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Verstappen domination did not make F1 a turn off, says Brown

Motorsport.com - Sat, 12/03/2022 - 03:46
F1’s new rules era of ground effect cars was aimed at spicing up the racing and making the grid much closer.
However, despite a thrilling start with little to separate Ferrari and Red Bull early on, progress by Verstappen’s team in reducing the weight of its RB18 helped him pull clear and dominate the second half of the season.
Verstappen was able to clinch the title at the Japanese ...Keep reading
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Formula 1 urged to race in Turkey or run two Brazil GPs in 2023

Formula1news.co.uk - Sat, 12/03/2022 - 03:33

As expected, the 2023 Chinese Grand Prix has officially been cancelled, marking another season without a visit to the Shanghai International Circuit.

Whilst the majority of the world has returned to some form of normality following the Coronavirus pandemic, China continues to live by a ‘Covid zero’ approach.

The country appears set to only reopen to the world once they’ve completely wiped the illness out of the nation, which is populated by 1.4 billion as of 2021.

The Chinese Grand Prix was scheduled for 16 April 2023, two weeks after the Australian Grand Prix and two weeks before the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

READ: Michael Andretti provides update on team entry after receiving warning from F1 CEO

To put into context how long it’s been since F1 raced in China, when the country last hosted a race in 2019, Pierre Gasly drove for Red Bull and Nicholas Latifi was competing in Formula 2.

As well as that, Daniel Ricciardo was racing for Renault and Charles Leclerc was in his first season at Ferrari.

BREAKING: Formula 1 has cancelled the 2023 Chinese Grand Prix, as a result of the country’s strict Covid policies. pic.twitter.com/W1HeZS3u5O

— Sky Sports F1 (@SkySportsF1) December 2, 2022

Formula 1 is reportedly looking into finding a replacement race; however, nothing is set to be decided or announced until the new year.

The cancellation of the Chinese GP does actually cause quite a big issue for the sport, given that without it there is now a four-week break between the races in Australia and Azerbaijan.

Given the unlikelihood that a race can be moved, a replacement is seemingly a highly probable expectation, but where?

Finding a last-minute host is not an easy job, especially given how much it costs to host a Grand Prix.

A return to Portimao is a reported candidate, with the venue having hosted races in 2020 and 2022 as a stand-in.

This doesn’t seem particularly logical, though, given that the sport will be transporting all the equipment from Australia all the way to Europe, rather than to Asia first.

The costs of this will have to be considered, especially with how strict the sport is in regard to the budget cap.

A race in Asia or the Middle East would strategically make more sense and keep costs down, rather than flying everything straight to Europe.

Following the announcement, some fans have taken to social media to suggest where they think the stand-in race should be held, with one person suggesting Istanbul.

“Before Azerbaijan GP, Istanbul GP would be great. And the transportation will be easy,” wrote the user.

Whilst Istanbul is interestingly situated in both Asia and Europe, it would be a more logical solution that Portugal, given how close Turkey is to Azerbaijan.

Others suggested a race at Kyalami in South Africa; however, this again, doesn’t make logistical sense.

Another user wrote: “I guess it should be Sepang to reduce further logistical nightmare but would love Hockenheim or Magny Cours!”

A return of the Malaysian Grand Prix would be a brilliant solution, given the distance between Melbourne and Sepang, but it is extremely unlikely that F1 will want to return to Malaysia.

The Malaysian GP was dropped from the calendar a few years ago as a result of a lack of revenue, with the event also having been incredibly expensive to host.

‘It’s not exaggerated’: Pirelli boss gives verdict on regulations shake-up https://t.co/v8URw7tPey

— Formula1News.co.uk (@Formula1newsUK) December 2, 2022

READ: Toto Wolff tells Lewis Hamilton and George Russell to ‘run faster’

It really is going to be a headache for the sport to sort, given how far Australia is from Europe.

A few fans joked that a second race at Interlagos should be introduced, with it delivering “year after year”.

“Any race that falls off the calendar should be replaced with (another) race at Interlagos. It just delivers year after year!” exclaimed the Twitter user.

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Tsunoda fares better against departing Gasly in second season of F1 | 2022 F1 team mate battles: Gasly vs Tsunoda

F1Fanatic - Sat, 12/03/2022 - 03:05
Yuki Tsunoda was closer to Pierre Gasly's pace this year than in his debut season, but also compromised his team mate more than once.
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IndyCar champion breaks ribs in accident, shares footage on social media

Formula1news.co.uk - Sat, 12/03/2022 - 02:32

Will Power has had a long wait to return to IndyCar glory, last winning the title back in 2014, but the Australian ended his title drought this year with his second IndyCar championship victory.

