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Lewis Hamilton’s winless streak will end in 2023, Red Bull’s Helmut Marko has admitted in the first sign of their wariness about his return to form.

Hamilton finished sixth in the F1 standings in 2022, a career-worst, and failed to win a single grand prix for the first time ever, but ended the season strongly and has vowed to fight Max Verstappen next year.
Asked if Hamilton’s woes would continue, Marko told Bild: “Unfortunately, I am afraid not. 

“Mercedes fought their way up to us over the year. Although they are not yet at eye level, they have more wind tunnel time for the development of the car. 

“But I’m not too worried. We are on the right track for 2023 and have the best driver in the field with Max.”
Red Bull’s development next season may be hampered by the wind tunnel penalty accrued due to the F1 cost cap break.

They must also deal with the drama between Verstappen and his teammate Sergio Perez which blew up unexpectedly in Brazil.

Perez ultimately finished third, behind Charles Leclerc, partly as a result of Verstappen not allowing him to pass.

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Perez’s chances next season were rated by Marko: “Checo can certainly win one or two races. But I don’t see that he can challenge Max over a whole season. 

“In general, I don’t see that anyone with the same prerequisites can do that at the moment.”

Lewis Hamilton his old rival
Max Verstappen will be aiming for a hat-trick of consecutive championships in 2023.

Lewis Hamilton, his old rival, will re-emerge as the main contender, according to Marko.

“Ferrari is strong, but Mercedes will be stronger in the overall package,” he said.

“Especially with a driver like Lewis Hamilton. He is still a top driver. 

“Although Ferrari also has a very good driver in Leclerc, he still makes mistakes.

“We want to be similarly dominant in 2023. Even if this is very difficult, there is always room for improvement.

“We have room for improvement in reliability. In the first three races we retired three times due to a technical defect. And in Brazil, the set-up was not right. 

“We had an exceptional season, but not everything was perfect. And we still need a perfect day to beat Mercedes and Ferrari.”

It was an incredible season for Max Verstappen as he secured his second F1 drivers’ championship. What records did he break in 2022?

Most wins – 15
The first record Max Verstappen managed to break in 2022 was the number of wins in a season.

Verstappen claimed an astonishing 15 wins in 22 races, two more than Sebastian Vettel (2013) and Michael Schumacher (2004).

Granted, there are more races in 2022 compared to 2013 and 2004, but it was still a remarkable achievement, particularly as Ferrari had the faster car up until the Belgian Grand Prix.

Most points in a season – 454
With more races than ever before, it’s probably no surprise Verstappen was able to claim the record for the most points scored in a single season.

With 22 races alongside three sprint events, Lewis Hamilton’s record from 2019 of 413 points was always going to be threatened.
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Max Verstappen broke Hamilton’s points tally with two rounds to go.
How long will it last?
In F1 2023, there are 24 races scheduled with three more sprint events added to the calendar.

Points deficit overturned – 46

It’s easy to forget that Verstappen and Red Bull endured a tricky start to the year.

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Two DNFs in the opening three rounds put Verstappen on the back foot – 46 points behind Charles Leclerc after the Australian Grand Prix.

He managed to turn it around in dominant fashion, claiming the title by 146 points in the end.

Wins from different grid positions – 7

Verstappen took wins from 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 7th, 10th and 14th on the grid.

His best wins of the year came at the Hungaroring, where he started down in 10th.

Similarly at the Belgian Grand Prix, slicing through the field from 14th to dominate at Spa.

Most wins from outside pole position – 9 

With Ferrari dominating Saturdays, Verstappen was only able to take seven pole positions in 2022.

It didn’t deter him as he took nine wins when not starting from pole position, one more than Hamilton managed in 2019.

Lewis Hamilton’s issues could be solved with a new FIA rule change.
Lewis Hamilton’s biggest issue in 2022 could be almost completely fixed for next season as the FIA suggests its new rules changes will work. Mercedes struggled with porpoising issues early on in the season with the seven-times champion suffering back pain at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

This led the FIA to consider changes to the regulations on safety grounds with a metric to measure how much cars were bouncing introduced mid-season. However, teams will now have to raise their floor edges by 15mm with changes also expected to the diffuser.

The porpoising issues appeared to disappear mid-season but returned in Abu Dhabi with both Mercedes drivers again complaining of the issue. The FIA’s head of single-seaters, Nikolas Tomazis has stressed there is “no doubt” the rules changes were the right thing for F1.

