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‘Party mode’ ban to change things at Monza

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Mattia Binotto thinks that the ‘party mode’ ban that will be implemented at the Italian Grand Prix could make things “interesting”.

The FIA recently announced that, from the Italian Grand Prix onwards, teams would effectively have to use the same engine modes throughout the race weekends and not have a boost during qualifying.

It’s thought that this will hurt Mercedes more than any other team on the grid. The German team has constantly introduced such a mode on Saturdays. That being said, shortly after the announcement, Toto Wolff stated that all the rule will do is make his team quicker on race days.

“If F1 were to ban in-season certain power unit modes, I think it will actually help us in the race,” he told Autosport.

“If you can avoid damaging your power unit in those few qualifying laps that you have available, in

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Wolff: F1 should open up internal team communications to add drama – F1

Mercedes Formula 1 boss Toto Wolff says that teams should open up internal radio communications in order to entertain the public.

An outwardly uneventful race in Belgium, along with Lewis Hamilton’s continued dominance of the 2020 season have led to some disappointment among fans, with Mercedes looking odds-on to win both championships

Wolff believes that there is more drama during a race in the Mercedes garage than people might suspect, with concerns about reliability and so on.

He believes that putting that across to the public by allowing broadcast of internal discussions that do not involve the driver would be good for the show.

“I understand what the fans say,” he said when asked about the processional nature of races by Autosport.

“And there are some races which are not very entertaining, and then there are others which are the contrary.

“I think it would be too easy to say

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Alonso provided “two-way exchange” to help Arrow McLaren SP at Indy 500 – IndyCar

Double Formula 1 world champion Fernando Alonso’s previous Indianapolis 500 experience provided a “two-way exchange” within the Arrow McLaren SP team to help improve set-up, according to Robert Wickens.

With Alonso returning to the Brickyard this year for this third attempt at the Indy 500, aiming to secure the triple crown of motorsport, he teamed up with Arrow McLaren SP as the third driver alongside regulars Pato O’Ward and Oliver Askew.

Given O’Ward failed to qualify for last year’s Indy 500, missing out alongside Alonso, while Askew was a rookie, it meant he came into the race as the team’s most experienced driver at the event having made his debut in 2017.

As a result, Wickens says Alonso provided valuable set-up feedback to the team from his previous experiences, while O’Ward and Askew could offer insight racing with the aeroscreen.

“He has a lot of useful experience in motorsports, even

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Hamilton hopes ‘something positive’ comes up for Vettel in 2021 – F1

Lewis Hamilton says the way Formula 1 rival Sebastian Vettel has handled his pending Ferrari exit proves strength of character, hoping “something really positive” comes up for him in 2021.

Four-time Formula 1 world champion Vettel will leave Ferrari at the end of the year after the team opted against renewing his contract beyond the end of the season.

Vettel is currently without a drive for next year, but is known to be in talks with Racing Point over a drive for 2021, when it will be rebranded as Aston Martin.

Six-time world champion Hamilton had previously not been drawn on Vettel’s future, but praised the Ferrari driver for his resolve amid struggles with Ferrari’s SF1000 car.

“I’ve made comments in the past, but I saw the difficult race he had had previously [at Silverstone], and all I can try to do is empathise with the position he’s in and

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McLaren F1 team can’t underestimate Ferrari’s ability to “strike back” – F1

McLaren cannot afford to underestimate Ferrari’s ability to “strike back” despite its current Formula 1 struggles, according to team principal Andreas Seidl.

McLaren moved up to third place in the constructors’ championship at last weekend’s Belgian Grand Prix after Lando Norris finished the race in seventh place.

The result lifted McLaren above Racing Point and extended its advantage over fifth-placed Ferrari, who failed to score any points and spent just five laps with a car inside the top 10.

Ferrari has struggled for form through 2020 so far amid aerodynamic issues with its SF1000 car and a lack of straight-line speed from its power unit.

With this weekend’s Italian Grand Prix set to be a difficult one for Ferrari-powered teams given the high-speed nature of the track, it gives McLaren an opportunity to widen the gap to the Italian marque in the constructors’ standings.

