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Lewis Hamilton claims Max Verstappen wants to ‘show how tough’ he is

6 hours 30 min ago

Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen’s rivalry is certainly a fascinating one, given how hard the duo have pushed each other, especially in 2021.

Whilst Hamilton has dominated the vast majority of the hybrid era, 2021 was a very different season.

Hamilton and Verstappen pushed one another at every single round, with the pair having looked visibly exhausted at times during the campaign due to the intensity they were competing at.

That intensity, though, occasionally boiled over, with the pair having collided with each other several times in 2021.

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Verstappen’s battle with Charles Leclerc in 2022 has been drastically different, with the duo having battled fairly on every occasion.

Remarkably, despite Hamilton having not been involved in the championship fight this season, himself and Verstappen still managed to collide, at the Brazilian Grand Prix.

It is somewhat ironic that on the one occasion where Hamilton was truly in with a chance to win, that himself and the Dutchman ruined each other’s race.

The pair collided on the seventh lap of the race at Interlagos, with the 37-year-old having suffered minor floor damage as a result of the collision.

Following the race in Brazil, Hamilton explained that he effectively felt targeted by the double World Champion, perhaps due to his “success”.

“I feel like it is self-explanatory,” Hamilton told Channel 4.

“You have to listen to the words that certain individuals say about me, competitor-wise, and also look back at the way those individuals behave on track around me. It kind of shows you it is most often a little bit different to others.

“I can’t explain exactly why but part of it is for sure to do with the time I have had here, the experience I have had here, the success I have had here.”

Interestingly, Hamilton admitted that he can relate to Verstappen, in regard to wanting to beat the very best from the moment you enter the sport.

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Hamilton added that as a driver you want to “show how tough” you are to those at the very top, something Verstappen has certainly done.

“I know because when I got to the sport, that target was someone else who had had the success and my goal was to challenge them,” Hamilton added.

“You almost wanted to show how tough you were, how good you were compared to that person, etcetera.”

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Lewis Hamilton reveals if he and Sebastian Vettel will remain friends

7 hours 37 min ago

With 2022 completed, Sebastian Vettel is officially a retired Formula 1 driver, something which still just doesn’t sound right.

The German leaves the sport following a truly remarkable career, one that began at the 2007 United States Grand Prix.

Vettel replaced Robert Kubica at Indianapolis due to the Pole having been declared unfit to drive, following his huge crash at the previous Canadian Grand Prix.

The 35-year-old certainly grasped the opportunity with both hands, as he incredibly claimed a points finish on his debut in the sport, something which caught the entire paddock’s attention.

READ: Christian Horner says Lewis Hamilton and Charles Leclerc are miles off Max Verstappen

He then completed the 2008 season for Toro Rosso, where he further raised his value by winning the Italian Grand Prix, a victory that saw him quickly promoted to Red Bull in 2009.

Instantly, Vettel became a title challenger and despite missing out in 2009, he went on to claim four consecutive Drivers’ Championships from 2010-2013.

During that period, he was simply unbeatable, with the German in 2013 having won nine consecutive races, a record that will perhaps never be beaten.

The hybrid era, though, hasn’t been the kindest to Vettel, who moved to Ferrari in 2015 and ultimately failed to emulate fellow German Michael Schumacher, who claimed five World Championships for Ferrari.

His move to Aston Martin in 2021 really marked the beginning of the end of Vettel’s F1 career, with the 53-time GP winner having become a regular midfield runner due to the car he was driving.

Somewhat ironically, Vettel’s strongest period for Aston Martin was the last part of 2022, where he regularly battled for the points places.

The now-retired German, though, won’t just be remembered as an incredible driver; he’ll also be remembered for being an equally special person, one who stood for what he believed in.

Over recent years, Vettel has turned his attention to activism and supporting campaigns and communities that need support, with one in particular having touched Lewis Hamilton.

Despite having spent many years as rivals, Vettel was the first driver to take a knee with Hamilton in support of Black Lives Matter, the campaign that was started following the inhumane murder of George Floyd.

Since then, the pair have fought together in support of topics like equal rights and the LGBTQ community, something they have been commended for.

With that in mind, Hamilton has admitted that Vettel is someone who “truly stood for something”, with the seven-time World Champion set to really miss the German driver.

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“He’s one of the only drivers that stands for something,” said Hamilton.

“I mean, really, what other driver here has really truly stood for something other than themselves? And that’s something to be really admired in a human being.”

“He will be missed on the track, but he’s probably one of the few drivers that, in 20 years time, 30 years, we’ll still be friends.”

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Ex-Red Bull design chief doesn’t want Aston Martin to copy them

8 hours 37 min ago

Red Bull finally ended their constructors’ title drought in 2022, with their previous victory coming in 2013 as Sebastian Vettel claimed his fourth consecutive drivers’ championship.

The team’s success was partially down to the failures of Ferrari and Mercedes under the new regulations, however you can only beat what is in front of you as the team comfortably took home their first title as a team in nine years.

Dan Fallows worked as the aerodynamic chief at Red Bull as part of his 16 years with the team, before departing for Aston Martin at the start of the year, and has revealed how the energy drink giants have been constantly so good.

“They’ve managed to, over a period of years, iron out issues in every aspect of the team. So whether that be the race team, the manufacturing facilities, the design office,” he said.

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“A lot of building that kind of success is making sure that there are no areas where you have substantial weaknesses. I’m very proud that I was part of that on the engineering side.

“They’re an incredibly strong team. I do have an experience of what I means to win races and win championships and I think really the key message is that you just have to make sure that with every aspect of what you’re doing there are no holes, there are no things which you’re doing that can be compromised or can compromise your performance as you go along.”

The departure of Sebastian Vettel and the introduction of new regulations in 2014 saw Red Bull step back into the shadows for a while, as Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg helped Mercedes hoover up every trophy in sight for a number of years.

