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Sainz takes his first F1 win at the epic British Grand Prix

SILVERSTONE, United Kingdom — Carlos Sainz celebrated his first Formula One win in his 150th race on Sunday as he drove his Ferrari to a spectacle (Author: Gardener)

British Grand PrixFerrari's Spanish driver Carlos Sainz Jr holds up the trophy after winning the Formula 1 British Grand Prix at Silverstone on Sunday (AFP photo by Justin Tallis) Ferrari's Spanish driver Carlos Sainz Jr holds up the trophy, after winning the Formula One British Grand Prix at Silverstone Sunday (AFP Photo by Justin Tallis) SILVERSTONE, United Kingdom - Carlos Sainz celebrated his first Formula One win in his 150th race on Sunday as he driving his Ferrari to a spectacular triumph in a furious and accident-ridden British Grand Prix. The 27-year-old Spaniard, who had started from his maiden pole position, fended off an attacking Red Bull's Sergio Perez, who recovered from 17th place, to take 3rd place on the high-speed Silverstone circuit in front of a record crowd of 142,000 spectators .7 seconds ahead of the flag. Seven-time local hero world champion, Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton, finished third to claim a 13th podium finish on home soil, an unprecedented tally for a driver at a single event. With his fresher tires in the closing stages, Hamilton resisted, passing Charles Leclerc in the second Ferrari, who finished fourth ahead of two-time champion Fernando Alonso of Alpine and Lando Norris of McLaren. World Champion and series leader Max Verstappen finished seventh for Red Bull, recovering after picking up debris and a puncture, ahead of a revived Mick Schumacher of Haas, four-time champion Sebastian Vettel of Aston Martin who had started 18th, and Kevin Magnussen the second Haas. My first win in Formula 1 in my 150th race and for Ferrari at Silverstone! Paying tribute to the crowd, Hamilton said Silverstone was second to none in the world for the level and depth of enthusiasm displayed at the British event, which provided breathtaking entertainment on Sunday. "I gave everything today," said Hamilton. "I tried to chase but the Red Bull and Ferraris were too fast on the straights." Verstappen stayed at the top of the title race with 181 points ahead of Perez on 147 and Leclerc on 138 and Sainz on 127. Three drivers were absent – ​​Alfa Romeo's Zhou, Williams' Alex Albon and Mercedes' George Russell – when the lights went out and Sainz, in a fiercely competitive mood, bravely defied Verstappen to retain the lead from his maiden pole position. Leclerc also got off to an aggressive start, battering with Perez suffering a front wing damage and Verstappen before the order was settled on lap five. Hamilton, who had lost an early position to Norris, swept past him to the delight of his fans and reclaimed fourth place on lap six when Perez returned to 17th after a slow pit stop. Sainz led again as a 3.1 second stop for Verstappen, who reported hitting debris, dropped him to sixth place. Amidst this drama, Hamilton caught up with Leclerc before Sainz pitted from the lead on lap 21, Leclerc taking over ahead of Hamilton and the Spaniard finishing ahead of Norris in third place. Hamilton was clearly inspired and pushed again when Verstappen pitted again before Leclerc pitted on lap 25. He returned in third behind Sainz while Hamilton stayed on his 'mediums' and led a race for the first time this year. Behind him, Ferrari told their drivers they were "free to fight" as Leclerc went after second-placed Sainz, who was 18 seconds behind Hamilton, but warned a swap was needed. It came duly on lap 31 when Sainz passed Leclerc for second down the Wellington Straight. That put Hamilton 18.7 seconds ahead before pitting 'hard' on lap 34 to finish third, 3.4 seconds behind Sainz, but on tires that were 13 laps fresher until a safety with 12 laps to go -Car action came as Esteban Ocon's Alpine stalled. On the restart, Perez stormed past Hamilton and Sainz passed Leclerc to regain the lead but it was tense and as the Spaniard pulled away the trio behind him scrapped and swapped places with wild abandon. Perez fought his way into second place, Leclerc and Hamilton fought and both Alonso and Norris closed within a second and set up a furious finale.

