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F1 Fast Five: Williams set to introduce weight-saving upgrades, Hamilton names preferred replacement for Mercedes seat, and other big updates

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Williams set to introduce weight-saving upgrades, Hamilton names preferred replacement for Mercedes seat, and other big updates
  • Williams set to introduce weight-saving upgrades for upcoming races
  • Hamilton names preferred replacement for Mercedes seat
  • Schumacher's exclusive watches fetch €3 million at auction
  • Norris plays unpopular opinion
  • How powerful would F1 engines be without rules?

Williams set to introduce weight-saving upgrades for upcoming races

Williams' team principal, James Vowles, admits the team has struggled due to overweight cars since 2019. Despite efforts to trim weight for the 2024 season, the car remains slower than desired. Vowles plans to shed weight over the next six races, targeting the British Grand Prix for significant improvement. The goal is to bring the car closer to the weight limit and improve performance.

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

Hamilton names preferred replacement for Mercedes seat

Lewis Hamilton has publicly endorsed Andrea Kimi Antonelli as his potential successor at the Mercedes Formula 1 team. Hamilton's endorsement comes amidst ongoing negotiations with Max Verstappen, indicating a shifting focus towards Antonelli as a viable long-term option. Mercedes has actively supported Antonelli's development, with accelerated testing and considerations for an FIA super license before his 18th birthday.  Despite traditional preferences for experienced drivers, Mercedes' current circumstances suggest a lower-pressure debut for Antonelli in 2025 could pave the way for his full integration into the team by 2026.

Click here to read the full article by Filip Cleeren (motorsport.com)

Schumacher's exclusive watches fetch €3 million at auction

This week, eight special watches once owned by Michael Schumacher were sold at auction. The auction raised over €3 million for Schumacher's family. One of his F.P. Journe watches, with symbols of his titles and a message from his former Ferrari boss, sold for around €1.2 million, while other watches, like a Rolex and an Audemars Piguet, also sold for high prices.

Click here to read the full article by Daan Daniels (racingnews365.com)

Norris plays unpopular opinion

After winning his first race at the Miami Grand Prix, Lando Norris hops on the Radio 1 Breakfast show with Greg James to chat about some unpopular opinions from listeners. Is the McLaren papaya color too wild? Are F1 tattoos a bit cringy? And is golf actually fun, or are people just pretending? Lando and Greg try to figure it all out.

How powerful would F1 engines be without rules?

What if F1 engines had no restrictions? Imagine being able to use any configuration, from an inline-4 to a V12 or even a W24. What would designers do to build the fastest F1 car possible? Former Red Bull Powertrains Performance Design Team Leader Micah McMahan provides some insight into this scenario.

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