Fallows has been asked whether he plans to take what he has learned from Red Bull over to Aston Martin, to which he told reporters that every team has to have its own methods and way of doing things.

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“The important thing for us is to make sure that we don’t just replicate what our competitors are doing,” explained Fallows.

“We don’t believe that’s going to help us overtake the likes of Mercedes, Red Bull or Ferrari. So we have to develop our own way of doing things and that does take time.”

New Aston Martin driver Fernando Alonso has boldly claimed that he hopes to challenge for his third championship within a couple of years with his new team, meaning that everyone with Aston Martin is fully trusting in the team’s process since their introduction to the grid in 2021.

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Highest To Lowest Poker Hands Ranking Orders

9 hours 16 min ago

Poker is the most popular card game that requires an amalgamation of intelligence and luck. If you are aware of the game, you know how essential are the different hands of cards to make a poker sequence and have a winning game. This makes it critical to have an in-depth understanding of each hand and its position in the game. So, to help you out, we are here with the types of hands in poker cards game from the highest to lowest ranks. Follow the article and have a happy ending while playing the interesting card game Poker. 

What do Poker suits mean? 

Any standard deck of cards will have four different suits and all of these have the same value. In case, you and your opponent have the same hand, the one who has the highest kicker card will be declared the winner. However, if the kicker card turns out to be the same for both of you then the pot will be divided between you two. To quote it in a better way let’s cite an example. If you are dividing a pot that is uneven in nature and a high-low poker game, besides having tied hands with another opponent then the player with the highest-ranking single card will get the leftover chips. However, if this card is the same for everyone, then the player whose suit rank is higher gets the chips. Usually, a club () suit ranks the lowers, and a spade () ranks the highest, but, in several poker types suits and their ranks are completely futile. 

What exactly is a hand in poker? 

In poker, a set of five cards is termed a hand. Every hand is designated a rank and that is compared with that of the ranks of hands present with different players in the game. The higher the rank of your hands better are the chances of you winning the game. 

Variation of hands and their ranking

To have a clear idea of the ranking sequence let’s know the varieties from the highest ranking to the lowest ranking hand. 

Royal Flush

This hand has a combination of five cards containing the Ace, Kind, Jack, Queen, and number 10 belonging to the same suit. This is the best set of cards that you can have in a round of poker.  

Straight Flush

In poker, this hand contains five cards arranged in sequential order, all of the suits alike, such as Q J 10 9 8 (a “queen-high straight flush”). It ranks below a royal flush and above four of a kind.

Four of a kind

Four of a kind is a poker hand that contains all four cards of similar rank(s). It ranks above a full house and below a straight flush. Four of a kind is also known as quads. If two players have four of a kind, the higher-ranking card wins. If both players have the same high card, then the second-highest card is used to determine the winner. If both players have the exact same four of a kind, then the pot is split evenly between them.


The next hand in descending order is the full house hand which has a combination of three of a kind and two others. This is an interesting set of cards as it is ranked lower than many hands but when combined together gets the fourth position. 


When you have five cards belonging to the same suit regardless of their order then it is set to be a flush. It can be any of the 13 types of cards but has to be from the same suit. 


The sixth-ranking hand combination is known as the straight hand. It contains five cards having consecutive ranks but have to be from different suits. 


In poker, three of a kind is a hand that contains three cards of the similar rank, such as 3 3 3. It ranks below a straight and above two pairs. As with all poker hands, the higher-ranking card in the hand is used first to determine the rank of the hand, followed by the next highest-ranking card, and so on. 

Two -Pair

As the name suggests, a two-pair contains two different pairs of cards having different rankings. For an instance, a pair of 6s and a pair of 4s with any other card can be called a two-pair hand. 

One Pair

When you have a pair of cards having the same rank and three other cards it is said to be a one-pair hand. It is the second lowest-ranking hand and the best combination you can make with this hand is a pair of aces to deal with. 

High Card

The lowest hand in a game of poker is the high card where none of the cards are related to one another in any way. Here, all five cards have different denominations and do not form 

Now that you know all the hands and their ranks, it’s time to install the GetMega app and get started! It is a platform where you can play multiple game types including poker and win cash prizes. And playing these games is absolutely legal here and you can instantly withdraw cash after winning a game. 

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Get To Know What Are The Rules of Omaha Poker

9 hours 16 min ago

A poker game is a mandatory activity for any gathering be it with friends or with family. If you know the rules, then playing the game is quite easy. Otherwise, many people consider it to be a complex card game. This unique card game also has two popular variants. They are Texas Holdem and Omaha. In the first variant, each player gets 2 cards that belong to them. These cards are known as hole cards. Also, 5 community cards are placed on the table face up. The objective of Texas Holdem is to build different hands using the 5 cards and whoever makes the best hand, wins. The objective of the later variant is also the same. However, omaha poker rules are a little different than that of Texas Holdem. And to know the rules of Omaha Poker, you need to read the article. 

Omaha Poker: What is it? 

Omaha poker is a social card game just like Texas Hold’em, where four cards are given to each player and they must form good hands using 2 of them. The game is named after the city of Omaha, Nebraska, where it was first popularized in the 1970s. Omaha poker can be played with either a high or low hand, but the most common variation is Omaha High, also known as Omaha 8-or-Better. In this version of the game, the pot is split between the highest and lowest hands if there are two or more low hands. Omaha poker is a fast-paced and exciting game that can be enjoyed by players of all skill levels. If you’re looking for a new challenge in your poker playing, Omaha just might be the game for you!

Omaha Poker Rules

To play Omaha Poker, one must be thorough with the following rules. 

