Pretenders to the F1 throne are eyeing the 2020 crown

Formula 1’s future seems brighter than ever with the recent announcement that Max Verstappen will remain signed with Red Bull until 2023.

The news of Verstappen’s contract renewal comes no less than two weeks after Ferrari also revealed that their own superstar youngster Charles Leclerc has renewed his own contract deal until after 2024.

Both Verstappen and Leclerc dominated headlines across last year’s title campaign, the two young guns fearlessly demonstrated their pure speed and determination to supersede even at the expense of one another.

Reminisce back to Austria and Silverstone where both drivers, appropriately dubbed ‘future world champions’, put themselves ahead of their team to produce dazzling displays of racing, fuelled by will and grit and not necessarily team nor machinery.

It is a breed of racing unseen perhaps since the emergence of a young Fernando Alonso and his dual against the legendary Michael Schumacher.

The old guard, are now under siege by the rise of the next generation.

At Williams, 2018 F2 champion George Russell frequently abolished teammate Robert Kubica, a driver who by no means a mere ‘par’ at his peak.

At Ferrari, even Sebastian Vettel publicly acknowledged how serious of a threat Leclerc is too his own idiosyncratic ambitions. Before last year’s season opener in Melbourne Sebastian labelled his new teammate as a “full rival, expecting he will put a lot of pressure on me this season. He is very talented.”

The German predicted it right as Leclerc beat him in the championship standings.

Both Verstappen and Leclerc have the additional advantage to being young by also finding themselves racing in top tier teams. While Ferrari can never be fully written off, Honda have risen significantly to the challenge of developing a reliable, yet effective, power unit package for Red Bull and Toro Rosso.

Towards the later stages of 2019 many were even citing Honda to be on par with both their Mercedes and Ferrari rivals. The signing of Max to post 2023 is a sure signal that the Japanese auto-giant is on board too.

Next year, F1 is undergoing substantial regulations revamp of aerodynamic regulations ahead, with the implementation of a cost cap, along with numerous bodywork tweaks designed to narrow the deficit between the top teams and the backmarkers.

The predicted result for fans is obviously closer racing, while for drivers it means that the balance between machinery and talent becomes fairer. F1 rule-makers aim to make it so no longer will one driver run away with a title purely because they have the best car.

Rather, individual talent and determination to win will have a far more significant impact they claim. Thus, uprise the young guns. Fearless in their pursuit of glory as they proved on several occasions last year, it is clear experience matters little when it comes to wheel-to-wheel combat.

Lando Norris’ move around the outside of Pierre Gasly in Bahrain last year is testament to that. It is only a year prior at the same venue when Bottas failed to pass Vettel on the final lap with a dive at turn one, demonstrative perhaps of a lack of courage and audacity of youth.

By the time both Max’s and Charles’ latest contract deals near expiration, Lewis and Sebastian will be on the verge of 40, while the experienced Daniel Ricciardo and Valtteri Bottas will both be in their late 30s.

Last season the next-generation made their presence felt in F1, this year the pretenders to the throne are seriously eyeing the crown and, with the right package, it would be foolish to bet against either of them claiming it.

To quote Martin Brundle, this new wave has “golden era” written all over it.


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Camilleri: There will be significant extra budget next year

Ferrari CEO Louis Camilleri speaking to media lunch at Maranello last week confirmed that the evolution to the 2021 Formula 1 regulation comes at a high price and thus his team will be afforded extra resources for the new era.

Seated alongside team principal Mattia Binotto, Camilleri said that a bumper financial year for the sportscar manufacturer, including the launch of the SF90 Stradale hybrid, had led to “a lot of smiling faces” at Maranello.

Integral to that is the F1 team, he explained, “We are one company and the car business funds Mattia’s business. We’re also prepared to invest and luckily the car business can support those investments, not only in terms of people but also in terms of infrastructure.”

Binotto added “Yes, it will be significantly more expensive. The budget we’ve got available is the one that’s needed. Certainly, the number of projects in parallel are significantly more compared to the past.

“We all started very early on the 2021 car. So yes, there will be significant extra budget next year, not only about money but resources – extra people would be required to run the programs. I think it’s got to be a situation to be managed right now.”

This is exactly what midfield teams did not want to hear, as the extra funding available to Ferrari and of course Mercedes, as well as the Red Bull-Honda partnership, will dwarf what The Rest can bring to the table.

