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In the round-up: McLaren are hopeful of avoiding any penalties for exceeding their power unit component allocations despite the problem Lando Norris encountered during the Canadian Grand Prix weekend.

In brief

Norris’ Montreal power unit can be salvaged

McLaren team principal Andreas Seidl says the team is not concerned about power unit reliability despite the problems they encountered in Canada. Norris had to abandon his qualifying effort during Q2 and both McLaren drivers were “managing parameters” during the final phase of Sunday’s race.

“What happened on Lando’s PU was a sensor that was causing a loss of power and a misfire, that we had in Q2,” Seidl explained. “We took the decision to switch then the power unit back to the other one, which is in the pool, in the morning. So we’re still on two PUs.

“We expect that the power unit can be repaired and therefore, for the moment, there is no sign that they couldn’t finish the season this year with three power units.”

Ocon “very happy” with potential French Grand Prix in Nice

Esteban Ocon welcomed reports Nice could take over as the venue for the French Grand Prix. F1 is not expected to return to Paul Ricard after next month’s race.

“I was very happy to read this,” said the Alpine driver. “I think obviously it’s a bit sad to lose Ricard, it’s a bit of our home. But you know, if we can find a solution to to keep a French Grand Prix and around Nice, back-to-back Monaco and Nice [is] not too bad.”

McLaren partners with Goldman Sachs for environmental push

McLaren has announced a new, multi-year sponsorship agreement with Goldman Sachs, which specifically lays out that the two will work together to meet environmental goals.

As part of the agreement, Goldman Sachs will help McLaren move forward on its plan to halve its greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 and reduce its carbon production to net-zero by 2040.

Mercedes partners with Sutton Trust for STEM education

The Mercedes F1 team has partnered with social mobility and educational charity The Sutton Trust to make its expertise available to high performing students as part of its Accelerate 25 programme.

The Sutton Trust helps to encourage students who come from underprivileged backgrounds but have strong school results. Its student will visit Mercedes’ Brackley factory and members of the team will participate in panel debates, university sessions and engineering days, take part in residential summer school programmes, run practical workshops and assist with university applications.

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Motor racing links of interest:

Why McLaren can bounce back from our weekend of hell - and my view on the porpoising row (Telegraph)

Shoulda, coulda, woulda. I think a points finish might just have been on the cards had everything gone perfectly in qualifying and on race day, but any number of drivers could say the same. The truth is we did not have enough pace in Canada. And I have to hold my hand up to mistakes.

Newgarden leads Penske one-two-three at Iowa IndyCar test (Racer)

McLaughlin: 'I had an idea that the car would act like it would at Gateway, but it’s a different beast. Certainly makes it different to try and tame this track, and I learned a ton off the guys.'

Zak Brown: Andretti F1 effort meeting resistance (Sports Business Journal)

Brown: 'I wouldn’t want to comment on what I think the right number is, but what I would say is the value of an F1 franchise from when the Concorde Agreement was signed to now -- it’s grown rapidly. Ultimately, it’s up to F1 to decide what the right number to buy in is, but what an F1 team was worth three years ago -- it’s significantly more today.'

Celebrating Pride Month and women in motorsport (Females in Motorsport)

'I mean, to see F1 drivers and F1 teams getting on board, not only during Pride Month but outside of that as well, and teams wanting to educate their own staff, it just goes to show that everything is heading in the right direction,' Sarah says. 'Hopefully, things can keep on improving.'

The four key areas of Gen 3 (Venturi)

The car is smaller than its Gen2 counterpart and by weighing in at 840 kilograms (including the driver), it’s also 60kg lighter, with 1.7bhp per one kg. This will ensure that the Gen3 car has enhanced agility to match Formula E’s tight and twisty street circuits to improve wheel-to-wheel racing.

IMSA taking applications for 2023 Diverse Driver Development Scholarship (IMSA)

From now through July 22, qualified drivers may submit their application to be considered for the scholarship. Included among the benefits is a prepaid full-season entry fee for the recipient into either the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge or IMSA Prototype Challenge for 2023 and 50 percent of the full-season entry fee into one of those series for 2024. Added benefits of the scholarship bring its value to more than $250,000.

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