In the round-up: Pirelli’s softest C5 compound, which Mercedes found not to its liking in Austria, may only be used once more over the remaining 14 races.
No more C5s after Sochi?
Now changes to the Yas Marina circuit may lead Formula 1’s official tyre supplier to revise its decision to use the C5 tyre at the season finale.
Pirelli is awaiting final details of the changes to the circuit before committing to its selection. It previously announced the C5 would be used for the race at Yas Marina.
However the removal of several slow corners and the creation of a new, high-speed banked turn may prompt it to select harder-rubber. If it does, Sochi in Russia will become the only remaining race on the calendar where the C5 is nominated.
That may come as a relief to Mercedes, who have not taken a pole position or a win at any of the three races so far this year where the C5 was used. “On the C5, we just seemed a bit further off than we were on the medium,” admitted the team’s head of trackside engineering Andrew Shovlin last weekend.
The Abu Dhabi race will take place on December 12th, leaving Pirelli until the end of September to determine any changes to its tyre selection for the season finale.
Formula E plans longest-ever calendar for 2022 season
The FIA World Motor Sport Council approved Formula E’s longest-ever calendar for the 2022 season, with 16 races scheduled, though the details of some are yet to be confirmed.
The championship will conclude at a new track in Seoul, South Korea, and also make its first visit to South Africa, on a track in Cape Town. Canada will also return to the Formula E calendar, with a race in Vancouver.
|1||Saudi Arabia||Diriyah||28th January|
|2||Saudi Arabia||Diriyah||29th Januray|
|3||Mexico||Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez||12th February|
|4||South Africa||Cape Town||26th February|
|11||USA||New York City||16th July|
|12||USA||New York City||17th July|
|13||United Kingdom||London||30th July|
|14||United Kingdom||London||31st July|
|15||South Korea||Seoul||13th August|
|16||South Korea||Seoul||14th August|
Doohan mystified by poor straight-line speed
After finishing third in the opening F3 race at the Red Bull Ring last weekend, Jack Doohan slipped to seventh in the second and failed to score in the third after contact with a rival left him with a puncture. The Red Bull-backed Trident driver was puzzled by his poor straight-line speed from race two.
“The car balance was good but we had a bit of a mystery on speed and I couldn’t do much on the straights,” he said. “I came in seventh after starting 10th.”
The team trimmed his downforce levels for Sunday’s race in a bid to improve his straight-line speed. “I was even trying to squeeze down in the car to help the aero, that is the extent we were going to,” he said. “I made a good start, got up to 6th, but without the DRS I couldn’t stay with the cars in front.
“I lost a few positions but some cars went out and I was sixth, I made the overtake for fifth. Then I had no DRS so when [Matteo] Nannini cam back at me I was thinking about racing for the title and let him have the position as I knew that I could get him back again. Then another car ran into the back of me and gave me a puncture.”
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