How a 30cm metal wire triggered open warfare in the F1 paddock – Motorsport.com

When the Mercedes W13 rolled out in to the pitlane for Friday morning’s tech show-and-tell session ahead of the Formula 1 Canadian Grand Prix, it didn’t even feature the tiniest of components that would end up kicking off one of the biggest political spats we’ve had in a while.
Instead, the team still needed a bit more time to get an extra metal supporting wire in place on George Russell’s car prior to the start of first practice. So, the only evidence of it coming were the slots that would hold it in place.
Jonathan Noble is Motorsport.com’s Formula 1 editor. Having graduated from University of Sussex Jonathan worked for sports news agency Collings Sports reporting on F1, F3, touring cars and other sports, with articles appearing in The Daily Telegraph, The Independent, Reuters, Autosport and other publications. In 1999 he moved to Haymarket Publishing to become a senior editor at Autosport Special Projects, and one year later he became Autosport’s grand prix editor. In 2015 he moved to Motorsport Network, becoming the F1 editor for Motorsport.com. He is also a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers, and sits on the FIA Media Council.
Jonathan has won multiple awards for journalism – in 1991 he was the winner of the Guild of Motoring Writers’ Sir William Lyons’ Award for young journalists, in 2010 he was awarded the Outstanding Individual accolade for consumer journalism in the Haymarket wards, in 2011 he won Haymarket’s Scoop of the Year, and in 2018 he was awarded a prestigious Medaglia d’Oro at the Lorenzo Bandini Awards for his contribution to F1 journalism.
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