Father shot dead in Russia / Formula 1 SPEEDWEEK.COM

Former Formula 1 driver Vitaly Petrov left his post as FIA race commissioner in Portugal in a hurry: his father Alexander Petrov was shot in western Russia.

Former Grand Prix driver Vitaly Petrov (36) worked as an FIA race steward for the first time as part of the Portuguese Grand Prix. On Saturday he made his post available and flew home – the Russian news agency TASS reported that his father Alexander Petrov (61) had been shot in his hometown of Vyborg in western Russia. It is said that it was murder. Petrov senior was a well-known and controversial person as a businessman and city councilor in Vyborg (near the Finnish border). The exact circumstances of the crime are unclear at this point.

Petrov formed the racing police quartet together with Tim Mayer (USA), Felix Holter (Germany) and Paulo Magalhães (Portugal). He has been replaced by the Portuguese Bruno Correia, racing driver and safety car driver in Formula E and in the World Touring Car Championship. Correia lives in nearby Portimão.

FIA racing director Michael Masi: “We express our condolences to Vitaly and his family. And we are grateful to Bruno that he can step in at such short notice. “

36-year-old Petrov from Vyborg was the first Russian to get a regular place in Formula 1: he drove a total of 57 world championship races in 2010 and 2011 for Renault and 2012 for Caterham – with a third place in Australia 2011 as a highlight.

Petrov played a crucial role in the 2010 Abu Dhabi World Cup final as it was he who offered fierce resistance to Fernando Alonso at the Yas Marina Circuit. The then Ferrari star from Spain lost valuable seconds, which was one of the reasons why he lost out to Sebastian Vettel in the end. In addition, at the Ferrari command post the mistake was made of aligning Alonso’s race with Mark Webber and not Vettel.

Qualifying Portimão

1. Lewis Hamilton (GB), Mercedes, 1:16,652 min
2. Valtteri Bottas (FIN), Mercedes, +0.102 sec
3. Max Verstappen (NL), Red Bull Racing, +0,252
4. Charles Leclerc (MC), Ferrari, +0.438
5. Sergio Pérez (MEX), Racing Point, +0,571
6. Alex Albon (T), Red Bull Racing, +0,785
7. Carlos Sainz (E), McLaren, +0.868
8. Lando Norris (GB), McLaren, +0,873
9. Pierre Gasly (F), AlphaTauri, +1,151
10. Daniel Ricciardo (AUS), Renault no time
11. Esteban Ocon (F), Renault, +0,962
12. Lance Stroll (CDN), Racing Point, +0,974
13. Daniil Kvyat (RUS), AlphaTauri, +1,076
14. George Russell (GB), Williams, +1,136
15. Sebastian Vettel (D), Ferrari, +1,267
16. Kimi Räikkönen (FIN), Alfa Romeo, +1,549
17. Antonio Giovinazzi (I), Alfa Romeo, +1,671
18. Romain Grosjean (F), Haas, +1,712
19. Kevin Magnussen (DK), Haas, +1,856
20. Nicholas Latifi (CDN), Williams, +2,125

World Championship stand after 11 of 17 races

1. Hamilton 230 points
2. Bottas 161
3. Verstappen 147
4. Ricciardo 78
5. Pérez 68
6. Norris 65
7. Albon 64
8. Leclerc 63
9. Stroll 57
10. Gasly 53
11. Sainz 51
12. Ocon 36
13. Vettel 17
14. Kvyat 14
15. Nico Hülkenberg (D) 10
16. Giovinazzi 3
17. Raikkonen 2
18. Grosjean 2
19. Magnussen 1
20. Latifi 0
21. Russell 0

1. Mercedes 391
2. Red Bull Racing 211
3. Racing Point 120
4. McLaren 116
5. Renault 114
6. Ferrari 80
7. AlphaTauri 67
8. Alfa Romeo 5
9. Haas 3
10. Williams 0


Brown’s dart to Racing Point: “Maybe Stroll’s doctor is Dr. Mallya”

McLaren CEO questions the professionalism of the doctor who advised Stroll

Call the team’s attention for putting everyone in danger by violating protocol

McLaren CEO Zak Brown has criticized Racing Point’s failure to test Lance Stroll before he went home from the Nurburgring. The American has warned of the danger of such a practice and has taken the opportunity to cast doubt on the authority of the doctor who advised Lance against taking the tests.

