Formula One News Roundup: Week Eight

Lando Norris found himself caught up in "salty" Indycar controversy last weekend. (Image credit: McLaren.com)

Whilst Europe celebrated 75th anniversary since VE Day, Formula One committed itself to a new era from 2022 in our latest news roundup as the season looks set for a July launch. 

Budget caps, “salty” drama around virtual racing sportsmanship are amongst other stories on the agenda, plus discover which driver was set to give up on F1 until he tested a Ferrari in 2018. 

 

New Era Commences in 2022

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F1’s Managing Director of Motorsport, Ross Brawn this week confirmed that the new rules and regulations will be implemented in 2022 as planned. 

With some teams keen for a further delay until 2023, Brawn argued that the new regulations will improve the sport’s economical viability, saying; “The initiatives we’re bringing with these new regulations are to make the sport more economically viable in terms of the complexity, where the money is spent.

Discussing F1’s integrity, Brawn admitted that whilst he “still want the great teams to win..”, there needs to be more competitive racing “with these new regulations, the new cars, they’re a bit further away – but they’re definitely coming in 2022.”

Brawn meanwhile confirmed plans for a budget cap of $145m to come into force next season, in order to reduce costs following the disruption caused by the Coronavirus pandemic. 

Speaking to Sky Sports F1 following discussions with FIA and F1 CEO – Chase Carey, Brawn insisted that ““The message is clear – we’ve got to cut costs – and therefore there’s another big step in the reduction of the cost cap.”

He also refused to rule out driving the budget cap further in the coming years as F1 looks to create a more competitive grid with economic stability a priority due to the current situation. 

 

Ferrari Test Proved Catalyst For Kvyat Return

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Daniil Kvyat enjoyed a successful return to F1 last season with Toro Rosso after a Ferrari test in 2018 reignited his desire to return to F1. (Image credit: Red Bull Content Pool)

Alpha Tauri’s Daniil Kvyat has admitted that a Ferrari test in 2018 triggered his desire to make a F1 return last season “at any cost…” after being dropped by Toro Rosso at end of 2017. 

Speaking to Tom Clarkson in F1.com latest podcast, Kvyat admitted that although he drove the 2018 Ferrari car, he “was considering stopping completely if I didn’t get a Formula 1 deal again.” which didn’t happen after he rejoined Toro Rosso last season. 

The Russian also revealed that he had a small part to play in Vettel’s first win of that 2018 season, having urged Vettel to “take more chicane, more kerb on the chicane…” after viewing the onboard footage which helped Vettel improve and take victory in Canada.

 

Something “salty” about Lando

McLaren’s Lando Norris found himself caught up in controversy after describing Indycar’s Simon Pagenaud as “a bit salty” following a dramatic Virtual Indycar finale last weekend at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Norris was in the lead of the race with three laps left when he came across Pagenaud who slowed on exit to come across into the pits, just as Norris launched a move down the inside and ultimately rear-ended Pagenaud to send both crashing out. 

Shortly after the race, it emerged that Pagenaud had on his live stream said “we take Lando out. let’s do it.” before saying “Oh I was pitting. I didn’t mean to…” sparking furore from not just fellow Indycar drivers but motorsport fans and media alike and a debate around sportsmanship in virtual racing. 

Pagenaud eventually apologised for his actions but Norris claimed that Pagenaud “… didn’t want me to win.” ahead of fellow Arrow McLaren teammate – Oliver Askew who eventually finished fourth after being denied victory in a last gasp collision with Santino Ferrucci. 

 

News Snippets 

  • F1 is open to venues which weren’t originally on this season’s calendar hosting races. (Autosport)
  • Chase Carey has put discussions over new Concorde agreement on back burner due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic. (Motorsport.com)
  • Zandvoort Circuit has resumed track preparations with fencing and barrier work on agenda. (F1.com)
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