Both Friday practice sessions have each been cut to one hour in 2021, instead of the usual 90 minutes each. FP1 was topped by Bottas, and teammate Lewis Hamilton was fastest in FP2 – which was faster than the morning session. Spanish Grand Prix FP1 results: Bottas fastest from Verstappen Cla Driver Laps Time Gap Interval km/h 1 Valtteri Bottas 25 1'18.504 213.466 2 Max Verstappen 19 1'18.537 0.033 0.033 213.377 3 Lewis Hamilton 22 1'18.627 0.123 0.090 213.132 4 Lando Norris 24 1'18.944 0.440 0.317 212.277 5 Charles Leclerc 25 1'18.996 0.492 0.052 212.137 6 Carlos Sainz Jr. 22 1'19.020 0.516 0.024 212.072 7 Pierre Gasly 26 1'19.062 0.558 0.042 211.960 8 Sebastian Vettel 24 … [Read more...] about Grand Prix practice results: Hamilton fastest in Barcelona
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The 37-year-old was set to pilot one of three BTC Racing Honda Civic Type FK8s this season alongside Josh Cook and new recruit Jade Edwards. Upon moving to the Brackley squad last season after a challenging season with Team Hard in 2019, Crees won the Jack Sears Trophy for drivers without an outright BTCC podium. However, just a week before the BTCC season opener at Thruxton (8-9 May), the team revealed it will be parting ways with Crees. The team statement didn’t clarify the reasons for the split, but said Crees was departing "on amicable terms". Crees had driven for the squad in last week's media day test at Silverstone, running a BTC Racing livery instead of his familiar Clever Baggers colours. The Kent driver ended the test - topped by returning three-time champion Gordon Shedden - an encouraging third fastest overall. The statement added that the team will announce a replacement "in the next few days, prior to Thruxton". “On behalf of everyone at BTC Racing, … [Read more...] about BTC Racing parts ways with Crees on eve of 2021 BTCC season
Arguably, no other combination has so clearly failed to turn dazzling qualifying speed into hard results. It's a strange situation given that historically the Faenza outfit has been known for overachieving, stealing unexpected results on days when things go wrong for others. Gasly qualified a superb fifth at both of the opening events in Bahrain and Imola, and yet the races have not gone to plan. In the first race the Frenchman crunched his front wing against the rear wheel of Daniel Ricciardo's McLaren on the opening lap, and his day was effectively over. Then at its home event AlphaTauri made an over-cautious call to start both cars on full wet tyres. That didn't pay off, and in the end seventh – helped by a one-place gain from a penalty ahead – represented a decent recovery for Gasly. To compound the Italian team's frustration his teammate Yuki Tsunoda has yet to fully optimise a race weekend and fulfil his obvious potential. Gasly is well aware that opportunities … [Read more...] about Can Gasly finally fulfil AlphaTauri qualifying promise?
Formula 1’s second visit to Portimao came threw up vastly different conditions to its inaugural grand prix last October, but ended with the same race winner in Lewis Hamilton. The slip-and-slide opening laps from last year’s race may not have been repeated, but low-grip conditions again left drivers facing a unique challenge on a track that has quickly worked its way into F1 folklore. Behind the reigning world champion, Red Bull was again left to rue track limits while a competitive leap for Alpine helped its returning talisman wind back the clock with a charging drive into the points. Here are 10 things we learned from the Portuguese Grand Prix. Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12, 1st position, takes victory Photo by: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Images 1. Hamilton was at his clinical best in Portugal Having scored a record-breaking 92nd race win at Portimao last year, Hamilton had hoped to reach another landmark on Saturday by becoming the first driver to reach 100 … [Read more...] about 10 things we learned from F1’s 2021 Portuguese GP
The Canadian star won races in Formula BMW, Formula Atlantic, GP3, Formula 3, A1GP, Formula 2 and won the Formula Renault 3.5 Series which earned him a Formula 1 testing role. However, without the necessary funding to become an F1 test driver, Wickens stepped off the open-wheel ladder to spend six seasons in the DTM series (where he scored six wins) before joining the IndyCar Series for 2018. Belying his rookie status, he scored a pole and four podium finishes in his first 13 races, took Rookie of the Year honors at the Indy 500, and lay sixth in the championship when a horrific crash in the 14 th round at Pocono in August left him with a thoracic spinal fracture, fractures to both legs, both hands, a forearm, an elbow and four ribs. Wickens was second at Mid-Ohio in 2018, his final completed IndyCar Series race. Photo by: Michael L. Levitt / Motorsport Images Today Wickens tested a racecar for the first time since the accident , which occurred when he was 29, … [Read more...] about Wickens still aims to return to “elite level” of motorsport