Learn the hand rankings 

In any variant of Poker, the most important element is the hand combinations and their rankings. You must know every hand by its order of rankings, preferably top-down. This will give you a clear picture of the cards, the suits and the sequences. You can form the best hand accordingly while playing the Omaha variant and then win the match. Remember, while making the combinations be careful with the cards that have been dealt and the cards that you require. 

Use the 5 cards to make the best hand

Players who can form the best hand with 5 cards win that particular round of Poker. In the Omaha variant, players can create their own hands using the community cards and the ones that they have been dealt. After each round, players need to choose cards on the table that will give the best hand. For the Hi Lo (Omaha), two winners generally arise after each round. The first winner will have the best hand possible and the second winner will have the worst hand possible. Thus, if you can’t form the highest hand, you must aim to form the lowest in order to win. 

Using two private cards and three community cards can help you win the pot

In the Omaha variant of Poker, every player gets 4 hole cards. As the game continues, we can see 5 social cards are placed on the table in an upward position. At every round, when you form the best hands, you use them with two hole cards and three community cards. For instance, if you are given 4 queens in a face-down position, you can use only two to make the suitable hand. But, if you are dealt four queens in an upward position, you get to use three of them to make the suitable hand. 

Make any of the players the dealer

In Omaha Poker, there’s a chip that players pass in a clockwise position. When you are playing the game with your friends or family, if you get the dealer chip or button, you must give away the cards to everyone else before the start of the game. 

The blinds rule

At the beginning of Omaha Poker, a bet is placed which is called the blind. Betting is mandatory for every player in order to stay in the round. Small and big blinds are the two types of blinds that one needs to be familiar with when it comes to Omaha Poker. The player on the left-hand side of the dealer places the small bet and the player to the left of the person places the big one.  


The game begins when the dealer deals the cards in a clockwise direction. Every player will get one card from the dealer at one time. The second card will be given the second time, the third card the third time and the final one, the last time.  

These are some general rules of Omaha Poker. If you wish to play this poker variant, then download the GetMega platform. 

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‘I was stressing consistently’: Yuki Tsunoda opens up ahead of new team-mate battle

9 hours 27 min ago

2022 was an extremely challenging year for AlphaTauri, following multiple seasons of getting closer to the front of the midfield battle.

The new aerodynamic regulations certainly weren’t kind to the Faenza-based side, nor to Yuki Tsunoda or Pierre Gasly.

After claiming a podium for three years in a row from 2019-2021, it was back to reality for the Italians in 2022, with the team’s best result having been fifth at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix thanks to Gasly.

Tsunoda’s best result was P7 at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, with the Japanese driver having only achieved a top 10 finish four times in his second season of Formula 1.

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This is considerably less than he achieved in his rookie season, where he still made countless errors.

In 2021, the Japanese driver claimed seven points finishes and ended the year on 32 points. In 2022 he scored just 12.

As a team, AlphaTauri claimed a woeful ninth in the Constructors’ Championship, whilst Tsunoda was P17 in the Drivers’ Championship.

Despite the struggles, though, Tsunoda is “pretty happy” with how his sophomore season went and is hoping to carry some momentum into his make or break third season in F1.

“I would say in general, physical side, mentality side, and driving side,” he said, per Speedcafe.

“I think overall I’m pretty happy, especially I would say now I’ve been relaxing in the race week, especially Thursday, Friday.

“I didn’t know how to approach [them] and I was stressing consistently, especially last year and rushing everything.

“That makes a little bit of stress, or was frustrating, and made it a little bit difficult.

“But now I can kind of relax and I know how to adapt to any situation,” he added.

“So, feeling confident, and anything that happens, like the things I didn’t expect, still I know how to handle it.

“I think overall this year I’m pretty happy about how I progressed every race and I think probably I can continue, or even more, this momentum.”

2023 is set to be a huge year for Tsunoda, who will likely be dropped at the end of the season if he fails to deliver.

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Team principal Franz Tost is a firm believer that a driver needs three years in F1 to show their full potential, meaning Tsunoda must perform.

He will also have a new team-mate alongside him, with Gasly having departed for Alpine.

Nyck de Vries will be partnering Tsunoda next season for what will be his rookie year, with their perhaps being pressure on the 22-year-old to beat the Season Seven Formula E World Champion.

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Christian Horner opens up on Lewis Hamilton title fight: ‘Never experienced before’

10 hours 44 min ago

Toto Wolff has recently claimed that the only way that he can see Mercedes experiencing a title drought would be if they lost members of key staff or were forced to tackle a major change of regulations.

This happened to Red Bull at the end of the 2014 season, as four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel departed for Ferrari and left the team in a period of transition, while Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg led Mercedes to dominance in Formula 1 under a new set of regulations.

After slowly becoming closer and closer to the Silver Arrows every year, Max Verstappen narrowly beat Lewis Hamilton to the drivers’ championship in 2021 before Red Bull ran away with both titles in 2022.

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner has praised his team for their focused efforts to return to the pinnacle of Formula 1, after their period of dominance with Vettel ended.

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“We went through that pain, you know, [in] 2013 we finished a very dominant streak and ’14 were the change of regs – we were nowhere,” explained the Red Bull boss.

“We never lost belief, people’s heads drop but you have to keep focused on a target and many of the people that we have today are still with us from 2013, there’s many new people that have joined the team as well and everybody’s just kept focused on that challenge on that goal of getting back into a winning position.”

Horner has spoken about the difficulties of the 2021 season, where Verstappen and Red Bull took Lewis Hamilton all the way to the final lap of the season, before controversially snatching the championship from the seven-time world champion.

“I thought last year took every ounce of energy out of every member of the team. That was something that I don’t think any of us have ever experienced before.

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“And then this year, yeah, there’s been highs and lows and we’ve had issues to deal with, one of the biggest things we’ve had to deal with is the loss of our founder in Dietrich Mateschitz.”

