Meanwhile in F1 | Sargeant writes off a Williams and raises a red flag

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Meanwhile in F1 |  Sargeant writes off a Williams and raises a red flag

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Sargeant writes off a Williams and raises a red flag

Logan Sargeant crashed during the first free practice in Japan and wrote off his car. The team announced that they are busy repairing the car, allowing Sargeant to watch from the garage for the second time in a row. Williams hopes that the car will be repaired in time for the third free practice session on Saturday morning. This is what Sargeant’s crash looked like:

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Lambiase teases Verstappen on the simulator: ‘Did you brake there?’

Normally Max Verstappen only hears his engineer Gianpiero Lambiase over the on-board radio, but in a video on the Red Bull Racing YouTube channel, Lambiase sits next to the Dutchman, who races a virtual lap around the Suzuka Circuit in the simulator. The duo often provides hilarious moments and that is no different now. Lambiase did everything he could to distract the three-time world champion.

Leclerc honors godfather Bianchi with special helmet design

Ten years ago, the F1 world was shocked by the terrible accident of Marussia driver Jules Bianchi during the Japanese Grand Prix. The Frenchman would die months later from his injuries. He was also the godfather of Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc, who will honor him with a special helmet this weekend in Suzuka.

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Verstappen shows off new haircut

Max Verstappen visited the hairdresser prior to the Japanese Grand Prix. His team Red Bull Racing has the honor of unveiling his new look, via a message on their official Instagram channel.

Ocon and Piastri are already racing at Suzuka: ‘Alpine had my permission to post this’

Esteban Ocon and Oscar Piastri have already raced briefly on the Suzuka circuit, but not in Formula 1 cars. The two drivers competed with each other using toy cars. Alpine posted the photos afterwards on their official Instagram channel, on which Piastri jokingly left the comment: ‘Alpine did have my permission for this post’.

Tsunoda received a small gift from fans: “Didn’t you see yourself in the mirror?”

Yuki Tsunoda always receives nice gifts from fans of the Japanese driver during his home race in Japan. During the press conference, the RB driver was therefore asked whether he had received something from his fans again this year, to which the Japanese replied that he had received a ‘mini, mini, small version of myself’. “Wasn’t it just you?” Max Verstappen then asks the Japanese teasingly. “Didn’t you see yourself in the mirror, perhaps?” Carlos Sainz takes it even further.

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Leclerc is attacked by Japanese fans

Charles Leclerc is very popular in Japan. A new video on Ferrari’s official X channel shows the Monegasque waiting to enter the Suzuka circuit while signing autographs through the car window to his dozens of Japanese fans.

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Verstappen shares photo of skiing holiday in Japan

There was a free weekend between the Grands Prix of Australia and Japan, and since the distances were a bit too long to fly back to Europe, many drivers chose to take a few days’ holiday in Australia or Japan. Verstappen went skiing in Niseko, Japan, with his girlfriend, Kelly Piquet, and her daughter Penelope. The Limburger enjoyed the snow fun and shared a photo with his girlfriend online.

McLaren unveils special livery for Japanese GP

Lando Norris and Oscar Piastri will appear on the track at Suzuka with a slightly different livery. For the Japanese Grand Prix, the British team from Woking had Japanese artist MILTZ design a one-off livery through the Driven by Change campaign. The Japanese has given it his own twist and was inspired by the traditional Japanese calligraphy Edomoji.

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Albon’s grandmother is a fan of someone else: ‘A dream has come true’

Alexander Albon has been doing well for Williams in recent years, but his grandmother also seems to be a fan of her grandson’s buddy. Albon’s grandmother met Lando Norris at the airport in Japan and immediately arranged a photo with the Brit. Afterwards, Grandma Albon said: ‘Look who I met at the airport. I called him and told him I was Alex’s grandmother. One of my dreams has come true. Let Alex know so Lando doesn’t think some woman just shouted that to get a picture of him.”

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Bottas witnesses Van der Poel’s victory at the Tour of Flanders

Valtteri Bottas is cycling crazy and last winter he participated in the European Gravel Biking Championships in Belgium. Last weekend the Finn was again in Belgium, this time at the Tour of Flanders, which Mathieu van der Poel won for the third time.

Zhou goes for a new hairstyle à la Bottas

It didn’t escape the notice of the Stake team that today is April 1, so they couldn’t resist fooling their fans. The subject of the joke was a so-called new look for Zhou Guanyu. Just like his teammate, the driver from China would also go for a check.

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