He also claimed the new package would reduce the levels of porpoising teams have become used to.

Lewis Hamilton

He added: “We tried to find a pragmatic, short-term solution and a medium-term solution. It won’t necessarily dissipate [porpoising] completely, but it will be a step less.”

The comments come just weeks after Lewis Hamilton identified his car’s porpoising in Baku as his most memorable moment of the season. Picking up an image of him holding his back in agony, Hamilton described how the issue had stuck in his memory.

Speaking on a Mercedes AMG Petronas YouTube video, the Briton said: “I don’t actually remember a lot of these photos. This one I remember. This one is the one I remember the most just because of the pain I was in. That weekend I went lower than (Russell) on the rear ride height. It was much worse on my car but painful for both of us.”

Toto Wolff welcomed the rules changes when they were first announced back in the summer. However, Red Bull boss Christian Horner and Ferrari’s Mattia Binotto both battled against any snap changes.

Earlier this season, Binotto even suggested he would find a way to stop any updates if rules changes went ahead. But, Russell admitted he was looking forward to the changes after suffering at the final race of the season.

He explained: “The changes the FIA are making with the raised floor edge is going to be an improvement in that regard. It definitely adds quite a lot of fatigue. I forgot what it was like to drive with the car bouncing around through the corners, downward straight a little bit.

“So I’ll be happy if I turn up to Bahrain next year with none of that.”

David Coulthard has said that anyone who claims Max Verstappen’s success is solely down to the car is “an idiot.”

The Dutchman has been in dominating form in the last two seasons. Winning 25 races in two years and amassing 854.5 points, 227 more than any other driver.
But despite, the Red Bull man still has his detractors. Maybe point to the conclusion of the 2021 season or the minor cost cap breach while, just as Lewis Hamilton has been told, some claim it is all to do with the car rather than the driver.

One man who does not believe that is Coulthard who suggested that anyone who though Verstappen’s success was 100% due to the car was a “f**king idiot.”

“Just as Lewis doesn’t need nine World titles for me to consider him one of the greatest drivers in the sport, Max doesn’t need three to be considered one of the best,” Coulthard told Formule1.nl.

“Max is already one of the greats. You would also have to be a f**king idiot to claim that he only achieved this ‘because he was in a good car.’

“After all, none of his team-mates have been able to measure up to him. Max is a beast on the track, a winning machine who doesn’t give a s**t about what we have to say or what anyone else has to say. He’s incredible.”

Max Verstappen has shown he is more than just the car beneath him

The notion that Verstappen is only now successful because of the RB18 is somewhat fanciful considering his achievements in the sport.

Take a time when Mercedes were at their clinical best. Who was it that was the one non-Mercedes driver to win more than once? Verstappen.

The Dutchman has crossed the line first in at least two races in every season since 2017, a record that no other driver can currently claim to have done. There would also be few to argue that the Red Bull car was anywhere near better than Mercedes’ until 2021 at the earliest.

Coulthard also makes the point that if was purely down to the car, then Verstappen’s team-mate would have had just as much success than him. Perez’s two wins to Verstappen’s 15 in 2022 suggests otherwise.

The driver vs car debate has long ranged and will continue to do so but if there is one man who has the CV to show he is more than just the machinery beneath him, it is Max Verstappen.

Formula 1 are aiming to modify the regulations on shortened races, following the confusing conclusion to the Max Verstappen’s title challenge.

When Verstappen crossed the line at Suzuka in the rain-shortened race, it was assumed that he was not the 2022 Formula 1 World Champion.

Even after Charles Leclerc copped a five-second time penalty by cutting the final chicane on that last lap and gaining an advantage that would drop him to third and promote Sergio Perez, it was still not enough.

As the race had not reached 75% of its scheduled distance needed for full points to kick in following the two-hour rain delay, the expectation was that the sliding scale of reduced points would be referred to – this having been refined in the aftermath of the abandoned 2021 Belgian Grand Prix.

It was believed that Verstappen would be left one point short of the total he required to seal the title and that the coronation would roll on to the United States two weeks later.

However, a quirk in the sporting regulations meant that because the race hit the three-hour hard stop window Grands Prix must be completed within, full points were dished out.

F1 and the FIA are now taking steps to ensure that this scenario cannot happen again.
Max Verstappen

What was the quirk?

