Horner: Gritty racer Lawson is a talent for the future - GRAND PRIX 247


Horner: Gritty racer Lawson is a talent for the future
Liam Lawson has a future in Formula 1 after doing an outstanding job as a substitute for injured Daniel Ricciardo at AlphaTauri, Red Bull team boss Christian Horner told reporters at Suzuka on Friday. At this weekend's Japanese Grand Prix, the 21-year-old New Zealander is competing in only his fourth F1 race and has already produced the Red Bull-owned team's best
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AlphaTauri in no rush to get Ricciardo back too early
Injured Daniel Ricciardo's return to the Formula 1 grid may still be some way off as the Australian driver recovers from a broken hand, AlphaTauri's chief race engineer Jonathan Eddolls told reporters at Suzuka on Friday. Because of the injury, 34-year-old Ricciardo has missed four races, and will also sit out Sunday's Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka, but there has been
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No Verstappen penalty in Singapore an error admit F1 Stewards
FIA-appointed Formula 1 Stewards accept they erred in not imposing a grid penalty on Red Bull's Max Verstappen for impeding in Singapore qualifying last weekend, and the decision will not serve as a precedent. 2023 F1 World Championship leader Verstappen collected two reprimands for three incidents reviewed but escaped any penalty for Sunday's race at Marina Bay. Media reports said Matteo Perini,
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Gasly: We will learn from it and move on
An apparently nonchalant Pierre Gasly played down his encounter with Suzuka's infamous Degner barriers with a couple of minutes remaining in FP2 for the Japanese Grand Prix, the Alpine veteran saying he would learn from the incident and move on. It was a needless crash, while following teammate Esteban Ocon, Gasly's Alpine veered wide into the second section of the Degner
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Verstappen is back. Emphatically!
Max Verstappen ended speculation that the Red Bull RB19 would be troublesome at Suzuka by emphatically topping the timing screens in both Free Practice sessions for the Japanese Grand Prix on Friday. The Singapore hiccup, which it is turning out to be for the reigning F1 World Champions, as Verstappen signalled his intent, as RBR team boss Christian Horner observed, from
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Mercedes: On the back foot after a very challenging day
Some believe that last Sunday in Singapore, Mercedes had the best race car and might have won, however, during Japanese Grand Prix practice at Suzuka, they were on the back foot because that performance was AWOL on Friday. Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff enjoys the quote:
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Norris is again McLaren’s cat among the pigeons
Lando Norris is not yet comfortable in the cockpit of his McLaren MCL60 at Suzuka but was encouraged by the pace of the recently update package making the most of it to be the proverbial 'cat among the pigeons' on day one of practice for Sunday's Japanese Grand Prix. McLaren's recent upgrades have worked wonders as Norris illustrated by the fine
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Ferrari: We’re closer to Red Bull than expected
Ahead of the Singapore Grand Prix, which they won, Ferrari's expectations were not high. Ditto as they headed to this weekend's Japanese Grand Prix but, after the first day of Free Practice at Suzuka, Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz are pleasantly surprised by their speed relative to pace setting Red Bull. Leclerc was second fastest to timesheet-topping Max Verstappen at the
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Horner: Verstappen laid down a statement of intent from lap one
Runaway Formula 1 championship leader, Red Bull's Max Verstappen roared back from his team's shock defeat in Singapore with a clear message to rivals on day one of practice for the Japanese Grand Prix on Friday. The above photo is the view rivals had of the back-to-full health RB19 in Verstappen's hands today. The double world champion was a man on
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Suzuka FP2: Verstappen fastest, Leclerc closes the gap
Max Verstappen remained in control at Suzuka, topping the second practice session for the Japanese Grand Prix, while Charles Leclerc closed the gap in the Ferrari. The pecking order did not change a lot between FP1 and FP2, with Verstappen still leading the pack, while the Ferraris and the McLarens were fighting for the best-of-the-rest status. However, the gap between the Red
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McLaren sign Le Mans winner Ryo Hirakawa for reserve role
McLaren have signed Japan's 24 Hours of Le Mans winner Ryo Hirakawa as a Formula 1 reserve driver for next season, the team announced on Friday. The 29-year-old won last year's Le Mans with New Zealand's Brendon Hartley and Switzerland's Sebastien Buemi as well as the endurance world championship with Toyota, a series the trio currently lead in the Hypercar category. McLaren
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Vettel “Buzzin” at Suzuka
Retired four-time Champion Sebastian Vettel had the Formula 1 paddock buzzing on Thursday with the launch of a bio-diversity project at Japan's Suzuka circuit. The German, who left the sport last season, returned to his favourite track to unveil 10 'insect hotels' inside Turn 2, dubbed 'Buzzin' Corner' with special black and yellow kerbs instead of the usual red and white. Drivers
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Suzuka FP1: Verstappen on a mission
