The unexpected Golf-F1 crossover, latest info on temperatures in Las Vegas and the FIA’s game-changing rules.
Hey there, F1 fanatic! 👋
Let’s get right into the latest happenings in Formula 1, because we’ve got a lot to cover.
❄️ Las Vegas Chill Factor: The F1 circus is heading to Las Vegas for the first time in 40 years, but there’s a cold front causing concern. We’re diving into how F1 braces for an unusually chilly race in the desert.
🏁 FIA’s Fresh Formula: Big news from the FIA as they overhaul their review procedure. This significant shift could change the game in F1. We’ve got all the insider info on what’s changing and why.
⛳️ Teeing Off with Tires: Golf meets Grand Prix! In an unexpected twist, F1 and golf are joining forces, and you can catch all the action on Netflix. We’re exploring how these two worlds are colliding and what it means for fans.
In today’s email:
- Pit Stop Talks – All the latest in-depth news you need to stroll around the F1 paddock
- In-depth education- What Are Sidepods On F1 Cars
- Fast Lane News – Stay ahead in the racing world with your quick F1 update
- The Las Vegas GP – Step into the unknown with track characteristics and challenges
Lights out, and away we go!
Pit Stop Talks
🥶 Pirelli Braces for Vegas GP Challenges
The Formula 1 community is buzzing with excitement as they prepare for the first-ever Las Vegas Grand Prix. As the much-awaited moment draws closer, Pirelli’s decision to use their softest tire compound gets some attention.
Mario Isola, the motorsport director for Pirelli, is gearing up for a significant focus on their tires, given the unexpectedly low temperatures.
Forecasts suggest temperatures could plunge to 3℃ (38F) during the qualifying rounds, posing a substantial challenge for the tires. Instead of the usual issue of tires wearing out too fast, the focus shifts to the difficulty of heating the tires adequately in cooler conditions.
It is a step into the unknown, for everybody I believe. Las Vegas will be cold, it’s a street circuit. So we were working with the teams and we asked them for simulations in advance to try to understand how much energy the layout of the circuit is putting on tires.
The C5 set, marked as the soft tire, is among the three softest compounds Pirelli has chosen for the event. – Read more
🚗 General Motors to Power F1 Engines from 2028
General Motors (GM) is all set to become a key player in the Formula 1 arena. The US automotive giant has officially registered with the FIA to manufacture power units for F1, starting from the 2028 season.
- GM, through its Cadillac brand, is teaming up with Andretti for the American team’s F1 project, aiming to join the grid from 2025.
- Andretti now needs to prove to Formula 1 that its presence will enhance the current field of contenders.
- The majority of the current teams are against expanding the grid to eleven teams as it could dilute the sport’s prize fund and reduce the teams’ income.
GM’s move to become an engine supplier to F1 from 2028 significantly boosts Andretti’s ambitions of becoming a Grand Prix entrant.
However, there’s a catch. If Andretti enters F1 in 2025 as planned, it will need a temporary engine supply from one of F1’s current power unit manufacturers. Last year, Andretti signed a conditional agreement with Renault, but this has now expired. It’s likely, however, that the French manufacturer would be the American outfit’s partner of choice during its interim period.
🚨 FIA Tightens Formula 1 Review Rules
The FIA is making some significant changes to its review procedure. Before Haas’s recent request for a review of track limit offenses by rivals at the US Grand Prix, which the FIA rejected, there was already a plan for change.
This incident underscores an increase in the frequency of review requests. The FIA aims to discourage teams from making these requests too readily. This year, teams like Aston Martin in Saudi Arabia, Ferrari in Australia, and McLaren in Austria have also submitted review requests.
Why It Matters:
⚖️ Decision-making: It affects how teams can challenge decisions made during races
⏳ Shorter Review Window: Teams now have only four days (96 hours) to request a review, reduced from 14 days.
What We Are Hearing:
📊 Increasing Review Requests: There’s been a rise in the number of review requests, like Haas’s recent query about track limits at the US GP.
🔄 Past to Present: Initially, there was no time limit on review requests; then it was 14 days, and now just 96 hours.
📝 Special Circumstances: The review request window can be extended to 120 hours in exceptional cases.
💼 Appeal System Changes: Teams used to submit a notice of intent to appeal and decide within 96 hours to proceed. Now, even if they withdraw, the case might go to the International Court of Appeal.
🚫 Closing Loopholes: This change aims to prevent teams from temporarily avoiding penalties through the appeal process.
💰 Introduction of Fees: A new fee is required for review requests, encouraging teams to think twice before submitting.
↔️ Haas Splits Car Setups for Vegas GP
Haas plans to split their car setups for the upcoming Las Vegas Grand Prix. Nico Hulkenberg will be using their older aerodynamics package, while Kevin Magnussen will be in the car with the new specs.
What We’re Watching:
- Nico Hulkenberg will use the pre-US Grand Prix spec package.
- Kevin Magnussen will continue with the most recent aero spec.
- The team hopes to improve aerodynamic efficiency and solve tyre degradation issues.
- The team’s split specification approach for Vegas is based on each driver’s preference.
