In the round-up: Charles Leclerc says his battles with Max Verstappen in Formula 1 are more “fun” than compared to the pair’s karting rivalry.
F1 title rivals Leclerc and Verstappen competed in karts together and a video of the pair speaking after an “incident” during a race became infamous after it re-emerged after they were reunited in top-level motor racing.
Championship leader Leclerc says his history of competing against the world champion means he expects the fight against Verstappen to last all season.
“I think it’s going to be very close – it’s always been very close,” Leclerc said. “Especially in the junior categories in karting, I remember it was either me or him and that’s why we hated each other at one point because he very often it didn’t end in the best way possible!
“I think we just have very two very different styles of driving. Sometimes one will win, sometimes the other might. But it’s fun. I like it.”
Mick Schumacher says he is excited by the prospect of driving in the wet during the Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix weekend at Imola.
Rain is scheduled for this afternoon’s one and only practice session before qualifying takes place this evening. Asked by RaceFans how he felt about the prospect of running in the wet this weekend, Schumacher said he was “looking forward” to it.
“I think it’s always something which obviously adds a bit of spice and makes things fun,” said Schumacher.
“Also, driving in the wind is always something that I enjoyed in the past and also with the Race of Champions I managed to build up on that skill a bit. So yeah, I’m looking forward to it.”
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Callum Ilott says it is “difficult” to race as a rookie in IndyCar without having a team mate as a reference.
The British driver is racing with the Juncos Hollinger team, both having made their debuts in the series at the end of last season. Ilott says he misses having a reference to compare himself to.
“Without a team mate, it’s difficult,” he said. “I’m a rookie, the team’s a rookie. It’s hard to get the direction sometimes. But we’re making the best out of it.
“I think we’re doing a better job than some people. I also think if we continue the momentum, get some of these improvements solidified, we can definitely do a good job.”
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Williams Racing motorhome enjoys makeover ahead of its 2022 debut (Williams)
"During the past winter, our motorhome has gone through its biggest refurbishment to date."
A journey through the history of Imola (AlphaTauri)
"The countdown to Imola 2022 is now in its final phase, but let’s pause the clock to look back in time, to the origins of Imola and the fantastic history of our home track."
Lucas Brito: Forging a Career as a Motorsport Content Producer (The Qualifier)
"I find a lot of motorsport content to be relatively the same. There doesn’t seem to be much originality anymore, so when I see something new or different, it makes me want to know more about why it was made that way. In this conversation, Lucas talks a bit about what inspires him and gives other creators tips on how to make cool stuff."
Lewis Hamilton’s Neat Burger expands to US with Fast-Food Shops and Vegan Meats (Veg News)
"This fall, vegan burger chain Neat Burger will open its first United States location in Manhattan in New York City. Founded in 2019 with help from world champion race car driver Lewis Hamilton, the shop serves typical fast-food fare made vegan, including plant-based cheese burgers, chicken burgers, hot dogs, tater tots, ice cream, and milkshakes, along with kids meals."
It Starts With Yes (Daniel Ricciardo via YouTube)
"Finally saw the Optus fam. Two years in the making. Said Hey. Said Yes. Just good times all round."
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