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New F1 22 game for Xbox, PlayStation and PC

The official video game of the Formula 1 World Championship has been updated for the current 2022 season. Read our review here. (Author: Gardener)

XboxIf the dramatic 2022 British Grand Prix has inspired you to try it yourself, the new F1 22 video game is here to help you. We did a few virtual rounds to see if the new game is worth adding to your collection. As the official game of Formula 1, F1 22 fully replicates the 2022 season. Spain, Australia and Abu Dhabi get updated track layouts, and there's the all-new Miami Grand Prix circuit. The biggest change is the 2022-spec Formula 1 cars. They are the largest and heaviest Formula 1 racing cars ever built, designed to improve on-track rivalry. For those who mastered last year's F1 2021 game, these new cars will be a rude awakening. The sheer size of the new cars combined with the complexity of their ground effect aerodynamics makes for a steep learning curve. Luckily, F1 22 includes a number of driving aids to help players get acquainted with the new machines. EA Sports has ditched the previous story mode "Braking Point" for F1 22, with a new social hub "F1 Life" making its debut. This allows players to show off their collection of supercars, customize their luxurious homes, and buy clothes from an in-game shop. F1 Life will look familiar to anyone who has played the Test Drive Unlimited series of games. It adds little to the overall experience, and the handling of the various supercars isn't a patch for dedicated racing games like Gran Turismo or Forza Motorsport. This way you can get on the grid as your very own Formula 1 Constructor and be in charge of leading your team to glory. Players can compete in the Formula 2 supporting series, albeit with cars from last season. While accurate and detailed, there's no doubt that you're playing a video game when you watch F1 22. One of the biggest differences for this year's edition is the option to switch commentators. Another new feature for F1 22 is the inclusion of sprint race weekends. Although they were introduced to the Formula 1 calendar last year, F1 22 will see them appear in a game for the first time. Sprint races are used between qualifying and the main race on Sunday to determine the starting grid for the entire Grand Prix. Being able to replicate them adds an extra level of authenticity, even if some aren't yet won over by the whole sprint racing concept. New for 2022 is the “immersive” or “broadcast” option for handling formation laps, pit stops and safety car periods. Selecting the broadcast setting replicates what players would see if they were watching a race on TV. Control during these critical times is automated, although your virtual mechanics may still be faced with a stuck wheel during a pit stop. When you transition to Immersive, the responsibility of lining up on the starting grid and stopping in your box is entirely yours. Tackling all of these elements requires skill and precision, with manual race starts being particularly challenging. Annual updates to sports games mean the pace of change is slow, with only minor changes on top of updated driver rosters and tracks. The biggest change for F1 22 is clearly the addition of the new Formula 1 cars themselves, which present a real challenge for experienced players. Couple that with these new tracks, immersive racing experience, and even the addition of a proper music playlist, there's just enough here to justify an upgrade from last year's title. In fact, for those who want the latest Formula 1 video game, there really is no other choice. W Series 2022: Your complete guide to the cars, drivers and the race calendar

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Incremental upgrades enhance an already solid experience

PS5, Xbox Series and PC versions tested by Digital Foundry. (Author: Gardener)

