De Vries prepares for motion
Nyck de Vries prepares for his task at Mercedes. The Dutchman will change Lewis Hamilton within the first observe session. This is obligatory for all groups, not that it’s important to use a special driver in France, however it’s important to let a rookie drive twice. And Hamilton selected France as the situation.
Here’s an outline of all of Friday’s drivers.
Günther Steiner: It doesn’t have the minimal weight
The Haas VF-22 is just too heavy. Team boss Günther Steiner admitted that: “We have issues with weight,” he says. “We’re not far off, however we are able to nonetheless enhance right here. There’s nonetheless room to get some lap occasions above the load.”
Although there will probably be a significant replace to the automotive in Hungary, it will not clear up the load downside: “It’s tough to attain this in the course of the season, particularly as a result of rather a lot of cash must be invested,” stated Steiner.
There will not be an answer till 2023 on the earliest: “This is one of the agenda objects for subsequent yr’s automotive. It must be dropped at a minimal,” says Steiner.
New bodywork for Ferrari
Ferrari will check a brand new bodywork on the French Grand Prix which the Italian workforce hopes to make use of to take a step ahead of their combat in opposition to Red Bull.
Charles Leclerc’s F1-75, seen on Thursday within the pit lane by Paul Ricard, has been fitted with the brand new design, which will probably be examined within the first observe periods on Friday afternoon.
Meanwhile, Carlos Sainz’s automotive has the previous design. Ferrari will doubtless attempt to gather information to check actual world efficiency with CFD and wind tunnel efficiency.
Verstappen will not be carrying a masks
While Lewis Hamilton continues to put on a masks, Max Verstappen does with out the voluntary mouth guard: “I do not need to put on it,” he says. However, he is aware of that the hazard of COVID-19 will not be over but: “People generally appear to neglect that it is nonetheless there,” stated the Dutchman.
“It can be a disgrace if the drivers misplaced races once more as a result of of this,” Verstappen stated. This has solely occurred to Sebastian Vettel thus far this season, who has needed to skip the primary two races of the season.
Verstappen: It wasn’t simply the tires
Max Verstappen says Spielberg’s defeat was not only a matter of tyres. “I feel it was additionally as a result of of how we arrange the automotive, and the package deal did not work in Austria both,” he says. “Hopefully with the issues we have realized we’ll be extra aggressive total.”
But the Red Bull driver additionally admits that Ferrari was stronger than Spielberg anticipated, and that Red Bull fell quick of expectations. “And they’re at all times robust to wrestle anyway. On a great day we now have a great combat, however we’ve not had a great day.”
“We’ve simply bought to get again to regular, however I feel total we at all times need to enhance and hopefully we are able to present that this weekend.”
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The type should match
If you drive a automotive from 1922, of course the look has to match it 😉
Ricciardo: Why the assertion?
Daniel Ricciardo shocked Spielberg with an announcement during which he made it clear he had no intention of leaving McLaren earlier than his contract expires in 2023. Now he explains why he felt compelled to make that assertion.
“People have been asking questions and developing with their very own solutions, and I feel it was created,” he says. “I stated of course I do know what my future is so I’ll simply let everybody know.”
“So I assumed it was time to inform everybody firsthand.”
Aren’t the observe limits as unhealthy as Spielberg’s?
By the best way, Ocon believes that observe limits at Le Castellet is not going to be as large of a difficulty as they have been lately at Spielberg. “Austria was the worst on this respect,” he says. “The pavements there are so clean you’ll be able to solely drive over them in a automotive.”
It’s completely different in France: “I feel in the event you drive on the large pavements right here, which do not meet the FIA customary however are very excessive, you’ll injury the underbody, the ground edge and the plate,” stated the Alpine driver
Ocon: Le Mans can be nice
Ocon can also be at risk of dropping his house race with Le Castellet. He would love Formula 1 to drive at Le Mans: “Of course it’s important to work a bit on the observe in phrases of the observe limitations and all that stuff. If you drive too far right here, the chassis breaks,” he says .
“We have good leads,” says Ocon. “Obviously, it’s kind of tough to get to Magny-Cours. But yeah, I feel probably the most lifelike observe I’ve thought of is certainly Le Mans. Le Mans as a French GP can be a terrific story. That can be fairly spectacular.” .
Hamilton: Alonso was the hardest opponent
In 300 races Lewis Hamilton has had many opponents, however the largest ones are in all probability in his personal workforce. Hamilton was a rookie teammate of Fernando Alonso at McLaren in 2007 and says the Spaniard was his hardest rival to this point.
“I keep in mind the duty of being by Fernando’s facet after I was 22,” he says. “He was very younger mentally and it is rather a lot of strain to race in opposition to a terrific driver like Fernando,” stated the Briton. “I’d say that in phrases of velocity, Fernando is the hardest opponent.”
“We’ve had some good fights. I want we may have extra of these. Hopefully he’ll proceed to compete, so hopefully we’ll have extra sooner or later.”
Alonso himself says: “I do not suppose a lot has modified, to be sincere.” Whether you see it as a praise after a tough time collectively, everybody can choose for themselves 😉
“He had the expertise in 2007. He nonetheless has it and now there’s expertise. He’s a terrific driver, a legend in our sport and it is at all times been a pleasure to share all this time with him.”
Sebastian Vettel within the 1922 Aston Martin
Here we see Sebastian Vettel in a 1922 Aston Martin, so 100 years in the past! Nigel Mansell’s Williams FW14B, which Vettel drove at Silverstone, appears like a brand new automotive.
There are extra photographs in our gallery.
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F1 Cockpit Protection Explained: How Halo Saves Lives!
In 2018, Halo was launched to Formula 1. In this video from the YouTube channel Formel1.de, we clarify why the security mechanism was invented and the way it works.
What accidents up to now triggered the event and in what instances has it protected life and limb since 2018? Which workforce did rather a lot of work on the system early on, and the way has the criticism of Halo from drivers and crew chiefs modified over time?
Kevin Scheuren explains fascinating information concerning the technical and historic background of the Halo on this video.
Sainz: The statements after the hearth weren’t meant as criticism
Sainz had criticized the rescue measures at Spielberg as “a bit gradual”. Then rink safety spoke up and defined. “I can perceive why you wrote that,” Sainz says, realizing his statements could possibly be taken as criticism.
But he says, “It wasn’t meant as a criticism in any respect.” He is at all times the primary to evaluate the security of the route, “of the heroes they’re”, as he underlines.
“I by no means meant it to sound like a criticism of anybody. I simply wished it to be analyzed and we’ll see what we are able to do higher subsequent time.”
Sainz: No resolution but on the brand new engine
After his fireplace at Spielberg, Carlos Sainz faces a disciplinary switch this weekend as Ferrari might have to make use of a very new engine, which is able to put Sainz over the restrict. But it has not but been determined whether or not this can occur in France.
“But there’s the chance that we set up a brand new engine right here, which might imply a penalty”, says the Spaniard. “But the ultimate resolution has not been made but.”
This jogs my memory of Charles Leclerc, who additionally stated in Canada that nothing had been determined but. Ferrari later admitted that shortly after Baku that they had determined to take the penalty in Canada.
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It additionally works like this
Or you simply put workforce boss Frederic Vasseur on the observe, who cools off a bit with the water gun in the course of the race 😀