The 41-year-old only won a single race over the course of the season, but his 12 top five finishes were enough to fend off his rivals, including ex-Formula 1 driver Marcus Ericsson and new McLaren reserve driver Alex Palou.

Power has had an IndyCar career plagued with injuries, struggling with issues with his back on multiple occasions over the course of his illustrious career.

The most significant of these injuries can in 2011, when a shocking multi-car pile up tragically saw Dan Wheldon lose his life, and Power fracture his fourth thoracic vertebra.

READ: Daniel Ricciardo suggests surprising reason for McLaren failure

The Australian will now be sweating about making the start of the 2023 season to defend his title, after he has released footage of a karting crash that has seen the driver break multiple ribs.

The footage shows Power racing against two other drivers, when contact from one of his opponents sends his kart spinning and flipping off the track, ejecting the 41-year-old onto the grass in a violent manner.

“This was a race a few weeks ago… Got some broken ribs but was ok otherwise,” said the Australian on social media, reassuring his fans that no significant injuries were picked up from the incident.

The start of the 2023 season is in over three months’ time, so Power will hoping that he can make a full recovery in time to start preparations for his title defending season.

Helmut Marko suggests who #Ferrari might replace Mattia Binotto with https://t.co/SFen3ftgu5

— Formula1News.co.uk (@Formula1newsUK) December 1, 2022

READ: Mattia Binotto’s sacking a sign of Ferrari desperation

The IndyCar veteran has been racing in IndyCar since 2008, competing in a stunning 238 races over the course of his career, winning 39 of them.

Power had initially looked set for a career in Formula 1 before moving over to become an IndyCar icon, having driven in Formula Three and the Renault World Series, alongside even testing a Formula 1 car back in the early 2000’s.

Team Penske will be hoping that their driver shakes off his karting accident with no long term effects, as the team look to mount a back-to-back title charge for the first time in Power’s career.

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McLaren warn Oscar Piastri of Lando Norris reference

Formula1news.co.uk - Sat, 12/03/2022 - 01:21

After a long and drawn-out legal battle with Alpine, it was deemed that Oscar Piastri was under no obligation to race for the French team in 2023, despite their announcement of the Australian as Esteban Ocon’s 2023 partner.

Piastri will instead now race for McLaren, after the team decided to replace the underperforming Daniel Ricciardo after two years of trying to make things work with the 33-year-old.

The eight-time race winner never quite got to grips with McLaren’s cars during his two-year spell, but Head of Race Operations Andrea Stella has said that he is not concerned about Piastri suffering a similar fate to his countryman.

“In F1 you get a very good idea what your competitiveness is from the numbers, and with the drivers you deal with subtleties – the final percentage of your performance,” he explained.

READ: Ross Brawn admits Formula 1 considering radical move to improve racing

“If you give me good numbers, I would take it even if we don’t have very clear references from the drivers.

“Oscar is on an independent journey, we want him to use what we learned with Daniel, but we are quite adamant that he will have enough talent, process and intelligence to kind of find his own way.”

Piastri has been touted as a star of the future after winning the F3 championship in 2019 and then the F2 championship the year after, winning both titles at the first attempt.

This leaves McLaren with two very talented young drivers in their ranks, and Stella has suggested that after seeing Lando Norris come through the team as a rookie, he provides a perfect reference point for Piastri’s development.

“I think the important point is to have continuity with Lando, he keeps the reference,” claimed Stella.

“It’s a reference that we know very well, even because we have gone though the development of Lando together with him.

#Ferrari to break tradition in hunt for Mattia #Binotto replacement https://t.co/XrhKrV1mL6

— Formula1News.co.uk (@Formula1newsUK) December 1, 2022

READ: Lewis Hamilton doesn’t think Max Verstappen will mature

“It will become a frame of reference for Oscar as well as this not only for his performance, but also understanding the car.”

After initially struggling to capitalise on the major changes in the F1 regulations in the 2022 season, McLaren will be looking to both Norris and Piastri to offer their insight on the car as the team look to develop into regular podium contenders.

