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Mick Schumacher ready to support Mercedes F1 team as reserve driver

Mick Schumacher has joined Mercedes as a reserve driver after being unable to find a race seat for 2023. He has now finished his seat fitting and is ready to assist the team.
As a reserve driver, Schumacher must be prepared to drive if Lewis Hamilton or George Russell are injured or ill. He must also be prepared to complete any testing Mercedes requires and to assist the team both on and off the track.
Despite the fact that this was announced in December, the young German driver’s transition to Mercedes is now complete. Mick Schumacher finished his seat fit in Brackley on Tuesday evening, fresh off his incredible Race of Champions stint.
Despite looking for other opportunities, Mick is “excited” to support the Mercedes team as a reserve driver, according to Formula One.
Schumacher was announced as a Mercedes driver on December 15, 2022, effectively ending his relationship with Ferrari and their academy. Schumacher’s move to Mercedes was a complete departure after four years as a member of the Ferrari Driver Academy and two years as a Haas driver.
This change, on the other hand, appears to have benefited him. It has kept Schumacher within striking distance of Formula One. It has also provided him with contacts on the Mercedes side of the grid. Toto Wolff, his new boss, has also promised to do everything in his power to get Mick a job. Mick has previously been praised by Wolff.
In Mercedes, the Schumacher name is highly valued. In 2010, Mick’s father, Michael, drove for the outlet. Despite not competing as well as he did when he was with Ferrari, Michael was a huge help to the new team. He was a huge help to them in the beginning. Although Wolff does not want to compare Mick to his father, he believes Mick has a lot of talent and will succeed at Mercedes.

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Aston Martin reveals 90% of parts on 2023 Formula 1 car are new

Aston Martin has revealed details about its 2023 Formula One car, claiming that 90% of the parts are brand new.
After a slow start to the 2022 season, the Silverstone-based team’s form improved as the season progressed. It scored points in nine of the final 11 races of the season and was tied with Alfa Romeo on 55 points in the Constructors’ Championship – but the Italian team took sixth in the standings due to a better race result during the year.
In an Aston Martin pre-season interview, deputy technical director Eric Blandin discussed how different the AMR23 will be from its predecessor.
“We applied everything we learned from last year’s car to this year’s car,” he explained. “The AMR23 is so different from the AMR22 in so many ways. We’ve changed more than 90% of the parts, and more than 95% of the aerodynamic surfaces are new.”
The year 2023 will be the second under new technical regulations, with the rules drastically changing last season. As Aston Martin works to move closer to the front of the grid, Blandin says the new car will have “clever innovations,” but they won’t be game changers for the team.
“On the new car, we’ve implemented a few clever innovations – they’re the icing on the cake,” he said. “They’re nice to have, but not necessary. It’s great when you find a small loophole and can exploit it, but it’s not often that you can build an entire car around it.
“Instead, it’s essential to get the basics right, and then you can add things. When you start a new car project, you identify your previous year’s limitations – and how you can overcome them with the new design – and you define the architecture that will give you the most future potential. If you pursue the wrong concept, you may end up boxing yourself in – you may run out of development avenues – and this is a difficult situation to escape.”
Following Sebastian Vettel’s retirement, Aston Martin has signed Fernando Alonso to drive alongside Lance Stroll in the upcoming season.

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Ferrari’s Leclerc looks to 2023 after ‘tough’ 2022 season

In 2022, Ferrari’s pit stops and strategy were criticized, including a disastrous pit stop in Monaco that cost Leclerc an almost certain win. (Image courtesy of formula1.com)
Leclerc’s 2022 got off to a great start. After dominating in Australia, the prospects for the championship appeared strong after winning two of the first three races. However, eventual World Champion Max Verstappen fought his way back into contention, and Leclerc did not win another race until seven rounds later in Austria. This would be his final victory of 2022, and he hopes to win again in early 2023.
His and Ferrari’s season began to unravel after Austria. Ferrari’s strategic errors cost Leclerc potential podiums and wins throughout the season, most notably in Monaco, Silverstone, and Hungary. Leclerc also shared some of the blame after crashing out while leading the French Grand Prix. This crash effectively ended his bid for the title.
According to formula1.com, after the crash, Leclerc stated, “It’s my fault, and if I continue to make mistakes like this, I deserve not to win the championship.”
Leclerc revealed his thoughts on his YouTube channel as he prepares for 2023. “For sure, there are some days I’m not particularly happy to go training,” the Monegasque admitted, but his desire to win drives him. Finally, winning is what drives me. In 2022, we didn’t make it, but I’m planning to do it this year”.
Leclerc emphasized the significance of preparation, revealing that training “is a part” of this: “We need to be as prepared as possible, and training is part of that. You have to be fit inside the car, and we’re doing our best to be the best driver on the track – that’s what motivates me.”
When asked if his mentality is different heading into 2023, Leclerc said every season gives a driver more experience, and he believes he has matured as a result of his difficult 2022 championship bid:
“I think I’m maturing… Every season in Formula One, you learn new things and evolve as a driver.
Whether there is a particular change where I was like, ‘Okay, this I need to change’, not really. It’s only minor enhancements. Every mistake teaches you something and helps you grow, so I’m more mature. But there hasn’t been any significant change.”
This year, the Monegasque has a new Team Principal, with former Alfa Romeo CEO Fred Vasseur taking over for Mattia Binotto. After the Scuderia’s strategic struggles, Binotto resigned before the end of the 2022 season.

