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Kvyat: “People are calling me quite a bit” for 2021 drive

With Pierre Gasly already confirmed in the other seat, Kyvat’s place at the Faenza team is looking uncertain. F2 star Yuki Tsunoda is widely expected to be promoted, while Alex Albon is also potentially in the mix if he’s dropped by Red Bull Racing. However, Kvyat says that he’s already heard from potential employers in other categories, and his manager Nicolas Todt is looking at ...Keep reading

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Formula 1 Bahrain Grand Prix – How to watch, start time & more

Lewis Hamilton will line up on pole position ahead of teammate Valtteri Bottas, as Mercedes locked out the front row for the 11th time this season. The two Red Bulls will start third and fourth on the grid, led by Max Verstappen, while Sergio Perez qualified his Racing Point in fifth. When is the Formula 1 Bahrain Grand Prix? The Bahrain Grand Prix will be held on November 29 ...Keep reading

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How a “bad call” left Stroll on wrong tyres in Bahrain qualifying

Turkish GP pole man Stroll had been an encouraging second in Q1, after a strong second run left him behind only Lewis Hamilton – who went on to take pole. The mix-up was a blow for the Silverstone team in its battle for third in the constructors’ championship on a day when both Renaults were inside the top 10. Stroll used up a set of medium tyres in Q1, and then he had another new set ...Keep reading

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Jos Verstappen’s Portimao LMP3 sportscar test ‘just for fun’

The father of current Red Bull Formula 1 driver Max Verstappen and veteran of 106 grands prix has tested a variety of cars this year, and recently completed a run in an LMP3 car at Portimao with Spanish outfit Team Virage. Verstappen Sr. has not raced competitively since an outing at a Baku sportscar race in 2012, with his most recent appearance at the 24 Hours of Le Mans coming in 2009 for ...Keep reading

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Albon wants to be “thorn in Mercedes’ strategy” in Bahrain

Albon bounced back from a hefty crash during second practice at the Bahrain International Circuit on Friday to snare fourth place on the grid in qualifying. It marked Albon's best qualifying result since the Tuscan Grand Prix at Mugello in September, and saw him lock out the second row of the grid for Red Bull alongside teammate Max Verstappen. Asked if the result was a relief following his ...Keep reading

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Bottas “surprised” by qualifying gap to Hamilton

Bottas qualified 0.289s behind Hamilton after gaining on Red Bull's Max Verstappen on the final runs in Q3 and will start alongside his Mercedes teammate on the front row for Sunday's race. Mercedes' weekend so far has featured an unusual programme for an event that has had its full allocation of track time, as the team opted not to do any set-up work in Friday practice to spending more time ...Keep reading

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Ferrari wants “soft landing” for budget cap extended

When the new financial regulations come into play in 2021, teams will be restricted to a spend of $145m, and the major players have to downsize or redeploy staff. Ferrari has the option of moving people to its road car division, while both Mercedes and Red Bull have been creating projects that allow them to use F1 staff in other areas. Earlier this year it was agreed to give those teams an ...Keep reading

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Pirelli defends 2021 F1 tyres amid vocal driver criticism

Isola insists there is “no reason” not to pursue the plan to introduce the new tyres, despite world champions Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel suggesting that the current construction should be kept for a third season. All teams ran the new tyres, which feature a new and more robust construction designed to deal with rising downforce levels, in FP1 and FP2 in Sakhir. At the end of the ...Keep reading

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Vettel hopes F1 abandons switch to new tyres in 2021

As part of Pirelli’s push to revise its products for 2021, prototype versions of the new more-robust specification were tested by all drivers during practice at the Bahrain Grand Prix. But with a host of drivers saying they did not like the new rubber, Vettel joined those in claiming he felt they were a step back – and said he hoped they would be binned. “They were not a step ...Keep reading

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