Piastri did not race in 2022, having been forced to wait a year for his F1 debut after winning the F2 championship, so similar to Nyck de Vries at AlphaTauri, the rookies on the 2023 grid might have some rustiness to shake off before the season opener in Bahrain.

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Billionaire businessman Lo seeks to enter new F1 team in 2026 | RaceFans Round-up

F1Fanatic - Fri, 12/02/2022 - 19:01
In the round-up: Canadian billionaire explores viability of new team • FREC calendar announced • Fisichella makes single-seater return
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British casinos with the best no deposit bonuses

Formula1news.co.uk - Fri, 12/02/2022 - 16:59

On the site you can choose for yourself only the best online casinos no deposit bonus non gamstop so that even the most sophisticated players can find interesting offers. We only offer proven online casinos with no deposit bonuses.

Why do you need no deposit bonuses?

No deposit bonuses are casino bonuses that can be obtained without making a deposit. With their help, users can test online casinos without spending their money. At the same time, bonuses allow you to win some amount for free for yourself. For no deposit welcome bonuses, casino operators are reluctant to provide large sums of money to non-deposit players. It is therefore unlikely that the winnings will be particularly large. They may offer to make some deposit before withdrawing winnings in order to check if the wallets or cards really belong to the registered player.

The casino uses welcome no deposit bonuses to attract new players, who are given a convenient opportunity to register and play with real money, and then deposit their own money if they are successful.

Types of no deposit bonuses

Casinos offer 2 types of no deposit bonuses:

  1. In cash equivalent – in bonus points or real roubles, depending on the casino’s policy: the player’s account is credited with some amount of money with which they are allowed to play certain casino games, such as any online slots. There are games that are not allowed to play with bonuses (whether they are no deposit or regular ones – such as dealer games).
  2. Freespins or free spins – these can be tied to a specific slot machine, manufacturer or allowed to be played on all. The winnings from the freespins are added to the account in the form of bonuses and can be used to continue playing or, after wagering, withdrawn.

What you need to know when playing with no deposit bonuses

Free bonus promotions have their own rules, which you should be aware of before accepting them. If casinos actually allowed you to play with your money, they would go bankrupt straight away. That’s why there are special conditions that limit play on no deposit bonuses. Therefore, big winnings on them are unlikely.

Here are the basic rules for playing with no deposit bonuses:

  • Only one bonus per player is given – the user is only allowed to create one account and use the no deposit bonuses once. It’s compulsory, especially for winnings, check players’ identities, phone numbers and e-mails. If a match is found, the withdrawal is cancelled and the account is blocked. Meanwhile, it is believed that many online casinos keep informational links with each other by exchanging player blacklists.
  • Wagering requirements – almost always, in order to withdraw your winnings from bonuses (of any kind), you will first have to wager the bonus amount specified in the promotion rules. After that, the bonuses are converted into real money in your account and can be withdrawn to your card or e-wallet.
  • The validity period of the bonus can be 24 hours, 72 hours, a week or a month. All wagering requirements must be met within that period, otherwise the bonus money and the winnings made on it will be cancelled.
  • The maximum wager is a frequent requirement in most online casinos. This limit cannot be exceeded, otherwise all winnings and bonuses will also be forfeited. Online casinos check the legitimacy of winnings and compliance with the promotion rules when withdrawing money.
  • Maximum winnings are a protection against bonus-hunters.

How to get a no deposit bonus

The process of getting a no deposit bonus may vary from one online casino to another. Sometimes such bonuses are credited automatically, sometimes you have to agree to participate in the promotion, sometimes you can meet a requirement to enter a special promo code, and in very rare cases you will have to ask for a bonus from customer support.

The most common no deposit bonuses are offered

  • as a welcome bonus for registering;
  • as holiday gifts for regular customers, either on a general basis or sent out on an individual basis;
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Pros and cons of no deposit bonuses

Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of no deposit bonuses:

  • the player can try out the online casino platform for free to see if it’s worth making a deposit and continue playing;
  • they are enough to try out most different types of games;
  • this ranking includes online casinos that offer bonuses on favorable and fair terms;
  • they can be used to win and get a positive balance for further play without making a deposit;
  • availability of no deposit bonus offer indicates that this is a serious online casino;
  • sometimes it’s the only and great way to start from scratch, and then earn.

However, there are some downsides to no deposit bonuses:

  • A no deposit offer may be less lucrative than a deposit-based bonus;
  • Most of the time, only freespins are offered;
    wagering conditions can be quite strict;
  • Deposit may be required in order to cash out winnings.

