Yes, even some teams (especially Red Bull and McLaren) are saying ahead of today’s eighth race in Baku that they cannot meet the budget of $141.2 million. And you might have to skip some races at the end because of inflation.
Vasier rages: “Please save!”
Such statements particularly upset Alfa-Sauber president Fred Vasseur: “The time for settlements is over. Everyone has to make do with the money they have. For financial reasons, we had to stop the planned development of the front wing. The big teams should save too!”
For Team Hinwil, who somehow lost the starting bonus with the new car and perfect weight, such technical stops seem to have quick consequences: 14 Zhou, 15th Bottas. The Chinese were faster than the Finn for the first time in the Baku qualifiers.
Is Alpha Toure attacking Baku?
For Alfa-Sauber, the World Cup competition kicks off again on Sunday. Alpine (10 Alonso, 13th Ocon) is just one point away from the fifth world championship from the Zurich Oberland – 40:41.
And Alpha Torri-Honda, which started disastrously with 17 points, could fire in 51 rounds in Azerbaijan. Red Bull’s B team will start from 6th (Gasly) and 8th (Tsunoda).
Verstappen leads 4-2
The hot dance of the two world championships in Baku continues on top. Leclerc, who has been surpassed by world champion Verstappen in the world championship with 125:116 points, finally wants to capitalize on his six pole positions in 2022.
Because Monaco is trailing 2:4 after victories, but suddenly has a second contender beside them: Paco last year’s winner Sergio Perez, who also arrived as the new Monaco winner.
Perez strong until November?
The Mexican, in his life form, was always faster than the Dutchman at Red Bull Honda in Baku. And with 110 championship points, Perez is within walking distance. However, many experts do not believe that the former Sauber trainee (2011/2012, three times on the podium) is able to exploit the truly large loophole.
And if a father of three is already allowed to dream until November, then this also depends on Ferrari. Well, in Barcelona and Monte Carlo, the Red Panic orchestra can often be heard from Maranello playing again.
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