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Did the stewards handle Alonso’s chicane cutting incidents in Miami correctly? | Penalty Box

F1Fanatic - Sun, 05/15/2022 - 07:34
Fernando Alonso was investigated twice for cutting the turn 14-15 chicane in the Miami Grand Prix and penalised once. Did the stewards call it right?
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Lundgaard “couldn’t see anything” before finish line crash with Ilott | IndyCar

F1Fanatic - Sun, 05/15/2022 - 06:39
Christian Lundgaard blamed poor visibility for running into Callum Ilott at the finish of the Grand Prix of Indianapolis while under full course caution.
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Ferrari boss concedes Red Bull have pace advantage, warns ‘it’s our turn’ to bring upgrades

Formula1news.co.uk - Sun, 05/15/2022 - 05:07

Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto believes that Red Bull have “a couple of tenths” over the Scuderia at present, but he aims to pull it back as the development battle continues.

Red Bull implemented changes to their RB18 at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix was described as a “risk” by adviser Dr Helmut Marko due to the lack of preparatory time that weekend, but the reported 5kg weight loss and two-tenth improvement helped Max Verstappen to victory, before he overcame Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz to win again in Miami.

Ferrari started the year evidently the stronger of the two teams but, while the Dutchman was ultimately relatively comfortable in both of the last two races, the Italian observes that Ferrari’s qualifying pace – having locked out the front row in Miami for the first time since 2019 – is a perennial reminder that the Scuderia are a threat.

READ: Binotto’s claim about Red Bull development dismissed by journalist

“In terms of performance assessments, and how much they [Red Bull] developed compared to us, is that a concern? I would say not,” he said, quoted by Autosport.

“I don’t think that the difference is huge. It is a matter of maximum a couple of tenths and we should not forget that [in Miami] we locked the front row.

“In qualifying we had a better performance compared to the Red Bull, so overall, in a weekend, I don’t think there is much difference between the Red Bull and the Ferrari.”

Ferrari were denied after qualifying first and second for the first time in 48 races, and occupying the whole front row at the start for the first time in 47.

It is symbolic of the Maranello squad’s massive improvements under the new technical regulations, but also that Red Bull’s significant evolutions appear to be making the difference in the reigning champion’s two wins on the bounce, but Binotto is convinced that the Milton Keynes side will run out of budget eventually.

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“If there is a concern, it is how much they are developing considering the budget gap. But more than a concern, maybe it is a hope because at some stage they will need to stop,” he explained.

The 52-year-old confirmed that Leclerc and Sainz will have an improved F1-75 underneath them in Spain.

“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,” affirmed Binotto.

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

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

Ferrari lead Red Bull by just six points in the Constructors’ Championship after reliability failures for both Verstappen and Sergio Perez, intertwined with three wins for the 24-year-old.

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Red Bull admit they won’t make weight with major Spanish GP upgrade

Formula1news.co.uk - Sun, 05/15/2022 - 04:48

Red Bull adviser Dr Helmut Marko has confirmed that the upgrade his team are bringing to the Spanish Grand Prix will not quite enable them to reach their “minimum weight.”

The Milton Keynes side are said to have lost up to 5kg with the changes they made ahead of the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix a few weeks ago, and it has helped Max Verstappen to two wins on the trot in Imola and Miami.

The Austrian outfit looked quicker than Ferrari in both of those races, and that is despite still not managing to get their weight down to the 798kg limit set by the FIA.

READ: Carlos Sainz wants ‘unique’ Spanish GP victory

While they are starting to get there, Dr Marko confirms that they will need to wait until after the Spanish Grand Prix before they do.

“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 told Motorsport-Total.com.

The 79-year-old described rumours that Red Bull have gone through most of their development budget as “nonsense,” and he is also sceptical as to rumours that they are running a tighter line than Ferrari.

“I don’t think so,” he said.

“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.”

Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz suffered start-up issues ahead of his final qualifying lap in Australia which put him down to ninth, before crashing out of the race having made a poor start when he was forced to change his steering wheel.