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The former F1 star's priceless Porsche 959 S returns to the factory for an overhaul

With just over 4,000km on the clock, this 959 needed serious work... (Author: Gardener)

F1 star'sIn the automotive world, there are a handful of road cars that are considered living legends. These are cars like the McLaren F1, the Ferrari F40 and Porsche's legendary 959. While it's probably not the best looking Porsche to ever leave the factory, the 959 was a technical marvel of its time, and that combined with limited production numbers means that a specimen in any condition is worth well over a million dollars today. Only 292 959 were built by Porsche and only 29 'Sport' models were built, one of which is now owned by former F1 star Nick Heidfeld. Only recently did the 959 S from Heidfeld make headlines when it returned to the Porsche factory in 2017 for a comprehensive technical overhaul despite having covered just 4,183 km. "Unfortunately, bearing damage is unavoidable if such a technologically innovative car is not driven regularly," says Uwe Makrutzki, Head of Factory Restoration at Porsche Classic. “Experience has shown that the powertrain and chassis must be completely overhauled. Any reduction in the scope of work leads to problems later on.” As you might expect, restoring a 959 from the ground up is not an easy task, as it is such a technological undertaking for its time advanced car.” “Almost all 959s have been with us at least once in their lives,” says Makrutzki. The highly complex technology, but a 959 overhaul is always a very special and wonderful mission.” Almost five years later, in December 2021, was Heidfeld's 959 S is ready to return to the streets with renewed life and as you can imagine the racer was over the moon to drive it again. It's a privilege to drive many high-performance cars, but driving this high-tech legend is special to me . I was a teenage car enthusiast in the late 1980s and this Porsche was always something extraordinary for me, at the time the 959 was the fastest production car in the world and by far the most modern, so even today it doesn't drive like a 30-year-old car, it does like a much more modern vehicle.” The output of the 2.8-litre twin-turbo boxer engine has been increased from 330 kW to 378 kW, which means that the sprint from 0 to 100 km/h has been reduced to just 3.7 seconds. In 1987, one of these 959 Sport models would have set buyers back $360,000 which, adjusted for inflation, would be equivalent to over $868,000. Although we are not aware of any 959s living in New Zealand, DRIVEN recently joined Porsche on a trip to Europe, where we are some of them saw their natural habitat.

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The once controversial F1 halo has likely saved the lives of 2 racers this week

The F1 and F2 races at the British Grand Prix were overshadowed by eerie wrecks that probably would have been far worse were it not for the haloes on the cars. (Author: Gardener)

