VW boss wants German drivers for Audi and Porsche!

2:05 p.m.

Break time

For today, it should have come from the ticker. Tomorrow we will start with the first “up close” information from Miami. So welcome here my colleague Stefan Ehlen, whose book “Grand-Prix-Histoire(s)” was inspired by Tony Brook and whose photo also adorns the cover.

Norman Fischer says goodbye at the end of the day and wishes you a pleasant end of the day. Goodbye!

2:02 p.m.

little postscript

Because it sticks: So many Grand Prix winners from every decade are still alive today. What is particularly striking, however, is that over time we say fewer and fewer different winners, even though the number of races keeps increasing.

1:41 p.m.

Tony Brooks Obituary

Let’s go back to the death of Tony Brooks. In his honor, we now have an online obituary on our portals, where we want to pay tribute once again to his career.

A little fact: Brooks, the last GP winner of the 1950s, has died. Of all the Formula 1 winners of the 1960s, only two are still alive: Jackie Stewart and Jacky Ickx.

1:16 p.m.

A good omen for Mercedes?

There’s one stat that gives Mercedes courage ahead of his Miami debut. Because so far the Silver Arrows have won every new race in the turbo era.

2014 Sochi: Lewis Hamilton
2016 Baku: Nico Rosberg
Mugello 2020: Lewis Hamilton
2020 Portimao: Lewis Hamilton
Doha 2021: Lewis Hamilton
Jeddah 2021: Lewis Hamilton

Will the series continue in Miami? It might be a bit more complicated…


Nico Hülkenberg with his own team in the eSkootr series

There is news from Nico Hulkenberg: No, according to the current status, the German will not drive as a replacement for someone in Miami, but will create his own team. Nico Hülkenberg’s 27X will be the name of the team that will debut in the new eSkootr series. The new racing series for electric scooters will have its first race in London next week.

“I am thrilled to take on a whole new role as the owner of the 27X team and to be part of this new micro-mobility adventure,” he said.

“It will certainly be more than a typical racing series and I am sure we have a very entertaining sport in the making with experienced motorsport experts. Racing in cities is unique and will be a great step for the development of sustainable and safe mobility.”


When in Florida…

… then of course you have to go to the swamps. Yuki Tsunoda found a suitable vehicle to really put the throttle there. Meanwhile, Max Verstappen has to be careful not to get wet while watching.

And of course watch out for crocodiles 😉


prints in pictures

If you want to get your own impressions of Miami, you can now take a look at our gallery – even before Thursday! The riders won’t show up on the track until tomorrow, but as it’s a new track, we’ve already filled our gallery. Of course, this will continue to be updated over time.

F1: Miami Grand Prix (United States) 2022


Vettel: Miami looks interesting

Miami’s new Formula 1 circuit is obviously new territory for all the drivers – including Sebastian Vettel, who is looking to build on Imola’s strong showing this weekend. “It’s great to see another street circuit on the schedule and the Miami circuit looks really interesting,” he said.

“From what we experienced in the simulator, there are some tricky corners. Turns 13-16 have a surprising amount of elevation change that can surprise drivers and there are long sections where overtaking should be possible with DRS. learn ahead of time – I’m excited to be on the right track for the first time.”

11:17 a.m.

Questions about entering VW

About a month ago, Volkswagen’s supervisory board gave the go-ahead for its two brands to enter the market. Editor Christian Nimmervoll answers the most burning questions about the April 7, 2022 decision here in the video.

Explained: This means yes from VW’s Supervisory Board

Christian Nimmervoll answers the most burning questions about the April 7 decision – a day that will go down in Formula 1 history. More Formula 1 videos


Diess: Will there be another German GP?

During his statements, VW CEO Diess also spoke of a return of Formula 1 to Germany: “I also know of plans that we will have another Grand Prix in Germany, which should then also stimulate again Formula 1 in Germany”, he says.

It is also an important message for a group like Volkswagen. “I still think it’s good […] if we don’t just see the races in Asia or Bahrain or Doha,” he said. “But you have to accept that it’s also a business, and that’s who brings what counts. But I believe that we can already succeed in Germany in organizing such a Formula 1 race.”

10:24 a.m.

And Pascal Wehrlein?

One option would be Pascal Wehrlein, who races for Porsche in Formula E and picked up his first victory in Mexico. The 27-year-old is still at his peak in 2026 and has previous Formula 1 experience – but it is believed to have been nearly a decade ago. And: If Porsche, as currently suspected, joins forces with Red Bull, they would of course have their own diverse driver line-up.

At Audi, on the other hand, you never know where they evoke their drivers. A surprise candidate like René Rast (then already 39 years old) can also come from the DTM. There are enough choices of former formula drivers, but then the question of super license points will arise in such a case.

But a lot of water still has to flow on the Rhine before we have an answer to such questions. Because the entry is not yet officially fixed, even less with whom and in what form.

Pascal Wehrlein ~Pascal Wehrlein~


German drivers: The selection

Of course, the question arises as to which German pilots would be suitable. We don’t assume that Sebastian Vettel will still be around in 2026, and that Nico Hülkenberg will be in the Formula 1 environment for as long as it might be difficult – especially since he would already be 38 then.

Mick Schumacher would of course also be an option in terms of name. But the German is currently struggling not to maneuver his career into a dead end against Kevin Magnussen. Only if he succeeds will he have other prospects in Formula 1.

With a period of four years, we are of course also talking about the future. And the view currently seems quite poor. Neither in Formula 2 nor in Formula 3 will a regular driver start in 2022. David Beckmann (F2) and David Schumacher (F3) were only allowed to get into the car at Imola as replacements.


Mourning Tony Brooks

Sad news has reached us from England, where former Formula 1 driver Tony Brooks died yesterday at the age of 90. After the death of Stirling Moss in 2020, Brooks was the last Grand Prix winner of the 1950s.

Between 1956 and 1961 Brooks participated in a total of 38 races for BRM, Vanwall, Ferrari and Cooper and won six races – including the only Formula 1 Grand Prix at the AVUS in Berlin in 1959.

The same year, Brooks became second to Jack Brabham.


world cup grandstand

Let’s take a look at what the World Championship standings say for Mercedes: The racing team currently has 77 points and is therefore quite comfortable ahead of McLaren (46) in third place. So it’s not as bad as it sometimes seems.

But: The Silver Arrows are already 36 points behind Red Bull (113) and 47 points behind Ferrari (124). But it’s nothing you can’t catch on a race weekend – at least almost. Theoretically you could make up 44 points without a sprint, so Mercedes could theoretically move up to 3 points behind Ferrari in Miami.

Of course, that’s probably not the case. Nevertheless, the numbers seem better than the perceived truth.

8:35 am

Mercedes Experiences from Imola

Mercedes had already carried out some experiments at Imola. You can read them again here in our technical article.

Photo Gallery: Formula 1 Tech: Detailed photos from the 2022 Emilia-Romagna GP at Imola

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