Red Bull want to know what F1 power unit they will be using for 2022 before the end of the month says Team Principal Christian Horner, with taking over the Honda intellectual property (IP) their preferred option.
Hamilton has just matched Schumacher’s tally of seven world titles, and now also holds the records for the most victories and the most pole positions in F1 history. But while his latest triumph has still not silenced those who suggest he only wins because he has the best car, Hamilton says that even he did not fully comprehend just how big a role drivers must play in car development before he …
Entering his final three races as a Ferrari driver, Sebastian Vettel has revealed that his relationship with the team is “not the easiest” these days. Ferrari team boss Mattia Binotto informed Vettel prior to the start of this season that 2020 would be his final year racing in red.
Charles Leclerc is not afraid to castigate himself when he thinks he’s made a mistake – as proved by his passionate team radio outburst after a last-lap mistake in Turkey cost him a podium place. Ferrari team mate Sebastian Vettel was the grateful recipient of that error, but afterwards the German said he empathised with Leclerc, saying his character reminds him of how he was at the same stage in his career.
Mercedes technical chief James Allison says Lewis Hamilton “doesn’t have off-days” – and that has enabled the team to raise the bar so high. Hamilton and Mercedes both now have seven World Championship titles in the bag, although not all of them together.
Istanbul Park, home of the Turkish Grand Prix, has received its FIA Grade 1 safety licence, according to reports. A report by Anadolu Agency states that in a press conference on Thursday, Intercity, who operate Istanbul Park, confirmed that the venue had been awarded the FIA’s highest safety grade for a three-year period.
James Allison has admitted the budget cap being introduced to F1 for next season is causing Mercedes “considerable difficulty”. The World Champions’ technical director revealed work had been under way on the 2021 car for “several months” – and that wrapping up a seventh consecutive title so early had bought them precious time in preparing for their next defence of the crown.
Toto Wolff has urged caution as Formula 1 talks about banning wind tunnels, saying the sport doesn’t want to “experiment live with drivers in cars based on CFD”. Formula 1 is debating banning wind tunnels – not any time soon though, only in 2030.
Lewis Hamilton wants to reduce the amount of travelling he does between races when he signs a new contract to drive for Mercedes next year.