Mattia Binotto thinks his team is not yet in a position to win the world championship. Still, Monaco’s mistakes were analyzed and understood.
F1 film starring Brad Pitt
Lewis Hamilton revealed that on Friday: he will be the co-producer of the film in Form 1, where Brad Pitt will play the former driver when he returns! “I can’t talk too much about it, because no official announcement has been made, but yes, I’ve been working on it for some time with Brad,” Lewis Hamilton said. I am very involved in the script, I spend time with him, it is very special. I wish us success in this film. Because frankly, so far the movies that have been about F1… if you watch them… I can’t say they have been very interesting. (note: it was even real turnips!). We want that to change. We want to show you how good this game is for people who don’t know it. But we also want to keep the spirit of the race. That is part of my job. “
The Englishman added that he would not play himself in the film, nor would any other current drivers. “A lot of people are involved, and of course we will have to take pictures of races that will require real drivers. But we are not actors, and we do not want the film to fail. For roles, we will only work with professional actors.
A brand new Mercedes
Defending champion Mercedes has brought a modified car to Baku. In fact, it is almost a new chair, but that has not solved the problems at the beginning of the season at all.
On Friday, it was even worse: “It will not be enough for us to get the right arrangements. We have to change the car basically, ”admits Andrew Shovlin, the team’s engineering boss. “We are not able to hold on to slow corners, drivers are complaining about jerks on the automatic, and our top speed is not strange. We are not well.”
The most difficult, according to Lewis Hamilton, are the ridges. “These shocks are bad here, I hurt everywhere,” he said after the first day of the trial.
George Russell does not want these cars anymore
George Russell can no longer withstand the shocks that shake one of his attendants. He thinks System 1 should discuss this in a general way: “These cars drive so close to the ground that they hit the road at all speed angles. It’s okay for everyone. Honestly, I don’t see the future of these cars, because I don’t see how we could drive this for the next four seasons. (note: until the code change in 2026). We have to talk about it, because we are all in the same boat … “
Charles Leclerc does not know where he is
Friday’s practice allowed Charles Leclerc to set a better time, but Monegasque claims this is not necessary. “We did not leave all of them, our opponents (note: Red Bulls) nothing more. What we do know is that we have a good race, and that is good news.
At one point, during free practice, Charles Leclerc felt his engine power drop and asked on the radio what he should do. “Actually, it wasn’t a problem with the V6, he laughed. It’s me! I forgot that I changed the layout that made me fail! So nothing big.”
Of course, after the defeat in Monaco (two Ferrars started at the front line but did not win the race due to strategic mistakes), Scuderia officials met to analyze the mistakes made. “We learned a lot,” says Charles Leclerc. “After each race, we go through what happened. And in Monaco there was a lot of analysis, a lot of mistakes were made. “I’m sure these mistakes will never happen again. We have to do everything right. If so, I’m sure we can get good results this weekend.”
Mattia Binotto, Ferrari’s boss, expressed his optimism this season: “Winning the race is one thing, winning the title is another. We’re still not in a position to aim for the championship this year. If he’s right, for the Red Bull team, the pool is open until the 2022 championship!
Daniel Ricciardo is not worried
Over the weekend in Monaco, McLaren coach Zak Brown hinted that Daniel Ricciardo’s place in his team was uncertain, although his contract would continue until the end of 2023.
In Baku, the Australian was deeply moved: “I am not surprised by Zak’s words. Maybe for many years I have been immune to what you read in the newspapers. I don’t really appreciate what Zak said, and I know sentences are often taken out of context. Sometimes I do the same thing, I tell the press things that don’t really matter. It’s just because I like to talk! So I am not someone to read Zak’s sentence again and wonder what he meant. I know the truth, and my contract with the team. That’s enough for me. “
Pilots do not want a salary limit
The International Federation of Motor Vehicles (FIA) has come up with the idea of setting salaries for team bosses and drivers, who currently do not fall within the team’s unlimited budget system. $ 141.2 million per year for 2022.
In Baku, almost all pilots oppose this move! “This could have serious consequences for young drivers,” says Max Verstappen.
Fernando Alonso was pleased with it. “Money, however, is not our motivation. Hmm … it depends a lot. How much is this salary?
At the moment, no details have been released by the FIA, but the idea does not seem to please any driver. What a surprise!