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The big story 💥: Red Bull with “high hopes” to be in front of Mercedes

Sergio Perez says his team hopes to have an advantage over the Silver Arrows at the Russian Grand Prix.

Details:

  • The Mexican is confident they will be able to battle Mercedes as they had a strong pace during the Italian Grand Prix.

What he said:

  • “In Monza we were a lot closer than we expected to be, so I think coming here we have high hopes to be really close to them, and hopefully we are able to be in front of them.”
  • “We had a couple of bad races in a row, so it was important to get that strong performance [in Monza]. Unfortunately, we lost the podium with the penalty, but we did it on track, in a track that is not really suitable for us.”

Haas retains driver line-up for 2022

Mick Schumacher and Nikita Mazepin will remain teammates at Haas in the 2022 Formula 1 season

Why it matters: After Thursday’s announcement by Haas, only one seat at Alfa Romeo is available for next season.

What they had to say:

  • “2021 has afforded both drivers the opportunity to learn Formula 1 – and as rookies – they’ve done a lot of that this year. It’s been a tough season for sure with the package we’ve had, but at the same time they’ve both embraced the challenge and worked closely with the team to learn our processes and adapt to the rigors of a Formula 1 campaign and all that brings – both internally and externally,” team principal Guenther Steiner commented.
  • The first year together with Haas F1 is very exciting and instructive, and I’m sure I can bring all the experience I’ve gained into the coming year. New technical regulations, the impressive ambition of the entire Haas F1 team and the support of Ferrari – of course I believe this will bring us closer to the field in the 2022 season and we will be able to fight for points,” Schumacher added.
  • “I’m very excited for next year, the new car and simply just to get the opportunity with Haas F1 Team and grow together with them. I think we will come out strong next year,” Mazepin said.

Hamilton shoots backs at Marko’s “suddenly injured” comments ⚔️

Lewis Hamilton has responded to comments made by Red Bull’s Helmut Marko regarding his condition after the Italian Grand Prix crash with Max Verstappen.

The big picture: Verstappen was heavily criticized for not checking on Hamilton’s condition after the crash during the Italian Grand Prix at Monza.

After walking away from the accident, Hamilton reported neck pain during a post-race interview, to which Marko accused him of being “suddenly injured,” and that Mercedes was “putting on a show.”

The backlash: Marko’s comments weren’t received well by the racing community and neither by Hamilton, who replied to the Red Bull advisor:

  • “I don’t really listen to what these individuals talk about,” Hamilton said.
  • “It’s natural, when a car lands on your head, you’re gonna have some sort of discomfort. As I said, I definitely felt something after the race, and then I said I was gonna get it checked out.”
  • “In a milisecond, anything can happen, so I did feel grateful to come out of it not badly injured. We move on.”

The schedule for the weekend at Sochi 📅

We’ll see plenty of racing action at Sochi for the Russian Grand Prix, and you will be able to follow it all on ASN Motorsports. Here is the schedule:

Formula 1:

DaySessionTime (local)
FridayFree Practice 111:30
FridayFree Practice 215:00
SaturdayFree Practice 312:00
SaturdayQualifying15:00
SundayRussian Grand Prix15:00

Formula 2:

DaySessionTime (local)
FridayQualifying16:25
SaturdaySprint Race 110:30
SaturdaySprint Race 216:45
SundayFeature Race11:20

Formula 3:

DaySessionTime (local)
FridayQualifying13:00
SaturdayRace 18:35
SaturdayRace 213:40
SundayRace 39:55

Verstappen responds to “hypocritical” Monza crash comments

Max Verstappen said after the crash in Monza that he was sure Lewis Hamilton was feeling fine since he was trying to re-join the track.

Why it matters: Many people criticized Verstappen for not checking Hamilton’s conditions after his Red Bull jumped over the Mercedes.

Details: 

  • The Dutch driver said that as soon as he jumped out of the car, he saw that Hamilton was doing OK since he was moving inside of the cockpit.
  • Verstappen added that he does not agree with the penalty that the FIA has given him. However, he needs to accept it, adding that the team needs to move on even though the situation is not ideal.

What he had to say: 

There are a lot of hypocrites in the world, that’s for sure. I mean, I jumped out of the car and I looked to the left. And he’s of course still trying to reverse, shaking the wheel, trying to get away under my car. So I think he was absolutely fine.

Max Verstappen
  • “I was a bit surprised to hear the three-place grid penalty myself, but at the end of the day, it’s what they decided. I don’t need to agree with it.
  • “I have my views, of course. But we just move on and make the best of it. It is of course, not ideal. But it’s not the end of the world.”

Miami Grand Prix date confirmed 🌴

Formula 1 has announced the date for the Miami Grand Prix, with the race taking place on May 6-8 of 2022.

Why it matters: The new venue in Miami was confirmed but the date was yet to be announced.

Details:

  • The Miami Grand Prix will be the second race in the United States for the 2022 calendar, with the circuit construction already underway.

What was said:

  • Miami Grand Prix CEO Richard Cregan said: “The circuit construction is progressing in line with expectations, and now that we have our date confirmed with Formula 1, we can rapidly follow up with revealing more of the detail of the experience that will be enjoyed at the trackside which will make this a truly stand-out addition to the calendar.”
  • “This location is already well known for creating unforgettable experiences for events like the Super Bowl and Miami Open. We look forward to embracing an entirely new global sportin occasion.”

That’s everything we have for you this morning. Have a great day and see you tomorrow for the next ASN Morning Brief. 👋

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