F1 Racing 2022: Take a virtual lap ahead of the Bahrain Grand Prix
Follow the latest news from the world of Formula 1 as the start of the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix approaches.
After being delighted to finish third and fourth in last weekend’s season opener in Bahrain, Mercedes is preparing to make changes to its car in a bid to close the gap in pace with Ferrari and Red Bull. Team principal Toto Wolff has said his engineers will “take a chainsaw” on the rear wings of Lewis Hamilton and George Russell’s cars as they aim to become more competitive for race victory in Jeddah on Sunday.
Red Bull, meanwhile, will be scratching their heads after suffering a double retirement in Bahrain. Max Verstappen was unimpressed by the mysterious problem that prevented him from getting on the podium, with team boss Christian Horner later suggesting what the problem might be, saying: “It looks suspiciously like the faults are related to each other and it may be a fuel system problem. Follow all the latest news and reactions from the Bahrain Grand Prix down, like the F1 The world looks to the next race in Saudi Arabia.
Formula 1 set for talks with Netflix after claims Drive to Survive ‘fake’ drama
Formula 1 is meeting with Netflix to discuss the future of the popular documentary Drive to Survive following allegations that the show “faked” the drama.
The fourth series premiered ahead of the 2022 F1 season and has again returned a seemingly strong audience among subscribers of the streaming platform’s giants.
Credited with causing an expansion of the sport’s viewership, particularly in the US, Drive to Survive has also been criticized for manipulating footage to present certain narratives that may not be true to what happened.
Red Bull’s Max Verstappen refused to take part in the most recent series, saying the show had “faked some rivalries that don’t really exist”.
Stefano Domenicali, the CEO of F1, insists the spectacle is beneficial to the sport, but also believes “dialogue is needed” to ensure both Netflix and the drivers are happy.
luke baker23 March 2022 18:41
Max Verstappen explains driving difficulty after Red Bull’s self-inflicted problem in Bahrain
Max Verstappen has revealed the extent of Red Bull’s self-inflicted problems during the Bahrain Grand Prix.
The Dutchman’s defense of his first F1 world title got off to a disastrous start as both Verstappen and teammate Sergio Perez failed to finish at the Bahrain International Circuit.
It looked as though the 24-year-old would take second behind Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc, but a problem with his car’s fuel system meant he was unable to continue and scored no points after retiring.
Furthermore, after his second pit stop, Red Bull mechanics dropped Verstappen’s car too quickly, bending a tie rod connected to one of its wheels and making the car “really hard to drive”.
luke baker23 March 2022 18:28
F1 boss Stefano Domenicali reveals ‘four or five’ applications submitted for new teams
Stefano Domenicali has revealed that Formula 1 has “more than four or five requests” from new teams hoping to enter the sport, but downplayed the prospect in the immediate future.
Michael Andretti, the former American racing driver and team owner, has made public his interest in bringing a new team into F1, however Domenicali insisted the current level of competition on the grid is attractive enough and questioned whether there was space for more than 10. teams
“It’s not just Michael Andretti,” Domenicali told Sky Sports. “He is perhaps the most vocal, but we have more than four or five requests to consider an additional team to be part of Formula 1.
“I have to be very honest, today F1 with 10 teams, with the competition on the track, it is very, very strong. There are complexities that need to be considered if other equipment can be added. So I don’t think it’s the most important element in growing F1, to be honest.”
luke baker23 March 2022 18:14
Max Verstappen details difficulty in Bahrain after Red Bull mistake
Max Verstappen has explained the difficulty he experienced in Bahrain after on his second pit stop Red Bull mechanics dropped the RB18 car to the ground too quickly, causing a steering rod to bend.
“The management problem was not easy to handle [around] for not having an idea of what the car was doing because it was not natural,” Verstappen explained.
“You can lose the power steering and it’s heavy, but it was almost stuck in places so it was really hard to drive.
“Of course, the big problem was what happened next, where it seemed like there was no fuel getting to the engine and basically everything shut down, so I went back to pit lane.”
luke baker23 March 2022 18:03
F1 season could be expanded to 30 races with options in Las Vegas and Africa
Formula 1 boss Stefano Domenicali has confirmed that the sporting calendar could be expanded to up to 30 races per season.
F1 will have a record 23 Grands Prix in 2022, but with growing popularity, particularly in previously untapped large markets, Domenicali believes there is an appetite for expansion.
Las Vegas has been widely considered as a possible future host city and F1’s CEO has confirmed that a visit to Nevada could well be on the cards.