F1 haloItaly's prime minister on Monday linked the collapse of the country's largest Alpine glacier to climate change as hope faded for more survivors of a disaster that killed at least seven people. Eight people were injured and another 14 were reported missing, authorities said, warning that it was not clear how many climbers were trapped when the glacier gave way on Sunday. According to the head of the province of Trento, Maurizio Fugatti, ice and rocks thundered down the Marmolada, the highest mountain in the Italian Dolomites, at 300 kilometers per hour. Rescuers used thermal drones to provide warmth to potential survivors, although the chances of finding them were "small to zero", the head of the region's alpine rescue service, Giorgio Gajer, told news agency AGI. The bodies recovered so far were found "torn", said rescuer Gino Comelli. The disaster came a day after a record temperature of 10 degrees Celsius (50 degrees Fahrenheit) was recorded at the summit of the glacier, the largest in the Italian Alps. Prime Minister Mario Draghi said it was "undoubtedly linked to the worsening of the environmental and climate situation". Alpine Rescue spokeswoman Michela Canova told AFP that an "avalanche of snow, ice and rock" hit an access route when there were several rope teams, "some of which were swept away". - 'Roaring heard' - She said the total number of climbers involved was 'not yet known'. "I heard a roar, turned left and saw a mass of ice coming down the mountain," ski instructor Luca Medici, 54, told AFP. Bodies dug out of ice and rock were taken to the village of Canazei. A physical search of the disaster site was impossible on Monday amid fears the glacier could still be unstable and helicopters were only able to fly intermittently due to severe weather. "It's difficult for rescuers in (such) a dangerous situation," Canazei Mayor Giovanni Bernard told AFP. Images of the avalanche, filmed from a nearby shelter, show snow and rocks cascading down the mountainsides. - Heat 'above normal' - Massimo Frezzotti, a science professor at Roma Tre University, told AFP the collapse was caused by unusually warm weather linked to global warming. "The current state of the glacier is something that we would expect to see in mid-August, not early July," he said. Glacier specialist Renato Colucci told AGI that the phenomenon would "certainly repeat itself" because "high-altitude temperatures in the Alps have been well above normal for weeks". Recent warm temperatures had generated a large amount of water from the melting glacier. It accumulated at the bottom of the block of ice, causing it to collapse, he added. Pope Francis tweeted his prayers for the victims, saying tragedies like this one brought on by climate change "must prompt us to urgently seek new ways to respect people and nature." UN scientists at the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change said in March that melting ice and snow is one of the top ten threats caused by global warming, disrupting ecosystems and infrastructure. Jonathan Bamber, director of the Glaciology Center at Bristol University, said retreating glaciers are making "the high mountains of Europe an increasingly dangerous and unpredictable environment".

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The once controversial F1 halo has likely saved the lives of 2 racers this week

The F1 and F2 races at the British Grand Prix were overshadowed by eerie wrecks that probably would have been far worse were it not for the haloes on the cars. (Author: Gardener)

F1 haloZhou Guanyu was taken away on a stretcher after an accident at Silverstone. * The F1 and F2 races at the British Grand Prix have been overshadowed by eerie wrecks. * The wrecks could have been life threatening if it weren't for the haloes over the riders' heads. * Mercedes boss Toto Wolff admitted he was glad to have lost the fight against the halo. Two drivers at the British Grand Prix escaped serious injury and may even have been saved by a device once thought to be a controversial accessory for the cars. During the first lap of the Formula 1 race at the Silverstone Circuit, Alfa Romeo's Zhou Guanyu became entangled with another car and rolled over. His car then slid quite a distance across the track before eventually tipping over the tire barrier and becoming trapped between it and the fence. Zhou was taken away on a stretcher but later released from the circuit's medical center with no major injuries. In an Instagram post after the race, Zhou said the car's halo saved his life. "I'm fine, alright," Zhou wrote. Zhou's car was wrecked in the wreck. What is clear, however, is that the halo – the hoop framing the top of the driver's cockpit and supported by a pillar up front – was still intact except for some missing paint. Zhou Guanyu's halo performed its task and remained intact. Joe Portlock - Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images In other words, the halo, which is made of titanium and can support the weight of a London double-decker bus, did its job perfectly. In these photos, you can see Zhou's head protected by the halo as the car skidded on his head. Zhou Guanyu's helmet may still be touching the ground. Vince Mignott/MB Media/Getty Images Vince Mignott/MB Media/Getty Images At the earlier F2 race, Dennis Hauger was thrown off the track and lost control of his car. He eventually hit a curb and was thrown into the air and straight into the cockpit of Roy Nissany's car. In the replay at the end of this video, you can see the right front wheel hit the halo of Nissany's car. Both drivers were able to climb out of their cars and drive away. Sky Sports commentator and former driver Tom Gaymor praised the halo's work on the show. "This is one of the scariest accidents I've seen in a long, long time," Gaymor said. And I give credit to all the engineers and those behind the safety measures that we continue to push in motorsport and save the lives of drivers who take to the circuit because that's where the halo has done its job." Most now agree that the Halo that saved riders has been involved in life-threatening accidents many times in recent years - including Charles Leclerc in 2018. The main complaint has been aesthetic, with people finding it ugly, but there have also been concerns about the added weight and limited visibility for driver Kimi Raikkonen tested a car with a halo, seven-time champion Lewis Hamilton criticized the car's look and Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff complained about the halo after it became mandatory in 2018, saying he would cut it off if he did had the opportunity to do so. "If you gave me a chainsaw, I would take it," said Wolff, "we have to take care of the safety of the drivers, but what we have implemented is not aesthetically pleasing. It's a massive weight on the car, that thing messes up the center of gravity massively." During the 2021 Italian Grand Prix at Monza, Hamilton and Max Verstappen became entangled and the Red Bull driver's car landed on Hamilton's cockpit. Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen crash at Monza in 2021. After the race, Wolff admitted the halo saved Hamilton's life."Halo definitely saved Lewis's life today," Wolff said.Later, during an episode of the popular Netflix series Drive to Survive," Wolff admitted he was glad he lost the battle for the Halo, noting that Hamilton's helmet had tire marks. "That was me, you know, four years ago, fighting the Halo," Wolff said.

