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De Vries heads to Harvard, Steiner claiming 50% stake in the $900M Haas outfit, and other big updates from around the world of Formula 1.
Nyck de Vries intends to study at Harvard after his departure from AlphaTauri F1 this season. He competed for 10 races with no top-10 finishes before Red Bull replaced him with Daniel Ricciardo. Despite this, de Vries took the dismissal in stride, supported by others and focusing on golf. While he plans to leverage his Formula E and endurance racing experience for new projects, de Vries will attend a course at Harvard in Negotiation and Leadership starting in September.
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Guenther Steiner, the Haas F1 Team Principal, is in a conflict with team founder Gene Haas over ownership of the Formula 1 team. Steiner claims a 50% stake in the F1 division based on an agreement from 2016, but Gene denies this. The team's value is about $900 million, meaning Steiner could lose around $450 million if the team is sold. The dispute is likely to end up in court if not resolved.
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Mercedes' Chief Technical Officer Mike Elliott admitted the team fell into a "trap" with F1's ground-effect aerodynamic rules. They initially struggled to understand their W13 car under these new rules, leading to early-season difficulties. Upgrades later in the year improved performance, allowing George Russell to achieve his first F1 victory. Despite design changes this season, Mercedes still faced challenges finding the right car setup due to the rules emphasizing running close to the ground. This required a stiffer car setup, which they acknowledge was a mistake last year. The team now seeks to strike a better balance within these constraints.
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Lando and Oscar face off in a series of classic (and funny) games. They go from graceful poses in Twister to flexible moves in Limbo and strategic plays in Jenga.
Ferrari's aim was to provide Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz with a car capable of competing for wins and a championship. Having fallen short of this goal, the team is now making aggressive efforts to improve its 2023 performance, but it remains to be seen if these actions will be enough.