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‘I want to protect her’: Norris opens up on horrifying death threats he and his girlfriend receive

Formula1news.co.uk - Thu, 06/30/2022 - 08:32

McLaren’s Lando Norris has been speaking candidly about the threats he and his girlfriend receive on social media ahead of this year’s British Grand Prix.

Norris has previously been transparent about his mental struggles during his debut season in Formula 1 in 2019, during which he admitted he was “depressed a lot of the time” owing to the pressure to perform and maintain his seat for 2020.

McLaren have been partnering with the “Mind” charity in recent years to raise awareness for mental health and suicide prevention services.

The 22-year-old was sent a death threat live on a Twitch stream several weeks ago, and the hate he has received on social media has only worsened since he went public with his relationship.

Luisinha Oliveira, a Portuguese model, is currently dating the six-time podium finisher, and she has received abhorrent abuse from Norris fans who seem to be jealous of her being with him.

READ: McLaren apologise to Ricciardo and Norris

A Twitter user named Luisa was even asked to change her name by a deluded fan who was offended by the mention of the name.

Oliveira herself frequently gets sent threats from social media users, and Norris has learned to become immune to the sad people that take time out of their day to abuse him and his partner online.

“I get death threats every now and then, most people do,” he said.

“Not enough gets done and it is tough.

“If I had seen the threats when I started in 2019, it would have had more effect, but now I understand when you have to laugh – not laugh at a death threat – but laugh at the silly comments people come up with and things they try to create to get attention.

“I want to race, travel the world, meet new people and create new experiences – and they are using their one life sat behind a computer in their bedroom looking to try and ruin, annoy and bully someone.”

Some people create separate accounts with the sole purpose of harassing the couple, so the 22-year-old feels a responsibility to “protect” his girlfriend from the nasty trolls.

“The amount of hate pages on social media dedicated to Luisinha now is pretty horrific. Instagram and Twitter are the main ones and it is not an easy thing for her,” added Norris.

“She has gone from quite a normal life to suddenly having a lot of followers, so she has to be more careful with what she says and does.

“It is difficult for her to be involved in it so quickly. At least in racing, you kind of go through it slowly and learn to adapt to it – from Formula Four, Formula Three, Formula Two and then Formula One.

“But having gone from never watching a Formula One race to suddenly being in that limelight is extremely tough and then to have to read the comments, too, I want to protect her from that.”

Mental health issues are already a big factor as people develop and grow. Norris has a team of people around him who make sure that he remains true to the charming young man that the paddock knows and loves.

“My manager, my trainer, my parents, have always tried to keep me as me, rather than try to shape me,” he said.

“I see other drivers get shaped more because of who they are with, the teams they are with, and I don’t think that is a good thing. It takes away their personality.”

Elaborating on that, The Briton uses George Russell as an example of someone who he does not quite have the same relationship with these days.

This is not through anyone’s fault; Russell’s move to Mercedes from Williams to partner Sir Lewis Hamilton has simply made their dynamic a little different.

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“Growing up with George for instance, was a lot of fun. He was a great person, but it is different at Mercedes – a different vibe and a different atmosphere. I just don’t see as fun a side of him,” explained Norris.

“George is a great person, and I feel like the personality he had a few years ago, he would be even more popular.

“I don’t think it is Mercedes’ fault but the pressure of being with Mercedes, and having Lewis as a team-mate, is never going to be an easy thing.

READ: Norris reveals key weakness of driver set to replace Ricciardo at McLaren

“You don’t want to be seen to be having a fun time and playing around, but on the other side there are no complaints because George is doing an amazing job this year, so it is working for him.”

Those in need of mental health services can contact “Mind” on 0300 123 3393, or email them on info@mind.org.uk.

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FIA make key decision amid power unit reliability concerns

Formula1news.co.uk - Thu, 06/30/2022 - 07:46

A meeting of the FIA world motorsport council has decided that teams will be allowed more leeway surrounding their power units after multiple failures in recent races.

Between them, Red Bull and Ferrari have suffered seven reliability failures in the opening nine rounds of the season, while the Scuderia’s customer teams – Alfa Romeo and Haas – have encountered nine issues throughout the last four race weekends between them.

