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F1 is watching this weekend’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix with more intrigue than ever around the 2022 season.

Daniel Ricciardo has responded to strong criticism from his McLaren boss Zak Brown, who hinted that the Australian driver’s contract could be terminated at the end of the season if he fails to reverse his troubled form. “The reality is I haven’t forgotten how to drive in six months, I haven’t lost my competitive edge,” he told Crash. “It’s kind of a time when I knew I could get out. You’ll always get people to say this and that. That’s what it is, it’s up to me in the car to prove them wrong.”

Meanwhile, Lewis Hamilton has moved to close any talks on his retirement from F1, which has emerged as a result of Mercedes ’struggles and the fact that his teammate George Russell is currently overtaking him. “Why should I stop?” Hamilton told the Corriere della Ser. “Let’s start this season: I probably won’t win the title, but I have the same pleasure to compete as when I started. Maybe one day I won’t be able to withstand the pressure anymore, I’ll be tired, but that day hasn’t come yet “.

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Toto Wolff seeks a compromise with the “stubborn position” of smaller teams

Toto Wolff is looking for a compromise with the smaller teams and their “stubborn position” around the budget limit.

The head of Mercedes has been discussing raising the budget limit in Formula 1, with the aim of offering a salary increase to staff members.

Staff salaries are included in the $ 140 million budget limit for the sport, which Wolff says could mean few opportunities for salary increases.

“It’s not that we want to generate more profits, it’s literally allowing people to have their salaries offset by the extraordinary inflation they suffer,” Wolff said. “So it’s not like we suddenly want more, but we’re left with the fact that when we entered the year and the premises that we ended the year and then we look at the numbers now. And then we hope we can find a way to adjust.

“I think the worst thing about the sport is having a stubborn position that some of the smaller teams think the big ones are trying to gain an advantage and in fact we’re going to fall for them by not allowing them to do that and us. another side looking to lift the ceiling, which we don’t want to do.

“And I can tell you from my position as a team owner, I don’t want to raise the ceiling just to have a cost cap that goes up every time and basically beyond the initial concept, but I want my people to be well paid, especially in these cases.

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Luke Baker June 7, 2022 6:30 p.m.


Lewis Hamilton sets Silverstone’s goal for Mercedes to solve the car’s problems and challenge the victory

Lewis Hamilton has urged his Mercedes F1 team to find solutions to the problems they have faced this season, in a month’s time.

Neither he nor new teammate George Russell have won this season, although Hamilton and former teammate Valtteri Bottas have won nine last year.

This is as a result of the new design of the Mercedes car and the subsequent analysis and corrections that did not combat the porpoise and handling problems that have affected them.

While the team has remained largely optimistic about the prospect of the car being a favorite once solutions have been found, the truth is that after seven rounds of the 2022 season, only one third place for Hamilton and a couple of them for Russell. it’s as good as it has been for Mercedes.

Luke Baker June 7, 2022 6:17 PM


George Russell was hoping to be a winner of the Mercedes race by now

George Russell admits he hoped to win his first career with Mercedes at this stage of the season, but admits he has probably maximized the performance of a struggling car.

Russell has been a model of consistency since joining Williams in the low season, as the only one F1 driver with a place in the top five in all races this quarter, but Mercedes has been one step below Ferrari and Red Bull in terms of car performance.

The battle against the porpoise has limited the team’s ambitions, but the 24-year-old has consistently outscored his most illustrious teammate. Lewis Hamilton to place in a commendable fourth place in the Drivers’ Championship with 84 points, just behind Max Verstappen, Charles Leclerc and Sergio Pérez, and one point ahead of Carlos Sainz in the second Ferrari.

In the Constructors’ Championship, the eight-time Mercedes champion languished in the unknown third position and after moving on to the F1 giants, Russell admits that he was already expecting an inaugural victory of his career.

“I think if you had told me before the season that we would have seven races and that I wouldn’t have a win in my name, I would certainly have been a little disappointed,” Russell explained.

