3:57 pm

Vettel interview: the 5 most interesting topics

Have you already read the big interview with Sebastian Vettel that we published on Monday (October 11th)? We have picked out the five most interesting topics for a new video contribution. So if you haven’t read the interview yet, the video on the Formel1.de YouTube channel might whet your appetite for Sebastian Vettel’s full statements. You can find the article here.

And with that we say goodbye to the ticker for today. Tomorrow my colleague Ruben Zimmermann will take over again at this point. Until then!


3:55 pm


Sebastian Vettel: Harsh criticism of Formula 1!

Big interview with Sebastian Vettel: Why he is committed to the environment and social interaction and what he criticizes about the current Formula 1! More Formula 1 videos


3:47 pm

IndyCar star visits McLaren

McLaren has a visit from Patricio O’Ward today. If that doesn’t mean anything: The 22-year-old Mexican drives in the IndyCar series for the Arrow McLaren SP team, which will be 75 percent owned by McLaren from the end of 2021.

A few years ago, O’Ward was already associated with a Formula 1 cockpit, but as a Red Bull Junior. At the end of 2019, however, they parted ways when O’Ward ticked off the Formula 1 prospects for the jump into the IndyCar series.


3:34 pm

Wolff contradicts Tost

Speaking of which: Wolff does not necessarily agree with AlphaTauri team boss Franz Tost. He recently drew attention to himself with statements on the topic of triple headers and 23 races and said: If you don’t like that, you can just leave.

But Wolff doesn’t want to leave it like that: “Now you can adopt the old-style mentality and say: ‘Be glad you’re in Formula 1, and if you can’t handle it, do something else,’ which is completely contrary to the way I work, “he says.

Wolff advocates a sustainable way of working and could imagine a rotation principle – and a forced one. “If we can take five out of 23 races for each, that would make an enormous difference,” said the Mercedes motorsport director.

“We have to create a kind of set of rules and determine how many races someone can take part in and introduce a rotation quota.” That would also enable young employees to get started.


3 p.m.

Toto Wolff: If Stefano says that …

Toto Wolff would like to see a maximum of four sprint races in 2022, but Formula 1 boss Stefano Domenicali has already announced that he will have sprints in around a third of the races.

There is of course a discrepancy, but Wolff is diplomatic: “Stefano will know best from a commercial point of view, he is an expert and he sat where I sit and now he’s on the other side,” he says.

Wolff knows that from a commercial point of view there is a lot to be said for more sprints – simply because there are more relevant sessions. “If Stefano says that this will reach more viewers and that there will be the opportunity to earn money and organize special races, then we must be his Follow the demand. “

But: “Then it’s about the old traditionalist in me who wants a Grand Prix on one day at 2 or 3 pm. We just have to accept that the format may have to be revised.”


2:23 pm

Norris: The spray was bad

Lando Norris says the spray was a problem for him in the Istanbul race. “During the laps on the grid, I could hardly see anything,” said the McLaren driver. “I was pretty shocked by how bad it was.”

In Belgium, the race basically had to be canceled. In Turkey, the rain wasn’t actually heavy, but the track didn’t dry out during the entire course of the race.

What was also difficult: According to Norris, the water that was thrown up from the track was quite oily. That made the view on the visor even worse.

Istanbul had roughened the route again before the weekend using high-pressure cleaning. The year before, the oil leaking from the fresh asphalt had ensured that the cars drove in the wet as if on soft soap.


1:54 p.m.

Film day for Red Bull

Red Bull stayed in Istanbul and is driving a day of filming today with Alexander Albon behind the wheel – again in regular paintwork, by the way, after driving a white Honda homage at the weekend.

Can Albon now readjust Lewis Hamilton’s line when he pushed Sergio Perez off the track? ūüėČ


12:59 p.m.

Bumps worn away in Austin

Bumps were a central theme at the last Formula 1 appearance in Austin. Many drivers had complained about the sometimes immense bumps. It was of course even worse for the MotoGP riders, who couldn’t need it at all. There was even a shortening of the GP, others didn’t want to start at all.

For the Formula 1 race in two weeks, work will be done on the track again. “They’ll take off a few bumps and all,” Masi confirms. “They will do what they can within the timeframe.”


12:16 pm

Medical car driver misses season finale

Alan van der Merwe was still one of the heroes in Romain Grosjean’s accident in Bahrain 2020, but now the driver of the medical car will miss the final phase of the season. Van der Merwe had to skip the race in Istanbul due to a COVID-19 illness.

He’s not vaccinated for personal reasons, he says. In many countries, a previous illness is worth as much as a vaccination, but not in Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi, where the last three races will take place.

“I am aware that I may be less able to work or that my freedom of travel will be restricted as a result of my decisions.”

