Follow all the F1 updates and latest reaction from the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix
Lewis Hamilton may have had a “horrible” weekend at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix at Imola, as the seven-time world champion conceded any hopes of winning this season’s title, but the Mercedes driver has been backed by Red Bull boss Christian Horner to “become a factor” this year.
Hamilton’s 13th place finish at Imola was one of the worst races of his 16-year F1 career. The 37-year-old struggled to pass Pierre Gasly at the back of the midfield battle and the gulf to the top of the field was underlined after he was lapped by last year’s title rival Max Verstappen. “I am out of the championship, and there’s no question about that,” Hamilton admitted, with Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff apologising to Hamilton for an “undriveable” W13 car.
It looks set to be another thrilling fight for the title but despite Hamilton ruling out his chances, Horner believes it is still too early to tell. “He hasn’t forgotten how to drive in the last four races," hy het gesê. “So at some point they will sort their issues out and he will become a factor.”
Hamilton is also part of a bid to take over Chelsea FC as a supposed Arsenal fan, he has been warned to ‘stay loyal’ to the Gunners by some connected to the Blues. Follow all the latest F1 news and updates, hieronder:
Red Bull boss tips Lewis Hamilton to become ‘factor’ in title race
Red Bull’s team principal Christian Horner says Lewis Hamilton will become a “factor” in the title race despite the star’s struggles in the 2022 seisoen.
Hamilton has only been on the podium once this season and finished 13th at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix last Sunday. This has been down to issues the British driver is having with the car. Porpoising has seen Mercedes boss Toto Wolff call the car “undrivable”.
But for all his struggles, Horner is still wary of the threat Hamilton could cause.
“He obviously had a horrible weekend but he is still an eight-time world champion… seven-time! I forgot Nico Rosberg won,” Horner said per GP Fans.
“He hasn’t forgotten how to drive in the last four races so at some point they will sort their issues out and he will become a factor but obviously, the young guys are doing a great job.”
Hamilton’s car has struggled with porpoising which has dented the star’s hopes of an eighth world title
Toto Wolff accused of mind games by ‘not telling truth’ on radio to Lewis Hamilton
Mercedes’ new driver is the only competitor to finish in the top five in every race so far this season.
“Toto was playing the mental game, which is very smart on his behalf,” Rosberg told Sky Sports F1. '[Mercedes are] taking the blame themselves, really trying to support Lewis mentally, lifting him up and saying, ‘Haai, Lewis, it’s not your doing, it’s really on us’. That’s very smart because it’s not quite the truth.”
Russell is performing in the car but Hamilton is struggling so far in the 2022 seisoen
George Russell reveals chest pain from Mercedes porpoising
George Russell has revealed he has experienced chest pains as a result of the porpoising in his Mercedes car.
The reigning constructors champions have been plagued with the bouncing issue more than most other teams on the grid in the opening four races of the 2022 F1 season.
Russell still somehow managed to clinch a superb fourth place at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix as his teammate Lewis Hamilton could only muster a disappointing 14th.
Yet despite securing a fourth successive top-five finish since joining Mercedes, Russell admits the porpoising has had a physical impact on his body.
Speaking after the Imola race, hy het gesê: “The bouncing, it really takes your breath away. It’s the most extreme I’ve ever felt it.
Mercedes have struggled with porpoising problems since the start of the 2022 seisoen
‘It shows how wrong we got it’: Lewis Hamilton reveals woe at being lapped by Max Verstappen
Hamilton conceded that his title hopes were already over this season after the seven-time world champion’s struggles plunged to new depths in Imola with a 13th place finish.
Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff apologised to Hamilton for an “undriveable” car, with Wolff also admitting there’s a possibility the W13 “simply doesn’t work”.
Teams had to start from scratch following the overhaul of racing rules and regulations ahead of the 2022 season but Mercedes have been plagued by ‘porpoising’.
And the gulf between Mercedes and Red Bull was underlined as Verstappen lapped Hamilton on his way to winning the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix on Sunday.
Mercedes are facing up to the possibility that their 2022 car ‘simply doesn’t work’
Ross Brawn clarifies ‘not listening to George Russell’ remarks after sprint race controversy
Die Formula 1 besturende direkteur, motorsports, hit out at the Mercedes star after his comments following last Saturday’s sprint race at Imola, where Russell mentioned frustration at the processional nature of the race – with drivers in the midfield stuck in a lengthy DRS train, which meant overtaking was limited.
Brawn strongly defended the different format: “I think George’s opinion, or the opinion of anyone at the back of the grid, are not the opinions we are really listening to.”
