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‘That can’t be cheap’: Marko warns Sainz crashes could hurt Ferrari’s 2022 championship quest

Formula1news.co.uk - Mon, 05/16/2022 - 15:01

Red Bull adviser Dr Helmut Marko believes that Carlos Sainz’s accidents at the start of the 2022 season may have taken a fair chunk out of Ferrari’s budget.

Sainz’s race in Australia ended early when he span into the gravel having suffered misfortune in both qualifying and off the start, and a new gearbox was fitted for Imola, where he put the car in the wall during qualifying before Daniel Ricciardo took him out at Turn One.

The Spaniard’s woes were not done there sadly as he collided with the concrete barrier at Turn 14 in Miami, causing more damage to the F1-75.

READ: Verstappen handed boost as Horner dismisses Ferrari boss’ claim about Red Bull development

By contrast, Max Verstappen has won each of the last two races after upgrades were fitted to his Red Bull, and Ferrari boss Mattia Binotto predicts that these alterations may have eaten into their rivals’ $140 million budget.

“I would estimate that they have spent significantly more money than we have so far,” he said.

“But that’s not going to go on forever. We don’t have enough money to bring something new to every Grand Prix,” he added.

“And it’s not about our capacity, it’s around the budget limit. We bring updates when we think the time is right.”

Dr Marko concedes that sticking to a much more refined budget has not been easy, but he believes that Sainz’s accidents have likely been costly to Ferrari, so reckons there is not so much disparity between them as Binotto suggests.

“It’s true that the increased logistics costs are a problem. But that’s true not only for us, but also for Ferrari and all the other teams,” he explained.

“I don’t think that we are in a significantly different position than Ferrari in this respect. Especially since I wonder how they are affected by Carlos Sainz who has crashed the car several times. That can’t be cheap.”

Indeed, Ferrari sporting director Laurent Mekies told both Charles Leclerc and Sainz to “sound out the limits” in order to avoid going over the spending limit, so the 27-year-old will need to ensure he stays out of the barrier in the coming races.

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After his practice crash in Miami, Sainz recovered well to take second in qualifying behind Leclerc, but he was passed off the start by Verstappen, who later picked off the Monegasque.

He held off the other Red Bull of Sergio Perez after the Mexican was set back by a reliability scare, but former Formula 1 driver Jan Lammers was surprised at how easily the Ferrari driver lost P2.

“Carlos should have gone much more to the outside at that start and given Max much less space, because if Max had to go even wider he would have had very little grip,” he said.

READ: FIA president ‘in support’ of new team as Andretti warns Red Bull have too much leverage over Formula 1

“The fact that Carlos let himself be passed like a lame duck was very strange. Carlos could have done better.”

Sainz sits 51 points adrift of leader Leclerc in the Drivers’ Championship in fifth after a tumultuous start to the year for the Spaniard.

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Russell praised for ‘reading the script’ and outracing Hamilton in Miami

Formula1news.co.uk - Mon, 05/16/2022 - 14:34

Former Formula 1 driver David Coulthard affirms that George Russell is justifying Mercedes’ faith in him with his strong performance in 2022.

There is no question that Mercedes have struggled under the new technical regulations that have seen their car stumble in the first five races of the year, and a podium a piece for Russell and team-mate Sir Lewis Hamilton has been symptomatic of a failure, for now at least, of the team to understand how to extract pace from the car.

However, they appeared to have a better handle of things in Miami last time out as the 24-year-old led Hamilton home to secure a P5 and a P6 respectively as he out-performed the seven-time champion in race trim for the fourth consecutive time.

READ: Watch: Embarrassing moment Leclerc crashes historic Ferrari F1 car in Monaco

That came after he took a gamble of strategy having started outside the top 10, and he took advantage of a late Safety Car to pit onto fresh Mediums, which he used to pass the 37-year-old, who had already made his stop.

It had been a turbulent, rollercoaster weekend up to that point for Russell, so Coulthard imagines the team will have walked away happy with their efforts.

“Absolutely. I think Mercedes will be happy with that, if you can be happy finishing off the podium. I think George Russell will be extremely happy with that,” he said on Channel 4’s coverage of the race.

