Villeneuve sees changing of guard at Mercedes

12:48 PM

25 years ago today…

… Rubens Barrichello finished second at the 1997 Monaco Grand Prix and took the first podium for Stewart’s then-new team. This is noteworthy because the team later became Jaguar and has competed on behalf of Red Bull since 2005.

Barrichello’s podium was Milton Keynes’ first minor success. The Stranger: In the previous four races, neither Barrichello nor his teammate Jan Magnussen had even seen the checkered flag once!

At the first end in team history, you can look forward to winning the cup. Michael Schumacher won the Ferrari, and teammate Eddie Irvine – who will later also drive with Jaguar – finished third.


12:30 pm

Alps upset by Alonso’s penalty

The Spaniard finished eighth on Sunday, but was knocked out of the top 10 by two five-second penalties, and the team was particularly annoyed with the second penalty, when Alonso earned an advantage off the track.

Laurent Rossi says it’s “hard to accept” and explains: “Fernando has it [gewonnene] Time returned during his bosom.” However, Albin was not given the opportunity to present the relevant evidence.

Because the race hosts pronounced a sentence without hearing. “We are very confident that Fernando would have retained his ninth place if we had the opportunity to explain it,” Rossi said.

The inconvenience is completely understandable.


12:12 PM

Albon: Melbourne was the biggest surprise

The Williams driver achieved a P9 in Miami, the best result since his return. Previously, in 10th place in Melbourne, he had already scored his first point in the World Cup after his return. “I am so happy,” he said, encouragingly.

“If I look at the whole weekend, I’d say it was less surprising than it was in Melbourne,” said Albon, who has previously made the top 10 multiple times in Miami.

“Of course we were a little lucky,” he admits regarding the chaotic final stage in Miami, including the safety car. But in the end, the point was “well deserved” and not just luck.

Because Williams did not live up to expectations in the playoffs. However, in the race, the pace was good enough for the top 10 again. “It sounds very positive,” he nodded with satisfaction.


11:53 AM

Verstappen reaches the top 20

The Dutchman set the fastest lap of his 18th career in Miami. He tied with David Coulthard and reached the top 20 in this category. The number 19 would then be very special.

Because he would have equaled Damon Hill, Stirling Moss and Ayrton Senna, among others. It will likely be many years before he can attack Michael Schumacher number 77 at some point…

Here’s the Miami tour again in full in the video:


11:35 am

Miami ‘clearly below F1 standard’

The new Miami racetrack isn’t everyone’s favorite. Expert Christian Danner is also a critic, explaining on RTL: “All that glitters is not gold. There were a lot of synthetic performances that were good and funny.”

“But the racetrack was clearly below the F1 standard,” he says, explaining that “from the asphalt to the track” a lot of things in Miami “were not really good.” His obvious conclusion: “Pure motorsports weren’t exciting.”

Let’s see if regulators can do a better job for 2023.


11:15 am

Peres: There is no need to rush into the new contract

Speaking of contracts, Perez’s contract expires at the end of the year. “We have started talking to each other, but we are not in a hurry,” the Red Bull driver revealed in this context.

In any case, his chances should not be bad, because Helmut Marko mentions ServusTV: “Last year we appointed him as a reliable resource for points and help Max. He did it perfectly.”

“And in one year he’s taken an important step forward. He’s a tenth or twenty from Max, and he’s doing great races. So we are very satisfied,” the Austrian said.

This doesn’t necessarily sound like an imminent breakup. Of course, that’s bad for drivers like Gasly, who also keep an eye on the second cockpit next to Verstappen.


10:56 am

The most successful Ferrari driver

It is not at all excluded that Monegasse will be among our top 10 photo series this year. But: if he wants to be number one in this at some point, his contract won’t last until 2024…


Photo gallery: Top 10: Ferrari’s most Formula 1 victories


10:44 AM

Leclerc equals with Vettel

Monaco snatched up his 12th pole position with Ferrari on Saturday – a tie with Vettel, who also had 12 poles during his time at Maranello. So one can assume that he will soon outperform his former teammate.

BUT: In terms of wins, Vettel is still clearly ahead with 14:4. The same applies to the podium finish (55:17). Until the expiration of his current contract with Ferrari, which runs until the end of 2024, he can pass Vettel in all respects.

Incidentally: With 14 victories, Vettel is the most successful Ferrari driver who has never won a Scuderia world title.

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