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Sprint 'Grand Slam' and schedule changes in the works, key Singapore GP backer caught in corruption probe, and other big updates from around the world of Formula 1.
Formula 1 is considering introducing a special 'Grand Slam' element to sprint race weekends, rewarding drivers who achieve pole position and victory in both the sprint race and main grand prix. The idea is still in the early stages, and discussions with teams are needed to finalize the concept and potential rewards. Additionally, F1 teams are set to discuss potential refinements to the sprint race format, such as changes to tire allocation, parc ferme rules, and the weekend flow. One suggestion is to have Friday qualifying determine the grid for the sprint race on Saturday morning, followed by qualifying for the main grand prix on Saturday afternoon. F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali acknowledges that loyal fans may be more resistant to format changes than new fans, but the goal is to maintain stability while incorporating sprint races.
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Billionaire property tycoon Ong Beng Seng, known for his role in creating the Singapore Grand Prix, has been issued a notice of arrest. The arrest is part of an investigation involving Singapore's minister for transport, S Iswaran, but there is no indication that it is related to the grand prix. Iswaran has been instructed to take a leave of absence, and the investigation is being described as a significant corruption probe. Ong Beng Seng is cooperating with the authorities, and no charges have been filed against him. The Singapore Grand Prix, which Ong helped establish, has a contract extension until 2028 and will take place this year on September 17th.
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A delegation of Formula 1 teams and officials recently met with the British government to address the challenges they have faced as a result of Brexit. With seven out of the ten F1 teams based in the UK, the delegation emphasized the difficulties encountered since the country's withdrawal from the EU. One of the main concerns raised was the movement of personnel, and the delegation requested support from the government, hoping for accommodations similar to those provided to the entertainment industry. The transportation of car parts between the UK and the EU was highlighted as a particularly problematic area. The F1 community seeks the government's assistance in minimizing disruptions and ensuring the smooth functioning of the sport. The meeting emphasizes the importance of maintaining open communication between the government and critical industries during times of significant change.
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Mercedes' technical director, James Allison, revealed they are closely examining McLaren's recent upgrade to understand how their F1 rival significantly improved lap time. McLaren's strong performance at the British Grand Prix, with Lando Norris finishing second and Oscar Piastri fourth, has caught Mercedes' attention. Allison acknowledged McLaren's impressive work and expressed interest in understanding the specific changes that contributed to their improved lap times. While Mercedes continues its own development, Allison expects a competitive battle among teams as upgrades are introduced throughout the season, with the final portion likely determining a more settled hierarchy.
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Join Mercedes Technical Director James Allison as he answers questions on tire strategy and how the race for upgrades will unfold.