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Aston Martin concerned about new upgrade after worrying Vettel incident

11 hours 25 min ago

Sebastian Vettel suffered floor damage during practice ahead of the British Grand Prix, costing him valuable running time as a result.

The first practice session was all but rained off as Valtteri Bottas set the pace, so more emphasis was placed on a busy FP2 session as the drivers headed out to try and make up for lost time.

Aston Martin have brought upgrades to this weekend, including a new floor, but Vettel was brought into the pits and told to switch off after he sustained some damage to the newly installed part.

“Stop the engine Sebastian, the floor is damaged,” said his engineer.

READ: Aston Martin reveal ‘many other problems’ have prevented Vettel contract talks

“Ok, I didn’t go off or didn’t go wide anywhere,” replied Vettel.

“I think the floor itself is weak Sebastian,” was the slightly concerning response from his engineer.

The German set 20 laps in the second session while team-mate Lance Stroll, who slid off into the gravel at the end of first practice, hit the 17-lap mark as he ended the day 10th fastest, two positions ahead of the four-time champion.

Due to the lack of running on Friday, Vettel is not entirely sure where the British side sit in terms of relative performance.

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— Formula1News.co.uk (@Formula1newsUK) July 2, 2022

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“I don’t know yet,” he said after practice.

“I think nobody did a lot of laps so we only had one session.

“We had some small issues that stopped us from doing more laps than we wanted this afternoon, but now we’ll have a good look and see where we are tomorrow.”

Elaborating on the floor damage, the 34-year-old confirmed that there is no serious damage; it was merely an inconvenience to the team’s session.

“It’s a fast track so I didn’t go off anywhere but I guess with these cars everybody is quite low, so I think we need to have a good look,” added Vettel.

“[It’s] nothing that we can’t repair but probably we didn’t manage to repair in time inside the session that lost us a little bit of time but tomorrow we’ll be fine.”

Aston Martin head into their home race eighth in the Constructors’ Championship after Stroll’s point in Canada took them above Haas and into eighth.

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Red Bull criticised for unusual reaction to Piquet calling Hamilton the n-word

11 hours 45 min ago

Red Bull have been criticised for their reaction to Nelson Piquet racially abusing Sir Lewis Hamilton.

The Milton Keynes side dropped junior driver Juri Vips from their programme after the Estonian used a racist slur during a livestream on Twitch, and comments made by Piquet back in November were uncovered ahead of this weekend’s British Grand Prix.

Piquet was reviewing the incident between Hamilton and Max Verstappen last season, and he used a racist term to describe the seven-time world champion.

Multiple teams and drivers came to the defence of Hamilton, but Red Bull did not issue a public statement.

READ: Steiner comments on Schumacher’s future as he warns of ‘negative spiral’

The Austrian side had already issued a release that stated their condemnation of any racist or discriminatory language or actions when they dropped Vips from their system.

Team principal Christian Horner confirmed the team’s disappointment at the comments made by Piquet.

“Of course, we’re appalled at Nelson’s comments and it’s from an interview from some time ago,” he told Sky Sports.

“We’ve obviously had an incident with one of our young drivers at the end of last week and we took very definitive action where he’d made a racist comment.

“And so we took action and we immediately removed him from the team.

“So we put out a statement about Juri, and this one comes out, and we felt we’d made a very strong statement through action of actually dropping Juri from the team, from not in any way condoning any form of racism or discrimination.”

The 48-year-old asserted that the team is completely behind Hamilton as he continues to battle abhorrent racism, but the fact that they had already dropped Vips and released a statement about him was affirmation enough of their complete opposition to racism and discrimination.

“We’d put out a statement earlier in the day about Juri, about having zero tolerance for racism.

“To then put out another statement about Nelson Piquet… of course we’re fully behind Lewis, we’re fully signed up to the Hamilton commission.

Christian Horner on Nelson Piquet and Juri Vips#BritishGP #F1 pic.twitter.com/UjsFFSLtm7

— F1 To Rule Them All (@F1RulesMedia) July 1, 2022

“And we felt that actions sometimes talk louder than words and the action that we took with Juri, which was obviously was draconian, but in line with the policy that we have.”

Fans on social media were not impressed with this stance though, with fans suggesting that they should be condemning every individual incident of racism, not just one that then covers them for the rest.

“So in that case, that one statement is covering for all future racist comments too? What a joke,” said one user.

So in that case, that one statement is covering for all future racist comments too? What a joke.

Helmut is probably happy about that tho, he’s free to express his thoughts…

— Roman, The Fabulist (@EmilBzCal) July 1, 2022

“[Dr] Helmut [Marko] is probably happy about that though, he’s free to express his thoughts…”

“So they’re (rightfully) sanctioning a younger guy but ignoring the older, more powerful dudes indiscretions? Ok got it,” said another.

So they’re (rightfully) sanctioning a younger guy but ignoring the older, more powerful dudes indiscretions? Ok got it.

— Emma Elizabeth (@emma_elizabeth) July 1, 2022

The Briton did receive some praise for his reaction though due to his public anti-racism stance.

“Never understood why people hate him so much F1 legend imo,” stated a user.

never understood why people hate him so much f1 legend imo

— MessiXFCB (@messi_xfcb) July 1, 2022

“Very intelligent interview from Horner,” added another.

READ: Piquet used racial slur against Hamilton because of Verstappen links

“He clarified that Max doesn’t condone Nelson’s actions as some people saw it as Max defending Nelson, as well as showing RB don’t tolerate the behaviour. Articulate as always.”

Very intelligent interview from Horner. He clarified that Max doesn’t condone Nelson’s actions as some people saw it as Max defending Nelson, as well as showing RB don’t tolerate the behaviour. Articulate as always

— ms 2x (@AFCW_Kimis) July 1, 2022

Piquet has been banned from the paddock as a result of his actions, and it has now transpired that he allegedly made further racist and homophobic comments about Hamilton in his controversial interview.

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‘Guinea Pig’ Chadwick admits changes may be needed to accommodate women in Formula 1

12 hours 8 min ago

W Series driver and Formula 1 hopeful Jamie Chadwick has conceded that she is not sure that he has the physical attributes to make it to the pinnacle of motorsport.

Chadwick is the defending W Series champion having won both of the first two titles in 2019 and 2021, and leads the way this year having taken a podium in Miami and victory in Spain.

The 24-year-old is part of the Williams system, and is aiming to get into Formula 3 and Formula 2 to compete with the guys and test her strengths as she aims to propel herself up to F1.

However, the young Briton wonders women have what it takes physically to compete in the premier class.

