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Woman’s Crush Wednesday: Penny Harrison

Written by Bruna Brito, Edited by Harshi Vashee 

Penny Harrison is the head of the social media of W Series, the women’s championship using the Tatuus F3 T-318, the race car is similar to the latest FIA F3 specification.

Penny has been working for the Series since 2018, being one of the co-founders and idealists of the championship whose goal is to inspire girls to practice kart and getting more women into the base of the sport. The W Series mission is based on the idea that if you can see it, you can be.

Harrison has worked for Mclaren for four years, her work and excellence earned her a nomination for The Drum Social Buzz Award with the British team. Again being nominated in her recent years, as in charge of the W Series media.

Not only does Penny hold her multiple nominations working on the papaya team, but also her amazing friendship with Charlotte Sefton, communications manager for the McLaren drivers.

In her words Penny describes her purpose with the WSeries: “I am very proud to be a part of something so innovative. We’re not saying men and women can’t compete again (far from it), but we’re here to create opportunities, training, and experience.” 

Faithful to her ideas, competent and determined, this is how we see Penny Harrison’s work on and off the track. We as DIVEBOMB wish her every success in her career and may she continue to inspire thousands around her.

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Istanbul Inclement: the recap of the Turkish GP quali

Written by Tanishka Vashee, Edited by Esmée Koppius

The session started off with threats of showers, however the conditions were relatively dry. Read on as I tell you about the qualifying session for round 16 of 22 at Istanbul, Turkey.

Q1 started off with a queue in the pit lane and a series of spins. Mazepin settled for 20th, Kimi could only manage nineteenth. His teammate Antonio Giovinazzi couldn’t put in a better time either, settling for 18. The Williams duo saw Latifi take 17 while Russell made it to Q2. Talking about Q2 appearance, Mick Schumacher made his first (proper) appearance at Q2, qualifying 14! 

Unfortunately, recent Italian Grand Prix winner Daniel Ricciardo didn’t make it to Q2 and could only grasp P16. Sainz, who is expected to start at the back of the grid owing to a penalty, made a short appearance in Q2. Lance took a stroll in the grass but pulled together to make it to Q3. Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel was at the cusp of Q3 but didn’t quite make it. Esteban Ocon will be starting 12th, George Russell 13th, Mick Schumacher 14th and Carlos (provisionally) 15th. 

The top 10 shootout started off with Lewis Hamilton, Max Verstappen and Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc being predicted to grab pole position. Hamilton did take pole, but will be awarded a ten place grid penalty due to taking a new ICE. This allows his teammate Bottas to secure pole. Without the penalties in action, it would have been a Mercedes front row lockout, followed by Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc. A good day for the Alpha Tauri as their drivers Pierre Gasly took fourth and Yuki tenth. Red Bull’s Perez took seventh, Norris eighth and Stroll in ninth. 

With the penalties in play, the weather conditions for the weekend, this race at intercity Istanbul park is shaping to be interesting to say the least.

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Friday Pace analysis

Written by Ive Bauk, edited by Harshi Vashee

With Hamilton’s grid drop, Red Bull’s new one off livery and Ferrari showing some great pace we are in for a treat this weekend. My topic in this article however, is raw pace in Friday free practices.

In FP1 we saw Lewis Hamilton beat Max Verstappen with a healthy margin of 4 tenths of a second, not really a good sign for all of those Max fans out there. However, just after FP1, news came about Hamilton taking an engine penalty. This means that Hamilton will be the one that is limiting the damage this race. This move was expected to happen in one of later races where Red Bulls were to have the upper hand so this news caught quite a few people off guard. It could mean that Mercedes’ power units were wearing down faster than Mercedes so therefore we could expect some more grid penalties for other Mercedes powered teams.

Considering sector times, in FP1, Hamilton got the most time over Max in the first sector which demands the most downforce from the cars. Max was still slower in the last sector, which is mostly straights, but by a much smaller margin. Comparing Hamilton’s lap to Leclerc’s, we can again see that slower corners are Hamilton’s strong point. If we compare Hamilton’s laps to literally any driver on the grid, everyone loses the smallest amount of time in the last sector which could mean that Hamilton might struggle overtaking and hammering through traffic. 

It’s worth mentioning that Perez showed up to FP2 with a much slimmer, so-called banana wing, which creates less drag. 

