W Series to kick off 2021 season with Austrian double-header

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W Series to kick off 2021 season with Austrian double-header

W Series' field of competitors will roll out for the first time this season at the Red Bull Ring on June 26 following F1's decision to amend its 2021 calendar after the cancellation of the Turkish GP.

The all-female series, whose 2020 program was cancelled due to the Covid pandemic, was initially scheduled to kick off its second season at the French GP at Paul Ricard on June 16, but F1's most recent calendar permutations have led to the race in France being moved forward by a week, while the Styrian and Austrian GPs will take place on June 27 and July 4.

Consequently, W Series will still raise its curtain on June 26, but at the Red Bull Ring where it will be on F1's double-header bill.

The series' 2021 campaign will subsequently unfold alongside F1 at Silverstone, the Hungaroring, Spa, Zandvoort, COTA and in Mexico City.

As was the case in W Series' inaugural season, all drivers will compete in Tatuus T-318 Formula 3 race cars, but with updated safety and reliability refinements.

"I am overjoyed that the waiting is finally over and our drivers are back on track for W Series’ second season," commented series boss Catherine Bond Muir.

"If you had told me when Alice Powell won our last race at Brands Hatch that I would have to wait 646 days to see our cars on track again, I wouldn’t have believed you because our first season was such a resounding success.

"The postponement of our second season actually gave us time to accelerate our plans, and we return bigger and better in 2021 and ready for a new era of racing.

"Today we are just 40 days away from the first race of our landmark new partnership with Formula 1, which demonstrates not only the power of our mission but the excitement of our racing too."

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Williams development driver Jamie Chadwick will defend her W Series' 2019 inaugural title, and will be in action this week along with her fellow competitors for a five-day pre-season test that will take place in Anglesey.

"This week’s pre-season test is essential preparation for the challenges that our drivers will face this season, and a reminder of how tough the season is going to be," added Bond Muir.

"I know that every one of them is relishing the prospect of getting behind the wheel of our cars and bringing the W Series mission back to life again."

The revised 2021 W Series race calendar, in partnership with Formula 1:

Date Location

26 June: Spielberg, Austria (in support of the Styrian Grand Prix)
3 July: Spielberg, Austria (in support of the Austrian Grand Prix)
17 July: Silverstone, UK
31 July: Budapest, Hungary
28 August: Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium
4 September: Zandvoort, Netherlands
23 October: Austin, USA
30 October: Mexico City, Mexico

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Johansson offers reason behind Vettel's enduring struggles

Former F1 driver Stefan Johansson has offered a theory on why Sebastian Vettel has struggled since the beginning... The post Johansson offers reason behind Vettel's enduring struggles appeared first on F1i.com.

Johansson offers reason behind Vettel's enduring struggles

Former F1 driver Stefan Johansson has offered a theory on why Sebastian Vettel has struggled since the beginning of F1's hybrid era in 2014.

Although Vettel won 14 races with Ferrari between 2015 and 2019, his failure to bring the world title back to Maranelllo is singled-out as a painful shortfall for F1's most successful team.

Furthermore, during his final two seasons with Ferrari, the four-time world champion was but a pale shadow struggling for performance and form alongside teammate Charles Leclerc who had picked up the baton as the team's future.

Vettel's inception this season with Aston Martin has so far seen the German continue to linger in the second half of the field, although in his defense, the performance of his car is also falling short of expectations.

Johansson, who raced in F1 for eight seasons, including with Ferrari and McLaren, and who remains a keen observer of F1, believes that Vettel's struggles are not new and are rooted in the characteristics of F1's current generation of V6 turbo-hybrid cars.

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"It seems to me that Vettel has never been as quick in the current turbo-hybrid cars as he was in the previous V8 cars when he won four world championships," Johansson wrote on his latest racing blog.

"Those were drastically different cars. I think they’re so different to drive. Don’t forget, the new cars weigh 50 percent more than they used to.

"They’re at 780 kilograms now. You’re dragging a slug around the track with all of the batteries aboard and everything.

"There’s also the long wheelbase and it must be completely weird to drive these cars compared to what you had been used to before - ultra-light, super nimble F1 cars with different aero and engine characteristics.

"Some drivers are just better in certain generations of car than others. Lewis seems to have been able to adapt but obviously Mercedes has also had the best car all the time with the current specifications.

"Alonso is also having some difficulty just like Vettel but I’m sure it’s still difficult to get your head around these cars."

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Johansson believes that a driver's faculty to adapt is key to mastering the current generation of cars, but the Swede insists that pushing hard won't necessarily unlock performance.

He also revealed why some of F1's younger generation of drivers enjoys a relative advantage over the sport's older drivers.

"You have to change your technique from that thing that really clicked for you with another style of car," he explained. "Once you figure what works in the new car things get much easier for you.

"But it’s very tricky to adapt, and the problem with these cars, I don’t think you go any faster by pushing harder, it’s more of a balance of keeping the car in the window where it will allow you to extract the maximum grip the tires will allow you.

"The new generation of guys like Verstappen, Lando Norris, Charles Leclerc, Esteban Ocon and George Russell – they’re all seriously good drivers and they’ve had the advantage of spending years in simulators as well as the newer cars."

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