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Amanda Sorensen joins JBXE for Hydro X Prix

Amanda Sorensen will make her return to Extreme E at this weekend’s Hydro X Prix, driving for JBXE alongside Andreas Bakkerud.

“It’s great to be back in the championship competing for JBXE at the team’s home race in the UK,” said Sorensen. “I am excited to be back racing in Extreme E, and to join the JBXE team. I had a really strong event the last time we raced in Scotland and it would be fantastic to repeat and get on the podium again.

“The main thing, though, is to put in a strong performance alongside Andreas and get the team moving up the standings.”

Sorensen spent the 2023 season with Chip Ganassi Racing as part of an all-American lineup alongside RJ Anderson, finishing fifth in points with two third-place runs in the Sunday Hydro X Prix and the Saturday Island X Prix I. The team shuttered operations at the end of the year.

In the meantime, she has been focusing on other disciplines like drifting. In June, Sorensen became the first woman in Formula DRIFT history to record a podium finish when she placed runner-up in Pro Spec at Old Bridge Township. Her experience also includes Nitrocross SxS and Championship Off-Road, the latter including competing in the Red Bull World Cup at Crandon last September.

3 Talking Points from the 2024 British Grand Prix

The 2024 British Grand Prix delivered a fascinating weekend, with three teams fighting it out at the front for victory.

Lewis Hamilton was the winner, marking his first victory since the back end of the 2021 season in Jeddah, while Max Verstappen came home second, getting past Lando Norris in the latter stages. George Russell started on pole position and was in control of the race, before changing conditions and a car issue saw him fall down the order and eventually retiring.

Oscar Piastri spent time in the top two, before McLaren F1 Team opted not to do a one stop, leaving the Australian out on intermediates, dropping him down to fifth. Although he managed to repass Carlos Sainz Jr. a poor call once again cost him at the British Grand Prix.

Nico Hülkenberg was the star of the show, finishing sixth for MoneyGram Haas F1 Team and clawing them back into the fight for sixth in the Constructors Championship and moving them within four points of Visa Cash App RB, who only managed to secure a singular point through Yuki Tsunoda.

In this piece, we’re taking a look at 3 talking points from the British Grand Prix and what they mean going into the upcoming 2024 Hungarian Grand Prix.

“Not Making the Right Decisions”: Norris Rues Strategy Errors That Cost Him British GP Victory

Lando Norris admitted he didn’t make the “right decisions” as once again fell short, finishing third in the 2024 British Grand Prix.

Despite having a poor start, Norris passed Championship rival Max Verstappen during the first stint, and began to show great pace with track conditions changing from dry to wet. Not only did the McLaren F1 Team driver overtake the Oracle Red Bull Racing driver, he was making up ground on George Russell and Lewis Hamilton, who were comfortable in the lead during the dry.

Strategy calls and poor decisions ultimately cost Norris the race after he was leading during the wet conditions, with teammate Oscar Piastri in second. The team opted to stay out a lap later than Hamilton, and once the McLaren driver had dived into the pits, Hamilton had gained an advantage, which saw him come out ahead.

Not only did McLaren box too late, they also chose to put Norris on the soft tyre. Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team were forced to put Hamilton on the soft compound, but Norris had a new medium available and looking at Piastri’s pace on that tyre towards the end, Norris could’ve easily won the race but instead found himself unable to hold off Verstappen and moving down to third.

Photo: McLaren Media Centre

Hamilton’s experience was evident when managing the soft tyre to the end, while Norris fell foul once again of poor decision making from himself and McLaren, while Piastri was once again a victim of a poor strategy call around Silverstone.

“Really Disappointing”: Russell Reflects on Crushing Silverstone DNF

George Russell suffered a heartbreaking DNF at his home race, after leading in the opening stages from pole position at Silverstone.

Russell was aiming for back-to-back wins after winning a dramatic Austrian Grand Prix a week earlier and after looking controlled in the opening stages and set for victory in front of his home crowd, changing conditions and a car issue saw Russell fall down the order and eventually retire from the Grand Prix.

Russell’s teammate and fellow compatriot Lewis Hamilton took victory at the 2024 British Grand Prix, marking his first win since the 2021 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, but not only is it an important win for Hamilton, it’s the second win for Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team, perhaps indicating a change in fortunes for the Silver Arrows after a tough few seasons.

Speaking to F1TV, Russell said: “It’s really disappointing, everything was under control in the beginning in the dry, then very challenging conditions in the damp, I started to lose some power and next thing I had to retire the car, so pretty disappointing.

