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2022 F1

Drivers and teams calling full investigation for recovery truck incident at Japanese GP



Gasly recovery truck 2022 Japanese GP

Rain hit Japanese Grand Prix race start made couple of serious incidents in the Suzuka International circuit. Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz lost the control as the car hardly hit into the wall. Williams ace Alex Albon is out too following the power unit issue.

Following the accident, race was red flagged. During the red flag condition Pierre Gasly running at the back of the field, passed a recovery tractor on track during the Safety Car. After Jules Bianchi’s death following a crash at Suzuka in similar conditions, Gasly was understandably furious.

“What is this tractor on track?” Gasly said on team radio. “I passed next to it. This is unacceptable. Remember what happened. Can’t believe this!”

This must NOT happen guys – Wurz

“I think we need to discuss a tractor on track….. we can keep it short: this must NOT happen guys`.” Alex Wurz, Grand Prix Drivers’ Association chief says

I still don’t know why we keep risking – Sainz

“Even behind a Safety Car we are going at 100 or 150kph and still at those speeds we don’t see nothing. Sainz said.

“If one driver decides to get a bit out of the racing line or has a small aquaplaning or has to change a switch on the steering wheel and gets a bit out of line and hits a tractor, it’s over.

“I still don’t know why we keep risking, in these conditions, having a tractor on track. You were going to red flag it anyway, so why risk it?”

“To be honest, I’m not too worried. I’m obviously disappointed for crashing the car and for the team, but at the same time the conditions were pretty much impossible with visibility.

“On intermediates the aquaplaning was crazy. I tried to get out of Checo’s slipstream to see something, but as soon as I got out of the slipstream I had more water in the tyres and went into aquaplaning which sent me into a spin. Then you are down to luck because you know everyone behind you can’t see where you are and you are in the middle of the track, praying for anyone not to hit you.

“Maybe the best [option] would have been a rolling start in extremes. Everyone complains that F1 doesn’t race in the wet, but when you see that situation, basically we are driving without visibility. How can you drive a Formula 1 car at 300kph without visibility?”

Albon: I don’t know why the race started

“The side of the car got hit. It was one of those things, I don’t really understand why we went racing to begin with,” Albon told Sky Sports F1.

“We could only see me maybe 10 metres in front of us at the very most. The cars at the back, we were kind of doing pin-ball just because we couldn’t see the track edge, so we were just going left to right down the straight not really knowing where the track was. That was what happened to me, I couldn’t see where I was on track and I touched with another car, which of course I didn’t see.

“It’s a tricky one. We don’t want Spa to happen again but at the same time, conditions like this are genuinely dangerous. Even that car with Carlos in the middle of the track, I’m really surprised no one went into it flat out.”

We are not laying 100% of the blame on Gasly – Sky Sports F1’s Karun Chandhok says

“We are not laying 100% of the blame on Gasly,” he says. “My view on it is that they would have seen Gasly still on track and the recovery vehicle is within the white line. So perhaps they could have kept it in a safer position before bringing it on.

“There’s things that Gasly could and should have done – go slower at a pace you’re prepared to stop – but equally at race control they could have done more to get it out of the way.”

Totally unacceptable – Horner

“Totally unacceptable,” says Red Bull boss Christian Horner about the recovery vehicle on track.

“We lost Jules Bianchi here eight years ago, and that should never ever happen. There needs to be a full investigation into why there was a recovery vehicle on the circuit. Checo reported it to us and of course in those horrendous conditions when visibility is zero, it’s extremely dangerous.

“The Virtual Safety Car was brought in for a reason following that awful accident all those years ago. There needs to be a full, full investigation into why that vehicle was on track because it obviously shouldn’t have been there.”

Recovery truck incident absolutely must not happen – Seidl

“It’s clear that what happened there absolutely must not happen, no doubt,” McLaren team principal Andreas Seidl said.

“But at the same time, that’s for me a discussion that we have behind closed doors with the FIA and the race directors, because that’s the right way to work together in a constructive way, that’s why I want to keep it like that.”

2022 F1

Revised Starting Grid – 2022 F1 Mexican Grand Prix




World champion Max Verstappen will start from the pole for Mexican Grand Prix, made his first pole at Mexico ahead of Mercedes duo George Russell and Lewis Hamilton.

Local hero Sergio Perez secure fourth place, US Grand Prix pole sitter Carlos Sainz made P5 and Valtteri Bottas clinched P6 for Alfa Romeo.

