The news of a special exit clause that would allow Max Verstappen an early departure from Red Bull in the case of average results, puts this year Formula 1 driver market in a new light. Perhaps nothing will happen, but maybe we’ll see the gigantic transfers of the F1 greatest  stars…

According to the Spanish media, the contract between Max Verstappen and Red Bull contains a special clause according to which the Dutchman could talk about a possible transfer to any of the competing teams if he does not succeed race win before the Hungarian GP.

The existence of the clauses in the Verstappen’s contract was confirmed by the Dutchman’s management in the meantime, also the driver’s father Jos already mentioned the possibility of early departure from Milton Keynes.

Max Verstappen is considered one of the greatest talent in the history of the motorsport and with such a driver, both Ferrari and Mercedes would solve the issue of drivers lineup for the next decade. The fact is that both Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel are no longer the youngest, and Verstappen is offered as an ideal choice for the successors of both superstars.

In the meanwhile, there is also Fernando Alonso who made it clear that he is interested in exclusively racing with a car that will allow him to fight for the title of world champion. Although Spaniard is also considered as an elite driver, on the other hand, he is also not a young gun anymore. For some time, there have been rumors of Alonso returning to Ferrari, which based on another average season for Scuderia, does not seem impossible anymore.

Sebastian Vettel has a contract with Ferrari for 2020, but we all know that the Formula 1 contracts do not apply much. The German contract also contained a special clause, according to which both Vettel and Ferrari can terminate the agreement early. In Maranello, this clause has been used many times, and there would be no surprise if they will do so in the case of Sebastian Vettel.

Vettel can often be seen lately in the Red Bull Motorhome, a team with whom the German won four consecutive titles of the world champion. In the case of Verstappen’s departure to Mercedes, Milton Keynes will need a new leader, and Vettel could decide to end his successful career with Red Bull.

The summer is here and Formula 1 enters the annual “silly season” period. Perhaps nothing will happen, but we’ll see fireworks worthy of the pinnacle of Motorsport.

Alonso to Ferrari, Verstappen to Mercedes, Vettel to Red Bull?

 

Valtteri Bottas put in a textbook performance to clinch his second race victory of the season in the 2019 Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

The Finn looked composed and comfortable throughout a surprisingly incident-free race on Baku City Circuit, his Mercedes team mate Lewis Hamilton having to settle for second after an initial furious wheel-to-wheel battle between the pair at the start.

Despite being considered to have the much faster car this weekend, Ferrari seemed unable to match the Silver Arrows for race pace. Sebastian Vettel ultimately finished in third ahead of Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc, who pulled off a nice bit of damage limitation after his crash in qualifying the previous day.

Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Mercedes AMG F1 W10 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W10 lead at the start of the race.

With three cars required to start the race from pit lane – Robert Kubica, Kimi Raikkonen and Pierre Gasly all sent to the naughty step for various rules infractions over the course of the weekend – it was a somewhat depleted grid of just 17 cars that lined up in the afternoon sunshine of Baku, headed by the two Mercedes cars of Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton.

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For most Formula 1 fans, Lewis Hamilton’s 75th Formula 1 victory at the sport’s 1000th race looked like a breeze, but not so according to the five-time World Champion who even had to change his driving style to tame his all-conquering Mercedes.

And while the Silver Arrows have scored a one-two in the first three races, Hamilton does not believe they are the dominant team at the moment.

Speaking after winning the Chinese Grand Prix on Sunday, Hamilton said, “Through the weekend, the car’s really not liked how I drive at this track. I was always really quick here and my aggressive driving style worked really well, and then I used that in the last two years and the tyres would not allow it and the car would not allow it and I seemed to have lost a lot of performance.”

“I really had to be quite dynamic to change my natural driving style, shift it to a different way. I only really got there at the end of qualifying, and then in the race….

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todt bottasMercedes report from qualifying for the Chinese Grand Prix, Round 3 of the 2019 Formula 1 World Championship, at Shanghai International Circuit.

Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport lock out the front row for the 1000th Grand Prix

  • Valtteri claimed his seventh Formula One pole position – his first of the 2019 season and first in China
  • Lewis will start the 1000th Formula One race from P2 on the grid, completing the front-row lockout for Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport
  • Both drivers will start tomorrow’s Grand Prix on the Medium tyres

Valtteri Bottas: “It feels good to be on pole. I think it’s going to be a very close race tomorrow, so it’s a good thing to start from the front. It’s been a strong weekend for us so far and it was nice to continue that way in the first session that counted.”

“Because in the end when you go into Qualifying it doesn’t matter if you’ve had a good weekend up to that point; the only thing that counts is if you can deliver a good lap. I’m happy I was able to do that today. I think we were still a little bit behind on the straights compared to Ferrari, but we were stronger in the corners and ultimately gained more than we lost to them on the straights.”

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Mercedes have a new front wing for the W10 made for the Chinese Grand Prix weekend, but reports suggest that the FIA took a look at it and deemed it illegal as they had done with the creations presented to scrutineers by Red Bull and Williams.

Auto Motor und Sport’ Michael Schmid reports that Mercedes will have to change their latest front wing because the new version for Shanghai does not comply with F1 regulations, as the end-plate is cut out too far when the rules state

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Mercedes boss Toto Wolff agreed with Toro Rosso’s Franz Tost who predicts that Ferrari has a better car at the moment.

According to AMuS, Vettel‘s performance yesterday made other teams be a bit worried, especially Because Alfa Romeo Racing (who has a similar front wing concept like Ferrari) have performed well too.

The Toro Rosso Boss Franz Tost thinks, that copying Ferrari’s concept would be a waste of time.

That would take 3 to 4 months because the entire car would have to be rebuilt drastically. Mercedes drives a completely different concept. Who wants to convert from the Mercedes wing to a Ferrari wing, must change the rest of the car aswell. And that would take weeks to match everything. That could be championship decisive.

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff agreed with Toro Rosso’s Franz Tost that Ferrari did a better job over winter:

“I see it like Franz. At the moment realistically the Ferrari is at least 0.5s ahead. Let’s see what happens next week. That will be important when more parts come on the car.”

If we have to change our philosophy, that means a fight back that will take weeks and months. But whatever happens, we will do our best”

“We didn’t put all out but Ferrari didn’t either. I think we need to look at the other concept (Ferrari) and decide whether to stay true to our philosophy, do we believe it will work out through the season or do we have to change.”

“We had a big regulation change and you see two different kind of concepts. And it looks like Ferrari have found the exact sweet spot there. First impression after 3 days, Ferrari is fast, faster than us.”

The Ferrari F1 team may have found a loophole from regulation changes heading to the 2019 Formula 1 season, which may be a cause for concern for its F1 rivals

The attention of the competition was aroused primarily by the innovative design of the Ferrari front wing since the concept differs significantly from the solutions used by Mercedes and Red Bull.

According to AMuS, Vettel‘s performance yesterday made other teams be a bit worried, especially Because Alfa Romeo Racing (who has a similar front wing concept like Ferrari) have performed well too.

The Toro Rosso Boss Franz Tost thinks, that copying Ferrari’s concept would be a waste of time.

That would take 3 to 4 months because the entire car would have to be rebuilt drastically. Mercedes drives a completely different concept. Who wants to convert from the Mercedes wing to a Ferrari wing, must change the rest of the car aswell. And that would take weeks to match everything. That could be championship decisive.