After Red Bull, it’s over, says Max Verstappen

12:53 p.m.

Live: The 3rd free training session in Monaco!

Driving operations in Monaco continue: At. 13:00 begins the one-hour third free training session, so to speak, the “dress rehearsal” before the qualification (from 16:00).

With our live ticker session you are up close to what is happening on the Circuit de Monaco: My colleague Norman Fischer will guide you through the third free training session and provide current information on positions, distances and give impressions of the vehicles on the race track.

Get the live ticker session here!

Here in the daily ticker, as usual, there are the highlights from the training and then current voices and reactions.

12:46 p.m.

The slightly different Monaco preview …

… shows the main characters in Formula 1 and what they could say. Connor Moore stages Max Verstappen, Lewis Hamilton and Co. in a fun way. Feel free to take a look and have a laugh! 🙂

12:33 p.m.

Verstappen’s career so far

Should he seriously stop after 2028, Max Verstappen would have only driven for two teams in Formula 1: Toro Rosso and Red Bull. And how it all came to be is shown in our photo series. It traces Verstappen’s motorsport career, from the junior division to the end of the 2020 season. And what happened in 2021, we all know that well, right? 😉

Photo gallery: Max Verstappen’s Formula 1 career


Verstappen: After Red Bull, it may be over

Formula 1 world champion Max Verstappen categorically rules out a switch to another team. “My plan is to be here in 2028 [bei Red Bull] to stay, “he told the Daily Telegraph. He recently signed a contract with a similar term.

And Verstappen could well find himself ending his Formula 1 career without having driven for another team. After 2028 “I could stop,” he says. “I’ve been in Formula 1 since I was 17. It’s a long time. And maybe I want to do something different. When I’m 31, I’m maybe at the top of my career or not so good anymore. I know. and I would like to do other races, such as long distance. “

In general, however, it is “difficult to predict” what will happen in the future, says Verstappen. “If I’m fighting for the title in 2028, I would be stupid to stop all of a sudden. When you have a title chance, of course you will take it.”

12:04 p.m.

Two MGU-K defects in Monaco: “Concern” at Ferrari

MGU-K in Valtteri Bottas’ Alfa Romeo C42 went on strike on Friday, as did Mick Schumacher’s Haas VF-22. Both teams pick up these components and the entire drive from Ferrari, where they respond to the technical faults with “concern”, team manager Mattia Binotto explained at the press conference. However, it is assumed that reliability is not endangered.

Alfa team manager Frederic Vasseur also does not expect ongoing problems on the technical side: “I assume that Ferrari will resolve the matter quickly.”


Ricciardo counts at McLaren? Seidl puts it in perspective

First the public criticism of McLaren boss Zak Brown on Daniel Ricciardo, then an accident by the Australian in Monaco on Friday. But McLaren team boss Andreas Seidl is not trying to focus too much on the personnel issue surrounding Ricciardo.

“It is important that we separate different topics from each other here,” says Seidl. And the accident in training is not only Ricciardo’s fault either: “We as a team decided to put more pressure on and it went wrong. But we are all experienced enough to put it behind us.”

Ricciardo still feels “not one hundred percent comfortable in the car” at McLaren and has a very fast teammate at Lando Norris. This results in the usual distance between McLaren drivers. “We can only work with Daniel to find the last percent,” Seidl says. “That’s what we use our energy for.”


Lando Norris is still not really in shape

According to McLaren team manager Andreas Seidl, Lando Norris is not quite back after tonsillitis. “He’s probably still not at 100 percent, but not far away,” Seidl says.

“It was important to give him some rest. And it was good to see it yesterday [im Freitagstraining] was really good at it. Thanks to the updates in Barcelona, ​​we have made progress even at low speed. “


A ceiling on drivers’ salaries: It would be possible, says Seidl

Andreas Seidl can well imagine that a day’s driver’s salaries in Formula 1 will also fall below the budget limit. As you know, driver salaries are currently an exception.

