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F1 LIVE: Max Verstappen compares Lewis Hamilton and Charles Leclerc battles as Ferrari rivalry heats up

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Carlos Sainz claimed the British Grand Prix last weekend on a hugely eventful Sunday which all started with Zhou Guanyu surviving a horror opening-lap crash just before protesters invaded the track at Silverstone.

The race finale was a tale of tyre-swapping, late overtaking and a long-awaited win for the Spanish driver on his 150th F1 start, as he edged past Ferrari teammate Charles Leclerc, who eventually dropped off the podium spots.

Sergio Perez climbed from the back of the queue to finish second, while Lewis Hamilton claimed his second podium place of the season to finish third in front of over 140,000 fans.

Attention now begins to turn to another back-to-back race week and the Austrian Grand Prix, with Red Bull pair Max Verstappen and Sainz leading the way in the drivers championship. It’s the second sprint race of the season at the Red Bull Ring, as the 2022 Formula One season looks to take another turn.

Follow all the reaction to the Silverstone race as we look ahead to this weekend’s Austrian Grand Prix:

F1 latest news ahead of Austrian Grand Prix

F1 latest news

Wednesday 6 July 2022 19:20 , Karl Matchett

F1 is off to Austria at the weekend for the second sprint event of the season ahead of Sunday’s main race - and Haas driver Kevin Magnussen thinks he’s got the answer to make the sprints more of an event.

“I watched them last year and the big question is whether or not you want to take a risk in the sprint,” he said.

“If you didn’t qualify for your position in the main race during the sprint and instead the qualifying on Friday was your starting position for both the sprint and the main race, then you would be able to go for it in the sprint without having to take risks for your starting position.

“Maybe that could be a solution to make people go for it a bit more in the sprint.”

Latest F1 news

Wednesday 6 July 2022 19:00 , Karl Matchett

Haas’ Mick Schumacher finally scored his first points in Formula One at Silverstone last week, but boss Gunther Steiner says the pressure must stay off and realistic expectations are key in what comes next for the driver.

“I think it will give him a little boost, and just boost his confidence,” Steiner told Autosport.

“And it’s just going one hurdle. But what we have to watch now that the pressure now doesn’t come, and that if he doesn’t score points he gets critiqued.

“Some people don’t understand, and you cannot have it always how you think it is from outside.

“They are human beings, there are other 19 drivers, who are great drivers, and there are other nine teams which have good cars.

“It’s a sport. The expectation shouldn’t be that he scores every race and then if he doesn’t score, he’s being critiqued again. It’s put him on a pedestal and throw him down again, and we shouldn’t try to do that one.”

 (AFP via Getty Images)
(AFP via Getty Images)

F1 latest news

Wednesday 6 July 2022 18:40 , Karl Matchett

Both Mercedes and Aston Martin have been taken aback by an FIA directive which seems to indicate that other teams have been attempting to get around rules to combat porpoising.

Essentially, measurements taken to determine how much a car’s floor is ‘flexing’ are only taken at the front - so it appears some teams may have been allowing a little more movement toward the rear, which wasn’t being monitored.

Now it will be, leading the team bosses from both Mercedes and Aston Martin to wonder if that’s why they’ve been falling short at times.

Toto Wolff called the revelation “a shocker”, while Mike Krack revealed he’d speak to his engineering team to ensure all possibilities were covered.

“Yeah, we need to clarify this,” he said.

“This is something that we also discussed internally, quite a lot. What are the regulations allowing there? I don’t know who was surprised in the press, was it Toto?

“I was as well, but I was really, I don’t know if he just said it or not! But we discussed the topic, actually, even this morning, we discussed about it. We need to find out what’s going on there.”

Latest Max Verstappen F1 news

Wednesday 6 July 2022 18:20 , Karl Matchett

Max Verstappen has again hinted that his latest contract signed with Red Bull this year could be his final deal in Formula One, suggesting it would depend on the competitiveness of the car at the time whether he’d continue.

A long-term deal runs until 2028, so he’s in no imminent danger of exiting the sport, but he has no desire to be caught up in the midfield and again spoke of his intent to take on endurance racing - Le Mans, Daytona or Sebring - at some stage.

“Maybe I’ll quit [at the end of this contract],” he said to The Red Bulletin.

“By that time I will have been driving around in Formula 1 for a while.

