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Dec

The Formula 1 Gossip column

Haas

Haas have verified that Rich Energy’s title sponsorship manage the team has been”amicably” finished with immediate effect after arrangement between the parties.
Aubameyang matches drivers in Monza
On a week off from Premier League responsibility, Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was one of the celebrity guests at the GP – and met some some other athletic stars including Lewis Hamilton and Carlos Sainz, who he’d a paddock game of keepie uppie with prior qualifying.
Leclerc games Hamilton feat
After withstanding immense strain at Monza by Lewis Hamilton to emerge and acquire the German GP, Charles Leclerc ahieved an F1 feat last accomplished from the Mercedes driver – attaining the first two wins of his career in conseuctive races.
Seven days 13, and, like Hamilton, the maiden victories of Leclerc came. For both Monza 2019 for Leclerc and Spa, see USA and Canada 2007 for both Hamilton.
Grid falls for Verstappen and Gasly
Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and Toro Rosso’s Pierre Gasly will begin to grid falls for engine modifications in the rear rows of the GP owing.
Following their various team-mates chose penalties and took Honda Spec 4 engine Spa, Gasly and Verstappen will do at Monza.
“From a PU point of view, the principal improvement is that we plan to run the Spec 4 PU together with four drivers for your very first time, after only Albon and Kvyat conducted it at Belgium,” confirmed Honda’s Toyoharu Tanabe.
“To their first race with Spec 4, Gasly and Verstappen will consequently take grid penalties and start from the rear of grid, but we all believe they could still race ardently on Sunday.
Maldonado’expected to join Ferrari’
Pastor Maldonado has maintained he was”near” to joining Ferrari for its 2014 F1 season.
Discussing in F1’s Beyond The Grid podcast,” the prior Williams and Lotus motorist said:”To be honest, if you look back at the time, I had been the only new one in Formula 1 that achieved a victory (Spain 2012) with not a winning car, so people were looking at me and so were happy to welcome me at the groups. Even to speak, I had been welcome at the groups.
“With Ferrari I recall Montezemolo at the time was in there, also Domenicali. The men always followed career and my outcome. I made good points using a car that was. I do good races and at any point we got close.
“But they began to proceed to place Montezemolo out, they put Domenicali out and then we dropped the contacts and the communicating. We had a few meetings in the track although I have never been to Maranello. I met with Domenciali a few times and I fulfilled Montezemolo.”
Maldonado added:”In the time I had been anticipating the movement ”
Kimi Raikkonen was hired by Ferrari using Maldonado instead replacing the Finn.
Alonso with McLaren in Monza
Fernando Alonso returns to an F1 race weekend paddock for just the second time as stepping off from the sport at the end of last season at Monza this weekend, spending some time together with McLaren amid his continuing role as an ambassador.
Can Grosjean keep Haas chair?
It has been a bumper day with Valtteri Bottas stretching his Mercedes’ contract in the driver marketplace, and Esteban Ocon signing for Renault for 2020. This Ocon move means Nico Hulkenberg is now without a drive for the following year, together with the German connected with Haas.
Can it be Romain Grosjean’s seat so under threat?
“I really don’t know if [Kevin] Magnussen enjoys me more than he dislikes Hulkenberg! ,” joked Grosjean (Magnussen and Hulkenberg have frequently clashed).
He added:”It’s silly season and there is a lot of rumours. I am quite familiar with my place. I think I’ve done a season,clearly not the race results – but in terms of performance I am quite pleased with what I have done.
“The next few weeks are going to be rather interesting in terms of who is going where, and who is being dropped.”
Ericsson on , at Belgium to step in for Kimi
Marcus Ericsson is on standby to replace Kimi Raikkonen for Alfa Romeo at the Belgian GP since the Finn is nursing a muscle injury on his leg.
Raikkonen hopes to still race this weeekend nevertheless says that he will not know if he will be able to compete prior to getting in the car on Friday for training.
Ericsson, who dropped his Alfa Romeo chair last year, is overlooking the IndyCar round at Portland to maintain Spa as cover.
Burger chain is launched by hamilton
A burger restaurant in London is opening, with the completely plant-based Neat Burger opening next week.
“I’m very excited to be partnering with Neat Burger to establish our plant based sustainable beans series,” explained the world champion on Instagram, adding there would be”shops throughout the planet” shortly.
Albon and Gasly prepared for action
Fittings, finish.
Alex Albon was in the Red Bull mill before a major debut race in Belgium, while Gasly returned to Toro Rosso after being freed in the senior team…
F1 reveals another look in the future
Since the countdown to the planned October sign-off for F1’s large 2021 rules overhaul gets nearer, the sport has given a first look at how a version of the vehicle appears in the wind tunnel.
