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Vettel questions whether F1 2022 new rules effort was worth it

Motorsport.com - Fri, 09/30/2022 - 03:33
As part of a bid to make the racing more exciting, F1 undertook a complete overhaul of the technical regulations for 2022.
This included a switch to ground effect machinery, and a change to 18-inch wheels running less thermally-sensitive tyres.
But while the F1 2022 season has produced a bit of variety, with the title battle being contested between Ferrari and Red Bull, the nature of the ...Keep reading
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Lando Norris to Max Verstappen: ‘Maybe have a go back in our car’

Formula1news.co.uk - Fri, 09/30/2022 - 03:18

Lando Norris has shared his thoughts on close friend Max Verstappen, with the Dutchman on the verge of claiming his second World Championship.

The McLaren driver has enjoyed a solid season himself, with the Brit currently occupying seventh in the Drivers’ Championship; however, he’ll be the first to admit that Verstappen is “going to win” the title this season.

Verstappen has been imperious during his title defence and has astonishingly won 10 of the last 13 races.

This unmatchable form, plus Ferrari’s downfall, has led to the Red Bull driver having his first shot at claiming his second crown this weekend at the Singapore Grand Prix.

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The 24-year-old boasts a 116-point-lead over Charles Leclerc, with the Monegasque needing to finish in the top eight at the Marina Bay Circuit to stop the Dutchman winning the title this weekend, if he wins.

Should Verstappen win and Leclerc fail to finish in the top eight, which is possible based on the current forecast for the weekend in the Asian country, then Sergio Pérez must finish in the top four to ensure that his team-mate doesn’t claim the crown with five races to go.

Even if the championship leader fails to claim the title this weekend, then he’s highly likely to wrap it up at the following Japanese Grand Prix.

With the forecast for Singapore currently showing thunderstorms and heavy downpours, Verstappen will understandably be the favourite to win the race.

Should he win at Singapore, then it would be his sixth consecutive victory of the season, whilst taking him one closer to Sebastian Vettel’s and Michael Schumacher’s joint record.

Vettel and Schumacher currently hold the record for most wins in a season, with the pair having won 13 times in a single campaign.

Verstappen could match this record at the Japanese Grand Prix and potentially eclipse it at the Circuit of the Americas.

The Dutchman is taking all the records, with Norris believing his friend will “win more championships in the future”.

“He has it easy,” the McLaren driver jokingly said to Sky Sports.

“His season has been easy. He should maybe have a go back in our car and see what that’s like.

“He has done amazing; of course. Similar to Lewis Hamilton in previous years. If you have a car that can deliver and can win races, he is the one who takes that chance every time. He is beating his teammate every time. It’s impressive to see him perform day in, day out.

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“Even in FP1, the first lap of the whole day, his lap times normally are quicker than we can ever do in qualifying something.

“He is the most talented driver ever,” Norris stated.

“One of the fastest. No doubt he is going to win his second this year and most likely he will go on and win more in the future.”

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Winning races, not beating Mercedes to second place, is Ferrari’s priority – Sainz | 2022 Singapore Grand Prix

F1Fanatic - Fri, 09/30/2022 - 03:11
Ferrari are more “concerned about getting back to winning” than beating Mercedes in the constructors’ championship, says Carlos Sainz Jnr
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Max Verstappen could smash Sebastian Vettel’s record in 2022

Formula1news.co.uk - Fri, 09/30/2022 - 02:32

Max Verstappen goes into the returning Singapore Grand Prix this weekend knowing that he has his first opportunity to wrap up his second consecutive Drivers’ Championship, should results go his way.

With a 116-point-lead over Charles Leclerc, and with only six races remaining, Verstappen could win the title at the first race at the Marina Bay Circuit since 2019.

The highly popular race, which is regarded as one of the most demanding on the calendar due to its high temperatures and humidity, was cancelled like most Asian races in 2020 and 2021, due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

However, the race returns this weekend, and it’s interestingly one of the very few venues the Dutchman hasn’t won at.

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His best result at Singapore was in 2018 where he finished second, to become a double World Champion this weekend, though, he will most likely need to win.

