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Supercars 2021: Bathurst 1000, Nick Percat opens up on career, Brad Jones Racing, news

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In the early years of his career, Nick Percat went from winning Bathurst on his first attempt in 2011 – the first rookie in 30 years to do so – to winning the Australian Formula Ford championship and breaking Steven Richards’ record for most race wins.

It hasn’t all been smooth sailing since then, with the veteran facing a turbulent journey with mixed results.

Talking to FoxSports.com.au, the 32-year-old opens up on the decision to re-sign with Brad Jones Racing, what the future of Supercars could look like, and that disqualification from the 2020 Bathurst 1000.

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Coulthard to lead Team Sydney

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Do you think that signing on for another two years took a lot of pressure off you throughout the season, and let you just focus on the racing? How important was that for you?

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Lewis Hamilton puts heat on Red Bull rear wing, Mercedes, new FIA testing

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The FIA will introduce a new series of compliance tests next month after a veiled swipe from Lewis Hamilton appeared to place rivals Red Bull under officials’ microscope.

Hamilton subtly suggested at the Spanish Grand Prix that Red Bull had picked up straight-line speed illegally with the aid of a flexible rear wing.

Formula One’s rules ban flexible rear wings, which can give teams the best of both worlds by reducing drag down the straights without sacrificing downforce in the corners.

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Hamilton told Sky Sports in Spain: “The Red Bulls are really fast on the straights.

“They have this bendy wing on the back of their car which they put on today and they gained at least three tenths from this wing.

“So they will be quicker down the straights than us.”

The FIA has long tested cars for flexible rear wings but, with suggestions circling that Red Bull has found a way to beat the system, F1’s governing body has been forced to act.

Motorsport.com reports that the FIA will put new tests in place ahead of the French Grand Prix having admitted that it is concerned teams may be exploiting the rules.

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In a note seen by the publication, the FIA wrote to teams that it is aware some designs “exhibit excessive deflections while the cars are in motion”, even if they passed static testing.

“We believe that such deformations can have a significant influence on the car’s aerodynamic performance,” the note reportedly adds.

Red Bull chief Christian Horner was adamant that his team has done nothing wrong, saying: “The FIA are completely happy with the car, that it has passed all of those tests that are pretty stringent.”

Of Hamilton’s comments, Horner said that the world champion may have been echoing the thoughts of Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff, instead of his own.

“I was surprised to see his comments on that,” Horner said. “But it’s something that Toto has mentioned to me previously. I doubt it was Lewis’ opinion, so (it) probably came from elsewhere.”

Wolff confirmed that Mercedes had discussed the issue, but refused to comment further.

Teams will still have Grands Prix in Monaco, Azerbaijan and Turkey before the new wing testing commences.

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F1 news 2021: Daniel Ricciardo, Renault, Spanish Grand Prix results, Monaco Grand Prix, Ross Brawn, updates, reaction

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Daniel Ricciardo was left ruing “what could have been” after a crucial mistake from McLaren at the Spanish Grand Prix but F1 pundits believe it could actually work in his favour.

Ricciardo beat teammate Lando Norris for the first time in a Grand Prix, having out-qualified the Brit prior in three of four races.

The Aussie declared it a step in the right direction, although it could have been even better had it not been for an error that was not Ricciardo’s own doing.

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Hamilton claims 100th career pole!

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V8 Supercars 2021, news: Gen3 regulation changes on schedule for 2022

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Supercars’ Gen3 regulation changes are still on-track for 2022 after a crucial teams meeting in Sydney on Tuesday.

Supercars released a statement after the talks saying that there would be no change to the Gen3 timeline, although it flagged that the schedule could change in the future.

The brief statement read: “Supercars met today to discuss the implementation timetable for the Gen3 Supercar, which has been subject to significant speculation recently.

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