F1 LIVE: Max Verstappen compares Lewis Hamilton and Charles Leclerc battles as Ferrari rivalry heats up

Zhou Guanyu slams into fence after suffering terrifying upside-down crash at British GP

Carlos Sainz claimed the British Grand Prix last weekend on a hugely eventful Sunday which all started with Zhou Guanyu surviving a horror opening-lap crash just before protesters invaded the track at Silverstone.

The race finale was a tale of tyre-swapping, late overtaking and a long-awaited win for the Spanish driver on his 150th F1 start, as he edged past Ferrari teammate Charles Leclerc, who eventually dropped off the podium spots.

Sergio Perez climbed from the back of the queue to finish second, while Lewis Hamilton claimed his second podium place of the season to finish third in front of over 140,000 fans.

Attention now begins to turn to another back-to-back race week and the Austrian Grand Prix, with Red Bull pair Max Verstappen and Sainz leading the way in the drivers championship. It’s the second sprint race of the season at the Red Bull Ring, as the 2022 Formula One season looks to take another turn.

Follow all the reaction to the Silverstone race as we look ahead to this weekend’s Austrian Grand Prix:

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The British Grand Prix provided a “perfect demonstration” of what Formula One aimed to achieve with its 2022 cars and how much safer the sport has become, according to managing director Ross Brawn.

The halo head protection system was credited with saving the life of Chinese driver Guanyu Zhou after a huge first-lap crash while Sunday’s race at Silverstone had close racing and thrilling overtakes.

Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz won the race for his first victory in Formula One.

“What pleased me was the precision the drivers could have with the cars. We saw countless fascinating battles that went for several corners, with multiple changes of position,” Brawn said in a column on the F1 website.

“We saw drivers were able to take multiple lines with these new cars — and that allowed for two, three or even four cars going almost side-by-side. The quality of the passes was high, too,” he added.

Karl Matchett6 July 2022 14:20

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How much are F1 drivers paid? 2022 salaries revealed

The 2022 F1 season is back underway after an off-season that brought the biggest overhaul in sporting rules and regulations in recent memory.

After a thrilling 2021 season, the teams were given a blank slate to prepare their cars for this year’s campaign in an attempt to level the playing field and increase overtaking opportunities.

It comes after Max Verstappen defeated Lewis Hamilton in a wild and unpredictable title race that went down to the final lap of the season at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. In a highly controversial season-decider, which ultimately saw race director Michael Masi removed from his post, Verstappen made the crucial pass on the final-lap shootout to win the title after Hamilton had clawed back his lead by winning the previous three races.

It was Verstappen’s first title of his career and the 24-year-old was rewarded by Red Bull with a new long-term contract that has seen him join Hamilton at the top of the drivers salary charts – and it’s not surprise to see last season’s championship contenders at the top of the standings ahead of this campaign.

While drivers salaries are not released into the public domain by teams, the figures reported in the media are widely used to determine how much the 20 drivers are being paid by their respective teams this season – although that does not include performance-related bonuses or other commercial add-ons.

Karl Matchett6 July 2022 14:00

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Verstappen hints at potential retirement date

Max Verstappen has again hinted that his latest contract signed with Red Bull this year could be his final deal in Formula One, suggesting it would depend on the competitiveness of the car at the time whether he’d continue.

A long-term deal runs until 2028, so he’s in no imminent danger of exiting the sport, but he has no desire to be caught up in the midfield and again spoke of his intent to take on endurance racing – Le Mans, Daytona or Sebring – at some stage.

“Maybe I’ll quit [at the end of this contract],” he said to The Red Bulletin.

“By that time I will have been driving around in Formula 1 for a while.

“It depends a bit on whether the car is good and I’m still competing for prizes. I can’t stand having to do my laps at the back. I’d rather drive in another class.

“But at the moment I wouldn’t want to drive for any other team. So if you feel good and it works, why change?”

