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Fast Five: ROKiT to refile $149M lawsuit against Williams, Haas joins downwash trend in car concept shift, and other big updates.

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ROKiT to refile $149M lawsuit against Williams, Haas joins downwash trend in car concept shift, and other big updates from around the world of Formula 1.

  • ROKiT to refile $149M lawsuit against Williams despite Florida dismissal
  • Haas joins downwash trend in car concept shift
  • Was Zhou Sauber's best pick?
  • Pirelli reveals tire choices for Singapore
  • Should Tsunoda leave AlphaTauri?

ROKiT to re-file $149M lawsuit against Williams despite Florida dismissal

Jonathan Kendrick, ROKiT's CEO, remains determined to pursue his $149 million legal action against Williams despite its dismissal by a Florida court due to a technicality involving ROKiT's lawyer's eligibility to practice in that jurisdiction. Kendrick plans to refile the case in California, where his company is based. The lawsuit stems from a dispute over unpaid fees in 2020 when ROKiT was Williams' title sponsor. Williams won the arbitration on this matter in the UK, but Kendrick alleges "fraudulent statements" by Williams and seeks compensation. Kendrick's attorney, Larry Klayman, stated that the case will be refiled in California with a new legal team. Williams Racing maintains that the Florida dismissal concludes the matter, while Kendrick and Klayman contend that the case was not dismissed on its merits.

Click here to read the full article by Adam Cooper (motorsport.com)

Haas joins downwash trend in car concept shift

Haas, the final Formula 1 team to do so, will switch to the downwash solution for its car concept starting with the United States Grand Prix in Austin. Previously, Haas had been the only team to stick with the in-wash solution while others adopted downwash. The decision to change was made before the summer break due to performance limitations with the current car concept. Haas had saved the budget for 2023 upgrades, which will now be used for this major overhaul. The team expects to learn from this change for a full downwash solution in 2024.

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

ICYMI: The Fantasy Formula - Singapore GP race preview and giveaway

Top ranked F1 Fantasy players Adam (F1FantasyHQ) and special guest Tom (potpanmanF1) discuss what's in store for the Singapore Grand Prix and build their fantasy lineups for the weekend. Our favorite co-host Rob (F1 Fantasy Hub) is away for the episode but weighed in behind the scenes.

Be sure to tune in Saturday an hour before qualifying for another epic Fantasy Formula live preshow. Ask questions and leave with all the lineup tips you need to lock in and dominate your leagues. And submit your answer to this week's question in The Fantasy Formula community for a chance to win amazing prizes from our sponsor Fifth Gear Garms.

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Looking for more Fantasy? Head to the end of this Fast Five for bonus articles.

Was Zhou Sauber's best pick?

Zhou Guanyu's 2024 Formula 1 deal with Sauber puts an end to speculation about the team's second driver alongside Valtteri Bottas. Sauber's decision to retain Zhou makes sense as he has performed well, is well-liked, and brings commercial benefits. Despite being linked, Mick Schumacher wasn't a serious contender due to inconclusive past performances. Theo Pourchaire, while a Formula 2 champion, had not dominated the season and might need more development. Felipe Drugovich, despite a strong F2 season, lost out on the Sauber seat to Zhou. Ultimately, Sauber chose experience over rookies with potential.

Click here to read the full article by Valentin Khorounzhiy and Edd Straw (the-race.com)

Pirelli reveals tire choices for Singapore

Pirelli has announced the tire selection for the Singapore Grand Prix at the Marina Bay Circuit. They will provide the C3 (hard), C4 (medium), and C5 (soft) tires, similar to the previous race in Monza. The drivers will have two sets of hard tires, three sets of medium tires, and eight sets of soft tires at their disposal, along with green intermediates and blue full wets if needed. The Marina Bay Circuit has undergone changes, making it faster and potentially conducive to overtaking, but it remains a challenging street circuit with high temperatures posing a risk of overheating for both tires and the cars themselves.

Click here to read the full article on formula1.com

Should Tsunoda leave AlphaTauri?

One of the notable topics this season is the speculation surrounding who will secure Red Bull and AlphaTauri seats in 2025. However, it's expected that either Tsunoda, Ricciardo, or Lawson will miss out on a seat in 2024. Ricciardo has made a solid comeback, Tsunoda has earned a point, and Lawson impressed at Monza. But it's unclear if Tsunoda will become a Red Bull driver.

Bonus: Singapore Fantasy round up

Interviewing the #1 F1 Fantasy player

The view from the top of the F1 Fantasy leaderboards

F1 Fantasy HQ sat down with Luke, the #1 ranked F1 Fantasy player, to learn about his history with the game and strategies for success. You don't want to miss this interview.

potpanmanF1's Singapore lineup

This week's substitute co-host on The Fantasy Formula - Tom aka potpanmanF1 - goes in-depth on his Singapore team selection. If you watched the TFF: Race Preview and want more insights from him then this is the video for you.

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