Verstappen: Result doesn’t matter, what does is reflecting on DietrichMax Verstappen focused on what he believes matters after qualifying for the 2022 United States Grand Prix, and that is remembering the late Red Bull founder Dietrich Mateschitz and his reflecting on his legacy. “The result today doesn’t really matter. What does matter is reflecting on Dietrich and what he did for us as a Team, the whole of Formula One and the wider Red Bull family. So, it’s an incredibly tough day,” the Red Bull ace concluded expressing his gratitude to Mateschitz. He gave me an opportunity that no one else ever gave me and I will always be grateful to him,” the Mexican, who was given a lifeline by Red Bull in 2021, added.
United States Grand Prix: Come on Red Bull do it for Didi! But like Didi’s epic journey from salesman to billionaire, it won’t be easy for that Red Bull one-two in Austin today. Ferrari must score 19 points more than Red Bull to keep the Championship alive. 2022 United States Grand Prix Starting Grid:United States Grand Prix Stats & FactsCircuit of the Americas (COTA) Austin, Texas,Round 19 of the 22-race 2022 F1 World ChampionshipLap distance: 5.513km. His Red Bull team can now take their first constructors’ title since 2013 and end a record eight-year run of Mercedes success.3 months ago GRAND PRIX 247
Hamilton: I was hopeful we’re going to be much closerLewis Hamilton was disappointed by his result in qualifying for the 2022 United States Grand Prix admitted that he hoped Mercedes would be much closer. Mercedes brought an upgrade package for their W13 to Austin, their last of this season, and Hamilton was upbeat about it on Friday. However, Hamilton will start third after Charles Leclerc’s and Sergio Perez’s grid penalties for taking new power unit components. “That was a very difficult qualifying session,” Hamilton said after qualifying. “I felt so optimistic all weekend: the car had been feeling good and everyone back at the factory worked so hard to bring the upgrade, so I was hopeful that we were going to be much closer than we are.3 months ago GRAND PRIX 247
Sao Paulo Grand Prix: Russell for the win? Sao Paulo Grand Prix aka Brazilian Grand PrixThree current drivers have won in Brazil: Sebastian Vettel (2010, 2013, 2017), Hamilton (2016, 2018, 2021), Max Verstappen (2019). Brazil has been on the calendar since 1973, starting at Interlagos before moving to Rio de Janeiro and returning to Sao Paulo. Sunday will be the 49th world championship grand prix in Brazil, and 39th at Interlagos. Michael Schumacher won a record four times at the Sao Paulo Grand Prix circuit.2 months ago GRAND PRIX 247
United States Grand Prix Qualifying Press ConferenceFull transcript from the top three press conference after qualifying for the United States Grand Prix, Round 19 of the 2022 Formula 1 World Championship, at The Circuit of the Americas. MV: Well, I think our car normally in the race is a bit stronger than qualifying and I think already today in qualifying it was very fine margins. Charles Leclerc: It is obviously really difficult, especially with the wind, the car changes a lot from lap to lap. Press ConferenceQ: Carlos, what a tremendous qualifying session for you, just talk us through that final lap of Q3? I mean, we know that we have a quick race car, so I think anyway tomorrow we should be strong.3 months ago GRAND PRIX 247
Horner: What Mateschitz achieved and did for many people is second to noneFormula 1 and the Championship-leading Red Bull team mourned the death of the energy drink company’s Austrian founder Dietrich Mateschitz on Saturday at the age of 78. Red Bull’s Max Verstappen has already won the Drivers’ Title for the second year in a row. “What he (Mateschitz) achieved and what he’s done for so many people around the world, across different sports, is second to none,” said Horner. Mateschitz’s death comes with Red Bull embroiled in a budget breach controversy that has teams up and down pitlane demanding a harsh penalty. Horner said he was happy that at least Mateschitz got to see Verstappen clinch the driver’s title two weeks ago in Japan.3 months ago Grand Prix 247
Verstappen: A race Dietrich would have loved to seeMax Verstappen won a tough 2022 United States Grand Prix, to help Red Bull secure the Constructors’ Title, a race he feels the late Dietrich Mateschitz would’ve loved to see. Verstappen said after qualifying – where he missed out on pole by less than a tenth – that Red Bull planned to make their late founder Dietrich Mateschitz proud after the race at the Circuit of the Americas (COTA). “I think this was actually a race that he [Mateschitz] would have loved to see,” he believed. Perez spoke of Red Bull’s Title after the Austin race; he said: “It certainly means a lot for us. “I really hope that the era of Red Bull starts now and that we are able to dominate the next few years,” he added.3 months ago Grand Prix 247
Horner: We’re subjected to three weeks of effective abuseRed Bull boss Christian Horner is exasperated by the effective abuse his team was subjected to amid their 2021 cost cap breach that surfaces three weeks ago. “So it could draw it out for another six to nine months, which is not our intention,” the Red Bull boss insisted. Horner said Red Bull wanted closure and talks with the FIA had been “healthy and productive”. Horner said he was appalled at the behaviour of competitors and “three weeks of effective abuse” directed at his team over a cap introduced last year to help level the playing field. Red Bull have denied benefiting from an overspend which has been put in media reports at $1.8 million.3 months ago Grand Prix 247