After Red Bull is over, Max Verstappen thinks

12:46 pm

A preview of the slightly different Monaco…

…the Formula 1 champions appear and what they can say. Conor Moore arranges Max Verstappen, Lewis Hamilton & Co. in a funny way. Feel free to take a look and laugh! 🙂


12:33 PM

Verstappen’s career so far

If he really stopped after 2028, Max Verstappen would have only driven for two teams in Formula 1: Toro Rosso and Red Bull, and how it all happened is shown in our photo series. It tracks Verstappen’s motorsport career, from the junior class to the end of the 2020 season. And what happened in 2021, we all know that well, right? 😉


Photo gallery: Max Verstappen’s Formula 1 career


12:20 pm

Verstappen: After Red Bull it can be over

Formula 1 world champion Max Verstappen categorically rules out a move to another team. “My plan is to be here by 2028 [bei Red Bull] “He recently signed a contract of similar duration,” he told the Daily Telegraph.

Verstappen could well come to terms with ending his F1 career without driving for another team. After 2028, he said, “I can stop.” “I’ve been in Formula 1 since I was 17. That’s a long time. And maybe I want to do something else. When I’m 31 I may be at the peak of my career or not very well anymore. I don’t know. And I want to race Others, such as long-distance races.”

In general, however, it is “difficult to predict” what will happen in the future, Verstappen says. “If I was fighting for the title in 2028, it would be stupid to suddenly stop. Whenever you get a title chance, of course you want to take it.”


12:04 PM

Aiban MGU-K in Monaco: ‘Anxiety’ at Ferrari

Valtteri Bottas’s MGU-K in an Alfa Romeo C42 went on strike on Friday, as did the Mick Schumacher Haas VF-22. Both teams get these components and full leadership from Ferrari, as they react to technical errors “with concern,” team boss Mattia Binotto explained at the press conference. However, it is assumed that the reliability of the drives is not at risk.

Alpha team boss Frederic Wasser does not anticipate continued problems on the technical side either: “I suppose Ferrari will fix it quickly.”


11:58 AM

Ricciardo counted in McLaren? Seidl puts it right

At first McLaren boss Zak Brown publicly criticized Daniel Ricciardo, then the Australian had an accident on Friday in Monaco. But McLaren boss Andreas Seidl is trying not to focus too much on the staff issue around Ricciardo.

“It’s important that we separate the different topics from each other here,” Seidl says. And the incident in training is not just Ricciardo’s fault: “We decided as a team to put more pressure and it went wrong. But we all have enough experience to put that behind us.”

Ricciardo still feels “not one hundred percent comfortable in the car” at McLaren and has a very fast teammate at Lando Norris. This results in the usual distance between McLaren drivers. “We can only work with Daniel to find the last percentage,” Seidl says. “This is what we use our energy for.”


11:53 AM

Lando Norris is still not fit

According to McLaren boss Andreas Seidl, Lando Norris is not fully back after tonsillitis. “It probably still isn’t 100 percent, but it’s not far off,” Seidl says.

“It was important to give him a rest. It was good to see that yesterday [im Freitagstraining] He was really good at that. Thanks to the updates in Barcelona, ​​we made progress even at low speeds.”


11:41 AM

Determining drivers’ salaries: Possible, says Seidl

Andreas Seidl can well imagine that one-day drivers’ salaries in Formula 1 will also fall below the budget line. As is known, drivers’ wages are currently an exception.

“You’ll find the possibilities there,” Seidl says. “It’s a complicated topic. But we know from other sports it’s possible.”

Otmar Szafnauer takes a similar view and says, “You just have to plan for the long term here so everyone knows.”

Long contract terms, such as between Max Verstappen and Red Bull, complicate matters. One open question, for example, is how to proceed with existing contracts. This means: there will be no simple answer, at least in the short term.


11:31 AM

That’s it for the press conference, but…

…we have saved some threads from it. Of course, it will soon be available here in the Formula 1 bar. So it’s worth keeping an eye out for it!