The Briton was also impressed with his compatriot’s assertiveness regarding his strategy after Russell held out for the influential Safety Car.

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“He did, but the great thing is he put that out there, he shared it with the world [over team radio], ‘shall we just go a bit longer and see if a Virtual Safety Car comes?’” added Coulthard.

“It’s almost like he read the script and it came, and he delivered.”

There was ambiguity as to how well the former Williams driver would settle alongside Hamilton having spent three years running towards the back, but the 13-time race winner believes that Mercedes are vindicated in their decision to replace Valtteri Bottas with Russell.

READ: Revealed: Masi remains on FIA payroll as ben Sulayem hints at race director’s return

“He’s having a great season. Yes, it’s not the car he thought he had signed up to, in terms of it’s not a winning car right now, but there’s no question Mercedes made the right decision, giving him the opportunity to be playing in the big leagues,” he stated.

Russell’s fine performances have landed him in fourth in the Drivers’ Championship after five rounds, while Hamilton is two places and 23 points further back.

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Ferrari aiming to reduce drag with Spanish GP upgrades

Formula1news.co.uk - Mon, 05/16/2022 - 14:08

A new diffuser is among the changes that Ferrari are making to their F1-75 at this weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix as they look to improve the straight-line speed of their 2022 challenger.

Ferrari plan to amalgamate different parts that they have been testing in recent rounds of the championship, including the new “skids” they brought to the Miami Grand Prix.

The floor they used at the controversial tyre test in Imola was the same one that they had already used in pre-season testing in Barcelona, but changes have now been made after they managed to cross reference its performance, and the floor in Spain should now be the optimum version of it.

READ: Wolff praises ‘rational’ Russell alongside Hamilton at Mercedes

They are also installing the diffuser used by Charles Leclerc in the first practice session in Australia, which was designed to work collaboratively with the ground effect aerodynamics to improve the Scuderia’s performance on the straights.

Naturally, this diffuser will be more effective now that they have the improved floor to go with it, and this coupled with the skids is anticipated to reduce the level of “porpoising” Leclerc and Carlos Sainz have been experiencing so far this year.

Red Bull, meanwhile, are aiming to get to within an estimated 3kg of the 798kg weight limit with an incredible 7kg drop their latest upgrade, which includes a new floor and different cooling systems, which they have reportedly managed to switch around with compromising their effectiveness.

Their adviser Dr Helmut Marko confirmed that they would get closer to their target, but would not reach it just yet.

“We plan our updates in such a way that we always lose weight with each update, because unfortunately we still haven’t reached the minimum weight and we won’t quite reach it with the next update either,” he said.

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The Austrian described suggestions that the team have gone through the majority of their development budget this year as “nonsense,” but confirmed that the $140 million are proving challenging for every team as they seek to spread their expenditure over damage, travel, development and more.

“It’s true that the increased logistics costs are a problem. But it’s not just us, it’s Ferrari and all the other teams,” he explained.

Ferrari boss Mattia Binotto confirmed, meanwhile, that the first major batch of changes are on their way for the Scuderia this weekend.

“In the next races it will be at least our turn to try to develop as much as we can the car by introducing upgrades,” he said.

“I think it’s not a surprise that we may have a package in Barcelona which will be important for us.

READ: Leclerc and Binotto comment on Ferrari’s upcoming aero upgrades

“As usual I hope that the package we are introducing is working as expected in order to try to catch up the current gap we’ve got compared to the Red Bull.”

Leclerc and Max Verstappen have won all of the first five races between them in 2022, but the Dutchman’s three victories have been intertwined with reliability failures that have helped the Maranello side to a six-point advantage at the top.

