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Currently happening in F1 | Leclerc puts Binotto on hold while gaming

By Tomas Mota 25 May 2020 | 09:40


In Currently happening in F1, MaximumF1 takes a look at the latest news in the Formula 1 world. Follow this thread to stay up to date about the most interesting, funniest and most peculiar developments regarding drivers, teams and key figures in the sport.

Leclerc puts Binotto on hold while gaming

You might say that a call from your boss is always important, unless you are very involved with the gamers community, just like Charles Leclerc. That was no different this weekend, even when Mattia Binotto called him.

Alonso wins virtual Indy 500

To seize the coveted Triple Crown, Fernando Alonso only needs to win the Indianapolis 500. However, he has not succeeded to do it so far. In 2017 he dropped out with engine problems, while in 2019 he didn't even qualify for the prestigious IndyCar race. Nevertheless, he has been victorious online. On Saturday evening he managed to beat ex-teammate Jenson Button in the virtual Indy 500 organised by The Race. Shall we count this achievement, for convenience?

F1 will broadcast two races in memory of Lauda

In memory of Niki Lauda, who passed away exactly a year ago, Formula 1 will broadcast two races. The first race is the 1984 race in which he took his last world championship at Estoril. The second race is his last victory, which he won at Circuit Zandvoort. 

Hamilton in the recording studio

Lewis Hamilton is known for having many other ambitions besides Formula 1 driver. Apparently making music is one of them, as the Brit shares snapshots of his work in the recording studio via Instagram.

Party in the Raikkonen's house

While the vast majority of drivers are looking forward to the start of the much delayed Formula 1 season, Kimi Raikkonen is celebrating. The youngest daughter of the 2007 World Champion turned three this weekend.

Leclerc's girlfriend in the simulator

Charles Leclerc's girlfriend also likes a game of virtual racing. Apparently they have two simulators at home in Monaco, from his own seat the Monegask admires his girlfriend.

Norris says goodbye to Sainz

Lando Norris has been told that his teammate and close friend Carlos Sainz will make the switch to Ferrari next year. On  Instagram, he left a message for the Spaniard: “Adiós amigo! It’s only been a year, but it’s been a pleasure @carlossainz55. We’ve had some good laughs and made a few memories. Give it your all mate and let’s give this year the send off it deserves. we can this year.”

Striker Aguëro surprises Poulter with the ultimate divebomb

Guest driver Sergio Aguëro knows how to attack, that's one thing for sure. The Manchester City football player completely surprises professional golfer Ian Poulter in the virtual GP of Spain by completely throwing himself in at the end of the first sector in a slow turn. "If there is a gap, and you don't go for it, then you are no longer a racing driver." Ayrton Senna would have been proud of him.

Frisbee master Raikkonen in action

Kimi Raikkonen loves staying home with his family. The Finn is good with Formula 1 car but also has talent in many other activities. Here is a rare video of him smiling as he shows his mastery in frisbee throwing.

Russell virtually ravages Albon

Alexander Albon and George Russell have known each other well from the junior classes. The duo found each other again in Formula 1 and during this standstill, they regularly race together in sim races. Russell loves to bother his fellow countryman, much to the frustration of the Red Bull driver.

Wheelbangers Leclerc and Albon remain sporty

We can't say it about every IndyCar drivers, but Charles Leclerc and Alexander Albon offered a great show in Brazil. Where Leclerc puts a wheel in Albon's sidepod, he quickly apologizes and immediately lets the British-Thai rider pass. Good job, men!

Vettel races in very first sim race

Sebastian Vettel has also started sim racing and the German is doing so with a lot of flare on the track. His first race was on Sunday and the images soon appeared on social media. (photo: Artes Max)

Ricciardo: "Great pic until I got charged"

Daniel Ricciardo has Scottish Highlanders walking nearby in Australia. The Renault driver took a photo and posted it on Instagram with the following anecdote: "Great pic until I got charged. Recovering well. #mytexas"

"You are bald, and you are crying"

Lando Norris shaved his hair off. The Brit promised to go bald when he had raised 10,000 euros for the fight against the coronavirus. He thinks he doesn't look good without it: "That's because you're crying. You are bald, and you are crying ', the McLaren driver could not stop laughing.