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F1 British GP News and Views includes Tom Cruise, Puppies, Madrid Formula 1 Bid and more

Not all news from the British Grand Prix was made at the track. (Author: Gardener)

BritishAmong other tidbits, we found out that Tom Cruise's mission in the UK was possible, Daniel Ricciardo is getting into the TV action and Sebastian Vettel was channeling his inner Nigel Mansell. Here are some of the off-track stories you might have missed from the British Grand Prix: There were plenty of VIPs at Silverstone - though perhaps not enough to rival Miami - including actor Tom Cruise, who turned 60 on race day Celebrating the milestone by flying in to watch the British GP. Actor Damian Lewis, chef Gordon Ramsey and Liverpool football star Trent Alexander-Arnold were among the high-profile celebrities to watch Formula One. Formula 1 is inundated with potential race organizers as post-pandemic interest booms. Spain's capital Madrid is the latest to show interest in hosing off Formula One and has taken the unusual step of going public very early. In a letter written at the end of June and published by the government of the Autonomous Community of Madrid, the Minister for the Presidency, Justice and Home Affairs, Enrique Lopez, outlined the city's ambitions. The Formula 1 Spanish GP has been staged in Barcelona since 1991 and its contract runs until 2026. Madrid last welcomed Formula 1 in 1981 at the purpose-built Jarama circuit, which is no longer suitable for competition at the highest level. Formula 1's popularity has boomed in recent years, with Drive to Survive facilitating proceedings while Lewis Hamilton co-produced a film starring Brad Pitt. The streaming service, majority owned by The Walt Disney Company, has hired Daniel Ricciardo for an upcoming series. "Basically it's going to be a fictional F1 TV series, so think like Ballers or Entourage in the world of F1," Ricciardo explained. "I have teamed up with Temple Hill who know what they are doing in their field so I have full confidence in them. I will serve as executive producer, but basically try to steer the ship a little where I can. "It's fiction, but I'll try to give as much input as possible to keep it on track and not too far from where people are like, 'OK, that would never happen, blah blah blah.' So I'll try and give the best advice I can when I can." The series is in the process of finding a writer and Ricciardo hopes casting can begin by the end of the summer. Several Formula 1 team members have been made seriously disturbed on their return journey from the previous event in Canada after being removed from Air Canada. At this point, 25 passengers were indiscriminately removed. Among them were team members from Red Bull Racing, Aston Martin and Williams, including some who had to be woken to be removed from the plane. No explanation was given to the affected team members. Air Canada then apologized for some passengers not complying with the mask regulations and continued with this narrative for several days. Finally, the airlines conceded that some passengers were mistakenly forced to abandon the flight. The team members concerned flew home the next day. Has anyone ever switched from Formula 1 to dune buggy racing? Mazepin and father Dmitry, owners of the Ura The lkali company, which sponsored Haas and a close ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin, has since been sanctioned by the European Union and the United Kingdom. Mazepin has previously expressed his desire to return to Formula 1. While waiting to pursue that ambition, Mazepin instead turns his attention to the Silk Way Rally, where he will compete for the Snag Racing Team. The off-road rally raid event starts in Astrakhan on Thursday and ends in Moscow after 10 stages in as many days. For years, Alex Albon's family has run a hugely popular Instagram account called Albon Pets, which chronicles the abundance of animals that live with them, affectionately dubbed the "Albon Zoo". For Silverstone weekend, Albon produced a special, one-off purple helmet, topped with cartoons of the pets: eight cats, a dog and a horse. Their names are Tino, Moomoo, Gucci, Looky, Frooky, Tinky, Horsey, Sasha, Duckie and Goosie. Oh, and Horsey isn't the horse—that's Tinky. Will a helm ever beat Albon's in ingenuity and cuteness? "I like purple, lavender, it's summer, British vibes," Albon said. "Everything is pretty normal until you get to the top - it's Albon Pets... I have a few pets! Yes, 10, they're all on top of the helmet.” Unfortunately for Albon, the lid didn't bring him much luck as his race ended in an accident at the first corner. David Coulthard, who won 13 Grands Prix during his F1 career, has teamed up with Czech businessman Karel Komarek to create the More Than Equal Foundation which aims to find and develop the first female Formula 1 champion . "I've always believed that my sister Lynsay Jackson had more natural racing talent than me, but I got the support for a Formula 1 trip and she didn't," said Coulthard. "To be successful, talent needs to be nurtured early on and I want every 'Lynsay' out there to have the same opportunities as men in the struggle to reach and win Formula 1." Formula 1 hasn't had one for decades racer more, while Susie Wolff became the last woman to drive Formula 1 machines at a Grand Prix weekend when she took part in practice with Williams for the 2015 British GP.

