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How Red Bull piled back the downforce in Hungary

Permalink - Posted on 2022-08-07 07:46

It’s clearly the consequence of a design direction that the team has taken with the new regulations though. For its drivers have often found themselves at the top of the speed trap figures in 2022, whereas in previous seasons they’d be at the bottom more often than not.
In order to tackle this issue in Hungary, Red Bull introduced a new beam wing layout, pairing it ...Keep reading

Russell: Hungary pole justifies faith in Mercedes F1 car concept

Permalink - Posted on 2022-08-06 15:25

Mercedes struggled to compete with front-runners Red Bull and Ferrari through the first half of the 2022 season due to a recurring bouncing problem with the W13 car.
But it has recently enjoyed an uplift in form, finishing on the podium in each of the last six races, as well as getting both Russell and teammate Lewis Hamilton into the top three in France and Hungary.
The Hungary weekend saw ...Keep reading

Alpine confident it will beat Aston Martin while Alonso is there

Permalink - Posted on 2022-08-06 11:57

Alonso turned down the chance to extend his stay at Alpine by taking up an offer to join Aston Martin on a “multi-year” deal that takes him to at least the end of the 2024 season.
Heading into this season’s summer break, Alpine lies in fourth place in the world championship on 99 points, compared with the 20 logged by ninth-placed Aston Martin.
Szafnauer, who was team ...Keep reading

Wolff: Audi as new entrant could deliver extra value for F1 grid

Permalink - Posted on 2022-08-06 08:05

US racing stalwart Michael Andretti's bid to expand his multi-series operation to F1 has been met by fierce resistance from most of the discipline's current 10 entrants.
Concerned teams are weary of having to share F1's prize money with an additional competitor and feel the current $200 million dilution fund is not sufficient as the value of owning an F1 entry has significantly increased since ...Keep reading

F1 revenues boosted by 49% as series emerges from COVID-19 pandemic

Permalink - Posted on 2022-08-05 15:33

Both seasons saw seven grands prix held during the April-June period, allowing for a useful comparison as the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic fell away. The number of races is significant as F1 divides up its revenue across the year depending on how many events are held in each quarter.
In the first part of 2021 races were still being held in front of limited crowds, while the lucrative ...Keep reading

Verstappen condemns "disgusting" burning of Mercedes merchandise by fans

Permalink - Posted on 2022-08-05 14:46

Over the Budapest race weekend, a video emerged on social media showing a fan at the track wearing what appeared to be an orange Verstappen shirt burning a black Mercedes cap.
It came just weeks after a similar incident was filmed in a fan area at the Austrian Grand Prix, where abusive fan behaviour led to F1 taking action by increasing security and launching a new campaign called ...Keep reading

How this troubled car drove F1's greatest qualifying lap

Permalink - Posted on 2022-08-05 11:25

McLaren set to end Ricciardo’s 2023 F1 deal to make way for Piastri

Permalink - Posted on 2022-08-05 10:40

McLaren is believed to have signed Piastri initially on a reserve driver deal for 2023, one that it intends to upgrade to a race seat, assuming that a plan for Ricciardo’s early exit is eventually agreed.
Ricciardo has a firm McLaren contract for next season as part of the original three-year deal that he signed in early 2020, while still at Renault.
Ricciardo and the team will now have to ...Keep reading

Why Haas update was more shrewd than just a Ferrari copy

Permalink - Posted on 2022-08-05 07:48

After ending up at the bottom of the constructors’ standings last year, the progress it has made with its VF-22 means it heads in to the summer break ahead of Williams, Aston Martin and AlphaTauri in the championship standings.
This is an incredible achievement when we consider it has been the least active in terms of development. It is testament to the job done with the original design of ...Keep reading

Alonso’s age a factor in why Alpine would not commit to long-term F1 deal

Permalink - Posted on 2022-08-04 20:02

The Enstone-based squad had been on the verge of a fresh deal with the two-time world champion before the Spaniard made a shock call to join Aston Martin earlier this week.
One of the key factors at the heart of Alonso’s decision to move teams was that Aston Martin was willing to offer him a much longer-term commitment – which is believed to be as long as three years including ...Keep reading

Mercedes F1 must remain cautious after Hungarian GP ‘perfect storm’

Permalink - Posted on 2022-08-04 19:32

In Budapest, Russell took his first career pole, which was Mercedes’ first of a troubled 2022 season.
While the Briton was unable to hang on to the lead on Sunday, he and teammate Lewis Hamilton still delivered a second consecutive double podium for the Brackley team, with Russell following second-placed Hamilton home in third.
Wolff warned on Sunday night that the team's breakthrough ...Keep reading

