September 25, 2023

Gasly ‘doesn’t understand F1 rules’ after scrap


In the round-up: Pierre Gasly was left at a loss to understand Formula 1’s enforcement of its rules after the Singapore Grand Prix.

In brief

Gasly queries penalty inconsistency

Gasly said Kevin Magnussen overstepped the mark with his driving in the Singapore Grand Prix and made moves which he felt were not permitted by the regulations. He told media including RaceFans he didn’t understand why the stewards had not taken action against the Haas driver.

“I just ask ‘okay, if you can push someone off the race track when I’m going to pass him, I’m just going to give him like a little nudge and do the same’,” said Gasly after the race. “I’m not going to open the topic, it’s just, make it black-and-white because I was pretty surprised last night, and again today. Like I don’t fully understand the regulation.

“I read the regulations, I understand and know the regulations, but then it doesn’t always translate to what happens on the track. But to be fair today it didn’t change my race, I got the best out of it so it was fine but couple of times it’s just unclear to me.”

Noda picks BOSS GP over Euroformula return

Juja Noda has swapped series following the controversy over Euroformula’s revision of its weight rules which previously allowed her to run at a lower minimum weight than her main rivals.

The Noda Racing team withdrew from the series when it finally scrapped the rule on the eve of its most recent round at the Red Bull Ring. At the time, team boss Hideki Noda was undecided on whether to return or not.

Euroformula races at Monza this weekend and Noda will in action at the track, but not in her former series. Instead, the Japanese teenager will race an old Formula Renault 3.5 car in the supporting BOSS GP races.

F1 announces latest sustainability landmark

Formula 1’s switch to biofuel-powered trucks to transport its own event infrastructure around Europe has led to an 87% reduction in carbon emissions compared to 2022 when standard fuel was used in trucks heading to and from its European races, the series claims.

“Across the nine European rounds, the new 18 trucks were powered by HVO100 drop-in fuel (hydrotreated vegetable oil) and travelled over 10,600km, transporting an average of 300 tonnes of freight per race,” said F1 in a statement.

Biofuel trucks will continue to be used for the European races in 2024, but a different solution is required for the 14 flyaway rounds next season. F1 has set a target to reduce its carbon emissions to net zero by 2030.

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