Verstappen: It could be over after Red Bull
Formula 1 world champion Max Verstappen categorically excludes a move to another team. “My plan is to be here by 2028. [bei Red Bull] stay, said the Daily Telegraph. He recently signed a contract for an appropriate period.
And Verstappen can come to terms with ending his Formula 1 career without driving for another team. After 2028, “I could have stopped,” he says. “I’ve been in Formula 1 since I was 17 years old. It’s long. And maybe I want to do something else. When I’m 31, I might be at the top of my career or not so good anymore. I do not know. And I want to take part in other races, for example long distance races.
Overall, however, “it’s hard to predict” what will happen in the future, says Verstappen. “If I were fighting for the title in 2028, I’d be stupid to quit suddenly. Whenever you have a chance for a title, of course you want to take advantage of it. “
Result: third free internship in Monaco
For the first time this weekend, Ferrari is not leading after the session: Sergio Perez’s third training session is at Red Bull RB18, almost half a tenth ahead of Charles Leclerc at Ferrari F1-75.
Two Germans, Mick Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel, were classified in twelfth and thirteenth positions.
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Lance Stroll caused the first major incident during the third training session: exiting the pool chicane, he veered too much over the curb and hit the outside front and back of the rails. At least the front wing was damaged, possibly also the suspension of the wheels. However, Stroll returned to the Aston Martin pit on his own.
Mercedes reports: driver still dissatisfied
Lewis Hamilton and George Russell are still grappling with the Mercedes W13 in Monaco, the team said during an ongoing training session. “We are constantly making progress, but so far none of our drivers are satisfied with the car,” says Mercedes. Drivers lack confidence in the vehicle, “especially on the faster stretches” of the racetrack, such as in the swimming pool lane. You can see it too: Hamilton had left a long distance from the railings there before and he was definitely not on the border.
First photos from Monaco on Saturday
Saturday’s first half hour of training is over, Charles Leclerc is leading Ferrari. And we moved the first photos from the third free training session to our Formula 1 photo gallery and keep adding new themes. So we invite you to watch it!
Up-to-date information about the training can be found in our session ticker live with Norman Fischer – click here!
Reader Question: Do the drivers really love Monaco?
Here’s a reader’s question from Maxime on Twitter under the hashtag #FragMST. But there probably isn’t a definitive answer.
Personally, I think drivers don’t have a specific agenda here. I have the impression that for them Monaco is really the best razor blade riding, an amazingly great riding challenge that they appreciate and love. And that’s exactly what they say.
But the fact is also: Monaco’s Formula 1 contract expires in 2022.
But there are definitely other opinions here. If you want to comment on Twitter, you can do so – and we’ll pick up your comments here in the Formula 1 Live Bar!
McLaren: curfew is broken, no more jokers
After Daniel Ricciardo’s training disaster during Friday’s practice session, McLaren broke the curfew and used his second joker this year. This means: this overtime will not result in a penalty. But: McLaren doesn’t have any more “jokes” for other such situations.
In Monaco, the curfew started Friday 23:00 and ended Saturday 10:00, three hours before the third practice session.
Live: 3rd free training session in Monaco!
Driving operations in Monaco continue: At 1.00 p.m. the hour-long third practice session, so to speak, “dress rehearsal” for qualifying (from 4pm).
With our live session ticker, you are close to what is happening on the Circuit de Monaco: My colleague Norman Fischer will guide you through the third free practice session and provide you with up-to-date information on positions, distances and the racing experience of the track vehicles.
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Here in the daily ticker are the most important training moments as usual, followed by the current voices and reactions. And at 8 p.m. the video analysis with Christian Nimmervoll and Kevin Scheuren will be broadcast live on YouTube! They will both finish in time for the Champions League final, I promise!
A slightly different view of Monaco …
… shows the Formula 1 heroes and what they could say. Connor Moore plays Max Verstappen, Lewis Hamilton and co in a fun way. I invite you to watch and laugh! 🙂
Verstappen’s career so far
If it had really stopped after 2028, Max Verstappen would only have driven for two teams in Formula 1: Toro Rosso and Red Bull. And how it all happened is shown in our photo series. He follows Verstappen’s career in motorsport, from the junior division to the end of the 2020 season. And what happened in 2021, we all know it very well, right? 😉
Photo gallery: Max Verstappen’s Formula 1 career
Two MGU-K faults in Monaco: the “Concern” at Ferrari
The MGU-K in the Alfa Romeo C42 Valtteri Bottas hit Friday, as did Mick Schumacher’s Haas VF-22. Both teams receive these components and the entire driveline from Ferrari, where they react to technical errors with “concern”, explained team principal Mattia Binotto at the press conference. However, it is assumed that the reliability of the drives is not compromised.
Alfa team principal Frederic Vasseur also does not expect persistent problems on the technical side: “I assume Ferrari will solve the case quickly.”
Ricciardo was counting at McLaren? Seidl puts it in perspective
First, public criticism of McLaren boss Zak Brown’s Daniel Ricciardo, and then the Australian’s accident on Friday in Monaco. But McLaren’s team principal Andreas Seidl tries not to focus too much on the personnel issues around Ricciardo.
“It’s important that we separate the different topics here,” says Seidl. And the training accident is not only Ricciardo’s fault: “As a team, we decided to put more pressure on it and it went wrong. But we’re all experienced enough to leave it behind.
Ricciardo still feels “not 100% comfortable in the car” at McLaren and has a very fast teammate at Lando Norris. This results in the usual distance between the McLaren drivers. “We can only work with Daniel to find the last percent,” says Seidl. “That’s what we use our energy for.”
Lando Norris still doesn’t fit?
According to McLaren’s team principal Andreas Seidel, Lando Norris has not fully recovered from his tonsillitis. “It’s probably still not 100 percent, but it’s not far,” says Seidl.
“It was important to get some rest. And it was good to see it yesterday [im Freitagstraining] he was really good at it. Thanks to the updates in Barcelona, we have made progress even at low speeds. “
Reducing drivers’ wages: it would be possible, says Seidl
Andreas Seidl can imagine that one day Formula 1 drivers’ salaries will also fall below the budgetary limit. As is well known, drivers’ salaries are currently an exception.
Seidl says: “You would find opportunities there. This is a complex topic. But we know from other sports that it is possible. “
Otmar Szafnauer is of a similar opinion, saying: “You just have to plan for a long time here, so that everyone knows.”
Long contract terms, such as between Max Verstappen and Red Bull, complicate matters. One open question, for example, concerns how to deal with existing contracts. And that means: There will be no simple answer, at least in the short term.
So much for a press conference, but …
… we kept a few themes out of it. Of course, they will soon be available here in the Formula 1 ticker. So stay tuned!
Another official highlight on our agenda is the third training session in Monaco at 1.00 p.m. followed by qualifying from 4.00 p.m.