In the midfield fight, this Friday we are witnessing Ferrari as the best of the rest with Mclaren lacking by quite a bit (Norris behind Leclerc by 5-7 tenths of a second). Alpine is also showing great pace, especially Ocon, so we could see them putting pressure on the Mclarens. Gasly is also again in the mix for good points.

Lastly, outside the fight for points, Aston Martin and Tsunoda are going to be accompanied by Alfa Romeo, Williams and Haas respectively. Russell and Giovinazzi are potential surprises as Russell finished 11th in FP1 and Giovinazzi finished 10th in FP2 after which he said that he is confident about Q3 placing.

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Late Drama in Sochi! Hamilton wins the Russian Grand Prix

Written by Hafiz Akbar, edited by Harshi Vashee 

The beaches and resorts of Sochi were once again witness to an exciting Russian Grand Prix. Qualifying didn’t go so well for title contender Lewis Hamilton, who had an absolutely torrid qualifying session. His W12 slid all over the place (even into the pit wall at one point), which only got him 4th place to start from. The front three is a surprise (but a welcome one, for sure) as Lando Norris takes home the first pole of his career, with former teammate Carlos Sainz in the scarlet red Ferrari lined up alongside. Hamilton’s future teammate, George Russell started from 3rd in his Williams and showed his quality and perseverance. Max Verstappen, who’s taking a brand-new power unit, started from dead last.

The start of the race is sure to be a talking point. Norris got away so quick, but Sainz was equal, if not quicker, than the young Briton. Sainz ended up leading the race coming into the first braking zone at turn 2 and retaining the lead for another 13 laps. Norris showed his excellent competitive maturity by snatching back the lead and extending it, getting away from Sainz who ended up pitting earlier in an attempt at an undercut.

For the others, the start was quite eventful as we see Hamilton, starting from 4th, drop down to 7th just behind Daniel Ricciardo. Meanwhile, in the other Mercedes-powered car, Lance Stroll went up 3 places, effectively swapping places with Hamilton. Verstappen was having his attempt at the last-to-first challenge by some popular YouTubers in real life, starting from 20th and was 13th by lap 9. Mercedes’ plan to hold Verstappen back almost backfired since Valtteri Bottas didn’t put up a significant fight to keep the Dutchman at bay. He was overtaken by lap 6. 

Almost all of the pit crew had a mare of slow pit stops, everyone from Sainz, Ricciardo, to even Sergio Perez experienced some sort of difficulty regarding the “green light” switch that needed to go on before the driver was allowed to get away.

About the tyre wear, some drivers complained about not having grip on the tarmac. Due to the heavy torrential rain the day before, the rubber raced surface of the track was wiped clean of all rubber. This created some difficulties for drivers to brake and gain traction, which is why Sainz locked up coming into the first braking zone at turn 2 on the start. But Norris, who initially reported graining, said that by lap 25, the graining was clearing up.

From lap 25, the race was pretty much dead, apart from a heated battle for 1st place by Norris (who is yet to win his first race) and Hamilton (who was looking for his 100th win). This would go on for some time until lap 46, when Russell reported rain at turn 5 and 6. Norris was asked for his opinion to change to intermediates, but the young lad refused and kept on going with his hard-compound tyres. Hamilton also refused to take intermediates but after further tactic-making by the team tactician, he pitted on lap 49 and took on intermediates as Norris went on to slip and slide like “Bambi on Ice,” said David Croft. Norris went on to lead the grand prix until lap 51, where he overshot the turn and went to the run-off, only for Hamilton, now on inters, to take him over. Meanwhile, Verstappen also took the poor young man and from that point on, his decision to not take inters would prove to be his downfall. He finished in 7th after leading the race for 38 laps.

The highlight of the race goes to Max Verstappen. Verstappen had an absolute overtaking masterclass in this race. The Dutchman started from dead last and finished second best, overtaking 18 drivers on the grid, including his own teammate, Perez.

Meanwhile, in the more controversial side of things, Lance Stroll came into contact with not one, but two drivers in the race. The two drivers being Pierre Gasly and Sebastian Vettel, who unsurprisingly didn’t finish in the points, placing 13th and 12th, respectively

Anyway, after a dramatic and exciting last couple of laps in Sochi, Lewis Hamilton wins the 100th race of his career and cements himself as one of the all-time greats of Formula 1 history. Max Verstappen, with a superb drive from last, will take home second and Carlos Sainz, the man who was signed as the second driver for Ferrari, takes the third place spot on the podium.