“The fact that I do not put comfort above my health does not mean that I make decisions out of selfishness. We all just want to be healthy,” he explains.

In Istanbul he and doctor Ian Roberts, who also tested positive, were replaced by Bruno Franceschini and Bruno Correia, who are otherwise involved in Formula E.


11:50 a.m.

Seven years ago today

With the double victory in the first race in Russia, Mercedes secured the first constructors’ title. That was in 2014 and is now seven years ago. At that time you could not have guessed that the Silver Arrows will snatch every single title to this day. Hard to imagine: At the time, Lewis Hamilton was just a one-time world champion.


11:26 am

Hamilton: At -100 degrees in the ice chamber

Lewis Hamilton recovered from the hardships in Istanbul on Monday in the ice chamber. “The season from March to December is intense. Training is important, but relaxation and taking care of the body are even more important.

He doesn’t seem to be a big fan of the fact that physiotherapist Angela Cullen sends him out into the cold: “Man, I don’t like the cold and always have problems at -100 degrees Celsius,” he writes. “I always tell Angela that black people can’t stand the cold. We’re from the islands, man. The man needs sun.”

Don’t get it wrong: The post is full of laughing emojis;)


11:12 a.m.

Three stars for France

The Le Castellet circuit was the first Grand Prix organizer to receive three stars from the FIA. This has nothing to do with a quality rating for races there, but is the highest level of environmental certification. In doing so, the FIA ‚Äč‚Äčrecognizes the GP’s environmental performance and its commitment to an ambitious concept of sustainable development.

The commitment is based on continuous improvement aimed at reducing the consumption of raw materials, promoting the use of energy sources based on biofuels, using sustainable materials and avoiding single-use plastics. An innovative mobility plan has also been developed that significantly reduces the carbon footprint of audience travel.

Former McLaren Team Principal Eric Boullier, now Grand Prix Director in France, says: “Obtaining the highest level of environmental certification from the FIA ‚Äč‚Äčis a recognition of the work we have done for several years. This makes the French Grand Prix the first Grand Prix organizer to receive this certification and it is an important recognition for our organization. “


10:41 am

Brawn: Botta’s driver of the day for him

For Formula 1 sports director Ross Brawn, Valtteri Bottas was the driver of the day in Istanbul. Although he also enjoyed the race to catch up with Carlos Sainz, who had finished eighth from the back row, Bottas was a bit better for him: “He didn’t make a single mistake under very difficult conditions,” he praised at ‘ formula1.com ‘”Mercedes had a very good car, but they made the best of it – and never allowed any danger from behind.”

“He’s the outgoing team member and it’s easy to get your nerve in this situation, but he didn’t let himself get down and I think he did a brilliant job. We all know that Max is phenomenal in these wet conditions, but he couldn’t hold a candle to Valtteri. He showed us that he will make the best of it when Alfa gives him the car next year. “


10:09 a.m.

Lower limit for beginners?

Reader Sven has a question as to whether it wouldn’t make sense, as in German road traffic, to watch rookies even harder and, for example, set a lower limit up to the race suspension – which is usually twelve points.

Personally, I don’t think so. As a rookie you should be allowed to make mistakes. A lower limit only puts the drivers under even more pressure – and there are enough of those in Formula 1 already. Having to sit out a race early on would certainly not help.

If we look at the current rookies, M; ick Schumacher would have nothing to fear with 0 points. Fernando Alonso, who is also known to be a very young rookie, has had 2 points since Sunday. Yuki Tsunoda would have to be careful with his 4 points – and Nikita Masepin would have missed his home race in Sochi because he got the sixth point in Monza.

Maybe one of you has an opinion about it?


9:41 am

Current penalty point list

With Fernando Alonso and Pierre Gasly, two drivers collected penalty points on the Turkey weekend. For Alonso it was the first two since the comeback, Pierre Gasly was previously on a counter.

For this we were able to delete points twice on Monday: Kimi Räikkönen has lost two points (currently two points), as does Alexander Albon. The Thai has no more points in his account, but has not been able to collect any this season. Then again next season.

Lando Norris and Lance Stroll lead with eight points.

You can find a current overview at de.mtorosport.com.


09:08 am

Praise from the chief race engineer

Schumacher received great praise from the team for his performance. However, the chief race engineer Ayao Komatsu is not surprised by the result in Istanbul and knows why the German keeps showing good performances.

“Mick works very hard, and regardless of whether he has a good or a bad weekend: He is always self-critical,” says the Japanese. “He’s always looking for improvements.”

And if he ever makes a mistake, he will not fall into depression, but will be even more motivated by it. “He always looks at himself and at other things that he can influence. That is very good,” said Komatso.

“He also works closely with his engineers. And they are also motivated by his attitude. It works in both directions.”

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