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    AlphaTauri’s Performance Drop-off in 2022 Disappointing for Technical Director Jody Egginton.
    They finished two points behind the Haas F1 Team, but Egginton says everyone will be looking to address the slide and come back fighting in 2023.
    November 22, 2022
    By Paul Hensby
    Chequered Flag

    “It’s been a long season and unfortunately, we have not been able to deliver the level of performance of the previous two years in 2022, but the entire team is totally focused on addressing this for next year,” Egginton insisted.

    Egginton also took time to thank Gasly for his ‘work and dedication’ throughout his time with the team, with the Frenchman now departing to join the BWT Alpine F1 Team next season.

    “Finally, on behalf of the team I would like to thank Pierre for his hard work and dedication, he has been an important part of our success in recent seasons, and we wish him well in 2023,” he said.

    ‘Come back fighting in 2023’;

    I was stressing consistently’: Yuki Tsunoda opens up ahead of new team-mate battle
    Yuki Tsunoda claimed just four points finishes in 2022, compared to seven in his debut season.
    6 December 2022
    by Nick Golding

    “I think overall this year I’m pretty happy about how I progressed every race and I think probably I can continue, or even more, this momentum.” 2023 is set to be a huge year for Tsunoda, who will likely be dropped at the end of the season if he fails to deliver.

    Team principal Franz Tost is a firm believer that a driver needs three years in F1 to show their full potential, meaning Tsunoda must perform. He will also have a new team-mate alongside him, with Gasly having departed for Alpine.

    Nyck de Vries will be partnering Tsunoda next season for what will be his rookie year, with their perhaps being pressure on the 22-year-old to beat the Season Seven Formula E World Champion.

    ‘I was stressing consistently’;

    Tsunoda relaxed after 2022 F1 season
    Monday 5th December, 2022 - 1:21pm
    By Mat Coch

    Yuki Tsunoda is more relaxed after completing the 2022 season, his second with Scuderia AlphaTauri in F1. The Japanese driver burst onto the scenes with high expectations, though experienced a difficult debut campaign.

    “I think overall I’m pretty happy, especially I would say now I’ve been relaxing in the race week, especially Thursday, Friday. I didn’t know how to approach [them] and I was stressing consistently, especially last year and rushing everything. That makes a little bit of stress, or was frustrating, and made it a little bit difficult. But now I can kind of relax and I know how to adapt to any situation,” he added.

    Tsunoda will become the de facto team leader at Scuderia AlphaTauri next season as Nyck de Vries joins the team. The Dutchman has just one race start to his name and joins the squad in place of the Alpine-bound Pierre Gasly.

    ‘Tsunoda will become the de facto team leader’;

    How ‘sole agent’ De Vries has forged his own path to F1
    Dec 4 2022
    By Sam Smith

    Nyck de Vries would have driven for Maserati in Formula E and Toyota in the World Endurance Championship in 2023. On a professional basis outside of the Formula 1 bubble, that would have been a very healthy position for him to be in. But a few days is a long time in motorsport.

    That outlook changed considerably within a few days at Monza in September and was then solidified by his AlphaTauri deal a few weeks later. That De Vries, who effectively managed himself in 2022 and had in fact done so for a while, inked a full-time F1 deal after his breakthrough Italian Grand Prix performance is absolutely one of the best feel-good stories of this year.

    Having followed his career closely for the last four years I’ve seen most of his races in Formula E, the WEC and the European Le Mans Series. He is relentless in his competitiveness, displaying tenacious skill and a work ethic that should bring him a long F1 career. He positioned himself expertly for a career pivot that many have tried and failed before. But my goodness he was forced to work for it.

    ‘Forged his own path to F1’;

    ‘Really for nothing’: Nyck de Vries makes admission about AlphaTauri deal
    Nyck de Vries will have his first full-time race seat in Formula 1 next season after impressing in 2022, particularly at the Italian Grand Prix.
    by Jack Devonport
    30 November 202230 November 2022

    Nyck de Vries became hot property in Formula 1 following his stunning weekend in Monza earlier this year, when the Dutchman was forced to deputise for Alex Albon who was battling with appendicitis. The 27-year-old reportedly only found out that he would be racing for Williams just minutes before the final practice session, which makes his point scoring finish and demolition of teammate Nicholas Latifi even more impressive.

    “In all honesty, I no longer saw Formula 1 as a realistic opportunity, but I kept grabbing the opportunities that came my way,” admitted the 27-year-old. “I was there and I’ve been travelling to races for the last two years, but really for nothing. With that attitude I just sat in the VIP lounge on Saturdays having a coffee.”

    De Vries will be joined by Logan Sargeant and Oscar Piastri as the rookies on the grid next season, as a new wave of Formula 1 drivers look to stamp their authority on the sport.

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    Ferrari to reveal Binotto successor by Christmas.
    Italian specialist publications report that the Maranello based outfit has now made a decision, with current Alfa Romeo team principal Frederic Vasseur believed to be the frontrunner.
    07/12/2022, 06:00
    By GMM F1
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    "Was it really necessary to change the man at the top?" former Ferrari winner and F1 legend Mario Andretti told La Gazzetta dello Sport. "I'd have to know more about it before making an informed judgement. What is clear to me is that there needs to be a change in strategy, but when you have such a fast car, you don't need to be drastic about it.

    "It is true that we saw certain stupidities and I don't know who was responsible for that. When I think about how Leclerc was sent onto the track in Brazil with intermediates - mamma mia!" If appointed as Binotto's successor, Ferrari will break its recent tradition of appointing Italian bosses who are ultimately ousted - such as Maurizio Arrivabene, Marco Mattiacci and Stefano Domenicali.

    "I have a positive opinion of Binotto and I think he should have stayed," former Ferrari boss Cesare Fiorio told Italy's Autosprint. "In the F1-75, he has put a competitive and advanced machine on the asphalt. He is a very good engineer, but as a team principal he still needed some experience. But I do believe that he was doing it better and better over time. I would have found a way to keep Binotto on the team," Fiorio added. "On a technical level, he really achieved the goals."