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WATCH: Relive Pastor Maldonado’s incredible breakthrough win at the 2012 Spanish Grand Prix

Formula 1 - Mon, 05/16/2022 - 13:00
A full seven different drivers won the first seven races of the 2012 season. But it’s fair to say that the victory no one saw coming was Pastor Maldonado’s incredible triumph for Williams at the Spanish Grand Prix.
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Sainz looking to wow at home and all eyes on upgrades – 5 storylines we’re excited for ahead of the 2022 Spanish GP

Formula 1 - Mon, 05/16/2022 - 13:00
After a spectacular first race in Miami, we’re recrossing the Atlantic for the traditional start to the European season, the Spanish Grand Prix. Heading to a familiar venue, we take a look at some of the talking points we think will be doing the rounds in the paddock in Barcelona.
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Williams to run Mercedes reserve De Vries in FP1 in Spain

Formula 1 - Mon, 05/16/2022 - 13:00
Mercedes reserve driver Nyck de Vries will make his Formula 1 race weekend debut when he carries out driving duties for Williams in first practice for the Spanish Grand Prix.
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Vettel to miss out as only Stroll to run Aston Martin’s B-spec car in Barcelona – Report

Formula1news.co.uk - Mon, 05/16/2022 - 10:58

Confusion reigns surrounding Aston Martin’s upgrades after reports emerged that only Lance Stroll would be receiving it, before further indications suggested that it would also be going to Sebastian Vettel.

Aston Martin have endured a torrid start to the 2022 season, scoring points on just three occasions in the opening five round between Vettel and Stroll, all of them in the last two rounds in Imola and Miami.

Nico Hulkenberg filled in for his compatriot in the first two races in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia when the four-time champion fell with COVID-19, and having out-qualified Stroll in the first and out-raced him in the second race, he remarked that he was “keen,” but not “desperate” to return to the car.

READ: Leclerc and Binotto comment on Ferrari’s upcoming aero upgrades

Upon Vettel’s return, he crashed twice in Australia, eventually putting an end to his race with a mistake at Turn Four in an erratic car, and he said that there were “too many things” going wrong with the AMR22.

They have been given some respite in the form of top 10 finishes for both their drivers in the last two rounds, but they still lie ahead only of Williams in the Constructors’ Championship, leaving a lingering doubt over Lawrence Stroll’s five-year championship plan.

The Canadian’s ability to run the team has also come into question, with 1997 champion Jacques Villeneuve telling him that he cannot run an F1 team like a “clothing chain or a watch brand.”

What the British team really need right now is an upturn in form, and they are set to be boosted towards it by the AMR22B, an all-new iteration of the car that has caused them so many issues at the start of the season.

Initially, Italian journalist Giuliano Duchessa implied that only Lance Stroll will be given the new car.

“Aston Martin will only carry one AMR22B to Barcelona which will be available to Lance Stroll,” he said.

However, Turkish journalist Kemal Sengul has now claimed that both Vettel and Stroll are to be given the updated challenger, with will feature some “major changes.”

“The updated “B vehicle” that Aston Martin has been working on for a long time is coming to Spain,” he tweeted. 

Aston Martin'in uzun süredir üzerinde çalıştığı güncellenmiş "B araç" (böyle adlandırıyorlar) İspanya'ya geliyor. Takıma yakın kaynaklar, büyük bir sürpriz olmadığı takdirde -iddia edilenin aksine- güncellemenin tek araca değil, iki araca birden geleceğini söylüyorlar.

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“Sources close to the team say that unless there is a big surprise – contrary to what is claimed – the update will not come to one vehicle, but to both vehicles.

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“The philosophy of the vehicle is expected to change. Radiators, floor… Major changes are expected outside the nose.”

Stroll finished 10th last time out in Miami, while a “stupid” collision with Mick Schumacher put Vettel out of the race late on.

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2022 Spanish Grand Prix TV Times | 2022 Spanish Grand Prix

F1Fanatic - Mon, 05/16/2022 - 10:30
It's race week! Formula 1 heads to Circuit de Catalunya this weekend. Here's how to watch the Spanish Grand Prix plus F2, F3 and W Series.
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‘I don’t hate anyone’: FIA president admits Masi made an ‘error’ but reveals he could return to Formula 1

Formula1news.co.uk - Mon, 05/16/2022 - 10:12

FIA President Mohammed ben Sulayem has stressed that there are no hard feelings between himself and Michael Masi after the Australian was removed from his role as race director.

