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Martin Brundle said changing the race director will not fix the Abu Dhabi problem.

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Martin Brundle said changing the race director will not fix the Abu Dhabi problem

Formula One’s governing body said on Thursday it will announce in March, on the eve of the opening race in Bahrain, the outcome of an investigation into last season’s controversial Abu Dhabi finale.

The 2021 title was won by Red Bull’s Max Verstappen after a change to the usual safety car procedure allowed him to overtake Lewis Hamilton on the last lap and denied the Mercedes driver a record eighth title.

Hamilton, who turned 37 last week, remains disillusioned with F1 following the FIA race director Michael Masi’s handling of a safety car restart in the concluding moments of the race at the Yas Marina circuit. Red Bull driver Verstappen was able to take advantage of fresh tyres to pass Hamilton on the final lap and win his first world championship.

Martin Brundle said changing the race director will not fix the Abu Dhabi problem.

The new FIA president, Mohammed Ben Sulayem, was elected to replace the outgoing Jean Todt last month and has made resolving the farcical end to last season as his top priority. It is unclear whether Australian Masi will retain his position as race director.

Formula One pundit Martin Brundle, who took part in 158 races as a driver, told Sky Sports: “Michael [Masi] clearly has one life left and I don’t know whether that is tenable all-round. But changing [the race director] will not fix the problem.

“This is way too big a job for one person to handle a 23-race season that is only going to grow,” Brundle added. “If Masi stays he needs a lot of support around him – I suspect that is what they are looking at – and if he goes, who would actually want to step into his shoes right now?”

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“It shouldn’t happen ever again!!!” Max Verstappen says as he fights back over…

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“It shouldn’t happen ever again!!!” Mac Verstappen says as he fights back over…

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen said online abuse “shouldn’t happen anymore” and encouraged the social media companies to do more to protect their users.

Red Bull’s head of strategy Hannah Schmitz became the target of online abuse after the baseless conspiracy theory emerged online suggesting she in some way affected the result of the Dutch Grand Prix.

With AlphaTauri’s unusual handling of Yuki Tsunoda’s problems, there was a suggestion that Red Bull, who are the sister team of AlphaTauri, someway influenced the result.

Tsunoda would go on to retire on track, prompting a Virtual Safety Car which ultimatley allowed Verstappen, and others, the chance to pit for fresh tyres. This proved to be largely inconsequential though as a short while later Valtteri Bottas retired on the main straight which prompted the full Safety Car, giving the drivers another chance for a quick pit stop.

“It shouldn’t happen ever again!!!” Mac Verstappen says as he fights back over…

As social media users looked for a target of their hate, they settled on Schmitz, notably the most senior female member of the Red Bull Racing group.

AlphaTauri were quick to condemn the abuse, saying that such “hateful behaviour cannot be tolerated.”

Speaking ahead of the Italian Grand Prix, Verstappen echoed that sentiment and said that abuse against the likes of Schmitz, who has guided Red Bull to a 135-point lead in the Constructors’ Championship, “shouldn’t happen.”

“To be honest it’s just about all these silly people who comment like that and what social media allows in general,” Verstappen told Sky Sports F1. “Hate happens in every type, it’s not only Formula 1, but it shouldn’t happen.

“I think there’s a lot still to be done about that on social media platforms to anyone, not only us, but that’s something they [social media companies] have to look into. We can’t change that, we’re not in charge of that, but they definitely can work something out.”

It follows a growing trend of abuse being aimed at F1 and sport stars online, Lewis Hamilton being a particular target, while Williams’ Nicholas Latifi revealed earlier this year he had received death threats following his crash in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix last year.

Verstappen noted how leaving hateful comments is “very easily done online” but said races like the Dutch Grand Prix should be remembered for the on-track action and not abuse off it.

“People just be [on] their phone or laptop or whatever. But these things you know, that shouldn’t happen anymore,” the 24-year-old said. “We should remember the whole weekend is a great atmosphere and a great race, because I think it was quite exciting.

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“You never really knew what was going on or who’s going to win the race and that’s what it should be remembered about.”

