In the round-up: Former Mercedes team principal and ex-F1 motorsport director Ross Brawn said Red Bull should give Max Verstappen a more competitive team mate.
Perez “not putting up much competition” for Verstappen – Brawn
Brawn, who ran Mercedes’ F1 team in 2013 when Lewis Hamilton arrived as team mate to Nico Rosberg, said Red Bull should have a driver line-up as competitive as theirs was. Hamilton won back-to-back titles for Mercedes in the following two seasons, but Rosberg took the title from him the following year and then retired.
“What I’d love to see, quite frankly, is is someone more competitive in the other car,” he told Talksport. “Because unfortunately, Sergio’s not putting up much competition for Max. And even when you get a dominant car, if you can have someone in the other car who’s giving them a hard time and we think of Rosberg and Hamilton, that was a great year in a year when Mercedes were dominating.”
Brawn, the architect of F1’s technical regulations which were introduced last season, is hopeful other teams will narrow the gap to the dominant Red Bull next year. “Even though they have this domination at the moment, you will see it in time,” he said. “And we’re seeing little indications. I mean, McLaren with Norris and occasionally Piastri they’re knocking at the door, keeping them honest, let’s put it that way.
“Over this winter, I’m optimistic there’ll be a reset. When you’re at the front, you have the advantage of being able to start the design of your new car earlier because you’re competitive enough, and that’s where that domination can sometimes run for several years.”
Rising chance of rain for Las Vegas Grand Prix“a 50-60% chance of above normal” rain late next week, when F1 will holds its highly anticipated new round. Las Vegas typically sees around 11 millimetres of rainfall in November.
The first race on the new Las Vegas Strip Circuit is already expected to be one of the coldest of all time, as the competitive sessions take place late at night, and qualifying is scheduled to conclude at 1am on Saturday morning.
Lindblad rues second-half slump
Red Bull junior driver Arvid Lindblad regretted losing his substantial mid-season lead in the Italian Formula 4 champion to eventual champion Kacper Sztuka. Lindblad’s score after 13 of 22 races was over twice that of Sztuka’s who trailed him by 113.5 before winning all bar one of the remaining nine races to clinch the title.
“The first half of this season in Europe was really strong, it was a constant improvement and progression,” said Lindblad. “Unfortunately, we started to drop off the pace towards the end of the summer, the autumn months, from the end of July onwards.
“We had a couple of issues that we weren’t quite able to get on top of. That was unfortunate because we had a really good start to the year, a really good first half with a good margin, a buffer in the Italian championship.”
“That we unfortunately lost, we, as a collective, had a really poor performance towards the end of the year and we struggled a lot,” he admitted. “Especially towards the end of the year, Kacper Sztuka and the US team got very strong, they did an incredible job and made a massive step in the second half of the year.” Lindblad ended the season third in the series behind Sztuka and McLaren junior Ugo Ugochukwu. He will graduate to FIA Formula 3 next year, remaining with Prema.
Nielsen’s new deal
“Nicklas is a fast, young driver who grew up in the Ferrari family where, following victory in the one-make series, he has racked up at least one international title every season until 2022, before finishing third this year in the FIA WEC Drivers’ standings,” said Ferrari’s global head of endurance and Core Clienti, Antonello Coletta. “We’re proud to renew his contract.”
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