The Spaniard also suffered accidents in qualifying and the race in Imola, before colliding heavily with the barrier in practice during the Miami Grand Prix weekend.

Further, Ferrari were forced to make alterations to their engine specification after reliability concerns, so the Austrian suggests that both teams have likely spent a similar sum.

“I don’t think we are in a significantly different position to Ferrari in this respect,” he explained.

READ: Binotto’s claim about Red Bull development dismissed by journalist

“Especially as I wonder what effect it has on them that Carlos Sainz has already crashed the car several times. It can’t be cheap.”

Red Bull’s reliability failures in Bahrain and Australia might also have set them back, but Christian Horner previously waved away any implications that they have a “fragile” car.

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“F1: The Pinnacle”: book reviewed | Reviews

F1Fanatic - Sun, 05/15/2022 - 04:18
Veteran writers Simon Arron and Tony Dodgins chronicle some key moments throughout F1's storied history. But is it worth a look for hardcore fans?
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Verstappen: Miami and Vegas won’t take away from Monaco’s F1 status

Motorsport.com - Sun, 05/15/2022 - 03:58
F1 staged its inaugural Miami Grand Prix last weekend, attracting a sell-out crowd and a host of big name celebrities in a vibrant new event for the series.
It was the latest sign of F1’s growth in the United States, which looks set to only continue next year with the addition of the Las Vegas Grand Prix. The race will run on Saturday night and use part of the famous Strip ...Keep reading
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Formula E entry will benefit McLaren’s other racing divisions – Brown | RaceFans Round-up

F1Fanatic - Sat, 05/14/2022 - 19:01
In the round-up: Formula E entry will benefit McLaren's other racing divisions - Brown • Alpine upgrades coming over next races • DJ slates F1's Miami GP hospitality
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Herta triumphs in incident-packed wet Indianapolis Grand Prix | IndyCar

F1Fanatic - Sat, 05/14/2022 - 18:40
Colton Herta won Saturday's Grand Prix of Indianapolis in wet conditions, leading 50 laps in a rain-shortened race littered with cautions.
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Nico Rosberg has a stark warning for Formula 1

Formula1news.co.uk - Sat, 05/14/2022 - 15:43

2016 world champion Nico Rosberg believes that Formula 1 will eventually be forced to consider going all-electric much like its counterpart Formula E amid the climate crisis.

One of the new introductions to the pinnacle of motorsport under the new regulations the E10 fuel blend, with is made of 90 percent fossil fuels and 10 percent ethanol as part of their push to go carbon neutral by 2030.

They will also be switching to synthetic fuels by 2026 at the end of the current engine freeze, and the further change in four years is the main reason Porsche are eyeing that season to make powertrains for Red Bull, as every manufacturer will virtually be starting from scratch.

READ: Lewis Hamilton using Red Bull’s harsh words as ‘fuel’ to bounce back

Since his retirement from F1 in 2016 having won the championship with Mercedes, Rosberg has become an investor in Formula E, and started the RXR Extreme E team, which sees the teams and drivers take all electric rally cars to natural environments rather than purpose-built courses to take part in rally events.

Jenson Button and Sir Lewis Hamilton also have teams involved in the series, which travels to Sardinia in July, symbolising motorsport’s slow but sure transition away from combustion engines.

The German does not believe synthetic fuels is necessarily the way forward for F1, but he affirms that the research conducted as a result of using them will inform so many areas of everyday life.

“I see they [F1] are going with synthetic fuels, which for mobility as such is not going to be the best solution,” he said.

“But synthetic fuels are very relevant for other mobility sectors, might it be aeroplanes or container ships or trucks or whatever.

“So Formula 1 is going to go down that route and will play a key role in developing these e-fuels.

“Hopefully, as a result, that will benefit all these other mobility sectors. But is that enough for F1 to be relevant with e-fuels as the only mobility thing to be using e-fuels?”

Alejandro Agag, who founded both Formula E and Extreme E, previously suggested that electric cars will one day be “faster” than conventional ones, and Rosberg indicates that the pinnacle of motorsport will eventually have to adopt electric motors.

