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First up this week we’ve got five rising stars eyeing F1 seats for 2024.
On the frontlines, Alpine is aiming for that elusive fourth place in the constructors’ championship. They’re shooting for the stars, but let’s hope their rocket doesn’t run out of fuel.
Last but not least, we’re zooming in on Zandvoort. A circuit that’s full of history and heart-pounding action. Scroll down to see what to expect from this legendary track.
Before we dive into the action, check out what the F1 drivers have been doing this summer break. From Ibiza to Mykonos and Moto GP races, they had a blast. 🏝️
In today’s email:
- Pit Stop Talks – Latest in-depth news ahead of Dutch GP
- In-depth education: Zandvoort Circuit: F1’s Ever-Changing Stage
- Fast Lane News – You don’t want to be left in the dust, do you? Stay updated with the latest F1 news.
- The Dutch GP – 7 days to go! Start the countdown
Lights out, and away we go!
Pit Stop Talks
🤨 Alpine still eyes P4 despite shake-up
Alpine’s technical director is not letting the doubters get to him. Despite a rocky start to the season, he’s still gunning for that fourth-place finish and doesn’t see any reason why they can’t achieve it.
Initially, Alpine’s P4 goal seemed quite realistic. They pulled it off last year, so why not again? But with a series of unexpected changes, including losing some key team members, the P4 dream started to look a bit dreamy.
Speaking at the launch of their A523 in London, then-team principal Otmar Szafnauer was all about claiming that P4 spot. But now he and Alan Permane are out, and Pat Fry is joining Williams. Matt Harman, the technical director, is one of the last ones standing from the original team.
We haven’t changed our goals. We want to be the fourth-best team and I see no reason why we shouldn’t be able to do that by the end of the season.
At the moment, Alpine is 134 points away from P4 and without a team principal. – Read more
⭐ 5 Rising stars eyeing F1 seats
An IndyCar champ, has the skill and momentum to snag an F1 seat. After some confusion surrounding his contract, Palou is a free agent and can be snatched up by teams like Haas or AlphaTauri.
A 21-year-old speedster has impressed in the Japanese Super Formula and F2. Currently a reserve driver for both Red Bull and AlphaTauri, Lawson could be the one to replace Ricciardo at AlphaTauri if they opt for a younger driver.
Source: ART Grand Prix
A 19-year-old leading the F2 championship is a rising star in the Sauber Driver Academy. Alfa Romeo might be in a fix about whether to sign Zhou or seize the opportunity to secure Pourchaire.
A seasoned driver is ready for an F1 comeback after his Le Mans victory with Ferrari. Though a Scuderia seat seems unlikely, Giovinazzi could be a strong contender for a Haas seat, especially if it means keeping their engine supplier (Ferrari) content.
After a tough stint with Haas, Mick is now Mercedes’ reserve driver. With Williams as a potential destination, Schumacher could follow in the footsteps of fellow Mercedes junior drivers like Ocon and Russell and revive his F1 career.
👹 Horner fears ‘Frankenstein’ F1 regulations
Mercedes’ Chief Technical Officer, Mike Elliot, is urging F1 teams and the FIA to work together to make sure the new rules set for 2026 are really going to work well.
They’re introducing new power units and making some big changes, like increasing electrification and using sustainable fuels, and they’re even taking out the Motor Generated Unit Heat (MGU-H) from the unit.
When you sort of look at 2026, there’s a whole load of things that go into there, you know, what’s gonna happen with the tires, what’s gonna happen with the weight of the cars, what’s happening with the aerodynamics. It’s a big, complicated picture.
But there are still some concerns about the new chassis and aerodynamic regulations. Red Bull’s Team Principal, Christian Horner, is worried that we could end up with a weird mix of elements that he’s calling a “Frankenstein” formula.
The FIA wants to make the cars smaller and lighter. Now, a car has to weigh at least 798kg, which is 107kg more than the cars weighed back in 2014 when the turbo-hybrid era started. – Read more
Zandvoort Circuit: F1’s Ever-Changing Stage
Looking to understand the buzz around Zandvoort Circuit? You’re in the right spot!
Zandvoort is more than just a circuit; it’s a symbol of F1’s rich history and its adaptive future. With its challenging layout, enthusiastic fans, and a setting that’s both beautiful and historically significant, it’s no wonder the F1 community has embraced its return with open arms.
Let’s break down this iconic track and see what all the fuss is about.
Fast Lane News
🥇 Could F1 be part of the Olympics? Motorsport is considered a new addition to the 2028 Olympic Games, which will be held in Los Angeles. – Read more
💸 Silverstone Circuit is coughing up over £1000 in parking fines following parking chaos at the British GP. – Read more
🚬 Dutch health groups are upset about McLaren F1’s Velo branding at the upcoming Dutch Grand Prix. They’ve filed a complaint because it promotes nicotine pouches. – Read more
💰 Felipe Massa’s lawyers have filed a lawsuit against F1 and the FIA, claiming a ‘conspiracy’ robbed him of the 2008 Drivers’ Championship, according to Reuters. – Read more
🏎 1996 world champion Damon Hill has a suggestion: make teams use all three dry tire compounds during races. He thinks it could stop the one-stop races we’re used to seeing. – Read more
🏄 F1 journalist Tom Clarkson thinks the summer break happened at a bad time for Red Bull. – Read more
THE DUTCH GP
🇳🇱 Scheduled 25-27 August
1️⃣ Circuit length: 4.259 km
2️⃣ Number of laps: 72
3️⃣ Lap record: 1:11.097 Lewis Hamilton (2021)
4️⃣ Corners & DRS: 14 corners with 2 DRS zones