Egter, has now clarified his point after Russell rallied in Sunday’s race to pull off an impressive surge to snatch fourth in the grand prix itself after starting 11th.
“I just know from my own experience that psychologically, a driver at the back of the grid has got all sorts of other things going on,” said Brawn.
“We had a Mercedes that couldn’t overtake the cars in front, but there was plenty of overtaking going on in the middle and up the front. Natuurlik, we will listen. We won’t ignore it but we have to keep a perspective.”
The Mercedes star was upset at the sprint race format in Imola, but rallied in the grand prix to take an impressive fourth
Lewis Hamilton told to ‘stay loyal’ to Arsenal amid bid to buy Chelsea
Hamilton has confirmed his involvement in Sir Martin Broughton’s consortium and says playing a role in the takeover of the Premier League club would be the “ultimate dream”.
However former Blues player Paul Canonville has dismissed Hamilton’s interest, suggesting that his allegiance to Arsenal is a problem.
“Don’t anyone get me wrong, I am a huge fan of both Serena and Lewis,” Canonville said on Twitter. “Both Williams sisters have been phenomenal achievers and proud advocates of civil rights issues.
“I know Lewis has now suggested he was bullied into supporting Arsenal by his sister, he is an Arsenal fan and that’s a fact.
“I will always support Lewis Hamilton in everything he does in F1, he is the greatest driver ever in my opinion and as with Serena, he is a phenomenal icon for black achievement and civil rights. With football though, I think he should stay loyal to his own team.”
Hamilton has joined Sir Martin Broughton’s consortium, one of the three parties in the running to buy Chelsea following the sanctioning of Roman Abramovich
[object Window] 22 release date is confirmed by EA for July – what we know so far
Developed by Codemasters and now published by EA, [object Window] 22 is the next entry in the series and will be based on the current season of the Formula 1 World Championship.
The current season has seen a significant changes in regulations, with some teams struggling to adapt en [object Window] 22 will likely take these changes into consideration with updated car designs and team rosters. [object Window] 21 also introduced a new story mode titled “Braking Point” so there is a chance we might also see a similar campaign being introduced in this follow-up.
The event is likely to reveal when the game will be released this year. The last installment in the franchise, [object Window] 21, is vrygestel op 13 Julie 2021, and the new entry can expect a similar release date in the next few months.
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Lewis Hamilton says Mercedes split rumours are ‘a bunch of nonsense’
Lewis Hamilton has insisted that he is “100 percent committed” to Mercedes and described rumours that he was considering quitting the team as “a bunch of nonsense”.
The seven-time world champion was again left frustrated by the German outfit’s struggles in the sprint race at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, able to finish only 14th.
Hamilton conceded afterwards that Mercedes were “obviously not fighting for the championship” as the team continues to struggle to match title contenders Red Bull and Ferrari.
The 37-year-old had also appeared to clash with Toto Wolff, team principal for Mercedes, during qualifying on Friday in Imola.
However Hamilton has dismissed talk that he may be contemplating his future, saying that the suggestion that he may not wish to continue as “silly and a bunch of nonsense”.
Hamilton had been rumoured to be considering retirement after a tough start to the season
‘I was too greedy’: Charles Leclerc explains error that led to costly Imola spin
The early championship leader had started slowly at Imola, losing second spot to Sergio Perez and struggling to close in on the Mexican and Max Verstappen, who eventually secured a Red Bull one-two at Ferrari’s home circuit.
Leclerc and Ferrari made the decision to pit from third late on to go to a softer tyre in a bid to steal a point for the fastest lap of the afternoon and an outside chance of hunting down Perez.
But pushing hard into a chicane, the Monegasque caught the kerb and lost control of his car, fortunate to avoid a more serious collision with the wall but forced to pit to fix a damaged front wing.
It meant Leclerc dropped down the field, and while he was able to fight up to sixth on fresher tyres, Verstappen and Perez closed the gap at the top of the early world title standings.
Leclerc was fortunate to avoid a race-ending crash after clipping a kerb
Lewis Hamilton admits ‘no question’ he is ‘out of F1 championship’ after Imola
Lewis Hamilton issued an apology to Mercedes following one of the worst races of his 16-season career.
Sergio Perez was second as Red Bull secured their first one-two finish in six years, while Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc came home sixth after he spun from third with just nine laps to run. Leclerc’s error allowed Lando Norris to snatch the final spot on the podium.
The seven-time world champion finished 13th in the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, nine places behind team-mate George Russell