Mick Schumacher complains of ill health before France


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Let’s take a break for in the present day before we soften within the warmth right here. Tomorrow, nonetheless, we are going to begin as regular till the night to convey you all of the essential info from the media day at Le Castellet. Then I’ll come again to you right here and information you thru the day with the drivers’ press conferences and all of the trimmings. Until then!


France: 200,000 viewers

Le Castellet is anticipating 200,000 followers for this weekend’s Formula 1 occasion in France. 70,000 followers are anticipated within the stands on Saturday and Sunday and 45,000 on Friday. Organizers predict 15,000 followers on Thursday.


Any fin quickly?

User Ingo desires to know who would be the subsequent flying Finn after Mika Hakkinen, Kimi Raikkonen and Valtteri Bottas. To be sincere: I do not see any proper now. There might be no Finns in Formula 2 in 2022, solely William Alatalo will drive in Formula 3. At nineteenth, he’s not a transparent candidate for promotion.

So perhaps Finland ought to wait after Bottas.


Photo gallery: Vettel at Mansell-Williams

Here are pictures of Sebastian Vettel’s demo drive in Nigel Mansell’s Williams FW14B.

Photo Gallery: Sebastian Vettel at Mansell-Williams since 1992


Vettel drives a 1922 Aston Martin

Sebastian Vettel will as soon as once more take pleasure in driving a classic racing automobile in France. And this time after we say previous, we imply previous! The Williams FW14B he drove at Silverstone is a 30-year-old new automobile.

At Le Castellet, Vettel was allowed to drive a 1922 Aston Martin – a proud 100 years previous. “The historical past of this sport may be very near my coronary heart, so will probably be very particular to drive one of the 1922 Aston Martin Grand Prix vehicles this weekend,” mentioned Vettel.


Courtesy of “Shumi”: Compliments of Jean Todt

By the best way, the eulogy in honor of Michael Schumacher was given at Motorworld in Cologne by the previous head of the Ferrari crew and a detailed confidante of the German, the previous president of the FIA, Jean Todt.

“Michael, who has gained seven world titles, is, together with Lewis Hamilton, essentially the most profitable racing driver within the lengthy and illustrious historical past of Formula 1. He is an icon of his sport and it’s good to keep in mind that in the present day. He lived his ardour on the racetrack and introduced pleasure to tens of millions of individuals world wide.”


Alfa Romeo desires to attain once more

Alfa Romeo is in a small income disaster. After a great begin to the season, you possibly can solely rating factors in a single of the final 4 races. That ought to change once more over the weekend in France. “We got here to France after two robust races at Silverstone and Spielberg to get again to the place we belong,” says crew principal Frédéric Wasser.

“We have not scored any factors in these competitions, however the crew has labored laborious to know the foundation causes of our efficiency and we’re assured that we are going to return to the extent of this season,” mentioned the Frenchman.

“The central protection is getting stronger from competitors to competitors and that may make for some very fascinating fights, however our intention is to be on the high of this struggle.”

12:58 p.m

Lewis Hamilton: Losing first half of season?

For our editor-in-chief Christian Nimmerwall, Lewis Hamilton is the loser of the season, as he wrote within the present version of the podcast “Starting Grid”, produced in collaboration with our accomplice meinsportpodcast.de.

The sixth place within the driver’s rating represents the unimaginable significance of the British. “You can speak about one catastrophe,” Nimmerwall mentioned. “Teammate (George Russell; editor’s notice) is in entrance of him, at the very least now. The clear loser of the season thus far for me.”

Half-time outcomes and a preview of the French Grand Prix at the moment are out there within the newest version of Starting Grid.

The podcast is out there within the audio participant on Motorsport-Total.com and Formel1.de, on our accomplice meinsportpodcast.de or on all frequent podcast platforms corresponding to Apple Podcasts.

12:35 p.m

Also free follow for Kubica

Robert Kubica may also be in free coaching in France, as confirmed by Alfa Romeo. Pole Valtteri Bottas takes the reins.

