In the round-up: Lando Norris says the first turn at Zandvoort needs to be changed to increase the chance of overtaking
Norris calls for Zandvoort to revise turn one
Norris started and finished seven in last weekend’s Dutch Grand Prix. Despite the extension to the DRS zone approaching the opening corner, Tarzan, he said “Safety Cars, the VSCs and tyre strategies and people boxing and not boxing” were all that led to changes of position.
In order to improve the racing at the track, Norris said “they need to change turn one, it’s quite simple.”
“They need to make turn one a much bigger braking zone, a much tighter corner, and that will provide more opportunities and a longer DRS zone,” Norris explained.
“Turn one is just too short a braking zone. It’s too quick and therefore you just can’t brake past someone or anything. It’s so easy just to defend into one and then come back, close the door and stay ahead. So for me, they need to change turn one.”
Lotterer moves to Andretti in Formula E
Andre Lotterer will partner Jake Dennis at Andretti Autosport in Formula E next season. He has raced for Porsche in the series since 2019 and will continue to represent the brand in sportscars where he will assist in development of its new hypercar.
However the team have replaced him with Antonio Felix da Costa in FE. Lotterer’s Andretti move ties in with the team switching from BMW to Porsche powertrains for 2023.
“I’m excited to be joining Andretti for season nine and the start of the Gen3 era,” said Lotterer. “Working together with Jake will be a great combination to continue to push the team to the front of the field in FE.”
Da Costa was also Lotterer’s replacement when he left DS Techeetah for Porsche three years ago.
Red Bull chasing Herta “doesn’t change a lot” for team’s top junior
Red Bull’s leading junior driver in Formula 2, Liam Lawson, says the team’s pursuit of IndyCar star Colton Herta for a seat at AlphaTauri in the 2023 F1 season “doesn’t change a lot” for him.
F2 sophomore Lawson has had an increased role within Red Bull this year, becoming the team’s reserve driver in addition to AlphaTauri’s, and making his F1 free practice debut with the latter at the Belgian Grand Prix.
Lawson is currently fifth in the F2 standings with three sprint race wins, and came ninth in the series last year after winning his debut race. There are three other Red Bull juniors in F2 who, like Lawson, are aiming to race for AlphaTauri if Pierre Gasly leaves for Alpine.
“At the moment it’s just discussions and from my side it doesn’t change a lot for me,” Lawson said of the Herta rumours. “I’m still focused on delivering the best job in F2 that I can and trying to finish this year strongly.
“It hasn’t been the sort of season we had hoped for. But I guess talk in F1 at the moment is all discussion at the moment, and from from my side I’ll wait to find out what is sort of decided for me, but right now it’s just focusing on F2.”
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