“Well, that’s a bit of a question mark for the long term. Maybe, as Alejandro says, they will have to go electric,” he added.

The German does not think the two series necessarily need to be competitors for the same spot, and that they can both have a place in motorsport even if they are both electric.

“Formula E, I see the opportunity to co-exist very much because there are many big differences – I mean, Formula E is racing in city centres,” explained Rosberg.

“That alone is already such a powerful attraction because F1 doesn’t have that privilege of racing in the centre of London, in the centre of Paris, in the centre of Hong Kong, and that’s amazing.

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“This is very unique to Formula E. There is an ease of access as a result, also to all the people who are in the city. So I think, with time, it will keep growing and have this natural co-existence [with F1].”

Rosberg’s team of Johan Kristoffersson and Mikaela Åhlin-Kottulinsky lead the way in Extreme E this season after victory at the Desert X Prix in Saudi Arabia in February.

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Leclerc forced to stop during filming day, but reliability issue not to blame

Formula1news.co.uk - Sat, 05/14/2022 - 15:02

Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc gave fans a bit of a scare when he ground to a halt during the team’s filming day in Monza, but fears have been allayed that it had anything to do with reliability issues.

It had already been reported that the new engine Ferrari have installed on to Leclerc’s car and that of Carlos Sainz was allowed to be upgraded because of reliability concerns, and they headed to the Autodromo Nazionale Monza for a filming day.

They chose this week to conduct the running because it gave them a chance to try out the upgrades they are going to bring to the Spanish Grand Prix next weekend, which reportedly include revised wings and sidepods as they seek to lose weight and streamline the F1-75 on the straights.

READ: Newey doesn’t agree that ‘things are looking pretty good’ for Verstappen and Red Bull

They are reportedly set to drop by 2kg and gain three tenths of a second on Red Bull, and they will have corroborated some of their own estimations in Monza.

Leclerc was sent out for some short stints followed by long periods in the garage, and Motorsport.com report that the Monegasque completed 17 laps, but article 10.4 of the sporting regulations dictate that running “must not exceed 100km” during a “promotional event.”

Had Leclerc completed the lap that he was on, he would have exceeded that, so he had to stop before they contravened the regulation.

“There was a rumour that the red car had suffered electrical problems with the 066/7 power unit, as the F1-75 stalled at the end of the straight, just before the Variante and then was not restarted,” said the report.

“Ferrari tried to choose a date for the filming day that was also functional to the debut of the first developments of the F1-75 that will debut at the next Spanish GP.”

Having watched Max Verstappen win the last two races as a result of the upgrade Red Bull introduced at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, Ferrari boss Mattia Binotto confirmed that it is “our turn” to make some influential changes to the car.

“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.

READ: Carlos Sainz wants ‘unique’ Spanish GP victory

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

Verstappen and Leclerc have won all of the first five races of the season between them, and the Monegasque leads the standings by 19 points after reliability failures for the reigning champion in Bahrain and Australia.

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Schumacher blamed for devastating collision with Vettel

Formula1news.co.uk - Sat, 05/14/2022 - 14:32

Aston Martin team principal Mike Krack was left ruing what he believes what he believes was a mistake from Mick Schumacher after Sebastian Vettel was denied points in Miami.

Having started from the pit lane due to a fuel issue, both Vettel and Lance Stroll had made excellent recoveries towards the top 10, and Vettel was running in ninth after a mistake rom Schumacher at Turn 17 allowed him through.

In his haste to earn the place back, the Haas driver went for a dive to the inside of the 34-year-old into Turn One, hitting Vettel’s sidepod and spinning him out of the race.

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The damage incurred to the Haas ultimately meant that Schumacher has now gone 27 race entries without scoring any points, and he said after the race that he would need to see an alternative angle to decipher who was at fault.

“It’s hard to say and hard to judge from inside the car so I will have to wait and see how it looks from the outside,” he told Sky Sports.

