Nico Hulkenberg, Haas, Circuit of the Americas, 2023

‘Nice to overtake and not get overtaken’ in updated Haas – Hulkenberg

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In the round-up: Haas driver Nico Hulkenberg noticed some improvement from his upgraded car at last weekend’s United States Grand Prix.

In brief

Hulkenberg pleased to pass in his Haas

Haas chose to start their drivers from the pit lane in the United States Grand Prix so they could make changes to their cars to improve performance. Hulkenberg finished 11th from there and was pleased with his upward trajectory, which resulted in his best grand prix result since April.

“I think it was the right call to start from the pit lane and change the set-up, because it turned out to be much better,” he said. “We were much more competitive, but obviously paying the price for starting all the way from the back. It wasn’t easy. Felt tricky. A lot of management going on, but obviously relative to others I think the pace was okay, from what I could see and judge. So some positive signs.”

“It was a long time that I’ve actually overtaken people and not got overtaken, and it felt nice, and good,” he added.

Alpine junior Mini to race for Prema in second F3 season

Gabriele Mini has signed with Prema for the 2024 FIA Formula 3 season, having recently reunited with the team.

He won the 2020 Italian Formula 4 title with Prema, then did two Formula Regional Europe seasons with ART. Mini came second in the standings last year, and off the back of it Alpine signed him to their academy.

The 18-year-old spent this year with Hitech, first racing in Formula Regional Middle East and then in FIA F3 where he took two wins en route to seventh in the standings. This month he returned to Prema for post-season testing, going second fastest at Jerez and Barcelona then topping the times at Imola. He will race for them in next month’s Macau Grand Prix in addition to next year.

Hadjar apprehensive about F1 outing

AlphaTauri will run Red Bull junior Isack Hadjar in the first practice session in Mexico this weekend, despite the Formula 2 racer having never previously driven a Formula 1 car or seen the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez.

“I’m super excited to be driving in FP1, but at the same time, I’m a bit apprehensive, as I’ve never driven a F1 car,” Hadjar admitted. “To do so for the first time at an official practice session for a grand prix is quite something.

“The team has not set me any targets, so I don’t feel under any particular pressure, and I think I’m as well prepared as I can be. After Daniel Ricciardo was injured and Liam Lawson stepped in, I did a lot more work in the simulator to help the race drivers prepare, so I have a good understanding of how all the controls in the cockpit work.”

Ferrari name six finalists for Scouting World Final

The fourth running of Ferrari’s Scouting World Final has begun, with the winner becoming a F1 junior with the team next year.

There are six finalists, and they will be assessed in F4 cars on Ferrari’s Fiorano test track as well as off-track at their Maranello headquarters. Going into the final with the advantage of experience are 2022 Brazilian F4 champion Pedro Clerot and 2023 NACAM F4 champion Pedro Juan Moreno (who is missing this weekend’s F1-supporting round in Mexico to be at Fiorano), while the other four finalists come from karting.

Rene Lammers, son of ex-F1 racer Jan, is this year’s European champion and World championship runner-up, Italian karter Emanuele Olivieri came fifth in the long-running Lonato Winter Cup, while Filipino William Go has been scouted out by Motorsport Australia on Ferrari’s behalf along with Enzo Yeh. The Taipei-born driver will make his car racing debut soon in F4 South East Asia.

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Comment of the day

Alpine driver Pierre Gasly used a Francois Cevert-inspired helmet at the United States Grand Prix, and showed the design in-person to Jackie Stewart, who was a long-time team mate of Cevert and found it emotional to see a tribute being paid to his old friend by a current F1 star.

Jackie Stewart is always very emotional talking about Cevert, he never shies away from it, but he always speaks passionately about Cevert both as a driver and as a man. Stewart was his mentor, he was lining Cevert up to build on his own legacy and all his work (and that of Cevert) was taken in an instant. It’s such a great shame because Cevert could have had a long and successful career at the forefront of Grand Prix racing.

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2 comments on “‘Nice to overtake and not get overtaken’ in updated Haas – Hulkenberg”

  1. Isack Hadjar on driving a Formula 1 car for the first time at this weekend’s FP1 session:

    “I’m a bit apprehensive … to do so for the first time at an official practice session for a grand prix is quite something.”

    Is this unusual? If so, perhaps a sign Red Bull are looking to drop Sergio Perez and move either Yuki Tsunoda or Daniel Ricciardo up to Red Bull, leaving a seat to be filled at AlphaTauri?

    1. They have to do it because of the rules. Surely they wouldn’t pick Hadjar for any of their teams, not at this time in any case. He did nothing to deserve it yet; actually he could’ve used another season in F3. Surely he doesn’t even have so-called super license.

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