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Jun.18 (GMM) Esteban Ocon says he remains linked with Mercedes, even though he has just signed a new three-year contract extension with Renault-owned Alpine. The Frenchman has been a Mercedes junior for years, with Toto Wolff still heavily involved in the management of his career. And although he will be an Alpine driver “through and…Read More »
Jun.18 (GMM) Nikita Mazepin says he only apologised to his teammate Mick Schumacher because the German was so upset after their Baku incident. Schumacher exclaimed “Does he want to kill us?” after Mazepin’s high speed jink to the right during their run to the chequered flag. “I’m still amazed. I wouldn’t have expected that between…Read More »
Jun.18 (GMM) Dr Helmut Marko says he regards any psychological games with Toto Wolff or Mercedes as “background noise”. At Baku, Wolff moved his rhetoric that is normally aimed at Austrian countryman Marko to Red Bull team boss Christian Horner, calling him a “windbag”. Marko, 78, thinks it’s simply an effort to disturb Red Bull…Read More »
Jun.18 (GMM) Pierre Gasly says he still isn’t sure if he will remain at Alpha Tauri beyond 2021. Red Bull supremo Dr Helmut Marko said recently that the Frenchman is a perfect fit for the Alpha Tauri fashion brand, but 25-year-old Gasly is open about eyeing a return to the senior team. “It’s in Red…Read More »
Jun.18 (GMM) Formula 1 drivers reportedly boycotted a meeting with Pirelli officials at Paul Ricard, as the saga of the mysterious Baku blowouts continues. “I understand that Max is angry,” Mario Isola, the official tyre supplier’s F1 chief, said at Paul Ricard. “But he also knows that I’m always available for questions.” Indeed, championship leader…Read More »
Jun.18 (GMM) Mercedes has implemented a temporary fix after Lewis Hamilton lost victory at Baku with the re-start incident. “I don’t count it as a mistake,” the seven time world champion, second behind Max Verstappen in the drivers’ standings, said at Paul Ricard. “You can’t always be perfect, but a mistake is when you veer…Read More »
Jun.18 (GMM) Fernando Alonso has hit back at suggestions he is experiencing “difficulties” on his return to Formula 1. The 39-year-old Spaniard said he expected that his comeback after a two-year sabbatical would not be plain sailing. “Of the six grands prix so far, two were new circuits for me and two were street circuits,”…Read More »
Jun.18 (GMM) Valtteri Bottas and George Russell are giving little away at Paul Ricard amid swirling rumours about their future. According to authoritative sources, Russell looks set to replace Bottas at Mercedes next year, with the Finn potentially returning to Williams or perhaps considering a move to Alfa Romeo. “No one in the team has…Read More »
Jun.17 (GMM) Kevin Magnussen will step up into Indycar this weekend. As he lost his Formula 1 seat with Haas at the end of last year, the Dane said he would hopefully use his move into US sports cars as a springboard to the country’s premier open-wheel category. “My father has been racing in the…Read More »
Jun.17 (GMM) Dr Helmut Marko admits a win for championship leader Max Verstappen might be out of reach this weekend at Paul Ricard. Indeed, both Mercedes and Red Bull are expecting that after strong form for the Dutch driver on the Baku and Monaco street circuits, Lewis Hamilton could be back on song on the…Read More »
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