Nikita Mazepin future still in doubt despite FIA ​​clearance – F1 live

Netflix reveal teaser trailer for Drive to Survive season four

The drama in the build-up to the 2022 F1 season continues with Haas’ Russian driver Nikita Mazepin the focus after a compelling week of testing in Barcelona ahead of the Bahrain Grand Prix later this month.

Amid the conflict in Ukraine, the Russian driver’s future was in doubt after IOC guidance to not allow athletes from Russia or Belarus to compete. But despite the FIA ​​providing the green light for him to continue racing, under a neutral flag admittedly, Mazepin could find himself out of a seat as the team continue to discuss whether to proceed with the son of Dmitry Mazepin, who is the owner of their main sponsor Uralkali.

There are only three weeks left until the first F1 race though, the Bahrain Grand Prix, in what promises to be a packed calendar. Each team has now unveiled their new car with vital data logged at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, with Lewis Hamilton finishing quickest ahead of the next round of testing on 10 March in Bahrain.

But there was the fascinating innovation displayed by Red Bull and their sidepods, which got a close inspection from Hamilton. Quite how valuable they promise to be is unclear with the reigning champion Max Verstappen seemingly strategizing his runout in Barcelona without pushing for the absolute fastest time.

There will be one less race after F1 confirmed last week the Russian Grand Prix will not take place following the escalating crisis in Ukraine. Sebastian Vettel had already made clear that he would boycott the race, with Ferrari chief Mattia Binotto revealing that teams met last night “to try to understand what the situation is and how to cope and how to manage it”.

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Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko admits team tried to influence FIA ​​in Abu Dhabi

Red Bull advisor and head of their driver development program Helmut Marko has admitted that the team tried to influence the FIA ​​“massively” during the end-of-season controversy in Abu Dhabi late last year.

However, Marko pointed out that Mercedes were also guilty of trying to exert their influence as the dramatic battle between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton to decide the destination of the title played out.

Then-race director Michael Masi infamously made a call that ultimately favored Verstappen and the Red Bull driver claimed the Drivers’ Championship in the most dramatic of fashions.

And Marko told RTL Deutschland that as he was making his decision, there was pressure being put on Masi over the race radio “admittedly from us and Mercedes massively”.

Helmut Marko admitted Red Bull tried to pressure the FIA ​​in Abu Dhabi

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Luke Baker2 March 2022 12:01


A reminder of Nikita Mazepin latest

Nikita Mazepin and his potential banning from F1 has been the best story in the sport over the past couple of days and here’s a reminder on the latest as we know it.

The Russian driver’s future in Formula 1 is still in doubt despite being allowed to continue racing in Formula 1 under a neutral flag.

The FIA ​​has officially announced they will ignore IOC guidance in that no Russian or Belarusian athletes should be allowed to compete in any international competitions until further notice, with Haas driver Mazepin allowed to compete under a neutral flag.

But his seat could be taken from him as the team’s future with main Russian sponsor Uralkali, owned by Nikita’s father Dmitry, continues to be unresolved.

Haas are expected to release an update in the coming hours.

Nikita Mazepin is being allowed to continue in F1 under a neutral flag

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Luke Baker2 March 2022 11:45


Check out the teaser trailer for Drive to Survive season four

It’s fair to say that Drive to Survive – Netflix’s behind-the-scenes F1 documentary – has captured the imagination of Formula 1 fans and non-fans alike over the past couple of years.

Anticipation for season four is high and a teaser trailer has finally dropped – check it out below to whet your appetite.

Netflix reveal teaser trailer for Drive to Survive season four

Luke Baker2 March 2022 11:31


When is Bahrain tested? All you need to know ahead of 2022 F1 season

Formula One pre-season testing is under way ahead of the 2022 season, with two sessions of three days taking place across Spain and Bahrain in February and March.

There was no TV coverage or fan attendance at the opening testing weekend at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona, ​​where Lewis Hamilton went quickest overall in his first appearance since that controversial finale in Abu Dhabi last year.

But the second pre-season testing session in Bahrain ahead of the opening weekend of the season will have TV coverage and fans in attendance.