Red Bull’s junior team AlphaTauri endured three failures in the opening two race weekends of the season but have generally been okay since then, while Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez both retired from the Bahrain Grand Prix late on.

READ: Wolff claims ‘everyone has been against me’ as he responds to fresh cheating allegations

The Dutchman would be the victim of another failure in Melbourne, before Ferrari’s issues started to hit them hard.

Charles Leclerc was on the receiving end of problems while leading in Spain, before the same happened in Azerbaijan as team-mate Carlos Sainz also retired.

Perez would then retire from the Canadian Grand Prix with a gearbox failure as Verstappen took the victory to go 46 points clear in the Drivers’ Standings.

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A freeze has been imposed on the engines until the end of 2025 that means that teams cannot develop their engines of install revised parts unless they are for reliability reasons.

This is still largely the case, but “temporary” changes to the power units will now be permitted in the interests of the longevity of the engine’s life, as long as those temporary parts are made from the “same” material as the one it is replacing or a “composite” one. This is all according to Article 5.8 of the technical regulations.

As before, new parts can be introduced to the engine in Parc Ferme conditions as long as that part is within the driver’s allocation of parts – if it is not, then a penalty will be applied.

READ: ‘The FIA cannot do that’: Red Bull fire warning as they air Mercedes cheating allegation

The changes to the part will, according to Article 17.4.3, be communicated to all other competitors by the FIA.

Article 3.15.12 has also been amended to affirm that beam wings are not permitted to deflect more than 3mm when placed under a force of 150N is applied to it.

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F1 criticises Ecclestone as he defends Piquet’s Hamilton comments and Putin’s war | 2022 F1 season

F1Fanatic - Thu, 06/30/2022 - 07:17
Formula 1 has said comments made by the series' former CEO Bernie Ecclestone "are in very stark contrast to position of the modern values of our sport."
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Wolff claims ‘everyone has been against me’ as he responds to fresh cheating allegations

Formula1news.co.uk - Thu, 06/30/2022 - 06:44

Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff is currently a huge talking point in the Formula 1 paddock, after the Austrian was accused of being told “inside information” by the FIA.

When the FIA announced a set of rule changes at the recent Canadian Grand Prix following a technical directive, Mercedes were the only team able to make the necessary changes in time.

This sparked rumours that Wolff knew of the incoming rule changes before they were announced, with every other team informing the FIA that they didn’t have enough time in Canada to make the adjustments.

Wolff has also been accused by Christian Horner of “acting out” during a meeting in Canada, where Netflix were present.

The Mercedes boss was supposedly filmed during an angry outburst, one which will be seen on the next series of Drive to Survive.

Despite all the accusations and criticism, Wolff believes he “functions best” when people are against him.

“I’m right in my comfort zone,” he said.

“Everyone has been against me my whole life, but that’s where I function best. And if everyone is against me, that means I must have hit on something.”

The most recent accusations, however, are particularly serious.

It’s been rumoured that FIA’s new secretary general Shaila-Ann Rao tipped-off Wolff about the rule changes.

READ: ‘I stand with him’: F1 drivers back up Hamilton as Piquet faces severe punishment

Rao and Wolff worked together for several years, with Rao being the Austrian’s former lawyer and advisor.

Wolff insists that any suggest of wrongdoing is complete nonsense.

“First, she is a lawyer with total integrity,” the Austrian insisted.

“Secondly, the team bosses influenced their drivers so that they don’t admit in public that this bouncing is a health problem.

“At least one driver in every team has said publicly that he has pain or a headache or poor vision when driving and the bosses all act as though it’s nothing.

“That is irresponsible,” added Wolff.

Wolff is clearly a prominent figure when it comes to the political side of the sport, something which former F1 chief executive Bernie Ecclestone knows all about.

The 91-year-old is certain that Rao told Wolff about the changes, with the former chief warning Wolff that what he’s doing is incredibly “dangerous”.

“It’s bloody dangerous,” said former F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone.

“Toto started all this nonsense about the cars needing to change. She (Rao) told them about the new directive, obviously. She worked with Toto for two or three years.”

