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“Any driver would have done that”

12:48 PM

Fittipaldi on penalties: “The rules are the rules”

The two-time world champion commented on the penalty shootout against Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen in Brazil on Saturday. He found both Hamilton’s disqualification and Verstappen fine, respectively. “If the rules say you can’t touch other cars, don’t touch any other cars,” he shrugs, referring to Verstappen.

“Rules are rules,” he remembers. This also applies to Mercedes. He doesn’t think Hamilton had an advantage with the 0.2mm. But: “When we talk about numbers: two plus two equals four. It’s not three and a half or four and a half.” In his opinion, the numbers do not lie. And 0.2mm is sufficient for disqualification.

12:25 pm

Qatar hopes for a lot of overtaking maneuvers

The first Formula 1 race in Qatar should, of course, be a success for the organizers from a sporting point of view. Amr Al-Hamad, Qatar’s motorsport director, said optimistically that he expects “many overtaking maneuvers”. “Nobody has any data from here, nobody has driven here before,” he recalls and explains, “Every minute of training is wasted.” [deshalb] make a difference. “

“[Die Strecke] Very technical. You need a lot of downforce,” he explains. However, there are “some” chances of overtaking, he asserts. Let’s see. Other experts suspect that overtaking can be somewhat difficult given the technical sections — although the straight house is more It’s just a kilometer long.

12:04 PM


Thomas has a question about the engine changes at Mercedes and would like to know: “Is it possible that the FIA ​​prevents further engine changes at Mercedes? Because these only improve performance. This has nothing to do with sustainability and goes against that actual idea of ​​the regulations With only three engines per season.”

That’s right, the constant changes in fact do not comply with the regulations. But: they are not forbidden. In theory, teams are allowed to use as many engines as they want. The penalties are clearly defined. In the case of the new combustion engine, these are five positions on the grille. So the FIA ​​will not and cannot intervene.

11:43 AM

Steiner on Mick: ‘The pressure will be higher’ in 2022

Haas has never hidden the fact that in 2021 Mick Schumacher and Nikita Maspin will be on the verge of gaining a foothold in Formula 1. Accordingly, mistakes are likely to be forgiven. According to team boss Gunther Steiner, the grace period expires next year.

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“We have to fight for the points. That’s the task,” he states unequivocally and explains: “Next year the pressure will be even greater. […] The challenge this year was to get used to everything and get to know Formula 1. I’ve had this year of learning and now we have to give the points.”

If the new car allows it…

11:38 am

The first pictures from Qatar

As mentioned earlier at the beginning of our tape, a large part of the circuit has already arrived in Qatar. Here you can now also get a first glimpse of the circuit. Both teams will surely make three crosses when a grueling three-header ends on Monday.

And one of them will probably say a prayer again that the shipment will arrive on time this time and that you will not have to work another night shift…

11:04 AM

Binotto satisfied: Ferrari’s progress has never been this great

After Brazil, the Scuderia is 31.5 points ahead of McLaren. “This is the biggest gap that has existed between the two teams this year,” said team boss Mattia Binotto, satisfied with the competition for third place at the World Cup. “It’s definitely an important advantage,” he recalls. “But there are still three races left.”

It is clear, however, that Ferrari now holds all the trump cards, which is why Binotto is “very happy” with this lead. The team has recently been “very consistent” and reliability has also been a “key factor” in the duel with McLaren. And indeed, these facts spoke in favor of the Scuderia in the end.

Ferrari has always scored both cars in the past four races, while McLaren on the other hand has only scored once with both drivers in the same period. Their lead of 17.5 points, which they still hold after Russia, turned into a deficit of 31.5 points.

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10:42 AM

Hamilton penalty: FIA doesn’t want to ban chanting

After a fine against Lewis Hamilton for loosening his seat belts after crossing the finish line, race director Michael Massey made it clear that the FIA ​​did not want to stop the pilots from cheering after the win. However, it is a security issue. “In their reasoning, the hosts made it clear that the goal is not to prevent public chants,” Massey said.

However, with regard to young drivers, one had to set an example that “this behavior is unacceptable”, as the race director said. Since there has been no penalty in similar cases in the past, Hamilton’s €5,000 penalty (plus 20,000 on probation) was rather low. There was no sporting penalty like a warning.

10:21 am

Today, eight years ago…

… Sebastian Vettel sets a new F1 record! The German was victorious at the 2013 US Grand Prix, celebrating his eighth straight win. He surpassed the previous record held by Michael Schumacher (2004) and Alberto Ascari (1952/1953), each winning seven races in a row.

In the next race in Brazil, Vettel took a ninth victory. This is a record to this day! Even Lewis Hamilton couldn’t do that in the past few years. Closest to Vettel was Nico Rosberg, who was able to win at least seven consecutive races at the end of 2015 and the beginning of 2016.

10:00 am

Masepin advantage?

Rookie Formula 1 players Masepin, Schumacher and Tsunoda often face a disadvantage this year because some tracks are completely new to them. Curious: In Qatar, the opposite now applies to Masepin! Because while most drivers have never driven the Losail International Circuit, the Russian already knows the track.

“In 2014, I drove there my first Formula MRF race,” he says. In a total of four races in Qatar, he even finished second on the podium once. Sergio Perez also knows the circuit from the field of current drivers. In 2009, he was able to win there in the GP2 Asia Series.

9:22 am

The situation in Qatar has hardly improved

In fact, events like Formula 1 or the upcoming World Cup should be allowed to ensure that the human rights situation in Qatar improves. At least that’s what many participants confirm over and over again when it comes to this topic. But according to a report by Amnesty International, rarely anything happens.

“Süddeutsche Zeitung” It quoted from the report that “progress in Qatar stagnated in 2021 and even old abusive practices have re-emerged.” It is said that there is “massive exploitation” in Qatar. Let’s see how Formula 1 deals with this issue over the weekend.

09:03 am

Subsequent penalties

By the way, in the history of Formula 1, it happened several times that drivers were not only subsequently punished, but also disqualified. In our gallery, we’ve picked out some very outstanding examples!

8:46 am

Will there really be a new scan?

The race hosts now have to decide that. Because initially Mercedes only advanced to a new realization. Flight attendants can also refuse this request if they conclude that new evidence – in this case Verstappen’s on-board registration – is insufficient.

And even if you were to agree to a re-examination, that doesn’t necessarily mean Verstappen actually receives a subsequent penalty. After all, even a re-examination can lead to the conclusion that – despite the new evidence – no penalty is necessary. So let’s wait and see.