Red Bull will be hindered by their cost cap breach penalty in 2023, as the FIA have reduced the team’s allocated wind tunnel testing time by ten percent, which Horner claims could cost the team up to half a second in lap time.

Should the energy drink giants wish to become the dominant force in Formula 1 once again, it will take a monumental effort to fend off Mercedes and Ferrari under the more competitive set of new regulations. 

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‘We will never’: Lewis Hamilton fans buoyed by Toto Wolff pledge

11 hours 36 min ago

The new regulations that have been brought into Formula 1 over the past few years, such as the budget cap and scaling down of testing time, were introduced with the aim of bringing the field closer together and stopping the top teams running away from the rest every season.

What Mercedes would not have expected is for them to see their run of eight consecutive constructors’ championships come to an end by finishing third in 2022, eventually finishing 244 points behind winners Red Bull.

The team struggled with a severe porpoising issue at the start of the season, and Toto Wolff has claimed that fixing this problem cost the team six months of development time, which saw Ferrari and Red Bull pull away from the Silver Arrows.

Wolff was asked if the points scored by George Russell were any consolation to the team after Lewis Hamilton was forced to retire with a hydraulic problem, to which the Austrian replied negatively.

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“No, I think that race now pretty much summed up our season where it was just super difficult and, at times, very hard to cope, but I think we’ve lost it on merit,” answered the Mercedes boss.

“Yeah [the year has been tough], but I think it’s also a lesson in humility and understanding that sometimes things can go wrong, then I think this year is going to make us strong on the long term.

“We will never stop charging, but my perspective is not on one race, but it’s over five and ten years or more, and that’s the objective.”

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The Mercedes team principal has admitted that it is his team’ own fault that they struggled so much in 2022, claiming that they simply got the physics wrong surrounding the new era of Formula 1 cars, leading to the team starting the year on the back foot.

Fans of the Silver Arrows can take comfort from the fact that Lewis Hamilton is set to sign a multi-year contract extension over the winter break, and with the Brit previously claiming that he never intended to race into his 40’s, he must have faith that the team can help him challenge for his record breaking eighth world title.

The 37-year-old is yet to officially put pen to paper on a new deal, however Wolff has reassured fans that himself and Hamilton always conduct their business after the season has ended, to allow full focus on the task at hand.

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Christian Horner breaks silence on move to Ferrari

Mon, 12/05/2022 - 14:22

Ferrari are finding the void left by Mattia Binotto’s resignation more difficult to fill than they would have anticipated.

The Scuderia have reportedly chosen to hire from the outside, with the team seeing in counterproductive to promote someone from within who played a part in their recent shortcomings.

Alfa Romeo’s Fred Vasseur was the supposed favourite for the role, with a move from Alfa Romeo to Ferrari being an easy one due to the links between the teams, however German media outlets have reported that Vasseur has turned down the opportunity to join Ferrari in favour of staying with his current team.

It has also been reported that Andreas Seidl of McLaren and Christian Horner of Red Bull have been approached with regards to the team principal role at Ferrari, with the latter being quick to shut down any suggestions that he might jump ship.

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“My commitment is very much with the Red Bull team,” claimed Horner.

“I’ve been there since the beginning and obviously have a very close attachment.”

Red Bull are the current holders of the constructors’ and drivers’ championships, which would have made a move to Ferrari seem like a step down for Horner, should have chosen to take Ferrari up on their offer.

It had been reported that the Scuderia’s proposal would have included a major increase on Horner’s current wage, but his commitment to Red Bull remained unchanged.

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Ferrari had previously issued a statement rubbishing claims that they were looking to replace Binotto as team principal, however only days later the Swiss decided to hand in his resignation to the team, with Binotto now set to depart Ferrari at the end of the calendar year.

The pressure had been mounting on the Swiss as aa result of Ferrari’s underwhelming 2022 season, where errors mainly by Binotto and his team saw Ferrari and Charles Leclerc fall out of contention for both championships.

Leclerc and Binotto were said to not even been on speaking terms come the end of the season in Abu Dhabi, meaning that the writing was on the wall for the team principal as Formula 1 entered the winter break ahead of the 2023 campaign, where Ferrari will be expected to challenge Red Bull under their new management, whoever that may be.

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Ferrari address ‘misconception’ as they make Red Bull claim

Mon, 12/05/2022 - 13:50

2022 was an extremely odd season for Ferrari, who started the year with perhaps the best overall package.

The F1-75 got going in stunning fashion, with Charles Leclerc having claimed two wins from the opening three rounds.

As well as being incredibly quick over one lap, the Ferrari drivers were strong over a race distance, after having better tyre degradation than Red Bull.

Red Bull struggled with tyre deg at the start of the year, as a result of the RB18 being considerably heavier than Ferrari’s F1-75.

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Interestingly, though, as the season went on, Red Bull began to have a better package than Ferrari, certainly over race distance.

The RB18 also became better than the F1-75 at looking after its tyres, something that happened when Red Bull reduced the weight of the car.

Given how strong Ferrari were for the first half of the season, many began to wonder why the Italians were falling so far behind Red Bull, with some questioning if it was down to tyre deg.

Jock Clear, Ferrari’s senior performance engineer, labelled this theory as a “misconception”, with the true reason having been that the team struggled for “ultimate pace”.

“I think that’s a misconception to be honest,” said Clear, as per

“I think what we’ve struggled with is ultimate pace. We’ve got two drivers who got used to 12/13 races at the beginning of the year where they could fight toe-to-toe with Red Bull.

“Red Bull pulled out a little bit of a two-tenth gap, which meant that we weren’t quite able to nail the pole positions. So we were playing a little bit of catch up.

“And, of course, then you’re trying to race a car that’s actually quicker than you, and that will just manifest itself in tyre deg I’m afraid. So we don’t think that’s a big issue for us.”

