In the round-up: After testing its current and original-spec VF-19 back-to-back, Haas team principal Guenther Steiner says the team intends to race a ‘hybrid’ of the two:
What they say
Romain Grosjean tested the original car for three races while Kevin Magnussen continued to drive the new version, but Steiner said the pair will use the same specification for the rest of the year:
We left the door open but it will be almost a hybrid. It won’t be completely the old car coming back, it will be a hybrid. What we found out with that car, how it is working aerodynamically, we can introduce some of those parts on this car for Sochi. That is the status and the car stays the same now.
But if one does it the other one does it. It will not be a comparison any more. We got that one figured out.
"The RBAT design encompasses the cockpit with a ballistic Aeroscreen anchored by titanium framework. The design will consist of a polycarbonate laminated screen that includes an anti-reflective coating on the interior of the screen, an anti-fogging device through an integral heating element and possibly tear-offs, all of which will be produced by integrated third-party companies. There also will be a cockpit cooling option that will be designed by Dallara in conjunction with Red Bull Advanced Technologies."
"Created by Red Bull founder Dietrich Mateschitz, a home to an impressive collection of aircraft and racing cars, for two days Hangar-7 will host the best 51 competitors from the online series representing 18 different countries. They will compete against each other in the FIA-certified Gran Turismo Championships, fighting for individual glory in the Nations Cup as well as teaming up in the Manufacturer Series."
"We believe the hybrid engine and fuel technologies can play a big role, a leading role, in the addressing the issue of carbon emissions. We believe the solution will be a path of many rather than one cure-all."
Daniel Ricciardo: "I’d say (Red Bull) releases more expression. That’s how they differ. It’s more ‘freestyle’ with a lot of events and activities, while Renault is quite structured with, ‘we have to do this now at this time’. It’s just the nature of what the brands represent."
Born on this day in 1918: Georges Berger, who entered two F1 races in the fifties, then died during the 1967 Marathon de la Route which was a monster 84-hour (three-and-a-half day) endurance race at the Nurburgring Nordschleife