F1 in brief | Uncertainty about F1 race at Monza remains: ‘Can’t do this alone’

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F1 in brief |  Uncertainty about F1 race at Monza remains: ‘Can’t do this alone’

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.

Uncertainty about F1 race at Monza remains: ‘Can’t do this alone’

It is still uncertain whether Monza will still be on the Formula 1 calendar after 2025. Angelo Sticchi Damiani, president of the Automobile Club of Italy, does not yet dare to give any guarantees. “The circuit has to change. It is said that Europe has too many races and there are requests from America, Asia and now Africa. We have invested 44 million, but we are still losing a lot of money due to high operating costs. Now our budget is running out, and we can’t take on this challenge alone.’

Andretti signs former technical director as head of Formula 1 project

Nick Chester has been recruited by Andretti to lead the Formula 1 project, The-Race reports. The 54-year-old Englishman was technical director of Renault and Lotus in Formula 1 for seven years. After two years of Mercedes in Formula E, he has now been given the responsibility of leading the Andretti project to work with Cadillac to guide Formula 1 in 2026. Andretti is not yet assured of a place to participate from 2026.

Fine for father-in-law Verstappen after racist statement about Hamilton

Nelson Piquet, three-time Formula 1 world champion and Max Verstappen’s father-in-law, has been ordered to pay $950,000 after making racist statements about Lewis Hamilton. The court in Brazil decided this on Friday. Piquet called the Mercedes driver a neguinho following his crash with Verstappen at Silverstone in 2021, referring to Hamilton’s skin color. It now earns him a hefty fine.

Marko convinced: ‘See another Verstappen in Australia’

Helmut Marko is sure Max Verstappen will do better at the Australian Grand Prix. The Red Bull Racing driver was still struggling with a stomach flu in Saudi Arabia, so according to the Austrian he drove at only eighty percent of his usual power. ‘Max wasn’t 100 percent fit. But now he is doing everything he can to deliver maximum performance again. So we see a different Verstappen back in Australia,” said Marko at F1-Insider.

No worries about internal battle at Red Bull: ‘We have two mature drivers’

After the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, questions were again raised about the relationship between Max Verstappen and Sergio Pérez. Team boss Christian Horner says he has no reason to worry. “We have two very mature drivers who have been working together for a while now,” says the Briton at Motorsport.com. “We went through the race together before the game and also discussed the scenario in question as it eventually unfolded.” The drivers were free to race as long as they maintained respect for each other and the team’s best interests. “They kept to that.”

Pérez causes a stir with the removal of a tweet with a champion statement

Sergio Pérez is causing a sensation in the Formula 1 world after he deleted a tweet in which he spoke plain language. The Red Bull Racing driver shared a message after winning the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix in which he said he wanted to become champion. That message has since been removed and replaced by one in which the Mexican says he will continue to push hard. Why Pérez deleted the tweet is unclear.

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Rosberg not impressed with Verstappen’s attitude: ‘Could be a better loser’

Nico Rosberg is not really impressed with Max Verstappen’s attitude during the Grand Prix weekend in Saudi Arabia. The Red Bull Racing driver was critical of the team and did not want to be at the debrief on Saturday evening. “It’s not really good to see that,” Rosberg told Sky Sports. “That’s not a good approach, not a good mentality so early in the season when the team has done such a brilliant job with the car and is working so hard. He could be a better loser, I’d say.’

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