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McLaren to save $13.5mn as Oscar Piastri’s salary a fraction of Daniel Ricciardo’s

Formula1news.co.uk - Wed, 09/28/2022 - 16:14

Oscar Piastri will reportedly earn just under £500,000 a year under his McLaren contract that will see him race with the British team until the end of 2024.

The young Australian won the Formula 2 Championship last season, but could not find a seat in Formula 1 for this year.

He was promoted to the role of test and reserve driver for Alpine, shadowing Fernando Alonso and Esteban Ocon.

The French side were trying to tie the Spaniard down to a new contract that would see him remain with them until the end of next year, at which point they would review him.

READ: Alpine CEO reveals if he’s holding a grudge against McLaren as he sends Oscar Piastri warning

This was insulting for the double world champion, so he decided to move to Aston Martin, and the Enstone-based team announced that Piastri would be joining Ocon in 2023.

However, the 21-year-old had been told that he might not have a seat until at least 2025 if Alonso extended further, and since he would still be a part of the Alpine system, it was also possible that he might not be on the grid at all in either of the next two seasons.

The two drivers were unhappy at being played against each other, so they both looked for an out, and while Alonso was making his deal with Lawrence Stroll, Piastri went to McLaren.

He signed with the British side to replace the struggling Daniel Ricciardo, but Alpine felt that they were owed compensation for the money they had put into their junior driver’s career, only for him to leave.

The contract recognition board (CRB) ruled that the contract was valid though, so the Melbourne-born racer was allowed to join the eight-time champions.

Norris is currently understood to be on around £16 million a year, but this will increase to around £20 million when he starts his new contract at the beginning of next season.

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That deal takes the British driver through to 2025 with the Papaya squad, by which time they are hoping to be competing for wins and championships.

Piastri, according to the Herald Sun in Australia, will be on £466,000 a year, a significant amount less than the circa $14 million McLaren were reported to be paying Ricciardo.

The eight-time race winner is set to receive an additional £8 million in severance pay as a result of leaving McLaren a year before his contract was set to end.

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Christian Horner assesses Red Bull’s junior talents as Pierre Gasly looks to join Alpine

Formula1news.co.uk - Wed, 09/28/2022 - 15:56

Red Bull team principal, Christian Horner, believes that the team’s junior programme remains a strong one despite one or two “underwhelming” performances in 2022.

Liam Lawson, Juri Vips, Jehan Daruvala, Ayumu Iwasa, and Dennis Hauger have all been plying their trade in Formula 2 as part of the Red Bull system this season.

In Formula 3, Isaac Hadjar has out in some superb performances, while Jonny Edgar has been a standout driver since his return from Crohn’s disease.

Vips was given a Friday practice outing with the Austrian team in Barcelona, and he stared 2022 as their test and reserve driver, but was dropped after an incident in which he used a racial slur.

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Hadjar is set to be promoted to F2 next year along with the rest of the junior talent, none of whom are expected to be moved up to Formula 1.

Daruvala is the highest-placed driver in the F2 champion heading into the final round in Abu Dhabi in December, and fifth may yet become third, depending on how results play out at the Yas Marina Circuit.

All in all though, adviser, Dr Helmut Marko, is not entirely pleased with the way his juniors have performed, and even if Pierre Gasly leaves for Alpine next year, drivers outside the pool, such as Nyck de Vries, ae being considered to replace him at AlphaTauri.

Nonetheless, Horner is satisfied with where the junior programme is at the moment.

“Yeah it is [in a good place],” he told Tom Clarkson on the Beyond the Grid Podcast. 

“We are continuing to invest in youth, we’ve got some great youngsters in the programme, all the way from karting or stepping into Formula 4 for now, upwards. 

“And I think it’s something that Red Bull have done so well, is giving these kids a chance, investing in young talent and giving opportunities that otherwise they wouldn’t have had.”

The 48-year-old pinpoints Iwasa as the cream of the crop in F2 this season.

“There’s a few guys, I mean, Isaac Hadjar in Formula 3 this year has had a great debut season. I think Iwasa in in F2 has been a standout driver for me,” explained Horner.

“So they’re just two of the guys, on the programme. Liam Lawson’s had a tough year, but he’s another talent. 

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“Dennis Hauger has been a bit underwhelming in F2 after such a dominant year in F3, but again how much of that is him? How much of it is his equipment?”

In the main fold, Max Verstappen is expected to wrap up his second title in the next two races in Singapore and Japan.

The Dutchman holds a 116-point lead over Charles Leclerc, and Sergio Perez’s improved performance this year is set to help the Milton Keynes-based side to their fifth constructors’ crown.