The ‘damage’ is being done right now as 2021 cars are already well into the early stages of production, rendering the $175-million budget cap for the new era almost irrelevant as big money is already being spent.

With regards to Biniotto’s first year in charge of the sport’s most famous team, Camilleri said, “We need patience, we need stability and serenity.

“If you look back in the history of F1, where teams have done very well, be it McLaren, Ferrari in the good old days, Red Bull or today Mercedes, there is one common thread, which was that there was a lot of stability within the team.

“They learned to work very closely together. That is something we are very focused on. Mattia has been spending a lot of time to ensure that we have a cohesive, united team,” added Camilleri.


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Midweek Wrap: Double the Ferrari Drama, Mercedes Rumours Continue

The constructor’s championship may be decided, but for its two leading protagonists, the past seven days have seen them offer plenty to talk about.

Ferrari Civil War Heats Up Again: Either a waking nightmare or the gift that keeps on giving, depending on where you’re sitting, Ferrari’s season of misery continued in Brazil as Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc reignited their rivalry in the worst possible way, with an entirely avoidable collision that took them both out of the race.

Literally a day after the Scuderia celebrated their 90th anniversary, it’s hard to think of a worse possible way they could mark the milestone, but it also served as a timely reminder that allowing their drivers to battle simply isn’t the Ferrari way.

I mean sure, it’s great from a neutral’s perspective to see Vettel and Leclerc duke it out, and Mattia Binotto is at least publicly in support of the fight continuing, but when you consider the ethos this team has operated on throughout its history – from Fernando Alonso and Michael Schumacher, all the way back to Alberto Ascari – it would seem odd to let it continue into 2020.

Of course, that then raises the tough question of which driver should Mattia Binotto and co favour, especially considering neither is likely to take it well if they lose out.

As GP247 EIC Paul Velasco pointed out to me when we discussed this earlier in the week, back in the “old days” of F1, it was possible for drivers to come to “one year for me, one year for you” agreement over such a thing. In 1978, Ronnie Peterson and Mario Andretti had such an understanding at Lotus, with Ronnie knowing he was faster than Mario, but supporting his successful push for the driver’s championship under the condition the latter would return the favour in ’79. Unfortunately Ronnie was killed at the ’78 Italian GP before the plan could be completed, but with two drivers as capable as Vettel and Leclerc, it does offer something of a blueprint.

Then again, they might not go for it. There’s obviously no guarantee a car will be good enough two years running (the ’79 Lotus wasn’t), and with personal brands and legacies on the line, it would be a particularly tough sell in this day and age. Still, you could be sure the Ferrari of old would clamp stop this continuing regardless – I wonder if Binotto’s Scuderia is capable of doing the same.

… and so does the Engine Issue: A story that continues to simmer, as likely to erupt into full mania as it is to peter-out quietly, the legality of Ferrari’s power unit continues to be in question, with the latest chapter coming just a few hours ago.

Whereas after the quotes from Helmut Marko on the weekend seemed to indicate we would be waiting for Mercedes to lodge an official protest (which they haven’t), now Auto Motor und Sport is reporting the FIA has taken matters into their own hands and “confiscated” multiple Ferrari fuel systems for further examination.

Like everything else so far in this story, this could mean everything, or nothing. Certainly it would be bizarre if Ferrari have continued to ignore the FIA directives issued over the past couple of races regarding this matter – but if so, they it would seem they’re about to be caught out – or, it could just be a case of the governing body wanting to get a little more clarification. Either way though, it’s a distraction the Scuderia simply doesn’t need right now, and you have to wonder how it will impact their preparations for the 2020 seaosn.

Mercedes Quit Threat: Maybe it’s me just being in a state of denial, but I can’t believe that in the midst of the most dominant run this sport has ever seen, Mercedes are considering giving up their F1 team. Nevertheless, we were treated to a pretty crazy rumour over the weekend, with Roger Penske and Dmitry Mazepin reportedly lining up bids for the team.

Maybe if it was just Bernie Ecclestone talking his usual junk, I’d be less-inclined to take it seriously, but this was news which spread pretty fast through F1 circles, and I think that at the very least, the Silver Arrows are considering it. On the positive side, it was only last week Mercedes was trumpeting their relationship with F1, but this wouldn’t exactly be the first time a billion-dollar company put their profits ahead of sentiment.