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New slots in online casinos 2022

Formula1news.co.uk - Fri, 12/02/2022 - 16:57

In 2022 there are several new slots not on gamstop for everyone in the gambling world. You can find fresh games at many online casinos. Remember that 2022 could be your year to achieve great things in the online casino and gambling industry. Perhaps the new games will bring you luck! They can certainly deliver a lot of fun and big prizes. Read on to find out more about the new slots in online casino 2022.

Thai Emerald slot

Thai Emerald is one of the newest online slot machine games to be released in 2022 and has thrilled the online gambling world. The game was developed by Real Time Gaming, one of the most popular developers in the industry. A variety of symbols are available on the reels, and the combinations offer many different payouts. The game features unique images with a Thai theme. Symbols with regular prizes are presented in the form of the following variants:

  • bananas;
  • flowers;
  • monkeys;
  • butterflies.

The image of the parrot is the wild symbol and appears only on the second, third and fourth reels.

You also have a mystery symbol that unlocks the Mystery Stacks feature, which can be very useful. You can also win free spins, so Thai Emerald combines simplicity with exciting features.

Primal Wilderness slot

Primal Wilderness is one of the latest additions from Betsoft. It’s a fun game that’s been listed as one of the best new slot games of 2022. The game has a simple setup – 5×4 reels that offer many unique ways to win and a betting range that varies greatly. Key features include:

  • wilds;
  • multipliers;
  • free spins;
  • trigger scatters.

Not only does Primal Wilderness offer you plenty of opportunities to earn free spins, but the wilds multiplier can significantly increase your winnings when you trigger additional rounds. You can even get a 27x multiplier if wild symbols appear on the middle three reels when you trigger the free spins feature.

As for the game’s wildlife theme, you’ll get to explore the forests of North America and Europe. Some of the unique symbols featured in the game include toads, butterflies, frogs, birds, a fox, a wolf and a bear.

Hyper Wins slot

Hyper Wins is among the best slot games for gamblers in 2022 for several reasons. The game incorporates many unique slot symbols and features, yet remains relatively simple to understand.

The ‘candy’ symbols featured in the game come in a variety of colours, such as:

  • orange;
  • red;
  • purple;
  • green.

The wild symbols can act as regular symbols and provide numerous winning combinations.

Despite the small number of paylines, Hyper Wins offers you excellent payouts. The Hyper Wins feature deserves special attention. Launch it and you’ll unlock instant prizes that boost your bets further and further.

Hyper Wins is one of the newer slot machines of 2022 that provides you with the highest prizes, and the RTP of 96% is decent. The game mechanics are also incredibly smooth, which will make the whole experience very enjoyable.

Triple Tigers slot

Triple Tigers is a fun and simple slot introduced in 2022. It is one of the classic slots released since the beginning of the year, and it has only one payline. The symbols in Triple Tigers are low, regular and high value. They include several different images, such as:

  • orange flower;
  • purple lantern;
  • a rat;
  • bull;
  • tiger.

They also resemble anthropomorphic kung fu masters. If this is the kind of theme you like, Triple Tigers is definitely one of the best new online slots of 2022 to try!

The wild symbols give you more opportunities for winning combinations. But the Scatter will provide you with 60 free spins if you get five of these symbols. Ultimately, Triple Tigers offers you a fun and mystical adventure into the world of video slots and online casino games.

Sakura Fortune 2 slot

Among several new slot machines introduced in 2022, Sakura Fortune 2 is incredibly unique in its graphics, design and features. The maximum payout is what catches most people’s attention – you could win up to 15,000 times your initial bet.

The new features included in Sakura Fortune 2 include many substitute symbols that end up combining into different combinations. Many online casino goers also love this game for its unique style and themes, which include a Koi statue, a Jizo statue and three characters named Yoshida, Tomoe and Sensei. You also have various stacked symbols and sword scatters.

Ultimately, Sakura Fortune 2 offers many different possibilities and combinations, making for an exciting new slot machine game for online gambling enthusiasts in 2022.

Check out the best slots, and you’ll not only have fun, but you’ll also get a chance at big winnings. The best part is that gambling sites are constantly adding new games so you can enjoy the best new online slots in 2022.