    ‘Successor by Christmas’;

    Ferrari set to announce Mattia Binotto replacement as 'decision has been made'
    • 21:50, 6 Dec 2022
    By Daniel MoxonF1 Writer
    The Mirror

    Ferrari have reportedly made their decision over who should replace outgoing team principal Mattia Binotto. The report claims Frederic Vasseur, the widely-tipped favourite to take the job, has indeed been selected. The 54-year-old, currently team principal at Alfa Romeo, is set to be announced before the end of the year.

    While vastly experienced, the Ferrari job will not be an easy one for Vasseur. Expectation at Ferrari is always extremely high, as is the pressure if results fall below those lofty ambitions – he will become the team's fifth team principal since 2014.

    The F1 Insider report also claims he could face some resistance from Nicholas Todt, Leclerc's manager. His brother Jean, another former Ferrari chief, worked with Vasseur in the past with the ART Grand Prix team in junior categories, but their current relationship is believed to be strained.

    'Decision has been made';

    Binotto’s exit could start a Ferrari decline, not a recovery
    Dec 6 2022
    By Josh Suttill and Mark Hughes

    Mattia Binotto’s (most likely) forced exit from Ferrari may be the “beginning of deeper problems” for Formula 1’s most famous team rather than the start of any sort of recovery. Although its title collapse led to Ferrari receiving great criticism, its 2022 season – with four race wins and second in the constructors’ championship – marked the second successive major step up the F1 pecking order after it finished sixth in 2020 and then a distant third in 2021.

    But Ferrari threw the “baby out with the bath water” and made “absolutely the wrong the decision” by sacking Binotto, according to Hughes. “You’re getting rid of the guy who brought you the technical success,” he added.

    “And regardless of where you think he should have been made team principal in the first place or not, you can’t then demote him, you can’t then send him back to being technical director, it’s not going to work. It’s the wrong move, it’s being made for the wrong reasons.

    “Baby out with the bath water”;

    'I'm worried': Ex-Ferrari boss damning verdict as search continues for Binotto replacement
    Ferrari is on the hunt for a new team principal after Mattia Binotto resigned last week.
    By Luke Chillingsworth
    07:45, Wed, Dec 7, 2022

    Former Ferrari boss Luca di Montezemolo has claimed he is “worried” about the Scuderia after they let go of team principal Mattia Binotto. The ex-Ferrari chief stressed the team was “without a leader” after a difficult year saw the Prancing Horse miss out on a title challenge.

    Di Montezemolo told the Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport: “I’m sorry about the situation at Ferrari and I’m worried. In these moments, since I really care about Ferrari, I prefer not to comment. Other than to note that it seems to me to be a company without a leader.”


    Is Ferrari’s next F1 team boss right under their noses after Mattia Binotto exit?
    Tuesday 6th December 2022 5:00 PM
    Oliver Harden

    A respected Formula 1 observer believes the solution to the problem at Ferrari is right under their noses in the shape of senior performance engineer Jock Clear.

    However, former Ferrari and Williams team manager Peter Windsor has put forward the name of Clear, best known as Jacques Villeneuve’s race engineer during his title-winning season in 1997 and who joined Ferrari from Mercedes in 2015.

    Speaking via his Twitch channel, Windsor claimed Clear has all the attributes required to succeed in arguably the most important job in Formula 1. He said: “If you want my honest opinion, I think they’re underusing Jock Clear.”

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    Formula 1 announces venues for six F1 Sprint events across 2023 season.
    Formula 1 has revealed the venues that will play host to the six F1 Sprint weekends during the 2023 campaign, with the number of events doubling from the three staged in 2021 and 2022.
    07 December 2022, 11:49
    Formula One - Official Site

    F1 Sprint sees the standard one-hour qualifying session shifted to Friday, setting the grid for a 100-kilometre dash on Saturday, which in turn sorts the starting order for Sunday’s main event.

    Next year, the Sprints will be held in Azerbaijan (Baku City Circuit), Austria (Red Bull Ring), Belgium (Spa-Francorchamps), Qatar (Losail Circuit), the United States (Circuit of The Americas) and Sao Paulo (Interlagos).

    ‘Six F1 Sprint events’;

    Hungaroring announces redevelopment plan to compete with F1’s new tracks
    2023 Formula 1 season
    Posted on 6th December 2022, 12:44
    Written by Ida Wood

    The Hungaroring has announced an extensive redevelopment plan for facilities at the track which has hosted Formula 1 since 1986.

    The venue also confirmed race day tickets for next year’s Hungarian Grand Prix have already sold out. The sale of 100,000 tickets for Sunday’s action over seven months before the event reflects a strong increase in interest. It took until April for race day tickets to sell out this year.

    The circuit’s current contract to host F1 races ends in 2027. It has announced a “strategic development programme” which will initially focus on redeveloping utility infrastructure such as water supply and cabling across the site, and also creating new buildings such as a reception hall, a control centre and a ‘customer area’.

    ‘Hungaroring redevelopment plan’;

    2023 FIA Sporting Calendars approved by the World Motor Sport Council
    07.12.22, 16:16
    FIA (Press Release)

    The following FIA sporting calendars for 2023 have been approved by the World Motor Sport Council when it convened in Bologna today, Wednesday 7 December, or earlier during the year by e-vote.

    ‘Sporting Calendars approved’;

    FIA confident 2023 floor tweaks will mean porpoising ‘will be a step less’
    Wednesday 7th December 2022 2:00 PM
    Michelle Foster

    With porpoising making a return at the season finale in Abu Dhabi, Nikolas Tombazis says he has “no doubt” the FIA did the “right thing” introducing a limit and tweaking next year’s floor regulations. Porpoising was the buzz word of the 2022 season, Formula 1’s first campaign with cars that use ground effect aerodynamics to create downforce.

    Tombazis, the FIA head of single-seaters, told that he has “no doubt we did the right thing. “We tried to find a pragmatic, short-term solution and a medium-term solution. It won’t necessarily dissipate [porpoising] completely, but it will be a step less.”

