Wolff on Hamilton’s Eifel GP Victory: “An amazing thing to witness and a fantastic drive by Lewis”

Toto Wolff says Lewis Hamilton’s record-equalling ninety-first career victory is an ‘incredible’ achievement, with the Briton now equalling the number of wins set by Michael Schumacher after taking the chequered flag first at the Nürburgring on Sunday.

Wolff, the Head of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport and the Team Principal of the Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team, says he remembered watching Schumacher’s career and winning all those races in the 1990’s and 2000’s.  His victories came with the Benetton F1 Team between 1992 and 1995, with the rest of his wins coming between 1996 and 2006 with Scuderia Ferrari.

Schumacher also raced for Mercedes between 2010 and 2012, although his return to the sport after a three-year hiatus saw him take only one podium finish and one pole position.

“Congratulations to Lewis on the victory today and for equalling Michael’s record for most F1 wins,” said Wolff.  “It’s Read the rest

Former Ferrari boss on Hamilton matching Schumacher’s win record

Lewis Hamilton’s victory at the Nurburgring moved him onto 91 career wins – level with all-time record holder and seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher. Former Ferrari technical director and current Formula 1 Managing Director, Motorsport, Ross Brawn discusses the key talking points…

“Lewis drove an exemplary race in style, which has earned him an equal number of race wins to Michael Schumacher. It’s a remarkable achievement.

Michael always said that records are there to be broken, but I admit I didn’t expect to see this one broken so soon. And I can’t imagine Lewis is going to stop here. The way he’s going, he will raise the bar in the next few years to a level that will be astonishing.

His race today was relatively efficient and effective, almost methodical, though I know from the perspective of the pit wall and inside the cockpit, it would have been anything but … Read the rest

Chase Elliott’s road course reign continues with Roval rout

It is no secret that Chase Elliott knows his way around road courses, and Sunday’s Bank of America Roval 400 at Charlotte Motor Speedway was further evidence of that. With a strong final stage performance, he took his fourth consecutive NASCAR Cup Series victory on such layouts.

Last week’s winner Denny Hamlin started on the pole ahead of Elliott. While nobody was sent to the rear for failing inspection, Josh Bilicki started at the back after replacing Joey Gase in the #51 and Erik Jones dropped back for unapproved adjustments.

In the playoff picture, only Kurt Busch (Vegas win) and Hamlin entered the race locked into the Round of 8. Below the cut-off line were Kyle Busch (–21 points), Austin Dillon (–21), Clint Bowyer (–38), and Aric Almirola (–48).

Stage #1

For the first time in premier series modern history, rain tyres were utilised in a points race … Read the rest

Ferrari confirms “updates going in the right direction” after Nurburgring race

Scuderia Ferrari leaves Germany’s Nürburgring circuit with a seven and eleventh place in the maiden Eifel Grand Prix, courtesy of Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel respectively. The SF1000 was not as competitive in the race as it had been in qualifying, especially with Charles who was soon struggling on the Soft tyres, so that he came in to get rid of them on lap 10.

Mattia Binotto Team Principal
“It was a tough race today, mainly down to getting the tyre temperatures into the right operating window. That was particularly the case with Charles who, after a good start, began to suffer with graining on the Softs, right from the first few laps, which meant he was unable to push as hard as he would have liked. We therefore had to pit him earlier than planned, immediately switching him to another strategy. Then, in the closing stages, when it would … Read the rest

Hülkenberg Reflects on Racing Point Return in Germany: “That was one for the storybooks!”

At eleven o’clock on Saturday morning, Nico Hülkenberg had no clue what was about to unfold, but the German was attempting to Qualify for the Eifel Grand Prix just three hours later.

When Lance Stroll was unable to compete in Saturday morning’s free practice session at the Nürburgring, a call was made by the Otmar Szafnauer to Hülkenberg to drive for them again, having done so in the British and 70th Anniversary Grand Prix events at Silverstone in August.

Hülkenberg was able to qualify the car, albeit last on the grid, with his first track action coming when the green light came on at the start of Qualifying.