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The best online casinos for smartphones

Formula1news.co.uk - Fri, 12/02/2022 - 16:54

Players want an unforgettable gaming experience that comes close to the level of

The best online casinos for smartphones

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The 5 best online casinos on Android and iOS Mansion Casino

Mansion Casino is a huge online casino available in the UK, using Playtech software. This means that there is something for everyone in the collection of games. Considering the fact that it was founded in 2004, the operator has a lot of experience built up over the years. This is clearly visible when it comes to bonuses, customer service, and the online cash desk. Mansion has countless loyal customers who have been playing at the online casino for years.

With the help of a world-renowned developer, Mansion Casino has a selection of games that are hard to beat. Although the total number won’t impress seasoned players with around 250 variants. The quality of these creations, however, is second to none. Slots from Playtech are in a completely different league with their elaborate themes and varied titles developed in collaboration with major film studios.

Pros of

  • Playable by download, on flash and on mobile devices
  • First deposit bonus
  • Has a wide variety of high quality casino games
  • Progressive jackpots for some games can exceed €1 million
  • Convenient bank deposit methods for UK players

Cons

20x minimum wager for bonus and deposit
Withdrawals can take some time

But that’s not the only need, the demand for mobile versions of online casinos is now increasing. Let’s take a look at the best options for beginners and experienced players alike.

All British Casino

What makes All British Casino so popular? This online gambling site, licensed in Malta and the UK, has been around since 2012 and is part of the L&L Europe casino group (which also runs ‘locally oriented’ sites like All Irish Casino, Norges Casino and others).

But if you’ve played at any of these sites, you know the bottom line: a strong base of games on offer – especially in live dealer casino offerings – and a large selection of slot machines and table games from Scandinavian giant NetEnt, and Microgaming.

Pros of 

  • Robust licensing in the UK and Malta
  • Some great jackpot slots from NetEnt and Microgaming
  • Live casino games from Evolution and Pragmatic
  • Quick (instant) games are available.

Cons

  • Limited set of withdrawal methods in UK
  • Not enough pretty graphics at some points

Casumo

An innovative online casino focused on quality gaming and promotions for players. Although it is a new name in the world of online gambling, it has already won many awards for its products and continues to impress with a huge and unique collection of the best games.

The distinctive space theme is colourful, unique and allows this site to stand out from other casinos. Kazumo, the casino’s little mascot, which looks like a minimalistic sumo wrestler, is featured throughout the website, adding another fun element. On the homepage, a scrolling banner constantly shows the latest winners along with their prizes and games of choice. It’s clear from the start that this online casino fully supports instant play, and this makes its games compatible on mobile devices, tablets, and PCs. Players can also count on secure banking and multilingual support.

Pros of

  • High yield for players at 97.27%
  • Over 300 popular casino games
  • Powerful gaming software from Netent and
  • Microgaming
  • Both Android and iOS apps for mobile gaming
    Free demos for playing at your pleasure

Cons

  • Not many live casino options
  • Craps and some varieties of poker not available

Fun Casino

Fun Casino is an exciting new online casino, launched in 2018 and offering plenty of enjoyable games. With software from Microgaming and NetEnt, you can be sure that the games will be incredibly good, and the huge £123 welcome bonus and 10% cashback should appeal to absolutely everyone.

Pros of

  • Great games from Microgaming and NetEnt
  • Impressive welcome bonus
  • Very quick payout time
  • Well-designed desktop and mobile sites

Cons

  • Inconsistent progressive jackpot amounts
  • Not many bonuses and promotions

Dream Vegas Casino

Are you dreaming of a big hit at Vegas? Well, if you can’t make it to the gambling capital of the world, you can always play at Dream Vegas, an online casino with plenty of games and a huge welcome bonus. This casino also looks great and certainly offers a great gaming experience.

Pros of

  • Absolutely huge welcome bonus.
  • Lots of games including progressive jackpot slots.
  • Fully licensed and regulated by the UKGC.
  • Really good desktop and mobile sites.
  • Round the clock customer support via live chat.

Cons

  • No phone support offered.
  • No loyalty scheme to reward players.

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Did George Russell prove Lewis Hamilton’s haters correct?

Formula1news.co.uk - Fri, 12/02/2022 - 16:39

George Russell’s maiden season with Mercedes was perhaps not quite what he would’ve been expecting after his move to the Silver Arrows was announced, with the Brit likely having assumed that he’d be a title challenger in 2022.

If this was what he was predicting, then actually it’s very easy to understand why, given that the Germans claimed every Constructors’ Championship from 2014-2021 and every Drivers’ Championship from 2014-2020.

