In the round-up: Mercedes says they used a “low risk” strategy in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix which was geared around ensuring they beat Ferrari to second in the championship.
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Mercedes’ Ferrari focus led to ‘low risk’ strategy that put Hamilton ninth
Lewis Hamilton ended the 2023 season with his third consecutive finish outside the top six. As he started 11th, ahead of one of the two Ferraris the team needed to out-score, Mercedes took a low-risk approach which left Hamilton in the lower reaches of the points when the race ended.
“If you look back to last year it was a mixture of one and two-stop strategies and that’s what we expected and what we saw this year,” Mercedes’ head of race strategy Rosie Wait explained in a video released by the team.
“If we had our time again knowing what we know now then I think most people would target a one-stop race very similar to Yuki Tsunoda but at the time we felt that that was quite a risky proposition and what we needed to focus on was getting ahead of the McLarens and finishing close enough to Ferrari to secure that P2 in the championship and the low risk way of doing that was to follow suit and commit to the two-stop as other cars did too.”
Prema drivers set the pace on day one of F2 testing
The fastest laps came in the afternoon session, with Ferrari junior Bearman setting a 1’36.092 towards the very end of the session. Mercedes junior Antonelli was 0.165 seconds slower in his first time in an F2 car. Alpine junior Victor Martins was third fastest for ART, 0.302s off the pace.
Trident’s Richard Verschoor was a third of a second slower than Bearman in fourth, with Hitech GP’s Amaury Cordeel a surprise fifth ahead of MP Motorsport’s Dennis Hauger.
The morning session was more dramatic, and topped by Martins with a 1’36.852 lap. He was fastest by 0.108s over Van Amersfoort Racing’s Enzo Fittipaldi. He, Trident’s Oliver Goethe and Rodin Carlin’s Ritomo Miyata – the 2023 Super Formula champion – were among the drivers responsible for causing red flag interruptions.
Carlin’s team founder departs senior role after 27 years
Carlin founder Trevor Carlin no longer occupies a senior role at the team. Companies House documents revealed the “termination of appointment” of him as a director of the team’s holding company Rodin Motorsport on 8th November.
Founded in 1996, the team underwent a major ownership change in 2009 when it became the central part of the Capsicum Motorsport Group led by Grahame Chilton, father of former Formula 1 and IndyCar driver Max Chilton. Carlin himself not only remained a director of the team but at the track was team principal for its racing activities.
In May of this year, David Dicker’s automotive brand Rodin took over ownership of Carlin and the team adopted Rodin into its name. It is not clear whether the team’s founder will still have a trackside or factory-based role, or will exit the organisation. Carlin currently races in F2, FIA Formula 3, GB3 and several Formula 4 series.
Porsche add to their 2024 Formula E line-up
Andre Lotterer will share the role of Porsche reserve and test driver for Porsche’s Formula E team with David Beckmann in 2024.
Beckmann has been reserve driver for Porsche’s customer team Andretti Global for the last two years and made his race debut this June at the Jakarta EPrix when he substituted for Lotterer who was prioritising his Le Mans 24 Hours preparations with Porsche. Beckmann qualified 19th and finished 16th on his debut.
Lotterer spent two seasons with Techeetah in FE, before moving to Porsche for three seasons. He was supposed to leave FE in 2023 to focus on his World Endurance Championship commitments with Porsche, but then got called up to race for Andretti. Once again he was then set to depart FE for 2024, but now will be back in Porsche’s line-up. He referred to his planned FE exit in his announcement as Porsche’s new reserve driver.
“After 26 years in single-seater racing, I have decided to close this chapter of my career and concentrate on the challenge of winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the World Endurance Championship with the Porsche 963,” he said. “At the same time, I’m excited to continue supporting Porsche with my FE experience.”
Amazon move into motorsport streaming
Amazon, which has long been rumoured as a potential future bidder for Formula 1 broadcasting rights, will screen live NASCAR Cup races starting in 2025. America’s leading motorsport series confirmed its future rights will including the streaming service in addition to Fox Sports, NBC Sports and TNT Sports.
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