Verstappen: I need “perfect” F1 Japanese GP weekend to wrap up title

The Red Bull driver heads into Suzuka with a 104-points advantage over closest rival Charles Leclerc, with Sergio Perez a further two-points back. He needs to finish the race 112 points clear of both to be assured of the title this weekend.
The clearest route for Verstappen to get what he needs would be to win the race and take fastest lap, as that would give him exactly the number of points he …Keep reading Source

Gasly: Karaoke session with Tsunoda highlight of week

Tsunoda booked a karaoke room and invited Gasly and other team members to join him for the evening, with the results appearing on social media.
The get-together also served as a sort of an informal early farewell party with Gasly’s move to Alpine for 2022 expected to be confirmed soon.
“That was definitely the highlight of my week so far!,” the Frenchman said when asked about the session by …Keep reading Source

Latifi frustrated by quick FIA decision on Zhou clash

The pair collided early in the race when Latifi moved across on Zhou, with the contact ending the Alfa Romeo driver’s race on the spot.
Latifi picked up a puncture and after making it back to the pits he was forced to retire with suspension damage.
The stewards reviewed the incident during the race and determined that Latifi had not left a car’s width and was predominantly responsible for …Keep reading Source

Gasly: Team agrees we made wrong F1 tyre call in Singapore GP

Gasly was one of the first drivers to abandon intermediates on the drying track, but the decision dropped him several places as those who stayed out continued to lap quickly.
He eventually finished 10th, while late stoppers Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo – both behind the Frenchman when he pitted – earned fourth and fifth.
After the race, Gasly criticised the decision to stop and lose …Keep reading Source

2022 F1 Japanese Grand Prix session timings and preview

F1 is returning to Japan for the first time since the start of the pandemic after the 2020 and ’21 events were canned due to the country’s strict entry restrictions.
The race offers Max Verstappen a chance to seal his second title, having stretched a 104-point lead over Ferrari rival Charles Leclerc with five races still remaining in the season. The Red Bull driver will be declared champion …Keep reading Source

Steiner: FIA decisions over damaged F1 endplates “getting old”

In Singapore last weekend, Kevin Magnussen was shown the black-and-orange flag after damaging a front endplate in early contact with Max Verstappen.
He was obliged to pit for a new nose, with the unscheduled stop in effect putting the Dane out of contention for points.
Similar, costly scenarios have played out twice for Magnussen this year, at the Canadian and Hungarian GPs.
After the …Keep reading Source

Alpine paying price for “courageous” F1 engine development push

The Renault engine lagged behind rivals over the past couple of seasons, but the powertrain division in Viry took a big step over the winter, and this season its performance has been greatly improved.
However, there have been ongoing reliability issues, and both Fernando Alonso and Esteban Ocon dropped out of the points with engine failures in Singapore.
Alonso is likely to have to take …Keep reading Source

Channel 4 to continue showing F1 highlights, live British GP in 2023

Last week, F1 announced it had extended its agreement with Sky to enjoy exclusive live broadcast rights in the UK until 2029, as well as striking deals for Italy and Germany in the coming years. 
The statement confirmed the home race in each territory would remain free-to-air, but no further information was given on Channel 4’s plans. Since 2019, it has aired highlights for qualifying …Keep reading Source

Tickets now on sale for 2023 F1 Monaco Grand Prix

There were concerns within the Formula 1 community that the race – which is set to celebrate its 80th running in 2023 – was at risk of being omitted from future seasons.
But tradition has prevailed and the Monte Carlo street circuit, renowned as one of the most challenging and unique in the world of motorsport, will run until at least 2025.
Grandstand and general admission tickets for …Keep reading Source