Red Bull may need no changes to meet skid blocks directive – Horner

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In the round-up: A technical directive set to address porpoising may not require any adaptations on Red Bull’s car, according to Christian Horner.

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Red Bull may not need to make changes for porpoising directive

A new FIA technical directive which will come into force from the Belgian Grand Prix will prevent teams using trick skid blocks on their cars, according to Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff.

However his opposite number at Red Bull, Christian Horner, indicated they will not be affected by this clarification of the rules. “From what I’m told, I’m not even sure whether we need to make any adaptation,” he said after Sunday’s Austrian Grand Prix.

The technical directive was originally due to come into force in the next round at Paul Ricard.

Binotto could not watch final laps of Austrian Grand Prix

Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto was so concerned about reliability of Charles Leclerc’s car during the final laps of the Austrian Grand Prix, that he could not watch.

The team’s other car, driven by Carlos Sainz Jnr, had already dropped out with a power unit failure when race leader Leclerc began to experience problems with his throttle.

“I have to admit, I was very nervous, disappointed as well for what happened to Carlos,” Binotto told media including RaceFans. “So nervous that I stopped watching the race in the last few laps.”

Feature race winner Sargeant came from last after wrong tyre call

Formula 2’s Austrian feature race started in mixed conditions, with drivers having to pick between slick and extreme wet tyres, without the option of intermediates.

Logan Sargeant, who started third and finishing there before being promoted to victory, made the call for full wets and instantly regretted it.

“I sort of had a I had a hunch that I thought the slicks would be better,” he admitted. “But it’s difficult when you’re starting third. Everyone around you is on wets. If you make that call to go to slicks, you could you could ruin the race for you and the whole team.

“So we stuck with it. It obviously didn’t go my way, I did get mad when I was pretty much in last but just a phenomenal stop by the crew and then it was coming through like a train for the first half of my stint.”

Sargeant realised he was on the wrong tyre from the formation lap. “I knew it was pretty much a given that we were we were going to be in reverse and I was optimistic that maybe we could hold on till the pit window. The safety car, I believe, as well, helped us. We could keep the tyres cool.

“Obviously the outcome is good considering the strategy call.”

F1 to promote sustainable start-up competition

Formula 1 will collaborate with Santander to promote its Countdown to Zero competition, as well as contributing F1 personnel to the judging panel. The competition will be promoted on F1’s social and digital platforms, which will also be used to draw attention to wider sustainability initiatives the two will collaborate on.

Countdown to Zero will award six projects between €120,000 and €30,000, to fund their business’ growth.

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Comment of the day

After Colton Herta’s McLaren test, Amian recaps the last time he and Lando Norris were team mates:

Interesting, in the 2015 MSA championship, Lando was first, Colton – who was a year younger – was third.

Colton had a slow start in the season, but slightly out-scored Lando in the second part of the season, in which they were both equal on wins with four each, but Colton had more other podium finishes (six to four).

Three of Colton’s four wins came with Lando in the second place behind him.
Three of Lando’s four wins came with Colton in the second or third place behind him.
That’s in the last 15 of 30 races in the season.

That shows what kind of talent Herta is for all of you who don’t follow IndyCar, whilst Lando Norris is currently considered one of F1’s biggest talents

Also, Herta is currently 10th in the IndyCar standings, racing in his fourth season there, with everybody on pretty much equal machinery. Shows you the level of talent in IndyCar.

Lando is seventh in the F1 standings, for what it’s worth.

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18 comments on “Red Bull may need no changes to meet skid blocks directive – Horner”

  1. Never knew about Rosemary Smith.

    Just watched some Youtubes on the subject. Really nice little story. Quite heart-warming.

  2. Results in junior formula aren’t always a good indicator of how someone will go in F1 as there have been other examples of a driver in a junior category looking great and fighting with future F1 stars only for them to struggle in F1.

    You also have guys like Michael Andretti & Alex Zanardi who dominated in Indycar at a time when the field was super competitive and when cars were closer to F1 performance & far more brutal beasts than they are now yet both did nothing when given the opportunity in F1. And while Juan Montoyadid well in F1 he never looked anywhere near as special as he did in Indycar where he blew everyone away as a rookie out of F3000.

  3. But presumably, Binotto still sat on the pit wall gantry.

    Concerning Sargeant, as he moved to P2 in the F2 driver standings, I’ve started to think about him as a darkhorse Latifi replacement & since he’s already in the team, he’d be an easier choice than Piastri in comparison.

