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F1 Daily round-up: Track limits, slower pit stops & Hamilton contract talks

The 2021 Styrian Grand Prix weekend is on the horizon. The teams and drivers have all arrived at the circuit and the usual press conferences are complete with some interesting storylines to take us through the weekend. Here is your GPBlog Daily Round-up, covering the most important stories of the day in case you missed it. 
Track limits
At the Red Bull Ring some minor adjustments have been made. For example, there are no longer any yellow kerbs at the exit of Turn 6. Race director Michael Masi expects no problems with track limits in Austria.

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French GP result was “solid” and “definitely needed” – Ricciardo | RaceFans Round-up

In the round-up: after struggling in Monaco and Baku, Daniel Ricciardo said his more “traditional” weekend at Paul Ricard was what he needed.

In brief
Ricciardo: French Grand Prix form “definitely needed”
Ricciardo said his improved confidence in the McLaren car in last week’s French Grand Prix meant he could have fun racing again.
“It was nice. I think the from the start of the weekend, it was just a little bit more of a traditional weekend.
“We just got onto the front foot and we stayed there. It wasn’t like an immaculate weekend, but it was solid.

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FIA to rein in pitstop times from Hungarian GP

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Michael Delaney 24/06/2021 at 19:0424/06/2021 at 20:32

The FIA is set to slow down Formula 1 teams’ ultra-fast pitstops from this summer’s Hungarian GP on the grounds of safety.
Red Bull Racing’s lightning fast crews have executed the fastest pitstop in every race this season except for the Emilia Romagna and Spanish GPs, getting the crucial exercise down to 1.98s on two occasions on race day.

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Steiermark Grand Prix Preview

Servus & Grüß Gott! Following the nail-biting French Grand Prix just a week ago, Formula 1 returns to race action this weekend as the field descends at Spielberg for the Steiermark Grand Prix.

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Track limits don’t need to be ‘a problem’ in Austria according to Masi

At the Red Bull Ring some minor adjustments have been made. For example, there are no longer any yellow bumps at the exit of Turn 6. Race director Michael Masi expects no problems with track limits in Austria.
There was a lot to do in France again: the track limits. At Paul Ricard they were partly solved with sausage kerbs that were for example at the exit of turn 2. Furthermore, almost the entire first sector was littered with track limits.

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Masi on track limits: ‘Everyone knows very well where the limits are’

At the Red Bull Ring some minor adjustments have been made. For example, there are no longer any yellow bumps at the exit of Turn 6. Race director Michael Masi expects no problems with track limits in Austria.
There was a lot to do in France again: the track limits. At Paul Ricard they were partly solved with sausage kerbs that were for example at the exit of turn 2. Furthermore, almost the entire first sector was littered with track limits.

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Hamilton on returning fans: "It feels a bit premature to me".

At Silverstone the British Grand Prix, which takes place in about a month from now, promises to be a big party. On Thursday it was confirmed that the circuit can use its full capacity, but Lewis Hamilton thinks it is still too early.
More and more fans welcome
More and more fans are welcome at the Grands Prix. In Great Britain they think they are ready to use the full capacity of Silverstone and welcome 140.000 fans on the day of the race. Hamilton admits he is still unsure if this is the right choice.

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FIA introduces new regulations for pit stops, to be at least 0.2 seconds slower

With the aim of improving driver and mechanic safety, the FIA will change the rules governing pit stops in motorsport’s premier class from the Hungarian Grand Prix. As revealed in a new technical update to Formula 1‘s regulatory body, minimum reaction times that can significantly delay a stop will be introduced.
Pit stops in Formula 1 will look different from August onwards, as reported by Motorsport today. To minimise the risk of tyres not being fastened properly each action of the mechanics must take at least 0.15 seconds.

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FIA to artificially delay pit stops, citing safety concerns

With the aim of improving driver and mechanic safety, the FIA will change the rules governing pit stops in motorsport’s premier class from the Hungarian Grand Prix. As revealed in a new technical update to Formula 1‘s regulatory body, minimum reaction times that can significantly delay a stop will be introduced.
Pit stops in Formula 1 will look different from August onwards, as reported by Motorsport today. To minimise the risk of tyres not being fastened properly each action of the mechanics must take at least 0.15 seconds.

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Gentleman’s agreement Verstappen and Perez: ‘This is why I let him pass’

Red Bull racing showed in France not only a strong display of strategy and racing skill, but also teamwork. Sergio Perez allowed his teammate to pass without fuss in pursuit of Lewis Hamilton‘s P1, something he eventually did with success. Speaking to the press, the racers explained the moment, as well as Red Bull’s internal view of the battle between them.
“I knew that it was important for Max not to waste time. That’s why I let him pass,” Perez explained at today’s press conference, quoted, among others, by the German Formel1.de.

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Hamilton: Contract negotiations with Mercedes and Wolff started ‘lightheartedly’

Aiming to avoid the prolonged uncertainty that surrounded Lewis Hamilton ‘s contract with Mercedes last year, the driver has now sat down with team principal Toto Wolff to kick off negotiations, which the Briton says is being done in a “light-hearted way” to ensure it does not distract from the title fight with Red Bull Racing.
Asked about the details of the started talks, Hamilton explained that he at least doesn’t want to make the same mistake as last year. “We are looking to get it done much faster than last time.

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