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How F1’s new rookie class fared in their first challenge of 2021 | 2021 F1 Season

The three rookies on the grid for the 2021 F1 season have little in common, and expectations of their potential differed widely before their debuts. The opening race of the season demonstrated why.
As every Formula 1 fan knows, raw ability is only one ingredient a rookie requires to be successful. Driver, car and team must work together, as not all the key decisions are made in the cockpit, even over the course of a race.
There’s a big difference between being at the front of the midfield or the back of the pack.

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Six penalty points for one crash puts Turvey halfway towards ban | RaceFans Round-up

In the round-up: Formula E driver Oliver Turvey was given six penalty points for a single incident during practice yesterday.

In brief
Turvey halfway to ban after Rome shunt
The stewards came down hard on Turvey over the pile-up he triggered at the end of the first practice session for the Rome EPrix. The NIO driver crashed into Jean-Eric Vergne and Jake Dennis at the end of first practice, causing significant damage to all three cars.
Vergne, Dennis and others had been stopped in a queue of cars, preparing to perform practice starts.

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Vergne victorious as Vandoorne hits manhole cover in race of drama | Formula E

Jean-Eric Vergne scored his first victory of the Formula E season after his team rebuilt his car following a practice crash.
The two-time Formula E champion had scored no points in the first two rounds in Diriyah, then was involved in a bizarre collision with Oliver Turvey at the end of first practice this morning, which left his Techeetah team having to frantically repair his car for qualifying.
The race started in relatively cold conditions, for Formula E; just 15ºC air temperature and 17ºC track temperature. Additionally, mixed conditions meant the race started behind the safety car.

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Why Ferrari seeks success in WEC as well as F1 – and IndyCar is still on its radar | News Focus

The 2023 season will mark exactly 50 years since Ferrari last competed in the top echelons of the sports car world championship under whatever guise it has been staged: take your choice from ‘International Championship for Sports-Prototypes’, ‘World Championship for Makes’, ‘World Championship for Sports Cars’, ‘World Sports-Prototype Championship’, ‘World Endurance Championship’ plus a few others.

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Turvey hits stationary cars in freak Formula E practice crash | Formula E

Three drivers were unable to take part in second practice for Formula E’s Rome EPrix following a freak crash at the end of the first session.
NIO driver Oliver Turvey struck the stationary Techeetah of Jean-Eric Vergne as first practice came to an end. Vergne was part of a group of drivers waiting in a queue to perform practice starts.
Turvey arrived on the scene at speed and struck Vergne’s car with enough force to rip the right-rear quarter off the Techeetah, tearing its driveshaft out, and heavily damage the front of his own machine.

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Williams will perform better at Imola, Latifi predicts | RaceFans Round-up

In the round-up: Nicholas Latifi expects Williams will be more competitive at the second round of the world championship in Imola.

In brief
Latifi expects “truer read” at Imola
Williams had a difficult start to the new season in Bahrain where strong winds upset the handling of the FW43B. Latifi, who retired shortly before the end of the race with a power unit problem, said he’s “excited” about the team’s chances at the next race as “Imola was obviously one of the tracks that seemed to suit our car much nicer last year.

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Ferrari give Leclerc the car he used to score his first two F1 victories | 2021 F1 season

Ferrari has presented Charles Leclerc with the very chassis he used to score the first, and so far only, grand prix victories of his career.
Leclerc revealed today he had received a Ferrari SF90 from the team. While Ferrari prefers not to disclose details of its chassis numbers, a spokesperson confirmed to RaceFans the model Leclerc received is the same he raced at Monza and Spa two years ago.
Leclerc won both races from pole position. The two wins came during his second season in Formula 1 and his first year as a Ferrari driver.

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Elliott to take over from Allison as technical director at Mercedes | 2021 F1 season

Mercedes technical director James Allison will move into the role of chief technical officer in July, the team has announced.
The world champions confirmed Allison’s current role as technical director will be taken up by Mike Elliott, who is currently the team’s technology director. The 46-year-old has over two decades of experience in F1 at Mercedes, Renault and McLaren.
The change means Allison will no longer be responsible for the day-to-day management of the team’s technical division, as he has been since arriving at Mercedes in 2017.

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Aston Martin to begin “clawing back the deficit that was imposed on us” | 2021 F1 season

Aston Martin CEO Otmar Szafnauer says the team will not resign itself to an uncompetitive season following its disappointing start to 2021 in Bahrain.
The team, which as Racing Point won the penultimate race of last year, left the first race of the new season with a single point.
The AMR01, like its predecessor, shares the ‘low rake’ design philosophy also used by Mercedes, which supplies its power unit, gearbox and other parts to the team. The pair have suffered more from off-season changes to the rear bodywork regulations than rivals with high-rake cars.

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