McLaren F1 chief Seidl is anticipating

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FIA to review F1 superlicence system amid COVID-19 disruption – F1

The FIA will conduct a full review of its current Formula 1 superlicence points system in order to avoid drivers being disadvantaged by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The FIA introduced a new points-based system for drivers to gain a superlicence, which is required to race in F1, in 2016 as part of its restructuring of the junior single-seater ladder.

Drivers wishing to race in F1 must gain 40 points across three seasons in other championships, encouraging them to rise through the FIA’s single-seater ladder to gain experience and accrue the required total.

Many racing seasons have been shortened or altered as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, while many young drivers are facing budget constraints and uncertain futures.

The FIA has now confirmed it will be conducting a full review of the existing superlicence system, saying it wanted to “ensure that the superlicence system that underpins its pathway from

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Sainz: F1 runoff areas dilute “fear” of pushing too hard – F1

McLaren Formula 1 driver Carlos Sainz Jr says drivers now feel less fear at Spa because of the increased presence of Tarmac runoff areas.

For this year’s Belgian Grand Prix, the artificial grass that lined much of the track was removed as part of the circuit organisation’s efforts to adapt the track for motorcycle racing.

Sainz says the balance of risk and reward is now out of synch at the Belgian GP venue, as there is no penalty for running off the road.

He added that the subject of runoffs has recently been discussed by the drivers and the FIA.

“I feel like the only thing Spa is missing now is the gravel and the grass next to the exit kerbs,” said the Spaniard.

“Now we have a bit too much as far as the feel of risk, and the paying of risk/reward is not good enough in these modern

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Bamber: New Corvette “definitely beatable” in IMSA title race – IMSA SportsCar

Earl Bamber believes the new Corvette C8.R is “definitely beatable” in the IMSA Sportscar Championship this year despite Porsche’s struggles in the series this season.

The Pratt & Miller-built C8.R replaced Corvette’s long-in-the-tooth C7.R this year and has won all three GTLM races since IMSA’s resumption from the COVID-19 pandemic at Daytona in July.

Antonio Garcia and Jordan Taylor followed up their breakthrough Daytona victory with a second win at Road America in wet conditions, while Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner triumphed at Sebring after both Porsches clashed in the pitlane.

Defending IMSA GTLM champion Bamber, who shares with Laurens Vanthoor, currently lies second in the points in what is set to be the last season of Porsche’s works involvement in IMSA, following its decision to withdraw the CORE Autosport-run team at the end of this year.

Bamber has been part of the programme since 2015 and is determined to

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Binotto: Ferrari could take years to recover from poor form in F1 – F1

Ferrari boss Mattia Binotto has asked for ‘patience’ amid his belief that it could take many years before his team is back to a winning cycle in Formula 1.

The Italian outfit endured a disappointing Belgian Grand Prix last weekend with the outfit hampered by a lack of engine power and an inability to switch its tyres on.

Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel both failed to make it in to Q3, and neither was able to finish in the points.

While Ferrari is chasing immediate answers to understand what went wrong at Spa to make it so uncompetitive, Binotto says he is under no illusion about the timescales involved before Ferrari is on top again.

“How long it will take? I think that if you look back at all the winning cycles it is always many years,” he said.

“There are no silver bullets in F1. Patience and stability is

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Verstappen explains why Red Bull didn’t try contra tyre strategy for Spanish GP – F1

Max Verstappen opted against a contra strategy in qualifying for the Spanish Grand Prix as he feels the soft tyre will hold up fine for the opening race stint.

Verstappen took a surprise victory last weekend at the 70th Anniversary GP ahead of Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas after perfecting his tyre strategy.

The Red Bull driver qualified on the hard tyre and was able to push for a long first stint, while both Hamilton and Bottas struggled after starting on mediums, with their hard stints then being blighted by blistering.

Tyre management is expected to be important once again in Sunday’s Spanish Grand Prix due to high track temperatures, which neared 50ºC during qualifying.

PLUS: Why F1 may get another Mercedes/Red Bull showdown in Spain

But Red Bull opted to qualify Verstappen on the soft compound tyre in Q2, matching the Mercedes drivers’ strategy, as he took third place

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