From Perez’s gamble to the Honey Badger’s comeback and FIA’s inspection insights, dive into the fast lane and check F1 Experiences
Hey there, speedster! 👋
A revved-up welcome to the new motorheads joining our newsletter grid this week. Verstappen keeps breaking records by bagging his 16th win this season, and that’s not all, so let’s dive straight into the latest F1 action.
🌶️ Risky Business in Mexico: Perez gambled on his home ground, but it seems the dice didn’t roll in his favor this time. We’ll take you through what went down.
🦡 Honey Badger Hustle: The Honey Badger is back! Scoring some much-needed points for AlphaTauri, we’ll take you through his stellar performance and what it means for the team.
In today’s email:
- Speedy Race Review – Get the recent data, insights, and updates following the Mexico GP
- In-depth education– What Are F1 Experiences?
- Fast Lane News – Speed into the latest F1 updates right here
- The Brazilian GP – Check out track info
Lights out, and away we go!
Speedy Race Review
🏁 Mexico GP Highlights
🏆 Max Verstappen sets new record with 16th grand prix win in 2023 season.
😲 Charles Leclerc misses the win from the pole position again.
💥Sergio Perez crashes early, disappointing local fans.
🥈 Lewis Hamilton secures second place.
🥉 Charles Leclerc finishes third.
🔄 Intense race strategies, with tire management as a key factor.
🚀 Norris impressively climbs from 17th to 5th.
⬆️ Ricciardo finishes P7, pushing AlphaTauri two places up in Constructor Standings & climbs 5 places in WDC
🟥 Magnussen F1 crash causes Mexico GP red flag
📊 Deeper Dive into the Race
1️⃣ First half: Most top drivers used medium tires. Norris chose softs but had to pit early. Leclerc managed tires better than most.
2️⃣ Second half: Norris showcased impressive performance. Verstappen had tire wear issues. Ferrari struggled with hard tires.
3️⃣ Fuel Saving: Mercedes achieved over 7% saving. Ferrari’s pattern was similar to Red Bull’s.
🏁 Race Pace
🔵Verstappen was leading the pack as the fastest
🔴Leclerc trails by 0.56 seconds ( with damaged wing!)
🔴Sainz was 0.72 seconds behind
🟠Norris was close, lagging by 0.75 seconds.
➡️Team rankings, based on their quickest driver:
- Red Bull
😩 Perez’s Bold Move Backfires
Perez tried to challenge the old racing saying: “You can’t win a race into Turn 1, but you can definitely lose it.” Even though Max Verstappen has often taken the lead at Turn 1 and kept it, the real magic happens afterward. Turn 1 is just an early milestone.
With his fans cheering him on, Sergio Perez hoped to prove that saying wrong. He started strong and had to stick to the outer lane for the first turn. If he nailed that, he’d have a good position for the next turn, possibly leading the race.
But things didn’t go as planned. Verstappen kept the inside, forcing Charles Leclerc to stay in the middle. Perez tried to shift but didn’t see that Leclerc was trapped. Their tires touched, and just like that, Perez’s race was over.
I had a very good start and I was only thinking of winning the race. I didn’t want to be on the podium. I’ve been on the podium two years in a row. I saw the opportunity and I went for it. In hindsight, I took a risk, but if I had pulled it off, I would have come out of Turn 1 in the lead.
Sure, it was a gamble. But based on past races in Mexico, it wasn’t the smartest move. Now, people are wondering about Perez’s future with Red Bull. – Read more
💪 Ricciardo’s Impressive Return
Daniel Ricciardo is back in the spotlight after an impressive run at the Mexican Grand Prix. Red Bull had nothing but praise for him, with team boss Christian Horner saying it felt like the good old days with Daniel.
Ricciardo’s performance isn’t just a one-time thing. He’s showing he could be the perfect complement to Max Verstappen for Red Bull. Even though there’s talk about Perez’s 2024 contract, Daniel’s recent form is hard to ignore.
A while back, Ricciardo had a setback, breaking his hand post-F1 summer break. But in Mexico, he seemed to be back in form, reminding fans of his pre-McLaren days.
AlphaTauri’s chief race engineer, Jonathan Eddolls, mentioned how Ricciardo’s driving style affects tire temperatures and car behavior.
We’re not talking big numbers, it’s not massive, but we can see differences in the way he drives. And he makes the laptime in different parts of the corner. Therefore he exposes different weaknesses to say Yuki does – he drives it in one way, Daniel in a slightly different way. So we just need a slightly different set-up direction for him.
While McLaren had its strengths, AlphaTauri offers consistency. Ricciardo feels more at home with this car, pushing it to its limits. In Mexico, he was in full control, looking confident and aggressive.
🔍 FIA Explains Why They Don’t Check Every Car
After the United States GP, cars driven by Lewis Hamilton and Charles Leclerc failed the post-race inspection. The problem? Their car planks were too thin.
