October 16, 2021

Ocon suspects set-up change behind difficult Sochi weekend | RaceFans Round-up

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In the round-up: Esteban Ocon revealed he pursued a different set-up direction to team mate Fernando Alonso at the Russian Grand Prix.

In brief

Alpine pair differed on Russian GP set-ups

Having qualified behind Alonso and run outside of the points for much of last week’s race, Ocon revealed he had taken a different approach with his set up at the Russian Grand Prix.

“The cars were very similar in terms of set-up in the last three or four races,” said the Hungarian Grand Prix winner. “Pretty much identical.

“It’s been quite a lot of deviation in this race and we don’t have the same comments any more from this race on.”

Ocon said he suspected these changes were why he had a less successful weekend than his team mate, who took sixth in the race. “We have a couple of ideas on what it could be, just looking at fixing it, obviously, for the next race.

Second year on support bill for W Series under consideration

Formula 1 CEO Stefano Domenicali says the sport is considering whether W Series will remain on its support bill for a second year in 2022.

“It’s still part of the discussion,” he said in Sochi. “We are preparing the full calendar because as you know, the F1 weekend is getting, thanks God I would say, very intense in terms of action for all the people that are attending to the races. It’s part of the discussion about having to have still ‘formula W’ with us.”

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