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Category: Autosport

O’Ward: ‘I’d be lying’ to deny interest in future F1 move

O’Ward will take part in the post-season F1 test at the Yas Marina Circuit in December after winning a bet with McLaren chief Zak Brown by scoring his first IndyCar victory in Texas earlier this year.
To prepare for his F1 test, O’Ward visited McLaren’s UK base in Woking last week, completing three days in the simulator and undergoing a seat fit in the MCL35M car.
While his focus remains on IndyCar for the short-term, O’Ward conceded that a possible future F1 switch was on his radar should the opportunity arise.

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Danica Patrick: US needs American F1 driver, wants Herta on grid

Patrick, who is joining Sky Sports F1’s coverage of this weekend’s US Grand Prix at Austin, says the sport has grown a lot of the past few years thanks to the success of Netflix’s Drive to Survive series.
“I definitely think that the Netflix series Drive to Survive has been a big deal,” Patrick told Motorsport.TV.
“I’ve had so many people over the years come to me and say: ‘Hey, have you seen that? Did you see that? Wow, I’m super interested in Formula 1 now.

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Newey on top of Red Bull’s F1 set-up headaches after injury return

Newey, who is chief technical officer at Red Bull, had missed several races after hurting himself in a cycling crash over the summer break.
After hospital treatment and a fairly lengthy recovery, Newey was finally fit enough to return to working in the F1 garage at the recent Turkish Grand Prix.
Red Bull motorsport advisor Helmut Marko reckoned that Newey’s absence had not hurt his team’s form especially, but made it clear that his return was welcome as the outfit knuckles down for the end-of-season title fight with Mercedes.

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Archive: The background figure keeping F1’s new Canadian hero on track

Every year there’s a flood of young hopefuls trying to make it into F1, but some have a better chance than others. These are the guys who, in addition to GSM phones and carbon fibre briefcases, already have the ultimate driver accessory – the personal manager.
It’s not just the new boys who need a hand. Damon Hill was always rightly proud of the fact that he made it to the top on his own, doing his own deals direct with Frank Williams.

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Extra 1.5-second fire protection from new F1 gloves important – Masi

After Romain Grosjean’s accident in Bahrain last year left the French driver with burns to his hands the FIA began a push for extra protection, in conjunction with the manufacturers.
With the agreement of the FIA stewards five drivers and four suppliers participated in a test of prototypes in practice at the Turkish GP, essentially to test how the gloves felt when used in anger.
Those involved were Lewis Hamilton and Carlos Sainz Jr (Puma), Daniel Ricciardo (Sparco), Sebastian Vettel (Alpinestars) and George Russell (OMP).

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Bottas: Certainty over F1 future helping me focus on driving

The Finn spent much of the year fighting to show his Mercedes bosses that he deserved a fresh deal for 2022.
However, a run of frustrating races and the continued impressive form of George Russell meant that Mercedes elected not to retain him.
Instead, Bottas has secured a move to Alfa Romeo for next season, and he says getting that deal in the bag has brought with it a noticeable difference in his approach.

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Former Renault F1 engine boss Taffin joins ORECA as technical director

The 46-year-old left Renault’s Alpine F1 team where he was powertrain technical director in June and will start his new role at ORECA overseeing its projects at its Signes headquarters near Paul Ricard and its satellite operation at Magny-Cours in December.
He will oversee both ORECA’s chassis operations, which include the production of the benchmark 07 LMP2 prototype, and its engine division.
Taffin succeeds David Floury, who had filled the technical director’s role at ORECA since 2004.

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Petronas remains committed to Mercedes F1 team, Aramco rumours dismissed

The Malaysian oil giant has been a sponsor and technical partner of Mercedes since the German manufacturer’s F1 return in 2010.
Its logos have appeared prominently on the Mercedes cars ever since, and its fuel and oils have played a critical role in helping the team deliver seven consecutive F1 championship doubles.
The deal between Mercedes and Petronas has been extended several times and it is understood that its current contract, which was signed back in 2019, runs until the end of 2025.

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Ferrari: P3 in F1 championship clear target after gains on McLaren

Ferrari cut into McLaren’s advantage in the fight for third in the standings last time out in Turkey, reducing the gap to 7.5 points with six races remaining.
The small margin comes despite McLaren’s 1-2 at Monza last month where the team picked up maximum points on race day, with its lead rising to 17.5 points after Russia before the tables turned in Turkey.
Ferrari has always maintained it is putting the majority of its focus on the new regulations in 2022 when it looks to return to the front of the field, making 2021 a transition year.

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How high-tech F1 has changed the race engineer role

However, it has now transformed into a very complex role. It requires an individual to not only deal with the driver aspect, but be at the top of a communication chain that includes the pit-wall, garage and remote factory operations to offer analysis in real time.
In simple language, a race engineer is now a driver interface fed by real-time data.
Recent weather impacted races in Russia and Turkey, where race engineers and drivers had to make critical decisions on the hoof, brought to the spotlight the importance of this relationship between the drivers and their pit wall.

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