Reader Question: Do drivers really love Monaco?
Here is a reader question from Maxime on Twitter under the hashtag #FragMST. But there is probably no definitive answer.
Personally, I think the drivers don’t have a specific agenda here. I rather have the impression that for them, Monaco really is the ultimate ride on the razor blade, an incredibly great driving challenge that they appreciate and love. And that’s exactly how they express themselves.
But the fact is also: The Monaco contract with Formula 1 expires in 2022.
But there are certainly other opinions here. If you want to comment on Twitter, you are welcome to do so – and we will then pick up the comments here in the Formula 1 live ticker!
McLaren: curfew broken, no more jokers
After Daniel Ricciardo’s training crash in Friday training, McLaren broke the night curfew and used up his second “joker” this year. This means: This overtime does not result in a penalty. But: McLaren now has no more “jokers” for any other situations of this kind.
The curfew in Monaco started at 11pm on Friday and ended at 10am on Saturday morning, three hours before the third free practice session.
The slightly different Monaco preview …
… shows the protagonists of Formula 1 and what they could say. Connor Moore stages Max Verstappen, Lewis Hamilton and Co. in a funny way. Feel free to take a look and have a laugh! 🙂
Verstappen’s career so far
Should he really stop after 2028, Max Verstappen would only have driven for two teams in Formula 1: Toro Rosso and Red Bull. And how it all came about is shown in our photo series. It traces Verstappen’s motorsport career, from the junior division to the end of the 2020 season. And what happened in 2021, we all know that very well, don’t we? 😉
Photo gallery: Max Verstappen’s Formula 1 career
Verstappen: After Red Bull it could be over
Formula 1 world champion Max Verstappen categorically rules out a move to another team. “My plan is to be here by 2028 [bei Red Bull] to stay,” he told the Daily Telegraph. He recently signed a contract with a corresponding term.
And Verstappen could well come to terms with ending his Formula 1 career without having driven for another team. After 2028 “I could stop,” he says. “I’ve been in Formula 1 since I was 17. That’s a long time. And maybe I want to do something else. When I’m 31, I might be at the peak of my career or not that good anymore. I don’t know. And I want to do other races, like long-distance.”
In general, however, it is “difficult to foresee” what will happen in the future, says Verstappen. “If I’m fighting for the title in 2028, I would be stupid to stop suddenly. Whenever you have a title chance, of course you want to take it.”
Two MGU-K defects in Monaco: “Concern” at Ferrari
The MGU-K in Valtteri Bottas’ Alfa Romeo C42 went on strike on Friday, as did Mick Schumacher’s Haas VF-22. Both teams obtain these components and the entire drive from Ferrari, where they react to the technical errors with “concern”, explained team boss Mattia Binotto in the press conference. However, it is assumed that the reliability of the drives is not at risk.
Alfa team boss Frederic Vasseur does not expect ongoing problems on the technical side either: “I assume that Ferrari will fix the matter quickly.”
Ricciardo counted at McLaren? Seidl puts it into perspective
First the public criticism of McLaren boss Zak Brown on Daniel Ricciardo, then an accident of the Australian on Monaco Friday. But McLaren team boss Andreas Seidl tries not to focus too much on the personnel issue around Ricciardo.
“It is important that we separate different topics from each other here,” says Seidl. And the accident in training isn’t just Ricciardo’s fault either: “We as a team decided to put more pressure on and it went wrong. But we’re all experienced enough to put that behind us.”
Ricciardo still feels “not one hundred percent comfortable in the car” at McLaren and has a very fast teammate in Lando Norris. This results in the usual distance between the McLaren drivers. “We can only work together with Daniel to find the last percent,” says Seidl. “That’s what we use our energy for.”
Lando Norris still not really fit
According to McLaren team boss Andreas Seidl, Lando Norris is not fully back after tonsillitis. “He’s probably still not at 100 percent, but not far away,” says Seidl.
“It was important to give him a little rest. And it was good to see that yesterday [im Freitagstraining] was really good at it. Thanks to the updates in Barcelona, we’ve made progress even at low speed.”
Capping driver salaries: Would be possible, says Seidl
Andreas Seidl can well imagine that one day driver salaries in Formula 1 will also fall below the budget limit. As is well known, driver wages are currently an exception.
Seidl says: “You would find possibilities there. It’s a complex topic. But we know from other sports that it’s possible.”
Otmar Szafnauer takes a similar view and says: “You just have to plan for the long term here so that everyone knows.”
Long contract terms, such as between Max Verstappen and Red Bull, complicate matters. One open question, for example, is how to proceed with existing contracts. And that means: There won’t be a simple answer, at least in the short term.
That’s it for the press conference, but…
… we have saved a few topics from it. Of course, they will soon be available here in the Formula 1 ticker. So it’s worth staying tuned!
The next official item on our agenda is the third free practice session in Monaco at 1 p.m., followed by qualifying from 4 p.m.
Inflation? We planned that, says Szafnauer
Otmar Szafnauer does not accept the high inflation argument. You could have prepared for it. “We had that in the back of our mind when planning our budget [im Herbst 2021]. And where there’s a will, there’s a way. We will make it because we adapt accordingly.”
McLaren team boss Andreas Seidl also says: “It’s not unexpected.”
Vasseur: It would be fine…
Alfa Romeo team boss Frederic Vasseur believes there are very good ways to reduce spending enough not to overspend.
“I can’t spend more than I have,” he says. “The best way is to stop the wind tunnel so you don’t bring in new parts every weekend. Anyone can do that. The teams just have to decide if they’re going to hit the brakes now to get through the whole season.”
Alfa Romeo, Alpine and McLaren think differently
The three top teams have made their position clear, the smaller teams Alfa Romeo, Alpine and McLaren disagree. They don’t want to adjust the financial rules of Formula 1.
“If we increase spending, the budget cap is practically obsolete,” says Alpine team boss Otmar Szafnauer. “We should stick to the rules that we have worked out for a long time. I think it’s wrong to change the rules mid-season. We should stick to the rules and deal with them.”
McLaren team boss Andreas Seidl agrees and now sees the ball in the hands of the organizers: “It takes strong leadership from the FIA and Formula 1 to find the best solutions. We’re confident about that. As McLaren, we’re committed to capping the budget Outspoken. You always have to use common sense. But the budget cap is a must if you want to have sustainable sport.”
Team bosses call on world association to act
The Formula 1 team bosses want to increase the budget cap based on global inflation, explains Christian Horner. “We could never have foreseen the global events that caused such inflation. The FIA must react quickly. We are almost halfway through the year. And we have a responsibility to our employees. It would not be right to have to lay off many people. We have to So here’s a sensible solution.”
Budget cap for driver salaries too? “Not short term”
In the medium term, driver salaries in Formula 1 should also fall below the budget limit. But Ferrari team boss Mattia Binotto explains that there is still a long way to go.
“We’re talking about it. There’s no easy solution, especially when it comes to driver salaries. But we can’t do it in the short term: there are existing contracts that we can’t break. But we understand how important this is.”
Horner: Formula 1 is too expensive
According to Christian Horner, the Formula 1 regulations ensure that the teams cannot save enough money. “You just have to look at where the cost pressure is coming from. You have to look at the sporting and technical regulations.”
“Formula 1 is expensive. The regulations for 2026 will not be cheap. We must also be careful that Formula 1 does not become an accountant’s championship and ask ourselves why it is so expensive to build these vehicles.”
In addition, some costs are predetermined. “And there are only certain levers for us that you can pull. We are very limited in terms of reducing costs. The energy costs, the freight costs, everything is increasing. Far beyond what we have seen before.”
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