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Why Singapore remains the toughest Formula 1 driver challenge

Motorsport.com - Thu, 09/29/2022 - 06:28
Street circuits are known for being mentally taxing despite the lower speeds involved, requiring full concentration at all times and little time for respite on the short straights.
But Singapore is a beast like no other. It is renowned for being one of the hardest races to compete in both physically and mentally, meaning it requires a kind of preparation unlike any other race.
Daniel ...Keep reading
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Rain expected during Singapore GP weekend, but F1’s sessions may avoid it | 2022 Singapore Grand Prix weather

F1Fanatic - Thu, 09/29/2022 - 06:00
It is almost certain that there will be rain over the Singapore Grand Prix weekend, but Formula 1’s competitive sessions may avoid it.
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How McLaren F1 cyberpunk images offer clues about new development path

Motorsport.com - Thu, 09/29/2022 - 04:00
The ‘Future Mode’ colour scheme replaces the light blue accents with neon pink elements, and there’s more cyberpunk detailing to be found elsewhere around the car too.
While the renders released by the team are really about the visual impact that the livery will create, they also offer an insight into the development that the MCL36 has had, and will continue to undergo, in ...Keep reading
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2022 F1 Singapore Grand Prix session timings and preview

Motorsport.com - Thu, 09/29/2022 - 03:31
Red Bull's Max Verstappen heads to Singapore with the chance of wrapping up the 2022 drivers' title, having extended a 115-point lead in the championship over Ferrari rival Charles Leclerc.
In the constructors' championship, Red Bull enjoys a 139-point advantage over Ferrari with six races including Singapore remaining in the season.
However, Red Bull has never won a race on the streets of ...Keep reading
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Zhou earned his new F1 deal but he has a career habit to break in 2023 | 2022 F1 season

F1Fanatic - Thu, 09/29/2022 - 02:16
A respectable rookie campaign earned Zhou Guanyu a second season in F1 but he must prove he can build on that early promise.
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Sebastian Vettel insists he’s ‘calm’ about Ferrari failure

Formula1news.co.uk - Thu, 09/29/2022 - 01:38

Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel has affirmed that the environment was not the determining factor in his decision to retire from Formula 1 at the end of the season.

The German started his career at BMW Sauber in 2007 when he stood in for the injured Robert Kubica, and he scored a point in eighth at the US Grand Prix.

A year later, he was a grand prix winner with Toro Rosso in Monza, earning him a drive with Red Bull for 2009.

He won four races with the Austrian team as he finished second in the championship behind Jenson Button, but 2010 would a crowning year for the then 23-year-old.

READ: Sebastian Vettel reacts to claim Stroll made him quit Aston Martin

Vettel claimed the championship at the final round of the season in Abu Dhabi, and he added three more to that tally, before leaving at the end of a difficult 2014 campaign.

Six years with Ferrari would follow, and Vettel challenged Sir Lewis Hamilton for the title in two of them, but the Mercedes juggernaut just had too much for the Scuderia.

At the end of 2020, Vettel left for Aston Martin, with whom he scored a podium at last year’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

This season has been a tough one for the four-time champion and team-mate Lance, Stroll, who have scored points a combined 11 times in 16 races.

Vettel has spent the last couple of years campaigning for many causes that transcend Formula 1, including equality, social justice, and the environment.

While he has not been winning races, his attention has been closer to home, and he has decided to call it a day at the end of this year.

His pursuit of ecological friendliness had little to do with it though.

“Tennis players also travel a lot,” Vettel told Autosprint.

“In general, we have to pursue our ambition because of our talents, and from that point of view, I am satisfied because I made my dreams come true.

“We drivers love to race, we want to take on a challenge, I would even have paid to be able to do what I do.”

Aston Martin have signed Fernando Alonso to replace Vettel after he could not agree a new deal with Alpine.

The French team could only offer him one more year, so the double world champion went looking elsewhere, and he turned to Lawrence Stroll.

It was thought that Vettel was rushed into a decision by the Aston Martin board, who needed to know whether they had space for Alonso.