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Villeneuve: Vettel and Leclerc are both to blame

Both Ferrari drivers are to blame for their Interlagos crash according to outspoken 1997 Formula 1 world champion Jacques Villeneuve who claims the pair were trying to out-do one another during a thrilling race in Sao Paulo.

It was a defining moment in the civil war between Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc when they collided on lap 66 while running fourth and fifth respectively, the pair reacting in anger in the aftermath of the inevitable.

The well-reported coming together ended with both Ferraris parked at the side of the Interlagos track, their drivers rendered spectators. Another embarrassing capitulation by the mighty Maranello outfit on an afternoon when at least a podium or two beckoned.

Who was to blame?

A question that has launched a million debates as the civil war between Vettel and Leclerc is fodder for the off-season as it is clear the pair are a liability to the team which now appears to have the firepower to mount a serious title campaign, their drivers are their biggest problem.

After analysing the incident, Villeneuve told Sky Italia: “Vettel and Leclerc are allowed to fight among themselves, but they should not abuse this freedom.

“In my opinion, they are both to blame. Leclerc was too aggressive, and Vettel should not have immediately slammed the door when overtaking his teammate. They both made a mistake.

“It was unnecessary, as they were fighting for third place at most. I think they just wanted to show everyone that they are the better one,” insisted Villeneuve.

In the wake of the incident, Ferrari boss Mattia Binotto said of his drivers, “It’s not for me to blame them. I feel, sorry for the team. I think the drivers need to feel sorry for the team because, in the end, they were free to fight.”

“At the end, both of them have got at least a small or small percentage of responsibility,” added Bonotto, inadvertently, echoing Villeneuve’s sentiments.

Meanwhile, Corriere della Sera reports that Binotto met with Ferrari CEO Louis Camilleri at Maranello on Tuesday where they discussed potential penalties for repeat incidents, including driver fines and other “disciplinary measures.”

Former Ferrari driver Rubens Barrichello, who was at Interlagos last Sunday, told Bild newspaper: “It was a misunderstanding between the two drivers and a sad day for Ferrari.”

As for 2020, both Vettel and Leclerc are staying put, but Sky Deutschland commentator Sascha Roos thinks differently, “Ferrari would be well advised to set a deadline. For example, after the first four races of the season, the decision on a number one driver should be made.”

Big Question: Who was to blame?


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Is Hulkenberg his own worst enemy?

Jason Watt, a Danish former F3000 winner turned pundit, says he is not surprised that Nico Hulkenberg’s Formula 1 career is coming to an end.

Having lost his race seat at Renault for 2020, Hulkenberg was in the running for drives at Haas and Alfa Romeo but instead will bid farewell to the F1 paddock next weekend in Abu Dhabi.

Watt says the German’s ten-year career has been up and down since 2010, but he achieved a “pretty good reputation” by dominating his teammates at Force India.

“After that, the curve stagnated severely. For the past five seasons, including 2019, he has finished ahead of his teammate in the championship only once,” Watt told Ekstra Bladet newspaper,

“He looked good in 2018 with Carlos Sainz though, so I was excited to see him against Daniel Ricciardo this year,” he added.

However, he thinks it is possible Hulkenberg’s 2019 form went awry once it became clear to team management that they were moving on.

“Every Dane remembers when Magnussen said no thanks to a contract extension with them and immediately Jolyon Palmer was faster,” he said. “The only similar thing about the two cars was that they were yellow.

“I don’t think that’s what happened with Hulkenberg, but I don’t think it’s controversial to say Renault was more interested in Daniel Ricciardo.”

Watt thinks Haas then turned down Hulkenberg for 2020 because of his “high wage demands”. He thinks that is bad news for both the American team and the 32-year-old driver.

“It doesn’t do much for Kevin [Magnussen] when Romain Grosjean has those periods of stupid mistakes. So for Kevin’s sake, I would have liked to see Hulkenberg there in 2020,” said Watt.

“Now it seems that he will end his days in the DTM or Formula E, and in my book he has himself to blame for that.”

Big Question: Is Hulk his own worst enemy?


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Barrichello: Verstappen is very popular in Brazil

Red Bull ace Max Verstappen has become very popular among Brazilian motorsport fans according to former Formula 1 driver and local hero Rubens Barrichello.

