Spa Stays Til 2025

๐ŸŸ  Is Piastri the Next Verstappen at McLaren?

Dive into the latest F1 drama from Andretti’s grid ambitions to Piastri’s rise, and discover the intricate world of F1 logistics

Hey there, pole-sitter! ๐Ÿ‘‹

A warm welcome to all the new members who’ve jumped on the F1 thrill ride with us this week. Strap in because we’ve got a pit lane packed with updates for you.

๐Ÿšฆ Andretti Ambitions: Andretti’s got their eyes on that 11th grid spot, but man, the road there seems to be filled with more chicanes than Monza. Will they find a straight path to join the grid?

๐Ÿš€ Rising Star Alert: With Oscar Piastri’s stellar performances, everyone’s whispering the same question: Could Oscar pull a Max on Lando soon? Time will tell!

๐Ÿ›ฃ๏ธ Spa Stays: Good news! Spa isn’t going anywhere. But who’s raising their hand for more teams and fewer races? Let’s find out.

In todayโ€™s email:

  1. Pit Stop Talks – Get the scoop on all the in-depth news that’ll transport you straight to the paddock.
  2. In-depth education- F1 Logistics Explained
  3. Fast Lane News – Your espresso shot of F1 news โ€“ swift, potent, and just the jolt you need to stay updated.
  4. The United States GP – Track and circuit info
    Lights out, and away we go!

f1 race reviewPit Stop Talks

๐Ÿ˜ฃ Andretti’s F1 Entry Hurdles

Michael Andretti’s dream of entering Formula 1 in 2025 might be delayed as his power unit deal with Renault has expired.

Why it matters:

  • The power unit is an essential component of an F1 team.
  • Renault, the French car manufacturer with a preliminary deal with Andretti, has changed its priorities.
  • The potential new F1 team by Andretti could be left hanging if they don’t secure another deal soon.

What we are hearing:

  • Andretti got FIA approval to join F1 but awaits FOM’s nod.
  • Cadillac engine for Andretti might be delayed until 2027.
  • If successful, Renault might have to supply Andretti due to F1 rules (Appendix 6)
  • Appendix 6 of the FIA Sporting Regulations gives the FIA entitlement to request the factory team with the fewest customers, which at this point is Alpine/Renault, who only supply themselves, to supply a โ€œNew Customer Teamโ€ โ€“ provided the conditions of entry are met.
  • Discrepancy exists in the rules’ interpretation between FIA and FOM.

Read more

๐Ÿ“… Spa Stays Till 2025

The Belgium GP at Spa-Francorchamps is sticking around on the F1 calendar until at least 2025.

Spa Stays Till 2025
Source: F1


This decision came after discussions about the South Africa Grand Prix didn’t pan out. With a cap of 24 races per season, Spa was almost edged out, but with Imola’s future up in the air, it got a green light.

๐Ÿ“Š Recent Spa Stats:

  • Added two new grandstands that boosted seating by 10,000.
  • 2023 had a turnout of 380,000 fans over the weekend.
  • This is a bump up of 20,000 from 2022.

The promoter has taken big strides in the last few years to improve the fan experience and infrastructure, and work is ongoing between all the stakeholders with a clear focus on delivering safe and exciting racing. I would like to thank the promoter and the Government of Wallonia for their continued support.

Stefano Domenicali, President and CEO of F1

The race is a big business for the Wallonia area in Belgium. Vice-President and Minister for the Economy of Wallonia, Willy Borsus, said the race brings in about โ‚ฌ41.8 million to the region (after they’ve paid all their bills), and that number’s only getting bigger. – Read more

๐Ÿ“Š More Teams, Less Races

๐Ÿ“Š More Teams, Less Races
Source: Skysports


In a recent interview, FIA President Ben Sulayem shared surprising views on the direction he believes F1 should take. Ben Sulayem is at odds with Formula One Management (FOM). While he’s pushing for expanding teams in the sport, FOM doesn’t necessarily agree.

