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Motorsports writer, photographer and sometimes podcaster on Hit The Apex Podcast. Catch me on Twitter @Doctor46th and @HitTheApexMedia.

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Hopefully whatever the FIA do to reduce the grey areas in regards to this will prevent a case like this occurring again. That being said, F1 wouldn’t be F1 without controversy and something else will pop up in the future which’ll have us all up in arms again. The 2022 regulations once they’re introduced will be interesting to see how they close off loopholes and prevent teams exploiting the regulations as the rulemakers have proposed they’ll do.

The 'Pink Mercedes': Clever engineering or a blatant cheat?

Yeah Simoc and given the fact that Mercedes have been open about how they legally passed on that information in the form of the CAD data to Racing Point, it is all above board. At the end of the day it is just sour grapes amongst the others and surely it can be sorted out amongst themselves hey?

The 'Pink Mercedes': Clever engineering or a blatant cheat?

It would work quite well Moose, to equalise the field. Though the argument always has been that F1 shouldn’t ever go down the route to become a one-make formula. Copying Mercedes’ car as well for Ferrari would still not fix that donkey of an engine they’ve currently got. 😂

The 'Pink Mercedes': Clever engineering or a blatant cheat?

Cheers Ben. Yeah it took quite a bit of digesting myself before I was able to understand it to the point I could then offer my own insight. Definitely feel a bit of sympathy there for this team that has always punched above its weight and can understand the emotion behind Stroll snr’s response.

The 'Pink Mercedes': Clever engineering or a blatant cheat?

Pretty much Racing Point didn’t actually do anything wrong while they were developing the car and the fact that they even had exchanges with the FIA to confirm the RP20’s legality just backs up what a shambles this situation is.

The 'Pink Mercedes': Clever engineering or a blatant cheat?

Having a right ol’ giggle at those analogies. 😂

Fighting in Ferrari: Binotto vs Arrivabene

It might make up for the lack of NZ round which was scheduled for February 2021, though as a Victorian and with everything that’s going on here – I get the feeling we might not see Sandown in September. Nothing official on that of course, though it’s just a gut feeling.

Supercars Sydney SuperSprint talking points

Yeah, might not be the same at Winton but we’ll wait and see. Hopefully we get a similar result in the racing there come July.

Supercars talking points from the Sydney SuperSprint

We’ll hopefully see a few more teams get into the mix to steal a win here and there through the season. So many strong names out there!

Supercars talking points from the Sydney SuperSprint

Glad you enjoyed the overall product over the weekend mate!

Race 7’s battle between Scott and Shane was almost the perfect script for Supercars to return. Two rivals and two champions, racing for both Ford and Holden. No better way to sell the sport to anyone new tuning in.

Another key win for the tyre rules as well was the fact that it was an organic variable and there was no gimmick to it. Though ultimately I think it’ll depend on the characteristics of the circuits as to whether it’ll be the same story as Sydney. Winton I believe has had it’s track resurfaced in the not too distant past, so may not see the same deg levels as SMP.

So Super2 and Super3 weren’t previously combined (Super3 only came under Supercars’ umbrella last year, having been run under the V8 Touring Car National Series until then), but now will race under a class system on a combined grid. There’ll also be Porsche Carrera Cup and the Toyota 86 Series at Winton.

Looking forward to seeing you tune for the next round as well!

Supercars talking points from the Sydney SuperSprint

Good to see you are onboard with the Supercars and will wake up this weekend to the sound of those thundering V8s! We should see some great racing at Eastern Creek and hopefully some surprises too.

As for the calendar discussion, The Bend could have slotted in for the dates as suggested, but given the current state border restrictions and the logistics involved – I think the current space between events will have to suffice. That doesn’t change how it’s not an ideal situation for the Shahins and their impressive new circuit, but that is the reality unfortunately.

It's race week! Supercars return

Yeah, even if if it’s under the pretense of business – it still is possible to do the GT3 race in all its pomp, with the Radio Le Mans crew also onsite. If anything, it is the quarantine period that will be interesting to see how it is applied. Remember that a lot of the drivers that do the 12 Hour, also race the Daytona 24 Hour which is traditionally the week before. Another factor to consider, though as you say there is still 7 months till then.

It's race week! Supercars return

Unknown at this stage. Hopefully Supercars can put something on that weekend at Bathurst if the GT3 enduro doesn’t take place. Pending crowd restrictions being further lifted, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to do a Supercars Test day with some kind of Goodwood style festival that they’ve talked about in the past?

It's race week! Supercars return

No Micko, the new lights were never going to be ready in time for this weekend’s races, so they’ll be done during the day. 3:30pm AEST Saturday and then 12:15pm and 2:35pm AEST for both Sunday races.

