Despite a promising performance from the Spec 3 Honda PU in FP2, Alonso's frustrations have continued this afternoon after having to return to the Spec 2 unit due to a "concern" over his Spec 3 unit after an inspection last night. It was decided that "it was not worth the risk".
Fernando Alonso remains level headed following today's practice sessions in Austria. He was 9th fastest in FP1 and 8th fastest in FP2 with a respectable 1m07.510s lap time which is quicker than Schumacher's 2003 1m08.337 record set in 2003 but +1.535s slower than today's fastest from Lewis Hamilton who will (announced this evening - Friday) incur a 5 grid penalty for needing a new gearbox under article 23.5a of the FIA 2017 regulations.
BREAKING: A document issued by the FIA on tonight (Friday evening) confirmed the change. The standard penalty would be five grid positions. We are not sure when the gearbox change happened at this stage, but we do know the FIA have stated Hamilton came to Austria fully aware of the penalty after Mercedes notified the FIA on Tuesday morning
If the Italian press is correct then it would appear that orders from the very top have emerged from "secret Maranello rooms" that the F1 team have removed chief PU designer Lorenzo Sassi from office despite the boost in performance he has created, with the gap in performance to Mercedes reduced or even non-existent.
...A spring, weighing just 700 grammes, from the back of Jensen Buttons car had somehow penetrated the top of his visor and injured Massa above the left eye, perilously close to the cornea. The accident came six days after 18-year-old Henry Surtees died of injuries received when he was struck on the head by an errant wheel in another freak accident during a Formula Two race at Brands Hatch. Both events sparking the start of the enclosed cockpit debate still going on today. Massa demonstrated remarkable courage to clamber back into an F1 cockpit just 11 weeks later. His last podium was before his retirement at the 2015 Italian Grand Prix...
Paris, July 3 – Following an incident at the recent Azerbaijan Grand Prix involving a collision between Car 5 (Sebastian Vettel) and Car 44 (Lewis Hamilton), Sebastian Vettel was today invited to attend a meeting at the FIA’s Paris headquarters.
Not one, but two teams and his own racing circuit on one year - Dietrich Mateschitz contributions to F1 since 2005 have been remarkable, now Mobil1 The Grid Interviews Red Bulls Horner about the "Home Advantage"
Is set to take up both of only two possible in season testing days at the Hungaroring which means Mercedes must be more than just keen to see what the GP3 front-runner can do behind the wheel of a W08. The date set is August 1st and 2nd
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Ride on board with Lewis at Silverstone as he takes F1 commentator David ‘Crofty’ Croft for a spin in the mighty Mercedes-AMG C63.