Force India sits out FP2 in Hungary after Perez crash

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Force India F1 Team has confirmed that it will take no part in second practice for the Hungarian Grand Prix on Friday as it continues to investigate the cause of Sergio Perez’s flip.

Perez suffered a rear suspension failure during FP1 at the Hungaroring on Friday morning, causing the car to spear into the wall and flip over its front-right tire before coming to rest on its roll bar.

Although Perez walked away unharmed, the team has confirmed that it will not be running either of its cars in the second practice session as it continues to investigate the cause of the failure.

“Sahara Force India will not take part in this afternoon’s second practice session at the Hungaroring as the team continues to investigate a suspension problem, which caused Sergio Perez to crash this morning,” a statement from the team read.

“Sergio’s car suffered significant damage to the bodywork, wings and floor, and repairs are ongoing. As a precaution, the team has chosen not to run Nico Hulkenberg this afternoon.

“The team will work hard to fully understand the cause of the failure and find a resolution in order to be ready for Saturday’s free practice session.”

Although Hulkenberg endured a trouble-free first session in Hungary, the team has elected not to run him to ensure that a similar issue does not occur.

Force India has estimated that over $250,000 worth of damage has been done to Perez’s car during the crash, but the team will now be focusing on getting to the root of the problem in a bid to avoid a repeat.

Whilst Perez’s car continues to be reviewed and pieced back together, Hulkenberg’s VJM08 is being fitted with its race engine and gearbox in preparation for practice and qualifying on Saturday.

Michael Schumacher’s son to make F1 practice debut at Nurburgring

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MARANELLO, Italy — Mick Schumacher, son of the legednary seven-time champion, will have an official Formula One drive during an F1 race weekend for the first time next week at the Nurburgring, Alfa Romeo and Ferrari said Tuesday.

Schumacher gets the practice drive in an Alfa Romeo on Oct. 9 on his home track in Germany as a member of Ferrari’s young driver program, taking over Antonio Giovinazzi’s car for the first session of the weekend.

“I am overjoyed to get this chance in free practice,” Schumacher said in a statement. “I’m going to prepare myself well, so that I can do the best possible job for the team and gain some valuable data for the weekend.”

The 21-year-old Schumacher leads the Formula 2 standings after winning races in Monza and Sochi. He won the European Formula 3 championship in 2018 and tested a Ferrari F1 car in Bahrain in April 2019. He also has done demonstration runs in his father’s old cars, most recently this month ahead of the Tuscan Grand Prix in a championship-winning 2004 Ferrari.

Michael Schumacher holds the F1 record with 91 victories, which Lewis Hamilton is on the verge of tying.

Ferrari said two other drivers in its academy program will also get practice drives in Formula One.

Callum Ilott, a British driver who is second to Mick Schumacher in F2, will drive an F1 Haas at the Nurburgring on the same day as Schumacher. Russian driver Robert Shwartzman will drive in practice for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Dec. 11, though Ferrari hasn’t said for which team.

The German round was added to the F1 schedule after the coronavirus pandemic disrupted the season and will be officially known as the Eifel Grand Prix after a nearby mountain range. The Nurburgring last hosted F1 in 2013.