Formula 1 good month, bad month, March 2022

Charting the ups and downs of the F1 circus

Fia President Mohamed Bin Sulayem

Knows how to read a room

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Good month

Zak Brown goin up

Zak Attack

McLaren boss Zak Brown pulled no punches in his latest parish newsletter, saying quite specifically what he thinks about the self-interest of other teams. It was satisfyingly frank.

 


George Russell goin up

Russell’s first day

Merc has been parading a beaming George Russell around like a child on his first day at primary school. Just need Sir Lewis to turn up and push him in a puddle.

 


Valtteri Bottas goin up

Bottas is free at last

He almost bared all last year in Drive to Survive; now Bottas has gone the whole hog – after finally being emancipated from the cold clutch of Brackley – by shedding robes twice on his social media channels. Freedom!


Dan Fallows going up

Coming Up Roses

Last year Red Bull implied it might put its aero chief Dan Fallows on gardening leave till the end of time, but from April Aston Martin has him as its new technical director. Lawrence Stroll’s masterplan is coming together.


Nico Hulkenberg goin uo

Job centre

Credit to true pro Nico Hülkenberg who really is struggling to find ways to fill his time. He’s announced his exciting new… wait for it… LinkedIn column!

 

Bad Month

Delaying Tactics

FIA goin down

After Abu Dhabi’s farcical finale, the FIA didn’t help itself by announcing that the inquiry it set up to discover what went wrong wouldn’t be published until the Friday before the first GP in March. Get on with it.

 


Budkowski goin down

Carnage À Trois

Alpine’s famous three-headed management fudge’s first heads roll after one year – Budkowski is out, Szafnauer is rumoured in and Alain Prost has huffed his way off the premises too.

 


Speaking in tongues

Alfa Romeo went to the trouble of sending out a mighty press release consisting of five whole paragraphs to announce to the world it had changed its name from Alfa Romeo Racing Orlen to… Alfa Romeo F1 Team Orlen. Er…

 


Jean Todt goin down

Left on his Todt

No reunion for Ferrari and outgoing FIA supremo Todt, after Fiat CEO Olivier François decided he didn’t need the former Scuderia team boss in a ‘super-consultant’ role.

 


bin Sulayem goin down

Presidential tone

On the subject of FIA presidents, Mohammed bin Sulayem misread the room when he said Lewis Hamilton would be shown “no forgiveness” for his end-of-season gala absence.