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Ferrari are 312 factors behind Purple Bull with 10 rounds of the 2023 Components 1 season remaining, as F1 returns to Zandvoort this weekend; watch the Dutch Grand Prix reside on Sky Sports activities F1, with the monitor motion below means on Friday from 11.30am and Sunday’s race beginning at 2pm

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Forward of this weekend’s Dutch Grand Prix, we glance again at a number of the most memorable moments from earlier races at Circuit Zandvoort

Forward of this weekend’s Dutch Grand Prix, we glance again at a number of the most memorable moments from earlier races at Circuit Zandvoort

Charles Leclerc has admitted it will likely be tough for Ferrari to catch Purple Bull earlier than the brand new Components 1 regulation modifications in 2026.

Purple Bull have gained the final 13 F1 races and Max Verstappen will equal Sebastian Vettel’s file of 9 consecutive wins, with victory at this weekend’s Dutch Grand Prix.

In the meantime, Ferrari have had simply three podiums this 12 months and have taken the one non-Purple Bull pole place after a surprising lap from Leclerc on the Azerbaijan Grand Prix in April.

“We are attempting to work in the direction of catching Purple Bull however it’s a giant margin. It’ll be very tough to catch them earlier than the change of rules,” stated Leclerc.

“It is totally different than prior to now. In qualifying, we’re a lot nearer than what we have now seen prior to now. Usually, after we see a crew dominating, it was in qualifying and the race.

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As Components One prepares to return after the summer time break, we have a look again on the highlights of the season thus far

As Components One prepares to return after the summer time break, we have a look again on the highlights of the season thus far

“With Purple Bull now, it is rather more within the race than qualifying – the gaps are greater within the race in comparison with qualifying. That is why we’re all working in the direction of our race tempo as a result of Purple Bull is thus far forward. There’s a variety of work to do. We may have some improvement within the subsequent few races that may assist us do a step ahead.

“Additionally with this automotive, we are able to have some surprising surprises as a result of they’re so delicate and a small change can have a giant distinction. Hopefully, that is the case for us.”

Hamilton: Subsequent 12 months will show if Purple Bull could be overhauled

Lewis Hamilton is on the lookout for his first win since for the reason that Saudi Arabian GP in December 2021

Mercedes are second within the constructors’ championship however 256 factors behind Purple Bull and are nonetheless trying to find their first win.

Lewis Hamilton took pole place on the Hungarian Grand Prix, his first in 19 months, and thinks Leclerc could possibly be proper about catching Purple Bull.

“Properly, we do not have a rule change developing, so I will hope that that is not the case,” stated Hamilton. “However the reality is they’re far forward and most definitely have began growing subsequent 12 months’s automotive already – months earlier than everyone else, as a result of they’re 100, 200 factors forward within the championship.

“So it’s extremely, very doable that Charles could possibly be proper, however we’re engaged on the steep gradient, attempting to develop and get ourselves to shut the hole. Whether or not or not we are able to, subsequent 12 months shall be proof of that. I hope we are able to.”

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The Components One season is again for extra drama on the Dutch Grand Prix on Sunday August 27

The Components One season is again for extra drama on the Dutch Grand Prix on Sunday August 27

Verstappen’s Purple Bull team-mate Sergio Perez, who has claimed two of the crew’s 12 victories this season, thinks quite a bit can change within the subsequent two-and-a-half seasons earlier than 2026.

“Properly, I feel it is fairly early to say, while you see the type of jumps that the groups like McLaren can do, from the place they have been at first of the season to the place they’re now,” stated Perez.

“It solely takes one other crew to make such an enchancment, so I would not suppose that and we aren’t considering like that. We’re actually working exhausting, we’re actually attempting to enhance race by race on all of the totally different areas.”

Norris extra optimistic about catching Purple Bull

Lando Norris was second to Max Verstappen at Silverstone and the Hungaroring

As for McLaren, they’ve leapt up the grid after bringing a serious improve bundle to the Austrian and British Grand Prix, which noticed them within the battle for second behind Purple Bull.

Lando Norris took back-to-back podiums at Silverstone and the Hungaroring and thinks Purple Bull are catchable.

“I do not suppose you possibly can say by no means. I do not need to say no,” stated Norris. “I feel from the place we have been within the season, the step we made to the place we’re, I feel was fairly big in such a brief time frame.

“So from what I’ve seen from what we have been capable of do during the last season, then I do not need to say no, I feel it must be doable. However that is life, they’re doing an excellent job and everybody else shouldn’t be doing a adequate job, that is the best way it’s.”

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We have a look again at a number of the funniest moments from the 2023 F1 season thus far

We have a look again at a number of the funniest moments from the 2023 F1 season thus far

Sky Sports activities F1’s reside Dutch GP schedule

FRIDAY 25TH AUGUST
9am: F2 Apply
11am: Dutch GP Apply One (session begins 11.30am)
12.55pm: F2 Qualifying
2.45pm: Dutch GP Apply Two (session begins 3pm)
4.15pm: The F1 Present

SATURDAY 26TH AUGUST
10.15am: Dutch GP Apply Three (session begins 10.30am)
12.10pm: F2 Dash Race
1.15pm: Dutch GP Qualifying build-up
2pm: Dutch GP Qualifying

SUNDAY 27TH AUGUST
8.55am: F2 Characteristic Race
12.30pm: Grand Prix Sunday: Dutch GP build-up
2pm: THE DUTCH GRAND PRIX
4pm: Chequered Flag: Dutch GP response
5.30pm: Dutch GP highlights

Components 1 returns after the summer time break with the Dutch GP and all classes shall be reside on Sky Sports activities F1 from this Friday. Stream F1 on Sky Sports activities with NOW for simply £26 a month for 12 months. Cancel anytime

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