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On the Way to Spanish GP: race schedule

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Ferrari: new chassis for Vettel in Barcelona

Next weekend Sebastian Vettel will have a new chassis available. This was confirmed by the Ferrari Chassis Engineering Manager, Simone Resta, who made the technical point for the weekend in the presentation of the Spanish Grand Prix.

“The SF1000 will not present updates – confirmed Resta – there will be a novelty regarding the chassis available to the pilots. In fact, we decided to replace that of Sebastian after the usual analysis made at the end of the second weekend of Silverstone revealed a small anomaly caused by a violent passage on a curb: nothing particularly relevant in terms of performance but there were no reasons not to proceed in this direction”.

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Race schedule (UTC+1)

Friday 14th August:

  • Free Practise 1         11:00-12:30
  • Free Practise 2         15:00-16:30

Saturday 15th August:

  • Free Practise 3        12:00-13:00
  • Qualifying session   15:00-16:00

Sunday 16th August:

  • Race                        15:10-17:10

The characteristics of the track.

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  • Circuit length: 4.655km
  • First grand prix:  1991
  • Laps: 66
  • Race distance:  307.104
  • Race lap record:  1.18.441 – Daniel Ricciardo, 2018
  • 2019 winner:  Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes
  • Number of corners:  16
  • Overtaking chances:  Not great, overall. At the end of two DRS zones into tight-ish corners are the best opportunities: at the end of the back straight and the pit straight respectively. That said, with the mega downforce,  the corners are not the big braking zones they were once. Get a good exit from the quick, long right-hander at turn three through and putting one down the inside of turn four isn’t impossible, though. Perhaps this race will give us a real test of whether the regulation changes have made any difference to how difficult it is to follow a car ahead

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Ferrari and Renault appeal. Mclaren defies itself!

The team of Cavallino appeals to the International Court together with Renault who had officially filed the complaint that gave rise to the Racing Point case and, obviously, even the Silverstone team has decided to pass to the judgment of second degree arguing that the penalty that was imposed (a fine of 400 thousand dollars and 15 points removed in the Constructors’ World Championship) is too severe.

Ferrari has entered with determination in the dispute with Mattia Binotto who said: “If there is someone who copies it is because there is also someone who has passed the task“. The Scuderia appeals on Document 4 issued on 7 August by the College of Sports Commissioners and on Document 41 issued on 9 August.

Maranello’s intention is not so much to enter into the merits of the brake ducts as into the concept of car copy, trying to delimit what are the actual regulatory constraints to be in compliance with the clones.

It is interesting to note that Red Bull has called out of the story (having the Alphatauri a replica of the RB15) and do not want to run into surprises, while Ferrari lends its flank to controls on the Haas which is a derivative of the Red.

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Perez negative for coronavirus, back on track for the GP of Spain.

Sergio Perez takes back his Racing Point. The Mexican driver, who had tested positive at Covid-19 in recent weeks, returns to the track for the weekend of the Spanish GP after missing the two previous races at Silverstone. On those two occasions he was replaced by the German Nico Hulkenberg.

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