F1 Snippets

22 September 2022

❖ Circuit Paul Ricard will not return to the schedule for the 2023 season, which is set to see a record 24 events

❖ While he is not yet considering retirement, at 37 years old Hamilton is in the twilight of his F1 career and may never get his F1 wish after FIA’s 2023 schedule announcement

❖ F1 has now hit the 24-race cap, as agreed with the teams. However, the packed calendar has led to scepticism over F1’s commitment to becoming net zero carbon by 2030 and questions about the toll placed on F1 staff, who are already stretched thin.

❖ Red Bull boss Christian Horner and Toto Wolff of Mercedes have waged a war of words at times over the last 12 months, with Horner admitting he likes getting under his counterpart’s skin

❖ Christian Horner has admitted that he regretted not signing Oscar Piastri to Red Bull’s young driver programme when he raced for his own team, Arden.

❖ McLaren has admitted to being surprised by how well Red Bull and Ferrari coped with the major rules change this year and by the performance gap the two leading teams have pulled out over the rest of the field.

❖ Aston Martin has seen absolutely no sign of Sebastian Vettel checking out early; there was some speculation that maybe he wouldn’t return, but he was back at Spa and in the points.