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The big story ?: FIA to investigate seatbelt stretch after Sainz’s Italian GP crash

Carlos Sainz crashed during Free Practice 2 at the Italian Grand Prix and was thrown forward towards the steering wheel due to stretched seat belts.


  • Sainz skidded in the Ascari corner and crashed into the barrier. When it happened, he was thrown forward and reported pain afterward.
  • Ferrari had previously conducted its own investigation into the incident using onboard cameras.
  • FIA Formula 1 race director Michael Masi confirmed the FIA is looking into the issue.

What he had to say:

  • “We will look at the belt stretch, as we do with any major incident, or significant incident like that, and see what we can learn from it. You know, can it be improved? Let’s have a look,” Masi said.

Schumacher doesn’t agree with Verstappen’s penalty

While Jackie Stewart believes Verstappen should have received a tougher penalty for the Italian GP incident, Ralf Schumacher thinks otherwise.


  • Schumacher said that Hamilton didn’t leave any space for the Red Bull driver.
  • He called the clash a racing incident and admitted that while Hamilton will have an advantage in Russia due to the dutchman’s penalty, it won’t be difficult for the latter to recover.

What he had to say:

  • “I think Max’s penalty isn’t justified. Both rivals fought very hard. Verstappen wanted to take the corner but didn’t get any space because Lewis didn’t let him.”
  • “Hamilton knew he would have lost even more points to Max because of this and they crashed. For me, it’s a classic example of a racing incident.”
  • “The FIA has been very strict with Red Bull and Verstappen. This three-place penalty isn’t insurmountable, even though it is difficult to overtake in Russia. That’s the advantage for Hamilton.”

Thowback Thursday ?: Ferrari wins the 2007 World Championship

On this day but in 2007, Ferrari won their last Formula 1 World Championship to date.

How it happened:

  • The pair of Kimi Raikkonen (who went on to win the drivers’ championship later on) and Felipe Massa had finished the Belgian Grand Prix in a 1-2, giving the Prancing Horse the Constructors’ title.

The big twist:

  • The Italian team was having a significant advantage as McLaren had been disqualified from the season for their involvement in the “Spygate” espionage case. They were also fined 100 million dollars.

Netflix’s “Schumacher” documentary is out now ?

Netflix’s newest documentary relating to Formula 1, “Schumacher,” is out now. The film follows the life of the 7-time World Champion as he rose to become one of the greatest drivers in the history of the sport.

It features the 2013 skiing accident that turned his and his family’s lives upside down and includes interviews with his son and current F1 driver Mick Schumacher, and his wife Corinna.

Watch now.

That’s everything we have for you this morning. Have a good day and see you tomorrow for the next ASN Morning Brief. ?

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