Palou plans to study how Dixon made race-winning fuel strategy work
Motorsport Week
by Kevin Dejewski
2h ago
In IndyCar’s Grand Prix of Long Beach held last Sunday, Scott Dixon took victory following an extreme fuel-saving performance at the front of the field. Dixon was part of a group of drivers that took advantage of an early caution to make his first of two pit stops a bit before he would have liked. The strategy from that point was to stretch the fuel in his 18.5 gallon fuel cell as far as possible so that he only had to make one more stop before the finish. His tactics for saving fuel stretched into all areas of his driving, including lifting and coasting at the end of the straights, and runni ..read more
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Estre: Porsche had pace to win in wet, but not in the dry
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by Phil Oakley
5h ago
Porsche did not have the pace in the dry to compete for the win in the 6 Hours of Imola, Kevin Estre told MotorsportWeek.com after the race — but did when it began to rain with a couple of hours remaining. “We had the pace to fight for the win on the damp, but on the full dry, we didn’t have the pace, definitely. They were quicker than us. They used less tyres. So we didn’t have the pace on full dry. But with the tricky conditions, I think we we made the best out of it and we made better calls, and probably most of the competition, in these conditions,” the Frenchman said to MotorsportWeek.co ..read more
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Motorsport Week’s F1 2024 Chinese GP Driver Ratings
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by Sam Tomlinson
6h ago
For the first time since 2019, the Formula 1 circus returned to Shanghai for the Chinese Grand Prix and the first Sprint weekend of the season. Despite a minor setback during Friday’s Sprint Shootout, it was championship leader Max Verstappen who twice emerged victorious at the Shanghai International Circuit. While Verstappen again cantered to the top step, things weren’t as straightforward for those caught amongst the midfield so, without further ado, how did the field fair upon the sport’s return to China? Max Verstappen – 9.5 Sprint: Qualified: P4, Race: P1 Grand Prix: Qualified: P1, Race ..read more
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Russell: Mercedes can’t ‘kid ourselves’ over Red Bull F1 deficit
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by Taylor Powling
7h ago
George Russell has declared that the Mercedes Formula 1 team can’t afford to “kid ourselves” over the substantial deficit to Red Bull following the Chinese Grand Prix. Mercedes sustained a promising start to the weekend when Lewis Hamilton capitalised on wet weather and battles behind to clinch second place in the Sprint outing. However, a return to drier conditions for the remaining sessions saw Mercedes regress down the order, with Hamilton recovering from a Q1 exit to finish in ninth place. Meanwhile, Russell fronted the German marque’s hopes, but he qualified eighth and trailed home sixth ..read more
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Stroll ‘had nowhere to go’ in penalised F1 Chinese GP clash
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by Phillip Horton
9h ago
Lance Stroll “doesn’t understand” being penalised for hitting Daniel Ricciardo in Formula 1’s Chinese Grand Prix, believing he was a victim of the pack bunching together. Stroll struck Ricciardo’s RB approaching the hairpin while the field was preparing for the restart in the wake of a Safety Car period caused by Valtteri Bottas’ stricken Sauber. The impact lifted Ricciardo’s RB off the ground, and into the rear of Oscar Piastri’s McLaren, with both cars sustaining substantial diffuser damage. Ricciardo continued in the race, but swiftly retired due to the extent of the damage and consequent ..read more
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Mārtiņš Sesks to drive M-Sport Ford Puma Rally1 in WRC Poland and Latvia
Motorsport Week
by David Ledbitter
10h ago
Latvia’s Mārtiņš Sesks will benefit from the support of WRC Promoter and M-Sport Ford, earning a Rally1 drive behind the wheel of an M-Sport Ford Puma Rally1 for Orlen 80th Rally Poland and a full-spec Rally1 HYBRID on his home stages at Tet Rally Latvia. Twenty-four-year-old Sesks was confirmed as a recipient of the support this morning (22 April) and now has just over two months to await his Rally1 debut at ORLEN 80th Rally Poland (27 – 30 June). Sesks’ two-event Rally1 programme marks the first steps in WRC Promoter’s work in supporting drivers in bridging the jump to rallying’s premier ca ..read more
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Vasseur: Ferrari had ‘quite bad’ preparation in F1 Chinese GP
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by Taylor Powling
10h ago
Ferrari Formula 1 boss Frederic Vasseur declared there should be no “excuses” after admitting the team’s race preparations in the Chinese Grand Prix were “quite bad”. The Maranello-based squad’s 100% podium record at the beginning of the 2024 season was curtailed in Shanghai as McLaren’s Lando Norris split the Red Bull drivers. Despite an underwhelming one-lap pace leaving Ferrari with work to do from sixth and seventh, Charles Leclerc was optimistic about the side’s speed in race conditions. But Leclerc was unable to provide a challenge to Norris’ McLaren in the latter stages despite a Safet ..read more
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Horner on Wolff’s Verstappen F1 pursuit: ‘Mercedes are behind their customers’
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by Taylor Powling
11h ago
Red Bull boss Christian Horner has hit back at Mercedes counterpart Toto Wolff’s pursuit of Max Verstappen, citing the team is “behind their customers” in Formula 1. Mercedes is assessing the options to replace the Ferrari-bound Lewis Hamilton in 2025, with Wolff reiterating on several occasions that Verstappen tops his shortlist. Although Verstappen retains a contract through 2028, speculation has surrounded the Dutchman’s future since an investigation into Horner’s behaviour was initiated. But Horner has denied that Verstappen, who continued his dominant start to the term with a fourth win ..read more
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Ferrari admits underestimating rain during 6H Imola
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by Mohammed Rehman
12h ago
Ferrari has admitted they underestimated the rain during the WEC 6 Hours of Imola as they did not opt to split strategies between their two 499Ps. Antonello Coletta, Ferrari’s Global Head of Endurance and Corse Clienti, spoke to selected media after the race explaining their misunderstanding. “For sure we should have split the cars and we try to do it but at the end we didn’t do it. “So we need to revise all the procedures because [of the] mistake. “… Unfortunately at the time — at the moment — the situation was already compromised. “The worst thing for me, is that I really [feel] sorry for t ..read more
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Norris uttered expletives during F1 Chinese GP VSC period
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by Taylor Powling
14h ago
Lando Norris has admitted he uttered expletives in the cockpit when the Virtual Safety Car was called once he had passed the pit in Formula 1’s Chinese Grand Prix. Norris had overtaken Fernando Alonso’s Aston Martin to be running in third during the nascent stages of the race and was promoted to second as Sergio Perez pitted. McLaren had informed Norris that he would be running an extended first stint to counter the strategical move that Ferrari seemed to be planning with Charles Leclerc. The distribution of the VSC to clear Valtteri Bottas’ stricken Sauber at Turn 11 on Lap 22 arrived once N ..read more
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