“It depends a bit on whether the car is good and I’m still competing for prizes. I can’t stand having to do my laps at the back. I’d rather drive in another class.

“But at the moment I wouldn’t want to drive for any other team. So if you feel good and it works, why change?”

 (AP)
(AP)

Latest Red Bull F1 news

Wednesday 6 July 2022 18:00 , Karl Matchett

Christian Horner says news of a Honda return to Formula One should be directed to them, as Red Bull have no plans and no clue about a rumoured continued link-up in the coming seasons.

Volkswagen’s intentions to enter the arena with their Porsche and Audi brands was suggested to have made Honda keen on a fully-fledged return, as at present they only supply engines to Red Bull and AlphaTauri.

“That really is a question for them. There’s certainly been no discussion with ourselves about that,” he said.

“We opened the Red Bull Powertrain building earlier this week so the staff moved into the building, which is a facility that should hopefully enable us to produce really competitive engines starting from 2026.

“We have an engineering partnership with agreement with Honda for the supply of the current engines under the current agreement to the end of year the 2025 set of regulations.”

Latest Mercedes F1 news

Wednesday 6 July 2022 17:40 , Karl Matchett

Mercedes’ trackside engineer Andrew Shovlin says the cars performed as expected following upgrades for the Silverstone race - helping add pace and retain more control, as they seek to fix the porpoising issues which have plagued their season.

George Russell’s race was over after just seconds, caught up in the early incident which saw Zhou Guanyu flip over and crash into the barriers, but Lewis Hamilton went on to record a first podium spot since the opening week of the season.

“The key thing for us here was seeing they actually performed as expected and they did that – they were delivering a few tenths more downforce to the car and we think we saw that in terms of the performance on the weekend,” Shovlin explained in a video post.

“The other thing that was nice to see was that there was a bit less bouncing, the car was behaving a bit more normally, it was easier for the drivers to work with it to tune the balance.

“So overall, it was a pleasing result for us, not just to see Lewis on the podium but to see the update kit perform as we hoped.”

F1 latest news

Wednesday 6 July 2022 17:20 , Karl Matchett

Pierre Gasly and Yuki Tsunoda came a little too close for comfort at the British GP, as the latter was at fault for a collision which saw them both spin out.

It was a race day to forget after a fine previous day’s work in qualifying, with the duo now hoping for better fortunes in Austria.

“I am glad that we can go racing again after just a few days to put the Silverstone race behind us. The only good moment of that weekend was on Saturday afternoon when we worked well in the wet conditions to qualify better than we had hoped, based on how Friday went,” Tsunoda said.

“I couldn’t do anything about the collision after the start and later unfortunately I had the incident with Pierre. We discussed it as a team and now we move forward.”

“This is a home race for Red Bull, so although there is no extra pressure, everyone in the team is very keen to do well,” added Gasly.

“I’ve finished in the points three times at the Red Bull Ring. It’s a very fast layout, especially the second and third sectors, and it’s the type of track that has been a bit complicated for us since the start of the year. On the other hand, we have learned a lot from the races so far and we can try and improve the car under these conditions and make some progress.”

Verstappen details difference between Hamilton and Leclerc rivalries

Wednesday 6 July 2022 17:00 , Karl Matchett

Max Verstappen remains well-placed to defend his Formula One driver’s title this year despite a tricky outing at Silverstone, after he pipped Lewis Hamilton to triumph in last season’s dramatic ending to the season.

This time around, due to Mercedes struggling with their new car, it has been Charles Leclerc he is facing off with on a regular occurrence, with the revitalised Ferrari team tasting success in the British Grand Prix last time out as his teammate Carlos Sainz won.

For Verstappen, though, there’s a clear difference between how the tension has been building this year and how last term’s rivalry was played out and portrayed - and it’s nothing to do with the men behind the wheel.

Instead, he says there has aways been respect between himself and Hamilton, but rather than last year it was their respective teams who sometimes overstepped the mark, while matters have been far more cordial between Red Bull and Ferrari in 2022.

Verstappen details key difference between rivalries with Hamilton and Leclerc

Latest F1 news

Wednesday 6 July 2022 16:40 , Karl Matchett

Michael Andretti acknowledged Tuesday that the meltdown of his IndyCar team at Mid-Ohio was unacceptable and said his four drivers will be expected to work together as teammates the remainder of the season.