Last month, Haas introduced a significantly revised car at The Circuit of the Americas. This was a major shift in their approach, inspired by Red Bull’s successful downwash sidepod concept. The goal was to boost the car’s aerodynamic efficiency and lay a solid foundation for the next season. They also aimed to address the persistent issue of tyre degradation.
However, the team struggled to fully understand the new package during the US Grand Prix’s sprint weekend due to the tight schedule. In Mexico, they had more time to assess potential improvements. But the high altitude, which typically reduces downforce, left them with little clarity. – Read More
We’ve opted to give them what they want, we have two races to go and nothing to lose, so we’ve tried to do what we can. We could discuss gathering data, but we’ve got enough data, it’s a decision based on what each driver likes more than anything else. It puts them in a comfortable position so that they’re as happy as they can be with the car they get.
💸 Christian Horner Discusses Impact of FIA Cost Regulations
Christian Horner recently compared the latest cost cap scrutiny, saying it felt like going through “a full colonoscopy.”
Earlier this year, the FIA confirmed that all 10 teams followed the 2022 cost cap rules, which was a change from 2021. Back then, Red Bull was found to have spent over the limit, mainly due to a tax rebate mistake, and ended up with a $432,000 overspend. As a result, they were fined and lost some wind tunnel and CFD development time.
Thankfully, we came out with a very strong car at the beginning of the year and we’ve been able to apply most of that development time, from quite early in the season, to next year’s car.
Horner spoke positively about the evolving financial regulations and the thorough job the FIA is doing. He noted that the FIA is learning to handle the complexity of these rules better. Every team is different, which adds to the challenge, especially with subsidiary accounts. – Read more
🏌️♂️ The Excitement of the Netflix Cup in Las Vegas
❓ What’s the Netflix Cup?
Netflix Cup is a blend of F1 and golf, which will happen for the first time in Las Vegas. Some of your favorite stars from the F1 series “Drive to Survive” and the golf series “Full Swing” are teaming up for a thrilling competition before the Las Vegas Grand Prix.
🤝 Pairings Revealed
- Lando Norris & Rickie Fowler
- Carlos Sainz Justin Thomas
- Pierre Gasly & Collin Morikawa
- Alex Albon & Max Homa
🏌️♂️ The Game Format
Each team will play eight holes of match play, and there will be some unexpected challenges thrown in. The format is a scramble – both players tee off, and then they choose the best drive to play from. The lowest-scoring team wins the hole.
📺 How to Watch
You can watch the Netflix Cup live on Netflix at 3pm Pacific Time (Midnight, CET) on November 14. You can also stream it later if you can’t catch it live.
What Are Sidepods On F1 Cars
What Is A Side pod On An F1 Car?
A sidepod on an F1 car is basically this big bulge you see on the sides, right next to the driver’s seat. It stretches back towards the engine. Side pods do two major jobs:
👉 Cooling important parts like the engine and electronics
👉 Managing airflow for better speed and stability on the track
Fast Lane News
🙇 Liberty Media CEO Greg Maffei has apologized for the significant disruptions caused to Las Vegas residents and tourists while preparing the city and the strip. – Read more
🏎️ Having faced a challenging season with Aston Martin, Lance Stroll insists he has no intention of pursuing a new venture soon. – Read more
🏴 Demand increases for a ban on a Red Bull junior driver for disregarding black flags. – Read more
🟢 Felipe Drugovich remains dedicated to his Formula 1 future, entering a second season as Aston Martin’s reserve driver in 2024 despite having no races planned. – Read more
🛣️ Formula 1’s tire supplier, Pirelli, believes selecting suitable tracks is more crucial than changing the format to enhance the excitement of sprint races. – Read more
🤞 Andretti’s trying to get into Formula 1, and there’s one driver who’s really hoping they’ll pick him if they make it. – Read more
🤔 Adrian Newey’s talking about his retirement plans while Red Bull keeps winning. – Read more
🎲 Toto Wolff implements rigorous Las Vegas policy for the entire Mercedes squad. – Read more
THE 2023 LAS VEGAS GP
🇺🇸 Scheduled 16-18 November
Las Vegas Strip Circuit – Las Vegas, US
1️⃣ Circuit length: 6.201km
2️⃣ Number of laps: 50
3️⃣ Lap record: N/A – inaugural race
4️⃣ Corners & DRS: 17 corners
Las Vegas Grand Prix Overview
- First-time Event for Formula 1: A new challenge in the F1 calendar.
- Cold Weather Conditions: Likely temperatures below 10 degrees Celsius.
Race Schedule and Conditions
- Night Race: Held along the famous Strip.
- Practice Sessions: Start at 8 PM.
- Main Race: Begins at 10 PM, ends around midnight.
Track Characteristics and Challenges
- Track Description: Approximately 3.85 miles long, featuring mostly straight roads with smooth asphalt.
- Lack of High-Speed Corners: Limited opportunities for tires to warm up.
Tire Concerns and Comparison with Past Races
- Tire Heat Loss and Damage Risk:
- Previous cold races (e.g., 2020 Eiffel GP) had different track conditions.
- Barcelona tests: Colder but had a rougher track with more turns.
- Impact on Tires in Vegas:
- Long straights lead to less stress and cooling of tires.
- Potential issues: Oversteer, understeer, uneven wear, longer braking distances, increased skid risk.