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Beaubier 11th, Roberts 12th In Japanese Grand Prix – MotoAmerica

Cameron Beaubier (6) finished 11th in the Japanese Grand Prix on Sunday at Motegi.

American Racing’s Cameron Beaubier was half a second away from a top 10 finish in today’s Moto2 Grand Prix of Japan with the five-time MotoAmerica Superbike Champion beating countryman Joe Roberts and his Italtrans Racing Kalex to the line by just .129 of a second after 22 laps of the Motegi Circuit.

Beaubier started eighth on the grid and battled inside the top 10 for the majority of the race. Roberts, on the other hand, started farther back and worked his way forward, eventually finishing on the rear wheel of Beaubier.

Beaubier’s teammate Sean Dylan Kelly was 19th after qualifying 25th.

“Japan is a cool place, and the track has such a good flow to it,” Beaubier said in a team release. “The limited dry track time made it pretty tough, but I felt like it’s hard to ask for much more considering. I got a really good start, but I couldn’t hold the pace of the front guys. I found a pretty good rhythm in the middle of the race, but toward the end, I was hanging on for dear life, sliding around everywhere. From where we were in what little dry track time to how I rode in the middle of the race, I’m pretty content. Next week, I don’t really know what to expect going into Buriram, but it looks like a nice track so I’m looking forward to it.”

The Grand Prix was won by IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia’s Ai Ogura in his home round, the Japanese rider besting Red Bull KTM Ajo’s Augusto Fernandez by 1.1 seconds. Beta Tools Speed Up’s Alonso Lopez was third.

Fernandez now leads Ogura by just two points, 234-232. Aron Canet, who crashed out of the lead in today’s Grand Prix, is third with 177 points.

Roberts, meanwhile, sits seventh in the World Championship with Beaubier 15th.


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Gerloff Podiums In WorldSBK Race 1 At Catalunya – MotoAmerica

Gerloff recorded his best finish of the 2022 WorldSBK season at Catalunya, and and his first podium since Donington Park last year. Photo courtesy of MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship.

Starting from sixth on the grid in the first race of the weekend for the MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, former MotoAmerica Superbike race winner and current GYTR GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Team rider Garrett Gerloff finished third, which was the best result of his 2022 campaign and his first podium this season.

After a bit of a slow start in Friday’s qualifying sessions, Gerloff came on like gangbusters in Saturday’s Superpole session. From his second-row starting position for Race 1, the Texan overtook defending World Superbike Champion and fellow Yamaha rider Toprak Razgatlioglu on his way to a podium finish.

Gerloff’s third place result was his sixth career podium in the Superbike World Championship and his first podium since Donington Park Race 2 in 2021. It was also Yamaha’s 325th race with one of their riders landing on the WorldSBK podium.


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Fighting fourth for fiery Marquez in Motegi

A thrilling return to the points for Marc Marquez as he took an exciting fourth place finish in just his second race back from injury, fourth months after his last complete race. Pol Espargaro earned 12th with a defensive ride in Japan.

Weather was once again front and center at Mobility Resort Motegi as the storms broke and brilliant sunshine beat down on the track. This presented the Repsol Honda Team with the extra work of readjusting the setting of the Honda RC213V to the hotter, and dryer, conditions of the day. A strong start to Warm Up allowed both sides of the garage to gain the data they needed. Marc Marquez and Pol Espargaro each suffered falls at Turn 9 during Warm Up without serious consequence.

For the 91st time in his career, Marc Marquez lined up in pole position in what would be his 150th race in the premier class with the Repsol Honda Team. A solid launch saw Marquez defend his place inside the top three in the opening corners as the race erupted behind. Taking a steady approach to preserve his strength until the end of the race, the #93 settled into fifth and his own pace.

His plan played out and as the race entered its closing stages, Marquez reeled in Miguel Oliveira ahead. Biding his time, the eight-time World Champion struck on lap 22 with a strong pass for fourth in the race. The finish marks not only a return to the points for the first time since Mugello for Marquez but also equals his best finish of the year, achieved at the Spanish Grand Prix in Jerez. It was an exciting end to a race enjoyed by Honda President and CEO Toshihiro Mibe and the assembled Honda and HRC board members inside the Repsol Honda Team garage.

Like his teammate, Pol Espargaro launched well and gained several positions off the line. The #44 was fast in the opening laps as he hunted down reigning MotoGP World Champion Fabio Quartararo and attempted to push deeper inside the top ten. Mounting pressure from Bagnaia and Bastianini behind forced Espargaro to focus on defending as his tires began to drop and Quartararo escaped ahad. Holding the Ducati pair off for the majority of the race, Espargaro would cross the line in 12th place and netted his best finish since the French GP.