“It will be good for also to understand what Seb thinks about it, we just have to move on from here.

“It’s nice that I can learn from him and he so valuable to me as Friend and obviously we are all racers.”

Vettel and Schumacher are good friends away from the racetrack, and Vettel laments the fact that their “stupid” accident cost them both a chance at a top 10 finish.

“I’m disappointed for Mick and myself,” he said after the race.

“The two of us lost a good opportunity to score points today.

“I did not expect him, I need to have a look again. When I saw him it was obviously too late,” added Vettel, affirming that he was “looking for” his compatriot to talk things out.

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Krack had a slightly less diplomatic perspective, pinning the responsibility on Schumacher for an “over-zealous” move.

“[Vettel] was in ninth place, which would have meant valuable championship points. Unfortunately, Seb then dropped out through no fault of his own when he met the over-zealous Schumacher,” he told Auto Bild.

The German confirmed that Stroll’s tenth-placed qualifying had been undone by an issue getting the fuel up to temperature.

READ: Hamilton is considered the favorite for the Spanish Grand Prix, Mercedes believes in Russell

“Before the race we had a fuel temperature issue that delayed our cars exiting the pits. This meant that both drivers had to start the race from the pit lane,” he divulged.

The collision for his team-mate, as well as incidents for Fernando Alonso, Pierre Gasly and Lando Norris, ultimately helped Stroll on his way to secure a single point at the end of a difficult afternoon for the Silverstone side.

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Mercedes and McLaren agree team sale

Formula1news.co.uk - Sat, 05/14/2022 - 13:59

McLaren have confirmed that they will take over from the Mercedes EQ team when the German motoring giants leave the series at the end of the current season.

The move means McLaren will have interests in Formula 1, F1 Esports, IndyCar, Extreme E and Formula E, with three of them being all-electric series.

Mercedes joined Formula E as a newcomer in 2019 and, between Nyck de Vries and Stoffel Vandoorne, have taken six race victories, claiming the Teams’ Championship last summer while the Dutchman earned the drivers’ crown.

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Vandoorne leads the way this year with two podiums and a race win in Monaco in the last round, but it is as yet unknown whether they will stick around after the transition, given that they were both part of the McLaren F1 set-up previously.

Either way, CEO Zak Brown is delighted to have secured his company’s future in its latest on-track adventure, joining big motoring names such as Jaguar, Porsche and Audi.

“I firmly believe that Formula E will give McLaren Racing a competitive advantage through greater understanding of EV racing, while providing a point of difference to our fans, partners and people, and continuing to drive us along our sustainability pathway,” he stated.

Mercedes EQ team principal Ian James worked as a McLaren manufacturing engineer from 2001 to 2005, before joining Mercedes’ powertrains division in 2015.

He took up his current role in 2019, and his vast experience in motorsport – as well as his pre-acquaintance with McLaren – means that he will be staying on going into next year.

He is grateful for the journey he has been through with Mercedes, but is excited for his new chapter with McLaren.

“Today’s announcement confirms the next exciting chapter in the development of the team,” he explained.

“Since our inception in 2019, performance, sustainability and adaptability have been the keys to our success. I would like to thank [Mercedes-Benz] for being the most supportive owner by helping us to do what we do best: racing. 

“Now, once again, they have been instrumental in securing the right partner to continue our Formula E journey.

“Becoming part of the McLaren Racing family is a privilege: McLaren has always been synonymous with success and high-performance. 

“This is a great moment for all parties involved but, above all, for the people that make up this team. They are what keeps its heart beating. Being able to continue working with them is what I am most excited about.

“I’m very much looking forward for this next chapter for the team and will be a proud member of it in Season nine. 

READ: Have Lewis Hamilton’s 2022 performances really been that bad?

“Until then, we will be focused on delivering the best results possible as the Mercedes-EQ Formula E Team, for the remainder of the current season.”

The Formula E circus has travelled to Germany for this weekend’s Berlin E-Prix, ahead of which Vandoorne and de Vries have qualified eighth and 12th respectively.

