Connect with us

Motorsport

Practice, results, US Grand Prix, Max Verstappen vs Lewis Hamilton, Daniel Ricciardo, how to watch

Published

on

Try telling Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen practice does not mean anything.

While few people were expecting the rivals to clash this early in the weekend, the pair were captured going side-by-side down the main straight to the first turn.

There was no footage of what may have happened in the lead-up to the final corner as Verstappen called Hamilton “a stupid idiot” over his radio.

“Ignore it, don’t worry about it,” replied his race engineer.

Stream Every Practice, Qualifier & Race of the 2021 FIA Formula One World Championship™ Live & On-Demand on Kayo. New to Kayo? Start Your Free Trial >

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen had a few issues. (Photo by Robyn Beck / AFP)Source: AFP

Hamilton then went past on the inside at turn one, with Verstappen following it up by appearing to flip the bird.

“They were obviously queuing up to start the lap and Lewis obviously decided just to jump Max there,” Red Bull boss Christian Horner said of the incident.

“I think they have an unwritten rule in sessions like this they take they turn but I think Max was just pointing out he was first in the queue… just one of those things.”

It was far from the only issue for Verstappen, who aborted two laps due to traffic.

“I’m boxing. F*** this,” he said before pitting.

“Let’s just get the long runs done here. I’m over this short run.”

Despite further engine issues, Mercedes dominated Friday’s opening practice for the United States Grand Prix with Valtteri Bottas edging world champion Hamilton and the rest of the field far back.

Bottas wins Turkish GP, Max second | 03:11

Bottas, who will face a five-place grid penalty after Mercedes changed his engine for the fifth time this season, recorded a lap of 1min 34.874sec with team-mate Hamilton just 0.45sec behind.

Red Bull’s Verstappen, who leads Hamilton by six points in the title race, was a distant third, nine tenths of a second back.

There was another significant gap to Charles Leclerc, who was fourth in his Ferrari, 1.46sec slower than Bottas.

After Hamilton took an ultimately costly 10-place grid penalty for an engine change before the Turkish Grand Prix, Bottas and two other drivers with Mercedes power units, George Russell of Williams and Sebastian Vettel of Aston Martin, will incur penalties in Austin.

Drivers are allowed three engines a season, after that they are hit with decreasing penalties.

Bottas will drop five grid places for his sixth engine.

Russell and Vettel will drop to the back of the grid after each switched to their fourth power unit of the season.

“Unfortunately since mid-year we have had some reliability issues that keep coming back,” Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff told UK Sky television, saying he was worried about cars not finishing the race (DNF).

Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes had some engine problems. Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images/AFPSource: AFP

“I think we understand now much better what it is but it means there is no durability in running them and that means a potential DNF risk,” he said.

“You see this year we are suffering with reliability, we go onto the sixth engine for Valtteri and this is not something we choose to do.

“We’re trying to really get on top of the problems and we haven’t understood fully. I think we are a step closer now, so it’s not always that we are easy with having the engines.

“We are hanging on for dear life in supplying all customers – that is not trivial.”

Hamilton and Mercedes are embroiled in a tight battle with Verstappen and Red Bull for the drivers and constructors’ championships.

Although Bottas won in Turkey, the Dutchman took the championship lead when Hamilton could only climb back to fifth.

“Penalties are not nice because it’s such a tight battle,” said Wolff.

He added that he was pleased that Mercedes dominated the opening session as temperatures rose into the 80s Fahrenheit on a track where Mercedes has taken pole every year since 2014.

“It’s really good,” he said, but noted that Red Bull have made a habit of gaining speed over the course of a race weekend.

“I don’t know if it’s gap that’s going to maintain. I wish so but normally they are creeping their way back,” Wolff said.

Behind Leclerc the drivers were tightly bunched.

The second Ferrari, driven by Carlos Sainz was fifth followed by Pierre Gasly in an AlphatTauri and then the second Red Bull of Sergio Perez.

Source link

Motorsport

F1 news 2022, Lewis Hamilton, Max Verstappen, 2021 title, appeal, decision date, new season calendar, full race schedule

Published

on

Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton must wait two more months for motorsport chiefs to reveal the results of their inquiry into the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix where the Dutchman clinched the 2021 world title.

Governing body, the FIA, said Thursday that the outcome will not be revealed until March 18, just two days before the 2022 season gets underway in Bahrain.

Hamilton was poised to capture a record-breaking eighth world title at the Abu Dhabi finale in December before a controversial safety car restart allowed Verstappen to pass the British driver on the last lap.

Stream the Kayo Mini replay of the F1 World Championship finale FREE on Kayo Freebies. No credit card required. Join Kayo Freebies now & start streaming in minutes.

(Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)
(Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)Source: Getty Images

The incident has led to speculation that a disillusioned 37-year-old Hamilton may be prepared to turn his back on Formula One.

On Thursday, the FIA said that team chiefs as well as representatives of the ruling body will meet on January 19 to discuss the use of the safety car.

