An exclusive interview with Verstappen covered the November edition of GP Racing and tensions in the battle for the world championship have grown even more feverish since it hit newsstands.
GP Racing Editor-in-Chief Ben Anderson and Columnist Mark Gallagher join host Stuart Codling to discuss the latest developments in what is an increasingly bitter fight.
Verstappen’s behavior on the track was criticized, but his confidence was bolstered by his team’s determination to stand by his man. Red Bull has continued to develop its car for this season, regardless of the tech reset coming in 2022 – and in addition to committing resources, it has also backed Verstappen with his political clout, firing damaging salvos at rivals Mercedes. .
Not yet on the same competition page as Mercedes and Red Bull but getting closer and closer, a resurgent Ferrari looks almost certain to claim third place in the constructors’ title this season. This isn’t where this proud and historic team wants to be but it represents real and slightly unexpected progress after a catastrophic 2020.
Ferrari’s resurgence is due in part to the remarkable performances of Charles Leclerc, star of the December GP Racing cover. The organization’s leaders, including Enzo Ferrari’s own son, see Leclerc as the rightful heir to the brand’s past heroes such as Michael Schumacher, Niki Lauda and Gilles Villeneuve.
Are these comparisons sufficient? GP Racing spoke to some of Ferrari’s most seasoned engineers about what makes Leclerc so special – and their belief that he still has room to grow and become an even tougher competitor.
And as this chapter in the F1 hybrid era draws to a close, Mercedes CTO James Allison has “moved upstairs” to become CTO. The latest issue of GP Racing features a full and candid interview with Allison about her fascinating career – and why he thinks being fired from a job can be good for you…