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Valtteri Bottas aiming for stability with Alfa Romeo

Valtteri Bottas hopes to hold talks with Alfa Romeo early in the 2023 Formula One season to avoid speculation about his long-term future and ensure continued stability with the team.
The Finnish driver joined Alfa Romeo on a multi-year contract at the start of 2022 and was instrumental in leading the team to their highest-ever Constructors’ Championship finish in the turbo-hybrid engine era, sixth place.
Having endured the pressures of being exclusively on one-year contracts for the entirety of his five-year stay with Mercedes, the former Williams driver has repeatedly spoken of the benefits of retaining a long-term contract for the first time in his F1 career.
The lack of security afforded to Bottas and the subsequent questioning of his future plans prior to signing for Alfa Romeo had a negative impact on his performances across the second half of multiple campaigns, particularly while at Mercedes.
Bottas has been outspoken in his desire to put measures in place to prevent a similar situation from occurring with the Hinwil-based outfit.
“I’ve been in that situation so many times where it’s become a distraction,” Bottas told Motorsport.com.
“So yeah, for sure, it’s going to be a talking point hopefully quite early [in the year] on what’s going to happen.
“Having that stability after 10 years of not having much stability is important to me.”
Alfa Romeo’s performance last season marked a significant improvement after a number of years battling at the back of the F1 field.
Bottas was one of the early beneficiaries of a much-improved package, emerging as a revitalized figure after scoring points in six of the first seven races.
Although his stellar points-scoring start faded as the year progressed, the Finn still managed to score 49 of the team’s 55 points, and it was his fifth-place finish at Imola that enabled Alfa Romeo to hold off Aston Martin on countback in the battle for sixth place in the overall standings.
Bottas has spoken of the newfound joy he has found in readjusting his expectations to what constitutes success for a team that is not consistently competing at the sharp end, despite no longer competing for the possibility of wins every weekend.
“It’s rewarding and uplifting seeing the joy people have when you’re actually even scoring a few points regularly.
“It’s not something the team is accustomed to. It’s been great to be a part of it.
“I’m already looking forward to the new car and how it’ll be and all that. “It’s fascinating,” Bottas said.
While Alfa Romeo will be looking to make another step forward this season, there has been a lot of speculation surrounding the Swiss-operating Sauber team since the end of last year, with the long-awaited confirmation that Sauber will become a works Audi outfit in time for the new engine regulations in 2026.
Unsurprisingly, Bottas wishes to extend his current contract in order to begin an exciting new chapter that has the long-term potential to elevate the perennial midfield side into a position to compete for race victories and world championships.
“It’s a fantastic opportunity for the team; it brings stability as well as something new.”
Nonetheless, Alfa Romeo will remain the Sauber-run entity’s official entry name for one final year in 2023, and Bottas has reiterated that the team’s focus will be entirely on the season ahead.

“We’re just getting started now, and obviously, nothing has changed.

“We remain Alfa Romeo. I believe that things will begin to change in the coming year. But for the time being, things are pretty stable, and everyone is just focused on their jobs,” Bottas concluded.

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FIA completes F1 management restructuring, appoints Steve Nielsen as sporting director

-With the appointment of Steve Nielsen as sporting director, Formula One’s governing body, the FIA, has completed a restructuring of its F1 management.

Nielsen, a 30-year F1 veteran, will take on the role to address the FIA’s race management, which has been heavily criticized since the controversial finish of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in 2021.