The Drivers’ Championship is heating up, with 6 races to go (subject to each country’s COVID policy). Currently, Lewis Hamilton leads Max Verstappen by 2 points. The Constructors’ Championship still got Mercedes leading the way, 33 points clear of Red Bull in second place. The fight for third is also picking up, as Ferrari hasn’t recovered from their loss back in Monza, where McLaren did a historic 1-2 for the first time since 2012 (back when Hamilton was still a McLaren driver).

Formula 1 will return next week in the skating rink that is the Istanbul Park. Until then, do watch other series like the British F4 Championship, which we recently covered, or the GB3 Championship and watch our star boy Roman Bilinski show his racecraft. 

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What would be every team’s best Substitute Driver Option for 2021.

Covid-19 has impacted Formula 1 massively in the last 18 months. Races have been cancelled and some drivers have even missed races due to contracting the disease. When the drivers miss races, the teams have to find a replacement. This has been interesting for the fans, they get an opportunity to see how drivers will do in different cars. We have seen drivers like Robert Kubica and Nico Hulkenberg get to have another chance in an F1 car. We have also seen drivers like Pietro Fittipaldi and Jack Aitken get their lucky break for an F1 drive. In this article I will be stating who I feel would be each team’s best choice as a substitute driver.

Written by Dylan Free, edited by Tanishka Vashee

Mercedes

This was definitely the easiest one to choose, as he is confirmed as a Mercedes driver for 2022, and has already subbed in for Lewis Hamilton at last year’s Sakhir Grand Prix. I am of course talking about George Russell. The current Williams Driver has got the most out of every car has been in and would do as good a job as any of the best drivers in the world in the Mercedes car.

Red Bull

The obvious option for Red Bull would be to bring in reserve and former driver Alex Albon, and that would be that, right? No, definitely not. Alex Albon is a good driver and as much as i think he deserves a second chance in a Red Bull, Pierre Gasly deserves it a bit more. The Frenchman has given us reason to believe that he would take that chance and prove that he deserves a shot at the top level of Formula 1. So Gasly would come up from AlphaTauri and Alex Albon would replace Gasly at AlphaTauri.

McLaren

McLaren’s strong reserve drivers are much to the help of their Mercedes power unit. They have a great choice between former driver Stoffel Vandoorne, current Formula E world champion Nyck de Vries, and also Paul di Resta. If I was the man making the decision I would go for Nyck de Vries, who won the 2019 Formula 2 championship, and also the 2021 Formula E world championship, but has never had an opening in F1. So given his proven talent I would go for the Dutchman.

Aston Martin

Nico Hulkenburg filled in for both Aston Martins (Racing Point in 2020) drivers last year, and finished in the points on his two race starts. His performances show there is a slim chance of anyone being better equipped for the job than the experienced German.

Alpine

If Alpine ever needs a replacement driver for the remainder of the 2021 season, they have Russian driver Daniil Kvyiat waiting in the wings for his chance to shine in Formula 1 again. Unfortunately for him, Alpine has a lot of talented academy drivers chomping at the bit to get an opportunity in F1. The two most likely to get a chance are current F2 championship protagonists, Oscar Piastri and Guanyu Zhou. As much as they deserve a chance it is unlikely that they would risk bringing in a rookie driver in the midst of their midtable battle with AlphaTauri and Aston Martin, so I think Kvyiat would get the seat.

AlphaTauri

If either Pierre Gasly or Yuki Tsunoda needs to be replaced for a race weekend, they have Alex Albon as their reserve. The 2022 Williams driver drove for the team when they were Torro Rosso in 2019 and his strong performances saw him get promoted to the main Red Bull team.

Alfa Romeo

Robert Kubica has already subbed in for Kimi Raikkonen this season in the Dutch and Italian Grand Prix so he remains Alfa Romeo’s best option. If they really wanted to, they could bring in second choice reserve, Callum Ilott.

Haas

The current Haas reserve driver is Pietro Fittipaldi and he was used to replace Romain Grosjean last year when Grosjean had his big accident. If they ever need to replace someone this year, he would likely be the man to do so. However, they would potentially put F2 driver Robert Shwartzman in their car due to his Ferrari links and Haas’s Ferrari Power Unit.