During the off-season, the rules were re-written ahead of 2022, with a new set of points to be awarded in shortened races, provided intervals of 25%, 50% and 75% of the planned race distance were reached.

This is covered in Article 6.5 of the sporting regulations.

However, this sliding scale would only be applied if a race was “suspended in accordance with Article 57 and cannot be resumed” – this being the article that covers the suspension of a race and it not being able to be restarted.

Following the red flag in Japan, the race was restarted and ran to the time-enforced chequered flag. By definition, this meant full points were awarded.

According to RacingNews365.com’s sources on the F1 Commission, the line “a race is suspended in accordance with Article 57 and cannot be resumed” is set to be removed from the regulations.

This means that the three columns of points can be awarded as intended in 2023 onwards in similar situations.

It is intended that six points shall be awarded to the winner if they complete more than two green flag laps, but less than 25% of race distance, rising to 13 for 50% and 19 for 75%.

If no green flag racing can take place, or less than two laps are completed, the podium ceremony and TV interviews are set to be cancelled.

British superstar Lewis Hamilton has been living it up in the wake of a fractured Formula 1 campaign that ended without a single race win.
Mercedes endured a season to forget in 2022, and Formula 1 giant Lewis Hamilton is making up for lost time by creating new memories in the off-season. The veteran recorded a career-worst sixth-place finish this year, while Red Bull rival Max Verstappen sauntered to a successful title defence.

This was also the first season in which Hamilton has failed to win a single race since joining F1’s ranks with McLaren back in 2007. The seven-time world champion recently went so far as to say he grew “sick and tired” of Mercedes’ car in 2022, feelings that were exacerbated particularly by the W13’s porpoising issues in the first half of the season.

It seems only right the frustrated F1 favourite has an opportunity to let his hair down after ending the year with one final retirement in Abu Dhabi. And Hamilton did just that with a post-season trip to Egypt, where he’s been seen hanging out with supermodel Naomi Campbell.

The 37-year-old posted pictures from a recent Dior catwalk event in Cairo, where he took in a show with the Giza necropolis as a backdrop. Hamilton shared images watching alongside fashion friend Campbell, as well as his own tour of the pyramids and a night-time laser display, to boot.

“First time in Egypt,” he wrote via Instagram. “I’ve wanted to come here for the longest time, and I’ve been wanting to see more of Africa after my trip this summer. Got to do both in one trip. Thank you @mrkimjones and the @dior team for inviting me along, these two beautiful days in Cairo were incredible.”

As well as taking in Dior’s latest wares, Hamilton posted a video of himself exploring the pyramid catacombs. He also made time for a surf and looked just as confident on the waves as he does in the cockpit.
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Tommy Hilfiger ambassador Hamilton has long held an interest in fashion and is often seen sporting peculiar trends of his own around the grid. However, many fans will hope to see his attentions focused back on F1 ahead of 2023, which could be his final season in the sport.

The Briton’s Mercedes deal is set to expire at the end of next year, which will be his 11th with the Silver Arrows (17th overall). Hamilton signalled his intention to ink a new deal earlier in 2022, though nothing is for certain until he signs on the dotted line.

Both Max Verstappen and Carlos Sainz started their F1 journey together at Red Bull’s sister team, Toro Rosso (now AlphaTauri). It’s obvious that the young duo would have shared some great moments together. While talking about the same, in an interview in 2015, Carlos Sainz revealed one weird secret about Max Verstappen.

Currently battling against each other, Verstappen and Sainz have shared some of the best times together. So it’s unsurprising that the two have some deep secrets about each other.

In 2015, Carlos Sainz disclosed a hidden fact about Max Verstappen that will make fans burst into laughter. When asked, “what’s something we don’t know about you?” Sainz answered first and said, “He (Verstappen) doesn’t wear underpants.”

Verstappen quickly interjected and said jokingly, “always driving naked.”
He added, “It could be. I mean, you know, sometimes it’s quite warm. So like Singapore or here, I don’t know.”
Sainz Instantly replied, “I’m not gonna say anything else because then we get to humiliation. He will get to my room and he will punch me.” 

Both drivers came to the world of F1 from Red Bull’s junior programme. Where Verstappen has clinched two titles, Sainz is yet to get his hand to the championship title. The astonishing growth this season has given the Spaniard good confidence, as he wants to fight for the championship title next year.