Nielsen is well-known in the sport, having worked for Lotus, Tyrrell, Benetton, and Toro Rosso during his career. Since 2017, he has served as sporting director for F1 management, reporting to Ross Brawn.

He will be in charge of F1 sporting matters at the FIA, including race control, the remote operations center, and future sporting regulations.

Importantly, the 58-year-old will also supervise and collaborate with F1 race directors.


Since Michael Masi was removed from his post as race director after his interpretation of the rules in Abu Dhabi cost Lewis Hamilton a potential eighth title, the FIA have used two rotating race directors, which proved unsatisfactory and was ultimately dropped at the end of last season, and brought in the remote operations centre to aid their decision-making.

However, race control continued to make mistakes last season, much to the chagrin of drivers and teams. Last year, the use of a recovery vehicle on track while cars were still circulating in wet conditions and low visibility in Japan drew criticism from across the paddock. Nielsen will be expected to fine-tune and oversee race control operations in order to eliminate similar errors by collaborating with race directors.

The appointment is part of a restructuring process spearheaded by FIA president Mohammed ben Sulayem, which also includes the promotion of Nikolas Tombazis to single-seater director, putting him in charge of the FIA’s F1 management.
Ben Sulayem initiated the changes after taking over as president at the beginning of last year, shortly after Abu Dhabi. They are the result of a review of the FIA’s internal procedures, which led to a reorganization of the governing body.

Since Charlie Whiting’s death in 2019, the FIA has struggled to restructure. Whiting was the F1 director, in charge of all technical and sporting management as well as race direction. His responsibilities have since been divided among several positions, but determining the best working combination has proven difficult.

F1’s chief executive, Stefano Domenicali, welcomed Nielsen’s appointment. “He is a well-known professional in our sport,” Domenicali said. “We fully support his decision to join the FIA. His Formula One skills and experience will help the FIA in its ongoing efforts to improve race weekend operations.”

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DAZN raises its prices: how the plans remain with the updated prices

On-demand streaming services have increased throughout 2022, and it appears that the situation will remain unchanged at the start of 2023. In fact, DAZN has just announced that it will raise the price of its subscription, making it more expensive to watch football, MotoGP, and Formula 1.
This increase is unsurprising given the general trend of streaming services, but it is still bad news for users. And, as a result, absolutely all services are increasing, forcing decisions to be made about whether it is worthwhile to maintain one platform or gamble on another.
In the case of DAZN, the increases have been consistent and are framed within a very characteristic pattern: the share grows progressively as greater access to content, such as football matches or leagues of any kind, is made available. Its most recent ascent takes us to the summer of 2022, but it has now reached January 2023.
We will dissect the rise that DAZN has experienced and will continue to experience until the next quota calculation. Of course, it’s time to look back a few months for perspective, because the price increases in all plans can be prohibitively expensive for some users who already have other platforms.

DAZN raises its prices: this is how the plans retain their updated prices.

First and foremost, the new DAZN Victoria plan is priced at 9.99 euros and focuses on women’s football. It is the cheapest of DAZN’s plans because the next two include LaLiga, Formula 1 World Cups, MotoGP, Premier League, and basketball matches, among other things.
The next plan up the price ladder is DAZN Essential, which costs between 12.99 and 18.99 euros per month. In addition to what has already been seen: Formula 1 and MotoGP world championships, Premier League, Euroleague basketball, F League and UWCL, a 6 euro increase is not a tasty dish for those who have subscribed to this plan.
DAZN Total is the most comprehensive plan; it includes LaLiga Santander, allowing you to watch 5 games per day for 35 of the 38 days of the Santander League. It also includes the Formula One world championships, MotoGP, the Premier League, basketball, and the remaining content from the previous two plans.
Being DAZN Total, the most comprehensive plan, has also seen a price increase that makes it difficult to justify: it has risen from 24.99 euros to 29.99 euros. DAZN Total and DAZN Essential can both be paid in a single payment or in installments with permanence, with a single payment of 299.99 euros and 149.99 euros respectively.