Honda enjoyed home delights as Ai Ogura became the first Japanese rider to win at home since Hiroshi Aoyama won the 250cc Japanese GP in 2006. Ogura now sits just two points back from the lead of the Moto2 World Championship.

Now the paddock once again prepare immediately for the next race, a return to the Thai GP and the final race in this triple header. The MotoGP World Championship’s last visit in 2019 saw Marc Marquez lift his eighth World Championship title with a thrilling last-lap victory.

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MotoAmerica: Supersport Race One Results From Barber

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“Nothing was ever enough” – Former F1 driver recalls his time at Red Bull





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Former Red Bull junior and Torro Rosso driver Jaimie Alguersuari has opened up about the high-pressure working environment at Red Bull.

The Spaniard became the youngest F1 driver when he made his debut with Torro Rosso in the middle of 2009 aged 19. Alguersuari was part of the sport for two years before he and his teammate Sebastian Buemi were replaced with Daniel Ricciardo and Jean-Eric Vergne respectively .

Both Buemi and Alguersuari would move to Formula E before the Spanish driver called time on his racing career in 2015. Looking back at the ruthless style of working at Red Bull, Alguersuari said that the team was never content and was always pushing.

I want to clarify something reg. HELMUT MARKO. I am deeply thankful to have met him when I was 15, Helmut was my teacher and someone who always asked me to deliver to push and boost myself forward and beyond. This is the junior team system and it works 1/1

I want to clarify something reg. HELMUT MARKO. I am deeply thankful to have met him when I was 15, Helmut was my teacher and someone who always asked me to deliver to push and boost myself forward and beyond. This is the junior team system and it works 1/1

Talking about the stress of being an F1 driver, he said that one’s never at peace even after great results. The former Red Bull junior pointed out the example of Max Verstappen as one who has lived this kind of life.

In an interview with elconfidencial, Alguersuari talked about his time in F1 with Red Bull:

“At Red Bull, in Formula 1, you didn’t live in peace, even with great results. You did a great job, and you never left feeling like the job was done and everyone is happy. Your rivals congratulated you more than the people on your team. And you’ve lived that feeling since you were 15. Nothing was ever enough. And if you look, it’s Max Verstappen’s pattern with his father. That is the Red Bull school, the one I lived through.”

Alguersuari is now a renowned international DJ after he ended his racing career early.

Former Red Bull driver comes out in support of Helmut Marko

Jaime Alguersuari was also in the news recently when he came out in support of Helmut Marko.

Alguersuari credited the Red Bull advisor for guiding him since he was 15 and for teaching him the value of hard work. Hey tweeted:

When competing at the highest level wether is F1, football, rugby or golf in order to highlight it requires an extremely demanding mind to look for more performance. Even if you win RB will keep demanding you higher and higher and higher…“/>


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“I want to clarify something reg. HELMUT MARKO. I am deeply thankful to have met him when I was 15, Helmut was my teacher and someone who always asked me to deliver to push and boost myself forward and beyond. This is the junior team system and it works.”

He continued:

“I have not enough words of gratitude to RB and Helmut Marko because they have showed me a way of discipline, of dedication and hard f****ng work that is helping me out reach other goals in my life, in my music, and Im 100% sure I wouldnt be who I am today without being inside RB.”

He added:

“When competing at the highest level, whether it’s F1, football, rugby or golf, in order to highlight it, requires an extremely demanding mind to look for more performance. Even if you win, RB will keep demanding you higher and higher and higher “

Marko was known for his strict ways in the 2010s. The Red Bull Academy seems to have become more forgiving these days, as Yuki Tsunoda has got a third year with the team.

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WorldSBK: Race One Results From Donington Park


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More, from a press release issued by Dorna:

Razgatlioglu takes first full-race win of 2022 in Race 1, Bautista crashes from second

 

Toprak Razgatlioglu (1). Photo courtesy Pirelli.

Starting from third on the grid, Razgatlioglu was able to claim his first full-length race win of the 2022 season while Kawasaki claimed their 500th WorldSBK podium
The opening MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship race of the Prosecco DOC UK Round was a dramatic affair full of battles up and down the grid at Donington Park as reigning Champion Toprak Razgatlioglu (Pata Yamaha with Brixx WorldSBK Team) claimed victory by 6.3 seconds to claim his first full-length race win of the 2022 season. It means Razgatlioglu is now 54 points behind Alvaro Bautista (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati) in the Championship standings following the latter’s retirement.