Andretti led an emergency meeting after Sunday’s race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, where a fracture in the Andretti Autosport lineup was fully revealed.

Romain Grosjean and Alexander Rossi played bumper cars in a race for position that turned personal. Rossi also hit rookie teammate Devlin DeFrancesco, Grosjean hit Colton Herta and IndyCar penalized both Rossi and Grosjean for avoidable contact.

After the race, team owner Andretti was seen having a heated conversation with Rossi’s father, and he pulled all four drivers inside to discuss the debacle.

“Our race results in Mid-Ohio did not go as planned. Sunday’s display was disappointing and unacceptable and not the way we operate — on or off the track,” Andretti said Tuesday in a statement provided to The Associated Press.

“Racing is a passionate sport and we have four highly competitive drivers; however we are one team at Andretti and our drivers need to remember that we expect them to work together for the betterment of the team. That’s the way it will be going forward.”

Grosjean raced for nearly a decade in Formula One before his time in the series ended in a 2020 crash from which he escaped from the burning wreckage of his car, earning the nickname “The Phoenix.” He switched to IndyCar the next season and overperformed while driving for Dale Coyne Racing, which helped the Frenchman land a better seat at front-runner Andretti Autosport.

Rossi decided earlier this year that his seventh season with Andretti would be his last. The winner of the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 in 2016 has signed with Arrow McLaren SP for 2023.

Grosjean and Rossi raced against each other five times in F1 in 2015, when Rossi got a handful of starts driving for Manor Marussia. Grosjean finished 13th and Rossi was 14th in Rossi’s F1 debut. Rossi’s time in F1 ran out at the end of that season and he’s been with Andretti since.

He and Grosjean don’t care for each other, and Grosjean didn’t back down following the Mid-Ohio postrace lecture from the boss. Grosjean called Rossi “an absolute idiot” afterward.

Rossi stressed that he was committed to working as part of the Andretti organization through the remaining seven races but declined to comment further.

The Andretti organization has just one win so far this season — Herta on the road course at Indianapolis Motor Speedway — and Rossi at eighth is the highest-ranked Andretti driver in the standings. Grosjean has one podium finish and is ranked 14th.

The organization also wasn’t all that competitive at the Indy 500, the one race the team owner cares most about winning. Rossi in fifth was the highest-finishing Andretti driver and the three late laps led by Marco Andretti were the only laps that an Andretti car paced the field.

AP

Sainz’s Silverstone win led to Ferrari camp split, claims ex-employee

Wednesday 6 July 2022 16:20 , Karl Matchett

Carlos Sainz celebrated his maiden Formula One victory at the British Grand Prix on Sunday, as he raced to first place in the last 10 laps following a Safety Car being deployed and a quick tyre switch.

The Ferrari man moved to soft compounds for the closing stages - as did a host of challengers behind him - but teammate Charles Leclerc, leading the race at the time, was unable to follow suit and ultimately finished fourth.

While there were widespread celebrations at Sainz’s first win, coming on his 150th F1 start, it has been suggested by a former Ferrari employee that not everybody within the team felt quite the same way.

Each driver has their team behind the scenes and the suggestion is that Leclerc’s were so unhappy at the way the race finale panned out that they baulked at having to partake in the overall team celebrations after the chequered flag.

Full report:

Sainz victory at Silverstone led to Ferrari camp split, claims ex-employee

Lando Norris hits back at ‘clueless’ critics of McLaren contract

Wednesday 6 July 2022 16:00 , Karl Matchett

Lando Norris has labelled people speculating over his long-term future at McLaren as “clueless”.

The 22-year-old signed a new deal that keeps him with the British team until 2025 earlier this year but that has failed to dampen talk about him moving on at some point.

Former world champion Jenson Button is one of those to question the decision describing himself as “surprised” given McLaren’s struggles on track of late.

Norris, though, is more than happy where he is.

“They’re clueless,” he told Sky Sports. “I don’t know why... everyone thinks they know, he definitely could have gone here, he could have done that.

“But most of the time they know absolutely nothing, all these people coming up with these conclusions.”

Lando Norris hits back at ‘clueless’ critics of McLaren contract

‘See you in Austria’: Zhou Guanyu ‘keener than ever’ to resume racing after horror crash

Wednesday 6 July 2022 15:40 , Karl Matchett

Zhou Guanyu is set to return to his Alfa Romeo cockpit at next weekend’s Austrian Grand Prix – just five days after he was involved in one of the most spectacular crashes in recent memory.