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F1 should scrap plans for Sprint races, says Verstappen

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Verstappen has stated on numerous occasions that he is not a fan of F1 Sprints, but the sport has moved forward with plans to expand the format regardless.
A top Formula One executive has once again defended the divisive Sprint format, which Max Verstappen despises, as the sport prepares to double the number of short-form races this year.
Qualifying is moved to Friday from its usual Saturday slot, and is replaced by what is essentially a shorter version of a race. As usual, the main Grand Prix takes place on Sunday. Some people like it because it provides more competitive action to watch than the average race weekend. However, it is not universally accepted, with many detractors claiming that the shorter races are often little more than a procession because teams do not want to risk too much for fewer points.
Pat Symonds, F1’s chief technical officer, has spoken out on the subject as the sport prepares for six Sprint races in 2023, up from three in each of the previous two seasons.
“There are those who like it and those who don’t like it, but to me, what we do is compete,” he explained.
“What I enjoy about a competition is that it is unpredictable. Oxford were playing Arsenal in the FA Cup the other week and held them 0-0 at halftime, which is fantastic. Friday does not provide any competition during a typical grand prix weekend, so what is the appeal of it?
This is where you come in. Furthermore, the teams are so good at simulation these days that they have two hours of running time on Friday to fine-tune the car and ensure that everything is in order, which leads to predictability.
“What the sprint does is it allows us to have a competition on every day – because on Friday we’ve got qualifying, on Saturday we’ve got a sprint race and on Sunday, we’ve got a grand prix. In my opinion, it accomplishes this without detracting from the main event, which is critical because a grand prix is what it’s all about.
“And by reducing the amount of time the teams have got to hone their cars, by putting in another error-generator in the Sprint race, we have the chance to have a little bit of a more mixed up race. Those are the races that people prefer.”
Verstappen recently told reporters, “For me, that’s not really a race, because you go into the main race and you know there’s way more points available anyway, you just risk a bit more there,” later adding, “You just risk a bit more there.”

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Sergio Perez needs “software update” to stay in front of Daniel Ricciardo, says David Coulthard

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Former driver turned commentator David Coulthard has warned Sergio Perez that he needs a “software update” to keep up with Daniel Ricciardo at Red Bull.
Perez is under contract alongside two-time World Champion Max Verstappen, with Ricciardo taking on a reserve role at his former team after being forced out of his seat at McLaren by fellow Australian Oscar Piastri, but with only two wins last year, Perez is in the hot seat heading into 2023.
The Mexican won in Monaco and Singapore, but finished second in the World Drivers’ Championship to Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc last year after Verstappen (who had already won the World Championship) refused to let him through at the penultimate race of the year in Sao Paulo. The man dubbed the “perfect teammate” for his selflessness and defense in the famous final race of the 2021 season would normally be safe, with his contract set to expire in 2024, but with growing tensions between him and Verstappen as Red Bull’s golden child, Perez could find himself watching from the pit wall.
After the incident in Brazil, where Verstappen cryptically stated on team radio that he “had (his) reasons” for not allowing Perez through, relations between the two became strained. Perez said at the time that it demonstrated “who he (Verstappen) really is.”
During the saga, Verstappen’s mother, Sophie Kumpen, accused Perez of being unfaithful to his partner in a quickly deleted Instagram comment, referring to videos that surfaced after the 32-year-old’s victory in Monaco and showed him dancing with multiple women who were not his wife.
With Red Bull’s prior history of changing team makeup on a whim, Coulthard says Perez’s F1 destiny is “in his own hands”.

“He has access to the world champion’s data.

“If he does, then he has a chance to win the world championship.”
If he doesn’t, he’ll just be another driver who won a few races.”
Red Bull has a history of swapping teammates around their two-team setup; Verstappen joined the team from junior team Toro Rosso (now AlphaTauri) in 2016 before the Spanish Grand Prix, replacing Russian Daniil Kvyat. Ricciardo left the Milton Keynes team in 2019, and Verstappen’s teammates kept changing – Frenchman Pierre Gasly was promoted from Toro Rosso, only to be demoted before the season’s end in favor of Thai driver Alexander Albon, who himself was demoted at the end of 2020 for Sergio Perez.
Ricciardo’s decision to join Red Bull as a reserve after turning down race seat offers from smaller teams Williams and Haas has been widely panned by the F1 paddock. “I’d argue he stands to gain nothing,” said journalist Will Buxton. Jenson Button, a former World Champion, also criticized the move, saying he was taking a huge risk with a “team where he thinks he can get a seat for 2024, otherwise it’s game over because you get forgotten after a year in F1.”
Despite Ricciardo’s projected A$36 million in earnings next year from his McLaren contract and Red Bull deal, his manager insists that “none of this is about ego or unattainable demands.”
“This is the story of a man who was dealt a bad hand and is now looking for the right next opportunity.”

