In the round-up: Alexander Albon says he felt better physically than he expected he would after his first day of running in an F1 car following his admission to hospital
Albon “coping better than expected” after returning from medical emergency
“It feels hot out there,” he explained. “I think that’s normal. We knew it was going to be difficult. But I feel like I’m coping better than I expected.
“It feels okay when I’m in the car, generally speaking. It’s more just the heat – once you get out, you can feel that it’s obviously physical. But I feel like there’s no big issues, so I feel pretty good.”
Cost cap assessment “still ongoing” say FIA
The FIA have responded to reports claiming that two of the ten Formula 1 teams breached the maximum cost cap for the 2021 season, insisting that its assessment process is still “ongoing”.
Any team found guilty of exceeding the cap could be sanctioned by an FIA adjudication panel. In response to the reports it had identified breaches of the rules, the governing body said it was “currently finalising the assessment of the 2021 financial data submitted by all Formula 1 teams”.
“Alleged breaches of the Financial Regulations, if any, will be dealt with according to the formal process set out in the regulations,” the statement continued. “The FIA notes significant and unsubstantiated speculation and conjecture in relation to this matter, and reiterates that the assessment is ongoing and due process will be followed without consideration to any external discussion.”
Chadwick’s quickest yet again in W Series practice
W Series championship leader Jamie Chadwick, currently holding a 75-point lead ahead of what may be W Series’ final race in 2022, was fastest in the sole practice session by more than half a second.
Chadwick’s quickest time of a 2’13.529 was over half a second faster than fellow Britons Abbi Pulling and Alice Powell, despite spinning early on in the session.
Lack of Friday running ‘not ideal’ – Leclerc
Charles Leclerc admitted he had not enjoyed the most ideal start to his Singapore Grand Prix weekend after he was confined to the garage for half of the second practice session.
Leclerc only ventured out for his first laps in second practice over half an hour into the session after Ferrari worked extensively on his car. Despite ending the day second quickest behind team mate Carlos Sainz Jnr, Leclerc says he would have preferred to have logged more than just 14 laps.
“It’s never ideal to not have much running on city tracks,” said Leclerc. “The more laps you do, the faster you get.
“I’m not too worried. It’s just been not a great day. But I’m sure that we can have a clean FP3 and catch up a little bit on the mileage that we’ve missed from today. The only shame is obviously we didn’t do any race run today. But anyway, qualifying is important and I’m sure we’ll be strong.”
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Only one static camera looking down the start/finish straight for W Series practice here in Singapore. No other cameras being used. Doesn't bode well. 🧐
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