The 50 percent scale version, using 2021-style 18-inch tyres, was analyzed from the Sauber tunnel in Hinwil as F1’s specialized chiefs assses the aftermath being handed off by the in-development automobile since they bid to improve overtaking and assist closer racing.
“Together with the configurations we have got at this time, the results are outstanding,” said F1’s chief technological officer Pat Symonds.
And FIA technical chief Nikolas Tombazis shows:”There is a 5-10 percent aftermath disturbance, compared to the recent levels of 50 per cent, even though it is based upon the specific configuration you are testing and so on.”
Alfa Romeo give evaluations to two motorists
The Korean team is going to operate their 2013 car at Paul Ricard on August 23-24 to provide test outings to Tatiana Calderon, the outfit’s test driver, and Juan Manuel Correa.
For American development driver Correa, the evaluation represents a debut behind the wheel of an F1 car, with the 20-year-old having fastened two podium finishes in this season’s F2 championship.
Calderon, also racing in F2 this calendar year, double examined for Sauber at 2018 – the first outing came in their then-current C37 challenger.
“Our team has a proud history of nurturing young talent and we take this portion of our mission quite seriously,” explained Alfa Romeo team boss Frederic Vasseur. “Both Juan Manuel and Tatiana have shown to be invaluable members of our team, working together with us at the factory and trackside, and also this opportunity in the car can help them progress further in their comprehension of Formula 1 and also in constructing their relationship with the crew and engineers.”
Vettel vs Leclerc. . .but not as it is known by you
Competitive, formula 1 drivers? You bet they are…
Hulkenberg observes his 32nd…
Gasly information is reacted to by verstappen
Max Verstappen says it’s a”pity” which Pierre Gasly has lost his Red Bull chair but has supported his team’s decision.
Red Bull made a large summer movement by substituting the under-performing Gasly using Toro Rosso child Alex Albon – that may now go up from Verstappen.
“Of course it is a shame for Pierre, but I do not care that my team-mate is,” Verstappen informed De Telegraaf.
“The purpose is that we do better using all another car and thereby gain more points for the team.” (Complete story – external website )
F1 drivers enjoy
Podium return is celebrated by toro Rosso. . .eventually
When you’ve waited 11 years for your own podium, what is another week thing before you mark it? Celebrations for Daniil Kvyat’s brilliant third-place end in Toro Rosso HQ prior to the summer shutdown from Germany’s rain.
Mexican GP to stay on calendar
Despite doubts before in the year concerning the future of this Mexican GP, the mayor Claudia Sheinbaum, of Mexico City, has declared that the city is to remain into 2020 on the F1 calendar.
The circuit itself tweeted:”Mexico City will last to #F1ESTA!” Tweeted the circuit. Formula 1 later formally confirmed the information.
F1 appears set to point a record 22 events in 2020, with Spain also hoping to agree that a full-scale expansion. The Netherlands and vietnam are joining the calendar, but Germany seems poised to fall out again.
Hamilton, Verstappen and Vettel on Alonso…
At the end of this post-race Hungarian GP media conference, Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen were asked concerning Fernando Alonso’s congratulatory Twitter post about the race – and it triggered a fairly intriguing chat between these and third-placed finisher Sebastian Vettel.
Keep reading for the whole intriguing, and at-times-revealing, transcript…
Lewis Hamilton: Well, firstly that’s really awesome that he’s supportive… that I was only actually watching some of the restarts, the starts of prior years and watching him from his Renault days and that I remember before I even got to Formula 1 watching how beautiful their starts were. He’s always going to be an excellent driver although I really don’t understand how older Fernando is currently. If he can find a fantastic chair, he’s always welcome to battle with us. It does not create me a difference. I am here to fight whoever’s here.
Max Verstappen: Yup, I think it was a small pity that I had an opportunity to fight against him F1 so yeah…
LH: Can be a for youpersonally.
MV: Fernando? Well, you have experience with this, I really don’t understand. Well…
Sebastian Vettel: ” He will be your father!
MV: Yeah, it is close! Yeah, I understand. As a father. Just how old is it? 36? 38! OK 17 is possible to become a father.
SV: Discussing with expertise?
MV: I do not know. At least I don’t know.
LH: How old are you really?
MV: 21. Many decades, a lot of decades…
LH: Jeez. I like being in this area because I’m not the first!
MV: 34?
LH: I am 34, nearly 35, yeah.