Clear added that actually Red Bull’s and Ferrari’s tyre wear was incredibly equal at the venues where they demonstrated similar pace, without ‘thrashing’ the Pirelli rubber.

“Over the course of the year, when the cars were balanced, our tyre deg was slightly better than Red Bulls,” he said.

“But now [at the end of the season] we’re suffering from Charles going out there and just trying to keep up with Red Bull. And unfortunately, it’s a slightly quicker car.

“You just thrash your tyres a little bit too much, trying to hang on to it. And of course, it’s very difficult for Charles to say: ‘Okay, I can’t keep up, I’m just gonna let him go.’ He’s a racing driver. That’s not going to happen.

“So you’re just using a bit too much juice and you pay for that in the long stints.”

Ferrari will be wanting to get back onto level terms with Red Bull next season, with Leclerc having explained his verdict on how the Maranello-based team can do just that.

The Monegasque does think his side need to delve into “tyre management”, but that they also made “too many mistakes” throughout the season.

“Reliability has been a problem at one point of the season, which we paid the price for later on with penalties and other things,” Leclerc said at the season finale in Abu Dhabi.

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“Strategy, I think we’ve done too many mistakes at one point of the season, and tyre management, we haven’t been consistent enough at our 100 percent.

“Abu Dhabi was a good race but we also sometimes have very bad races and we don’t seem to have the understanding yet of how to have a good tyre management all the time.

“These are the three key aspects in which we are focusing on at the moment.”

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Toto Wolff makes ‘red herring’ comment as he reveals Mercedes change

Mon, 12/05/2022 - 13:26

2022 was an extremely challenging year for Mercedes, who turned heads in the paddock as soon as pre-season testing.

Following an eighth consecutive Constructors’ Championship in 2021, the new aerodynamic regulations saw Mercedes lose their spot as the dominant side, with the Germans having comfortably been the third best team in 2022.

This was mainly due to one pressing issue: porpoising.

Whilst it was undoubtedly a piece of engineering genius, the W13’s ‘zero sidepods’ caused Mercedes an enormous headache, as they couldn’t shake the bouncing phenomena.

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Mercedes spent half a season trying to solve the issue, which proved to be a risk to the safety of both Lewis Hamilton and George Russell.

By the time Mercedes had solved their issue, they’d lost half a year’s worth of development, putting them very much on the back foot of Red Bull and Ferrari.

To give the Brackley-based team credit, they certainly clawed Ferrari back by the end of the year and got within a few-tenths of Red Bull, an incredible achievement based on where they were in the first half of the season.

Whilst third in the Constructors’ is by no means what they wanted, they at least claimed a victory towards the end of the year, thanks to Russell at the Brazilian Grand Prix.

As well as this, the Germans have gathered substantial data to carry over into 2023 and the W14, a car that Mercedes will hope will see them climb back to the top of the standings.

Team principal Toto Wolff has already revealed that the W14 will have a different “DNA” than the woeful W13, which interestingly saw a concept change mid-season which could only be seen “underneath”.

“I go in the wind tunnel, and I say: ‘That thing looks exactly like this year’s car’,” Wolff explained to reporters in Abu Dhabi.

“But they say to me: ‘It’s very different underneath’.

“It is about the airflow, the weight distribution, the aero map.

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“Our car fundamentally changed mid-year – we changed the concept but you couldn’t see anything on the bodywork.

“I think the narrow sidepod concept is like a red herring.

“It’s full of surprises the last time I saw it in the wind-tunnel, but they told me it is not the same.”

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Guenther Steiner admits Haas considered signing Ferrari driver for 2023

Mon, 12/05/2022 - 13:07

2023 will be a big year for Haas, with the Americans needing to build on from their eighth place finish in the 2022 Constructors’ Championship.

The team’s questionable strategy to sacrifice the 2021 season to develop their 2022 car ended up being the right call by the Americans, who jubilantly celebrated Kevin Magnussen finishing fifth at the Bahrain Grand Prix.

Magnussen was, of course, a late minute addition to the team, after the Danish driver was signed almost at the start of the season to replace Nikita Mazepin.

The experienced driver performed brilliantly in his returning year to the sport and quickly cemented his place as the team’s number one driver, a status he arguably maintained throughout the season.

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This was due to Mick Schumacher having struggled, especially in the first half of the season, where he crashed heavily at both the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix and the Monaco Grand Prix.

It was from the Monaco GP when rumours already began to circulate that Haas weren’t happy with the 23-year-old, who’s crashes were extremely expensive affairs.

Whilst he performed much better in the second half of the year, following consecutive points finishes at the British Grand Prix and the Austrian Grand Prix, Schumacher’s future with the Americans continued to be questioned.

The Austrian GP was actually Schumacher’s last points finish of the season, with him having missed out just on multiple other occasions.

Despite this, team principal Guenther Steiner admitted that Schumacher had a “50/50 chance” of retaining his seat for a third season, something that ended up not happening.

The side have opted for experience over youth for 2023, with Nico Hulkenberg having been signed to replace his fellow German.

Hulkenberg and Magnussen will form arguably the most experienced line-up on the grid, with over 300 GP starts between them.

However, Hulkenberg wasn’t the only ex-F1 driver to have been considered for the role, as former Alfa Romeo driver Antonio Giovinazzi was also considered for the second Haas seat.

The Italian even drove for the team during FP1 at the Italian Grand Prix and the United States Grand Prix; however, Steiner ultimately decided that Hulkenberg was the “best decision for the team”.

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“He was in the beginning on the list of drivers,” Steiner explained to reporters.

“But then I think you can see we took the best decision for the team in the end.

“Obviously everyone has their now opinions about drivers, but for us to do what we want to do at the moment and take the team forward, Nico was the best option for us.”