“Mad” Gasly had FIA discussion on better F1 track limits monitoring

Permalink - Posted on 2022-08-04 18:59

The AlphaTauri driver was left stranded in 19th on the grid after losing a lap that would have got him through to Q2.
The offence took place at Turn 5, where officials were using CCTV for monitoring purposes.
Sergio Perez also lost a lap time at the same corner in Q2, but a replay on the world feed suggested that he was not fully across the white line, prompting a second look by the FIA. The ...Keep reading

Ricciardo will use F1 summer break to build up “hunger”

Permalink - Posted on 2022-08-04 17:08

The Australian has faced a difficult few months in the shadow of Lando Norris, and has scored only 19 points to the 76 of his McLaren teammate.
He now has the added complication of McLaren’s interest in Oscar Piastri having reached the public domain in the past few days, leaving his own long-term plans unclear.
Ricciardo hopes to use the time off to clear his head and return in strong ...Keep reading

Fabio Quartararo working on Mercedes Formula 1 car test

Permalink - Posted on 2022-08-04 16:57

The Yamaha rider shares Monster Energy and Petronas sponsorship with seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton and joined the team for the French Grand Prix weekend at Paul Ricard in July.
It was reported during that weekend that Quartararo would be completing a test with the team later this year, but he says it is “not something planned yet.”
He also spent the day with Hamilton earlier ...Keep reading

Verstappen: Red Bull can’t afford slip-ups even with "great lead"

Permalink - Posted on 2022-08-04 14:22

Verstappen scored his eighth victory of the season in Hungary last weekend to extend his advantage over Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc in the drivers’ championship to 80 points.
It came despite an engine issue in qualifying that forced Verstappen to start the race from 10th place on the grid, and a spin during the race that cost him a couple of positions.
But Verstappen warned that even with ...Keep reading

Why Red Bull and Porsche's F1 green light has been delayed again

Permalink - Posted on 2022-08-04 10:54

The two parties are set to enter a partnership under the next generation of power unit rules after the Volkswagen Group advisory board gave the nod for Porsche and its sister brand, Audi, to explore entering F1 earlier this year. 
The deal will see Porsche take a 50% stake in Red Bull’s F1 operation, as confirmed in legal paperwork that emerged in Morocco towards the end of last ...Keep reading

Williams confirms Albon in F1 race seat for 2023 season

Permalink - Posted on 2022-08-03 14:01

Albon has spearheaded Williams’ efforts since making his full-time return to F1 with the team this season, scoring all three of its points in 2022.
An extension of Albon’s deal was thought to be a formality, but Williams has now confirmed he will be staying put for 2023.
“It’s really exciting to be staying with Williams Racing for 2023 and I look forward to seeing what we can achieve ...Keep reading

Alpine stands firm over Piastri race contract for F1 2023

Permalink - Posted on 2022-08-03 10:53

In the wake of Fernando Alonso’s shock decision to sign for Aston Martin for next year, the Alpine squad moved quickly to take up a contract that it believes it has with its reserve driver Piastri.
It announced the deal on Tuesday afternoon, the day after it discovered that Alonso would be leaving at the end of the campaign.
However, a few hours after Alpine’s announcement, Piastri took ...Keep reading

Hamilton: "Huge" for Mercedes F1 to beat both Ferraris in Hungary

Permalink - Posted on 2022-08-03 09:24

Mercedes showed signs of its pace in Hungary on Saturday as George Russell scored his maiden F1 pole, while Hamilton was left ruing a DRS issue that he felt denied the team a possible front row lock-out.
Ferrari proved quicker through the first half of the race, allowing Charles Leclerc to leapfrog Russell for the lead, only for its pace to nosedive upon switching Leclerc to hard ...Keep reading

FIA set to finalise stricter F1 roll hoop tests for 2023

Permalink - Posted on 2022-08-03 08:33

The governing body has promised to impose stricter tests as a direct result of Zhou Guanyu’s accident at the British GP, which saw the Chinese driver's Alfa Romeo roll hoop fail after contact with the track with a force that exceeded anything that had previously been foreseen.
Alfa Romeo has been working closely with the FIA ever since, while other teams have also been consulted and asked for ...Keep reading

