Time to get out!
This brings us to the top of as we speak. Finally, there’s a hyperlink to Christian Nimmerwall’s common column, which has been out there in video type for a while. Check it out!
At this level, my colleague Norman Fischer will probably be in contact with you tomorrow and the day after, and we’ll learn one another once more on Thursday, on the event of the media day in Zandvoort. Have a profitable begin to the brand new week and see you quickly!
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Alpine: Good in every single place
The Alp does not appear to have any actual weaknesses this yr – not less than in accordance to workforce principal Otmar Schaffnauer, who explains: “At the start of the yr, we made a guess as to what kind of observe suited our automotive.”
“But it turned out that we have been aggressive even on tracks that we thought weren’t appropriate for our automotive,” says a glad Schaffnauer.
In any case, they’re aggressive “nearly in every single place” as of late. By the way in which, that is additionally confirmed by the naked numbers: Alpi scored factors in 13 of the 14 races of the season, solely in Imola they didn’t get something.
Will Ferrari go shut once more at Zandvoort?
At least Max Verstappen expects that. “I do not anticipate that to occur there [wie in Spa]”, he says earlier than his house race, the place he reminds us that downforce is extra vital and the straights are shorter.
“It’s going to be tighter there than right here,” he predicts. A bit extra optimistic is Helmut Marko, who explains to ServusTV: “We at all times convey little issues, generally extra, generally much less.”
“Here [in Belgien] all the things suits collectively completely. But based mostly on how we learn the automotive’s specs, we hope it may be related at Zandvoort and Monza,” mentioned the Austrian.
You do not want to hear that in Ferrari and Mercedes…
Mercedes: the funds restrict serves its goal
Mercedes could have to catch up. But the brand new funds restrict makes such an initiative rather more troublesome than in earlier years. Toto Wolff offers an instance: “We have a heavy weight [am Auto].”
But you do not have the sources to repair the issue in the mean time, “as a result of we’re testing automotive components to repair our varied issues, so we won’t afford it.”
Wolff acknowledges that the funds cap is serving its goal. After all, it was about how “huge groups cannot afford to waste cash.”
Otherwise you’ll do the identical factor.
18 years in the past as we speak…
We mentioned August twenty ninth was a very good day for One Last Time, and I’ve one other one for you! 18 years in the past as we speak, Michael Schumacher grew to become the world champion in Formula-1 for the final time!
A second place behind Kimi Raikkonen on the 2004 Belgian Grand Prix was sufficient to safe him the title with 4 races remaining. With the purpose system at the moment, it was inconceivable to catch a 40-point lead.
Seven world titles appeared like an eternal file. Today we study that Lewis Hamilton is one lap wanting breaking that milestone in 2021…
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McLaren: It could not be worse…
Number zero in Spa and now comes Zandvoort. “This final season was our worst season,” Norris recalled, “So hopefully this yr will not be the identical…”
The Brits are hopeful: “Some of the problems that we have had in earlier years will not be as clear this yr. But we now have different points. So we’ll see.”
Because: “It cannot get a lot worse than this weekend,” Norris mentioned. In the world championship, McLaren is 20 factors behind Alpi, who achieved his greatest results of the season in Belgium within the race for the P4.
Is Vettel not the restrict?
The four-time world champion himself has repeatedly emphasised that he’ll give his greatest and never quit earlier than the farewell race in Abu Dhabi. But Mika Hekkinen explains in a video for Unibet that that is simpler mentioned than achieved.
“It’s a wierd scenario,” mentioned the two-time champion, “I went by it in 2001. “I feel I’ve determined to finish my profession after the season in Monaco.” And it had penalties.
“There’s no extra remaining drive to get essentially the most out of your abilities,” he remembers, explaining that you will make “extra errors.” In reality, Hekkinen solely received two extra races in 2001.
While he was world champion in 1998 and 1999 and runner-up in 2000, he completed the 2001 season solely fifth, whereas his McLaren team-mate David Coulthard completed second within the championship.
Such an “accident” has but to be seen in Vettel, not less than not but. In the World Championship, he was 20:4 forward of teammate Lance Stroll and was sooner once more at Spa on the weekend.
Zandvoort assessments DRS on a steep curve
Ross Brawn introduced final yr that he intends to open a DRS vertical curve at Zandvoort sooner or later. It didn’t occur in 2021, however ought to now be examined in 2022, not less than within the first observe.
