Albon was dropped by the senior Red Bull outfit over the winter for failing to consistently match teammate Max Verstappen over the course of the 2020 season, with ex-Racing Point driver Sergio Perez hired as his replacement. Unlike his predecessors Daniil Kvyat and Pierre Gasly, who were placed at the then-Toro Rosso team following their demotions from Red Bull Racing, Albon hasn’t yet been given a second opportunity in F1 at what is now AlphaTauri. Instead, the Thai driver will contest selected rounds of the new-look DTM series in an AF Corse-run Ferrari 488 GT3 in 2021 while remaining in F1 as a reserve/test driver for both the Red Bull and AlphaTauri teams. The 25-year-old got his first proper taste of a GT3 car earlier this month at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit, before getting more running under his belt in the official pre-season test at Hockenheim this week. While success in the DTM would boost his profile, Albon insists the primary objective of his programme is … [Read more...] about Albon: Reserve duties will play bigger role than DTM in F1 return
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Hakkinen rocketed away at the start, as Schumacher suffered huge wheelspin and veered across the nose of David Coulthard’s McLaren, which allowed Ferrari teammate Rubens Barrichello up to third at the expense of Coulthard, with Jacques Villeneuve’s BAR at the head of the chasing pack. The race developed into two distinct McLaren v Ferrari duels. Hakkinen and Schumacher pitted together at the first round of stops, with Schumacher taking on more fuel. Hakkinen pitted earlier for his second pit visit, and Schumacher’s rapid pace in the intervening laps meant he rejoined well ahead of Hakkinen – who complained of his engine cutting out – when Michael stopped again. “These four laps were crucial,” Schumacher said later. Mika Hakkinen, Mclaren MP4-15 leads at the start Photo by: Steve Etherington / Motorsport Images Michael Schumacher, Ferrari F1 2000 Photo by: Motorsport Images Hakkinen had previously run over some debris in his first stint – “a metal piece of … [Read more...] about Remember when: F1 was “like qualifying from start to finish”
Seems pretty quite for an AMG. Hey, what’s that? Well, it could be the upcoming Mercedes-AMG C63 in camouflage during some on-road testing. This particular camouflaged C-Class has some very large fender flares that hint that this could be the upcoming hybrid AMG C63 sedan. During the silent drive by it confirms that there’s is no chance a Mercedes-AMG-built V8 is under the hood of this stealthy sports sedan. If you haven’t heard the rumors surrounding the upcoming Mercedes-AMG C63 , let me break things down for you. Mercedes-AMG is moving into a new hybridized era where it will offer hybrid versions of its 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 and 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8. The big hybrid V8 is reserved for top-tier Mercedes-AMG products like the Mercedes-AMG GT coupe and sedan. The smaller turbocharged inline-4 hybrid will find its home in mid-tier Mercedes-AMG products like the AMG C63 while base level AMGs will skip the hybrid components and just offer a boosted inline-4. … [Read more...] about Mercedes C-Class Prototype Flaunts Wide Wheel Arches, AMG C63?
The issue is sensitive for Mercedes in part because the personnel in question - technical director James Allison and engine man Lorenzo Sassi - are ex-Ferrari staff, with the latter having worked at Maranello until last July. Wolff says that the governing body should not be so specific in such cases, and should only suggest which team has made enquires about the legality of a rival’s car. After race director Charlie Whiting spoke to journalists in Monaco, reports emerged confirming the names. Wolff subsequently met with Whiting, who pointed out that he had only acknowledged the names put to him by the media. Asked if he felt that the Mercedes men had been “thrown under a bus” by the FIA, Wolff made his feelings clear. “Yes,” he answered. “One of my roles is to protect my people, and if certain individuals are named in a wrong context, that is disturbing. “First of all, the most important thing is to understand how the process goes and I guess you guys know that … [Read more...] about Mercedes unhappy FIA named its staff in Ferrari ERS case
Normally when the leader of a Grand Prix has a problem on the power unit that costs him 160hp, over two seconds a lap of pure performance, the pursuing drivers will find a way past. Had Daniel Ricciardo’s problem occurred anywhere other than Monaco, they would have done. And had it occurred before the only round of pit stops in the race, then he might have been vulnerable to a strategy move, like an undercut, from Sebastian Vettel or Lewis Hamilton. But Ricciardo had made his only stop of the afternoon before his MGU-K failed. Although he had to play with the controls of the car, shifting the brake bias forward, for example, to help the rear brake temperatures, his car’s gentler treatment of the softest tyres in the Pirelli range was superior to Ferrari and Mercedes. And that proved to be enough to keep him in position on this most difficult of tracks on which to overtake. Because it’s Monaco; track position is everything, as Lewis Hamilton learned to his cost in 2015 … [Read more...] about Strategy Report: Why Ricciardo’s pursuers played it ‘ultra’ safe