Xbox SeriesDue to the quintessential nature of the game, a cursory comparison of the new F1 2022 to last year's offering reveals many similarities: just like last year, the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X offer native 4K resolutions, with the Series S at the back of the pack offering a resolution of 1080p, with all systems using dynamic resolution scaling to maintain performance. There's also ray tracing support, 120Hz capabilities - basically everything you could want from the experience - but thankfully no porpoise, meaning the game of the sport is staying away from this year's controversy. Obviously the new cars, liveries and drivers are in place, while the tracks have been updated to match their real-world counterparts, along with a small tweak to the details. Similar to last year's offering, ray-traced reflections are also part of the mix. But again, ray tracing capabilities only intervene in non-race sections on console, such as: B. Repetitions accompanied by a drop to 30 frames per second. Interestingly, Xbox Series consoles (even Series S) seem to benefit from some RT reflections in the cockpit that aren't found on PS5 or even PC - likely a bug or omission. The good news for PC users is that RT can be self-enabled throughout gameplay, albeit at a huge performance cost. Another win all round: Ray-traced transparencies are a new feature in F1 2022, which add a reflective quality to transparent materials like glass. Most notably, this appears in the new Supercars roster - where glass windshields are included - and as such they're easily spotted in the game's new F1 Life showrooms in the main menu. It's appearing as a brand new toggle on PC, and it's included on PS5, Xbox Series X, and even the S model. Aside from that slight variation between the machines, the differences are minor, save for a bizarre multicolored artifact under cars in pre-race scenes - only seen on the PS5 build. But that's the extent of the differences alongside the Series X, and most other settings look identical. Looking at the Series S, it's remarkable how close it comes to its more powerful counterpart in the overall picture. If you accept that it runs at a quarter of the resolution, at 1080p, it leads to a very similar end result in cutscenes and gameplay. The only visible downside to the Series S is that ray-traced reflections are rendered at a lower resolution. So on the surface, for this year's installment, there are gains on console - albeit small ones. Perhaps the bigger new additions this year are overall on PC with VR support making the cut. This is a PC-exclusive feature for now, with Codemasters telling us there are no plans for PSVR2 support just yet, although hopefully the team will consider it closer to the headset's release. Also new for PC is support for Nvidia's DLSS scaling technology. There are also plans to add AMD's FSR 2.0 equivalent later, but for now VR headset support, DLSS and additional ray tracing capabilities show the PC is in a great place. And honestly, for anyone wanting to use the game's top settings - like all ray tracing toggles - the DLSS support makes a big difference in keeping performance in check. In a nutshell, both PS5 and Series X are handled perfectly, with the default 60Hz mode offering a near-pristine experience, even during peak loading points. Heavy rain, the maximum car count and driving on a complex track like Monaco don't move the needle and even the Series S holds out at a solid 60fps. Running the same stress points - in Monaco, maximum cars, wet weather - there's hardly any spike in the PS5 reading. It's a rock-solid 120fps, typically v-synced. However, it seems that Series X has more problems maintaining V-sync. All in all, F1 2022 feels more like an incremental step on console after next-gen features like ray tracing and 120Hz went haywire last year. This time around we're getting a bunch of tweaks and fixes, as well as cool new features for PC like VR support, DLSS - in addition to improved RT support for all formats. On the plus side, as one of the most demanding racing games on PC, it's impressive how smoothly the PS5, Series X and S run it at 60fps. The only sore point is that F1 2022 is missing last year's Braking Point campaign - a story mode depicting the rise of a young F1 driver via CG cutscenes. The idea had potential, it gave the series a fairly literal character, and it feels like it was thrown away. In its place we're getting the F1 Life mode - a showroom for your cars - but hopefully we'll see some kind of story mode make its return to the series. At least in the here and now, F1 2022 doesn't revolutionize the series, but barring minor glitches, it delivers everything you'd expect from the game.

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Why F1's code of conduct meant British GP movements were robust but legal

The exciting position battles at the British Grand Prix in Formula 1 delighted the fans, but were not entirely uncontroversial. (Author: Gardener)

BritishIn fact, many observers scratched their heads at some rather aggressive attack and defense moves, and in particular moments where drivers seemed to be pushed off the track. Throughout the afternoon there were several examples of riders standing outside their rivals but running out of space at the exit. Mick Schumacher was pushed wide by Max Verstappen on the Brooklands exit as he tried to go around the World Champion in their late-race fight. It was almost identical circumstances on the first lap of the official restart as Charles Leclerc tried to pass Verstappen and ran out of space so he had to take off. A few laps before the Verstappen/Schumacher incident, Lewis Hamilton had come off worse and ran on the side as Red Bull rival Sergio Perez dove inside at Village and claimed the full width of the track on corner exit second. At the same corner on the first lap of the original start, just before the red flag was raised, Hamilton had done the same to Leclerc, forcing his Ferrari driver to over the curbs to avoid a collision. All of these incidents were enough to spark debate, and all but the Hamilton/Leclerc moment (most likely due to the red flag) were "noted" by the stewards for review before deciding no further action was needed . Forbearance has led to a great deal of intrigue, especially as it has long been accepted that in battle there is an obligation to give rivals room in the race. In fact, the FIA's International Sporting Code states: "Manoeuvres likely to impede other drivers, such as intentionally jostling a car over the edge of the track or any other abnormal change of direction, are strictly prohibited. Controversial British GP moves is the point too." understand at which point the car that is overtaking has the right to get the track so it can no longer be crowded out, and while there has long been this broad view that only a “significant portion” of that car is needed next door driving to own the track things are actually much more specifically defined than that. The Schumacher/Verstappen, Leclerc/Hamilton and Leclerc/Verstappen moments where a driver overtakes around the outside essentially require the attacker to be in front of him Rival after the apex of the curve. The document states: "Considering what constitutes an 'essential part' of overtaking on the outside of a corner, among the various factors considered when exercising their discretion by the stewards, the stewards take into account whether the overtaking vehicle from the apex of the curve is in front of the other vehicle. The car being passed must be able to negotiate the curve while staying within the limits of the track." In all three cases, the attacker has a fair bit of his car next to him on the outside, but at no point where he is ahead of the apex. So, as long as the defending driver stayed within the lane boundaries at the exit (which they did in all cases), their actions were fully compliant with the rules. Regarding the Perez/Hamilton moment where Red Bull squeezed out the Mercedes inside, the requirements are slightly different: with a car passing inside, the underlying interpretation is 'substantial proportion': "when the front tires of the overtaking car are no later than the apex stand next to the other car corner.” So as long as the movement was completed in a “safe and controlled manner” and Perez stayed within the course boundaries at all times, the course was all his from the apex. The racing rules seem to encourage drivers to be a bit more reckless with their rivals on corner exits than in the past, but for now both FIA and F1 drivers are happy to accept that.

