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F1 Will Not Replace Russian GP As 2022 Calendar Stays At 22 Races

F1 Will Not Replace Russian GP As 2022 Calendar Stays At 22 Races

May 21, 2022 / By Zunair Tahir / Automotive News

The decision leaves a two-weekend gap between the finish of the European season on September 11 in Monza and the start of the six-race flyaway series in Singapore on October 2.

Shortly after the Russian invasion on Ukraine began, the Sochi event was cancelled, along with the event’s ongoing contract.

F1 quickly began exploring for alternate locations in order to retain the overall number of races this year at 23.

Qatar was an early candidate. Last year, the country staged a race at the Doha circuit, and it will do so again in 2023. Due to its commitment to the FIFA World Cup, it had intended to skip this year.

The September date was deemed to be early enough to avoid clashing with football tournament preparations, but there were worries about the high heat and its possible influence on the turnout.

The notion of a second race in Singapore a week before the conventional grand prix and perhaps at a different time of day arose throughout the Melbourne weekend.

However, logistical concerns prevented F1 from transferring directly from a European site to Singapore.

The money was crucial to any arrangement. F1 is in a totally different scenario than it was two years ago, when certain venues offered low-cost or even no-cost solutions to keep the number of races up.

A new race would have had to make financial sense for both the teams and F1 itself, given global inflation and substantial increases in freight costs.

The confirmation will be welcomed by the teams, who are facing the difficulty of staying under budget while constructing fresh new vehicles in the midst of an already tight timetable.


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Sebastian Vettel Will Miss The 2022 Season Opener in Bahrain After Testing Positive for Covid

Sebastian Vettel Will Miss The 2022 Season Opener in Bahrain After Testing Positive for Covid

March 17, 2022 / By Zunair Tahir / Automotive News F1

Vettel out of the Bahrain GP, Hulkenberg steps in

Sebastian Vettel, a four-time Formula One champion, will miss the season opening in Bahrain in 2022 after testing positive for Covid.

Following his great result, his team Aston Martin revealed that the German will not compete in the opening race of the year this coming weekend.

Nico Hulkenberg, a reserve driver, will replace his countryman alongside Lance Stroll.

Aston Martin has stated that Sebastian Vettel would not compete in the season-opener of the new 2022 championship, just 24 hours before the first practice session. The 34-year-old has tested positive for Covid-19, but he is presently isolated at his house in Switzerland and is doing well, according to Auto Motor und Sport. Aston Martin announced his replacement immediately, with reserve driver Nico Hulkenberg taking his position.

Hulkenberg will be racing for the first time since 2020, when he demonstrated his ability as a super sub by standing in for Sergio Perez twice and then Lance Stroll at the Silverstone team.

The German finished third in qualifying for the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix at Silverstone, earning him ten points.
Despite his efforts, he was unable to acquire a drive for the 2021 season, and after failing again in 2022, he proclaimed that his pursuit of a Formula One racing seat was over.

Following Daniel Ricciardo’s absence from the Bahrain test weekend due to sickness, Vettel became the eighth F1 driver to test positive for Covid at some stage.
It’s the third time Hulkenberg has been called in to fill in for a driver at the Racing Point team.
He filled Sergio Perez’s seat for two races at Silverstone in 2020, qualifying third and finishing seventh in the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix before replacing Stroll for the Eifel Grand Prix, where he qualified 20th and finished eighth.


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Alex Albon Is Back Joins Williams For 2022 F1 Season

Alex Albon Is Back Joins Williams For 2022 F1 Season

September 10, 2021 / By Zunair Tahir / News F1

Alex Albon Returns to Formula 1 2022 Season With Williams F1

After completing an agreement to race with Williams in 2022, Alex Albon will return to the Formula One grid, while Nicholas Latifi will return for a third season with the British team.

After losing his race seat to Sergio Perez, Albon has served as a reserve and test driver for Red Bull this season. However, as it became evident that a seat with the works team or AlphaTauri was not viable, the two-time podium finisher has been lobbying for a racing return outside the Red Bull family for several months.


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courtesy of F1.com For some weeks, Albon has been the favorite for a spot at Williams, with the team praising his expertise and speed. Despite criticism from top rival Mercedes, Williams’ engine supplier, Red Bull and Williams have pushed hard to make a transaction materialize.


Meanwhile, Latifi has improved his game this year, and Williams was delighted with his development and improved performance in comparison to outgoing teammate George Russell, so they were eager to keep him on.