“I have set myself a goal of competing in Formula One but I don’t know what is actually possible,” Chadwick said in conversation with PA News Agency.

READ: Red Bull told to sign Vettel as Verstappen’s team-mate

“To get into Formula One you have to go through the feeder series – Formula Three and Formula Two – and it is extremely physical.

“Formula One is extremely physical, and we don’t know exactly what women are capable of in the sport.

“If you are aged 15 or 16, and go into car racing, without power steering and driving big heavy cars, a lot of women do struggle, even though they have been successful in go-karting.

“We like to think that women can make it – and I am happy to be the guinea pig and will do my best to push and explore the options to Formula One – but we don’t know.

“There hasn’t been a woman in the recent era that has done it. I am trying to understand whether that is to do with the physical side of it.

“If it is physically possible, and women can compete against men, how do we make that happen? 

“However, if it is physically too hard, but the sport wants women to compete, then we have got to bring it back and understand why.”

Chadwick indicated that some changes may be needed to the cars to make the sport more accessible to female drivers, as getting in the gym and hitting the weights is not the simple solution many might think it is.

“I don’t think it is just as straightforward as getting stronger in the gym and jumping in the car,” she added.

“Although our sport is incredibly advanced with a lot of things, the physical human performance side is misunderstood.

“In Formula Two and Formula Three, the steering wheels are all identical and they have a thick grip. How can we make them thinner because women’s hands are not necessarily that big?

“How can we make sure there are no restrictions on how close the pedals are so you can get the right leverage?

“And some of the newer tubs in the cockpit are really narrow; women with bigger hips can’t fit into them comfortably.

“A lot of these things have been overlooked for obvious reasons but now we need to see whether that does make a difference to performance.”

Susie Wolff contested a practice session as Williams’ reserve driver at the British Grand Prix in 2014, but was left out by the team at the 2015 Australian Grand Prix when Valtteri Bottas was forced to miss the race through a back injury, so the Grove-based outfit opted to race with only Felipe Massa.

Ferrari boss claims 2022 cars are ‘quite comfortable’ after Hamilton suffers back pain https://t.co/OW7tVjptDo

— Formula1News.co.uk (@Formula1newsUK) July 1, 2022

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Wolff had seemed an obvious choice to race with the team that weekend, but Williams’ decision not to include her left the feeling that that there was still a way to go for female inclusion in motorsport.

Chadwick remains hopeful that, be it her or someone else, there will be a woman in F1 in the near future.

“I would like to think in the next three to four years we will see a female driver in F1,” she explained.

“There is a lot of talent that is younger than me coming through that could have great success, but there are details within the sport that have been a limiting factor previously.

“Trying to understand those and changing them – even if that is not for me but for the next generation coming through – is going to be important.”

Chadwick leads Abbi Pulling and Alice Powell in the W Series Drivers’ Standings, with 42 points covering the top three as they head into the third round of the season this weekend in Silverstone.

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Alpine boss uses gas analogy to describe Binotto and Wolff’s heated exchange in FIA meeting

12 hours 28 min ago

Alpine team principal Otmar Szafnauer used an amusing gas analogy to describe his role in the meeting the team principals held with the FIA in Canada.

A row started when the FIA introduced a technical directive (TD) setting a metric for oscillating movement amid the “porpoising” and bouncing caused by the new technical regulations.

Ground effect aerodynamics were brought back this season, meaning that aerodynamic design across the board had to be reimagined by engineers and, as expected in a new regulatory era, some teams got it spot on while others did not.

READ: Binotto admits he’s ‘concerned’ by FIA’s appointment of former Wolff advisor

Surprisingly, Mercedes were one of those that struggled to adapt, and George Russell and Sir Lewis Hamilton have been suffering from heavy contact with the track surface as a result.

Not only has it been costing them a significant amount of time on the straight, but it has also become a safety concern with the backs, necks and heads of the drivers being subjected to increased loads and impacts.

Now, for safety reasons, if any team goes over the limit set by the governing body in terms of oscillation, they will be asked to raise the ride height of their cars, but there is a debate as to how much bouncing is considered too much.

As a result, it is plausible that every team could be forced to raise their cars, and that could cancel out the advantage Red Bull and Ferrari have over Mercedes at present.

Those two teams feel that the ruling is unfair, and that Mercedes are using safety as an excuse to get the FIA to help them get back to the front having ultimately made an uncompetitive car this season.

Red Bull boss Christian Horner said that the directive should have gone through “consultation” first, while Mattia Binotto of Ferrari stated that the TD is not “applicable” due to the fact that they are designed to give clarity over the regulations, not to change them.

The issue was brought up at the meeting between the team bosses and, as one might expect, things got a little heated, so Szafnauer sat back and watched the chaos unfold.

“I was at the meeting. I was more like, an inert gas than a combustible one,” he said. 

“At that meeting, I just sat back and watched the others, the hydrogens in the room. I was more of a helium.”

The Romanian-American affirmed that teams attempting to sway the opinion of the governing body is a normal part of F1.

“But yeah, you know, everybody does what they can to influence the FIA, FOM [Formula One Management] to write the rules in such a way that suits them – and that’s been going on forever,” added Szafnauer.

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— Formula1News.co.uk (@Formula1newsUK) June 29, 2022

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“You know, sometimes it happens in front of the cameras, but mostly it happens behind the scenes. So we all try to pull in our own direction, and it’s understandable.”

There were rumours during the Canadian Grand Prix weekend that Toto Wolff got into an argument with Binotto over the issue in the presence of Netflix cameras.

Szafnauer cannot say for certain whether the behaviour of his colleagues might have been different had the cameras not been in the room.

“I don’t know, the cameras were there so it’s hard to know,” he stated. 

“Had the cameras not been there, would the same combustion have happened? Maybe, but it’s not a controlled experiment so it’s hard to know.”

It is not yet known whether the data collected at the Canadian Grand Prix will be translated into any new regulations this weekend, but nothing new has appeared in the technical regulations yet.

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British GP: Police warn that drivers’ lives could be at risk after receiving ‘credible intelligence’

12 hours 59 min ago

Northamptonshire Police have told potential protestors at this weekend’s British Grand Prix that they would be putting the lives of marshals and drivers at risk should they invade the track.

Rumours began spreading before the weekend that protestors, who are rumoured to be climate activists, plan to invade the circuit in Towcester on Sunday and disrupt the race.

Northamptonshire police stated that they have received “credible intelligence” of a planned protest, and advised them against reckless actions that will put multiple lives at risk.

“We have received credible intelligence that a group of protestors are planning to disrupt the 2022 Formula One British Grand Prix and possibly invade the track on race day,” they tweeted.

