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F1: Zhou Guanyu Will Continue At Alfa Romeo Till 2023

F1: Zhou Guanyu Will Continue At Alfa Romeo Till 2023

September 28, 2022 / By Zunair Tahir / Automotive News


Alfa Romeo has given Zhou Guanyu a new contract, keeping the first full-time F1 driver from China with the club through 2023 together with Valtteri Bottas.

The 23-year-old made a strong start by earning a point in his race debut in Bahrain. He then backed it up with two further point finishes at the Italian Grand Prix and in Canada.

His “passion and attitude,” according to Alfa Romeo, have pleased them, and he has shown “levels of maturity and runecraft that belie his youthful age.”

Alfa Romeo chose to extend Zhou’s contract for a second season in part because of the close bond he has developed with teammate Bottas, who is signed for several seasons.

Before this weekend’s Singapore Grand Prix, Alfa Romeo CEO Fred Vasseur remarked, “I am looking forward to continuing working with Zhou.”

“He has impressed me with his approach to work, which is usually a very good attribute, ever from his first day with the squad, in the Abu Dhabi test last year. We were aware of his speed, but one of our season’s biggest shocks has been how quickly he learned how to adjust to Formula 1.

Everyone on the team like both his personality and attitude since he is such a great person. He has the wisdom to use all the knowledge he has acquired to get better race each race, as well as the humility to learn from the engineers and Valtteri.

“He will be able to rely on this experience next season, and I am confident he can make another progress as we continue to build our squad.”

“I am pleased and appreciative to Alfa Romeo F1 Team for the opportunity to remain a member of the team for another season,” Zhou continued.

The team has been wonderfully helpful, embracing me from day one and assisting me in adjusting to the most challenging series in motorsport. “Making it to Formula 1 was a dream come true and the thrill of participating for the first time in a race will be with me forever,” the driver said.

“There are still things I want to accomplish in this sport and with the team, and the diligent effort we have been putting in since the beginning of the year is only the first step toward where we want to be next season.

There is still much to learn and grow in, but I am confident in our work and eagerly awaiting the next chapter of our tale.

Bottas has 46 points so far this season compared to Zhou’s six, but it’s believed internally that Zhou’s total would be significantly higher if it weren’t for a string of technical issues.


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F1: Following Appendix Surgery, Albon Required Ventilator Care

F1: Following Appendix Surgery, Albon Required Ventilator Care

September 15, 2022 / By Zunair Tahir / Automotive News


Team’s statement on Formula One According to Williams, respiratory failure was caused by anesthetic problems.

LONDON: Following complications from surgery on his appendix, Alex Albon, a Formula One driver for Williams, experienced “respiratory failure” and was put on a ventilator.

On Saturday morning, appendicitis caused Albon, 26, to be disqualified from the Italian Grand Prix at Monza. He was then taken to the adjacent San Gerardo Hospital for treatment.

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The Thai driver underwent surgery, but thereafter he needed help breathing and was sent to intensive care.

Albon was “taken from mechanical ventilation” on Sunday, according to Williams, and is anticipated to stay in the hospital on Monday.

According to a statement from the British team, Alex experienced unanticipated post-operative anaesthesia problems after surgery, which caused respiratory failure, a known but rare condition. He underwent a second intubation and was then sent to critical care for assistance.

He made tremendous improvement over night, and yesterday morning he was able to be taken off of artificial ventilation. He has since been moved to a normal ward, and he will likely go home tomorrow.

Due to his mother Kankamol’s Thai citizenship, London-born Albon participated in practise on Friday in Monza.

However, he became ill early on Saturday and was replaced by the team’s backup driver Nyck de Vries, who placed ninth and earned points in his Formula One debut.

After being released by Red Bull, Albon spent the previous season on the sidelines.

But since moving to Williams, he has consistently excelled, earning his first point for the British team in the Australian Grand Prix in April and going on to finish in the top 10 twice more, in Miami and Belgium.


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The FIA Explains Why Hamilton Wasn’t Fined For The F1 Collision With Alonso

The FIA Explains Why Hamilton Wasn’t Fined For The F1 Collision With Alonso

August 29, 2022 / By Zunair Tahir / Automotive News


During the opening lap of the Spa-Franco champs race, Alonso and his Mercedes adversary collided at Les Combes as they competed for second place.

Up the Kemmel Straight, Hamilton had an advantage over Alonso and drove to the outside in an effort to slingshot past him.

Alonso had nowhere to go as Hamilton closed the door on him on the entry to the first right-hander at Les Combes, and the two collided as the Mercedes was flung into the air.

Alonso was allowed to continue, but Hamilton was instructed to stop later on the lap due to damage to his car and what seemed to be a water leak.

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Alonso expressed his displeasure with Hamilton’s driving on the team radio, criticizing his lack of attention to detail when competing against other cars.

Alonso said, “What a moron shutting the door from the outside. We were off to a great start, but this person can only drive and put the car in first.

