“I didn’t really get a warning from the team, but no excuses on this. It is just my fault. I apologised to Checo already.” - Mazepin
Sounds like an excuse.
I wonder how committed Mazepin's father is to the sport. Surely, if this keeps up of owning a F1 team just so Jr. can have a seat only for him to be way behind in last (even to his teammate), dad will just cut his losses and sell/dismantle the team?
He's not finishing that race let's be honest.
Enrique Bernoldi, step aside. There's a new contender in town.
I hope the upside is that this is doing wonders for Mick to be in the same car & actually being competitive with the other bottom-tier teams. I didn't catch the race today, but the results show he split the Williams.
I find it insulting to Perez, there's being a wingman and then taking the piss.
I'm still not sold on Red Bull putting up a fight to the end of the season, I can't help but feel their reliability issues will bite them at exactly the wrong moment, at which point Hamilton will just sail away, like in 2018 after Hockenheim when Vettel cracked under pressure... Perez's car shutting down on the formation lap in Bahrain, Max's diff problem during the race, broken driveshaft in Imola for Max during practice, brake issues in practice this weekend and apparently a gearbox issue during the race for Max again... it's worrying.
Verstappen has a contract at RB until 2023 if I'm not mistaken. There apparently is a clause in there which allows him to leave early if the car is not performing at race winning pace, but so far we've seen that they are really close to Mercedes and definitely competitive, so I doubt that will come into play.I predict Hamilton will take his 8th championship at the end of the season and retire while Verstappen will take his place in Mercedes.
https://www.bbc.com/sport/formula1/56932825His revelation about his wish to continue in F1 came in answer to a question about his participation in a tyre development test last week.
"I plan to be here next year and I want to help Pirelli in helping them towards having a better product," he said.
"The drivers have wished for a more [high] performance tyre. So it was important to see where the starting point is and what differences I can help so we have more mechanical grip, less degradation."