Szafnauer: No issue in bringing Ricciardo back to Alpine F1 team

Permalink - Posted on 2022-08-03 08:12

Alpine still hopes the younger Australian will slot into the seat vacated by Fernando Alonso, and believes it has a valid contract to that effect.
The team announced on Tuesday afternoon that Piastri will drive in 2023, but shortly afterwards the Australian took to social media to deny that was the case.
Piastri is understood to have agreed a deal to go to McLaren at a time when it looked ...Keep reading

Ferrari sees no need for F1 changes at Maranello over summer

Permalink - Posted on 2022-08-02 18:36

Ferrari heads into F1’s summer break trailing Red Bull by 97 points at the top of the constructors’ championship after a strategy miscue led to Charles Leclerc’s defeat in Hungary on Sunday.
Leclerc was leading halfway through the race but faded to sixth after a switch to the hard compound tyre backfired and saw his pace nosedive. Teammate Carlos Sainz also fell out of contention for ...Keep reading

Piastri denies he has signed with Alpine to race in F1 2023

Permalink - Posted on 2022-08-02 18:15

Earlier today Alpine released a statement saying reigning FIA Formula 2 champion Piastri would take Aston Martin-bound Fernando Alonso’s seat at its F1 team next year.
The news came without any comment from Piastri both in the press release and on his own social media channels, with the announcement on the Australian driver’s future also coming in the middle of the night in his home ...Keep reading

Lewis Hamilton joins Denver Broncos NFL team ownership group

Permalink - Posted on 2022-08-02 16:58

Hamilton’s investment was revealed in a tweet by the Broncos on Tuesday, attributed to Rob Walton, who is the heir of American retail giant Walmart.
Walton’s group takes over the Colorado team's NFL franchise next week (subject to approval by rival team owners) ahead of the upcoming new season in a record-smashing $4.65billion deal, which is more than double the amount paid for any team in ...Keep reading

Alpine announces Piastri for F1 2023, but doubts remain

Permalink - Posted on 2022-08-02 16:17

Just 24 hours after the Enstone-based squad found it had lost Alonso to Aston Martin, it announced that Piastri would step up from his reserve driver role.
The highly-rated young Australian had previously looked set to be forced to look elsewhere for a seat in 2023, with Alpine having originally intended to retain Alonso.
While there had been suggestions that he could be loaned out ...Keep reading

Sargeant to make Williams FP1 debut at F1 US GP

Permalink - Posted on 2022-08-02 13:07

The FIA Formula 2 driver, who currently sits third in the standings with Carlin, will take part in the practice session at the Circuit of the Americas, Austin, on 21 October. 
Sargeant joined the Williams Academy in October, with the news confirmed at last year’s US GP, before taking part in the F1 post-season test in Abu Dhabi just over a week later. 
Sargeant will take over ...Keep reading

Honda to continue Red Bull F1 technical support until 2025

Permalink - Posted on 2022-08-02 11:15

Following Honda’s decision to leave F1 at the end of last season, the Japanese manufacturer agreed to help manufacture and run its power units despite Red Bull being leased the IP.
That was originally intended to be for this season, with Red Bull then anticipated to take over the operation and run it from its own powertrains division.
But with Red Bull’s focus at Milton Keynes being very ...Keep reading

Alpine says contract terms won't allow Piastri to join McLaren F1

Permalink - Posted on 2022-08-02 11:08

Piastri and his manager Mark Webber are understood to have agreed a deal to go to McLaren when it appeared that Alpine’s only choice was to place the youngster at Williams for a year.
Alpine’s plan had been to keep Fernando Alonso on board for one more season before taking Piastri, but the Spaniard’s unexpected departure has moved the goalposts and the Alpine seat is available after ...Keep reading

Alpine learned Alonso had joined Aston Martin F1 in press release

Permalink - Posted on 2022-08-02 10:50

Szafnauer believed his Enstone-based squad had been on the verge of signing Alonso to a fresh F1 contract as they neared the end of negotiations ahead of the summer break.
But despite being informed by Alonso on the Sunday night of the Hungarian Grand Prix that everything looked set to be sorted out by the lawyers, Szafnauer said he was shocked when he read Aston Martin’s announcement on ...Keep reading

The five factors that helped Verstappen pull off surprise Hungary F1 win

Permalink - Posted on 2022-08-02 09:43

Having started from 10th place on the grid after an engine problem left him without power in qualifying, even Red Bull’s best strategy simulations estimated that the world champion would only be able to make it as far forward as fifth.
But in the end, a perfect storm of circumstances – some due to team and driver strengths, and some due to external factors outside their ...Keep reading

Ricciardo: “Two-for-one” F1 pass on Alpines gave “a bit of a buzz”

