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Image of F1 boss wagging finger exposes 'incompetent' Ferrari after 'crazy call'

One of its drivers may have won the British Grand Prix, but Ferrari's team strategy is increasingly being put to the test as the intensity of championship racing increases. (Author: Gardener)

FerrariFerrari is under the pump for failing to help Charles Leclerc and an awkward photo of the star driver with his team boss says it all. Ferrari is under the pump for failing to help Charles Leclerc and an awkward photo of the star driver with his team boss says it all. Carlos Sainz celebrated his maiden F1 win at Silverstone in his 150th race on Monday morning (AEST). While it was a deserved result for Sainz, the conversation immediately turned to the elephant in the room - how Ferrari once again screwed up the racing strategy of their championship contender Charles Leclerc. Watch every Practice, Qualifying and Race of the 2022 FIA Formula One World Championship™ live on Kayo. Sainz led the first half of the race but Leclerc was hot on his heels and asked over team radio to overtake his teammate, arguing that he was holding him up. At this point, Leclerc had better pace than Sainz, but Ferrari refused his request to pass his teammate. It was an enigmatic call that allowed Lewis Hamilton to catch up with the Ferrari duo when Leclerc could have built a huge lead had he been let through. Ferrari also chose not to pit Leclerc during the safety car period late in the race to switch to soft tyres. It proved costly as Leclerc was passed by Sergio Perez and Hamilton, meaning he missed the podium and had to settle for fourth place. Many commentators believed Ferrari butchered a potential 1-2 finish and missed an opportunity to help Leclerc earn valuable points and catch Max Verstappen - who finished seventh with a damaged car - in the Drivers' Championship. Leclerc is currently third in the standings - 43 points behind Verstappen with Perez in second. The Monagesque driver was loud on the team radio and was visibly frustrated when he returned to the garage. After the race, television cameras filmed Ferrari team boss Mattia Binotto addressing a stern word to Leclerc and threatening his star driver with his finger as if to give him the floor. But Binotto later dismissed suggestions the pair fought against, saying he actually congratulated Leclerc on a solid race. "There is nothing to clarify internally," the Scuderia boss told Sky Sports. "I think it was easy to say to him: 'I understand your disappointment, but you had a fantastic race today.' Fought at the start, fought later when he was on the hard and the others on the soft. "For us it was clear not to stop Charles, to hold the position and to stop Carlos because he was the only one who could have stopped. “At first I knew he was disappointed and frustrated which is understandable as he was clearly leading the race and felt comfortable going very fast when the safety car came out. “And for him today was a big opportunity in terms of the championship because he was leading while Max had some problems. “So the safety car came out and he had a difficult, shall we say, end of the race and no doubt he was disappointed. When I met him I knew he was disappointed. But F1 fans said the sight of Binotto appearing to berate Leclerc was not a good sight. Former F1 driver Johnny Herbert believes Ferrari failing to help their No.1 driver is becoming a problem, and stands in stark contrast to Red Bull, who have seen Verstappen pass Perez on several occasions this season. "Their (Red Bulls) strategy is a bit risky at times but my god they make some absolutely brilliant decisions so their driver can capitalize on that race win which then means you get the points," Herbert told Sky Sports. “Ferrari still seems to be lacking time here. And it was a bit historic for Ferrari to make those mistakes, especially this season, but it's happened many times in the past. "If this is a race fan who thinks it's a crazy call, how can they not see for themselves when they have all the information in the world right in front of them. But some disagreed, arguing Ferrari got their strategy right and letting Leclerc pass Sainz, robbing him of a first win, would have been even more disastrous. F1 writer Hazel Southwell tweeted: "Honestly I thought Ferrari got it right today, demoralizing Carlos would have sabotaged the team result even more, losing Charles the podium sucked but would have looked dumber if they also lost the win had.