Once strongly represented in the top flight, featuring F1 legends like Ayrton Senna, Emerson Fittipaldi and Nelson Piquet as well as multiple race winners including Felipe Massa and Barrichello himself, there is no longer a single Brazilian driver on the grid for their passionate fans to cheer for.

But Barrichello says told De Telegraaf Brazilian people are now turning their attention to Dutchman Verstappen, “Max is an aggressive driver. People think he’s crazy. He is also very outspoken. He says what he thinks. His weekend at Interlagos was ten out of ten. It all makes him a very popular driver in Brazil.”

The 22-year-old has a soft spot for Interlagos, last year he nearly won the race but was punted out of the lead by Esteban Ocon but he recovered to finish second. In 2016, Verstappen impressed on his way to third place in damp conditions in which he shone.

With a very similar view about Verstappen is 1997 F1 world champion Jacques Villeneuve, “In my opinion, he is ready to become world champion. But that doesn’t mean he doesn’t have to be careful with what he says.”

However, speaking on Sky Italia Villeneuve admitted he was not impressed with Verstappen for recently accusing Ferrari of “cheating” with its engine.

“In that case, he was talking about something he cannot know about. That is the whole problem with that statement,” ventured Villeneuve.


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Vettel: I was going straight

Despite television images clearly showing Sebastian Vettel drifting from the right side of the track to the middle in front of Ferrari teammate Charles Leclerc, seconds before they crashed out of the Brazilian Grand Prix, the German was adamant he was going straight.

Asked about the block in his post-race interview with Sky F1, Vettel replied, “I was going straight.”

And added, “The summary of the day is that we did not finish a race in which we could have got a good result. It’s a shame about the collision between us, especially for the team as a whole, given that both cars were in the points and considering how much work everyone puts in, both at the track and back in Maranello.

“I think it’s a pity for the team, I think we could have achieved a better result and deserved it. Obviously we were fighting among ourselves at the chicane and it was an aggressive fight.

“I had more battery than him, between curves two and three I thought I was already ahead, I don’t know why we touched each other, and this concluded the race of both,” added the four-time F1 World Champion.

Vettel has a history of crashing with teammates. Doing so during his time at Red Bull with Mark Webber when battling for the lead of the 2010 Turkish Grand Prix.

A couple of years ago he was involved in a three-way crash with Kimi Raikkonen and Max Verstappen at the start of the Singapore Grand Prix.


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Red Mist: An Italian Thinking Out Loud

Sunday’s Ferrari casino may well be a defining moment. For two race cars to take each other out is a no-no, but for teammates to do that is shamefully unacceptable, for Ferrari teammates to do that is, well… let’s just leave that one there.

Two Ferraris have often crashed together in Formula 1, but that has invariably been the result of a separate issue — like Lauda and Regazzoni taken out by a Brambilla-Andretti clash, or Kimi and Vettel rendered hors d’combat after Seb’s tangle with Max. I don’t ever recall two Ferrari drivers taking each other out though?

Teammates have never been immune from clashing — McLaren’s Prost vs. Senna most famously in Japan ’89, Hakkinen and Coulthard again for McLaren in Austria ten years later, Jordan’s Fisichella and Ralf Schumacher in Argentina ’97; Montoya and repeat offender Ralf in the US in ’02 and more recently, Mercedes’ Rosberg and Hamilton, properly the second time around in Spain 2016. Don’t forget Webber and our latest repeat offender, Vettel in Turkey 2010.

Feuding teammates are noting new either — and boy, has Ferrari had its fair share — Prost vs. Mansell and Villeneuve and Pironi’s tragic spat, to name but two. Sadly, these things always end up in tears.

Now add to our little pot of collusion, a few more factors; like Italy and its press fed up with Ferrari, its drivers and management. Finger-pointing is at its best at times like this, no?

And then there is all the other stuff allegedly going down in that paddock and beyond. This Penske-Mercedes malarkey for instance. If that is real, significant winds will blow change through that silver cloud and with a soon out of contract Lewis — and even Toto appearing a bit bored with all this winning they’ve been doing lately, would both not want a real new challenge?

What about that eternal Ferrari critic Flav and his chosen Spanish son — has he not just now suggested a return to the Scuderia as one of Fernando’s few F1 options? So, what are the chances of Hamilton and Woolf descending on Maranello — or even more bizarrely, Alonso and Briatore? And all of them? I’m nuts you say?