Williams

If I had done this article at the start of the season I would have chosen Dan Ticktum as Williams’s best choice. Things have changed though, as he made his thoughts clear on current driver Nicholas Latifi, he is no longer an option after being dropped from the Williams academy. Now their best option would be to bring in Jack Aitken, the current reserve driver for Williams.

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TBT: Charles Leclerc Last Win Monza GP 2019

Written by Bruna Brito, Edited by Harshi Vashee 

This weekend we will have the pleasure of seeing the F1 race in Monza, the house of Ferrari, at The Autodromo Nazionale Di Monza that marks one of the most unpredictable and exciting races of the year. It’s a magical place where almost anything can happen. This not only marks one of the most colorful and beautiful weekends, but also the last win of Charles Leclerc.

In his first year as a Scuderia Ferrari driver, Charle Leclerc was on top. Just a week after winning for the first time in Formula 1, at The Belgian Gp, in Spa-Francorchamps, the Monegasque driver won for the second time. This time in The Italian Gp, in Monza on 8 September 2019, to the delight of thousands of fans who attended the traditional circuit.

Setting an incredible time of 1:19.307 on Saturday, Charles put His Sf90, ahead of the Mercedes by +0.835, marking his second and last pole of the year.

It was also an excellent position for the Italian Scuderia, all together, since his teammate, the four-times World Champion, Sebastian Vettel, started Fourth, scoring the position with the lap time of 1:19,457.

After starting on pole, Leclerc had to deal with Lewis Hamilton, who looked for the lead after his first pit stop. But Monegasque resisted well, even with his tires being more worn out, to the point of leading to a slight change of trajectory at the end of the long straight, in the braking of the chicane.

However, Hamilton also made a mistake, even bigger than Leclerc’s, and lost more time, losing second place to Bottas, who had not yet attempted the maneuver on Leclerc. But it wasn’t enough, the Mercedes was not able to take over the Monegasque. Aggressively, impressively and determinedly, Leclerc won his second race in F1, a week after taking the podium for the first time in Belgium. Now with a more sincere and wide smile, knowing that Anthoine was happy for him.

For the whole of the week after, Charles Leclerc’s face was on every magazine And newspaper cover in Italy, and around the world. The victory proved the talent and determination of the young driver, confirming that Ferrari had indeed made the right choice.

Leclerc continues driving for Ferrari, now having the Spaniard Carlos Sainz Jr. as his teammate. He occupies fifth place in the Championship, with 92 points, 3.5 points ahead of Sainz. Max Verstappen leads the 2021 world championship with 224.5 points. And we hope that the wonderful red machines can have a successful weekend, adding some points to the championship, and who knows, even a little luck to Carlos Sainz, who will face his first Italian Gp as a Ferrari driver.

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WOMAN CRUSH WEDNESDAYS: SOPHIE KUMPEN, More than Max’s mum

Discussions about Max Verstappen have been a trending topic for a while, and rightfully so! After six years in the sport, the young Dutchman finally seems to be within reach of a World Championship. Most people say that the talent and passion for racing are in his blood, for his Father Jos Verstappen was Formula One driver. 

Written by Tanishka Vashee, Edited by Bruna Brito

Which is true, racing is in his blood! Not only Jos but his mother, Sophie Kumpen too had a successful racing career.

Sophie hails from Hasselt, Belgium. She grew up watching her uncle Paul Kumpen compete in Rally. In an interview, she talked about all the sports and hobbies she tried out, including ballet but was instantly ruled out as being too wild for the graceful discipline. Kumpen discovered her talent and passion in karting at the age of 10, she said that the speed brought her a lot of thrill.

In 1991, at the age of 16, she was considered a great talent, finishing 9th in the Formula A World Championship. The following year, she raced in the Karting World Championship; she finished 26th and then 17th in 1994.

In 1995, she won a race for the Andrea Margutti Trophy, where she beat former F1 drivers like Jarno Trulli and Allen Simonsen. This was also the year Jenson Button became her teammate! The two of them were really competitive, often racing against each other. 

He wasn’t the only renowned name in today’s paddock she has competed against, Christian Horner has raced her in the 1989 junior karting world championship. Both Horner and Button speak very highly of her and believe she possessed great talent. 