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NASCAR is tied to Georgia; F1 travels to Austria

All Times Eastern NASCAR CUP SERIES Quaker State 400 presented by Walmart (Author: Gardener)

NASCARTyler Reddick reacts after winning the Kwik Trip 250 following a NASCAR Cup Series auto race Sunday, July 3, 2022, at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. Tyler Reddick reacts after winning the Kwik Trip 250 following a NASCAR Cup Series auto race Sunday, July 3, 2022 at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. Last race: Tyler Reddick dueled Chase Elliott and drove to victory at Road America for his first win in NASCAR's Premier Series. Fast Facts: Reddick became the 13th different race winner from 18 events and the fifth premier this season. His win made 2014 series champion Kevin Harvick, the fourth-placed non-winner overall, the first driver not to make the 16-driver playoff if the overall standings stays level through the final eight races of the regular season. Elliott extended his points lead to 33 over Ryan Blaney and 35 over Ross Chastain. Last year: Kyle Busch won from pole position. Last race: Ty Gibbs passed Kyle Larson on the last lap of overtime at Road America to win for a best fourth time of the season. Fast Facts: Gibbs reduced his 25-point deficit to nine over championship leader AJ Allmendinger. Gibbs has won four times in 16 races this season and eight times in his career in 34 races; No other driver has won more than twice this season. Allmendinger recorded his 14th top 10 finish of the season. Last year: First time at this location. Final Race: Ryan Preece pulled away on a restart with 10 laps to go, then held off challenges from Zane Smith and Carson Hocevar to win for the second straight Nashville race. Fast facts: Preece's two wins came in just eight career starts. Zane Smith is the new points leader, 21 points clear of John Hunter Nemechek and 30 points clear of defending champion Ben Rhodes. Smith also leads with eight top 5 finishes, 12 top 10 finishes and 339 laps guided. The top 5 overall are the only regular drivers in the series to have won races this season. Last year: Max Verstappen won back-to-back weekends, both times from pole position. Last race: Carlos Sainz Jr won the British Grand Prix, his first Formula One win of his career, when a late tire change allowed him to escape. Fast Facts: Sainz's win came on his 150th F1 start. He became just the fourth different winner in 10 races, with championship leader Verstappen having won six times. Seven-time series champion Lewis Hamilton led laps for the first time this season and finished third, only his third podium of the season. Verstappen, who finished seventh after engine problems, leads Sergio Perez with 34 points and Charles LeClerc with 43 points. Last race: Scott McLaughlin won for the second time in his career, both this season, by overtaking defending champion Alex Palou at Mid-Ohio.

