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Mercedes Could Be Making A Big Mistake By Partnering ‘Young Lion’ Russell With Hamilton

Formula1news.co.uk - Mon, 11/01/2021 - 16:21

Partnering Sir Lewis Hamilton and George Russell at Mercedes could be a costly mistake, former F1 racer John Watson has warned.

Russell has been strongly linked with a move to the Silver Arrows for 2022, and it has been speculated that Bottas could effectively switch seats with him and return to Williams.

READ: Wolff Confident Bottas & Russell Will Have Strong Options ‘Whatever We Decide’

However, Watson believes that Hamilton would prefer having a “compliant” Bottas as his team-mate instead of Russell.

He also said that running a “young lion” like Russell alongside Hamilton could open the door to another team, even if Mercedes have the strongest car on the grid next year.

“My thoughts are that Lewis would like to keep Bottas, because he is what I would call a compliant team-mate,” Watson said in an interview with the English edition of RacingNews365.

“What he doesn’t want is [to be paired with] someone like George, who did a stunning job last year in Bahrain.

“Lewis is in a position of great authority and power within the Mercedes team, within the Mercedes family.

“There is a very good reason behind why Lewis was prepared to have Bottas.

“If you bring in a young lion like George, who I think is outstanding… I’ve seen over the years where you bring in two drivers who then end up fighting each other in the championship, you open the door to another team.

READ: ‘There’s Always Some Form Of Pressure’: Bottas Opens Up On Replacing Rosberg

“I think that, at the end of the day, Mercedes will keep Bottas, simply because it’s a known commodity,” he added.

Bottas is currently fourth in the Drivers’ Standings on 108 points, while Hamilton sits at the summit of the table on 195 points.

Despite having a far from perfect first half of the season, Mercedes are leading the Constructors’ Championship after benefitting from Red Bull having two woeful races at Silverstone and the Hungaroring.

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Red Bull Don’t Have To Rely On Being ‘Tactically Shrewd’ To Win GPs

Formula1news.co.uk - Mon, 11/01/2021 - 16:02

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner has said they no longer have to rely on being “tactically shrewd” to win races.

Prior to 2021, the Milton Keynes-based team had roughly the second or third fastest car over the course of Formula 1’s V6 turbo-hybrid era, but this season they have been the pacesetters at a number of circuits.

READ: Binotto ‘Happy’ With Mick Schumacher’s Progress In Rookie Season

Red Bull lost the lead of both the Drivers’ and Constructors’ Championships after abysmal weekends at Silverstone and the Hungaroring, but Horner has praised the team’s ability to put together a “sustained” campaign this year.

“We’ve managed to win six of the races so far this year, which is a phenomenal record, more than we’ve won in the last couple of years, and I think that being in that Championship fight is exciting for everybody,” Horner said in an interview with Motorsport.com.

“It’s been seven long years that we’ve been very much a support role.

“We’ve managed to win races through being tactically shrewd and being good on our toes, but we were not able to put a sustained campaign together.

“Now we have the tools to do that, we have a chassis that performs extremely well, we have an engine that’s delivering, and we’ve got a driver [Max Verstappen] that’s at the top of his game and experienced.”

And despite Red Bull falling behind Mercedes last time out in Hungary due to a Valtteri Bottas-induced multi-car collision at the first corner, Horner believes everything is still to play for this campaign.  

“We just got to do it better than the first half! We’ve just got to keep doing what we’re doing,” he said.

“There are going to be some challenges on track and off track. But we have just got to keep taking the approach that we have and trying to maximise our performance as a team in each session, each qualifying, and each race.

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“But inevitably, once you get the business end of the championship, the stakes increase.

“You sort of go through and tick off the events one by one at the moment. But the closer to the end you get, the more the pressure increases.”

Verstappen currently trails Sir Lewis Hamilton by eight points in the Drivers’ Standings, while Red Bull are 12 points behind Mercedes in the fight for the Constructors’ Championship

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F1 to continue double yellow flag lap deletions in Mexico

Motorsport.com - Mon, 11/01/2021 - 15:49
The idea emerged after some controversy over Fernando Alonso escaping sanction in Turkey following an investigation for allegedly not slowing sufficiently under double yellows.
After discussions with teams, the FIA trialled a system in Austin that automatically deletes laptimes in practice and qualifying for any driver who passes through a double yellow zone.
Similar to that already in place ...Keep reading
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Ferrari doesn't see anything wrong with Mercedes F1 suspension

Motorsport.com - Mon, 11/01/2021 - 15:23
The suspension of reigning champion Mercedes has been on the spotlight over the past days after video analysis showed the back end of the car drops down at high speed on the straights in order to boost straightline speed.
Red Bull team boss Christian Horner said after the United States GP that Mercedes' system "could be quite powerful" in the remaining races of the season.
"It will have a ...Keep reading
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Mercedes Boss Warns He May ‘Spontaneously’ Decide To Quit F1

Formula1news.co.uk - Mon, 11/01/2021 - 15:15

Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff has said he could well “spontaneously” decide to stand down from his senior role at the Silver Arrows.