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F1 boss claims Lewis Hamilton has ‘sacrificed himself’ like Michael Schumacher

Formula1news.co.uk - Wed, 09/28/2022 - 15:44

2022 is looking set to be the most unsuccessful season of Sir Lewis Hamilton’s Formula 1 career, with the seven-time World Champion currently sixth in the Drivers’ Championship and yet to claim a victory.

Hamilton has faced a difficult year as a result of the problems with the W13, most notably, the porpoising issue.

Whilst the Silver Arrows have gotten on top of the bouncing phenomena, the problem simply cost the Germans too much time, meaning they’ve been playing catch-up virtually all year.

The 37-year-old has managed some strong results despite his car being particularly weak, most notably his second-place finishes at the French, and Hungarian Grand Prix.

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The Brit was also particularly strong at the Italian Grand Prix, where he recovered from P19 to finish fifth, at a venue which really didn’t suit the W13.

Mercedes have severely struggled at low downforce circuits, with Spa being a low point of the Briton’s season.

Hamilton collided with Fernando Alonso at Les Combes, which sent his car vertically into the air, before his rear came crashing back down onto the circuit.

Azerbaijan was another awful round for the 103-time GP winner, after suffering from severe spinal pain due to the porpoising issue.

Despite also facing difficulties at Saudi Arabia and Emilia Romagna, Hamilton has achieved six podiums from the 16 completed races this season, leaving him currently P6 in the Drivers’ Championship.

This is behind both Red Bull, and Ferrari drivers, as well as his new team-mate George Russell.

Should Hamilton fail to win a race this year, then it’ll be the first season in his F1 career where he hasn’t claimed a victory; the Brit is also on track for his worst Drivers’ Championship position of his career.

Hamilton previously ended the year fifth in 2009 and 2011; however, never any lower.

F1 managing director Ross Brawn, who will retire from the sport at the end of the year following and illustrious career, has likened Hamilton’s situation to Michael Schumacher’s return to the series with Mercedes in 2010.

Schumacher’s comeback was somewhat underwhelming, with the seven-time World Champion playing more of a sacrificial role, with the idea of setting the team up for the future.

Brawn thinks Hamilton is in a similar situation, with the side having to rebuild their “foundations” following the end of their eight-year domination.

“You can compare Lewis’ situation a bit with Michael’s comeback with Mercedes,” the 67-year-old told F1-Insider.

“As a driver, you always have to decide whether you want to be part of the solution or part of the problem.

“Michael redefined his role back then, so he was part of the solution and helped build the team that would go on to win eight straight Constructors’ titles.

“He sacrificed himself for the future of the team, so to speak, and played a key role in laying the foundation for its success.”

Whilst the former Ferrari technical director has labelled Hamilton for “sacrificing himself”, he still thinks he can return to the top; however, Brawn has warned that young team-mate Russell might be “hungrier” to win.

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“Lewis is in the twilight of his career,” Brawn added.

“But that doesn’t mean it’s over yet. This year, for an extremely long time, he has had a car that he cannot win with.

“So he puts a lot of energy into changing that. For him, this time is a kind of character test. It may well be that his team-mate George Russell is hungrier in the races as a result.”

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Jenson Button’s tongue in cheek response to wild Esteban Ocon claim

Formula1news.co.uk - Wed, 09/28/2022 - 15:23

2009 world champion, Jenson Button, had a hilarious reply to Esteban Ocon after the Frenchman indicated that he is the second-best team-mate Fernando Alonso has had.

Ocon is the 13th team-mate Alonso has raced alongside in his decorated career, with the first being Tarso Marquez in 2001 with Minardi, who would go on to become Toro Rosso, and now AlphaTauri.

The 41-year-old partnered Jarno Trulli in 2003 and most of 2004, before spending a brief stint alongside 1997 world champion, Jacques Villeneuve, after the Italian was sacked by then Renault boss Flavio Briatore.

The double world champion won both his titles alongside Giancarlo Fisichella in 2005 and 2006, and he would move to McLaren for the 2007 season, partnering Sir Lewis Hamilton.

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The British upstart won four races in his debut year, and ended the 2007 season level on points with Alonso, who also stood on the top step on four occasions.

Hamilton finished ahead on countback, but they would both lose out on the title to Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen by a single point.

Alonso dispatched Nelson Piquet, Romain Grosjean and Felipe Massa, before comfortably beating Raikkonen at Ferrari in 2014.

The 32-time race winner returned to McLaren ahead of the 2015 campaign, replacing Kevin Magnussen despite an impressive debut year for the Dane in 2014.

Button would out-score Alonso that year, before the Spanish Samurai returned the favour a year later, and the Briton left the sport at the end of 2016.

He did make a one-off appearance at the Monaco Grand Prix in 2017, but it ended with him hitting Pascal Wehrlein at Portier, sending the German sideways into the barrier.

Alonso comfortably beat Stoffel Vandoorne at McLaren in 2017 and 2018, and a two-year sabbatical came to a close when he returned with Alpine, partnering Ocon.

