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Honda facing “very complicated” Red Bull penalty call

Honda has already brought two engine upgrades during the 2019 season, which its aggressive development programme presenting the opportunity to introduce a third update the next time it gives Red Bull and Toro Rosso fresh engines. The Japanese manufacturer’s Spec 3 engine made its debut in the French Grand Prix and has completed five races. With power-sensitive races coming up at the Belgian and Italian GPs, followed by one of
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Kvyat podium a “reward” for Toro Rosso helping Honda

Toro Rosso adopted Honda engines last year after the Japanese company split with McLaren, as Red Bull used its junior team to evaluate a potential Honda partnership for itself.  Honda’s progress with Toro Rosso convinced Red Bull to strike a deal for 2019, and after that was done Toro Rosso was willing to take the hit of more grid drops to encourage Honda to push on with development. Red Bull
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F1 risked abandoning “every principle of racing” in Austria

Verstappen’s Red Bull team boss Horner believes the 21-year-old’s robust pass on Charles Leclerc for victory at the Red Bull Ring has proven to be a key decision by the FIA stewards.  A lengthy post-race investigation ended with no further action and has been followed up an attitude from officials that Horner believes will encourage harder racing – something F1 personnel and fans have called for to combat too many
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Opinion: Will Ferrari’s 2019 “disaster” get any better?

Long-time F1 team technical director Gary Anderson joins Edd Straw for this video to give his verdict on how and why things have become “a shambles” at Ferrari this season – from the car concept to the way the team has operated – and also considers whether the impressions from testing were simply wrong.Looking ahead to after the summer break, Anderson offers reasons why Spa and Monza ...Keep reading Source
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F1 needs teams to “collaborate on improving tracks”

Abiteboul says his engineers have looked at how alternative layouts at Paul Ricard could have created a better race this year, following the criticism of the dull French GP. The F1 organisation has already made efforts in-house to optimise circuit layouts, and its head of vehicle performance Craig Wilson, who previously worked at BAR, Honda, Brawn and Williams, has been closely involved in the Vietnam and Miami projects. However, Abiteboul
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McLaren woes led to Honda’s “careful” Red Bull start

Verstappen’s Red Bull team split with Renault to partner with Honda for 2019, and the 21-year-old has won two of the 12 races before F1’s summer break. Both have come since a breakthrough in form for Red Bull at the Austrian Grand Prix, where a revised front wing on the car coincided with Honda eking more performance from its Spec 3 engine. Verstappen told Motorsport.com that “I’m of course happy”
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How Alfa, Mercedes and Haas have innovated

Mercedes AMG F1 W10 front wing detail 1/5 Photo by: Giorgio Piola Development at Mercedes has been in overdrive this season, as it looks to extend its lead over rivals. The package of parts that arrived at the German GP to coincide with its 125 years of motorsport celebrations was a significant one, with a revised front wing, brake duct, a new winglet behind the suspension leg, revised bargeboards, sidepod
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How Verstappen has become F1’s “worst teammate”

Verstappen’s two wins, coupled to Pierre Gasly’s woes in the first half of the season in Red Bull Racing’s second car, means the team has become hugely reliant on Max for points. It will attempt to rectify this by swapping Gasly and Toro Rosso driver Alex Albon for the rest of 2019. Edd Straw and Scott Mitchell join Glenn Freeman to examine the impact Verstappen has had on Red Bull's
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FIA to police tyre pressures with standard monitors in 2021

The move coincides with F1's transition to 18-inch Pirelli tyres and ban on tyre blankets. It will have the double policing benefit of addressing the issue of teams potentially running on track with lower pressures than those mandated by Pirelli, while ensuring that the tyre blanket rule is respected. The FIA has issued an invitation to tender for the new TPMS, with a deadline of submissions of August 30. A
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Ricciardo losing engineer played a part in Red Bull exit

Ricciardo was anticipated to sign a new deal with the energy drink giant for 2019, but instead shocked the F1 paddock by putting pen to paper on a two-year deal with Renault. The 2018 campaign would’ve either way marked Ricciardo’s last season of working with Rennie, as the race engineer, who had served alongside the Australian driver since the start of his Red Bull tenure, was keen to travel less