Max Verstappen topped the first practice session for the 2023 Japanese Grand Prix, ahead of the Ferraris of Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc, by a margin. The soon to be Triple Formula 1 Champion seemed to be insisting to rebuff all the rumors that his terrible Singapore weekend was down to the new FIA Technical Directive issued to stop teams from
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As 11th team looms, F1 bosses rally to “protect our business”
The controversial matter of an 11th team in Formula 1, which captured many headlines, went quiet of late but is still in process and while it seems likely there will be another team on the grid, the current ten are circling the wagons for a fight against it. Andretti Global with Cadillac (GM) and the Hitech Global Holdings, project headed by
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Hamilton: Red Bull team, drivers phenomenal all year long
Despite their setback in Singapore, Lewis Hamilton was full of rare praise for the Red Bull team and expects Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez
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Russell: Won’t happen when we’re fighting for F1 titles
Mercedes driver George Russell has put his Singapore Grand Prix crash behind him and told reporters, at Suzuka, that he would not make such a costly mistake if Formula 1 titles were at stake. The Briton crashed on the final lap of Sunday's race while in third place and, on fresher tyres, hot on the heels of McLaren's Lando Norris and
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Norris: It should be harsher penalties for blocking people
Formula 1 should be tougher on drivers who impede others because it has become rife in the sport and nobody seems to care enough, McLaren's Lando Norris said on Thursday. Red Bull's runaway F1 Championship leader Max Verstappen received three summons to the stewards in Singapore last weekend for impeding in qualifying and was handed two reprimands but no grid penalty. Norris,
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Tsunoda: If AlphaTauri want results, Ricciardo has more experience
Daniel Ricciardo has the advantage over Liam Lawson when it comes to experience, Yuki Tsunoda said on Thursday, as Formula 1 waits for AlphaTauri to announce which two of the three will race next season. Australian Ricciardo, 34, is currently recovering from a broken hand with New Zealand's Lawson a stand-in for four races so far. The 21-year-old Kiwi scored his first
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Perez: Suzuka should be one of the best circuits for us
Red Bull should be back to their dominant best in Japan this weekend after suffering their first defeat of the season in Singapore last Sunday, Mexican driver Sergio Perez said. The Formula 1 Champions had won 15 races in a row until then but they return to the figure-of-eight Suzuka circuit with every expectation of wrapping up the Constructors' Title with
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Norris: Excited to take the MCL60 to Japan, see what we can do
Lando Norris had a great race in Singapore despite missing out on the win, and is now looking ahead to this weekend's Formula 1 race at Suzuka Japan. The Briton, however, drove a smart race in Singapore last weekend, playing along with race winner Carlos Sainz to fend of Mercedes' George Russell and Lewis Hamilton, admitting at the time that he
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Parc Ferme : Mind your analogy
Red Bull’s Helmut Marko received both barrels from the Formula 1 Woke shotgun the other week following his comments about Sergio Perez. Marko implied Checo’s poor performance was down to his South American heritage. Strange, since South America has produced two of the greatest F1 World Champions – Juan Manuel Fangio and Ayrton Senna. Changing feet It's normally Christian Horner's duty to tamp
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Japanese GP Preview: Red Bull must beat Mercedes to seal title
Red Bull need score only a point more than Mercedes at Suzuka on Sunday to retain their Formula 1 Constructors' Title and trigger celebrations after last weekend's Singapore shock. After failing to win for the first time this season, and 15 victories in a row dating back to the end of last year, the Champions look likely to be back to
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Alonso: A racing driver and a samurai are very linked
As Formula 1 jets into the land of the samurai for the Japanese Grand Prix, Fernando Alonso opened up on his fascination with the country's fabled warriors, likening them to racing drivers. Alonso's tales of inspiration garnered from the samurai are well-known. Furthermore, for many years he has had a tattoo (pictured above) stretching from the back of his neck to
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Verstappen: We need to get everything right this weekend
Despite the bitter pill that was the Singapore Grand Prix for Red Bull, Max Verstappen is confident his team have the momentum to get back on the winning track at the Japanese Grand Prix provided they get everything right. The final sentence in Verstappen's RBR preview of the Suzuka weekend is telling:
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Fittipaldi: Verstappen will be back with a vengeance
Formula 1 legend Emerson Fittipaldi is adamant that Max Verstappen will bounce back with a vengeance after Red Bull were made to look ordinary at the Singapore Grand Prix this past weekend. The Brazilian also weighed in on Carlos Sainz, Charles Leclerc,  Lewis Hamilton and George Russell. The tale of
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