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F1 22 Spain Setup guide for dry and wet conditions

The Catalunya circuit in Spain offers a decent selection of corners and straights to push your car to the limit and test different aspects of its setup (Author: Gardener)

Spain SetupThe Catalunya track in Spain offers a decent selection of corners and straights to push your car to its limits and test different aspects of its setup and design. If you want to set a new lap record in F1 22 and be the first to cross the finish line, you need to set up your car just like any other track. Setting up your car is difficult at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya as there is a bit of everything. The Circuit de Catalunya has two long straights, but in order to be able to accelerate quickly in the wet, your downforce has to be set to practically a street circuit level. Due to some of the sharper corners and the long start/finish straight, you need a respectable straight line speed for the car to perform at its best. If your aero level isn't right, you're either going down the straights too slowly or you don't have enough downforce to negotiate some of the circuit's challenging corners. In the wet, you can at least afford to turn up the aero settings a little to avoid drifting off the road in dangerous situations. You should keep a hold at all times as some of the corners in Spain are quite lengthy. Due to the rapid tire wear on the Track de Barcelona-Catalunya, you should not use overly negative camber. Finding the ideal settings for both helps the car navigate some of the track's fastest corners as quickly and stably as possible. You also want the ride height to be as low off the ground as possible, in both dry and wet conditions. The guide below will highlight Spain setups for dry and wet conditions in F1 22.

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Lewis Hamilton wants to dig up Max Verstappen for 2021 Silverstone crash after praising Charles Leclerc

F1 LIVE: Lewis Hamilton set to single out Max Verstappen for 2021 Silverstone crash after praising Charles Leclerc - Follow all the reactions to an eventful race at Silverstone, while we also look ahead to this weekend's Austrian Grand Prix (Author: Gardener)

