F1 in brief | Horner does not believe in Vettel’s return: ‘a man of strong will’

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Horner does not believe in Vettel’s return: ‘a man of strong will’

Christian Horner does not expect Sebastian Vettel to return to Formula 1. Many drivers are already speculating about the German’s return, but his former team boss does not believe in it. Horner begins Deutchen Press Agentur. But I know him as a man with a very strong will. If he commits himself to something, he sticks to it.

Former Formula 1 driver Philippe Streiff has passed away at the age of 67

Former racing driver Philip Streiff has died at the age of 67. The Frenchman competed in Formula 1 53 times between 1984 and 1988. In 1985 he achieved his best result with a third place at the Australian Grand Prix. The Frenchman has scored a total of 11 points in the World Cup.

Streiff was scheduled to defend the AGS colors in 1989, as he had been the year before, but the Frenchman was paralyzed in the run-up to the season opener after a violent accident at the Jacarepagua circuit. Streiff is the second French driver to die this month, after Patrick Tambay.

AlphaTauri announces livery announcement for the 2023 season

After Ferrari, among others, AlphaTauri announces the AT04 presentation date for the 2023 season. The Italians remind that February 11 should be mentioned in the agendas. The team announced on Twitter that the event will be held in New York. Then we’ll see in which car Nyck de Vries will start his first season in F1.

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Ricciardo is reserve driver by number of races

Christian Horner has announced that Daniel Ricciardo will be the reserve driver for Red Bull Racing for a number of races Speed ​​Cafe. Liam Lawson is the official reserve driver, but because he will also be driving in the Japanese Super Formula racing series, he cannot be present at every race. “Ricciardo will be attending a few races where he will obviously be our backup driver for these events,” said Horner.

The team boss continues: “He will probably do some tire testing for us, with Pirelli software distributed to the teams. He will also do some work in the simulator. So he will do all these activities and then of course the commercial requirements of the countless sponsors and partners that we have.”

Mercedes is the first to hear what its 2023 engine sounds like

Mercedes is the first team to reveal what the 2023 power unit looks like. So at the German racing stable factory they are busy tinkering with the car for the upcoming season. On the official channels of Lewis Hamilton and George Russell, the racing team has posted part of the ‘first words’ from the W14. Before the start of the 2022 season, Mercedes was also present early on. The first engine start of a new season is regarded by almost every team as the birth of the new car, and thus a milestone in development.

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Vettel thinks he made a mistake in Baku in 2017: ‘I expressed the mistake’

During the Azerbaijan Grand Prix in 2017, drivers Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel weren’t the best of friends. The German had an idea that the Mercedes driver was Braking test He did under a safe car condition, after which the four-time world champion drove alongside his rival on purpose. “I felt really bad at that time. At that moment, of course, I thought: What are you doing?Vettel recently told ServusTV about this moment.

However, Vettel feels now, nearly five years later, that he shouldn’t have put it that way. “I said it the wrong way to him, and I know it. I just apologized, and at some point the relationship will improve on its own,” continues the 35-year-old, who was driving for Ferrari at the time. A lot has happened in recent years and you are getting older too. You start to see things more and more in perspective, Vettel finishes. Now they have a good relationship again, because Hamilton organized a dinner with all the Formula 1 drivers this season in honor of the German who is going to retire.

Advice for Red Bull: They should try hard to buy Norris

Former Formula 1 driver Karun Chandhok has tips for Red Bull Racing. says the 38-year-old in a review of last season Sky Sports F1. According to the driver, who drove eleven races between 2010 and 2011, the young Brit would be a good combination with two-time world champion Max Verstappen. It remains to be seen if anything will actually happen, because Norris has a contract with McLaren until at least 2025.

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