Permalink - Posted on 2022-08-02 09:01

Ricciardo started ninth after a solid qualifying session, but he drifted back to 15th by the flag, having picked up a five-second penalty for causing a collision with Lance Stroll.
His pass on the Alpine drivers occurred when Ocon came out of the pits and straight into a fight for position with Alonso. Ricciardo was able to pass both drivers when they went wide at Turn 2.
However, it ...Keep reading

Horner: "Not one ounce" of me wishes Ferrari was putting up better F1 fight

Permalink - Posted on 2022-08-01 21:34

Max Verstappen’s brilliant charge from 10th on the grid to grab victory at the Hungarian Grand Prix has helped the Dutchman open up an 80-points advantage in the F1 drivers’ standings.
But after another race where Ferrari had a golden opportunity to help Charles Leclerc close down Verstappen’s lead, only for its strategy to wreck it, some are ruing the fact that the championship ...Keep reading

Mercedes: Ending year as F1’s "first loser" not the target

Permalink - Posted on 2022-08-01 20:27

The German car manufacturer appears to have turned the corner on its early campaign troubles as it bagged a second double podium finish at the Hungarian Grand Prix.
George Russell came home third, having started from pole position, while Lewis Hamilton recovered from a DRS failure in qualifying to take his second successive second place finish.
With Ferrari enduring another torrid afternoon ...Keep reading

Brain damage risks shows FIA must act on F1 porpoising, says Wolff

Permalink - Posted on 2022-08-01 19:39

A push by the FIA to change the 2023 technical regulations and lift floor edges by 25mm to help eliminate car bouncing has not gone down well with a majority of teams, who fear it forces an unnecessary and expensive redesign of their new car plans.
FIA president Mohammed Ben Sulayem has been canvassing the opinion of all teams and drivers over the past two weekends to try to get a better ...Keep reading

Ferrari doubts it was possible to win F1 Hungarian GP

Permalink - Posted on 2022-08-01 18:44

Leclerc faded from leading halfway through the race to finish sixth at the Hungaroring on Sunday after a switch to the hard compound tyre saw his pace nosedive.
Teammate Carlos Sainz could only finish fourth after also falling out of contention for victory as Ferrari struggled in the cooler than expected conditions throughout the race.
Although Binotto conceded Ferrari did not get ...Keep reading

Tickets now on sale for 2023 Hungarian Formula 1 Grand Prix

Permalink - Posted on 2022-08-01 17:58

Traditionally hosting the final race before the summer break, the circuit has held a race every year since 1986, with every world champion bar Alain Prost and Nico Rosberg taking at least one victory ever since.
Tickets for next year’s Hungarian GP are now available to book with Motorsport Tickets.
In recent years, it has developed a reputation for its difficulty to overtake. However ...Keep reading

10 things we learned at the 2022 Hungarian Grand Prix

Permalink - Posted on 2022-08-01 15:40

The Austrian Grand Prix represented the halfway point of the 2022 Formula 1 season. But the Hungarian GP retaining its pre-summer break spot and the mental reset it offers was why Max Verstappen’s engineer, Gianpiero Lambiase, told him as he crossed the finish line last Sunday: “what a drive – what a way to finish the first half of the year”.
That call came after the Red Bull driver had ...Keep reading

The missed clues that could have saved Ferrari’s Hungarian GP

Permalink - Posted on 2022-08-01 13:29

Despite sitting first and third with Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz halfway through the race, Ferrari failed to get either of its cars onto the podium.
Leclerc dropped all the way back to sixth after an ill-fated call to run hard tyres for the third stint backfired in spectacular fashion, allowing Verstappen to overtake him twice and forcing Ferrari into a third stop late on.
So why did ...Keep reading

Verstappen praises "insanely calm" strategist Schmitz after Hungary F1 win

Permalink - Posted on 2022-08-01 13:10

Verstappen charged from 10th place on the grid to win at the Hungaroring on Sunday, extending his lead at the top of the drivers’ championship to 80 points heading into the summer break.
Verstappen was aided by a superior strategy that saw him avoid using the hard compound tyre after struggling for grip during the reconnaissance laps to the grid, prompting a change in plan for the race.
By ...Keep reading

What Alonso’s Alpine exit means for the rest of the F1 driver market

Permalink - Posted on 2022-08-01 11:03

Over the past couple of weeks, both Alonso and the top dogs at Alpine have expressed confidence things would be resolved quickly. Alonso said on Thursday he thought it would only take a 10-minute conversation to sort things out.
That bit was probably true. It may not have even taken 10 minutes for him to say: “Guys, I’m off.”
Make no bones about it: this is a huge, huge move in F1 ...Keep reading