“We want to appeal directly to this group of people. We strongly urge you to not put yourselves, the drivers, as well as the many marshals, volunteers and members of the public, at risk.

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“Going onto a live racetrack is extremely dangerous – if you go ahead with this reckless plan you’re jeopardising lives.

“Protesting is of course everyone’s human right in this country and we are more than happy to speak with you to help you facilitate a peaceful protest at the circuit, we just please ask that you do not create a situation that puts lives in danger.”

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— Formula1News.co.uk (@Formula1newsUK) July 1, 2022

Stuart Pringle, managing director of the Silverstone Circuit, added that he is working collaboratively with the local police service to snuff out any threats to the race, and asked fans to “remain vigilant” of anybody acting suspiciously.

“We work closely with Northamptonshire Police and the emergency service agencies to put plans and procedures in place to ensure we are fully prepared to handle such situations,” he stated.

“I am confident, under the lead of the Police, and with the pooled resources of our partners, that we can deliver a safe and secure event for the fans which remains our overriding priority.

“As is the case at every major event we must remain vigilant and ask all at Silverstone to act as our eyes and ears and report anything suspicious to a steward.”

READ: Hamilton calls for drastic action after being left horrified by Ecclestone’s comments

The 2003 British Grand Prix became famous for a track invasion by Neil Horan, who entered the Hangar Straight forcing multiple drivers to swerve to avoid him.

The miscreant was sentenced to six months in prison, and the marshal who tackled him, Stephen Green, was later awarded the BARC Browning medal for his “outstanding bravery.”

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Wolff denies being ‘intimidated’ by Binotto as he reveals Mercedes have changed design concept

13 hours 19 min ago

Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff does not feel any strain from the heated debate he is having with other team principals over the “porpoising” and bouncing problems.

The new technical regulations brought in this season saw a return to the ground effect aerodynamic concept, and the subsequent low ride heights have proven a challenge for the Silver Arrows.

Both Sir Lewis Hamilton and George Russell have been losing time on the straights due to the turbulence caused by the chassis with the unique sidepod design, and even after seeming to negotiate that, the floor of the car complained when they lowered it.

The impact with the circuit has affected the drivers physically as well as serving as a detriment to their performance, so the FIA stepped in for safety reasons.

They brought in a technical directive ahead of the Canadian Grand Prix weekend that states that teams will be forced to raise their ride height if their car falls foul of a limit set for oscillating movement.

READ: Piquet banned despite ‘wholehearted’ apology after racially abusing Hamilton

The governing body are collating data taken from the cars in Montreal, and a limit is set to be introduced at the French Grand Prix.

Depending on where the limit is, every team could theoretically be forced to raise their ride height, which would affect them in the corners, and this could cancel out the advantage Ferrari and Red Bull have worked hard to create over Mercedes by nailing the new technical regulations.

This reportedly led to a “heated” debate between Wolff and Ferrari boss Mattia Binotto during a team principals’ meeting, but the Austrian did not feel the sting of any of the 52-year-old’s remarks.

“They were more like foam pellets from nerf guns,” joked Wolff in conversation with Kronen Zeitung.

He affirmed that he was “not at all” intimidated by Binotto or anyone else for that matter, adding: “I really enjoy the controversy.”

Wolff affirmed that he wants to be heavily involved in pushing for safety in the pinnacle of motorsport, so will not merely look on from a distance.

“At the moment I’m less on the balcony and a lot more on the dance floor,” he explained.

Mercedes are reportedly beginning to trial parts on their W13 car that will help inform their W14 in 2023 but, before they can put too much focus on that, they need to figure out why things are going wrong with the current iteration.

“It’s important to get the problems under control, then I can look at what the successor looks like,” said Wolff.

After Hamilton struggled to clamber out of his car in Baku, the Brackley-based side had to make some changes to ensure the safety of their challenger.

“We changed our concept because we can’t drive as low as we developed for,” he Wolff.

“If we’re going in the right direction now, and I believe we are, we’ll no longer be eight tenths down but a lot less, at least that’s my wish.

“It is important for us to get the bouncing under control, with or without the help of the FIA.

“Only fools are optimists, but Silverstone and Le Castellet suit our car better so let’s see what the stopwatch says, because it never lies.”

The seven-time champion’s demeanour was a lot happier after his podium in Canada to what we saw in the seven races prior, and he is using nasty comments in recent months from the likes of Bernie Ecclestone, Sir Jackie Stewart and Nelson Piquet – the latter of whom racially abused him – as motivation to push harder for positive change.

“He has zeroed in on new goals, it is a great joy to see that he is happy and completely on top of things, as we can see from his reaction to certain recent statements,” stated Wolff.

It is not just the racist comments from Piquet and the harsh criticism from elsewhere that Wolff was discussing, but “others too, things like that are simply superfluous.”

As for Max Verstappen, who dramatically beat Hamilton to the championship in 2021, Wolff was full of praise for the Dutchman, who has won six races this year, and he wants to see Red Bull’s fight with Ferrari go to the wire.

Red Bull developing car featuring ‘banned’ #F1 technology https://t.co/m5pJKJbkSx

— Formula1News.co.uk (@Formula1newsUK) June 30, 2022

READ: Russell eyeing victory at British GP as Mercedes bring major upgrade package

“Max is in a league of his own with this car, you have to acknowledge that,” he affirmed.

“It’s not good for Formula 1 to have a world champion so early, so I would like to see a duel between Red Bull and Ferrari until the last race in Abu Dhabi.

“But it doesn’t look like that at the moment because Ferrari is beating itself.”

Mercedes have now gone 10 races without a win but, as they summon the resolve they showed from way back in the BAR and Honda days, Wolff paraphrased a line from compatriot Arnold Schwarzenegger.

“We’ll be back, and we’ll have a say a few more times this year,” said the Austrian.

“But it just doesn’t happen from one day to the next so we’ll let them play for a bit and then we’ll have the big comeback story.

“Reliability is definitely our highlight, but realistically, a lot has to go wrong at Red Bull to be able to catch up with them.”

Russell and Hamilton head into the British Grand Prix this weekend having scored five podiums between them so far in 2022, but they would love to produce a victory this time around.

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Formula 2 team makes surprising decision amid Vips racism saga

13 hours 49 min ago

Juri Vips’ career has been thrown into huge doubt and controversy, after being caught saying a racial slur whilst streaming popular video-game Call of Duty on Twitch.

Vips’ comments have caused outrage, especially coming at a time where Sir Lewis Hamilton has once again been a victim of vile and inhumane racial abuse, this time from Nelson Piquet Sr.

