Friday evening at the regulars’ table: kubica revealed!
It’s no secret that Robert Kubica has been approached to drive for Ferrari several times in his career. The fact that in 2009, when Felipe Massa was in hospital after crashing his steel springs in Hungary, was somewhat tangible and that Christian Klien would have sat in a Sauber BMW instead of Kubica, admittedly we didn’t know that yet.
It’s exactly stories like these that make it worth becoming a member of the Formel1.de YouTube channel. Because at the table of regulars monthly via Zoom, our guest stars often tell stories in a relaxed atmosphere that they couldn’t tell in front of the camera on TV.
Cline was a guest for an hour and a half on Friday And he answered questions that channel members could ask him themselves in a Zoom meeting. Next, the members spoke with members of the German Motorsport Network editorial staff about Formula 1, how it works when whistleblowers leak confidential sources, and about that. A new book by Deputy Editor-in-Chief Stefan Ellenwhich is an urgent Christmas gift tip.
curious? and then Become a member of the Formel1.de channel now And be present at the following virtual regulars tables. Nico Hülkenberg had already promised us in December, and Sauber Beat team principal Zehnder followed suit. Channel membership costs €3.99 per month, which is about the price of a beer in a pub, and can be canceled at any time.
If you want to try it now, you can become a trial member for a month and then have a look at all the previous virtual system tables in the live replay. With guests like Ralf Schumacher, Alexander Wurz, Marc Surer, Bernd Maylander, Norbert Hauge, Bradley Lord and many more. We don’t go too far when we say: those who attend regularly never regret it! Because you don’t get the chance to talk to these Formula 1 insiders in a relaxed way anywhere else.
Post-season testing in Abu Dhabi
Post-Season Pre-Season: The final race of 2022 was held on Sunday, and the test was held again at Yas Marina Circuit on Tuesday. And it was very exciting: Fernando Alonso drove his first meters in a Jaguar, sorry Aston Martin; Nico Hulkenberg sat at Haas for the first time and had technical problems at the same time. Oscar Piastri ran for McLaren and Pierre Gasly for Alpine. We summarize the highlights and top findings in this video.
Ferrari: What’s next for Binotto?
According to at least one Italian newspaper, Ferrari’s Mattia Binotto quit on Friday. Official confirmation of this is expected next week. Even before this (alleged) decision, the question of the team boss at Scuderia had been a topic on the Formula 1 podcast “Start Grid”, a very heavy format with editor-in-chief Christian Nimmervoll. This video shows part of it.
Ferrari asked Andreas Seidl
We revealed the story first: Ferrari boss John Elkann didn’t just ask Frederic Vasseur if he wanted to join Ferrari. Even before that there was contact with McLaren team boss Andreas Seidl. But he canceled. We work on the cause in this video.
Mick Schumacher: Comment
The German media scene has wrapped Mick Schumacher in cotton wool and has taken no criticism. The Haas team was always in charge, never the driver. This obviously hurt the fans, who don’t understand that Schumacher isn’t getting a new contract anymore. Completely personal commentary from Editor-in-Chief Christian Nimmervoll and Kevin Shoren, Host Current version of the Formula 1 podcast “Start Grid”.
Mick Schumacher and the Austrian Grand Prix
Austria is sometimes depicted as one of Mick Schumacher’s best performances in the 2022 Formula 1 season. No one should forget: Schumacher was slower than Magnussen in qualifying, finished behind Magnussen in the sprint, and yes, he beat his teammate, but only by six seconds.
Behind the scenes, editor-in-chief Christian Nimmervoll knows Schumacher looked bold and self-assured at Saturday’s Haas meeting. He could not understand why Magnussen had not been asked to stop for him in the sprint so as not to lose the DRS advantage over Lewis Hamilton. Which, at least it is said, did not sit well with the team.
Miku: What the experts say
On the Thursday before the season finale in Abu Dhabi, Haas finally announced who will be the second driver besides Kevin Magnussen in 2023. Nico Hulkenberg comes on, Mick Schumacher has to go. We’ve been anticipating this for a while, which is why we were able to publish an interview with our expert Mark Surer that we recorded for Halloween just in time for publication.
We also received Ralf Schumacher overlays before announcing “Sky”. The two tell us their assessment of whether or not Haas’ decision was understandable, and whether the team would have worked better with Hülkenberg than with Schumacher.