F1 2022 LIVE: Lewis Hamilton a ‘much more complete’ driver than Max Verstappen, who has revealed Red Bull’s ‘escape clause’

Long live Las Vegas! F1 confirms night racing from 2023

The Australian Grand Prix is ​​fast approaching as Formula 1 2022 gathers pace after an exciting start to the season. You can follow all the latest news from the world of F1 as the teams prepare for next weekend’s race in Melbourne.

Despite a brief break after the Grands Prix in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia, F1 continues to grab the headlines. There are rumors and speculation surrounding Daniel Ricciardo’s decision to leave Red Bull following the rise of Max Verstappen, while details surrounding the Dutch driver’s exceptional new contract continue to emerge. Sports chiefs have confirmed the Las Vegas Grand Prix will be added to the 2023 racing schedule as cars roar past landmarks such as the Bellagio Fountains and Caesars Palace for an event expected to attract 170,000 fans.

Elsewhere, Lewis Hamilton explained how he had “struggled mentally and emotionally for a long time”. Hamilton’s post came after a worrying week in Saudi Arabia when an oil refinery was hit by a missile attack less than ten miles from the runway, leaving plumes of black smoke visible during qualifying. Hamilton finished 10th in the race as Mercedes continues to struggle with its car.

Follow all the reactions to the Las Vegas Grand Prix, plus a glimpse of Melbourne after an exciting start to the 2022 Formula 1 season:

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Charles Leclerc makes performance promise in F1 title fight with Max Verstappen

Verstappen’s late engine failure at Sakhir means Leclerc currently enjoys a 20-point advantage over the Dutchman, with Carlos Sainz in the second Ferrari separating them in the standings.

Formula 1 has undergone its biggest regulatory change in a generation, upsetting the order of the grid as all ten teams have been forced to design their new machines from scratch.

Jack RathbornApril 4, 2022 3:30 p.m.

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Haas attracts ‘interest’ from new F1 sponsors after Mazepin family invasion of Russia controversy

Haas team principal Günther Steiner says “there is interest” in the Formula 1 team of potential new sponsors, after the team canceled its previous agreement with Russian fertilizer company UralKali regarding the country’s invasion of Ukraine.

However, their pre-season proved less than successful, with the UralKali deal scrapped as the team tested in Barcelona after sponsor oligarch owner Dmitry Mazepin attended a one-on-one meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the day of his violent assault. Ukraine started.

Steiner insists that while Haas’ short-term financial future is secure, the sponsors are keen to strike a long-term deal that could help the team increase its investments.

Jack RathbornApril 4, 2022 3:15 p.m.

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Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc praised for demonstrating ‘art of driving’ at Saudi Arabian F1 Grand Prix

Twice Formula 1 says world champion Emerson Fittipaldi Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc demonstrated the “art of riding” in their sensational battle for the lead in the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix on Sunday.

Verstappen clinched victory at Jeddah’s Corniche circuit after passing Leclerc on the pit straight with just a few laps to go, after team-mate Sergio Perez lost his lead due to unfortunate car timing of safety caused by the accident of Nicholas Latifi.

Leclerc led after the restart and handled Verstappen’s pressure perfectly with smart tactics, including allowing Verstappen to overtake on the final corner before using DRS to regain position in Turn 1. Eventually, however, Verstappen pulled out a few tricks of his own and pulled it off by refusing to fall into Leclerc’s trap the final pin, before using his own DRS boost to take advantage.

It was their second close battle in two races, with Leclerc leading in the season opener in Bahrain as the pair swapped leads several times in consecutive laps, before Verstappen eventually retired due of an engine failure in its Red Bull.

Jack RathbornApril 4, 2022 3:00 p.m.

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Mercedes must ‘regroup’ ahead of Australian Grand Prix, say team bosses

mercedesTrackside engineering manager Andrew Shovlin says the team needs to “regroup” ahead of the Australian Grand Prix next weekend, after a dreadful start to the 2022 season which saw the team lower the order of the grid.

The Brackley-based team have won the constructors’ championship every season since 2014, but have started this year off pace with leaders Ferrari and Red Bull, who look set to challenge for both titles as things stand.

Having struggled to bounce back at high speed and low speed out of corners throughout pre-season testing, Mercedes failed to find solutions to their problems at the opening two rounds of the season in Bahrain and in Saudi Arabia.

Jack RathbornApril 4, 2022 2:45 p.m.

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Saudi government will offer Formula 1 ‘whatever it wants’ to try to secure return

Saudi sports minister says his government will donate Formula 1 and its stakeholders “all they want” in order to return to the country to race again in the future.

