F1 LIVE: Max Verstappen implores Red Bull to keep pushing despite strong lead in title race

Formula 1 Rivalry of all time. – Hamilton v Verstappen

Max Verstappen has urged Red Bull to keep their feet on the ground despite their huge advantage in the Formula 1 title race. The Belgian-Dutch, who had to wait until the final race of last season to beat Lewis Hamilton and clinch a first drivers crown, holds an 80-point lead over Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc at the summer break.

Despite Ferrari’s resurgence at the front of the grid, Verstappen still won eight races, most recently in Hungary. Verstappen, however, is keen to keep pushing when racing resumes – at the Belgian Grand Prix – later this month.

“I think as a team we always want to win more races and that’s what we will definitely try to do and after the break,” he said. “Of course we know our car is fast in general, but I think throughout the race Ferrari was very fast as well. Verstappen will then be in action in the first race after the summer break at Spa-Francorchamps next week, August 26-28, at the Belgian Grand Prix.

Meanwhile, where Oscar Piastri will end up in 2023 remains shrouded in uncertainty after the Alpine test rider insisted he would not race for the team next year, risking Daniel Ricciardo apparently losing his seat at McLaren. This follows Fernando Alonso’s surprise move to Aston Martin following the retirement of Sebastian Vettel.

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F1 news: Which recruits will Red Bull, Mercedes and all F1 teams give training sessions to this season?

Formula 1 is home to some of the best motorsport drivers on the planet, but as Sebastian Vettel’s retirement grows stronger, none can be around forever. This means a continued focus by each F1 team to develop the sport’s potential future faces in their own way, such as through Alpine’s academy setup or Red Bull’s sprawling racing empire.

The 2022 Formula 1 season regulations also state that each team’s two named drivers must allow one free practice session each to a rookie in their car, bolstering their experience and track mileage in F1 vehicles. fully functional.

These rookies are effectively any driver who has started two Grands Prix or less, with Ferrari being the latest to confirm their own plans in this regard: ex-F2 driver Robert Shwartzman, their test and reserve driver, will take to the track in the second period. of the season. The 22-year-old driver will drive under an Israeli flag, with Russian athletes currently banned. “For us, Robert Shwartzman will do our two FP1s,” Ferrari’s Laurent Mekies told the media.

“We haven’t decided exactly what events this is going to be, [but] you’re right that you wouldn’t choose races like Singapore or races where the race drivers need more racing. I don’t think we have a problem doing that on one of the weekends when we have Pirelli tests.

As such, Shwartzman looks set to replace Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz in FP1 sessions ahead of various races in the second half of the season, joining Nyck de Vries and the now derelict Juri Vips for a taste of elite action.

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Formula E: Stoffel Vandoorne wins Drivers’ title after finishing second in Seoul behind Edoardo Mortara

Mercedes-EQ’s Stoffel Vandoorne claimed the Drivers’ World Championship title with a typically assured ride in the final race of Season 8 of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship.

Vandoorne kept her cool in the scorching heat of Seoul, South Korea to finish second in the race and claim back-to-back titles for Mercedes-EQ, in addition to her own win.

The race itself was won by ROKiT Venturi Racing’s Edoardo Mortara, who finished third in the drivers standings behind runner-up Mitch Evans (Jaguar TCS Racing). This podium was remarkably the eighth of the season for Vandoorne – and it was this consistency that put the Belgian above his rivals throughout the championship and allowed a comfortable 33-point gap at the top of the final standings.

And speaking after the race, an emotional Vandoorne acknowledged consistency was key to his title victory. “World champion – wow. It’s just the best feeling,” he said. “Just look at the season we’ve had, the consistency, the car has been amazing. The team has did an amazing job and I think every one of us deserves it, what we have achieved is something special.

“Mitch pushed me all the way – same with Edo – they were there all the time. It was really about consistency at the end, they all have more wins than me, but I have the most podiums, I think.

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F1 news: Future of Aston Martin boss’ champion team with podium places as standard

Aston Martin made very few waves in the 2022 Formula 1 season, ninth out of 10 in the constructors’ standings and with just 20 points on the board between the three drivers they used.

Indeed, it’s arguable that most of the headlines they’ve made all year are the result of Sebastian Vettel’s recent announcement of his retirement, and the number of tributes from all corners of motorsport to his regard thereafter.

However, team principal Mike Krack believes a longer-term vision for Aston Martin looks much more impressive, having seen key additions to the staff this year, the signing of Fernando Alonso as a replacement for Vettel. and investment in a nearly completed new factory and wind tunnel for 2024.

“Going forward, I see Aston Martin F1 as a team where success is the norm,” Krack told Aston Martin’s website. “I see a team that is not surprised to be on the podium, that is not surprised to win races. We have to reach a point where we consistently deliver great results on the track, but also believe in our ability to do so.

“We’re talking about building a winning culture here – it takes time – and first we need to develop a faster car. Our journey has only just begun and there will be challenges, but the fighting spirit of Aston Martin F1 is unrivaled. »

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F1 news: Max Verstappen urges Red Bull to keep pushing in F1 title race

Max Verstappen has urged Red Bull to keep their feet on the ground despite their huge advantage in the Formula 1 title race. The Belgian-Dutch, who had to wait until the final race of last season to beat Lewis Hamilton and clinch a first drivers crown, holds an 80-point lead over Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc at the summer break.

Despite Ferrari’s resurgence at the front of the grid, Verstappen still won eight races, most recently in Hungary. Verstappen, however, is keen to keep pushing when racing resumes – at the Belgian Grand Prix – later this month.

“I think as a team we always want to win more races and that’s what we will definitely try to do and after the break,” he said. The first half of the season saw Ferrari regain their form with closest title challenger Leclerc Verstappen.

They were in the mix again in Budapest only for a poor strategy that cost them a race win with Verstappen coming out of 10th on the grid to take the win. Given Ferrari’s pace, Verstappen knows there’s no room for his team’s complacency.

“Of course we know our car is fast in general, but I think throughout the race Ferrari was also very fast,” he added. “They just made the wrong choice with the hard tyre. It’s about choosing the right tires at the right time. There are still many things we can examine and [that] we can do better.

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