With so many people seemingly against Wolff currently, fellow Austrian and Red Bull advisor Dr Helmut Marko, blamed the death of Niki Lauda as the reason as to why it’s happening.

Lauda played a prominent role at Mercedes, with Wolff admitting just how much he misses his “friend”.

“That’s Helmut,” Wolff responded. “He’s always teasing and that’s ok.

“It is true that Niki is missing. I miss him as a friend and a sparring partner and chairman. Believe me, I would rather fight with Niki than fight alone,” Wolff revealed.

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Hamilton and Mercedes partnership announces first diversity grants | 2022 F1 season

F1Fanatic - Thu, 06/30/2022 - 06:30
A partnership set up by Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes to help promote diversity and inclusion in motorsport has announced its first grants.
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Hamilton's Ignite initiative announces first diversity grants

Motorsport.com - Thu, 06/30/2022 - 06:16
The initiative was launched last July by Hamilton and his Mercedes team, and is co-ordinated by his Mission 44 charitable foundation.
The first recipients are Motorsport UK and the Royal Academy of Engineering, who will receive over £500,000 from an initial total of £5 million of seed funding.
The Motorsport UK programme is focussed on increasing female participation in grass roots ...Keep reading
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‘I don’t know what the Saudis pay’: Silverstone CEO makes admission about British GP contract talks

Formula1news.co.uk - Thu, 06/30/2022 - 06:00

Chief executive officer of the Silverstone circuit, Stuart Pringle, has revealed that he has not yet opened negotiations with Formula 1 over extending the track’s deal.

The contract which sees Silverstone host the British Grand Prix will expire in 2024, and it is the scene of the first-ever championship grand prix in 1950.

That was won by Giuseppe Farina for Alfa Romeo, and 29 winners have since been added to that list at the iconic track, including Sir Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel, Fernando Alonso and Max Verstappen from the current grid.

It has played host to 57 races but, with a geographic shift taking place in F1, there is a real risk of many European races – even those that define the sport – being abandoned, so the run of races in Towcester may stop at 60 in a couple of years’ time.

Pringle hopes that F1 would be eager to have the legendary racetrack on the calendar for many more years to come.

READ: Verstappen’s girlfriend in hot water after father uses n-word against Hamilton

“We haven’t spoken to Formula 1 yet about the future about the next contract,” he told Express Sport.

“I would be extraordinarily disappointed if they weren’t enthusiastic to have it.

“Formula 1 tells us we are doing a great job, and they tell us that because their fans tell them that. So that’s a very good basis, if we were doing a bad job then that would be a concern.”

Silverstone sued Aggregate Industries earlier this year for $10 million for what was described as the “worst resurfacing job ever” back in 2018.

The asphalt was re-laid ahead of the MotoGP race that year, but the drainage was so bad that, as soon as it rained, there were copious amounts of standing water on the track.

The event therefore had to be cancelled, and the circuit lost a hefty amount of money in gate receipts as a result.

The track in Northamptonshire does not have the money that a lot of circuits around the world do, but it is the substance of Silverstone, not just the cash, that should stand out.

“We’ve enhanced the facilities here like nothing else,” explained Pringle.

“Am I nervous? I back ourselves to state our case.

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“We’re certainly never complacent. We never assume that we are secure forever in a day on the calendar. I think you are only as good as the event you’re putting on because the value in Formula 1 is the event.

“Everybody gets very focussed on fees and money, not that anybody knows what these fees are. I don’t know what the Saudis pay, I’ve no idea what anyone else pays. 

“There’s always a lot of talk about that, can Silverstone compete?

“Actually, I think we do compete on all sorts of levels and I think there are many elements which should be measured not simply the size of the cheque.”

As a circuit that draws in enormous crowds and promotes excellent racing, Silverstone is always one of the best venues the pinnacle of motorsport visits.

“We’ve got a fantastic track that throws up great racing, better racing than the street circuits,” said Pringle.

“We have got all the benefits of history and heritage. We have, if not the biggest crowds of the year, we are always in the top two or three.”