    Tombazis had recently revealed to Auto Motor und Sport that F1 “had a few cases where the teams had to improve after the first practice session” having exceeded the AOR metric. He, however, would not name the teams involved.

    ‘FIA confident 2023 floor tweaks’;

    Podcast: Judging F1’s rules revolution, with FIA’s Tombazis
    07/12/2022, 13:05
    The Race

    The 2022 F1 season brought with it a sweeping set of technical regulation changes aimed at improving racing. So now, with a full year of racing complete, can we say the new rule-set had the desired impact?

    On this week’s episode of The Race F1 Tech Show, host Edd Straw and former F1 technical director Gary Anderson debate that question, before the FIA’s head of single seater technical matters Nikolas Tombazis – a chief architect of the new rules – gives his own verdict on how things went and where the regulations might be heading next.

    ‘Judging F1’s rules revolution’;

    FIA welcomed Ben Sulayem with court case and $20 million deficit!
    07/12/2022 at 09:23
    Michael Delaney

    FIA president Mohammed Ben Sulayem has revealed that his first order of business when he took office a year ago was to deal with an unexpected legal case and a $20 million cash deficit!

    It appeared that the FIA, under Todt's guidance, had developed and then imposed the Halo cockpit protection device in Formula 1, and eventually in every single seater category that it sanctions without, without holding a legitamate patent on the mandatory component.

    This led the Halo's creator, one Jens H. S. Nygaard, to haul the FIA in front of a court of law in the United States for a potential patent infringement. "Imagine yourself being elected in the role after all these years of trying, everybody having a party on the night of the 17th (December), then you go to the office on the 18th and at 10 o’clock in the morning, the first thing you meet is your legal people and they say you have a big court case with the halo," recounted Ben Sulayem, quoted by

    ‘Court case and $20 million deficit’;

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    Sir Jackie Stewart: Ferrari weren’t able to win as much as perhaps they should have.
    After two seasons without a single grand prix win, Sir Jackie Stewart says it was “good for motorsport” to see the Scuderia back on top of the podium this past season.
    Wednesday 7th December 2022 5:00 PM
    Michelle Foster

    Paying the price for their engine scandal from 2019, Ferrari were down on power and performance in 2020 and began their climb back to the front of the field last year.

    Sir Jackie Stewart: “Ferrari, I think it’s good for motorsport to see Ferrari back the front end, but so far, they haven’t been able to win as much as perhaps they should have.”

    ‘Ferrari back the front end’;

    What next for Mattia Binotto? Five possible destinations after Ferrari F1 exit
    Thursday 8th December 2022 8:30 AM
    Oliver Harden

    The problem with appointing Mattia Binotto as team principal back in 2019 was that it was effectively the beginning of the end of his Ferrari career. At some point down the line, he would be blamed for the Scuderia’s latest glorious failure and he would pay for it with his job.

    That – with an inevitably so great Ferrari really should have seen it coming – was what happened last week as Binotto announced his resignation following the Prancing Horse’s failure to maintain their strong start to the 2022 Formula 1 season.

    But Ferrari are arguably the biggest losers here having allowed one of the great creative technical minds of modern F1 to slip through their grasp. Binotto will not be short of offers to return to the pit lane, so here’s our list of five possible destinations…

    ‘Audi, Mercedes, Red Bull Powertrains, Aston Martin, Formula 1’;

    Wolff: 'Too much porcelain broken' for Binotto to move to Mercedes
    19:47 Wed, 07 Dec 2022.
    Phillip van Osten

    Toto Wolff has ruled out the possibility of Mercedes recruiting former Ferrari team boss Mattia Binotto in the future, insisting there is "too much broken porcelain" between the two men.

    As the figureheads of the two biggest F1 teams on the grid, Binotto and Wolff often found themselves on opposing sides of a multitude of issues since 2019.

    Speaking on the latest Beyond the Grid podcast, Wolff admitted that, as the figureheads of the the two biggest teams in F1, Binotto and himself "had our moments" in the past few years, although he also acknowledged that they had found themselves "in a much better place" this season.

    'Too much porcelain broken';

    Ferrari set to confirm Vasseur as new team principal
    Thursday 8 December 2022 06:55
    Ian Parkes

    Ferrari is set to appoint Fred Vasseur as its fifth team principal in just 15 years, GPFans understands. Scuderia chairman John Elkann and CEO Benedetto Vigna have identified Vasseur as the man they feel can add a degree of ruthlessness inside the team.

    The Frenchman is renowned for his no-nonsense style, a factor that has been part of his tenure at Alfa Romeo since his appointment as boss, as well as managing director and CEO of Sauber Motorsport, in mid-July. Vasseur's name has been linked with the position for a few weeks, but sources with good knowledge of the situation have confirmed the 54-year-old will replace Mattia Binotto.

    Whether Vasseur's more gruff approach will work inside Ferrari after Binotto's easier-going manner remains to be seen as he seeks to emulate the golden touch of another Frenchman who last carried Ferrari to unprecedented success in Jean Todt.

    ‘Ferrari set to confirm Vasseur’;

    Mario Andretti’s advice to the next Ferrari boss: You don’t always have to prove you’re smart
    Thursday 8th December 2022 7:00 AM
    Michelle Foster

    As Mattia Binotto paid the price after Ferrari’s 2022 title quest imploded, Mario Andretti has asked was that “really necessary”. Formula 1’s first season under the all-new technical regulations heralded the return of Ferrari as race winners and even championship contenders. At least it did until it didn’t.

    In an interview with Gazzetta dello Sport, Andretti asked: “Was it really necessary to change the man at the top? “You would need to know more about it to be able to make an informed judgement but what is clear to me is that there needs to be a change in strategy.”

    “When you have such a fast car, you don’t have to frantically do something different. There were scenes in which the opponents rolled out on soft tyres, but Ferrari drove on medium-hard. The other top teams never do that. You don’t always have to prove you’re particularly smart.”