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Possible Hamilton replacement for Monaco GP comments on racing plans

Formula1news.co.uk - Sat, 05/14/2022 - 13:20

Mercedes EQ Formula E driver and Formula 1 test driver Nyck de Vries has revealed that he will consider heading to America to compete in IndyCar, but would like to exhaust all of his options in Europe first.

The Dutchman joined his Formula E team-mate Stoffel Vandoorne, Ferrari junior Callum Ilott and Williams reserve Jack Aitken for an IndyCar test at Sebring in December, and impressed with his performance for the Mayer Shank team.

The possibility of him travelling across the Atlantic to ply his trade arrive amid rumours that he could be set for a seat on F1 in the near future, which could well be sooner than anticipated depending on how Sir Lewis Hamilton’s jewellery situation with the FIA plays out.

READ: Leclerc and Sainz set for Barcelona boost as Ferrari bring upgrade

The Meyer Shank team won a race last year through Helio Castroneves, while Jack Harvey scored points in all of the 16 races he contested last season, finishing in the top 10 six times.

The Briton was replaced by Simon Pagenaud ahead of the new year and, with the driver market fluctuating much more in IndyCar than it does in F1, there are naturally more opportunities for a talented like de Vries.

The reigning Formula 1 champion revelled in the running he completed in Florida a few months ago, and says he immediately felt comfortable with the machinery.

“Meyer Shank were great guys,” he told Autosport.

“It’s a very different form of racing in the US. I would say it’s mostly comparable to Formula 2 almost, given the fact that everyone has the same car. Obviously, there are different engine manufacturers [Honda and Chevrolet].

“I would probably compare it to Formula 2, in the sense that the basics of the equipment is the same. And then it’s up to the teams to make the differences – obviously the car’s a bit quicker.

“But also from a feeling point of view, I felt quite quickly at home, I will admit it was very physical. And then the Americans, they love show and they love racing, and it’s very pure, which is refreshing sometimes.

“At the same time, I also love the professionalism, the technicality and kind of sophisticated elements of Formula 1, Hypercars [in the World Endurance Championship] and Formula E because all of them have their own challenges.”

With Nicholas Latifi struggling at Williams at the beginning of 2022, de Vries has also been linked with his seat for next year and, having won a race in European Le Mans with G-Drive last season before joining Toyota in the World Endurance Championship for 2022, the 27-year-old’s priorities are very much European-based for now.

“At the moment I’m in Europe in Formula E and part of Toyota as well,” he explained.

“So I’ll have to see how the next months are developing and then at some point, I guess I’ll get to know what my future would look like, at least in the mid-term.”

Vandoorne contested 42 races with McLaren between 2016 and 2018, and is the current Formula E championship leader having taken a win and two podiums this season.

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His name can very much be thrown in the hat should Hamilton miss the Monaco Grand Prix when his jewellery exemption comes to an end, and McLaren Arrow SP boss Taylor Kiel was hugely impressed with the Belgian’s showing in December.

“I would say Stoffel’s in the conversation, no doubt,” he stated.

However, he would only consider accepting him into the team – which currently consists of Patricio O’Ward and Felix Rosenqvist – if the 30-year-old shows a genuine interest.

“He did a great job for us today but we’re well away from a decision at the moment,” added Kiel.

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“It’s a two-way street – he’s got to go away and digest what IndyCar is, what these cars are like and what our team is, and if he decides it’s something he’d like to do, then we’ll have a conversation at that point.”

Vandoorne and de Vries are both in Germany this weekend contesting the Berlin E-Prix at the Tempelhof airport.

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Horner fires dig at Wolff as he’s enjoying battle with ‘nice guy’ Binotto

Formula1news.co.uk - Sat, 05/14/2022 - 12:54

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner has indicated that Ferrari boss Mattia Binotto has been easier to get on with this season than Mercedes boss Toto Wolff was last year.

Mercedes have been off the pace of the leading pair in 2022 amid the new technical regulations that have seen the ground effect aerodynamics play havoc with their car, while Ferrari seem to have thrived, and they currently lead both championships after five rounds.

