When Lewis Hamilton was persuaded to leave his home at McLaren and join Mercedes in 2013, no one could have predicted how the single championship winner would go on to flourish. Hamilton outscored his team mate and established Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg during the final year when Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull dominated the end of the V8 engine era. Speaking to motorsport.com, Mercedes trackside engineering director Andrew Shovlin claims he’s watched the British driver evolve over the years he’s spent at Brackley. George Russell achieves a rare featThis is evident given Lewis Hamilton has rarely been beaten by his team mate. Yet Lewis has a battle on his hands for 2023, given George Russell knows Mercedes will allow him to race Hamilton hard.
It could be suggested the Aston Martin team maybe didn’t have their best Formula One season in 2022 finishing P7 in the constructors’ championship. Aston Martin have received inward investment from Saudi Arabia and are buildding a £200m state of the art facility that will open in 3 phases between this spring and the summer of 2025. Aston Martin F1 will unveil ‘actual’ carBlandin states at their launch, the team “will unveil the actual car, just as we did last year. We’re not going to disappoint fans.”The Aston Martin technical director also reveals their car will be revolutionary. F1 team designs will not convergeFurther, “There will still be differences between the cars.5 days ago thejudge13
In addition, the FIA rejected the Haas team’s complaint against Sergio Perez, who remains fourth. The Haas team lodged a protest earlier in the evening against Sergio Perez and Fernando Alonso as they felt that the drivers had been on track in unsafe conditions. In the race, Fernando Alonso suffered significant damage in a high-speed collision with Lance Stroll, but was able to return to the pits and then resume racing. However, the Alpine’s mirror was loose and fell off as Alonso overtook Kevin Magnussen for what was sixth place at that point in the race. MORE F1 NEWS: Haas F1 team protest Red Bull to the FIA in Austin3 months ago thejudge13
Adrian Newey admits he was wrong about the new F1 rules. “2022 rules were just bad, or so I thought”“I just think it’s a shame and a missed opportunity. If you’re going to come up with a completely new set of rules, make sure they’re good ones. I have to admit that I had to change my mind when I was working on these cars,” explained Adrian Newey, quoted by AMUS. Newey admits that his team had not considered Mercedes’ solution when developing the RB18 and was therefore very surprised when he saw the W13’s pontoons for the first time:“The Mercedes was a real surprise.1 month ago thejudge13
Horner says that, unlike Ferrari, there will be no “secret deal” between Red Bull and the FIA. Last week the Red Bull team held talks with the FIA and Christian Horner met with the governing body’s president, Mohammed Ben Sulayem, in Austin. According to Red Bull, this would have allowed Ferrari to gain engine power and display a cheeky laying speed on the straights. The Cost Cap Administration was then asked to determine the appropriate course of action under the financial regulations in relation to the Red Bull case and therefore gave itself a few more days to make a decision on whether to impose a financial or sporting penalty on Red Bull. MORE F1 NEWS: Red Bull F1 doubts over funding after Mateschitz dies3 months ago thejudge13
On December 2nd, the FIA finally announced the event in Shanghai would be dropped from the 2023 F1 calendar only for three weeks later Chianti cancel its zero covid approach. The 2023 season will kick off on March 5 – an earlier start than usual – in Bahrain before heading to Saudi Arabia. Following the Australian Grand Prix, the championship will move to the United States of America for the second ever Miami Grand Prix before it heads back to Italy for the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix that will take place a week prior to Monaco. Following the Monaco Grand Prix, the field will move to Barcelona for the Spanish Grand Prix before making the long trip to Canada. After the restart, the Dutch Grand Prix will kick off the third leg of the season with the Italian Grand Prix twinned with Zandvoort.9 days ago thejudge13
For Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes fans, James Vowels is a name they know well. Mercedes F1 strategist humiliated in AustriaThe Mercedes decision following the deployment of a virtual safety car was not to bring Hamilton while his rivals took advantage of the opportunity to change rubber and lose less time on track. Horner criticises Mercedes for throwing Vowels “under the bus”Christian Horner described it as “bizarre” that James Vowels had been forced to apologise over team radio. In a twitter video statement from Williams, Vowels states he believes the Williams team has “tremendous potential” to climb back to the top of F1. Whether true of not Williams certainly has the biggest hill to climb after the the failure of Jost Capito to better position the Grove based F1 team.14 days ago thejudge13
The Austrian billionaire owner of the two Red Bull F1 teams Dietrich Mateschitz has died aged 78. Death of Red Bull F1 owner announcedRed Bull publication Speedweek published a statement which reads. “Austria has lost its most successful and innovative entrepreneur who turned the energy drink Red Bull into a global brand. The future of Red Bull without Mateschitz is uncertain, given he owns the team 100%. READ MORE: Red Bull overspend a mere $200,0003 months ago thejudge13