The Stroll case has inevitably come to the fore during the team leaders’ press conference on Friday. Teams like McLaren have decided to reinforce their protocol to avoid loopholes such as those that existed in the case of Lance’s positive. The ‘crime’ of Racing Point was that they did not test Sergio Pérez’s partner at the Nürburgring despite showing several symptoms indicative of covid-19.

Stroll was allowed to fly without testing on the German circuit and it wasn’t until he got home in Switzerland that he tested positive.

The team hides in that the doctor who advised Lance did not consider his symptoms to be such as to test him. Zak Brown, sitting at a press conference next to Otmar Szafnauer, has taken the opportunity to throw a dart at the team and doubt the authority of that doctor, comparing him to people like the former owner of Racing Point Vijay Mallya, the cartoonist Dr. Seuss or even the rapper Dr. Dre.

“If you look at the Racing Point situation, I would probably test anyone who was unwell on a daily basis. I don’t know who his doctor was, if it was Dr. Mallya, Dr. Seuss. Maybe it was Dr. Dre“, has commented Brown in the press conference of the team leaders, according to has informed Chris Medland.

It’s Brown’s way of berating Racing Point for violating protocol and endangering the rest of Formula 1.

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Another arrest / Formula 1 SPEEDWEEK.COM

In mid-December 2019, Tamara Ecclestone fell victim to burglars who stole jewelry worth almost $ 60 million. Another suspected member of the thief gang has now been arrested.

Tamara Ecclestone, daughter of the former Formula 1 ringmaster Bernie Ecclestone, was the victim of a burglary in December 2019, in which the billionaire heiress was stolen several pieces of jewelry. The value of the loot: Around 50 million pounds (almost 60 million euros). The 36-year-old was on her way to Lapland for a winter vacation with her husband Jay Rutland and daughter Sophia when the crime occurred on Friday the 13th. The thieves got in at around 11 p.m. through a garden gate.

The first arrests were made in February: a woman and her son, who investigators suspect belong to the gang of thieves who committed several break-ins in Kensington, were arrested in London after their arrival from Milan. In early August, two more people were arrested in Milan who are also suspected of being part of the six-person group of burglars.

On Friday, the investigators managed to arrest again, as reported by Italian newspapers: A 23-year-old was caught in a villa in Santa Marinella near Rome. The Italian was wanted with an international arrest warrant and is under strong suspicion of being part of the criminal gang that is said to have cheated an Italian couple of 480,000 euros as part of a castle renovation in December. Like those arrested earlier, he is also to be extradited to Great Britain.

The British gossip papers quote Bernie Ecclestone after the theft as follows: “This is a terrible thing and happened shortly after the family left. I’m glad that nobody was at home at the time of the break-in. “


Preference Red Bull is clear: “Want to take over Honda engine”

There has been a lot of speculation in recent weeks about Red Bull’s future with regard to engines. It was initially thought that the team was from Milton Keynes after the departure of Honda should opt for one of the other three suppliers, but Helmut Marko has indicated in conversation with F1-Insider that the preference is to take over the Honda engines.

Conversation with Honda

Marko finally hints his preference and is clear in his wording, but also makes a comment. 77-year-old Helmut Marko said: “Provided that talks with Honda go well, we would like to take over the base, intellectual property and everything else from Honda to prepare the engines in Milton Keynes. which we prefer, instead of asking another manufacturer to supply engines. “

He also immediately explains why Red Bull is not going to Mercedes, Ferrari or Renault. It is too dependent and always a second choice, he says. Marko: “All those manufacturers have their own team and build the chassis and the engine from one piece. We get something that we have to build a chassis around. That requires a difficult technical solution and that is why we prefer to build on the Honda engine. “

FIA must cooperate

There is an important condition, says the Austrian. “We must then get the cooperation of the international motorsport federation FIA. It must adjust the engine regulations, so that from the first race in 2022 a ban on further development of the engine is in force, otherwise it makes little sense.”

If the FIA ​​does not agree, Red Bull will have to find another solution to continue to finance the development of the Honda engine.


Sebastian Vettel invests in Aston Martin in Formula 1

“I believe in this project”: Sebastian Vettel is also a shareholder in Aston Martin, for whose team he will drive from 2021 on.
Image: EPA

Sebastian Vettel will no longer drive in a Ferrari in Formula 1 next season, but for Aston Martin. Now the former world champion reveals that he is also joining the sports car manufacturer as a shareholder.