The Estonian driver who was Red Bull Racing’s official test and reserve driver, was immediately dropped by the team in light of Vips comments, with the Austrian side terminating the F2 driver’s contract.

Vips recently drove for the team in FP1 at the Spanish Grand Prix, and was looking set for a great future with the side.

However, Vips’ racing career will questionably continue this weekend.

Whilst condoming Vips language, Hitech GP have announced that the 21-year-old will continue racing for the side.

READ: Latifi admits Williams could soon fire him amid poor season

It means Vips will be racing at this weekend’s British Grand Prix, as well as the rest of the 2022 F2 campaign.

Hitech GP team owner Oliver Oakes explained that he is “shocked and appalled” by his driver’s language, but said that everyone deserves a second chance.

“I have made the decision for Juri to keep his F2 seat with Hitech for the remainder of the season, a decision we have seriously debated,” Oakes said.

“Allowing him to complete his season with Hitech is an opportunity for him to demonstrate, through his actions, the type of person he is. I have made it clear that I think the language used was totally unacceptable, but I choose to give him the chance to redeem himself.

“Hitech GP employs an inclusive work force and has never condoned racist behaviour or offensive behaviour in any forms. That said, if we live in a society where no one can make a mistake, then genuinely apologise, have the chance for redemption and learn from it – what does it say about society?

“I don’t know why he said what he said. I don’t know why he was streaming and playing COD [Call of Duty] at that time of day. Certainly, there are things which would have been far more beneficial for his career!

“What I do know is that having his contract terminated by Red Bull as a result of his actions is a crushing experience for him, a deservedly severe punishment.

“The reality is there will not be unanimous agreement whether that punishment is sufficient, and that is totally understandable.”

Vips did immediately issue a sincere apology, however, with the paddock continuing to battle ongoing racism towards the likes of Hamilton and Naomi Schiff, F2 have announced their “surprise” at Hitech’s decision.

Formula 2 released an official statement, which read:

“Following the recent incident involving Juri Vips, F2 would like to reaffirm that the use of racist or discriminatory language cannot be tolerated in any environment.

“Hitech Grand Prix’s decision today is surprising and not one we would have taken. We will monitor the situation carefully with them to ensure that such behaviour is properly addressed.”

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Max Verstappen opens up on Drive to Survive return for season 4

14 hours 14 min ago

Red Bull driver Max Verstappen is set to make a return to Drive to Survive this season after refusing to partake in any interviews in 2021.

The arrival of Netflix cameras to the paddock in 2018 caused a huge influx of fans from the United States, and this in turn has attracted interest from many different venues around the world.

However, the show’s producers have a tendence to dramatize as many aspects of the sport as they can and, in the reigning champion’s eyes, they have “faked” rivalries between drivers over the years.

Formula 1 CEO Stefano Domenicali vowed to work with the Dutchman to rekindle his relationship with the show makers, and Verstappen now reveals that he has held some positive talks in recent weeks.

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“I’m not going to be too negative about it now because I mean, in the meantime, of course, I’ve talked to the people who are in charge, and who are running the show,” he told the Pardon my Take Podcast.

“So I think we actually came to a good understanding for the future, but up until now, that’s why of course last year, I was not really involved.

“I think there were a few things where I was not really happy with and especially, you know, faking rivalries between drivers that for me, is a tough one because of course, that one it was [shown] in America.”

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— Formula1News.co.uk (@Formula1newsUK) June 30, 2022

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What the 24-year-old most took issue with was the fact that the show made several drivers seem a lot more unpleasant than they really are.

“But also, I think sometimes they portray a few drivers differently to how they actually are,” added Verstappen.

“And then of course, the people who are new to F1 think ‘oh, this guy is a bit of a d*ck’ or whatever, right, which in real life he’s not.

“But having said that, like I just said before, I think for the future, we came to a good understanding of how we can work together so, yeah, I’m sure in the next one, you will see a little bit more of me.”

Verstappen leads the Drivers’ Standings in by 46 points from Red Bull team-mate Sergio Perez 2022 after taking six wins in the opening nine rounds of the season. 

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Piquet used racial slur against Hamilton because of Verstappen links

Fri, 07/01/2022 - 12:03

Former Formula 1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone believes that Nelson Piquet’s anger at seeing Max Verstappen crashing out of last year’s British Grand Prix was an adequate reason for the Brazilian to racially abuse Sir Lewis Hamilton.

Piquet has somewhat of a connection to Verstappen as his daughter, Kelly, is dating the reigning world champion and, when analysing the crash between Verstappen and Hamilton at last year’s British Grand Prix, the Brazilian used a racial slur to describe the seven-time champion.

Piquet has since apologised, but he tried to defend his actions by saying that the term he used was a colloquial term to describe a guy.

However, he only used that term to describe Hamilton, and not any other drivers on the grid.

Ecclestone suggested that Piquet did not mean anything bad by his comments, and that the word was a result of adapting to ‘English humour.’

READ: Ricciardo sends Norris to stratosphere via stinging space hopper

“I’ve known Nelson for an awful long time,” he told Good Morning Britain.

“Even up until a couple of weeks ago I was with him, and it’s not the sort of thing Nelson would say meaning something bad.

“Very often these things get said and he’s Brazilian, when he came to England he didn’t speak any English so he probably picked up the English sense of humour 

“And he probably thinks lots of things that he says, which might upset us and we might feel a little nit offended [by], to him is nothing, it’s just part of the conversation.

“But Nelson would never go out of his way to say anything bad.

“I think what probably happened, knowing Nelson as I know him, as his daughter is the girlfriend of Max Verstappen, probably after seeing the accident, he probably exploded and sort of carried that forward.”

The 91-year-old theorised that the three-time champion will have been incensed by what he felt was a mistake by Hamilton that led to the crash, and he sees that as reason enough to have used the slur.

“I know his feelings because I was alone, I exploded – didn’t stay anything obviously because there was no point because there was nobody here to hear my reaction to that,” added Ecclestone.

“So, that’s probably what his problem was; he was upset with the accident thinking it was wrong, and probably thinking it was Lewis’ fault.

“I did as well as it happens but anyway, that’s probably what he thought and he probably exploded about that.”

The former F1 boss then seemed to suggest that people making comments about his particularly small size is on a par with the topic of racist abuse, so he told Hamilton to let the abuse, to which he has been subjected throughout his career and continues to battle every day, go.

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— Formula1News.co.uk (@Formula1newsUK) June 29, 2022

READ: Ecclestone says he and Putin are alike as he makes bizarre claim

“[The language is] probably not appropriate with us,” explained Ecclestone.