    Refusing entry over a hidden disability or any disability is discrimination by definition, so hopefully, some action gets taken against Silverstone security.

    Re COTD: Their age gap is actually only about 4 & half months, but a good comparison from their shared campaign in 2015.
    He may be a talent, but he needs to become super license-eligible before any F1 racing consideration.
    He should reach the 40 license-point threshold by the 2024 season-opener at the latest.

  4. I can’t speak for F1, but in all the events I’ve attended with my girlfriend, who uses a wheelchair, we’ve been treated like ****. If there’s special parking for us, the people controlling the gates don’t know about it. If there’s an elevator we can use, it’s locked and there’s no one around to open it for us.

    It’s just a constant, constant struggle. Feels like you’re going uphill forever… even if you get special tickets for disabled persons, organizers are just not prepared or they don’t prepare the people correctly…

    1. Appreciate you sharing that. It’s easy to forget these challenges and you tend to assume that the ADA (in the US) has made all public accommodation follow the rules. But also to look around and see where access is lacking. My former colleague has a child in a wheelchair and he points out how people casually park in the marked spaces “for just a minute”. Well those minutes add up for disabled people who have to wait for people to get their slurpees and lotto tickets before they can park because said person didn’t want to take a 20 second walk from a different spot. Also people who use the parking tag from their elderly parents’ car to use the spots.

  5. Derek Edwards
    13th July 2022, 9:46

    Jacques Villeneuve lucked out then lucked in at Silverstone today in 1997

    I thought lucking out and lucking in were the same thing..?

    1. Depends where you live. In the US, yes, lucking out means good things, but in British English, not so much.

  6. About that karting news. You gotta start it early..

  7. I do hope Binotto didn’t mean that literally. I mean, as a team boss you should be there and watching to take action where needed. Imagine Horner would have stopped watching last year in the final few laps. Lewis would have been a world champion and Masi would still be a race director (opening can of worms here…:-))

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  8. COTD I don’t consider Lando to be anywhere near Lewis and Max probably not even Charles.

  9. Good point made by Martin Brundle. Max has enormous driving skills and the seemingly “win at all costs” attitude he displays is disappointing, disrespectful and detrimental to the sport.

    Martin’s comparison with Ayrton and Michael is interesting, the former’s incidents could be argued to be viewed in context but the latter’s were blatant and have indeed blighted my wonderful memories of Michael’s career.

    1. Senna deliberately crashing into Prost at turn 1 in Japan, what “context” is needed, he did it to win, dirty.
      If you mean….he was on the dirty side of the track….well, too bad, he won pole so that’s where you start.

      1. For me so far Max has not done any of the deliberate things that MS and AS did, and sure, as per MB I hope it stays that way. Wrt MS I was never a fan and he made a career out of being a bully. For me I was a huge AS fan and yes I was disappointed with his indiscretions but they were select incidents and he didn’t make a career out of that. Compared to MS, AS was up against a WDC teammate and it was very contentious both on and off the track and there was politics going on with head of FISA Balestre at the time. Not excusing his behaviour but just to say it was a heated and political time for him, whereas MS didn’t need that kind of heat to be a bully…he had all the advantages hand over fist over his teammate and the rest of the grid, no politics on his team or with FIA, and still chose to be a bully.

        1. @robbie ahem… break check

    2. Max has enormous driving skills and the seemingly “win at all costs” attitude he displays is disappointing, disrespectful and detrimental to the sport.

      That’s the training from Jos that he needs to forget. Jos was always one for attempting (and failing) no, matter the cost.
      I don’t think Max does any of the marginal stuff in a planned way, more of a red mist situation.
      MS was always a planner, if he had a notebook then the FIA could have had a field day with new rules after reading it.

      1. I can’t find that quote of MB in the sky interview. only this one: “Max who once again was very fair and professional in his driving and defence. Generally he is this year.”

    3. Its mostly a media driven opinion in an attempt to make Max look bad. There is zero difference between Max and other drivers, especially in their earlier years within the sport. I distinctly remember Lauda commenting exactly the same on Lewis during his first years in F1, even warning he mignt kill some one someday if he wouldnt adjust his driving style. This is really nothing new vs then, apart from the heavily increased outreach of media outlets steering the narrative.

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