SV: I’ll tell youthe day we upwards and get beat. We will know it’s time…
MV: I’m not so young!
Q: Sebastian? Would you prefer to see him back?
SV: I do not mind. I don’t understand why… I don’t think he never really liked me. I don’t believe we really had a… I don’t mind him. I admire him for what he achieved and for what he can do on track. I don’t know. I guess he is bored if he has the time. Bring him back, I do not mind.
MV: Perhaps as a media manager that is social. To me, he has always been great and very nice. I like he is also looking into other opportunities such as racing. He would like to win and he simply loves racing, ” he wants to be aggressive. It’s very good to see.
LH: The sport requires the best drivers in the top seats and there is still at least a chair available that is good enough for winning and he is great enough for winning consequently it would not be such a poor…
MV: Perhaps he can talk to Toto.
LH: Valtteri’s good; Valtteri’s already been winning. You’re the person with the excess seat, I’d say.
MV: I didn’t say that.
SV: I’m not sure…
Verstappen staying Red Bull to get F1 2020
Toto Wolff has frequently spoken glowingly about Max Verstappen and now there were rumours all season about Mercedes’ interest in the Dutchman to make a blockbuster venture with Hamilton. But that swoop is not going to occur.
Sky Sports understands Verstappen, who has a Red Bull contract for 2020, had performance exemptions which could have seen him become accessible – however they expired following the GP.
Verstappen could have been in a position to proceed out of Red Bull had not been at the top three at the championship by the summer months – however his second-placed finish means that he is third behind Hamilton and Bottas.
“He is at Red Bullhe has a contract and he’s dedicated to Red Bull,” explained Mercedes manager Wolff. “I love to see he says that, since I wouldn’t wish to have any driver in my group looking over the fence of what opportunities are on the market.
“He is committed to Red Bullthis is really where he’s racing this season and this is where he is going to rush the season afterwards. And everything else is extremely much out in the open.”
F1?
F1 managers have been sounding out teams around their perspectives on with a race in Saudi Arabia, according to The Times.
The newspaper assert a race would be staged under’ conditions’ in the Kingdom. (Complete story – external site)
Haas on driver demand, and Grosjean-Magnussen
Haas”have an arrangement” with Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen as they look to avoid further collisions between their two drivers, according to Guenther Steiner – who has also addressed rumours in their 2020 line-up
Magnussen and grosjean have struck each other leaving their stocks.
Haas boss Steiner told Sky F1:”I sat with them initially and we agreed it wasn’t a tricky agreement, they had been on board – that should we inform them if they are near together, and perhaps now it is finished because we have an agreement, that they accept instruction from the group, who is going who’s remaining [in position].
“We have clear comprehension, they were happy with the conclusion and sat down between them to sort out themselves. They understand that they cannot do like this and I hope it works this time. I am saying it now for the next time maybe 3 times blessed and we’re over it.”
On the 2020 line-up, Steiner continued:”Gene [Haas, team owner] and myself may decide over the summer break, hopefully, also we can come back and know how we come back forward with all the drivers for next year.
“There is demand of drivers, but there is not a lot of movement yet. Everybody is asking, we all are placing our feelers out seeing what’s occurring, but nothing has proceeded. When the first domino falls the market will start to move.”
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Bottas: Germany error’not perfect’ timing
Valtteri Bottas has admitted that the timing of his poor German GP was”not perfect” with Mercedes set to make a decision this month on whether to retain the Finn for second season.
Bottas was running when he crashed out of the race and length – and he might have taken a chunk from Lewis Hamilton’s championship lead without the error.
“To be sure it was not perfect but it occurs,” Bottas told Sky F1 ahead of the Hungarian GP. “It was an error that happened at the wrong moment. I was clearly trying hard, pushing tough that’s exactly what the group wants to see.”
Bottas added:”I do not think 1 mistake or a single race will modify anything. That is my mindset coming here. I must really not considering it, focus on this and I want to do my best.
“I know I didn’t do well but I will attempt to do this weekend, then obviously it’s up to the group with their choice and we’ll see. But no stress, just full gas.”
Hamilton explains’retire the automobile’ German GP message
Lewis Hamilton has clarified that he told Mercedes to”retire the car” towards the end of a disorderly German GP if he needed to conserve motor mileage.
Hamilton issued that the radio when he was running last after his two spins, but had been told that there could”still be opportunities” and finally secured two points thanks to Alfa Romeo’s double penalty.
“For one I was not feeling good,” Hamilton told me in Hungary. “But mostly I was just feeling that I am dead , I calculate the chances of me getting things and then I guess how many more races have we got to perform on this {e

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