Charles Leclerc has been the leader from day one in Bahrain, and his battles with reigning champion Max Verstappen have been competitive, but extremely fair and respectful, with an evident mutual appreciation on display after each race this year.

READ: Newey doesn’t agree that ‘things are looking pretty good’ for Verstappen and Red Bull

Red Bull adviser Dr Helmut Marko described his team’s relationship with the Scuderia as a “sportive” one, indicating that the battle with the Silver Arrows involved a few more politics.

Indeed, Verstappen’s championship scrap with Sir Lewis Hamilton in 2021 was a deeply intense one, and the pair came together in numerous moments of controversy before the Dutchman dramatically sealed the title on the final lap of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Petulant was often the world that could have been used to describe Horner’s rivalry with Wolff and, while he enjoys sharing the front of the grid with the “nice” Binotto, he is not ruling the Austrian’s team out of contention.

“Well, Mattia is a nice guy. So I mean, it’s just a different kind of competition,” he said, quoted by Motorsport.com.

“But you’re writing Toto off. There’s plenty of time for him to get himself back in the show. But, look, I think we’re very much focused on ourselves. All nine teams are our competitors.”

The 48-year-year-old is enjoying the competition between Verstappen and Leclerc – who have won all of the first five races between them – but suspects that Sir Lewis Hamilton and George Russell will be joining the battle soon.

“And I think last year, there was a lot of needle, there was a lot going on off track, as well as on track, whereas this season, this year seems much more focused about what’s going on on track,” he added. 

“And I think the racing has been great between Charles and Max.”

“The first races have been epic. And if that continues through the season, inevitably, it’s going to boil over at some point as it gets more competitive and the stakes get higher in the second half of the year. 

“But certainly, what we’ve seen so far has been, very respectful racing, hard racing, but fair racing. And as I said, I think you’re going to see Mercedes joining that party fairly soon.”

Verstappen’s tactical battles with Leclerc have signified a vastly different approach to the one he took with Hamilton, and he said after Bahrain that he has known the Monegasque “longer” have raced him “many times,” so it is clear the dynamic is slightly different now.

What Horner believes will be the same as last year though is the longevity of the title race.

“I think it’s so tight with Ferrari, it’s been some great racing, and you can see that there’s a great respect between Charles and Max,” he affirmed.

READ: Leclerc and Sainz set for Barcelona boost as Ferrari bring upgrade

“They’re enjoying racing each other, you can see that, and I was rather hoping we weren’t set for another competitive year like last year. But it looks like this one could well go all the way as well.”

Leclerc has won two of the opening five rounds, but Verstappen’s two victories on the bounce put him 19 points behind his fellow 24-year-old in the Drivers’ Standings having suffered reliability failures in Bahrain and Australia.

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Lewis Hamilton insists he doesn’t listen to ‘silly comments’

Formula1news.co.uk - Sat, 05/14/2022 - 12:11

With the 2022 Formula 1 Championship not starting how Lewis Hamilton would’ve hoped, the British driver has already faced comments as to whether he should’ve retired from the sport following his 2021 controversial disappointment.

Five months on from the controversy that was the 2021 season finale, the Seven-time World Champion has faced comments from Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko, who expressed his opinion that Hamilton “should have stopped last year”.

The comments from Marko, who has aimed digs at Hamilton in the past, came after Max Verstappen lapped the British driver at the recent Emilia Romagna Grand Prix on the Dutchman’s way to victory.

Marko isn’t the only person though to have had recent digs at the Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team driver, with 1997 Formula 1 World Champion Jacques Villeneuve questioning whether Hamilton would even “reach the end of the season”.

The British driver has faced quips the majority of his motorsport career, despite his current struggles he remains adamant that he won’t be taking notice of the comments.

“I don’t listen to those silly comments, to be honest.” explained Hamilton

“Ultimately, I mean, there’s a… it’s been interesting to see there’s quite a lot of disrespectful comments that I’ve seen over time, but it’s to be expected.

