F1 qualifying LIVE: Lewis Hamilton targets first pole of 2022 at Mexico Grand Prix

Pink Bull responsible of ‘minor’ Method One monetary guidelines breach

Max Verstappen is trying to overtake the joint-record held by Michael Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel for the most wins in a single season because the two-time world champion returns to the Mexican Grand Prix this weekend.

The Dutchman has already wrapped up his second world title and after profitable on the Circuit of the Americas final Sunday, wants only one extra victory to go previous the German duo’s document of 13 wins in a single yr.

Verstappen additionally received in Mexico Metropolis final yr, beating Lewis Hamilton to the chequered flag with hometown hero Sergio Perez ending on the rostrum, triggering memorable scenes. Perez will look to assert victory on a weekend which began with Pink Bull being fined £6m for breaching the 2021 price cap.

Whereas Hamilton might effectively fancy his probabilities at a circuit he has received at twice, Perez will probably be eyeing a well-known triumph with Pink Bull having already wrapped up the Constructors’ Championship. He trails Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc by two factors within the battle for second place going into the weekend.

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F1 qualifying – Mexican Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton to race into his 40s and targeted on eighth title

Lewis Hamilton has mentioned his sole focus is on delivering a document eighth world championship after he declared: “I’m not in a relationship, I don’t have children, my automobile is my child”.

Forward of this weekend’s Mexican Grand Prix, Hamilton confirmed for the primary time that he’ll race in Method One past his fortieth birthday by signing a brand new multi-year contract on the conclusion of the season.

Hamilton has solely three pictures left at retaining his outstanding document of profitable at the very least one race annually he has been on the grid, beginning within the breathless Mexico Metropolis air on Sunday.

However the seven-time world champion appears revitalised, relatively than deflated, by a season which leaves him sixth within the championship getting into the twentieth spherical of twenty-two. He has not completed decrease than fifth in his earlier 15 campaigns.

“There was this lingering narrative of winding down in the direction of the top,” mentioned Hamilton. “However I’m simply in a cheerful place in my life. I’m much more grounded. I’ve my residence within the UK once I come to see the workforce, for instance, and my household come down so I simply have a greater setup all spherical and I really feel like I may take this workforce to extra championships.”

Kieran Jackson29 October 2022 17:14


F1 qualifying – Mexican Grand Prix: Charles Leclerc unharmed after heavy crash throughout apply at in Mexican Grand Prix

Charles Leclerc emerged unscathed after a heavy crash throughout apply on the Mexican Grand Prix, with George Russell posting the quickest time within the second apply.

However the Monegasque grabbed the headlines after shedding management on the Esses earlier than spinning backwards into the barrier. The collision prompted an finish to the session and triggered a pink flag for the barrier repairs.

Russell was one in all 5 drivers to make use of the smooth tyres, with the remainder of the grid trialling subsequent yr’s Pirelli compound. The Briton completed forward of Yuki Tsunoda and Esteban Ocon, with Lewis Hamilton, who didn’t use the speediest rubber, fourth.

Russell completed eight tenths quicker than Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz, who posted the quickest lap within the opening working of the weekend on the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico Metropolis.

Earlier within the day, Sainz led Leclerc in a Ferrari one-two, however the day turned bitter for the Italian workforce when Leclerc spun out of the second session. Leclerc misplaced management of his Ferrari underneath braking for the left-hander Flip 7, sliding backwards via the run-off space and into the tyre barrier.

The Monegasque was unhurt within the accident, however his Ferrari workforce face a significant in a single day restore job to make sure his automobile is prepared for apply on Saturday lunchtime, with qualifying to observe shortly after.

Kieran Jackson29 October 2022 16:59


F1 qualifying – Mexican Grand Prix: Pink Bull obtain penalty for 2021 price range cap breach

Pink Bull have been fined $7m by the FIA and been given a ten% discount in automobile growth time for breaching the 2021 Method 1 price range cap – that means Max Verstappen is not going to be stripped of his first world title.

The workforce have now come to phrases with an ‘Accepted Breach Settlement’ (ABA) with the FIA, with the penalty introduced on Friday afternoon. The overspend from Pink Bull was revealed to be £1.864m, with the FIA acknowledging that the breach would have been £432,652 if a tax credit score had been accurately utilized.

Pink Bull may have challenged the FIA’s determination, with their case heard by impartial judges within the Price Cap Adjudication Panel, however that ran the danger of a harsher punishment and a possible lack of Championship factors.

The ABA emphasises: “There is no such thing as a accusation or proof that RBR [Red Bull Racing] has sought at any time to behave in dangerous religion, dishonestly or in a fraudulent method, nor has it wilfully hid any data from the Price Cap Administration.”

Pink Bull exceeded final yr’s £114million price range cap in a yr when Verstappen controversially beat Lewis Hamilton to the world title on the ultimate lap in Abu Dhabi. Horner mentioned in Austin he was “shocked and appalled” that McLaren boss Zak Brown accused his workforce of dishonest and mentioned the insinuation has led to kids of Pink Bull employees being bullied at college.

Kieran Jackson29 October 2022 16:44


F1 qualifying – Mexican Grand Prix: Christian Horner insists 2021 F1 title win was ‘honest’ regardless of Pink Bull’s £6m price cap advantageous

The FIA confirmed in Mexico Metropolis on Friday that Pink Bull – the workforce which carried Verstappen to probably the most contentious title within the sport’s historical past – overspent by £1.86m. Pink Bull have entered right into a so-called Accepted Breach Settlement (ABA) with F1’s governing physique. Along with the advantageous, Pink Bull have had their wind tunnel time diminished by 10 per cent over the following 12 months – a punishment Horner referred to as “draconian” and claimed will price his workforce as much as half-a-second in lap time.

The ABA – which ensures Pink Bull lose any proper to attraction – avoids the workforce risking a harsher punishment which could have included the deduction of factors and Hamilton being instated as final yr’s title winner.

Hamilton was denied a document eighth world crown when former race director Michael Masi fudged the protection automobile guidelines on the season finale in Abu Dhabi. Verstappen took the title by eight factors. McLaren boss Zak Brown wrote to FIA president Mohammed ben Sulayem earlier this month to say a monetary breach “constitutes dishonest”.

Nevertheless, the FIA concluded that Pink Bull “didn’t act in dangerous religion, dishonestly or in a fraudulent method” when it broke the £114m price range cap.

“I don’t assume it has overshadowed Max’s achievements,” mentioned Pink Bull workforce principal Horner. “Inevitably there was a lot noise about final yr’s championship anyway. And when this comes up and also you hear about it for the primary time in Singapore and all of the noise comes once more.

“However Max Verstappen received final yr’s world championship honest and sq.. He did what he needed to do on the day. He did his job. The workforce did our job. He received the race. He’s the world champion. What we’re speaking about right here had no impact in any way on the efficiency of his automobile final yr.” 

Kieran Jackson29 October 2022 16:20

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