HOLESHOT FOR RAZGATLIOGLU: getting the jump at the start

It’s a move that has been seen a lot throughout 2022 as Razgatlioglu got the holeshot at the start to take the lead of the race and he was able to take advantage of the battling between Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) and teammate Alex Lowes in the early stages, before Rea and Bautista  fought each other for second place in the middle stage of the race.

Rea initially got swamped on Lap 1 and dropped to as low as fifth place before fighting his way back up to second place. He first fell behind Bautista on Lap 7 as the pair battled, with Rea making a move on Bautista on Lap 8. Bautista then re-passed Rea on Lap 12 at Turn 9 before Rea responded immediately before making the move stick on Lap 14 at Turn 12. Two laps later, however, Bautista crashed at the same corner and retired from the race; ending his run of 12 consecutive podium.

Razgatlioglu’s victory gave him the 20th of his career and his 64th podium finish in WorldSBK, while it was also Yamaha’s 97th win. Rea claimed his 226th podium and claimed Kawasaki’s 500th podium placement in WorldSBK. In the Championship standings, Rea took 20 points out of Bautista’s lead with the gap now only 16 points, with Razgatlioglu 54 points back.

BATTLING BRITS: Lowes and Redding fight for third

The battle for third place came down to a shootout between two home heroes as Lowes fought with Scott Redding (BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team). Redding was ahead until the final handful of laps as the pair battled through the final sector of the race, racing hard through Turns 11 and 12 and into Turn 1 on the next lap, before Lowes got the move done on the exit of Turn 1 and into Turn 2 to secure his first podium of the 2022 season. Lowes ensured Kawasaki immediately moved onto their 501st podium; Lowes’ third place was the 30th podium finish of his career. It was also his first podium since the Superpole Race in the 2021 French Round at Magny-Cours.

STRONG RESULTS: rounding out the top ten

Axel Bassani (Motocorsa Racing) finished as the best Independent rider in Race 1 as he claimed fifth place in Race 1, his sixth consecutive top-seven finish in 2022. Bassani finished as the lead Ducati rider following Bautista’s crash as he finished a second clear of Michael Ruben Rinaldi (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati) in sixth place.

American star Garrett Gerloff (GYTR GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Team) performed another customary late-race surge as he finished in seventh place, equalling his best result of the season so far. Gerloff passed Iker Lecuona (Team HRC) on the final lap with the Spanish rookie finishing in eighth place, almost 7.5 seconds clear of Loris Baz (Bonovo Action BMW) in ninth and Andrea Locatelli (Pata Yamaha with Brixx WorldSBK) in tenth.

TAKING HOME POINTS: completing the top 15

Philipp Oettl (Team Goeleven) was 11th on his first race at Donington Park, finishing two seconds clear of Lucas Mahias (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) in 12th; Mahias securing points on his return from injury. Xavi Vierge (Team HRC) was just a tenth back from Mahias while he was one second clear of wildcard Tarran Mackenzie (McAMS Yamaha) in 14th with the reigning British champion taking points on his WorldSBK debut. British rider Leon Haslam (TPR Team Pedercini Racing) rounded out the points with 15th place.

HOUSEKEEPING: to note from Race 1

Stand-in rider Illia Mykhalchyk (BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team) made a good start to climb up the order but dropped down to 16th place at the end of the race, missing out on points by just 0.244s after the 23-lap race. He was more than seven seconds clear of Hafizh Syahrin (MIE Racing Honda Team) who was only half-a-second clear of fellow rookie Luca Bernardi (BARNI Spark Racing Team) in 18th.

Japanese rider Kohta Nozane (GYTR GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Team) was 19th, just over a second clear of Eugene Laverty (Bonovo Action BMW) and Robert Tamburini (Yamaha Motoxracing WorldSBK Team), with Laverty and Tamburini separated by just 0.085s at the line. Wildcard Peter Hickman (FHO Racing) was 22nd ahead of Oliver Konig (Orelac Racing VerdNatura) in 23rd; the last of the classified finishers.

Leandro Mercado (MIE Racing Honda Team) was the first retirement of the race after he crashed at the Turn 12 hairpin, the final corner of the circuit, on Lap 8. Christophe Ponsson (Gil Motor Sport-Yamaha) was the second retirement of the race as he brought his Yamaha into the pits.



