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F1 should discuss reducing teams’ data – Brawn
Eurosport.co.uk: The impact reduced practice data had on the quality of the United States Grand Prix is a worthwhile discussion point for Formula 1’s future template, says Ross Brawn.
Friday practice at Austin took place in wet conditions but Saturday and Sunday were completely dry and the race was one of the best of the F1 season.
Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen defeated the Red Bull of Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes as F1’s three big teams duked it out on three different strategies.
Brawn believes there is a link between the reduced data the teams had from Friday and the entertaining grand prix and said it should become part of F1’s deliberations over how to make racing better. Full story: Eurosport.co.uk
Sebastian Vettel: Formula 1’s red flag rules are ‘wrong’
Autosport.com: Sebastian Vettel thinks the way Formula 1’s red flag rules are policed is wrong, after getting a three-place grid penalty for not slowing enough in United States Grand Prix practice.
The Ferrari driver was deemed by the race stewards to have not slowed enough when the opening practice session was red flagged to allow marshals to clear gravel off the circuit following a spin by Charles Leclerc.
Vettel is adamant he backed off enough to respect the red flag rules once the session had been stopped, and is unhappy about the way that precise delta times are used to judge if a driver has gone too quick. Full story: Autosport.com
The signs of promise for Williams’ ‘next-gen’ Formula 1 future
Crash.net: Williams’ problems in 2018 have been more than just a slow race car – but there are plans afoot to turn things around and make this year the catalyst to its recovery.
2018 has been Williams’ annus horribilis in Formula 1. After being a consistent force in the upper-midfield through the V6 turbo era, the team’s fortunes took a significant dip this year, leaving it rooted to the foot of the constructors’ championship table.
Points have been hard to come by for drivers Lance Stroll and Sergey Sirotkin this year, both of whom have struggled with the troublesome Williams FW41 car. Besides scores in Azerbaijan and Italy, Williams has failed to breach the top 10 at any other race. In a year that has seen the likes of Sauber and Toro Rosso punch well above their weight, Williams has been mired at the back of the field. Full story: Crash.net
Sergio Perez: Force India keep Mexican driver for 2019 Formula 1 season
BBC.co.uk: Sergio Perez will stay with Force India for the 2019 Formula 1 season.
The 28-year-old Mexican has been with the team since 2014 and is seventh in the drivers’ championship with seven points finishes in the past nine races.
Perez has been credited with fending off a winding-up petition against the team by starting administration proceedings earlier this year, saving all 405 jobs at their Silverstone base.
“I’m very happy to finally announce my future,” said Perez. Full story: BBC.co.uk