Lewis HamiltonCarlos Sainz won a wild and insane British Grand Prix in which Zhou Guanyu survived a horrific first lap crash and protesters invaded the track at Silverstone. Carlos Sainz won a wild and insane British Grand Prix in which Zhou Guanyu survived a horrific first lap crash and protesters invaded the track at Silverstone. Sainz fought his way past Ferrari team-mate Charles Leclerc in a brilliant 10-lap shootout after a safety car period to claim his maiden Formula One win. Sainz fought his way past Ferrari team-mate Charles Leclerc in a brilliant 10-lap shootout after a safety car period to claim his maiden Formula One win. Sergio Perez was second with Lewis Hamilton third after battling around Leclerc for four laps of the remaining 52 laps. Sergio Perez was second with Lewis Hamilton third after battling around Leclerc for four laps of the remaining 52 laps. Rookie Zhou was approaching Abbey Corner, which was starting at 160 mph, when British driver George Russell clipped the Chinese driver's right rear, sending him onto his roof and spinning out of control. Rookie Zhou was approaching Abbey Corner, which was starting at 160 mph, when British driver George Russell clipped the Chinese driver's right rear, sending him onto his roof and spinning out of control. Max Verstappen admits 'struggles' during British GP but stresses 'important points' after P7 finish 12:20, Kieran Jackson Max Verstappen stressed importance after a difficult day in the office at Sunday's British Grand Prix to collect points. The Championship leader won the race early before a puncture reduced his chances and body damage also hampered his performance at Silverstone. Despite his bad luck, the world champion picked up six points with his championship lead before heading into the Austrian Grand Prix this weekend, now 34 points from teammate Sergio Perez. "An unlucky afternoon," he said on Instagram. “We were there from the start of the race after coming off the line really well both times. “After picking up debris, my floor was badly damaged and we struggled throughout the race. Lewis Hamilton is optimistic that he has come a step closer to the podium finish at Silverstone at 11:55. Kieran Jackson Lewis Hamilton took on the cheers of his home crowd and urged his team to keep trying to close the gap on contenders for the Formula One title this season after finishing third at the British Grand Prix would have. Mick Schumacher says it's "great to get questions off the media" after scoring first F1 points. The Haas driver was involved in a battle with Max Verstappen for seventh place in the closing stages but still crossed the finish line in eighth for the moment he had been waiting for, in the 32nd F1 race of his career. "I think overall we're very happy to come back from P19," he told F1.com. "I said we had the speed to move up front and we definitely showed that today." It's great for the team, we have double the points. Guanyu Zhou thanks the medical team and marshals at Silverstone after the horrific accident at the British Grand Prix 10:55 , Kieran Jackson Guanyu Zhou has paid tribute to the medical staff and marshals at Silverstone after his horrific accident while recovering out of his ailing Alfa Romeo British Grand Prix. The Chinese rookie driver, in just his 10th F1 race, was flipped upside down after colliding with George Russell at turn one of the first lap and went behind the tire barrier into the perimeter fence. Marshals and the on-site medical team responded quickly, with Zhou remaining trapped in the car and retrieving him before placing the 23-year-old on a stretcher. saved his life and stressed his gratitude to the Silverstone staff for their "fantastic" work. He tweeted: "Hello everyone! I would like to thank the Marshals and the medical team at Silverstone, they have been really fantastic. Guanyu Zhou thanks Silverstone medical team and marshals after horrific Kieran Jackson crash Guanyu Zhou's harrowing fall at the start of the British Grand Prix was another win for Jean Todt and the FIA ​​technicians, who responded to drivers' concerns back in 2015. Jules Bianchi also lost his fight in July 2015 after his horrific crash at the Japanese Grand Prix nine months earlier. Impressive, frankly, given the scale of accidents we've seen over the past few years, with Zhou being the latest in a long list of accidents where the consequences could have been fatal give me a chainsaw, I would lose weight.” A few months later we saw for the first time its very real functionality amidst the driving speed and forces of a Formula 1 car. Originally criticized by Hamilton and Verstappen for how the halo has saved lives in F1, Sebastian Vettel has sympathy for 'distressed' F1 protesters but says track marshals and drivers said Monday 4 July 2022 at 17:55 ' were at risk', Kieran Jackson Sebastian Vettel has expressed his sympathy for the protesters who took to the track during the opening lap of the British Grand Prix - but added that their actions were putting drivers and marshals at risk. Protesters from activist group Just Stop Oil took to the Wellington straight on lap one, with the red flag race just before cars reached the group, after Guanyu Zhou's crash seconds earlier at Abbey. Northamtonshire Police say seven people - five men, aged between 21 and 46 and two women, 20 and 44 - remain in custody following their arrest following the incident, and climate activist Vettel agreed with the tone of their message. "I think it was talked about, I think everyone is free to have their own opinion," said four-time world champion Vettel after the race. Max Verstappen admits 'struggles' during British GP but stresses 'important points' after P7 finish Monday 4 July 2022 14:25 Kieran Jackson Max Verstappen stressed importance after difficult day points in the office at Sunday 's British Grand Prix . The championship leader won the race early on before a puncture ended his chances and damage to the body also affected his performance at Silverstone. Despite his bad luck, the world champion picked up six points with his championship lead heading into this weekend's Austrian Grand Prix, now 34 points clear of team-mate Sergio Perez. “We were there from the start of the race having come off the line great both times. “After picking up debris, my floor was badly damaged and we fought throughout the race. We will continue to push to come back stronger at our home race in Austria and can't wait to see the support of the Orange Army." We will keep pushing to come back stronger at our home race in Austria and can't wait to see the To see support for the Orange Army.” The chaotic start of the British GP epitomizes the spectacle and horror of the new era of Formula One. Monday 4th July 2022 at 2:05pm Kieran Jackson. Suspenseful, exciting and spooky in equal measure, where on earth could you begin to describe this as a sunset at Silverstone for another year? Because for all the nerve-racking overtakes, questionable strategy calls and scraps of luck that ensued in a brilliant British Grand Prix - deservedly won by first-time winner Carlos Sainz - the stakes in the first 20 seconds in the absence of lights could not have been much higher. While the eyes of a record 140,000 spectators glazed over in the battle at the front as Max Verstappen passed Sainz at turn one, what followed epitomized the delicious madness of high-speed motorsport. It was just a light touch from Pierre Gasly sandwiched between George Russell and Guanyu Zhou, but it was enough. The British GP's chaotic race opening epitomizes the spectacle and horror of the new era of F1. Mick Schumacher says it's "great to get questions off the media" after scoring