Despite not having the “best entry” onto the Formula 1 grid, Romain Grosjean is keen to see what Oscar Piastri can achieve in his first season on the grid. Last year Piastri found himself at the heart of Formula 1’s silly season as Alpine and McLaren vied for his services. PlanetF1.com recommendsThe five most entertaining drivers on the F1 2023 gridF1 2023 predictions: Which driver will win each team-mate battle in 2023? 2023 F1 calendar: Car launch dates, pre-season testing, TV schedule“I’m excited to see what Oscar Piastri can do in Formula 1,” he told his YouTube channel. “He didn’t have the best entry with all the Alpine-McLaren story but he’s in a great car with a great team next to a very strong team-mate that has made the McLaren team his own team.
As Fernando Alonso is reinstated P7 at the United States Grand Prix, the Spaniard says he is carrying no physical hangovers from his 42-G landing. Both drivers are back, feeling fresh, and ready to tackle the challenge that is the Mexican Grand Prix. Certainly, let’s say, it’s normal and natural to feel the way I did. “So I think my future will be, let’s say, I don’t think it’s relative to what others do. “I think I’m probably more focused on just getting back into a good groove and rhythm.3 months ago PlanetF1
Toto Wolff believes the impassioned budget cap response from Christian Horner is heading towards the realm of “reverse psychology”, making out that Red Bull are in fact victims for being accused of cheating. Red Bull were found to have committed a ‘minor overspend breach’ of the 2021 budget cap by the FIA, which accounts for up to $7.25m over the prescribed budget for last season. Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko on cost cap saga… "Winning doesn't make many friends. #F1 [Sky Deutschland] pic.twitter.com/2fDLbEOOPL — PlanetF1 (@Planet_F1) October 22, 2022“The fact is that nine of the 10 teams have stayed under the budget cap. “I think the financial regulations are a very important pillar of the technical and sporting regulations.3 months ago PlanetF1
Wrapping up the Constructors’ title in Austin, Red Bull’s latest victory was overshadowed by the budget cap saga and what, if any penalty, comes next. According to the FIA, Red Bull overspent in last year’s budget cap with the figure falling into the ‘Minor Overspend Breach’ category, less than five per cent of the cap. But rivals are calling for harsh sanctions against the Milton Keynes squad, McLaren CEO Zak Brown saying any overspend equates to “cheating”, Red Bull insist it is not as bad as it looks. “That is the four areas that Red Bull say they can prove had no impact on the performance of the car, and explains why they are over the cost cap. It’s clear that if Red Bull has done something, they should be punished like any other team.3 months ago PlanetF1
Otmar Szafnauer believes Red Bull’s budget cap punishment “fits the crime” and wanted to see the sport move on from the saga. “If we’re a half kilogram underweight on track we’re excluded from that particular race so I believe the punishment is a good one. I’m happy that both the FIA and Red Bull have come to their conclusion. They’re happy to move forward and so are we.”It was then put to the Romanian-American that Red Bull had not issued a public apology but he said he was not too interested in that. It’s about having the punishment fit the crime and moving forward.”Szafnauer also provided an insider’s perspective as to how much the wind tunnel time reduction would affect Red Bull and he said that while it was “not insignificant” it will not be crippling.3 months ago PlanetF1
Beating Lewis Hamilton in his first season as a Mercedes driver was an “unbelievable achievement” for George Russell, according to Nico Rosberg. Russell stepped into the second Mercedes this season, the Mercedes junior promoted after three seasons running at the back of the field with Williams. “Lewis is still at his very best so to beat Lewis is just an unbelievable achievement. “That is a whole different story to when you are managing drivers fighting for race win after race win, or even a championship. Leading the race, Russell asked his engineer “are we racing or are we protecting the one-two” to be told they are “allowed to race”.1 month ago PlanetF1
By the time that the opening practice session started at the Circuit of The Americas, news was already filtering through of grid penalties which would impact the United States GP starting grid. If two or more drivers share a temporary grid position, their relative order will be determined in accordance with their Qualifying Classification, with the slowest driver keeping their allocated temporary grid position, and the other drivers getting temporary grid positions immediately ahead of them. c) Following the allocation of grid positions to unpenalised classified drivers, penalised drivers with a temporary grid position, as defined in (a), will be moved up to fill any unoccupied grid position. d) Classified drivers who have accrued more than 15 cumulative grid position penalties, or who have been penalised to start at the back of the grid, will start behind any other classified driver. e) Unclassified drivers who have been permitted to participate by the Stewards will be allocated grid positions behind all the classified drivers.3 months ago PlanetF1
George Russell has been down to Ferrari to apologise to Carlos Sainz after putting him out of the United States Grand Prix, tagging him on the opening lap. Russell, starting fourth, hit the Spaniard as they exited Turn 1 on the opening lap with Sainz sent spinning. A penalty Sainz feels was justified. “Firstly, apologies to Carlos you never want to be involved in an incident that ultimately destroys somebody else’s race,” said Russell. So I need to understand why.”Read more: Max Verstappen clinches benchmark victory on poignant weekend for Red Bull3 months ago PlanetF1