If Verstappen wins a sixth consecutive race of the season and gets the fastest lap, then Leclerc must finish in the top eight or Sergio Pérez must cross the line in the top four, if neither happens then the Dutchman will successfully have retained his 2021 Drivers’ Championship.

This weekend is important for two other reasons, though, as the Dutch driver is closing in on other impressive milestones.

The 24-year-old has won 11 races so far this season and is two behind Sebastian Vettel’s and Michael Schumacher’s joint record of 13 victories in a single season.

Verstappen could match this record at next weekend’s Japanese Grand Prix, and then eclipse it at the United States Grand Prix.

He’s also closing in on the record for most consecutive victories, which is another joint record shared once again by Vettel, but also with double World Champion Alberto Ascari.

The current record sits at nine consecutive victories, something Verstappen can match at the Brazilian Grand Prix but make his own at the season finale at Abu Dhabi.

It is a record that many thought would never be beaten; however, given the form the number 33 is currently in, it would be foolish to write him off from beating the milestone.

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Vettel became incredibly emotional when he matched the record in 2013, where he shared how “proud” he was with his former Red Bull side.

“Guys, I am so proud of you,” Vettel said over his team’s radio after winning the 2013 Brazilian Grand Prix.

“I love you. Remember this, enjoy this moment. Yes, we did it! This is unbelievable.”

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Verstappen “on top of his game” say rivals as he closes on second title | 2022 Singapore Grand Prix

F1Fanatic - Fri, 09/30/2022 - 02:15
Several of Max Verstappen's rivals have praised his performances this year as he arrives in Singapore able to clinch his second world championship with five races left.
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Toto Wolff sends warning to Audi about manufacturing power units

Formula1news.co.uk - Fri, 09/30/2022 - 01:02

Mercedes team principal, Toto Wolff, reckons that Audi will feel the financial effects of making their engines in a different country to the chassis.

Audi will be entering Formula 1 at the beginning of 2026, purchasing the Sauber Group, who have been running their team since 1993.

Their current relationship with Alfa Romeo will end ahead of the 2024 season, at which point the German car maker is set to start purchasing shares.

They will then complete a full takeover of the team in 2026, and Sauber will no longer be the entity driving the operation.

READ: Toto Wolff wary of Audi poaching engineers from Mercedes

Audi will continue to use the Swiss team’s base in Hinwil to construct the cars themselves, but they need facilities to make engines, as they will be a works team.

They will therefore use their factory in Neuburg an der Donau, just west of the company’s main headquarters in Ingolstadt.

It does mean that they will not have to spend money on a new building, but it also means travelling to Germany from Switzerland, or vice versa, to fit the engine in the car.

This would not be such an issue for them under the current regulations, as there is only a limit on engine testing time, not the money spent working on the power units.

There are plans for manufacturers to be given a budget limit in which to work, but there is a way around that. 

Travelling to another country to fit the engine would naturally be more expensive than using the same site to make both the engine and the chassis, so a possible solution for Audi is to only fit the power unit when they arrive at races and tests.

Generally though, Wolff sees making engines in Germany as more of a hindrance than making everything in one country, which is what Mercedes, Ferrari and Alpine do, and it is also what Red Bull are set to do from 2026.

“The biggest competition is, and was, with Red Bull because they are just around the corner,” he told Motorsport.com.

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“There is a bigger barrier of switching power unit manufacturers when it is about going to Germany, so that definitely is not something that worries me the most.

“And the cost cap is just about to come into the power unit area as well, so that is going to limit the amount of silly money that is going to be spent, which is important.”

The Austrian stated that teams poaching engineers from elsewhere in the paddock is “normal,” but confirmed that Audi have not yet swooped in for any Mercedes employees.

