In the round-up: Sergio Perez has confirmed negotiations have begun with Red Bull over a potential contract extension for 2023
Sergio Perez has confirmed negotiations have begun with Red Bull over a potential contract extension for 2023.
Perez is racing in his second season with the Red Bull team, having received a one year contract extension for 2022. Asked whether negotiations had begun between him and the team for next season, Perez confirmed that discussions were taking place.
“Yeah we started to talk, but we are not in a hurry to get anything done soon,” said Perez.
Alfa Romeo’s head of trackside engineering, Xevi Pujolar, says that Valtteri Bottas could have finished ahead of the two Mercedes on pace in the Miami Grand Prix were it not for the Safety Car intervention.
Bottas qualified fifth on the grid for the race, behind both Ferraris and Red Bulls, and was running ahead of Lewis Hamilton in the race before the Safety Car, that allowed George Russell to pit for medium tyres and rejoin seventh, were he would pass both to take fifth.
Asked if Alfa Romeo had the third-fastest car around the Miami circuit, Pujolar replied “I think yes.”
“I think without the Safety Car, we were in a reasonably comfortable position there,” he explained. “Because when we were up to speed, the pace was good. Okay, we could not go anywhere because Russell was there waiting for that Safety Car that then came for him. But I think we were in a reasonably good position.
“After the Safety Car, for some reason they seemed to struggle more mid-to-end of the stints. We were struggling a bit more at the restart. We needed a few more laps to get up to speed. This is maybe a point that we will try to see what can we do in the future without affecting our, our consistency that we have. But without the Safety Car I think we were ahead of them, the two Mercedes.”
Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff says he is “really happy” with how Hamilton and Russell are racing each other so far in 2022.
Russell overtook Hamilton twice in Sunday’s Miami Grand Prix after his first pass on Hamilton was deemed to be outside of track limits. Wolff says that he is pleased with the dynamic between his two drivers so far.
“I’m really happy about the two of them, how they interact, how respectfully they do about with each other,” Wolff said.
“Even a situation where they race each other and where it’s getting a bit ‘I’m not leaving you room’, ‘okay then, I’m going to find another way’, and then you give the position back – I think this is how the two of them, how team mates should race each other. And that’s okay.”
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Notable posts from Twitter, Instagram and more:
There’s a reason why I’ve never watched back an F1 gridwalk in a quarter of a century of doing them. You have no idea how much I dislike doing them but somehow those crazy moments have defined my professional career 🤔. Oh well, that’s the way it is.
— Martin Brundle (@MBrundleF1) May 9, 2022
George didn’t really understand this either when he came on the post race show. George ran wide, never passed Lewis and Lewis then let him past at the next turn, possibly, we suggested, thinking he’d forced him off track and wanting to make amends. Odd. https://t.co/wV1r108IFi
— Will Buxton (@wbuxtonofficial) May 9, 2022
If you love @F1, then you will love @IndyCar. I love and respect both. Seeing the rise in popularity for the F1 side is such a positive for open wheel racing as a whole. Excited to share our story on the IndyCar side more, especially this May 🤘
— Josef Newgarden (@josefnewgarden) May 9, 2022
Not the result we were hoping for, but we’ll keep fighting #MSC47 pic.twitter.com/ahpQ4wCIqf
— Mick Schumacher (@SchumacherMick) May 9, 2022
Motor racing links of interest:
Treat Hamilton like an adult and let him make own choice over jewellery (The Times)
"Regulations are in place to keep the drivers safe but some common sense is required. Drivers take on enough danger every time they step into the cockpit and if they, as adults, decide to wear a piece of jewellery, in full knowledge of the outcome and the risk to themselves, that is their choice."
Formula 1 Went Looking for American Glitz. It Found Miami. (Wall Street Journal)
"For three days around Formula One’s inaugural Miami Grand Prix, a sport that few Americans cared about until recently, A-listers filed past the garages gawking at the only sports cars they might never buy. Hulking Super Bowl winners queued up to say hello to jockey-sized F1 drivers. Former First Lady Michelle Obama popped into the Mercedes garage on Saturday just to hug seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton, one day ahead of Tom Brady and David Beckham."
Formula One, fueled by Netflix and ESPN, revs up courtship of U.S. fans (Washington Post)
"The product itself is very consumable. It’s hard to dedicate time to three-plus-hour games, so the nature of how condensed F1 is, in that two-hour window, is another element we feel has helped us retain viewers longer."
Max Verstappen parties the night away after Miami Grand Prix victory (Page Six)
"Before hitting up E11even, a Page Six spy spotted Verstappen, 24, celebrating with pal Martin Garrix at the Story and Tao event presented by Acura, where he signed the wall with his signature."
Opinion: F1’s Miami race was a bit dull but important (Top Gear)
"True. The atmosphere was more akin to a carnival, the Hard Rock stadium was sold out and all the drivers looked physically wiped after the race. Circuit looked good, if a little tricky, so while the race itself didn’t ignite in the way F1 hoped, it was still an important milestone."
F1 owners Liberty Media to buy Las Vegas land for $240 million (Reuters)
"Formula One's commercial rights holders Liberty Media are buying a plot of land in Las Vegas for $240 million to locate the pit and paddock complex for a grand prix next year, they said on Friday."
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