Listen to this article Red Bull Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB18 Photo by: Alessio Morgese Even before Red Bull streaked well clear of Ferrari in the 2022 constructors’ championship, it had both drivers signed up for next season. Stability is the name of the game as an uber-long deal to retain Max Verstappen means he will again lead the outfit over compliant team-mate Sergio Perez . Confirmed 2023 drivers Driver 1 : Max Verstappen – Red Bull has the reigning world champion under lock and key, with Verstappen contractually committed to the team until 2028 after signing a five-year extension earlier this season. The deal could net the driver up to €50million a year. Driver 2 : Sergio Perez – After winning this season’s Monaco Grand Prix, the Mexican let slip on his way to the podium that he’d just inked a new deal. Days later, it was announced that Perez had signed on until 2024. But he will need to address his late-campaign slump in form. … [Read more...] about 2023 Formula 1 driver market: Which drivers are going where?
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Listen to this article Street circuits are known for being mentally taxing despite the lower speeds involved, requiring full concentration at all times and little time for respite on the short straights. But Singapore is a beast like no other. It is renowned for being one of the hardest races to compete in both physically and mentally, meaning it requires a kind of preparation unlike any other race. Daniel Ricciardo says his first Singapore Grand Prix back in 2011 remains the toughest physical activity he has ever completed. "I wasn't prepared, and that sounds like I was partying all week!" he tells Motorsport.com. "I didn't realise how much the humidity and the relentless nature of that circuit with like no real straights to have a rest. I'd never really experienced anything like that." It didn't help that Ricciardo was then racing for backmarker outfit HRT, meaning he found himself four laps down by the chequered flag in 19th place - hardly the same kind of … [Read more...] about Why Singapore remains the toughest Formula 1 driver challenge
Listen to this article Mercedes has struggled all season with the W13, notably with porpoising and ride issues, and the car has only really shone at high-downforce venues. Russell says that the team has chosen a specific philosophy for the W14, and has clear targets that it will try to meet. "I'm confident that the direction we need to take is the correct one," he said. "We have a philosophy that we're going to be trying to adopt in our development, and I'm very confident that is the correct one. "But equally, it doesn't mean that we can necessarily achieve it. We have a target, and that is a massive positive in itself. As I said, we have a clear target we're trying to chase. "Now, can we achieve that? I have every confidence that we can. We obviously don't know how much the other rivals are going to improve over this winter. "But I definitely have confidence that we will have a more complete car across the circuit ranges into 2023." Russell insisted that his … [Read more...] about Russell: Mercedes will have “more complete car” in F1 2023
Dropped by Williams, Nicholas Latifi acknowledges Formula 1 is a “performance based industry” and he just wasn’t getting the results. Unable to crack the top-ten this season, there has been a lot of speculation about Latifi and his future in Formula 1. The final nail came down at Monza where the Canadian had a debutant team-mate in the car alongside him with Nyck de Vries not only out-qualifying him but scoring in a grand prix where once again Latifi was point-less. The following week Williams announced they would not be renewing the driver’s contract , the 27-year-old out after three years with the team. Having scored just twice in his 55 starts and not at all this season despite both Alex Albon and De Vries recording top-ten finishes , Latifi concedes he didn’t get the results need. That he puts down to somethings “of my control, some out of my control”. Speaking publicly for the first time since the confirmation, he told the media at the Marina Bay circuit: “It’s … [Read more...] about Nicholas Latifi speaks publicly for first time on Williams axe