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Unveiling of the radically changed Mercedes W14 in Monaco



The Mercedes W14 is likely to follow the design philosophy of the Red Bull RB19, as evidenced by the first photos from the team’s garage in Monaco ahead of this year’s 6th Formula 1 GP over the next three days.

Mercedes wanted to present its fundamentally revised car at the Imola GP last weekend. Ferrari would do the same, applying the big SF-23 changes to racing in Emilia Romagna to close the performance gap that separates them from the Red Bull RB19.

But the cancellation of the Imola race due to devastating floods in the Emilia Romagna region postponed Mercedes’ plans for Monaco and Ferrari’s plans for the next race, Barcelona in Spain.

As the teams set up their garages in Monaco today (25/5) ahead of tomorrow’s free practice session in the Principality, the new W14 components were partially unveiled in the Mercedes garage and photos of them were soon released.

The most obvious change is the new side vents: the thin zero-pods design has been abandoned and in their place are large vents, reflecting Red Bull’s design philosophy, which the company has adopted since last year’s Barcelona and Aston Martin.

The Mercedes W14 also has, among other things, a new floor and a new front suspension. Of course, both in the side vents and elsewhere, some elements of the W14 remain unchanged, as it is enormously difficult (and under the constraints of each team’s budget) to change the entire architecture of a car during a racing season.

For example, while the side vents up front now again have the traditional horizontal opening rather than the pioneering vertical of the “Zero-Pods,” they don’t feature as extreme a gap at the bottom as on Red Bull and Aston Martin. This was due to the limitations the Brackley team had previously had from the W14 components, namely the position of the cockpit and the side impact reinforcements, which could not be changed.

But here, too, the scope of modernization of the car is enormous. The aerodynamic changes brought about by the side vents, which now extend to the diffuser, and the new floor in particular, are radical, while the front suspension modification is part of an effort achieved by Lewis Hamilton and George Russell to improve the driving experience.

As the new design is still in its infancy and builds on the existing chassis with the existing engine-transmission arrangement, the advantage for Mercedes is that there is plenty of room for development and improvement. For Aston Martin, this transformation began in May 2022 and led to competitiveness in early 2023.

“We have to be careful not to draw too many conclusions from this game,” said team manager Toto Wolff ahead of the GP on the Monaco circuit, which is very special from an aerodynamic point of view.

“We are taking the first step in a new direction of development. It will not be a simple solution to a complex problem. In my experience, there is nothing like that in our sport. We hope it will provide drivers with a more stable and predictable driving experience.” Platform. Then we can build on that over the coming weeks and months.”concluded the Austrian.

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Alonso within 2 tenths of Verstappen in the second test of the Spanish GP




Max Verstappen in the Red Bull RB19 stayed on top in free practice for the Spanish GP in FP2, but this time Fernando Alonso in the Aston Martin AMR23 edged him by 0.17s.

In contrast to the first free practice session of the Spanish GP, the 7th race of this year’s Formula 1 at the Barcelona circuit, the second one was quite interesting: in the qualifying test simulation, 17 of the 20 drivers were within the same second.

Still, Max Verstappen stayed in the lead in the second session, which stayed dry despite the threatening clouds in the skies over Catalonia – in a Red Bull RB19 that was adapted to the aerodynamic data of the Montmelo circuit. The Dutchman showed from the start that he had found the settings to get Milton Keynes’ car back on its feet in those three days.

In the opening minutes, many drivers once again used Pirelli’s experimental new tyres, which will be introduced to the sport from the British GP onwards. Verstappen was again fastest initially on the new hard C1, before the two Ferrari SF-23s – with all their design improvements made over the three days – came out unusually early on the soft rubber.

Carlos Sainz was first 6 tenths ahead of his compatriots and then – in the second attempt of the two Scuderia drivers – 2 tenths faster than his Scuderia colleague Charles Leclerc. Sainz’s time was soon beaten by Verstappen on the medium tyre, but the Ferrari Spaniard responded with another fast lap on the soft tyre, clocking the time at 1’14.274 and putting him back in front.

