Silverstone offers apology for F1 British Grand Prix online ticket sale chaos

  • Fans queued for hours and prices increased during wait
  • Organisers blame increased demand and promise review

The organisers of the British Grand Prix at Silverstone have apologised and pledged to improve their ticketing system after angering fans with the online process for the 2023 race.

Many fans were left frustrated and indignant at both the difficulty in purchasing tickets and the prices rising as they attempted to do so because of the new “dynamic pricing” system.

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Chadwick sets sights on F1 drive within five years despite Domenicali doubts

  • Double W Series champion says CEO’s comments are motivation
  • ‘My goal is definitely to try and make it in five years’

The double W Series champion Jamie Chadwick has insisted she can make it to Formula One within five years, rejecting scepticism that such a goal was achievable made by the Formula One CEO Stefano Domenicali. Chadwick said the remarks only offered greater motivation to prove him wrong.

F1 has not had a female driver compete at a grand prix since Lella Lombardi raced in Austria in 1976 but Chadwick remains convinced she can make. She conceded, though, there is still a long way to go despite her remarkable success in the all-female W Series.

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F1 teams angered by FIA’s surprise announcement of 24-race 2023 calendar

  • FIA did not ask for approval of USA-Mexico-Brazil triple-header
  • Governing body’s attitude labelled ‘unacceptable’

Formula One teams were left angry and frustrated when taken by surprise at the FIA’s announcement of the sport’s calendar for 2023. The governing body’s unexpected release of the new schedule took place without warning and without the teams’ approval of a triple-header for next season, ramping up the increasingly fractious relationship at the heart of the sport.

The 24-race schedule was declared on Tuesday without the usual collaboration with F1 itself, the sport’s commercial rights holder. Sources within the sport believe it has only compounded the sense of fatigue and disconnect the teams feel with the FIA which became clear after the Italian Grand Prix. One team member said the FIA’s attitude was “unacceptable”.

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F1 hits the limit with record 24-race calendar unveiled for 2023 season

  • New meetings mean season will increase from 22 races in 2022
  • US to host three races, in Austin, Miami and Las Vegas

Formula One’s calendar for 2023 has been announced with a record number of 24 races, the maximum allowed under the current commercial agreement with the teams. The schedule was approved by a meeting of the FIA’s world motor sport council on Tuesday.

This year F1 is to host 22 races but with new meetings being added as the sport enjoys a surge in popularity across the world, it will attempt to hold the most extensive season in the sport’s history in 2023.

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Max Verstappen and almost bulletproof Red Bull leave Ferrari far behind | Giles Richards

After slow start Dutch driver has shown imperious calm and, backed by his masterful team, a second world title is imminent

“It’s not going to spoil my day,” was Max Verstappen’s deadpan response when asked about the booing he received on the podium after victory at last weekend’s Italian Grand Prix. The Dutchman even wore a wry smile as he shrugged it off. As well he might, the rumble of discontent from Monza’s tifosi an insignificant background to the resounding success that has all but secured his second Formula One world championship.

After a nail-biting conclusion to last season, when his contest with Lewis Hamilton went to the wire of that controversial decider in Abu Dhabi, this year could not stand in greater contrast. Verstappen has imposed himself on the championship, winning 11 races from 16 meetings. He leads Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc by 116 points and his Red Bull teammate Sergio Pérez by 125. There are six races left but he can wrap up the title at the next round in Singapore or, failing that, the one after in Japan.

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F1 teams increasingly dissatisfied with FIA president after delays at Italian GP

  • FIA’s president Mohammed bin Sulayem is under fire
  • Italian GP grid was produced after more than three hours

Senior figures in motor racing have expressed a widespread sense of fatigue and dissatisfaction among Formula One teams with the sport’s governing body, the FIA.

What is seen as an increasingly fraught relationship between the teams and the FIA was exacerbated further at last weekend’s Italian Grand Prix, while the organisation’s president Mohammed bin Sulayem has been criticised for a failure of leadership.

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Max Verstappen overhauls Ferrari’s Leclerc to win Italian Grand Prix – as it happened

Max Verstappen won his fifth race in a row and leads Charles Leclerc in the driver standings by 116 points

Nyck de Vries, a late call-up for his first GP, tells us he’s changing his seating position and that he’s got some shoulder-bruises, but he doubts he’ll notice once we’re away. He affects proper confidence and I’m looking forward to seeing how he does, not just today but in the coming years.

We were talking about Hamilton having already started next season, but do we think he’ll still be at Mercedes then? I’m not sure where else he could go, but I can’t see him hanging around if he’s not certain things are going to get much better. I also wonder if, at some point, Mercedes plan for George Russell to be their number one driver...

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