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Nelson Piquet ‘would not be welcome’ in F1 paddock after Lewis Hamilton slur, Damon Hill claims

Damon Hill insists Nelson Piquet would not be welcome in the Formula One paddock after the Brazilian’s use of racist language to describe Lewis Hamilton. Three-time world champion Piquet twice used racist language in an interview last November when describing the Mercedes star as he gave his verdict on Hamilton’s crash with Max Verstappen during last year’s British Grand Prix at Silverstone. Piquet’s resurfaced epithets were condemned by Hamilton, Formula 1 and Mercedes among others and it has been reported that the 69-year-old’s access to the paddock on race weekends could be revoked if he doesn’t issue a public...
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Mercedes facing 'big decisions' after Lewis Hamilton struggles in Azerbaijan GP practice, says Damon Hill

Lewis Hamilton endured a difficult first day on track in Baku, dealing with significant bouncing and managing a set-up experiment in Practice Two that didn't come off. After finishing more than a second off Sergio Perez's leading time in P1, Hamilton was even further off the pace in the second session, finishing 1.6s back from Charles Leclerc in 12th, with team-mate George Russell only 0.3s better off in seventh.
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Lando Norris has ‘ended’ Daniel Ricciardo at McLaren, claims Damon Hill

Damon Hill believes Lando Norris has “ended” Daniel Ricciardo at McLaren by dominating his teammate on the track. Norris has been consistently the better driver since their partnership began two years ago and Ricciardo continues to trail his teammate this season, with only 11 championship points collected from the first seven races, compared to Norris’s 48. Ricciardo’s poor performance led to McLaren boss Zak Brown questioning the Australian driver’s future on the team, and former world champion Hill believes Norris’s outstanding driving has been a catalyst for Ricciardo’s slide.“I remember when Lando was already signed at McLaren and then...
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Charles Leclerc needs to watch his words criticising Ferrari, warns Damon Hill

Charles Leclerc needs to watch his words after criticising his Ferrari team following a botched Monaco Grand Prix, says Damon Hill.Leclerc’s bad luck at his home track continued for another year when rain brought an element of chaos to Sunday’s race, after he had convincingly won pole during Saturday qualifying.Red Bull took advantage of the conditions to overcut their Ferrari rivals during the switch from wet to intermediate tyres early in the race, and Leclerc’s problems were compounded when he was brought into the pits immediately behind his teammate Carlos Sainz, forcing him to wait.Championship leader Max Verstappen finished third...
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F1 News: Damon Hill Believes Mercedes Could Double Their Downforce While Refusing To Rule Out Constructor Championship Fight

Damon Hill has commented on the potential performance of Mercedes‘ F1 car, admitting that it’s like a “massive carrot” for the team which could have a very fast car on their hands if they fix the porpoising. Mercedes and its drivers George Russell and Lewis Hamilton have been struggling so far this season, but with […] The post F1 News: Damon Hill Believes Mercedes Could Double Their Downforce While Refusing To Rule Out Constructor Championship Fight appeared first on Grand Tour Nation.
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Damon Hill explains why Mercedes’ sidepods concept could cause them ‘trouble’ in 2022

Damon Hill believes that Mercedes’ sidepods could be the cause of the team’s trouble during preseason testing.The German team, who have won the last eight Constructors’ Championships, unveiled a new design at the second round of testing in Bahrain.After an overhaul of aerodynamic regulations during the offseason, teams have been forced to reconsider many aspects of their cars between seasons, leading to more uncertainty over early-season performance with a few tweaks likely to have to be made.Having been slightly off-the-pace at times at the Sakhir Circuit, Lewis Hamilton suggested the car that he will drive during the 2022 Formula...
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Damon Hill: Don't discount Mercedes for 2022 Formula 1 season despite troubles in testing

Damon Hill has warned not to write off Mercedes' hopes for the 2022 Formula 1 season despite the reigning Constructors Champions' struggles in testing last week. The Silver Arrows showed reliability but were lacking in pace compared to rivals Red Bull and Ferrari, while drivers Lewis Hamilton and George Russell both played down expectations for the upcoming season.
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Damon Hill questions decision to axe Michael Masi ahead of 2022 F1 season

Damon Hill has questioned the decision to remove Michael Masi as Formula 1 race director.Masi’s removal came as part of wider changes made by the FIA after their investigation into the controversial ending to the 2021 F1 season.The Australian’s role at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix was widely criticised for going against precedent, with the race director allowing lapped cars to unlap themselves and set up Max Verstappen for a world title-winning move on rival Lewis Hamilton on the final lap.There was thus significant public pressure on the FIA to move on from Masi, who will be replaced by Eduardo...
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Max Verstappen’s F1 title win was ‘unsatisfactory’, says Damon Hill