his first F1 points at 13:39 on Monday 4 July 2022. Kieran Jackson Mick Schumacher was relieved he had silenced his critics after scoring the first points of his Formula One career at the British Grand Prix. The Haas driver was involved in a battle with Max Verstappen for seventh place in the closing stages but still crossed the finish line eighth for the moment he had been waiting for in the 32nd F1 race of his career. "I said we have the speed to go forward and we definitely showed that today." It's great for the team, we have double the points. That's obviously very helpful with the designers, but I also think it's great to be able to just get these questions away from the media and just focus on what's really important, and that's the racing and the driving itself.” That's natural very helpful with the designers but I also think it's great to be able to just get these questions away from the media and focus on what really matters and that's the racing and the driving itself." Charles Leclerc "incredibly disappointed" after the British Grand Prix and has cleverly dug up Ferrari's strategy Monday 4 July 2022 13:00 , Kieran Jackson Charles Leclerc has spoken of his "disappointment" after finishing the British Grand Prix in fourth place - after he led the way for much of the dramatic 52-lap race. The Ferrari driver didn't have to pit for new tires during the final safety car period, while rivals around him like teammate Carlos Sainz and Lewis Hamilton stopped to buy fresh rubber. That meant that despite his best efforts, Leclerc was easy prey and fell off the podium, and the Monegasque had a treacherous jab at his own Ferrari team in an Instagram post after the race. Damaged car on lap 1 but we flew. Great battles on track but there wasn't much I could do with old tires at the end of the race.” Monday 4th July 2022 11:06am Kieran Jackson The protesters who stormed Sunday's British Grand Prix remain in police custody after Formula 1 boss Stefano Domenicali described their actions as "dangerous and irresponsible". Five men, aged between 21 and 46, and two women, 20 and 44, have been arrested following the chilling track invasion on the opening lap of Silverstone. Although the incident was not shown on F1's global television feed, eyewitness footage emerged of five people allegedly representing climate activist group Just Stop Oil entering the Wellington Straight circuit. Then they sat down on the asphalt. The race had just been halted after Zhou Guanyu's horror first-corner crash, but a number of drivers sped past the quintet as they returned to the pits. Lewis Hamilton says he 'loves people fighting for the planet' after seven protesters invaded the Silverstone circuit at the start of the British Grand Prix - later adding such protests 'must be conducted safely' . the Wellington Straight before you sit down. Lewis Hamilton says he 'loves people fighting for the planet' after seven protesters invaded the Silverstone circuit at the start of the British Grand Prix - later adding such protests 'must be conducted safely' . the Wellington Straight before you sit down. Hamilton, only briefed on the focus of the protest at the post-race press conference and unaware of the method chosen, supported their cause - with those taking to the track wearing t-shirts to protest global oil consumption. Originally afterwards, Hamilton quipped "making the protesters big" and later elaborated, "I didn't know what the protest was for and I only just found out." Hamilton only revealed the focus of the protest in the post-race press conference informed and unaware of the method chosen, supported their cause - with those taking to the track wearing t-shirts to protest against global oil consumption. Originally afterwards Hamilton quipped "making the protesters big" and later elaborated: "I didn't know what the protest was for and I only just found out." "Today the FIA ​​saved two lives": Carlos Sainz grateful after victory at Silverstone Monday 4 July 2022 10:15 am, Kieran Jackson Zhou Guanyu escaped from a horrific accident without serious injuries thanks to his car's halo, as did Roy Nissany earlier in Formula 2 on the day. Ferrari's Sainz took his first F1 win on his 150th attempt - beating Red Bull driver Sergio Perez and local favorite Lewis Hamilton in a frenetic climax of the season's race in front of a record 142,000 fans at Silverstone. But Round 10 of the campaign will be remembered for a stunning crash involving Chinese rookie Zhou. Six seconds after the lights went out, Pierre Gasly contacted George Russell. The British rider then tagged the right rear of Zhou's machine at 160 mph (260 km/h), threw him onto his roof and slid out of control. "Today the FIA ​​​​saved two lives": Carlos Sainz grateful after Silverstone win Lewis Hamilton takes positive stock after claiming Silverstone's podium spot on Monday 4 July 2022 at 09:48, "one step closer" To be, Kieran Jackson Lewis Hamilton took the cheers from the home crowd and urged his team to keep trying to close the gap on challengers to the Formula One title this season after winning at the British Grand Prix took third place. Lewis Hamilton is in positive spirits after taking a podium finish at Silverstone on Monday 04 July 2022 at 09:48 and Kieran Jackson this season's Formula One title after finishing third at the British Grand Prix had occupied. A combination of crashes, safety cars, problems with other cars and some fantastic late overtakes saw the seven-time champion finish on the podium for the first time since the opening round of the 2022 season in Bahrain after a campaign of battle against porpoises and control problems in the new Mercedes car. But on a day when around 120,000 fans attended race day at Silverstone, Hamilton - who briefly led the race - hailed the occasion as F1 at its best and hoped the performance could provide a platform for improvement over the rest of the year. "We had the biggest show-up in history, thanks for the incredible support - we don't see that anywhere else in the world," he said after the race. A combination of crashes, safety cars, problems with other cars and some fantastic late overtakes saw the seven-time champion finish on the podium for the first time since the opening round of the 2022 season in Bahrain after a campaign of battle against porpoises and control problems in the new Mercedes car. But on a day when around 120,000 fans attended race day at Silverstone, Hamilton - who briefly led the race - hailed the occasion as F1 at its best and hoped the performance could provide a platform for improvement over the rest of the year. "We had the biggest show-up in history, thanks for the incredible support - we don't see that anywhere else in the world," he said after the race. A combination of crashes, safety cars, problems with other cars and some fantastic late overtakes saw the seven-time champion finish on the podium for the first time since the opening round of the 2022 season in Bahrain after a campaign of battle against porpoises and control problems in the new Mercedes car. But on a day when around 120,000 fans attended race day at Silverstone, Hamilton - who briefly led the race - hailed the occasion as F1 at its best and hoped the performance could provide a platform for improvement over the rest of the year. "We had the biggest show-up in history, thanks for the incredible support - we don't see that anywhere else in the world," he said after the race. Lewis Hamilton is pleased to be 'a step closer' to the podium at Silverstone Lewis Hamilton is pleased to be 'a step closer' to being a podium at Silverstone Lewis Hamilton is pleased to be a 'step closer' to being a podium at Silverstone be