Penalties handed for Lance Stroll and Kevin Magnussen.

Stroll: Three-place grid penalty for causing a collision with Fernando Alonso at US Grand Prix
Magnussen: Five-place grid penalty for exceeding maximum number of engine components

Pos Driver Team Time
1Max VerstappenRed Bull1’17.775
2George RussellMercedes1’18.079
3Lewis HamiltonMercedes1’18.084
4Sergio PerezRed Bull1’18.128
5Carlos SainzFerrari1’18.351
6Valtteri BottasAlfa Romeo1’18.401
7Charles LeclercFerrari1’18.555
8Lando NorrisMcLaren1’18.721
9Fernando AlonsoAlpine1’18.939
10Esteban OconAlpine1’19.010
11Daniel RicciardoMcLaren1’19.325
12Zhou GuanyuAlfa Romeo1’19.476
13Yuki TsunodaAlphaTauri1’19.589
14Pierre GaslyAlphaTauri1’19.672
15Mick SchumacherHaas1’20.419
16Sebastian VettelAston Martin1’20.419
17Alexander Albon Williams1’20.859
18Nicholas LatifiWilliams1’21.167
19Kevin Magnussen Haas1’19.833
20Lance StrollAston Martin1’20.520

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Timetable for the 2022 F1 Mexican Grand Prix




Here is the full timetable for the Formula One 2022 Mexican Grand Prix, which will go on from 28-30 October, as the 2022 Formula 1 season is preparing for closing stages.

After the dramatic United States Grand Prix at Austin, Red Bull Racing secured drivers’ and constructors’ titles. Still, more fights are waiting, especially Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc and Mexican hero Sergio Perez, who battle for the second position in the drivers’ standing.

There is Formula 1 keeps regular authentic race weekend format, Three Free Practice session, qualifying and Sunday main race.

2022 F1 Mexican Grand Prix

DateEventTime (Local)Time (BST/GMT)
Friday 28 OctoberPractice 113:00-14:0019:00-20:00
Friday 28 OctoberPractice 216:00-17:3022:00-23:30
Saturday 29 OctoberPractice 312:00-13:0018:00-19:00
Saturday 29 OctoberQualifying15:00-16:0021:00-22:00
Sunday 30 OctoberRace14:0020:00

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2022 F1

Vettel names Hamilton as biggest F1 rival




Vettel and Hamilton

Four-time F1 world champion Sebastian Vettel has named seven-time F1 world champion Lewis Hamilton as the biggest rival in his last 15 years of F1 career, the German ace will be retired from the F1 at the end of season.

During his Ferrari era in 2015 to 2020, Vettel fought with Mercedes speedy Hamilton. Also, there was also some heated rivalry for the 2017 World Title. The duo battled for Pole and race victory in the many Grand Prix’s.

In an interview for F1 official website, he was asked to name who he thought was the biggest opponent of his F1 career. He said: “Lewis, especially when I was at Ferrari. Lewis has always been right up there. Before that, it was probably Fernando Alonso, when he was at Ferrari.”

“Fernando doesn’t need any advice. I’m not sure he’s taking any advice, but he doesn’t need it anyway. He’s been around for so long and seen so much – he’ll be fine,” added Vettel, who also pondered whether a better car would have kept him racing alongside Alonso (41) and Hamilton (37) for longer.

Asked if more aggressive car might have tempted him to extend his Formula 1 career, he said: “I don’t know. Would I be retiring if I had been very competitive over the last three or four years: winning races, fighting for championships – maybe winning another one?

“I might have come to the same decision. Equally, I might not have. It’s impossible to say, but it has crossed my mind.

“Finishing 10th doesn’t give me a buzz because I know how it feels to finish first. If you’ve never finished first, the first time you finish 10th you get a real buzz. But I’m happy that I don’t get a buzz from finishing 10th.”

The German added: “I still love the sport. I still love racing. The decision to retire was a tough one, but I’ve been thinking about it for a while. I know how much commitment this sport requires, and I feel like it’s a good time to do other things.”

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Date Session Time
FRI DEC 03 FP1 16:30 - 17:30
FRI DEC 03 FP2 20:00 - 21:00
SAT DEC 04 FP3 17:00 - 18:00
SAT DEC 04 QUALI 20:00 - 21:00
SUN DEC 05 RACE 20:30 - 23:30

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