Tag: F1 2023 Season

Max Verstappen-Sergio Perez tensions have the potential to turn nuclear
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Max Verstappen-Sergio Perez tensions have the potential to turn nuclear

By Kevin Garside / inews.co.uk The biggest talking points in F1 after Red Bull dominate the 2023 Saudi GP, including FIA incompetence on Fernando Alonso and why Lewis Hamilton is no longer Mercedes’ leading man Fernando Alonso described his 10-second penalty that never was as a poor show. He was being polite to F1’s ruling body the FIA. It is bad enough that the outcome of races is known before a wheel is turned as a result of Red Bull’s dominance. F1 doesn’t need to damage the spectacle further by chucking in regulatory confusion and incompetence. Alonso was handed a five-second penalty for incorrect positioning in his front row box at the start of the race. Though being too far to the left was a technical infringement it conferred no advantage in this case. However, that it might...
Sergio Perez wins Saudi Arabian Grand Prix; Alonso reinstated to podium after penalty reversed
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Sergio Perez wins Saudi Arabian Grand Prix; Alonso reinstated to podium after penalty reversed

Sergio Perez won the Saudi Arabian GP ahead of Max Verstappen while Fernando Alonso was first stripped of third place and then reinstated in the early hours of Monday morning. Red Bull’s Sergio Perez flexed his street circuit muscles with dramatic effect on Sunday by storming to victory ahead of team-mate Max Verstappen at the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix. While the top two were clear cut, the next two places remained in confusion long after the race had finished with Fernando Alonso first stripped of third place and then reinstated in the early hours of Monday morning. Perez, a 33-year-old Mexican, came home 5.355 seconds clear of the defending double world champion as Red Bull reeled off a masterful one-two triumph, the Dutchman having stormed through the field from 15th on the grid. Vers...
SERGIO PÉREZ TAKES POLE IN JEDDAH AHEAD OF LECLERC AND ALONSO AS VERSTAPPEN HITS TROUBLE
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SERGIO PÉREZ TAKES POLE IN JEDDAH AHEAD OF LECLERC AND ALONSO AS VERSTAPPEN HITS TROUBLE

Sergio Pérez claimed his second consecutive pole position for the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, beating Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc by 0.155s as Fernando Alonso finished third for Aston Martin. There was disappointment for Max Verstappen, though, as the championship leader was forced to retire from the session with a driveshaft problem in Q2. In Q1 the early pavce was set by Haas’ Nico Hülkenberg, with a lap of 1:29.875, as Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc took P2, 0.028s off the German’s time. Pérez then moved ahead with a lap of 1:29.261. Verstappen was on track, though, and the Dutchman quickly established a new benchmark, posting an opening lap of 1:28.761 to claim top spot, half a second clear of his team-mate. Leclerc improved to 1:29.376 to rise to third place ahead of Ferrari team-mate Carl...
Team by team analysis of F1 season-opening grand prix
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Team by team analysis of F1 season-opening grand prix

Team-by-team analysis of Sunday's season-opening Bahrain Formula One Grand Prix, listed in championship order: RED BULL (Max Verstappen 1, Sergio Perez 2) Verstappen won a season-opener for the first time and added Bahrain to his list of victories in a dream start to his bid for a third successive title. He started on pole for the 21st time in his career, with Perez alongside, and cruised to a dominant 36th career win. Perez lost out to Leclerc at the start but recovered the position later. ASTON MARTIN (Fernando Alonso 3, Lance Stroll 6) Alonso was voted Driver of the Day. He started fifth for his first race with Aston Martin following his move from Alpine, passed Hamilton and went wheel-to-wheel with Sainz for the final podium spot. Stroll started eighth, two weeks after he broke b...
The real test will come tomorrow’ says Hulkenberg after making Q3 in return to F1 with Haas
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The real test will come tomorrow’ says Hulkenberg after making Q3 in return to F1 with Haas

Nico Hulkenberg was all smiles on his return to F1 qualifying as he put his Haas 10th on the grid for Sunday’s Bahrain Grand Prix. The German driver did not, however, play down the challenge ahead of him… Hulkenberg qualified in the top 10 while team mate Kevin Magnussen – who took a stunning P5 here on his return to F1 last year – starts 17th for the opening race. Although he was happy with a Q3 appearance, Hulkenberg conceded that there was some time left on the table having had a lap chalked off for track limits. “That’s not bad,” he said, before asking F1 correspondent Lawrence Barretto, “What do you think? What do you say? I think it’s alright. It was not perfect in Q3 unfortunately, but I think I’m not going to let that ruin my day and my mood. I think that was pretty decent, [I’...
Fernando Alonso says his Aston Martin is ‘too good to be true’
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Fernando Alonso says his Aston Martin is ‘too good to be true’