“And yeah, I just keep my head down. I know who I am. I know what I do. I love what I do.

“Going through a tough time. We didn’t come out of the starting blocks the way we wanted, but we are fighters. And if you don’t know that about me, you just don’t know me and that’s totally fine.

“I’ll be doing my best to huddle up and group up with the team and fight as hard as we can.”

Despite the tough start to the season, Hamilton has remained upbeat that him and the team will work their way back to the top no matter what people have to say.

“I tried to ignore the negative I see. I’m not really watching the news a lot, but there’s so many inspiring characters out there. And I think just continuously proving you never give up, you keep pushing.

“And I love working with this team. Being in a team is such a privilege and working with so many people towards a common goal. And everyone lifted each other up.

“I’ve had amazing conversations with my team-mates in this past week. Incredible how supportive everyone has been through the difficult times, and then we’ve had the most incredible times together.

“So, you know, a couple of bad races won’t stop us in our tracks. This is where we unite. This is where we learn more about ourselves as individuals. This is where we grow the most.

“And it makes that eventual success – which I have no doubts we will eventually get to – taste even better.”

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Why Miami’s unloved chicane won’t be an easy fix due to F1 rules

Motorsport.com - Sat, 05/14/2022 - 11:34
That’s because the placement of the chicane, and the tight sequence of corners around it, has been almost forced on organisers because of its geographical location under the Turnpike road bridges.
In effect, it has been necessary to “thread the needle” to satisfy FIA track safety regulations.
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Driver tipped to replace Ricciardo at McLaren opens up on F1 plans

Formula1news.co.uk - Sat, 05/14/2022 - 11:03

Andretti IndyCar driver Colton Herta would love to get to race in Formula 1 in the near future amid his highly anticipated test with McLaren later this year.

Herta has won 14 races in IndyCar and Indy Lights in a hugely impressively career at just 22 years of age, and he has experience of going up against some current F1 talent previously.

He was in the same Carlin team as Lando Norris in the MSA Formula Championship in 2015, winning eight races as he ended the season third in the standings, and his cornering speed, according to the Briton, earned Herta the nickname “hooligan Herta.”

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Daniel Ricciardo is out of contract at the end of 2023, and it is clear that his form at the Woking side has not been entirely satisfactory since his arrival last year, so the door may very well be open for the American in 2024.

Having proven his dexterity both in the European junior series and in America, Herta wants to make the step to the pinnacle of motorsport.

“It is a serious ambition of mine,” he said in Indianapolis this week.

“There’s a lot of things that when I’m done racing I want to be able to say that I did,” he continued. “And Formula 1 is pretty high on the list for one of those things.

“There’s a big list of different races, events, series that I want to be a part of, and Formula 1 is definitely higher up on the list than a lot of things.

“I wanted to get to IndyCar, I wanted to get to the Indy 500. I still want to win the Indy 500 obviously, which I haven’t done yet.”

Patricio O’Ward has won three races for McLaren Arrow SP since his arrival into the series in 2020, and he tested for the F1 team in Abu Dhabi in December.

There is natural intrigue around Herta’s day of running with the British side, but he cannot pinpoint exactly when it will take place.

“It is going to be later in the year. I can say I’m going in June to Woking for a seat fit and then some simulator stuff,” he explained.

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“I’m looking forward to that. The last time I was there was in 2019. I think I did one day of sim. I didn’t really get to see the factory which I’m hoping I get a nice tour of.

“They’re very secretive of everything [but] hopefully I can see all the bits and bobs. But yes, that’s going to be the first step. 

“I want to be in F1 at some point in my career, and obviously time is essential to that, so it’s going to be very important to do a good job in the test and hopefully open some doors.

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“[It’s] going to be fantastic, I’m really looking forward to it.”

The IndyCar paddock is taking to the road version of the Indianapolis speedway this weekend, and Herta qualified for the race as the second quickest Andretti driver in 14th behind Romain Grosjean, but ahead of Alexander Rossi and Devlin DeFrancesco.

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