In the round-up: Former F1 driver and Red Bull ambassador David Coulthard admits that the world champions’ domination of the sport could hurt it.
Red Bull domination ‘takes away some magic’- Coulthard
After Max Verstappen won 19 of last year’s 22 grands prix, Coulthard warned too much domination of Formula 1 by world champions Red Bull could have a negative impact on the sport.
The former Red Bull driver remains heavily involved with the team as show run driver, but he admits he has concerns about how their constant winning could have a negative effect on the sport.
“That expression ‘familiarity breeds contempt’? If you adapt that to sport, the same thing goes,” Coulthard told The Telegraph.
“Too much success kind of takes away the magic. With sport, we look to be inspired, to grow, to move forward, and if one team is doing all that, then it doesn’t give enough hope for everybody.”
Pirelli begin tyre testing in Barcelona
Pirelli’s tyre testing programme for the 2025 season began in Barcelona with Ferrari yesterday.
Carlos Sainz Jnr and Charles Leclerc shared driving duties over the day, in which the pair logged a total of 139 laps around the Circuit de Catalunya in last year’s Ferrari.
Pirelli will have an increased allocation of 40 days of tyre testing available to them in 2024. Leclerc and Sainz will run again today.
Ferrari name 2024 challenger
Ferrari have confirmed the name of the new car they will compete in the upcoming Formula 1 season with.
The new car will be officially called the ‘SF-24’, following the same naming system the team has used since 2015.
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