How Aston Martin pulled off its shock Alonso F1 deal

Permalink - Posted on 2022-08-01 09:59

As the F1 paddock packed down at the Hungaroring on Sunday night, all eyes at Alpine were on a bit of holiday over the summer break and what were anticipated to be some brief talks to secure a new contract with Alonso.
Team principal Otmar Szafnauer seemed relaxed as he concurred with Alonso’s remark from earlier in the weekend that it would probably take just 10 minutes to sort things ...Keep reading

Fernando Alonso switches to Aston Martin F1 team from 2023

Permalink - Posted on 2022-08-01 08:05

The two-time F1 world champion will leave Alpine at the end of the season to join Aston Martin, acting as the latest bombshell in the F1 driver market.
Alonso will replace the retiring Sebastian Vettel, and opens up a seat with Alpine that looks set to be taken by Oscar Piastri.
Alonso said on Sunday after the Hungarian Grand Prix that he was confident his future would be sewn up by the time ...Keep reading

Hungarian GP 2022: Lap by lap visualization

Permalink - Posted on 2022-07-31 23:13

Russell "rubbing hands together" with rain forecast in Hungarian GP

Permalink - Posted on 2022-07-31 20:46

The Mercedes driver, starting from his maiden F1 pole position, opted to begin the Hungary race on soft tyres while the Ferraris directly behind him picked the mediums.
With a heavy rain shower forecast for the start of the race, Russell said he was "rubbing his hands together" in anticipation to use the soft tyre advantage which are better suited to run in slippery conditions.
But once the ...Keep reading

Ferrari explains reasons behind Leclerc’s doomed F1 hard tyre switch

Permalink - Posted on 2022-07-31 20:15

Leclerc started on medium compound tyres at the Hungaroring and spent the opening stint running third, only to jump teammate Carlos Sainz for second place by getting the overcut at the first round of pitstops.
With a five-lap tyre delta, Leclerc managed to catch race leader George Russell and pass him for P1 before opening up a three-second gap at the head of the field.
But when Ferrari ...Keep reading

What is F1's summer break, why does it happen and how long is it?

Permalink - Posted on 2022-07-31 19:47

After a gruelling run of 13 races in 20 weeks, the Formula 1 paddock heads into a summer break in August immediately after the Hungarian GP.
There will be no official F1 track action for an entire month, with the teams reconvening at the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps on the 26-28 August.
That means over three weeks off from the grind of the F1 circus and travelling the world, and ...Keep reading

Red Bull planned to start Hungarian GP on hard F1 tyres

Permalink - Posted on 2022-07-31 18:08

With Max Verstappen starting down in 10th on the grid after his engine problem in qualifying, and teammate Sergio Perez one place further back, Red Bull's simulations had shown that the best route to deliver a good result was to have a long first stint on the hard.
But difficulties that both drivers had in switching even the soft tyre on on the way to the grid prompted Red Bull to scrap its ...Keep reading

Hamilton: Qualifying issue cost me shot at Hungarian GP win

Permalink - Posted on 2022-07-31 17:36

The Mercedes driver finished second in Sunday's race, having lined up seventh after a DRS failure on his final Q3 lap scuppered his chances of matching teammate George Russell's pole time.
Russell finished third, with Verstappen taking victory despite having started 10th.
The seven-time F1 world champion says though the cooler conditions on Sunday helped the team secure their second ...Keep reading

F1 race results: Max Verstappen wins wild Hungarian GP

Permalink - Posted on 2022-07-31 17:13

Mercedes’ George Russell led from pole but came under attack from Charles Leclerc from one-third distance. Leclerc grabbed the lead with a fantastic outbraking move around the outside of Turn 1.
But Leclerc’s chances of victory were dealt a fatal blow when Ferrari opted for him to run the slower hard tyres, despite evidence of the Alpines struggling badly on them.
On the flipside, title ...Keep reading

2022 F1 World Championship standings after the Hungarian GP

Permalink - Posted on 2022-07-31 16:23

Who is leading the 2022 F1 World Championship Drivers' points?
Red Bull’s reigning champion Verstappen pulled out another 17 points over Ferrari drivers’ title rival Charles Leclerc, who led in Hungary before a poor strategy decision dropped him back to finish sixth.
Verstappen’s lead is now 80 points over Leclerc as he bids for a second successive drivers’ title. His Red Bull ...Keep reading