Listen to this article F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali thrust the sanctity of free practice into the limelight in an interview last weekend with SportTV . He said: "I am a supporter of the cancellation of free practice sessions, which are of great use to the engineers but that the public doesn't like." Arguments in favour of slashing the three one-hour sessions include taking away data from engineers and drivers to increase the likelihood of entertaining mistakes. Mercedes driver Russell reckons experienced F1 drivers did not need the extra laps, so the F2 and F3 support categories should pick up the extra track time. In response to being asked whether three practice sessions were necessary, Russell said: "I think no is the answer. Obviously, the more practice you do, the more up to speed you'll be, the more comfortable you'll be with the car. "I don't think it's right that Formula 1 has three times the amount of practice that you have in the F3 and F2 categories. "They … [Read more...] about Russell, Norris back calls to reduce F1 practice time
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F1 penalties: What penalties can drivers receive and how do they get banned?
Listen to this article Just like in any other sport, in Formula 1 if drivers don't follow the rules set out by the FIA, then they can be penalised for it. However, it isn't rare for drivers to find themselves victims of bizarrely harsh penalties which sometimes don't even seem to make sense - like the infamous 65-grid penalty Stoffel Vandoorne suffered in Spa in 2017. F1 can be a complicated form of motorsport and sometimes penalties confuse viewers because of their technicality. What is the reason behind a penalty? Why are there different types of penalties? Here's what penalties occur in F1, what different punishments drivers are given, how teams may also be penalised and how it can lead to a race ban. The FIA stewards dish out the penalties Photo by: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Images What are F1 penalties? There are a range of F1 penalties, depending on the severity of the driver's or team's action. Warnings Starting with warnings, which are the … [Read more...] about F1 penalties: What penalties can drivers receive and how do they get banned?
Lewis Hamilton told not to make Fernando Alonso-style ‘knee-jerk’ team swap
Former F1 driver Anthony Davidson has urged Lewis Hamilton not to make a rash decision over his future with Mercedes. Hamilton is out of contract with the Mercedes team at the end of F1 2023, and while in the build-up to the season it seemed almost a matter of time before Hamilton signed fresh terms, now the situation is not so clear. The 2022 campaign was a story of recovery for Mercedes as they battled back from a poor start to the new regulatory era, but rather than taking that next step into F1 2023 and returning to the conversation for wins, the team has instead slipped all the way back to scrapping for a podium spot. They have not achieved that honour yet two rounds into the campaign, with P4 for George Russell the team’s best result so far. And Mercedes have written off the unique concept for their W14 already, while Hamilton has been critical of the team, as he believes they did not listen to his feedback on last season’s issue when creating this new challenger. … [Read more...] about Lewis Hamilton told not to make Fernando Alonso-style ‘knee-jerk’ team swap
Weak and underutilised: McLaren lift the lid on major technical shake-up
McLaren’s Andrea Stella and Zak Brown have revealed how identifying weaknesses in their technical structure has led to their re-organisation. Ahead of the Australian Grand Prix, McLaren confirmed a full re-organisation of their technical leadership with executive technical director James Key removed from his role. Instead of a single person in charge, McLaren will be turning to an ‘F1 Technical Executive Team’, which will comprise three separate divisions, with all three divisions reporting directly to team boss Andrea Stella. Additional reporting by Michael Lamonato Technical Director for Aerodynamics will be Peter Prodromou, while the team have also signed David Sanchez as Technical Director for Car Concept and Performance – he will join Woking on 1st of January 2024 after a period of gardening leave from Ferrari. McLaren have also internally promoted Neil Houldey to Technical Director for Engineering and Design. Aside from the restructuring, McLaren have also embarked … [Read more...] about Weak and underutilised: McLaren lift the lid on major technical shake-up
Stella: New McLaren technical structure will “unleash” potential
Listen to this article Erstwhile technical director James Key has departed McLaren , leaving a three-pronged new arrangement headed by three technical directors, namely Peter Prodromou (aerodynamics), Davide Sanchez (car concept and performance) and Neil Houldey (engineering and design). Stella suggested that under the previous structure the contribution of Prodromou in particular had been restricted. "I think there were some limitations somehow associated with the model," said Stella. "In aerodynamics, we wanted to have a technical director that leads aerodynamics. Full empowerment to this technical director. "And we wanted to unleash a very strong resource that we had internally, and that, for some reasons was under-utilised, like Peter Prodromou, one of the most competent experts in F1 in relation to aerodynamics. "And this wasn't happening as efficiently as it should have happened, let's say, so this is something we wanted to fix. "And it perfectly fits the … [Read more...] about Stella: New McLaren technical structure will “unleash” potential