The 23-year-old Chinese rookie revealed he is “keener than ever” to get back behind the wheel of his Formula One machine after he emerged unscathed from a horrendous opening-corner accident at Silverstone.

Zhou ended up trapped between a steel barrier and metal catch fencing after he was flipped upside down and out of control at 160mph.

But after he was extracted from his wrecked car, and taken to the on-track medical centre, Zhou was declared medically fit by the FIA. It is not anticipated that he will have to undergo any additional tests to prove he is ready to race next weekend.

‘See you in Austria’: Zhou Guanyu ‘keener than ever’ to resume racing after crash

F1 news

Wednesday 6 July 2022 15:20 , Karl Matchett

Lewis Hamilton aimed a dig at Max Verstappen after Sunday’s British Grand Prix as he praised ‘sensible’ Charles Leclerc following the Mercedes-Ferrari battle through the closing stages.

Red Bull’s Verstappen memorable crashed into Copse corner on the opening lap of last year’s race after tangling with Hamilton, who went on to win the race despite a 10-second time penalty.

Yet in Sunday’s dramatic Grand Prix at Silverstone, Leclerc and Hamilton battled superbly and fairly through the same corner and seven-time world champion Hamilton couldn’t help but make reference to last year as he praised the Monegasque driver.

“Charles did a great job. What a great battle,” Hamilton told Sky F1.

“Very sensible driver and clearly a lot different to what we experienced last year. In Copse for example, two of us went through there no problem. What a battle.”

Hamilton aims dig at Verstappen for 2021 Silverstone crash after praising Leclerc

When is the Austrian Grand Prix 2022?

Wednesday 6 July 2022 15:00 , Karl Matchett

The Formula One season is in full swing as the drivers prepare for the 11th race of the most extensive calendar in the sport’s history.

Carlos Sainz won his first ever race during a dramatic and thrilling British Grand Prix at Silverstone, where Guanyu Zhou was fortunate to escape unharmed after a massive crash at the first corner.

Lewis Hamilton looked good for the win - in what would have been his first of the season - before a slow pit stop and late safety car curtailed his chances, but he did take third place and a spot on the podium after some teriffic wheel-to-wheel racing late on.

Sergio Perez finished second while Charles Leclerc was fourth; Championship leader Max Verstappen had to settle for seventh place after being hampered early on by a puncture and subsequent bodywork damage.

However, Red Bull return to their home track in Spielberg, Austria, this week for the second sprint weekend of the 2022 season.

Here’s everything you need to know:

When is the Austrian Grand Prix this week?

F1 news

Wednesday 6 July 2022 14:40 , Karl Matchett

Six people have appeared in court charged over the track invasion at the Formula 1 British Grand Prix at Silverstone.

Protesters stormed the Wellington Straight, the fastest point of the Northamptonshire track, before sitting down during the opening lap of Sunday’s race.

David Baldwin, 46, of Stonesfield, Witney, Oxfordshire; Emily Brocklebank, 23, of Yeadon, Leeds; Alasdair Gibson, 21, of Aberdeen; Louis McKechnie, 21, of Manchester; Bethany Mogie, 40, of St Albans, Hertfordshire; and Joshua Smith, 28, of Manchester, have all been charged with conspiracy to cause public nuisance.

Northampton Magistrates’ Court heard on Tuesday afternoon the protesters are said to have entered the track wearing orange tracksuits bearing the message “Just Stop Oil”.

Full report:

Six in court charged over track invasion at F1 British Grand Prix at Silverstone

F1 latest news

Wednesday 6 July 2022 14:20 , Karl Matchett

The British Grand Prix provided a “perfect demonstration” of what Formula One aimed to achieve with its 2022 cars and how much safer the sport has become, according to managing director Ross Brawn.

The halo head protection system was credited with saving the life of Chinese driver Guanyu Zhou after a huge first-lap crash while Sunday’s race at Silverstone had close racing and thrilling overtakes.

Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz won the race for his first victory in Formula One.

“What pleased me was the precision the drivers could have with the cars. We saw countless fascinating battles that went for several corners, with multiple changes of position,” Brawn said in a column on the F1 website.

