To Sochi Autodrom to start the next thousand – Scuderia Ferrari

Sunday sees the seventh running of the Russian Grand Prix, the tenth round of the Formula 1 World Championship. It takes place at the Sochi Autodrom, near the Black Sea coastal resort, with the 5.848-kilometre track using roads around the Olympic village built for the 2014 Winter games. The nearby Luna Park and its brightly coloured rollercoasters provide a backdrop at various parts of the track.

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18 corners. The track has 18 corners, 12 to the right and 6 to the left, with 1.7 km on public roads. The lap starts near the train station and heads for the Medals Plaza, which was where the Olympic prizegiving ceremonies took place and the five linked rings still mark the spot. The distance from the start line to the first corner is just over 100 metres, with a slight bend to the right that … Read the rest

James Hinchcliffe Returns to Andretti for Remainder of 2020 Season

James Hinchcliffe will pilot the No. 26 Gainbridge Honda for Andretti Autosport for the remainder of the 2020 season, following Zach Veach‘s departure from the team on Wednesday.

Hinchcliffe has already run three events with Andretti this season, piloting the No. 29 Genesys Honda for the season opening Genesys 300 at Texas Motor Speedway, the GMR Grand Prix at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course, and the Indianapolis 500.

The “Mayor of Hinchtown” also raced for Andretti from 2012 to 2014, and team owner Michael Andretti credits their relationship with the Canadian driver as the reason why he was chosen.

“It’s always unfortunate to have to change drivers this far into a season, but we have to look at finishing the year the best we can for the 26 team and start evaluating and looking at options for 2021,” Andretti said.

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Ferrari sporting director says Sochi updates first step after ‘rock bottom’

Scuderia Ferrari says the updates it has brought to the Russian Grand Prix must be regarded as the “first small step” on its recovery after believing it has hit “rock bottom.”

Ferrari is in the midst of its worst campaign in 40 years and holds only sixth in the Constructors’ Championship at the mid-point of the delayed campaign.

It was a regular points contender early on, and even scored two podiums, but has form has tailed off in recent races, which included failing to take a top 10 at Spa-Francorchamps and Monza.

Ferrari has brought minor aerodynamic revisions for its SF1000 at this weekend’s Russian Grand Prix but has cautioned that they are primarily tasked at understanding where to improve for 2021.

Ferrari’s Sporting Director Laurent Mekies commented that the team’s trajectory after the opening rounds “was certainly not as we wanted otherwise we would not be in this situation.… Read the rest

Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN encouraged by recent performance ahead of the Russian Grand Prix

Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN is looking to build on the team’s encouraging results from the past two races in Italy at this weekend’s Russian Grand Prix at the Sochi Autodrom

Kimi Raikkonen picked up two points at the Tuscan Grand Prix, two weekends ago, it was the much needed boost the team needed after a tepid start to the 2020 season. 

Kimi has not had much luck at Sochi in the past but the Finn is not going to let it get in the way of pushing forward for the second half of the season. He said: “I don’t have many good memories about racing in Sochi as for some reason it’s always been a fairly unlucky track for me. However, I am not someone who looks at past form too much: my focus is on having a good weekend and [to] get the most of what our … Read the rest

Charles Leclerc on Ferrari upgrade for Sochi: “We don’t expect much performance from it”

Do you feel like you have outperformed the car this season, making the difference?
Charles Leclerc: “Overall this year I feel myself in a very good form, better than last year. I am trying to push the car at its limit in every session which helped my consistency. Surely I made mistakes sometimes, but there are also races where I took the risks and it worked out. We managed to do some podiums, lucky or not, we managed to do some podiums. I am happy with how the season is going on my side but there is still a lot to do. Last year I was pushing in qualifying, but there was a bit more left in FP1/FP2/FP3. Now I try to extract the maximum out of the car all the time and it seems to work for now.”