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Carlos Sainz takes his first F1 win at the thrilling British Grand Prix

Sainz won despite Ferrari's best efforts to hand victory to Leclerc. (Author: Gardener)

Carlos SainzNORTHAMPTON, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 03: Carlos Sainz of Spain and Scuderia Ferrari and Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team celebrate victory after the British Grand Prix race at Silverstone on July 3, 2022 in Northampton, United Kingdom . (Photo by Jose Hernandez/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images) After a thrilling and at times terrifying British Grand Prix, Ferrari driver Carlos Sainz took home his first-ever F1 victory in his 150th race. The British Grand Prix was one of the most exciting F1 races in recent memory, one where the final laps really mattered. The British Grand Prix started with horror as Alfa Romeo driver Zhou Guanyu's car was flipped upside down and smashed into the tire barriers, only to tip back into the air and become trapped between the tires and the crash fence . However, the crash changed the outcome of the race as it happened before the first corner of the first lap, forcing the officials to restart the race from the original starting positions. This thwarted Red Bull driver Max Verstappen's quick first start to overtake Sainz on pole position. However, Mercedes' George Russell was even more frustrated than either driver as he was robbed of a restart following the crash. NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - JULY 3: Mercedes and Great Britain's George Russell calls for help after his crash with Alfa Romeo and China's Guanyu Zhou during the British F1 Grand Prix at Silverstone Circuit on July 3, 2022 in Northampton, England. NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - JULY 3: Mercedes and Great Britain's George Russell calls for help after his crash with Alfa Romeo and China's Guanyu Zhou during the British F1 Grand Prix at Silverstone Circuit on July 3, 2022 in Northampton, England. (Photo by Peter J. Fox/Getty Images) (Photo by Peter J. Fox/Getty Images) After his car stalled following the accident, Russell immediately jumped out of the car and ran to the tire barrier to check on Guanyu. Unfortunately, because he had abandoned the car and it had to be put on a bunk to be taken off the track, Russell was not allowed to continue the race, although both he and his car were still able to continue and so was he handed his first-ever lap-one DNF (Did Not Finish). Apparently, if a driver's car is supported by the track, he's out of the race. Despite an excellent start that was ruined by the restart, Lewis Hamilton was able to fight his way onto the podium in third place. He was engaged in an intense battle for third place with Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc on the final laps, but was able to skillfully keep the Ferrari off his rear. NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - JULY 03: Charles Leclerc of Monaco (16) driving the Ferrari F1-75 leading Carlos Sainz of Spain (55) driving the Ferrari F1-75 during the F1 British Grand Prix at Silverstone on July 03. July 2022 departs Northampton, England. NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - JULY 03: Charles Leclerc of Monaco (16) driving the Ferrari F1-75 leading Carlos Sainz of Spain (55) driving the Ferrari F1-75 during the F1 British Grand Prix at Silverstone on July 03. July 2022 departs Northampton, England. (Photo by Joe Portlock - Formula One/Formula One via Getty Images) (Photo by Joe Portlock - Formula One/Formula One via Getty Images) On lap five, Perez's car suffered damage, forcing him to pit for repairs walk. After this pit stop he came out last and was still able to fight his way up to second place. On lap 31, while leading the race, Sainz was ordered to let his teammate Chares Leclerc pass him. However, a safety car was called and Sainz was ordered to give Leclerc ten car lengths after the restart, to which he ultimately told his team no. After the safety car was over, Leclerc went too far and went off the track on lap 43, allowing Sainz to take a lead he wouldn't give up.

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Fernando Alonso is planning a 'moon' expedition after breaking an insane F1 record at the British GP

Two-time F1 champion Fernando Alonso covered the longest distance in F1 history at 92,643 kilometers after completing the British GP. That (Author: Gardener)

Fernando AlonsoAfter the British GP, the two-time F1 champion covered the longest distance in F1 history at 92,643 kilometres. The Alpine F1 team driver finished fifth at the British GP, holding off the challenge from McLaren's Lando Norris while fellow Ferrari driver Carlos Sainz won the British GP. The F1 social media handle congratulated Fernando Alonso on setting the F1 record for longest track with a post that calculates the distance the racer has traveled on an F1 track, among several other measurements that also included a memorable one contained comment, e.g. B. "Quarter of the Way to the Moon". Speaking of Fernando Alonso's F1 career, the Spaniard has spent over two decades on the F1 circuit and is currently the oldest driver on the grid at 40. The Alpine driver won F1 World Championship titles in 2005 and 2006 when he was driving for Renault F1 Team. He also drove for McLaren and Ferrari in a career that includes 32 race wins and 92 podiums. Alonso won the F1 title five times in a row from 2000 to 2004, ending Michael Schumacher's dominance. Schumacher has also previously won back-to-back titles in 1994 and 1995. The F1 driver spent two seasons outside of F1 competing in other driving competitions such as the Dakar Rally before returning to the F1 circuit in 2021. Alonso also made history by becoming the only third driver to earn 2000 championship points in his career , and joined forces in an exclusive club with the likes of seven-time F1 World Champion and Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton and Aston Martin F1 driver Sebastian Vettel. He was also previously the only Spanish driver to ever win a race in Formula One, until recently compatriot Carlos Sainz managed the feat in the British GP.