It's race week! Supercars return

Yeah I agree Scott, Greeny is very lucky that there are other coaches that are facing the heat at the moment. And also the fact they’ve had a top eight side in the last two years.

That loss to the Sharks had me spewing, regardless of the fact that Taumalolo and Hess were out for the game. The spark that we saw last week against the Titans with Robson out of dummy half and Drinkwater connecting with Holmes, wasn’t there this time and if they’re going to be serious about keeping a place in the top eight – they’re going to have to deliver week in, week out.

You’ve got to expect no less than two wins from their next two games against the Warriors and the Tigers. Then after that if they pass that, then the clash with Newcastle will be the next test given that they’ve had a pretty cruisy draw thus far.

Eight talking points from NRL Round 4

Exactly, there is hardly going to be any significant changes in the pecking order next year and if anything, the teams who don’t make inroads now – are going to be worse off in 2021.

Adapt and survive: Ensuring Formula One's future

Luckily I ensured it was a brick fence 😛
Though I’d really love to see McLaren be the team to be the challenger come 2022.

Adapt and survive: Ensuring Formula One's future

Tough one Dexter, especially as in 2021 now we’ll just have the same cars as this year and with very limited developments allowed. Once the regs change for 2022, it could be anyone’s chance and yes the Red Bulls and Ferraris will be up there. McLaren and Aston Martin (Racing Point until 2021) will have the Mercedes power-unit which is still the benchmark, but with a cap on how much time and money is spent on aero development – they’d definitely have the chance to be up there.

Renault too, now that they’ve committed to staying. Though I feel as if there is a bigger problem amongst their management ranks and there is definitely a need for a culture change there to be able to catch up. Just look at how a complete overhaul at McLaren in recent years has put them back on the right path.

Adapt and survive: Ensuring Formula One's future

I think it still can be the pinnacle. Everyone just has to evolve their approach to it, given the current climate. Even right now, the true performance of an F1 car is limited by let’s say the tyres – but still the machine is the pinnacle. Operating within a cost cap I see is no different.

For sure, the racing will benefit and while it won’t be an instantaneous result – the gradual build will be worth it and I am sure we’ll be able to see midfield teams able to fight for podiums and the odd win. Hard not to look forward to!

Adapt and survive: Ensuring Formula One's future

That’s why the performance budget cap will be a good thing when it is introduced. Any of those manufacturers questioning their involvement in the sport, should be enticed about spending less money and for Renault especially – having an equal opportunity to compete with Mercedes. You can put a cap on spending, but can’t cap innovation. The best minds will always find an edge and as you say, some new concepts is what Renault need. Vettel and Mercedes would be indeed fun.

Fernando Alonso shouldn't return to F1 unless he can win

All the cards were in his favour to win Le Mans, without any other hybrid LMP competition as in previous years, though I guess winning is winning and in the history books his name is there as the victor. At least the Indy 500 is not going to be one that’ll be much harder, as we’ve already seen from his two attempts.

As for Renault, it all depends on if they stay in F1 for the mid to long-term anyway. Ocon is French, so they already have a French driver. But yeah an all-French line-up with Gasly onboard would be something too.

Fernando Alonso shouldn't return to F1 unless he can win

McLaren are a full-time team now, though have committed to two young drivers in Oliver Askew and Patricio O’Ward. Zak Brown has said that they’ll have a third entry for the Indy 500, which seems the only place for Alonso on that grid. He fished around for a top seat elsewhere, but Andretti can’t have him due to Honda and Penske along with Ganassi already have loaded rosters.

Fernando Alonso shouldn't return to F1 unless he can win

If it was for a team that was winning, then I’d like to see him come back on a one-year deal to see what he achieves. Kind of like Prost in 1993 (even though he had a two-year deal). Seeing Alonso win would be great, but if we had to go on that two, three-year journey where a rebuild is required – then it’s likely he’ll crack it again. Hulkenberg would be great to have back for Renault given his loyalty, or even look at promoting one of their Academy drivers.

Fernando Alonso shouldn't return to F1 unless he can win

You’re right Micko, Sainz is a less fussier driver (so that’s what we believe) than Ricciardo.
Both moves when you think about it actually make a lot of sense and have a lot to offer. It was just that romantic thought of having an Aussie in a Ferrari that was clouding our judgement before. It might have worked in the end.

Sainz and Ricciardo's paths cross again in 2021 driver shuffle

A new approach should go beyond the drivers and look at how they execute from a team perspective. Strategic errors, developmental wrong turns and dead ends – these are the areas Ferrari need to take a new approach on. Maybe new drivers will give them that fresh air to adopt these measures.

As with Renault too. Look at McLaren, who cleared house and completely changed their management structure and it is now paying dividends. Renault are going nowhere also, if they continue to blame anyone but their own management for poor decisions.

Sainz and Ricciardo's paths cross again in 2021 driver shuffle