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Mercedes’ F1 tech rethink, Aston Martin success & Baku sprint changes”

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Mercedes’ continued troubles in F1’s new ground-effect era are themes grand prixThis month’s cover story is written by Pat Symonds, formerly Michael Schumacher’s race engineer and one of the consultants responsible for F1’s new ruleset.

What exactly does Mercedes mean when it says its direction is a “dead end” and requires “new concepts”?

Perhaps more urgently, in an era of tight controls on development resources and spending, can the changes needed be identified and accomplished?

grand prix Columnists Mark Gallagher and Matt Kew join editor Stuart Codling to discuss this and the changes at the top. Mercedes prides itself on promoting a “no blame” culture, but this is the first time under the current system the team has had to manage failed projects rather than operational errors.

Car design has been a hot topic elsewhere on the circuit as Aston Martin has made a strong start to the season, leading Red Bull executives to claim the AMR23 car is a blatant remake of last year’s title-winning RB18.

Although this is in the latest issue of grand prixAston Martin’s success this season has a deeper secret tied to Red Bull…

Another change to the format of the race weekend is coming as the F1 circus regroups in Azerbaijan this weekend.

Baku will host the sprint for the first time this year, but Saturday morning’s practice session has been replaced by qualifying, which will determine grid positions for the sprint. Qualifying will continue on Friday and will set the stage for Sunday’s Grand Prix.

Most entrants seemed to be in favor, as conditions in the park made Saturday practice redundant over the sprint weekend. But if the point is to motivate competitors to play harder, why do it in Baku? The nature of the track there is more punishing for driver errors?

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Mercedes fined for Hamilton and Russell's Parc Fermé issue

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Mercedes has been fined for violating parc fermé rules after the Spanish GP. This imposes the same sanction on the German racing team as they did after the 2022 Austrian Grand Prix, when Max Verstappen, Lewis Hamilton and Charles Leclerc all committed the same crime.

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Mercedes gets away with fine for Parc Ferme problem of Hamilton and Russell

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Mercedes has been fined for violating parc fermé rules after the Spanish GP. This imposes the same sanction on the German racing stables as it did after the 2022 Austrian Grand Prix, with Max Verstappen, Lewis Hamilton and Charles Leclerc all committing the same crime.

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Sainz understands Ferrari’s limits: 'Not very competitive around here'

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Despite Carlos Sainz’s solid qualifying performance at his home Grand Prix, starting from second, the Ferrari driver lacked the necessary race pace compared to Red Bull and Mercedes, resulting in him finishing second. Five finishers.

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