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Alfa Romeo announce Valtteri Bottas to join the team in 2022 on multi-year deal
Valtteri Bottas will join forces with former boss Fred Vasseur at Alfa Romeo from next season, after signing a multi-year deal with the Swiss team.

Yes and NB was right about Russell signing with Mercedes.
 
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Williams Racing Confirms Latifi & Albon as 2022 Driver Line Up

WILLIAMS RACING CONFIRMS LATIFI & ALBON AS 2022 DRIVER LINE UP
08 SEP 2021
Williams Racing is delighted to announce that Nicholas Latifi and Alex Albon will form its driver line-up for the 2022 FIA Formula One World Championship.

Nicholas remains at the team for a fourth consecutive season, his third as race driver, whilst Alex returns to the Formula One grid having spent a year as Red Bull Racing Honda’s Test & Reserve Driver and a race-winning campaign in the DTM. The 25-year-old previously drove for Scuderia Toro Rosso in F1 before being promoted to a race seat with Red Bull Racing, scoring two podiums in 2020.

Jost Capito, CEO of Williams Racing, added: “It is fantastic to be able to confirm our driver line-up for 2022 and I am delighted to be welcoming Alex to the team, along with confirming our continued relationship with Nicholas into next year. We are extremely excited by our new line-up, with both drivers bringing a great blend of youth and experience that will not only be a great fit for the team but also help us take the next step in our journey.

“Alex is one of the most exciting young talents in motorsport, yet comes with a large amount of F1 experience from his time at Red Bull. His multiple podium finishes highlight his speed as a driver, and we know he will immediately feel at home with the team at Grove. Nicholas meanwhile has consistently impressed us over the past three years with his hard work, diligence, and positive attitude. He has continued to develop throughout his time at Williams and has grown into an impressive F1 driver, as seen by his points scoring finishes this season.

“We are now looking forward to continuing to build on our positive momentum as a team and finishing this season as strongly as possible, before turning our attentions to 2022.”

Nicholas said: “I’m excited to be continuing with Williams for another year; partly because of F1's new technical regulations, but also because the team is moving in a more competitive direction with new owners, management and people on the technical side.

“I’ve felt at home here since the day I arrived, and I think I’m in the right place to continue with my positive trajectory. The aim is to continue making little improvements so we can all take advantage of the opportunity we have next year.

“I’m super excited to work with next year’s car and it’s like a fresh start for everybody. I feel privileged to be part of that change.”

Alex commented: “I am really excited and looking forward to returning to a Formula One race seat in 2022. When you take a year out of F1 it’s never certain you will make a return so I’m extremely thankful to Red Bull and Williams for believing in me and helping me on my journey back to the grid. It’s also been great to see all the progress Williams have been making as a team this year and I look forward to helping them continue that journey in 2022. My focus now returns to my Test & Reserve Driver role at Red Bull and helping the team fight for this year’s world championship.”

With a stellar record in the junior categories, including multiple race wins in the GP3 Series and the FIA Formula Two Championship, Alex is one of the most highly rated young talents in motorsport. The Thai-British racer also knows his new team-mate well having previously raced alongside the Canadian at DAMS during his 2018 Formula Two campaign.

Nicholas meanwhile has continued to impress in his first three seasons with Williams, contributing to the team’s improved performance with his detailed feedback and motivated approach. The 26-year-old scored his first points in this year’s Hungarian Grand Prix, before adding to his tally at the Belgian Grand Prix.
 

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Williams Racing Confirms Latifi & Albon as 2022 Driver Line Up

WILLIAMS RACING CONFIRMS LATIFI & ALBON AS 2022 DRIVER LINE UP
08 SEP 2021
Williams Racing is delighted to announce that Nicholas Latifi and Alex Albon will form its driver line-up for the 2022 FIA Formula One World Championship.

Nicholas remains at the team for a fourth consecutive season, his third as race driver, whilst Alex returns to the Formula One grid having spent a year as Red Bull Racing Honda’s Test & Reserve Driver and a race-winning campaign in the DTM. The 25-year-old previously drove for Scuderia Toro Rosso in F1 before being promoted to a race seat with Red Bull Racing, scoring two podiums in 2020.

Jost Capito, CEO of Williams Racing, added: “It is fantastic to be able to confirm our driver line-up for 2022 and I am delighted to be welcoming Alex to the team, along with confirming our continued relationship with Nicholas into next year. We are extremely excited by our new line-up, with both drivers bringing a great blend of youth and experience that will not only be a great fit for the team but also help us take the next step in our journey.

