Wolff: Russell’s F1 approach feels like has been here “forever”

As a Mercedes junior Russell was farmed out to Williams for three seasons, where he gained experience and showed the promise that convinced Wolff to promote him to a Mercedes race seat at the expense of long-time servant Valtteri Bottas.Russell has been around the Brackley team for a long time, and even deputised for an ill Lewis Hamilton at the 2020 Sakhir Grand Prix, and according to Wolff …Keep reading

Ferrari chasing answers over Miami low-speed anomaly

The characteristics and set-up of the Ferrari and Red Bull cars have been markedly different through the opening phase of the campaign.Red Bull has opted for a lower downforce/drag configuration for its RB18, which has given it an advantage with top speeds and in flat-out corners.The Ferrari F1-75 has run with more downforce and drag, which has allowed it to excel in low/medium speed …Keep reading

Ricciardo: Weight saving on drink made Miami F1 race even tougher

All teams are struggling to save weight with their 2022 cars, and Ricciardo revealed that he’d had less fluid in his drinks bottle than he would have liked in the conditions.He struggled for pace for most of the afternoon, and even a late switch to soft tyres during the safety car period that was triggered by his team mate Lando Norris didn’t help much.Ricciardo crossed the line in 11th …Keep reading

How Mercedes’ Miami F1 updates yielded a false dawn

But as the weekend carried on, Mercedes could not recapture that form and it again found itself fighting at the front of the midfield pack rather than with Ferrari and Red Bull.What Mercedes now needs to understand is whether it was flattered by Friday or underperformed over the rest of the weekend.One factor that appears to have played to Mercedes on Friday was that its tyre warm up …Keep reading

Haas’ Steiner frustrated after Miami F1 points “go down the drain”

At the late safety car restart Mick Schumacher was in a promising ninth place, but his points hopes were ended by a collision with Sebastian Vettel – with the Haas driver finishing 15th after a pitstop for a front wing change.Team-mate Kevin Magnussen lost track position when he asked for new tyres for the restart, a strategy that didn’t work out for the Dane.He was involved in contact …Keep reading

Verstappen: Red Bull still too “hit and miss” with issues despite Miami F1 win

While Red Bull’s 2022 on-track performance has hit a new high, Verstappen defeating Ferrari’s polesitter Charles Leclerc by virtue of better top speed and tyre management on Sunday, the Milton Keynes outfit continued to suffer from various problems across the weekend.After being limited to 14 laps in FP1, Verstappen only completed one lap of Friday FP2 when first a gearbox change caused him to …Keep reading

F1 Miami GP: Verstappen holds off Leclerc to win after late safety car

Carlos Sainz finished third ahead of a hobbled Sergio Perez, with George Russell coming fifth ahead of Lewis Hamilton after gaining massively with the safety car timing and then beating his team-mate in battle afterwards.At the start, Leclerc shot away from pole position in the lead, while alongside his team-mate Sainz could not make a similarly quick getaway from away from the racing line on …Keep reading

How Mercedes hopes to gain from its extreme F1 front wing

While at the back of the car, Mercedes has played things pretty conventional with its low drag rear wing, at the front it has taken things to the extreme with its endplate, which offers a hint at how it intends to push forward with the W13.Having been plagued by the ill effects of porpoising since the campaign got underway, Mercedes has a clear intention of better managing the way the car …Keep reading

Miami F1 track changes allowed designers to go “a little bit mad”

The Miami International Autodrome is situated within the campus of the Hard Rock Stadium as a semi-permanent circuit, ensuring the complex can return to hosting its traditional sporting events once the F1 weekend is over.A number of proposals for a race in Miami faced opposition – including hosting a race downtown – and the original track layout at the Hard Rock Stadium was also subject to …Keep reading