However, the decision to leave was made entirely by the 53-time race winner, not the billionaire owner.

“I made the decision to stop on my own,” reiterated Vettel.

“The team and Stroll had nothing to do with it.”

The German’s future beyond 2022 remains unknown.

“I haven’t made a decision yet. I don’t know, time will tell,” said Vettel.

“I want to see how long it takes before I get bored. Maybe it will be three months and I’ll be crying and want to come back. Or maybe I’ll like not being at the track anymore and just enjoy my family.”

The former Ferrari driver has never been one to harbour regrets, and he has none from his time at Maranello after they “failed,” in his words, to win a championship together.

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“I had a fantastic period at Ferrari, I was close to the world title twice, but we failed,” said a candid Vettel.

“There are reasons why we didn’t win, but I’m calm about it. I spent a lot of time at Ferrari and I have a lot of respect for the team and for everyone there.”

Alonso will be partnered by Lance Stroll next year, after the Canadian was given an extension following some strong performances in 2022.

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Horner says he’d give former driver Ricciardo a seat for 2023 if he was running Alpine

Formula 1 - Wed, 09/28/2022 - 20:00
"There is still a very very capable driver in there. You don’t just forget how to deliver," said the Red Bull boss.
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Steiner says it’s ‘the right time’ for a third US race as Las Vegas gets set to join Austin and Miami in 2023

Formula 1 - Wed, 09/28/2022 - 20:00
Haas team boss Guenther Steiner says it's "the right time" for a third Grand Prix in the United States from next season, as Formula 1’s American fanbase continues to grow.
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Formula 1 gears up for launch party on the iconic Las Vegas Strip this November

Formula 1 - Wed, 09/28/2022 - 20:00
Formula 1 will be hosting an all-day launch party at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas this November, ahead of next year's Las Vegas Grand Prix.
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Albon ‘not underestimating challenge’ of returning to action in Singapore after surgery

Formula 1 - Wed, 09/28/2022 - 20:00
Alex Albon says he’s done “everything possible” to ready himself for a return to action in this weekend’s Singapore Grand Prix, after missing the last race when he was hospitalised with appendicitis and suffered complications including respiratory failure.
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‘He’s one of the most talented drivers ever’ – Norris full of praise for Verstappen as he aims to join future title fights

Formula 1 - Wed, 09/28/2022 - 20:00
Lando Norris has lauded Max Verstappen as one of the best drivers to ever grace the Formula 1 world as the Dutchman looks set to become a back-to-back world champion in 2022.
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What is the weather forecast for the 2022 Singapore Grand Prix?

Formula 1 - Wed, 09/28/2022 - 20:00
The drivers are getting set to once again go racing at Marina Bay for the Singapore Grand Prix – but what weather conditions can we expect this weekend?
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What tyres will the teams and drivers have for the 2022 Singapore Grand Prix?

Formula 1 - Wed, 09/28/2022 - 20:00
Formula 1 returns to Singapore this weekend for the first time since 2019 and Pirelli have announced the tyres they will be allocating to the teams for the racing action at Marina Bay.
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What time is the 2022 Singapore Grand Prix and how can I watch it?

Formula 1 - Wed, 09/28/2022 - 20:00
The Singapore Grand Prix returns this weekend for the first time since 2019 as the drivers get set for Round 16 of this exciting 2022 season - with Max Verstappen looking to seal his sixth straight victory.
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BEYOND THE GRID: Martin Donnelly on his Jerez crash, racing for Lotus, and friendship with Senna

Formula 1 - Wed, 09/28/2022 - 20:00
At the 1990 Spanish Grand Prix, Martin Donnelly suffered a devastating crash that ended his F1 career. On the latest episode of the Beyond the Grid podcast, Donnelly opens up about the accident that changed his life, and reveals how he got to F1 in the first place, and much more...
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Net Zero Carbon: How Formula 1 is going to meet this ambitious target by 2030

