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Fast Five: FIA's secret ban linked to Alonso's slump, Russell lashes out at Formula 3 regulations, and other big updates

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FIA's secret ban linked to Alonso's slump, Russell lashes out out at Formula 3 regulations, and other big updates from around the world of Formula 1.

TODAY'S HEADLINES:
  • FIA's secret ban linked to Alonso's slump
  • Russell lashes out at Formula 3 regulations
  • Zhou Guanyu set to renew Alfa Romeo contract
  • Grill the grid
  • Spiderman surprise thrills Ocon

FIA's secret ban linked to Alonso's slump

Fernando Alonso began the 2023 season strongly with Aston Martin, securing six podium finishes in the first eight races. However, his performance declined in the recent races, attributed to the FIA's ban on certain parts of the AMR23 car. Despite Alonso's early promise, he struggled to maintain podium placements due to these changes and the team's explanations, ranging from new upgrades affecting aerodynamics to altered tire compounds. Reports suggest the FIA secretly prohibited a component during the British Grand Prix, prompting significant alterations to the front wings and affecting performance. Aston Martin's connection with Honda and their future engine supplier switch might have also contributed to the decline. The team plans a comeback by introducing a significant upgrade package after the summer break.

Click here to read the full article by Srijon Jana (thesportsrush.com)

Russell lashes out at Formula 3 regulations

George Russell has criticized Formula 3 for allowing too many cars on track at once, causing issues like traffic during qualifiers, especially at fast tracks like Monza or Red Bull Ring. Driver safety concerns heightened after Dilano van't Hoff's death in July at Spa-Francorchamps. F1 drivers, including Oscar Piastri, disliked the track's design, while Russell emphasized visibility issues in wet conditions. Russell believed the problem wouldn't be solved soon, appreciating FIA's efforts but predicting challenges. He also expressed worry about junior categories' safety due to the high number of cars on track, foreseeing potential accidents.

Click here to read the full article by Robert Collins (formula1news.co.uk)

Zhou Guanyu set to renew Alfa Romeo contract

Zhou Guanyu is a dependable Formula 1 driver for Alfa Romeo, matching his experienced teammate Valtteri Bottas. Despite initial criticism, Zhou has proven himself as a solid performer, though not reaching the heights of some others. Bottas still has a slight edge in performance, but Alfa Romeo's driver lineup suits their competitiveness. The team intends to keep both drivers next year, with Zhou preferring a long-term contract. While Theo Pourchaire is an option, Zhou's current level makes him a better fit. There are rumors of Zhou joining Haas, but their partnership's continuation depends on agreeable terms.

Click here to read the full article on formu1a.uno


CONGRATULATIONS!! F1 Fantasy HQ earns top 30 on FeedSpot

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F1 Fantasy HQ was recognized by FeedSpot as one of the 30 Best Fantasy Sports Blogs & Websites, a notable achievement for the site which continues to top the charts for quality F1 fantasy content.

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Grill the grid

How many race-winning surnames do the drivers on the current grid know when it comes to the full alphabet? Click here to watch the drivers give it their best shot.

Spiderman surprise thrills Ocon

A fan gifted Esteban Ocon a Spiderman-themed package, and the excited driver wasted no time revealing its content.

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