Formula 1 raced for the first time in Saudi Arabia last December and did it again last weekendagainst the backdrop of human rights abuses in the country and the bombing of a state-owned oil facility just ten kilometers from the Jeddah street circuit where the grand prix was taking place.

Jack RathbornApril 4, 2022 2:30 p.m.

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Lewis Hamilton reveals ‘mental and emotional struggles’

Lewis Hamilton revealed he was “struggling mentally and emotionally” and said it was a “constant effort to keep going” amid a rocky start for the new Formula One season.

The seven times F1 world champion, who finished 10th last Sunday Saudi Arabian Grand Prixmade the admission via a post on his Instagram Story on Thursday.

“It’s already been such a difficult year with everything going on around us,” the 37-year-old said. “It’s hard on some days to stay positive.

“I struggled mentally and emotionally for a long time, to keep going is a constant effort but we have to keep fighting. We have so much to do and achieve.”

Jack RathbornApril 4, 2022 2:15 p.m.

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Daniel Ricciardo rejected Red Bull’s ‘stratospheric’ offer, says Christian Horner

Daniel Ricciardo has rejected a ‘stratospheric’ offer from Red Bull, according to Christian Horner.

Following Max Verstappen’s arrival in 2016, Ricciardo made the bold call to join struggling Renault for 2019, despite Red Bull’s willingness to retain him.

“Daniel could see Max taking the upper hand and he didn’t want to be the second driver,” Horner told The Weekend Australian, while detailing Ricciardo’s rejected offers “which were stratospheric”.

“His timing was spectacularly bad because obviously he had doubts about the Honda engine and then [Honda] then proved it to be a competitive power unit and a race-winning package.

“Daniel is a great driver and we were sad when he decided to leave the team here,” said Horner.

“And, you know, it unfortunately didn’t work out for him the way he would have liked.

“He has great natural abilities, a great personality. Of course, now he also has a competitive teammate. It gave him a hard time and you know, it’s hard for him.

Jack RathbornApril 4, 2022 2:00 p.m.

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Changes that make ‘Charles Leclerc 2.0’ a real contender for the F1 title

The 24-year-old had a great start to the 2022 season, taking pole position and victory in the opening race in Bahrain in mid-March before finishing second Max Verstappen at the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix. Both races saw Leclerc battling for the lead with rivals Red Bull over several laps, with the Monegasque using high-quality tactics and tricks around the passing zones to maximize his chances.

He couldn’t defend long enough against Verstappen in Jeddah last time out but still enjoys a 20-point lead over the Dutchman in the standings thanks to Red Bull’s double retirement with engine failure at Sakhir.

Former Ferrari test driver Gene believes Leclerc has changed his mindset to become a serious threat to the crown Verstappen first won in 2021.

Jack RathbornApril 4, 2022 1:45 p.m.

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Max Verstappen’s ‘release clause’ in Red Bull contract revealed

Max Verstappen has an exit clause in his long new Red Bull contract, Helmut Marko has confirmed.

The F1 world champion cashed in his first Drivers title in 2021 with a bumper new contract until the end of 2028.

“Of course. If we experience a ‘crash’ like in 2014, when we had absolutely no chance against Mercedes on the engine side, then clearly there is an escape clause,” Marko said. Form1.of.

Verstappen confirmed his reason for committing his long-term future to the team: “I feel really good in the team and I think that’s already very important. And I always felt loyalty because of the opportunity they gave me in Formula 1.

“And then we always had the same objective. I always believed in the project and luckily it paid off last year and it also relieved the pressure a bit, the need to win this title. We’ve done it now and I trust the people around me. I’m having a great time with them, there’s no reason to change that.

Jack RathbornApril 4, 2022 1:30 p.m.

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Saturday’s 10pm Las Vegas Grand Prix start time is ‘perfect’, insists Formula 1 chief

F1 officially announced their return to Sin City for the first time since 1982, in an event that will become the third United States-race based on the calendar from November 2023.

The cars will roll along the famous Las Vegas Strip at speeds of up to 212mph, and the 6.12km track will see drivers roar past landmarks such as the Bellagio Fountains and Caesars Palace for an event that will is expected to attract 170,000 fans.

The inaugural race does not yet have a confirmed date, but will start at 10 p.m. on a Saturday night, with Thanksgiving weekend in November seen as the most likely time slot to be chosen in an effort to attract the biggest crowds. possible American.

This means the start time would be 6am on Sunday for fans in the UK and 7am for other parts of Europe, where the biggest and most loyal fan base is. of Formula 1.

Jack RathbornApril 4, 2022 1:15 p.m.

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