In summary: Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto says he is “concerned” about tomorrow’s Formula 1 budget cap talks.
Binotto expressed concerns about the budget cap decision
The FIA’s five-day delay in issuing full certifications to teams following the budget cap “shows that there are unclear discussions and points”, Binotto told Sky. “The FIA is competing, the team is defending.”
The FIA has not confirmed that any team has exceeded the budget ceiling. Despite reports that Red Bull has exceeded its spending limit, the team has revealed that it stayed under $145 million in spending last year.
“I’m a little pessimistic, it may all melt like snow in the sun, but transparency and clarity will be important,” Binotto added.
Tsunoda ‘must work on his discipline’ to lead AlphaTauri in 2023 – Toast
Alfatauri team principal Franz Tost said Yuki Tunoda “needs to work a bit on discipline” before becoming the team’s most experienced driver in 2023.
The team confirmed yesterday that Pierre Gasly will leave the team at the end of the season, with Nick de Vries joining as his successor. According to Toast, Tsunoda – who will enter his third year in F1 with the team in 2023 – still has work to do to take on the role of team leader.
“Yuki is making good strides but he really needs to work on his discipline a little bit,” Tost said. But I’m sure Yuki will give a great performance.
“He showed us here in Suzuka, because he is out with a Formula 1 car for the first time and he has amazing natural speed and we control all the other elements. So, I am sure that Yuki will have a successful future, next year we will have a strong team together with Nick.
Vettel’s qualifying lap ‘sad to leave F1’
Sebastian Vettel admitted his ninth-place finish at the Japanese Grand Prix in qualifying at Suzuka made him feel like he was leaving Formula One.
Vettel confirmed his and Aston Martin’s Q3 debut after the Azerbaijan Grand Prix in June. Vettel admits he will miss driving at the Suzuka circuit as the four-time champion retires from Formula 1 at the end of the season.
“It’s a lot more fun around here than at other circuits,” Vettel said. “I’ve had so much fun over the years – and I had a great day today.
We’ll see what we can do tomorrow, but I’m very happy today. At the same time, I’m a little sad because it’s the last time I’ll be able to qualify this track. Laps like this make me sad to leave F1.
Foyt is eager to stretch into the third car with Kellett.
AJ Foyt Racing is looking to expand to a three-car team in IndyCar next season with Dalton Kellett, but only if it can put together a “good program.”
Foyt will run Santino Ferrucci and Indy Lights driver Benjamin Pedersen in two of their cars for the 2023 championship. However, team president Larry Foyt is interested in expanding the team to a three-car team with Dalton Kellett, who competed with Foyt this season.
“There is a mutual interest in continuing to work together,” Foyt said. “Unless it’s a good program, neither of us want to do it. We need to find some more people to make that happen.
We don’t do anything unless it strengthens the team. On that we are both on the same page.
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