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Motorsports maiden F1 win is a relief for Sainz

MOTOR-F1-BRITAIN-SAINZ:Motorsport's first F1 win is a relief for Sainz (Author: Gardener)

SainzLONDON (Reuters) - Ferrari's Carlos Sainz said he was relieved and ready for more success after claiming his maiden Formula One win at Silverstone. The Spaniard eventually topped the podium after making his 150th start, becoming the 112th Formula One winner and the 40th driver to triumph for the sport's oldest and most successful team. Sainz, who also started Sunday's race from pole position for the first time, was only the second driver from his country to win a Grand Prix after double world champion Fernando Alonso. “Because there you have it, you have a win in Formula 1. Sainz, 27, is already on his fourth team, having started at Red Bull's Toro Rosso (now AlphaTauri), joining Renault (now Alpine), McLaren and then switched to Ferrari. The son of two-time world rally champion Carlos Sainz never stopped believing. It was super close in Canada," he said of two out of three races he's finished second in this season. "It was about time something just happened in a race you can win. Sainz did on Sunday won, although he moved in earlier for his teammate Charles Leclerc and was also passed by Red Bull leaders Max Verstappen.” I destroyed my front so much that it made perfect sense for Charles to get through and I let him pass as soon as the team asked me to do it. I've always been a team player," he said. "I will always be a team player, especially at Ferrari. I know that the team comes before and above my personal interests." Verstappen's challenge dwindled with a damaged car and Leclerc's race was nullified by Ferrari's strategy of keeping him out on worn tyres, while Sainz pitted for fresh ones during a safety car period. In the end, circumstances were on Sainz's side: He was told to take off and coast to save fuel, but the safety car allowed him to save enough to push to the end.

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A podium

The game goes straight from pole position to victory. (Author: Gardener)