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‘I’m screaming’: Christian Horner can’t escape Lewis Hamilton in hilarious coincidence

Mon, 12/05/2022 - 12:27

Red Bull rounded off what has already been an incredible season with yet more silverware, after the Austrians claimed two awards at the Autosport Awards in London on Sunday.

2022 is certainly a year the energy drink-owned team will never forget, after they claimed their first Constructors’ Championship since 2013.

As well as this, Max Verstappen, of course, sealed a second consecutive Drivers’ Championship, following a record-breaking campaign.

The imperious Dutchman smashed the record for most wins in a year and most points scored in a season, with it highly unlikely that either feats will be beaten in the foreseeable future.

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Verstappen won 15 races in 2022, whilst he also claimed 454 points, working out at a staggering 20.6 points per round.

With that in mind, it was no shock that the 25-year-old won the International Driver of the Year award, following an “incredible season again”.

“It has of course been an incredible season again winning my second title,” said Verstappen.

“Even though we had a bit of a rough start to the year I think we managed to turn it around really quickly so of course I have to thank the team for that. The team effort again this year I think has been better than ever.”

The team also won the award for International Racing Car of the Year, with the RB18 having been yet another Adrian Newey masterpiece.

Red Bull won 17 races in 2022, with Sergio Pérez having tasted victory at the Monaco Grand Prix and the Singapore Grand Prix.

Whilst there was so much to celebrate for Red Bull at the glitzy awards evening, fans were quick to notice one of the funniest things of the entire season.

An eagle-eyed fan spotted in a photo that Red Bull team principal Christian Horner was sitting at Table 44, which is, of course, the racing number used by none other than Lewis Hamilton.

Social media quickly filled with comments of how funny it was, with one image almost appearing to show Horner looking directly at the 37-year-old’s racing number.

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“IM SCREAMING!!! Horner’s table number at the Autosport Awards is 44. The event coordinator is def teamLH,” said a Twitter user.

“Seating planner knew what they were doing,” joked another.

Hamilton actually won an award also, after picking up with British Competition Driver of the Year Award.

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Dutch racing driver makes surprising claim about Max Verstappen

Mon, 12/05/2022 - 11:38

Max Verstappen will have been relieved that the journey to his second world championship was not as stressful as the first, as his 2021 rival Lewis Hamilton proved to not be a threat due to Mercedes’ uncompetitive machinery.

The Dutchman picked up a record breaking 15 wins on his way to the 2022 title, as Red Bull and Ferrari won every single race over the course of the season, barring Brazil, where George Russell picked up Mercedes’ only victory of the year.

Many have praised Verstappen for his dominating year in Formula 1, with Red Bull providing him with the best car on the grid, however former F1 driver Jan Lammers has suggested that the 25-year-old did not dominate and has explained why this makes his achievements much more impressive.

“I don’t know if all of us realise how special this year was. Of course we have the record with 15 wins from Max. That is really special,” began Lammers.

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“Usually such victories come from dominance but the most special thing of all is Max hasn’t dominated. The last few races looked easy but he still had to fight for it and even started the season with a bit of adversity.

“When you look at all the races won that way, then that is very special. Every motorsport enthusiast should be grateful that you are part of this generation.”

As Lammers suggested, the season start off disastrously for Verstappen, who was forced to retire from both the Bahrain and Australian Grand Prix as Red Bull struggled with early reliability issues.

This saw Charles Leclerc storm to a 40 point lead after three races, but mistakes from Ferrari’s strategists quickly saw this lead disintegrate, and Verstappen run away with the title, eventually winning by nearly 150 points.

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A third consecutive title will be a difficult task for Verstappen and Red Bull, after the teams cost cap breach penalty will see Red Bull’s wind tunnel testing time cut by ten percent, handing Mercedes and Ferrari a significant advantage over the energy drink giants over the winter break.

Lewis Hamilton will be hungry to get back to winning ways following his first winless season in Formula 1, while Charles Leclerc will be hoping that the departure of Mattia Binotto from Ferrari can be the catalyst for a change of fortunes at Ferrari.

Verstappen will be hoping that Red Bull team principal Christian Horner is playing mind games with their rivals, as his suggested that the team’s penalty could cost them half a second in lap time will certainly worry the Dutchman.

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AlphaTauri make shocking budget cap revelation

Mon, 12/05/2022 - 11:02

AlphaTauri have established themselves as a consistent midfield team in recent years, with Pierre Gasly especially helping the team to regular point scoring finishes.

The team racked up 142 points in 2021 and finished in sixth place, however in 2022 under the new regulations, the team amassed a measly 35 points and finished in ninth.

While Gasly and his teammate Yuki Tsunoda have shown their undoubted talent at times, the team have not been able to provide a car worthy of points scoring finishes in the new era of F1, and after Red Bull were found guilty of a minor overspend of the 2021 cost cap, AlphaTauri boss Franz Tost has made a shocking revelation about the cap.

“The car wasn’t good enough,” admitted Tost, when asked about his team’s performance in 2022.

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“We had problems with development, which also had to do with the budget cap. We thought we were over it before the FIA gave the all-clear.

“Development had already slowed down so the performance remained below expectations. I don’t expect any problems next year.”

The team will have an interesting dynamic in 2023, as Pierre Gasly is set to depart for Alpine, with Nyck de Vries coming in to replace the Frenchman.

Having only driven in one Grand Prix as a reserve driver, De Vries will still be categorised as a rookie in 2023, while Yuki Tsunoda, who is five years younger than him, is entering his third season in the sport.

This means that the significantly younger driver will be the race experienced team leader, while the older rookie, who has spent time learning from Mercedes, will start as the understudy.

Tost has admitted that he is expecting a lot from his new driver, suggesting that the winter break will be used to get De Vries in the best possible condition for the start of the season.

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“Provided that our car works, I expect a lot from him,” said the team principal.

