Is Lewis Hamilton past his prime?
The Briton is essentially the most profitable Formula 1 driver of all time, however he is additionally 37 years previous. So he will not be driving in first grade ceaselessly. Helmut Marko stated which driver will outline Formula 1 within the coming years.
“With Verstappen, Leclerc, Norris and Russell, we have now 4 drivers who will form the subsequent few years,” Marco stated on ‘Sport1’. Although Hamilton has “a wealth of expertise”, that is at present a bonus within the battle in opposition to younger drivers.
“But there comes a time when the every day grind cannot sustain with the youthful enthusiasm, drive and sheer pace,” Marco says. In different phrases, time is working in opposition to Hamilton, not for the eighth world champion.
And if it would not work out this yr, he could be 38 years previous for the subsequent try in 2023. No driver has gained the title since Alain Prost within the 1993 season.
Time to get out!
This brings us to the top of in the present day. Tomorrow every little thing will probably be in Imola! Here is the schedule:
10:00 am: host P.Ok
13:30: 1st free coaching session
So will probably be a protracted day. And right here, as all the time, you’re very near every little thing. Good night, see you there!
Marco: Sainz overtakes Leclerc
At the second, the Monegasse is clearly forward of the Ferrari internally. Sainz himself admits this. As his former mentor Helmut Marko explains on ‘Sport1’: “New automobiles with decrease energy are extra suited to at least one driver and fewer to a different.”
He stories: “Sainz is sensible, very hardworking. He will make up for the backlog sooner or later. He was nearer in Australia, however then he was unfortunate with the pink flag, then with the steering wheel.”
However, he has to work onerous on the World Cup. 38 factors distinction from Leclerc.
In line with Sainz’s contract extension, we have mixed the contract calls for of 20 present Formula 1 drivers. Interestingly, greater than half (11 out of 20) of cabins for the upcoming season have been taken.
After all, greater than 1 / 4 of all cabins (6 out of 20) is not going to be vacant till 2025. Not good playing cards for younger pilots hoping to interrupt into premier class.
ADAC GT Masters: It begins tomorrow!
It’s not simply the Formula 1 races this weekend. The ADAC GT Masters 2022 season additionally begins tomorrow! By custom, the primary race weekend of the yr takes place on the Oschersleben Motorsport Arena.
This yr, 23 automobiles from 5 totally different producers (Audi, BMW, Lamborghini, Mercedes-AMG, Porsche) had been registered for the sixteenth season of the German GT Championship.
Get all of the details about the beginning of the season together with the schedule, TV instances, starter record and extra. will be discovered right here!
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What historical past teaches us about Leclerc’s championship management
Statistically, the beginning of the season for the Monegasque is among the strongest within the historical past of Formula 1. But what does historical past educate us in regards to the 34-point lead?
We’ve lined it totally right here!
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9 years in the past in the present day…
… the final Bahrain GP was held in the course of the day. The 2013 race was the final race earlier than the 2014 Grand Prix grew to become an evening race. At that point, Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull) secured victory forward of the 2 drivers of Lotus, Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean.
However, the working of the race was very controversial on the time, the GP needed to be canceled two years in the past as a consequence of political unrest…
A brand new propeller was discovered within the cockpit of W13 in the present day. Of course, this weekend will once more characteristic Formula 1’s new ‘Show & Tell’ format, the place groups should reveal all their updates.
Of course, we will provide you with an summary of all updates!
The victory in Imola is an efficient signal
Will we discover out who will probably be this yr’s world champion on Sunday? Anyone who has gained at Imola within the final 20 years has all the time been world champion on the finish of the season, with one exception!
Michael Schumacher gained right here in 2002, 2003 and 2004 and have become world champion. Fernando Alonso gained in 2005, Schumacher gained in 2006, however the one exception was Alonso taking the title.
In 2020 the race returned to the calendar and the reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton gained, in 2021 it was Max Verstappen. Statistically talking, the winner has higher playing cards on Sunday!
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An outsider’s watch?
Will Formula 1 nonetheless be a three-way battle in 2022? Mark Surer is assured: Lewis Hamilton is not going to be overlooked of the World Championship! And neutrals like Fernando Alonso and Mick Schumacher can shock on good days.