“Alex is one of the most exciting young talents in motorsport, yet comes with a large amount of F1 experience from his time at Red Bull. His multiple podium finishes highlight his speed as a driver, and we know he will immediately feel at home with the team at Grove. Nicholas meanwhile has consistently impressed us over the past three years with his hard work, diligence, and positive attitude. He has continued to develop throughout his time at Williams and has grown into an impressive F1 driver, as seen by his points scoring finishes this season.

“We are now looking forward to continuing to build on our positive momentum as a team and finishing this season as strongly as possible, before turning our attentions to 2022.”

Nicholas said: “I’m excited to be continuing with Williams for another year; partly because of F1's new technical regulations, but also because the team is moving in a more competitive direction with new owners, management and people on the technical side.

“I’ve felt at home here since the day I arrived, and I think I’m in the right place to continue with my positive trajectory. The aim is to continue making little improvements so we can all take advantage of the opportunity we have next year.

“I’m super excited to work with next year’s car and it’s like a fresh start for everybody. I feel privileged to be part of that change.”

Alex commented: “I am really excited and looking forward to returning to a Formula One race seat in 2022. When you take a year out of F1 it’s never certain you will make a return so I’m extremely thankful to Red Bull and Williams for believing in me and helping me on my journey back to the grid. It’s also been great to see all the progress Williams have been making as a team this year and I look forward to helping them continue that journey in 2022. My focus now returns to my Test & Reserve Driver role at Red Bull and helping the team fight for this year’s world championship.”

With a stellar record in the junior categories, including multiple race wins in the GP3 Series and the FIA Formula Two Championship, Alex is one of the most highly rated young talents in motorsport. The Thai-British racer also knows his new team-mate well having previously raced alongside the Canadian at DAMS during his 2018 Formula Two campaign.

Nicholas meanwhile has continued to impress in his first three seasons with Williams, contributing to the team’s improved performance with his detailed feedback and motivated approach. The 26-year-old scored his first points in this year’s Hungarian Grand Prix, before adding to his tally at the Belgian Grand Prix.
Glad to see that the Mercedes / Red Bull friction didn't stop this from happening. Now all they need is a decent car ..
 

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Sprint what’s the format?
F1 Sprint is a race run over 100km (in Monza's case, 18 laps) and lasting around 25-30 minutes. It is designed to provide a short and fast-paced racing spectacle – similar to a Twenty20 cricket match – with drivers racing flat-out from start to finish without the need to pit.

Points are awarded to the top three finishers, three for the winner down to one point for third. There isn't a podium ceremony, as that honour remains the privilege of the top three in Sunday’s Grand Prix, however there is a special post-Sprint presentation for the top three.

The finishing order of the race will define the grid for Sunday’s showpiece event – the Grand Prix, where the traditional format remains unchanged.
 

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Here’s a hypothetical question that I’m in surprising disagreement on with a buddy of mine: as McLaren fans, would you swap Bottas for Ricciardo? Based purely on driving, not contracts or endorsements.

I‘d say yes, immediately! But he feels Bottas is in steep decline and owes all current performance to the Merc platform.

What say you, my friends?
 

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Here’s a hypothetical question that I’m in surprising disagreement on with a buddy of mine: as McLaren fans, would you swap Bottas for Ricciardo? Based purely on driving, not contracts or endorsements.

I‘d say yes, immediately! But he feels Bottas is in steep decline and owes all current performance to the Merc platform.

What say you, my friends?
Not a chance. I don't rate Bottas very highly. DR has not been nearly as fast as expected but at best, I think Bottas is just as good as the current DR but I think DR's ceiling is much higher. He may not hit it but I'd much rather him that Bottas in the McLaren seat.
 

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Here’s a hypothetical question that I’m in surprising disagreement on with a buddy of mine: as McLaren fans, would you swap Bottas for Ricciardo? Based purely on driving, not contracts or endorsements.

I‘d say yes, immediately! But he feels Bottas is in steep decline and owes all current performance to the Merc platform.

What say you, my friends?
Yeah Bottas is a very fast driver :) - but not so good a racer, lacks a killer instinct.
 

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Huh. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy Daniel the Entertainer. But I’m tired of waiting for him to finally achieve “comfort” in the car.

In data compiled though the race in Hungary, Ricciardo lags Norris by an average of 0.331s in H2H qualifying lap times. Bottas trails Hamilton by an average of 0.197s. And DR‘s difficulties in qualifying correspond to poor race finishes and few points; unless you’re Checo in a Red Bull, there’s not a lot of in-race improvement available.

