F1 Snippets

✺ Mercedes is buying more than just Lewis’ driving services. They are buying his promotional image and his PR image.

✺ Marko says his consistent killer speed is unrivalled; however, Verstappen continues improving.

✺ David Coulthard is convinced Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes will extend for next season; he feels sponsorship commitments and image rights could be the hold-up.

✺ Red Bull are big admirers of Norris, plus he has a good relationship with Max Verstappen.

✺ Christian Horner has reminded Sergio Perez that Red Bull Racing always has options for filling one of their driver seats.

✺ Bottas reckons that Alfa Romeo’s C43 Formula 1 chassis was “born” at a performance level below the team’s targets for 2023

✺ Alonso: It’s not about age; it’s about the unquenchable thirst for going fast, the relentless pursuit of perfection, and the insatiable desire to win.

✺ Ferrari is stepping up recruitment as the team is ‘exposed’ in critical areas.

✺ Sergio Perez continues to be linked with moving away from Red Bull and potentially outside Formula 1.

✺ Fred Vasseur has denied Ferrari has any interest in Lewis Hamilton as the Mercedes driver goes into the final months of his deal.

✺ Christian Horner has confirmed that Sergio Perez will drive for Red Bull.

✺ F1 rumours: Lance Stroll considering switch to tennis.