Formula 1: Ferrari does not aim for the title

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Mattia Binotto believes that his team is not yet in a position to win the World Cup. However, Monaco’s mistakes were analyzed and understood.

An F1 movie starring Brad Pitt

Lewis Hamilton revealed this on Friday: he will be co-producing a film about Formula 1, in which Brad Pitt will play a former driver on the return! “I can’t talk about it much, because nothing official has been announced, but yes, I’ve been working with Brad for a long time,” said Lewis Hamilton. I’m very involved in the script, I spend time with it, it’s very special. I wish we had success in this movie. Because, frankly, so far, the films that talked about F1 … if you look at them … I can’t say that they were very spectacular. (note: they were even real turnips!). We want that to change. We want to show how great this sport is to people who don’t know it. But we also want to keep the spirit of the race. That’s my job. “

The Briton added that he will not play himself in the film, nor any of the other current pilots. “There are a lot of people involved and, of course, we will have to shoot racing scenes that will require real drivers. But we’re not actors, and we don’t want the film to fail. For the roles, we will only work with professional actors ”.

Brad Pitt will play the role of a former pilot on the return leg.

Brad Pitt will play the role of a former pilot on the return leg.

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A brand new Mercedes

Defending champion Mercedes has brought a deeply revised car to Baku. In fact, it is almost a new car, but that has not solved the problems of the start of the season.

On Friday, it was even worse: “It will not be enough for us to find the right configuration. We have to fundamentally change the car, ”admits Andrew Shovlin, the team’s chief engineer. “We lack grip on slow corners, riders complain of jolts on the straight and our top speed is not great. We are not well. “

The hardest part, according to Lewis Hamilton, is the blows. “These shocks are terrible here, they hurt me everywhere,” he said after the first day of testing.

Lewis Hamilton complained about the blows on the Baku circuit.

Lewis Hamilton complained about the blows on the Baku circuit.

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George Russell no longer wants these cars

George Russell can no longer stand the blows that shake his car. He thinks Formula One should talk about it in a holistic way: “These cars drive so close to the ground that they get on the track at all the fast laps. It’s the same for everyone. Frankly, I don’t see a future for to these cars, because I don’t see how we could drive like that for the next four seasons. (note: until the change of regulations in 2026). We have to talk about it, because we are all on the same boat … ”

George Russell can no longer stand the blows that shake his car and has made it known.

George Russell can no longer stand the blows that shake his car and has made it known.

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Charles Leclerc doesn’t know where he is

Friday’s practice allowed Charles Leclerc to set the fastest time, but the Monegasque says this is not significant. “We were not all coming out, and our opponents (note: the Red Bulls) not more. All we know is that we have a good race pace, and that’s good news.

At one point, during free practice, Charles Leclerc heard his engine power go down and asked the radio what to do. “In fact, it was not a problem with the V6,” he laughed. It is me! I forgot that I changed a setting which made me lose energy! So nothing serious. “

However, after the crash in Monaco (the two Ferraris started in the front row but did not win the race due to strategic mistakes), the Scuderia officials met to analyze the mistakes made. “We’ve learned a lot,” said Charles Leclerc. After each race, we review what happened. And in Monaco there was a lot to analyze, many mistakes had been made. And I feel calm, because we found out why these mistakes were. We have the answers and of course I am sure these mistakes will not happen again. We have to do everything perfectly. If so, I’m sure we can get a good result this weekend. “

Mattia Binotto, Ferrari’s boss, expressed the fans’ hopes for the season: “Winning races is one thing, winning the championship is another. We are not yet in a position to sign up for the title this year. To tell the truth, for the Red Bull team, the boulevard is wide open until the 2022 title!

Friday's practice allowed Charles Leclerc to set the fastest time.

Friday’s practice allowed Charles Leclerc to set the fastest time.

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Daniel Ricciardo is not worried

Over the weekend in Monaco, McLaren boss Zak Brown hinted that Daniel Ricciardo’s place on his team was not guaranteed, although his contract is being extended until the end of 2023.

In Baku, the Australian was hardly moved: “I am not surprised by Zak’s statements. Maybe over the years I’ve become immune to what you read in the newspapers. I don’t value too much what Zak said, and I know that sentences are often taken out of context. Sometimes I do the same thing, I tell reporters things that don’t make much sense. It’s just because I like to talk! So I’m not one to reread Zak’s sentence and I wonder what he meant. I know the facts and my contract with the team. That’s enough for me. “

Daniel Ricciardo has not lost his smile, despite the words of his boss Zak Brown.

Daniel Ricciardo has not lost his smile, despite the words of his boss Zak Brown.

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Pilots do not want a salary cap

The International Automobile Federation (FIA) has raised the idea of ​​limiting the salaries of team leaders and drivers, which, for the time being, are not part of the budget constraint on equipment. $ 141.2 million annually for 2022.

In Baku, almost all pilots are against this measure! “This could have serious consequences for young drivers,” said Max Verstappen. A sponsor or patron could hesitate before following a young person, as at that time he could no longer recoup his investment with large salaries.

Fernando Alonso had fun. “Money is not our motivation, after all. Hmm … it depends a lot. How much is this salary cap?

So far, the FIA ​​has not given details, but no pilot seems to like the idea. What a surprise!

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