We’re back with some more high-octane F1 news one week before the teams hit the track again in Saudi Arabia.
A lot has happened in the last few days, with drivers, principals and strategists coming out and spilling facts & fiction in interviews around the world.
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🏁 Latest updates after Bahrain
Hamilton says he knew ‘from the moment I drove the car’ that W14 would need work – Link
Mercedes admits they got the car concept totally wrong. Seems that Zero Pod is not as fast as previously estimated. – Link
Red Bull was the only top team to be able to do 2 stints in softs.
The RB camp says they could have been 1sec+ faster.
After just one race in the new Formula 1 season, Red Bull’s motorsport consultant Helmut Marko has already written off one of the biggest competitors. “The world title is out of reach for Mercedes,” said Marko in an interview. “You can’t design two or three vehicles. If a completely new vehicle were to come now, it would be difficult due to the financial limits. And even with a new vehicle, you cannot expect it to be immediately competitive. You have to develop it to be competitive from the start. They lack the three days of testing and the racing experience.” – Link
The head of Ferrari’s SF-23 development program, Sanchez, has resigned and already has other job offers. This will have a significant impact on Ferrari’s season, and replacements will likely be sourced from within the company due to gardening periods. – Link
These passes were possible because Alonso knows that one of the strengths of his AMR23 car is under braking.
The most critical of changes Aston Martin has made to its brakes is in abandoning the three o’clock mounting position it had for its caliper in 2022. Instead, it has moved back to the more familiar six o’clock position. – Link
Zhou Guanyu finished 16th at the season opening Bahrain Grand Prix last weekend. And while he was left to rue his luck with the timing of a late Virtual Safety Car, he took comfort from the potential displayed by Alfa Romeo’s 2023 car, the C43. – Link
🏁 Some more interesting news
Kimi Raikkonen to make racing return at scene of last F1 race win later this month. – Link
👉🏼 Features 14 corners. Only Austria’s Red Bull Ring and Italy’s Monza have fewer turns
👉🏼 second longest street track on the F1 calendar, behind the Jeddah Corniche Circuit
👉🏼 Cars will hit top speeds of around 342km/h, similar to Monza.
The intriguing, serrated floor edge that Alfa Romeo revealed at the launch of its new Formula 1 car has been confirmed as a fake by team insiders. That would’ve been a race to the bottom with Mercedes on who wins Worst Update of The Year award. – Link
McLaren’s new wind tunnel has been completed and could soon be in use. McLaren’s new team boss revealed that there is still some fine-tuning and installation to be done before the wind tunnel can be put into use, but by June the car should be able to sit in the tunnel. – Link
Red Bull’s Horner has confirmed he has held initial talks with McLaren over a potential deal to supply power units to the Woking team from 2026. Red Bull have committed to building their very own engine for the new regs, in partnership with Amercian car giant Ford. – Link
📈 Bahrain Race Charts
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NEXT UP: 🇸🇦 Saudi Arabia Grand Prix, March 17-19th
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