“We will prepare him well. We still have two tyre tests and one private test before the official Formula 1 tests come, se he will have covered 3,000 to 4,000km by the start of the season.

The Red Bull sister team will hope to be able to fight higher up the grid once again next year, after a slow start under the new regulations.

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Formula 1 set to be left with big hole in 2023

Mon, 12/05/2022 - 10:05

Formula 1 officials have been left scratching their heads after it was confirmed that the COVID-19 situation in China would once again not allow the Chinese Grand Prix to take place in 2023.

“Formula 1 is assessing alternative options to replace the slot on the 2023 calendar and will provide an update on this in due course,” read an official statement from Formula 1.

F1 correspondent Andreas Haupt has spoken about the most likely outcome from Formula 1’s hunt for a China replacement on the calendar, suggesting that it is currently proving a struggle to find a logical option.

“Moving Azerbaijan forward by two weeks is said to have also been discussed in Formula 1 management,” said Haupt.

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“But it’s rumoured that there is a high probability that China will be cancelled without replacement.”

Initial rumours suggested that Portimao would return to the calendar in 2023, having served as a substitute race in 2020 during the COVID pandemic, however this now appears unlikely to be the case.

A trip to Portugal straight after Australia seems illogical for Formula 1, especially considering that teams will then have to turn back around to head straight to Baku following the race.

Should the Chinese Grand Prix not be replaced however, it would leave a four-week gap in the 2023 calendar, which would not be ideal considering how packed the 24 race calendar is with double and triple headers during the season.

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Some fans have suggested that the only possible solution to the Chinese Grand Prix’s removal from the calendar would be to find a racing venue in Asia to take its place, such as Malaysia.

Vietnam was even supposed to host a race in April 2020, but the COVID pandemic forced Formula 1 to cancel this Grand Prix, which means that there are no shortage of circuits available in Asia, however it is unlikely that such circuits would be able to host a race at such short notice.

With the Chinese Grand Prix now being cancelled two years in a row, Alfa Romeo driver Guanyu Zhou will have to wait another season for the chance to experience a home Grand Prix.

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Williams demand Alex Albon ‘be more hard’

Mon, 12/05/2022 - 09:08

Alex Albon was given a second chance in Formula 1 by Williams at the start of 2022, as the team looked to replace the Mercedes bound George Russell with proven quality.

The Thai driver was given the chance to step up from Toro Rosso to Red Bull midway through the 2019 season, after the energy drink giants grew tired of Pierre Gasly’s poor performances with the team.

Albon kept his seat for 2020 before the team elected to appoint Sergio Perez as Max Verstappen’s 2021 partner, leading to the 26-year-old spending a year off the grid, with it looking difficult for him to find a way back in due to his Red Bull links.

The Milton Keynes based team allowed Albon to leave the Red Bull system at the start of 2022, as he was signed by Mercedes affiliated Williams to partner Nicholas Latifi.

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Williams technical director François-Xavier Demaison has suggested that while Albon has impressed and massively outshone his teammate in his debut season, he would like to see the Thai driver be more ruthless with his team outside of the cockpit.

“It was a really good help for us, because we are only engineers, and we need drivers to give us a direction. Because of his experience, it’s helped us and given us the right direction,” explained Demaison.

“He’s a nice person – sometimes too nice. He needs to be a bit more hard with the team and push us a bit more, but I’m working on this.

“It’s his nature – unless he has the helmet on, then he can be hard – but he should be a bit harder in the debrief.

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“Every day I tell him, ‘You have to be a…’ – a word I will not pronounce! If you want to be a World Champion, you have to be like this.”

Albon’s first season with Williams was an impressive one, scoring points on three occasions for a team who looked resigned to the back of the grid for the majority of the season, while his teammate only scored once.

Albon will be partnered with rookie Logan Sargeant in 2023, meaning that the 26-year-old will have to step up to lead the team, which could result in this aforementioned ruthlessness naturally developing. 

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George Russell says he and Lewis Hamilton need to give each other respect

Mon, 12/05/2022 - 08:03

Despite all the obvious difficulties that Mercedes faced in 2022, the team can at least be proud of how George Russell and Lewis Hamilton worked together throughout the campaign, where they extracted the most from the poor W13.

Given that it was Russell’s first season at Mercedes, the British driver performed valiantly all year and was staggeringly stronger than Hamilton in the first half of the season.

Alas, Hamilton did become stronger in the second half of the year after overcoming some issues, most notably the horrendous porpoising phenomena.

A strong relationship between the two was visible, with the eagerness to improve being key to the team’s incredible one-two at the Brazilian Grand Prix.

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That was, of course, Russell’s first win in F1 and Mercedes’ first of the season, something that was a true sign of the relentless hard work that has been done behind-the-scenes at Brackley and Brixworth.

Ultimately, the team are hoping for considerably better from the W14 next season, where the side are going to be eager to get back to consistent winning ways.

With that in mind, some might question if this could cause a rivalry between Russell and Hamilton, should they be fighting for the title in 2023, something the former Williams driver sees “no reason” for.

“If you are fighting for one-twos there will be a slightly different dynamic and that’s only natural,” Russell said in response to a question from prior to the Brazilian GP.

“But I think the thing we have going for us is the fact that we are at very different stages of our career. It kind of feels like we are in this together, really.

“If we get to next year and we’ve got a car that’s capable of one-two finishes, we will have a huge amount of pride in thinking we have contributed together in helping the team achieve this. And then we go about our business.

“But we’ve got no reason to have conflict. We have got a good relationship. We need to give each other respect, and I think we gave each other respect in Mexico, as an example.

“We recognise the importance of that within the whole team. If our relationship starts to break up, it’s going to have an impact on the team and ultimately it’s going to go full circle and affect us as well.

“I think we can continue to build off this and if anything our relationship will probably get closer as time goes on.”