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When Lewis Hamilton refused to answer a question on Max Verstappen’s driving and personality





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The needle between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen came out in a recently released video by Viaplay. In the video, many drivers like Hamilton, Fernando Alonso, Charles Leclerc, Daniel Ricciardo, and Sergio Perez were asked to comment on Verstappen’s personality and his driving.

While all other drivers had complimentary things to say about the reigning world champion, Hamilton declined to comment altogether.

In the video, all the drivers were asked:

“What kind of person and what kind of driver do you see Max Verstappen as?”

Fernando Alonso was the first to answer as he said:

“He’s an amazing talent that we’re lucky to witness in our time and he’s dominating this year.”

Charles Leclerc, Max Verstappen’s title rival this season, was also asked the same question, to which he replied:

“He is a very nice person, as a driver, he is extremely quick.”

The Dutchman’s Red Bull teammate Sergio Perez answered:

“He’s driving at a very high level at the moment. He’s someone I enjoy working with.”

Daniel Ricciardo, Max Verstappen’s former teammate at Red Bull, said:

“I think he’s gained massive respect from everyone in the paddock and his peers. Obviously he has a massive fanbase and I think he’s earned all that.”

Lewis Hamilton, however, refused to answer the question and said:

“I won’t ever comment on either of those.”

There have been hints this year that things are not going well between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen. The Mercedes driver had earlier commented on how the battle between him and Charles Leclerc at Silverstone was much cleaner than what he faced last season. Verstappen replied to it as well, stating that Hamilton was actually hitting the apex this year compared to when the two drivers crashed last year at the 2021 F1 British GP.

Christian Horner feels Lewis Hamilton doesn’t acknowledge the talents of Verstappen

In a recent edition of the “Beyond the Grid” podcast, Red Bull team principal Christian Horner revealed that there was a needle between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton after last season. According to Horner, there was more respect between Verstappen and Charles Leclerc as compared to the equation Verstappen had with Hamilton.




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| Christian Horner on the respect between Leclerc and Verstappen:

“There’s a difference, perhaps [Max has] a different respect with Charles. They’ve raced each other since they were kids, and there’s a mutual respect.”

“I’ve never once heard Lewis recognize Max’s ability.”




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| Christian Horner on the respect between Leclerc and Verstappen: “There’s a difference, perhaps [Max has] a different respect with Charles. They’ve raced each other since they were kids, and there’s a mutual respect.”“I’ve never once heard Lewis recognize Max’s ability.”

The Red Bull boss said:

“You know, there’s a difference, there’s perhaps a different respect with Charles. They raced each other since [being] kids, and there was mutual respect. I’ve never once heard Lewis recognize Max’s ability. And so of course, there was just a bit more needle to it and you could feel that, and you could sense that between those two drivers.”

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If F1 Teams Were Movie Characters



If F1 Teams Were Movie Characters

With F1 silly season still brewing and the driver’s market still trying to settle itself, it is time for a silly F1 article. While there are a few movies about F1, such as Grand Prix (1966) and Rush (2013), the teams themselves are bigger than life characters. With that in mind, it would be a fun opportunity to examine what iconic movie character each F1 team matches both on and off the grid.

Alfa Romeo: Q, “James Bond” franchise

Since rejoining F1 in 2019, Alfa Romeo could best be described as wallpaper. The team is there on the grid, but you barely notice them in the race except for when they do something good or bad. Despite being on track for their best finish since returning to F1, Alfa Romeo’s performances have gone off the cliff following their early season success.

Given all of that, one of the best wallpaper characters in movie history is Q from the James Bond franchise. He has his moments, both good and bad, but he serves little purpose to the story aside from giving Bond technical help at the start or partway through the film. You see him, enjoy him, then move on. That is Alfa Romeo in a nutshell.

AlphaTauri: Kevin McCallister, Home Alone

Red Bull’s sister team is very much the younger, less successful sibling of the relationship. Originally known as Toro Rosso before their rebranding, has only two wins and two additional podium finishes since their first season in 2006. When the team has standout performances, like in Baku this season, it stands out and gains high praise for the drivers.

In a way, AlphaTauri is Red Bull’s Kevin McCallister to their buzz. Red Bull earns praise and success every week, on and off the grid. Meanwhile, AlphaTauri has mid-table level performance with extremely charismatic drivers. On the occasions when AlphaTauri catches the proverbial Wet Bandits, they get an immense amount of praise before being forgotten again by the next race. Red Bull should try not to forget Yuki when traveling on Christmas though, or the good doctor may reach Catherine O’Hara-levels of yelling “Yuki”!

