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The big question mark ❓: Washed-out Grand Prix part 2?
Things don’t look that nice with the weather forecast for the Russian Grand Prix.
The first of three Formula 3 races was rescheduled to yesterday due to a poor weather forecast for today. That race ended up being the championship-deciding battle, as Dennis Hauger claimed the 2021 title.
Formula One’s official forecast for today reads as follows: “Overcast with a high chance of rain throughout the day. Rain intensity is potentially heavy giving more than 20mm from dawn to middle afternoon. Improvement is expected in the late afternoon. Gusty southerly wind, up to 50 km/h until midday then veering northwesterly and weakening significantly after 15:00.”
There have been comments regarding qualifying being moved to Sunday before the race should the weather not cooperate. However, the forecast for Sunday looks promising, as it reads it will be “partly cloudy” with a “slight chance of showers for the race,” and the chance of rain below 20%.
Hauger claims Formula 3 championship title
Dennis Hauger has won the 2021 Formula 3 Championship after finishing second in a re-scheduled Race 1 on Friday.
How it happened: Hauger was fighting for the championship with Jack Doohan, who had a decent qualifying earlier in the day. The latter, however, had a poor start to the race and dropped down the order to 15th, giving Dennis the advantage.
Doohan was not able to recover in time and Hauger capitalized on it, claiming the title after finishing second, with Logan Sargeant winning his first Formula 3 race of the season.
An emotional recovery after a difficult 2020 campaign:
“[The title] means everything. Getting the work done with the team all year to prepare and get everything set for the races and travelling and everything, it’s a lifestyle obviously with what you love, so it’s enjoyable, but hard work as well.”Dennis Hauger
- “Especially after last season, it wasn’t the best year, and it was hard also mentally, so getting back and getting the championship is unreal.”
Verstappen gets new Power Unit, starts Russian Grand Prix from the back 😬
Max Verstappen will get a Power Unit change which will result in a penalty for the Russian Grand Prix.
Why it matters: Red Bull was uncertain on whether to change Verstappen’s Power Unit for the Russian Grand Prix or not.
- Verstappen won’t be the only driver receiving a Power Unit change for this Grand Prix, with Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc also in the same situation
- This PU change means the Dutch driver will have to start the Grand Prix from the back of the field.
Formula 2, 3 modify weekend format for 2022
Formula 2 and Formula 3 will have a new race weekend format starting from the 2022 season.
- Race weekends will consist of practice and qualifying on Friday, Sprint Race on Saturday, and Feature Race on Sunday.
- The top 10 of Formula 2’s and the top 12 of Formula 3’s qualifyings will be reversed for Sprint Race.
- Formula 2 and Formula 3 will race again at the same venue and remain Formula 1’s support series.
What they had to say:
- “We want to ensure all our fans get the maximum entertainment during a race weekend and bringing the Championships back together in 2022 will provide more racing action during our events and ensure our fans have activity that will keep them engaged and excited,” the F1 president and CEO Stefano Domenicali commented.
- “This is great news for the fans because we are enhancing the overall F1 Grand Prix weekend experience, having all three Championships racing together, at as many events as possible. However, we are keeping our races where the most points are allocated and the stakes are higher on Sundays, ahead of the Formula 1 Grand Prix,” F2 and F3 CEO Bruno Michel added.
Confident Bottas on the charge
Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas is confident with his performance at Sochi after a “comfortable” Friday topping the charts.
- Bottas led both practice sessions on Friday.
- He explained having good confidence with the car and balance.
What he said:
- “It could always go better, but if you look at the lap times and based on the feelings, it was a good day. From the first run I had good confidence with the car, the balance was actually very good, so all we had to do were minor adjustments.”
- “There is more to come, but I think tomorrow is going to be wet, so it’s going to be a completely different day.”
That’s everything we have for you this morning. Have a great day and see you tomorrow for the next ASN Morning Brief. 👋