Hamilton concerned about tire management in Japan

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He may have finished fastest in the first free practice session at Suzuka on Friday ahead of this weekend’s Japanese Grand Prix, but Lewis Hamilton has admitted that he is concerned about managing his tires during the race on Sunday.

The Briton has been blighted with tire troubles all season, losing out on the chance to win the race in Korea last weekend after his second stint was cut short thanks to aggressive wear on his tires as he struggled to P5 come the checkered flag. Although he is encouraged by his early pace in Japan, he is wary of the issue rearing its head once again.

“I’m happy with where our car is after the first practice sessions today although, of course, we would love to be more competitive,” Hamilton said. “We’ve got some work to do this evening on the tire management in particular. It’s too early to think about what we can achieve but I’m looking forward to a competitive qualifying tomorrow and then we will have to see what we can do in the race.”

His teammate, Nico Rosberg, capped off a good first session for Mercedes by finishing a close second, but neither driver could match the pace of Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel a few hours later as the defending world champion moved to the top of the timesheets.

However, Hamilton will be keen on striking back on Saturday as he goes in search of his first win at Suzuka. The Briton has won the Japanese Grand Prix once before back in 2007 when the race was held at Fuji Speedway.

FIA returns Manor’s F1 entry fee for 2017

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Good news: Manor Grand Prix Racing Limited got a refund of an entry fee it paid to the FIA to run in this year’s F1 season.

Bad news: Manor still hasn’t run this year, and won’t be for the foreseeable future (especially as Manor’s former leadership staff is moving that team into FIA WEC’s new-look LMP1 class in addition to its LMP2 program).

Manor Group’s receivership outfit, Just Racing Services Limited, went into administration earlier this year. As there was no new buyer for the F1 team, Manor dropped from the 2017 grid before the season.

The FIA said it would return its entry fee to help Manor Group pay off outstanding debts.

It basically means nothing in the grand scheme of things since Manor missed out on 10th place in the constructor’s standings in 2016 and fell from the F1 grid as a result, but hey, it’s a goodwill gesture going into Thanksgiving this week.