Alpine: Captain Jack Sparrow, “Pirates of The Caribbean” Franchise



So far in 2021, Alpine has been F1’s agent of chaos. Teammates battling on track causing them losing time and track position as a result, check. A driver contract catastrophe unlike anything in modern F1 times, yep. The team principal who seems disconnected at times, totally. All while being in a battle for the best of the rest in the Constructer’s Championship. Who does all of that mess line up with?

Captain Jack Sparrow, the eccentric and hilarious pirate who sails the seven seas is the embodiment of Alpine. In his first scene of the franchise, he sails into harbor in the crow’s nest of a ship. The epic shot is soon interrupted by his siliding down on a rope to reveal that the ship is really a small singy that is flooding profusely. As he finally pulls into the harbor, he rides in the crows nest as the dingy sinks into the harbor and he steps onto the dock. That scene alone is the embodiment of Alpine handling driver contracts this season.

Aston Martin: Richie Rich, Richie Rich

Aston Martin, previously Racing Point, is run by Canadian billionare Lawrence Stroll. His son, Lance Stroll is one of the team’s drivers. The comparison makes itself.

In Richie Rich, Richie’s father gives him everything a kid could dream of: baseball lessons from Yankees players at his house, an in-house McDonalds, Claudia Schiffer as his aerobics instructor and so on. But the one thing he lacks is actual other kids to be friends with because he is being groomed to take over for his father when the time comes. Much like Richie has no kid friends, has anyone ever met a Lance Stroll fan? I’m not saying Lance is going to take over for Lawrence, but Lance is racing in F1 because his father owns the team. Some other team would maybe sign him, but that’s no guarantee.

Ferrari: The Three Stooges, The Three Stooges TV Shows



The iconic slapstick comedy trio, which had six different members during their run, is the epitome of the modern operating state of Ferrari.

Their gluttony for physical punishment for viewer enjoyment mirrors how every non-Ferrari fan views Ferrari today. Instead of poking each other in the eyes or hitting each other with wooden beams, the Tifosi are subject to watching their beloved team forget tires, botch strategy and everything they can do to throw wins into gravel traps. Just as people watched to see what the Stooges were up to next, F1 fans wait with bated breath to see what Ferrari blunder await us every race weekend.

Haas: Axel Foley, “Beverly Hills Cop” franchise

The sole American team on the grid is a proverbial fish out of water in the F1 space. The team is yet to find consistent success in F1, which could be attributed to either failing to develop a competitive car or not having drivers who can max out the car. If Drive to Survive has made one thing clear about Haas, their foul-mouthed, joking team principal Guenther Steiner is by far the best part of the team. If the team is simply Steiner’s Ship, there is an easy answer to who Haas would be.

The entire Beverly Hills Cop franchise is centered around Detroit police detective Axel Foley ending up in Beverly Hills, California to solve a wild caper. The fast-talking, wild detective, played by Eddie Murphy, is a fish out of water in the luxury of California’s rich and famous, but he manages to make things work and solve the case. With F1’s misfit team being most famous for its charismatic team principal, the choice is obvious.

McLaren: Bernie Rose, Drive



Despite being one of the legacy F1 brands, McLaren is yet to match the heights they’ve reached prior to the hybrid era. In 2018, they promoted Zak Brown, a no-nonsese fromer American racer, from his Executive Director role at McLaren Technology Group to CEO of McLaren Racing. Since his arrival, the team expanded racing operations and brought in star talents like Lando Norris and Oscar Piastri. The team also, under Brown’s leadership, has had its contreversies, some of which stem from comments mad by Brown himself.

In such a way, McLaren at the moment feels like Bernie Rose from Drive. Albert Brooks’ brutal, no-nonsese gangster feels like a match for Brown’s personality from what we’ve seen. Additionally, part of Drive involves Bernie being convinced to invest in a race car by a mechanic. So, business and personality meet in Bernie Rose from Drive.

Mercedes: Ivan Drago, “Rocky IV”

For the better part of the last decade, Mercedes were the villain of F1. They nailed the 2014 regulation changes and never looked back on their way to seven straight titles. Their car produced speed, cornering and reliability that no other team could match. The Silver Arrows were an unbeatable force, an object that no one could outlast, like Ivan Drago.

In Rocky IV, Drago is the perfect specimen, a man scientifically trained to be a weapon of death in the ring. The only reason he was defeated was that Rocky managed to outlast him with his pure determination and grit……..much like how the 2021 season played out.

