Right here, Sports activities Mole rounds up the most recent Formulation 1 information on Saturday, January 9.
Sports activities Mole rounds up all the newest information concerning Formulation 1 on Saturday, January 9.
Saturday morning’s Formulation 1 information roundup
Mercedes has hit out at what it calls the “pure fiction” of rumours swirling round the way forward for Lewis Hamilton.
The seven time world champion has kicked off 2021 and not using a contract, amid hypothesis Mercedes is balking at his calls for for a EUR 40 million wage, a $3m AMG-One hypercar, and a ten p.c share within the workforce’s title bonuses.
A Mercedes supply calls these stories “pure fiction”, whereas a spokesman stated there are “no causes to be involved” in regards to the workforce’s 2021 lineup.
Certainly, the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera claims that new workforce co-owner Ineos, headed by billionaire Sir Jim Ratcliffe, is ready to make up the distinction between Hamilton’s calls for and what Mercedes is prepared to pay.
In flip, Hamilton can be anticipated to look in a number of the forthcoming advertising campaigns of Ineos, a British multinational chemical compounds firm which now owns a 3rd of the title-winning workforce.
Max Verstappen says his intention is to “destroy” his teammates in Formulation 1.
It’s an ominous warning for the skilled Sergio Perez, who’s changing Alex Albon after the British-born Thai struggled to maintain up with Verstappen at Crimson Bull final yr.
“The shortage of consistency was the decisive issue,” workforce official Dr Helmut Marko instructed Auto Motor und Sport when requested in regards to the DTM-bound Albon’s demise.
“Generally Albon was as much as six tenths away from Verstappen, and you may’t win a world championship like that.”
Marko stated a significant bonus for Crimson Bull-Honda is that Racing Level refugee Perez arrives with key expertise of Mercedes’ title-winning engine.
“Efficiency, responsiveness, drivability – he can provide loads of enter,” he stated.
There’s a industrial profit too, Marko admits.
“The Paddock Membership tickets for the Mexican GP have been bought out 5 minutes after the announcement,” he smiled.
From Verstappen’s perspective, although, there might be no heat welcome for Perez, as he’s assured that he’ll see off the problem of yet one more teammate.
“In the long run I beat everybody, and that is good,” he instructed Ziggo Sport. “As my father all the time says – you must destroy your teammate.”
Verstappen stated 30-year-old Perez may have the identical angle, with Marko confirming that there might be no ‘#1’ driver at Crimson Bull in 2021.
“After all. It’s important to be sooner than your teammate,” Verstappen stated. “I do know that Sergio is aiming for a similar.
“I believe that is good, as a result of it is the one approach to carry the workforce ahead with each vehicles, as was the case at Crimson Bull with Daniel (Ricciardo).”
Presently, Perez – who’s in Mexico – is unable to get into the Crimson Bull simulator as a result of British anti-covid restrictions.
“We’ll solely know the way good our driver pairing is in comparison with Hamilton-Bottas as soon as he will get in our automotive,” stated Marko.
“However Perez’s type curve within the second half of final yr was a steep upward development. He all the time places himself in an excellent place and has an excellent really feel for the automotive and the race.
“Perez was additionally capable of show himself all through the season, which was not the case with Hulkenberg,” he added.
Extra information from Formulation 1:
Steiner certain Haas pairing will not get ‘out of hand’
Gunther Steiner isn’t apprehensive that Haas’ new all-rookie driver lineup will descend into a private spat. Learn extra.
UK is not going to stage World Rally Championship spherical in 2021
This yr’s proposed Rally Northern Eire has now been deferred as a result of uncertainty over funding. Learn extra.