F1 news LIVE: Red Bull criticized for ‘cheap shot’ at Lewis Hamilton as FIA stalls on sprint races

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Red Bull have been criticized for taking a “cheap shot” at the lackluster early-season performances of Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton as Formula 1 begins to gear up for the first edition of the Miami Grand Prix.

The seven-time world champion has struggled in the opening four races of the season, facing significant difficulties with the new Mercedes W13 car and declaring that there was “no question” that his title hopes are over after Sunday’s Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.

Helmut Marko, a long-time adviser at Red Bull and head of the team’s driver development program, joked after the race in Imola that Hamilton should retire after being lapped by winner Max Verstappen. Marko’s comments have been criticized by former F1 driver Johnny Herbert, who labeled the remark a “cheap shot” and said that Red Bull would still want Hamilton as one of their drivers even after a below-par start to the season. Follow all the latest F1 news and updates, below:


Wolff’s radio talk with Hamilton a ‘clear message to the world’

Ex-Formula 1 driver David Coulthard says Toto Wolff apologizing to Lewis Hamilton over the radio was a “message to the world”.

The Mercedes team principal said sorry to the seven-time world champion after porpoising issues and the driver’s own struggles with the car saw him finish 13th at Imola. But Coulthard said the conversation didn’t have to be a public one and it was a deliberate choice by Wolff.

“That was a very significant moment and a very clear message to the world,” Coulthard told Channel 4. “That’s a private conversation he has chosen to make public.”

The porpoising has been an issue for other teams but Mercedes seems to be particularly affected by it. Hamilton’s teammate George Russell has complained of chest and back pains due to the issue. Coulthard suggested that once they have the problem under control, they will be right back in the season.

Tom Kershaw28 April 2022 09:50


Hamilton’s ‘psychological strength’ called into question

Former NASCAR and IndyCar driver Danica Patrick has questioned Lewis Hamilton’s “psychological strength” amid his struggles with Mercedes this season.

Hamilton has been on one podium this campaign, coming third in Bahrain, but has failed to hit top gear, so to speak. He is currently seventh in the drivers’ standings after his latest disappointment – ​​coming 13th at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.

“I’m really curious, I’m curious as to where the speed is,” Patrick told Sky Sports. “[Hamilton’s teammate] George Russell’s having a pretty decent season, he had a good day. I don’t know, are they trying different things with Lewis?

“Are there certain specifications that are different this year that he’s not getting on with? Is it mental? Hear Nico [Rosberg] speak about Toto [Wolff] taking the fault for the situation with Lewis is an interesting perspective.

“There’s a lot of psychological strength that’s needed to endure the pressures of the season. Every single race counts.”

Tom Kershaw28 April 2022 09:32


Leclerc rejects ‘unnecessary risk’ claim after Imola

Charles Leclerc has dismissed claims he took unnecessary risks at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.

The Ferrari star spanned the track as he attempted to hunt down Sergio Perez at Imola, which led to a costly sixth-place finish and a significant reduction in his lead in the drivers’ championship.

Yet despite the incident, Leclerc is adamant he read the track well and didn’t do anything untoward.

“I don’t think I was taking particularly more risk but I was quick there and the car felt good there, especially in the race,” he said.

“I felt like it was probably one of the corners where Czech [Perez] was a bit less competitive than me. On that lap, I knew there was an opportunity so I tried to push a bit more, and it was too much.

“But apart from that, I don’t think I took any unnecessary risk on the other lapses during the weekend. Everything was okay on that side.”

Tom Kershaw28 April 2022 09:17


FIA accused of ‘greed’ as row over sprint races escalates

The FIA ​​has been accused of “greed” after it stalled over approving plans to double the number of sprint races in Formula One since 2023, amid warnings such a move could create a split at the top of the sport.

Formula One and its team have given its unanimous backing to increasing the number of sprint races from three to six from next season, following a successful trial last year, but the FIA ​​said it was “still evaluating” the proposal following discussions on Tuesday.

The FIA ​​are reportedly concerned about the additional costs involved in hosting an additional three sprint races, which replaces one of the practice sessions and acts as qualifying for Sunday’s grand prix as a shortened race on Saturday.

According to Sky Sports News reporter Craig Slater, figures inside Formula One and amongst the teams were disappointed at the FIA’s stance following the meeting of the Formula One Commission.

“The word ‘greed’ was actually used to me,” Slater said. “And a couple of teams said that, in their view, the FIA ​​do not incur significant extra costs by replacing a practice session with a sprint event. They’re shocked that the FIA ​​has taken this position.”

Tom Kershaw28 April 2022 09:01


Miami Grand Prix will ‘feel like a Super Bowl’, claims McLaren boss

The race will be one of two to be held in the United States this season, joining the United States Grand Prix in Austin, Texas, and was finally added to the F1 calendar after years of speculation.

There had been talk of the race taking place in downtown Miami, but instead it will be based around the Hard Rock Stadium, which is home to the NFL team the Miami Dolphins.

The stadium has also held a record 11 Super Bowls, including the 2020 Super Bowl, and demand for tickets has far outstripped demand, in another sign of Formula One’s growing popularity in the United States and around the world.

And Brown says the Miami Grand Prix will have a similar appeal to the Super Bowl, with A-list celebrities expected to be in attendance.

Harry Latham Coyle28 April 2022 08:37


Formula 1: Red Bull adviser Helmut Marko criticized for ‘cheap shot’ at Lewis Hamilton

Marko jested that Hamilton should have retired at the end of last season as the seven-time champion is struggling in his Mercedes this campaign. The British driver is off pace, which sees him down in seventh in the drivers’ standings.

Herbert said that, while Marko takes jibes at Hamilton, he would want the Briton to drive for Red Bull.

Harry Latham Coyle28 April 2022 08:29


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