Formula 1 drivers travel to exotic locations around the world, from Monaco to Macau, to race some of the world's most powerful cars. Off the track, they attend all sorts of press events and promotional events. Drivers can often be found in their supercars in front of the fanciest restaurants in the biggest cities. Whether it was adding a bit of history to the career mode or adding interviews with media outlets, Codemasters has been moving in that direction for quite some time, but never fully succeeded. While the new F1 Life puts you in the shoes of a Formula 1 driver better than ever, the feature still feels a little tacked on. You get a living space that you can accessorize with different types of furniture, including sofas and lights. You can also place supercars in lookout bays for other players to visit and of course admire. You unlock items for your Living Space at a pretty decent pace, but the main downside to the feature is that to get any of the good stuff for either Furnishings, you have to shell out some real money for an in-game currency called Pitcoins or clothing for your character. The upshot, of course, is that F1 Life soon gets lost in the swamp of microtransactions. The supercars aren't just for show, though, and unlike your furniture, they're unlocked as you play the game. I'll admit I quite miss the historic Formula 1 cars from previous installments in the series, but for the first time ever, players will be able to take to the track in supercars. The simulation is every bit as good as you'd expect from Codemasters, but compared to the incredibly nimble Formula 1 cars, they feel a bit like driving a bus. Either way, you can drive the supercars in time trials or what's known as Pirelli Hot Laps, a series of 40 challenges including Autocross, Drift and Average Speed ​​Zone. These come in three levels of difficulty and can be accessed from the main menu or played at various points in career mode. I found the Pirelli Hot Laps to be a nice distraction, but that pretty much sums them up. When it comes to the main attraction, this is perhaps the best implementation of career mode ever. You have multiple options right from the start, starting with co-op or single player. While you can work your way up to your favorite Formula 1 team by starting in Formula 2, Codemasters has brought back the incredibly popular My Team feature, which lets you play as an owner, director and driver on your very own racing team at the same time . The whole thing feels very much like F1 Manager. You start your journey in My Team by choosing between three different entry fee amounts. Since the next step is to choose your driving partner, you might be tempted to take the most cash, but working your way up through the mid-table is the best route, in my personal opinion. The temptation is particularly strong because the developer decided to throw some legendary drivers like Ayrton Senna and Michael Schumacher into the mix, which is both crazy and wonderful. You can disable this feature if you prefer a bit of realism, but I could never muster up enough courage. Watching them take on Lewis Hamilton is way too good to pass up. When you finally get into the game, you'll find that despite having some of those grid legends on the track, the experience is incredibly lifelike. As the current Formula 1 season progresses, the game will be updated to reflect the real-world performance of each car and driver. The result is realistic starting positions for the drivers and the opportunity to enter the Formula 1 season at the current time. Being able to watch a race and then hit the track from the last leaderboard really puts you in the shoes of your favorite driver. The amount of systems in career mode is impressive. These mostly return from previous entries in the series, but F1 22 still stands out from its competitors in this regard. In your three training sessions before each race, you run simulations that earn you development points. You can also participate in activities between race weekends to level up your skill tree. Drivers develop rivalries that, after a successful result, not only lead to stat increases, but also increase the intensity of the races. There's nothing quite like defying a rival with a perfectly executed overtake, or beating them by a split second. Players can modify just about anything in the game to their liking. AI difficulty can be fine-tuned, as can almost every other aspect of the simulation. racing rules. F1 22 also puts you in control of certain aspects of the sport like formation laps and pit stops that were fully automatic in previous entries in the series. You can also turn off all of these things, but they add to the experience and make you feel great to be there. The accessibility options are just as good as you would expect given the range of customization supported by the simulation. You can customize the driving model to your liking and activate features otherwise forbidden in Formula 1, such as automatic transmission and anti-lock brakes. While some players like to poke fun at people who use all the assists, the fact of the matter is that you're probably better off not losing control on the first turn, and slowly flipping the switches is really fun. The best feature in this regard is the ability to turn back time if you hit a wall or something else. Most importantly, driving in the game is a joy. Ditto for previous entries in the series, but there's nothing quite like pulling up behind someone, deploying your drag reduction system and overtaking. Overtaking other drivers in a tight corner is also a thrill. On the other hand, there were many times where the AI ​​cut me off and caused a crash or just plowed straight into me. As for difficulty, I found the AI ​​to be a little inconsistent, but overall challenging, especially when cranked to the max. Once you're done with single player, multiplayer offers a whole other side of F1 22. You can make the most of it by joining a league or creating your own to schedule race weekends or even race weeks if that's your preference. You might not run into Fernando Alonso or Sebastian Vettel, but Formula 1 drivers like George Russell and Lando Norris have been known to interact with fans via multiplayer in some of the previous entries in the F1 series, and that's how they got it You might just get a chance to compete with the best of the best. When all is said and done, F1 22 is more than just another entry in the long-running F1 series. The game continues a long legacy of racing simulators, so you could say it takes you from pole position straight to victory. This is the best Formula 1 game so far. There's something for everyone, from the casual racer to the seasoned pro. I have a few concerns on the technical side as the game could look a lot better on some counts and the ray tracing has a disproportionately negative impact on frame rate given the visual improvements, but I would still recommend this game to almost everyone. The game engine is just showing its age. In any event, with what is shaping up to be one of the best Formula One seasons in years, there has never been a better time to get into motorsport and the best place to start might just be F1 22. NEXT: Best Racing Games for Beginners

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Sainz wins 1st career F1 race with British GP victory

SILVERSTONE, 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. It started with a scary crash on the first lap and ended in intense wheel-to-wheel battles for the podium places. (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 relieved," said Sainz. "Honestly, I never stopped believing that dream was coming, even though this year was tough for me." He had finished second or third 11 times before winning and was frustratingly close second to Verstappen at the last race in Canada . After the restart, Sergio Pérez overtook Hamilton and Leclerc and finished second behind Sainz. Hamilton was briefly second after passing both Pérez and Leclerc in a three-way move, but he was unable to hold the position and dropped to fourth. Hamilton then stormed past Leclerc in a bitter battle for third place. He also led laps on Sunday for the first time this season. "I gave everything," 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 racist slurs and homophobic language to describe Hamilton, the only black F1 driver, in interviews from last year that got more 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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Motorsport F1 can learn from Zhou crash, says Russell