After three races, it’s good to take stock. How will the brand new Formula 1 guidelines work? What might be higher than that? And are the races extra action-packed than ever?
Surer finds: Yes! In an interview with editor-in-chief Christian Nimmervoll, he discusses whether or not Formula 1 actually wants greater than 23 races and the best way to take care of nations like Saudi Arabia…
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… In Imola you will discover it in our picture gallery. As all the time, this will probably be up to date often with new pictures within the coming days!
Even extra new flooring
We already knew that Alfa Romeo could be bringing a brand new physique to Imola. The identical applies to opponents Alpine and AlphaTauri. Young bulls deliver an excellent larger package deal.
“The important a part of the replace is the underbody and there will probably be updates to the entrance brake vents as nicely. But the underbody is an enormous space proper now, the place there’s a variety of efficiency,” says Jody Egginton.
We’re excited to see which replace is the perfect this weekend!
Wolff: E-fuel is the longer term
In the longer term, Formula 1 will run on pure digital gasoline. Toto Wolff helps this and explains to Sky: “I believe we’re getting into the proper course with e-fuels. Even after 2025, the world can have greater than a billion automobiles with standard drives.”
“If we are able to pioneer right here and develop a gasoline that may run one hundred pc sustainably in these automobiles, that is nice information. And now with information from Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche, they hope to come back. [das] “Formula 1 continues,” says Wolff.
Driver P.Ok. talking of…
It will probably be held tomorrow at 10:00. As typical, this yr there are 5 riders in 4 teams. The crash is now recognized:
Valtteri Bottas (Alfa Romeo)
Charles Leclerc (Ferrari)
Carlos Sainz (Ferrari)
Max Verstappen (Red Bull)
George Russell (Mercedes)
Guanyu Zhou (Alfa Romeo)
Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri)
Sebastian Vettel (Aston Martin)
Kevin Magnussen (Haas)
Alexander Albon (Williams)
Esteban Ocon (Alpi)
Lance Stroll (Aston Martin)
Mick Schumacher (Haas)
Daniel Ricciardo (McLaren)
Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
Yuki Tsunoda (AlphaTauri)
Fernando Alonso (Alpi)
Lando Norris (McLaren)
Sergio Perez (Red Bull)
Nicholas Latifi Williams
The Team Leaders PC is scheduled for Saturday with the next individuals:
Franz Tost (AlphaTauri)
Mattia Binotto (Ferrari)
Mario Isola (Pirelli)
Mike Crack (Aston Martin)
Gunther Steiner (Haas)
The most essential bulletins are all the time in our ticker!
Trackwalk and Co.
Officially, there isn’t a media on Thursday this yr. However, the groups are nonetheless on the route in the present day and aside from a couple of conferences, for instance, they’re finishing the monitor.
Therefore, not everybody will settle for the brand new format nicely. Because the host who was earlier on Thursday, P.Ok. such occasions had been really moved to Friday for the comfort of those that participated.
Instead, it implies that Friday is now longer. On Thursday, nonetheless, the groups are nonetheless on the street. So there isn’t a actual low cost.
Chelsea and Formula 1…
Formula 1 followers will keep in mind Chelsea’s lengthy affiliation with the premier class. About ten years in the past, there was cooperation with Sauber. In this context, amongst different issues, the emblem of the soccer membership will be seen on the Formula 1 automobile.
This is unlikely to occur once more with Mercedes. Because the issue this time is Hamilton’s private enterprise.
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Will Hamilton transfer to Chelsea?
An attention-grabbing rumor from England: Lewis Hamilton is eager about offering monetary help to British businessman Martin Broughton to handle London’s Chelsea Football Club. “Sky” informs about it.
In addition to Hamilton, the consortium is claimed to incorporate tennis star Serena Williams. The world file holder would not simply wish to be a silent companion, he needs to play an lively position within the areas of variety and inclusion.
Hamilton needs to speculate round £10 million (round €12 million). Chelsea continues to be owned by Russian Roman Abramovich, who introduced his sale amid sanctions in opposition to him.
Of course we’ll keep watch over it!