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
Listen to this article A combination of lower costs, particularly when compared to the LMP1 era of the FIA World Endurance Championship, and the chance to race the same car in two major series have proven key factors in luring manufacturers back to the top class of the WEC (simply known now as 'Hypercar') and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship (where the equivalent class is called 'GTP'). Before we proceed to the list of marques, it's worth reiterating the differences between LMDh and LMH regulations. LMDh is essentially a successor to the successful DPi platform IMSA introduced in 2017. As was the case previously, manufacturers must base their new designs upon a next-generation LMP2 chassis, of which there are four licensed constructors: Oreca, Dallara, Ligier and Multimatic. Engine choice remains free within the scope of regulations, but all cars must now be fitted with a spec hybrid system built jointly by Bosch (inverter), Williams Advanced Engineering … [Read more...] about Who will race in WEC and IMSA with LMDh/LMH cars in 2023?
Listen to this article Sebastian Vettel triggered a debate about a potential return of loud old-school engines when he did a demonstration, running on fully sustainable fuel, in Nigel Mansell's former FW14B at the British Grand Prix. The four-time champion questioned whether F1 needed to continue pursuing turbo hybrid engines if it could power simpler and more thrilling older-style engines. "I love the cars. I love to have the sensation for the V10," he said after the run. "For the history going forwards, I don't know that's a separate another discussion to have, what is the better way? "What is the cheaper way as well? Because these [turbo hybrid] engines cost a fortune, their development costs a fortune up to this point." Vettel's comments about going for simpler louder engines drew support from other key figures, including Red Bull boss Christian Horner. However, F1's chiefs do not see that as a viable solution for the long-term health of the sport – and … [Read more...] about F1 dismisses Vettel’s return to V10 engines suggestion
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 The Red Bull driver looks on course for his second world title after dominating much of this season, and his first opportunity to wrap it up comes at the Marina Bay circuit. But with the title triumph out of his hands, as he needs remaining contenders Sergio Perez and Charles Leclerc also not to score well, he is not expecting to clinch the crown this time out. “I need to win, and Checo needs to finish fourth or lower and Charles eighth or lower,” he said on Thursday. “It's a bit unrealistic for it to happen. So I don't really think about it. “It's quite a long shot. And I just want to enjoy the weekend. And of course, try to win it.” Although there has been much anticipation about Verstappen’s title opportunity this weekend, the Dutchman says he would actually prefer to win it in Japan next weekend. Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing, speaks to the media Photo by: Glenn Dunbar / Motorsport Images As F1 returns to eastern Asia for … [Read more...] about Verstappen: ‘Unrealistic’ to win F1 title in Singapore
Listen to this article As part of a bid to make the racing more exciting, F1 undertook a complete overhaul of the technical regulations for 2022. This included a switch to ground effect machinery, and a change to 18-inch wheels running less thermally-sensitive tyres. But while the F1 2022 season has produced a bit of variety, with the title battle being contested between Ferrari and Red Bull, the nature of the racing has not been that dramatically different from the past. And Vettel, who is retiring from grand prix racing at the end of this year, has questioned whether or not the investment made in the F1 2022 revolution was ultimately worth it for what improvement there has been. Asked by Motorsport.com about the new rules and new tyres this year, Vettel said: “They've always been tricky, but let's say it like this: the big push this year was to make the cars able to overtake and follow a lot closer. But I don't think there's a big difference. “We follow … [Read more...] about Vettel questions whether F1 2022 new rules effort was worth it
Listen to this article The new upgrade package includes a new floor and sidepods, with Norris getting priority on it for Singapore as Ricciardo will take delivery of it next weekend in Japan. The Australian acknowledged that the Woking team couldn't ready enough parts to equip both cars this weekend, and that Norris was given first go because he is staying and thus has to learn as much as he can heading into 2023. "Lando has got it," Ricciardo said when asked by Motorsport.com about the upgrades. "Just with time and whatever, resources ultimately, we'll both have it in Japan, but this weekend, it's just him. "And I guess the next question is why him? A lot of its development as well, and direction for 2023. So it's pretty much that. "And obviously, he's here next year, I'm not, so for him to get another weekend to give the team feedback and obviously direction for next year, that's ultimately the reason." Ricciardo downplayed any suggestion that he is losing out … [Read more...] about Ricciardo has no issues with not getting McLaren F1 Singapore updates