Motor sport

Word on the beat, July 2022

Lawrence Promenade, Highapparently dismissed the prospect of Audi redeem his Aston Martin F1 team, but not totally. “Have we been approached by Audi? he posed. “Yes. And are we very happy with our collaboration with Mercedes? Yes. The world of Formula 1 is full of these stories.

Mario Andretti, rightis to demonstrate last year’s McLaren-Mercedes in Austin for the United States Grand Prix meeting, at age 82. The offer was made on the Miami grid by the team boss Zack Brown. Andretti took pole position on his F1 debut at the American Grand Prix at Watkins Glen 54 years ago. He has regularly done 200mph oval laps in the IndyCar two-seater in recent years.

Toto Wolf didn’t rule out reverting to Barcelona’s winter test specification Mercedes W13 with conventional sidepods if the current concept cannot work quickly. “I wouldn’t overlook anything,” he said. “But we have to give everyone who has produced great racing cars in the past the benefit of the doubt, and we think that’s the way to go.”

Oscar PiastriOscar Piastri, leftis understood to be targeted by williams replace Nicholas Latifi Next year. Alpine is happy to let him go “on loan”. In the meantime, he is a reserve driver at Alpine, McLaren and – possibly soon – Mercedes.