Sebastian Vettel will drive for the British Formula 1 racing team as a shareholder of the sports car manufacturer Aston Martin next year. The Hessian confirmed this shortly before the Grand Prix of the Eifel on Sunday (2.10 p.m. in FAZ live ticker for Formula 1, on RTL and Sky). It was secondary how much money he invested, said the four-time world champion in response to a question from “Motorsport.com”, “I believe in this project, and I am looking forward to the moment when it starts next year.”

The Mercedes team boss, Toto Wolff, owns just under one percent of the British company, Daimler AG five. The Canadian Lawrence Stroll and other investors acquired 20 percent of Aston Martin for around 219 million euros. He is also behind the Formula 1 team Racing Point, which will start under the name Aston Martin from 2021, with Vettel and Stroll’s son Lance at the wheel.


“Costs are too high” / Formula 1 SPEEDWEEK.COM

Ferrari team boss Mattia Binotto talks about the Honda exit and, looking back, sees: “We completely forgot the costs in 2014.” That’s why the current engines are too expensive, he is sure.

Not only those affected from the Red Bull teams regret that, with Honda, an engine manufacturer will turn its back on Formula 1 after the 2021 season. The competition also emphasizes that the announced departure of the Japanese is a loss for the sport. “I think we all don’t think it’s great that we’re losing Honda,” explains Ferrari team boss Mattia Binotto on the edge of the Nürburgring.

“You were a big name and still are today, and it is a shame that we will only have three engine manufacturers in Formula 1 in the future,” the engineer clarified, but he immediately added: “On the other hand, it is not either Surprise, because that has happened in the past, most engine manufacturers come and go – apart from Ferrari. “

With a view to the new engine regulations, which are planned for 2026, Binotto also explains: “The current engines are very expensive. The development costs are very high and if you compare the numbers with those a few years ago, you can see that they have risen sharply. We have to control and reduce costs. ” When drafting the new rules, you don’t just have to think about the technology, but also about the financial outlay, he emphasizes.

That was too much forgotten the last time when it came to the current 1.6-liter V6 turbo hybrid engine. “When we drafted the rules for 2014, we focused on the hybrid format, on the innovations, and completely forgot about the costs. And I think they have certainly been too high in recent years, ”admits the Italian.

It is therefore essential to keep an eye on not only the technology, but also the financial aspects of the new rules. Binotto warns: “That will be one of the key factors to get new manufacturers excited about Formula 1. We don’t have a lot of time, so we need to speed up discussions and understand which drive is the right one for the future. “


Ferrari introduces major updates on SF1000 at Eifel Grand Prix

Ferrari is struggling this year because it has a car that is totally uncompetitive. The SF1000 rides somewhere in midfield, although the Italian team seems to be recovering a bit by now. For the Grand Prix of Eifel, at the Nurburgring, the Maranello team is introducing a major update, which should ensure that the team can take a big step.

That was the news of the cheerful Charles Leclerc after finishing in a promising sixth place in Sochi. The result came after Ferrari introduced an aerodynamic update to the Russian Grand Prix, the main element of which was a new front wing and modified sides on the rear wing.

No faster times

Leclerc said it wasn’t a direct boost in lap time, but it made the car more stable. Leclerc: “That helped me get more out of it than I could do before.”

Team principal Mattia Binotto added: “The midfield is so close together that these small steps can make a big difference.”

According to Leclerc, there is now a bigger update on the Nurburgring, and sources say the main development this time around will be a new floor. If that also works, changes to the diffuser will reportedly hit the car at the next Grand Prix in Portugal.

When asked if the Sochi update was effective, Leclerc replied: “Absolutely. We have brought several new parts here and we are getting a bigger update for the race in Germany. So it looks better.”

Vettel in trouble

On the other hand, Sebastian Vettel finished just 13th on Sunday, insisting he still felt ‘uncomfortable’ behind the wheel of the 2020 Ferrari.

“The problem is not just a lack of rear grip, the problem is the whole car,” said the German.


James May sells one of his Ferraris. And he wants less for it than he bought for it

James May decided to get rid of one of his Ferraris. He says he doesn’t enjoy it anymore.

The British presenter talked about the reasons for the sale in a video for the Drivetribe channel, which he shot in his garage.

He admits the most important reason right at the beginning. He just doesn’t love a Ferrari in which he doesn’t drive much. She loves to look at him, but that’s not enough. Although he considers the car he sells through a Ferrari dealer to be one of the most beautiful cars with a stallion on the hood.