Red Bull: Pete “Maverick” Mitchell, “Top Gun” franchise



Love them or hate them, they get the job done. Christian Horner, Helmut Marko, Adiran Newey, Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez are the best team in F1 right now. Since entering in 2005, the Milton Keynes operations has won 5 Drivers Championships and 4 Constructers’ Championships. The only team better than them in that span in Mercedes. With two more titles on the cards this season, the Red Bull Era may be upon us once again.

Of all the teams in F1, Red Bull embodies the attitude of Pete “Maverick” Mitchell. The car is a speed demon in a straight line that no other team can match. Along side that, Max Verstappen is ice cold behind the wheel of the RB18. Behind him, Checho is possibly the most willing wingman in F1 after Abu Dhabi last year. Where fans draw the line though is the antics Christian Horner and Helmut Marko get up to on a yearly basis. The ever contreversial figures are never afraid to stir the pot, even though they can often be more right than they aren’t. In Top Gun, the Navy needs Maverick. In F1, the sport needs Red Bull.

Williams: Adonis “Donnie” Creed, Creed

Many new F1 fans may not know how legendary and successful Williams are in F1. The nine-time Constructors’ and seven-time Drivers’ Champions are one of the legacy brands in F1 today. Yet, the F1 hybrid era slowly turned Williams from a midfield titan into a back-of-the-grid team . Under new ownership now, the brand looks to be taking a step forward in its return to success. Those moves, in turn, provide a redemption arc and underdog story that is hard not to root for every race.

That story is why Williams is Adonis Creed. After the Rocky franchise’s post-Rocky IV failures, it was clear that new blood was needed. Enter Adonis “Donnie” Creed, the illegitimate son of Apollo Creed. After a troubled childhood, Donnie gives up his finance job to pursue his passion, boxing. With Creed blood, he has desire to prove that he is worthy of the Creed name. Not long after, he quickly ends up in a match for the World Light Heavyweight Championship.

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“Ferrari Tend to Fade…”: Lewis Hamilton Given Odd Silver Lining as F1 Victory Faces Unusual Delay



“Ferrari Tend to Fade…”: Lewis Hamilton Given Odd Silver Lining as F1 Victory Faces Unusual Delay

The 2022 F1 season hasn’t been exactly the way Lewis Hamilton would have wanted it to be. After losing the race in Abu Dhabi to Max Verstappen last year, Hamilton was in the same position just after the safety car restarted in Zandvoort. However, a former F1 champion thinks there’s still time for the Mercedes ace to win a race in 2022.

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Formula 1 completed its 15th race of the season last weekend. Red Bull star Verstappen came out on top once again and extended his lead over other drivers, including Hamilton. With a few races to go, Damon Hill thinks the Britons still have time to do what is still undone.

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Hill told Sky Sports, “There may be opportunities later in the season, I’m sure there will be an opportunity and Lewis’ pace is still there, both of their paces George and Lewis, I think are performing brilliantly as ever and I think Ferrari tends to fade, so we will see what happens.”

“It’s a bit of a tough thing to go from being the most dominant team almost ever in Formula 1 to suddenly not winning a race the following season.”

Hill further asserted, “So that’s almost inconceivable. But the pace is coming, they were more competitive here at Stansport than a few other races, certainly at Spa,” concluded the 1996 F1 Champion.

How is Lewis Hamilton a shadow of himself?

Even though Hamilton and Verstappen were in an all-out war last season, things aren’t pretty good for the Mercedes driver this time around. Hamilton is merely a shadow of him from last season, beating the Ferrari might be the only target for him from here on. Astonishingly, the man from the United Kingdom is still to win a race in 2022.

Hamilton had a total of eight wins last season and 103 in total. For a driver with the most number of wins in F1, a winless drought throughout the 15 races this season means a lot to him and the fans.

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So far, the former McLaren driver managed to pick up 158 points after 15 races with six podiums in his bag. The 2021 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix was the last race Hamilton won.

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As F1 goes to Italy, the iconic Monza track waits for the best drivers in motorsport. And when it comes to Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen at Monza, who can forget the tangle between the duo at this time last year?

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Formula One F1 – Italian Grand Prix – Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza, Italy – September 12, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton crash out of the race REUTERS/Jennifer Lorenzini

Nevertheless, it’ll be interesting to see how the seven-time world champion can put up a fight against the resilient 2021 F1 world champion.



Author: Sylvester Simmonds
Category: Ferrari
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