FIA will make F1 automobiles lighter in 2026 “as a result of it’s proper for the game” – Ben Sulayem

Within the round-up: FIA president Mohamed Ben Sulayem has made it clear he needs Formulation 1 automobiles to grow to be lighter when the subsequent set of technical rules is launched.

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Ben Sulayem doesn’t need weight improve in future F1 guidelines

FIA president Mohammed Ben Sulayem says the governing physique will guarantee Formulation 1 automobiles grow to be lighter when the subsequent technology of technical guidelines are launched in 2026.

The ability unit rules have already been fastened for the 2026 season. The sequence is in dialogue over the chassis rules. Ben Sulayem, a former rally driver, says he’s eager to see automobile weights fall.

“I’ve pushed rallies myself. Give me every part, however please no heavy automobile! That all the time bothered me,” he informed Motorsport Complete in an interview. “Lighter automobiles are higher and I do know what I’m speaking about.

“If the burden is heavier, the suspension is compromised, the brakes don’t work as nicely, the tyres put on out extra shortly. And extra weight is extra harmful in a crash.”

In 2001, the minimal weight of an F1 automobile was 600kg. For 2023 it’s 798kg, together with the driving force, and technical groups consider it is going to be troublesome to match in 2026 until the size of automobiles are diminished.

“I’ve already spoken to my group on the FIA,” stated Ben Sulayem. “We wish lighter automobiles and we wish a greater sound [from the engines]. That’s in the end as much as the FIA. If Stefano [Domenicali, F1 Group’s CEO] needs that too, wonderful, then we agree on that time. However the FIA ​​has to determine. We’ll implement it. Not as a result of the FOM or a group needs it that means. It’s as a result of it’s the suitable factor for the game.”

Frijns returns to Envision in FE

New BMW manufacturing unit driver Robin Frijns is returning to Envision Racing within the newest transfer within the Formulation E driver merry-go-round.

Sam Fowl left Jaguar final week after three seasons with them, enabling Nick Cassidy to show his anticipated transfer there for 2024 a actuality. That freed up a seat at Envision, which makes use of Jaguar’s powertrains, and Frijns has snapped it up. His transfer now additionally opens up an area at Abt Cupra.

Frijns has raced in FE since 2015, spending two seasons with Andretti Autosport earlier than becoming a member of Envision for 4 campaigns. He gained in Paris and New York for the group in 2019 en path to ending fourth within the standings, then over the subsequent three seasons picked up eight podiums.

This yr he moved to Abt, who he drove for within the DTM from 2018 to 2020, and his season started with a wrist-breaking conflict that meant he missed the subsequent 4 races. As soon as he returned to the cockpit he was solely in a position to rating six factors, leaving him twenty second within the standings on the finish of the 16-race season. He might be group mate to Sebastien Buemi at Envision subsequent yr.

Kirkwood: Nashville win redemption for Detroit and Toronto

Kyle Kirkwood’s victory in Nashville final weekend means he has gained two of IndyCar’s 5 road circuit races this yr. However he reckons it ought to have been 4 out of 5.

The Andretti driver began his second IndyCar season by ending fifteenth in St Peterburg, claimed his maiden IndyCar win at Lengthy Seaside, completed sixth with quickest lap in Detroit and was fifteenth in Toronto. Within the latter two he was quick in apply, however then didn’t ship on that tempo in qualifying and so was on the again foot for the races.

Kirkwood described his drive to victory in Nashville as “phenomenal” as he and his group “hold giving me an important automobile that’s good on road programs.”

“This needs to be greater than two wins, to be trustworthy, on road programs given the automobiles they’ve given me,” stated Kirkwood. “I’m thrilled with this one right here right now. That is sort of redemption from final yr. A dumb incident. Redemption from Toronto. Redemption from Detroit.”

Though he’s “undecided” why he’s so robust on road circuits in IndyCar, with solely two top-10 finishes from 20 races on everlasting tracks, Kirkwood reckons “a number of it has to do exactly with consolation round partitions and adaptableness.”

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Remark of the day

The group mate battle between Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez has been very one-sided, notably within the European leg of the season. Everybody needs to know why Perez stopped having victory-fighting type just some races into the 2023 season, and the way he can reclaim that skill. However what if an improved Perez simply results in an improved Verstappen?

I do suppose that when Perez is in a vibe with the automobile and feeling assured he could be shut sufficient to Verstappen the place he can win. However Max is simply so relentlessly persistently quick all over the place and seemingly in a position to pull out additional virtually at will that it’s actually exhausting to maintain up the arrogance in your self if you’re up in opposition to that in the identical automobile.

Perez in all probability let the stress get to him, crashed in Monaco and that made him query the automobile, himself, every part. By now, we are able to hope he can get again to his mojo for a bit the place he’ll at the very least offer some problem to Max, however I’ve little hope Max might be in a temper to let that occur greater than often.

For the championship, there actually was by no means a lot doubt that it will be one sided, however I suppose we could be completely satisfied at the very least the primary few races gave us the hope of getting them race one another for it.

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