It’s amalgamated data, yes, but that’s how best comparisons are made. Wouldn’t we all prefer that DR was 0.13s faster in qualifying???

Fun to discuss. And I hope I’m proven wrong on DR’s performance for the rest of the season… because Lando alone won’t be able to beat Ferrari.
 

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Sprint
Results (Classification)
  1. Valtteri Bottas Mercedes – 18 laps
  2. Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing +2.325
  3. Daniel Ricciardo McLaren +14.534
  4. Lando Norris McLaren +18.835
  5. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes +20.011
  6. Charles Leclerc Scuderia Ferrari +23.442
  7. Carlos Sainz Scuderia Ferrari +27.952
  8. Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo +31.089
  9. Sergio Perez Red Bull Racing +31.680
  10. Lance Stroll Aston Martin +38.671
  11. Fernando Alonso Alpine +39.795
  12. Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin +41.177
  13. Esteban Ocon Alpine +43.373
  14. Nicholas Latifi Williams Racing +45.977
  15. George Russell Williams Racing +46.821
  16. Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri +49.977
  17. Nikita Mazepin Haas +62.599
  18. Robert Kubica Alfa Romeo +65.096
  19. **** Schumacher Haas +66.154
  20. Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri NC
 

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WOW! :) :)
Results (Classification):
  1. Daniel Ricciardo McLaren – 53 laps
  2. Lando Norris McLaren +1.747
  3. Valtteri Bottas Mercedes +4.921
  4. Charles Leclerc Scuderia Ferrari +7.309
  5. Sergio Perez Red Bull Racing +8.723
  6. Carlos Sainz Scuderia Ferrari +10.535
  7. Lance Stroll Aston Martin +15.804
  8. Fernando Alonso Alpine +17.201
  9. George Russell Williams Racing +19.742
  10. Esteban Ocon Alpine +20.868
  11. Nicholas Latifi Williams Racing +23.743
  12. Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin +24.621
  13. Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo +27.216
  14. Robert Kubica Alfa Romeo +29.769
  15. **** Schumacher Haas +51.088
  16. Nikita Mazepin Haas NC
  17. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes NC
  18. Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing NC
  19. Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri NC
  20. Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri DNS
  21. Race Results – 2021 Italian Grand Prix
 

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I thought it was a racing incident but I guess you never know what you’re gonna get when you send it to the stewards. Max gets a three place grid penalty in Sochi.


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And after several hours of deliberating, it was deemed Verstappen was at fault as his pass was “attempted too late for him to have the right to racing room” – and he was handed a three-place grid penalty plus two penalty points – the first on his licence in this 12-month period.

“The Stewards heard from the driver of car 33 (Max Verstappen), the driver of car 44 (Lewis Hamilton) and team representatives, reviewed the video evidence and determined that the driver of Car 33 was predominantly to blame for the collision with Car 44 at Turn 2,” said the stewards in a statement.
“Car 44 was exiting the pits. Car 33 was on the main straight. At the 50m board before Turn 1, Car 44 was significantly ahead of Car 33. Car 33 braked late and started to move alongside Car 44, although at no point in the sequence does Car 33 get any further forward than just behind the front wheel of Car 44.

“During the hearing the driver of Car 33 asserted that the cause of the incident was the driver of Car 44 opening the steering after Turn 1 and “squeezing” him to the apex of turn 2. The driver of Car 44 asserted that the driver of Car 33 attempted to pass very late and should have given up the corner either by backing off sooner, or by turning left behind the kerb.
“The Stewards observed on CCTV footage that the driver of Car 44 was driving an avoiding line, although his position caused Car 33 to go onto the kerb. But further, the Stewards observed that Car 33 was not at all alongside Car 44 until significantly into the entry into Turn 1.

“In the opinion of the Stewards, this manoeuvre was attempted too late for the driver of Car 33 to have “the right to racing room”. While Car 44 could have steered further from the kerb to avoid the incident, the Stewards determined that his position was reasonable and therefore find that the driver of Car 33 was predominantly to blame for the incident.

“In coming to the penalty the Stewards emphasise that they have only considered the incident itself and not the consequences thereof.”
 

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Big congrats to the whole McLaren team! What a wonderful result. I loved watching them celebrate, after so many difficult years - so well deserved. And that Lando is such a class act, with his genuine happiness for Daniel and "team first" attitude. His day will come.

As for Max, IMO another failing of his to look at the big picture. Had he given Lewis the corner (which was already compromised for Lewis anyway), he most certainly would have had earlier throttle application and better traction on warmer tires on the exit and throughout the entire lap. Max is so damn fast, but he needs to learn when to give, so that he can easily take.
 
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