Britain's George Russell played down talk of a future move from Williams to Mercedes on Friday by saying he was focused on the present and the Formula One champions had not promised him anything. The 23-year-old is managed by Mercedes, who have seven times world champion Lewis HaRead More »
The 34-year-old Frenchman Grosjean, whose left foot was initially trapped, said afterwards that he thought he was going to die but willed himself out of the wreckage for the sake of his children. The governing FIA's report into the accident said the fuel tank inspection hatch on the left side of the chassis was dislodged and the engine fuel supply connection was torn from the fuel tank 'safety bladder'. Grosjean managed to extricate himself after 27 seconds, suffering burns to his hands.
Formula One's governing body extended Pirelli's contract as sole tyre supplier by one year to 2024 on Friday to reflect disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. FIA president Jean Todt said the change of tyre size represented a significant technical challenge and investment for Pirelli.
"Our main priority this year will continue to be the health and safety of everyone working and participating at the event," said promoter Arif Rahimov. Azerbaijan is the first grand prix so far this year to confirm it will be behind closed doors. Most were held without spectators last year.