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Party mode ban could change F1 order at Italian GP



Ferrari: Party mode ban could change order at Monza


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Ferrari: Party mode ban could change order at Monza

Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto thinks Formula 1’s ban on party modes has the capacity to shake up the competitive order at the Italian Grand Prix.

As part of a push by the FIA to increase its confidence that none of the F1 teams are finding ways to exploit the rules, it wants teams to run in the same engine modes in both qualifying and the race from this weekend’s race at Monza.

This means that drivers will no longer be able to exploit the extra single-lap power boosts that have come from special qualifying engine settings.

While some are sceptical that the changes will make any difference – and could even make differences between manufacturers bigger in the race – Ferrari is not so sure that there will be status quo.

PLUS: Why the end of “party

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Want to Own One of the First Supercars? This Rare 1971 Lamborghini Miura Is Expected to Fetch More Than $2 Million at Auction

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Many consider the Lamborghini Miura to be the first real supercar. Although it was only in production for six years, the curvaceous speedster changed the way that people thought about sports cars for decades to come. And now, a rare variant of that vehicle, the 1971 P400 SV Speciale, is heading to auction.

The beautifully restored sports car is scheduled to hit the block at Gooding & Company’s Passion of a Lifetime auction next weekend. One of only 150 P400 SVs ever produced, and one of only 764 Miuras total, it’s hard to think of a more enticing example of this very important and highly coveted automobile.

The Miura represents something of a turning point for Lamborghini. Prior to the model’s debut at the Geneva Motor Show in 1966, the marque was best known for a series of regal

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Ask Tim: The underachieving F1 team that needs to “pull its socks up” – F1

In what areas is McLaren still outperforming Renault and how much of that is down to the drivers?

Jamie Holding, via email

I don’t think it’s as simple as saying ‘the drivers are doing a better job’. Looking at the Renault and its engine customer, the McLaren car is better. Carlos Sainz Jr came close to outqualifying Alex Albon in the Red Bull for the Spanish Grand Prix and beat him in the race to finish sixth, which was a fine effort. It’s been strong everywhere so far and seems to have a good balance, while Renault didn’t manage to get either of its cars into Q3 in Spain and continues to blow hot and cold.

At times Daniel Ricciardo has shown good pace in the Renault and his lap to go fifth at the Anniversary GP was excellent, although I was a bit taken aback by his comment that

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Ferrari: Party mode ban could change F1 order at Italian GP – F1

Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto thinks Formula 1’s ban on party modes has the capacity to shake up the competitive order at the Italian Grand Prix.

As part of a push by the FIA to increase its confidence that none of the F1 teams are finding ways to exploit the rules, it wants teams to run in the same engine modes in both qualifying and the race from this weekend’s race at Monza.

This means that drivers will no longer be able to exploit the extra single-lap power boosts that have come from special qualifying engine settings.

While some are sceptical that the changes will make any difference – and could even make differences between manufacturers bigger in the race – Ferrari is not so sure that there will be status quo.

PLUS: Why the end of “party mode” won’t crash Mercedes’ festivities

For while the Italian outfit is bracing

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The New Nissan Z Prototype Will Debut on September 15

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Plus, Tesla plans to raise an additional $5 billion, and Formula 1 investigating wheel tether failures.

New Nissan Z “Proto” to Debut September 15th

As part of its comeback plan, Nissan is looking to boost profits and reclaim some of its old soul. The thing that has enthusiasts most excited is the new Z, which is set to replace the charming, but aging 370Z. Today, Nissan announced that it’ll show off the new Z “Proto” on September 15th at 8:30 PM Eastern, and we can’t wait. Nissan hasn’t confirmed much about the new Z, but teaser images released show its looks will hark back to the original 240Z, and it’s likely to share its rear-wheel drive platform with Infiniti. Power will probably come from a 3.0-liter twin-turbo

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Ferrari explains Leclerc’s lengthy F1 Belgian GP pitstop – F1

Ferrari has provided extra insight into the power unit pneumatic valve issues that delayed Charles Leclerc in the Formula 1 Belgian GP and impacted the strategy of Sebastian Vettel.

