F1 LIVE: Nelson Piquet’s paddock access could be revoked after Lewis Hamilton insult

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F1 returns to Silverstone this weekend for the British Grand Prix after a weekend after Montreal where Max Verstappen tightened his grip on the championship.

Verstappen is now 46 points clear of his closest challenger, Red Bull team-mate Sergio Perez, who is still three points ahead of Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc after nine races. The Dutch world champion already has six wins to his name this season and a victory at Silverstone would only cement his place as repeat champions in waiting. But Verstappen has bad memories of Silverstone lingering in his mind after a controversial collision with Lewis Hamilton last year sent him flying into the barriers at high speed.

Hamilton has won seven of the last eight British Grands Prix but the chances of him repeating the trick look slim after such a difficult season, with Mercedes well behind the pace of Ferrari and Red Bull. “I think there are a lot of learnings from this weekend and improvements we can make going forward,” he said after Canada. “I’m really hoping to move to Silverstone… It’s such an important race for us and for me, and so I just want to be in a battle with these guys. I think we’re probably better in the medium and high speed corners than in the low speed corners, but we have some rebounds, so I don’t know how it’s going to be through Copse and all those places.

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Red Bull test driver dumps Juri Vips for racist language

Red Bull has dropped test and junior driver Juri Vips after using racist language during a live game stream.

The constructors’ current bosses had resigned the 21-year-old from his team duties last week with an investigation into the Estonian and the incident expected to take place.

kieran jacksonJune 28, 2022 5:33 p.m.

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UPDATE: Nelson Piquet’s access to the F1 paddock could be revoked if he doesn’t issue a public apology to Lewis Hamilton

Yet in a tweet on Tuesday, Hamilton responded by saying it was time these “archaic mindsets” changed – and added that he had been targeted “by these attitudes all my life”.

“It’s more than language,” he writes. “These archaic mentalities need to change and have no place in our sport. I have been surrounded by these attitudes and targeted all my life. There has been a lot of time to learn. The time has come to act. In a previous tweet, Hamilton wrote in Spanish: “Let’s focus on changing the mindset.

It is understood that Piquet’s access to the paddock at F1 races could be revoked if he does not issue a public apology to Hamilton, as PA reported.

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Red Bull and Ferrari back Lewis Hamilton after Nelson Piquet racial slur

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When is the British Grand Prix this week?

Hamilton won last season’s race, after crashing out with Verstappen in a memorable moment on the opening lap at Copse corner. It was the Briton’s eighth home triumph.

Here’s everything you need to know about this year’s Grand Prix timings

kieran jacksonJune 28, 2022 2:42 p.m.

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Lewis Hamilton calls for action after Nelson Piquet racial slur

Lewis Hamilton has called for action after comments where Nelson Piquet used racist language to describe him resurfaced.

Yet in a tweet on Tuesday, Hamilton responded and said it was time for those “archaic mindsets” to change – and added that he had been targeted “by those attitudes all my life”.

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When and where is the next race?

The reigning world champion’s lead atop the championship standings is now 46 points over teammate Sergio Perez, who failed to finish in Montreal.

Lewis Hamilton finished third – only his second podium finish of the season – while his British teammate George Russell came in fourth. The Silver Arrows and Ferrari – Charles Leclerc having had a month to forget – will strive to get back on the podium this weekend.

Here’s everything you need to know.

kieran jacksonJune 28, 2022 12:54 p.m.

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Fernando Alonso “could have five world championship titles”, says Gerhard Berger

Double world champion Fernando Alonso could have won five titles had he been in a more powerful car, says former F1 driver Gerhard Berger.

The Spaniard, who turns 41 next month, qualified first overall last time out in Montreal in a blast from the past in his Alpine. He won two world championships with Renault in 2005 and 2006 and Berger praised Alonso’s ability in a recent interview.

“He’s a brilliant driver,” Berger told Motorsport-Magazin. When asked if he could win the championship if he sat in a Red Bull or a Ferrari, the Austrian was clear: “Yes! I’m 100% sure!

“I must say that with his talent, Alonso could have five world championship titles for me. After McLaren, he closed the doors a bit because, if he was in a Mercedes, he would have five world titles.

Fernando Alonso could have had five world titles if he was in a stronger car, says former F1 driver Gerhard Berger.

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kieran jacksonJune 28, 2022 12:05

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Christian Horner wants Mercedes to be ‘strong’ at Silverstone

Red Bull boss Christian Horner believes Mercedes will be strong at this weekend’s British Grand Prix at Silverstone.

The constructors’ champions have struggled in the first nine races of this season, with porpoising of 2022 cars hampering the performance of seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton and new kid on the block George Russell.

Still, Horner – whose Red Bull team lead the constructors’ championship with 76 points – believes the Silver Arrows will bounce back and has also backed Ferrari to rise to the challenge.

Asked by Autosport if he thought Mercedes would be a factor at Silverstone, Horner said: “Certainly, I think they will be strong at Silverstone.

“I don’t see any reason why they wouldn’t. Paul Ricard, the same. I think Ferrari will also be quick at Silverstone. It could be a tougher circuit for us just because of the nature of this layout. It’s amazing that we’ve racked up a six-race win streak [but] Silverstone might just be the toughest.

Christian Horner thinks Mercedes will be strong this weekend at Silverstone

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kieran jacksonJune 28, 2022 11:17 a.m.

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Lewis Hamilton: Nelson Piquet sentenced for racial slur over Mercedes F1 driver

Formula 1 and Mercedes have condemned the racist language used by three-time world champion Nelson Piquet to describe Lewis Hamilton.

The interview, which took place in Portuguese in November, discusses Hamilton’s victory at last year’s British Grand Prix, when the seven-time champion collided with the then championship leader, Max Verstappen, in the first lap.

The Dutchman spun and crashed into the barrier, causing an uproar at Red Bull as Hamilton returned to the championship chase.

Yet Piquet, 69, believed Hamilton crashed into Verstappen on purpose and twice used the term ‘neguinho’ to describe the Mercedes star.

kieran jacksonJune 28, 2022 10:38 a.m.

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Formula 1 ‘racing towards’ its goal of making the sport zero carbon by 2030

Formula 1 says it is ‘racing towards’ its goal of making the sport net zero carbon by 2030 following the announcement of a new brand image to promote the environmental move from the British Grand Prix .

It was announced in 2019 that F1 was aiming for net zero as efforts to improve durability intensified.

This also includes a plan to have 100% sustainable fuel by 2026, when the next era of hybrid engines is introduced.

Fuel development is set to impact the transport sector, while F1 has also revealed other ambitions ahead of the sport’s return to Silverstone this weekend.

kieran jacksonJune 28, 2022 10:15 a.m.

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