Along with Silverstone, Monza is out of contract in two years, while Belgium, France, Austria, Monaco and Mexico do not currently have deals in place for next year.

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Slight risk of rain for British Grand Prix qualifying session | 2022 British Grand Prix weather

F1Fanatic - Thu, 06/30/2022 - 05:36
A relatively cool weekend awaits teams at Silverstone, with a small chance of rain hanging over Saturday's qualifying session.
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Hamilton isn’t interested in ‘helping Russell’ as Wolff grows frustrated with his star driver

Formula1news.co.uk - Thu, 06/30/2022 - 05:27

Sir Lewis Hamilton’s recent podium at the Canadian Grand Prix was by far his best performance of the season to date.

The seven-time World Champion has struggled to adjust to the new regulations, however, this hasn’t been helped by the “diva” that is the W13.

The British driver’s new team-mate, George Russell, has also been a reason as to why the 37-year-old’s season has appeared so bad.

Russell has outperformed Hamilton virtually the entire season, and is incredibly the only driver to have finished every race in the top five.

This has come as a surprise to former F1 chief executive Bernie Ecclestone, who initially didn’t rate Russell as a strong driver.

Ecclestone discussed his opinion on both Russell and Hamilton to the DailyMail, with the 91-year-old also explaining how he thinks Hamilton might be getting under the Mercedes bosses feathers.

“I didn’t think [Russell] was that good but he has done an excellent job,” Ecclestone said.

“I’m surprised. Or is it a case of Lewis doing a bad job? A bit of both.

“Toto is getting a bit fed up with Lewis. I don’t think he’s trying, do you? Let’s put it another way, Lewis doesn’t seem bothered about losing.

READ: Alpine boss reacts to Ecclestone accusing the FIA of feeding Wolff inside information

“It’s not like him. He has a competitive nature but he’s taking losing a bit easy for my liking.

“I don’t think he is actively helping George. I don’t think he’s doing anything. I don’t think he cares too much. He’s not prepared to put the effort into winning that he did.”

The ongoing porpoising dilemma has been a clear issue that has ridiculed Hamilton this season, with the Mercedes driver having complained about back pain on a number of occasions.

None more so than the recent Azerbaijan Grand Prix, where the Brit was seen unable to climb out of his car post-race.

Ecclestone, however, believes it’s all an act from the British driver.

“All b*******,” Ecclestone commented on Hamilton’s back pain.

“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 former F1 chief wouldn’t be at all surprised if Hamilton decided to walk away from the sport at the end of the season, despite being contracted until the end of 2023.

Ecclestone wouldn’t put it past the 37-year-old to “sell his position” at the Silver Arrows, with the 91-year-old expecting that team principal Toto Wolff might have already thought about the option.

“Lewis might sell his position to Toto,” Ecclestone revealed.

‘”This is how much I am getting, I’ll step down and give me half of what I would get’. Toto can go and do one of his magic deals, offer someone less money and keep £20 million.

“Nobody needs to tell Toto this because he has already thought of it. Lewis would probably stop under those circumstances.

“I don’t know what he is doing dressing up in all those funny clothes. Has he a deal to it? Is it to get noticed? Maybe that’s it,” concluded the former F1 chief.

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Russian F3 racer Smolyar to miss British round due to “visa issues” | Formula 3

F1Fanatic - Thu, 06/30/2022 - 05:21
Russian Formula 3 racer Alexander Smolyar will not compete at Silverstone this weekend due to problems with his visa, his team say.
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Ex-F1 team principal facing criminal charges

Formula1news.co.uk - Thu, 06/30/2022 - 04:55

For Lotus team boss Gerard Lopez is facing criminal charges for alleged forgery that took place while he was in charge of the Enstone-based side.

Lopez is the founder of the Genii Capital Group that bought shares in Renault in 2011 having re-founded Lotus in 2010, and Genii’s investment helped the team score two podiums through Vitaly Petrov and Nick Heidfeld that year.

The Luxembourgish-Spaniard then acquired the Renault team fully in 2012 and renamed it Lotus, and the team previously known as Lotus in 2010 and 2011 became Caterham for the 2012, 13 and 14 seasons before they folded.