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Formula One vs Formula E: Which is Faster?

Formula One racing is the highest level of competition, the pinnacle of motorsport. However, despite decades of scientific ingenuity and progress, there always appears to be room for improvement. Even if some production cars can keep up with F1 cars in terms of acceleration, none can keep up in the corners they blast through.
With the push for cleaner energy and electric vehicles, automakers needed to think outside the box to appeal to the next generation of enthusiasts, including those at the highest levels of racing. As a result, the all-electric racing series Formula E is regarded as a safe haven for both environmentalists and petrolheads. However, the question of which is faster remains.

What Exactly Is Formula E?

Formula 1 is the highest level of racing sanctioned by the FIA (Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile) for single-seater cars, and Formula E is the highest level of racing for single-seater electric cars. The push for cleaner energy affects race cars as well as consumer-grade vehicles.
Despite its inability to produce the roaring engine noises that enthusiasts crave, Formula E was never intended to compete directly with Formula 1 but rather to be a part of its own class. Aside from the noise issues, Formula E has a lower top-end speed than its counterpart.

Speed Differences Between Formula One and Formula E

So, how quick is Formula E? Unlike production passenger vehicles, electric power has a disadvantage when compared to petrol-powered F1 cars. Nonetheless, they are no slouches, reaching 100km/h from a standstill in 2.8 seconds. These electric-powered vehicles can reach speeds of up to 280km/h while racing for 45 minutes at a time.
While these figures are lower than those of Formula One, Formula E was never intended to compete directly with Formula One, but rather to accelerate the transition to electric power. Although these acceleration figures are comparable to those of some production cars, none of them can corner like an F1 car. Formula One cars can reach speeds of up to 6G thanks to specially designed and engineered parts.

Which is faster, Formula One or Formula E?

Finally, Formula One is faster than Formula E, which is to be expected given the latter’s infancy. Even though Formula E cars are outfitted with highly engineered parts, they still have a long way to go before they can compete with Formula One cars.
A Formula One car, for example, has slightly more than 1,000 horsepower, whereas Formula E cars have an artificial limit of 350 horsepower. Power limitations result in slower acceleration and top speeds, and heavy battery configurations on Formula E cars weighing 385 kg do not always contribute to a faster vehicle.
While battery packs and motor configurations can be improved, it is the power threshold that limits what Formula E cars can do. Formula One is able to outperform its rival thanks to lightweight carbon materials and horsepower advantages.
Formula E circuits are also important. Formula E circuits are typically full of twisty turns, which helps with regenerative braking and keeps speeds low.

Formula E Has a Great Deal of Potential

Although Formula E has the potential to be more entertaining, enthusiasts prefer its gasoline-powered counterpart. Despite the fact that they are not directly competing, Formula E has its own way of having fun on the track. Only the future will tell what the future holds for Formula E, with lighter battery packs and advancements in powertrain components.

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Mark Webber’s thoughts on Max Verstappen’s assessment of Mercedes’ 2023 season

Max Verstappen’s assessment of the Mercedes Formula One team for the 2023 season has been described as “very polite” by Mark Webber.
Mercedes struggled throughout the 2022 season, while Red Bull won 17 races, 15 of which were won by Verstappen.
The Dutchman dominated on his way to a second F1 championship, while Mercedes could only claim a single grand prix victory, at the penultimate round in Brazil.
Prior to 2022, Mercedes’ performance in the turbo-hybrid era saw it consistently compete at the front, winning championships convincingly in recent years.
Verstappen has spoken about Mercedes’ prospects for the 2023 season, claiming that they will be a greater threat to Red Bull the following year.
However, in an interview with motorsport.com, Webber stated that Red Bull will remain the team to beat.
“I think Max was especially gracious,” Webber said. “I still believe Red Bull will be the most dangerous team at the start of the season.
“They provided a clinic for the others. Once Max was settled in the car, there was no stopping the rest.
“Red Bull as a team quickly dealt with the reliability issues that plagued them at the start of last season.
“The biggest issue for opponents was consistency. At the end, Red Bull was strong on every [tyre] compound, strong on high-downforce circuits and strong on low-downforce circuits.
“They had no real weakness left and Max as an individual I don’t think has any weakness at all, so they did give the competition some headaches.
“In the past year, Max had Formula 1 Plus moments. Spa’s slicing through the field there was the highlight for me.”
Mercedes has lost its chief strategist, James Vowles, who has left to join Williams as its new Team Principal ahead of the new season.