F1 made right call with delayed changes to pit stop rules – Seidl | RaceFans Round-up
In the round-up: McLaren team principal Andreas Seidl backed the delayed introduction of changes to Formula 1’s pit stop rules.
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Seidl welcomes delay to pit stop rules change
As RaceFans revealed last month, the FIA notified teams via a technical directive it intended to introduce new rules ahead of the upcoming Hungarian Grand Prix forcing them to slow down their pit stops. Some teams have consistently performed tyre changes in less than two seconds, but concerns arose over whether these were being done safely.
However as revealed last week, the changes are to be watered down. A revised version of the technical directive issued to teams indicated the plan to specify minimum reaction times at certain stages of the wheel change process had been abandoned. The introduction of the new rules will also be delayed until after the summer break, a move Seidl welcomed.
“It was a good, constructive discussion between teams and the FIA,” he said. “And in the end, due to the special situation that we are in also with Covid – that it is not so easy to go back to the factories at the moment and train together with the crew all the changes that were in the TD initially – I think it made sense in the end to delay it and use the longer break and give every team more time to be prepared for the change.”
Jaguar commits to Formula E
Jaguar has become the latest manufacturer to confirm it will continue to compete in Formula E following the introduction of its new, third-generation cars which will arrive next year. Jaguar Land Rover CEO Thierry Bollore said the championship “is already proving to be the perfect environment to design, collaborate, test and develop new sustainable technologies at pace.”
Ahead of this weekend’s penultimate double-header round in London, Jaguar driver Sam Bird holds a five-point lead in the championship. Jaguar lies third in the teams championship, five points behind Virgin.
Wolff: Part-indoor track will be challenging for Formula E title bid
Venturi team principal Susie Wolff had to endure a frustrating weekend in New York, after the team had emerged triumphant in Puebla to take two podiums and the drivers’ title lead for Edoardo Mortara. The team scored just six points in Brooklyn, all for Norman Nato, as Mortara fell to fourth in the standings.
Going in to the London Eprix, Wolff said the novel track layout, around and through the gigantic hangars of the ExCel Centre, might throw up opportunities for the underdog Monegasque team. “As the penultimate race weekend of the season, the London E-Prix is of crucial importance – scoring well at the ExCeL will be essential to set up August’s finale in Berlin.
“London is going to be very challenging for the drivers, not only due to the varying surface grip levels inside the venue versus outside, but also the height variations of the track especially the down hill section at the start – which I’m sure will make it very interesting for the fans to watch.
“As with any new circuit, completing consistent running throughout practice will be important to establish a performance baseline and hopefully, we can be in the mix and threaten for big points.”
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July 23, 2021 at 01:06AM