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
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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 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?
Listen to this article Red Bull's Max Verstappen heads to Singapore with the chance of wrapping up the 2022 drivers' title, having extended a 115-point lead in the championship over Ferrari rival Charles Leclerc. In the constructors' championship, Red Bull enjoys a 139-point advantage over Ferrari with six races including Singapore remaining in the season. However, Red Bull has never won a race on the streets of Singapore in the V6 hybrid era, with its last victory in the city-state recorded back in 2013 with Sebastian Vettel at the wheel. Mercedes and Ferrari exclusively won the Singapore GP between them from 2014-19, with Mercedes emerging victorious four times (including three courtesy of Lewis Hamilton) and Vettel powering Ferrari to victories in 2015 and '19. 2019 Singapore remains Vettel's last victory in F1 as the German, now at Aston Martin, prepares to bow out of the sport at the end of the current season. 2022 Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix … [Read more...] about 2022 F1 Singapore Grand Prix session timings and preview