Pierre Gasly retired early in the opening race of the season having lost power, with Honda tracing the issue back to the MGU-H. After investigations, it was found to be an incident that also affected the turbocharger and damaged Gasly's internal combustion engine (ICE), meaning modifications have had to be made and parts replaced.
"During the race in Australia, we had an issue with the MGU-H and turbocharger on Pierre's car and this had the knock-on effect of also damaging the ICE," Honda F1 technical director Toyoharu Tanabe said. "Therefore, in Bahrain, Pierre will use a new ICE, MGU-H and turbocharger. The MGU-H and turbocharger have both been modified, in light of what we learned in the first race.
Vettel happy at Ferrari but says Aldo Costa Mercedes is faster
Vettel believes the gap to the Aldo Costa designed Mercedes was exaggerated during qualifying in Melbourne and suspects it is closer to 0.3s or 0.4s per lap.
In an interview ahead of his Formula 1 milestone, Sebastian Vettel said, “I am happy with Ferrari. I think last year we made a huge step forward and we want to keep on improving. For sure I’ve enjoyed being part of this development process. About this year, it’s too early to tell.”
“I remember Ferrari since I was a child and have always wanted to drive a Ferrari. With my family, I visited Fiorano one day, but of course, I could only watch what happened from behind the fence without any interaction. So now, to be part of the team is the coolest thing ever.”
However, he says it is clear to see that Mercedes has the fastest car in Formula One despite Ferrari taking the first victory of the season.
TAG Heuer Becomes Presenting Sponsor of Hulman Terrace Club
Hulman Terrace Club
TAG Heuer - a pioneer in motorsports sponsorship for over 50 years - has become a presenting sponsor of the Hulman Terrace Club at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
The Hulman Terrace Club presented by TAG Heuer offers fans premium tickets to every race at IMS, with access to stadium seating, several bars, panoramic views of the world-famous frontstretch and more. Click here for purchase information.
The Fittipaldi name is returning to Indy car racing this weekend with Pietro Fittipaldi making his Verizon IndyCar Series debut aboard DCR’s #19 The Paysafe Car entry at the Phoenix Grand Prix at ISM Raceway April 6 – 7.
Fittipaldi, who is the grandson of two-time Formula 1 World Champion and two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Emerson Fittipaldi, is sharing driving duties of the #19 machine with Zachary Claman De Melo this season and will be taking part in his first of seven races with the team this weekend.
Haas team switches up pit crew after Melbourne disaster
Grosjean heads down pitlane in Melbourne with a loose wheel nut
Haas team boss Guenther Steiner has revealed that the team's pit-stop crew has been shuffled following the pitstop errors in Australia which saw Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen forced to retire with loose wheel nuts.
Within the space of a couple of laps, the team's two drivers had pulled to the side of the track, Magnussen suffering a loose left-rear and his French teammate a loose left-front.
Flying Lizard to tackle Pikes Peak with Toyo Tires
After winning three consecutive runs together at the 25 Hours of Thunderhill, Flying Lizard Motorsports and Toyo Tires have partnered to enter a car in the 2018 Pike’s Peak International Hill Climb this June. Colorado native and Pikes Peak master Clint Vasholtz will drive the No. 45 Flying Lizard Motorsports/Toyo Tires McLaren 12C GT3, which will run a variation of the iconic Lizard livery.
The FIA WEC Super Season is poised to start and REBELLION Racing has announced its partnership with the iconic British sports car manufacturer TVR. In September 2017, the brand – which is well known for its place in the history books of the 24 Hours of Le Mans – revealed its latest "Griffith" model. It is fitting for the brand to partner and work with REBELLION Racing for its return to Le Mans.
Following its entry in the LMP1 category, REBELLION Racing chose to reveal the outline shape of its ORECA R-13 prototype at the Geneva Motor Show. At Le Castellet circuit, for the FIA WEC Prologue, the car is unveiled for the first time.
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