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F1 World goes berserk over Charles Leclerc admission to have been surprised by the*****. Says he thinks everybody is

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Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc has admitted the performance of the Scuderia in Italy could be worse than their speed at Zandvoort.

Leclerc believes Monza might expose Ferrari’s shortcomings to a greater extent than the Zandvoort circuit, with the title contender admitting the team’s home track does not reward their car’s strengths.

The home of the Italian Grand Prix is known as the ‘Temple of Speed’ due to it being the track with the lowest downforce requirements of the year. The flat-out blast around the park is only punctuated by a few chicanes to slow the cars, which means it is a track that rewards low drag and aero efficiency at high speed.

As a result, and following Ferrari being drubbed by Red Bull at the high-speed Spa-Francorchamps, Leclerc believes Monza could be a tough weekend for the Scuderia.

Having rescued a seemingly unlikely podium finish at Zandvoort after a strategic misstep from Mercedes, Leclerc looked ahead to the weekend in Italy.

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“On paper, it’s not our best track, unfortunately,” he told media after the Dutch Grand Prix.

“But anyway, I’m really looking forward to going there. We always have a massive amount of support. And for that, I’m really looking forward to it.

“But I think the performance on paper will be a bit more difficult than this weekend, unfortunately.”

Had the Zandvoort race not been interrupted by a late Safety Car period, Ferrari looked set to finish off the podium after both Mercedes cars had employed a medium-tyre start to challenge for the victory.

Leclerc admitted he had been surprised by the pace of Mercedes, who were able to keep up race-long pressure on eventual winner Max Verstappen.

“Definitely [surprised],” he said. “On the harder compounds? Yes.

“I think everybody is obviously improving but in the last races, we’ve been struggling a bit more in race pace. Now Mercedes are also in the fight and they are very quick.

“They were extremely quick, especially on the harder compounds. I think our pace on the softs was really good at the beginning. We had used tyres, Max [Verstappen] was on new, so I think the difference was more or less what we expected. But then on the new mediums we were slower than expected, for sure.”

Ferrari, who spent the first half of the season vying for race victories with Red Bull, have fallen off the boil in recent races – their drop in competitiveness coinciding with the introduction of Technical Directive 039, introduced to control the extent of car porpoising by means of more strict monitoring of the skid blocks and plank on the car’s floor.

But despite Ferrari’s step back in pace happening at the same time as the TD enforcement beginning, team boss Mattia Binotto ruled out that it has had any effect.

“No, nothing to do [with that],” he told Sky F1.

“Honestly, I know there have been a lot of rumours on that, but that’s not the point. As I said already, in Hungary (before TD039 was enforced), we were not quick enough. Maybe we need simply to review our packages that have been introduced or maybe in the ways we are balancing our car.

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“I think the potential of the car can be higher, and has proved to be higher since the start of the season. But right now, it is not the case anymore.”

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Latest scheduling news plus see Ja’s viral shopping trip

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We’ve had scheduling-related news slowly drip out from the NBA insiders the last several days and the entire schedule is set to be released today.

The Grizzlies are expected to get a big increase in nationally televised games this season, thanks to the growing star power of Ja Morant.

Let’s dive into the latest and most interesting news in this week’s Playbook.

Latest scheduling news plus see Ja’s viral shopping trip

Memphis Grizzlies 2022-23 schedule is here

The full 2022-23 schedule will be released today at 2 PM CT, according to the NBA. We already know of several key matchups and dates, which we’ve outlined here.

Reported in advance of the official release (by a variety of NBA insiders):

  • First preseason game & opponent
  • First regular season game & opponent
  • MLK Day game opponent
  • Christmas Day opponent
  • All-Star Game date & host city

Grizzlies superstar Ja Morant recently published a new vlog on his YouTube channel that showed him doing not one but two awesome things while he was shopping at the Atlanta-based Icebox jewelry store.

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Morant noticed a couple celebrating their engagement and he invited them over to his seating area and poured them out some shots of tequila. As expected, the internet went wild and for good reason. It was a really thoughtful gesture and shows the genuine side of a kid who grew up in a small, South Carolina town.

 

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