Bottas: No personal problem with Russell
Speaking of Imola: In the end, Bottas battled Russell for P4. The Finn is asked if it was a personal duel after the Briton edged him in the battle for the Mercedes cockpit for 2022.
“No, it’s a matter of points,” said Bottas. He just wanted to get fourth place. He didn’t care who was in the other car. In the end, Russell got the best ending for himself.
Verstappen: Still as strong as at Imola?
Part 2 of the press conference is now underway and the reigning world champion explains that he is of course hoping for a weekend similar to that of Imola, where he won a Grand Slam and also the victory in the sprint .
“Unfortunately, it doesn’t always work,” he knows. “We have a good car,” he said. But: “A lot of things can go right or wrong on a new track,” he recalls. Many things are still unknown, for example asphalt.
So we have to wait and see first.
Hamilton: We have a replacement driver…
The record champion is again asked about the jewelry ban and asks him what he would do if the FIA banned him from racing.
His cool reaction with a wink: “We have a replacement driver.” With a smile, he adds: “There is enough to live in the Start anyway!”
Of course, it won’t come to that, which is why he’s very relaxed about the situation.
Albon jokes about the hairstyle
The Williams driver returned to the hairdresser before the weekend and joked: “I [meine Haare] colorful ahead of Melbourne and we finished tenth.”
“When the color faded we finished eleventh in Imola,” he joked: “So we recolored them and hope for more points!”
Let’s see if it works 😉
Hamilton: there are bigger problems
The Briton is again asked about the jewelry ban. Since then, the FIA has honed its skills even further. However, Hamilton says he can’t say much more than the last time he was asked.
According to him, it is a “step backwards” for the sport. There are much bigger issues to focus on. He therefore wants to “work” with the FIA to advance the sport.
He believes that discussions about banning jewelry are pointless.
Hamilton: Mercedes still behind
The record champion starts in the PK and is asked what to expect from Mercedes this weekend. “You can expect us to give it our all,” said the Briton.
“A lot of work is going on” in the background, including bringing a new rear wing to Miami. But: He also doesn’t expect Mercedes to be any closer to Red Bull and Ferrari in Miami.
“I don’t expect any change in that respect,” Hamilton said.
Mick is also involved
The German also opted for a special helmet this weekend. We have to slowly make sure we keep track of things…
In a few minutes, the PK in Miami will begin, which will be the center of our ticker for the next two hours.
As a reminder, here are the groups again:
Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri)
Lance Stroll (Aston Martin)
Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
Sergio Perez (Red Bull)
Alexander Albon (Williams)
Valtteri Bottas (Alfa Romeo)
Yuki Tsunoda (AlphaTauri)
Esteban Ocon (Alpine)
Kevin Magnussen (Haas)
Max Verstappen (Red Bull)
Fernando Alonso (Alpine)
Charles Leclerc (Ferrari)
Mick Schumacher (Haas)
Daniel Ricciardo (McLaren)
Nicholas Latif Williams
Guanyu Zhou (Alfa Romeo)
Sebastien Vettel (Aston Martin)
Carlos Sainz (Ferrari)
Lando Norris (McLaren)
George Russell (Mercedes)
Three special helmets
Why just one when you can take three at the same time? Bottas brought several special designs to Miami! Two more and he could ride with a different one each session…
As usual, the helmets were designed by his girlfriend Tiffany Cromwell.
“Wrong Marina” the key curve in Miami
The fake port has caused a lot of ridicule among Formula 1 fans online ahead of the premiere in Miami. All the more curious as turn 7 could be the key to victory there this weekend!
Tsunoda explains, “Getting there or missing the apex is going to make a huge difference in time. The turn also increases the chances of overtaking, which is why it is the key point on this track.
More driver reviews are here!
Delicate pit entrance
In the history of Formula 1, there have been several times that a driver crashed at the entrance to the pit lane. And in Miami, this place seems almost destined for an accident!
A short-term change was therefore made again. Originally, the speed limit for the pits was only to apply after the chicane. For safety reasons, however, the line has been drawn in front of the chicane.
Fingers crossed that everything goes well.
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Brundle: speculation over Hamilton departure ‘nonsense’
The record-breaking champion’s current Mercedes contract runs until the end of 2023. Nonetheless, given the current crisis, some Formula 1 fans are speculating that Hamilton could drop the pieces before then.
“It’s complete nonsense,” Martin Brundle clarified on ‘Sky’ and explained, “It’s way too early to talk about Lewis’ ability to stop.” He recalls that Hamilton delivered one of the best races of his career in Brazil in 2021.
And that was only a few months ago. “Suddenly” he should no longer feel like it and want to stop. “It’s just stupid talk,” he says.
Berger: Leclerc must “know how to drive tactically”
“To become world champion, it’s not enough to be fast,” ex-Formula 1 driver Gerhard Berger explained in an interview with “Sport1” after world championship leader Leclerc made a mistake at Imola and gave up a place on the podium in fact sure.
“You also have to be able to drive tactically,” says Berger and adds: “Let’s see if he can do it. At Imola he lost third place because he drove too carelessly in the chicane and headed -to-tail accordingly.”
“If it was about winning, I would have understood. But if you want to become world champion, you have to do the math in your head and sometimes take third place if you can’t,” Berger said.
“He just risked too much,” he says, explaining, “You can get stuck in the other person’s gears, pressure them and then hope for a mistake. But you can’t take too many risks yourself. But he did it and lost so many points to Verstappen.”
In the World Cup, Leclerc is “only” 27 points ahead of Verstappen ahead of Miami. Converted, it’s still more than a race victory.
Repair work on the track
New and already broken track: On Friday evening, the asphalt had to be repaired in some places on the new track in Miami. To be precise, it was turns 7 and 17, where there were problems.
Apparently the damage was only minor and there is apparently no reason to worry for the rest of the trail. Let’s hope for the best, because bad asphalt is a tradition on American circuits…
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