Former Formula 1 driver Marc Surer says he’d rather be in a position of needing to resolve Ferrari’s 2022 reliability and strategy woes than trying to make a slow car “fast”. And if there’s one thing Ferrari had last season, that was a fast car, especially on Saturdays. That added pace coupled with the news on Thursday that Vasseur has made changes to the Scuderia’s strategy team will be a boost for his drivers. “On top of that, you had a very fast car, the mistakes were in the areas of strategy and pit stops. But both Williams and Mercedes motorsport boss Toto Wolff have denied the new relationship will mean closer co-operation between Williams and Mercedes.
2023 F1 testing is here, and that means we got to see all 10 challengers for the new campaign out there on the track. So, let’s take a look at the 10 challengers which will contest the F1 2023 season…Red BullRed Bull were one of the teams that opted for a livery reveal only with their F1 2023 challenger, so there was great intrigue when the covers came off and the real RB19 hit the track. The sidepods were the main point of attraction on the RB19, featuring an undercut that goes up to the middle of the car, a unique feature on the F1 2023 grid. With many expecting the RB19, W14 and Ferrari SF-23 to combine to create a three-way title battle in F1 2023, the pressure is on not to disappoint. AlphaTauriAlphaTauri are a team under pressure in F1 2023, but that pressure is coming from within the family, specifically their sister team Red Bull’s advisor Helmut Marko.1 month ago PlanetF1
Refresh the page throughout the day/night for all the live action as it happens on the opening day of testing in Bahrain. F1 TV Pro* viewers can watch all the live action from pre-season testing and the entire 2023 season ad-free! 1113: No word yet from Aston Martin on the reason behind their very early stoppage. Not a great start to pre-season testing for Aston Martin. A W14 heading down the pit lane… yip, today's Day One of #F1 pre-season testing https://t.co/WcN9hk18r5 — PlanetF1 (@Planet_F1) February 23, 20230930: Good morning from the Bahrain International Circuit for the first day of pre-season testing.1 month ago PlanetF1
With the F1 2023 Bahrain pre-season test nearly here, McLaren provided the early treat of a first shakedown run of their MCL60, and they were not alone. And ahead of the first day of testing, the event running from February 23-25, McLaren decided to use this option and take their MCL60 for a spin in Sakhir. The relative quiet of the Bahrain pit lane was disturbed as McLaren fired up the Mercedes power unit in the back of that MCL60, Norris introducing the challenger to a racing circuit for the first time. 💪 Our #MCL60 hits the track for the first time! And McLaren did have some company on this fine day in Sakhir, as Haas too were putting their VF-23 to work.1 month ago PlanetF1
Andreas Seidl has given his initial assessment of Valtteri Bottas and Zhou Guanyu as he settles into his new role as Sauber CEO. McLaren chief Seidl, who had already agreed to oversee the Sauber-owned outfit’s merger with Audi in 2026, subsequently brought his switch forward. Seidl is confident 10-time Grand Prix winner Valtteri Bottas and China’s first Formula 1 driver, Zhou Guanyu, represent a strong enough pairing to do just that. But they are also impressive people and I’ve had some very interesting chats with them about the team,” Seidl said. I am looking forward to seeing the next step from his side going into his second F1 season with us.”1 month ago PlanetF1
The Mercedes Junior Team is set for the 2023 campaign, with one new recruit joining a stacked line-up of talent. George Russell has blazed this trail for the Mercedes prospects, as he heads into F1 2023 with ambitions of challenging for the title. The Italian has already won a title in 2023, having clinched the Formula Regional Middle East Championship crown. “We’re looking forward to seeing how our junior drivers progress this season,” said team principal Toto Wolff. “An encouraging recent example of their progress is Kimi’s Formula Regional Middle East title.1 month ago PlanetF1
Might Lewis Hamilton eventually ditch F1 to race in America? Such a move might appeal to Hamilton, believes one driver who made a similar switch when his own Formula 1 career came to an end. But, by 1995, his F1 career was stuttering and, faced with no seat for 1996, made the move to America to join the CART World Series with PacWest Racing. “I’m not sure whether he’d do IndyCar, maybe something like NASCAR might be an appeal to him!” Blundell remarked. Maybe that challenge won’t be in Formula 1, because it might not be that he’s got the kit to do it.1 month ago PlanetF1
As Fernando Alonso is reinstated P7 at the United States Grand Prix, the Spaniard says he is carrying no physical hangovers from his 42-G landing. Both drivers are back, feeling fresh, and ready to tackle the challenge that is the Mexican Grand Prix. Certainly, let’s say, it’s normal and natural to feel the way I did. “So I think my future will be, let’s say, I don’t think it’s relative to what others do. “I think I’m probably more focused on just getting back into a good groove and rhythm.5 months ago PlanetF1