In summary: McLaren is five points away from third place in the championship, but Lando Norris suspects his car is not among the other four fastest at the moment.
These are the last few races where we really can make a big difference and get that extra position with the designers if we can. But it won’t be easy at all.
I think Racing Point was probably the faster team throughout the season. I think that’s pretty easy to admit. They just had disagreements with the fact that some of the drivers weren’t allowed to drive all the races and Nico [Hulkenberg] had to step in.
Even if our two drivers were fully fit all season, they are still ahead of us at the moment. So it’s difficult.
I don’t think we’re third best or fourth best car, I think we’re back a bit. Where we can do a better job and where we have done a better job throughout the season is just the consistency and not the mistakes some of the other drivers and teams made.
Our goal is to get the most out of the car because I think even if we get the most out of the car, we might just be missing a little to stay ahead of the rest of the midfield. But we will do our best and fight for it until the last round in Abu Dhabi.
Ilott keeps his hopes for the title with the fifth pole of the season in Sakhir qualifying (Formula 2)
« Drugovich and Ticktum fired for second and third, but neither of them could touch Ilott, who was almost four tenths faster. The Brit was the first car to pit, happy with his work in the first stint. «
« Grosjean is being considered for a seat in one of the Indy 500 winner’s four Chey-powered Dallara DW12s, following ongoing discussions with the 34-year-old Frenchman about compatriot Sebastien Bourdais and Canadian Dalton Kellett, who To return in 2021. «
Robert Kubica: « It’s been a while since I was last in the car because I’ve driven in the DTM in the meantime. So it was crucial to get a feel for the car and confidence straight away. « . It went well, I was able to drive these cars again quickly and I felt pretty good. Overall, it was a good session. We have completed the entire program and are happy with the way the day went. «
« The FIA and Formula 1 can confirm today that between Friday the 20th. November and Thursday 26th. November 4887 tests for COVID-19 were conducted on drivers, teams and staff. Of these, 9 people tested positive, in addition to the previously announced positive case for Jonathan Wheatley, Aston Martin Red Bull Racing’s director of sport. «
« In March 2020 Mercedes-Benz announced a sustainable business strategy for motorsport activities and ambitious steps towards CO2 neutrality. Our goal is to have a zero carbon footprint by the end of 2020 and to reduce carbon emissions by 50% by 2022 compared to the team’s 2018 baseline. Despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the team is well on its way to achieving the reduction planned for 2020 through the transition to renewable energy and offsetting gold-standard carbon emissions. «
« With a rule book thinner than a slice of Lando Norris’ favorite pizza, it was pretty much anything that was possible when Can-Am launched in 1966. The only real limits were those of your imagination, and that was music to the ears of a bright, young engineer like Bruce. The series produced some of the most spectacular racing machines ever seen, and in some cases they were faster than their Formula 1 counterparts. «
« The first RP was more about understanding the 2021 tires over long distances and de-registering and understanding some of the new aerodynamic components so there was less set-up done in that session. We checked the data and made some changes to the car. With rear track limited and tire selection aggressive, the rear end deterioration was high. So we had to deal with the problem in FP2. We started FP2 with a short-term comparison with the 2020 vs 2021 tire and then continued our normal program. «
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After the teams had the opportunity to test 2021 tires in the first and second practice sessions, BaKano shows that the busy Mercedes race on Friday shows how committed they are to improvement and the search for an advantage:
One of the issues mentioned before this Grand Prix was that the teams would be working on the 2021 season. That explains why, without winning more, Mercedes used two sets of the 2021 tire and drove many laps on it.
Tires are « all the rage » in F1 lately. So build on that. One of the reasons Mercedes [domination] is warranted, even though it’s boring, is that they keep working to stay on top no matter what advantage they have over the others. BaKano
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