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 Alpine currently lies fourth in the table on 125 points, 18 points clear of McLaren . The Woking team is also not giving up in the development battle and is introducing a substantial package that will be seen on the car of Lando Norris in Singapore. The upgraded Alpine floor is expected to be on fitted to both A522s throughout the weekend. "I didn't test it the simulator but the team brought a new floor here," said Alonso. "So let's see if we can properly test it tomorrow on the free practice, confirm that is a step forward, and we think it is a step forward. And yeah, race with that floor. "Maybe here in Singapore it's difficult to see all the benefits, because there is a huge track evolution and things like that. It's very difficult test track, let's say, we need to go maybe for Suzuka. "But I think it's a step forward. And we need every step that the team can bring for this fight with McLaren, because until Abu Dhabi it's going to be … [Read more...] about Alonso: Alpine needs “every step” to beat McLaren amid new floor trial
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
Lando Norris is thankful for the opportunity he has in Formula 1 with McLaren, although he does feel frustration as the front-runners elude him. When people discuss the drivers they believe will become the stars of Formula 1 in the coming years, Norris often is a name thrown into the mix alongside Max Verstappen, Charles Leclerc and George Russell. But of all those drivers, Norris is the one who understandably feels a little left out. Verstappen is on his way to a second World Championship, with Leclerc his closest challenger, while Russell is now driving for Mercedes, a team that despite having failed to challenge for a ninth Constructors’ title in succession this year, are nonetheless well placed to bounce back. Russell secured his first pole position at the Hungarian Grand Prix and has made the podium seven times so far in 2022. Norris, meanwhile, finds himself in a McLaren which remains a midfield car, albeit fighting with Alpine to finish at the head of that pack … [Read more...] about Lando Norris frustrated having to bide time to fight at the front
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