Just because a car is nice doesn’t mean it’s nice to drive at the same time. According to May, Italian supersport has simply become obsolete and can no longer keep up with the times.

Only at this moment does James reveal what kind of Ferrari it actually sells. They don’t own just one. “I’m not selling Speciale, that would be an absurd thing,” says the moderator, who probably owns the very last Ferrari 458 Speciale produced.

May ordered it at a time when the Italian carmaker had already stopped receiving orders. In the case of the famous Englishman, however, she made an exception and still made a car for him.

But back to the supersport that left James’s garage. It is a model 308 GTB from 1977, one of 211 pieces with a steel body and right-hand drive for the British market. With the 308 GTB, the first specimens had a fiberglass body, and in 1977 it was switched to steel.

The 308 GTB is powered by a 2.9-liter eight-cylinder with four carburetors, which produces 188 kW. It is connected to a five-speed manual transmission. The piece after May has driven 59,897 miles (about 96,400 km), it has a completely documented history (including service) and also some original accessories.

The red Ferrari with black leather upholstery is available for 69,995 pounds, in terms of about 2.1 million crowns.

Which, by the way, according to May, is less money than the 308 he once bought. The prices of classic cars in Britain have probably fallen over the last year. James immediately adds reasons: “Recession, Brexit, covid, Boris Johnson and the like.”

And it further develops the idea of ​​how 308 simply became obsolete. “It’s an old car and I don’t really like old cars. Although everyone thinks I have to like them,” he says. “But from where I’m sitting now, I see three electric cars,” he adds, adding that he currently owns only one old motorcycle.

According to him, the problem with old cars is that today we can no longer appreciate and perceive them as we did at the time of their creation. The past is gone.

He likens old technology to old music. Today, we also perceive 17th-century music differently than people at the time. This is because, unlike our ancestors, we experienced Sex Pistols or rap. We just have different ears.

Similarly, our perception of cars is changing.

James then explains why he actually bought a 308 GTB. He admits that the main reason was the effort to bring back to life some of the golden times, something of his young. As a teenage boy, Ferrari loved this, but it was inaccessible to him. When he later bought it, he actually returned to his teens.

And he thinks whoever buys his 308 now will be in a similar situation. That it will be someone who experienced the best period in the 70’s and wants to fulfill his childhood dream. “But I honestly think that such a person will sell Ferrari again soon when he realizes that he can spend less money on Alpine. Which I did,” he adds.


The Homologated Ferrari: unique piece for two years of work

A Ferrari like no other made its debut at the Fiorano circuit during a test as short as it was intense. Those present were able to listen to the unmistakable sound of the aspirated V12 of the Prancing Horse and, at the same time, be excited by an innovative design destined to leave its mark in the hearts of the Maranello fans.

The new one-off Ferrari Homologated, with its Magma Red coloring and sophisticated racing livery, is clearly inspired by the legendary and over seventy-year tradition of Ferrari Gran Turismo.

The Homologated Ferrari, the result of a development process that lasted over two years from the presentation of the first sketches, drew inspiration from a wide range of images from very different fields, from the legendary races of the past to science fiction and modern architecture. To this end, the designers unleashed their creativity starting with the platform of the 812 Superfast, of which only the windshield and headlights have been retained.


Ferrari Omologato, a Ferrari like no other

NEW – A name evoking the GTO, a rear hatch covered with louvers: Maranello’s latest bespoke creation offers a journey of nostalgia.


Even in the choice of appellation, the shadow of the famous Ferrari 250 GTO (O for Omologato) seems to have hovered over the design of the latest bespoke creation from the House of Maranello. From the 812 Superfast from which it borrows the platform and the V12, the Ferrari Omologato has kept only the windshield and headlamps. Everything else is new. This is what the informed European collector, at the origin of the order, wanted.


From the first sketches to the delivery of this unique berlinetta, two years have passed. The 250 GTO clearly inspired this unique berlinetta. The sloping and smooth front hood adopts two gills and a flattened oval grille that refer to those of the GTO of 1962. ‘a light car. The rear scrambles the cards. The louvers covering the large bezel suggest that the engine is installed at the rear. The two double lights of the 812 Superfast are replaced by a single equipment.


The interior treatment takes a trip back to the 1960s. Like those in racing cars and the 250 GTO, the leather and jeans fabric seats are electric blue, while the metal parts of the dashboard and the The arch housing the gearbox knobs mimic the crackle paintwork of sixties GTs.

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