“But probably it isn’t something terrible that happens if you said that in Brazil, I don’t know what the reaction is there.

“But I mean, people say things, and people talk about people if they happen to be a little bit overweight or a little but undersized like me, I’m quite sure a lot of people have made remarks about that.

“If I’d have heard it, I’d have been able to deal with it myself without too much trouble and I’m surprised that Lewis hasn’t just sort of brushed it aside or better than that, replied.

“But he’s now come out and Nelson’s apologised, so everybody should be happy.”

Ecclestone later went on to defend Russian President Vladimir Putin despite the war he has started on neighbouring Ukraine.

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Verstappen slams Formula 1 for banning Piquet from the paddock over Hamilton racial slur

Fri, 07/01/2022 - 11:55

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen affirms that education is a better approach than ostracisation after Nelson Piquet was banned from the paddock for racially abusing Sir Lewis Hamilton.

Piquet was analysing an incident between Verstappen, who is dating his daughter Kelly, and Hamilton at Silverstone last year when he used a racial slur to describe the seven-time world champion.

The Brazilian’s behaviour was condemned by F1, and Hamilton received waves of support from teams, fellow drivers and folk from all walks of life since the comments surfaced. 

Piquet has since been banned from the F1 paddock, but Verstappen believes it would be more prudent to start a dialogue with perpetrators of racist abuse to help work backwards attitudes out of society.

“It is better to open a conversation instead of banning him because if you ban people, you are actually not helping the situation, you are not talking, you need to communicate,” he said.

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“Communication is really important because if you ban, it is not helping what you are trying to enforce, right? 

“You are trying to educate people so it is better to have a chat. These things can be very easily solved.”

In his apology statement, Piquet tried to defend his actions by saying that the term he used was a colloquial word used to describe a guy but, interestingly, he only called Hamilton by that word, and everyone else by their actual name.

Nonetheless, the reigning world champion is of the opinion that an apology should suffice.

“When you have a fight with someone, you insult someone, you then have a good chat and you apologise, in these kinds of things it is exactly the same,” explained Verstappen.

“What was said, of course, was not nice, but things can be easily forgotten and, normally, you learn from the mistake you made or the wording you used.

“I don’t think he should be banned from the paddock, especially a three-time champion.”

Verstappen added that he does not see Piquet as a racist, but completely agrees that the language he used was unacceptable.

“I don’t think he needs me to tell him what is right and what isn’t,” he stated.

“He already said in his statement, he realised he used the wrong word so who am I to then call him. 

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“I don’t think it will change anything anyway, he realised it was probably not the correct word; clearly, it is not the correct word to use. 

“And then it can be interpreted in two ways and people pick up on the bad side and it of course gets blown out of proportion. 

“I know Nelson personally, people label him as a racist now, which I don’t think he is but I fully agree you cannot use these words.”

Piquet’s actions coincide with Formula 2 driver Juri Vips being dropped from the Red Bull junior programme for using racist language during a livestream.

Allegations have now also emerged that Piquet used a homophobic slur against Hamilton, and old videos of him making derogatory comments about Nigel Mansell and Ayrton Senna have resurfaced in the ongoing story.

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Williams upgrades set to propel them to front of midfield battle

Fri, 07/01/2022 - 11:05

Williams are expected to arrive at their home British Grand Prix with upgrades that many anticipate will see their lap times in qualifying improve by a second.

On average, Williams have been the slowest team in qualifying this season, with 16 eliminations in Q1 – five more than Aston Martin.

Two points scores from Alex Albon have not been enough to stop Aston Martin from climbing above them as Sebastian Vettel and Lance Stroll begin to enjoy some points scoring form, but the Grove-based team’s fortunes might be about to change.

A new aerodynamic package set to be installed onto the car in Silverstone this weekend will, according to Formula 1 journalist Lawrence Barretto, earn them a second in qualifying, and that sort of time gain could see them consistently getting into Q2, with occasional Q3 appearances.

This does not account for the improvements other teams are set to make over the next few rounds of course, or indeed how much red dye Albon puts in his hair.

READ: Latifi suggests his car isn’t as ‘capable’ as Albon’s Williams

Head of vehicle performance at Williams, Dave Robson, confirmed to Motorsport.com that the alterations are having the desired effect in the trials they have conducted.

“We have an updated aero package for this weekend, which will run on Alex’s car only as we look to check its behaviour and confirm that it is working as intended,” he said.

“The bodywork and floor form the basis of the upgrade and are intended to efficiently increase the downforce of the car.

“We are looking forward to our home race and to understanding the new parts; they are likely to change the balance and the handling of the car and it may take a little bit of time to harness them so that the drivers can get the most from them.

“With next week’s race in Austria being a sprint event, we will be looking to get as much learning done this weekend as possible.”

One of the challenges with Silverstone is managing the balance between straight-line speed, fast, technical corners and a heavy braking zone at the Vale chicane.

Decent upgrade package for @WilliamsRacing this weekend at Silverstone. I understand that according to simulations, and depending on the track, it should be worth around a second in qualifying. #F1

— Lawrence Barretto (@lawrobarretto) June 29, 2022

It leads to somewhat of a setup conundrum and, depending on the aerodynamic efficiency of the car, it can also affect tyre wear.

Robson indicated that Williams are trying to strike a balance where none of their performance in compromised with this latest upgrade.

“If you put the aero balance up, probably where you’d ideally like it for the high-speed corners, you then run into some problems on the exit of those low-speed corners,” he added.

“There’s also the way you set the car up, how does it interact with the tyres, it is a massively demanding circuit for the tyres now.

“The front left takes a hammering because of those quick right-hand corners.

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“So you’ve got to be careful about how you get around those corners and use the aero balance and the mechanical balance actually to complement each other so that you don’t just wear the front left tyre out.”

Williams are currently 12 points behind ninth-placed Haas in the Constructors’ Standings, with Aston Martin a further point up the road.

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Hamilton told ‘George is taller’ after issuing public complaint

Fri, 07/01/2022 - 10:19

Former Formula 1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone reckons that Sir Lewis Hamilton has been laying his back pain on thick this season amid Mercedes “porpoising” and bouncing issues.

Hamilton struggled to get out of his car at the end of the Azerbaijan Grand Prix amid warnings from several drivers that the aggressive contact between the floor of the car and the track surface would eventually cause some long-term health issues.

The FIA subsequently introduced a technical directive designed to force the teams to limit their oscillation and, as such, Red Bull and Ferrari’s advantage over the Silver Arrows could be cancelled out should they too be forced to raise the ride height of their cars.