With significant interest in other territories, including on the African continent and in China, Domenicali believes the sport may need to expand beyond the 24 races per season allowed by the Concorde Agreement.
“I think there is potential to make it to 24,” Domenicali told Sky Sports. “I would say there is potential to make it to 30! In terms of the interest we see around the world. “It is up to us to try to find the right balance considering what are the places they would like to be in F1, what are the historical values that we need to see on the calendar.
“Not only Las Vegas, there are other cities that are interested in Formula 1. In addition to the United States, in addition to China, I think there is also the possibility of being in Africa soon. There is a lot of interest there. For sure that’s another area that’s so far missing from the geography of our calendar.”
luke baker23 March 2022 17:51
George Russell warns Mercedes woes could last all 2022 season
George Russell has warned that Mercedes’ problems with its new car could last the entire F1 season.
The German team was off the pace for much of pre-season testing and their problems continued at the Bahrain Grand Prix despite a strong finish to the race.
Russell, making his Mercedes debut after joining the Williams team, secured fourth place, one place behind new teammate Lewis Hamilton.
However, the new W13 car again seemed to lack the straight-line speed of the team’s rivals Red Bull and Ferrari, and struggled with the “porpoise”.
Asked when he felt the issues could be resolved, Russell said: “Hopefully as soon as possible. But there’s no reason why it can’t continue all year.”
luke baker23 March 2022 17:37
Toto Wolff explains Mercedes’ ‘inch by inch’ plan to close gaps in ‘every area’ of its F1 rivals
Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff has revealed how the Silver Arrows plan to make up their deficit “inch by inch” on F1’s early pioneers Red Bull and Ferrari, despite Lewis Hamilton and George Russell achieving P3 and P4 in Bahrain.
“The long game is 10 years and that’s why when I look at even the season, with a stable regulation until 2026, it’s how well you learn and that’s why for me I would rate the race as a test,” Wolff said.
“There is a greater understanding of where the gaps are, it is in almost every area, and now we just need to reclaim the land inch by inch.”
While Wolff was sympathetic to rivals Red Bull after the late-race retirements of Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez, costing them 30 points.
“I don’t wish that on anyone, and it was certainly a brutal race for them,” Wolff concluded.
luke baker23 March 2022 17:23
Max Verstappen warns Red Bull points loss will lead to ‘very close’ battle
Max Verstappen warned that Red Bull finishing without a point in Bahrain could end up being “very important” with the fight for the F1 title being “very close at the end”.
“It’s disappointing,” said the world champion. “You always tell yourself and the team too that we have to score points.
“It doesn’t matter if it’s first or second on the first race weekend. You could see that.
“In turn one, I didn’t risk too much and in the fight with Charles, everything was clean and I said: ‘I’m happy with second here’, but losing so many points for the team is very disappointing because you know that in a championship where a sometimes it can be very tight at the end, these are very important points”.
luke baker23 March 2022 17:11
Pierre Gasly will receive an early F1 grid penalty after a ‘barbecue’ at the Bahrain Grand Prix
AlphaTauri’s pierre gasley likely to have to take a grid penalty early in 2022 Formula 1 season after his car caught fire at the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix on Sunday.
The Frenchman was forced to pull over to the side of the road with less than ten laps to go in the race at Sakhir, with his engine losing power, the fire started at the rear of the car, melting much of the bodywork and damaging various internal components
Gasly was set to score strong points for the Italian team after progressing up the field from his starting position of 10th, but ultimately became the first driver to retire in the 2022 campaign.
They were followed shortly after by Max Verstappen and Sergio Pérez, who also use Red Bull Powertrains engines in their Red Bull cars, after the team took over manufacturing from Honda following the Japanese company’s withdrawal from the sport at the end of 2021.
luke baker23 March 2022 16:58
Lando Norris ‘expects pain’ longer with McLaren ‘a long way’ from F1 favorites
Lando Norris says he is “expecting pain” for the foreseeable future with McLaren, whose 2022 Formula 1 car is “a long, long way” off the pace of the early favourites.
Ferrari and Red Bull battled it out for victory in the season opener in Bahrain on Sunday, with the Scuderia taking a 1-2 win at the checkered flag after Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez retired from the race due to faults. late on the engine.
Charles Leclerc fasted through qualifying on Saturday to earn a deserved third career win ahead of team-mate Carlos Sainz, while Lewis Hamilton scored a surprise podium finish for a lackluster Mercedes.
luke baker23 March 2022 16:42