In this GPFans summary, we take you through the most read Formula 1 news of the day. Below you’ll find the most trending topics from the royal motorsport class, grouped into one article. This way you are fully informed of all the developments in just 2 minutes.
It seems that the future of Nikita Mazepin is more in doubt after today. It is very likely that the Russian driver Haas will not start in Bahrain in March. Portimao is in talks with Formula 1 to take Russia’s place on the racing calendar, and Fernando Alonso has spoken of the controversial sacking of former race director Michael Massi and Red Bull Racing’s RB18 supposedly taking a few pounds to lose. You can read all of this in this new GPFans summary.
Mazepin’s future is in doubt
Nikita Mazepin’s future in Formula 1 is uncertain. The Ukrainian Automobile Federation has called on the FIA to ban drivers with a Russian racing licence. A few hours later, the International Olympic Committee issued the same appeal, addressed to all international sports federations. The FIA has announced an “extraordinary meeting” of the World Motor Sport Council next Tuesday to discuss the situation. You can read the whole article here.
Portugal may be part of the party again
Portimao is one possible alternative to the Russian Grand Prix. This says department manager Paulo Pinheiro in a conversation with the Portuguese cmjournal† Pinheiro says Portimao’s Autódromo Internacional do Algarve is currently in talks with Formula 1 to serve as a replacement. According to the Portuguese, the whole story depends on a number of logistical issues. In addition, the organization will have to invest several million in the circuit to fully prepare it for the arrival of Formula 1. You can read the entire article here.
Alonso defends Massi
Fernando Alonso does not support Michael Massi’s resignation as race director. According to the two-time world champion, he always wanted to protect only drivers. “In Spa the conditions were not right for the race. In Baku we got a red flag, even if it was one or two laps before the end, because it was not safe.” According to Alonso, the race director has a difficult task: “You cannot please everyone.” You can read the whole article here.
RB18 is overweight
Red Bull Racing consultant Helmut Marko has stated that the RB18 still has to lose a few kilograms before the new coach makes his debut in Bahrain. The Austrian team is working on losing weight, but this is a time-consuming and expensive process. With the budget cap in mind and the season starting in just under three weeks, there is work to be done for the team of Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez. You can read the whole article here.
Netflix releases first images of new season Drive to Survive
Netflix has released the first trailer for the fourth season of the hit series Drive To Survive. The series, especially in the United States, has ensured the increasing popularity of Formula 1. So other racing classes are also working on series around their sport. Formula E recently released its own series called “Unplugged”. You can read the whole article here. Watch the trailer below.
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