This caused a lot of controversy within the paddock, and Ecclestone suggested that the seven-time champion was not being entirely honest in expressing his discomfort, adding that George Russell’s height should theoretically make the bouncing more of an issue for him.

“All b*******,” he told the Daily Mail.

“George is taller and if it was going to happen to anyone it would have happened to him.

READ: Russell eyeing victory at British GP as Mercedes bring major upgrade package

“There was a bit of Nigel Mansell about it. At least with Nigel, he would get out of the car and rub his left leg as if he had broken it. Next moment, it would be his right leg.”

The 91-year-old also accused Hamilton of taking losing to Russell, who has out-raced him seven times in nine races, “too easy,” warning that team boss Toto Wolff will be considering replacing him.

The latest of Ecclestone’s perplexing hot takes pertained to Russian Vladimir Putin, whom he praised for starting Russia’s war with Ukraine.

“I’d still take a bullet for him,” he told Good Morning Britain.

“I’d rather it didn’t hurt but even if it does, I’d still take a bullet because he’s a first-class person and what he’s doing is something he believed was the right thing he was doing for Russia.

“Unfortunately, he’s like a lot of businesspeople – certainly like me – in that we make mistakes from time to time.

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— Formula1News.co.uk (@Formula1newsUK) June 30, 2022

READ: Piquet issues bizarre apology after racially abusing Hamilton following FIA threat

“And when you’ve made a mistake, you have to do the best you can to get out of it, and I think if it had been conducted properly…” he tailed off before suggesting that Ukraine president Volodymyr Zelenskyy should have done more to avoid the war.

Hamilton has hit back at the criticism he has received from the likes of Ecclestone and Sir Jackie Stewart and Nelson Piquet, as well as racist abuse from Nelson Piquet, affirming that society needs to do away with “older voices” and outdated views.

“I don’t know why we are continuing to give these older voices a platform,” he said, quoted by Sky Sports.

“They’re speaking upon our sport and we’re looking to go somewhere completely different. 

“If we’re looking to grow in the US, other countries, South Africa, we need to look to the future and give the younger people a platform, who are more representative of today’s time.

“It’s not just about one individual, it’s not about the one use of that term, it’s the bigger picture.”

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‘It’s not about putting a front wing on’: Horner fires back at Alfa Romeo boss amid dispute

Fri, 07/01/2022 - 09:36

Red Bull Racing team principal Christian Horner has continued his request to the FIA to increase this season’s budget cap, which currently sits at $140 million.

Horner has insisted that with the current cost of living crisis, many teams will be forced to miss the last few rounds due to breaking the budget.

The Red Bull boss has appeared as somewhat of a hypocrite though, by insisting that the FIA make rule tweaks to the budget cap but not to the porpoising issue.

This comes due to Red Bull being one of the teams concerned about breaking the budget, but also being one of the few not to suffer from porpoising.

Horner was questioned about his rather hypocritical attitude by reporters, who asked why he wants the FIA to step in and help his team with money but not those who need help with the porpoising.

“I think if you inflicted something like that then there is a significant cost attached to it and that comes nowhere else other than the development costs for argument’s sake,” he said.

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“What we’re talking about with the cost cap is inflation. In the UK, they’re talking about 11 per cent inflation in the second half of the year.

“That is due to what is going on in the world. It was not predicted, it is a genuine force majeure situation.

“Again, it is something that it is down to the FIA to take the appropriate action otherwise you’re going to have probably seven teams that break the cap in some shape or form by the end of the year.”

Porpoising could also be classed as a “majeure situation”, with it appearing to be an issue caused by the regulations based on the fact that all teams suffered from it at the pre-season test.

Horner whole-heartedly disagrees, saying: “Not really. It’s two different things. The porpoising is within the control of the team.

Alfa Romeo team principal Frederic Vasseur has also had his say on the situation, saying that it’s within teams control of how much they spend.

Vasseur insists that if teams are concerned about over-spending, then they can simply turn off the wind tunnels or stop designing upgrades.

Alfa Romeo are a side not concerned about the budget cap, after taking the cost of living crisis into consideration at the start of the season.

Vassuer’s opinion was put to Horner, who continued that the cost of living is something which teams “can’t control”.

“It’s not about putting a front wing on,” he continued.

“It’s about the cost of energy, the cost of inflation, the cost of living, the cost of putting fuel in your car. It’s going up for everybody.

“It’s the supply of parts, it’s the cost of freight, the cost of electrics, of utilities. So there are things you can’t control and that is why I think the majority of teams do feel there’s an issue that needs to be addressed there,” concluded the Red Bull boss.

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Hamilton calls for drastic action after being left horrified by Ecclestone’s comments

Fri, 07/01/2022 - 08:56

Sir Lewis Hamilton was left horrified by comments made by former Formula 1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone about Russian President Vladimir Putin and Nelson Piquet’s racist remark.

Putin ordered an invasion of Ukraine in February, and the subsequent war has led to tens of thousands of deaths as well as millions of refugees.

The sheer number of casualties and victims is as yet unknown, but Ecclestone defended Putin’s actions during an interview with ITV’s Good Morning Britain.

“I’d still take a bullet for him,” he said.

“I’d rather it didn’t hurt but even if it does, I’d still take a bullet because he’s a first-class person and what he’s doing is something he believed was the right thing he was doing for Russia.

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“Unfortunately, he’s like a lot of businesspeople – certainly like me – that we make mistakes from time to time.

“And when you’ve made a mistake, you have to do the best you can to get out of it, and I think if it had been conducted properly…”

The 91-year-old then implied that Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy should have done more to prevent the war from breaking out, and Hamilton has called for outdated opinions like Ecclestone’s to be denied a platform.

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“We don’t need any more of it, to hear from someone that believes in the war, and the displacement of people and killing of people, and supporting that person [Putin] is beyond me,” he said.

“I cannot believe I heard that. This is going to put us back decades, and we have yet to see the real brunt of the pain.

“Why? We do not need to be supporting that but looking into the future. If you don’t have anything positive to contribute, don’t give them any space.”

F1 also condemned the words of Ecclestone.

READ: Piquet issues bizarre apology after racially abusing Hamilton following FIA threat

“The comments made by Bernie Ecclestone are his personal views and are in very stark contrast to the position of the modern values of our sport,” said a spokesperson.

Ecclestone’s comments follow incidents of racism involving three-time champion Nelson Piquet and Formula 2 driver Juri Vips.

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Perez told Verstappen deserves number one driver status at Red Bull

Fri, 07/01/2022 - 08:11

Some of Red Bull Racing’s radio messages this season have been questionable, with Sergio Pérez having been told on more than one occasion to allow Max Verstappen past.