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    Lewis Hamilton snubbed by F1 team boss for 2023 title challenge in 'three-way battle'.
    "I expect a three-way battle between Max, Charles Leclerc and George Russell, which is already stronger than Lewis Hamilton.” AlphaTauri boss Franz Tost.
    05:45, Thu, Dec 8, 2022
    By Stuart Ballard

    AlphaTauri boss Franz Tost has brutally snubbed Lewis Hamilton in his prediction for next year's title battle with George Russell labelled "already stronger" than the seven-time world champion. Mercedes were off the pace in 2022 and had to watch as Red Bull ran away with the Constructors' Championship.

    Tost believes it will be a three-way battle for the championship next year in what could prove to be a historic season. But the AlphaTauri team principal doesn't believe Hamilton will be up there challenging.

    ‘George Russell, already stronger than Lewis Hamilton’;

    Martin Brundle gets F1 wish as FIA consider major rule change for 2023
    Martin Brundle could see his wish for DRS changes granted within months as the FIA considers making major changes to the rules for 2023.
    14:40, Thu, Dec 8, 2022
    By Luke Chillingsworth
    Daily and Sunday Express

    The Sky Sports commentator claimed during the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix that DRS zones had to be shortened as overtaking had become too easy. However, the FIA has now admitted they are considering tweaks after noticing passes had become too straightforward.

    Speaking to Autosport, the FIA’s head of single-seaters, Nikolos Tombazis, suggested the DRS should not be providing a guaranteed pass. He explained: “In some races, we may well need to actually reduce the DRS zones.”

    “We don’t want overtaking to be, as we say, inevitable or actually easy. It still has to be a fight. If it happens too quickly, if you just see a car approaching and then going by and disappearing, it's actually worse than being at the back and fighting. It needs the right balance to be found there.” F1 introduced new regulations at the start of the season in a bid to increase overtaking.”

    ‘DRS changes’;

    Silverstone adopts new barrier design used in Miami to move fans closer to track | 2023 F1…
    2023 F1 season
    Posted on 8th December 2022, 12:398th December 2022, 12:39
    Written by Keith Collantine

    A new barrier at the home of the British Grand Prix promises to allow fans a better view of the track at one of Silverstone’s main action spots. The new fence on the approach to Brooklands corner (turn six) on the outside of the circuit has been positioned around 15 metres closer to the track. The change has been made possible by the introduction of a fence which is also used at the Miami International Autodrome which was newly-built this year to host its first F1 race.

    The barrier, designed by Geobrugg, has been homologated by the FIA and FIM, the governing bodies of car and motorbike racing. It complies with the FIA’s tests for circuit debris barriers, which must withstand being struck by a car at an angle of 20 degrees and speed of 120kph. They are also tested by firing a 780 kilogram ball from a cannon at 60kph.

    Silverstone’s new barrier runs along the Wellington straight on the drivers’ left-hand side for 248 metres. F1 drivers will pass by at over 300kph before braking for Brooklands. “With the speed of the straight and the new safety aspects of Formula 1, it was the right time to move to the Geobrugg system,” said Silverstone circuit manager Lee Howkins. “We want to make sure we’re giving the fans the best experience and the best views.”

    ‘Silverstone adopts new barrier design’;

    Zandvoort extends deal to host Dutch Grand Prix until 2025 | 2023 F1 season
    8th December 2022, 6:548th December 2022, 7:02
    Written by Keith Collantine

    The Dutch Grand Prix will remain on the Formula 1 calendar until at least 2025 after the series agreed a new deal with the Zandvoort circuit. The event was first part of the world championship schedule in the fifties but returned last season after a 36-year absence, which was extended by the postponement of its planned 2020 race due to the Covid-19 pandemic. A further two races have been added to its initial three-year deal, meaning the event will return in 2024 and 2025.

    Tickets for next year’s race on August 27th have already sold out, the race promoter confirmed. “The Dutch Grand Prix has quickly established itself on the calendar as a fan favourite, bringing incredible energy and a great fan experience every year,” said F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali. “The sold-out events in the last two years have raised the bar in terms of organisation, entertainment, and sustainability, and we are delighted to extend our relationship with them.”

    Former F1 driver Jan Lammers, who is now sporting director at the Dutch Grand Prix, said the event will continue to be the “ultimate race festival”. We want the world to experience again how we as the Netherlands organise an event. It is unique that we are on the calendar with world cities like Las Vegas, Monaco, and Sao Paulo.”

    “Ultimate race festival”;

    FIA bans unraced Mercedes front wing design
    2023 F1 season
    Posted on 8th December 2022, 13:18
    Written by Keith Collantine

    A front wing design which Mercedes produced during 2022 but did not race has been banned by the FIA. Mercedes debuted a new front wing design as part of a package of upgrades at the United States Grand Prix. However it did not race the new wing in its original form due to concerns it could be subject to a protest from rival teams.

    The team described its wing as having a “reduced camber front wing tip and additional slot gap separators.” However while the 2022 rules permitted slot gap separators to be added for “primarily mechanical, structural or measurement reasons,” those on the Mercedes wing appeared to offer an aerodynamic benefit.

    Mercedes decided against risking a protest over the wing and removed the slot gap separators before the new wing was run for the first time at the Mexican Grand Prix.

    ‘Mercedes front wing design’;

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    Road closures in place for Red Bull Homerun event in Central Milton Keynes.
    The Milton Keynes-based Red Bull Racing F1 team will be hosting an event in Central Milton Keynes to celebrate winning the Driver’s and Constructor’s Championships in 2022.
    22:17 Fri, 09 Dec 2022
    • Charles Crook

    During the event, their F1 race drivers Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez will drive demo runs on Midsummer Boulevard in the city centre in a free-to-enter event. Supporting drives will also be done by Red Bull-backed motorsport athletes in motorcycle freestyle, drift racing, NASCAR and WRC categories.

    The event will start from 12pm and run until 3pm, with the F1 drives to take place from 1:10pm and 2:40pm. As part of the Red Bull Homerun event, roads will be closed for public use during the event.

    ‘Red Bull Homerun’;

    Horner left laughing over "incredible" $6million FIA bill
    Friday 9 December 2022 17:27 - Updated: 17:29
    Ian Parkes & Ewan Gale

    Christian Horner has joked he was unaware of the "incredible" bill payable to the FIA racked up by Red Bull after winning this year's F1 constructors' title.