Last week, the FIA gave a thumbs-up to Andretti’s bid to join as the 11th F1 team. However, FOM still has to sign off on this.

He’s keen on encouraging car manufacturers to join F1 and his endgame is to fill all 12 team slots.

Some believe having too many teams will make the grid crowded. But Ben Sulayem thinks otherwise.

The circuits are supposed to have enough garages and space for 12 teamsโ€ฆI think the number of races is too much [rather] than the number of teams. We need more teams and fewer races.

Ben Sulayem

He believes teams are protective of their share in the sport. While he gets their concerns, he reminds everyone that the FIA’s priorities differ.

Next year’s F1 season is slated to be packed with a record 24 races. That’s two more than this year, which saw cancellations due to COVID-19 in China and flooding in Imola. – Read more

๐ŸŸ  Is Piastri the Next Verstappen at McLaren?

๐ŸŸ  Is Piastri the Next Verstappen at McLaren?
Source: Grand Prix 247


The dynamics between Oscar Piastri and Lando Norris at McLaren feels like dรฉjร  vu โ€“ reminding us of what happened between Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo at Red Bull a few years back.

Oscar Piastri landed a spot at McLaren, and not many expected him to make big waves in his rookie season. Yet here he is, showing impressive growth, even snagging his first pole position and win in F1.

When Max joined Red Bull, Daniel was the main man. But over time, young Max got into his groove, and by 2018, he was leading the show. This pushed Ricciardo to try his luck elsewhere with Renault.

Now, the question is: Could Oscar pull a ‘Max’ on Lando?

Why Piastri might outperform Norris?

๐Ÿ“ˆPiastriโ€™s Growth: Oscar Piastri’s trajectory has been pretty remarkable, from Formula 3 to dominating the F2 championship and now holding his own in F1.

๐Ÿ˜ŽCool under pressure: In the recent race in Qatar, Piastri held off challenges from both Verstappen and Norris. He seems to handle pressure better than Norris, who can get a bit emotional on the track.

๐Ÿ“™Still Learning: Piastri’s already giving Norris a run for his money in his first season. If he continues on this trajectory, Norris might have to watch out.

Why Norris might hold his ground?

๐ŸŽ‚ Age & Experience: Unlike the age and experience gap between Max and Ricciardo, Norris and Piastri are almost peers. Norris isnโ€™t that much older than Piastri and has been in F1 longer. This might play in Norris’s favor.

โฌ†๏ธ Norris’s Potential: Letโ€™s not write off Norris. He’s still evolving as a driver, and we’ve yet to see his full potential.

โ†”๏ธPerformance Gap: While Piastri has had some standout moments, there’s still a noticeable performance gap between the two, like in Japan, where Norris had a nearly 20-second lead over Piastri.

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๐Ÿ›‘ Bridgestone’s F1 Return Halted

Pirelli was confirmed as the F1 tyre provider until the end of 2027, with Bridgestone being passed over again. This deal covers F1 and its junior circuits, Formula 2 and Formula 3.

Bridgestone had been a key player in F1 for 14 years before leaving in 2010. This year, as they celebrated their 60th anniversary, they hoped to make a comeback.

Bridgestone's F1 Return Halted


Why It Matters:

  • The tire supplier choice impacts car performance, team strategies, and driver safety in F1.
  • Bridgestone’s potential return with innovative solutions could have shifted the racing dynamics.
  • Sustainability in racing is becoming increasingly relevant, and suppliers like Bridgestone are focusing on it.

What We’re Hearing:

  • Bridgestone proposed their advanced ENLITEN technology, aiming for better efficiency and performance.
  • Feedback from the F1 community on Bridgestone’s proposal was positive, indicating stiff competition for the contract.
  • Despite missing out this time, Bridgestone remains committed to innovation and may eye future F1 opportunities.

Bridgestone will continue to passionately push its technology and innovation through the mobile lab and proving ground that motorsport offers, strengthening its pursuit of sustainable global premium motorsport activities.

