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F1 Fast Five: March 30, 2023

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Alonso’s take on grid box tweaks, warnings for pit wall celebrations, and other big updates from around the world of Formula 1.

Alonso supports grid box tweaks

The new starting grid boxes are 20cm wider and have a center line

Fernando Alonso supports changes made to the Formula 1 grid boxes for the Australian Grand Prix weekend to avoid penalties for starting infringements. The grid boxes have been widened by 20cm, with an added central line, but Alonso believes that only the width extension will be useful to drivers. He thinks the extension will prevent penalties and avoid problems with the FIA. Although he made an error in Jeddah, Alonso's view from the cockpit hasn't changed much compared to 2022, and he is determined to avoid penalties in the future.

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Checo leads Max for street circuit poles

With two poles to his name in street circuits, Checo currently leads the score 2-1 against Max. However, the question remains as to whether Max will be able to score the equalizer and challenge Checo for the pole position this coming weekend. It will certainly be an exciting race to watch as the two Red Bull teammates battle it out on the street circuit.

Further warnings for pit wall celebrations

Red Bull's team celebrating along the catch fencing

FIA Formula 1 race director, Niels Wittich, has reminded teams that pit wall fence celebrations remain prohibited under the International Sporting Code. The practice of climbing catch fencing to celebrate drivers finishing races has been forbidden since 2006, with Article 2.3.2 stating that it is forbidden for personnel to climb on pit wall debris fences at any time. Despite this, team members have been seen breaking this rule, although it has not resulted in any investigations by stewards. Wittich included a reference to the article in his event notes for the Australian Grand Prix, reinforcing the importance of following existing rules.

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Technical packages on display

An Alfa Romeo car parked in the garage.

Images from the pit lane show various F1 teams’ technical packages in Australia, including front brake assemblies, front wing arrangements, inboard suspension elements, and rear wing deployment mechanisms. If you’re looking to read all about brake calipers and disc fairings then this is the article for you!

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Aston Martin takes a big hit

Despite the imperfections in Formula One, teams strive for success. Last season, McLaren had the potential to challenge Alpine for the best of the rest, but Ricciardo's poor form held them back. However, with two great drivers now in the car, McLaren has lost its speed. Aston Martin may be performing well currently, but Mariano Alperin (Chief of Aerodynamic Technology at Aston Martin) leaving for McLaren could result in a change in fortune. It remains to be seen if McLaren has dealt Aston Martin a huge blow or if the team will still succeed.

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