“For sure we’ll take the positives, the cars fast and we’ll have more opportunities but to retire from any race is disappointing let alone your home race, especially when we had a shot at least a podium today.”

Kristoffersson Does The Double In Höljes

Reigning champion Johan Kristoffersson picked up where he left off as the 2024 FIA World Rallycross Championship got underway at the “Magic Weekend” in Höljes, Sweden. The six-time world champion dominated in dreadful conditions to take his second win of the weekend, and his 42nd overall career victory.

Racing in the wet in Sweden. Credit: @World / Red Bull Content Pool

Niclas Grönholm, who narrowly missed out on a place in the final on Saturday, took second place in his electric PWR RX1e. Third place went to fellow KMS – HORSE Powertrain driver Ole Christian Veiby, who overcame a stall at the start of the final to claw his way back to a podium position. Kevin Hansen came fourth for Hansen World RX Team, with Gustav Bergström and Timmy Hansen rounding out the standings.

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The “Battle of Technologies” certainly looks likely to provide some scintillating racing as we head through the 2024 season. While Kristoffersson won both of his heat races in his internal combustion engine (ICE) Volkswagen Polo KMS 601 RX, it was electric power that brought victory to Kevin Hansen and Sondre Evjen in their heat races. However, it was Grönholm, the fastest driver in any heats on Saturday’s opening round, who sat second behind Kristoffersson in the intermediate standings after the heats.

Niclas Grönholm was the greatest threat to Kristoffersson on Sunday. Credit: @World / Red Bull Content Pool

As the semi-finals approached, the heavens opened. With an absolutely sodden track, visibility for anyone not in the lead became nigh on impossible. This was not a problem for Kristoffersson, who successfully launched away in his semi-final and dominated the race, finishing an astonishing 12 seconds ahead of the competition. Meanwhile, chaos reigned behind him, with all of the drivers missing turn 5 on the first lap due to the atrocious conditions.

2019 world champion Timmy Hansen commented that the wet conditions favoured the ICE cars, explaining that the electric cars struggled under braking, largely due to their added weight. As a result, for the electric cars it was a case of surviving to proceed to the final. Indeed, four out of six cars in the final were electric, with Klara Andersson, heroine of the first day of world rx action, narrowly missing out on a place.

Hamilton Opens Up after Emotional British Grand Prix Win

Lewis Hamilton opened up after winning the 2024 British Grand Prix and taking his first victory in 946 days.

Hamilton returned to the top step of the podium with an excellent drive at Silverstone in Round 12 of the 2024 FIA Formula 1 World Championship. The seven time world champion hadn’t won since taking the chequered flag at the 2021 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix but has finally taken his 104th win after a tough few seasons with Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team.

Both Hamilton and his race engineer Peter Bonnington were clearly emotional at the end of the race, with both brought to tears over the team radio after the 39-year-old held off challenges from Max Verstappen, George Russell and Lando Norris throughout the race to win.

Speaking to Sky Sports F1 after the race, Hamilton said: “It’s surreal. My heart is racing. 

“I had so many amazing times here in the past but when I came across the line, something released in me that I have been holding onto for a long time. It was the most emotional end to a win I have ever experienced. I always wondered why I never cried! You see Rubens Barrichello crying and I was like ‘that doesn’t happen to me’ but it hit me hard.”

2024 British Grand Prix: Hamilton Returns to Winning Ways at Silverstone

Lewis Hamilton returned to winning ways at the 2024 British Grand Prix, taking his 104th win and the ninth at Silverstone.

Hamilton last won a Formula 1 race in 2021, taking victory at the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix but returns to winning ways just a week after Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team took their first victory of the season thanks to George Russell at the 2024 Austrian Grand Prix.

Max Verstappen came in just behind the home hero, almost catching up to the seven time world champion but finishing just over a second behind. Lando Norris, who was leading the race at one point, was holding onto second place before Verstappen got past with just a few laps to go, meaning he had to settle for third.

It was heartbreak for Russell, who was leading the race for the entirety of the dry stint at the start of the race after qualifying on pole the day before. The two-time race winner was forced to retire with a water pressure issue, destroying his chance of a podium or potentially even a race win at his home Grand Prix. 

Pierre Gasly was forced to retire before the race even started, boxing on the formation lap. Once the race got underway, Russell got away well, with Hamilton staying behind his teammate. Norris had a shaky start and fell behind Verstappen despite staying ahead of the Dutchman through the first few corners. Alex Albon lost a few places on the start after Nico Hülkenberg ran wide, causing Fernando Alonso to take evasive action turning into Albon, who almost lost the car and hit Logan Sargeant. 

