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Vettel's detailed feedback behind long F1 debriefs - Aston Martin

Vettel has joined the Silverstone-based outfit after several years at Ferrari, but initially struggled to adapt to the team’s high rake car concept.However, the German has made good progress in recent races and scored a podium with his runner-up spot at the recent Azerbaijan Grand Prix.Team principal Otmar Szafnauer says that one of the changes that...

French Grand Prix qualifying – Start time, how to watch, channel

Red Bull driver and championship leader Max Verstappen topped the times in Friday practice, leading the Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas by just 0.008s, as Fernando Alonso finished a promising fourth behind Lewis Hamilton on Alpine's home turf.Charles Leclerc made it four different manufacturers in the top five.What time does qualifying for the French Grand...

Mercedes may wait until winter to make Bottas/Russell decision

While the German car manufacturer hopes to nail down a fresh contract with Lewis Hamilton around the summer break, it is more uncertain about the timing of making a call on its second seat.Both Bottas and Russell are out of contract at the end of this year, and there have been suggestions that the team could be poised to decide soon.Read Also:Bottas...

F1 faces "serious problem" over tyre failures, says Aston Martin

The Silverstone-based outfit suffered a tyre blow out with Lance Stroll at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, with a Pirelli investigation concluding that it was caused by the running conditions of the rubber.The suggestion is that Aston Martin’s car, plus those of Red Bull which also suffered a blow out with Max Verstappen, were running with tyre pressures...

Vasseur says it would be a mistake to push Pourchaire to F1 too early

The 17-year-old has emerged as a future F1 star in the making after becoming the youngest ever FIA Formula 2 polesitter and race winner on debut in Monaco during his rookie F2 campaign this year.Pourchaire's rapid rise through the junior categories has earned him a spot in the Sauber young driver academy, that has just added Juan Manuel Correa to its...

Bottas unsure if improvement is coming from F1 chassis change

Bottas led opening practice for the French Grand Prix on Friday before finishing second in FP2, lapping just eight thousandths of a second slower than pace-setter Max Verstappen.Bottas struggled throughout the Azerbaijan Grand Prix weekend two weeks ago, qualifying 10th and finishing 12th, with the result dropping him to sixth in the drivers' standings.The...

French GP: Verstappen pips Bottas by 0.008s in FP2

After Red Bull altered Verstappen's set-up following his third-place result in FP1, the championship leader edged out Bottas, the first practice pace-setter, as the Finn did not find time when running the soft tyres compared to the best of his early laps on the mediums.When Friday's second one-hour practice got underway, Williams driver George Russell...

Alpine: No Mercedes exit clauses in Ocon’s new three-year F1 deal

Alpine announced on Wednesday that Ocon had agreed a new long-term deal that would keep him with the team until the end of the 2024 season.When asked by Motorsport.com to clarify his ties to Mercedes ahead of this weekend’s French Grand Prix, Ocon said: “So, I’m completely a fully Alpine driver for the next three years – that’s where I stand at the...

French GP: Bottas leads Mercedes 1-2 ahead of Verstappen in FP1

Baku winner Sergio Perez finished the one-hour session in fourth, as F1's leading two teams swept the top positions from the off at Paul Ricard.Sebastian Vettel led the field out of the pits when the session got underway, his Aston Martin fitted with a pair of tall, triangular-shaped aero rakes, before Alfa Romeo's Antonio Giovinazzi established the...

McLaren: Lack of transparency over tyre failures "disappointing"

The FIA issued a technical directive earlier this week in reaction to the left-rear tyre failures for Lance Stroll and Max Verstappen in the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, clamping down on tyre pressure levels used by teams.Pirelli F1 chief Mario Isola revealed on Thursday that both Aston Martin and Red Bull were running lower pressures than expected in the...

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