Karl Matchett6 July 2022 13:40

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Mercedes’ trackside engineer Andrew Shovlin says the cars performed as expected following upgrades for the Silverstone race – helping add pace and retain more control, as they seek to fix the porpoising issues which have plagued their season.

George Russell’s race was over after just seconds, caught up in the early incident which saw Zhou Guanyu flip over and crash into the barriers, but Lewis Hamilton went on to record a first podium spot since the opening week of the season.

“The key thing for us here was seeing they actually performed as expected and they did that – they were delivering a few tenths more downforce to the car and we think we saw that in terms of the performance on the weekend,” Shovlin explained in a video post.

“The other thing that was nice to see was that there was a bit less bouncing, the car was behaving a bit more normally, it was easier for the drivers to work with it to tune the balance.

“So overall, it was a pleasing result for us, not just to see Lewis on the podium but to see the update kit perform as we hoped.”

Karl Matchett6 July 2022 13:20

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No Red Bull discussions with Honda over F1 return, says Horner

Christian Horner says news of a Honda return to Formula One should be directed to them, as Red Bull have no plans and no clue about a rumoured continued link-up in the coming seasons.

Volkswagen’s intentions to enter the arena with their Porsche and Audi brands was suggested to have made Honda keen on a fully-fledged return, as at present they only supply engines to Red Bull and AlphaTauri.

“That really is a question for them. There’s certainly been no discussion with ourselves about that,” he said.

“We opened the Red Bull Powertrain building earlier this week so the staff moved into the building, which is a facility that should hopefully enable us to produce really competitive engines starting from 2026.

“We have an engineering partnership with agreement with Honda for the supply of the current engines under the current agreement to the end of year the 2025 set of regulations.”

Karl Matchett6 July 2022 13:00

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AlphaTauri duo look to move on from Silverstone collision

Pierre Gasly and Yuki Tsunoda came a little too close for comfort at the British GP, as the latter was at fault for a collision which saw them both spin out.

It was a race day to forget after a fine previous day’s work in qualifying, with the duo now hoping for better fortunes in Austria.

“I am glad that we can go racing again after just a few days to put the Silverstone race behind us. The only good moment of that weekend was on Saturday afternoon when we worked well in the wet conditions to qualify better than we had hoped, based on how Friday went,” Tsunoda said.

“I couldn’t do anything about the collision after the start and later unfortunately I had the incident with Pierre. We discussed it as a team and now we move forward.”

“This is a home race for Red Bull, so although there is no extra pressure, everyone in the team is very keen to do well,” added Gasly.

“I’ve finished in the points three times at the Red Bull Ring. It’s a very fast layout, especially the second and third sectors, and it’s the type of track that has been a bit complicated for us since the start of the year. On the other hand, we have learned a lot from the races so far and we can try and improve the car under these conditions and make some progress.”

Karl Matchett6 July 2022 12:40

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Verstappen details difference between Hamilton and Leclerc rivalries

Max Verstappen remains well-placed to defend his Formula One driver’s title this year despite a tricky outing at Silverstone, after he pipped Lewis Hamilton to triumph in last season’s dramatic ending to the season.

This time around, due to Mercedes struggling with their new car, it has been Charles Leclerc he is facing off with on a regular occurrence, with the revitalised Ferrari team tasting success in the British Grand Prix last time out as his teammate Carlos Sainz won.

For Verstappen, though, there’s a clear difference between how the tension has been building this year and how last term’s rivalry was played out and portrayed – and it’s nothing to do with the men behind the wheel.

Instead, he says there has aways been respect between himself and Hamilton, but rather than last year it was their respective teams who sometimes overstepped the mark, while matters have been far more cordial between Red Bull and Ferrari in 2022.

Karl Matchett6 July 2022 12:23

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IndyCar owner berates team including Romain Grosjean after position battles turn personal

Michael Andretti acknowledged Tuesday that the meltdown of his IndyCar team at Mid-Ohio was unacceptable and said his four drivers will be expected to work together as teammates the remainder of the season.