“Alex is one of the most promising young talents in motorsport, and he has extensive F1 knowledge thanks to his stint at Red Bull. His repeated podium finishes attest to his speed as a driver, and we’re confident he’ll fit right in with the Grove team. Nicholas, on the other hand, has continually impressed us with his hard work, diligence, and good attitude throughout the last three years. As evidenced by his points scoring finishes this season, he has continued to develop during his time at Williams and has matured into an excellent F1 driver.

Its been Difficult to get back into the form when you take a year out of f1 and totally out of the practice and speed. As we see that the George Russell believe back in the 2020 that Alex Albon will be back and they all three reunite all together and Because of F1’s new technical requirements, as well as the team’s new owners, management, and technical personnel, the team is going in a more competitive path.


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George Russell Joins Mercedes F1 From 2022

George Russell Joins Mercedes F1 From 2022

September 7, 2021 / By Zunair Tahir / News F1

George Russell has been announced as Lewis Hamilton’s 2022 teammate after signing a long-term contract with Mercedes. Russell, 23, has been a Mercedes junior driver since 2017 and gets his opportunity after three seasons in Formula One with Williams.

Russell stated, “It’s a momentous day for me personally and professionally, but it’s also a day of mixed feelings.” “I’m both delighted and honored to be joining Mercedes next year, which is a major professional step for me, but it also means saying goodbye to my Williams teammates and friends. It’s been a privilege to work with each and every member of the team, as well as to represent the Williams name in Formula One.

“I’d be lying if I claimed I wasn’t ecstatic about the prospect of next season. It’s a tremendous chance that I want to seize with both hands. But I have no illusions about the magnitude of the task; it will be a steep learning curve.

Valtteri has established a high bar for himself, regularly producing victories, pole positions, and contributing to many championship triumphs. My goal must be to repay Toto [Wolff, Squad Principal], the team, and the board’s faith in me by ensuring that I contribute to the team’s continued success, and I want to make my new teammates proud.

Russell, who also paid respect to Williams, said, “It’s a big chance that I want to seize with both hands.” “However, I have no illusions about the magnitude of the task; it will be a steep learning curve.”

Mercedes evaluated the known quantity of Bottas – who has battled but failed to defeat seven-time champion Hamilton over the course of a season – against their emerging F1 prodigy, Russell.

In the end, they chose the man who, in addition to blazing down the grid at Williams, excelled in his one-off outing in the Mercedes last December in Bahrain when standing in for Hamilton.


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Pieree Gasly and Yuki Tsunoda have been confirmed as Alpha Tauri drivers for the 2022 Formula One season

Pieree Gasly and Yuki Tsunoda have been confirmed as Alpha Tauri drivers for the 2022 Formula One season

September 7, 2021 / By Zunair Tahir / News F1

Pierre Gasly and Yuki Tsunoda have been announced as AlphaTauri’s drivers for the 2022 Formula One season. The two drivers have been honoured for their contributions and excellent achievements thus far in the 2021 season. Tsunoda joins Gasly at the club for the 2021 season.

For the 2021 season, Tsunoda has joined Gasly’s team. Despite his inconsistent performance, the team decided to extend his contract.

Gasly finished third in this year’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix, started and finished fourth over the weekend at Zandvoort, and is now ninth in the Drivers’ standings.

Tsunoda, on the other hand, came into Formula One with a great reputation but has failed to live up to it so far, with a succession of crashes and failures to make it to the second half of qualifying sessions stalling his development.
He has, however, scored 18 points and has been granted a second opportunity in 2022 to return Red Bull adviser Helmut Marko’s trust in him.

The 21-year-old remarked, “I’m extremely happy to be continuing with Scuderia AlphaTauri for a second season.”

“It’s a great opportunity, and I’m grateful to the team and Dr. Marko for allowing me to expand my Formula 1 expertise.

“I have a wonderful connection with Pierre; I’ve already learnt a lot from him this year, and his expertise has allowed me to continue to develop my own talents, so it’s fantastic to be continuing my F1 adventure with him.

“Having recently relocated to Faenza, I am settling in well with the club and am excited for the next season.”


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Valtteri Bottas Will Join Alfa Romeo In 2022 ! Breaking News

Valtteri Bottas Will Join Alfa Romeo In 2022 ! Breaking News

September 6, 2021 / By Zunair Tahir / News F1

Valtteri Bottas Will Join Alfa Romeo Formula 1 Team Next Season on A Multi-Year Deal

The racing team announced on Monday that he will join Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN for the 2022 season and beyond. The Hinwil-based team has inked a multi-year agreement with the Finnish driver, who is presently with Mercedes.
Bottas, a nine-time Grand Prix winner, joins the team as it prepares to enter the new age of Formula One, with sweeping rule changes presenting a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to climb to the top of the grid.

