September 23, 2021

Grosjean’s Mercedes test may be delayed until 2022 | RaceFans Round-up

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In the round-up: Mercedes say Romain Grosjean’s delayed test will go ahead but may not take place until next year.

In brief

Mercedes “committed” to Grosjean test despite delays

Mercedes offered Romain Grosjean the opportunity to test one of its cars as a farewell gesture following the crash in last year’s Bahrain Grand Prix which left him with burned hands. He was originally due to drive the car in public during the French Grand Prix in June and again in private two days later, but the rescheduling of the race and changes to travel restrictions meant both runs had to be called off.

The team still intends to reschedule a test for Grosjean but indicated during the Dutch Grand Prix weekend it may not happen before the end of the year. “We have committed to it and it’s going to happen,” said team principal Toto Wolff, but I have no visibility when.”

Alfa Romeo reveal special livery

Alfa Romeo's 2021 Italian Grand Prix livery
Alfa Romeo’s 2021 Italian Grand Prix livery

Alfa Romeo will sport a special livery at this weekend’s Italian Grand Prix, marking the 111-year history of the brand with the colours of the Italian flag.

Beckmann salvages F2 season with Campos move

David Beckmann, who lost his Formula 2 seat at Charouz to Enzo Fittipaldi last week, will continue in the series having sealed a move to Campos in place of Matteo Nannini. The seat was originally occupied by Gianluca Petecof at the beginning of the year.

Codemasters tease Portugal circuit update

Start, Autodromo do Algarve, 2021
F1 2021 players have been waiting for Algarve track

Codemasters appear set to add the first in a series of missing tracks to its official Formula 1 game in the near future. Over the past three days the game developer has shared a series of images on its social accounts highlighting the letters, ‘P’, ‘O’ and ‘R’. The Autodromo do Algarve near Portimao in Portugal is one of three new circuits it announced would be added to the game following its launch in July. Imola in Italy and Jeddah in Saudi Arabia are due to follow.

Hamilton’s failed engine was in final session

Mercedes has revealed the power unit which failed in Lewis Hamilton’s car during the Dutch Grand Prix weekend was not due for use in any further sessions.

Hamilton’s M12 power unit stopped at the beginning of the second practice session. It was his original motor from the start of the season, which was only being used for practice work.

“That power unit has come back, it’s now at [High Performance Powertrains] in Brixworth and they are going to start looking into it,” explained trackside engineering director Andrew Shovlin in a video issued by the team.

“Fortunately that was a unit that had finished the end of its useful race, it wasn’t even scheduled to do further running on a Friday from here on forward. But we just want to understand the situation with it because it isn’t to say it wouldn’t appear as a spare in the future and we are just awaiting that report from HPP.”

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