The Mercedes F1 team will host an unexpected guest in their factory. The Brackley based team, who have won the past 8 F1 constructors titles, will have to show their biggest rival, Red Bull team boss, Christian Horner around their workshop.
The 48-year old Horner won this opportunity at the Autosport Award Charity Auction over the weekend. While interest in the tour was evident, Horner didn’t let slip in missing his window. His bid of £4 000 (R84 203,88) came out on top. That handed him a golden chance to scope out his opposition ahead of the 2022 F1 season.
It is expected that the Red Bull team boss will head to the factory with little malicious intent. However, Horner might have a couple of practical jokes up his sleeve. The money made at the auction will be used for a good cause, with the proceeds going directly into the Grand Prix Trust.
In an interview with RacingNews365.com, the 4-time Constructors Championship winner jokingly said that he wants to unleash a team of 20 on the Mercedes factory. He did however confirm that he’ll be inviting along his Chief Technical Officer, Technical Director and Director of Production.
“It will be interesting to go and see how they’re spending their budget cap,” boffed Christian Horner. He also accentuated the fact that his successful bid will go toward a great cause.
The 2022 F1 season will get underway on 18 March in Bahrain.
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By Ziaan Siems
The world of racing has always delivered on characters, but none have been as delightfully cold as Kimi Räikkönen.
Kimi (42) started his career in 2001, as a 22-year-old driving for Sauber-Petronas before moving to McLaren the following year. Though he finished as runner-up in the Drivers’ Championship a couple of times with McLaren, he had to move house before finally getting the monkey off his back.
Success with Ferrari
In 2007 the Iceman moved to the Scuderia Ferrari team after Michael Schumacher called time on his career. Kimi teamed up with Brazilian Felipe Massa, and it turned out to be a sensational year for the Fin.
Räikkönen took pole position at the first race of the season in Australia, converting the good start into a Grand Prix win. Kimi was the first person to win his first Grand Prix with Ferrari since Nigel Mansell in 1989.
Kimi went on to win the Championship that year, following stiff competition from Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso.
He is a driver with great instincts and confirmed that he mostly stuck to his own guns
“I think I was given a lot of advice but didn’t listen.
“At work, if I had an option, I wouldn’t do most of what I’m asked, but with your life, how you live your life… you live it for yourself. If you try to live it as someone else wants, you might do it for a year or two but it will not end up very nicely.
“I’m happy I lived my way. Good or bad, I can live with it because it’s my decision.”
Icy from the beginning
Like most F1 drivers, he started his journey with Go-Karts at the age of 10. The Fin quickly got the reputation for being dauntless on the track.
At the age of 15, in his first race outside of Finland, his steering wheel broke but continued on. He then tried to get the attention of his mechanic by frantically waving the steering wheel in the air on the home straight. That race was in Monaco, and on his next trip down the rich man’s playground, he had another memorable outing.
On the very first lap, he collided with another driver and was thrown over the safety fence. He then lifted his go-cart over the fence and continued on. While his mechanic was under the impression that he had retired, Räikkönen continued on, catching up to the rest of the competitors to eventually finish in the third place.
That laid the foundation for a spectacular career in F1. And of course, he has provided us with many laughs by just being himself.
Now they will finally leave you alone while you are driving.
Lewis Hamilton has been dominating the sport of Formula 1 for what feels like an eternity. But the age of Mercedes dominance could be a thing of the past. Both Constructors and Drivers titles now hang in the balance.
There has been a great battle between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen this season, and it is the defending Champion on the front foot going into the final weekend. Hamilton finding some serious pace after a power unit upgrade just a few weeks ago. That saw him win 3 in a row for the first time this season.
A tough night in Jeddah.
The win on Sunday was hard-fought. The Championship leaders fighting it out all the way through to the bitter end.
It was a first-ever Grand Prix on the streets of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. A long, narrow track that required immense composure to bring home a decent result. Though cooler heads prevailed – the race almost ended in tragedy for both.
After, what was deemed to be an illegal overtake from the Red Bull driver, Verstappen was ordered to give the first place back to Hamilton. The 23-year-old slowed down to let the veteran through. However, the message wasn’t relayed to Hamilton in time, and he drove into the back of Verstappen.
Luckily the damage was minimal, though the 7-time world Champion had a broken front wing.
Red Bull team boss, Christian Horner believes Lewis wanted to gain the advantage of DRS before passing the Red Bull.
“I don’t know whether he’s messing around for the DRS line but it was clear we were giving the place up,” the Brit told Sky Sport.
“It’s weird though because Lewis is slowing down behind him (Max), it sounds like he’s lifted off, so it’s like he didn’t want to pass him there because of the DRS,”
You could make the argument that Max wanted to do the same. Letting Hamilton past just before the DRS zone, to try and get the first place back.
The gap increased when it was confirmed that Verstappen’s illegal maneuver would cost him a 5-second penalty with just 6-laps to go. A penalty Horner confirmed they were “hard done by”.
Not with a fizzle, but with a bang.
Whomever you favour, the result sees the Championship going down to the very last race. Both Verstappen and Hamilton sit on 369.5-points, with the Red Bull driver at the peak after winning more races this season.
The season wraps up this weekend at the Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi, and like last year Max Verstappen will hope for a comfortable victory.
Click here for this weekends schedule in Abu Dhabi.