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F1 Fast Five: May 23, 2023

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Alpine warns against top teams' "infrastructure advantage," key talking points for the Monaco GP, and other big updates from around the world of Formula 1.

  • Alpine warns against top teams' "infrastructure advantage"
  • Key talking points for the Monaco GP
  • Aston Martin's game-changing edge over Red Bull
  • It's Monaco race week!!
  • French government aims to revive French GP

Alpine warns against top teams' "infrastructure advantage"

Otmar Szafnauer

Alpine team boss Otmar Szafnauer has expressed concerns about Formula 1's cost cap, arguing that it could create an advantage for top teams by restricting necessary infrastructure projects. While the cost cap aims to level the playing field and promote sustainability, it limits the ability of midfield teams to catch up without making sacrifices elsewhere. Certain projects essential for competitiveness, including the construction of a new wind tunnel, fall under the cost cap, while top teams enjoy advantages from their existing infrastructure. Szafnauer has urged Formula 1 to ensure a fair distribution of infrastructure and reconsider the cost cap's impact on crucial developments, citing upcoming engine regulations as an example.

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Key talking points for the Monaco GP

Red Bull in Monaco

Alonso's best chance of victory is at the Monaco Grand Prix, which is a tight and slower circuit that suits Aston Martin's AMR23. While Alonso has already achieved four podium finishes this season, competing head-to-head with the dominant Red Bulls for a race win remains uncertain. The Red Bull drivers, Verstappen and Perez, have been in a harmonious rivalry, with both aiming for victory. Despite being from Monaco, Charles Leclerc has struggled at his home race, and finishing on the podium would be a significant achievement for him. Teams have been working on major upgrades for their cars, although the cancellation of the Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix affected their testing. The broadcast of the Monaco Grand Prix is now produced by Formula One Management, promising a better viewing experience for fans.

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Aston Martin's game-changing edge over Red Bull

Aston Martin

Aston Martin faces the challenge of out-developing Red Bull in order to achieve a victory in Formula 1 this season. Red Bull currently has a significant advantage over Aston Martin, particularly in race performance. Due to their lower championship finish last year, Aston Martin has greater allowances for wind tunnel and CFD work, providing them with a quantifiable advantage over Red Bull. However, Aston Martin must effectively utilize this advantage while Red Bull strategizes for the long term. Aston Martin aims to improve its base car, address weaknesses in one-lap pace and cornering speed, and close the gap to Red Bull. Nonetheless, Aston Martin is aware that Red Bull and other teams will also continue to develop their cars. The outcome of this handicap system will become clearer in the coming months as Aston Martin strives to make the most of their advantage.

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It's Monaco race week!!

Gear up for the Monaco Grand Prix with this captivating video that celebrates the best moments from past races and showcases the true stars of racing.

French government aims to revive French GP

French GP

The French government is eager to revive the annual Grand Prix in France. French sports minister Amelie Oudea-Castera has expressed positivity about Formula 1 CEO Stefano Domenicali's desire for a French GP and stated that they will work on a plan to make it happen. They aim to attract the right people, including elected representatives, to develop a strong project and engage with Formula 1 leadership. The government sees this as a great opportunity and is committed to seizing it.

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