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Mercedes explains how damage for Hamilton exacerbated their lack of pace at F1 Japanese GP

The Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team found themselves grappling with challenges that left them trailing behind their rivals at the Japanese Grand Prix. George Russell finished P7, with Lewis Hamilton only 9th. In particular, Hamilton seemed to struggle to connect with the W15 at Suzuka on race day.  Mercedes’ Trackside Engineering Director, Andrew Shovlin, has shed…

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Stroll explains frustrated radio message as he says F1 Japanese GP weekend “one to forget”

Lance Stroll experienced a challenging weekend at Suzuka, Japan, culminating in a 12th-place finish, while his teammate Fernando Alonso secured a commendable sixth position. However, amidst the struggles, one radio message from Stroll during the race caught attention, prompting revelations about the underlying issue. Stroll expressed his dissapointment over the team radio, stating, “It is…

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Russell: “It was a late move from my side” as he “made contact” with Piastri in F1 Japanese GP

Setting off on the second standing start on the white-walled hard compound tyres, George Russell wasted no time in overtaking Yuki Tsunoda after the Japanese driver had got him on the first lap following the resumption. Reporting some degradation, vibrations, and helmet issues throughout the race, Russell finished the Japanese Grand Prix in P7, with…

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“Something we’ll discuss and review” — Norris on staying out and creating a tyre delta to Leclerc at F1 Japanese GP

Qualifying a brilliant third for the Japanese Grand Prix behind both Red Bull drivers, there were hopes for Lando Norris to secure a podium finish, given the track’s challenging nature for overtaking. However, his prospects quickly faded during the race as both Ferraris demonstrated superior race pace and tyre management, pushing him back to fifth….

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Piastri praises “impressive” Leclerc for pulling off a one-stop at the F1 Japanese GP

As the race unfolded at Suzuka, McLaren’s Oscar Piastri found himself grappling with tyre wear during the Japanese Grand Prix. He was also in a fight with Fernando Alonso and George Russell, ultimately finishing in P8, securing four points for the team on a tricky day. In the closing laps of the race, Mercedes’ George…

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Ricciardo and Albon analyse unfortunate crash on the opening lap at the F1 Japanese GP

The Japanese Grand Prix was thrown into disarray right from the start, with the collision and crash between Ricciardo and Albon on lap one. The Australian driver who was starting P11, right behind his teammate Yuki Tsunoda in P10, currently has zero points in the drivers standings went into the race with plans of bringing…

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“They might disqualify me for the rest of the championship” — Alonso on holding Piastri in his DRS to fend off Russell in F1 Japanese GP

Fernando Alonso’s consistent performance across the first four races of the season was particularly evident at the 2024 Japanese Grand Prix. Despite qualifying fifth on Saturday, Alonso drew attention from other teams for preserving a set of soft tyres, a strategy that could have helped at the start. On both standing starts, however, he failed…

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Sauber has “made some steps forward” at F1 Japanese GP with new floor — Bottas

In a qualifying session that saw Max Verstappen secure yet another pole position, Valtteri Bottas navigated the challenges of Suzuka in his quest to grab a competitive starting position for Sunday’s race. The Finn had a rollercoaster ride through the qualifying drama, wasting no time to get onto the track in Q1, securing eighth place…

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Russell: W15 is “inherently missing something in high speed” as he qualifies only P9 for F1 Japanese GP

The start of Mercedes’ 2024 season has been marked by correlation issues and performance varying between sessions throughout the weekend. This trend continued at the Japanese Grand Prix qualifying session, where Mercedes did not deviate from their usual results. With impressive performance throughout final practice, it was expected that both drivers would perform well and…

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