Baldo Norris is alive

Lando Norris promised to shave his hair if he could raise more than 10,000 euros for the fight against the coronavirus. This worked, and he kept his promise. On Twitch, he pulled out the clippers so that his followers could see live how Baldo Norris came to life.

All of Norris' laughing moments in 2019

Lando Norris conquered many hearts with his positivity and sense of humour in his first season in Formula 1. This Instagram user has listed all the laughing moments of the witty Briton; now we can enjoy them until racing starts again in 2020.

Did Hamilton’s steering move back and forth?

Footage from Lewis Hamilton’s onboard camera seems to show his steering wheel moving back and forth. The video is from the second day of testing at Barcelona.  Is the steering wheel allowed to move under current regulation? 
And is it allowed in testing? Everyone is wondering!

Verstappen and Ocon are friends again

It seems like Max Verstappen and Esteban Ocon settled their differences after the 2018 Brazil GP ruckus. The two were seen smiling and shaking hands during the test days at Barcelona.

Kvyat imitates Gasly, who laughs like a goat

Daniil Kvyat and Pierre Gasly were recently present at a promotional film for Red Bull in which they had to compete against a MotoGP driver together with Max Verstappen and Alexander Albon. The question was whose responsiveness was the fastest. Gasly laughed at the start of the clip and Kvyat made good use of the moment to make fun of his teammate.

Ricciardo looking forward to the test weeks

Daniel Ricciardo is looking forward to the coming testweeks. The Australian driver used Instagram to upload a video of himself enjoying music in the car. The Renault driver seems to be very relaxed ahead of the new season.

“Sometimes I sing during the race”

Recently Daniel Ricciardo was in the United States and appeared on The Daily Show. F1 is not very popular in the US and appearances like these could boost the familiarity of the sport. Honey Badger’s presence brought up a lot of hilarious questions: “how can you be so chill and still be so good?“Ricciardo smiled: “Others don’t exactly help the sport. It helps that I grew up in Australia close to the beach. There is a bit of happiness in my personality because I am doing my dream job!”

“You are sometimes so involved in your job that you lose perspective. Sometimes it is frustrating. In tennis, you can only blame your racket, but it really depends on many things here.” On the road, you would not be entertained if he is the driver ahead. “You’d probably be disappointed to meet me there. I just chill in the car and sing. But I also do that during the race, when it is a bit boring.”

View the entire interview here (7 minutes)

Verstappen looking for VO2Max

The holiday is almost over for everyone that is not a team owner or former driver. With that, we go faster and harder towards the winter tests. This includes a lot of preparation and self-knowledge: knowing where you stand. This also applies to Max, he is already hard at work to increase his VO2Max!

Jokes on the name aside, VO2Max stands for the maximum amount of oxygen that you can convert if you try. The higher the conversion, the better is your condition. Did you know that F1 drivers typically have a VO2Max of 60 or above? The world record for VO2Max is 85, while average people score about 35.

Verstappen trains trophy muscles

Max Verstappen is busy preparing for the new Formula 1 season. With expectations running high for Red Bull in 2020, the arm with which he holds the trophies cannot remain untrained. Formula 1 put up a hilarious meme on how the Dutchman trains his arms.

Red Bull drives F1 car on ski slope

Red Bull are considered to be experts at marketing stunts. Several years ago they made Max Verstappen drive the RB8 on a ski slope. This year the Red Bull team was in Kitzbühel again and they decided to send another Formula 1 driver down a ski slope in a Formula 1 car. (Foto: Red Bull Content Pool/Getty Images)

Hamilton on a roadtrip with his father

Lewis Hamilton posted a picture on Twitter of him and his dad. It is common knowledge that their relationship is good and Hamilton appreciates the time he gets to spend with his old man during the winter break. Nice haircut, Lewis! 


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