The next official item on our agenda is the third free practice session in Monaco at 1pm, followed by qualifying from 4pm.


11:24 am

inflation? We planned it, says Szafnauer

Otmar Safnauer does not accept the argument for high inflation. Could you be prepared for that. “We put that in the back of our mind when planning our budget [im Herbst 2021]. Where there is a will, there is a way. We will do that because we adapt accordingly.”

“It’s not unexpected,” says Andreas Seidl, McLaren team principal.


11:22 AM

Wasser: It’s okay…

Frederic Wasser, Alfa Romeo Team Principal, believes there are very good ways to cut back enough not to overspend.

“I can’t spend more than I have,” he says. “The best way is to stop the wind tunnel so you don’t bring in new parts every weekend. Anyone can do that. The teams just have to decide whether to hit the brakes now to complete the whole season.”


11:20 AM

Alfa Romeo, Alpine and McLaren think differently

The top three teams have made their position clear, smaller teams Alfa Romeo, Alpine and McLaren differ. You just don’t want to modify the financial rules of Formula 1.

“If we increase spending, the budget cap is practically outdated,” says Alpine team leader Otmar Szafnauer. “We have to stick to the rules that we’ve put in place for a long time. I think it’s a mistake to change the rules in the middle of the season. We have to stick to the rules and deal with them.”

McLaren boss Andreas Seidl agrees and sees the ball now in the hands of the organisers: “It takes strong leadership from the FIA ​​and Formula 1 to find the best solutions. We’re confident about that. As McLaren, we’re committed to keeping the budget straight. You always have to use common sense. But the limit The budget cap is a must if you want a sustainable sport.”


11:06 am

Team leaders call on the FIFA to act

Christian Horner explains that F1 team bosses want to increase the budget cap based on global inflation. “We could never have predicted the world events that caused such inflation. The FIA ​​must react quickly. We are almost half way through the year. We have a responsibility to our employees. It wouldn’t be right to have so many people. We have to do it.” So here’s a reasonable solution.”


11:03 am

Budget cap for drivers’ salaries too? ‘Not short term’

In the medium term, drivers’ salaries in Formula 1 should be below the budget line. But Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto says there is still a long way to go.

“We talk about it. There is no easy solution, especially when it comes to drivers’ salaries. But we cannot do it in the short term: there are existing contracts that we cannot break. But we understand how important this is.”


11:01 am

Horner: Formula 1 is too expensive

According to Christian Horner, Formula 1 regulations ensure that teams cannot save enough money. “You just have to look at where the cost pressures are coming from. You have to look at the sporting and technical regulations.”

“Formula 1 is expensive. Regulations for 2026 will not be cheap. We must also be careful that it does not become the F1 Championship and ask ourselves why it is so expensive to build these vehicles.”

In addition, some costs are predetermined. “And there are certain levers for us that you can pull. We’re very limited in terms of cutting costs. Energy costs, freight costs, it’s all going up. Far beyond what we’ve seen before.”


10:59 AM

Shovlin: Mercedes is already working at the limit

The higher budget limit is already severely restricting Formula 1 teams, says Andrew Shovlin of Mercedes. He says it’s “impossible” to meet the requirements of financial regulations under current circumstances, even though you’re already tightening your belt as much as possible. His thesis: “It doesn’t work with the best will in the world.”

For example, Mercedes has already significantly reduced the number of spare parts and is using existing parts for a longer time than originally planned. “We can do this every weekend [dadurch] We get into a situation where we can’t participate in the race,” says Shovlin. This is not healthy in the long run.


10:51 AM

Team leaders renew criticism of budget caps

Formula 1 team bosses renew their criticism of the budget limit in the 2022 season. According to the regulations, it is 123.9 million euros. But due to high inflation, this value cannot be maintained, officials explained at the press conference in Monaco.

Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto says: “There is no chance that we [unter der Obergrenze] Accommodation. We will get over it. “Christian Horner assumes the same for Red Bull, as Andrew Shovlin does for Mercedes. Specifically, one has to fear that many employees will be laid off.” We should avoid that,” Binotto says.

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