Kubica had beforehand changed Guanyu Zhou in Spain. However, this is not going to have an effect on the contingent of Friday drivers. On the one hand, Zhou paid for his work as a rookie, then again, Kubica doesn’t meet the necessities for a rookie.

So it is a voluntary factor for Alfa Romeo. So Bottas should give manner once more this season – most likely for Pourchar.

12:17 p.m

Mercedes desires to be on the rostrum

Mercedes desires to construct on Spielberg’s good momentum in France and get the subsequent expertise of success. But Toto Wolff is aware of there may be nonetheless rather a lot to do: “We have been sooner in Austria, however nonetheless not sufficient to struggle on the high,” he says. “We should chase the final tens and proceed to develop the vehicles, additionally this weekend in France.”

“Paul Ricard is a totally completely different monitor and check. It has a easy assortment, a variety of nook varieties and lengthy straights. The intention is to additional shut the hole between the entrance runners and get again on the rostrum.”


Interesting info: Drivers select

Mercedes’ tweet reveals some fascinating info. Because evidently at Mercedes, the drivers are allowed to decide on which races they take part in.

“Lewis selected this weekend,” the race crew wrote. “George has picked one up later this yr.”

This isn’t the case with all groups. Because in most of them, the crew has to resolve if utilizing the rookie makes essentially the most sense and is the least disruptive to the method.

11:26 a.m

FT1: De Vries replaces Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton will maintain his first free follow session on Friday. In his place is the reigning Formula E world champion Nick de Vries. The 2022 guidelines stipulate that every driver will permit a rookie to follow as soon as per season.

Mercedes will take the primary of their two possibilities at Le Castellet, as George Russell may also have to sit down sooner or later. However, De Vries has solely made one look on Friday this season: in Spain for Williams, changing Alexander Albon.

All Friday Drivers 2022 opinions might be discovered right here.


Gasly: ​​Private stand for followers

By the best way, Pierre Gasly may have his personal stand for his house recreation – Esteban Ocon, by the best way. This will occur on the chicane on the Mistral straight.

“It’s good to have the ability to do one thing private and join with the followers a little bit bit greater than regular,” he says. “I hope there might be a great environment and we are able to get a great lead to entrance of the French group.”

“We do not know if subsequent yr’s race will keep on the calendar or not, so I wish to take pleasure in this second and share it with all my followers, followers and French F1 followers.”

10:50 a.m

Big replace for AlphaTauri

Past races have been disappointing for AlphaTauri, however in France the racing crew will convey a large improve: “The new improve is geared toward placing extra stress on the automobile as a result of we have been very weak at medium pace and quick corners,” says Yuki. tsunoda “Hopefully this can give us stability and permit us to struggle once more on the high of midfield.”

According to Pierre Gasly, the improve primarily impacts aerodynamics and “ought to convey an actual bounce in efficiency. So I’m excited to attempt them at Paul Ricard, hopefully they’ll put us again within the struggle for factors.”


How the FIA ​​desires to cope with ‘spoofing’.

The FIA ​​has introduced a quantity of measures to fight dodging. This will have an effect on the event of new autos for 2023. Our technical knowledgeable Matthew Somerfield put all of it collectively. You can learn that right here.

10:11 a.m

Zach Brown: The Hertha check was robust

Is Colton Hertha’s McLaren check only a PR stunt or does McLaren actually imply enterprise? The American citizen is taken into account a doable candidate for the Formula 1 cockpit within the coming years, not solely as a result of of his citizenship.

Speaking on the F1 Nation podcast, CEO Zach Brown mentioned: “We’re very critical about who we put in our Formula 1 vehicles. It’s nice that he is American, however we’re all about efficiency.”

“The nation is on the listing, however we by no means select a driver for business causes. The first hurdle needs to be cleared: do we expect this driver is a world champion who can win a Grand Prix? If so, the reply is sure. , after which we proceed.”

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