Despite rumors of other cars possibly failing the same check, only these four got inspected. Mercedes’ Toto Wolff thinks the FIA just doesn’t have the manpower to inspect all 20 cars after every race.
It is beyond just sticking a ruler or depth gauge into a hole and measuring a skid thickness. We actually have to disassemble part of the car, the check takes probably about half an hour to do. If we had two crews doing that, then what we are looking at is five hours of work to check all the cars, after which you’d be reporting cars to the stewards. So then maybe the race result comes out some six, seven or eight hours after the race has finished and I don’t think that is acceptable for the sport.”
Why It Matters:
Safety & Fairness: The thickness of the car planks can influence race safety and fairness.
Team Impact: Disqualifications due to non-compliance affect team standings and the championship race.
What We’re Hearing:
🧪 Typically, the FIA picks two cars for post-race checks. But in Austin, they went with four.
🔍 The reason? After the initial two cars had issues, the FIA wanted to determine if it was a track-wide problem or just isolated to those cars.
🟢Aston’s Season Hits Rough Patch
Aston Martin’s Formula 1 season is facing challenges. Despite a strong start to the 2023 season, the team has experienced setbacks in recent races. Both Lance Stroll and Fernando Alonso have encountered issues ranging from mechanical troubles to racing incidents. This has affected the team’s standing in the championship, with Alonso slipping to fifth place.
The team’s recent struggles don’t stem from a lack of effort or knowledge. They’ve been experimenting with various updates and strategies to optimize performance.
“I think when you are lost, you’re rolling the dice, then you try things that are not reasonable, and this was not the case. I mean, we have quite focused engineering discussions, weighing options against each other.
While outsiders might think the team is lost, Krack insists they make informed decisions. The complexity of the cars and changing track conditions make consistent performance challenging.
Remember, this team made a significant leap from last year, and maintaining that momentum against giants like Ferrari and Mercedes is tough.
Owner Lawrence Stroll’s investments show promise, but everyone, including Stroll, is eager for better results. The team’s current challenges contrast with their early-season success, but they’re committed to turning things around. – Read more
What Are F1 Experiences?
Ever wondered what it feels like to be right in the thick of a Formula 1 race, not just as a spectator but as a part of the experience? F1 Experiences is your answer.
What Are F1 Experiences?
Fast Lane News
🛡️ Felipe Massa was caught off guard by the FIA president’s remarks about the 2008 F1 championship dispute. – Read more
💶 Fernando Alonso got a €100 fine for breaking an FIA rule at the F1 Mexico City Grand Prix. – Read more
💣The Abu Dhabi GP might be canceled because of the war in Gaza. – Read more
🤜 F1 responds to a fan fight during the Mexican GP. – Read more
🔊 Max Verstappen and Red Bull just announced a new “multi-year partnership.” – Read more
💼 The FIA President stands firm against teams opposing the Andretti bid, saying it’s “good for business.” – Read more
👀 Alpine gives us a sneak peek into Mick Schumacher’s first test drive 🏎️ as he gears up for a possible 2024 WEC spot. – Read more
🗨️ Everyone’s been eager for updates on Michael Schumacher’s health since his skiing accident in 2013. His lawyer, Felix Damm, has shared reasons for keeping most details under wraps. – Read more
THE 2023 BRAZILIAN GP
🇧🇷 Scheduled 3-5 November
Autódromo José Carlos Pace – São Paulo, Brazil
1️⃣ Circuit length: 4.309km
2️⃣ Number of laps: 71
3️⃣ Lap record: 1:10.540 Valtteri Bottas (2018)
4️⃣ Corners & DRS: 15 corners with 2 DRS zones
- The circuit land was initially bought in 1926 for housing but became a racing circuit after the 1929 stock market crash.
- The circuit’s name, “between the lakes,” is due to its location between two artificial lakes, Guarapiranga and Billings.
- Formula One began racing on the circuit in 1972. The first championship race was in 1973, won by Emerson Fittipaldi.
- The last Formula One race on the original track was in 1980. This was due to safety concerns, including a bumpy track surface and inadequate barriers.
- Formula One returned in 1990 after significant modifications and has remained ever since. There’s also a kart circuit named after Ayrton Senna.
- Dramatic races at the circuit include Felipe Massa’s near-miss for the championship in 2008 and significant wins by Mark Webber, Jenson Button, and Sebastian Vettel in subsequent years.
- Interlagos is one of the few non-oval circuits that go in an anti-clockwise direction.
- The track underwent major changes in 1990, shortening it and losing several fast curves.
- The circuit’s hilly terrain makes driving challenging and demands more from car engines.
- Interlagos is known for its inclines, bumpy surface, and physical demand on drivers due to its anti-clockwise direction.
MEME OF THE DAY