Good Sunday morning, welcome to today’s Morning Brief. Word count: 724 … 4 1/2 minutes.
The big story ?: Calendar takes shape
The 2022 Formula 1 World Championship calendar is taking shape as a provisional draft is now circulating the media.
- The 2022 season calendar is set to include 23 races, including the Miami Grand Prix.
- Monaco is set to adopt the same Friday to Sunday format every other Grand Prix has.
The principality and Formula One Management are in a dispute over the race coverage, with the government insisting to keep the productiong with the state broadcaster.
This, however, drags frustration from the fans over how much action is missed during the event, like we’ve seen it this year with the Lance Stroll replay while Sebastian Vettel was making a move on Pierre Gasly.
|20 March||Bahrain||Bahrain International Circuit|
|27 March||Saudi Arabia||Jeddah Corniche Circuit|
|10 April||Australia||Albert Park|
|24 April||China||Shanghai International Circuit|
|8 May||USA||Miami International Autodrome|
|22 May||Spain||Circuit de Catalunya|
|12 June||Azerbaijan||Baku City Circuit|
|19 June||Canada||Circuit Gilles Villeneuve|
|10 July||Austria||Red Bull Ring|
|17 July||France / Italy||Paul Ricard / Imola|
|25 September||Russia||Sochi Autodrom|
|2 October||Singapore / Turkey||Singapore / Istanbul Park|
|23 October||USA||Circuit of the Americas|
|30 October||Mexico||Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez|
|20 November||Abu Dhabi||Yas Marina|
Avoiding Hamilton ? Rosberg 2.0
Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff wants to avoid a troubled relationship between Lewis Hamilton and his new teammate for 2022, George Russell.
Why it matters: The rivalry between Hamilton and Nico Rosberg was problematic, as both drivers’ relationships began to damage as the competition grew stronger.
- Wolff said they will need to “condition and calibrate” Russell to avoid a repetition of the problematic rivalry between Hamilton and Rosberg.
What he had to say:
- “He’s [Russell] proven that he deserves to have a seat in a top car and now we need to get him properly adjusted into the Mercedes situation… There’s a lot more pressure, he’s having an unbelievable teammaate with the biggest records and there it’s important that you condition him and you calibrate him in the right way,” Wolff said.
- “We’ve seen situations in the past where they’ve failed; Lewis was part of one where I think the team didn’t quite understand how it could potentially go, and I think we’re maybe a little bit better prepared for that situation but nevertheless, he has all the ambition to be a future world champion and so has Lewis, to add another one, so it’s about calibration.”
Bagnaia on pole for today’s San Marino Grand Prix
Francesco Bagnaia will start today’s San Marino Grand Prix in pole position after an impressive qualifying.
Qualifying 1 saw Bastianini take the fastest time, but in the end, it was Bagnaia dominating the session in qualifying 2, with his teammate Jack Miller in second place.
The session saw crashes from Rossi, Marquez, Espargaro, and Quartararo, although no one reported serious injuries.
Tomorrow’s San Marino GP will start at 2 PM local time.
Penalty at Sochi “not such a handicap,” says Horner
The Red Bull team principal believes Verstappen’s penalty for colliding with Lewis Hamilton during the Italian Grand Prix is not that important in Sochi.
Why it matters: Verstappen was awarded a 3-place grid drop penalty for causing a collision with Lewis Hamilton during the Italian Grand Prix.
- Horner believes the “tow” through turn 2 will compensate for Verstappen’s penalty.
- The Red Bull principal also addressed an issue with their pit stop.
What he had to say:
- “We have the grid penalty to take for Max,” he said, “but in Sochi it’s not such a handicap because of the strength of the tow down turn [two].”
- Speaking about their pit stop error at the Italian GP, he said: “There was a rare human error in our pit stop, as a result of the technical directive but nonetheless something we need to learn from.”
That’s everything we have for you this morning. Have a good day and see you tomorrow for the next ASN Morning brief. ?