Given how well they started the hybrid era in 2014, many tipped them to be an immediate frontrunner once again with the start of a new generation of the sport; however, the Brackley-based team were anything but.

Despite the season being over, it is still remarkable to consider just how far Mercedes fell in 2022, with the side having claimed just one victory on their way to third in the Constructors’ Championship.

READ: Mattia Binotto’s sacking a sign of Ferrari desperation

The W13 was woeful, with the car having been dubbed a ‘diva’ by the team.

Nevertheless, Russell was absolutely sublime from the start of the year in Bahrain and ultimately proved why Mercedes signed him to replace Valtteri Bottas.

Perhaps as a result of being used to getting the most out of a bad car at Williams, Russell was able to drive the W13 in a way that not even Lewis Hamilton could at the start of the year.

After ending the first race of the year in Bahrain narrowly behind Hamilton, the 24-year-old went on a run of seven races where he finished above his team-mate, something which saw him build a gap to the seven-time World Champion in the Drivers’ Championship.

Despite a blip at the British Grand Prix, he remained consistent for virtually the entire season, where himself and Hamilton managed to develop somewhat of a comeback for the team.

Mercedes at one point looked set to beat Ferrari to second in the Constructors’ Championship; however, it wasn’t to be.

Whilst Russell was the better driver in the first half of the season, Hamilton regained superiority at Mercedes in the second half of the season, with the argued greatest of all-time having enjoyed a streak of five podium finishes in a row.

Russell was guilty of some driving errors during the second half of the year, notably at the Singapore Grand Prix, where he hit Mick Schumacher, and at the United States Grand Prix, where he spun Carlos Sainz.

By the end of the year, Russell had claimed eight podiums, which included a first F1 victory at the Brazilian Grand Prix, a win he deserved based on his overall 2022 performance.

Hamilton, on the other hand, did claim nine podiums; alas, he didn’t win a race, something Russell can proudly say he did do.

Head-to-head, Russell finished above his team-mate at 12 races out of 22, on his way to becoming just the third team-mate of Hamilton’s to finish above him in the standings.

Russell joins Jenson Button and Nico Rosberg in the exclusive club, one that will likely get no bigger given Hamilton’s age.

‘It’s not exaggerated’: Pirelli boss gives verdict on regulations shake-up https://t.co/v8URw7tPey

— Formula1News.co.uk (@Formula1newsUK) December 2, 2022

READ: Daniel Ricciardo suggests surprising reason for McLaren failure

But did Russell prove Hamilton’s ‘haters’ correct? Honestly, no.

His results were sublime and nothing can be taken away from that; however, it is extremely difficult to compare the two when they weren’t fighting for a title; something Toto Wolff has also admitted.

Should the two fight for the title in 2023, then perhaps the question can be revisited. But for now the only thing that can be answered is that Mercedes need to give Russell and Hamilton a car to fight at the front.

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Sainz says he learned more in ‘challenging’ 2022 than in any year since his rookie season

Formula 1 - Fri, 12/02/2022 - 16:00
Carlos Sainz feels he learned more from his rollercoaster 2022 campaign than any other since arriving in the sport seven years ago, saying he will “take the positives” into next year.
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‘We owe a lot to Ross’ – Team bosses pay tribute to Brawn as he steps back from F1 role

Formula 1 - Fri, 12/02/2022 - 16:00
Ross Brawn has received an array of tributes from paddock personnel as he prepares to step away from his role as F1’s Managing Director of Motorsports and embark on a new chapter.
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‘He’s sometimes too nice’ – Williams tech chief urges Albon to ‘push team harder’

Formula 1 - Fri, 12/02/2022 - 16:00
Alex Albon’s experience has been a “really good help” since he joined Williams, but he now needs to “push the team a bit more” with his feedback, according to Technical Director Francois-Xavier Demaison.
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Formula 1 confirms 2023 Chinese Grand Prix will not take place

Formula 1 - Fri, 12/02/2022 - 16:00
Formula 1 can confirm, following dialogue with the promoter and relevant authorities, that the 2023 Chinese Grand Prix will not take place due to the ongoing difficulties presented by the COVID-19 situation.
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Carlos Sainz fires back at ‘completely wrong’ claim about him and Charles Leclerc

Formula1news.co.uk - Fri, 12/02/2022 - 14:24

Carlos Sainz’s move from McLaren to Ferrari was met with some scepticism prior to the 2021 season, with the Spaniard not impressing fans of the Scuderia during his time with McLaren.

