TrackDays brings to you our latest catch-up on all the action in Formula 1, including the results of this weekend's Styrian Grand Prix…
Another week, and a second consecutive win was the order of the day for Max Verstappen racing for Team Red Bull at this weekend's Styrian Grand Prix, following his triumph at the French GP the weekend before.
With a final lap time of 1:22:18, he also extended his top ranking on the current standings for the overall 2021 Championship ahead of his Team Mercedes rival, Lewis Hamilton, who finished in second place and was never going to trouble him in the event.
In fact, Hamilton is now a whole 18 points behind the Belgian-Dutch racer in the overall season standings, compared to the 4 point difference of a week ago. So by all accounts, it wasn't just a win; it was an absolute thrashing, as Verstappen established an early lead at the first corner that he never surrendered.
With the Austrian Grand Prix set to follow this weekend coming, it's entirely possible that based on current performances, he could make it a hattrick.
August 2019. That was the last time the W Series, the female-only racing championship, took place. The delay of its return last year was undoubtedly exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, but 700 days after British racer Jamie Chadwick took the Championship for that year at Brands Hatch, it is now back on track again.
Chadwick is returning to defend her title, whilst also currently taking part in the new Extreme-E Off Road series as well. The W Series has been running alongside Formula 1 since 2018, with the goal of introducing more women to the world of motorsport, with 18 drivers from 12 countries competing at Formula 3 level.
Among those hoping to challenge for Chadwick's crown are the Netherlands' Beitske Visser, who was runner up in the last full season and has since been part of Richard Mille-Racing's line-up at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and fellow Brit racer Alice Powell, who finished third and has since been in the Formula E support series, the Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy.
And once more, we finish up with the news that there's been yet another change to the race calendar for this season. Barely two months ago, the Turkish Grand Prix was cancelled due to ongoing COVID restrictions, replaced with a second leg of the Austrian Grand Prix.
However, the Turkey leg has now been reinstated for a second time, as it has been confirmed that the Singapore Grand Prix is now being cancelled as a result of ongoing immigration restrictions there. The Turkish GP is now scheduled to take place from 1st - 3rd October.
In a statement issued last Friday, F1 boss Stefano Domenicali said: "We have had very good conversations with all the other promoters since the start of the year and continue to work closely with them during this period … The Formula 1 community will continue to travel this season with stringent safety measures that have allowed us to travel safely this season."
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