Despite this, Pérez is still within a reasonable distance of the championship leader, however, the Mexican’s hopes took a big hit at the recent Canadian Grand Prix following a reliability-based retirement.

Pérez has twice been made to yield the race lead to his team-mate, both at the Spanish and Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

One would like to think that with both in title contention that they’d be allowed to fight, this doesn’t seem to fit with Red Bull’s plan though.

Whilst Verstappen has begun to dominate the championship, it is still far too early to deem who the World Champion will be, with 13 rounds still remaining.

Following Pérez’ retirement in Montreal, Verstappen now leads the standings by 46 points.

READ: Red Bull told to sign Vettel as Verstappen’s team-mate

This could quickly change though, with Red Bull’s reliability not being relatively strong.

It appears that for the time being though, Pérez’ role is very much to support his Dutch team-mate, something which Romain Grosjean fully believes.

“No, Max is the number one and Sergio is number two,” the Frenchman said when asked if the Red Bull drivers were treated as equals, as per GPFans.com.

“That is the way Red Bull has always worked and all the radio communications you get in the race, even in Baku, the message to Perez was ‘no fighting’.

“I mean, he was leading the race, why wouldn’t he fight to keep the lead?

“It is very clear at Red Bull and to be fair, Max has done such an incredible job for the team, that it is kind of normal that he has the priority.”

Azerbaijan was a prime opportunity for the pair to finally battle, with them being well clear of the pack.

Again though this wasn’t allowed by the team, with team principal Christian Horner saying at the time that the message for “no fighting” was due to the drivers being on different strategies.

“I think today wasn’t strictly team orders,” he said in Baku.

“It was just a question of you’ve got a faster car and a slower car and Max had a significant pace advantage on Checo at that point, and Checo had quite heavy graining on his tyres.

“So it was a question of ‘guys, let’s not put each other against the pit wall here if one car is quicker…concede and let’s focus on getting the best result for the team’.”

Pérez had begun to close the gap to Verstappen in the championship, however, his gearbox issue in Canada has left the Mexican with a mountain to climb.

The 32-year-old analysed the problem with Sky Sports F1, where he labelled the reliability problems as “extremely painful”.

“The reliability issue again,” he replied when asked what happened.

“It felt like I lost drive and got it stuck in gear. I don’t know what really happened. A very disappointing day to go away with zero points from a weekend that hasn’t been perfect but I still believe that we were on track for a result.

“Having these errors is extremely painful,” Pérez admitted.

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Ricciardo sends Norris to stratosphere via stinging space hopper

Fri, 07/01/2022 - 07:20

McLaren’s Lando Norris was left with a numb face after team-mate Daniel Ricciardo wiped him out with a space hopper ahead of the British Grand Prix.

As is tradition, Sky Sports hosted an F1 live show in Silverstone in front of packed grandstands on the Thursday of the British Grand Prix race weekend.

Ricciardo and Norris were being interviewed about their chances of success this weekend, before being sent to the bottom of the home straight so take each other on in a space hopper race.

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Norris started off by almost falling off his hopper before the race had even got going and, once they did, the 22-year-old made an attempt at hitting the Australian.

This rather worked against him and he lost ground, leaving Ricciardo to streak ahead as they got to the finish line, which was made up of Any Driven Monday presenter Matt Baker holding an umbrella.

Realising he was moments from losing, Norris hopped off his space hopper and made a break for the line, but little did he know what would happen next.

Ricciardo picked up his hopper and went to throw it back at his team-mate, but he had already made it to within inches of the six-time race winner, so a wall of orange was the last thing he saw before feeling the full impact of the space hopper.

Norris said “I can’t see!” when asked if he was okay, and Ricciardo joked that he probably ought not to have swung the hopper back towards the Briton.

“You know when you do something, and you realise you probably shouldn’t have done it? It was too late!” he said. 

the lando norris and daniel ricciardo team rivalry has gone too far pic.twitter.com/U10Ydam9Lr

— mari (@f1brekkdown) June 30, 2022

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The 32-year-old later took to Twitter to confirm that Norris was “ok,” prompting Sir Lewis Hamilton to reply: “Is he actually?” before Norris posted a picture of a baby doll with its face squashed in.

He’s ok

— Daniel Ricciardo (@danielricciardo) June 30, 2022

Is he actually?

— Lewis Hamilton (@LewisHamilton) June 30, 2022

“He’s okay” pic.twitter.com/Y3JTaCrY2S

— Lando Norris (@LandoNorris) June 30, 2022

As for McLaren’s prospects this weekend, the fans in the grandstand made a lot of noise when Natalie Pinkham asked if the Papaya squad could score points this weekend, but hilariously fell silence when a podium was suggested.

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Ecclestone says he and Putin are alike as he makes bizarre claim

Fri, 07/01/2022 - 06:42

Former Formula 1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone has defended Russian President Vladimir Putin after he ordered the invasion of Ukraine in February.

Putin sees Ukraine as a concept created by Russia, so has vowed to take control of the country and, perhaps, bring about a return of the Soviet Union.

He ordered troops to invade their neighbouring nation, and the subsequent war has seen millions displaced and thousands killed.

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Putin’s actions drew widespread condemnation – even from terrorist group the Taliban – and Russia itself as well as multiple Russian oligarchs and have been sanctioned amid the violence.

Ecclestone worked closely with Putin to introduce Russia to the F1 calendar in 2014, and he has shown support for the Russian president.

“I’d still take a bullet for him,” he told Good Morning Britain.

“I’d rather it didn’t hurt but even if it does, I’d still take a bullet because he’s a first-class person and what he’s doing is something he believed was the right thing he was doing for Russia.

“Unfortunately, he’s like a lot of businesspeople – certainly like me – that we make mistakes from time to time.

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— Formula1News.co.uk (@Formula1newsUK) July 1, 2022

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“And when you’ve made a mistake, you have to do the best you can to get out of it, and I think if it had been conducted properly…”

The 91-year-old then appeared to blame Ukraine president Volodymyr Zelenskyy for the war breaking out following the invasion.

“I mean the other person in Ukraine, I mean he’s professional, I understand he used to be a comedian,” added Ecclestone.

“And I think he seems as though he wants to continue that profession, because I think if he’d have thought about things, he’d have made a big enough effort to speak to Mr Putin, who is a sensible person, who would have listened to him and probably done something about it.”

Following the Briton’s remarks, F1 released a statement condemning Ecclestone’s point of view.

“The comments made by Bernie Ecclestone are his personal views and are in very stark contrast to the position of the modern values of our sport,” said a spokesperson.