Here’s all you need to know about it.

Luke Baker2 March 2022 11:16


Johnny Herbert tips Lewis Hamilton for eighth world title

Former Formula 1 driver Johnny Herbert believes 2022 could be the year that Lewis Hamilton wins his eighth F1 Drivers’ Championship.

Hamilton, currently level with Michael Schumacher on seven world titles, was denied the outright record in a controversial ending to the season in Abu Dhabi last year but Herbert thinks Mercedes actually over-achieved in 2021 and were always planning to target 2022.

“I think Mercedes did so well last year because of the budget cap coming into effect, that’s really something that they didn’t spend so much [on] last year,” Herbert told Sky Sports News.

“I think their big upgrade was at Silverstone, Red Bull seemed to do one more or less [at] every race we went to.

“So maybe there’s going to be that, pushing that budget towards what they’re going to be using this year and I think Mercedes, I think [a world title] could happen again for Lewis.”

Luke Baker2 March 2022 11:01


Lando Norris expecting “incredible” Mercedes

McLaren driver Lando Norris believes the pace Mercedes showed during the first leg of pre-season testing means they’ll be “incredible” by the time the first race comes around.

Mercedes duo Lewis Hamilton and George Russell were the pace-setters in Barcelona, ​​with a 0.30s margin over Red Bull’s Sergio Perez, although with engine modes and fuel loads not released, it’s hard to read too much into individual teams’ times.

But Norris – who described McLaren as being in a “good but not amazing” place after Barcelona testing – has a theory based on the reigning eight-time constructors champions’ past performances.

“Mercedes never look that good in testing, only when they get to the first race,” said Norris.

“If they’re good in testing, that means they’re probably going to be incredible by the first race!

“Mercedes and Red Bull are right there with us and, if anything, I’d say a little bit ahead of the moment.”

Lando Norris expects Merces to be “incredible” by race one

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Luke Baker2 March 2022 10:46


Bernie Ecclestone found Vladimir Putin ‘straightforward and honorable’

Ecclestone has in the past come to the defense of Putin, and even once said he would take a bullet for the president.

“As a person I found him very straightforward and honorable,” Ecclestone said. “He did exactly what he said he was going to do without any arguments.”

Luke Baker2 March 2022 10:30


Lando Norris plays down McLaren form

Lando Norris is cautious about McLaren’s form after a promising round of testing in Barcelona.

“I don’t think we’re in an amazing place. I think we’re in a good place,” he said.

“We had a car which as soon as you put on the track, worked well. Of course, there’s always new things and some unexpected issues here and there. But it’s been a good start.”

“But if there’s any team on the grid right now that you’ll expect to be at the front when it matters, it’s got to be Mercedes and probably Red Bull.”

jack ratborn2 March 2022 10:15


Daniel Ricciardo: ‘Red Bull and Mercedes haven’t shown really anything yet’

Daniel Ricciardo insists Red Bull and Mercedes have held back a lot in testing in Barcelona.

The McLaren impressed over the three days, but Ricciardo is not getting carried away as he believes the two title favorites have much more to come.

“Still your Red Bulls, your Mercs, they haven’t really shown anything yet,” said Ricciardo.

“So we’ll see what happens when that kind of opens up a little more.

“But for now, focusing on ourselves… just trying to figure out still where we’re [weak].

“I think I know our strengths already, so just trying to know work on the weaknesses from a driving and a set-up point of view.”

jack ratborn2 March 2022 10:00


Daniel Ricciardo opens up on McLaren testing in Barcelona

Daniel Ricciardo is thrilled by the “reliability” of the new McLaren after testing in Barcelona.

McLaren covered 367 laps and set the fourth fastest overall time with Lando Norris’ 1:19.568, four-tenths behind Lewis Hamilton’s top time.

“[It was] a good day from many angles,” said Ricciardo. “I think reliability was great.

“That’s on the team and everyone who’s worked hard to put this car together, so massive thank you to them.

“They’re pretty awesome to build a whole new car, put it on track and have it run so smoothly, so big thanks to them again.”

jack ratborn2 March 2022 09:45

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