Ricciardo, Verstappen reveal race preparation

Date published: October 17 2017

Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen have given an insight into how they prepare for each grand prix and the process behind their race starts.

The Red Bull duo also discuss the physical element of the races and how they recover from those draining Sunday afternoons.

Check out the full video, courtesy of Mobil 1 The Grid, here:

Hulkenberg eager to help Sainz 'hit the ground running' at Renault

Nico Hulkenberg is ready to do everything he can to help new Formula 1 teammate Carlos Sainz Jr. get up to speed with Renault through the final four races of the 2017 season, with the pair set to join forces for the first time in Austin this weekend.

Renault announced over the Japanese Grand Prix weekend that Sainz would be joining early after negotiating Jolyon Palmer‘s departure four races before the end of the season.

Sainz will link up with Renault from this weekend’s United States Grand Prix, and Hulkenberg is eager to get to work with his new teammate at Enstone.

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“I’m looking forward to working with Carlos. We need to finish off the season well together to help the team in the constructors’ standings,” Hulkenberg said.

“I’ll be doing everything I can to help him hit the ground running with the team, but he is a very capable driver with a bright future. He has shown what he can do in Formula 1 and we’ll be aiming for a positive start to our partnership in Austin.”

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Mercedes taking nothing for granted despite nearing F1 titles

Mercedes Formula 1 chief Toto Wolff says the team “can take nothing for granted” despite being able to wrap up both the drivers’ and constructors’ championships at this weekend’s United States Grand Prix.

Victory for Lewis Hamilton last time out in Japan has put him 59 points clear of Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel with four races and 100 points remaining, while Mercedes sits 145 points ahead in the constructors’ standings.

Mercedes will wrap up the teams’ title this weekend if both Hamilton and teammate Valtteri Bottas finish inside the top four, while Hamilton will take his fourth drivers’ crown if he moves an additional 16 points clear of Vettel.

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Nevertheless, Wolff has stressed the importance of Mercedes staying focused and committed as it bids to complete a fourth straight title double.

“Still four races to go and 100 points to score: we can take nothing for granted as we fly to Austin this week. We approach every race with a healthy dose of scepticism rather than wishful thinking, and our focus must be on making sure we score every point within our reach this weekend in Austin,” Wolff said.

“Since we began the final flyaway leg of the season, we have seen a strong points swing in our favour in both championships. Good fortune has played its part, of course – and we have put ourselves in the right position to make the most of the opportunities that have come our way. But nobody within the team is allowing those good results to disguise the challenges we have faced.

“We returned from those races with a lot more understanding of our car and of the reasons for the performance swings we have experienced this season. Some of that understanding is already being applied to the final races, some of it will flow into next year’s project.

“But the bitter taste of our defeat in Malaysia once again confirmed that the tough days are the ones when you learn most – and when you lay the foundations for future success.”

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Pirelli turns ultra-soft tyres pink for US GP weekend

Pirelli has confirmed it will turn its ultra-soft tyres pink as part of Formula 1’s themed United States Grand Prix weekend for Breast Cancer Awareness month.

F1 recently announced a partnership with breast cancer charity Susan G. Komen for the Austin race weekend that will see the sport rally to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer care.

A number of schemes have been planned for the weekend, including a pink-coloured pit lane, and Pirelli has followed suit by changing the colour of the rings on its ultra-soft tyres for the race weekend.

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Usually coloured purple, Pirelli’s softest tyre compound will run in pink for the entirety of the weekend at the Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas, and will heavily feature in both qualifying and the race.

““For America, we’re once again taking a softer range of compounds that we have done for previous races there, with the ultrasoft available in Austin for the first time: but in pink  as a one-off, to highlight the brilliant work of the Susan G. Komen foundation,” Pirelli F1 chief Mario Isola said.

“This should bring lap times down, continuing the trend we have seen over the course of the season. Austin though is one of the hardest tracks to predict, also due to variable weather, and we’ve seen quite a variety of pit strategies there in the past. These could involve all three compounds this time, with the soft being a good potential option for the race as well.”

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Pink-striped ultrasofts to be used in Austin

Date published: October 16 2017

Pirelli have unveiled pink ultrasoft tyres for the United States Grand Prix this weekend as part of F1’s association with the Susan G. Komen foundation.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and Circuit of The Americas has already been turned pink to help support the initiative.

In addition, the ultrasoft tyres, which are usually purple, have also been changed to pink.

“For America, we’re once again taking a softer range of compounds that we have done for previous races there,” said Pirelli’s Head of Car Racing Mario Isola.

“The Ultra Soft will be available in Austin for the first time: but in pink as a one-off, to highlight the brilliant work of the Susan G. Komen foundation.

“This should bring lap times down, continuing the trend we have seen over the course of the season.

Lauda: Mercedes threatened to release Rosberg and Hamilton during F1 spat

Mercedes threated to release Formula 1 drivers Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton from their contracts at the height of their rivalry in 2016 in a bid to stop on-track clashes, according to non-executive chairman Niki Lauda.

Rosberg and Hamilton were teammates from 2013 to 2016 at Mercedes, and went head-to-head for the drivers’ championship in each of their final three years together, resulting in a number of tense moments.

On-track incidents at the 2014 Belgian Grand Prix, 2016 Spanish Grand Prix and 2016 Austrian Grand Prix were flashpoints in the Rosberg-Hamilton rivalry, with Lauda revealing Mercedes threatened to sack them if they could not behave.

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““We had huge competition within the team which was sometimes too much, but we put some regulations in,” Lauda explained in an interview on YouTube with Graham Bensinger.

“We told them, especially in Barcelona when they crashed each other off, this is unacceptable for Mercedes. We have to win. One of you guys has to win, you cannot have each other off.

“So we had some rules put in. They understood. You are not allowed to [do it], you will pay penalties if you do it again, or we’re thinking of releasing you from your contracts.

“We are team players here, the team cannot destroy each other.”

Rosberg retired from F1 after winning his maiden world title in 2016, defusing much of the tension at Mercedes that had saw the German and Hamilton stop even exchanging greetings.

“It was so bad they didn’t even say hello in the morning to each other,” Lauda said.

“I don’t expect them to have breakfast together if they don’t like each other, but the relationship got really bad.

“It was not easy.”

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