Lewis Hamilton signs with Mercedes until 2025
As if Max Verstappen needed another record to cement his dominance in 2023, the Red Bull star picked up his 10th successive Italian Grand Prix victory to set a new F1 benchmark. It was also a day of celebration for Ferrari, who put their uneven form behind them at Monza to take third and fourth places behind the Red Bulls.
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Carlos Sainz’s podium meant a lot to the tifosi, whose usual boisterous support provided an exciting backdrop for the action in Italy. Mercedes had to settle for fifth and sixth, with Lewis Hamilton forced to fight his way through the field after calling out Verstappen for the level of his teammates last week.
Toto Wolff is the latest to go after the Dutchman, downplaying his record winning streak as insignificant. But Verstappen has two weeks to celebrate his achievement ahead of the Singapore Grand Prix later this month.
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FIA issues statement on cost cap
The FIA has revealed the results of its investigation into F1’s cost cap for 2022. The governing body has announced that all ten teams have complied with the financial restrictions imposed on them.
Red Bull boss Christian Horner will be happy to see his team avoid the kind of drama that happened last year when it turned out they had exceeded the spending limit.
A fine and reduced wind tunnel time don’t seem to have done Red Bull much harm, however, as they head for the constructors’ championship in 2023.
Pérez opens the door to Red Bull exit
Sergio Pérez has revealed he would consider leaving Red Bull in 2024 if he doesn’t feel he can contribute more to the team’s efforts.
The Mexican driver has been well behind Max Verstappen so far this season.
Speaking to DAZN ES, Perez explained: “Every year you learn new things and that’s why I love this sport so much. You learn things all the time. I think the most important thing is to learn of your mistakes.
“With the season we’ve had, it’s important to have the next races in an environment where I feel I can contribute. And [if] this place for 2024 is not there, we will have to look for other alternatives.
“But at the moment my main goal is to be here, to win more races, to keep winning championships with Red Bull. I’m under contract until next year and at some point in the year next, we sit down and talk.”
Alonso asks Aston to improve
Fernando Alonso has called on his Aston Martin team to improve next time in Singapore after finishing 9th at Monza.
The Spaniard and his teammate Lance Stroll have gradually slipped in the hierarchy in 2023, despite starting the season with a succession of podiums.
“I think that’s what we deserved today,” said Alonso. “We only finished ninth and we have to do better next time. We didn’t have the pace, from the first lap I felt a bit slow.
“We have to look at why this track is a bit more difficult for us and obviously focus on Singapore to get a better weekend.”
Red Bull confirms Norris’ plan
Red Bull adviser Helmut Marko has confirmed that Lando Norris is a ‘candidate’ to replace Sergio Perez.
The 23-year-old is contracted to McLaren until 2025 but could move to a title-seeking side in the following years.
“[Sergio] Perez is inconsistent. He’s not always focused,” Marko told Servus TV. “But he has a contract until 2024 and Lando Norris has a contract until 2025.
“Unfortunate that it lasts so long because he would be one of the candidates. In terms of youth and speed, he would be a very good fit.
“Sergio, on the other hand, is already over 30 and is going to have his fourth child. He already has other interests, so we’ll have to see what happens after that.”
Hamilton stung by Brundle
F1 expert Martin Brundle says he is “surprised and disappointed” by Lewis Hamilton, following the seven-time world champion’s recent comments about Max Verstappen.
Hamilton has apparently tried to play down Verstappen’s recent dominance by highlighting the level of his Red Bull teammates.
The Dutchman has won 10 races in a row and is heading for a third consecutive Drivers’ Championship title.
“I was a bit surprised and disappointed that Lewis Hamilton and Toto Wolff downplayed this achievement over the weekend, as they have rightly received the respect and appreciation they are due during their years of utter dominance. from 2014 to 2020,” Brundle wrote in his Sky Sports column.
Schumacher health update
Michael Schumacher’s friend and journalist Roger Benoit has given an update on the F1 legend’s condition, his condition remaining confidential following a skiing accident in 2013.
The seven-time world champion has not been seen publicly since that day as his family maintains strict confidentiality regarding his condition.
When asked for an update, Benoit told Blick: “There’s only one answer to that question and that’s what his son Mick gave in one of his rare interviews in 2022. “I’d give anything to talk to dad. This sentence says it all about how his father has been doing for over 3,500 days. A hopeless case.
Sky Sports expert Ted Kravitz believes Christian Horner’s comments about Carlos Sainz after the Italian Grand Prix were ‘uncool’.
Ferrari star Sainz defended with all his might against Red Bull’s Max Verstappen but ultimately had to settle for third place.
“Carlos was very sturdy, sometimes he was a bit late, he moved around a bit,” said Horner. “He’s driving a Ferrari at Monza – he’s going to defend his life.”
Kravitz then objected, saying Ted’s notebook“I was thinking about that comment from Christian Horner when he said Sainz was defending like his life depended on it…if Horner meant that in a bit of a nervous way, well, that’s not cool. Because you know what His life depended on it Carlos Sainz’s life depended on it.
“He had every right to defend against Max Verstappen, Sergio Perez and anyone who passed him or tried to pass him today like his life depended on it because that’s what they’re being paid for. “
Wolff knocked down an ankle
Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has been branded ‘unsightly’ by former F1 world champion Damon Hill.
Wolff made bitter remarks about Max Verstappen’s 10-game winning streak, which he sealed with another win at Monza.
“It seemed a little rude and not very friendly,” Hill said. “It’s different from Toto because he’s usually very athletic. But he’s in a bit of pain now.
“Mercedes knows what it’s like to be dominant and they didn’t even make the podium at Monza. They seem a bit stuck and don’t know what to do.”
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