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That team would take two wins with Kimi Raikkonen and 15 podiums between the Finn and French team-mate Romain Grosjean.

Their final podium arrived at the 2015 Belgian Grand Prix when Grosjean took third, and that happened amid financial struggles for the British team that led to bailiffs getting involved and ceasing their assets.

Eventually, Lopez had to sell the team back to Renault, and the Genii name has not been seen in the pinnacle of motorsport since.

Lopez was first looked into after he donated a £400,000 to the Tory Party not long before the EU referendum in the UK, and he is now under scrutiny for a series of payments made during his spell at Lotus, for whom he served as team principal in 2014 and 2015 following the departure of Eric Boullier.

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The payments were made from Lotus to Fola Esch Football Club in Luxembourg as well as a Hong Kong-based investment firm.

There is suspicion as to the nature of these payments, and Lopez is under investigation for forgery.

“Luxembourg public prosecutor’s office has asked the Luxembourg district court sitting in chambers to refer Mr Lopez to a criminal court. The offences in question are forgery and use of forgeries,” said a spokesperson from the Luxembourg judiciary department.

The 50-year-old is said to vehemently dismiss these allegations, and is optimistic that the charges against him will be dropped.

READ: Red Bull sack driver for using racist slur

“[Mr Lopez] categorically denies the allegations against him,” said his spokesperson.

“He is confident that the [court in chambers], which has yet to hear his position, will clear his name. The [court] is yet to rule on whether to hold a trial or dismiss these proceedings.”

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Hamilton handed boost as Mercedes suggest they’ll beat Ferrari on merit at 2022 British GP

Formula1news.co.uk - Thu, 06/30/2022 - 04:14

Mercedes have faced their worst season since the introduction of the hybrid-era, with the Silver Arrows languishing down in 3rd in the Constructors’ Championship.

Sir Lewis Hamilton and George Russell have both struggled to tame the W13, ahead of a Grand Prix which Mercedes have dominated at in the last decade.

The British GP has been conquered by Mercedes eight times since 2013, with Hamilton claiming seven of those victories.

However, should Hamilton not win at Silverstone this weekend, then it would be his longest-ever run of races without claiming victory.

The seven-time World Champion has gone 10 races without victory, matching his current record.

READ: Sky Sports co-commentator reacts to Hamilton receiving racist abuse

Both Russell and Hamilton have only managed a best finish of 3rd this season, however, that could all be set to change at their home race this weekend.

Mercedes are feeling “cautiously optimistic” ahead of Silverstone, where the German team are set to introduce a number of upgrades.

The recent Canadian GP was Mercedes’ best performance of the season so far, they’ll be looking to build on that at Silverstone.

Whilst victory seems unlikely, Mercedes’ James Allison thinks this weekend could be their best of the season so far.

“Everyone in our factory doesn’t dare say it but we are cautiously optimistic of having a more competitive weekend than some of those we’ve had of late,” Allison, Mercedes chief technical officer, told Sky F1.

“I think some characteristics of this circuit will suit this car but we don’t have a car capable of winning from the front yet.

“But I think as long as we can get the car tamed through Maggots, Becketts and around the faster of the corners than I think we have a decent chance of a competitive showing this weekend.

“And maybe if the Red Bulls stumble who knows, but I am hopeful, hopeful of a better weekend,” he added, suggesting that Mercedes might be able to beat Ferrari on merit.

After becoming so used to winning since the hybrid-era began, this year will have come as a shock to all involved at Mercedes.

The Silver Arrows have suffered more than anybody else from the porpoising issue, which has seen both drivers bounce aggressively inside their cockpit resulting in a lack of vision.

The recent FIA technical directive regarding the issue, has seen the regulation rules changed for this weekend onwards, with the FIA’s doctors demanding action due to the potential risk of injury to drivers.

Hamilton suffered from horrific back pain at the Azerbaijan GP, where he was seen struggling to climb out of his W13 post-race.

Mercedes will be hoping that the new rules benefit them, as they look to bridge the gap to both Ferrari and Red Bull Racing.

The only thing currently in Mercedes’ favour, is that they appear to have the most reliable car on the grid.