Can Carlos Sainz give Max Verstappen a run for his money next year?

Carlos Sainz had an impressive 2022 season with Ferrari. The Spaniard secured 9 podiums, taking his total to 246 points in the year 2022. Besides, he also helped his team to get the second spot in the constructor’s championship.

Now, the Ferrari driver says he wants to start the next season strongly and give some tough battles to the rest of the drivers. Sainz in an interview with Mundo Deportivo said, “Next year we will have a new car again, where we will try to improve the weaknesses of the car and me, We are going to try to compete at the front from the start.”

The Spaniard further said, “Above all, I want to have a first half of the season where I can stay in the fight. I already know that my second half of the year is usually strong, so it’s a good sign what we see at the end of this year. Hopefully next year I can continue on this basis or even better.”

Both the drivers have enough experience now. The young guns have matured a lot now and this will make the battle between the two old friends even more interesting. Do you think the Spaniard can fight Max Verstappen next year?

Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen may be F1’s best but the pair are not everyone’s favourite pairing.
Luis Enrique has become accustomed to making tough choices when it comes to selecting players for his star-studded World Cup squad in Qatar. But when it comes to picking his favourite Formula 1 drivers, the Spain head coach had no hesitation in snubbing Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen despite their undisputed pedigree as two of motorsport’s finest talents.

Hamilton and Verstappen have won nine Drivers’ Championship titles between them and the only other driver to win a title since 2014 is Nico Rosberg, who pipped Hamilton to the crown in 2016 before the Mercedes star sensationally retired from the sport.

But that still is not enough to convince Luis Enrique, a manager who tends to go against the grain in his judgements and decisions as evidenced by some surprise picks in his Spain squad. 

In a wide-ranging question and answer session on his daily World Cup vlog posted on streaming platform Twitch, the 52-year-old was asked for his two favourite drivers on the grid. And there were no surprises about the identity of the driver pairing that he chose given his international allegiance.

“Fernando Alonso and Carlos Sainz, there is no doubt,” he said, giving his backing to his compatriots, before bizarrely answering questions on whether he would fight a bear.

Hearing Alonso’s name will not come as a surprise given that the pair have a lot in common, with their passion for football and cycling. Luis Enrique also recently joked that if he had the power to summon Alonso to his World Cup squad in Qatar, he would not hesitate in calling up the 41-year-old.

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Luis Enrique has become accustomed to making tough choices when it comes to selecting players for his star-studded World Cup squad in Qatar. But when it comes to picking his favourite Formula 1 drivers, the Spain head coach had no hesitation in snubbing Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen despite their undisputed pedigree as two of motorsport’s finest talents.
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But that still is not enough to convince Luis Enrique, a manager who tends to go against the grain in his judgements and decisions as evidenced by some surprise picks in his Spain squad. 

In a wide-ranging question and answer session on his daily World Cup vlog posted on streaming platform Twitch, the 52-year-old was asked for his two favourite drivers on the grid. And there were no surprises about the identity of the driver pairing that he chose given his international allegiance.

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Luis Enrique: The Spain coach snubbed Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen (Image: Getty Images/Express Sport/Twitch)

“Fernando Alonso and Carlos Sainz, there is no doubt,” he said, giving his backing to his compatriots, before bizarrely answering questions on whether he would fight a bear.

Hearing Alonso’s name will not come as a surprise given that the pair have a lot in common, with their passion for football and cycling. Luis Enrique also recently joked that if he had the power to summon Alonso to his World Cup squad in Qatar, he would not hesitate in calling up the 41-year-old.
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“I would call Alonso whatever he wanted, I like him phenomenally despite the Oviedo-Gijon rivalry. He is a phenomenon, an ambassador of Asturias,” he said.

“He is a guy who I have had the opportunity to meet, and I like him wonderfully. He is a phenomenon. We are proud to have an Asturian of that level.”

While the Alpine driver is renowned as one of Spain’s most renowned drivers with two world titles won back in 2005 and 2006, Sainz has also emerged as a rising figure in recent years after ascending from Toro Rosso to McLaren and now Ferrari.

On a global level, however, their backing pales in comparison to the support Verstappen and Hamilton enjoy, with Verstappen’s orange army travelling around all 22 races last season, while Hamilton’s very own ‘Team LH44’ passionately defend and represent the Briton all over the world and on social media.

