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

Trackhouse signs Daniel Suarez for 2021 Cup debut

Daniel Suárez is on the move again, and he’s heading to a new team. On Wednesday, Trackhouse Entertainment Group announced Suárez will drive the newly-formed #99 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE for the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season. The project is led by former driver Justin Marks, and will run all thirty-six races next year after acquiring a charter from Spire Motorsports.

“The formation of a top-level NASCAR Cup Series team has been a dream of mine for a long time,” Marks said. “A lot of hard work has transpired to get us to this point and I don’t think we could’ve ended up with better partners in RCR and Chevrolet, and with a more passionate and committed driver than Daniel Suárez. Daniel’s drive and hunger to get to the top of this sport is palpable every time I am in his presence. We are building a team of winners Read the rest

Weather forecast and timetable | 2020 Eifel GP

Formula 1 returns to the Nürburgring this year. From 9 to 11 October, the elite class of motorsport will be holding the “Formula 1 Aramco Eifel Grand Prix” in front of up to 20,000 spectators.

When Sebastian Vettel, Charles Leclerc and co. now put the pedal to the metal on the 5.148 kilometre Grand Prix circuit of the Nürburgring, fans will be able to cheer on their idols around the track after seven years of absence.

2020 Eifel Grand Prix weather forecast (Weather Info Nürburg):

From the Formula 1 teams’ point of view, different weather conditions can result in very different races, and Formula 1 teams adapt their strategy accordingly, for example using different tyres in wet conditions, and taking account of cross winds which can cause stability problems at high speeds. It is always well worth checking the weather before any grand prix as it can often throw a … Read the rest

‘I Should Have Won’ on Formula 1’s Last Visit to the Nürburgring – Romain Grosjean

Formula 1 returns to the Nürburgring for the first time since 2013 this weekend, and for Romain Grosjean, he feels he should have become a Grand Prix winner at the circuit that year.

But for a safety car driver, the current Haas F1 Team racer, then driving for the Lotus F1 Team, was on course for his maiden Formula 1 race victory, but he ultimately finished third behind Red Bull Racing’s Sebastian Vettel and his Lotus team-mate Kimi Räikkönen.

Grosjean admits he has not had the chance to re-learn the track on the simulator ahead of the Eifel Grand Prix, so he will be using his memory to reacclimatise to the Nürburgring, something he will have to do from second practice as Callum Ilott will drive in the first session in his place.

“To be fair, 2013 was a very long time ago, so I’m Read the rest

Italian media reports on Ferrari’s aero updates for Nurburgring and Portimao

Scuderia Ferrari has already brought the necessary aerodynamic updates for the car in recent weeks and that will be no different this weekend in Germany. The Italians continue to work on the balance of the car which has been very bad since the start of the season.

Gradually the Maranello team seems to be crawling out of the valley, especially when it comes to the chassis of the car. The last Grands Prix came to the Italians with small adjustments to the car for aerodynamics. The Italian branch of Motorsport.com will also make some changes this weekend.

New adjustments
At the last Grand Prix in Russia, Ferrari took seventh place with a few improvements to the car. For Germany, some updates that have worked on the simulator will be brought back. Ferrari would come with other barge boards, changes to the rear suspension and the newly designed diffuser.

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Carlos Sainz Jr: “You can’t have good results in Formula 1 without a good car”

Carlos Sainz Jr is a 26-year-old Spanish driver who has been racing in Formula 1 for only five years, yet has already changed three teams. Next year, Carlos will join Ferrari on a two-year contract. Now the driver is finishing the season with McLaren, where he has become a competitive driver during the two years with the outfit. We at Paddock magazine decided to ask to him how he manages to achieve such results and what helps him move on after various misfortunes.

Hello, Carlos! You’re performing so well this year. How big of a part does your car play in this?

Hello! At the beginning of the year, I couldn’t believe how good the car was! I was very happy with the first three races. Little by little, I managed to gain experience, and people around me found a good car balance for the rest of the season – … Read the rest

Nannini quickest on day one of post-season F3 test

Italian Matteo Nannini finished the first day of the post-season FIA Formula 3 Championship test at Catalunya as the fastest driver as he lit up the timing screens to lead the morning session by over two tenths.

The seventeen year old drove for Jenzer during the 2020 season and surprised many with some standout performances, the best of which saw him claim his first and, to this day, only podium in F3 at the same circuit.

It perhaps wasn’t much of a shock to see Nannini setting fast lap times then after his previous success at this circuit despite switching to the Campos team for day one of the test. He will drive for ART tomorrow.

F3 veteran Jake Hughes was second fastest for HWA Racelab as he says his final goodbyes to Formula 3 racing after announcing that he will move on to pastures new from 2021.

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‘Ferrari can still fight for third place in the championship’ – report

Scuderia Ferrari does not have a good season. The team is driving around in midfield and the team has not had a chance to win this season. The weekend in Russia went a little better after improved balance and new upgrades. Also in Eifel updates are expected on the SF1000.

Step forward in Russia
Ferrari was finally able to fight again for a number of good points in Russia, in which Charles Leclerc secured a sixth position for the team. Sebastian Vettel helped by stopping the Renaults of Daniel Ricciardo and Esteban Ocon before making a pit stop.

“Both Leclerc and Team Principal Mattia Binotto downplayed the impact of the new parts in Sochi, saying that result was more down to an improved car balance”, said F1 journalist Chris Medland on the official Formula 1 site.

Third among the manufacturers

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Denny Hamlin escapes Alabama with crazy, controversial YellaWood 500 victory

One can always count on Talladega Superspeedway to bring drama and chaos, even moreso when it’s hosting a NASCAR Cup Series playoff race. Sunday’s YellaWood 500 produced wrecks galore, including two red flags and multiple overtimes, but in the end, Denny Hamlin was able to survive the turmoil in a dramatic but also controversial win.

Hamlin started on the pole ahead of last week’s winner Kurt Busch, while Brendan Gaughan, running his final NASCAR race, started last. Brennan Poole and Timmy Hill failed inspection multiple times and were sent to the rear, as was Cody Ware for replacing J.J. Yeley; it was the reigning Asian Le Mans Series LMP2 Am champion’s first NASCAR start of 2020.

Entering the race, Kyle Busch (nine points back), Clint Bowyer (–20), Aric Almirola (–27), and Austin Dillon (–32) were below the cut-off line.

Stage #1

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