    Last year's champions Mercedes faced a $577,278 entry fee [a premium is paid by the championship-winning team] plus $6,926 for every point scored - with the total paid equalling just over $4.8million But for Red Bull, who scored 759 points this term in addition to a likely hike in the obliged fees, the total is likely to be $6million.

    Speaking at the FIA prize-giving gala in Bologna, assessing the season, Horner said: "It is very special, particularly the season we have had, we have broken all our own records. These two [Verstappen and Perez] have been amazing this year, particularly Max has had an outstanding season. The effort that has gone in behind the scenes, the biggest regulation change in 40 years, and the whole team just rose to that challenge magnificently.”

    ‘ "Incredible" bill payable to the FIA’;

    Horner collects Red Bull’s championship trophy and dedicates it to Mateschitz | 2022 F1 season
    2022 F1 season
    Posted on 9th December 2022, 23:59
    Written by Keith Collantine

    Red Bull team principal Christian Horner has collected their constructors’ championship trophy and dedicated their success to the company’s late co-founder. Dietrich Mateschitz, who launched the Red Bull soft drink in the eighties and poured money into motorsport in order to market it, passed away on the eve of the United States Grand Prix, when his team clinched the title for the fifth time in their history.

    After collecting the trophy, Horner dedicated the team’s victory to Mateschitz, pointing out how many drivers featured during the FIA’s end-of-season ceremony had been backed by Red Bull. “What I would like to say tonight is that I’ve watched a lot of videos and I think on all of those videos across all of these different championships, we’ve seen the Red Bull logo on so many cars in so many championships,” said Horner. “And I’d like to dedicate this this championship, this trophy, to a very special man that has done so much for motorsports and done so much for Formula 1.”

    “He was a fan of motorsport, foremost and utmost. He gave so many drivers in the room tonight an opportunity in so many categories. He gave thousands of engineers and technicians, mechanics and I think arguably has done more for motorsport than any other person in history. So tonight, I’d like to dedicate this to to Dietrich Mateschitz.”

    ‘Dietrich Mateschitz dedication’;

    Red Bull's F1 legacy analysed: Their nine drivers of 2022
    13:02 Fri, 09 Dec 2022.
    Author Michael Butterworth
    RacingNews365 takes a short view back to the past to look at the careers of the nine current F1 drivers to have driven for Red Bull-linked teams. Of the 22 drivers who competed in the 2022 F1 season, nine of them have been part of Red Bull-backed teams at some point in their F1 careers.

    The drinks company is well known for its patronage and sponsorship of motorsport and extreme events, and several promising drivers have enjoyed a leg up into F1 thanks to the firm's support.

    But who has had the most successful stint under the Red Bull umbrella, and who has been cast aside? has trawled through F1's archives to take a look at how successful each driver has been with the backing of the drinks company.

    ‘Red Bull's F1 legacy analysed’;

    Adrian Newey says Red Bull ‘possibly put too much work into last year’s’ car
    Friday 9th December 2022 5:00 PM
    Michelle Foster

    Having to balance upgrading last year’s car versus designing this year’s all-new RB18, Adrian Newey says Red Bull “possibly put too much work” into last year’s with the title on the line. But that they won the Drivers’ title with Max Verstappen meant “we got one of the two jobs done”.

    Last season, the final year under Formula 1’s old technical regulations, Red Bull found themselves in the thick of the title fight with Verstappen taking on Lewis Hamilton for the crown. Although this year’s RB18 was quick out of the blocks, Verstappen challenging for the win in Bahrain, it had a few issues as it was not only overweight but unreliable.

    The team set about fixing the latter before focusing on bringing down the car’s weight, Red Bull motorsport advisor Helmut Marko recently revealing almost all their 2022 upgrades were made with weight in mind. As the season progressed the RB18 became the car to beat, Verstappen taking 15 of 22 wins while Sergio Perez added two to the team’s tally as they romped to their first championship double since 2013.

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    Red Bull celebrate titles with Milton Keynes demo run for 30,000.
    Formula 1 world champions Max Verstappen and Red Bull marked their historic 2022 season with a demonstration run in Milton Keynes, where their factory is based.
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    Posted on 11th December 2022, 0:0110th December 2022, 22:15
    Written by Will Wood

    Verstappen successfully defended his drivers’ championship in 2022 while Red Bull took their first constructors’ crown for nine years, with the team winning 17 of the 22 races. The team held a celebration event in Milton Keynes with an estimated 30,000 watching Verstappen and team mate Sergio Perez demonstrate the team’s RB7.

    “To be able to bring both the drivers’ and the constructors’ trophies home to our city of Milton Keynes, after such an incredible season, is a very proud moment,” said team principal Christian Horner.

    “What better way to celebrate these achievements than with the city that’s been our home since the very beginning. We would like to thank all of the council and authorities in Milton Keynes for everything they have done to make today possible but most importantly, we would like to thank the fans.”

    ‘An estimated 30,000 watching Verstappen and team mate Sergio Perez demonstrate the team’s RB7’;

    2022 title win 'better and more rewarding' - Verstappen
    10/12/2022 at 14:44
    Andrew Lewin

    Max Verstappen has been comparing and contrasting his emotional responses to his two world championship successes. The Red Bull driver was speaking at the FIA's prize giving ceremony in Bologna, crowning a dominant season for both the team and the driver.

    "We had a very tough start to the year. I said at one point that I didn’t believe in the title anymore, but then you could see how the team really stuck together and we managed to turn things around very quickly.”

    “All the wins we have achieved is something I never could have imagined in my life. After last year, already winning ten, I was like, ‘if I can ever do something like that again, that would be amazing’.

    ‘Better and more rewarding';

    F1 star Sergio Perez insists he isn't worried about Daniel Ricciardo joining Red Bull in 2023: 'He's a great doesn't change anything'
    • Sergio Perez insists he isn't worried about Daniel Ricciardo joining Red Bull
    • Perez says he is happy to have the Aussie at Red Bull as a third driver for 2023
    • The Mexican Formula 1 star says Ricciardo will contribute a lot to the team
    Published: 04:07, 11 December 2022 |
    By James Cooney For Daily Mail Australia

    Sergio Perez says he's not bothered by Daniel Ricciardo's return to Red Bull next season as a third driver, saying the move 'doesn't change anything' for him at the Formula 1 team.