The FIA’s Nicolas Tombazis explains to Viaplay that the DRS activation level will probably be moved to the end line this yr “to make the race at Zandvoort a bit of bit higher”.
“After FT1, we ask for suggestions from the groups,” he explains: “If we expect there’s even the slightest safety threat, after FT1 we now have to act and alter it.”
But if there isn’t a concern, then DRS is utilized in qualifying and racing as properly.
Verstappen: When I’m 40, I will not drive Formula 1 anymore
A small glimmer of hope for the naysayers: the Verstappen period in Formula 1 will finish not less than in 2038! “I do not see myself driving till I’m 40 – not less than not in Formula 1,” says the 24-year-old.
“I additionally want to do different issues,” he explains, including: “I’m positive I nonetheless have a couple of years in Formula 1.” His present contract with Red Bull runs till the top of 2028.
This, in flip, could possibly be unhealthy information for racing…
Wolff: Just acquired to get higher
Speaking of Verstappen and Red Bull, when a driver or workforce turns into too dominant in Formula 1, rule adjustments are sometimes known as for to finish the dominance.
However, workforce boss Toto Wolff emphasizes that Mercedes doesn’t want to select this “manner out”. “Rules are guidelines,” he shrugs, explaining, “We simply have to get higher.”
“We have to dwell up to our expectations and justify it [diesen] Follow the principles,” mentioned Wolff, who is aware of from expertise what it is like to dominate your opponents a bit …
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Speaking of Red Bull
Yesterday, Verstappen and Perez secured Red Bull’s fourth double win of the yr. The Bulls have by no means had extra ends in a Formula 1 season – not even within the days of Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber!
The German and Australian every received 4 doubles in 2009, 2010 and 2013. It by no means occurred. With one other double win, Verstappen and Perez would set a brand new file.
And Verstappen himself can break the general file this yr. A Formula-1 driver has by no means received greater than 13 races in a single season.
Verstappen presently has 9 wins below his belt. Eight extra races to go…
Horner: Red Bull is as robust because it was below Vettel
After Spa, the workforce boss boasted that it was “in all probability one among our greatest performances as a workforce since 2010 or 2013.” “I feel it’s equal to this era,” he says proudly.
Let’s remind: between 2010 and 2013, “Bulls” along with Sebastian Vettel grew to become the world champion 4 occasions in a row. “I do not assume we have ever received the 14th race on the gridiron,” Horner mentioned.
The workforce boss is true, as Red Bull have by no means received from tenth place on the grid earlier than. “The folks behind the scenes deserve quite a lot of credit score,” explains Horner.
Therefore, extra reward goes not solely to Verstappen and Perez, but in addition to the “hidden heroes of Milton Keynes”.
the day of the top occasions
Looking on the Formula 1 historical past books, August 29 is an efficient day for the “final time”. Here’s a fast overview:
1976: Tom Price completed fourth at Zandvoort and scored for the final time in his Formula 1 profession.
1982: The final “Swiss Grand Prix” was held in Dijon, France.
1993: Johnny Herbert scores his final Formula One factors for the legendary Lotus workforce with a fifth place at Spa.
1999: Damon Hill completed sixth on the Belgian Grand Prix and scored the final World Championship factors of his profession.
2004: Olivier Panis scored the ultimate World Championship level of his Formula 1 profession in eighth place at Spa. In addition, Christian Klien scored the final factors for Jaguar in sixth place, and in 2005 the workforce grew to become Red Bull.
2010: Robert Kubica completed third in Belgium for his final Formula 1 podium.
2021: Half factors are awarded for the final time in Formula 1 on the Belgian GP at Spa.
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Vettel: Not like a farewell tour
Aspanda, the four-time world champion, gave some fascinating insights into his emotional world and defined about his ‘farewell tour’ in Formula 1: “I do not really feel like that. I’ll end my season after which him.’ I’ll proceed.”
“Not with most races, however one thing occurs,” he explains. “I didn’t go into Eau Rouge on the final lap and assume, ‘This is the final lap by Eau Rouge’ or one thing.
“I at all times say: The greatest is but to come, no matter it’s,” he says, revealing: “So I do not consider it as a farewell tour.” He loved yesterday’s race – and needs to do the identical with the remaining.