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Binotto praised for helping Vasseur’s Ferrari F1 handover

Sat, 01/28/2023 - 03:42
Vasseur was signed up by Ferrari in the wake of Binotto resigning last year, after feeling he did not have the necessary support of Ferrari chairman John Elkann and CEO Benedetto Vigna.
While Binotto expressed his ‘regret’ at the time about having to leave behind a team that he felt was on the up, it appears he made sure not to leave Vasseur in the lurch.
Speaking to ...Keep reading
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No Ferrari number one driver, but Vasseur won't hesitate to "take action"

Fri, 01/27/2023 - 11:56
Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz both won races for Ferrari last year, but it was Leclerc who finished the season second in the championship, 62 points clear of Sainz, who admitted he struggled to adapt to the Ferrari F1-75 car as quickly as his teammate.
Talk of team orders between Leclerc and Sainz emerged as early as round four at Imola last season after Leclerc forged an early lead at the ...Keep reading
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Ford: F1’s boom means it "requires consideration"

Fri, 01/27/2023 - 06:37
The iconic Blue Oval brand is understood to be in advanced talks with Red Bull about badging the team’s power units from the start of the 2026 season.
There are even suggestions that the deal could be firmed up before the start of the forthcoming  campaign.
For now, Ford is remaining silent on the state of play with Red Bull.
However, it has admitted that the ramping up of ...Keep reading
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Why Vasseur isn't wielding the axe on Ferrari's F1 strategy team

Fri, 01/27/2023 - 05:23
From the high-profile errors that derailed its bid for victory at the Monaco Grand Prix, to questions over not pitting Charles Leclerc late on at Silverstone, to the bizarre intermediate tyre qualifying gamble in Brazil, it was a recurring theme throughout the campaign.
While the mistakes prompted some to suggest that Ferrari needed to be harsh and replace its strategy chiefs, then team ...Keep reading
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Aitken confirms split with Williams F1 to focus on sportscars

Fri, 01/27/2023 - 04:54
Aitken has spent the past three years as reserve driver for Williams, and made his first grand prix start in the 2020 Sakhir Grand Prix deputising for George Russell, who in turn replaced a COVID-struck Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes.
He maintained his relationship with the Grove-based squad even after ending his full-time single-seater career in 2021 in favour of a switch to endurance racing, but ...Keep reading
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Kubica out of F1 as Orlen moves to AlphaTauri and Alfa Romeo lands new sponsor

Fri, 01/27/2023 - 03:30
The Swiss team has landed a new title backer in Stake, an online gambling and casino company, and will be known as Alfa Romeo F1 Team Stake.
Orlen entered F1 when Kubica was a race driver with Williams in 2019, and then went to Alfa Romeo the following year. With no race seat available Kubica took up a reserve and FP1 driver role that he held for three seasons.
He was given the opportunity ...Keep reading
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Vasseur "convinced" Ferrari has everything it needs to win F1 title

Fri, 01/27/2023 - 02:37
Vasseur took over as Ferrari team principal earlier this month following Mattia Binotto’s departure in December, having overseen Sauber’s F1 operation for the previous five years.
He joins a Ferrari team that has not won an F1 championship since 2008, and saw its early promise in 2022 fade through the season.
As well as losing ground on Red Bull in the development battle, Ferrari also ...Keep reading
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Lawson to drive Red Bull F1 car at Bathurst

Thu, 01/26/2023 - 20:10
Red Bull will run the 2011-spec car in a special demonstration around the famous Mount Panorama circuit during the 12 Hour weekend.
While the initial announcement didn't name who would drive the car, prompting speculation that Daniel Ricciardo could make an appearance on home soil, it has now been confirmed that Super Formula-bound Lawson will be behind the wheel.
It will mark the Kiwi's ...Keep reading
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House of Lords peer criticises "discourteous and unprofessional" Ben Sulayem

Thu, 01/26/2023 - 11:36
Paul Scriven, a Liberal Democrat life peer, has written to Ben Sulayem to express his concerns about both the FIA's clampdown on drivers making political statements, as well as the president's failure to respond to correspondence sent last year.
In the letter, a copy of which has been seen by Motorsport.com, Lord Scriven explains that he was one of 90 lawmakers who wrote to motor racing's ...Keep reading
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Hulkenberg: Break from F1 race seat was "very positive"

Thu, 01/26/2023 - 08:08
The German returns to the grid with Haas this season after three years as a reserve for the Racing Point/Aston Martin team.
During that time he made five appearances as a substitute for drivers who were sidelined by COVID-19.
Daniel Ricciardo has made it clear that he sees his new job as a Red Bull reserve as a chance to get his head together after a tough 2022 season, and Hulkenberg agrees ...Keep reading
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Mercedes' greatest F1 and grand prix drivers of all time