The Frenchman has out-qualified his more experienced partner 17 times in the 38 races they have contested together, while Button beat the Spaniard on one-lap pace 13 times in 40 grand prix.

Statistically, Ocon has out-qualified Alonso around 12 percent more than Button did, although it is difficult to judge given the difference in cars, as well as the fact that all three of the drivers are at different stages of their careers now to what they were seven years ago.

The 25-year-old won the Hungarian Grand Prix last season, before playing a role in his team-mate’s podium finish in Qatar, and he, like Button, has competed exceptionally well against one of the great drivers of his generation in Alonso.

Ocon wants people to remember his win in 2021, as well as the fact that, in Spa in 2018, he qualified third behind Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel.

“I don’t read everything that is said about me, I hope that when I do something good it is reported as such, and that those watching can get an idea,” he told the Italian edition of Motorsport.com, before the Italian Grand Prix.

“But it’s true that there are some people who tell me ‘ah, I didn’t notice your qualification at Spa’, or ‘I forgot you won last year’.

“I admit I find it a bit strange, in the end in qualifying in the comparison with Fernando we are nine to seven for him, but I have a few more points in the classification.

“Last year, if we talk about qualifying, we finished the season tied 11 to 11. If I look at Fernando’s career, the only one of his team-mates who has been his equal is Lewis, all the others have not done better than me.

“Personally, I feel I’m doing a good job, and yes, it’s a bit strange sometimes to see that on the outside there are those who perceive it a bit differently.”

Upon hearing Ocon’s claim, Button cheekily tweeted, “I will have to disagree.”

Back in 2019, Alonso indicated that he saw Button as the best driver he had worked with in his career. 

“For me, he’s probably the best team-mate I’ve had,” he said, per Sky Sports.

“He is very fast, he is very competitive inside the car, always and in all conditions, but outside the car as well he is a very nice guy, a true gentleman, and also very committed to the sport. 

“As a package, I think he’s the best.”

Magnussen, who now drives for Haas, lauded the “admirable” qualities the British driver possessed as a team-mate.

“I do feel that Jenson has been very supportive ever since I started driving for McLaren and that’s quite nice and I guess quite rare that your team-mate is supportive,” he told F1i in 2015.

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“He’s a tough competitor – massively – but also in the same way nice and supportive, and I think that’s quite rare and admirable.

“We still get on very well, so there’s no change in that. Obviously I try to help both Jenson and Fernando as much as I can and try to drive McLaren forward as much as I can.

“Obviously there are no miracles, but you try and do your bit and that’s what I’ve done.”

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Oscar Piastri reveals why his respect for Daniel Ricciardo has increased

Formula1news.co.uk - Wed, 09/28/2022 - 14:34

Alpine reserve driver, Oscar Piastri, has revealed that he was considering calling Daniel Ricciardo to smooth out any awkwardness over the 21-year-old taking his compatriot’s seat at McLaren.

Piastri started the year as a test and reserve driver for Alpine, shadowing full-time drivers, Fernando Alonso and Esteban Ocon.

Team principal, Otmar Szafnauer, was trying to negotiate a deal with the Spaniard that extended beyond the end of this year, but they cited his age as a factor towards only offering him one more season.

They also had the issue of getting Piastri in the car as soon as they could, but that might not have been until 2025.

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According to CEO, Laurent Rossi, the French side wanted to give Piastri to Williams on loan, but he did not want the move, so they had the former Formula 2 champion eagerly pushing to be put into the car by 2024 at the earliest.

Therefore, Alpine were tentative to offer Alonso any more than one season, but because this was a possibility, neither the Spaniard nor Piastri were happy, and they both signed contracts elsewhere.

Piastri signed with McLaren CEO, Zak Brown, in a move that will see Ricciardo released from his contract a year early, while the double world champion will move to Aston Martin in place of the retiring Sebastian Vettel.

Ricciardo has struggled for form since he left Renault at the end of 2020, and his lack of suitability with the McLaren car has proven insurmountable.

Piastri worked his way into the Woking-based side with the help of his manager, Mark Webber, and the Melbourne-born racer’s move has come at the expense of eight-time race winner Ricciardo.

But the 33-year-old understood that this is all just business, so he called Piastri to make sure that there were no hard feelings, which the youngster greatly appreciated.

“I was planning on getting in touch myself, but with the timing of things, he was obviously at races, quite frankly I didn’t know if he wanted to hear from me,” said Piastri.

“I was trying to think of what to say, but he beat me to it. That was a true professional, my respect for him was already extremely high and it’s only got higher in the way he’s responded.

“Him getting in touch like that, that was great for me personally, knowing that there were no hard feelings. That really helps me quite a lot, and it was good to get in touch.