MOTOR-F1-BRITAIN: Motorsport-F1 can learn from Zhou crash, says Russell (Author: Gardener)

ZhouLONDON (Reuters) - Formula 1 can learn an important safety lesson from Chinese driver Guanyu Zhou's serious accident at the British Grand Prix, according to Mercedes driver George Russell. The Briton was involved in the accident on the first lap that saw Zhou's sparkling Alfa Romeo slide headfirst across the track before flying over the tire barriers and becoming wedged sideways in a gap between the safety fence and barrier. The newcomer later said his life was saved by the titanium Halo head protection system. "It was awful, he was stuck in that position, (there was) nothing he could have done," Russell, who was there quickly after jumping out of his battered car, told reporters at Silverstone. "We have to think to avoid a car getting stuck in such a narrow gap," added the director of the Grand Prix Drivers' Association (GPDA). "The space between the barriers and the metal fence and he was just stuck there, nowhere to go. Had the car caught fire, as was the case with Romain Grosjeans Haas, who broke through the metal barriers in Bahrain with the Frenchman in 2020." If he freed himself quickly, there would have been no escape. In the first lap, the Alfa's tank would have caught more than 100 kg of fuel. Former racer Anthony Davidson, now a Sky Sports pundit, questioned why there was a gap between the fence and the barrier and questioned the apparent failure of the Alfa's roll bar structure. "There are photos I've seen of the aftermath of the accident where the actual roll bar appears to be missing," Davidson said. "The roll bar was supposed to be as strong as the halo that stayed intact at all times, protecting the driver's head from impact, and it didn't. "We sometimes criticize the (ruling) FIA, but in these cases you have to show them how a lot they helped us," said the Spaniard, who also highlighted how the halo had worked in a major Formula 2 crash on Sunday morning. "What happened to the halo today, it probably saved two lives," he added added.

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Lewis Hamilton finally opens up on Abu Dhabi heartbreak with defiant F1 vow

Lewis Hamilton secured a sensational podium in a rough Silverstone during a dramatic British Grand Prix - and the Brit opened the controversial finale of the 2021 season (Author: Gardener)

Lewis HamiltonLewis Hamilton finally opens Abu Dhabi heartbreak with a defiant F1 oath Lewis Hamilton secured a sensational podium at a rough Silverstone during a dramatic British Grand Prix - and the Brit opened the controversial finale of the 2021 season. Thank you for subscribing ! We have more NewsletterShow meMercedes star Lewis Hamilton has declared he will "rise again" as the seven-time world champion finally addressed the absurd end of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix that decided the epic battle for the 2021 Formula One World Championship. Hamilton looked certain of winning a record-breaking eighth world championship, moving away from the seven he currently owns alongside F1 icon Michael Schumacher. However, that all changed after Williams' Nicholas Latifi crashed, resulting in a safety car with just laps to go. Former race director Michael Masi made the stunning decision to only allow the lapped cars between Red Bull's Max Verstappen and Hamilton to pass the safety car, allowing for a single lap of dramatic racing. The move was clearly motivated to ensure that one of the greatest seasons in F1 history ended in a race. As a result, with Verstappen on fresh, soft tires, Hamilton was a sitting duck as the Dutchman retired at turn five to clinch his maiden title. Hamilton, like fans around the world, was in disbelief and said over the radio: "It was rigged." Finally, Hamilton addressed the disappointment experienced in the championship final. "My father gave me the value of never giving up and the easiest thing is to give up," Hamilton told Sky Sports. Lewis Hamilton was heartbroken after Max Verstappen accidentally came out on top at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, winning the world championship in the process. The eight-time world champions struggled with severe shocks as their cars rattled uncontrollably under the new regulations and car designs introduced for the 2022 season, leaving Mercedes uncompetitive in the fight for victories. Hamilton remains optimistic and was philosophical when discussing the challenges of 2022. He said: "I came back into a season and I've been struggling all year and I don't know why that's the case this year. Winning is everything, work towards winning. And so anything but felt like a failure at times. Success and everything is a beautiful thing, but you learn much, much more when you stumble and fall. “I used to think about things for so long, but now I can go ahead and just try harder next time. Work harder, dig deeper, learn more – whatever it is.” Lewis Hamilton secured a superb third place finish at the British Grand Prix, sending the home fans home happy. Do you think Lewis Hamilton will win a race in 2022? Hamilton secured a place on the podium at his home British Grand Prix, a race he has won a record eight times, while Ferrari star Carlos Sainz celebrated his maiden win at Silverstone. Championship leader Verstappen suffered damage to his car and only finished seventh. However, Hamilton felt he could have recorded a stunning ninth win at Silverstone had luck been on his side. A slow pit stop saw him fail to undercut Sainz and Charles Leclerc in the closing stages, while battling admirably against Red Bull's Sergio Perez but was narrowly edged to second place by the Mexican. "I was doing good times and catching them up and had a really good, long stint and I really thought maybe we could fight for the win but unfortunately the gaps were a bit too big and the pit stop wasn't very good," said Hamilton completed. “In the end I had problems with the warm-up and lost to two cars. It was so tough today.” The 22-race F1 2022 campaign continues on July 10 with the Austrian Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring.

