Arriving at the opening pre-season outing in Spain in a “shambles”, Laurent Rossi is “quite pleased” in the manner in which Alpine recovered from the predicted P8 to finish fourth in the championship. Alpine’s first outing with the all-new A522 didn’t go according to the plan, with the team completing the third fewest number of laps as they set about testing aero parts while also losing track time when Fernando Alonso pulled over on day three with smoke billowing from the rear of his car. The second outing in Bahrain was an improvement, but once again the mileage wasn’t what they had wanted. It had pundits predicting Alpine wouldn’t factor in the top-half of the field, only for the team to kick off their campaign with a double points-haul in Bahrain. It turned out to be a season in which the Enstone team only missed out in three grands prix as they raced their way to fourth place in the Constructors’ Championship . “We started the season in bad shape – I mean, we arrived … [Read more...] about Laurent Rossi applauds Alpine recovery after arriving for testing in a ‘shambles’
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This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 9 CHATHAM, Va. - The land came first, 5,557 acres of forest purchased two years after the Revolutionary War by a Virginia slaveholder and future congressman. The mansion came next - a symbol of fortune and power built by enslaved workers, who spent seven years assembling the stately home brick by brick until it was finally finished in 1825. "It's been occupied by a Walter Coles and his wife ever since then," says the latest Walter Coles - the fifth of that name - as he sits in the same parlor his father, grandfather, great-grandfather and great-great-grandfather all sat in before him, recounting the history of Coles Hill as his predecessors look down from portraits on all four walls. Coles, 84, is one of countless Americans who still benefit from the wealth accumulated by America's 18th- and 19th-century slaveholders. And his … [Read more...] about Their wealth was built on slavery. Now a new fortune lies underground.
Speculation that Charles Leclerc’s camp had a hand in Mattia Binotto’s resignation is wide of the mark because drivers don’t have that “much power”, says Naomi Schiff. Despite denying reports Binotto was on his way out of the door just two weeks ago, Ferrari announced on Tuesday that the Italian had handed in his resignation. It brought to an end a relationship spanning almost three decades, Binotto having started out in the Scuderia’s engine department before becoming its head and later team principal, a role he has held since 2019. There is, as to be expected, a great deal of speculation as to why the 53-year-old has decided now to quit with the general consensus being it was a case of jump rather than be pushed. As for where the push was coming from, that, it is being speculated, was partially from Leclerc’s camp. According to reports the Monégasque driver and his team were not happy with Binotto’s refusal to back him and him alone in the 2022 title race, their annoyance … [Read more...] about ‘Mattia Binotto would not have lasted so long if he was in another sport’
Sebastian Vettel has recounted a story from his first-ever Formula 1 test, when future team-mate Mark Webber came to his rescue… Vettel’s F1 tenure came to an end at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at the end of November, with the German driver calling time on his illustrious career after making his full-time debut in 2008 after appearances with BMW-Sauber and Toro Rosso in 2007. During his climb into F1, Vettel enjoyed the backing of BMW alongside Red Bull and won the 2004 Formula BMW ADAC championship with 18 wins from 20 races. Part of his reward for this campaign was a test of the Williams FW27 F1 car, with the Grove-based squad enjoying a works relationship with BMW at the time. Vettel, then a slightly-built 18-year-old, showed up at Jerez for his test, and had the chance to work alongside Williams’ full-time race driver Mark Webber on the day. While Vettel and Webber would have a fractious relationship during their time working together at Red Bull years later, that … [Read more...] about Sebastian Vettel reveals how ‘kind’ Mark Webber helped him at first F1 test