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Why the F1 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)

the F1 CodeIn 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 controversial British GP moves, is to understand the point at which the car overtaking has the right to get the track." , so it can no longer be repressed, and while there's long been this broad view that only a "significant portion" of it needs to be driving next door for the track to be yours, things are actually much more specifically defined than that. The Schumacher/Verstappen, Leclerc/Hamilton and Leclerc/Verstappen moments in which a driver overtakes around the outside essentially require the attacker to be in front of his rival after the apex of the corner. 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. As Verstappen said of the Schumacher fight: "It was good, a tough but fair fight I think."

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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 SeasonAutoRacingDigest.com's Gregg Fielding has you covered with the latest Silly Season update. As 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 are coming back as the schedule is set to expand to 25 races in 2023. We'll be back in a couple of weeks with another Silly Season update, be it driver or track related.

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F1 Austrian Grand Prix live stream - how to watch the race for free and online

The Austrian Grand Prix live stream features the F1 teams at the scenic Red Bull Ring. Here's how to watch the race live online and possibly for free. (Author: Gardener)

Austrian Grand PrixThe Austrian F1 Grand Prix 2022 live stream shows the teams for the 11th race of the season at the Red Bull Ring - and you can follow it all online from anywhere. So read on and we'll show you how to watch F1 live streams from anywhere with a VPN, possibly for FREE. If this race is even half as exciting as the action-packed British Grand Prix, we'll be delighted. This race began with a massive six-car crash – from which Zhou Guanyu and Alex Albon luckily (and miraculously) escaped unhurt – and there were several lead changes before Ferrari's Carlos Sainz finally clinched his first win in his 150th Grand Prix . It also saw the reawakening of Mercedes as a proper F1 force, with Lewis Hamilton constantly battling for the top three and leading the race for a while; He also set the fastest lap and the car now seems free of the ups and downs that had plagued it all season. All this increases the fascination for the Austrian Grand Prix, which takes place on the Red Bull Ring in the Styrian mountains. This is one of F1's sprint races, meaning that qualifying takes place on Friday and sets the order for Saturday's sprint, a mini-race lasting around 100km where the top eight drivers earn points. This then sets the order for the actual race on Sunday. The race starts at 2 p.m. BST / 9:00am ET / 6:00pm PT on Sunday (July 10), and there are multiple ways to watch - including some free options. So read on and we'll show you how to watch the Austrian F1 Grand Prix live stream. And don't forget to check out our full 2022 F1 Live Streams hub for more information, including the latest standings and full schedule. If you are lucky enough to live in Austria or Luxembourg, you can enjoy every second of Austria F1 Grand Prix live stream for FREE. Because the free-to-air ServusTV in Austria and RTL Zwee in Luxembourg show every session of the Grand Prix. But what if you are normally based in one of these countries but are not at home when you are watching the Austrian Grand Prix live stream? Maybe you're on vacation and don't want to spend money on pay TV in another country when you could normally watch it for free at home? Don't worry - you can watch it over a VPN instead. To choose Austria as an option, an Austrian who is currently outside the country could tune into ServusTV for coverage of the Austrian Grand Prix by