The Spaniard finished above golden boy Charles Leclerc during his first season with Ferrari, but still was not receiving the credit or praise he deserved from the fans.

In 2022 the 28-year-old started slowly, with Sainz battling for podiums while his teammate was pushing, and often beating title favourite Max Verstappen.

Sainz did improve as the year progress, winning his first Grand Prix in Silverstone and picking up a number of pole positions, setting lap times that Leclerc simply could not match.

READ: Toto Wolff tells Lewis Hamilton and George Russell to ‘run faster’

Rumours have begun to circulate that Ferrari developed the SF-75 in a way that favoured his driving style rather than Leclerc’s, but Sainz has been quick to shut down these rumours, calling for the media to credit him on his improvement rather than looking for excuses. 

“I’ve read this somewhere, where the car developed more towards my style and I think it’s completely wrong,” claimed Sainz.

“The car feels exactly the same as the start of the season, we are just less quick compared to the Red Bulls and the Mercedes.

“I just learned how to drive it. I changed my driving style.

‘It’s not exaggerated’: Pirelli boss gives verdict on regulations shake-up https://t.co/v8URw7tPey

— Formula1News.co.uk (@Formula1newsUK) December 2, 2022

READ: Mattia Binotto’s sacking a sign of Ferrari desperation

“Personally, I finetuned the set-up a bit more towards my liking but the car didn’t develop in my direction or anything like that, so I hope this doesn’t get point out there because it is completely fake and is not the real story of the year.”

Ferrari will be looking to go in a completely different direction in 2023 following the resignation of team principal Mattia Binotto, and Sainz will be quietly confident of challenging his Monegasque teammate for the championship, as Ferrari hunt for their first title since 2008.

On a personal note, Sainz’s victory at Silverstone will have given him a taste for success, and with Red Bull handicapped by their cost cap breach punishment in 2023, there may be no better opportunity for the Spaniard to lay down a marker than next season.

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Ganassi signs Armstrong to drive road and street IndyCar races in 2023 | IndyCar

F1Fanatic - Fri, 12/02/2022 - 13:43
Chip Ganassi Racing have announced they will hire Marcus Armstrong to race for them in 12 of next year's 17 IndyCar races.
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McLaren announce IndyCar champion as third driver for 2023

Formula1news.co.uk - Fri, 12/02/2022 - 13:37

It’s seemingly an exciting time for Spanish IndyCar driver Alex Palou, following on from his Formula 1 FP1 debut at the United States Grand Prix.

The 2021 IndyCar Champion has quickly risen onto McLaren’s radar in recent years, with the Spaniard having become part of the Woking-based side’s driver development programme where he tests old McLaren F1 cars.

Prior to his FP1 appearance in the MCL36, Palou took part in tests at both Barcelona and the Red Bull Ring in McLaren’s 2021 challenger, the MCL35M, giving the IndyCar driver valuable experience.

His move to become one of the team’s reserve drivers is an incredibly exciting moment for the Ganassi driver, who will be switching to McLaren Racing in IndyCar in 2024.

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Due to the IndyCar calendar, though, Palou will only be the team’s reserve driver at races that don’t clash with a round in the American open-wheeled series, with McLaren yet to announce who’ll hold the role when Palou can’t be present.

The four-time IndyCar race winner and first Spanish IndyCar Champion is “excited” to be taking on a bigger role with the British side, who he thanks for “the trust” they are putting in him.

“I’m excited to be part of the McLaren team as one of their reserve drivers in 2023,” Palou said in an official McLaren press release.

“I’ve been behind the wheel of both the MCL35M and MCL36 and it has been a great experience, so I can’t wait for the involvement with next year’s car. I look forward to continuing my development as a driver and I appreciate the trust McLaren have in me with this new role next year.”

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McLaren team principal Andreas Seidl also added his thoughts on what is seemingly a promotion for Palou, with the team boss revealing how “pleased” the papaya side are to be getting Palou in the garage.

“The team are pleased to have Alex on board as one of our reserve drivers for next season,” Seidl said in the same press release.

“He impressed with his FP1 session in Austin and his Driver Development tests this year. He has many notable motorsports achievements so far, particularly the 2021 INDYCAR championship title so it’s brilliant to be able to expand his role in the team and we look forward to working more closely with him.”