Luke Baker June 7, 2022 6:03 PM


Mick Schumacher could become a “brutal and cold” F1 victim, says two-time world rally champion

Mick Schumacher will be rejected by the “brutal and cold” F1 unless he reduces his number of accidents and starts overtaking his Haas teammate Kevin Magnussen, warns two-time world rally champion Walter Röhrl.

Schumacher has yet to score a point this season, with Williams’ Nicholas Latifi the only other regular driver to suffer from this ignominy, while his teammate Haas Magnussen has impressed with 15 points.

The German also suffered a series of falls during training sessions, qualifying and, more recently, during the Monaco Grand Prix when he fell against the barrier in the Pool section after running out.

According to Röhrl, these high-speed and costly accidents have left Haas with a strong repair bill and all of these factors mean that Schumacher needs to improve his game quickly.

Luke Baker June 7, 2022 5:50 PM


When and where is the next F22 2022 race?

The Formula 1 season is in full swing as drivers prepare for the eighth race of the longest calendar in the history of the sport.

The good news continued to come for Red Bull when the FIA ​​dismissed complaints against Ferrari’s two drivers, Pérez and Max Verstappen. But there is a possible internal conflict in the air if Perez can maintain his resurgence to challenge the superiority of the world champion.

Elsewhere on the grid, Mercedes continues to strive to find solutions to its performance problems after making some progress, while Lando Norris continues to far outperform his McLaren teammate Daniel Ricciardo.

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Luke Baker June 7, 2022 5:37 PM


F1 is expected to hold steady with Russia’s participation following the dismissal of the Sochi Grand Prix

Formula One leaders are expected to stand firm on any future involvement with Russia after the decision was made to eliminate the Sochi Grand Prix following the country’s invasion of Ukraine.

In addition to canceling its contract with Russia, Formula 1 has also cut off the transmission of races from the country’s television channels and blocked the transmission of Internet content in the country.

The canceled contract with Russia expires in 2025, and according to Alexey Popov, a Russian journalist and F1 commentator, it looks like the sport will continue to distance itself from the country in the foreseeable future.

Luke Baker June 7, 2022 5:23 PM


Perez apologizes to his wife after dancing with mysterious women at Monaco Grand Prix victory party

Red Bull driver Sergio Perez has publicly apologized to his wife after being caught on camera dancing with women during a “bad party” after winning the Monaco Grand Prix.

Videos emerged showing the Formula 1 driver celebrating his victory at the Monaco Grand Prix last month with the 32-year-old man seen dancing with his arms around two women.

He said in an Instagram post: “I have seen the videos that have been circulating about me and I take responsibility for them.

“It was a bad party that I didn’t know how to control who I am, but it was a very bad party. People close to me know my values ​​and the kind of person I am.

“For those who ask me, my wife and I are more united than ever. And to those who just want to hurt us, I wish you all the best.

“Thank you all for your love and I apologize to all the people who love me because these videos don’t represent me at all. Thanks.”


Luke Baker June 7, 2022 5:10 p.m.


“Environmental sinner” Sebastian Vettel has said he will leave F1 because of concerns about climate change

Four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel he has been told he should resign Formula One after admitting that he has been a “hypocrite” in continuing to run while questioning the impact of the sport climate change.

Vettel said during a question time appearance that he has considered retiring from Formula 1 after campaigning for actions to protect the environment. “It simply came to our notice then [whether I should be racing in Formula One] and traveling the world, “Vettel said.

“It’s my passion to drive a car and I love it, and every time I get in a car I love it, but when I get out of the car I’m thinking, ‘Is this something we should do, travel the world and waste resources?’ ”

Vettel, 34, has no contract with Aston Martin at the end of the season and Walter Rohrl, the two-time world rally champion, has said the German should give up the sport if he cares so much about his sport. environmental impact.

Luke Baker June 7, 2022 4:56 PM


Max Verstappen admits he could “leave” F1 when his contract with Red Bull ends

The 24-year-old has spent his entire career in the Red Bull set-up, entering the grid with Toro Rosso at the age of 17 before joining Christian Horner’s team for the fifth race of the 2016 season.


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