In the round-up: Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff says the adversity Lewis Hamilton has faced in the past shows he can recover following his tough race in Imola.
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After Hamilton struggled to a point-less 13th in Imola, Wolff said: “It’s not his low, I think it’s the low of the car performance.”
He is certain Hamilton, who narrowly missed out on winning a record eighth world championship last year, will be back in competitive shape once the team makes some progress with his car.
“We know that he’s a seven-time world champion,” said Wolff. “He caught up last year, him and us at the team, we caught it up and fought for the championship [after] it was lost actually Saturday of Brazil. So the guy is the best driver in the world and he’s just not having a machine and equipment underneath him and to be able to execute.”
Wolff said other great drivers in F1 history have recovered from difficult spells. “The real stars, they have recovered. There is none out of the really great ones that come into my mind that didn’t have certain moments in their careers where things didn’t run properly. And that is the case now with him since a long time.
“He’s going to help the team to sort itself out and we are sticking together through good and bad times.”
Jaguar Formula E team principal James Barclay says that the newly unveiled Gen3 car has the ‘correct ingredients’ for the future of the electric series.
Being introduced from the 2023 season, the new Gen3 car is lighter and more powerful than the current-spec of Formula E car. Barclay says that the new model has the ‘correct ingredients’ for the future.
“At the heart of it, what justifies why we came into this sport, what continues to justify why we wanted to commit to the future, is the core ingredients are absolutely correct for the future,” said Barclay.
“The fact is we’re the pinnacle of all-electric racing. And there’ll be other categories come the future, but Formula E is the pinnacle of electric racing. That is really kind of fundamental to the heart of it, because Jaguar as a brand from 2025, becomes all-electric model luxury brand.”
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Three former grand prix winners from North and South America have been named as ambassadors for the inaugural Miami Grand Prix next weekend.
Mario Andretti, Emerson Fittipaldi and Juan Pablo Montoya will be ambassadors for the event, held around the Miami International Autodrome, circling the Hard Rock Stadium home of the Miami Dolphins NFL team.
“Having lived in this part of the world for a long time, I’m very excited that we will be able to showcase all that Miami and South Florida has to offer,” said Montoya.
“It’s an attractive place, so equally for Formula 1 to come here and bring the glamour, technology and exciting racing will mean the Miami Grand Prix will be a truly unforgettable experience.”
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Motor racing links of interest:
F1's radical new 2026 car: active aero, smaller cars and auto crash prevention (Motor Sport)
Pat Symonds: "So it’s all about active aero – having two modes to the car effectively. So rather different to DRS, there’s a mode where the car has high downforce and consequently high drag when it’s in the corner, and a mode where it has low drag when it’s on the straight and consequently low downforce."
New AMSP deal with O’Ward ‘imminent’ - Brown (RACER)
"We’re in great shape with Pato. We have a good understanding; we want to race together for a long time. And so while there’s no pen on paper yet, we have a mutual understanding. It’s fairly imminent — weeks, not months, that we’ll have a new relationship in place. I’m quite excited about it."
David Beckham, Gordon Ramsay and Lewis Hamilton invited to shoot Stormzy’s comeback music video (The Sun)
"Stormzy is pulling out all the stops with his new project and he has called everyone he knows to get involved. He has approached Emilia Clarke, Lewis Hamilton, Louis Theroux And Jonathan Ross as well as David Beckham and Gordon Ramsay."
SF Full Access - 2022 Emilia-Romagna GP | A Tough Weekend on Home Soil (Ferrari via YouTube)
"We leave Imola after the Made in Italy e dell’Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix with a sense of what might have been. The team only picked up 20 points at the Enzo e Dino Ferrari circuit: 12 in the sprint and eight in the grand prix courtesy of a sixth place for Charles Leclerc."
Hamilton and Rossi swap seats (Sky F1 via YouTube)
"Formula One's Lewis Hamilton and Moto GP's Valentino Rossi swap seats for the day!"
We Sent A Formula 1 Car To Space (Live Fast)
"To congratulate Lando Norris for his third place at the Imola grand prix, we sent him and his McLaren Formula 1 car to space! But after the balloon pops and parachutes back to earth, will we be able to find it?"
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