The five hottest spots in Formula 1

After a four-week summer season break, the engines on the pinnacle of racing are roaring once more. Formula 1 begins at Spa-Francorchamps in the nice and cozy part of the season and the final three European races of the yr.

Although world champion Max Verstappen is clearly main the drivers’ standings greater than ever in his profession, the approaching weeks nonetheless promise excessive ranges of pleasure in many respects. These are the five hottest scorching spots in Formula 1:

Focus I: Mick Schumacher fights for his Formula 1 future

German Formula 1 hopeful Mick Schumacher is without doubt one of the few pilots whose future for the approaching season remains to be unclear. While Haas team-mate Kevin Magnussen has a safe contract in his pocket till at the very least the tip of 2023, the son of file world champion Michael Schumacher nonetheless has 9 races to proceed convincing the Haas boss.

When requested what Schumacher must do to safe his future at Haas, group boss Gunther Steiner instructed the “GPFans” portal bluntly: “Get extra factors.”

The 23-year-old has already achieved prime ten outcomes twice this yr. In a direct race duel in opposition to Magnussen, the German additionally clearly leads with 8:4. After a poor begin to the season with two critical crashes in Saudi Arabia and Monaco, Schumacher has clearly improved and achieved the most important success of his profession up to now with a sixth place at Spielberg.

However, his future is unsure, because the group administration avoids a transparent dedication to the previous Formula 2 champion. Above all, the identify Antonio Giovinazzi has been traded increasingly more hotly across the US group recently.

In September (Monza) and October (Austin), the Italian will participate in follow classes on Fridays and might be very pleased to take full possession of the Schumacher cockpit subsequent yr.


Focus II: How does Ricciardo bundle his McLaren exit?

The phrases of the contract had been really clear: Daniel Ricciardo had a unilateral choice to increase the collaboration with McLaren till 2023. However, the 33-year-old confirmed on Wednesday the separation on the finish of the present season. Probably in opposition to a hefty severance cost from the British designer.

Speculation continued for months that the Australian could be kicked out of the standard racing group. Until this week, there may be certainty.

“After a number of months of discussions with Zak [Brown] And Andrew [Seidl] We have determined to terminate my contract with the group early and agree that we’ll half methods on the finish of this season,” Ricciardo stated on Wednesday.

There remains to be energetic hypothesis a couple of successor in the McLaren cockpit. The hottest contender is and stays compatriot Oscar Piastre, who just lately publicly dominated out working with rival Alpine as a daily driver subsequent yr.

Ricciardo was just lately set to carry his earlier disastrous season to finish. A paltry 19 world championship factors – in comparison with team-mate Lando Norris’s: 76 – are usually not sufficient for the eight-time grand prix winner and Woking’s racing group to assert.

If there is no such thing as a important enhance, there may be additionally the danger of ending Formula 1 altogether after twelve years. Ricciardo himself has been tight-lipped up to now: “I’ll reveal my very own plans for the longer term in due course.”

Focus III: Vettel threatens to finish his frustration-filled profession

The four-time world champion really envisioned it fairly in a different way: when he introduced his transfer to Aston Martin virtually two years in the past, Vettel sparked a brand new sense of optimism in the previous Racing Points group. The designer needed to attain fast success and develop right into a prime group.

Now that Aston Martin is performing worse in the second yr than in the primary and the group has fallen to final place in the constructors’ championship, Vettel can also be sure: after this yr of disaster, Formula 1 is over!

In the final 9 races, the motive force, who has gained extra races than Alain Prost, Arten Senna or Niki Lauda in historical past, remains to be combating for the best conclusion. Heppenheimer is simply too pleased to attain at the very least some respectable successes to have the ability to say goodbye to the premier class with satisfaction.

Not being in the successful automotive for the third consecutive yr robbed the 35-year-old of much-needed motivation. After this season, he desires to dedicate extra time to his household. Until then, Vettel has 9 probabilities to one way or the other salvage the worst season of his 15-year Formula 1 profession.

Focus IV: Is Ferrari additionally shedding second place?

After the opening phases of the 2022 Formula 1 yr, Charles Leclerc had gained two of the primary three races and was 56 factors away from Max Verstappen on the Scuderia. With the Ferrari F1-75, the Italians apparently achieved a masterpiece to struggle for the World Cup once more after the bitter disaster of years in the past.

Race after race, the Scuderia saved getting its means. Driving errors by Leclerc and teammate Carlos Sainz, technique errors on the command publish and technical failures: the Reds had the whole lot they wanted to be 80 factors forward of them by the summer season break.

Instead of competing for 2 world championships, Ferrari’s solely concern is to defend second place in the constructors’ championship on the end line, because the lead over Mercedes has been diminished to 30 factors.

Focus V: Which data does Verstappen break?

In the primary yr because the world title, Max Verstappen has reached a brand new degree of driving. The Dutchman virtually makes no driving errors anymore, and he steers his Red Bull with the composure of a reigning champion by way of this nook of the Formula 1 world.

Tough in direct duels, disciplined on lengthy runs and normally on the quickest laps there: if Verstappen strengthens with seven wins from ten races in the previous couple of months, he may nonetheless make historical past this yr.

The file of 13 race wins in a season held by Michael Schumacher (2004) and Sebastian Vettel (2013) may fall this yr, as the previous may develop into the most important ever lead over a successor. This is 155 factors from Sebastian Vettel to Fernando Alonso (2013).

Mets Yannick Roth


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