On Wednesday, Kimi Raikkonen announced his retirement, the first in a series of announcements as the pieces of the driver market puzzle come into place.

This week, Mercedes will confirm that George Russell will join the world champion team as a substitute for Bottas.

Bottas will be reunited with team principal Fred Vasseur, with whom he previously worked at ART in F3 in 2009 and 2010, as well as in GP3 in 2011, when he won the title.

“I’m starting a new chapter in my racing career,” Bottas remarked. “I’m thrilled to be joining Alfa Romeo for 2022 and beyond, where I’ll be taking on a new challenge with an iconic brand.”


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Bottas had a less successful year in 2018, with no victories, while his teammate won the world title. The distance between Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas was increasing, but the Finn demonstrated his importance as a second driver again in 2019 and 2020, placing second in the world championship.

However, Mercedes has decided to discontinue their collaboration with Bottas due to a bad start to the 2021 Formula One season and the emergence of young talent George Russell.


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Kubica Is Back ! Replaces Raikkonen At Dutch GP

Kubica Is Back ! Replaces Raikkonen At Dutch GP

September 4, 2021 / By Zunair Tahir / News F1

Formula 1 Breaking News:

Kubica Is Back ! He Will Make his First Grand Prix Start Since 2019 in Place of Kimi Raikkonen at Zandvoort this Weekend.

The Dutch Grand Prix was hosted at Circuit Zandvoort in North Holland, Netherlands, from 1950 to 1985, and will be held again from 2021 onwards.

Details:

F1 DUTCH GRAND PRIX

FIRST HELD1948
MOST WINS CONSTRUCTORFERRARI (9)
MOST WINS DRIVERSJIM CLARK (4)
CIRCUIT LENGTH4.259 km (2.646 mi)

Kubica is set to return to Formula One after Raikkonen tested positive for COVID.After Kimi Raikkonen tested positive for COVID-19, Robert Kubica will race in the Dutch Grand Prix this weekend.

It means Alfa Romeo reserve driver Kubica will take the wheel for the first time since his farewell outing for Williams at the end of the 2019 season, as the team revealed just before FP3.
Kubica competed in Formula One from 2006 until 2010 before suffering catastrophic injuries to his right hand and arm in a rallying accident, thus ending his grand prix career.
However, the Pole returned to F1 in 2019 with Williams, where he spent a season partnering George Russell before joining Alfa Romeo as a reserve driver in 2020.


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He has previously driven this year’s Alfa Romeo C41 vehicle in various testing days, gaining familiarity with the car and its operations, and will race under the number #88 this weekend.
Kubica will make his maiden appearance on the circuit at Zandvoort in FP3, when he will have one hour of practice time before qualifying in the afternoon.


While Alfa Romeo is satisfied that Raikkonen’s illness did not spread to the rest of the team, Williams team principal Jost Capito has chosen to withdraw from the team after seeing the Finn on Friday night.
Capito will not return to the paddock for the remainder of the Dutch Grand Prix weekend, according to a statement from Williams.


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KIMI RAIKKONEN To Retire From F1 At the End of the 2021 F1 Season

KIMI RAIKKONEN To Retire From F1 At the End of the 2021 F1 Season

September 2, 2021 / By Zunair Tahir / News F1

Kimi Räikkönen, a former world champion, has announced that he would retire from Formula One at the end of the season. The 41-year-old, who won his lone drivers’ championship with Ferrari in 2007, has spent the last three years with Alfa Romeo and will retire from the sport after the calendar’s last race in Abu Dhabi in December.

Räikkönen debuted in Formula One in 2001 and was a title contender within two years, finishing second to Michael Schumacher until Fernando Alonso pipped him to the crown in 2005. In the 2007 season, the Espoo-born driver finally had his crowning moment, defeating his previous team McLaren and its drivers Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton to win the world championship.

  • The 2007 World Champion retains the record for the most Formula One starts.
  • Finn’s 20-year career comes to a close with three seasons at Alfa Romeo.

He broke the record for most Formula One starts at the 2020 Eifel Grand Prix. Räikkönen joined Sauber-Petronas as a regular driver in 2001, having previously raced in only 23 car races.

Formula One World Championship career

Entries344 (341 starts)
Championships1 (2007)
Wins21
Podiums103

“It wasn’t an easy choice, but it’s time to move on after this season. Despite the fact that the season is still ongoing, I want to express my gratitude to my family, all of my teams, everyone involved in my racing career, and, most importantly, all of you wonderful fans who have been supporting for me all along.

Formula One may be coming to a close for me, but there is still so much more in life that I want to do. After all of this, I’ll see you around! Regards, Kimi.”