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Formula 1 can learn from Zhou's crash, says Russell

According to Mercedes driver George Russell, Formula 1 can learn an important safety lesson from Chinese driver Guanyu Zhou's serious accident at the British Grand Prix. (Author: Gardener)

ZhouFormula One F1 - British Grand Prix - Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Britain - July 3, 2022 Alfa Romeo's Guanyu Zhou crashes at the start of the race REUTERS/Molly Darlington Formula One F1 - British Grand Prix - Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Britain - July 3, 2022 July 4, 2022 Alfa Romeo's Guanyu Zhou crashes at the start of the race REUTERS/Molly Darlington LONDON, July 4 (Reuters) - Formula One can learn an important safety lesson from the major crash of Chinese driver Guanyu Zhou at the British Grand Prix, according to Mercedes Driver George Russell. The Briton was involved in the accident on the first lap that saw Zhou's sparkling Alfa Romeo slide headfirst across the track before flying over the tire barriers and becoming wedged sideways in a gap between the safety fence and barrier. The newcomer later said his life was saved by the titanium Halo head protection system. "It was awful, he was stuck in that position, (there was) nothing he could have done," Russell, who was there quickly after jumping out of his battered car, told reporters at Silverstone. "We have to think to avoid a car getting stuck in such a narrow gap," added the director of the Grand Prix Drivers' Association (GPDA). "The space between the barriers and the metal fence and he was just stuck there, nowhere to go. Had the car caught fire, as was the case with Romain Grosjeans Haas, who broke through the metal barriers in Bahrain with the Frenchman in 2020." If he freed himself quickly, there would have been no escape. In the first lap, the Alfa's tank would have caught more than 100 kg of fuel. Former racer Anthony Davidson, now a Sky Sports pundit, questioned why there was a gap between the fence and the barrier and questioned the apparent failure of the Alfa's roll bar structure. "There are photos I've seen of the aftermath of the accident where the actual roll bar appears to be missing," Davidson said. "The roll bar was supposed to be as strong as the halo that stayed intact at all times, protecting the driver's head from impact, and it didn't. "We sometimes criticize the (ruling) FIA, but in these cases you have to show them how a lot they helped us," said the Spaniard, who also highlighted how the halo had worked in a major Formula 2 crash on Sunday morning. "What happened to the halo today, it probably saved two lives," he added added.

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Smooth or medium?

Codemasters presents their annual update of their F1 franchise with the new car designs and circuits, but is there enough else to justify a purchase? (Author: Gardener)

