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F1 sees “enthusiasm from young generation” for sprint qualifying format | RaceFans Round-up

In the round-up: Formula 1 claims its new sprint qualifying format is particularly popular with younger viewers.

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“Enthusiasm” from young viewers for sprint events – Domenicali
Formula 1 CEO Stefano Domenicali is determined to press ahead with the sport’s controversial new sprint qualifying format, but admits changes are needed.
The series has run the new format twice this year and will hold a further round at the Sao Paulo Grand Prix next month. However plans to expand its use next year are already at an advanced stage.

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O’Ward “going to become obsessed” with F1 test debut after McLaren simulator run | 2021 F1 season

Daniel Ricciardo isn’t the only McLaren driver who will be reaping the reward of a bet victory in the near future.
While the Italian Grand Prix winner is getting the chance to drive his hero Dale Earnhardt’s NASCAR at Circuit of the Americas this weekend, another member of the McLaren family is getting an even bigger opportunity.
Pato O’Ward delivered the first victory for the McLaren SP IndyCar team in Texas earlier this year. The 22-year-old from Monterrey, Mexico took the championship fight down to the final round, where Ganassi rival Alex Palou prevailed.

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Hill on Williams’ dominant cars, Brabham’s last gasp and the “worst decision” F1 ever made | My F1 Cars

As the son of a two-times world champion, Damon Hill had the unusual experience of driving historic Formula 1 cars before setting foot in contemporary cars.
Graham Hill died in an aircraft accident shortly after retiring from F1 in 1975. His son, 15 years old at the time, later drove his father’s old cars and attracted inevitable attention as he worked his way through Formula Ford, F3 and F3000.
Hill took an unusual route to single seaters after the accident.

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USA ‘now a second home race’ for Williams after Dorilton takeover | 2021 F1 season

Williams consider this weekend’s United States Grand Prix “a second home race” following its takeover by American company Dorilton Capital.
Formula 1 will return to Circuit of the Americas this weekend for the first time since Williams’ sale to Dorilton in August last year.
“The USA now represents a second home race for us,” said the team’s head of vehicle performance Dave Robson, “and we look forward to welcoming our extended Williams family from Dorilton Capital to one of the best grand prix venues on the calendar.”
The Williams team was found in 1977 by Sir Frank Williams.

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Are the team orders used in DTM’s controversial finale legal in Formula 1? | 2021 F1 season

The controversial race which decided the destiny of the German’s premier touring car championship last week prompted fierce criticism, not least from the series’ chief, multiple grand prix winner Gerhard Berger.
“Of course this issue is not new in sport,” DTM boss Berger acknowledged in an interview with German newspaper Bild. “In Formula 1 in particular, there are many examples that are unacceptable from a sporting point of view, both from the fans’ and the other teams’ point of view.

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Haas “ready to get some points” in 2022 after Schumacher’s Q2 effort – Steiner | RaceFans Round-up

In the round-up: Haas team principal Guenther Steiner is encouraged by the composure his team showed as Mick Schumacher took advantage of an opportunity to reach Q2 last race weekend.

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Schumacher’s Q2 shows Haas are ready for points – Steiner
In a wet qualifying session, Schumacher reached Q2 at the expense of his team mate, both Alfa Romeo drivers, Nicholas Latifi in a Williams and the McLaren of Daniel Ricciardo – beating the latter by almost a tenth of a second.

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RaceFans’ top 10 Formula E drivers of 2021 | Formula E

Formula E’s 2021 season was the first time the all-electric series bestowed the title of ‘world champion’ upon a driver.
Its seventh season was a strange, disjointed affair where drivers struggled to find consistency, not least because of a contentious qualifying format which has since been dropped. That made tracing who performed best over the 15 races trickier than usual.
From exceptional rookie performances to series stalwarts demonstrating the benefit of experience, here’s our pick of the best performers last season.
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Mercedes “looks like a car that can win championships” now | 2021 F1 season

Mercedes’ pace at the Turkish Grand Prix has reignited the team’s confidence in its championship chances, according to its trackside engineering director Andrew Shovlin.
Although Lewis Hamilton lost the lead of the drivers’ standings to rival Max Verstappen last weekend, the team were quick enough to lock out the front row of the grid, before the world champion’s engine change penalty dropped him to 11th. Hamilton recovered to finish fifth, while victory for team mate Valtteri Bottas extended Mercedes’ lead at the head of the championship.

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Russell will be a tougher team mate than Bottas for Hamilton – Alonso | RaceFans Round-up

In the round-up: Fernando Alonso predicts Lewis Hamilton will have a tougher fight on his hands with his new team mate next year.

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Russell “more challenging” than Bottas for Hamilton
George Russell will replace Valtteri Bottas in Mercedes’ driver line-up for the 2022 F1 season. Hamilton will find him a tougher team mate than his predecessor, said Alonso, but his championship chances will depend on “the Mercedes car and the performance.”
“For sure I think he showed his talent in many occasions already, his speed,” said Alonso.

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