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Hamilton Rules Himself Out Of F1 Title Fight

Lewis Hamilton may have had a “horrible” weekend at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix at Imola, as the seven-time world champion conceded any hopes of winning this season’s title, but the Mercedes driver has been backed by Red Bull boss Christian Horner to” become a factor” this year.

Hamilton’s 13th place finish at Imola was one of the worst races of his 16-year F1 career. The 37-year-old struggled to pass Pierre Gasly at the back of the midfield battle and the gulf to the top of the field was underlined after he was lapped by last year’s title rival Max Verstappen. “I am out of the championship, and there’s no question about that,” Hamilton admitted, with Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff apologizing to Hamilton for an “undriveable” W13 car.

It looks set to be another thrilling fight for the title but despite Hamilton ruling out his chances, Horner believes it is still too early to tell. “He hasn’t forgotten how to drive in the last four races,” he said. “So at some point they will sort their issues out and he will become a factor.”

Hamilton is also part of a bid to take over Chelsea FC as a supposed Arsenal fan, he has been warned to ‘stay loyal’ to the Gunners by some connected to the Blues. Follow all the latest F1 news and updates, below:

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‘I was too greedy’: Charles Leclerc explains error that led to costly Imola spin

The early championship leader had started slowly at Imola, losing second spot to Sergio Perez and struggling to close in on the Mexican and Max Verstappen, who eventually secured a Red Bull one-two at Ferrari’s home circuit.

Leclerc and Ferrari made the decision to pit from the third late on to go to a softer tire in a bid to steal a point for the fastest lap of the afternoon and an outside chance of hunting down Perez.

But pushing hard into a chicane, the Monegasque forced caught the kerb and lost control of his car, fortunate to avoid a more serious collision with the wall but to pit to fix a damaged front wing.

It meant Leclerc dropped down the field, and while he was able to fight up to sixth on fresher tires, Verstappen and Perez closed the gap at the top of the early world title standings.

Luke Baker26 April 2022 15:41

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Lewis Hamilton admits ‘no question’ he is ‘out of F1 championship’ after Imola

Lewis Hamilton issued an apology to Mercedes following one of the worst races of his 16-season career.

The seven-time world champion finished 13th at Sunday’s wet-dry Emilia Romagna Grand Prix in Imola, a lap behind winner Max Verstappen, and nine places adrift of his team-mate George Russell.

Sergio Perez was second as Red Bull secured their first one-two finish in six years, while Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc came sixth home after he spun from third with just nine laps to run. Leclerc’s error allowed Lando Norris to snatch the final spot on the podium.

Luke Baker26 April 2022 15:28

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Red Bull advisor jokes Lewis Hamilton should have retired last year amid 2022 struggles

Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko joked Lewis Hamilton may be wishing he retired at the end of last season amid a difficult start to the 2022 campaign.

And Marko, who watched his Red Bull team secure a one-two thanks to Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez, questioned Hamilton’s decision to continue in the sport following his problematic afternoon.

Speaking to Sky Sports after the Imola race, Marko said: “I mean, he was lapped by us so maybe he (is thinking) he should have stopped last year.”

Hamilton is a huge 58 points behind Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc at the top of the drivers’ championship standings. He is also 21 points adrift of Mercedes teammate George Russell.

Luke Baker26 April 2022 15:15

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Sergio Perez could quit F1 if race calendar expands again

The 2022 season will see the drivers navigate the most hectic schedule to date, with 23 races penciled in between March and December.

There has been talk of even more races being added in the future, with F1 already announcing that they have secured a deal with Las Vegas to stage a weekend there from 2023.

But Mexican Perez, who has been a part of the grid since he made his debut with Sauber in 2011, insists he would back away from the sport if the calendar congestion became even greater.

Speaking to The Athletic, he said: “It’s great that Formula 1 continues to develop and grow. You can see it everywhere we go, people are starting to recognise you on the street more and more often. But if there are too many races, it will be bad. At least for me.”

Luke Baker26 April 2022 15:02

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F1 race calendar 2022: Full list of dates for every grand prix in the biggest season ever

Formula 1 is in the midst of the biggest season in its 72-year history over 2022 with 23 races planned at top class racing venues around the world.

The series has been on an expansion drive ever since owners Liberty Media purchased it from Bernie Ecclestone back in 2017, with focus placed on key financial territories including the Middle East and North America territories.

All but one of the tracks scheduled to host a grand prix in 2022 have done so far before. This season brings a brand new race in the United States onto the calendar in May, as the Miami International Autodrome makes its debut as the second US event alongside the Circuit of the Americas in Texas. The Florida venue will see drivers navigate 19 corners around the Hard Rock Stadium, home of NFL team Miami Dolphins.