Formula 1 - Wed, 09/28/2022 - 20:00
In 2019, Formula 1 launched its plan to be Net Zero Carbon by 2030. Nearly three years later, what is the sport doing to meet this ambitious target?
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Mercedes and Petronas extend partnership into F1’s new sustainable fuels era

Formula 1 - Wed, 09/28/2022 - 20:00
Mercedes and Petronas have announced an extension to their title sponsorship deal that will see the Malaysian oil company work with the eight-time constructors' champions beyond 2026 – and supply the Silver Arrows with sustainable fuel from 2026.
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Verstappen not dwelling on chance to clinch title this weekend | RaceFans Round-up

F1Fanatic - Wed, 09/28/2022 - 19:01
In the round-up: Verstappen not thinking about chance to clinch title this weekend • Singapore extends DRS zones • W Series 'may not complete season'
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Daniel Ricciardo reacts to Harry Styles revelation

Formula1news.co.uk - Wed, 09/28/2022 - 18:32

McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo was delighted when he saw a picture of Harry Styles wearing his merchandise while he was out in New York.

The singer was seen out and about donning a shirt with the words ‘Daniel Ricciardo’ embroidered in capitals on the back of it, along with the rear of a race car.

The first name is in italics in small, blue letters on the back of a black shirt, while the surname was in big, bold orange letters underneath it.

The front of the shirt features the front end of the race car, with Ricciardo’s full name embroidered in red italics.

READ: Oscar Piastri reveals why his respect for Daniel Ricciardo has increased

The Aussie’s nickname, Danny Ric, is all in orange around the car, with Danny embroidered vertically downwards, and Ric going across – both in big capital letters.

Styles and Ricciardo and connected by a mutual friend, and Styles is evidently a Formula 1 fan, so wore the eye-catching shirt while he was out with a friend.

The eight-time race winner was enthused when he saw the images of Styles wearing his merchandise.

“It’s a lot of fun, I was excited,” Ricciardo told the Fizzy and Wippy Radio Show in Sydney.

“We have a mutual friend who is, let’s say, very close to me and it’s someone close to him as well, so it’s funny.

“When the picture came out on social media, the mutual friend was like ‘I can’t believe this hasn’t been picked up before because he wears the shirt all the time. He (Styles) is always in public wearing the T-shirt’.”

Ricciardo cannot say that he and Styles are close friends, but quintessential of his positive character, he is enamoured by the fact that a star of the music and film industry is already a fan.

“I want to lie to you and say yes, we’ve met many times and had a few beers together,” he added.

“I haven’t met him yet. It makes it even better because he’s a fan before he’s even met me, right?”

Ricciardo and George Russell have always shared a banter-filled friendship, and the Briton can occasionally be seen wearing the Perth-born racer’s merchandise at races.

At the Dutch Grand Prix, the 24-year-old was wearing a white shirt with three lemons on the left, and the word ‘Enchanté,’ a French word the Aussie has picked up and made his own over the years.

Ricciardo told a brilliant story when he was asked how the Mercedes driver came to be donning his clothing.

“I’ll give you the story, it’s a feelgood story, one for the grandkids, he won’t mind me saying this,” added the McLaren driver.

“So he texted me one Friday night and it was a picture of his girlfriend on the couch looking up the RIC3 shop. And he was like ‘mate, what’s going on?’

“And I was like ‘tell me what she likes, I’ll send her a few things’. So we sent a few things.

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READ: McLaren make Daniel Ricciardo prediction as his F1 career could end in 6 races

“I guess one of them actually fits George, so he decided to wear it.

“It’s good, George is a good lad, I like the kid!”

Ricciardo is set to leave McLaren at the end of the 2022 season, and he will be replaced by Alpine reserve, Oscar Piastri.

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Alpine CEO launches attack on defector Oscar Piastri

Formula1news.co.uk - Wed, 09/28/2022 - 16:28

Alpine CEO, Laurent Rossi, has launched an attack on Oscar Piastri following the breakdown of the relationship between team and driver.

Piastri won the Formula 2 title last year while part of the Alpine academy, a year after the French team had helped fun his successful Formula 3 campaign.