“Questionable Program”: Ricciardo Blames Team Tactics for Q2 Exit

Daniel Ricciardo has questioned Visa Cash App RB’s decision making after a disappointing showing in Q2 that will see him start fifteenth. 

Ricciardo has been in good form recently, on an upwards trajectory, beating his teammate, Yuki Tsunoda, in the last three races and scoring points in two. Despite being head of the midfield a few races ago, RB have dipped in performance falling behind MoneyGram Haas F1 Team, who qualified sixth on the grid with on of their cars on Saturday. 

Ricciardo felt the timing of his laps in Q2 were wrong and traffic in the final corner ahead of his final lap meant he was left with little chance of lifting himself from fifteenth, let alone getting the top ten shootout for the third time this season. The 34-year-old was quick in Q1 too, getting through to the second part of qualifying inside the top ten.

Speaking to F1TV, Ricciardo said: “Honestly, Q2 we need a talk about it and figure it out because at the time it didn’t make much sense to me, but you also can’t have drawn out conversations as time is of the essence. 

“Both runs I felt like our plan was well off and at the end we’ll struggling to get our lap in, so creating enemies at the last corner overtaking – I hate doing it, but I’m being told to do it so we get a lap.

Hülkenberg Eyes Points after P6 Qualifying Result at Silverstone

Nico Hülkenberg was one of the stars from qualifying for the 2024 British Grand Prix and will start sixth for Sunday’s race.

The German driver credited MoneyGram Haas F1 Team as they delivered yet more upgrades, which ultimately allowed Hülkenberg to secure the team’s best qualifying result of the season. It wasn’t an easy session though, Hülkenberg’s Haas teammate, Kevin Magnussen was out in Q1 and it could’ve been a similar story for him too after a red flag left him last with only one chance to get a lap in.

As we’ve come accustomed to though, Hülkenberg delivered for Haas and set the American team up for a good result on Sunday.

Speaking to F1TV, he said: “We managed to take the momentum and tailwind from last weekend into this one and I think the updates we introduced yesterday in FP2 did the rest and really had an affect. 

“I felt good with those upgrades straight away, which is very good as that isn’t always the case so good job to the team and very happy about that.

Pérez Frustrated after “Letting Team Down” with Q1 Exit at Silverstone

Sergio Pérez suffered another early exit in qualifying after being knocked out in Q1 at the 2024 British Grand Prix.

The Oracle Red Bull Racing driver will start the race in Silverstone down in nineteenth after losing the car at Copse in Q1, leaving himself stuck in the gravel. Reports suggest the Mexican driver is once again under pressure at the Championship leaders, despite only signing a new deal a few races ago. This qualifying result won’t have done anything to relieve those pressures either as he was out-qualified by both Daniel Ricciardo and Yuki Tsunoda in the junior team, Visa Cash App RB for the fourth time in six races.

Speaking to F1TV, he said: “It’s very frustrating, I let my whole team down. I was one of the first  to put on the slick tyre and at point I needed all the temperature I could get and as I was approaching Turn 9 and shifted down I locked up the rears, which put me off the track. 

“It was completely sinked in water out of 9. I ended up trying to keep it straight but lost the car. The tyres were so cold and I just got caught out by the conditions.

“I was trying to get out [the gravel] but once you’re there it’s really difficult. It’s frustrating. It hurts to let your team down in that way, especially because we’ve had a really strong weekend up until now and unfortunately we didn’t get to show the full pace.”

Silverstone Struggle for Verstappen: Early Off Damages Floor Leaving Pole Hopes Dashed

It was a tricky qualifying session for championship leader, Max Verstappen as he could only manage fourth on the grid due to damage to his floor.

Verstappen will start the 2024 British Grand Prix on the second row, but the Oracle Red Bull Racing driver could’ve spoiled the British party up front if he hadn’t of damaged his floor during Q1, going into the gravel at Copse corner.

The damage taken to the floor left Verstappen in a difficult position and despite the team attempting to make some repairs, it left the three time world champion battling with the car and unable to affect the battle for pole position. 

Speaking to F1TV after qualifying, Verstappen said: “It was a bit unlucky in Q1 that it started to rain going into one lap for qualifying. 

“I already slowed down but it still lost the car so of course then almost crashed, kept it out the barrier but lots of floor damage from then onwards. The team did a great job to try and repair as much as we could but some bits were missing that you can’t really glue on.

Hamilton Feels Mercedes Back “Where They Belong” with Silverstone 1-2

Lewis Hamilton feels Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team are back “where they belong” after locking at the front row at the 2024 British Grand Prix.

