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Horner does not ‘suspect’ Ferrari cheating

Christian Horner says Red Bull is not accusing Ferrari of cheating. Christian Horner says Red Bull is not accusing Ferrari of cheating. With Ferrari so fast on the straights this year, the Red Bull boss recently revealed that the Shell fuel being used by the Italian team in 2018 smells like fruit. “Suspect is the wrong word,” Speed Week quotes Horner as saying. “Obviously Ferrari is doing a very good job with its engine, and the effect of the fuel cannot be underestimated. “Our own partner ExxonMobil is making impressive strides to find more power with Honda. It is a particularly interesting development area,” Horner added. Ferrari team boss Mattia Binotto plays down the team’s advantage. “If you look at the speed of the Mercedes, I think they are ...

Red Bull to get new Honda engine in Baku

Just a few races into the long 2019 season, Honda is already preparing to introduce an upgrade for its engine. Just a few races into the long 2019 season, Honda is already preparing to introduce an upgrade for its engine. De Telegraaf, a Dutch newspaper, says the more powerful Honda engine will be used by Red Bull in Baku next weekend. Team official Dr Helmut Marko said the upgrade was originally planned for the sixth race in Monaco. “Good news from Honda. For Baku, we’ll get 20 more horses,” he announced. Red Bull-Honda started the year hoping to compete with Mercedes and Ferrari, but while happy with the engine have admitted to “aerodynamic problems”. Team boss Christian Horner is also looking forward to the Baku upgrade. “Honda is making progress on t...

Lewis Hamilton: ‘Too early to think about the title’

Lewis Hamilton says he is not getting carried away with his championship advantage after moving to Formula One’s summit for the first time this season. Following his victory in China on Sunday, Hamilton moved six points clear of Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas, and is 31 ahead of Ferrari‘s Sebastian Vettel, his rival for the past two seasons. After the opening three races in 2017 and last year, Hamilton was adrift of Vettel by seven and nine points respectively, only to claim the title on both occasions with two rounds remaining. How it stands after 3 races…@LewisHamilton leads for the first time in 2019 as we head to Azerbaijan #F1 #ChineseGP πŸ‡¨πŸ‡³ pic.twitter.com/6hIEe1Ynn3 β€” Formula 1 (@F1) April 15, 2019 The 34-year-old is traditionally a slow-starter, so often coming...

Ferrari should make Leclerc ‘captain’ – press

Ferrari failed to put its once-promising 2019 hopes back on track in China. Ferrari failed to put its once-promising 2019 hopes back on track in China. The Italian team looked on track to take on Mercedes this year, but in Australia, Bahrain and now in Shanghai it was the German outfit with 1-2 finishes. Not just that, Ferrari is now embroiled in a team orders scandal after telling Charles Leclerc to move aside for Sebastian Vettel. “If there is a 30 million dollar man and a 2.5 million dollar man, then the hierarchy is already quite clear,” pundit Toni Vilander told Finland’s MTV. But Corriere della Sera declared after the race: “It would be better if Ferrari finally understood that they have hired the right driver and it is Charles Leclerc. “Maranello should...

Sebastian Vettel casts doubt on F1 future

Sebastian Vettel has refused to commit his future to Formula One after Bernie Ecclestone suggested the four-time world champion could be ready to throw in the towel. Vettel is under pressure to deliver Ferrari‘s first world championship in more than a decade. But the German heads into tomorrow’s Chinese Grand Prix on a 231-day losing streak, while it is also uncertain whether he will continue to enjoy the backing of Ferrari as their number one driver. P3 for #Seb5 and #Charles16 lines up in P4.We’re looking forward to #ChineseGP tomorrow! πŸ’ͺ#SF90 #essereFerrari πŸ”΄ #Race1000 pic.twitter.com/M5uvWrFBDW β€” Scuderia Ferrari (@ScuderiaFerrari) April 13, 2019 Vettel’s new team-mate, Charles Leclerc, 21, has indicated he could be a contender for the title this season followin...

Vettel ‘not a magician’ – Verstappen

Max Verstappen says he has not been surprised by the early success of Charles Leclerc’s move to Ferrari. Max Verstappen says he has not been surprised by the early success of Charles Leclerc‘s move to Ferrari. The pair were wheel-to-wheel back in their karting days, with Leclerc now joining Verstappen in challenging the likes of top F1 drivers Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton. But Verstappen said of Leclerc: “I knew how fast he is. “So I knew that with a good Ferrari Charles would be very strong. And I thought to myself that if Ricciardo could beat Vettel before, then so can Leclerc. “Vettel is a very good driver, I mean he has won four world titles,” Verstappen told La Gazzetta dello Sport. “But he is not a magician or anything in my eyes.̶...