Fernando Alonso hailed the performance of his Aston Martin as “too good to be true” after qualifying fifth for his first race with the team at the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix. The double Formula One world champion and veteran of 355 races was also fastest in second practice on Friday and Saturday’s final session. The Spaniard, now 41, joined Aston Martin from Renault-owned Alpine at the end of last season when five-times champion Sebastian Vettel retired. “The whole weekend has been unreal for us,” Alonso told reporters after a floodlit qualifying that saw Red Bull sweep the front row, with champion Max Verstappen on pole, and Ferrari fill the second row. “It was like too good to be true every session and every performance of the car. “Now there is not much more to...
AlphaTauri’s Franz Tost: There’s ‘no foundation’ to report F1 team could be sold by Red Bull
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AlphaTauri’s Franz Tost: There’s ‘no foundation’ to report F1 team could be sold by Red Bull

The boss of AlphaTauri, Franz Tost, has denied the Formula One team could be sold by Red Bull, saying recent rumors have “no foundation.” Here’s what you need to know: AlphaTauri is the sister team of Red Bull Racing and is owned by Red Bull. It has launched the F1 careers of future Red Bull drivers including reigning champion Max Verstappen. The team finished ninth in last year’s championship. A report in the German media last week claimed it could relocate or be sold. What Tost said “I had some very good meetings with Oliver Mintzlaff, who confirmed that the shareholders will not sell Scuderia AlphaTauri, and that Red Bull will continue supporting the team in the future,” Tost said. “All these rumors have no foundation, and the team has to remain focused for the start ...
BWT ALPINE F1 TEAM PURCHASES FOUR 3D SYSTEMS SLA 750 3D PRINTERS TO OPTIMIZE WIND TUNNEL TESTING
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BWT ALPINE F1 TEAM PURCHASES FOUR 3D SYSTEMS SLA 750 3D PRINTERS TO OPTIMIZE WIND TUNNEL TESTING

U.S. based additive manufacturing company 3D Systems recently announced that BWT Alpine F1 has purchased four of its SLA 750 3D printing systems. Alpine F1 has purchased these machines to aid its production of components for wind tunnel testing, with the team already using 3D Systems’ SLA and SLS technology to print 25,000 parts annually. The 3D printers, which use Accura Composite PIV material, are intended to help to reduce preparation time and improve performance. This is achieved by 3D printing components with high sidewall and surface quality, excellent feature detail and high geometric accuracy, thus requiring less post-processing and finishing time.  “We are very impressed with the depth of precision engineering that went into the development of 3D Systems’ SLA 750”, stated Ben ...
Alfa Romeo F1 Team Stake – 2023 Bahrain Grand Prix – Saturday
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Alfa Romeo F1 Team Stake – 2023 Bahrain Grand Prix – Saturday

Alfa Romeo F1 Team Stake qualified on the verge of Q3 under the Sakhir lights. Valtteri Bottas and Zhou Guanyu set the 12th and 13th fastest times as they claimed their spot on the grid for tomorrow’s Bahrain Grand Prix. In a congested midfield, the Alfa Romeo F1 Team Stake drivers delivered solid laps, extracting the potential of their C43s in this first Saturday shootout of the season. With our car having shown good race pace, the aim for the team will be to make up places in tomorrow’s showdown, targeting positions in the coveted Top Ten with both cars. Alessandro Alunni Bravi, Team Representative: “Today’s result is a good first step and a platform on which we can build on to score points tomorrow. We can be happy about the way our team executed qualifying today: both drivers did w...
Bahrain Grand Prix : Max Verstappen pips Perez to secure first pole in 2023
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Bahrain Grand Prix : Max Verstappen pips Perez to secure first pole in 2023

Reigning double world champion Max Verstappen beat teammate Sergio Perez to a Red Bull one-two in qualifying at the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix. Q1 – Ferrari lead the way in red-flagged session After the final practice session had taken place in sunny conditions, the sun dipped below the horizon and the floodlights began to come on when the qualifying session kicked off. The first session started with the AlphaTauri and Ferrari drivers kicking off the on-track action. However, the session was soon red-flagged after a piece of bodywork had flown off Leclerc’s car for good measure. With the Race Director Niels Wittich not happy with pieces of bodywork lying on the track, the session was halted to recover the carbon bits of the Ferrari SF23. Before the lights went green again, a...