When the safety car came out after the Antonio Giovinazzi/George Russell accident, those in the second half of the field had the opportunity to pit on that lap, and Leclerc duly came in.

However, the team knew that it would be a slightly longer long stop, as the Monegasque driver had an issue with his pneumatic valve system, which needed an air refill – a procedure that all teams practice and are prepared for.

“Both drivers were very near Turn 17 and therefore close to the pit lane entry,” said Ferrari head of strategy Inaki Rueda.

“Ideally we wanted to bring them in on the same lap and do a double stop, as we did in the second Silverstone race.

“However,

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Kanaan aiming for IndyCar oval races again in 2021 – IndyCar

Tony Kanaan is aiming to race on all of IndyCar’s oval rounds in 2021, despite the veteran driver having previously expected to wind down his time in the series.

Kanaan had announced pre-season that the 2020 campaign would be the last time he competed at any IndyCar race except the Indy 500, but restrictions on spectators thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic has limited the Brazilian’s chance to interact with fans.

The 45-year-old Brazilian has been a crowd favourite in IndyCar, and his Indy 500 victory with KV Racing in 2013 was considerably popular among the series’ fanbase.

Following the double-header at Gateway, Kanaan had been expected to draw the curtains on his time in IndyCar, but felt that his run to 19th in the second race was not a fitting conclusion.

Kanaan says his ideal scenario for 2021 would be for him to race in all oval rounds once again,

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Vettel “focused on F1”, not considering alternatives for future – F1

Sebastian Vettel says he remains “focused on Formula 1” as he considers his next move upon leaving Ferrari, and is yet to consider any alternative series or championships.

Four-time F1 world champion Vettel will leave Ferrari at the end of the season after the team opted against renewing his contract beyond the end of the year.

Vettel has confirmed he previously spoke to Renault about a drive before the team’s signing of Fernando Alonso, and also staged “loose talks” with Racing Point.

Vettel continues to be closely linked to a seat with Racing Point for 2021, when the team will be rebranded as Aston Martin, but the German driver said he still has “no news on his future”.

With no realistic seats available for Vettel at teams capable of winning races in 2021, it has left him pondering a move into F1’s midfield after five years at Ferrari.

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Steiner: No satisfaction for Haas fighting Ferrari at F1 Belgian GP – F1

Haas Formula 1 team boss Gunther Steiner says he gets “no satisfaction” from fighting the works Ferrari squad for minor places outside the points.

At the Belgian Grand Prix, Romain Grosjean finished 15th place and just 3.9 seconds behind Sebastian Vettel and 1.8 seconds behind Charles Leclerc, having ceded a place to the Monegasque driver in the closing stages of the race.

In the past being that close to the works Ferrari cars would be hugely encouraging for customer squad Haas but Steiner says the circumstances give him no pleasure.

“Obviously you get a little bit of satisfaction out of it, at least you race something,” he said when asked by Autosport. “But to be honest nobody is coming here to try to beat someone for 12th or 13th position. That’s not why you come here.

“When you’re out there on Sunday and you race someone you feel excited about

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F1: Giovinazzi losing a wheel in Spa crash is “a concern” – F1

Formula 1 race director Michael Masi says Antonio Giovinazzi losing a wheel in the Belgian Grand Prix is a “concern” and confirms an investigation is underway.

A rear wheel became detached from Giovinazzi’s Alfa Romeo after he spun into the barrier exiting Les Fangnes early in the Belgian GP last Sunday.

The wheel subsequently bounced back across the track and into the path of Williams driver George Russell, who was left with nowhere to go and hit it.

The issue of flying wheels was first addressed by the FIA with the introduction of tethers in 1999.

Their spec was upgraded in 2004, and again several times since, and in recent seasons it has been rare to see a wheel come off in an accident.

“Yes, it is a concern,” said Masi when asked about the incident.

“Why it became detached, I’m not 100% sure.

“But immediately once the car came

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