Scuderia Ferrari Monegasque driver Charles Leclerc on the Maranello team’s upgrade … Read the rest

McLaren looking forward to ‘maximise all opportunities’ in Russia

After a race of mixed fortunes in the Tuscan Grand Prix at Mugello, McLaren F1 Team are aiming to score a good amount of points to extend their lead against the midfield in the constructors’ championship.

Piers Thynne– McLaren’s production director- says the team need to ‘focus hard on the task at hand and continue to work hard’ in order to finish high up the order in Sochi.

He also stated that this year’s new challenges concerning the balance of parts available had been made slightly trickier after Carlos Sainz crash at the restart last time out cost the team valuable resources, stating that the team ‘lost significant parts over the weekend at Mugello which need backfilling and preparing ahead of the flyaway to [Russia].’

However, Thynne did say the team are looking forward to Sochi, and that they have plans to ‘deploy some new … Read the rest

Olav Mol explains ‘Ferrari – FIA agreement is not what everyone thinks’

Olav Mol, commentator at Ziggo Sport, finds the downfall at Ferrari very painful. He does say that the agreement made with the FIA is not what everyone thinks.

In a big interview with Motorsport.com Mol talks about how he thinks Ferrari’s deal with the motorsport federation works. “What we should not forget is that the deal they made with the FIA has less to do with illegality than we might think or hope. There was something on it and that was intellectual property, in other words that was protected. They could not have that made public because otherwise… Well done. That is why they agreed that with the FIA.”

“That agreement had a very big impact”, Mol continues. “If you still think in the aerodynamics department that you can continue to drive with the same downforce with significantly less power, then you are in trouble. It’s also a bit of … Read the rest

Lewis Hamilton: a champion living out of the bubble

Lewis Hamilton is the most known active and record-breaking Formula 1 driver, who in addition to six championship titles is soon going to have most Grand Prix wins to his name – more than Michael Schumacher’s 91 career victories. The 35-year-old Mercedes racer is also adamant about leaving a powerful legacy that goes beyond the sport. But let’s see what else makes this superstar unique.

With outstanding performances weekend in and weekend out, Lewis has become one of the most influential people in the sport, and certainly a public figure known around the globe. This champion has evolved a great deal over the years, from attending parties with famous A-listers to openly expressing his opinion and supporting the most relevant causes and initiatives.

One of the first issues was his veganism. Back in 2018, he confirmed he would stop eating meat and therefore received both criticism and compliments. One of … Read the rest

Greensmith “Pleased How the Weekend Panned Out” in Turkey

Gus Greensmith admitted he is trying to be careful when attacking stages after taking his best finsihing position in the FIA World Rally Championship last weekend.

Greensmith ended Rally Turkey in a fine fifth place after suruving a rather chaotic Sunday, where sevearl of his rivals including teammates Esapekka Lappi and Teemu Suninen all hit problems.

The young British driver said on his weekend: I’m pretty pleased at the end of this one and happy with how our weekend panned out.”

That long stage today (Sunday) was so rough, and considering where we were I decided that caution was the better act of valour. That turned out to be the right decision – it worked out, and we come away from this weekend with our best ever result.

His finishing position was the highest of any of the trio of M-Sport WRC entrants and he had a … Read the rest

Former Ferrari boss Stefano Domenicali to take over as Formula 1 CEO

Former Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali is poised to make a surprise return to Formula 1 as the CEO of the sport, RaceFans has learned from a source with knowledge of the situation.

The role of CEO will be relinquished by Chase Carey, who took up the position in January 2017 following Liberty Media’s takeover, and has recently overseen the successful completion of negotiations to extend F1’s Concorde Agreement with all 10 participating teams. Carey, who also holds the role of F1 chairman, is expected to retain links to the sport in an outward-facing role.

Domenicali, 55, is well-connected both to Formula 1 managing director Ross Brawn and FIA president Jean Todt through his spell at Ferrari. Born in Imola and educated at the University of Bologna, Domenicali joined Ferrari in 1991. He took over from Todt in charge of the team in 2007 and oversaw its most recent championship … Read the rest