In the round-up: the Sao Paulo Grand Prix will be held at full capacity with compulsory masks, says Sao Paulo governor Joao Doria.

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Sao Paolo governor requests race date change

The governor of Sao Paulo, Joao Doria, announced during a press conference yesterday that the Sao Paulo Grand Prix would take place at full capacity with compulsory masks enforced for all fans in attendance.

Doria also confirmed that the city had requested that Formula 1 move the date of the Sao Paulo Grand Prix from the weekend of November 7th to the following weekend of November 14th, in order to coincide with Brazil’s Republic Proclamation Day – a national holiday observed the following Monday.

According to the World Health Organization, Brazil has suffered the highest casualty rate from the covid-19 coronavirus of any nation aside from the United States of America, with over 568,000 recorded deaths.

Ferrari to benefit from additional wind tunnel time – Binotto

Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto believes Ferrari will gain a small benefit from the additional wind tunnel time allotted to them under the regulations due to their sixth place finish in last season’s constructors’ championship, but that it will not be a “game-changer”.

“The wind tunnel, in terms of balance or performance, if we look at it obviously for the position we finished last year, we’ve got some more time at the wind tunnel,” Binotto says.

“The extra time we’ve got is corresponding to what we call a ‘session’ at the wind tunnel on the entire season. So it’s an extra session and normally an expectation is a week of development. And normally a week of development is less than 0.1 second per laps. So yes, it is certainly an advantage, but it’s less than 0.1 second per lap. Still important, still happy to have it, not because of the result of last year, because it’s something we’ve got in 2021. But I don’t believe that’s a game-changer. It is not.”

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