    Perez signed a new two-year contract with Red Bull earlier this year, but having a driver of Ricciardo's ability and experience waiting in the wings might have concerned the Mexican star - but he insists he is happy with the outcome. 'I'm pretty relaxed,' Perez told Sky Sports.

    'I mean, we live under a lot of pressure all the time. It doesn't change anything from my side, I think it's a great achievement for the team to have a driver like Daniel and he's going to contribute a lot to our team. He's a great guy, he's one of the guys that I get on [with] the most in the paddock, so I think it's just great to have Daniel in the team, and from my side doesn't change anything.'

    ‘One of the guys that I get on [with] the most in the paddock’;

    Christian Horner calls F1 rivals 'old farts' and explains the feeling of beating Mercedes
    Christian Horner is the youngest team principal in F1.
    07:00, Sun, Dec 11, 2022
    By Mikael McKenzie

    Christian Horner has cheekily joked that his rival F1 team principals are "old farts" because he is the youngest boss in the paddock. The 49-year-old took charge of Red Bull in 2005 when their late owner Dietrich Mateschitz bought out Jaguar Racing. Horner has been in the job one year longer than AlphaTauri boss Franz Tost and seven years more than his arch-rival Toto Wolff. All of the remaining team principals have been appointed in 2016 or later.

    Despite his longevity in the sport, Horner is still able to keep his hundreds of employees firing on all cylinders to ensure Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez have the best car in the business. But how does he stay so motivated?

    "Working with a great group of people. Competition, it's all about winning. That motivates me a lot and the people I work with, the phenomenal drivers ect," Horner said during a Pokerstars event at Red Bull's Milton Keynes HQ.

    'Old farts';

    Signed Max Verstappen car gifted by Honda goes up for auction
    Saturday 10th December 2022 10:00 PM
    Jamie Woodhouse

    A Honda Civic gifted to and driven by Max Verstappen, complete with signatures from the two-time champ, has headed for auction. Verstappen has now firmly established himself as Formula 1’s driver to beat after a truly dominant 2022 campaign.

    This Civic Type-R GT features the signature of Verstappen on both the dashboard and rear of the car, making it a truly special and unique piece of machinery. It also holds an insurance certificate from Monaco and a full service history is available.

    Sander Houdel, car expert at Catawiki, said: “Max Verstappen is hugely popular and will go into history as one of the youngest and most talented drivers in the world. If this car is treated right, it has a big potential to increase its value over the years”.

    ‘Up for auction’

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    Russell sets ambitious 2023 F1 target.
    "The mindset now is we can definitely fight for the championship next year," said the 24-year-old.
    Friday 9 December 2022 11:12
    Sam Hall

    "We see no reason why we can't go out there and I think if we hit our targets we have in place over the winter, we will be in a really competitive place. Even if we don't start off with the fastest car, I am very confident we will have a car that is a lot closer than it was this year.”

    "As [team principal] Toto [Wolff] said, we have lost so much development throughout this year just trying to solve the porpoising.”

    "You compare that to Red Bull, who didn't have the issue, you are seeing now how we are able to close that gap pretty rapidly."

    ‘Ambitious 2023 F1 target’;

    George Russell: ‘If I have the right car beneath me, I can beat Lewis Hamilton’
    Friday 9th December 2022 7:45 AM
    Sam Cooper

    After beating Lewis Hamilton in his first season, George Russell has stated his belief that with the right car beneath him, he can beat any driver on the grid.

    “I never doubted myself,” he said as per The Race. “I always believed in myself. But if you go with the mindset ‘I’m going to beat Lewis Hamilton 95% of the time’, you’re going to come away disappointed. I learned how I need to go about it when he is extraordinarily fast.”

    “I still need to continue to focus on myself because I still maintain the belief that if I’ve got the car beneath me, and the set-up and the tyres in the right place, working how I want it to work, I can beat him and I can beat anyone else on this grid. And that’s the belief you have to take.”

    ‘If I have the right car beneath me’;

    George Russell makes bold claim about defeating Lewis Hamilton
    Lewis Hamilton was outscored by George Russell in the 24-year-old’s first season with Mercedes.
    10 December 2022
    by Jack Devonport

    “I still need to continue to focus on myself because I still maintain the belief that if I’ve got the car beneath me, and the set-up and the tyres in the right place, working how I want it to work, I can beat him and I can beat anyone else on this grid. And that’s the belief you have to take.”

    Mercedes will be braced for an internal title challenge in 2023, as Russell’s confidence will most likely see the 24-year-old size up a potential title charge should he have the car to do so, rather than play a similar role to Valtteri Bottas who would often wingman Hamilton.

    Looking back at the season, Russell has boldly claimed that had small things gone his way, Hamilton would not have beaten him in many races over the course of the season.

    ‘Braced for an internal title challenge in 2023’;

    George Russell explains psychological edge which aided him in Hamilton Mercedes battle
    George Russell opens up on his battle with Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes.
    10:14, Wed, Dec 7, 2022
    By Luke Chillingsworth
    Daily and Sunday Express

    George Russell has revealed he had a psychological advantage which helped him beat Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes in his debut year. The former Williams star became only the third team-mate to beat the seven-time champion over the course of a season behind Jenson Button and Nico Rosberg.

    “So psychologically, you need to set yourself up for small failures. I’m not going to beat him every single session, every quali, every race, that’s just absolutely not going to happen. But having a year like we’ve had this year, I don’t know what the numbers are, but it probably is 55/45, roughly. And that’s an incredibly successful year, and almost equivalent to maybe what the 95/5 was for me previously.