annualDespite impeccable TV coverage, a gluttonous budget for yachts and cars that cost as much to develop as a small country's GDP, actually racing on the Formula 1 circuit is a grim, sordid affair. High winds, shocking in-car temperatures, debris and bits of rubber fouling the tracks, and crystallized excretions from drivers' diapers all conspire to create a fetid and sweaty asphalt swamp not dissimilar to Milton Keynes in mid-August. Meanwhile, Codemasters has held the F1 license since 2008 and has managed to refine its product into such a fine art of customizable simulation that they've covered both the sim and arcade demographics while being powered by EA, the giant of the game makers, were swallowed up. The upshot of all this is that every year Codemasters throws out a shiny new version of Formula 1, wriggling for new ideas and missing a trick in the process - bringing the real spit and sawdust of F1 to the drivers and players on the track. New for 2022 is "F1 Life", an attempt to infuse players with the personal wealth and narcissism of F1 drivers, allowing you to buy branded clothing and boring supercars with your vast fortune while participating in the normal racing season. This brainstorm, no doubt an uninspired decision after a particularly lengthy board meeting at EA Sports, manages to miss the point of an F1 game altogether while ignoring the shocking economic woes afflicting the majority of consumers. Escapism is well and good for most video games, but rubbing our noses at the massive disposable incomes of F1 drivers in a licensed product seems wanton and Thatchereqsue, especially in the current economic climate. In addition to branded clothing and furnishings for your immaculately unassuming apartment, F1 Life features a garage that can house up to four supercars. These can also be driven in a selection of challenges across all F1 tracks, but I'm not sure why you'd want to do this as they behave like a bunch of British Leyland sedans compared to the F1 cars of the 80's. You can use real money to buy "pitcoin" (yawn) to replenish your avatar's wardrobe/apartment/dildo collection, but why on earth anyone in their right mind would choose to do so is beyond me. It just belittles what a solid arcade/sim is and has replaced the story mode and classic F1 cars as "bonus" content, which was both relevant and great fun to race. The 2022 F1 season features cars that are heavier, wheels that are 5″ larger, enforced designs are simpler, cup holders are banned and “ground effect” designs are now an integral part of the downforce that cars use to land on the Tracks can grab fast speed. The latter has caused major problems for Mercedes in the first half of the 2022 season, with both Lewis Hamilton and George Russell complaining of severe back pain as the cars 'swim' on the straights, along with the inconvenience of having nowhere to put their cappuccino anywhere during of the race. Codemasters has dutifully updated the specs on the cars, so the handling is noticeably different from the 2021 iteration, and the noticeable weight and steering response have been expertly simulated. Understandably, Codemasters wants to play it safe, and undoubtedly the license agreement states that any problem encountered by a single manufacturer should not be exploited by a video game simulation. Which brings me to collisions and accidents, an integral part of the sport that adds to the excitement of racing and shows the bravery of drivers regularly exceeding 200mph during a race, not to mention the G-forces. Delving into F1 2022's options, the maximum collision damage and simulation levels just don't seem to illustrate how cars collide and shatter during a real F1 event. There is a limitation in the way the game was programmed that negates the potential for spectacular crashes and how a number of other factors miss the essential spirit of the sport. The cold, dead eyes and weird mouths (which seem to offer a glimpse into the void) tend to break disbelief, and compared to the graphical accuracy on the track, it suggests that Codemasters put some budget into improving it must redirect the driver's faces. But calling out a multi-million pound license for its foibles is quite important considering that despite various bells and whistles, there's a cash cow here ready to be milked. But despite all of the above, the real excitement of racing and insane sense of speed from Codemasters continues to be delivered admirably. The above customization options are aimed at players looking to immerse themselves in arcade-style racing, or at the other end of the spectrum, technical devotees looking to experience the unforgiving nature of F1 as a full simulation. Research and development of your team's auto-returns, allowing for judicious use of funds to iron out any deficiencies as the season progresses, and points can be earned during pre-race training sessions, either at the track or as an automatic option that takes you straight to can jump qualification. Attending at least one of the practice sessions is highly recommended just to learn how the new cars behave on each track. F1 2022 works incredibly well no matter what level you're racing at, and if you can manage to strike a balance between the challenge of competition and the handling for you, it's hugely compulsive and, most importantly, fun. Despite the updated tracks and cars, I'd rather recommend either F1 2021 (which lacks story mode from 2022) or F1 2020 (featuring a variety of classic F1 cars). There is a negligible difference in the quality of the races in both games and all aspects of management are present and correct, and most importantly, "F1 Life" and its microtransactions are just a wink for an EA manager. Any avid F1 fan keen to experience the latest cars and circuits will not be disappointed with the racing quality and attention to detail. Just stay away from "F1 Life" which will hopefully be jettisoned for 2023.

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