In this new edition of GPFans Week-End we have summarized the most important news items from last week in one article. Within a few minutes you will be up to date with everything that is going on in the world of the royal class.
Although Lewis Hamilton has not made an appearance since the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in December last year, he still dominates the headlines. In the podcast F1 aan Tafel he gets a lot from Frank Verschuur. Max Verstappen was also in the news last week, because it was announced that he is suddenly joining forces with Viaplay, the new streaming service that will broadcast Formula 1 next season. Read and see this and more in our brand new GPFans Week-End.
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Max Verstappen will work exclusively with Viaplay
In the coming years, Max Verstappen will enter into an exclusive partnership with Viaplay, the broadcaster of Formula 1 in the Netherlands. The Red Bull Racing driver takes on the role of ambassador. The collaboration between the two parties should lead to a unique glimpse into the life of Verstappen, Viaplay said. In addition, Jos Verstappen will regularly join the international panel of analysts, which includes: David Coulthard, Mika Häkkinen and Tom Kristensen. The former Formula 1 driver will provide the viewer with additional insights.
“Viaplay may be new to Dutch viewers, but the streaming service has now earned its footsteps abroad. It is fantastic that we can treat a large group of fans to unique content that we will create together,” Verstappen said.
“Outrageous” Hamilton gets hit in podcast
During the podcast F1 at Table, Frans Verschuur spoke about Hamilton and the Mercedes team. He thinks it is outrageous that Lewis has not spoken to his fans after the lost title in Abu Dhabi. He also commented on the fact that the Mercedes brand is bigger than Hamilton, because the German racing stable has chosen to return the cars to the silver color.
Guanyu Zhou chooses to pay tribute to deceased basketball player
Like every driver in Formula 1, Guanyu Zhou was also allowed to choose his starting number. He pays tribute to basketball legend Kobe Bryant by choosing starting number 24. Somewhat remarkable, because number four is an unlucky number in China. This is because the pronunciation of the word resembles the way in which the word ‘death’ is pronounced in the Asian country.
Maserati to enter Formula E from 2023
Formula E chief executive Alejandro Agag is delighted with the entry of such a luxurious and prominent brand as Maserati. He calls it “one of the best days” in the history of the electric championship. “To have an iconic brand like Maserati, with such a huge racing history, is an incredible moment for Formula E,” Agag is quoted by Algemeen Dagblad.
Steiner speaks out about Schumacher’s future
Haas team boss Guenther Steiner is aware he could lose Mick Schumacher if the young German can use his connections with the Ferrari team to ‘go to the next level’ if his performance is good enough.
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Schumacher made his Formula 1 debut last season after taking the Formula 2 championship in 2020. The 22-year-old driver came in along with Haas team-mate Nikita Mazepin and more often than not managed to trump the young Russian on the asphalt. Despite his contract with Haas, Schumacher remains part of the Ferrari Driver Academy.
While this could help Schumacher’s career move in an upward direction, Steiner was cautious about the double-edged nature of success for the German. Asked in an interview with GPFans in December whether his ties to Ferrari could take him to the next level, Steiner said: “I hope so to be honest, but I can’t say it yet. I hope so, but I hope not Because if he’s good I don’t want him to leave, but if he’s good he’ll leave.
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Ferrari has supported his entire career. That’s his deal. I know what the deal is. I think if he does it right, he has the opportunity. At this point, we know that 2021 was a learning year. This year the pressure will be much higher.”