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Max Verstappen feeling positive ahead of new F1 campaign

The Dutchman has been speaking at the launch of Red Bull’s new car.

Mercedes dominance could now be over – Rosberg

Nico Rosberg thinks Mercedes’ utter dominance of the ‘power unit’ era may finally be over. Nico Rosberg thinks Mercedes‘ utter dominance of the ‘power unit’ era may finally be over. Before retiring, Rosberg won the 2016 title for the German team. And since 2014, when the turbo V6 era began, Lewis Hamilton has won every other championship. “This year, everything resets to zero because of the rule changes,” Rosberg told DPA news agency. “Perhaps Mercedes will no longer be the dominant force. I’m really looking forward to seeing that,” he said. Rosberg said Red Bull could play a bigger role now that the team has paired with Honda, but thinks the pressure is piling on the shoulders of Ferrari and Sebastian Vettel. “Of cour...

2019 Renault car ‘still in pieces’ – Abiteboul

Renault’s 2019 car is yet to see light of day. Renault‘s 2019 car is yet to see light of day. Ostensibly, the French team ‘launched’ its new single seater on Tuesday, but it was actually the 2018 car with 2019-style bodywork. One theory is that the car is delayed, and another is that Renault doesn’t want to reveal its secrets. Team boss Cyril Abiteboul admitted it is “the biggest step we have taken since the introduction of V6 engines”. Team advisor Alain Prost says Renault has been working over recent months to build up, declaring on Tuesday: “We are now a big team.” And with Daniel Ricciardo now in the cockpit, Abiteboul says Renault has “perhaps the strongest” driver lineup of any team. Nico Hulkenberg, he added, is ̶...

Toro Rosso to use year-old Red Bull parts in 2019

Toro Rosso’s new car features many parts that were used on the 2018 Red Bull. Toro Rosso’s new car features many parts that were used on the 2018 Red Bull. With Ferrari moving closer to Sauber-Alfa Romeo and Haas buying many parts from Maranello, the rules now allow Red Bull and Toro Rosso to also collaborate more closely. For instance, the entire Honda-powered rear end of the new Toro Rosso will be identical to what is run by Red Bull. “Actually, this is the philosophy we followed until 2010 when the other competitors voted for a rule change,” said team boss Franz Tost. Toro Rosso duly boosted its workforce from 100 to 400 employees, but from 2019, the Faenza based team will be working much more closely with Red Bull once again. “We will buy some parts and ha...

Verstappen says he, Leclerc top stars of future

Max Verstappen thinks he and Charles Leclerc will be the ‘Hamilton and Vettel’ of the future. Max Verstappen thinks he and Charles Leclerc will be the ‘Hamilton and Vettel’ of the future. Verstappen, 21, will be the de-facto number 1 at Red Bull this year, while Ferrari rookie Leclerc – also 21 – will be four time world champion Sebastian Vettel’s teammate. “I imagine we will be like Hamilton and Vettel in the future, because at some point the old generation will go,” the Dutchman told La Gazzetta dello Sport. Verstappen says there is no reason both he and Frenchman Leclerc will be unable to challenge for the world championship in 2019. “If I had a competitive car in my first year, I could have competed for the title,” he sa...

Top teams will be unbeaten in 2019 – Grosjean

F1’s current top teams will remain unchallenged until at least 2021. F1’s current top teams will remain unchallenged until at least 2021. That is the view of Romain Grosjean, a driver for the small American team Haas. Thanks to its Ferrari collaboration, Haas is tipped to continue to challenge right behind the top teams Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull in 2019. But Grosjean doubts any team will be able to actually beat the top three, even if the aerodynamic rules are changing this year. “Formula one needs to improve the chances of other teams winning races, but I do not think it will happen before 2021,” he is quoted by Corriere dello Sport. “Ideally it would be nice to have more teams fighting for victory, because what sense does it make that it is always the s...

