Formula 1

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...

Result: Lewis Hamilton storms to victory in F1’s 1000th race

Lewis Hamilton delivered a crushing performance to win in China as Ferrari used team orders to help Sebastian Vettel finish on the podium. Valtteri Bottas followed team-mate Hamilton home for Mercedes to secure their third one-two finish in as many grands prix. But Hamilton’s superb lights-to-flag victory was overshadowed by the intra-team politics which threatens to destabilise Ferrari’s season. ✅ 75th career win for @LewisHamilton ✅ Third 1-2 finish in a row for @MercedesAMGF1 ✅ The 1000th race in the history books!#ChineseGP 🇨🇳 #Race1000 pic.twitter.com/gHYHrdD91n — Formula 1 (@F1) April 14, 2019 Hamilton roared off the start line in Shanghai to dash past pole-sitter Bottas to the opening bend. From there, he ruled the race to secure his second win in succession and assume t...

I remember how to drive – Ricciardo

Daniel Ricciardo says he is being “patient” about getting up to speed in 2019, even if some are wondering if the Australian has lost his mojo. Daniel Ricciardo says he is being “patient” about getting up to speed in 2019, even if some are wondering if the Australian has lost his mojo. Many raised their eyebrows when Ricciardo decided to quit Red Bull last year, and they are still raised as the 29-year-old struggles to shine alongside new Renault teammate Nico Hulkenberg. “I accept the criticism,” he said in China. “But if you look at another sport like football, someone has three great games and in the next two races he doesn’t score a goal and everyone thinks ‘What happened?’ “When you’re at the highest level in any s...

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! 💪#SF90 #essereFerrari 🔴 #Race1000 pic.twitter.com/M5uvWrFBDW — 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.̶...

Valtteri Bottas leads way in Chinese GP practice

Valtteri Bottas provided Mercedes with hope that they will be able to take the fight to Ferrari this weekend after leading the way in practice at the Chinese Grand Prix. Ferrari held a sizeable advantage over the Silver Arrows at the last round in Bahrain, with emerging star Charles Leclerc cruelly denied a win following a late engine failure. But although Sebastian Vettel topped the time sheets in Friday’s first session at Formula One’s 1,000th race, Bottas put his Mercedes on top in the second running. 🏁 END OF FP2 🏁 That’s the chequered flag on Friday’s sessions – with Bottas, Vettel and Verstappen at the top of times#ChineseGP 🇨🇳 #Race1000 pic.twitter.com/k5tKBsRbc3 — Formula 1 (@F1) April 12, 2019 Lewis Hamilton finished a distant fourth after a scruffy afterno...

Hard to overtake at Zandvoort – Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton has welcomed F1’s speculated return to Zandvoort for 2020, but notes that the former grand prix circuit is hard to overtake on. Lewis Hamilton has welcomed F1’s speculated return to Zandvoort for 2020, but notes that the former grand prix circuit is hard to overtake on. With official confirmation still lacking, it is believed race organisers have inked a five-year contract with Liberty Media for a Dutch grand prix starting in 2020. Speaking in Shanghai, Hamilton recalls racing at the circuit in his junior category days. “It was a great circuit when I last drove there,” said the Mercedes driver, who beat Sebastian Vettel to victory at Zandvoort during the 2005 F3 Euro series. “It was just hard to overtake on,” said Hamilton. “I don...

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… ██████████████]99.9%#ChineseGP 🇨🇳 #F1 pic.twitter.com/YJ2XxCgcqA — 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...

Miami GP vote delayed amid corruption rumour

Plans for a grand prix in Miami remain dead in the water. Plans for a grand prix in Miami remain dead in the water. Liberty Media had wanted to put a second US grand prix on the calendar for 2019, but despite delays F1 CEO Chase Carey insisted negotiations were still “going on” regarding 2020. However, F1 business journalist Christian Sylt reports that local lawmakers have effectively now cancelled moves for a 2020 Miami GP by delaying a vote of the Miami City Commission. The Independent revealed the minutes of a meeting that show the vote “was deferred to the May 23, 2019 planning and zoning commission meeting”. Not just that, we have learned that an email emerged in which F1 commercial boss Sean Bratches offers to “host” Miami-Dade County mayor Carlos ...

Five-year Dutch GP race deal reports ‘premature’

Dutch GP spokesman Jan Lammers has dismissed as “premature” reports that Zandvoort will definitely be on the 2020 calendar. Dutch GP spokesman Jan Lammers has dismissed as “premature” reports that Zandvoort will definitely be on the 2020 calendar. On the day before a Liberty Media-dictated March 31 deadline, we reported that the race had finally received the green light. The same news is now being reported by authoritative Dutch publications and sources, including De Limburger newspaper. Citing a source, the report said Formula One Management has assured Zandvoort officials that a five-year deal will begin in 2020. “I hope it is a very reliable source,” said former F1 driver Lammers, who is acting as an official spokesman for Zandvoort’s bid. ̶...

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