While her success in Karting proved her mettle, life had other plans for her. Sophie married Jos Verstappen in 1996, the following year the couple welcomed their first child Max and then the next year Victoria. 

Sophie was testing cars and Jos was racing in F1, juggling racing, looking after the children, and supporting Jos in his career became a struggle. She ended her racing career to raise her children and support Jos. 

Sophie has spoken about her desire to race in F1 and how it did not happen, she had to give up on her dream. However, seeing her son do what she dreamed of doing and making his own mark in the sport brings her a lot of joy. 

Women in motorsport have been garnering a lot of attention in recent years, the popularity of motorsports involving women too is headed towards an all-time high. It is important we celebrate the careers of women like Sophie, who have been challenging the norm for more opportunities for women in the world of racing. 

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Hungry for Hungary! – Weekend Preview!

Two weeks on from an extremely dramatic British Grand Prix, Formula One embarks on the tight twisty track of the Hungaroring for this weekend’s Hungarian Grand Prix! Will Max Verstappen be able to enact his revenge? Or will Lewis Hamilton win yet again at a track he loves so dearly?

Written by Aiden Hover, Edited by Tanishka Vashee 

The Hungaroring, located to the northeast of Budapest, became the venue of the first Grand Prix behind the ‘Iron Curtain’ in 1986 after Bernie Eccelstone failed to secure an event in the USSR. Since then, the Home of Hungarian motorsport has proven to be a true test for both driver and car. Often referred to as ‘Monaco without the walls,’ the 4.381-kilometre circuit boasts 14 storied and tricky turns with very few straights. This often forces teams to opt with high levels of downforce with minimal opportunity to reach top speeds on such a ‘go-kart’ style track. A track such as this poses a challenge that all the drivers relish with great enthusiasm as finding a smooth rhythm here is integral to a quick lap time.

A track as tricky as this one is sure to have played host to some iconic and truly legendary moments –  and the Hungaroring does not disappoint! With its difficulty, the track stands as a proving ground for some of F1’s greatest – awarding debut F1 victories to two-time champion Fernando Alonso and one-time champion Jenson Button in 2003 and 2006 respectively. It also marked the beginning of a new era in 2013, as Lewis Hamilton won his first Grand Prix with Mercedes, and we all know where that led to. 

The twisty flowing corners of the track also lends itself to some memorable wheel to wheel action; such as Ayrton Senna against Alain Prost in 1988, or, more recently, Lewis Hamilton against Max Verstappen in 2019 – featuring a strategic masterclass from Hamilton’s Mercedes team. Hamilton, who has won in Hungary a record-breaking 8 times, again features in Hungarian drama, this time in 2007! In the midst of a dramatic qualifying session in which Fernando Alonso sat on provisional pole, the two McLaren drivers were set to pit for fuel and a fresh set of tyres ahead of one final push for pole with Alonso scheduled to come in just ahead of his rookie teammate. Remarkably, however, Alonso chose not to leave his pit box upon being told to go as he instead opted to hold up his teammate and refuse him a final shot for pole! 

What can fans look forward to this year?

Having been on the losing end of a dramatic collision with Lewis Hamilton at Silverstone two weekends ago, Max Verstappen will be eager to enact his revenge and once again take the top spot. His teammate in Sergio Perez will also be eager to right the wrongs of Silverstone where he too scored zero points. Meanwhile, in the Mercedes camp, Sir Lewis Hamilton will be hoping to continue his storm back to the front of the championship whilst his teammate will be looking to follow in his footsteps.

The battle for best of the rest continues as Ferrari look to be strong once again in Hungary as it’s a style of track that seems to suit their car, similar to Monaco. McLaren’s Lando Norris will surely continue his streak of impressive points finishes after a near-miss of a podium last time out with Daniel Ricciardo achieving his best finish this season in Britain. Meanwhile, Aston Martin will be hoping to forget their Silverstone blues and come back swinging in Hungary!

Fernando Alonso returns to a track he loves so dearly off the back of an impressive showing in Silverstone, proving that both he and his Alpine still have what it takes to do well in this sport, along with his teammate in Esteban Ocon. Alpha Tauri also look strong heading into Hungary as their car suits the twisty nature of the circuit whilst their drivers, Pierre Gasly and Yuki Tsunoda, both seem to be gelling well with the car and team following a respectable performance in Britain – narrowly missing out on a double points finish.