“It was a nice moment. If I can get close to emulating the success he’s had on track and the character he is off the track, I think I’ll be doing a reasonable job.”

The 21-year-old has also chosen the number 81 for next year, and he elaborated on why that will be on his car.

“So 81 was the number I had in karting, the story of how I got 81 is not particularly interesting, but I’ll explain it anyway,” Piastri elucidated.

“Basically, when I did my first race, I had to pick a number for my first race and the kart shop I went to only had number ones in stock. 

“It had to be a one or two-digit number and I obviously couldn’t be number one for obvious reasons. So I was actually number 11, for my first couple of races.

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“Then we entered, I think it was the Victorian state titles, and somebody had already entered as number 11. 

“So, I don’t know what inspired me to pick 81, but I changed the first one for a number eight, and it’s stuck ever since.”

Piastri will be Lando Norris’ third team-mate in Formula 1 and, having partnered Ricciardo and Carlos Sainz, this will be the first time the 22-year-old will race alongside a younger driver than him.

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Lando Norris has ‘no hard feelings’ against Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen

Formula1news.co.uk - Wed, 09/28/2022 - 13:52

Lando Norris heads into the final six races of the season occupying the ‘best of the rest’ spot in the Drivers’ Championship, with the Brit currently sitting P7 with a comfortable 22-point-lead over eighth-placed Esteban Ocon.

It’s been a frustrating season for the McLaren driver, with the Woking-based side having taken a step backwards since the introduction of the new aerodynamic regulations.

After a couple of seasons occasionally batting for podiums amongst the frontrunners, McLaren have truly returned to the midfield this year, with the papaya side fifth in the Constructors’ Standings.

Norris has finished seventh at five of the last six races, a position that is probably starting to annoy the Brit.

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Whilst the going has been tough this year, Norris has still claimed a podium this year, earlier in the season at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.

The 22-year-old hasn’t come close to another podium or a possible victory at any other venue, with the trauma of the 2021 Russian Grand Prix appearing to have been the McLaren driver’s big chance of winning his first F1 race.

Norris was on track to win at Sochi last season, before a late downpour and a bad strategic call saw Norris slide off the circuit, after failing to pit for Intermediate tyres at the correct time.

If it wasn’t for the rain, Norris would’ve won, something which happens very rarely for a midfield team driver.

Despite the disappointment of this year and having blown his chance last season, Norris knows that all he can do is be patient and wait, with the McLaren driver believing he “can’t really complain”.

“You have to,” said Norris to Sky Sports F1.

“I don’t think you can do too much else. You can’t really complain.

“I still have an opportunity in Formula 1. I still feel that when I’ve driven P6 or P7 sometimes I’ve driven the best race of my life, or I’ve done my best lap in qualifying and I’m P8 or P9.

“You have to realise that was your goal and objective for the day – have you done the best lap you could have done? Have you put everything together?

“And if you have, that’s what you’ve got to be happy with, no matter if it’s for P10, P5, P6 or whatever.”

In a recent interview, Norris explained how championship leader Max Verstappen has had an “easy season”, despite having won 11 of the 16 completed races this season.

The Brit is aware that its simply part of the game that some drivers can win easily depending on their situation, with the Quadrant founder recognising that whilst it’s “frustrating” he just needs to have “faith” in what he’s doing.

“That’s part of going into Formula 1, that sometimes you know you might not win a race for one, two, three, five, 10 years, that your opportunity might come in 12 years even, or something like that,” added the Briton.

“I guess it’s frustrating at times because you feel like you’ve deserved more at certain periods, no matter how much hard work you put in, and so on.

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“You can have a guy that can have the easiest race, chill for the whole race and win a race, and then there’s you sweating and having the hardest race of your life, and finishing P8.

“So never hard feelings against anyone else because they are probably deserving to be in that position.

“You just have to have faith that in a few years, or whatever, a few races, you’ll have your opportunity.”

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‘It wasn’t fair’: Christian Horner makes Michael Masi revelation

Formula1news.co.uk - Wed, 09/28/2022 - 13:29

During a recent appearance on the Beyond the Grid podcast, Red Bull boss Christian Horner revealed that he has spoken to former Formula 1 race director Michael Masi “on a couple of occasions”.

The Australian, who now works in the Australian Supercars series, was deemed to have made a “human error” at the controversial 2021 season finale, where Max Verstappen claimed his first Drivers’ Championship due to a last lap overtake on Sir Lewis Hamilton.

Following an FIA investigation into the season finale, it was deemed that Masi hadn’t followed the rulebook in regard to the late Safety Car to recover Nicholas Latifi’s crashed Williams.

Based on the running order when the Safety Car was released, Hamilton was on track to win both the race and an unprecedented eighth World Championship; however, things soon took a “manipulated” turn.

