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May 7 (GMM) Valtteri Bottas had an expletive ready when he was asked in Barcelona about rumours he could be about to be replaced by George Russell. “There’s always bullsh*t around, that’s part of the sport,” said the Finn. Bottas then aimed fire at what many believe may be the source of the speculation, especially…Read More »
May 6 (GMM) Bernie Ecclestone says Formula 1’s new sprint qualifying format is “complete nonsense”. Earlier, before the F1 Commission rubber-stamped the 100km Saturday qualifying race that will be trialled on three occasions in 2021, the former F1 supremo sounded supportive of the move. “Why not?” he told Sport1. “Let’s see if the fans accept…Read More »
May 6 (GMM) The promoter of the annual Russian GP has refused to confirm or deny speculation that the race will be relocated from Sochi to a new circuit in St Petersburg in 2022. According to the reports, the race will take place at the new Igora Drive venue in 2022 before returning to Sochi…Read More »
May 6 (GMM) Toto Wolff has dismissed as “nonsense” reports suggesting he may replace Valtteri Bottas with George Russell before the end of the 2021 season. When asked about the rumours by Osterreich newspaper, including the assertion that Lewis Hamilton is ‘almost always’ ahead of Bottas, the Mercedes team boss replied: “Nonsense. “Bottas is really…Read More »
May 5 (GMM) Spectators will be watching from the grandstands at the next two grands prix in Spain and Monaco. The Circuit de Catalunya, scene of this weekend’s race in Barcelona, announced that although the general public will not be allowed access, plans have been drawn up for a crowd of 1000 people on Sunday….Read More »
May 5 (GMM) Formula 1 has made it “very clear” that Barcelona’s future on the annual calendar is not in doubt, according to Carlos Sainz. Recently, when it emerged that Miami would finally be added to the schedule in 2022, rumours emerged that the race could be at the expense of the Spanish GP –…Read More »
May 5 (GMM) A new floor will still not be added to Ferrari’s race package this weekend in Barcelona. The Italian team tested the component in practice at Portimao but did not use it in qualifying or the race. But Corriere della Sera correspondent Daniele Sparisci said new parts will be added to the 2021…Read More »
May 5 (GMM) The relocation of the Russian GP became semi-official late on Tuesday – before the information was quickly denied. We reported last weekend that concrete plans are afoot to have the race moved to a new circuit in Leningrad Oblast, Igora Drive, after this year’s Sochi event. On social media, someone posted a…Read More »
May 5 (GMM) Carlos Sainz says he is learning to ignore those who criticise Formula 1 drivers. The Ferrari driver was asked what he thought of recent criticism of his famous Spanish countryman Fernando Alonso’s return to F1 this season. “I am amazed how quickly people draw conclusions,” Sainz responded. “They do not realise the…Read More »
May 5 (GMM) Lewis Hamilton is already emerging as the standout driver of the 2021 season, according to Ferrari driver Carlos Sainz. This year’s title battle is being billed as a head-to-head between the seven time world champion and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen. “The truth is that I was surprised how easily Hamilton passed Verstappen…Read More »
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