Vettel Puts Focus On Climate Change At Miami GP
F1 is looking ahead to this weekend’s the Azerbaijan Grand Prix with more intrigue than ever surrounding the 2022 season. Sergio Perez is one of the most fascinating characters in the sport, triumphing in a chaotic and thrilling race in Monte-Carlo on Sunday, before immediately extendeding his Red Bull contract to 2024 on Monday. The good news kept coming for Red Bull when the FIA dismissed complaints against both drivers, Perez and Max Verstappen, from Ferrari. But there is potential conflict in the air if Perez can keep his resurgence going to challenge the world champion’s superiority.
Red Bull boss Christian Horner has made clear Verstappen will not be given preferential treatment over his teammate Perez unless he is clearly the only title contender of the pair. Perez claimed his second win of the season at Monaco last weekend as Verstappen finished third. The result brough the Mexican to within 15 points of Verstappen at the top of the overall standings, with Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc sandwiched between them.
Asked if Verstappen was the No1 priority, Horner told Bloomberg: “We are not talking about Sergio Perez Racing or Max Verstappen Racing here. It’s about Red Bull Racing. The drivers work for the team and bear this responsibility. It is important that they realise that the ambitions of the team are greater than their own.” Follow all the latest news, rumours and build-up to the Azerbaijan Grand Prix:
George Russell has ‘knocked Lewis Hamilton off his perch’, claims Eddie Jordan
In his rookie season with the Silver Arrows, Russell has consistently guided the W13 to respectable finishes, ending every race so far in the top five – the only driver in the sport to do so.
By contrast, seven-time world champion Hamilton has struggled to cope with an under-performing car and his third place at the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix is the only race in which he’s finished above his teammate.
Those results mean Russell is fourth in the drivers’ standings – 34 points ahead of his more illustrious fellow Brit in sixth – and Jordan is adamant there has been a changing of the guard since the younger man joined Mercedes from Williams.
Michael Jones6 June 2022 10:33
Mercedes, Red Bull and Ferrari united in opposition to current F1 budget cap
Formula 1’s top three teams have shown a united front in speaking out against the sport’s current budget cap, with Mercedes, Red Bull and Ferrari chiefs all stressing the difficulty of sticking to the imposed limit.
Every F1 team is working with a cost cap of £119million this season, a move that is intended to ensure a more equal level of competition, but drastic inflation and a severe rise in freight costs have put teams at risk of exceeding that amount in expenditure.
“At the time we all agreed to those reductions, nobody could have predicted what was going on in the world and how that is driving inflation in every household globally,” Red Bull team principal Christian Horner told Sky Sports.
Michael Jones6 June 2022 10:24
Daniel Ricciardo’s time at McLaren is ‘over’, claims Jacques Villeneuve
Daniel Ricciardo’s time at McLaren F1 is “over”, according to 1997 world champion Jacques Villeneuve, who believes that the team are preparing to move on from the Australian.
Ricciardo has endured a tough and uncompetitive start to the 2022 campaign, sitting outside of the top ten in the Drivers’ Championship standings.
The 32-year-old has scored only eleven points, 37 fewer than teammate Lando Norris, and again finished outside of the points at the Monaco Grand Prix for the fourth consecutive race.
And Villeneuve believes that Brown’s reference to potential exit mechanisms may be bad news for Ricciardo.
Michael Jones6 June 2022 10:13
Lando Norris reveals Le Mans ‘goal’ after F1 career ends
Lando Norris has followed Max Verstappen in denying he has any interest in Indy500, with safety concerns a familiar point of contention from the pair.
The topic has arisen recently due to the Formula One calendar heading to the Monaco Grand Prix last weekend, which forms one third of the ‘Triple Crown’ of motorsport, along with the Indianapolis 500 and Le Mans 24 Hours in the World Endurance Championship.
Verstappen highlighted that the risk of injury in the Indy500 was “not worth it anymore”, with Norris following suit in appreciating the bravery of the drivers involved – and also hinting he could be tempted to take on Le Mans in future.
Speaking after he claimed sixth place in Monaco on a “magical weekend”, Norris wrote in his Telegraph column that he opted to unwind by watching the feats of other drivers Stateside at Speedway.
Michael Jones6 June 2022 10:01
Norris wants ‘incredible’ Monaco Grand Prix to remain on F1 calendar
Formula One’s expansion push, changing car technologies and sizes and the need for greater revenue streams have all led to to new locations pushing their own claims for inclusion, while Monaco’s contract as a circuit expired after last weekend’s dramatic race.
“That is Monaco. And that is why I believe it should stay on the calendar,” he said in his Telegraph column.
Michael Jones6 June 2022 09:49
Lando Norris disagrees with Lewis Hamilton assessment of Monaco Grand Prix start
The race was delayed by more than an hour due to heavy rain showers in Monte Carlo, a decision that has since been criticised by Mercedes’ Hamilton.
The seven-time world champion suggested that weather was not reason enough for such a lengthy delay to proceedings getting under way.
Norris, however, believes the right approach was taken and the race could not have gotten under way on time.
Michael Jones6 June 2022 09:39
‘F1 owners to won’t ‘blink first’ in Monaco Grand Prix stand-off’
The tight street circuit has been criticised by fans and drivers in recent years particularly, with suggestions that it is ill-suited to the sport’s continuing evolution.
Liberty Media completed its takeover of a controlling stake in F1 in early 2017 and has since overseen a popularity boom, with the calendar set to again expand next season, and the prestige and history of an event in Monaco perhaps now less necessary.
While Brundle is hopeful that an agreement can be reached to keep the “unique and crazy” race on the calendar, the former F1 driver feels that the sport’s owners will not be afraid to stand firm having allegedly demanded that the Monte Carlo race be prepared to adapt to the sport’s new era.
Michael Jones6 June 2022 09:30
Hamilton and Alonso still have ‘needle’ between them claims Brundle
Hamilton was showing far superior pace than Alonso at the Monte Carlo circuit but failed to find a way past the Spaniard as he was forced to settle for eighth place.
And Brundle feels the Monaco race showed there is still some tension between the two former world champions who were teammates at McLaren 15 years ago.
Michael Jones6 June 2022 09:18
Martin Brundle calls for ‘root and branch change’ in F1 after Monaco start farce
Racing failed to get underway for more than an hour after the scheduled start time in Monte Carlo, with the race directors reluctant to order a start in wet weather.
Significant precipitation fell just before the race was due to begin but had ceased by 2pm BST, though race organisers had already ordered a delay.
Jack Rathborn6 June 2022 09:10
Toto Wolff lifts lid on early relationship with Lewis Hamilton
Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff has revealed that the early days of his relationship with Lewis Hamilton involved some stern guidance from the Austrian.
Hamilton won his first Formula 1 title with McLaren in 2008, but since joining Mercedes in 2013, the Briton has become a seven-time world champion – sharing the record with Michael Schumacher.
Hamilton won back-to-back titles in 2014 and 2015, before winning four in a row from 2017 to 2020.
And opening up on how the driver’s relationship with the Mercedes team has changed over the years, Wolff told the Daily Mail: “This is Mercedes, we have no place for the genius jerk.
Michael Jones6 June 2022 08:58