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In the round-up: The 2026 power unit regulations are unlikely to be changed, says Otmar Szafnauer

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Szafnauer not expecting 2026 power unit rules to change

Alpine team principal Otmar Szafnauer says that he does not expect F1’s new power unit regulations set to be introduced in 2026 to be changed despite criticism from some.

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner has called for F1 to change the planned power units set to be introduced for the 2026 season as they risk producing “Frankenstein” cars that his driver Max Verstappen labelled as “terrible” after early simulator analysis. However, Szafnauer says Alpine and Renault are content with the regulations as planned.

“Speaking to the powertrain guys, we want to keep it as is,” Szafnauer told media including RaceFans. “I don’t deeply follow it – I wasn’t involved in the negotiations and the reasons why – but I asked them those questions and we’re happy to keep it as is.”

Asked if he expected that there would be enough appetite to change the regulations, Szafnauer said “I would imagine it’s going to be unlikely to be changed.”

Haas have upgrades for Hungary – Steiner

Haas team principal Guenther Steiner says his team will introduce upgrades for the following round next weekend at Hungary.

Haas sit eighth in the constructors’ championship, equal on points with Williams who overtook them at the last race at Silverstone due to Alexander Albon’s seventh place from Canada being the best result for either team.

“We have got some little bits coming for Hungary,” said Steiner. “We have nothing for Spa, but then after the summer break, we’ll have some upgrades coming.”

Drugovich fastest in Formula E rookie session

Reigning Formula 2 champion Felipe Drugovich was the fastest driver in the special Formula E practice session for rookie drivers in Rome prior to the weekend’s two races.

Each of the 11 teams fielded one rookie driver in the half-hour session, with the Aston Martin junior driver setting the quickest time for Maserati ahead of Sheldon van der Linde in the Jaguar. Luca Ghiotto was third fastest for Nissan, with F2 racer Zane Maloney sixth for Andretti and former F1 driver Daniil Kvyat seventh for Nio. Jehan Daruvala and Adrien Tambay were both unable to complete a timed lap due to problems with their Mahindra and Abt Cupra, respectively.

Zhou named Special Olympics ambassador

Alfa Romeo F1 driver Zhou Guanyu has been named as a global ambassador for the Special Olympics, an international organisation that holds sporting competitions for athletes living with intellectual disabilities.

“I’ve recently met with and watched several athletes from around the world compete,” said Zhou. “To learn more about their passion for their sport and see the friendship and warmth that they show for their competitors in their Special Olympics family, was inspiring. Everyone deserves the right to shine and to fulfil their potential and I’m thrilled to become part of such a great sporting and inclusion movement.”

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