Although the FIA stewards looked into the event, they came to the conclusion that neither driver was at fault since it was just a usual type of mishap that may occur on the first lap as vehicles battle for position.

The FIA stated in a statement: “The Stewards evaluated the video footage and found that Alonso was inside at turn 5.

“Alonso’s front wheels were in front of Hamilton’s at the turn entry. With both of his right side tyres firmly on the curb and even partially inside the curb, Alonso shifted his vehicle into the inside lane.

“Alonso never gave the impression of losing control or understeering. Alonso remained next to Hamilton as he headed into the corner’s apex, which is when the crash happened.

The Stewards determined that there was a first-lap incident with significant movement in relation to other vehicles in the opening turns and decided not to take further punishment.


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Audi Will Debut In Formula 1 Year 2026

Audi Will Debut In Formula 1 Year 2026

August 26, 2022 / By Zunair Tahir / Automotive News


The German manufacturer has long been associated with a transfer to Formula One and has sometimes expressed interest in talks of technical regulations, but it has never committed to an entry or program.

That has altered as a result of the engine regulation modifications that will take effect in 2026 and the increase in F1’s worldwide appeal.

Since F1 courted the Volkswagen Group for some months, the move by Audi has been anticipated.

F1 programmers from both Audi and sister brand Porsche have been in the works since late last year, and Herbert Diess, the departing CEO of the VW Group, effectively confirmed them in May.

Audi intended to construct its own engine and field its own squad, while Porsche was said to be working with Red Bull. This has been known for a number of months.
However, both companies had previously stated that neither project would receive the official go-ahead until the 2026 engine regulations were established, which took place earlier in August.

While cost-cutting measures are put in place, the current manufacturers have decided to remove the complicated MGU-H from the V6 turbo-hybrids.



New manufacturers, like Audi, will initially be given more dyno time and expenditure allowances.

On Friday morning, Audi posted a teaser image, promising that “more rings are coming” with a cropped image of an F1 car.

It’s unknown if an engine programme will be revealed separately or together with the team’s plans being confirmed.

Audi is anticipated to have acquired or will acquire a majority investment in Sauber, with minority ownership remaining with existing owner Finn Rausing.

With this, Audi will officially take over management of the Alfa Romeo-sponsored team, which will continue to use Ferrari engines until 2026, when it will formally become the first fully Audi-powered entry.


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Daniel Ricciardo’s F1 Career Is Forever Altered By McLaren’s Choice

Daniel Ricciardo’s F1 Career Is Forever Altered By McLaren’s Choice

August 6, 2022 / By Zunair Tahir / Automotive News


Motorsport claims that McLaren has chosen to terminate Ricciardo’s contract early.

Oscar Piastri will replace Daniel Ricciardo at McLaren a year early, according speculations covered by Motorsport. The British team is said to have officially informed the Australian driver of its plan to terminate Ricciardo’s contract early.

Contrary to what Alpine reports, Piastri would join McLaren as a reserve driver in 2023. However, the Woking team would be prepared to elevate him straight away if a termination deal could be achieved with Ricciardo.

The Australian, who like with Lando Norris struggled to shine at McLaren, will aim to negotiate a sizable severance compensation. His objective is to continue competing in Formula One the next season, most likely at Alpine himself to fill Fernando Alonso’s vacant seat or at Haas.

To create room for Piastri, McLaren plans to cancel Ricciardo’s 2023 Formula One contract.
According to Motorsport.com, the McLaren Formula 1 team has formally informed Daniel Ricciardo that Oscar Piastri will take his spot in the lineup for the upcoming season.

If a plan for Ricciardo’s early retirement is ultimately decided, McLaren is thought to have first signed Piastri on a reserve driver agreement for 2023, one that it hopes to upgrade to a racing seat.

As part of the initial three-year contract that he signed in early 2020, while still at Renault, Ricciardo has a fixed contract with McLaren for the next season.

In order for Ricciardo to leave the team at the conclusion of this season, he and the organisation will now need to reach an agreement on a settlement containing a hefty pay-off.

He is believed to be determined to find another seat in Formula One and has no interest in going sideways into the team’s Formula E program.

However, when McLaren expressed interest and it became clear that Piastri may be a free agent in 2023 after all, discussions stepped up and the Working team was viewed as an improvement over Williams.

Meanwhile, Ricciardo is undoubtedly towards the top of the list of potential Fernando Alonso replacements at Alpine, despite the fact that his decision to leave Renault for McLaren angered the company’s top management.

Although Ferrari technically has a claim on anyone fills the seat, Haas might potentially be a viable choice if Mick Schumacher decides to go as anticipated.

Sometimes the driver in question obtaining a seat elsewhere might have an influence on pay-off agreements like the one Ricciardo is expected to earn. Kimi Raikkonen spent two years away from Formula One after Ferrari fired him at the end of 2009, in part so he could keep the entire sum.

However, it is acknowledged that, given the funds necessary to fulfil Ricciardo’s initial contract, it is possible that, even if he secures a drive elsewhere, McLaren will continue to pay him to not compete for the team in 2023.


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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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