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With just a lap and a half remaining, the lapped cars between Hamilton and Verstappen were allowed to un-lap themselves, but only those between the two title rivals.

This call came despite a previous message having said that no cars would be able to un-lap themselves, something Verstappen labelled as “typical” over the radio.

Under the guidelines, the Safety Car is supposed to complete one further lap after lapped cars had been released, or in this case a select few of the lapped cars.

The Safety Car didn’t complete an additional lap, though, meaning the final lap was full green flag racing.

Verstappen, who was on Soft tyres, compared to Hamilton’s Hards, overtook the Brit at Turn Five, much to the dismay of the seven-time World Champion and the Germans.

The Red Bull driver went on to win the race and therefore the championship; however, had the rules been followed, then Hamilton would’ve claimed the title.

Mercedes filed numerous complaints, resulting in a full FIA investigation which deemed Masi had incorrectly dealt with the incident, something which has seen his relationship with the FIA breakdown.

Despite his poor handling of the finale, Horner has revealed he still speaks to the former F1 race director who he believes “followed the principles”.

“Yes, on a couple of occasions,” Horner revealed to the Beyond the Grid podcast.

“I felt that it wasn’t fair, the way he had been treated, because I think that he’d done the best that he could, following the principles.

“The only thing he screwed up on was not allowing the final two cars at the back of the field to unlap themselves.

“As we saw recently in Monza, nobody wants to see a race diluted and finished under a Safety Car.

“So he did everything to get that race going again, which would have been a horrendous finish to the season, to see it just diluted and peter out under a Safety Car.

“I think the reaction after the race, there was a huge amount of abuse sent to him, there were death threats to his family. No individual deserves to go through that.”

The 2021 finale has recently resurfaced due to an incredibly similar incident having happened at the recent Italian Grand Prix, with the difference being as somewhat pointed out by the Red Bull boss, the race finished behind the Safety Car.

Whilst it was a disappointing end to the race, race director Niels Wittich did follow the rulebook, with the exception being that the Safety Car initially picked up the wrong car.

Horner continues to believe that the Australian “did the very best he could”, with a number of changes having happened as a result of it being deemed that Masi “had very little support.”

“I think that Michael, in difficult circumstances, did the very best he could throughout the year,” Horner said.

“We have to remember he had very little support in that race control tower and was left very much on his own up there.

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“When you follow the process of how they’re looking at how cars run, it’s back to pens and pieces of paper.

“He didn’t have all the backup that the teams have, for example, with our operations rooms, and the software.

“It was still a very rudimentary process.”

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Helmut Marko opens up on Max Verstappen ‘freaking out’

Formula1news.co.uk - Wed, 09/28/2022 - 13:06

Red Bull adviser, Dr Helmut Marko, has observed that Max Verstappen is no longer “freaking out” when not all is going his way at the start of the weekend.

The Dutchman signed with Red Bull in 2016 after just one season with Toro Rosso, and he won on his debut at the 2016 Spanish Grand Prix.

Another 30 victories have materialised since, and he has had the beating of talented team-mates, Daniel Ricciardo, Pierre Gasly, Alex Albon and Sergio Perez.

More importantly though, the 24-year-old earned his maiden world title last season, dramatically beating Sir Lewis Hamilton in the final round of the season in Abu Dhabi, and he is now inches away from his second.

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11 wins have put Verstappen within reach of breaking two major records too – the most wins in a single season, and the most consecutive wins for a single driver.

The reigning champion’s dominance in 2022 has been aided by an alleviation of pressure from his shoulders having claimed the crown last year, and Dr Marko can see that in the demeanour of his driver.

“Max now drives faster with less risk and also with less wear to the equipment,” he said in conversation with ORF.

“In the past, if something didn’t work out on Friday, he was close to freaking out, he sees it very differently now.

“We would be working hard for the race, which bothered Max a lot a year or two ago. He just always wanted to be P1. But what is most important, of course, is victory.

“Now, if you know it’s possible, you can live with second or third on the grid.”

Verstappen became Red Bull’s second drivers’ champion last year after Sebastian Vettel won four on the trot with the Austrian side between 2010 and 2013.

The German had won four races in his debut season with them in 2009, and ended second in the championship behind Jenson Button.

There is better infrastructure for winning titles now than there was 13 years ago.

“With Vettel in 2009, neither he nor us were ready for the world championship, then came those four years but I think there is less pressure in the team now,” explained Dr Marko.

“The team has proved what it can do – like now, we always have the fastest pitstops.”

Vettel and Mark Webber brought home the Constructors’ Championship in all of the now 35-year-old’s title winning campaigns, but they had their scrapes out on track will battling for supremacy.

The dynamic between Verstappen and Perez now is an arguably easier one to manage.

“We have a very clear number 1 position, in the Vettel era it was Mark Webber, but there were strong rivalries that affected the harmony,” stated Dr Marko.

