying him but scoring in a grand prix where once again Latifi was point-less. The following week Williams announced they would not be renewing the driver’s contract , the 27-year-old out after three years with the team. Having scored just twice in his 55 starts and not at all this season despite both Alex Albon and De Vries recording top-ten finishes , Latifi concedes he didn’t get the results need. That he puts down to somethings “of my control, some out of my control”. Speaking publicly for the first time since the confirmation, he told the media at the Marina Bay circuit: “It’s … [Read more...] about Nicholas Latifi speaks publicly for first time on Williams axe
Heading to the final street circuit on this year’s calendar, George Russell is hoping Mercedes’ performances at the Singapore Grand Prix will “be sort of validation” of the steps they’ve taken to eradicate porpoising. Mercedes’ 2022 season, the first in the all-new ground effect aerodynamic era, has been hampered by porpoising or bouncing. The floor of the W13 took hit after hit in the first half of the season, Russell and his team-mate Lewis Hamilton left with neck and back pain as a result . However, Mercedes’ hard work seems to have paid off in recent races with the car barely bouncing. Singapore, though, will be the big test. Once again racing on a street circuit where the bumps exacerbate Mercedes’ porpoising, Russell is hoping this weekend will be the team’s best performance at a street track. “I think the factors in favour are the high downforce set-up, our car seems to work better on the higher downforce,” he said as per Autosport. “[Plus] our competitors, … [Read more...] about Why Singapore could be a key sign of progress for Mercedes
A frantic five weeks of racing ahead with the Singapore Grand Prix next on the schedule, and you can keep your finger on the pulse by watching on F1 TV Pro*. After another chance to recharge the batteries following the Italian Grand Prix, Formula 1 is back at full speed with race weekends to come in the next five weeks, starting with a long overdue return to the much-beloved Marina Bay circuit With F1 TV Pro, you’ll have absolutely everything you need as we find out whether Max Verstappen clinch the World Championship title for the second consecutive year. Put yourself at the heart of the Italian Grand Prix action with F1 TV Pro. Click here to sign up! The final countdown Max Verstappen is surging towards his second World Championship crown but, as the old saying goes, it ain’t over until the fat lady sings. Title race aside, it will still be a stunning spectacle regardless watching Verstappen face off against Ferrari under the night lights in Singapore. … [Read more...] about Watch all the live action from the Singapore Grand Prix with F1 TV Pro!