    ‘Psychological edge’;

    Hamilton 'no longer number 1' at Mercedes
    07:18 Fri, 09 Dec 2022.
    By GMM F1
    Sports Mole

    Lewis Hamilton has lost his de-facto status as Mercedes' 'number 1' driver in Formula 1.
    That is the view of Sascha Roos, the long-time commentator for Sky Deutschland's coverage of the sport.

    "I didn't think Russell would score more points than Hamilton in his first year," 50-year-old Roos said. "I expect more from Hamilton in 2023 but I put it in pencil whether he is the undisputed number 1. I think it's a similar situation at Mercedes now as in the time when Nico Rosberg was next to Hamilton," he added.

    "At that time, to the outside world, it was always emphasised that Rosberg and Hamilton were on equal footing. But internally, Hamilton was preferred. In my opinion. When Valtteri Bottas came in, Hamilton was the clear number 1 to the outside. But Russell is not Bottas. Russell is more likely to enjoy Rosberg's status."

    ‘De-facto status as Mercedes' 'number 1' driver in Formula 1’;

    Hamilton responds to fears of Rosberg repeat with Russell
    Friday 9 December 2022 15:32
    Sam Hall

    Lewis Hamilton has calmed fears of a potential rift with Mercedes team-mate George Russell should the pair vie for F1 title honours next year. He said: “The equilibrium in the team, in terms of the working relationship, is strong. I’m a lot older and I’ve been with the team for so long, so managing whatever challenges we come up with moving forward, we’ve been through so much that I don’t think it’s going to be a problem.”

    Asked to assess his team-mate's job in his first season as a Mercedes factory driver, Hamilton added: "You have to say that it’s impressive what he did this year, the consistency he had and how he arrived and just hit the ground running.

    “It’s not like he arrived in a completely brand new team. He was, just the previous couple of years, sitting right behind me and watching the work I was doing with the engineers, with Riki [Riccardo Musconi], who is now his number one.

    ‘Calmed fears’;

    Mercedes chief explains how Russell handled 'big step'
    10/12/2022, ‎08‎:‎05
    Author Jake Nichol

    Mercedes' James Vowles has explained exactly how George Russell handled the step up to the team in 2022. Mercedes strategy chief James Vowles has detailed how George Russell met the targets the team set for him following his promotion from Williams.

    "George did a very good job this year, he is against the best in the world and that's your reference," Vowles explained in a Mercedes season debrief video. "What is very clear is that at the beginning of the year when we had a car that was difficult, Lewis was using his wealth of experience to help us in order to improve the car and really move us forward.”

    "In that period, George was just really focussed on learning, embedding himself into the team and he scored a number of results really that benefitted him as a result of that. Irrespective of his qualifying pace, his race pace was very, very strong throughout the year.”

    ‘The step up to the team’;

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    Leclerc has ‘full trust’ in Ferrari over Binotto successor.
    Charles Leclerc insists he has “full trust” in Ferrari’s senior figures when it comes to selecting the successor to its Formula 1 team boss Mattia Binotto.
    10:05 Sun, 11 Dec 2022.
    by Phillip Horton
    Motorsport Week

    Speaking at the FIA Gala Leclerc praised the departing Binotto as “he believed in me right from the very start, and [gave me] a very long contract” and pointed to being “inside the Scuderia for many years, contributing to the success the team had in the past years.”

    Leclerc stressed that choosing a successor is “obviously not my decision” and that “we are trying to focus our job on the simulator to have the best race car for next year”, highlighting that it will be down to Ferrari CEO Benedetto Vigna and Chairman John Elkann.

    “Obviously the last few weeks have been a bit difficult for the team and we are in a transition time at the moment,” he said. “But on that I have the full trust on Benedetto and John to take the right decision, but I am sure that 2023 will be another step forward and hopefully get closer to the goal we all want in the team which is to be world champion.”

    ‘Leclerc has ‘full trust’ in Ferrari’;

    Mattia Binotto called Charles Leclerc personally to inform him of resignation
    Sunday 11th December 2022 10:00 PM
    Sam Cooper

    Charles Leclerc revealed that Mattia Binotto called him to inform him that he would be stepping down shortly before it was made public. The Ferrari boss announced he would be leaving the team at the end of the season following their best campaign since 2019 but one that was full of disappointment.

    Repeated mistakes led to tensions being high at the team and at one point, Binotto was seen visually dressing down Leclerc after the latter had lashed out against the team’s decisions. There was plenty of speculation that Leclerc was behind the move to force Binotto to resign but he has denied that, saying he thanked him for bringing him to the team and wished the 53-year-old all the best for the future.

    “Mattia called me to announce that he will stop,” Leclerc said during the FIA prize giving gala. “I respect his decision and I can only thank him. Obviously he has believed in me right from the start, he extended me with a very, very long contract, and before being team principal he was also inside the Scuderia for many, many years and he has contributed to the success the team had in the past years.

    ‘Mattia Binotto called Charles Leclerc personally’;

    Leclerc would welcome Vasseur as new Ferrari F1 team principal
    11:28 Sat, 10 Dec 2022.
    • Hamilton Lyndon-Griffiths
    Read Motorsport

    Charles Leclerc would be open to working with Alfa Romeo Formula 1 boss Frederic Vasseur should he be chosen as Mattia Binotto’s replacement at Ferrari next year. Last month Ferrari announced Binotto had resigned from his post as team principal after four seasons and would leave the team at the end of December.

    Leclerc has history of working with Vasseur in both Formula 2 and his rookie F1 season at Sauber in 2018, and when asked if his former boss would be a good option, he praised Vasseur’s “straightforward” and “honest” approach. “I mean, Ferrari is a very different team to any other teams,” Leclerc said, as quoted by “I can only comment on my experience with Fred which obviously has been good.”

    “I’ve been working with Fred already from the junior categories, where he has believed in me, and then we’ve always had a good relationship. But apart from that, obviously this shouldn’t influence any of the decisions. He has always been very straightforward, very honest. And this is something that I liked from Fred. Whether it will be him or not, I don’t know. And we’ll see hopefully in the in the next few months.”

