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Force India reveals bigger numbers, driver name on car at filming day

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Force India has offered a first glimpse of its bigger name and number decals for its Formula 1 car during a filming day after receiving a suspended fine over the Spanish Grand Prix weekend.

In a bid to make individual drivers easier to identify, the FIA introduced new rules regarding name and number stickers on cars with strict guidelines on their size.

Force India failed to comply with these guidelines in Spain, prompting the race stewards to hand the team a suspended fine of €25,000, noting: “The Competitor has offered to work with the FIA and rectify the situation immediately.”

Force India sent its VJM10 car out on-track at Silverstone on Thursday for a filming day, with the number on the nosecone of the car being far larger than in Spain.

Esteban Ocon’s three-letter abbreviation, OCO, was also clear to see on the shark fin of the car in a video posted by the team on Twitter.

The FIA penalty notice said that the fine would be suspended “pending no further infringements of this nature” in the next 12 months.

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.