George Russell doesn’t expect a competitive showing from Williams at the next two races on highly power-sensitive tracks, despite the strength of their Mercedes engines.
Renault will replace Esteban Ocon’s power unit for next week’s race, which he hopes will cure his car’s lack of straight-line speed compared to his team mate’s.
New measures to ban F1 teams from using engine ‘quali modes’ will not come into force at the next round of the championship as planned, RaceFans has learned.
Mercedes believe not using ‘quali mode’ for five laps on Saturday will give them the equivalent of “25 laps of more performance in the race”.
The FIA is “very confident” it will be able to enforce a ban on teams using high-performance engine settings known as ‘qualifying modes’ from the next round of the championship at Spa-Francorchamps.
The 2020 F1 calendar has been officially ratified by the sport’s governing body, the FIA, and features a record-breaking 22 races.
The 2020 F1 calendar has been announced, containing a record 22 races including new rounds in Vietnam and the Netherlands, but no German Grand Prix.