“In that sense, Max also has a better and perfectly tailored package.”

Verstappen and Red Bull may have one hand on the trophies, but there is no room for complacency.

“I’ve said this before and I think everyone in the team thinks it too, we want to win more races,” said the 24-year-old.

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“You can’t say ‘we’re happy to play it safe with second or third place’. We don’t want to let other teams win.

“If you start thinking like that, you’ll end up making mistakes.”

Verstappen leads Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc by 116 points in the Drivers’ Standings, while Red Bull hold a 139-point advantage over the Scuderia in the teams’ battle.

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Pedersen to make IndyCar debut with Foyt in 2023 | IndyCar

F1Fanatic - Wed, 09/28/2022 - 11:54
AJ Foyt Racing has signed Indy Lights racer Benjamin Pedersen for IndyCar on a multi-year deal starting from 2023.
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What is needed for W Series to get a woman into F1

Motorsport.com - Wed, 09/28/2022 - 11:28
Speaking to media at the end of F1’s summer break about a variety of topics, he talked openly about his vision for the path needed to get a woman into motor racing’s top category.
And it was one paragraph of his comments that served to stir up a bit of controversy.
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Zhou never doubted Alfa Romeo F1 contract extension

Motorsport.com - Wed, 09/28/2022 - 09:20
Ahead of this weekend’s Singapore Grand Prix, it was announced that Alfa had taken up its option for Zhou’s continued services into 2023 after he made his F1 debut at the season-opening Bahrain race – scoring points there and then putting in a string of impressive performances.
The confirmation of Zhou’s rookie deal was widely expected in the paddock given his early F1 career success ...Keep reading
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Breaking: Nyck de Vries taken off stand-by as Alex Albon cleared to race

Formula1news.co.uk - Wed, 09/28/2022 - 08:41

Williams’ Alex Albon has confirmed that he will be in the car and racing at this weekend’s Singapore Grand Prix after overcoming appendicitis.

The Thai-Briton was hopeful of points at the Italian Grand Prix last time out as the Williams team headed to a Monza circuit that was expected to suit them, but he fell ill after Friday practice.

Following an examination, he was diagnosed with appendicitis, so he was forced to step away for the remainder of the weekend.

At a moment’s notice, Nyck de Vries was called up to replace him, and he out-qualified team-mate Nicholas Latifi, before scoring points in ninth.

READ: Alex Albon reveals how Red Bull experience made him ‘clear’ about Williams

The Canadian’s 15th-placed finish epitomised what has been a disappointing time at the British team, so he has since been told that he will be released with his contract expires at the end of the season.

Meanwhile, Albon was undergoing surgery to remove his troublesome appendix, but he encountered complications afterwards, so was kept in intensive care overnight.

He has since made a full recovery, and has been recuperating at his home in Monaco.

De Vries has made the journey to Singapore in case he is needed again by Williams, but Albon is fully fit and good to go this weekend.

The 26-year-old has recently signed a new contract with the Grove-based team that will see him stay there next year and beyond, having all but cut his ties with Red Bull.

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Albon has scored points on three occasions this season, lifting him to 19th in the Drivers’ Standings, but Williams remain rooted to 10th and last in the teams’ championship.

Williams are yet to confirm Albon’s team-mate for next year, with de Vries and Formula 2 driver, Logan Sargeant, thought to be among the leading contenders.

McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo has an outside shot when he leaves the Woking-based crew at the end of the year, as does Haas driver, Mick Schumacher, should he fail to secure a drive next season with the American side.

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Albon says F1 return in Singapore after surgery will be a “big challenge” | 2022 Singapore Grand Prix

F1Fanatic - Wed, 09/28/2022 - 08:40
Williams have confirmed Alex Albon will return to the cockpit for the Singapore Grand Prix, after he missed the Italian Grand Prix due to appendicitis
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Albon prepared for Singapore F1 return after missing Monza

Motorsport.com - Wed, 09/28/2022 - 08:36
Albon was taken to hospital on the Saturday morning of the Italian Grand Prix weekend for surgery, leaving Nyck de Vries to make his F1 debut as an emergency stand-in - during which the Dutchman impressed with a run to ninth place in the race.
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10 of the Richest Poker Players in the World

Formula1news.co.uk - Wed, 09/28/2022 - 08:32

If you are someone who suddenly found this passion in online poker and wants some real data about this world, then keep reading. If you think success is too far-fetched when it comes to an online poker master, then you should be hearing the success stories of these poker players, who have managed to make millions out of sheer luck, and being master bluff masters.

If you want to learn more about famous poker players and understand how they are leading the game, here are some of the richest poker players to learn from.

1. Dan Bilzerian

So, you have played a few hands online and won well for your standard, but do you think you could win 10 million USD on a single night? Well, Dan Bilzerian has done it, and currently, he stands at a 150 million USD networth with all his high stake games.