Despite qualifying behind his teammate for the tenth time in twelve races this season, Hamilton was delighted with the qualifying result at Silverstone as he lines up on the front row for the first time this season, along side his fellow compatriot and Mercedes teammate, George Russell. 

Mercedes took victory last time, but it could be considered fortuitous after Max Verstappen and Lando Norris took each other out of the reckoning for the win with contact at Turn 3 of the Red Bull Ring. This time though, the result was deserved and it evidenced their improving pace as they look for a return to the front.

Speaking to F1TV after the session, Hamilton said: “It’s incredible. George [Russell, Hamilton’s Mercedes teammate] so I’m incredibly happy for him but to have the team one-two is where we belong, I would say. It’s where the team belongs and I couldn’t be happier for everybody.

“Honestly, [the pace] is a real surprise to us. I think we all felt that we’re just a little bit down on downforce performance but I think somehow today just the aero efficiency just ended up being a little bit stronger. 

Euphoria at Silverstone: Russell on His “Absolutely Awesome” Qualifying

George Russell was delighted after securing pole position at the 2024 British Grand Prix, ahead of his teammate Lewis Hamilton for Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team’s first 1-2 in qualifying since the 2021 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.

Russell came into the weekend having never qualified within the top five at his home race, but after winning last time out in Austria, confidence has never been higher for the Kings-Lynn born driver. As ever at Silverstone, weather played it’s part in the running and during Q1, Russell nearly found himself out in qualifying, only getting through because of his final run.

Hamilton set the pace on the second set of laps in Q3, taking provisional pole, but as has been the case most of the season, Russell piped the seven-time world champion to take his second pole position of the season.

Speaking to F1TV, Russell said: “It feels incredible, I’m really lost for words, we couldn’t have dream of this at the start of the year. 

“It was such a difficult session, Q1 I was almost out, in Q2 I was almost knocked out. There was so much pressure going into Q3, I haven’t felt like this in a long time, in terms of my nerves but as soon as I started the lap I thought it was going to be a good lap, and both were really great. 

2024 British Grand Prix: Russell Takes Pole in British 1-2-3

George Russell took an excellent pole position on Saturday at the 2024 British Grand Prix, leading a 1-2-3 of Briton’s with Lewis Hamilton joining him on the front row for Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team and Lando Norris in third.

It was an excellent day at Silverstone for the British fans, but it wasn’t a great day for Oracle Red Bull Racing, Sergio Pérez will start on the last row while damage to Max Verstappen’s car meant he could only qualify fourth for Sunday’s grand prix. 

Nico Hülkenberg was a standout performer, while British born driver Alex Albon also qualified within the top ten.

Q1 – Wet to Dry conditions catch Sergio Pérez out as pressures intensifies on the Mexican

Q1 got underway with mixed weather conditions around the track. Despite not rain, the track was still wet at the start of the first qualifying session with gray clouds surrounding the circuit. Valtteri Bottas reported that a dry line was appearing on his out-lap, indicating the conditions were changing.

2024 British Grand Prix – Recap of Friday’s Running

Friday saw the first two hours of Free Practice for the 2024 British Grand Prix, with the teams preparing for what will be another close weekend up and down the paddock.

McLaren F1 Team’s Lando Norris topped both sessions, beginning his home Grand Prix in good form. It was a mixed day for the other Briton’s in the paddock, George Russell was fifth in Free Practice One, but could only manage tenth in the second session, while Lewis Hamilton was outside the top five in both sessions.

It was an encouraging day for McLaren, as they seem quicker than Oracle Red Bull Racing, although Max Verstappen didn’t make the most of his qualifying simulation during Free Practice Two and ended up behind Sergio Pérez.

Free Practice One – Norris tops, bad start for Tsunoda

Norris set the fastest lap in Free Practice One for his home Grand Prix, with Lance Stroll and teammate Oscar Piastri following closely behind.

Russell was the first car on the track, fresh off the back of his 2024 Austrian Grand Prix victory that will certainly inject some confidence into both Russell and Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team for this weekend’s race. All eyes were on the rookies selected for Free Practice One, with four teams choosing to put them into their cars. Ollie Bearman took part in his first Free Practice session since it was revealed he would be on the Formula 1 grid in 2025, while Red Bull ran Isack Hadjar in place of Pérez, Franco Colapinto replaced Logan Sargeant for Williams Racing and Jack Doohan stood in for Pierre Gasly, who will be starting from the back of the grid on race day due to engine penalties, for BWT Alpine F1 Team.