There was no room for the 21-year-old in Formula 1 this year though, so he was forced to sit on the side lines as Alpine’s test and reserve.

Fernando Alonso was out of contract at the end of the season, so team principal, Otmar Szafnauer, was trying to negotiate a deal with the double world champion, but he could only offer him one year.

READ: McLaren make Daniel Ricciardo prediction as his F1 career could end in 6 races

There was then reportedly an option to extend further if the 41-year-old’s results were satisfactory, but he felt as though his performances this season should have warranted a straight two-year deal.

This might ordinarily have been possible, but Alpine had Piastri to think about too, so it was possible that the 32-time race winner might have been booted out at the end of 2023.

On the flip side, it was also a possibility that the young Aussie might not get a drive at any team until 2025, and he did not want to race at the back of the grid with Williams.

Both drivers became exasperated with their treatment, so Alonso signed with Aston Martin, while Piastri went to McLaren to agree a deal with Zak Brown that will see him replace Daniel Ricciardo.

The former F2 champion told Alpine of the news when he signed the contract at the start of July but, after Alonso signed with Lawrence Stroll, the Enstone-based team announced Piastri’s promotion anyway.

The driver market was turned on its head when Piastri took to social media to publicly deny that he would be partnering Esteban Ocon, and Alpine were furious.

They felt, at the very least, that they were owed compensation for the money they have put into Piastri’s junior career, only for him to turn his back on them.

The contract recognition board (CRB) waved those protests away, leaving Piastri free to join Lando Norris at McLaren next year, and Alpine in need of a driver.

Rossi argues that all Piastri needed to do was be patient, and he might have had a drive with a works team, rather than a customer one.

“He would have driven for us after Alonso left, McLaren and us are about the same strength. But we are a factory team, that’s a competitive advantage,” he told Auto Motor und Sport.

“He grew up in this team, he knows everyone with us. We’ve shown our commitment to him, shouldn’t he be a little grateful?”

Irrespective of Piastri’s prospective success, Rossi feels that this episode will follow the youngster around for the rest of his career.

“Oscar would do well to be fast and deliver results next year, but even if he becomes the new Michael Schumacher, this story will stick with him forever,” stated the Frenchman.

“There is no excuse for Oscar’s behaviour. He has chopped off the hand that fed him and played with us because any draft contracts were not submitted on time.”

The Corsica-born CEO reiterated that a deal with Williams was ready to be signed; Piastri just did not want to race for them.

“If he says he didn’t feel full affection from us, then I wonder why we offered him all the opportunities to become as complete a Formula 1 driver as possible?” said Rossi.

“These were not empty words, but actions. If he claims that the contract situation was too obscure for him, then I say: He knew that we had the Williams contract in the bag. 

“There was nothing murky about it, he just used this excuse to look elsewhere.”

Rossi is adamant that Piastri’s opportunity would have come soon enough after Alonso left, and he wanted his driver to show a little more patience.

“He was disappointed that we bet on Alonso and not on him straight away, and he didn’t want to drive for Williams,” he added.

“We told him he should be happy with what he’s getting. Fernando will definitely be racing at a much higher level than a rookie next year. 

“Maybe Oscar would have got there at some point, but certainly not right away. This applies to 95 percent of all drivers in the field.”

Rossi used Mercedes’ George Russell, Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc, Red Bull’s world champion, Max Verstappen, and four-time champion with Red Bull, Sebastian Vettel, as examples of drivers who have come through the junior ranks and achieved success.

“As for Williams, George Russell raced there for three years and it didn’t do him any harm, has he ever complained?” he reasoned.

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READ: Lando Norris’ staggering McLaren salary will be 30x more than Oscar Piastri’s

“Now that he’s driving for Mercedes, it’s clear that this training couldn’t have been that bad. 

“After all, Russell immediately drives on par with Hamilton, a seven-time World Champion. Leclerc, Verstappen and Vettel also learned from a junior team beforehand.”

Szafnauer has previously questioned Piastri’s “integrity” amid his departure from the team, but the French side have accepted the CRB’s decision to allow him to join McLaren.

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