2. Chris Ferguson

Want to learn the good and the bad side of the poker industry and how it affects the player? Then Chris Ferguson is a story you should follow. He has six World Series of Poker and has seen the realistic ups and downs of a poker player. This is what helped them become the prince of poker.

3. Daniel Negreanu

This poker champion made his way to Vegas at the age of 21 and then challenged some of the greatest poker players. Soon he started playing professionally, and now he is worth 50 million USD and one of the pioneer poker players.

4. Patrik Antonious

A poker player with a charm! When you play poker, skill and luck should be a part of the package. However, when you have a confident and exceptional personality, it is always a leg up. He is an online poker player who is known as the ‘trendiest’ poker player with a net worth of 30 million USD. 

5. Jennifer Tilly

An actress, a voice actor, and a poker player. Can you find this combination in any other poker player? Only a multi-talented woman! Jennifer Tilly has a net worth of $25 million USD, plus a shiny World Series of Poker Ladies Event bracelet to show off. Although she is a retired player, there is still so much to learn from her skills.

6. Gus Hansen

With a net worth of 11 million USD, he is someone whom you have surely heard about if you have been keeping up with the world. He is the first poker player to win the World Poker Tour Open Tournament three different times. A true hat trick! He has many accolades and titles to live up to the Bad Boys Of Poker name.

7. Vannessa Rouso

She is one of the queens of poker, and the list is incomplete without her. She is also a television personality, and if you are a fan of music, you should know that she is a DJ as well. She has received many endorsement deals, including a multimillion-dollar from PokerStar, one of the well-known online poker domains. She is currently standing at a $6 million USD net worth.

8. Jason Mercier

A Supernova Elite of the poker world and he received this title in 2007, shortly after he made his appearance in the professional poker world in 2007 itself. Along with this, he is also titled the best poker player in the world by ESPN. Along with the skills, he is also taking poker titles, and the list would be incomplete without mentioning him. As of now, his net worth stands at $8 million USD.

9. Liv Boeree

If we are talking about titles, this lady here holds both the titles of European Poker Tour champion in 2010 and World Series of Poker Champion. The only female poker player who has won two of these titles. At the age of 36 only, she is currently standing at $4 million USD net worth, and in a live tournament, she won more than 3 million USD in one sitting.

10. Tom Dwan

This poker star here, at just the age of 32, has been challenging regular and few of the top-notch poker players. This trendy player is lovingly known as Durrr by most of his fans. What you will learn from him is that he is someone who doesn’t mind losing millions because that is where you will learn to turn the tables.

Get Set Learning!

So, now you know that you do not have to give up on your dreams. If these richest poker players were able to monetize their skills and turn into some of the richest poker players in the world, so can you.

Yes, it is far-fetched, but it depends on the commitment you are willing to put in, and you can always learn from the best.

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Jean Todt opens up on Michael Schumacher’s condition, makes Max Verstappen comparison

Formula1news.co.uk - Wed, 09/28/2022 - 08:29

Former FIA president and Michael Schumacher’s boss during his time at Ferrari, Jean Todt, has given a rare update on the seven-time World Champion’s current situation and how his family “have to live everything differently”.

The argued greatest of all time has been heard of very little since his tragic ski accident in December 2013, which left the German in a coma.

Having spent an incredibly long time in hospital, the 91-time Grand Prix winner now lives with his family in Switzerland, well away from the public view, where he is regularly visited by Todt.

Todt and Schumacher built a bond during their highly successful time together at Ferrari, where the father of Mick Schumacher won five consecutive Drivers’ Championships from 2000-2004.

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

Whilst Sir Lewis Hamilton has claimed more victories and podiums than him, Schumacher is still amongst many regarded as the best driver the sport has ever seen.

His legacy long remains today, with his son having features on his helmet reminiscent of Schumacher’s famous lids.

With his current health being known by so few, due to how small his inner-circle is, updates on his health are somewhat of a rarity; however, Todt has given an update, not necessarily on the 53-year-old’s condition, but on how his family are trying to cope.

“It’s a privilege for me to be close, in the family with Michael, with Corinna, with [Mick Schumacher] and Gina,” he told Gazzetta dello Sport.

“Their lives changed on December 29, 2013. They have to live everything differently.

“The important thing is that there is the closeness of friends. And Keep Fighting, their foundation

“They are things that are part of life and that they are more important than results and our beloved races. Life, for everyone, is not just racing.”

As a driver, Schumacher was fierce, aggressive, a king of the rain, and, crucially, an imperious winner.

With Max Verstappen on the verge of claiming his second consecutive Drivers’ Championship, some have highlighted the similarities between the pair’s driving styles.

Todt can see some of the comparisons between the two, most notably the Dutchman’s determination, and aggression.