“We saw drivers were able to take multiple lines with these new cars -- and that allowed for two, three or even four cars going almost side-by-side. The quality of the passes was high, too,” he added.

Silverstone a ‘perfect demonstration’ of F1 progress, says Brawn

How much are F1 drivers paid? 2022 salaries revealed

Wednesday 6 July 2022 14:00 , Karl Matchett

The 2022 F1 season is back underway after an off-season that brought the biggest overhaul in sporting rules and regulations in recent memory.

After a thrilling 2021 season, the teams were given a blank slate to prepare their cars for this year’s campaign in an attempt to level the playing field and increase overtaking opportunities.

It comes after Max Verstappen defeated Lewis Hamilton in a wild and unpredictable title race that went down to the final lap of the season at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. In a highly controversial season-decider, which ultimately saw race director Michael Masi removed from his post, Verstappen made the crucial pass on the final-lap shootout to win the title after Hamilton had clawed back his lead by winning the previous three races.

It was Verstappen’s first title of his career and the 24-year-old was rewarded by Red Bull with a new long-term contract that has seen him join Hamilton at the top of the drivers salary charts - and it’s not surprise to see last season’s championship contenders at the top of the standings ahead of this campaign.

While drivers salaries are not released into the public domain by teams, the figures reported in the media are widely used to determine how much the 20 drivers are being paid by their respective teams this season - although that does not include performance-related bonuses or other commercial add-ons.

How much are F1 drivers paid? 2022 salaries revealed

Verstappen hints at potential retirement date

Wednesday 6 July 2022 13:40 , Karl Matchett

Max Verstappen has again hinted that his latest contract signed with Red Bull this year could be his final deal in Formula One, suggesting it would depend on the competitiveness of the car at the time whether he’d continue.

A long-term deal runs until 2028, so he’s in no imminent danger of exiting the sport, but he has no desire to be caught up in the midfield and again spoke of his intent to take on endurance racing - Le Mans, Daytona or Sebring - at some stage.

“Maybe I’ll quit [at the end of this contract],” he said to The Red Bulletin.

“By that time I will have been driving around in Formula 1 for a while.

“It depends a bit on whether the car is good and I’m still competing for prizes. I can’t stand having to do my laps at the back. I’d rather drive in another class.

“But at the moment I wouldn’t want to drive for any other team. So if you feel good and it works, why change?”

Wednesday 6 July 2022 13:20 , Karl Matchett

Mercedes’ trackside engineer Andrew Shovlin says the cars performed as expected following upgrades for the Silverstone race - helping add pace and retain more control, as they seek to fix the porpoising issues which have plagued their season.

George Russell’s race was over after just seconds, caught up in the early incident which saw Zhou Guanyu flip over and crash into the barriers, but Lewis Hamilton went on to record a first podium spot since the opening week of the season.

“The key thing for us here was seeing they actually performed as expected and they did that – they were delivering a few tenths more downforce to the car and we think we saw that in terms of the performance on the weekend,” Shovlin explained in a video post.

“The other thing that was nice to see was that there was a bit less bouncing, the car was behaving a bit more normally, it was easier for the drivers to work with it to tune the balance.

“So overall, it was a pleasing result for us, not just to see Lewis on the podium but to see the update kit perform as we hoped.”

No Red Bull discussions with Honda over F1 return, says Horner

Wednesday 6 July 2022 13:00 , Karl Matchett

Christian Horner says news of a Honda return to Formula One should be directed to them, as Red Bull have no plans and no clue about a rumoured continued link-up in the coming seasons.

Volkswagen’s intentions to enter the arena with their Porsche and Audi brands was suggested to have made Honda keen on a fully-fledged return, as at present they only supply engines to Red Bull and AlphaTauri.

“That really is a question for them. There’s certainly been no discussion with ourselves about that,” he said.

“We opened the Red Bull Powertrain building earlier this week so the staff moved into the building, which is a facility that should hopefully enable us to produce really competitive engines starting from 2026.

“We have an engineering partnership with agreement with Honda for the supply of the current engines under the current agreement to the end of year the 2025 set of regulations.”

AlphaTauri duo look to move on from Silverstone collision

Wednesday 6 July 2022 12:40 , Karl Matchett

Pierre Gasly and Yuki Tsunoda came a little too close for comfort at the British GP, as the latter was at fault for a collision which saw them both spin out.

