The Russian Grand Prix brought with it multiple reflections among the team and drivers, as well as lessons to be learned, and this week news from the category also emerged, so we share the news that has emerged during these days, in the highest category.
The Russian Grand Prix concluded dramatically before the arrival of the rain at the Sochi Autodrome, because of this, the drivers and teams had to make last-minute decisions, so the rain brought with it various changes in the positions, extra arrests and a dramatic ending, in which there were the drivers who benefited and others who lived the consequence of their decisions.
Lando Norris, had practically the victory in his hands, however, at the time of the beginning of the rain and with Lewis Hamilton behind, the diver of the Mclaren refused to make a stop for intermediate tires, considering that he could control the car in wet conditions, but everything turned out to be the opposite and the British driver lost control of the car and the race. Faced with this complicated end, the team of the Mclaren thought that the decision to stay on the track was wrong, highlighting that the communication factor with the driver was not adequate and they will seek to learn from this experience. In contrast to Norris, Lewis Hamilton made the decision to make his stop, thus achieving the victory of the day and his 100th triumph in Formula 1.
The battle between Mercedes and Red Bull is quite close and Christian Horner, Red Bull Team Leader, considers that the final stretch of the season will be interesting, since the following circuits are not highly favorable for Mercedes, so it will come an intense season finale. On the other hand, Mercedes is in conflict at the moment and Toto Wolff assures that the German team has had complications with understanding the engine.
The team Mercedes has also talked about the start of the race, highlighting the start of Hamilton, could be conditioned by the position where it started Verstappen, who was serving a penalty and came from the back of the grid and Hamilton, to the Not feeling pressured, he started conservatively and that led to a loss of positions at the beginning of the race.
Before closing with Red Bull, this week was the birthday of Max Verstappen, who turned 24 and his father, former driver Jos Verstappen, recalled Max’s beginnings in motorsport.
Ferrari had its moment of glory in Russia with the third position of Carlos Sainz and the driver described that weekend as: “complicated, but positive”. Regarding his teammate, Charles Leclerc, the results were not what was expected and the change to intermediate tires also influenced his final result (position 15) and Leclerc put himself in Norris’s shoes, considering that a sensation was normal. guilty at the end of the race, but he emphasizes that Lando is a great driver and there will be an apprenticeship from that day.
The Williams team is still in the spotlight, mainly with George Russell, who achieved a remarkable classification, however, the driver finished the race in tenth, while his teammate Nicholas Latifi finished fifth and although the car has made progress, Russell acknowledges that The result obtained is the one that the team deserves and affirms that they still have a lot to improve, while Latifi considers that the car has limitations at the time of the attack.
Another team that I think controversial was Aston Martin and not precisely because of its good results, rather, it was due to a meeting between Sebastian Vettel and Lance Stroll in the final stretch of the race in Russia and Vettel assured that this touch was a misunderstanding, while Stroll thinks that the slippery track was the main factor for the contact between the two riders.
The driver Kimi Raikkonen had a somewhat remarkable weekend and the driver concluded the Russian GP in position eight, returning to the points zone, however, Kimi declared that “he preferred to be higher”, although he has few races left. to seek that best result, remembering that the driver will leave the category at the end of the year. Speaking of Alfa Romeo, Antonio Giovinazzi is still waiting for news about his seat in the team and the driver thinks that the best thing he can do is drive in the best way and let the results speak for themselves, with the expectation to stay with the team.
Let’s not leave behind the Haas team, who also had something to talk about, because of an incident between Nikita Mazepin and Yuki Tsunoda, which generated a wake-up call for the Russian driver by the FIA and among other news from the team, all indicates that they will look for an experienced reserve driver in the future, who can contribute to the development of the car.
Formula 1 news
In recent races, the rain has been the protagonist, recalling the shameful event at the Spa Circuit and this same weather factor, also generated the cancellation of FP3 in Russia and before this type of situation, Michael Masi, race director, opens the possibility of a modification in the schedules established for the activities and ensures that they are in search of strategies, for this type of conditions.
This week the category rests and preparations have begun for the Turkish Grand Prix and Michael Masi has reported that a pressure water cleaning was carried out in the Intercity Istanbul Park, in order to improve the grip of the cars on the track and reduce landslides, as happened during last year’s race.
After several modifications to the 2021 calendar of Formula 1, a new update has come out, informing that the date that was pending to be confirmed, will be covered by the Qatar Grand Prix, to be held at the Losail International Circuit, between November 19 to 21 and in addition, a 10-year agreement with the category, starting in 2023.
During the week, in Fpal several analyzes have been made, one of them, has been with respect to the expenses in the equipment, generated by the accidents, with Red Bull topping this list and another factor studied this week, is the effect of the regulations on team detentions and in our special article of the week.