Seidl says: “You would find opportunities there. It is a complex subject. But we know from other sports that it is possible.”

Otmar Szafnauer has a similar view, saying: “You just have to plan long-term here so everyone knows.”

Long contract terms, such as between Max Verstappen and Red Bull, complicate matters. An open question is, for example, how to proceed with existing contracts. And that means: There will not be a single answer, at least in the short term.


That was it for the press conference, but …

… we’ve saved a few items from it. Of course, they will soon be available here in the Formula 1 ticker. So it’s worth following!

The next official item on our agenda is the third free training session in Monaco at. 13.00, followed by qualification from kl. 16.00


Inflation? We planned that, says Szafnauer

Otmar Szafnauer does not accept the argument for high inflation. You could have prepared for that. “We had that in mind when we planned our budget [im Herbst 2021]. And where there is a will, there is a way. We will do it because we adapt accordingly. “

McLaren team manager Andreas Seidl also says: “It’s not unexpected.”


Vasseur: That would be nice …

Alfa Romeo team manager Frederic Vasseur believes that there are very good ways to reduce expenses enough not to overconsume.

“I can’t spend more than I have,” he says. “The best way is to stop the wind tunnel so you don’t bring in new parts every weekend. Anyone can do it. The teams just have to decide if they have to slow down to get through the whole season.”


Alfa Romeo, Alpine and McLaren think differently

The three top teams have made their position clear, the smaller teams Alfa Romeo, Alpine and McLaren disagree. You just do not want to adjust the financial rules of Formula 1.

“If we increase spending, the budget ceiling is virtually obsolete,” says Alpine team manager Otmar Szafnauer. “We should stick to the rules that we have been drafting for a long time. I think it is wrong to change the rules in the middle of the season. We should stick to the rules and abide by them.”

McLaren team manager Andreas Seidl agrees and now sees the ball in the hands of the organizers: “It takes strong leadership from the FIA ​​and Formula 1 to find the best solutions. We are convinced of that. As McLaren, we are committed to limiting the budget. must always use common sense. But the budget ceiling is a must if you want sustainable sports. “


Team leaders urge the World Federation to act

Formula 1 team leaders want to increase the budget ceiling based on global inflation, explains Christian Horner. “We could never have foreseen the global events that caused such inflation. The FIA ​​must react quickly. We are almost halfway through the year. And we have a responsibility to our employees. It would not be right to have to put up. a lot of people. We have to. So here’s a sensible solution. “


Budget ceiling for driver pay too? “Not short-term”

In the medium term, drivers’ salaries in Formula 1 should also fall below the budget limit. But Ferrari team boss Mattia Binotto explains that there is still a long way to go again.

“We’re talking about it. There’s no easy solution, especially when it comes to driver salaries. But we can not do it in the short term: There are existing contracts that we can not break. But we understand how important it is. . “


Horns: Formula 1 is too expensive

According to Christian Horner, the Formula 1 rules ensure that teams cannot save enough money. “You just have to look at where the cost pressures are coming from. You have to look at the sporting and technical rules.”

“Formula 1 is expensive. The rules for 2026 will not be cheap. We must also make sure that Formula 1 does not become an auditors’ championship and ask ourselves why it is so expensive to build these vehicles.”

In addition, some costs are predetermined. “And there are only certain handles for us that you can pull. We are very limited in terms of reducing costs. Energy costs, shipping costs, everything is rising. Far beyond what we have seen before.”


Shovlin: Mercedes is already working on the border

The upper budget limit already severely limits Formula 1 teams, says Andrew Shovlin of Mercedes. He says it is “impossible” to meet the requirements of the financial regulations in the current circumstances, even if one is already tightening the belt as much as possible. His thesis: “It does not work with the best will in the world.”

Mercedes, for example, has already greatly reduced the number of spare parts and is using the existing parts longer than originally planned. “We could do it every weekend [dadurch] get into a situation where we can not participate in the race, “says Shovlin. It is not healthy in the long run.

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