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F1 Fast Five: FIA grapples with fallout of Andretti's acquisition of ex-F1 CTO, Is Russell crumbling under pressure?, and other big updates

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FIA grapples with fallout of Andretti's acquisition of ex-F1 CTO, Is Russell crumbling under pressure?, and other big updates from around the world of Formula 1.

FIA grapples with fallout of Andretti's acquisition of ex-F1 CTO, Is Russell crumbling under pressure?, and other big updates
  • FIA grapples with fallout of Andretti's acquisition of ex-F1 CTO
  • Is Russell crumbling under pressure?
  • Red Bull drops rising talent after four race weekends
  • McLaren refutes Norris' 'last millisecond' claim
  • Haas gives Bearman another practice run ahead of Spanish GP

FIA grapples with fallout of Andretti's acquisition of ex-F1 CTO

Following Pat Symonds' departure from his role as F1's chief technical officer to join Andretti Global, the FIA is adjusting to added responsibilities. Nikolas Tombazis, the FIA's head of single-seater matters, acknowledged Symonds' significant role in the FIA's relationship with Formula One Management (FOM). Tombazis discussed FIA's work with FOM and the challenges of 2026 regulations.

Click here to read the full article by Lydia Mee (si.com)

Is Russell crumbling under pressure?

George Russell's determination to succeed with Mercedes is evident, yet recent performances have raised concerns about his ability to handle pressure. Despite leading Mercedes to their first podium finish of the 2024 season, Russell admitted feeling disappointed, attributing errors to letting the team down. Since joining Mercedes amidst challenges, notably the new ground-effect rules, the team's performance has dwindled compared to their previous dominance. With Russell facing scrutiny amidst Mercedes' struggles, questions loom about whether he can consistently perform under pressure or if expectations will hinder his progress.

Click here to read the full article by Lena Ferle (formulanerds.com)

Red Bull drops rising talent after four race weekends

Red Bull has cut ties with promising racer Kacper Sztuka from their junior program due to his underwhelming performance in the 2024 Formula 3 season, which saw him struggle to make an impact after just four race weekends. Despite initially joining Red Bull's Junior Team amid high expectations following victories in lower-tier championships, the 18-year-old's lackluster results, including a current 19th place standing in the Drivers' Championship, led to his dismissal. Sztuka aims to keep racing with MP Motorsport and improve.

Click here to read the full article by Alex Turk (msn.com)

McLaren refutes Norris' 'last millisecond' claim

McLaren team boss Andrea Stella contradicts Lando Norris’ claim that his motivation has intensified since the team started contending for race wins. Stella stated that he hasn't noticed any change in Norris’ commitment to pushing for the last millisecond. Stella recalls instances from last year where Norris may have pushed too hard unnecessarily, suggesting that Norris is now taking a more measured approach. 

Click here to read the full article by Phillip van Osten (f1i.com)

Haas gives Bearman another practice run ahead of Spanish GP

Haas is giving Ollie Bearman another practice session before the Spanish GP as part of his series of six FP1 outings this year. Bearman, who replaced Nico Hulkenberg previously, will aim to continue his promising performance from the Emilia Romagna GP. Meanwhile, Haas wants to evaluate upgrades in high-speed corners after Monaco and Canada's setbacks. Komatsu stressed the need for the team to operate at their best to improve trackside operations and achieve better results in the upcoming races.

Click here to read the full article by Ian Parkes (racingnews365.com)

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