It was a race day to forget after a fine previous day’s work in qualifying, with the duo now hoping for better fortunes in Austria.

“I am glad that we can go racing again after just a few days to put the Silverstone race behind us. The only good moment of that weekend was on Saturday afternoon when we worked well in the wet conditions to qualify better than we had hoped, based on how Friday went,” Tsunoda said.

“I couldn’t do anything about the collision after the start and later unfortunately I had the incident with Pierre. We discussed it as a team and now we move forward.”

“This is a home race for Red Bull, so although there is no extra pressure, everyone in the team is very keen to do well,” added Gasly.

“I’ve finished in the points three times at the Red Bull Ring. It’s a very fast layout, especially the second and third sectors, and it’s the type of track that has been a bit complicated for us since the start of the year. On the other hand, we have learned a lot from the races so far and we can try and improve the car under these conditions and make some progress.”

Verstappen details difference between Hamilton and Leclerc rivalries

Wednesday 6 July 2022 12:23 , Karl Matchett

Max Verstappen remains well-placed to defend his Formula One driver’s title this year despite a tricky outing at Silverstone, after he pipped Lewis Hamilton to triumph in last season’s dramatic ending to the season.

This time around, due to Mercedes struggling with their new car, it has been Charles Leclerc he is facing off with on a regular occurrence, with the revitalised Ferrari team tasting success in the British Grand Prix last time out as his teammate Carlos Sainz won.

For Verstappen, though, there’s a clear difference between how the tension has been building this year and how last term’s rivalry was played out and portrayed - and it’s nothing to do with the men behind the wheel.

Instead, he says there has aways been respect between himself and Hamilton, but rather than last year it was their respective teams who sometimes overstepped the mark, while matters have been far more cordial between Red Bull and Ferrari in 2022.

Verstappen details key difference between rivalries with Hamilton and Leclerc

IndyCar owner berates team including Romain Grosjean after position battles turn personal

Wednesday 6 July 2022 12:00 , Associated Press

Michael Andretti acknowledged Tuesday that the meltdown of his IndyCar team at Mid-Ohio was unacceptable and said his four drivers will be expected to work together as teammates the remainder of the season.

Andretti led an emergency meeting after Sunday's race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, where a fracture in the Andretti Autosport lineup was fully revealed.

Romain Grosjean and Alexander Rossi played bumper cars in a race for position that turned personal. Rossi also hit rookie teammate Devlin DeFrancesco, Grosjean hit Colton Herta and IndyCar penalized both Rossi and Grosjean for avoidable contact.

After the race, team owner Andretti was seen having a heated conversation with Rossi's father, and he pulled all four drivers inside to discuss the debacle.

"Our race results in Mid-Ohio did not go as planned. Sunday's display was disappointing and unacceptable and not the way we operate — on or off the track," Andretti said Tuesday in a statement provided to The Associated Press.

"Racing is a passionate sport and we have four highly competitive drivers; however we are one team at Andretti and our drivers need to remember that we expect them to work together for the betterment of the team. That's the way it will be going forward."

Grosjean raced for nearly a decade in Formula One before his time in the series ended in a 2020 crash from which he escaped from the burning wreckage of his car, earning the nickname "The Phoenix." He switched to IndyCar the next season and overperformed while driving for Dale Coyne Racing, which helped the Frenchman land a better seat at front-runner Andretti Autosport.

Rossi decided earlier this year that his seventh season with Andretti would be his last. The winner of the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 in 2016 has signed with Arrow McLaren SP for 2023.

Grosjean and Rossi raced against each other five times in F1 in 2015, when Rossi got a handful of starts driving for Manor Marussia. Grosjean finished 13th and Rossi was 14th in Rossi's F1 debut. Rossi's time in F1 ran out at the end of that season and he's been with Andretti since.

He and Grosjean don't care for each other, and Grosjean didn't back down following the Mid-Ohio postrace lecture from the boss. Grosjean called Rossi "an absolute idiot" afterward.

Rossi stressed that he was committed to working as part of the Andretti organization through the remaining seven races but declined to comment further.

The Andretti organization has just one win so far this season — Herta on the road course at Indianapolis Motor Speedway — and Rossi at eighth is the highest-ranked Andretti driver in the standings. Grosjean has one podium finish and is ranked 14th.