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Verstappen ends the Netflix boycott

Reigning F1 champion Max Verstappen could star in the new series of Netflix documentary Drive to Survive following positive talks with producers (Author: Gardener)

NetflixVerstappen was absent from Drive to Survive season 4, although it was about his title triumph over Lewis Hamilton. Speaking ahead of the British Grand Prix on Thursday, Verstappen revealed he had a "good conversation" with the production team and lifted his strict boycott of the series. "It was actually a very good short talk and we're going to try to improve from there so you get a little more say in how you're portrayed, rather than having an interview and not knowing what's going to be done with it and." the way they fit it into the show. I obviously can't control what they do to other riders, but at least I want to have control over what we release and we will do that. "Obviously I hope it goes well because I also understand that Netflix has really contributed to F1's popularity in the US and I don't mind playing a role in that, but it has to be good for both of us." How Schumacher finally ended his wait for first F1 points Why Ferrari hired Sainz in place of Leclerc under the British GP safety car Verstappen admitted he's not keen on a starring role in the new series, but he is in the segments he's keen on wanted to be consulted to make sure it was presented in a positive light."Well, I understand for the people who are watching, the whole urge to survive things, they want more people in it and a little bit more of a personal story," added Verstappen. "But of course the way I want to be seen, not when you can't control what's inside. "But I still think it should be, and to be able to say, sorry guys , I don't think that makes me look good because sometimes you don't even realize there's a camera nearby or someone is chasing you and they can use that. McLaren driver Daniel Ricciardo has a new fictional F1-based TV series to air on Disney-supported channel Hulu. There hasn't been much information about Ricciardo's new project, but the Australian will be executive producer, while American film and television production company Temple Hill Entertainment is involved. "It's a fictional F1 TV series," Ricciardo said. “I've teamed up with Temple Hill, they know what they're doing in this area. "But I'm basically going to serve as executive producer and try to - where I can - steer the ship a bit." Given F1's boom with Drive to Survive, it's not surprising that other streaming services want to get in on the act. Seven-time F1 champion Lewis Hamilton is using Apple TV to create a documentary series centered around the British driver. Apple is also working on a film starring Brad Pitt that Hamilton is said to be involved with. "If anyone thinks of Lewis' thing as competition or anything, it's not like that at all," Ricciardo added. "Of course, with what he's doing, with Hulu and me and Netflix and all of that, I think it's cool that we're using the growth - or the pace of growth - of Formula 1 to get into projects like this and push the sport forward. "In a way, I see it as like we're all supporting each other to support the sport."

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Halo saved Zhou, but the crash raised two new safety concerns

The halo saved the day at the British Grand Prix, but Zhou Guanyu's crash raised new safety issues that F1 must address quickly. (Author: Gardener)

ZhouAfter his crash at the British Grand Prix, Alfa Romeo driver Guanyu Zhou tweeted that the halo cockpit protection on his car saved his life. The halo became mandatory for Formula 1 cars in 2018 after years of research by the FIA ​​to find ways to better protect a driver's head in open-cockpit races. That said, the sport's governing body, the FIA, is always looking for ways to improve safety and Zhou's crash on the first lap at Silverstone will be no different. As with all major accidents, the FIA ​​will conduct a full investigation into the incident to learn how safety can be improved at future races. Although the FIA ​​has not yet indicated what the investigation will focus on or when it will conclude, there are two clear areas of concern following Sunday's accident. After being flipped over as a result of contact with George Russell, the Alfa Romeo slid headfirst through the tarmac run-off area before digging into the gravel behind and rolling over the tire barrier. The final bit of the crash threw the car over the barrier designed to absorb shock and into the safety fence behind it. The safety fence did its job remarkably well, preventing the car from flying into an area near marshal's posts, photographers and a grandstand, but when Zhou's car was stopped it also fell into a narrow gap behind the tire barrier. Being trapped between the tire barrier and the safety fence made it difficult for rescuers to extricate Zhou from the wreckage, which would have been even more concerning if the Chinese driver had been seriously injured in the accident or the car had caught fire. Russell, who got out of his car in the run-off area and ran to check on Zhou, said the sport needed to learn lessons about crash barriers and the placement of fencing fences from Sunday's accident. "The space between the barriers and the metal fence and he was just stuck in there, nowhere. The roll bar, which sits behind the cockpit, is mandatory on all F1 cars and must withstand forces of 60 kilonewtons laterally, 70 kN longitudinally and 105 kN vertically in order to pass the necessary crash tests for the car to race in theory The roll bar is designed so that when the car is on its back, it absorbs the brunt of impacts while leaving enough room to protect the driver's head. However, in Zhou's accident, it appears the car's roll bar was ripped off as it slid through the run-off area, meaning the only thing left protecting Zhou's head was the halo. Part of the FIA ​​investigation will likely focus on whether modifications can be made to the roll bar to strengthen it in such a situation, because if the car had come to a stop upside down Zhou would have been trapped in it. The fact that Zhou and Alex Albon were involved in a bad accident from his own fu Further down in order they escaped their accidents without major injuries is a testament to the FIA's process of investigating every major incident in Formula 1 and out to learn from him. As with the accidents that led to the launch of the Halo, lessons learned from Zhou's accident at Silverstone may save lives in the future.