Wolff signed a new three-year deal with the Mercedes F1 Team in December, as the team adopted a new ownership structure, with Wolff, Daimler and Ineos becoming equal third-part owners.

READ: Wolff Admits He Got ‘Triggered’ By Red Bull ‘Noise’ In Baku

Commenting on his decision to stay on as Mercedes team principal and CEO, Wolff said the move will have implications that stretch much longer than the term of his new deal.

“I reflected for a year if I wanted to continue in this sport, and I took the decision, yes,” Wolff said in an interview with GP Fans.

“But the decision was not that am I willing to continue to lead this team from an operational standpoint but it was more, do I want to stay involved as a shareholder.

“This means the team becomes me and I become the team long-term and this is the decision I took.

“We are three equal shareholders, we complement each other, and whatever I do in the team I’m staying in my role as a co-owner.

READ: Binotto ‘Happy’ With Mick Schumacher’s Progress In Rookie Season

“As long as I enjoy the competition and honesty of the stopwatch, I will continue.

“But I may decide spontaneously that somebody else can carry the baton better, be quicker, more agile, refreshed than me, but not yet,” the Austrian concluded.

Mercedes have won every Drivers’ and Constructors’ Championship since 2014, when Formula 1 entered its V6 turbo-hybrid era.

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However, in the final season of these regulations, Mercedes have come under threat from a resurgent Red Bull and Max Verstappen, who led both Championships until suffering yet more bad luck last time out in Hungary.

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Ferrari Boss Gives Verdict On Mick Schumacher

Formula1news.co.uk - Mon, 11/01/2021 - 13:33

Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto has said he is “happy” with the progress Mick Schumacher has made in his debut season in Formula 1.

The German, who won the 2020 Formula 2 Championship, was signed by Haas for 2021 and he remains affiliated with Ferrari, who helped him land the seat.

READ: IndyCar Boss Suggests Red Bull Forced Albon To Be Verstappen’s ‘Bridesmaid’

With the American racing outfit having the least competitive car on the grid this year, Schumacher is yet to score a point in the pinnacle of motorsport, but he has comprehensively outpaced his fellow rookie team-mate, Nikita Mazepin.

Commenting on Schumacher’s season thus far, Binotto said the priority is ensuring he is learning and gradually making progress.

“Mick in his very first year in F1 driving for Haas, I think we said at the start of the season that the objective for him was first no pressure, but to make sure that he is learning,” Binotto said.

“So 2021 has to be for him an important year in terms of learning. And I think if we look at that objective he is doing well.

“I think Mick since the start of the season is doing well, he is learning, he is progressing. Obviously a few mistakes, but that’s part of the learning process. Overall in terms of balance so far, we can be happy.

“What’s important for him is to continue developing and progressing in the second half. But I’m confident he can do that,” he added.

READ: 2021 Japanese GP Cancelled Over COVID-19 Concerns

Binotto made it clear in December that their ultimate goal is for Schumacher to race with Ferrari in Formula 1, and he speculated this could happen as soon as 2023.

“The Ferrari Driver Academy was not created to raise Formula 1 drivers, but the next driver for Ferrari,” the Italian said.

“Today it is too early to decide but there are the premises to see Mick in red in 2023.” 