The organization also wasn't all that competitive at the Indy 500, the one race the team owner cares most about winning. Rossi in fifth was the highest-finishing Andretti driver and the three late laps led by Marco Andretti were the only laps that an Andretti car paced the field.

AP

Sainz’s Silverstone win led to Ferrari camp split, claims ex-employee

Wednesday 6 July 2022 11:40 , Karl Matchett

Carlos Sainz celebrated his maiden Formula One victory at the British Grand Prix on Sunday, as he raced to first place in the last 10 laps following a Safety Car being deployed and a quick tyre switch.

The Ferrari man moved to soft compounds for the closing stages - as did a host of challengers behind him - but teammate Charles Leclerc, leading the race at the time, was unable to follow suit and ultimately finished fourth.

While there were widespread celebrations at Sainz’s first win, coming on his 150th F1 start, it has been suggested by a former Ferrari employee that not everybody within the team felt quite the same way.

Each driver has their team behind the scenes and the suggestion is that Leclerc’s were so unhappy at the way the race finale panned out that they baulked at having to partake in the overall team celebrations after the chequered flag.

Full report:

Sainz victory at Silverstone led to Ferrari camp split, claims ex-employee

Lando Norris hits back at ‘clueless’ critics of McLaren contract

Wednesday 6 July 2022 11:20 , Karl Matchett

Lando Norris has labelled people speculating over his long-term future at McLaren as “clueless”.

The 22-year-old signed a new deal that keeps him with the British team until 2025 earlier this year but that has failed to dampen talk about him moving on at some point.

Former world champion Jenson Button is one of those to question the decision describing himself as “surprised” given McLaren’s struggles on track of late.

Norris, though, is more than happy where he is.

“They’re clueless,” he told Sky Sports. “I don’t know why... everyone thinks they know, he definitely could have gone here, he could have done that.

“But most of the time they know absolutely nothing, all these people coming up with these conclusions.”

Lando Norris hits back at ‘clueless’ critics of McLaren contract

‘See you in Austria’: Zhou Guanyu ‘keener than ever’ to resume racing after horror crash

Wednesday 6 July 2022 11:00 , Karl Matchett

Zhou Guanyu is set to return to his Alfa Romeo cockpit at next weekend’s Austrian Grand Prix – just five days after he was involved in one of the most spectacular crashes in recent memory.

The 23-year-old Chinese rookie revealed he is “keener than ever” to get back behind the wheel of his Formula One machine after he emerged unscathed from a horrendous opening-corner accident at Silverstone.

Zhou ended up trapped between a steel barrier and metal catch fencing after he was flipped upside down and out of control at 160mph.

But after he was extracted from his wrecked car, and taken to the on-track medical centre, Zhou was declared medically fit by the FIA. It is not anticipated that he will have to undergo any additional tests to prove he is ready to race next weekend.

‘See you in Austria’: Zhou Guanyu ‘keener than ever’ to resume racing after crash

British GP’s chaotic start encapsulates the spectacle and terror of Formula 1’s new era

Wednesday 6 July 2022 10:40 , Karl Matchett

Enthralling, thrilling and spine-chilling in equal measure, where on earth to begin to describe this one as the sun sets at Silverstone for another year? Well it’s quite simple really: at the beginning. Because for all the nerve-shredding overtakes, questionable strategy calls and moments of fortune that followed in a brilliant British Grand Prix – won deservedly by first-time victor Carlos Sainz – the stakes in the opening 20 seconds at lights out could not have been much higher.

While the eyes of a record 140,000 spectators were fixed on the battle of the front, with Max Verstappen overtaking Sainz into turn one, what followed behind encapsulates the mouth-watering madness of high-speed motorsport. It was only a light touch from Pierre Gasly, sandwiched in between George Russell and Guanyu Zhou, but it was enough.

The Frenchman clipped the back of home favourite Russell’s rear-left tyre, sending the Brit’s Mercedes spinning into Zhou’s Alfa Romeo, which flipped in a 180 spin almost inevitably. And on the tarmac, gravel and then tyre barrier, the Alfa did not stop spinning.

Zhou was sent curling over the tyre barrier into the perimeter fencing; designed to protect fans from flying debris or tyres, not cars. With the rookie Chinese driver left stricken in a heap, upside-down between the fencing and tyres, photographers nearby did their job. Onlookers gasped for breath. Fans watching on TV were left clueless with no replays incoming.

