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Fast Five: "Hellish" Qatar GP pushes drivers to the edge, Pirelli probes tire failure, and other big updates

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"Hellish" Qatar GP pushes drivers to the edge, Pirelli probes tire failure, and other big updates from around the world of Formula 1.

  • "Hellish" Qatar GP pushes drivers to the edge
  • Pirelli probes tire failure
  • Fantasy lessons from Qatar
  • Drivers struggle to get of car following heat exhaustion 
  • How it feels to be “Verstappen”

"Hellish" Qatar GP pushes drivers to the edge

Two weeks ago, Max Verstappen, Oscar Piastri, and Lando Norris were relaxed before the Japanese Grand Prix podium ceremony. However, the recent Qatar Grand Prix took a toll on drivers due to extreme heat and humidity, with temperatures around 90ºF (32ºC). The race's physical demands were intensified by mandatory three-stop tire stints and the high-speed nature of the Lusail track, causing drivers like Esteban Ocon to experience extreme discomfort. Many drivers struggled with dehydration, heat exposure, and exhaustion, leading some to suggest that F1 had pushed the physical limits of racing conditions.

Click here to read the full article by Luke Smith (the athletic.com)

Pirelli probes tire failure

Pirelli is sending Formula 1's Qatar Grand Prix tires to its Milan headquarters for further investigation after sidewall separation issues arose during the event. The problem was likely caused by the pyramid kerbs at the Losail circuit, which led to a limited tire lifespan of 18 laps and a three-stop race. Pirelli's head of car racing and F1, Mario Isola, emphasized the need for better communication between F1, the FIA, and Pirelli regarding circuit changes, suggesting the involvement of multiple stakeholders in the decision-making process. The issue of kerbs had been highlighted by Pirelli in 2021, but no action was taken. Pirelli considers the tire problems in Qatar unprecedented for single-seaters and will conduct detailed analysis in Milan to better understand the issue.

Click here to read the full article by Jonathan Noble (motorsport.com)

Fantasy lessons from Qatar

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The Qatar Grand Prix had several significant moments, including Max Verstappen winning the 2023 Driver's Championship and Oscar Piastri's first F1 victory in the Saturday Sprint race. Track limits at the Losail International Circuit were a major issue throughout the weekend, leading to lap time deletions and penalties for various drivers. Carlos Sainz and Sergio Perez had a challenging weekend, with both facing setbacks, and fantasy strategists were left with difficult decisions. Zhou Guanyu impressed as a budget driver, earning points for Alfa Romeo, while Fernando Alonso surprised with a strong performance. McLaren's double podium highlighted their impressive season, and their pit crew set a new record with a 1.8-second pit stop for Lando Norris. Overall, it was a memorable weekend with various storylines to follow.

Click here to read the full article on f1fantasyhq.com

Drivers struggle to get of car following heat exhaustion 

Footage of Albon and other drivers trying to get out of the car at the end of the race has been circulating social media. The British-Thai driver required help from the Williams team to get out of the cockpit and then had to sit in the car when he seemed to have extremely low energy. Albon was checked into the medical center after the incident.

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How it feels to be "Verstappen"

The newly crowned three-time World Champion, Max Verstappen, talks about what it's like to achieve this milestone. He reflects on past interviews and shares his positive working relationship with the Red Bull team, including the mechanics and others in the paddock. The Red Bull also looks ahead to the future.

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