Masi was involved in controversy last season when allowed a limited number of lapped runners to pass the Safety Car head of the final lap of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, opening the door for Max Verstappen to pass Sir Lewis Hamilton for the championship in dramatic fashion.

A review from the FIA found that a “misunderstanding” of the regulations had taken place in race control, but they found that the “multiple responsibilities” placed on Masi put “additional pressure” on the role.

READ: McLaren boss says Lewis Hamilton shouldn’t race in Formula 1

The constant radio communication did little to help the situation either, but Masi was taken out of the firing line ahead of the new season, with Niels Wittich and Eduardo Freitas appointed to alternatively replace him.

There was mild speculation ahead of the Miami Grand Prix that Masi may be in line to deputise for one of them should they become unavailable, and ben Sulayem has revealed that he would be “open” to that, adding that he was not personally involved in relieving him of his duties.

“I don’t know Michael very well. The decision was made by the World Council. It was human error on Michael’s part,” he said, quoted by the Mail.

“I have no personal issue [with Masi]. I don’t hate anyone. Michael is there and we might use him. I didn’t say we were getting rid of him. I said we might use him. He may be in a good place to use. We are open to everything.”

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The Emirati confirmed that he does not believe in dropping someone entirely from the books for one mistake, and he reiterates that there were a multitude of shortcomings around race control, as mentioned in the report, that added to the situation in December.

“I didn’t get rid of Michael. He had a personal overload — safety delegate as well as race director. He made a mistake. It’s not as if we said it’s the end of Masi with the FIA,” added ben Sulayem.

“I don’t do that sort of thing. Even people who didn’t vote for me I embrace. We don’t think of individuals. We think of the operation itself.

READ: Revealed: Masi remains on FIA payroll as ben Sulayem hints at race director’s return

“Our race structure was wrong organisationally. And though we have brought in two new race directors, I wouldn’t say we have got it all right yet. We need to clean the stables.”

Masi is not thought to have retained his other roles as safety delegate, track delegate or director of sports within the FIA after McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo described his compatriot’s schedule while in those positions as “nuts.”

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Why Sebastian Vettel is the voice the world needs

Motorsport.com - Mon, 05/16/2022 - 10:08
As 20 of the finest athletes in the world, racing in the most international of international series, Formula 1 drivers have grown accustomed to a certain way of travelling. First class flights and private jets are the norm for many in F1, a world that is often (rightly) seen as elitist, detached from much of reality and blinkered by its own dramas.
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Miami plans to keep early May F1 date slot

Motorsport.com - Mon, 05/16/2022 - 09:34
F1 staged its inaugural grand prix at the Miami International Autodrome on 8 May, welcoming a sell-out crowd of more than 80,000 fans at the track built around the Hard Rock Stadium.
It was seen as a significant moment for F1's growth in the United States, proving the breakthrough it has made with a second grand prix in addition to the Austin race that is scheduled for October.
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Wolff praises ‘rational’ Russell alongside Hamilton at Mercedes

Formula1news.co.uk - Mon, 05/16/2022 - 09:01

Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff has praised George Russell’s integration into the team since his arrival from Williams, and is particularly impressed with his attitude.

Russell spent three years racing towards the back of the field for the Grove-based team, and he scored an exquisite podium last season in Belgium while scoring points on four occasions.

He was signed to replace the departing Valtteri Bottas after the Finn went over to Alfa Romeo, and the partnership between himself and Sir Lewis Hamilton in the Silver Arrows was a much anticipated one.

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The two Britons have had to show a lot of fortitude this year though amid continued struggles from Mercedes to get to grips with the new technical regulations, and the ground effect aerodynamics have continually played havoc with their car.

The “porpoising” they have been suffering has led to difficulty understanding where the pace of the car really is, and the inconsistency was exemplified by Russell’s contrasting weekend in Miami.

The 24-year-old topped the second practice session after ending the first in P2, but he qualified down in 12th, before rising back up to fifth in the race as the confounding issues continue to hit the eight-time champions.

At the end of 2015, Russell had to convinced to stick at the Mercedes Formula 1 programme instead of heading to DTM, and Wolff reveals that his future in the pinnacle of motorsport was never in doubt.