The Independent’s F1 Correspondent Kieran Jackson describes how the new season is showing Formula One has reached a new level of entertainment:

British GP’s chaotic race opening encapsulates spectacle and terror of F1’s new era

Lewis Hamilton aims dig at Max Verstappen for 2021 Silverstone crash after praising Charles Leclerc

Wednesday 6 July 2022 10:20 , Karl Matchett

Lewis Hamilton aimed a dig at Max Verstappen after Sunday’s British Grand Prix as he praised ‘sensible’ Charles Leclerc following the Mercedes-Ferrari battle through the closing stages.

Red Bull’s Verstappen memorable crashed into Copse corner on the opening lap of last year’s race after tangling with Hamilton, who went on to win the race despite a 10-second time penalty.

Yet in Sunday’s dramatic Grand Prix at Silverstone, Leclerc and Hamilton battled superbly and fairly through the same corner and seven-time world champion Hamilton couldn’t help but make reference to last year as he praised the Monegasque driver.

“Charles did a great job. What a great battle,” Hamilton told Sky F1.

“Very sensible driver and clearly a lot different to what we experienced last year. In Copse for example, two of us went through there no problem. What a battle.”

Hamilton aims dig at Verstappen for 2021 Silverstone crash after praising Leclerc

When is Austrian Grand Prix this week?

Wednesday 6 July 2022 10:00 , Karl Matchett

The Formula One season is in full swing as the drivers prepare for the 11th race of the most extensive calendar in the sport’s history.

Carlos Sainz won his first ever race during a dramatic and thrilling British Grand Prix at Silverstone, where Guanyu Zhou was fortunate to escape unharmed after a massive crash at the first corner.

Lewis Hamilton looked good for the win - in what would have been his first of the season - before a slow pit stop and late safety car curtailed his chances, but he did take third place and a spot on the podium after some teriffic wheel-to-wheel racing late on.

Sergio Perez finished second while Charles Leclerc was fourth; Championship leader Max Verstappen had to settle for seventh place after being hampered early on by a puncture and subsequent bodywork damage.

However, Red Bull return to their home track in Spielberg, Austria, this week for the second sprint weekend of the 2022 season.

Here’s everything you need to know:

When is the Austrian Grand Prix this week?

Six in court charged over track invasion at F1 British Grand Prix at Silverstone

Wednesday 6 July 2022 09:45 , Karl Matchett

Six people have appeared in court charged over the track invasion at the Formula 1 British Grand Prix at Silverstone.

Protesters stormed the Wellington Straight, the fastest point of the Northamptonshire track, before sitting down during the opening lap of Sunday’s race.

David Baldwin, 46, of Stonesfield, Witney, Oxfordshire; Emily Brocklebank, 23, of Yeadon, Leeds; Alasdair Gibson, 21, of Aberdeen; Louis McKechnie, 21, of Manchester; Bethany Mogie, 40, of St Albans, Hertfordshire; and Joshua Smith, 28, of Manchester, have all been charged with conspiracy to cause public nuisance.

Northampton Magistrates’ Court heard on Tuesday afternoon the protesters are said to have entered the track wearing orange tracksuits bearing the message “Just Stop Oil”.

Full report here:

Six in court charged over track invasion at F1 British Grand Prix at Silverstone

Silverstone a ‘perfect demonstration’ of F1’s progress in safety and excitement, says Ross Brawn

Wednesday 6 July 2022 09:28 , Karl Matchett

The British Grand Prix provided a “perfect demonstration” of what Formula One aimed to achieve with its 2022 cars and how much safer the sport has become, according to managing director Ross Brawn.

The halo head protection system was credited with saving the life of Chinese driver Guanyu Zhou after a huge first-lap crash while Sunday’s race at Silverstone had close racing and thrilling overtakes.

Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz won the race for his first victory in Formula One.

“What pleased me was the precision the drivers could have with the cars. We saw countless fascinating battles that went for several corners, with multiple changes of position,” Brawn said in a column on the F1 website.

“We saw drivers were able to take multiple lines with these new cars -- and that allowed for two, three or even four cars going almost side-by-side. The quality of the passes was high, too,” he added.

Silverstone a ‘perfect demonstration’ of F1 progress, says Brawn

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