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Steiner: Triple header “important” for deciding 2023 driver line-up

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In the round-up: Haas team principal Guenther Steiner says the next three races will be important for their decision over who to run alongside Kevin Magnussen in 2023.

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Triple header “important” for deciding 2023 driver line up, says Steiner

Magnussen is contracted to race with the team in 2023, but team mate Mick Schumacher’s future remains uncertain. Asked if the triple header of races will have an impact on which driver they run in 2023, Steiner said “sure, they’re important.”

“We watch everything,” he continued. “We stay calm, we don’t panic. No need to panic in the moment.

“I think in general, if we can score a few points the next races, it would be good for us again. Because I think we have got the potential to do it. We just need to always execute a good race weekend.”

Schumacher will start last today after his grid penalty while Magnussen lines up 12th.

Doohan hungry for free practice runs amid Piastri controversy

Formula 2 driver and Alpine junior Jack Doohan said it would be “amazing” to be given the opportunity to drive in a free practice session for Alpine.

Doohan has tested the team’s 2021 car along with fellow Alpine junior driver Oscar Piastri, who is currently embroiled in a contract dispute with the team over plans to join McLaren as a race driver in 2023.

“I’m focussing on my campaign ahead and currently that’s Formula 2,” said Doohan. “If that opportunity arises to a few FP1s for the remainder of the season, that would be amazing.

“I have quite a job to do for the rest of the season to ensure that I can finish as high up in this championship as I can, and then I’ll worry about that when it comes.”

Quotes: Hazel Southwell

Trulli disqualified from sprint race for red flag modifications

Enzo Trulli was disqualified from a 16th-place finish in the FIA Formula 3 sprint race at Spa after his Carlin team made alterations to the rear wing of his car during the red flag period.

The F3 sprint race was suspended for barrier repairs after a crash between Zane Maloney and Oliver Goethe. Although some modifications are permitted under red flag conditions, rear wing changes are specifically prohibited.

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With Christian Horner admitting he does not recognise the Daniel Ricciardo who is being dropped by McLaren at the end of the season, @rocketpanda thinks future options are limited for the multiple grand prix winner…

I thought him moving away from Red Bull to Renault was a bad move but I can see why he’d have little faith in Honda given their troubles at McLaren at the time, and driving for a factory team with a huge salary would probably feel like the next natural step. We now know that was a bad move, trading a championship winning combo for a midfield runner.

… and then he moved again when the grass looked greener on the other side. That move I never understood as it seemed like a side-step than a step forward, and seemed to trash much of Renault’s faith on building the team around him to go to a team that was already putting their eggs in Norris’s basket. And now he’s being left without a midfield drive, let alone a top one and arguably can’t rely on his ‘potential’ as for two years he’s looked slow.

Personally I think he Alonso’d himself, making odd career choices that perhaps on paper seemed the right choice but have gone the wrong direction. Bit of a shame because he’s a great driver, but clearly more sensitive to the way the car is set up than we thought – or even he thought, apparently. I’d like to see him go to Williams alongside Albon and make a from the ashes kind of rebirth, not just for him but for Williams too. But I think for him it’s Alpine (who really have no reason to take him) or out the door.

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7 comments on “Steiner: Triple header “important” for deciding 2023 driver line-up”

  1. Daniel leaving Red Bull was less about Honda (Remember the Renault was also down on power and reliability which is why Red Bull made the switch) and more about Max and how he felt that the team was moving towards him.

    I don’t think it was necessarily that he felt the team were or would favor Max with Daniel relegated to #2 but more that he could see what subsequent drivers found in that the characteristics of the car were moving towards suiting Max more.

    That last year Daniel was at Red Bull he struggled as the car began to suit Max more and his complaints about how the car felt are very similar to what Gasly, Albon & Perez also talked about.

    Had Daniel stayed he may well have done better than he did at Renault/McLaren but i think he’d have struggled as the car moved further towards suiting Max and he still would have ended up looking below the level he had been upto that point because of that.

  2. Said Dutch Grand Prix was in 1977, 45 years ago.

  3. RIC’s decision to move to McLaren was at a time when the COVID lockdowns were biting hard and all of the automobile manufacturers were reconsidering their very expensive racing series investments.
    He and his management team perhaps did not trust that Renault were going to stay in F1, considering also that the engine division had lost all of its customers and was only going to be supplying the factory team.
    The offer from McLaren would have been a better guaranteed drive.

  4. Regarding COTD, Haas could also be an option, even more so than Williams.

  5. Why don’t they apply grid penalties immediatelly when either of qualifying segment is finished?
    For example, Verstappen would have made it out of the Q1, but because of his penalty, he would have been eliminated in Q2.
    Remember 2006 Hungarian GP qualifying? Schumacher and Alonso had penalties (2 seconds added to lap time set). Both of them could have made it out of Q2, but instead were eliminated.

    1. If they did that, teams just wouldn’t report any engine or component changes until after qualifying.

      It happens regularly that if a team has had a bad qualifying, then they’ll just throw even more parts at the car on Saturday night anyway. They’ve got nothing more to lose by that point.

      The only meaningful way to get what you want is to either:
      a) have no grid penalties for component changes (which is obviously not feasible with F1’s current structure), or
      b) change the qualifying format.

  6. If teams change components between qualifying and race, they would have to serve a lengthy time penalty during pitstop in the race (which would pretty much discourage them from that tactics), or they could be given grid drop for the next race.

    a) maybe points deduction, but that one would require significant changes to points scoring system
    b) it would be a shame to change this qualifying format because of grid penalties.

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