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Q3 rule which gives top teams “even more of an advantage” may be dropped | 2021 F1 season

F1Fanatic - Mon, 11/01/2021 - 13:24
Formula 1 could drop its 'Q3 tyre rule', eight years after it was introduced, because it hands an advantage to the quickest cars.
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F1 plans 'show and tell' sessions on car updates in 2022

Motorsport.com - Mon, 11/01/2021 - 12:21
As F1 embarks on its new rules era in 2022, with all-new car regulations aimed at improving the racing, the sport's owner Liberty Media is also finalising plans for a revised weekend format.
With the planned schedule compressing Friday practice into the afternoons, it means Thursday's regular media day is being ditched in a bid to squeeze events to three days.
F1's chiefs are eager to ensure ...Keep reading
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F1 could name ‘Sprint champion’ among other possible changes to format in 2022 | 2021 F1 season

F1Fanatic - Mon, 11/01/2021 - 11:16
An award for the top-performing driver in Formula 1's sprint events "could be a very appealing aspect for commercial partners" says Ross Brawn.
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F1 eyes sprint race points overhaul for 2022

Motorsport.com - Mon, 11/01/2021 - 11:08
Although a final sprint qualifying trial is set to take place at this month's Brazilian Grand Prix, F1 chiefs have already seen enough to be convinced that the format is a big hit with the majority of fans to be carried forward.
While a final decision about the 2022 plans will be made in conjunction with teams and the FIA over the winter, F1 owner Liberty Media is working on its vision for what ...Keep reading
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“Unique” Miami F1 track will be more than just a race in a car park – Masi | 2022 Miami Grand Prix

F1Fanatic - Mon, 11/01/2021 - 08:35
The track which will hold the first Miami Grand Prix won't disappoint despite being based in a car park, says FIA Formula 1 race director Michael Masi.
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Why F1 is stuck with its "anti-embarrassment" engine penalty rules

Motorsport.com - Mon, 11/01/2021 - 06:10
If one of them does need to take further fresh elements – and recent events suggest that Hamilton is closer to the edge than his rival – it could tip the balance in such a tight world championship.
Of course a championship is won and lost over a full season, and 22 races in the case of this year.
As hated as they are by some, grid penalties are in F1 for very good reasons. The aim is to ...Keep reading
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Power unit penalties: Tactical battleground or unwelcome factor in the title fight? | 2021 F1 Season

F1Fanatic - Mon, 11/01/2021 - 04:11
Power unit penalties have interfered with the title fight recently and could decide it in the coming races. Is there a better alternative to them?
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2021 Mexico City Grand Prix TV Times | 2021 Mexico City Grand Prix

F1Fanatic - Mon, 11/01/2021 - 02:55
It's race week! Formula 1 heads to Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez this weekend. Here's how to watch the Mexico City Grand Prix and more.
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Newey crash reports “blown out of proportion” – Horner | RaceFans Round-up

F1Fanatic - Sun, 10/31/2021 - 20:01
In the RaceFans Round-up: Newey crash reports "blown out of proportion" - Horner • Davidson announces retirement • First F3 test for Van Amersfoort
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F1 encouraged survey results confirmed ‘vibes’ about fanbase

Motorsport.com - Sun, 10/31/2021 - 13:24
The results of the F1 Global Survey commissioned by Motorsport Network in partnership with F1 and Nielsen Sports were released ahead of the United States Grand Prix after responses from more than 167,000 fans in 187 different countries.
The survey revealed that F1’s audience is becoming younger and more diverse. The average age of respondents fell from 36 in 2017 to 32, while female ...Keep reading
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Sainz calls on Ferrari to analyse recent F1 pit errors

Motorsport.com - Sun, 10/31/2021 - 11:34
Sainz has been hindered by slow pitstops three times this year, at the British and Turkish Grands Prix and again in the Austin race last Sunday.
The Spaniard lost some 10 seconds at Silverstone, around five in Istanbul and three in the United States.
Sainz reckons the problems have cost him "quite a lot of points".
"The pitstop, well, unfortunate again," ...Keep reading
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Why the timing wasn’t right for an Andretti-Alfa Romeo F1 deal | News Focus

F1Fanatic - Sun, 10/31/2021 - 08:04
F1 will have two American races in 2021 but no second US F1 team after Andretti's attempt to acquire Sauber, which runs Alfa Romeo, hit a roadblock.
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“Al Unser Jnr: A Chequered Past” reviewed | Review

F1Fanatic - Sun, 10/31/2021 - 04:25
Al Unser Jnr opens up on his struggles with drugs and alcohol during the CART Indycar era in this startlingly candid new book.
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Hamilton would love F1 to revive South African Grand Prix

Motorsport.com - Sun, 10/31/2021 - 04:01
South Africa has been the home to 23 F1 races from 1962 to 1993, when the Kyalami circuit last hosted a grand prix before losing its slot on the calendar.
The country has been linked with a return to the schedule on various occasions during the years, but no deal has materialised.
Formula 1 was due to host a fan festival in Johannesburg last year, but the event was called off because of the ...Keep reading
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