Concern for Valtteri Bottas (left): The Alfa-Sauber driver has facial pain and was in hospital.
Roger BenoitFormula 1 Reporter
As in Imola and Spielberg, World Championship points will again be awarded to the top eight riders in Brazil. From 8 down to 1. This can play a big role in four hot tag team duels for positions 2, 4, 6 and 8.
Bottas: Is it maxillary sinus?
On Alfa-Sauber vs. Aston Martin-Mercedes (53:49) – who will be sixth? – but after the poor qualification of these two teams, there will hardly be any more points for the World Cup.
Hinwil’s weak performance is especially cause for concern – Zhou and Bottas start from the penultimate row. Well, in addition to the wrong choice of tires, Bottas also had a health problem. Fin felt pain in his face with each shift. toothache?
Bottas was examined in hospital in the evening. The pain was localized in the inflamed maxillary sinus. Do pain relievers help?
Sprint king Verstappen
World champion Verstappen is the favorite for a third sprint victory in 2022. Is he in the first row with sensational poleman Magnussen (Haas-Ferrari)?. Does the Dutchman want to pass the Dane right away during the short sprint into the first downhill corner – or will he leave him alone in the first of 24 laps?
The result of the roughly hundred-kilometer race forms the starting grid for the penultimate WRC race on Sunday at 7 p.m. CET (live TV).
3 teams without sprint points
Here are the results of the two sprint performances in 2022. Only Alpha Tauri-Honda, Williams-Mercedes and Aston Martin-Mercedes never managed to score!
Imola sprint race
Spielberg Sprint Race
Sergeant for the last time, but…
The second session had a guest driver: Logan Sargeant (21) replaced Albon in the Williams. The American, third in the Formula 2 series (which has a final in Abu Dhabi in a week), is still a few points short of a super license. But Sargeant makes it easy and will drive for Latifi in Williams in 2023!
The American was only a few hundredths slower than Zhou and Vettel…
Who will catch the victim Schumi?
In Haas-Ferrari too, the decision was made to change the driver – and not only after qualifying in the sprint (Magnussen first, Schumi last). The German will be replaced in 2023 by compatriot Nico Hulkenberg (35). Announcement on Tuesday… No more surprises for Blick readers!
It is not yet clear whether the man with the famous name will actually be picked up by Mercedes or Alpine as a replacement driver. “I’m not going to fail,” Mick Schumacher, 23, said in a big interview ahead of the 2021 GP. Well, his optimism is softening a bit now.
In the second practice session (which Ocon led at Alpine), Magnussen greeted him from ninth place – his disillusioned team-mate was even 0.13 seconds ahead of him!
Alfa-Sauber duo ahead?
The “Swiss” question about Bottas (15th) and Zhou (19th): Can they redeem themselves for the sprint qualifying flop and gain some positions? Because in a real race they definitely don’t want to start from the penultimate row with their improved C42…