F1 in brief | Alonso rode part of 2022 season with broken bones

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In the F1 in brief section, F1Maximaal.nl keeps you informed of the latest news from the premier class of motorsport that just does not qualify for an extensive mention, but is of course still relevant to mention on the website.

Alonso rode part of 2022 season with broken bones

Fernando Alonso raced with broken bones after a crash during qualifying for last season’s Australian Grand Prix. The Spaniard tells RaceFans about the wrist injury of teammate Lance Stroll. “I think it is already very good news that he is here and that he will try. That shows his desire to win and his motivation to win with this team. In my case: I broke a few bones in both hands last year, so I wasn’t fully recovered until August. I had some pain, but we like to ride.”

Ten Hag wishes Verstappen good luck: ‘Bring the World Cup back to the Netherlands!’

Manchester United coach Erik ten Hag has wished Max Verstappen good luck ahead of the new F1 season. “I don’t really have any tips for him, because he has put in great performances. He’s such a good driver initially, but also such a great personality. He really is a winner. He knows how to win and he will again this year. He is so consistent and young, but also so experienced at the same time. We are proud of him in the Netherlands and I wish him the best for the new season. Bring the World Cup back to the Netherlands!’, says the former Ajax coach at Sky Sports.

Alonso can continue in F1: “I still have three or four years in me”

Fernando Alonso is still not thinking about quitting Formula 1. The new driver of Aston Martin is currently 41 years old and therefore the oldest driver on the grid, but he wants to stick to his adventure for a few more years. “At least two, but I definitely have three or four more years in me,” says the Spaniard at Movistar. Alonso has a clear goal in mind. “I know I don’t have forever, but I hope to win another championship with Aston Martin.”

F1 also makes a profit in 2022 after a year with a record number of spectators

Formula 1 has also managed to make a profit in 2022, writes Motorsport.com. The premier class of motorsport saw revenues rise to $2.5 billion last year. That is an increase of twenty percent compared to the previous year. This is mainly due to the fact that the circuits were allowed to fill the stands again, after this was impossible in 2020 and 2021 due to the corona pandemic. “We saw a record number of spectators in the stands and we were again the fastest growing sport on social media,” says Stefano Domenicali.

FIA reports shortened DRS zone at Grand Prix in Bahrain

On the circuit in Bahrain, Formula 1 drivers will be allowed to open the rear wing for less time during the first race weekend of the season, the FIA ​​reports. In an effort to reduce the DRS effect, it has been decided to shorten the DRS zone on the start-finish straight in Bahrain. The circuit in Bahrain has three DRS zones. Only the section on the straight has been shortened by 80 metres. It is the third DRS zone on the track and can now only be activated 250 meters after the fifteenth corner.

AlphaTauri gives two top talents the chance in VT1’s

Liam Lawson and Isack Hadjar will be in action on behalf of AlphaTauri during some first free practice sessions this season. That tells team boss Franz Tost to RaceFans. Lawson will compete in the Japanese Super Formula this season, while Hadjar has made the step to Formula 2. When they will drive is not yet known. It is clear that they will be seen in the colors of AlphaTauri.

F1 and Tottenham Hotspur football club enter strategic partnership

Formula 1 and football club Tottenham Hotspur are entering into a strategic partnership, the London club reports via its official pages. For example, the club will build London’s largest indoor go-kart track under one of the grandstands, keeping the tracks separate for children and adults. Besides the fact that this should increase the reach of Formula 1, Tottenham will also assist in gathering talent and making the sport more sustainable. Tottenham is, in their own words, known as the ‘greenest’ club in London and Formula 1 wants to be carbon neutral by 2023.

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Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya removes last chicane

The Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, where the Grand Prix of Spain is held, will look different this year. The circuit makes a crucial adjustment to the last sector. The last chicane, which has been criticized several times in the past, will be removed. This will return the circuit to the old layout and the last part of the circuit will be a lot more full throttle.

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GP weekends Japan and Mexico have longer VT1 due to Pirelli tests

The Grand Prix weekends in Japan and Mexico will both have a longer first free practice. Pirelli will then carry out their tire tests, so that the free practice sessions, just like last year, will last ninety minutes instead of sixty minutes. “It’s a good way to prepare the compounds,” Mario Isola told RaceFans. Pirelli also gets enough space to test during the year. “All teams are participating and we have a total of 35 days.”

Russell starts second Mercedes season with new race engineer

George Russell will have to deal with a new race engineer in his second season at Mercedes, RaceFans reports. Riccardo Musconi was previously the voice in the young Briton’s ears, but he will be busy with other tasks within the team. Marcus Dudley will take over from Musconi for the coming year. Dudley was previously on hand to replace a race engineer in his absence. The Briton did this, for example, during last season’s Austrian Grand Prix when Peter Bonnington, Lewis Hamilton’s race engineer, was absent.

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