“When you look at George’s track record in winning the title in F3, in his rookie year, and then an F2, we knew that he was very good,” he said, quoted by GPFans.

“Then obviously the Williams school added its part, so we were never in any doubt that he would be very good.”

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The Austrian commends Russell’s ability to keep a cool head and adopt a calm philosophy irrespective of whether the car is quick or not.

“And you can see that it’s materialising on the track. I like his approach very much,” added Wolff.

“He’s very rational, whether he is fastest in P2, or whether he’s eleventh, it’s just about applying the science and trying to make the car faster.”

As for the dynamic between his drivers, Wolff divulges that he takes a lot of joy out of watching their relationship grow, while their podium a piece has helped them keep their heads above water in the midfield battle, so he could not be happier.

“I enjoy seeing them working together, the level is high from both of them,” he stated.

READ: ‘It’s physics, not mystics’: Wolff suggests Barcelona could be turning point for Hamilton and Mercedes

“That has put us in a decent situation in the Constructors’ Championship, so I couldn’t wish for any better pairing.”

Mercedes sit third in the Constructors’ Championship after the opening five rounds of the season, 62 points behind leaders Ferrari.

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Baku to tweak pitlane entry; eyes 2023 F1 sprint race

Motorsport.com - Mon, 05/16/2022 - 07:54
The profile and speed of the pit entry chicane has been a talking point since Baku's inaugural F1 event in 2016, with cars having to slow down rapidly from top speed.
Last year, though, the scrutiny intensified when former world champion Nico Rosberg labelled it as one of the most dangerous places on the F1 calendar. 
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IndyCar drivers raise visibility concerns after Aeroscreen’s “first real test” in wet | IndyCar

F1Fanatic - Mon, 05/16/2022 - 06:59
After IndyCar's first ever wet race with the Aeroscreen safety device, some drivers voiced concerns over lack of visibility in the wet.
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Pictured: The broken brake disc that caused Leclerc's Monaco crash

Motorsport.com - Mon, 05/16/2022 - 06:16
The Monegasque driver had been completing a demonstration run in the ex-Niki Lauda 1974 Ferrari F1 car on Sunday, when he spun at Rascasse.
After suffering unexpected brake failure during his third lap on track, Leclerc was pitched in to a spin and struck the barriers backwards, dislodging the rear wing.
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Alpine expects Alonso/Piastri 2023 decision around British GP time

Motorsport.com - Mon, 05/16/2022 - 05:52
The French manufacturer already has Esteban Ocon under a long-term contract, but has not yet decided on who will line up alongside the Frenchman from 2023.
Current driver Alonso is out of contract at the end of this year, but appears eager to carry on after making a strong return to F1 last season.
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De Vries to run first practice for Williams in Spain | 2022 Spanish Grand Prix

F1Fanatic - Mon, 05/16/2022 - 05:32
Formula E world champion Nyck de Vries will drive in Friday's first practice session for Williams when he steps in for Alex Albon in Barcelona.
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De Vries to run in FP1 for Williams in Spanish GP

Motorsport.com - Mon, 05/16/2022 - 05:30
Under the 2022 rules, every team has to use two Friday sessions for a rookie driver over the course of the season.
It will be the first official appearance on track on a grand prix weekend for the Dutchman, who had his maiden outing in an F1 car with Mercedes in the young driver test in Abu Dhabi at the end of the 2020 season.
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Alfa Romeo seeks "easy" Spanish GP with new F1 updates

Motorsport.com - Mon, 05/16/2022 - 04:17
At Imola, Valtteri Bottas had a fire in Friday qualifying and missed the whole of Saturday's FP2 session while his chassis was replaced and in Florida the Finn had a big crash in FP1 and again skipped FP2 as there was no time to repair the car.
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The wide floor doubt over Mercedes' zero-pod concept

Motorsport.com - Mon, 05/16/2022 - 04:17
Having failed to make much progress in getting the concept to work, with the W13 beset by porpoising problems, the Barcelona event is key to its future.
With Mercedes having a wealth of data from pre-season testing that took place with its launch spec sidepods, direct comparisons of performance will deliver some key indicators about what direction the team should take with its car.
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