Well, stranger things have happened in F1 and remember two things here — one, Briatore was the architect of the Schumacher era Ferrari Superteam back at Benetton and it was he who beat Maranello at the end of it — with Alonso, of course. And then those silver guys… well they just won five world titles together, so why not opt for a fresh conquest to actually break all those records dressed in red…?

Somehow, I cannot see today’s line-up strapping into those radical new Ferraris in 2021 — possibly one, definitely not both drivers. And you can probably factor in (another) fundamental change in management at Maranello. Nor can I see too may other proper options beyond the bickering duo who are there now, Hamilton and Alonso. Or perhaps Ricciardo.

If change must happen, it should be radical — just like it was when Briatore’s Benetton Superteam upped camp and headed to Ferrari to commence the previous golden era…

One thing is for sure though, judging by the several case studies we have based on similar F1 team acrimony over the seasons, the wedge dividing Ferrari is right now is likely to soon cut through it — these things always end in tears for one driver or the other, if not both. Especially down Maranello way…

So being, a mellowed Hamilton and his new friend Alonso in a new Ferrari ’21 Superteam may not seem so daft after all…


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Verstappen: Fernando is one of the best drivers

A bromance between Max Verstappen and Fernando Alonso is in full swing as the pair fling praise at one another, the Dutchman hailing the Spaniard as one of three drivers capable of winning the Formula 1 world title with the right car.

Last week Alonso said he followed Verstappen on the telly because the Dutchman was always in “full attack” mode, which perhaps reminds him of himself in his heyday.

Verstappen returned the compliment by predicting that a 2021 return to F1 for the 38-year-old Spaniard would be a success and that in the right car he would be a title contender, perhaps even World Champion.

“For me, Fernando is one of the best drivers,” the Dutchman told the Spanish edition of Auto Bild. “It is a pity that I never really raced against him, because he did not have a very competitive car at the time.”

“But I think if Alonso was here with a top car, he would be among the top three to win the world championship,” added Verstappen.

Who earlier this year also said, “Fernando would probably have won eight or nine F1 titles in the right team.”

But Alonso also warned of the perils of comparing drivers in the top flight, “In F1 it is difficult to choose the best because it changes a lot from year to year and from car to car.

“There are drivers who are fast over one lap and others at the starts. There are others who are consistent and others who are very aggressive,” explained the double-F1 World Champion.


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Brawn Report: Interlagos podium was youngest ever

Formula 1’s MD of motorsport, Ross Brawn provides his post-mortem of  “an intense, unpredictable and utterly compelling Brazilian Grand Prix”  hailing F1’s podium debutantes – Pierre Gasly and Carles Sain.

He also pointed out that with Max Verstappen on the top step it also happens to be youngest average age for a trio on a Grand Prix podium.

The former team chief now turned rule-maker also tucked into the Ferrari drivers’ civil war saga and other bits and pieces from a thrilling race, viewed from the lofty heights of F1’s head of motorsport.

“The Brazilian Grand Prix was an incredibly exciting and dramatic race, packed with incidents and accidents, but while there was a huge amount going on behind him, for Max Verstappen his eighth career win was actually more straightforward than it looked on the results sheet.

“Certainly, there were moments of concern for the Dutchman – the pit lane incident involving Robert Kubica and the need to pass Lewis Hamilton on track twice, which is no mean feat – but after making a good start from pole, the Red Bull star always had victory in his grasp.

“His Red Bull was definitely the best package on the day but Max, too, was in superb form. He didn’t waver, he trusted the judgement of his engineers and strategists, and he delivered a winning drive of pace, power and precision.

“He was particularly strong at the second re-start, when he slowed the field right down with the aim of ensuring no one would be able to slipstream past him and snatch victory. It was an exciting and fascinating re-start which will be analysed very carefully, as the closeness of the pack in the seconds leading up the green flags resulted in a thrilling spectacle as drivers jockeyed for position and where the slightest advantage proved decisive.

“Examining the possibility of procedurally recreating those conditions in future is an interesting concept and one that will undoubtedly be explored in the coming period.

“Of Max’s three wins this year, this was the one where the Red Bull-Honda package was at its best, as it seems to have closed on if not actually matched the level of its rivals. There’s only one race to go, but the Milton Keynes team and the Japanese manufacturer have laid down a strong marker for 2020.