simply signing up for a free account and then using one of the best VPN services. Our current favorite VPN service is ExpressVPN, but you can find others in our list of the best VPN services. S. and want to view an Austrian service, you would select Austria from the list. Visit ServusTV or another website and watch the race. The live stream of the Austrian F1 Grand Prix will be broadcast on ESPN, with coverage split across the various ESPN channels over the course of the three days. ESPN is available on most cable packages as well as cable TV replacement services including Sling TV, Fubo. Our pick would be Sling TV: The Sling Orange package costs just $35 per month and comes with 30+ channels, including ESPN. Also, Sling is currently offering a $10 off the first month. In addition to being available through your cable service, you can stream the action through the ESPN app or on the Watch section of the ESPN website. However, you must authenticate with your satellite, cable, or live TV provider credentials to view sessions. If one way or another you don't want to pay for live ESPN, F1 TV Pro is the best alternative. This is F1's own official F1 live stream service and as with ESPN's own coverage, it uses Sky Sports F1's feed. F1 TV Pro costs $10 per month or $80 for the season, which is a lot cheaper considering there are 22 races this year. You also get Formula 2, Formula 3 and Porsche Supercup races as well as the F1 archive of classic Grand Prix races. S., but aren't there at the moment, you can still watch the services you're already subscribed to using a VPN like ExpressVPN - meaning you can stream the Austrian F1 Grand Prix live from anywhere in the world. As usual, Sky Sports F1 shows the 2022 Austrian Grand Prix in live stream and in up to 4K resolution, the race itself starts at 2 p.m. on Sunday (July 10). You'll need to be a Sky Sports subscriber to watch it: Sky Sports F1 channel is available for £18 a month, and packages are available that give you a lot more channels for just a little more. To watch it in ultra-high definition 4K you'll have to pay a bit more: you'll need a Sky Q set-top box or Sky Glass and a package that includes both Ultra HD and Sky Sports F1. In total that would be at least £45 a month plus a one off payment of £20 if you are not an existing subscriber. This gets you all 11 Sky Sports channels for a limited time, with prices starting at £9.99 for a day pass and £33.99 for a month. K., but are somewhere else at the moment, you can still watch the services you subscribed to using one of the best VPN services. TSN has the Austrian Grand Prix livestream in Canada in English, while RDS is reporting in French. All sessions are broadcast on TSN, and if you receive the network through your cable or satellite provider, you can use TSN Go by signing in with your TV service credentials. Cord cutters should check out TSN Direct, which is available in daily and monthly passes for CAD$8 and CAD$20, respectively. The TSN app allows you to live stream the race from your phone, streaming box or supported device. ExpressVPN and other VPN services can help you access the services you are already subscribed to. Fox Sports has the rights to stream the Austrian F1 Grand Prix live in Australia which means you can follow all the action online via Foxtel. This service offers new subscribers a 14-day free trial, while one-month subscriptions start at $25 – which means you can sign up now and watch the Austrian Grand Prix for free. To use any of these services when you're elsewhere, you'll also need one of the best VPN services to watch the action from your home country. The Austrian Grand Prix weekend is another F1 sprint race, so it kicks off on Friday (July 8) with Practice 1 and Qualifying.

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F1 British GP News and Views includes Tom Cruise, Puppies, Madrid Formula 1 Bid and more

Not all news from the British Grand Prix was made at the track. (Author: Gardener)