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Hamilton insults Verstappen and praises Leclerc

Hamilton and Leclerc had an intense wheel-to-wheel battle in the closing stages of the British Grand Prix last Sunday. (Author: Gardener)

HamiltonMercedes driver Lewis Hamilton insisted on throwing shadows at Red Bull Racing driver Max Verstappen after the British Grand Prix. The two drivers had an intense title fight in 2021 and one of the most heated moments came at Silverstone last year. This season, the title fight was mainly between Red Bull Racing and Scuderia Ferrari. While the Red Bulls and Ferraris dominated the podiums, the Mercedes drivers managed to grab a few top three finishes despite their problems with porpoises and lack of pace. The Silver Arrows saw their first real chance of the year to fight for a win at Silverstone, with Hamilton taking on Red Bull's Sergio Perez and Ferrari's Charles Leclerc in the closing stages of the race. He then fought a three-way battle with Perez and Hamilton before the Red Bull driver managed to pull away. At this point, Leclerc and Hamilton had to fight to the checkered flag. Incidentally, a similar first-lap struggle last year ended with Verstappen crashing heavily into the barriers after being tagged by Hamilton. "Charles did a great job, what a great fight. He's a very sensible driver, clearly different from what I experienced last year," Hamilton said after the race, clearly attacking Verstappen and her previous collision. Hamilton was handed a 10-second time penalty last year because he was deemed "predominantly at fault" for the Verstappen clash. However, he didn't hesitate to blast the Red Bull driver for what had happened while praising Leclerc. Still, Hamilton has work to do if he wants to be back in contention for the title this year. Leclerc dominated the earlier rounds of the 2022 season before Red Bull managed to turn things around, partly due to Ferrari's reliability issues. Mercedes, on the other hand, are far from their form in previous seasons, which they completely dominated. Nonetheless, their performance at Silverstone showed that there is a chance they may finally have their porpoise problems under control. It was a big improvement over the car, but we still have a lot to do," said Hamilton.

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Silly Season continues with even more questions about what 2023 will be like

Who stays, who goes and whose fate is still in the stars? AutoRacingDigest.com's Gregg Fielding has you covered with the latest Silly Season update. (Author: Gardener)

Silly SeasonAs Formula 1 teams try to figure out how to get the most out of cars under the new regulations while staying within budget limits, it looks like the majority are reluctant to shake up their driver lineups for 2023. With the top three teams Ferrari, Red Bull and Mercedes already all but fixated on bringing this year's pairings back for the foreseeable future, news and rumors are quickly shaping the rest of the grid. McLaren are the only other team to have both drivers officially signed for next season and chatter about a possible replacement of Daniel Ricciardo given his lackluster performance has died down, at least for now. While team boss Zak Brown had previously made comments that seemed to show a lack of confidence in the Australian rider, he recently retracted those statements, saying he has a great relationship with the rider and is just being honest about his disappointment with the results. Given that team chemistry is strong, results have improved somewhat and McLaren is likely considering a year-plus path to get back to the top, there seems no reason not to take Brown's comments at face value . Alpha Tauri has officially announced that Pierre Gasly will return next year. While there seems to be no future in which the Frenchman will regain his seat on the parent team, for the time being there doesn't seem to be a better career path than continuing to produce strong results at the junior team and hoping for a future opportunity elsewhere. For their part, AT don't have Red Bull juniors knocking on the door and don't need to find the next driver to move up immediately, allowing them to continue to stay with Gasly (currently 11th in the drivers' standings) and compete with the midfield. A decision on Yuki Tsunoda is not expected to come until much later in the year. With Juri Vips fired from the organization after making a racist comment during an online streaming session, the biggest challenger for Tsunoda's seat is likely 19-year-old Dennis Hauger of Norway. Hauger won the Formula 3 championship last year and is currently fifth in Formula 2, winning the last race in Baku. If he manages to combine a strong 2022 remnant with a lack of success from Tsunoda, there's a good chance he'll be a talking point at Alpha. After an impressive eighth place finish in Canada, several outlets have previously reported that Alfa Romeo will be bringing back 2022 rookie Zhou Guanyu to once again team up with Valtteri Bottas, with the feeling that promising 18-year-old junior driver Théo Pourchaire would be best served another year in Formula 2. However, Porchaire could force the issue if he could come back and win the F2 championship. Two former world champions, Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso both appear likely to return alongside their current team-mates, but neither Aston Martin nor Alpine have made any public commitments yet. Alpine continues to weigh the pros and cons of replacing Alonso with top prospect and current reserve driver Oscar Piastri, with their other option still appearing to be a season-long loan from Piastri to Williams. The Piastr-to-Williams deal could be part of a larger collaboration that would see Williams switch to Alpine from its current Mercedes engines, which were seen as underperforming. Alpine has been looking for a customer/partner team since being turned away by McLaren for Mercedes in 2021. Plus, Aston Martin still has Nico Hulkenberg available as an option should Vettel decide to retire. Williams boss Jost Capito has held back on the team's future plans (although he has tried to quash speculation that Nicolas Latifi could be replaced before the end of the current season) but seems happy with Alex Albon's performance so far Albon/Piastri lineup looks like the most likely pairing for 2023. Someone who hasn't been part of the rumor mill is current Formula Two leader Felipe Drugovich, who remains unsigned with a top-level squad despite a comfortable margin over second-placed Pourchaire. At 22 and banned from returning to F2 if he wins the championship, Drugovich may have to look for opportunities outside of F1. As for travel arrangements for next year, talks have intensified over a return to the Kyalami circuit in South Africa, helped by a visit to the country by F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali. Qatar is coming back as the 2023 schedule is set to expand to 25 races.