Alfa Romeo will likely struggle in Hungary as their performance as of late hasn’t been anything to write home about, however, Antonio Giovinazzi scored points during their visit to Monaco several months ago. Williams, meanwhile, will be looking to continue their charge through the pack with George Russell looking to score his third consecutive Q3 appearance –  at the venue he scored his first-ever Q2 appearance in 2020. Haas, on the other hand, will see anything that’s not dead last as a victory as they must surely be looking forwards to the upcoming summer break.

With that then, be sure not to miss out on any of the action this weekend as well as any of the support events, such as the ever-exciting W-series!

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WOMEM CRUSH WEDNESDAY: WSERIES – THE 2021 GUIDE

Written by Bruna Brito, Edited by Tanishka Vashee

What’s W Series?

Defined as a “ free-to-enter championship, launched in October 2018, that provides equal opportunities for women and eliminates the financial barriers that have historically prevented them from progressing to the upper echelons of motorsport.” The mission is to provide acceptance that female and male racing drivers can compete with one another on equal terms when given the same opportunities.

Calendar

After the start of the pandemic, the 2020 championship was canceled, so now for 2021, we will have 8 rounds, starting with a double in the Red Bull Ring, with Alice Powell, as the very first winner of the season, and Jamie Chadwick in the second round. Followed by a win for Alice Powell again, in Silverstone.

This weekend we will have the return of the competition, in Hungaroring, in the city of Budapest for race number four of the season. The next ones will be Spa- Francorchamps, as the same weekend as F1, a favorite for many W Series drivers then Zandvoort, alongside Formula 1 again,  in September, Circuit of the Americas, first-ever race outside of Europe.

Finishing the season in Autodromo Hermanos Rodríguez, on 29 and 30th of October.

Drivers

Abbie Eaton – Escurie W (@AbbieEaton44  )

29 years old – British

She started at age 15 in a regional competition as a British GT and in 2018 started as a test driver for the Amazon’s The Grand Tour series.

This is her first year of the W Series.

Abbie Eaton

Abbi Pulling – Puma W Series Team (@AbbiPulling  )

18 years old – British

One of the youngest in the category, she made her debut at the race in Silverstone this year and finished in 8th place. Abbi is being mentored by Alice Powell, who is also a part of the W Series! She has competed in Ginetta Juniors, GT5, British F4, and Formula Renault.

Abbie Pulling

Alice Powell – Racing X (@alicepowell  )

28 years old – British

She was the youngest Formula Renault UK driver and the first woman to win the championship. The first woman to score in GP3. She participated in the 2020 season of Formula E as well as the W Series. She won the first race of that year in the W Series.

Alice Powell

Ayla Agren – M.Forbes Motosports (@AylaAgren  )

27 years old – Norwegian

She raced the Formula Ford-spec F1600 and Indy. After a few years, she was forced to stop her career due to lack of funding, currently, in addition to the W Series, she is a spotter for the Indy 500. This is the first time she will be participating in the series.

Ayla Agren

Beitske Viesser – M.Forbes Motosports (@beitskevisser  )

26 years old – Dutch

She raced in Formula Renault 3.5 and the European Le Mans Series where she was part of the only all-female team to race as Le Mans 24h.

Beitske Viesser

Belen Garcia – Scuderia W (@ beautifications)

27 years old – Spanish

She started her career relatively late compared to other drivers, at age 15, when she got her chance in Kart. She raced for Spanish F4 winning the Women’s F4 Championship. This is her first year at the W Series.

Belen Garcia

Bruna Tomasseli – Veloce Racing (@brunatomaselli  )

23 years old – Brazilian

She raced in the Brazilian Formula Jr. and in the South American F4. She moved to the US where she ran a USF2000 National Championship. An avid Ferrari fan, a Tifosa if you will. 

Bruna Tomasseli

Emma Kimilainen – Ecurie W (@EmmaKimilainen)

31 years old – Finnish

She started in Kart at age 3, that is, she learned to drive before speaking, and competed in the Formula Masters Series and Formula Palmer Audi. For financial reasons, she stayed away from the tracks for 4 years.

Emma Kimilainen

Fabienne Wohlwend – Bunker Racing (@FWohlwend5)

23 years old –  Liechtensteiner 

 Her family put the whole house on wheels so the girl could live her dreams, she participated in the Italian F4, Audi TT Cup, and European Ferrari Challenge.

