Year: 2022

12 Aug 2022

“It hurt quite a bit”

Zhou became China’s first full-time F1 driver this year after graduating from Formula 2, partnering Valtteri Bottas at Alfa Romeo. But Zhou was subject to criticism and abuse online prior to his F1 debut as many questioned his suitability for the seat and tagged him as a pay driver. Antonio Giovinazzi, who Zhou replaced at […]

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12 Aug 2022

Why Binotto retains faith in his F1 strategy team at Ferrari

In fact, he is robust in the defence of his strategy department and, while accepting there is always room for improvement, he is crystal clear that he has the right people in place in the right jobs. It is a stance that may come as a surprise to some F1 fans, who have heavily criticised […]

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12 Aug 2022

Red Bull’s latest Mercedes F1 recruits a “statement of intent”

As part of a major investment by the Milton Keynes-based squad, it has committed heavily to designing and manufacturing its own power units for the next set of F1 regulations from 2026. Its new Red Bull Powertrains division is already up and running and the team has attracted some well-known figures from Mercedes to help […]

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11 Aug 2022

Last chance to be at the Orange Army’s big party

As late summer trips go, a motorsport enthusiast will be hard pressed to find a more appealing option than coupling a four or five-day city trip to vibrant Amsterdam with the boisterous F1 Dutch GP at Zandvoort. And packages to get you there are still available through Motorsport Tickets, now with the added benefit of […]

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11 Aug 2022

Spa F1 flexi floor clampdown could bring Mercedes into the mix

In a move to restrict excessive car bouncing, the FIA will introduce measures aimed to halt the phenomenon by enforcing an Aerodynamic Oscillation Metric (AOM) that teams cannot exceed from the Spa-Francorchamps race. It is also understood that the FIA is installing measures to outlaw tricks some teams are believed to have made in flexing […]

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11 Aug 2022

Shwartzman “excited” for Ferrari FP1 chances after F1 summer break

Ferrari test driver Shwartzman is set to fulfil Ferrari’s young driver requirement for practice sessions in 2022, featuring in two FP1s over the final nine races. The 2019 FIA F3 champion will be fielded using an Israeli licence after the FIA banned drivers from using Russian flags in the wake of the invasion of Ukraine […]

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11 Aug 2022

2022 MotoGP title fight now “very tight”, says Aleix Espargaro

Reigning world champion Fabio Quartararo was only able to grow his points lead by one to 22 in last weekend’s Silverstone race, after a long lap penalty meant he got mired in a pack and only finished eighth. An injured Espargaro, who fractured his right heel in a 115mph crash in FP4, shadowed Quartararo in […]

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11 Aug 2022

2022 probably my most enjoyable F1 season so far

Bottas joined Alfa Romeo at the beginning of the season following a five-year stint with Mercedes that saw him score 10 grand prix victories and twice finish as runner-up in the drivers’ championship to team-mate Lewis Hamilton. While the Finn has taken a step back from the regular front-running form he enjoyed at Mercedes, he […]

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11 Aug 2022

I’ll end my F1 career before I’m completely burnt out

Following Sebastian Vettel’s announcement that he’ll retire from F1 at the end of 2022, it will leave just Hamilton and Fernando Alonso as the older generation of drivers on the grid next season. Hamilton, whose current Mercedes F1 contract expires at the end of 2023, has repeatedly stated he has no intention to retire at the end […]

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