“Well, that was one for the storybooks!” said Hülkenberg.  “It’s certainly been an interesting Formula 1 season. I got the call from Otmar at 11am: I was sitting with a friend having a coffee! I then ran to the car Read the rest

Sebastian Vettel pinpoints sector one weakness at the Nürburgring | 2020 Eifel GP

Scuderia Ferrari German driver Sebastian Vettel admitted that the first sector at the Nurburgring was his key weakness after lapping half a second slower than his team mate in qualifying.

The  four-times world champion dropped out in the second round of qualifying in 11th place. Team mate Charles Leclerc made it through to Q3, lapping over half a second quicker than Vettel on their final runs.

“I was pretty happy with the laps I had but I was losing a lot of time in sector one,” said Vettel. “So we need to have a look.

Both Ferrari drivers tried the medium tyre compound for their first runs in Q2 before switching to the soft rubber. Vettel said the rubber just wasn’t quick enough.

“A lot of people tried them this morning,” he said. “Already this morning we found that they were quite a bit harder to warm up.

“It wasn’t that bad, … Read the rest

Renault DP World F1 Team’s Ricciardo and Ocon optimistic ahead of Saturday’s sessions

Renault DP World F1 Team drivers Daniel Ricciardo and Esteban Ocon are feeling upbeat ahead of Saturday’s practice and qualifying sessions, after the weather put a stop to both Free Practice One and Two today at the Nürburgring. 

A mix of fog and rain hampered free practice after it was deemed unsafe for the medical helicopter to fly during both sessions. Free Practice Two was cancelled an hour into the planned schedule. However, the forecast for Saturday is looking more promising with dry weather on the cards, which should allow Ricciardo and Ocon ample track time in order to get to grips with the German circuit ahead of Sunday’s race. 

The dry weather would also mean that the drivers have an extra set of dry tyres to carry over, whereas they would normally have two. The extra set of tyres means they can put more mileage in on track … Read the rest

F1, Qualifying: live results and updates | 2020 Eifel GP

The big, scary Nordschleife version of the Nurburgring was completed in 1927. But after eventually proving too big and too scary for F1, Niki Lauda’s 1976 horror crash in the German Grand Prix forced a re-think, with the more manageable, more modern Grand Prix circuit opened in 1984, with a star-studded roll-call of F1 drivers. The modern circuit got off the mark with the 1984 European Grand Prix and the 1985 German Grand Prix. Falling off the calendar until 1995, it then hosted various races – in German, European and Luxembourg Grand Prix guise – up until 2013, before its 2020 return.

The Nordschleife it ain’t – but then that’s probably for the best. The modern circuit utilises the start-finish straight of the old Sudschleife track, before the drivers then tackle the tight right-hander at Turn 1 (Haug-Haken) and go on an enjoyable high-speed plunge down to the Dunlop-Kehre hairpin. … Read the rest

Steiner says Ilott ‘Not on the List’ of Potential 2021 Haas Drivers – Yet

Guenther Steiner says Callum Ilott is currently not on his list of potential drivers for the 2021 Formula 1 season, despite the Briton participating in his first free practice session this weekend in place of Romain Grosjean at the Nürburgring.

However, Steiner, the Team Principal of the Haas F1 Team, says this all could change if the current FIA Formula 2 racer excels behind the wheel as the team continue to evaluate who will race for them next season.

Steiner says Ilott is not on the list because he is backed by Scuderia Ferrari as part of their fabled Ferrari Driver Academy, and it will be their decision where the Briton goes next season, and this is why he is not currently marked as a potential driver for 2021.

“He’s not on the list because he’s a Ferrari driver,” Steiner is quoted as saying by Motorsport.com.  “He’s Read the rest

Mick Schumacher is a “copy of his father”

Mick Schumacher will make his debut in free practice tomorrow and that is a great milestone for the son of the seven-time world champion. Later this year Schumacher will be in action again and rumours are that he will compete in the Alfa Romeo next year. He will probably sit next to veteran Kimi Raikkonen.

Copy of his father

The eyes are logically on Schumacher, who will take an important step in his career tomorrow. It is also a way to see if he really is ready for Formula 1. Raikkonen will at least see his father back in him. “He’s a copy of his father in many ways, and it’s great to see him. I think it’s nice that he’ll be in the car tomorrow.”

“Obviously it’s sad for Antonio, but it’s FP1 and hopefully the weather can be kind of OK so we’ll get the normal running. If … Read the rest