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Charles Leclerc has a theory for Max Verstappen racing him differently to Lewis Hamilton

Formula1news.co.uk - Fri, 12/02/2022 - 13:16

The 2022 title battle was certainly not as dramatic or as exciting as 2021, where Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen went wheel-to-wheel at almost every round and occasionally beyond it.

Hamilton and Verstappen collided with each other several times in 2021, with the pair having forced one another into retirement at the Italian Grand Prix.

Even when the two battled on the one occasion this season at the Brazilian Grand Prix, they still managed to hit each other.

The complete opposite has been seen this season between Verstappen and Charles Leclerc, with the duo having raced incredibly fairly.

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Even when they played mind games on-track with each other at the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, they still avoided contact and crucially kept it clean, something that was pleasurable to see.

So how comes Leclerc and Verstappen can battle without colliding unlike Hamilton with the Dutchman?

Leclerc puts it down to when the battles happened, with the 24-year-old not willing to take “as many risks” at the start of a season.

“We know each other very well,” he told Auto Motor und Sport.

“But I don’t think that is the reason why it’s quieter between us.

“I think the difference with Max versus Lewis from last year is that we were at different points in the season. Our duels were at the beginning of the year. After that, either I had a big lead in the championship or Max was way ahead.

“You don’t take as many risks. So it was more because of the nature of the championship.”

Interestingly, the Ferrari driver did add that things with Verstappen would be different if they are both in title contention at the end of next season, something that will hopefully be seen.

“If we fight to the end in 2023, I think it would be a tougher race,” he added.

Leclerc and Verstappen have actually collided before, back at the 2019 Austrian Grand Prix.

On that day, Verstappen forced Leclerc off the circuit, something which the Monegasque vowed would never happen again.

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“I hated the outcome of Austria,” Leclerc said.

“I thought, you can’t drive like that. But when the stewards told me it was allowed, I was the first to welcome that approach.

“I like to fight hard on the track. At the limit. That’s how I like racing. Hopefully we will see such duels in the future.”

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George Russell dismisses Lewis Hamilton’s excuse for being outpaced by him

Formula1news.co.uk - Fri, 12/02/2022 - 12:57

Mercedes needed to make changes in the early stages of the 2022 season, as a major porpoising problem and general lack of pace put the team at risk of become caught up in a midfield battle.

George Russell was seemingly able to extract a reasonable amount of performance from the car, as he secured consistent top six finishes and a flurry of early podiums.

Lewis Hamilton on the other hand was struggling, being lapped by Max Verstappen at Imola as the seven-time world champion struggled to find the pace of Russell in his W13.

Hamilton has explained his early season form, suggesting that due to his greater experience he was acting as a guinea pig for the team, taking part in drastic set-up experiments as the team looked to find their missing performance.

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The seven-time world champion’s claims almost seem to discredit Russell’s impressive start to the season, and while the young Brit has admitted that his teammate did make more extreme changes to his set-up early in the season, he believes that this was not the only reason why he managed to get the better of the veteran.

“I feel that the biggest thing to take away from this is I was in a happier place with the car from the beginning,” he claimed.

“The big set-up changes were more to try and make the car go faster. We bought a number of test items to every single track, they were the main development parts, and they would always be alternated.

“One week was Lewis and one week was me, they would always alternate, week in, week out.

“For sure, at the start of the year, Lewis made more drastic set-up changes within the confines of the car, bit that was purely because I was in a happier place and he was still trying to find a set-up that suited him.”

Russell hitting back at Hamilton’s claims may come as a warning sign to Mercedes, who are no strangers to their drivers falling out when the have the chance to compete with each other.

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Hamilton famously ruined a childhood relationship with Nico Rosberg as he struggled to cope with the German challenging him, and once beating him, to the championship.

Toto Wolff has agreed that both of his drivers have tough personalities, but suggests that this fiery mentality is part of the makeup of a champion and that Mercedes have already planned for the future of the pair’s relationship.

Hamilton will be desperate to secure his record breaking eighth world title before he retires, while Russell will not be content with hanging around as a second driver while his teammate battles for championships.

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Bottas is team’s top scorer but Zhou makes case for a second season | 2022 F1 team mate battles: Bottas vs Zhou

F1Fanatic - Fri, 12/02/2022 - 12:53
Zhou Guanyu was out-scored by team mate Valtteri Bottas but his form over the season showed why Alfa Romeo kept him on for another year.
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