F1 news LIVE: Mercedes hold secret test for new upgrades ahead of Spanish Grand Prix

Vettel highlights climate change at Miami GP

Mercedes are said to have tested upgrades ahead of this weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix during a day of behind-closed-doors filming with George Russell at the wheel. F1 rules allow two days of filming a year where teams can drive up to 100km in their current cars, allowing them to test new improvements. Mercedes are still chasing their old advantage after a difficult start to the season, with Russell already 55 points behind Championship leader Charles Leclerc while Lewis Hamilton’s struggles have seen him fall further back.

Ferrari reportedly used one of its own shooting days last week as Leclerc seeks to halt Verstappen’s momentum. The Red Bull driver and reigning world champion has won the last two races after reliability issues mired the start of his season. The Dutchman has fond memories of Barcelona, ​​having won his first F1 race at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in 2016, and is confident he can close the gap at the top of the drivers’ standings even further.

“We had an amazing week in Miami, I’ve had time to rest with my family since then and now I can’t wait to ride in Barcelona again,” Verstappen said. “Hopefully we can maintain the momentum of the last races with a good start from Friday.” Follow all the preparation for the Spanish F1 Grand Prix below:


Jenson Button hints at future F1 team star role

Jenson Button has hinted that he could one day be tempted by a team principal role in Formula 1.

The former F1 world champion currently works as a Sky Sports pundit and adviser for Williams, and he has had some experience leading a team in the recently conceived Extreme E series.

Netflix’s F1 docu-series Drive to Survive has highlighted the role of team principals, and in particular the rivalry between Red Bull’s Christian Horner and Mercedes Toto Wolff.

Michael JonesMay 19, 2022 8:00 p.m.


Mercedes organizes a secret test to close the gap with Ferrari and Red Bull

Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes team have been involved in a secret test as they scramble to get back to the front of the Formula 1 peloton.

Hamilton was thrown 68 points behind Championship leader Charles Leclerc ahead of round six of the season in Spain on Sunday.

Mercedes are set to bring a number of new parts to Barcelona’s Circuit de Catalunya in hopes of combating their “porpoising” woes that have all but ended Hamilton’s bid for a record eighth title.

Michael JonesMay 19, 2022 7:45 p.m.


‘This is F1’: Fernando Alonso subtly reflects on Lewis Hamilton’s struggles

Fernando Alonso suggested Lewis Hamilton’s struggles are par for the course when it comes to Formula 1, saying the car and the team behind it are as much determining factors as the driver.

While Hamilton has been a regular challenger for the Championship since he and Alonso were teammates early in his career, this season has been a disappointment for the Briton as Mercedes struggle to make the new design work.

He is sixth in the drivers’ standings after five races, while Mercedes is third in the constructors’ standings, a far cry from the pace set by Ferrari and Red Bull.

Michael JonesMay 19, 2022 7:30 p.m.


F1 chooses not to replace canceled Russian GP with another race

The Sochi race, which was originally scheduled to take place on September 25, was removed from the calendar at the end of February following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

F1 bosses subsequently canceled his contract with the Russian Grand Prix, which was due to move to Igora Drive, 40 miles north of St Petersburg, from next year.

Michael JonesMay 19, 2022 7:15 p.m.


Sebastian Vettel tipped to have ‘disastrous’ Spanish Grand Prix for Aston Martin

Vettel’s team Aston Martin have fallen to the back of the grid this season after struggling with new F1 car regulations.

Schumacher, a former F1 driver, has previously branded Aston Martin’s 2022 car a “disaster” and the team is only above Williams in the constructors’ standings.

Michael JonesMay 19, 2022 7:00 p.m.


Toto Wolff speeds up Max Verstappen’s mind games with ‘easier’ jibe

The Dutchman follows Charles Leclerc in the standings after failing twice in the first three races of the season, but he took three wins in total to reduce the championship lead.

Verstappen was involved in an intense title fight with Lewis Hamilton last season, but it has been Ferrari who have been his closest challenger this campaign after Mercedes’ performance struggles.

Michael JonesMay 19, 2022 6:45 p.m.


Christian Horner surprised by ‘incredible start’ of Red Bull and Max Verstappen

Red Bull poured all their energy and resources into last year’s RB16B car with the aim of helping Verstappen beat Lewis Hamilton, which of course he did in dramatic circumstances in the final race at Abu Dhabi, leaving them behind the curve when it comes to the new regulations.

After five races of the new season, Verstappen is well back in the top tier of the standings, 19 points behind trailblazer Charles Leclerc of Ferrari. Red Bull has struggled with the reliability of its new RB18 car, but Verstappen has won every race he has finished so far.

Michael JonesMay 19, 2022 6:30 p.m.


Charles Leclerc “lost the brakes” in a crash with the legendary Ferrari in Monaco

The Ferrari driver was enjoying a display at the Monaco Historic Grand Prix when he lost control of the rear of a classic 312 entering La Rascasse, hitting the barriers and damaging the rear wing.

It continued a bizarre string of misfortunes for the Monegasque on his home streets of Monte Carlo, with Leclerc yet to complete a Monaco Grand Prix during his Formula 1 career.

Michael JonesMay 19, 2022 6:16 p.m.


FIA should have taken a ‘different approach’ to Lewis Hamilton jewelry ban

Formula 1 is right to ban jewelry in the cockpit, but the ruling FIA could have enforced the rule in a less confrontational way, according to Grand Prix Drivers’ Association (GPDA) chairman Alex Wurz.

Seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton and the FIA ​​were at an impasse at this month’s Miami Grand Prix over the piercings the Mercedes driver raced with for years and said he couldn’t remove them .

Hamilton was asked to eliminate them by the Monaco Grand Prix on May 29, but said he had no intention of doing so.

Michael JonesMay 19, 2022 6:01 p.m.


F1 drivers are all ‘concerned’ about race direction, claims Alonso

Fernando Alonso has denounced the new race directors in Formula 1, suggesting that the replacement of Michael Masi by two people has not had the desired effect.

Niels Wittich and Eduardo Freitas are to share the role this season, with the former overseeing all five races so far and the latter coming in for the Spanish Grand Prix.

Masi was dismissed after criticizing his handling of the season finale, where Max Verstappen was allowed to controversially overtake Lewis Hamilton to win the final race and the championship itself.

An overhaul to the approach of race directors and the team around them was revealed by the FIA ​​ahead of the season but, when asked about criticism from the Miami Grand Prix track surface, Alonso played it down. that there are issues to be addressed there and instead suggested that “all the drivers” have much bigger concerns about the race authority.

“We have to give Miami time. It’s been a very good weekend overall for F1, with the wait and the guests that were there – it shows the growth in popularity in the US,” the alpine man said, per Spaniard. media.

“I give it good marks, although I’m sure there are things to improve and fine-tune after the experience of the first race. This happens on all circuits.

“The most worrying thing is probably the race direction and the marshals. With all the changes that have taken place, they haven’t adapted too well and that’s a concern for all drivers at the moment.

Michael JonesMay 19, 2022 5:46 p.m.