2022 was a year to celebrate for Russell despite the team’s struggles, as the 24-year-old became just the third team-mate of Hamilton’s to beat him in the Drivers’ Championship.

It is a brilliant achievement given that it was his first campaign as a Silver Arrows driver, meaning he joins Jenson Button and Nico Rosberg in the highly exclusive club.

Russell is “pleased” with his 2022 campaign but is quick to admit that the seven-time World Champion had issues at the start of the season, with it being “pretty even” between the two on the whole.

“For sure I’m pleased to one degree of how my personal performance has gone,” he said in response to another question from

“It’s no secret that Lewis had a bit of a tricky run at the start of this season, so that gave me an opportunity to rack up probably some more points. But equally, it’s been pretty even between the two of us and that’s been good for me.

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“When you are a racing driver, you want to be the fastest every single time you hit the track. And being even is also something that is a difficult pill to swallow, because we all believe in ourselves and you always believe you can get the best out of it.

“But when you’ve got someone such as Lewis alongside you, performing at such a [high] level, week-in, week-out, you are never ever going to be able to be quickest within your team every single week.

“The amount of points we’ve scored this year would have been enough to finish P3 in the championship last year. And considering that’s with a car that’s been over a second off the pace at times, I take a lot of pride in that.”

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George Russell makes surprising remark about first year alongside Lewis Hamilton

Mon, 12/05/2022 - 04:02

The roadmap for George Russell’s career is going as planned so far, with the Brit making the move to Mercedes following three successful years of gaining experience with Williams.

Mercedes struggled to get to grips with the major regulation changes that came into effect in 2022 and were forced to battle with a porpoising issue during the first half of the season, however they did manage to secure a single race victory.

The Sao Paulo Grand Prix was George Russell’s weekend, as the Brit won both the sprint race and the main race on Sunday, overcoming two safety car restarts and a near-miss with a mechanical failure.

Russell outscored seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton during his first season with Mercedes, but despite this, the 24-year-old claims that he felt like a rookie again when he joined the team.

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“In some regards, I almost feel like a bit of a rookie this season because the level at which this team works – we’re talking about things that I’ve never even spoken about before in Formula 1,” explained Russell.

“So, that’s taken me some time to understand – what the team’s processes are during a race weekend, how I can make the car faster in terms of set-up, and that’s why I’ve felt a bit of a rookie at the start of this season.”

Cracks are already beginning to show in Russell’s relationship with Hamilton, as the young Brit rejected claims from his teammate that his more experimental set-up was the reason that he lost out to Russell in the championship standings.

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Toto Wolff and Mercedes have said that they are aware of a potential developing situation in the team, similar to the breakdown in relationship between Hamilton and Nico Rosberg during their time together with the Silver Arrows.

Wolff has suggested that he does not mind his drivers occasionally coming to blows, at it shows that they both have the mentality required to win championships, rather than having a driver who will back down when challenged.

After getting a taste of Formula 1 glory, Russell will not be content with sitting back and supporting Hamilton while he hunts for his record breaking eighth world title, meaning that a potential breakdown in relationship between the pair not off the cards, should the find themselves battling for the championship in 2023.

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Daniel Ricciardo breaks silence on Oscar Piastri contract saga

Mon, 12/05/2022 - 02:39

Daniel Ricciardo’s time in Formula 1 as a driver is done, at least for now, with the 2022 season now one for the history books.

Whilst the Aussie is moving back to Red Bull as a development driver for 2023, the fan favourite won’t be seen racing an F1 car in 2023, given something truly exceptional happens to either Max Verstappen or Sergio Pérez.

Ricciardo even admitted recently that he’s only likely going to attend “a dozen” races next season, meaning the 33-year-old will not be a regular figure in the paddock next year.

His new role at Red Bull comes on the back of a challenging two years for the Australian at McLaren, where, apart from the 2021 Italian Grand Prix, nothing clicked.

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Ricciardo revealed himself that he needs time away from the sport next season to hopefully get back to his former self, with it currently being easy to forget that the Honey Badger is an eight-time GP winner.

Somewhat unfairly, Oscar Piastri was announced as Ricciardo’s replacement before his departure from McLaren had even been confirmed; however, the entire situation was seemingly out of both drivers’ hands.

Piastri was dragged into an unfortunate situation with Alpine, whose academy he was part of.

The 2021 F2 Champion had been Alpine’s reserve driver for 2022 and was announced as being the team’s second driver for 2023, following Fernando Alonso declaring that he was going to Aston Martin.

The 21-year-old then announced himself that he hadn’t agreed to race for Alpine and crucially wouldn’t be either, after it was then released that he’d be racing for McLaren in 2023.

The Enstone-based team were furious with the Aussie, with team principal Otmar Szafnauer having made some incredibly hurtful comments about the driver.

Alpine were insistent that Piastri was contracted to them, which resulted in the FIA’s Contract Recognition Board determining who the young driver was actually going to race for in 2023.

It was decided that Piastri was contractually bound to McLaren and not Alpine, something that disappointed the French side.

Speaking about his fellow Australian, Ricciardo revealed that he “felt” for what Piastri was going through, given that the entire saga wasn’t his fault.

“I felt for him,” Ricciardo told the Australian Grand Prix’s ‘In the Fast Lane’ podcast.

“Don’t get me wrong, of course, my career was kind of in a way going tits up so I was certainly very occupied with myself and trying to figure out what the hell I was going to do.

“But at the same time, I was aware of some of the comments and stuff that was going towards him… I felt for him for a few reasons.

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“This should be the biggest moment of your life, getting into Formula 1. It’s a dream come true and if it can’t really be enjoyed or celebrated then it’s a bit of a shame.

“It was just kind of how the chips fell. He was in the situation, but it’s not like he created the situation.

“It was just a product of all these things happening.”

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