Ocon gets new chassis for British Grand Prix


In the round-up: Alpine have changed Esteban Ocon’s chassis as a precautionary measure ahead of Silverstone.

In brief

Precautionary chassis change for Ocon

After suffering a run of four races where he retired twice, including on the first lap of the Austrian Grand Prix following contact and two where he finished outside the points, Ocon’s team have been investigating his car for any problems which might explains his recent lapse in form.

Alpine executive director Marcin Budkowski said that although they had yet to get to the bottom of the issues, Ocon’s chassis had been changed ahead of the British Grand Prix.

“Esteban had two difficult races in Austria and we’re still investigating whether there are any technical reasons behind it,” explained Budkowski.

“To eradicate any doubt, the team has made the decision to make extensive changes to his car for Silverstone, including a new chassis.

“Esteban performed very strongly at the start of the season and qualified the car on the third row of the grid on merit at two races in a row just a few weekends ago, so we are working together to make sure he bounces back, and this weekend is the perfect opportunity to do that.”

Mark White appointed as operations director at Aston Martin

Aston Martin have recruited Mark White as their new operations director at the team. White, who will take up the role in September, comes from Honda’s automotive division, where he has worked in senior operational roles.

The team will restructure slightly with White’s arrival, with Bob Halliwell moving from production director to chief operating officer. White will report directly to Halliwell, taking overall responsibility for production control, quality assurance and manufacturing.

Latifi excited for favourite track “by far”

Nicholas Latifi, Williams, Silverstone, 2020
Latifi is relishing his return to Silverstone

Nicholas Latifi is eagerly awaiting this weekend’s races on what he calls “my favourite track on the calendar by far”.

“The nature of the high-speed corners, which are very fast and flowing, makes it the perfect track to drive these modern Formula 1 cars that have so much downforce,” said the Williams driver. “It is such an exhilarating feeling with all of the G-forces through your body.

“It’s also the team’s home race, so I’m very excited to be a part of that as I didn’t have my own home race this year, but this will be just as special. I am hoping for a very strong weekend to make it all the better.”

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