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Why the Singapore Grand Prix is a beast like no other as F1 prepares to light up Marina Bay once more

Formula 1 - Thu, 09/29/2022 - 21:00
The Singapore Grand Prix returns to the Formula 1 calendar for the first time since 2019 – and with it brings the most physical and mental challenge the drivers will face all year.
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‘We’re in a better place than we’ve ever been’ – Hamilton hopeful Mercedes can put themselves in the mix at Marina Bay

Formula 1 - Thu, 09/29/2022 - 21:00
Lewis Hamilton has expressed cautious optimism that Mercedes will find themselves in competitive shape at the Singapore Grand Prix given the progress they have made with the W13 throughout the campaign.
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‘I’d have loved to continue the journey’ – Latifi disappointed to be parting ways with Williams

Formula 1 - Thu, 09/29/2022 - 21:00
Nicholas Latifi is set to leave Williams at the end of this season, the team confirming the news publicly a few days ago. The Canadian was reflective when asked for his opinion on the split, expressing natural disappointment before confirming his desire to stay in the sport.
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‘It’s a bit unrealistic’ – Verstappen says he’d need ‘a lot of luck’ to be crowned champion in Singapore

Formula 1 - Thu, 09/29/2022 - 21:00
Max Verstappen believes that it will be “quite a long shot” for him to claim the 2022 world title at the Singapore Grand Prix, insisting that the permutations are not on his mind.
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WEEKEND WARM-UP: F1 set to go racing under the floodlights again as Singapore returns

Formula 1 - Thu, 09/29/2022 - 21:00
Singapore plays host to the 16th round of the 2022 Formula 1 season as the sport heads back to the Marina Bay Street Circuit for the first time in three years.
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GOOD LAP VS GREAT LAP: How Hamilton produced a stunning Singapore pole lap in 2018

Formula 1 - Thu, 09/29/2022 - 21:00
Alex Brundle analyses the onboard footage and telemetry from former Mercedes team mates Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton in qualifying for the 2018 Singapore Grand Prix to see where each driver gained advantage through the lap at Marina Bay.
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'If you survive Singapore, you’re fit for anything else in F1' – Drivers brace for toughest race on calendar

Formula 1 - Thu, 09/29/2022 - 21:00
It’s no surprise that Marina Bay was sweltering on Thursday night ahead of the 2022 Singapore Grand Prix weekend, with drivers gearing up for what they anticipated to be the most demanding race on the calendar. The likes of Carlos Sainz, Pierre Gasly, Valtteri Bottas and Sergio Perez explained why...
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Leclerc hopes to show Ferrari have ‘grown’ from mistakes with return to form in Singapore

Formula 1 - Thu, 09/29/2022 - 21:00
Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz are gearing up to deliver a result for Ferrari on the streets of Singapore and stop Red Bull and Max Verstappen from clinching a sixth-straight Grand Prix victory on Sunday.
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Ricciardo says seat on 2023 grid is ‘Plan A’ – but reserve role at top team ‘realistic’ option

Formula 1 - Thu, 09/29/2022 - 21:00
Daniel Ricciardo’s future beyond the end of the 2022 season wasn’t in any sharper focus as he arrived in the paddock for the Singapore Grand Prix. But the Australian did open up on his potential options – while adding that a year on the sidelines as an F1 reserve driver could well prove “a blessing”.
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‘We treated it like a 9 to 5 job’ – Albon details how he recovered in time for the Singapore Grand Prix

Formula 1 - Thu, 09/29/2022 - 21:00
Alex Albon has declared himself “fit and ready” as he prepares to return to action for Williams at the Singapore Grand Prix, having missed the previous race in Italy due to appendicitis.
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SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX – Read the all-new digital race programme here

Formula 1 - Thu, 09/29/2022 - 21:00
Check out the digital race programme for this weekend's Formula 1 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix 2022.
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FORM GUIDE: Can anyone halt Verstappen's winning run in Singapore?

Formula 1 - Thu, 09/29/2022 - 21:00
Will Marina Bay be the venue at which Ferrari or Mercedes halt Red Bull and Max Verstappen’s five-strong winning streak – or can the Dutchman take his first Singapore GP win and – if other results go his way – seal his second title this weekend?
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Bottas impressed by Zhou’s lack of errors despite “lots of outside pressure” | RaceFans Round-up

F1Fanatic - Thu, 09/29/2022 - 19:01
In the round-up: Bottas impressed by Zhou's lack of errors • Fluid loss impairs concentration in Singapore - Gasly • Mercedes "not far away" - Hamilton
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