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26 Jan 2022

Petrucci reflects on his Dakar odyssey

Having lost out on a MotoGP ride for 2022, Petrucci made a radical career shift and signed up with KTM to do the Dakar Rally for the first time. Injured while training for the event, Petrucci’s fortnight in Saudi Arabia was one filled with much drama – including a COVID near-miss, an historic stage win […]

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26 Jan 2022

Lack of contract pressure made rookie F1 season easier

The German, who is the son of seven-time champion Michael, made his debut for Haas last year as team-mate to Nikita Mazepin. While both drivers endured a challenging campaign with the Haas car having not been developed since 2020, Schumacher did enjoy some highlights – which included making it through to Q2 on merit at […]

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26 Jan 2022

AlphaTauri, Alpine reveal launch date for 2022 F1 challengers

The Faenza-based squad said on social media that the AT03 will be revealed on Monday, 14 February but stopped short of providing any additional info about the launch. AlphaTauri is the fifth team to announce its launch date, with McLaren, Aston Martin, Mercedes and Ferrari already having revealed when they plan to reveal their new […]

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26 Jan 2022

Marquez fit to ride in MotoGP pre-season testing

The six-time MotoGP world champion missed the final two rounds of 2021 and remained off a motorcycle for three months over the winter due to a double vision issue resulting from a training crash in November. With surgery not needed, Marquez spent the winter gradually recovering from his vision issues – which he also suffered […]

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26 Jan 2022

McLaren F1 driver Ricciardo receives Order of Australia honour

The 32-year-old, who hails from Western Australia, has been an ever-present in F1 since 2011, racking up 210 grand prix starts for the HRT, Toro Rosso, Red Bull, Renault and McLaren outfits. He will become the 15th most-experienced driver in F1 history when he starts the 2022 season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix and is set to […]

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26 Jan 2022

“Open” Bottas best team-mate for rookie F1 year

Zhou will become China’s first F1 race driver in 2022 after signing a contract to step up from F2 with the Alfa Romeo team. He will line up alongside race winner Bottas, who switched to the Hinwil squad after a five-year spell at Mercedes. The pair had their first experience working together at last year’s […]

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26 Jan 2022

Herta “most likely would do” F1 if opportunity arose

Had Andretti’s plan worked out, Herta would have moved to F1 once granted an FIA super license, replaced in Andretti Autosport’s IndyCar squad by its Indy Lights champion Kyle Kirkwood. Instead, Herta has remained in the #26 car which he drove to three wins last season, and Kirkwood will spend his rookie season at AJ […]

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25 Jan 2022

Ferrari forced to change Fiorano test plan amid F1 rule confusion

The Maranello-based team had originally intended to run last year’s SF21 car for the four days of the test, which is scheduled as a warm-up exercise for race drivers Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz Jr, plus tester Robert Shwartzman. However, shortly before the testing programme began, Ferrari had to revise its plans because of confusion […]

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25 Jan 2022

Return of one-stoppers won’t matter if F1 racing is better

As part of F1’s rules overhaul for 2022, which has included a switch to ground effect cars, official tyre supplier Pirelli is also moving to 18-inch wheels. The change, allied to a desire to have rubber that is not so sensitive to overheating, has led to the compounds shifting towards being slightly harder. That will […]

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25 Jan 2022

Tsunoda’s F1 fate in his own hands, says Tost

Tsunoda showed flashes of speed and promise in 2021 but his rookie season was also marred by various crashes and errors as the Japanese youngster was overshadowed by teammate Pierre Gasly. Tsunoda raised eyebrows with a ninth place on his Bahrain debut but then struggled to build on that result. While Gasly consistently raked in […]

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