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The technical directive hit Mercedes and Aston Martin the hardest

The technical directive hit Mercedes and Aston Martin the hardest

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The FIA ​​announced a new technical directive after the Monza race, which mainly restricted tricks that allow the wings to bend, as well as tricks that allow the bottom of the car to bend. Although they did not name the teams against whom the measures were to be directed, the Mercedes and Ferrari camp held a silent hope that the Red Bull racing cars would be easier to reach from Singapore onwards. And that's what happened in Singapore. At Red Bull, rivals were warned against premature joy, as in Milton Keynes, long before the start of the race weekend, they expected the most problems on a rather specific circuit. Lewis Hamilton was somewhat restrained in his statements to the public, but hinted that it will be very suspicious if Red Bull does not win the Japanese Grand Prix with a 30-second lead. N
Leclerc was already looking forward to the podium by mistake

Leclerc was already looking forward to the podium by mistake

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Charles Leclerc was confident of a podium finish at the Suzuka race after overtaking the slow-moving Red Bull Racing team. The Monaco man thought he had just passed Max Verstappen, but it was actually Sergio Perez in the car. The Ferrari driver started and finished the race for the Japanese Grand Prix in fourth place, and the mistake was caused by Perez, who retired in the first part of the race and then returned to the race a few laps later to serve a five-second penalty at the stop. Leclerc thus thought that Perez was no longer in the race and was convinced that Verstappen was in trouble. "I thought Verstappen had retired," he said. "I thought I was going to take the podium, so I was surprised when I saw the board on the last lap saying I
Perez leaves Suzuka with four penalty points

Perez leaves Suzuka with four penalty points

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The Japanese GP was a race to forget for Sergio Perez. The Mexican was already involved in a collision at the start of the race, in which he damaged the car, followed by a wing change during the safety car, where he committed a pit entry offense when he overtook Fernando Alonso, and then during the race he also tangled with Kevin Magnussen, almost collided with Lando Norris and eventually retired. But the Mexican did return to the race after a few laps in the pits, so much so that he made a stop where he served a 5-second penalty for a collision with Magnussen, which will not carry over to the next race, and then retired for good. However, the 12 penalty points that Perez received for the safety car offense and the collision with Magnussen are carried over into the next 4 months, totaling
Sainz was amused by Mercedes' imitation of his DRS tactics

Sainz was amused by Mercedes' imitation of his DRS tactics

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Carlos Sainz said after the F1 race for the Japanese Grand Prix that he had a lot of fun in the car and even laughed when he saw that Mercedes tried to copy his tactics from the race in Singapore, with which he defended his victory. Sainz slowed enough in Singapore for Lando Norris to catch DRS behind him, then used the McLaren as a shield from George Russell and Lewis Hamilton. In Suzuka, the roles were reversed, with Sainz chasing Hamilton and Russell for fifth and sixth respectively. Following the team's instructions, Russell let Hamilton go first, then asked his team-mate to provide him with DRS to defend against Sainz, who recognized the tactic. "I thought it was fun. I was laughing as I saw Lewis slow down in the 130R corner for George to catch the DRS. I knew
Hamilton called Mercedes' request to Suzuka meaningless

Hamilton called Mercedes' request to Suzuka meaningless

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Lewis Hamilton said after the Japanese Grand Prix that Mercedes' request to provide DRS to team-mate George Russell made no sense. Russell was driving in fifth place in the final laps of the race when Hamilton and Carlos Sainz overtook him. Russell took a risk with the tactic of a single tire change and thus found himself out of favor with his rivals on less worn tires on the track. The Briton suggested they follow Sainz's lead in Singapore by offering mutual DRS assistance, thinking Hamilton would stay behind him to defend against Sainz, but he was told by the team to let Hamilton in front, while the seven-time champion then have Russell provide DRS assistance so he doesn't extend the lead beyond the second it takes to activate. Sainz then overtook him and set off in pursuit of Hamilt
Did Mercedes let Russell down?

Did Mercedes let Russell down?

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The reins of the Mercedes team in the Suzuka race were not held by Toto Wolff, who was absent, and this was also evident in the course of the race and especially in the dynamics between the two racers. Lewis Hamilton and George Russell got into a duel right at the start of the race when Russell tried to take advantage of Hamilton's mistake and overtake him. The more experienced Briton easily regained the place on the starting finish line. Just a few laps later, the duel was repeated, but this time Hamilton was very aggressive in his defense and pushed Russell off the track. Fortunately for both, there was no contact and they were able to continue the race, but Russell asked the team who they wanted to fight. "Do you want us to fight each other or with others," he asked over the radio. Hamilton's defense was also scrutinized by management
Verstappen closed his mouth with an evil tongue in Suzuka with a Grand Slam, Red Bull constructors' champion

Verstappen closed his mouth with an evil tongue in Suzuka with a Grand Slam, Red Bull constructors' champion

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Max Verstappen won the Japanese Grand Prix in Suzuka, where he celebrated a new Grand Slam, pole position, lead in all laps of the race, victory, and the fastest lap of the race. With the victory, the Red Bull Racing team has already won the constructors' championship title. The Dutchman celebrated his 48th career victory with a lead of almost 20 seconds over Lando Norris, practically fulfilling his promise after Singapore. The last place on the podium was occupied by newcomer Oscar Piastri, for whom this is the first podium in his career. The race was spiced up by many resignations and the tightening of relations in the Mercedes garage. https://twitter.com/F1/status/1705833347430158839 The race started with some jostling between the drivers before the first corner. This is how Sergio Perez reacted to the movement of Sainz and inadvertently left the track
What must Red Bull do to seal the championship in Suzuka?

What must Red Bull do to seal the championship in Suzuka?

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The Red Bull Racing team can seal this year's Constructors' World Championship title at the Japanese Grand Prix, but they only need to fulfill two conditions for this achievement. After having to celebrate a double victory in Singapore to confirm the title, and Mercedes not having to win more than a point, the Austrian team in Suzuka has a much better chance to celebrate. The Red Bull team can seal the F1 2023 constructors' title already in Suzuka, but Max Verstappen will only get his first chance at the Qatar Grand Prix. Red Bull are 308 points ahead of Mercedes and 332 ahead of Ferrari in the championship standings, and if they leave Japan with a 309-point lead, they will be unbeaten by the end of the season. So they have to win a point more than Mercedes at the Japanese GP, but at the same time they must not win 24 points from Ferrari
Logan Sargeant has to start the race from the pits

Logan Sargeant has to start the race from the pits

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Williams driver Logan Sargeant failed to set a qualifying time within the stipulated 107% deviation from the best time, so he had to ask race management for special permission based on Friday's practice times. The FIA ​​allowed him to participate in the Japanese Grand Prix, but since, according to the commissioners, Williams "built a completely new racing car", the American will have to start the race from the garages and serve a 10-second penalty at the first stop.
Lawson will not race for Williams in 2024

Lawson will not race for Williams in 2024

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The Red Bull Racing team has denied the possibility of Liam Lawson racing for the Williams team in 2024, but more likely a racing seat awaits him in 2025, when he could become Max Verstappen's teammate. The 21-year-old Lawson impressed in his role as reserve driver when he jumped into the car of Daniel Ricciardo, who was injured in practice for the Dutch GP. But Red Bull's links with Honda and signed contracts have left the New Zealander in the role of reserve driver for Red Bull and Alpha Tauri teams, which could change in 2025. "Williams probably won't take the driver for a single season," Red Bull team boss Christian Horner said of the possibility of a move to Williams, explaining that there was no way Lawson would win a seat at Alpha Tauri. "All these racers are Red Bulls sitting in the race