Second qualifying session would enhance F1’s dash race weekends

Within the round-up: Haas group principal Guenther Steiner proposes a brand new schedule for F1’s dash race weekends.

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Steiner suggests revising dash race weekends

Following Components 1’s choice to extend the variety of dash races subsequent yr from three to 6, Steiner proposed a change to how the weekends are structured. At current Friday’s qualifying session units the grid for Saturday’s dash race, which in turns decides the beginning order for the grand prix.

“What I’d like much more is having qualifying for the dash on Friday and qualifying for the primary race on Saturday morning, because the free observe presently isn’t very significant for anybody,” stated Steiner. “Then on Saturday afternoon you might have the dash, adopted by the primary occasion on Sunday.”

Steiner believes the brand new format, which has been used six instances because it was launched final yr, is an enchancment on the entire.

“This yr in Austria we scored factors in each the dash and in the primary race so for positive, I preferred that,” stated the Haas group principal.

“It’s a race like every other however it’s shorter and with eight drivers slightly than 10 scoring factors. I’m in favour of extra sprints because it makes the general race weekend attention-grabbing by having qualifying on Friday.”

McLaren strikes Components E group to Bicester

McLaren’s Components E group received’t run from its Expertise Centre

McLaren’s new Components E squad is not going to be based mostly out of the McLaren Expertise Centre in Woking alongside the remainder of the model’s operations, however as a substitute from a unit on the Bicester Heritage web site.

The previous RAF base has change into the bottom of a number of motorsport firms in recent times, utilising small buildings and hangars which were operational since World Battle Two.

McLaren will race in FE for the primary time subsequent yr, because the collection introduces its new, ‘Gen3’ automobile design.

“It’s an thrilling time for the group and the game,” stated Ian James, the managing director of McLaren’s FE group.

“We’re embarking on a brand new chapter, as a part of the McLaren Racing household. Basing ourselves on the distinctive location of Bicester Heritage, we now have the benefit of being surrounded by people who find themselves as obsessed with motorsport as we’re.”

Mark Blundell protege to race in British F4

Kanato Le, a protege of former McLaren Components 1 driver Mark Blundell, will race for Hitech GP in British Components 4 subsequent yr.

The Japanese teenager spent 2022 racing within the Ginetta Junior championship, the place Lando Norris began his automobile racing profession, and received two races. In karting he received the 2021 IAME Euro Collection and got here second within the IAME Winter Cup for X30 Junior karts.

Just lately he has examined with a number of groups in F4, earlier than deciding on signing with Hitech for a marketing campaign that may start on the help invoice of this month’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix after which incorporate the British and United Arab Emirates F4 collection in 2023.

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