Gasly in ‘best situation’ next to Verstappen

Pierre Gasly says he is in the “best situation” to have Max Verstappen as his 2019 teammate. Pierre Gasly says he is in the “best situation” to have Max Verstappen as his 2019 teammate. This week, Red Bull team boss Christian Horner declared that Verstappen is the driver that five time world champion Lewis Hamilton now “fears” the most. Gasly is Verstappen’s actual teammate. Although older than the Dutchman, 23-year-old French driver Gasly is starting his second full season in 2019. He drove for Toro Rosso last year but has been promoted to replace Daniel Ricciardo. “It’s a very important season for me,” Gasly told Ouest France. “There are three teams that stand out from the rest of the field: Ferrari, Mercedes and Red Bull....

Liberty ‘underestimated’ F1 takeover – Horner

Liberty Media “underestimated” the task of running F1. Liberty Media “underestimated” the task of running F1. That is the view of Red Bull‘s Christian Horner, who was asked about the latest issues surrounding the current F1 owner in the post-Bernie Ecclestone era. For instance, negotiations over a new Concorde Agreement have stalled, attempts to get a Miami GP failed, and some high profile F1 race promoters are threatening to quit. “I think they absolutely underestimated what they were taking on,” Horner is quoted by the Guardian. He said one obvious mistake was the desire to quickly improve the racing spectacle by changing the front wing regulations for 2019. “They will accept it was a mistake to rush through the front wing change for this y...

Disgruntled promoters making ‘noise’ – Carey

Chase Carey, F1’s chief executive, says the major group of disgruntled race promoters is making “noise”. Chase Carey, F1’s chief executive, says the major group of disgruntled race promoters is making “noise”. Earlier, 16 of the sport’s 21 race organisers hit out at Liberty Media’s management, particularly the large annual fees paid to the F1 owner. “It’s part of life,” American Carey, who took over from long-time F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone, told ESPN. Christian Horner, boss of the Red Bull team, thinks Carey has run into problems because of his desire to run F1 democratically. “You would have never heard a promoter talk out about Bernie, because they wouldn’t have had a grand prix the following year,” he...

Red Bull ‘needed’ Honda switch – Webber

Mark Webber has backed Red Bull’s decision to switch to Honda power for 2019. Mark Webber has backed Red Bull‘s decision to switch to Honda power for 2019. Although Honda’s recent history in F1 has been unsuccessful, former Red Bull driver Webber thinks dropping customer Renault power was the right move for the team. “Red Bull needed a change,” he told Speed Week. “You get new energy from that. The biggest challenge for Honda will be to get all the performance out over the required life of the engine. “I have no doubt that Honda will catch up in qualifying, but reliability in the race is something else. That needs time,” the Australian said. As for his countryman Daniel Ricciardo‘s decision to leave Red Bull, Webber is not so sure. R...

Gasly ‘under scrutiny’ in 2019 – Marko

Pierre Gasly has Red Bull’s full support, but he must perform if he wants to keep his race seat at the senior F1 team. Pierre Gasly has Red Bull‘s full support, but he must perform if he wants to keep his race seat at the senior F1 team. That is the warning of Dr Helmut Marko, who runs Red Bull’s notoriously tough driver programme. Max Verstappen is quoted by Speed Week: “When it became clear that Daniel Ricciardo was going to Renault, it was obvious that Pierre would come. “He is a great guy. I’ve known him from karting. He is straightforward, smart, nice — you cannot ask for more,” the Dutchman said of his new teammate. Red Bull team boss Christian Horner has said that Gasly, who steps up from the junior team Toro Rosso, will get some time ...

Lauda will miss winter tests and Australia – Marko

Niki Lauda will miss both the forthcoming Barcelona tests and the first race of the season in Australia. Niki Lauda will miss both the forthcoming Barcelona tests and the first race of the season in Australia. That is the claim of the F1 legend’s Austrian countryman and paddock friend Dr Helmut Marko. Lauda, 69, has had a long and complex recovery from a 2018 lung transplant, but had hoped to be well enough to return to the pitlane in 2019. “The six month stay in hospital was difficult for Niki,” Marko, a top Red Bull official, told the German broadcaster RTL. “Niki still has a long way to go. He needs a lot of patience,” he said of the 69-year-old Mercedes team chairman. “A comeback at the test days in Barcelona is not possible, and a long trip to Austr...

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