Drivers will also be brought into the discussions, it said.

“The outcome of the detailed analysis will be presented to the F1 Commission in February, and final decisions will be announced at the World Motor Sport Council in Bahrain on 18 March,” added the FIA.

Source link

Continue Reading

Motorsport

F1 news 2022, Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, retirement, quit, latest, new contract, 2022 calendar, season

Published

on

Lewis Hamilton’s F1 future still remains unclear with just 69 days to go until the 2022 season begins as the FIA’s investigation into the how the 2021 season ended now thought to be key in his decision making.

The FIA has pledged to investigate the controversial circumstances around the final lap of the 2021 season which saw Max Verstappen pip Hamilton to the world title in Abu Dhabi.

Mercedes withdrew their appeal against the result after the FIA announced they would launch an investigation into the events surrounding the safety car procedures.

Hamilton made a cryptic reference to his future in his post-race interview with former teammate Jenson Button.

Stream the Kayo Mini replay of the F1 World Championship finale FREE on Kayo Freebies. No credit card required. Join Kayo Freebies now & start streaming in minutes.

(Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)
(Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)Source: Getty Images

“We gave it everything and never gave up and that’s the most important thing. We’ll see about next year,” he said.

This pledge is now reportedly crucial in whether Hamilton decides to get into a Formula 1 car again, according to Sky Sports, and the delay in its findings are seemingly impacting the delay in the seven-time world champion’s decision.

Sky Sports News’ Craig Slater reported: “With 69 days to go until the first Grand Prix in Bahrain, it is still unclear whether Lewis Hamilton will be on the grid.

“In terms of Hamilton coming back to Formula 1, having the appetite to do so and getting over the ‘disillusionment’ that his team boss Toto Wolff said he felt after Abu Dhabi, the onus is on the FIA to deliver on the pledge they made before Christmas to investigate the happenings on that final lap and to come up with some findings.

“It is understood that Mercedes want to see something tangible. It’s been put to me like this: the longer this drags on then the worse the Lewis Hamilton situation is, and that is from a senior source.”

The 23-race 2022 season begins on March 18 with winter testing for the all-new generation of cars beginning on February 23.

Source link

Continue Reading

Motorsport

rule changes, Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, future, retirement, title, FIA, Michael Masi

Published

on

Newly-elected FIA president Mohammed Ben Sulayem is yet to hear back from Lewis Hamilton after the Mercedes gun boycotted the end-of-season trophy gala.

The aftermath of the F1’s controversial Abu Dhabi finale is far from over, with Hamilton still not “100 per cent” according to Ben Sulayem.

Speaking to reporters at a press conference at the Dakar Rally, Ben Sulayem was empathetic of Hamilton’s situation.

Catch every moment of The Ashes live and ad-break free during play on Kayo. New to Kayo? Try 14-days free now.

INSANE Horner reaction to title moments | 01:35

He has previously said there will be “no forgiveness” if Hamilton is found to have breached rules in skipping the gala and maintained that stance on Monday.

“I sent him messages,” Ben Sulayem said.

“I think he’s not ready now to be functioning 100 per cent. You don’t blame him. I understand his position, being a driver – of course he’s on a different level.

“But also the rule is there. For me it’s not particular, a driver or a certain team. It is in general, there are rules that we have to respect, and the integrity of the FIA, we have to respect. And I cannot judge anyone unless I get the correct facts.

“I feel that, of course, not being present at the gala dinner, it’s something that the team and Lewis knew about it. But at the end of the day, you are human also. The stress and the pressure has been there.”

The King is Crowned! | 00:34

Hamilton’s silence has also extended to questions about whether he will race on next year, with Mercedes boss Toto Wolff saying the Brit will never get over the Abu Dhabi heartbreak.

Ben Sulayem responded to queries about Hamilton’s future with a question of his own.

“I’ll ask your question: did Lewis declare that he’s not going to race?” he said.

“No. Exactly. Being a driver, you declare yourself, you don’t let the rumours [talk].

“I’m confident that Lewis [will be back]. Lewis is a big part of motorsport, and of course of Formula 1, the new era [can add to] Lewis’ wins and achievements, and also Verstappen is there.”

While Hamilton looks set to return, it does not mean the F1 cannot ignore what happened at Abu Dhabi.

The FIA, its governing body, is investigating the decisions made by race director Michael Masi in light of the Nicholas Latifi crash, centred around the deployment of the safety car.

Ben Sulayem said the FIA’s focus is on introducing “proactive” measures instead of always being “reactive’ to such issues.

Huge crash closes gap in title race | 01:06

“I am going to study the case of what happened in Abu Dhabi, and a decision will be taken how to go forward without any pressure from anyone,” Ben Sulayem said.

“The integrity of the FIA, it is my job and duty to protect it, but it doesn’t mean that we do not look into our regulations, and if there is any [need for] improvement, we will [make changes].

“I said in my first press conference, this is not the book of God. This is written by humans. It can be improved and changed by humans. So that’s it.”

Source link

Continue Reading

Trending