During this season, Formula 1 has decided to introduce an innovative format for the race weekend in some stages of the world championship, including Saturdays Sprint qualifications. These short 100km races will make their debut at Silverstone on July 17 and a free practice session will be eliminated from the weekend program. Consequently the so-called closed park will be brought forward by one day: at the end of qualifying on Friday the cars can no longer be touched, with the exception of brakes, spark plugs, filters and damaged parts.
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In recent days, however, a significant problem has emerged relating to the clutch, according to the online edition of Auto, Motor und Sport. In particular, three teams, which usually change or overhaul the clutch at the end of Friday, that is Alpine, Aston Martin and McLaren, raised an objection to the men of the Federation. Aston Martin team manager Andy Stevenson wanted to make this issue public: “The clutches we use have been built with a different purpose and need new washers and maintenance after 300 km. If this aspect of the Spint Qualifying had been clarified before the season, we would have planned them differently “.
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The crux therefore concerns reliability, but the FIA would have made a wall, without responding precisely to the requests of the teams. On the contrary, the federal delegates would have suggested to these teams to do fewer starting tests, encountering the firm opposition of Alan Permane of the Alpine: “Departures have nothing to do with it, let’s talk about wear. Gear changes are the problem, not the starting tests“. Aston Martin thus tried to ask Mercedes to supply the clutch – whose component is designed to reach up to 700 km – but received a negative response, given that the Anglo-German team had not counted the production of a number of units. suitable for two teams. In the second weekend of the Red Bull Ring there will be a new request to the Federation. The risk for the mentioned teams is to be forced to skip a practice session to preserve the reliability of the clutches.