    ‘Leclerc would welcome Vasseur’;

    Leclerc backs Vasseur for Ferrari hot seat
    Saturday 10 December 2022 09:00
    Ian Parkes

    Charles Leclerc would welcome the "straightforward, very honest" Frederic Vasseur as the new Ferrari team principal. The Monégasque driver has plenty of prior experience working with Vasseur in GP3 when racing for ART and latterly during his debut F1 season with Sauber, the team now running as Alfa Romeo.

    “I have been working with Fred already from the junior categories where he has believed in me and we have always had a good relationship. “But apart from that, obviously, it shouldn’t influence any of the decisions.”

    “He has always been very straightforward, very honest and this is something that I like from Fred. Whether it will be him or not, I don’t know, and we will see, hopefully, in the next few months.”

    ‘Leclerc backs Vasseur’;

    Frederic Vasseur “buys home” near Maranello ahead of Ferrari switch - but he’s given a “short life” warning
    12 Dec 2022
    James Dielhenn

    Frederic Vasseur has been warned that Ferrari bosses don’t usually last very long as he prepares to take over the top job at the F1 team. Alfa Romeo team principal Vasseur, the man who gave Leclerc his F1 debut at Sauber, is expected to take over.

    He has bought a new home near Maranello, the Ferrari HQ in Italy, according to Blick. Peter Sauber, the ex-F1 boss, told Blick about Vasseur’s move: “If you get an offer from Ferrari, then you have to go! But if you know the history of Ferrari – back to the company founder Enzo – then you know that the team bosses usually have a short life. With the exception of Jean Todt, who ruled there for over twelve years.”

    Red Bull boss Christian Horner had also make a withering remark about the frequency with which Ferrari change team principals. The iconic Italian team have not crowned an F1 drivers’ champion since Kimi Raikkonen in 2007.

    ‘Frederic Vasseur “buys home” near Maranello’;

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    Fernando Alonso sends warning to F1 rivals and predicts "massive" change in 2023.
    Fernando Alonso made little attempt to hide his confidence as he predicted a "massive" change in his personal fortunes for 2023.
    17:23, 9 Dec 2022
    By Daniel MoxonF1 Writer
    The Mirror

    Alonso endured a tough season this year and did little to hide his frustration by the end of it, having been hampered by a litany of reliability problems with Alpine.

    Judging by his comments towards the end of this season, that move could not come quick enough. After his infamous clash with team-mate Esteban Ocon in the Brazil Sprint last month, he made it clear he could not wait to get into "the green car", as he often referred to it.

    "I should be 60 points ahead of any other midfield driver this year," he added. He will be hoping to have the chance to prove it next year, joining an Aston Martin team which not only has ambition to match his own, but have also committed to giving him a multi-year contract.

    ‘Alonso tested a "green car" for the first time after the final race of the season’;

    Alonso makes Aston Martin prediction after luckless season.
    Fernando Alonso has predicted a "massive" change of fortune in 2023 after enduring relentless reliability problems this past F1 season.
    Friday 9 December 2022 06:42
    Sam Hall

    Speaking before the São Paulo Grand Prix, Alonso initially joked: "After ’22, I will have massive luck next year on everything."

    He added: "It has been amazing this year. Twenty races, and to have problems in nine or something, it’s nearly 50 percent of the races.”

    Alonso added his sixth retirement through reliability issues at the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, a result that left him ninth in the drivers' standings and 11 points behind team-mate Esteban Ocon.

    ‘Nearly 50 percent of the races’;

    McCullough Believes 2023 Championship Challenge Not Realistic for Aston Martin
    December 10, 2022
    By Paul Hensby
    The Checkered Flag

    Tom McCullough insists it is unrealistic that the Aston Martin Aramco Cognizant F1 Team can challenge for the FIA Formula 1 World Championship in 2023, and he says Fernando Alonso accepts that.

    McCullough says it would be great for Aston Martin to begin challenging the top three teams on the grid – Oracle Red Bull Racing, Scuderia Ferrari and the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team – on a regular basis, and from there, only then can they think of fighting for championships.

    “I think fighting for World Championships next year is, let’s be realistic, that isn’t going to happen,” McCullough is quoted as saying by “We’re on a journey. We are growing as a team. We’re getting stronger as a team. I think Fernando is going to add significantly to that as well. And he’s realistic, you know. He’s on the journey with us. If we can fight the top three teams next year, I’m sure we’ll be happy with that.”

    ‘2023 Championship Challenge Not Realistic’;

    Aston Martin target AMR25 as first challenger to benefit from new wind tunnel
    Sunday 11th December 2022 2:00 PM
    Sam Cooper

    Aston Martin have predicted it will be 2025 before fans see the benefit of having their own wind tunnel, but it may take longer for the full effect to be seen. The team broke ground on their new factory in September 2021 having used the ‘Team Silverstone’ base since 2018 when Lawrence Stroll and his team Racing Point purchased the Force India team which was in administration.

    The base, which is over the road from the Silverstone circuit, first came into being in 1990 when it was built for use by the Jordan F1 team, but 32 years have passed since then and while the name on the front of their building has frequently changed, the base largely has not.

    With aspirations above their current station, Aston Martin, funded by Stroll and his ambitious goal to be a title contender, announced the creation of a new £150 million to £200 million campus around the site of the current base which will house a new factory as well as their own wind tunnel.

    ‘AMR25 first challenger to benefit from new wind tunnel’;

    ‘He pushed us in every area’ – Aston Martin expect to reap the rewards of Vettel’s efforts in coming seasons
    12 December 2022
    Formula One - Official Site

    Sebastian Vettel helped Aston Martin “lift their game” during his two years on board despite results being hard to come by, according to the team’s Performance Director Tom McCullough.

    Vettel recently walked away from the sport after a difficult spell at the Silverstone outfit, with a podium finish at the 2021 Azerbaijan Grand Prix one of few on-track highlights – and a far cry from the four world titles he achieved with Red Bull and the regular wins he bagged at Ferrari.

    However, Vettel was clear that despite “failing” in their ambitions together, he felt “very happy and proud” of the work carried out as Aston Martin work towards becoming a winning force in the future.

    ‘Aston Martin expect to reap the rewards of Vettel’s efforts’;

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