Formula 1 Racing

Hamilton prepared to “call BS” on film errors

Zhou Guanyu, Sauber, Albert Park, 2024

In the round-up: Lewis Hamilton says he is committed to ensuring his forthcoming Formula 1 satisfies both new and old fans alike.

In brief

Hamilton prepared to “call BS” on film

Hamilton, who is a co-producer on the forthcoming film set in the Formula 1 world starting Brad Pitt, said he is prepared to ‘call bullshit’ if it does not look authentic.

“My point was: ‘Guys, this movie needs to be so authentic’,” he told GQ. “There’s two different fan groups that we have. The old originals, who from the day they’re born hearing the ‘Grand Prix’ music every weekend and watching with their families, to the new generation that just learned about it today through Netflix.”

“I felt my job really has been to try to call BS,” he added. “‘This would never happen’, ‘This is how it would be’, ‘This is how it could happen.’ Just giving them advice about what racing is really about and what, as a racing fan, would appeal and what would not.”

Haas fear fast corners at Suzuka

Haas team principal Ayao Komatsu admitted they are concerned about the performance of the VF-24 chassis through Suzuka’s many fast corners as they head to the circuit after scoring points in the last two rounds.

“”When we saw those high-speed corners in Bahrain, at Jeddah in sector one and in Melbourne, we saw our car is not quite there in the high-speed areas,” said Komatsu. “So sector one in Suzuka is going to be a huge challenge for us.

“How we’re going to manage that lack of high speed, grip and balance needed to perform in qualifying in Suzuka will be important, as it’s not an easy circuit to overtake. That’s going to be a challenge for us, but we’ve got a couple of ideas, so we’ll be looking to do a few experiments on Friday to improve that side.”

However he is increasingly confident in the team’s solutions to its poor performance over a race distance last year. “Regarding race pace, like in Melbourne, I think it will be stronger than our qualifying pace, so thinking about our race strategy we’ll need to look at how we can capitalise on that, having a better race strategy in Suzuka.”

Sauber flat-out on solution to pit stop problems

Sauber’s pit stops have been poor this year

Sauber team principal Alessandro Alunni Bravi says “work has been going on day and night back at base in Hinwil to resolve our pit stop issues,” which compromised their first three races of the year.

However he has been encouraged by the C44’s…

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