With that in mind, F1’s star duo probably would not mind missing out on the affection of Luis Enrique or other football stars if it means gaining new fans in their F1 sphere.

Max Verstappen competed in the recent round of the virtual Le Mans series.
With the Formula 1 winter break in full flow, the majority of the drivers have been seen enjoying some downtime, unlike Max Verstappen who it seems can’t get enough of being behind the wheel.

Given how intense the 2022 Formula 1 season was, it’s no surprise that it hasn’t taken the drivers long to get far away from the sport.

Lewis Hamilton has been spotted at fashion events and also in Japan driving a Nissan Skyline R34 GT-R, whilst his former team-mate Valtteri Bottas has been sharing his adventures in Australia on social media.

Max Verstappen, on the other hand, has been driving in the sim world rather than laying back on a holiday somewhere.
Max Verstappen

The double World Champion is well-known to be just as fast in the virtual world as he is in the real world, with the 25-year-old having taken part in several big sim races over the years.

For several years now, Verstappen has competed for Team Redline, whom he was in action for again on Saturday in the penultimate round of the virtual Le Mans series.

The penultimate round of the championship took place at Sebring, where the race consisted of 500 miles.

With that in mind, the race consisted of 134 laps, with Verstappen having driven the final stint of the race for Team Redline.

After starting the race in second, the #1 Team Redline car competing in the LMP class fell to third immediately, after dropping a place at the opening corner of the race.

When Verstappen took control of the car, he was quickly hunted down by none other than the Mercedes Esports team, who had GT driver James Baldwin at the controls.

After a good duel, Verstappen lost third to Baldwin following a mistake at the first corner of the circuit, after running wide and clipping the gravel.

Verstappen running wide saw Baldwin slip up the inside of the Red Bull star, due to the British driver carrying more speed than the imperious Dutchman.

In the end, the 25-year-old had no choice but to settle for fourth, seemingly the best that himself, Max Benecke, and Jeffrey Rietveld could manage.

The final round of the virtual Le Mans series is in fact the Le Mans 24 Hours, which Verstappen has competed in multiple times in the past.

It is scheduled to take place on the 14th-15th January next year, with double points up for grabs.

Max Verstappen ended the season 146 points clear in the F1 drivers’ standings.
McLaren CEO Zak Brown has refuted suggestions that Max Verstappen’s dominance of the 2022 F1 season was a ‘turn-off’ for fans of the sport. Despite new regulations being introduced, designed to make the sport more competitive, Red Bull’s pace was unmatched as Verstappen cruised to his second drivers’ title by a mammoth 146 points.

The Dutchman won an unprecedented 15 of the 22 Grand Prix races on offer, and the magnitude of his season already makes him the bookies’ favourite to triumph again next time around. That’s despite an end-of year resurgence from Mercedes, capped by George Russell winning the penultimate race in Brazil.

The campaign didn’t come without controversy for Red Bull though, with the FIA confirming Christian Horner’s team had breached the 2021 budget cap in 2021 by £1.8 million. A number of rival figures reacted cycnically, including Brown, who wrote a letter to the FIA accusing the Constructors’ champions of “cheating” by breaking spending regulations.

But despite his public fall-out with Horner, the McLaren man doesn’t think Verstappen’s title win was a negative notion for the sport. Asked if he thought the season had been a ‘turn off’ for F1 fans, the Englishman argued the campaign had produced intriguing races.

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Max Verstappen celebrates his second title win in Abu Dhabi. (Image: Getty)

“Given the dominance of Max, it doesn’t feel like it’s been a boring season, even if the results on paper, you would think it would be boring,” said Brown, via motorsport.com. “But I think all the races have been very exciting.”

And Brown added that the new regulations that signified F1’s new era have been justified. “It certainly seems like the racing has been better,” he continued. “I think everyone was concerned that cars were going to look the same. They certainly don’t. There’s a lot of different concepts. I think the new regulations always need refining, but I think we got it pretty right.”

McLaren’s own performance did seem to suffer in 2022, with the team fifth in the Constructor’s standings, finishing behind Alpine. Third place for Lando Norris in Emilia Romagna represented their only podium finish.

“[We had] lots of learning. Lots of ups and downs,” he said. “Not as competitive as we were last year, but I think we’re a better racing team this year. We’re operationally more sound.”