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Verstappen wins sprint shootout, Motorsport star dies in tragic accident, and other big updates from around the world of Formula 1.
Max Verstappen secured pole position for the sprint race in Austria by setting the fastest time in the sprint shootout, beating his teammate Sergio Perez by nearly half a second. Lando Norris took third place, while Nico Hulkenberg and Carlos Sainz claimed impressive fourth and fifth positions, respectively. Mercedes faced a nightmare morning as both their drivers failed to make it into SQ3. George Russell couldn't participate due to a hydraulic problem, placing him in 15th on the grid. Lewis Hamilton was eliminated in SQ1 and will start in the 18th position.
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Dilano van 't Hoff, an 18-year-old racing driver, died in a multi-car collision during the Formula Regional European Championship race at Spa-Francorchamps in wet conditions. The race was canceled after the incident. The Formula Regional European Championship, along with motorsports organizations and Formula 1, expressed condolences to Dilano's family, team, and friends for their tragic loss.
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McLaren will review the penalty imposed on Lando Norris at the Canadian Grand Prix after he received a five-second penalty for a safety car infringement. Norris was accused of deliberately holding up his rivals and was penalized, causing him to lose his 9th place. McLaren expressed surprise and uncertainty regarding the penalty and decided to exercise their right of review. The FIA confirmed a hearing will be held to determine if there are significant new elements that warrant a review of the decision.
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Mercedes and McLaren will test new wheel arches designed for wet weather at Silverstone following a two-day tire test. The decision comes after the 2021 Belgian Grand Prix was abandoned due to heavy rain, prompting the World Motor Sport Council to plan for wheel arches that can be used in extreme weather conditions for safer racing. The FIA will film the test at Silverstone's artificially soaked national track to assess the arches' effectiveness and impact on water spray. The goal is to prevent a repeat of the unfortunate circumstances at Spa in 2021 and ensure responsible racing for spectators, teams, and the sport as a whole.
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Bob Fernley, the former Deputy Team Principal of Force India, has died at the age of 70. Fernley had a long career in Formula 1, IndyCar, and Can-Am, and served as Chairman of the FIA Single-Seater Commission from 2020 to 2022. Formula 1 President Stefano Domenicali expressed his sadness and acknowledged Fernley's significant contributions to the sport. Alpine racer Esteban Ocon and pundit Karun Chandhok also offered their condolences, highlighting Fernley's leadership and personal qualities.
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