Shuichi Ishibashi, Member of the Board and Global CEO for Bridgestone

Go Deeper:

Stefano Domenicali, F1’s president, hasn’t ruled out a future tire war. Even though Pirelli beat out Bridgestone for the contract until 2027, many fans are nostalgic for the old ‘tire wars’.

Having just one tire supplier is a relatively recent trend in F1. Domenicali explained that sticking with a single supplier was mainly to keep costs down. While he’s open to multiple suppliers in the future, cost control remains a priority. – Read more

๐ŸŽ๏ธ Top 5 F1 Drivers with Unique Tracks Wins

1. ๐Ÿ† Lewis Hamilton

  • ๐Ÿ›ฃ๏ธ 31 different track
  • ๐ŸŒ 7 world titles and 103 race wins
  • ๐Ÿ“… Dominated 2014-2020 (except 2016, shoutout Nico Rosberg!)

2. ๐Ÿš€ Max Verstappen

  • ๐Ÿ›ฃ๏ธ 24 tracks
  • ๐Ÿฅ‡ Recently clinched his 3rd straight world title
  • ๐Ÿ”ฎ Only 25 years old

3. ๐Ÿฅ‰ Michael Schumacher

  • ๐Ÿ›ฃ๏ธ 23 tracks
  • ๐ŸŒ 7 world titles across two stints in F1
  • ๐Ÿ“‰ Recently overtaken by Verstappen

4. ๐Ÿ Alain Prost

  • ๐Ÿ›ฃ๏ธ 22 tracks
  • ๐ŸŒ 4 world championships
  • ๐Ÿ”ฅ Fierce rivalries, especially with Ayrton Senna

5. ๐ŸŽ๏ธ Sebastian Vettel

  • ๐Ÿ›ฃ๏ธ 21 tracks
  • ๐ŸŒ 4 world titles from 2010-2013
  • ๐ŸŒ… Retired in 2022

f1 race reviewF1 Logistics Explained

Moving F1’s whole setup from one country to another is absolutely crazy!

Each of the 10 F1 teams shells out $100 million, travels enough miles to circle the Earth three times (75,000 miles!), and hauls 1,500 tons of gear.

In 2023, the original F1 race calendar had 23 races spread over 20 countries on five continents. That meant teams endured 240 hours in the air and hopped across 10 time zones.

F1 Logistics in a nutshell

Logistics in F1 refers to the immense task of moving teams, cars, equipment, and even broadcast gear from one global location to another, often in a matter of days.

With a calendar that spans multiple continents and over 20 races, F1 logistics is a gargantuan task that requires detailed planning, coordination, and execution.


f1 race reviewFast Lane News

๐Ÿ† Formula 1 and Indycar champ, Nigel Mansell sold over 300 items from his racing memorabilia for over ยฃ2 million. – Read more

๐Ÿ’ฐ Former F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone pleads guilty to a ยฃ400 million fraud. – Read more

๐Ÿ—ฏ๏ธ Martin Brundle is getting some heat for his comments on standing up for races in extreme weather, even though there’s a growing debate about their safety. – Read more

๐Ÿ„ Lewis Hamilton just spilled the beans about his retirement plans. – Read more

๐Ÿค• Why does Helmut Marko’s remarks about Sergio Perez harm Red Bull? – Read more

๐Ÿ’ฅ 5 times Lewis Hamilton collided with his teammates. – Read more

๐Ÿค‘ Red Bull F1 team reports a turnover rise to ยฃ385m in 2022. – Read more

๐ŸŸ  McLaren advances sustainability efforts for United States GP. – Read more

๐Ÿ†• AlphaTauri CEO says team has selected new ‘identity’ for 2024. – Read more

f1 race reviewTHE 2023 UNITED STATES GP

๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Scheduled 20-22 October

Circuit of the Americas

1๏ธโƒฃย Circuit length:ย 5.513km
2๏ธโƒฃ Number of laps:ย 56
3๏ธโƒฃ Lap record:ย 1:36.169 Charles Leclerc (2019)
4๏ธโƒฃ Corners & DRS:ย 20 corners with 2 DRS zones

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