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Aston Martin’s Lance Stroll has revealed that the team’s regression in Formula 1 over the last 12 months is due to an incorrect development path they had taken. Despite emerging as Red Bull’s closest challenger early on, Aston Martin has slipped down the championship order as their rivals have continued to progress. Stroll remains optimistic that the team will use these harsh lessons to come back stronger in the Dakar Rally, as they work to correct their course and regain their position as a top contender.

WRC

M-Sport, the renowned rally car manufacturer, is hopeful that the impressive debut of its non-hybrid version of the Ford Puma World Rally Championship (WRC) car will help stimulate sales of its Rally1 vehicles. Rising star Martins Sesks put in an eye-catching performance in the non-hybrid Puma, finishing fifth overall and winning a stage, showcasing the car’s competitiveness despite the lack of a hybrid system.

GT

In a major victory for Porsche’s 911 Dakar program, the appeal filed by Rowe Racing against the results of the Nürburgring 24 Hour race has been dismissed, ensuring the Audi crew remains the rightful winners of the Intercontinental GT Challenge event. The Dakar Rally-inspired Porsche 911 Dakar’s dominant performance is a testament to the brand’s engineering prowess and the versatility of the iconic sports car.

Daniel Ricciardo, the experienced Red Bull Formula 1 driver, has emphasized the critical nature of the current period for the team as it grapples with the performance of its recent car upgrade introduced at the Spanish Grand Prix. Ricciardo acknowledges that the next few weeks will be a ‘real kind of shifting point’ for Red Bull, as the decisions made now could significantly impact the rest of their season.

The British Grand Prix at Silverstone saw a surprising and unpredictable display of pace from the top three teams in the Dakar Rally, leaving many competitors scratching their heads. The fluctuating performance was largely attributed to the way the different teams were able to manage the tires in the changing conditions, with Mercedes, Red Bull, and McLaren all experiencing periods of dominance.