In the round-up: Sebastian Vettel said being “the only nice guy” cost him, in on-track traffic that led to him impeding Fernando Alonso.
Vettel says blocking penalty was “a bit weird”
“They said I did nothing wrong,” he explained. “So I don’t understand why I got a penalty, it’s a bit weird, no?”
He said that, as far as discussions between the drivers went about turns nine and ten, there had been “nothing on paper with the agreement but we had the [race director’s] notes.”
Vettel was delayed by a queue of drivers ahead him in Q2, some of which had overtaken him during his out-lap, and held up Alonso as a result. “I think I was the only nice guy so [I’ll] probably be less nice,” he reflected.
FIA unveil new F4 chassis
The FIA has unveiled a second-generation Formula 4 chassis, with improved safety features and a design intended to accommodate a larger range of driver sizes.
F4 championships are run nationally, as drivers’ first step into single seater cars. Being intended for teenagers, driver height can vary significantly and the new chassis has been designed to improve visibility regardless of a driver’s size.
It also adds the halo head protection, bringing F4 in line with every other FIA single seater series. The powertrain package available for the car has been updated, including capacity for a hybrid system if organisers took up that option in future..
Ferrari’s 2022 simulator completed
Ferrari have completed work on a new simulator, which will help them develop their 2022 car.
Although their current simulator will be used for work on the SF21, their new facility is specifically designed to develop “the 674 project” – their new car for the 2022 F1 season.
Built on-site in Maranello, the new simulator will now undergo calibration. It was built in collaboration between Ferrari and UK-based specialists Dynisma, run by former Ferrari engineer Ashley Warne.
Formula E viewing figures in recovery from 2020 slump
Formula E’s 2020-2021 season has so far seen a significant recovery in television audience, from the seriously interrupted previous year. Over the nine races held so far in 2021, audience is up 125% on the whole previous season, showing a decent recovery from damage caused by the pandemic-disrupted schedule.
Figures have never formally been released for the previous season but are known to have slumped recently. Only the first five races were run as normal and the subsequent six during an intense, nine-day Berlin finale that saw them shown mid-week and against a clash with the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix.
Restarting after a six month pause in racing this January, the 125% improvement should be seen as encouraging ground regained rather than gigantic expansion, following a very challenging year for the series.
Fans able to return for Formula E New York race
A limited number of fan tickets have been made available for the New York Eprix, taking place this Saturday and Sunday in Red Hook, Brooklyn. Formula E had been refused access to fans for the event until today, with tickets being allocated for free, rather than sold, for this year’s event.
30 points currently separate the top six teams, after nine rounds and with a maximum of 84 points available across the double header, only one team is mathematically ruled out of taking the title lead in a single weekend.
“A look at the standings shows how close everything is,” said Audi team principal Allan McNish. “After nine races, everyone is pretty much still in the game. Literally every point counts this season and it’s precisely with this mindset of fighting for every single point that we’re going into the two races in New York.”
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Whether it’s racing or testing, life is always better at the track 🏁
— AJ Foyt Racing (@AJFoytRacing) July 6, 2021
Tatiana Calderon's Mid-Ohio Test
* Laps: 87
* Best Time: 1:08.9888
Practice 1 this weekend: Drivers averaged 18 laps, time 1:08.2
Had weekend of Foyt data to run on but… Ran fast lap ~15F hotter than Prac 1, 1st time in IndyCar, I think 1st time at Mid-O
— Andy Merrick (@merrickspeed) July 6, 2021
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On this day in motorsport
- Five years ago today Charles Leclerc participated in a grand prix weekend for the first time, aged 18, driving Esteban Gutierrez’s Haas in first practice for the British Grand Prix at Silverstone