10 fascinating facts about Kimi Raikkonen

  • He couldn’t decide between ice hockey and racing.
  • Ron Dennis is the man behind his well-known moniker.
  • On and off the track, he is a record-breaker.
  • He is a huge fan of James Hunt.
  • Between races, he once partied for 16 days straight.
  • He has never won the SPOTY Award in Finland.
  • He is the only driver to have won in all three eras: V10, V8, and hybrid.
  • He despises receiving phone calls.
  • He is the last Ferrari driver to win a championship.

Alfa Romeo guaranteed Räikkönen to continue his Formula One career far into his forties, with his 323rd start in the Eifel Grand Prix in October. He has already increased his record to 341 points heading into this weekend’s Dutch Grand Prix, which marks the start of the Scandinavian’s home straight.
“Truly the end of an era for our sport,” Alfa Romeo stated on Twitter. Thank you for everything; Formula One will be a different place without you. Kimi, kiitos.”


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“Today was a joke,” Hamilton said of the FIA.

“Today was a joke,” Hamilton said of the FIA.

August 10, 2021 / By Zunair Tahir / Blogs F1

Lewis Hamilton does not like the way things went in Belgium on Sunday afternoon. The Mercedes driver saw the start of the race being postponed time and time again, while according to him it was already clear that the weather conditions would not improve.

Today was a farce, with the only losers being the spectators who paid good money to watch us race “Hamilton stated this on his Instagram page. The seven-time world champion is not afraid to express himself. “Of course, you can’t control the weather, but we do have sophisticated technology that can tell us what’s going on, and it was apparent that the weather wasn’t going to ease up anytime soon.


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Hamilton is irritated by the fact that the drivers were forced to drive for 10 minutes behind the safety car on the Spa-Francorchamps track. We were dispatched for one and only one reason. Two laps behind a safety car, with little chance of gaining or losing a position or providing excitement for the fans, isn’t racing.”

The 36-year-old Britishman concluded by adding that the FIA’s decision is inexplicable. “We should have just called it a day, not put the drivers in jeopardy, and most importantly, reimbursed the fans who are the lifeblood of our sport,” Hamilton added.


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Verstappen wins the Belgian F1 Grand Prix, which was rained out

Verstappen wins the Belgian F1 Grand Prix, which was rained out

August 30, 2021 / By Zunair Tahir / News F1

On Sunday, Red Bull’s Max Verstappen was crowned the Belgian Grand Prix winner in Spa-Francorchamps.

The Drivers’ Championship Standings

  • Lewis Hamilton (202.5 Points)
  • Max Verstappen (199.5 Points)
  • Lando Norris (113 Points)
  • Valtteri Bottas (108 Points)
  • Sergio Perez (104 Points)
  • Carlos Sainz (83.5 Points)
  • Charles Leclerc (82 Points)
  • Daniel Ricciardo (56 Points)
  • Pierre Gasly (54 Points)
  • Esteban Ocon (42 Points)
  • Fernando Alosno (38 Points)
  • Sebastian Vettel (35 Points)
  • Yuki Tsunoda (18 Points)
  • Lance Stroll (18 Points)
  • George Russell (13 Points)
  • Nicholas Latifi (7 Points)
  • Kimi Raikkonen (2 Points)
  • Antonio Giovinazzi (1 Point)
  • Mick Schumacher (0 Points)
  • Nikita Mazepin (0 Points)

The race was red-flagged after the minimum of two laps necessary to make the result official following two tries behind the safety car. With less than 30 minutes remaining in the race, race director Michael Masi decided that the event would not be restarted.
Because 75 percent of the race distance was not completed, half points were awarded for the first time since Malaysia 2009.

The Belgian GP 2021 top ten

  • Max Verstappen (12.5 points)
  • George Russell (9 Points)
  • Lewis Hamilton (7.5 Points)
  • Daniel Ricciardo (6 Points)
  • Sebastian Vettel (5 Points)
  • Pierre Gasly (4 Points)
  • Esteban Ocon (3 Points)
  • Charles Leclerc (2 Points)
  • Nicholas Latifi (1 Point)
  • Carlos Sainz (0.5 Points)

The race start sequence was halted for many hours as rain continued to pour after a delayed start and a few formation laps behind the safety car. Red Bull had the chance to repair Perez’s vehicle during this period, but he had to start from the pitlane, costing him a seventh-place finish because he was classified last.
The race was begun behind the safety car with an hour on the clock due to a brief respite in the rain, although the weather remained extremely wet. The race was red-flagged after two and a half circuits as the rain became more intense, making the event official for half points.


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