Mercedes 'ready to react' to whatever comes its way in Austin

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Mercedes 'ready to react' to whatever comes its way in Austin

Toto Wolff says Mercedes will deal with whatever cards it is dealt in Texas this week when the Brackley squad resumes its fierce battle with Red Bull at the Circuit of the Americas.

The German outfit outscored its Milton Keynes-based rival last time out in Turkey, but Max Verstappen's runner-up spot behind Valtteri Bottas at Istanbul Park allowed the Dutchman to reclaim the lead from Lewis Hamilton in the Drivers' championship.

But Mercedes' dominant performance has inevitably boosted the reigning world champions' energy ahead of this weekend's round of racing in Austin.

"It was encouraging to see our positive performance momentum continue last time out in Turkey," commented Wolff in Mercedes' US Grand Prix preview.

"We haven't scored back-to-back race wins in a little while, so naturally spirits have been high in the factories since we returned from Istanbul.

"That race win was also the 200th victory for Brixworth since they began their winning streak in 1997, which is a remarkable achievement and a testament to the passion and hard work of everyone at HPP."

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In the wake of Verstappen's engine change/grid penalty in Sochi, Hamilton followed suit at Istanbul Park where Mercedes added a fourth ICE to the Briton's pool of hardware and achieved a result that it can "live with" insisted Wolff.

"For Lewis, the absolute view of Turkey is that he lost one point more than Max did in the previous race in Russia with a similar engine change, which we can live with," said the Austrian.

"The relative view when you're in the heat of a race is to always want another position, to score more points - that's who we are as racers, and we wouldn't want that competitive intensity any other way."

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From the weather wreaking havoc on proceedings to unexpected circumstances unfolding on race day, this year's campaign has been an amazing roller-coaster of actions, incidents and emotions, much to the fans' delight.

But the Mercedes is ready to attack, defend or deal with everything in between in Austin.

"This season has had so many twists and turns, so we're ready to react to whatever comes our way this weekend in Texas," said Wolff.

"We're excited to be back in Austin for the first time since 2019, it's always a popular stop on the calendar and we can't wait to see all the passionate American fans.

"The Circuit of the Americas is a fun track for the drivers. There are some really fast and flowing corners, plus some technical sections and good overtaking opportunities.

"It's got a bit of everything and is a great track for racing, so I'm sure we're set for an entertaining Grand Prix."

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Domenicali teases 'good news' for F1, Briatore follows suit

Formula 1 boss Stefano Domenicali delivered not one but two cryptic messages on Monday regarding the future of... The post Domenicali teases 'good news' for F1, Briatore follows suit appeared first on F1i.com.

Domenicali teases 'good news' for F1, Briatore follows suit

Formula 1 boss Stefano Domenicali delivered not one but two cryptic messages on Monday regarding the future of Grand Prix racing, hinting that "good news" is on its way.

The Italian first penned a 'State of the Nation' piece that was published on F1's official website in which he offered a review of the sport's current state as well as some general comments on the draft calendar that was released last week and F1's prospects for 2022.

Domenicali then alluded to F1's future "beyond" next season.

"Regarding the future beyond 2022, there will be some other good news coming out soon, which I don’t want to spoil by saying now," he wrote.

"We are going in the right direction and have reached a point where we can choose where F1 will go in the future.

"We have so many requests to host a Grand Prix. It shows our platform is attractive with more and more governments seeing it as an opportunity to develop their businesses, local economy and awareness of their community. Exciting times ahead."

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While the comments offered little clues as to the nature of the "good news" that awaits, the F1 boss delivered a second cryptic message in a video posted in the afternoon by… Flavio Briatore on Instagram.

Domenicali and Briatore are seen in a meeting room surrounded by members of F1's staff when the former quips: "So stay tuned, lots of fun for the next season in Formula 1".

But it was Briatore who provided perhaps a defining piece of the intriguing puzzle.

 

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"New energy, new power, new excitement… Formula 1", asserted the Flamboyant former team boss with a complicit smile.

Under the video, Briatore added: "A brand new chapter in Formula One is about to start: we will bring you all the excitement, the entertainment, the fun and energy that this fantastic sport deserves!"

Briatore's presence in the frame is as puzzling as the intrigue itself.

Was the 71-year-old Italian alluding to the arrival in F1 of a new team, engine supplier or constructor? Or was he perhaps hinting at his own sensational return to the sport in some capacity?

Potential assumptions range from the confirmation of Andretti Autosport taking over Sauber-Alfa Romeo, to a commitment from Porsche or Audi to enter F1 as an engine supplier, or perhaps to a promotional role entrusted by F1 to Briatore in the future.

Speculation will no doubt ramp up in the coming days, with a disclosure and official announcement perhaps taking place at the US Grand Prix later this week.

We thus patiently wait…

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