Luke Baker26 April 2022 14:50

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Nico Rosberg believes Toto Wolff is ‘annoyed’ with Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff was annoyed at Lewis Hamilton during the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix weekend, according to former driver Nico Rosberg.

Wolff and Hamilton were seen in a heated discussion on Friday after the seven-time champion only narrowly made it through Q1 before managing just 13th place on the grid in Q2.

He would then go on to finish 14th in the sprint race and 13th in the Emilia Romagna GP on Sunday, before Wolff dismissed speculation about a rift between him and the seven-time champion.

But Rosberg, who worked with Hamilton and Wolff for several years at Mercedes, feels there is more to it than the Austrian let on.

Speaking on Sky Sports, he said: “If I have to speculate now, it looked at me that Toto was annoyed about something Lewis had done, which might be understandable.”

Luke Baker26 April 2022 14:37

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Toto Wolff explains George Russell’s advantage over Lewis Hamilton at Imola

Lewis Hamilton was “stuck” behind a DRS train at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix which contributed to his disappointing 13th place finish and explains why team-mate George Russel was able to finish fourth in an “undriveable” Mercedes car, Toto Wolff has said.

Russell and Hamilton qualified 11th and 14th grade following Saturday’s F1 Sprint, after failing to improve their grid position from Friday’s qualifying session, but their races took different turns on Sunday.

The 24-year-old then passed Kevin Magnussen before he benefited from Charles Leclerc’s late spin to take fourth position, with Wolff later hailing Russell for an “outstanding race” in the circumstances of the performance of the Mercedes car.

Hamilton, meanwhile, ruled out his title chances after failing to pass Pierre Gasly at the back of the midfield battle and finishing outside of the points in one of the worst races of his 16-year career.

Luke Baker26 April 2022 14:22

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Mercedes ‘playing the mental game’ with Lewis Hamilton, Nico Rosberg claims

Former world champion Nico Rosberg believes Mercedes copped the blame for Lewis Hamilton’s woeful result at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix to keep the British driver motivated.

“Toto was playing the mental game,” Rosberg, who beat Hamilton to the 2016 title before retiring five days later, told Sky Sports.

“Taking the blame allows them to support Lewis mentally. By saying, ‘hey, Lewis, it is none of your doing, it is really on us’, is very smart because it is not really the truth.

“Let’s not forget that Russell finished fourth with that same car so Lewis definitely had a big role to play in that poor result.

“There was more in that car, but Toto is trying to lift Lewis up because it is so important to make sure Lewis is motivated for the whole season.

“It is easy for him to lose motivation in these types of situations.”

Luke Baker26 April 2022 14:09

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Tot Wolff apologises to Lewis Hamilton for ‘undrivable’ Mercedes car

Toto Wolff apologised to Lewis Hamilton for what the Mercedes team principal described as an “undrivable” car during the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.

“Sorry for what you had to drive today,” the Mercedes team principal said to Hamilton over the radio. “I know this is undrivable. This was a terrible race.”

Wolff expanded on Hamilton’s struggles to Sky Sports, and suggest that Mercedes will look to make improvements ahead of the Miami Grand Prix on 8 May.

“Yeah, really bad,” Wolff concluded. “He got squeezed by the Alpine, the other two cars undercut and there’s just no overtaking when you’re in a DRS train.

“We saw from George what the car can do in free air but we are not good enough for a world champion, not worthy for a world champion. We just need to fix the car.

“I think we are going to look at things for Miami. I think we can make a step in the understanding of the car. It’s another day, we just really need to understand more and bring development to the car which will fix the bouncing.”

Luke Baker26 April 2022 13:54

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Charles Leclerc cannot afford mistakes if he wants title, Nico Rosberg warns

Nico Rosberg says Charles Leclerc can ill-afford any more mistakes if he wants to beat Max Verstappen to the world championship.

Leclerc fluffed his lines at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix when he ran over the kerbs at the Variante Alta and slid backwards into the barrier as he chased second-placed Sergio Perez.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Rosberg, the 2016 world champion, said: “Charles Leclerc, oh my God, if you are fighting for a title against Max Verstappen you just cannot allow yourself to spin out when you are driving on your own.

“Yes, he was hunting down Perez, but the pressure was on Perez, not on Charles, so to spin like that, my goodness, he has to avoid that for the rest of the season if he wants to win the championship.

“He just went in way too fast. He was pretty lucky not to have more damage.”

Luke Baker26 April 2022 13:40





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