Mercedes boss Toto Wolff calls Michael Masi ‘disrespectful’ and ‘responsible’

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has accused former Formula 1 race director Michael Masi of being disrespectful to drivers, not accepting criticism and being responsible for the sport. Mercedes blame Masi for costing Lewis Hamilton the championship at last year’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix after he incorrectly implemented the safety car restart procedure at the end … Read more

‘Confusing situation’ resulted in Lewis Hamilton missing chance to oppose

Lewis Hamilton’s crucial missed pit stop in the final stages of the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix was due to a confusing situation on the track, says Mercedes boss Toto Wolff. Hamilton was apparently presented with a golden opportunity to stop on lap 37 under a virtual safety car, resulting in a much smaller net loss … Read more

Lewis Hamilton still not comfortable racing at the Saudi Arabian F1 Grand Prix

Seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton said he still felt uncomfortable racing in Saudi Arabia, days after receiving a letter from the family of a prisoner facing execution. The family of Abdullah al-Howaiti, arrested in 2017 aged 14 and sentenced to death aged 17, have urged Hamilton to speak out ahead of the country’s second F1 … Read more

Red Bull boss Christian Horner praises Mercedes’ Toto Wolff for openness on mental health

Red Bull Formula One boss Christian Horner has praised Mercedes rival Toto Wolff for speaking out about the mental health issues that have plagued him for more than a decade despite unprecedented success. Wolff, an Austrian, told The Sunday Times last week that he had been seeing a psychiatrist since 2004 and had more than … Read more

Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz dismisses Lewis Hamilton praise as ‘typical’ Mercedes games

Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz suggested Formula 1 champions Mercedes were playing “typical” matches when speaking about the Italian team’s prospects ahead of the season starting in Bahrain next week. Seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton and new team-mate George Russell highlighted Ferrari’s form during testing at Sakhir. “From what I can see today Ferrari would probably get … Read more

Christian Horner insists he thinks the Mercedes car is legal

SAKHIR, Bahrain — Red Bull team principal Christian Horner says he is confident Mercedes’ new sidepod design will comply with F1 regulations. Questions about the legality of Mercedes’ latest update were raised on the opening day of this week’s pre-season test in Bahrain when Horner was quoted by German publication Auto Motor und Sport as … Read more

Why Mercedes’ radical sidepods are testing Mercedes’ biggest talking point

SAKHIR, Bahrain – In the space of Formula 1’s two pre-season tests, Mercedes presented two very different versions of its new car. When the W13 left Barcelona after the first test, they looked relatively conventional. When he reappeared in Bahrain for the second test, he looked truly revolutionary. The changes, which mainly concerned the shape … Read more

Mercedes reveals radical sidepod upgrade in F1 test

SAKHIR, Bahrain – Mercedes has delivered a significant upgrade to its 2022 Formula 1 car in time for the second pre-season test in Bahrain. Driven by seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton on Thursday morning, the car featured tiny sidepod entrances and a completely redesigned engine cover. Sidepods have become a big differentiator in car design … Read more

Lewis Hamilton ‘lost a little bit of faith’ in F1 at Abu Dhabi GP

Lewis Hamilton said he “lost a little bit of faith” in the fair policing of Formula One after missing out on last year’s title in controversial circumstances at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Hamilton was beaten to the 2021 title by Max Verstappen in Abu Dhabi after race director Michael Masi bent the FIA’s own … Read more

Mercedes reveals Lewis Hamilton’s 2022 F1 car

Mercedes has launched the car Lewis Hamilton and George Russell will drive in this year’s Formula One world championship. Named the W13, it has been designed to F1’s new technical regulations for 2022 as Mercedes attempts to push its winning streak of eight constructors’ championships to a ninth consecutive year. “We did pretty well during … Read more