In the F1 in brief section, F1Maximaal.nl keeps you informed of the latest news from the premier class of motorsport that does not qualify for an extensive mention, but is of course relevant to mention on the website.
Former Red Bull junior new reserve driver Stake F1 Team
Zane Maloney, who is no longer part of the Red Bull Racing junior team after last season, has joined the Sauber Academy. This also means that the Barbadian is a reserve driver for the Stake F1 Team. Next season, Maloney will be active in Formula 2. Maloney will compete for the Rodin Motorsport team, with the support of the Sauber Academy.
Red Bull dominance worries Coulthard: ‘Too much success takes away the magic’
Red Bull Racing won 21 of the 22 races last year, equaling the McLaren team of 1988. Max Verstappen won nineteen of those 21 Grands Prix. Although David Coulthard has a lot of praise for the team and Verstappen, he is also concerned. ‘Too much success takes away the magic, so to speak. In sport we strive for inspiration, growth and progress, and if one team does all that, it doesn’t give enough hope for everyone,” the former Red Bull driver told The Telegraph.
Leclerc and Sainz kick off 2024 with first F1 meters
Most drivers have to be patient for another three weeks before they can drive back onto the asphalt with their Formula 1 cars after a long break, but Ferrari drivers Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz have already completed their first meters of the season. back. The Ferrari duo did this in the SF-23, the 2023 car of the Italian team. Leclerc and Sainz were in action on Monday and Tuesday in Barcelona in a Pirelli tire test for 2025. Arthur Leclerc, Formula 2 driver and ‘brother of’, was given the opportunity to drive the 2022 car as a Ferrari junior.
GP Chicago anything but certain despite trademark applications
Last week, Formula 1 applied for a trademark for the Chicago Grand Prix. This indicated that the sport would attract another race in the United States, but it is a bit more complicated. There have been talks between the city and Formula 1, but they have not gotten far. ‘I have heard that Formula 1 usually wants a contract of at least ten years. That seems to be unmentionable. The conversation with the city didn’t go much further than that,” councilor Brian Hopkins told the Chicago Sun Times.
Liberty Media the world’s most valuable ‘sports empire’
Liberty Media, the owner of the rights to Formula 1, has been named by Forbes as the most valuable ‘sports empire’ of the moment. Liberty Media previously topped the Forbes Top 25 list, which consists primarily of individuals and entities that own several major U.S. sports franchises. Other names also own some European football clubs. Fenway Sports Group, for example, is in third place. Fenway owns the Boston Red Sox, Pittsburgh Penguins and Liverpool FC, but also has a stake in the Aston Martin Formula 1 team.
Ferrari reveals name of new car: Leclerc and Sainz will drive the SF-24
Ferrari has revealed the name of the new car. The change compared to last year is not that big at all. For example, Mercedes goes from the W14 to the W15, Red Bull Racing from the RB19 to the RB20 and Ferrari goes from the SF-23 to the SF-24. The cloth will be taken off the car on February 13. There are already some shakedowns for the team from Maranello in the coming weeks.