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Horner: ‘I’ve never heard Hamilton recognize Verstappen’s abilities’



“Some of Max’s overtakes over the past year have been stunning and you could tell Lewis was starting to irritate him,” said the RBR director, speaking about Lewis Hamilton’s “explosive” duel with Max Verstappen for the 2021 F1 championship.

Max Verstappen is heading towards his second consecutive title of Formula One career this year – thanks to both Ferrari and Mercedes’ troubles this year – with much less stress than last year when he was battling with Lewis Hamilton who was in the crosshairs of the controversial decisions of the then FIA race director Michael Massi at the Abu Dhabi GP.

The tension of the past year reached its peak not only in the season finale, but also earlier in the duels between the two title contenders at Silverstone and Monza. At the British circuit in particular, their clash culminated in Verstappen’s 51G power collision at Copse’s turning barriers and tension escalated, both in public statements from both sides.

Today, nine months after the 2021 championship ended, Red Bull Racing boss Christian Horner said this year’s battle between Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc involves a lot more respect between the two drivers than last year’s Lewis Hamilton.

“You know, there’s a difference, there’s a little bit of a different respect with Charles.”said the Brit. “As kids they were rivals in the race and there was a mutual respect. I’ve never heard Lewis acknowledge Max’s abilities. There was also a bit of fuel for the fire between them and you could feel that between them.”

Horner said after the incident at Silverstone last year that Hamilton “Ride like an amateur” and accused the Brit of celebrating his victory there while Verstappen was in hospital. He has now admitted that Hamilton deserves everyone’s full respect for what he has achieved in Formula One – but added that last year’s struggle had both a psychological and racing impact on Hamilton.

“I think that’s how it happened, maybe more in Lewis’ head. Because he’s the seven-time world champion with everything to lose, Max is the new risk-taking driver who gives everything he has and has nothing to lose .” Some of his passes over the last year have been stunning and you could tell Lewis was getting irritated.” Horner continued.

“We saw after Lewis took pole at Silverstone that he was ‘broken’ when Max won the sprint race. If Max had gone through Copse corner I don’t think they would ever have seen him again.” in the afternoon so there was also a hint of desperation in the air, the stakes were high and emotions were running high, but maybe it hit Lewis harder than Max because he had more to lose, Max just had something to win.” added the Brit.

Shortly after last year’s championship ended, Hamilton said on new Netflix documentary Drive to Survive that Verstappen was “aggressive as hell” when driving, saying that like many drivers he’s met in his career, he’s tried, to harass him on the track.

Alongside the two drivers, Horner also explained what went on between himself and Mercedes F1 Director Toto Wolff behind the scenes of the Silverstone race. “There was suddenly an endless dialogue between Toto and Michael (Massey). Then he (Wolf) emailed him and (Massey) replied. And then I thought ‘ok, I’m not going to like this’, I’m going to intervene.

It was incredibly one sided that no team manager could step in and influence the GM and mid game I had a very tense conversation with Toto. In that race, with Toto pushing his view that his driver should not be penalized, I had a driver in hospital and the car out of the race and obviously I was very disappointed with what happened.”

And then he spoke about the events of Abu Dhabi, Horner concluded: “I can imagine that it was pushed to the limit in Abu Dhabi, where Toto tried at several points in the race to prevent the safety car from coming out in order not to change the course of the race. From the moment I heard it, my first reaction was to make sure offense is the best defense, because the last person to whisper into someone else’s ear has the greatest impact.

I think the crucial element was (Nicolas) Latifi’s accident and the immediate exit of the safety vehicle with the priority of restarting the race. The only mistake made was not allowing the last two cars to overtake and get onto the lap. But that wouldn’t have made the slightest difference, the result would have been identical to what was produced.”

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The team fired the mechanic who beat the motorcycle racer during the Grand Prix




A Moto3 racing team mechanic has been sacked after a video appeared on social media showing him beating up British motorcycle racer Tom Booth-Amos during the 2019 Thai Grand Prix, MotoGP said.

In a footage leaked last week, the head mechanic of the Moto3 team argues with a rider and then kicks him repeatedly. The video received wide publicity on social media.

— It became known that the person in question continues to work in the paddock in another team that did not know about this incident. The team decided to fire this employee, who will not return to work after the Malaysian Grand Prix.

Abusive behavior should not and will not be tolerated. All parties will continue to work to make the MotoGP paddock the safest working environment possible.

The Malaysian Grand Prix MotoGP and junior series of road racing will be held from 21 to 23 October.

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    Ferrari and Mercedes were wrong. Red Bull won’t be penalized for spending ceiling




    According to media reports, Formula 1 was unable to find a significant excess of the spending ceiling set at $145 million per season for the series last season.

    In recent weeks, Mercedes and Ferrari have begun to actively accuse Red Bull that the Bulls have significantly exceeded the spending ceiling for the end of 2021 and should be penalized.

    However, after examining the payrolls of all teams, F-1 issued a decision that no one had committed serious violations. On Wednesday, all teams must receive a certificate that they have managed to invest the budget.

    If an F1 team exceeds the spending limit by 5%, it will face a loss of Constructors’ Championship points as well as fines.