Andretti led an emergency meeting after Sunday’s race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, where a fracture in the Andretti Autosport lineup was fully revealed.

Romain Grosjean and Alexander Rossi played bumper cars in a race for position that turned personal. Rossi also hit rookie teammate Devlin DeFrancesco, Grosjean hit Colton Herta and IndyCar penalized both Rossi and Grosjean for avoidable contact.

After the race, team owner Andretti was seen having a heated conversation with Rossi’s father, and he pulled all four drivers inside to discuss the debacle.

“Our race results in Mid-Ohio did not go as planned. Sunday’s display was disappointing and unacceptable and not the way we operate — on or off the track,” Andretti said Tuesday in a statement provided to The Associated Press.

“Racing is a passionate sport and we have four highly competitive drivers; however we are one team at Andretti and our drivers need to remember that we expect them to work together for the betterment of the team. That’s the way it will be going forward.”

Grosjean raced for nearly a decade in Formula One before his time in the series ended in a 2020 crash from which he escaped from the burning wreckage of his car, earning the nickname “The Phoenix.” He switched to IndyCar the next season and overperformed while driving for Dale Coyne Racing, which helped the Frenchman land a better seat at front-runner Andretti Autosport.

Rossi decided earlier this year that his seventh season with Andretti would be his last. The winner of the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 in 2016 has signed with Arrow McLaren SP for 2023.

Grosjean and Rossi raced against each other five times in F1 in 2015, when Rossi got a handful of starts driving for Manor Marussia. Grosjean finished 13th and Rossi was 14th in Rossi’s F1 debut. Rossi’s time in F1 ran out at the end of that season and he’s been with Andretti since.

He and Grosjean don’t care for each other, and Grosjean didn’t back down following the Mid-Ohio postrace lecture from the boss. Grosjean called Rossi “an absolute idiot” afterward.

Rossi stressed that he was committed to working as part of the Andretti organization through the remaining seven races but declined to comment further.

The Andretti organization has just one win so far this season — Herta on the road course at Indianapolis Motor Speedway — and Rossi at eighth is the highest-ranked Andretti driver in the standings. Grosjean has one podium finish and is ranked 14th.

The organization also wasn’t all that competitive at the Indy 500, the one race the team owner cares most about winning. Rossi in fifth was the highest-finishing Andretti driver and the three late laps led by Marco Andretti were the only laps that an Andretti car paced the field.

Associated Press6 July 2022 12:00

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Sainz’s Silverstone win led to Ferrari camp split, claims ex-employee

Carlos Sainz celebrated his maiden Formula One victory at the British Grand Prix on Sunday, as he raced to first place in the last 10 laps following a Safety Car being deployed and a quick tyre switch.

The Ferrari man moved to soft compounds for the closing stages – as did a host of challengers behind him – but teammate Charles Leclerc, leading the race at the time, was unable to follow suit and ultimately finished fourth.

While there were widespread celebrations at Sainz’s first win, coming on his 150th F1 start, it has been suggested by a former Ferrari employee that not everybody within the team felt quite the same way.

Each driver has their team behind the scenes and the suggestion is that Leclerc’s were so unhappy at the way the race finale panned out that they baulked at having to partake in the overall team celebrations after the chequered flag.

Karl Matchett6 July 2022 11:40

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Lando Norris hits back at ‘clueless’ critics of McLaren contract

Lando Norris has labelled people speculating over his long-term future at McLaren as “clueless”.

The 22-year-old signed a new deal that keeps him with the British team until 2025 earlier this year but that has failed to dampen talk about him moving on at some point.

Former world champion Jenson Button is one of those to question the decision describing himself as “surprised” given McLaren’s struggles on track of late.

Norris, though, is more than happy where he is.

“They’re clueless,” he told Sky Sports. “I don’t know why… everyone thinks they know, he definitely could have gone here, he could have done that.

“But most of the time they know absolutely nothing, all these people coming up with these conclusions.”

Karl Matchett6 July 2022 11:20

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