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Meanwhile, defending champion Max Verstappen ran fourth quickest to pip his Ferrari title rival Charles Leclerc.
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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.’
“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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“[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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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.
“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 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.
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.”
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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.
“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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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.
“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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“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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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.
“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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Bottas quickest as Stroll spin brings wet practice to an early end | 2022 British Grand Prix first practice
Leclerc led early on, with Sainz then taking the top spot, before Bottas demoted the pair, setting a 1m42.249s with just five minutes left on the clock.
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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.
“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.
“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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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.
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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