Perez: Several races a “no-go”
With 23 races, Formula 1 has reached – or already exceeded – a saturation point. Las Vegas and Qatar are already set as new races for 2023, but Sergio Perez does not want the race calendar to grow further: “Of course there is great demand, but on the other hand, more races are a no-go, at least for me , “the Red Bull driver told The Athletic.
“We have so many races, we have simulator sessions before each race, and we have a lot of partner events. Basically, we do not have time for us and our family at all,” he says angrily, threatening: “If the calendar continues to grow , I certainly do not want to participate, “says the future father of three.
Mercedes does in NFTs
Mercedes has discovered the topic of NFT and will soon release a series of it. Ten works of art by Mercedes vehicles will be designed exclusively by artist Mad Dog Jones, two of which will be auctioned off on the FTX trading platform this Miami weekend. The rest are expected to follow later in the season.
The two NFTs come with each a real rear wing that was powered by Mercedes in Miami.
The auction runs from May 6 to May 13, the profits go to the charity initiative Ignite.
Expressed in numbers
Lewis Hamilton is seventh overall with 28 points. Teammate George Russell is number four and has already collected 49 points. And: Russell has never finished outside the top 5 in a race this season.
Hamilton is currently only at eye level in qualifying, in the sprints and races he is behind.
From a sporting standpoint, the start of the 2022 season is actually the worst of his Formula 1 career. Only in 2009 did he have fewer points (26) based on today’s system, but he was disqualified in Australia. And there he used to be number three on the podium.
Why is Russell better than Hamilton?
13. at Imola, while teammate is fourth. After Saudi Arabia, the next internal team clap was for Lewis Hamilton. It was not necessarily to be expected. But why does George Russell seem to get better at it with the Mercedes W13?
Alex Bodo, a racing strategist who is very close to the Mercedes team, analyzes the reasons in the video.
Russell: Won to lousy cars from Williams?
Alexander Bodo, a racing strategist who is very close to Mercedes, analyzes why George Russell is doing better with the W13 than Lewis Hamilton. More Formula 1 videos
Vasseur: Fear of losing staff
Sergio Perez is certainly not the only one who could draw consequences with an even longer calendar. In particular, many mechanics could turn their backs on Formula 1 due to the excessive loads. “Yes, we are always worried about losing good employees,” Alfa Romeo team manager Frederic Vasseur confirms to ‘Motorsport-Total.com’.
The Frenchman blames the generational change (which Franz Tost would certainly agree with). He himself sees 23 races as positive and, thanks to the great demand, could also imagine 30 or 32 races.
“I love racing. I dreamed of Formula 1 when I was ten years old. Then you can not complain that there are too many races. That was always the purpose of the dream.”
Speaking of Miami
You want to know more about the new Formula 1 circuit, where the series will make its debut next week. Then the video is recommended to you.
Explained: Formula 1 track in Miami
A lap of the Miami International Autodrome – the brand new Formula 1 racetrack due to the Miami Dolphins’ Hard Rock Stadium – explained by Clive Owen, head of the design company Apex Circuit Design! More Formula 1 videos
Calendar: It’s grown like that since 2000
In the photo series you can again see how the calendar has changed from year to year. It’s easy to follow up to 2019, but in the last three seasons, the changes have obviously become confusing due to the corona – much mixed in there.
Miami last individual race
Hard to believe, but true: The race in Miami next weekend will be the last this year not to be held as a double or triple header. Exhausting weeks await the Formula 1 drivers and above all the mechanics and other staff. Because Formula 1 will be finished on time before the start of the World Cup.
What else do we have the rest of the year:
– Double Spain & Monaco
– Double Baku and Canada (!)
– Double Britain and Austria
– Double France & Hungary
– summer holidays
– Triple Belgium, Holland and Italy
– Triple TBA, Singapore and Japan
– Double USA and Mexico
– Double Brazil & Abu Dhabi
Autumn in particular will drain your energy with two triple headers in a row.
Until the last day
Good morning! One last time this week, we report from the live ticker before entering a Formula 1 free weekend – there is not much of that this year. But with Miami still a week away, we have another opportunity to take a break.
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