Hamilton says Netflix series ‘good’ for F1

Lewis Hamilton says the recent Netflix series about F1 was a “good thing”, even though he did not take part. Lewis Hamilton says the recent Netflix series about F1 was a “good thing”, even though he did not take part. No Ferrari or Mercedes driver, or the top two teams as a whole, took part in the popular series called Drive to Survive. World champion Hamilton says the producers actually wanted him to feature in his own series. “I had a chance to do something with them individually,” he is quoted by Speed Week. “In the end it didn’t happen.” Hamilton says he has not watched the series that was made, which featured an in-depth behind the scenes look at the other drivers and teams in F1. “I’ve heard some reviews and most of th...

Chinese Grand Prix – Five talking points

The Formula One circus has touched down in China for the third round of the new season. Lewis Hamilton trails Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas by one point in the standings following the Briton’s fortunate victory last time out in Bahrain. Here, Press Association Sport dissects the talking points ahead of Sunday’s race. 1. One thousand up for F1 #Race1000 loading… β–ˆβ–ˆβ–ˆβ–ˆβ–ˆβ–ˆβ–ˆβ–ˆβ–ˆβ–ˆβ–ˆβ–ˆβ–ˆβ–ˆ]99.9%#ChineseGP πŸ‡¨πŸ‡³ #F1 pic.twitter.com/YJ2XxCgcqA β€” Formula 1 (@F1) April 8, 2019 Formula One will celebrate its 1,000th world championship race in China this weekend. Although Shanghai is a fine city, the track – located 20 miles to the north-west of downtown – is a soulless venue. It is also a race which is relatively new to the calendar, too, having joined in 2004. F1 chiefs wanted to stage t...

Monza boss says Liberty negotiations ‘difficult’

Italian grand prix boss Angelo Sticchi Damiani says he is locked in “complicated and difficult” negotiations with Liberty Media over the future of Monza’s F1 race. Italian grand prix boss Angelo Sticchi Damiani says he is locked in “complicated and difficult” negotiations with Liberty Media over the future of Monza’s F1 race. With the race in doubt beyond 2019 for financial reasons, we reported this week that the Lega political party introduced a bill to parliament pledging EUR 10 million a year in state support to safeguard the “traditional grand prix”. But Damiani says Monza needs more. “We have said on several occasions that Monza needs important works and that today the hypothesis is a total amount of about 100 million,” he to...

Former Ferrari boss plays down Schumacher hype

A former Ferrari team boss has dismissed the hype surrounding Mick Schumacher. A former Ferrari team boss has dismissed the hype surrounding Mick Schumacher. The top member of Ferrari’s development academy, Formula 2 driver Schumacher tested both the Ferrari and the Alfa Romeo last week in Bahrain to great fanfare. But Cesare Fiorio, who ran Ferrari in the late 80s and early 90s, is not impressed with the son of F1 legend Michael Schumacher. “In Formula 2 he’s driving a very competitive car, but he took an eighth and a sixth place” in Bahrain, he told tuttomotoriweb.com. “In F1 testing he was second, but with a set of tyres two steps softer than Verstappen, who was faster than him,” Fiorio added. “By now, Mick Schumacher doesn’t look competit...

Mick Schumacher impresses in F1 testing debut

Mick Schumacher clocked the second fastest time on his Formula One debut during post-race testing for Ferrari in Bahrain. The 20-year-old German, whose father Michael won five of his seven world titles with the Italian team, completed a total of 56 laps, as unexpected heavy rain caused delays to the afternoon session. Once the weather had dried, with around an hour-and-a-half left of the scheduled track time, Schumacher recorded a circuit of one minute 29.976 seconds, which saw him take over at the top of the time-sheet from Romain Grosjean. Looking good in red πŸ‘Œ pic.twitter.com/34ydoBOdnT β€” Formula 1 (@F1) April 2, 2019 However, Max Verstappen, who had finished fourth in Sunday’s Bahrain Grand Prix, lowered the mark to 1min 29.379secs during the closing stages, running on C5 tyres. Schuma...

F1 tests ‘next step’ on road to grid – Schumacher

Mick Schumacher has finally admitted to looking forward to his F1 test debut this week. Mick Schumacher has finally admitted to looking forward to his F1 test debut this week. F1 legend Michael Schumacher‘s 20-year-old son attracted a huge media scrum in Bahrain last week, but he insisted he was focused only on his Formula 2 debut. Now, the young German is looking forward to driving the Ferrari and Alfa Romeo on Tuesday and Wednesday respectively. “It’s a very exciting week for me,” Schumacher said. “I’ve barely had time to think about it until now, because I have been fully focused on Formula 2,” he added. “That was the best strategy for me,” Schumacher told the German broadcaster RTL. “But from now on I can look forward to the f...

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