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Why Ferrari must share blame for Sebastian Vettel’s mistakes

SkySports.com: The Ferrari driver’s misjudgements continue to prove costly, but Mark Hughes explains why it isn’t all Vettel’s fault

Sebastian Vettel’s first-lap incident with Lewis Hamilton at Monza is just the latest in a litany of errors and misjudgements from the multiple world champion in the last couple of seasons.

This year alone he has lost crucial points in Baku (locking up trying to take the lead and finishing fourth instead), France (locking up and sliding into Valtteri Bottas on lap one), Austria (blocking Carlos Sainz in qualifying and receiving a grid penalty that cost him any chance of victory) and Germany (sliding off into the barriers while leading).

That’s a loss of 63 points – in addition to the extra points Hamilton has scored as a result of Vettel’s mishaps. So he’s currently 30 points behind when he could be more than that in front. Full story at: Skysports.com

Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing, Italian Grand Prix

Whiting: FIA unmoved by Verstappen’s ‘killing racing’ comments

Autosport.com: Charlie Whiting has no issue with Max Verstappen’s angry team radio comments in which he suggested Formula 1 stewards were “killing racing” after receiving an Italian Grand Prix penalty.

Verstappen was incensed to receive a five-second penalty after his late race clash with Valtteri Bottas at the first chicane, with the stewards deeming he had moved in the braking area and not left a car’s width for the Mercedes driver.

After learning of the penalty from his team Verstappen said: “I gave him space. They are doing a great job of killing racing, honestly. Bullshit.” Full story at: Autosport.com

Why Red Bull thinks Marquez could make it in F1

Motorsport.com:

Four-time MotoGP champion Marc Márquez is peerless on two wheels – but what did he make of a test drive in a Formula 1 car?

Marc Marquez is doing his best to look relaxed, but behind the cool façade there must be butterflies in his stomach. And well he might be nervous – Marquez is a four-time MotoGP champion, but he’s never properly driven a racing car on a circuit before, and his first proper experience of it will be in Formula 1 machinery.

In technical terms, F1 and motorcycle racing sit at opposite ends of the spectrum, yet it’s not uncommon for specialists of the respective disciplines to swap shirts – if only fleetingly. MotoGP megastar Valentino Rossi tested for Ferrari in the mid-2000s, while triple champ Jorge Lorenzo tested a 2014 Mercedes at Silverstone just two years ago. But this is still a bit unusual – even for Marquez, a man whose brain must surely operate on a different plane, given his supremacy in one of the most exciting and dangerous forms of motorsport. Full story at Motorsport.com

Lando Norris, McLaren

Lando Norris: British McLaren driver ‘realistic’ about his 2019 Formula 1 targets

BBC Sport: Lando Norris says he is “realistic” about what he can achieve in his debut season with McLaren next year. The British teenager has been promoted from reserve driver and joins Spaniard Carlos Sainz in an all-new line-up.

Norris, 18, said: “Rule number one is: Beat your team-mate. Apart from that, it is going to be a tough year.

“We are not going to be winning, or competing against Ferrari and Mercedes. I would like to think we can make a step forward from where we are.”

McLaren decided to give Norris his debut as a replacement for Belgian Stoffel Vandoorne, who will be dropped at the end of the season after two years in which he struggled compared to his team-mate, the double world champion Fernando Alonso. The Spaniard is leaving F1 at the end of the season and is expected to race in the Indianapolis 500, and perhaps a whole Indycar season, next year. Full story at: BBC Sport

Stoffel Vandoorne could remain part of McLaren family beyond 2018

Crash.net: Zak Brown confirms he is helping Vandoorne try and find an F1 seat for 2019, but would be happy to keep him in the McLaren family if possible.

Stoffel Vandoorne could remain part of the McLaren family despite being dropped from its Formula 1 line-up for the 2019 season, according to team CEO Zak Brown.

Vandoorne rose through the ranks at McLaren as a young driver before spending two full seasons with the team, but has not recorded a finish any higher than seventh in F1, and has struggled to match teammate Fernando Alonso during their time together. Full story at Crash.net

 

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