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Piquet banned despite ‘wholehearted’ apology after racially abusing Hamilton

Fri, 07/01/2022 - 06:09

Nelson Piquet’s permanent paddock pass has been revoked after he used an offensive term while speaking about Sir Lewis Hamilton, according to reports.

In November, the Brazilian was analysing Hamilton’s collision with Max Verstappen at last year’s British Grand Prix in Silverstone, and he said a racial slur when describing the seven-time world champion.

These comments have resurfaced ahead of this year’s race in Towcester, and nasty comments about Ayrton Senna and Nigel Mansell from the 69-year-old have also popped back up.

Multiple teams and drivers came to the defence of Hamilton, as well as other figures from the sporting and celebrity worlds, with the language and the attitude of Piquet being widely condemned.

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Piquet called every driver in his interview by their actual name, before calling Hamilton the offensive term, but he still tried to defend himself in a bizarre apology statement.

“What I said was ill-thought-out and I make no defence for it, but I will clarify that the term used is one that has widely and historically been used colloquially in Brazilian Portuguese as a synonym for ‘guy’ or ‘person’ and was never intended to offend,” he said.

“I would never use the word I have been accused of in some translations. I strongly condemn any suggestion that the word was used to belittle a driver because of his skin colour.

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— Formula1News.co.uk (@Formula1newsUK) June 29, 2022

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“I apologise wholeheartedly to anyone that was affected, including Lewis, who is an incredible driver, but the translation in some media is not correct.

“Discrimination has no place in F1 or society and I am happy to clarify my thoughts in that respect.”

The Daily Mail now reports that Formula 1 CEO Stefano Domenicali has personally signed off on Piquet’s ban from entering the paddock.

As the paddock continues to fight discrimination, Hamilton’s fight with the FIA could come to a head this weekend as his nose stud exemption is set to expire.

FIA president Mohammed ben Sulayem has been strict on the wearing of jewellery in the cockpit since his arrival for safety reasons, but Hamilton, as well as several others, have been pushing back against it.

The 37-year-old was given until this weekend to make his permanent piercings removable and, should he fail to do so, he may – in extreme circumstances – be forced to sit out the British Grand Prix.

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Schumacher family respond to claim Michael ‘secretly’ drove Porsche while racing with Ferrari

Fri, 07/01/2022 - 05:26

The family of Michael Schumacher has released a statement confirming that reports of a Porsche Carrera GT being linked to him are false.

Reports began circulating some days ago that the Porsche car was somehow linked with Schumacher after it was allegedly purchased by Schumacher’s former manager, Willi Weber.

It is now up for sale in Germany, with various media outlets reporting that, despite contractual obligations, the seven-time champion had been ‘secretly’ driving it for four years during his time at Ferrari.

The car in question was released in 2004, which would have meant that he continued driving it until 2008 – after the end of his Ferrari career.

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The German is currently recovering at home following a skiing accident at the end of 2013 that left him in a coma, so his family take care of him and speak publicly on his behalf.

They confirmed that reports linking Schumacher to the Porsche have no validity.

“Reports have recently appeared in various media suggesting that Michael Schumacher was the owner of a Porsche Carrera GT currently for sale,” read a statement.

“This appearance does not correspond with the facts. Michael Schumacher was neither directly nor indirectly the owner of this Porsche Carrera GT at any time.”

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— Formula1News.co.uk (@Formula1newsUK) June 30, 2022

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Schumacher’s career began in 1991 with Jordan when Bertrand Gachot was jailed for assaulting a taxi driver.

He made his debut at the Belgian Grand Prix with Eddie Jordan’s side, before scoring points on three occasions with Benetton later on in the year.

He would claim the first of his seven world titles with Benetton in 1994 in controversial fashion when he made contact with Damon Hill, and added a second to that tally with Ross Brawn’s team a year later.

Searching for new challenges, Schumacher moved on to Ferrari in 1996, and he claimed 72 of his 91 wins with the Scuderia, sealing five consecutive world titles between 2000 and 2004.

The 53-year-old retired in 2006 before returning in 2010 with Mercedes, and he achieved his final podium at the 2012 European Grand Prix in Valencia. He called time on his second spell at the end of that year.

His son, Mick, now races for Haas in the pinnacle of motorsport, and he heads to the British Grand Prix this weekend in search of his first-ever points finish.

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Mick Schumacher warned Haas will fire him in the summer break unless he does this

Fri, 07/01/2022 - 04:42

It’s been reported by Bild that Mick Schumacher has four races to score his first point in Formula 1, as the pressure on the young German to perform continues to increase.

After an impressive debut season where he over-achieved in the worst car on the grid, Schumacher has failed to take the next step in his second season, despite having a car capable of a points finish.

The pressure on the Haas F1 Team driver’s shoulders only increased following his massively expensive crashes at both Saudi Arabia and Monaco.

It’s believed that the repair bill for the two crashes was a staggering $2 million.

The German twice crashed so hard that his car split in two, resulting in his relationship with team principal Guenther Steiner becoming increasingly frosty.

The mounting pressure is due to the 24-year-old not having a contract for next season, with the next four races being crucial to his fight to remain at Haas.

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Schumacher was looking strong for a points finish at the recent race in Canada, before a reliability problem saw him retire from 7th place.

Former F1 driver Christian Danner, believes this weekend’s British Grand Prix will be a “big challenge” for the young driver but that a points finish at Silverstone would elevate his confidence.

“Silverstone is an incredibly fast and difficult track, a really big challenge,” said the 64-year-old.

“If Mick can do that, it’s another piece of the puzzle for, ‘I can do it.’

“It’s a bigger challenge than Canada,” Danner insisted.

The importance of the next four races before the summer break, comes following a report by Bild that he will be in a better position to remain with the team if he scores points before the break.

“Points are finally needed before the summer break. Mick has four races left,” reports Bild.

 “With points on his account, Mick will be in a much better position in the summer when the negotiations start.”

Guenther Steiner has informed the media that no decision on Schumacher’s career will be made before the summer break.

“We will not have the talks before,” Steiner said.

Incredibly, Schumacher is already sixth on the list of most races without a point, something which the son of Michael Schumacher will be desperate to put an end to.

Danner, however, thinks that the following Austrian Grand Prix may suit Schumacher and the VF22 better.

The Red Bull Ring has many similar characteristics to the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, meaning that not all is lost should the German fail yet again this weekend to score points.

“Austria is a stop-and-go track where you have to go straight ahead and then suddenly brake,” Danner explained.

“It has a bit of a Canadian character.”

But with its high-speeds, he reckons: “Haas as having a bit of an advantage over the competition.”

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