If you’ve been paying close attention as a full-on fan of F1, then you should know exactly where these Grand Prix finish lines are.

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.”

Ferrari and Philip Morris went to Mission, and they Won…

It was only a matter of time when all the political correctness we have witnessed in recent years in the field of tobacco advertising would turn against the actors and slap them right in the face.

Now, Ferrari and Philip Morris have done this in style. PM returned to the red car with the mysterious “Mission Winnow” brand to promote the world without cigarettes. Of course, it’s no coincidence that the logo of the campaign strongly resembles the popular Marlboro cigarette pack, although this will be denied to Ferrari and Philip Morris to the end. But can anybody blame them?

We live in a time of hypocrisy and political correctness. While Formula One is breaking up connections with tobacco giants on all sides, on the other side kneeling against the Dutch brewery and French champagne. Even if it’s an elite class of motorsports, Formula One and the regulators of countries that host races do not see any problems in the promotion of alcohol, even though millions of people are killed every year. Alcohol, tobacco, sugar, oil etc. they all may have negative health effects, and consequently, the same criteria should apply to all of them. Forbid everything or nothing.

Whoever thought that tobacco corporations with all the millions would not find a way back into the media space, made a big mistake. Philip Morris came with Mission Winnow, followed by British American Tobacco, and everyone else will come along with their anti-smoking campaign. It’s simply a genius idea of advertising a product that does not exist, and it will be very difficult to forbid it. Ferrari and Philip Morris are a good example of what a bizarre situation this really is. Instead of forcing tobacco companies to finance extreme costly hybrid technology, they are smiling while running weird campaigns around the world. Philip Morris went to Mission Winnow and he did it.

Matt P.

Is Sebastian Vettel Ferrari’s next victim?

After the catastrophic entry into the Formula 1 hybrid era, Ferrari began a new chapter in 2015. Sebastian Vettel came in, the team’s management took over the ambitious Maurizio Arrivabene, and the construction of the car was entrusted to the young generation of Ferrari engineers led by Simone Resta and Mattia Binotto.

As we are heading towards new F1 season, the Scuderia team fell apart. Pat Fry, Nicholas Tombazis, Stefano Domenicali, Fernando Alonso, Lorenzo Sassi, Simone Resta, Kimi Raikkonen left the team one after another and the last victim was Arrivabene himself.

While it seems that former President Sergio Marchionne worked with a certain vision, the situation is now essentially different.

After a couple of months of silence, John Elkann pulled out his first move, fired Maurizio Arrivabene and set Mattia Binotto on the bench. At the moment when Ferrari seeks every tenth, Elkann withdrew his elite engineer from the garage and sent him to a political fight with Liberty Media and verbal wrestling with Toto Wolff, Helmut Marko and Christian Horner.

It seems that the 2019 season will be groundbreaking for Ferrari in many respects. Sebastian Vettel will probably have the last chance to return the title to Maranello. Despite the fact that the German has a valid contract by the end of the 2020 season, Elkann can also fire Vettel with a special contract clause.

The time of harmony is therefore passing, and Vettel will have to justify his astronomical salary in the 2019 season. If four times world champion will have problems with young Ferrari’s star Charles Leclerc, Elkann would probably not be looking for the next “scapegoat” for too long.

It’s no secret that the Ferrari leadership wants to return Stefano Domenicali, whose return could re-mix the cards at Maranello house and opens a door for the magical return of Fernando Alonso.

Lewis Hamilton signed a new contract with Mercedes last year, pledging his future to the Silver Arrows until the end of 2020.
The 34-year-old Englishman’s new contract cements his status as Britain’s biggest sporting earner as well as the best-paid driver in Formula One history.

Data has been collected from various sources including outlets such as Forbes and the BBC, although some annual wages have been estimated while other salaries may not be accurate due to various finishing bonuses.

2019 F1 Driver Salaries…

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Alexander Albon – Toro Rosso: 150.000€
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George Russell – Williams: 160.000 €
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Antonio Giovinazzi – Alfa Romeo Sauber: 200.000 €
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Lando Norris – Mclaren: 225.000 €
Daniil Kvyat – Toro Rosso: 275.000 €
Robert Kubica – Williams: 500.000 €
Kevin Magnussen – Haas; 1.000.000 €
Lance Stroll – Racing Point: 1.000.000 €
Pierre Gasly – Red Bull; 1.200.000 €
Romain Grosjean – Haas; 1.500.000 €
Sergio Perez – Racing Point; 3.000.000 €
Charles Leclerc – Ferrari: 3.000.000 €
Carlos Sainz – Mclaren: 3.500.000 €
Nico Hulkenberg – Renault: 4.000.000 €
Kimi Raikkonen – Alfa Romeo Sauber: 4.000.000 €
Valtteri Bottas – Mercedes; 7.500.000 €
Max Verstappen – Red Bull; 12.000.000 €
Daniel Ricciardo – Renault: 15.000.000 €
Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari; 40.000.000 €
Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes; 50.000.000 €

Kimi Raikkonen visits Maranello one last time…
This year’s Christmas party in Maranello had a special character, for Kimi Raikkonen who said goodbye to the former team.

Kimi Raikkonen also made his last visit to the Ferrari’s Maranello factory, where he thanked of all members of the team and his teammate Sebastian Vettel, with whom they also exchanged racing helmets.

Ferrari, in honor of his latest world champion, has prepared a special video with the compilation of some of the highlights of Finn’s eight-year career at Ferrari.

Kimi said today in Maranello for Ferrari: “I want to tell you that I don’t want to remain the latest Ferrari champion for long! I hope you will win the championship next year, you deserve it.”

On his final visit to Maranello, Kimi caught up with Vettel for one last time and came up with a wonderful post for his teammate.

“Was nice working with you mate” Kimi posted on Instagram.

After five years at Maranello, Raikkonen is moving to Sauber for 2019 because his bosses elected to take Charles Leclerc instead.

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