McLaren is pinning its season’s hopes on a major upgrade at next month’s Spanish Grand Prix, but the bloodletting for its poor start to the year has already begun, with the team reportedly axing one of its technical chiefs.
Force India chief operating officer Otmar Szafnauer has accused certain team bosses of deliberately “fooling” the governing body, the FIA, into increasing the fuel limit to gain a competitive advantage.
Neither Toro Rosso driver made it through Q1 during qualifying at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix but both were lucky to make it back to the garage uninjured after a frightening near miss at the end of the session.
Sebastian Vettel beat Lewis Hamilton to the fastest lap of the final free practice session at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, but a late-session red flag left the competitive order unclear going into qualifying.
Daniel Ricciardo is prepared to fight for victory at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix after topping the second Friday practice session, but the Australian is prepared to lose his pace advantage in qualifying.