    Red Bull dominated F-1 in the first season after new technical regulations came into effect. Team drivers Max Verstappen and the Bulls can secure driver and team titles after the Japanese Grand Prix.

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    Honda is coming back for Suzuka and maybe for the whole decade




    Ten months after Honda retired from Formula One, its badge returns to the nose and tail of Red Bull and Alpha Tauri for this three-day Japanese GP and the remaining 4 GPs of the season – but possibly for years to come. Even after 2026.

    Honda’s three-year official factory engine supply to Red Bull Racing, the started 2019 and ended with Max Verstappen’s title at the episodic Abu Dhabi GP in 2021 – but now, after RBR’s “failure” talks with Porsche over the In 2026, the return of the Japanese to the Milton Keynes team was agreed.

    It starts with Honda’s home race – and track – at Suzuka Japan offers a particularly suitable setting for the team over the next three days (October 7-9). celebrates Max Verstappen’s second championship title in a row. The Honda decals They will appear again on the two Red Bull RB22 and the two Alpha Tauri AT03.

    The Honda badge remains on the cars (on the nose and on the engine cover) and in the next 4 GPs until the end of this racing year, and on November 27th he will followed by the “HRC Thanks Day” celebratory event, during which the four drivers from the two Red Bull teams. Sergio Perez takes over from these November Ambassador role for the Young Drivers Academy Honda Racing School (HRS).

    “Our common goal is to provide dominant engines and ensure the maximum great success over the next three years,” said RBR Managing Director Christian Horner. which means the collaboration will continue until the end of 2025. towards There are currently no official announcements.

    But that’s just the beginning. Red Bull Racing bosses reportedly held talks yesterday (Tuesday 10/4) in Tokyo with Honda Racing (HRC) management meetings to formalize – and even continue – their partnership for years to come in 2026 and beyond.

    2026 is, and will be, a pivotal year for manufacturers in F1 Implementation of the new Power Plant Ordinance – which put more emphasis on it its hybrid and therefore electric aspect, directly parallel to the Gorga Progressive electrification of production cars.

    Honda pulled out in late 2021 to devote all of its resources to development Zero emission technology of its production cars, but the regulations of 2026 to transfer the technology of -already hybrid- engines in this direction, to make the sport more attractive to automakers – both technologically and in the marketing aspect.

    For now, the content of yesterday’s talks between RBR and HRC in Tokyo. In the scenario of both sides working together and beyond 2026, there is also the Parameters of Red Bull Powertrains, the new engine plant in which Red is investing Bull from last year, which Honda told her would be leaving in late 2021.

    Red Bull wants to make RBPowetrains a new engine manufacturer in 2026 Enjoy the privileges that the FIA ​​​​will offer to their new engine manufacturers that year – Audis for now, while Porsche reconsiders its thoughts, as it is rumored it could work with McLaren.

    ISTANBUL, TURKEY - NOVEMBER 15: A detail shot of dirt on the car of Alexander Albon of Thailand and Red Bull Racing after F1 Grand Prix of Turkey at Intercity Istanbul Park on November 15, 2020 in Istanbul, Turkey.  (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

    In addition, the engines of Red Bull Racing and Alpha Tauri will run until the end of 2025 will be manufactured by HRC in Japan, both sides announced last year Spring. Red Bull would pay the Japanese company for these services Maybe that will change when there’s the – very likely – full Honda factory return in Formula 1, at least until the end of 2025.

    In fact, the rewarming conditions are rumored to have the cooperation of the two sides agreed between them for months, and that yesterday’s meeting in Tokyo was more “Etiquette”, and served to find a gentle and gradual way Announcing Honda’s return to F1 just 10 months after his exit.

    For 2026 and beyond, no one can know the plans of the two sides, but there is speculation the “golden ratio” of Honda’s coexistence with Red Bull Powertrains was found. Most likely The scenario heard calls for RBP to handle the design and construction of the thermals V6 turbo engine at its new factory in Milton Keynes.

    And Honda will design, develop and build all -new- in Japan Hybrid system that will incorporate the MGU-K electric motor based on 2026 regulations – will be 50% more efficient (that others no longer have MGU-H electric motor) and will only use 100% biofuels.

    So everyone is happy: Red Bull justifies its investment Own engine production by RBPowertrains in Milton Keynes and the Honda will quickly gain a reputation for developing new engine technologies Liaison with the marketing department of its commercial vehicles.

    At the Tokyo meeting, these talks were reported to have been particularly positive, and it even sounds as if there is already a preliminary contract that includes the conditions that the cooperation will work beyond 2025. However, the very important one remains Approval of these plans by Honda’s Board of Directors.

    However, there are some obstacles to achieving this: They concern the level of his involvement HRC, the financial budget, but also how Honda will justify publicly announced her return to F1 just two years after announcing she would retired from the sport at the end of 2021.

    However, HRC appreciates Honda’s involvement in the development of flagship hybrids Technologies from F1 will have a direct correlation and impact with its general activity Company in the research and development of electrification technologies for series vehicles She. Consequently, any formalization of Honda’s long-awaited return to F1 will be the case need some more time.

    Photo credit: Red Bull Content Pool

    Source: sport 24

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