“The Interlagos podium set a Formula 1 record for having the youngest ever average age, at 23 years, 8 months and 13 days, beating the previous record from the 2008 Italian Grand Prix. Of course we are used to seeing Verstappen, the youngest of the three, on the podium, but I’m sure that no one would have bet on Pierre Gasly or Carlos Sainz scoring a maiden podium finish.

“Gasly made the most of the fact that most the top three teams’ drivers were out of the running, but in the race and indeed in qualifying, he has always been in the right place at the right time.

“It’s a great shot in the arm for Pierre, at the end of what’s been a rollercoaster year. His return to Toro Rosso was viewed as a step backwards for the 2016 GP2 champion, but he wasn’t fazed by the switch, and since his return to the Faenza squad he has put in some impressive performances to pick up enough points to possibly take sixth place in the Drivers’ championship. Sunday’s result was a rewarding vindication of his resilience and talent.

“Toro Rosso also now have a chance of doing something special and finishing fifth in the Constructors’ as they are now just eight points behind Renault. The team has already scored more points than in any other year and to improve on its sixth-place from 2008 would be a great send-off for the Toro Rosso name, as it morphs into Alpha Tauri next year.

“Carlos Sainz missed out on his first champagne moment in F1, but later on he and the entire McLaren team stood on the podium to celebrate his third place in style. It was a hugely impressive race from Carlos and the fact that he had some help from safety cars, retirements and accidents, can take nothing away from what was a bravura performance.

“He started from last on the grid and then went on to be the only driver to go the distance making just one pit stop, and without resorting to the hardest Pirelli compound. He attacked in the early stages and then defended to the last and delivered a faultless performance from start to finish.

“He had a particularly exciting tussle with Kimi Räikkönen over the last few laps, with the Finn on quicker tyres that were also 20-laps newer than the Spaniard’s.

“Third place is a deserved reward for the driver and team that has been best of the rest all year. In fact, the 19 points it picked up on Sunday assures it of fourth place in the Constructors’ Championship, the target McLaren set itself at the start of the season. Yes, there’s a big gap to third place and there’s still plenty of work to do, but it’s a real morale booster to take into the winter.

“They’ll be buoyed by the knowledge that they can count on a couple of young and very talented drivers, as Lando Norris also drove a strong race yesterday, and the rookie is still on course to finish in the top 10 in the championship.

“The saddest man in the post-race interviews was undoubtedly Alex Albon, who must have thought his first podium finish was within his grasp until there were just 10 kilometres to go to the chequered flag.

“After switching places with Pierre Gasly in the summer break Alex was last week confirmed for a full season at Red Bull for 2020 and claiming a first F1 podium would have been a great way to celebrate that news and to cap what has been a remarkable turnaround for a driver whose F1 dream looked all but over last winter.

“A top-three finish looked on the cards after a great race in which he overtook Vettel with an impressive move before grittily fending off the Ferrari man’s attempts to reclaim the position. But his hopes of trophy were shattered as a result of the coming together with Hamilton.

“I can understand his disappointment but he shouldn’t dwell on it because he’s had a really good year. He was definitely the least fancied rookie this season, but he has secured his place in the sun and deserves to stay with Red Bull, having performed very consistently, even outscoring his team-mate up to this weekend. He missed out on the podium here, but given Red Bull’s current form, the opportunity might present itself again in Abu Dhabi.

“If Albon was the epitome of disappointment, the two Ferrari drivers were just plain angry. It’s never nice when teammates knock one another out of a race, even more so when it’s not even a particularly important result that goes begging, as in this case, third place in Brazil was the most they could aspire to.

“After tensions flared in the races following the summer break, everything seemed to have calmed down in the Ferrari dressing room. But now, Mattia Binotto faces the tough task of getting things back on track and indeed he said just that in his interviews after the race.

“He had to get stuck in and tell the drivers to face up to their responsibilities, which in Maranello always means putting the interests of the team ahead of those of the individual, which was not the case in yesterday’s race.

“I wouldn’t want to venture an opinion on who was most at fault for the collision, but in the cold light of day, maybe it would be good if one of them will follow Hamilton’s example and immediately admit culpability, as the champion did regarding his clash with Albon.

“If Ferrari really wants to put an end to Mercedes’ dominance, not only does it need to provide its drivers with a more competitive car next year, it must also ensure that incidents like this one are not repeated. Formula 1 is a team sport, especially so in Maranello.”


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