Racing director of the Ferrari F1 team, Laurent Mekies, according to some rumors, is supposed to leave Maranello and move to Faenza, to Red Bull's Alpha Tauri team. After numerous personnel changes in the Ferrari team, at least one more should soon follow, at least if the reporting of the Italian Gazzetta dello Sport is to be believed, where they claim that the Frenchman will return to the team with which he started his career in Formula One. Mekies was said to be looking for a new employer immediately after Binotto's departure, although the latter was replaced by his friend Fred Vasseur, and Ferrari's decision that they did not consider him a candidate for the new team leader had a lot of weight in the decision. Gazzetta speculates that the Frenchman could move to Alpha Taura before the end of this season, but next season at the latest
The AlphaTauri team, as Toro Rosso will be called next season, will unveil its race car on February 14th. Scuderia Toro Rosso, owned by Austrian energy drink maker Red Bull, has competed in the Formula 1 championship for the past 14 years, and next season this team, which mainly serves the development of racers before joining the Red Bull Racing main team, will compete under a changed name. AlphaTauri is the name of the Red Bull clothing collection, which was first presented to the world in 2016. The presentation of the car will take place in Red Bull Hangar 7 in Salzburg, thus giving us the second date of the presentation of the car for next season.
Honda has confirmed that they will remain in Formula 1 at least until the end of the 2021 season. The Japanese engine manufacturer will continue to supply its power units to both Red Bull teams, Red Bull Racing and Scuderia Toro Rosso.
Daniil Kvyat thought of a special helmet painting for his home race in Russia, but his wish was rejected by the FIA. The Russian racer has already "used" this option in Monza. The rules state that a racer may not change the color of his helmet during the season. The exception is one race, when it can do so anyway. Kvyat has already used this opportunity before the home race of his team in Monza. The rules state: "In order to make it easier for racers on the track to distinguish between themselves, they are not allowed to change their paintings during the season, with the exception of one race of the racer's choice." Kvyat was understandably very disappointed with this decision and described it as ridiculous. "It's a very beautiful helmet, I hope you've all seen it. Tomorrow I'll put it in the garage for everyone to see. All this
Max Verstappen said he doesn’t want to influence his team’s decision on who will be his teammate next season. Currently, this is Alexander Albon, who replaced Pierre Gasly after the end of the summer break. The aforementioned racer is said to be the only one in the "fight" for a seat next to the Dutchman, which means that Daniil Kvyat will also be a member of Tora Ross next season. Asked what influence he has on this decision, Verstappen said: "It's a team decision. I'm not the deciding factor and I don't want to be. I don't care who sits next to me. Others have the main say. " He said of his new teammate: "Alex is a very good racer. I enjoy working with him as he is very relaxed. But nothing was different with Pierre. He was also very
Eleven years ago, he finished in a Formula 1 caravan, as 21-year-old Sebastian Vettel became the youngest winner of a Grand Prix race in a rainy race for the Italian Grand Prix in Monza. The German started the race with an otherwise uncompetitive car from the best starting position, which he won the day before in equally rainy conditions. He also made history with Saturday’s feat, becoming the youngest racer to win the best starting position. He drove like an experienced veteran in the race and finished 74 and a half seconds ahead of Heikki Kovalainen at McLaren. This is Faenza’s only win so far and one of only two podium finishes since 12, when the team was formed from the Minardi team.
Daniil Kvyat suggested that Formula 1 abolish Friday's free practice, as teams and racers would already have enough information available. After the chaotic first free practice in Azerbaijan, when George Russell damaged the car due to a not well-fastened manhole cover, discussions resumed about the possibility of shortening the race weekend to two days. The Russian racer believes that one free practice on Saturday would be quite enough. Friday’s two free practice sessions, however, are only expected to be available at the racetracks that would host the race for the first time. "Maybe it would be enough if we only get to the track on Saturday. That's it. We already have enough information about the current tracks. We could only spend some more time on new tracks like Vietnam and the like. All this is on the leadership of the races to be o
Toro Rosso leader Franz Tost believes that Alexander Albon has a very nice career ahead of him in Formula 1 after he drew good attention to himself in the first two races. Albon, who had never sat in a Formula 1 car before February this year, managed to beat his team-mate Daniil Kvyata in the first nine races. On Sunday, he reached his first points in Bahrain with ninth place. "He surprised us a lot in the first tests of this year. He is currently doing an exceptional job and if he continues like this he will become a very successful racer. His biggest advantage is exceptional control of the car. In the first two races he always managed to avoid collisions and hopefully that it will remain so. " "He is also very good in the technical field, as he brings the team with
Alexander Albon finished at the top of the morning part of the last day of the first week of testing in Barcelona with a time of 1: 17.637, which he set in the last hour. Daniel Ricciardo with Renault is currently in second place. For the first time in this year's tests, a slightly faster time was set for the Mercedes team. Lewis Hamilton dropped below the 1:18 mark. A time of 1: 17.977 was enough for third place, the Briton will hand over the car to Valtteri Bottas in the afternoon. Charles Leclerc (75) made the most laps in the morning, setting the fourth time. The first six were completed by two more team racers using Ferrari powertrains. Antonio Giovinazzi is currently fifth with Alfa Romeo and Romain Grosjen is sixth in Haas. The Frenchman was also the last to be less than a second behind the fastest time. Seven
Daniil Kvyat set the fastest time on the third day of the first tests in Barcelona. Racer Toro Rossa set the fastest time of the tests so far 1: 17.704 10 minutes before the end of the day with a C5 tire (the softest version), thus ousting Kimi Raikkonen, who was leading after the morning work, in second place. Daniel Ricciardo with Renault took third place at the end. The Australian shared the day again with teammate Nico Hulkenberg, who set the sixth time. Sebastian Vettel did not improve his time in the afternoon, finishing fourth as Max Verstappen. Seventh and eighth place went to Haas racers Pietro Fittipaldi and Romain Grosjean. The Brazilian performed in the morning and the Frenchman in the afternoon and four minutes before the end due to problems
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