Very quickly, Leclerc took the lead by 28 milliseconds until Verstappen, on his first fast lap on the tyre, set the fastest lap of 1:13.907. With this time – the only one under 1:14 – the Dutchman stayed at the top until the end.

The second test at the Spanish GP

Then came the surprise of Haas’ Nico Hulkenberg, who set the fastest lap of the day in the Haas VF-23 on the first leg, catching Verstappen to within 0.27 inches. And in the end Alonso came up with the fastest pass in the third leg between the Dutch and the Germans.

Sergio Perez in the other Red Bull RB19 and Esteban Ocon in the Alpine A523 saw the two Ferraris drop to 6th and 7th towards the end before all drivers switched to the two harder tires to collect data for the lap series. This did not change anything in the standings up to the checkered flag.

Mercedes were dropped to 8th with George Russell – who retired early at Turn 10 when he met Oscar Piastri’s slow-moving McLaren – and 11th with Lewis Hamilton. The two Englishmen were 0.48 and 0.64 seconds behind Verstappen respectively, with the W14 receiving further new components over the three days – after the one in Monaco.

Brackley’s car bounced again in the last two fast corners on the new layout of the Montmelo circuit, which – for the first time in 17 years – disrupted the final chicane.

Although Alonso doesn’t seem to have quite the speed at the front that the Aston Martin AMR23 needs to threaten Verstappen and perhaps the Ferraris, who are quite quick in the one round of qualifying testing, he’s further behind – with such small ones Intervals – unpredictable struggle in tomorrow’s (03.06., 17:00) qualifying tests of the Spanish GP.

However, the rather ominous sky over these three days can change the facts: in addition to the cloud cover, which lowers the temperature of the tarmac – with all the consequences this has for tire management in the race – the chance of rain is high both in tomorrow’s qualifying tests and at the GP on Sunday.

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Verstappen is the best in the second practice of the Formula 1 Spanish Grand Prix




Red Bull driver Max Verstappen took first place in the second free practice session of the Formula 1 Spanish Grand Prix.

The time of the Dutch rider is 1 minute 13.907 seconds. Spaniard Fernando Alonso from Aston Martin was second (0.170 seconds back), followed by German Haas driver Nico Hulkenberg (+0.270).

On Saturday, the third practice and qualification of the Spanish Grand Prix will take place.

“Formula 1”. Eighth stage. Spanish Grand Prix

Second workout

1. Max Verstappen (Red Bull) – 1.13.907

2. Fernando Alonso (Aston Martin) – +0.170

3. Nico Hulkenberg (Haas) – +0.270

4. Sergio Perez (Red Bull) – +0.312

5. Esteban Ocon (Alpin) – +0.335

6. Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) – +0.339

7. Carlos Sainz (Ferrari) – +0.367

8. George Russell (Mercedes) – +0.485

9. Valtteri Bottas (Alfa Romeo) – +0.541

10. Pierre Gasly (Alpin) – +0.550

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Formula 1 Sells $888,000 Las Vegas Grand Prix Package: What’s in It




Have almost a million dollars to spare and want to visit the historic Las Vegas Grand Prix? We have the ultimate package for you!

From November 16th to 18th, the heart of motorsport will be beating in Sin City USA. Formula 1 will be in Las Vegas for the most glamorous Grand Prix of the season. The organizers are also offering an incredible $888,000 package for those who want a truly incredible experience.

What does the Resorts World 888 Experience include?

  • 1 Palace Suite
  • Private butler service
  • 6 Paddock Club tickets
  • 10 tickets for the main stage
  • First class private air transport
  • Transfers from and to the airport
  • Transfers to and from Paddock Club
  • VIP nightclub experience
  • VP experience at a spa
  • 8 VIP theater tickets
  • 1 entourage suite
  • 4 superior rooms
  • 4 personal tailoring and styling services
  • A multi-course dinner for up to 6 people

The Las Vegas Grand Prix is ​​held on the streets of the city. The track has a length of 6120 meters, 17 curves and a straight of 1900 meters. As one can easily see, the celebrities who were in Miami a few days ago will outnumber those who are heading to Nevada for this historic game.

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