Thu, 01/26/2023 - 06:26
Although it didn’t appear in the first Formula 1 world championship in 1950, as Ferrari did, the legend of the Silver Arrows had already been forged before the Second World War.
For this list, Autosport chief editor Kevin Turner assesses the amount of success the drivers scored with Mercedes, the impact they had on the team and the circumstances of their time there.
Want to know more about ...Keep reading
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Andretti only new team to express interest to FIA in joining F1 grid

Thu, 01/26/2023 - 04:54
FIA president Ben Sulayem tweeted at the start of the month that he wanted to explore the possibility of expanding the F1 grid by calling for expressions of interest from potential new teams. 
This was soon followed by Andretti announcing a new partnership with General Motors to form Andretti Cadillac Racing and join the F1 grid in the future. 
Andretti's plans have so far been met ...Keep reading
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Alfa Romeo appoints Alessandro Alunni Bravi as F1 team chief

Thu, 01/26/2023 - 03:57
Following the departure of Sauber CEO and Alfa Romeo F1 boss Frederic Vasseur to Ferrari in December, Sauber signed ex-McLaren team principal Seidl to take over as CEO.
It was also confirmed at the time that Sauber, which operates the Alfa Romeo F1 team, would be splitting the roles, and was still looking for an F1 team chief.
Sauber announced on Thursday that Alunni Bravi, who is the ...Keep reading
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Gasly: F1 success with Alpine would be "amazing" way to honour Hubert

Wed, 01/25/2023 - 11:56
Hubert was the leading talent in Renault’s young driver programme - since rebranded as the Alpine Academy - after winning the GP3 title in 2018 before moving up to Formula 2 the following year.
He won races at Monaco and Paul Ricard prior to his death in an accident during the feature race at Spa.
Gasly and Hubert were close friends after rising through the junior ranks of French ...Keep reading
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Interview with Toto Wolff: How TeamViewer solutions support the Mercedes F1 Team

Wed, 01/25/2023 - 10:30
After a season like 2022 it would be easy for Wolff, Lewis Hamilton, George Russell and their Mercedes-AMG PETRONAS F1 Team colleagues to consign their difficult memories to the bin and move on. But that’s not how Formula 1 works.
The sport is all about relentless self-improvement and when you are a team accustomed to success, that suddenly finds itself winning neither a Drivers’ nor ...Keep reading
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Haas announces 2023 livery reveal date to complete F1 launch schedule

Wed, 01/25/2023 - 09:26
After Alfa Romeo announced its launch plans last week, Haas became the only F1 team yet to confirm its schedule to reveal its 2023 F1 car.
In a social media post, Haas has stated it will uncover its 2023 F1 car livery next Tuesday at 2pm GMT, meaning it will become the first F1 team to run a launch this year, having jumped ahead of Red Bull’s 3 February launch plan.
The American team has ...Keep reading
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What next for F1 after FOM's broadside to Ben Sulayem

Wed, 01/25/2023 - 05:01
Rather than it being a side story to F1’s ongoing Netflix-era soap opera, it potentially marks the start of a change of dynamic in the way the championship is run.
While in public there has long been a united front between FIA president Mohammed Ben Sulayem and F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali, paddock regulars know that things have been different behind the scenes. Away from the spotlight of ...Keep reading
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How F1 teams have adapted to new generation rear wings

Wed, 01/25/2023 - 03:55
The new enforced concept called for a total rethink, given the upper section of endplate had been eradicated and a contoured transition was needed to join with the mainplane and upper flap.
The design constraints still allowed for numerous interpretations though, as teams sought to find a balance between the downforce they could generate, and the downside of drag ...Keep reading
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F1 chiefs angered by Ben Sulayem’s "unacceptable" remarks

Tue, 01/24/2023 - 09:50
Ben Sulayem took to social media on Monday to express his concern about the implications of an exaggerated price for F1.
In the wake of a report from Bloomberg that Saudi's sovereign wealth fund had tabled a $20 billion bid for F1 but without interest from owner Liberty Media, Ben Sulayem said he was worried about potential consequences of such figures being thrown around.
In particular, he ...Keep reading
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How Alpine plans to take the next step in F1 2023

Tue, 01/24/2023 - 08:51
The A522 car was by no means the fastest of the chasing pack every weekend, but it was on many occasions, showing particularly well at high-efficiency tracks, and in low-speed corners. In the end, it proved just good enough to outscore the competition.
After three successive years in fifth place under the Renault and Alpine names, the Enstone outfit moved up to fourth, ahead of close rivals ...Keep reading
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