BritishAmong other tidbits, we found out that Tom Cruise's mission in the UK was possible, Daniel Ricciardo is getting into the TV action and Sebastian Vettel was channeling his inner Nigel Mansell. Here are some of the off-track stories you may have missed from the British Grand Prix: Tom Cruise, left, and Jackie Stewart share time on the grid at Silverstone. There were plenty of VIPs at Silverstone - though perhaps not quite enough to rival Miami - including actor Tom Cruise, who turned 60 on race day and celebrated the milestone by flying in to see the British GP. Actor Damian Lewis, chef Gordon Ramsey and Liverpool football star Trent Alexander-Arnold were among the high-profile celebrities to watch Formula One. Formula 1 last drove in Madrid in 1981. Formula 1 is inundated with potential race organizers as post-pandemic interest booms. Spain's capital Madrid is the latest to show interest in hosing off Formula One and has taken the unusual step of going public very early. In a letter written at the end of June and published by the government of the Autonomous Community of Madrid, the Minister for the Presidency, Justice and Home Affairs, Enrique Lopez, outlined the city's ambitions. The letter did not specify a time frame or location. The Formula 1 Spanish GP has been staged in Barcelona since 1991 and its contract runs until 2026. Madrid last welcomed Formula 1 in 1981 at the purpose-built Jarama circuit, which is no longer suitable for competition at the highest level. Daniel Ricciardo hits Hulu in the latest off-the-track venture. Formula 1's popularity has boomed in recent years, with Drive to Survive facilitating proceedings while Lewis Hamilton co-produced a film starring Brad Pitt. The streaming service, majority owned by The Walt Disney Company, has hired Daniel Ricciardo for an upcoming series. "Basically it's going to be a fictional F1 TV series, so think like Ballers or Entourage in the world of F1," Ricciardo explained. "I have teamed up with Temple Hill who know what they are doing in their field so I have full confidence in them. I will serve as executive producer, but basically try to steer the ship a little where I can. "It's fiction, but I'll try to give as much input as possible to keep it on track and not too far from where people are like, 'OK, that would never happen, blah blah blah.' So I'll try and give the best advice I can when I can." The series is in the process of finding a writer and Ricciardo hopes casting can begin by the end of the summer. Several Formula 1 team members have been made seriously disturbed on their return journey from the previous event in Canada after being removed from Air Canada. Among them were team members from Red Bull Racing, Aston Martin and Williams, including some who had to be woken to be removed from the plane. No explanation was immediately given to affected team members before being later told they had been disruptive Air Canada then apologized to some passengers for not complying with mask regulations and continued this narrative for several days. Eventually, the airlines acknowledged that some passengers were mistakenly forced to exit the flight. Affected team members flew home the next day Nikita Mazepin lost his Formula 1 drive with Haas earlier this year. Has anyone ever switched from Formula 1 to dune buggy racing? This is the current path b eing by the exiled Nikita Mazepin. Mazepin and father Dmitry, owners of the Uralkali company that Haas sponsored and a close ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin, have since been sanctioned by the European Union and the United Kingdom. Mazepin has previously expressed his desire to return to Formula 1. While waiting to pursue that ambition, Mazepin instead turns his attention to the Silk Way Rally, where he will compete for the Snag Racing Team. The off-road rally raid event starts in Astrakhan on Thursday and ends in Moscow after 10 stages in as many days. For years, Alex Albon's family has run a hugely popular Instagram account called Albon Pets, which chronicles the abundance of animals that live with them, affectionately dubbed the "Albon Zoo". For Silverstone weekend, Albon produced a special, one-off purple helmet, topped with cartoons of the pets: eight cats, a dog and a horse. Their names are Tino, Moomoo, Gucci, Looky, Frooky, Tinky, Horsey, Sasha, Duckie and Goosie. Oh, and Horsey isn't the horse—that's Tinky. Will a helm ever beat Albon's in ingenuity and cuteness? "I like purple, lavender, it's summer, British vibes," Albon said. "Everything is pretty normal until you get to the top - it's Albon Pets... I have a few pets! Yes, 10, they're all on top of the helmet.” Unfortunately for Albon, the lid didn't bring him much luck as his race ended in an accident at the first corner. David Coulthard, who won 13 Grands Prix during his F1 career, has teamed up with Czech businessman Karel Komarek to create the More Than Equal Foundation which aims to find and develop the first female Formula 1 champion . "I've always believed that my sister Lynsay Jackson had more natural racing talent than me, but I got the support for a Formula 1 trip and she didn't," said Coulthard. "To be successful, talent needs to be nurtured early on and I want every 'Lynsay' out there to have the same opportunities as men in the struggle to reach and win Formula 1." Formula 1 hasn't had one for decades racer more, while Susie Wolff became the last woman to drive Formula 1 machines at a Grand Prix weekend when she took part in practice with Williams for the 2015 British GP.

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