F1 Today – 04/09/2018

F1 Today

Norris to partner Sainz at McLaren

McLaren has announced that Lando Norris will partner Carlos Sainz at the team next year replacing Stoffel Vandoorne. The eighteen-year-old Bristolian will form a new line up for the team and is currently fighting for this year’s Formula Two title.

Norris’s appointment to the race seat came hours after the team announced that Vandoorne would leave the team at the end of the season. McLaren’s CEO Zak Brown said, “We believe Lando is an exciting talent, full of potential, who we’ve very deliberately kept within the McLaren fold for exactly that reason.”

Norris added “To be announced as a race driver for McLaren is a dream come true. Although I’ve been part of the team for a while now, this is a special moment, one I could only hope would become reality.” McLaren is the fourth team to announce their complete line up for next season.

When the Bristolian makes his debut next season he will be the second Englishman on the grid. Noris has impressed McLaren with his performances in F2, testing as well as two drives in practice at Spa and Monza last month.

Speaking about the teams’ new line up, Brown added “In Lando and Carlos we have an impressive duo who, despite their relative youth, hold valuable experience in Formula 1 and with McLaren, and represent the next generation of McLaren drivers to lead the team forward.”

The American said that the teams focus for the rest of the season was securing the best of the opportunities ahead and are massively motivated.

Vandoorne has struggled with his form this season, he has been out-qualified by his teammate at every race and has been knocked out of qualifying in the last seven Grand Prix’s. He has also failed to score points since April’s race in Baku.

Brown accepted they “haven’t provided Stoffel with the tools to show his true talent” and wished the popular Belgian well after a five-year association with McLaren which saw the former GP2 champion graduate from their young driver programme.

“We’re immensely thankful for Stoffel’s dedication, hard work and commitment during his time at McLaren,” said Brown. ”

 

Grosjean disqualified for a technical infringement

Romain Grosjean was disqualified late on Sunday evening from the Italian Grand Prix, after his floor was found not to be compliant with a directive issued before the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Renault lodged a complaint about the Haas immediately after the race at Monza, the race stewards asked the FIA’s F1 technical delegate to investigate the case. A statement issued by the stewards said that the floor of the car was in breach of the rules, as it did not comply with the regulations.

“The reference plane of car number 08 is found not to be in compliance with Article 3.7.1 d) and the clarifications given in TD/033-18 published on 25 July 2018,” said the FIA.

The article mentioned states: “The surface formed by all parts lying on the reference plane must have a 50mm radius (+/-2mm) on each front corner when viewed from directly beneath the car, this being applied after the surface has been defined.”

The steward later said that the American team had been asked to make changes by the 31st August to make sure they complied with the technical directive. However, immediately after the race at Monza, the race stewards asked the FIA’s F1 technical delegate to investigate the case.

A statement issued by the stewards said that the floor of the car was in breach of the rules, as it did not comply with the regulations. “The reference plane of car number 08 is found not to be in compliance with Article 3.7.1 d) and the clarifications given in TD/033-18 published on 25 July 2018,” said the FIA.

The article mentioned states: “The surface formed by all parts lying on the reference plane must have a 50mm radius (+/-2mm) on each front corner when viewed from directly beneath the car, this being applied after the surface has been defined.”

Responding to the disqualification, team principal Gunther Steiner said: “We do not agree with the Stewards’ decision to penalize our race team and we feel strongly that our sixth-place finish in the Italian Grand Prix should stand. We are appealing the Stewards’ decision.”

For the revised results of the Italian GP, click here.

 

Ferrari must remember own history before criticising Mercedes

Ferrari’s former president Luca di Montezemolo says fans of the team must remember their own history before they criticise Mercedes for using team orders to help Lewis Hamilton to win the Italian Grand Prix.

On Sunday, Hamilton took Mercedes fifth back to back win at Monza after passing the Ferrari’s during the race and after his Mercedes teammate holding up both Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen in the latter part of the race.

Ferrari’s team principal, Maurizio Arrivabene has been defending he decision to allow Raikkonen and Vettel to race freely, suggesting his team would never employ a driver to be subservient to another. Arrivabene, defending he decision to allow Raikkonen and Vettel to race freely, suggesting his team would never employ a driver to be subservient to another.

Ferrari famously used team orders at what now known as the Red Bull Ring in 2002, when the ordered race leader Rubens Barrichello was ordered to allow Ferrari teammate Michael Schumacher to overtake him and win out of the final corner.

Speaking to La Gazetta dello Sport, di Montezemolo claimed that the team has scored an “own goal” with its strategy, he said: “We employ racing drivers, not butlers. A team order from the start would have been dangerous and crazy.”

Di Montezemolo, who was president of Ferrari between 1991 and 2014, has criticised this viewpoint, saying the team’s most recent championship victories all came at a time it employed one driver to help the other.

In another interview ,he told BBC News, “this is part of the history. And Bottas did not make anything incorrect or a foul. He made his race. When I have heard somebody make criticism… This is normal. In life ,it is difficult to win, but it is more difficult to accept when you don’t win. So, yesterday I was not happy for what I have seen, from the public.”

 

Kvyat top of Toro Rosso’s list

Daniil Kvyat is said to be top of the list to replace Pierre Gasly and make a surprise return to Toro Rosso, with some reports that he has already signed a new deal with the Red Bull programme.

Gasly will be leaving Toro Rosso to move to Red Bull, replacing Daniel Ricciardo who has joined Renault. Meanwhile, Brendon Hartley’s uncertain long-term future mean that Toro Rosso will have at least one vacancy next season.

The issue for Red Bull is a lack of qualified candidates in its own junior programme, Red Bull has been considering a number of other options. But many of the drivers Red Bull want, are already committed to junior contracts with other teams.

Red Bull believe that having a year as Ferrari’s development driver has helped him mentally, after struggling to get over his demotion from Red Bull four races into the 2016, making way for Max Verstappen, and that he is now in a much better place mentally.

Red Bull motorsport boss Helmut Marko wouldn’t confirm Kvyat as the favourite for the drive, but conceded that he is back in favour. Marko told Motorsport.com “I would say he is more mature, but we are not in a hurry with Toro Rosso. We will solve our driver problems. We have a big list of names, and we’ll see.”

Asked if Red Bull was reluctant to take another manufacturer’s junior driver he said: “We are not keen to take a Mercedes driver.”

 

Hypersofts favourite fore Singapore

Pirelli has announced the drivers tyre allocations for next weekends Singapore Grand Prix. For the race in the Marina Bay area of the city, it has nominated its two softest compounds the hypersofts and Ultrasofts as well as the softs.

Both Mercedes have gone for six sets of the Hypersoft, four sets of Ultrasofts and three sets of Softs. The German teams main rivals Ferrari have gone for nine hypersofts, three Ultrasofts and a soft. Both Red Bull’s have gone for seven hypersofts and three of the utrasofts and softs.

Both of the Force India’s have nine hypersofts and three of both the Ultrasofts and softs. Both Williams have seven hypersofts, with Lance Stroll going for four Ultrasofts and two softs, while his teammate Sergey Sirotkin has five Ultrasofts and a soft.

Both McLaren’s and Force India’s have nine Hypersofts, two Ultrasofts and three softs. Both Toro Rosso’s have eight Hypersofts, four Ultrasofts and a soft.

Both Haas’s have eight Hypersofts, but Romain Grosjean has two of both the Ultrasofts and Softs and Kevin Magnussen has three Ultrasofts and a soft.

Both Sauber’s have eight Hypersofts, with Marcus Ericsson having three Ultrasofts and two softs, and Charles Leclerc having two Ultrasofts and three softs.

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