2022 Racing Thread Part 2

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The previous thread was loaded with so many tweets that it has become unweildy on mobile. And given that the Formula 1 season just passed its midpoint, I figure why not start a new one.

And what better way to start a new thread than with a banger of a news leak:

Porsche has bought 50% of Red Bull Racing - to be equal partners starting in 2026

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That car looks sexy, but the number is wrong. Verstappen will be running #1 again, I'm sure, after winning another championship this year.

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I think its an older image. I just did a Red Bull Porsche search in Google images and someone had uploaded that a while ago.

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It is an older image. It's definitely a pre-2022 car, though I can't pinpoint which year.

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Almost looks like it has a bit of F2 in it with how wide the nose is at the attachment to the front wing.

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Sad about this, but the writing has been on the wall. I was at his first race back in '07 when he subbed for Kubica and have been a big fan since.

You start a new racing thread and we lose Seb and Porsche barges in to yet another racing championship. I blame you.

I don't know much about the reason why he left Red Bull for Ferrari (it's pre-Netflix, so IDK), but it's disappointing that he didn't have a very competitive car after that point, especially in the last two years with Aston Martin.

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Ferrari is still the historically most important team in F1, and very few drivers would turn it down if offered that seat. He did win 4 straight titles with Red Bull, and at the time no one really knew that the start of the Hybrid error would be so bad for Ferrari (actually pretty much all the teams not named Mercedes did not start off well with the switch to the Hybrids)

So at the time I guess he just assumed he would be the next Ferrari driver to win the title, like so many before.

He also idolized Schumacher and wanted to bring Ferrari back to the glory they had with Michael. I think most drivers of his era grew up with Ferrari as the ultimate goal.

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I thought that seat would have been Mick's for sure, but I guess Alonzo thinks he has a better shot with AM than he does Alpine.

Interesting.

The latest rumblings I've seen was Alpine wanted a 1+1 contract whereas the Aston Martin contract is a fixed 2 years. Makes sense he didn't want to risk getting booted from Alpine at the end of next year.

Wonder if this kicks off a legitimate silly season where we see a bunch of moves. Have to think that McLaren is going to move on from Ric, it just isn't working out, and Norris is proving it isn't the car that is holding them back. Wonder what Alpine does, and I wonder if Williams will move on from Albon

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Interestingly, I just read this:

Translate: For those who are thinking "how do you risk losing Piastri?"

Well, I've heard from some sources that Piastri is in talks with McLaren to take Ricciardo's place. As much as the bosses say he's right on the team, they're keeping an eye on the market.

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Now, this could be a shit hitting the fan moment, because it sounds like Piastri was all but lined up to take the 2nd seat at McLaren in 2023, fully believing that his contract with Alpine had expired as of July 31st. And worth noting that Alpine announced this at 2am Australia time, the home country of Piastri, and the driver has yet to comment. Seems like this is a pre-emptive strike to set up a legal battle for his services going forward.

If this sounds familiar, its because McLaren are currently dealing with pretty much the same situation with Alex Palou, current driver for Chip Ganassi in IndyCar.

Update: This gonna get good

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This gonna get good

Oh how I love the silly season. Everyone is pointing to McLaren, but he could easily end up at AT.

I can't believe they lost 2 drivers in less than 48 hours lol

The silliest of silly seasons has begun.

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lol Albon

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RUS starting on pole tomorrow in Hungary ahead of the 2 Ferraris. Would have been interesting to see where VER would have been without engine issues and HAM without DRS issues. Now we get HAM in P7 and VER in P10 hunting down the pack, and that is going to be what will make tomorrow exciting.

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At this point you have to worry that Binotto is gonna get fired at the end of the season. What a disaster that Ferrari has become.

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Worry? He should have already been fired.

Outside it's night time, but inside it's LeDay

Honestly, everyone who is part of the strategic decision making team within that paddock needs to be replaced. They are such a mess it's a joke

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Tbh I hope they don't make any changes because I want to watch DTS covering this absolute shit show

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As controlling of their brand that Ferrari is (they will repossess your car, even if paid off, if you paint it a color they don't like) I highly doubt they'll allow Netflix to even remotely cover how much a shit show that paddock has become.

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Yea I'd be curious to know if they're even allowing Netflix in at this point (Similar to Season 1 without Merc and Ferrari)

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