In this new edition of Fpal we have summarized the most important news from last week in one article. Within a few minutes you will be up to date with everything that is going on in the world of the royal class.
Although there was no racing last week, there was of course plenty to report. For example, the German media revealed that the FIA will not investigate the cleverness that Red Bull Racing has found at Mercedes, one of the Red Bull engineers reacted to the criticism towards Formula 1 staff and there are sounds that Formula 1 is in 2022 may also simply be seen via Ziggo or KPN. Red Bull has also shared a sneak peek of the special Honda livery it will be driving this weekend.
FIA did not respond to Red Bull after inquiry about Mercedes cleverness
The differences between Red Bull Racing and Mercedes are minimal this season. With seven races to go, and a difference of only two points between Verstappen and Hamilton, it is not inconceivable that the 2021 season will only be decided in Abu Dhabi. With such small margins, the teams try to hurt each other as much as possible. For example, Mercedes questioned the rear wing of Red Bull Racing, after which the latter in turn labeled the front of the W12 as ‘not according to the rules’.
Team bosses Christian Horner and Toto Wolff are also constantly throwing mud through the press and tensions between Verstappen and Hamilton have risen more than once. Red Bull Racing has now made another attempt to counter the competition, Auto, Motor und Sport reported. Red Bull is said to have submitted a request to the FIA to change the way the air in the plenum is refrigerated to check, but in vain. “It was immediately rejected again,” the German medium quoted sources within Red Bull Racing.
Formula 1 may also be seen via KPN or Ziggo next year
From next year it may still be possible to watch Formula 1 via KPN or Ziggo, TotaalTV reported. According to the generally well-established Chris Woerts, ViaPlay’s parent company, Nordic Entertainment Group, is negotiating not only with Ziggo about the Dutch market, but also with KPN. The new owner of the broadcasting rights wants to offer the viewer Formula 1 in the Netherlands in an accessible way. Access via Ziggo or KPN would then be one of the most important channels. ViaPlay must become a full-fledged streaming service, in which entertainment in the form of films, series and documentaries is the starting point. In the Netherlands, parent company NENT has also secured Formula 1, Bundesliga football and PDC Darts licenses for the coming years. As a result, they are the only party that can broadcast these competitions.
Red Bull engineer responds candidly to criticism towards F1 staff
Every year there seem to be more races added to the Formula 1 calendar. This is of course fantastic for the fans, because they can enjoy even more races. For the Formula 1 staff, on the other hand, it is anything but ideal. Not only are they separated from family and friends even more often and for longer, but it is also a physically difficult ordeal. Most of them work very long days, which means that they are completely exhausted after a triple header. The teams and drivers have already repeatedly indicated that something has to change, because otherwise this cannot be sustained for the staff members. Some fans responded by noting that the relevant staff members made that choice themselves and therefore should not complain. The Senior Systems Engineer of Red Bull Racing was fed up with the criticism and has shared on social media what an average week on the track looks like for him.
He said the entire team will travel to the event on Monday, arriving at the hotel late at night. Sometimes they still have time to eat out, but that is certainly not always the case. On Tuesday and Wednesday they leave for the circuit at 07:00. After a twelve-hour workday, they return to their hotel room at 9:00 PM, where they sometimes have a few minutes to call family. On Thursday, the mechanics assemble the cars. On a good day they spend twelve hours on the track, but usually more than fourteen.
On Friday and Saturday the event is on and the staff is busy. Once again they are happy when they are back in their room after a twelve-hour day. On Sunday, after the race, they have to dismantle and pack the entire garage in four hours. “On Monday you check out late and look forward to seeing your family again after a few difficult days. But wait… it’s a triple header, so your flight doesn’t go home at all. No, it goes to the next event , so you can start from scratch on Tuesday. Working in Formula 1 is an incredible privilege that few of us will ever know, but that doesn’t mean it’s a Monaco party everywhere,” emphasized the engineer. “It’s hard work, it’s lonely for our families. That’s why there are no rivals in the pit lane, just our new traveling family.”
Red Bull takes no measures after Mercedes dummy pit stop in Sochi
Lewis Hamilton was stuck behind Daniel Ricciardo for a long time during the first stint of the Russian Grand Prix. No matter what Hamilton tried, he just couldn’t get past his competition. When most drivers’ medium tire was wearing down at breakneck speed, both Mercedes and McLaren sent their mechanics out for a pit stop. While Ricciardo drove in to do his pit stop, Hamilton just stayed on the track, after which the mechanics walked back into the garage.
The Formula 1 regulations state that the employees of a team may only be in the pit lane if they have to work on the car shortly afterwards. Once they have completed their work, they must return to the garage as soon as possible. You could therefore conclude that it is not allowed to send your staff out, if the driver is not intended to come in. The problem, however, is that you cannot prove that it was a deliberate action and not an unfortunate coincidence.
Although Mercedes’ action may not have been entirely legal, Red Bull has decided not to take any action. The team from Milton Keynes doesn’t really care what the competition is doing. “No, I don’t think it was against the regulations,” Horner told the Formula 1 Post-Race Show. “It seemed like a dummy or a reaction (op McLaren, red.). I think it’s just a little bit of games being played, but I don’t see a problem with that.”
Red Bull and AlphaTauri drive in Turkey with special livery in honor of Honda
Honda will definitively leave the premier class of motorsport at the end of this season. The engine supplier wants to focus on other activities. They had hoped to celebrate this farewell in front of the home crowd, but saw the Japanese Grand Prix canceled due to the pandemic. The Grand Prix of Turkey has replaced this and is therefore on the calendar this weekend. The race at Istanbul Park will have a Japanese twist, thanks to the tribute from Red Bull Racing and AlphaTauri.
Sergio Perez and Max Verstappen will appear this weekend in a mainly white livery. This livery is inspired by the legendary Honda RA 272, in which Richie Ginther took the first-ever Formula 1 victory for Honda, at the Mexican Grand Prix in 1965. The AlphaTauri of Pierre Gasly and Yuki Tsunoda will carry a special message.