Fabienne Wohlwend

Irina Sidorkova – Academy (@IraSidorkova   )

18 years old – Russian

Dubbed the baby of W Series, she competed in several national categories. She also raced F4 in Russia and Spain, took second place in the last race, a great performance for a rookie.

Irina Sidorkova

Jamie Chadwick – Veloce Racing (@JamieChadwick   )

24 years old – British

The 2019 W Series champion. She was also the first woman to win a British GT and a British BRDC F3. In 2020 she was announced as a development driver in F1 by the Williams team.

Jamie Chadwick

Jessica Hawkins – Racing X (@1JessicaHawkins   )

26 years old – British

At age 12 she started in British Karting and raced in several categories after that. Jessica is also a stunt driver, has recorded films such as Fast and Furious and 007. She is also part of the Aston Martin F1 team as an ambassador.

Jessica Hawkins

Marta Garcia – Puma W Series Team (@martarcing   )

20 years old – Spanish

She started karting at the age of 6, won the CIK-FIA Karting Academy Trophy and the Trofeo delle Industrie. She took a good amount of victories in the first-ever edition of the W Series and finished fourth in the standings.

Marta Garcia

Miki Koyama – Sirin Racing (@mkhouse001   )

23 years old – Japanese

Miki had to work hard to get into motorsport. She has been working since she was a teenager to make her racing career a reality. She raced in Japanese F4, and won 3 years in a row in the Kyojo Cup.

Miki Koyama

Nerea Marti – Academy (@nereamarti32)

19 years old – Spanish

Another baby! She was the first woman to win the Valencia Community Karting Championship in 2018. She also raced in the Rotax España Series and the Spanish F4.

Nerea Marti

Sabré Cook – Bunker Racing (@Sabre_Cook  )

27 years old – American

She started small in the kart and at the age of 13, the same year she had already taken the title of TAG Junior. She was the first woman to win the SKUSA Pro Tour National Championship.

Sabré Cook

Sarah Moore – Scuderia W (@ smgirlracer26)

27 years old – British

She raced and won titles at the Ginetta Junior Championship and several other categories in the UK. Sarah plays a very important role for the LGBTQ+ community within motorsport.

Sarah Moore

Vittoria Piria – Sirin Racing (@VickyPiria)

27 years old – Italian

 Vicky made history by being the first woman to race in GP3, she also raced in Euro F3 and other categories. She has been nicknamed the busiest W Series driver, for she makes a lot of television appearances and is Ferrari’s first ever driving instructor. 

Vittoria Piria

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Tyre Strategies for the 2021 Hungarian Grand Prix

This weekend we are heading to Hungary for the 36th Hungarian Grand Prix and the 11th Grand Prix of the 2021 Formula 1 season. The Hungaroring has a length of 4.381 kilometers, with the race distance being a total of 306.63 kilometers. There will be 70 laps of the race, and of course every motorsport fan is curious about the tyre strategies that will be followed for this weekend’s grand prix.

Written by Dimitris Grigoratos, Edited by Morgan Holiday

The available tyre compounds will be the C4 (Soft), the C3 (Medium) and the C2 (Hard). With the Hungaroring being a circuit of high downforce and lateral, normal amounts of traction, tyre stress and asphalt grip, and low asphalt abrasion and braking, teams are expected to follow a strategy of only one pit stop as the circuit doesn’t place particularly heavy demands on tyres, especially in warm temperatures.

As many drivers have stated in the past, the Hungaroring feels more like a kart circuit due to the fact that there is a non-stop series of corners where tyres are constantly working. Different strategies have been followed in the past years with teams even choosing two-stop strategies as Mercedes-AMG Petronas did with Lewis Hamilton back in the 2019 Formula 1 season, where he managed to overtake Max Verstappen for the win. However, the two-stop strategy isn’t the most preferred one, as teams usually prefer stopping only once. The average time lost during pit stops is about 22 seconds.

According to last season’s race, the soft tyre is the fastest, with the medium tyre being 0.5 seconds slower per lap, and the hard tyre being 0.8 seconds slower per lap.

All in all, this weekend race is expected to be fascinating and as there are not many overtaking opportunities, the tyre management and the tyre strategies will be highly important for the drivers and for the teams.

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