Damon Hill has branded Max Verstappen’s Formula 1 world title win as “unsatisfactory”, and said that he believes the manner in which it was won was “unfair”.Verstappen claimed his first Drivers’ Championship in dramatic and controversial circumstances in Abu Dhabi, passing title rival Lewis Hamilton on the final lap.The Red Bull driver was able to attack Hamilton after race director Marco Masi allowed the cars between the pair to unlap themselves, a decision that has been heavily criticised since.And Hill believes it was the wrong call.“I think ultimately the Lewis Hamilton fans feel very aggrieved because, and Lewis Hamilton...
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Toto Wolff and Christian Horner’s F1 rivalry is a ‘front’, claims Damon Hill

Former Formula 1 driver Damon Hill believes Toto Wolff and Christian Horner’s rivalry is a “front”.The two team bosses of Mercedes and Red Bull have exchanged strong words in the press building a tension between them and adding to the Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen’s rivalry.Horner even told Sky ahead of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix that while he respects Wolff, he doesn’t have to like him. However, Hill has waded in on their relationship and believes it isn’t entirely real.“I think it’s a front, actually,” Hill said on the F1 Nation podcast. “I think it’s a front that...
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Red Bull ‘played rough’ to help Max Verstappen win F1 title, Damon Hill claims

Former F1 world champion Damon Hill has claimed Red Bull and team boss Christian Horner were “playing rough” as they looked to put the pressure on race director Michael Masi during the closing stages of Sunday’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.Horner pleaded Masi to give championship contenders Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton “one more lap” following the safety car, with Mercedes counterpart Toto Wolff later criticising the “unacceptable” way in which the race unfolded.Five cars were allowed to overtake the safety car, putting Verstappen directly behind Hamilton on a fresh set of soft tyres, and Hill said Red Bull were...
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Lewis Hamilton vs Max Verstappen battle ending in crash would be ‘sad for F1’, says Damon Hill

Damon Hill believes it would “be sad for F1” if Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen’s fierce rivalry this season is settled by a crash.Verstappen leads Hamilton by eight points in the drivers’ standings but the Briton has won the last two races and is expected to have superior pace in the penultimate race of the season in Saudi Arabia this weekend.The pair have already collided twice this season, at Silverstone and Monza, before another incident in Brazil where Verstappen escaped punishment after forcing Hamilton off the track. Former world champion Hill hopes the battle for the championship can be...
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Christian Horner claims Damon Hill ‘has never been a fan’ of Max Verstappen

Damon Hill has an issue with Max Verstapen, claims Christian Horner, which has filtered through to commentary over the last few Formula One seasons.The Red Bull boss feels there’s a huge distinction with how the drivers are reported on and the two teams they represent judged accordingly, as Verstappen battles with Lewis Hamilton to win the 2021 title.It’s Verstappen who leads his Mercedes rival by eight points with two races to go, but nationality perhaps gets in the way of neutrality in the eyes of Horner.“We’ve got a British driver going for a record-breaking World Championship,” Horner told the Telegraph.“And...
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Damon Hill: Christian Horner comments show F1 title stress is starting to show

Damon Hill believes Christian Horner’s comments in Qatar prove that “pressure and anxiety” is building ahead of the Formula One title showdown over the next week-and-a-half.Red Bull team boss Horner saw Lewis Hamilton close the gap to championship leader Max Verstappen as he won the inaugural race in Doha last month.Hamilton roared to a lights-to-flag victory, taking the Mercedes driver to within eight points of Red Bull’s Verstappen with two races to go.The first of those comes this weekend as F1 visits Saudi Arabia for the first time, taking to the streets of Jeddah.Next stop, the Jeddah Corniche Circuit! 🙌#SaudiArabianGP...
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Christian Horner exclusive: Lewis Hamilton vs Max Verstappen, Toto Wolff panto war and 'biased' Damon Hill

It is almost 17 years since a fresh-faced Christian Horner was appointed team principal of Red Bull Racing, back in January 2005. At 31, he was, famously, the youngest team principal to be working in Formula 1 at that time. He is now its longest-serving. But as we sit down in his office at Red Bull’s factory in Milton Keynes to look ahead to the final double-header of what has been the most thrilling, most unpredictable and hardest-fought season in recent memory, Horner is keen to stress that he remains as up for the fight as ever. Quite literally. He laughs when asked who would win a scrap between himself and his nemesis at Mercedes, Toto Wolff, one year his senior at 49. “Oh, I’d take him any day of the week,” he replies. “Toto’s a big wuss underneath it all.”
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Damon Hill concerned by ‘high risk’ Saudi Arabian Grand Prix track making F1 debut

Damon Hill has raised concerns about the track Formula 1 drivers will race on for the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.The location is the next destination for the F1 season which will see Lewis Hamilton attempt to close the gap between himself and Max Verstappen. The Dutchman is just eight points ahead of Hamilton with two races remaining.But it could be a treacherous race with Hill telling the F1 Nation podcast: “The track we’re going to discover, I think it’s going be a big challenge, by the looks of things.“I’m a bit worried about the speed. I mean, there’s not...
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