In the round-up: Max Verstappen has dismissed suggestions that there is disharmony within the leadership of his Red Bull team
Red Bull power struggle reports “B.S.” – Verstappen
Reports following the Qatar Grand Prix suggested that team principal Christian Horner had been pushing for Red Bull to take action against motorsport advisor Helmut Marko. The long-time Red Bull figure and friend of late founder Dietrich Mateschitz has regularly courted controversy with his public comments about the team and its drivers. He recently issued an apology over remarks about Verstappen’s team mate Sergio Perez.
However said he’d seen the reports of disharmony within the team and insisted there is nothing to them. “From the outside people are trying to basically talk some B.S. [bullshit]. I think the mood in the team is very good. Everyone knows exactly what their role is.
“Of course, it was sad times last year when Dietrich passed away. But we tried to keep that legacy moving forward. Everyone that we have right now in the team is very important to that success that we’re having. So that’s why there are also no changes for the future. I think that basically explains it.”
Stroll keeps mum over FIA warningLance Stroll says he is is still enjoying racing in Formula 1 after his frustrating Qatar Grand Prix weekend.
Stroll scored no points last weekend and was seen shoving his coach in frustration in the back of the garage after being eliminated from Q1 on Friday. He apologised to the FIA before receiving a warning for his behaviour going against the governing body’s code of ethics.
Asked if he had “patched things up” with his coach after the incident and if he was still enjoying racing in F1, Stroll simply replied “yes and yes.” Given the opportunity to expand on his answer, Stroll declined.
Chadwick gets second Indy Nxt season
Williams academy driver Jamie Chadwick will compete in a second full season in the Indy Nxt series in 2024 with Andretti.
The 25-year-old, who won all three of the W-Series championships held between 2019 and 2022, raced in the IndyCar junior series with Andretti this season, ending the year 12th in the championship with a best finish of sixth in Portland. She will remain with Andretti for her second season in the series.
“My first year with the team taught me so much and we were able to make a lot of progress with every race,” Chadwick said. “I know that taking this experience and confidence into 2024 is going to be massively valuable for us, and I truly feel like part of the family here.”
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F1 Manager developer to lay off staff
Frontier Developments, the developer and publisher of the F1 Manager game series, has announced it will be reshaping the company with some redundancies following “a period of disappointing financial performance”.
In an announcement published by the company, said that their gaming portfolio – which includes the F1 Manager franchise, Elite Dangerous and Jurassic World Evolution series among others – continues to “perform in line with expectations”.
Williams announce new multi-year sponsor
Williams has announced a new “multi-year” sponsor partnership with beauty and nutrition group THG.
The British-based company’s ‘MyProtein’ and ‘Ingenuity’ brands will appear on the Williams FW45 and the overalls of drivers Alexander Albon and Logan Sargeant from this weekend’s United States Grand Prix in Austin.
THG Eco will also join the team as a sustainability partner to support Williams’ efforts to measure their carbon use.
Notable posts from X (formerly Twitter), TikTok and more:
— Scuderia Ferrari (@ScuderiaFerrari) October 19, 2023
A true ground-breaker in world sport drops by the paddock for a special visit.
— F1 Academy (@f1academy) October 19, 2023
— Scuderia AlphaTauri (@AlphaTauriF1) October 19, 2023
James previews the #USGP! 🇺🇸👇
— Williams Racing (@WilliamsRacing) October 19, 2023
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On this day in motorsport
- 45 years ago today Gunnar Nilsson, who had won the Belgian Grand Prix for Lotus the year before, died of cancer aged just 29.
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