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Sainz wins 1st career F1 race with British GP victory

Carlos Sainz Jr. won his first Formula 1 race of his career with a win at the British Grand Prix (Author: Gardener)

SainzSILVERSTONE, England (AP) - Carlos Sainz Jr. won his first Formula One race of his career on Sunday with a victory in the British Grand Prix - the most dramatic race of the season so far. Sainz was in the lead with Charles Leclerc close behind and while Ferrari initially said they were "free to fight", the Italian team then asked Sainz to let Leclerc pass in order not to lose time against Lewis Hamilton. But a safety car came out and Ferrari brought Sainz into the pits for fresher, grippier soft tyres. Leclerc stayed on older, hard tires and Sainz soon passed his team-mate to regain the lead and take his first win in his 150th F1 start. "Today the victory feels a bit like a relief," said Sainz. "Honestly, I never stopped believing that dream would come true, even though this year was tough for me." He had finished second or third 11 times before winning and was frustratingly close behind at the final race in Canada Verstappen second. Sergio Pérez passed Hamilton and Leclerc after the restart to finish second behind Sainz. Hamilton was briefly second after passing both Pérez and Leclerc in a three-way, but he couldn't hold the position and fell back to fourth. Hamilton then stormed past Leclerc in a tough battle for third. He was also leading on Sunday for the first time this season. “I gave it my all,” said Hamilton, who finished third in Canada two weeks ago and was hoping for a comeback from Mercedes. The team hasn't been able to challenge Red Bull and Ferrari for wins this season, but an additional upgrade from the Mercedes ahead of this weekend showed promise. Leclerc was later seen being spoken to privately by Ferrari team boss Mattia Binotto. Leclerc said he was "very, very disappointed" with the result and had discussed with Binotto why the team left him on old tyres. Max Verstappen, the defending F1 champion and current championship leader, fell out of the lead with damage to his Red Bull after driving over debris. Pérez said his race was a "great comeback" after falling backwards early in the race after damaging his front wing in the races against Leclerc and Verstappen. The race was almost immediately red flagged when Zhou Guanyu and Alex Albon required medical attention after a first corner crash. Zhou's car rolled upside down and cleared a tire barrier before hitting a fence. As the drivers tried to avoid this crash, Albon was thrown sideways against the pit wall. Russell, who abandoned his car to rush to Zhou's aid, was also unable to restart the race. A group of anti-oil industry protesters ran onto the track after the crash and sat down. After the race, Hamilton signaled his support for the protesters. Mercedes said Hamilton was not fully aware of the circumstances at the time and supported "their right to protest but not the method they have chosen which endangers their safety and that of others". Verstappen had overtaken Sainz on the original start but had to do it all over again when the race was restarted following the multi-car accident involving Zhou. Sainz stayed ahead on the second start but Verstappen took the lead on lap 10 when Sainz lost control and went off the track. Verstappen soon fell behind both Ferraris after reporting possible tire damage from debris. Verstappen said his car was "100% broken" with little grip, comparing it to "driving on ice", but his Red Bull team said it was safe to continue. The Dutch driver is unpopular with some British fans after a bitter rivalry with Hamilton for the title last year when the two crashed at Silverstone. Former champion Nelson Piquet used a racial slur and homophobic language to describe Hamilton, the only black F1 driver, in interviews from last year that drew wider attention this week. Verstappen is dating Piquet's daughter Kelly and has been criticized by fans for saying Piquet is not racist despite using "very abusive" language. Verstappen retains the championship lead but his lead over second-placed Pérez was reduced from 46 to 34 points as Sainz ended a run of six straight Red Bull wins. Leclerc is nine points behind Pérez in third. Two-time champion Fernando Alonso - with 32 race wins the only other Spanish driver besides Sainz to have won in F1 - finished fifth for Alpine in his best result of the season on Sunday. Mick Schumacher, son of seven-time champion Michael Schumacher, scored his first career points finishing eighth for Haas, while Sebastian Vettel finished ninth for Aston Martin. American Team Haas had their first double scoring since 2019 when Kevin Magnussen finished in 10th place.

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