In the round-up: Williams has a major update coming for its car but it won’t arrive until after its home race.

In brief

Williams explain upgrade plans

Williams has a significant upgrade coming for its FW46, said team principal James Vowles, with the largest part expected to arrive after the upcoming trio of rounds in Spain, Austria and Great Britain.

“There will be performance adds across the next few race weekends with a very substantial package probably post-triple header,” he said in a video released by the team. “That doesn’t mean we won’t be adding performance. There’s quite a bit to come over the next few races.”

Verstappen condemns social media trolls

Max Verstappen has attacked claims made about his relationship with Kelly Piquet on social media.

“This has to stop,” Verstappen wrote in response to a post by Piquet. “These false accusations by certain individuals on Instagram and TikTok are insane and ridiculous at the same time.

“Hate has no place in this world. We know what’s true within our family and we are very happy together.”

BMW first, Toyota last in Le Mans qualifying

BMW led qualifying practice for the Le Mans 24 Hours, though only the pace-setting M Hybrid V8 of Dries Vanthoor, Raffaele Marciello and Marco Wittmann will participate in today’s Hyperpole session to decide who will start the race at the front. Both works Cadillacs and Ferraris will join them, along with the number 35 Alpine and one Porsche 963 each from Penske and JOTA.

Neither of the Toyotas made the cut. The number seven car of Nyck de Vries, Jose Maria Lopez and Kamui Kobayashi did not register a time after the latter spun and caused a red flag, meaning their runs were invalidated. The car will start at the rear of the Hypercar field.

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Ferrari collect Le Mans penalty three days before race

Last year’s winner already has a penalty for this year’s race

Ferrari and their customer team AF Corse have been given penalties for two of their cars which will be applied during their first pit stops at the Le Mans 24 Hours. The stewards found the number 51 works Ferrari and number 83 AF Corse machine failed to respect the pit lane procedure as each was “not correctly stopped in its dedicated stopping area.” They have been given 10-second time penalties.

Hybrid power pleases Power

Will Power expects IndyCar’s new hybrid system will help drivers overtake when it is introduced following the next round of the championship.

“You do feel it’s probably going to assist in passing,” said Power, who was quickest in a test for the hybrids at Milwaukee this week. “If you’ve got a run on someone, I think it will work.”

GB3 reveals new car with DRS

GB3 has revealed a new chassis for its 2025 season which it says will offer more power, more grip and more downforce in addition to introducing the Drag Reduction System to the series for the first time. The Mountune engines will produced 280bhp, a 12% increase on this year, while front and rear tyres will be 50mm wider.

The chassis will confirm to FIA safety standards for Regional Formula 3. GB3 says the chassis has also been designed to better accommodate taller and shorter drivers.

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