Should they get back to winning ways before the summer break, then their impressive reliability could drag them back into the championship fight.

Until then, a podium finish is all that they can hope for.

A win this weekend isn’t completely off the cards though, if their rivals slip-up.

Should they miraculously win at Silverstone, then Allison has admitted he would shed a tear or two.

“Absolutely, well I’d cry,” he said. “It would be a fantastic thing.

“I’ve just got my fingers crossed that we’ll have a credible showing with a car that’s on the mend.”

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VW emphasise importance of rule change as they eye Red Bull partnership

Formula1news.co.uk - Thu, 06/30/2022 - 03:48

With Porsche and Audi confirmed to be joining Formula 1 in 2026, rumours have begun to circulate as to the method of which the two manufacturers will opt to join the championship.

Audi are known to be eyeing up their own team, whereas Porsche are believed to prefer the option of joining a current frontrunning competitior.

Red Bull Racing is supposedly Porsche’s CFO Lutz Meschke preferred option, with talks between the two having taken place in May.

Meschke has insisted that they will only work with a “strong partner”, with the German manufacturer wanting to make an instant impact in 2026.

“If we get involved in the top class of racing, then it will be with a strong partner,” Meschke said.

READ: Magnussen and Schumacher braced for ultra-challenging month

Horner held discussions with both Porsche and Audi, following their parent company Volkswagen making the announcement about the two famous manufacturers joining the sport in four years.

“It is obviously great, the commitment that VW stated as the parent company to both Porsche and Audi that both have got the intent of coming into Formula 1,” Horner said in May.

“We are starting a new journey as a power unit manufacturer for 2026 so, of course, it would be logical for us to have discussions about potential cooperation,” the Red Bull team principal insisted.

The sport is certainly growing faster than ever before, especially in North America.

The sport’s rise in the US is largely down to the the F1 series on Netflix ‘Drive to Survive’, which has performed magnificently across the pond.

Porsche’s CEO Oliver Blume went as far as saying that F1 is currently the sport “gaining the most interest”, highlighting this as their reason for joining the series.

“Last year, more than 1.5 billion TV viewers watched Formula 1,” he said.

“[It is] the sport that is gaining the most interest.”

This is the same reason as given by VW chief executive Herbert Diess, who discussed recently how well the sport has been growing and performing specifically in the USA.

“Formula 1 is developing extremely positively worldwide,” stated Diess.

“The marketing that is happening there, plus Netflix, has led to Formula 1’s following growing significantly in the US as well. Asia is growing significantly, including among young customer groups.

“If you look at the major sporting events or events in the world, it’s the case that in motorsport it’s really only Formula 1 that counts and is becoming increasingly differentiated.

“If you do motorsport, you should do Formula 1 as that is where the impact is greatest. What’s more, you cannot enter Formula 1 unless a technology window opens up which means, in order to get in there, a rule change – so everyone starts again from the same place.

“As Markus Duesman (chairman of Audi and former BMW F1 head of powertrains) always tells me, you usually make up one second per season on a medium-sized race track simply by optimising details.

“But you can’t catch up on that when you join a new team – you need five or 10 years to be among the front-runners. In other words, you can only get on board if you have a major rule change.

“That’s coming now, and it will also come in the direction of 2026 when the engines will be electrified to a much greater extent, including with synthetic fuels. That means you need a new engine development and you need three or four years to develop a new engine.

“That means you can decide now to do Formula 1, or then probably not again for 10 years. And our two premium brands think that’s the right thing to do, and are prioritising it.”

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Alpine boss reacts to Ecclestone accusing the FIA of feeding Wolff inside information

Formula1news.co.uk - Thu, 06/30/2022 - 02:58

Porpoising has caused drama both on and off the track, with former F1 CEO Bernie Ecclestone accusing an FIA lawyer of telling Mercedes boss Toto Wolff inside information.

The rumoured scandal comes following the recent Canadian Grand Prix, where the FIA announced rule changes following on from a technical directive.

The FIA announced that teams could fit a second stay to stabilise the floors, which would hopefully reduce the bouncing.

