FanAmp Fan Favorites | F1 | Week of September 29, 2023

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Japanese fans steal the show at Suzuka

Fans of Formula 1 in Japan stand out from fans elsewhere in the world. They created quite a buzz at Suzuka by donning Pirelli backpacks, Yuki masks, and even onboard cameras. Even the global F1 Twitter community commended them as exceptional hosts on the F1 calendar, praising their warm hospitality and imaginative displays.

Porsche’s powerhouse engine takes on F1

Can a Porsche 911 outpace both a Formula 1 car and a MotoGP bike? Well, the Porsche 911 has had its engine fully built, increasing its capacity from 3.8 liters to 4.2 liters and boosting its power output to an impressive 1,400hp to the wheels. Liam Lawson is behind the wheel of the RB8, Sebastian Vettel’s championship-winning car, while Dani Pedrosa takes the helm of the Red Bull KTM RC16.

Perez’s penalty explained

Sergio Perez received a five-second penalty during the Japanese Grand Prix for overtaking Fernando Alonso just before entering the pit-lane under a Safety Car period and for making contact with Kevin Magnussen, which caused damage to his car. Perez retired his car, just to unretire at +26 laps and retire again after a few laps. F1 Coffee Corner provides a detailed analysis of the penalty scenario amidst media confusion.

Mercedes thrills fan with Suzuka hot lap

The Japanese Grand Prix was quite eventful and will be remembered as a standout on the F1 calendar. One of the highlights was when Mercedes treated a devoted fan to a hot lap around Suzuka with Mick Schumacher. The fan was visibly excited to meet the Mercedes reserve driver and obviously had a great ride.

Why Lawson missed out in AlphaTauri

AlphaTauri has confirmed Yuki Tsunoda and Daniel Ricciardo as its drivers for 2024, leaving Liam Lawson on the sidelines as Red Bull and AlphaTauri’s reserve driver. Despite Lawson’s impressive debut and securing his first points with a P9 finish in Singapore, the decision to choose the other two drivers over him has caused some discourse.

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