Red Bull: Too brutal to have pitted Perez for F1 fastest lap

Perez was running third in the closing stages at Austin, with second-placed Hamilton on course to grab the extra championship point that comes from taking the fastest lap.
With the title battle between Verstappen and Hamilton so tightly poised, one of the features of this season has been of Mercedes and Red Bull trying to deny their rival the extra fastest lap by using their second …Keep reading

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The positives Mercedes sees in Austin F1 loss

While the world champion team was forced to see title rival Max Verstappen triumph on a day when Lewis Hamilton’s tyre strategy did not pay off, Mercedes thinks there are still grounds to be encouraged.
In particular, it reckons that on a race weekend where Red Bull had the competitive edge, the fact that it was able to push its competitor so hard was a big positive.
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Alonso: F1 needs to be as strict in enforcing rules as football

The Alpine driver was left frustrated at the United States Grand Prix when he felt Kimi Raikkonen got away with overtaking him off track.
In their battle for a points scoring place, Raikkonen made a move around the outside of the Spaniard at Turn 1 and kept his foot in as he ran wide across the kerbs to snatch the place.
While the stewards deemed that Raikkonen’s move was allowed because he …Keep reading

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Espargaro: Maiden Honda MotoGP podium “pain relief”

Espargaro’s KTM exit and signing to the factory Honda squad for 2021 was one of the biggest rider market shocks of the 2020 campaign, especially when KTM emerged as a race winner last season.
Affected by limited testing this year due to the COVID pandemic, Espargaro has largely struggled to adapt to the RC213V – his best result a fifth at Silverstone having claimed pole that weekend when …Keep reading

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Fenestraz still only at “60 percent” on SUPER GT return

Fenestraz was finally able to enter Japan at the start of October following protracted visa problems, allowing him to return to Super Formula for the penultimate round of the season at Motegi and SUPER GT for the final three rounds of the season.
In his first weekend sharing the #37 TOM’S Toyota GR Supra with Ryo Hirakawa, Fenestraz qualified a solid sixth despite carrying the stage one fuel …Keep reading

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Garcia withdrew from W Series COTA race due to anxiety

The Spanish driver, who competes in the PUMA-sponsored team, did not take part in the season finale at the Circuit of the Americas due to an unspecified illness.
But she later clarified on social media that her mental health had been suffering and she felt she had to “put it as a priority”.
Garcia wrote: “Hi, just wanted to make you all aware that I’m fine. Thanks for all the …Keep reading

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Bastianini “wasn’t confident” of Misano MotoGP podium return

Bastianini claimed his maiden MotoGP podium five weeks ago when MotoGP last visited Misano for the San Marino GP having come from 12th on the grid.
A repeat looked unlikely after he suffered three crashes on Saturday and qualified down in 16th.
However, the 2020 Moto2 world champion once again climbed up the order and capitalised on high attrition to snatch third away from Yamaha’s Fabio …Keep reading

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