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Fast Five: Red Bull eyes Spanish prodigy, Hamilton seeks two-year £100M deal with Mercedes, and other big updates

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Red Bull eyes Spanish prodigy, Hamilton seeks two-year £100M deal with Mercedes, and other big updates from around the world of Formula 1.

  • Red Bull eyes Spanish prodigy
  • Hamilton seeks two-year £100M deal with Mercedes
  • Ferrari 'struggling more than expected'
  • Straw's 2023 driver rankings
  • How Russell outshined Perez for podium finish

Red Bull eyes Spanish prodigy

Red Bull is eyeing a talented young driver named Pepe Martí, who is part of Fernando Alonso's management company, A14 Management. Martí, currently competing in Formula 3 for Campos Racing, has drawn attention due to his impressive performances. During a recent meeting, Red Bull's Helmut Marko confirmed that Martí is a driver of interest for the team. Marko praised Martí's significant improvement and acknowledged that he has been following the young Spaniard's progress since his move to Formula 3. Alonso, who established the management company, actively supports Martí and participates in simulator sessions with him and other drivers. Martí appreciates Alonso's dedication and values the opportunity to learn from the experienced Formula 1 driver during these sessions.

Click here to read the full article by Sam Cooper (planetf1.com)

Hamilton seeks two-year £100M deal with Mercedes

Mercedes has reportedly offered Lewis Hamilton a one-year contract extension for the 2024 Formula 1 season, but Hamilton is seeking a two-year deal. The proposed one-year extension would take Hamilton's contract until the end of 2024, but he wants a longer contract that would cover the 2024 and 2025 seasons and earn him £100 million. Hamilton is set to discuss his future with Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff. Hamilton expressed his optimism about reaching an agreement and emphasized his commitment to the team. There were rumors of Hamilton potentially leaving Mercedes for Ferrari, but both parties have denied these reports. It appears that a deal between Hamilton and Mercedes is close and could be finalized soon.

Click here to read the full article by Lewis Larkam (crash.net)

Ferrari 'struggling more than expected'

Charles Leclerc expressed his frustration with Ferrari's tire management issues during the race, which prevented him from achieving a top-ten finish. He mentioned that the SF-23 car struggles with tire degradation, making it hard to overtake other drivers. Leclerc believes that the team needs to focus on staying within the optimal tire temperature range to improve their performance. He also admitted that Ferrari is facing more difficulties than he expected, despite introducing upgrades to the car. Although the upgrades provided some improvement, there is still a lot of work to do to enhance their race performance.

Click here to read the full article by Rory Mitchell & Aaron Deckers (racingnews365.com)

Straw's 2023 driver rankings

The Formula 1 Spanish Grand Prix in 2023 showcased some impressive performances from various drivers, and Edd Straw has ranked the drivers’ performances. Max Verstappen, who emerged as the dominant force secured pole position, claimed victory in a commanding fashion. Lewis Hamilton, after a challenging start to the weekend, showed improvement and finished in second place. Carlos Sainz started second on the grid but encountered tire difficulties, ultimately crossing the line in fifth position. George Russell had a remarkable recovery after a tough qualifying session, finishing on the podium in third place. Sergio Perez also had a strong comeback, securing fourth place. Lando Norris had an unfortunate incident with Hamilton during the race, resulting in a 17th-place finish.

Click here to read the full article by Edd Straw (the-race.com)

How Russell outshined Perez for podium finish

Despite a disappointing qualifying session that left him starting in 12th place, Russell delivered a remarkable performance in the final stretch of the race. He effectively managed the red-walled soft tires which allowed him to maintain a comfortable lead over Sergio Perez, keeping him at a safe distance.

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