Verstappen has remarkably built a 116-point-lead in the championship ahead of the Singapore Grand Prix this weekend, where he can claim the title.

Whilst he doesn’t know the 24-year-old very well, Todt recognises the Red Bull driver’s ability.

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“Max like Michael is very determined, very aggressive,” Todt said.

“Michael off the track is a wonderful person. I don’t know about Max, I can’t say. Now I see him all focused on racing, and rightly so

“Then, of course, both had great cars at their disposal. Because to win every driver, however exceptional, he needs a competitive car.”

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The FIA’s Herta ruling won’t put a stop to criticism of F1’s superlicence points | News Focus

F1Fanatic - Wed, 09/28/2022 - 08:20
F2 promoter Bruno Michel staunchly defends the FIA superlicence points system, but is a lack of critical thought serving his series’ interests?
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Singapore track surface changes aimed at cutting F1 cars’ porpoising | 2022 Singapore Grand Prix

F1Fanatic - Wed, 09/28/2022 - 07:45
Three sections of Singapore's Marina Bay circuit have been resurfaced for Formula 1's return to the venue this weekend following a three-year absence.
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Ex-Ferrari boss makes Juventus joke when asked about rumour

Formula1news.co.uk - Wed, 09/28/2022 - 07:45

Former Ferrari boss and ex-FIA president, Jean Todt, loved his time at the Scuderia, but has indicated that he would not be interested in a return.

The Frenchman joined the 16-time champions as general manager in 1994, and he oversaw all of Michael Schumacher’s five world titles with the team.

He would later become special adviser of the side in 2004, playing a role in Kimi Raikkonen’s success in 2007, as well as the teams’ title won by the Finn and Felipe Massa that year, and in 2008.

Todt left early on in 2009, and became president of the FIA several months later – a role he stepped down from last year after serving his maximum term of 12 years.

READ: ‘Honestly’: Mattia Binotto hits out at baseless Ferrari rumour

The 76-year-old has done a lot for Formula 1 over the years, and he has been taking a well-earned break from it all this year, which has coincided with Ferrari’s return to the top.

However, after such a brilliant start to the season, Charles Leclerc has won three races, while Carlos Sainz has recorded one victory, and the Italian team have fallen well behind Red Bull in the title race.

Max Verstappen has 11 race wins to his name, and he leads Leclerc by 116 points going into the final six rounds of the season, while he and Sergio Perez have put the Austrian side 139 clear of the Scuderia.

It is another season that seems to have escaped the Maranello-based team, and this has put team principal, Mattia Binotto, under pressure.

Would Todt return to the team to help redirect the ship? Probably not.

“Ferrari was the most beautiful chapter of my career but today I live things differently, I have a lot of respect for the work of excellence other teams do,” he said at the Trento Sports Festival.

“It was difficult but it was beautiful, and for me, difficult and beautiful are concepts that go together because the beautiful depends a lot on the difficulty of what you have done. And that’s how satisfaction is generated.”

The Pierrefort-born former FIA president told Binotto to filter out the negativity being aimed at him from the outside, because given where Ferrari had been for the previous two years, this season has been a huge step up.

“Each era is different, I don’t want to give advice. It is easy to give advice. The only one I can give him is to resist,” explained Todt.

“And then now Ferrari are doing very well. It seems to me people are not fully aware of this, Ferrari are back to winning.

“I think everyone – well, almost everyone – we would like to see Ferrari win championships, not just a few races.

“We can hope so for next year, because this year I don’t think it’s possible anymore. But to win, you need excellence at all levels. It is difficult to reach it and even more difficult to maintain it.

“It starts with excellence in detail. From the one who answers the phone in the company.”

Elaborating on the rumours linking him with a return to Ferrari, Todt quipped that he has also been linked with the same career path as former team principal Maurizio Arrivabene, who is now CEO of Juventus.

“I would have a doubt it was true news, there is a lot of news underneath that is not true,” he said.

“I had a breakfast in Turin with [Juventus FC chairman] Andrea Agnelli. So many saw me and many thought I should work with Juve!

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READ: Mattia Binotto clarifies Ferrari chairman’s comment about Charles Leclerc

“It’s obvious when I was president of the FIA I often spoke with John Elkann, and we spoke often about Ferrari’s ambitions. 

“But there’s a difference between talking, sharing hopes and working together. I think the chapters are meant to go from one to the other.”

Ferrari’s constructors’ success in 2008 remains the last title they have brought back to Maranello.

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Alonso “excited” by Alpine’s downforce-boosting new floor for Singapore | 2022 Singapore Grand Prix

F1Fanatic - Wed, 09/28/2022 - 07:28
Alpine’s Singapore GP upgrade package includes a new floor that they hope will return them to their previous form after not scoring at Monza
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