However, only Mercedes managed to trial the second stay in Canada, with the other teams informing the motorsport governing body that they didn’t have enough time to make the necessary changes.

This has led to many in the paddock believing that Wolff had secret information from the FIA, possibly from new Secretary General for Sport, Shaila-Ann Rao.

Rao previously worked for Wolff as his lawyer and advisor, raising concerns that she “tipped-off” Wolff about the rule changes.

Ecclestone told the Daily Mail that Wolff is playing a “bloody dangerous game”, with the 91-year-old fully convinced that he knew about the incoming changes.

READ: Mercedes reveal if they’re expecting to have race-winning pace at Silverstone

“Toto started all this nonsense about the cars needing to change,” said Ecclestone.

“She told them about the new directive, obviously. She worked with Toto for two or three years.”

Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto also has concerns over how Mercedes managed to trial the second stay, however, the Ferrari boss stated the lawyer “has integrity”.

“It is a concern, no doubt,” Binotto began.

“But I have as well the full trust in the FIA that they will prove that obviously she’s a professional, she’s a lawyer, and she’s got integrity.

“I have confidence for the future that they will prove that my concern is not a concern.”

Alpine team principal Otmar Szafnauer doesn’t believe the rumours Ecclestone is spilling, with the Alpine boss believing that what she is being accused of is impossible.

Szafnauer actually praised Rao, admitting that it’s nice to see someone with “team experience” now involved with the FIA.

“She came from the FIA,” he said.

“The nice thing is she has team experience now as well as FIA experience and that’s always good to have.

“I’m not concerned. She’s a lawyer and she takes an oath to be honest and trustworthy, so there are no issues.”

Szafnauer is expecting the porpoising issue to be discussed at the Technical Advisory Committee, however, as it stands he is unaware of what the next step is on the ongoing matter.

“If it is a safety issue then it goes to the TAC.

“Then it gets proposed to the World Motor Sport Council and it gets voted in. I don’t know what’s going to happen with the porpoising.

“Hopefully, it will be discussed at the TAC,” he added.

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2022 F1 British Grand Prix session timings and preview

Motorsport.com - Thu, 06/30/2022 - 02:49
Max Verstappen leads the championship by 46 points over Red Bull teammate Sergio Perez, with the top Ferrari of Charles Leclerc a further three points behind.
In the constructors' standings, Red Bull has built a sizeable 76 point lead over Ferrari.
Silverstone has been a Mercedes territory in the hybrid era, with Lewis Hamilton winning eight of the 10 races there since 2014.
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How Haas sank from third to ninth in the championship after their strong start to 2022 | News Focus

F1Fanatic - Thu, 06/30/2022 - 02:30
The 2022 season starting so promisingly for Haas, but at the last race they fell to ninth out of the 10 teams. What's gone wrong?
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THROUGH THE VISOR: Vettel relives his battle with Alonso at the 2014 British Grand Prix

Formula 1 - Wed, 06/29/2022 - 22:00
Sebastian Vettel has played his part in some of the most famous battles in Formula 1 history. So ahead of this weekend’s British Grand Prix, the four-time world champion sat down with us to talk through one of his memorable tussle with Fernando Alonso at Silverstone in 2014.
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Gasly aiming to give AlphaTauri their ‘best ever season’ in 2023 after re-signing with team

Formula 1 - Wed, 06/29/2022 - 22:00
Fresh off the confirmation that he will be behind the wheel of an AlphaTauri in 2023, a "pleased" Pierre Gasly made his plans for the next 18-months clear, as he revealed his hopes of getting the Italian team “to the top,” starting with this weekend’s British Grand Prix.
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What tyres will the teams and drivers have for the 2022 British Grand Prix?

Formula 1 - Wed, 06/29/2022 - 22:00
Pirelli have nominated the three hardest compounds in their range for this weekend’s British Grand Prix at Silverstone.
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What time is the 2022 British Grand Prix and how can I watch it?

Formula 1 - Wed, 06/29/2022 - 22:00
The 2022 British Grand Prix gets underway this weekend, as Red Bull and Max Verstappen look to extend their leads at the top of both the constructors’ and drivers’ championships. Here's how and when you can watch the action.
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