US Grand Prix: Danica Patrick’s big preview of Lewis Hamilton vs Max Verstappen and more


Sky Sports F1 new recruit Danica Patrick said she was fascinated by the title fight between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen and the “desperation and passion” both drivers displayed ahead of the crucial US Grand Prix. -United this weekend.

Patrick, arguably the greatest female driver in motorsports as an IndyCar winner and NASCAR sitter pole, joins Team Sky F1 in the Circuit of the America event, the first of six rounds to finish the season.

In Texas, she’ll see a championship fight tumbled, sunk, and often mired in controversy, and she says she’s loved what she’s seen from pilots at various stages of their careers.

“I love that Max is that young rider and Lewis is the guy to go after the official Goat medal for most wins, poles and championships this year, so I’m sure he really wants to win eighth,” said Patrick. Air Sports As part of this weekend’s big preview.

“So you have someone dying to prevent that from happening to them.” “

Speaking about their various accidents this year, Patrick insisted on the fact that “every time there is more at stake, there is more risk being taken”.

She added: “So it’s possible that Lewis was used to winning early in the season and as it went on he was like, ‘Wow, you’ve gone this track.'” He probably knew that if he won that eighth championship, it wouldn’t be that easy.

“You see more desperation and more passion. These are pilots who want the same thing and can only have one.”

Patrick joined Sky Sports for an exclusive interview before joining the team in Austin, where he discusses key topics such as the growing popularity of Formula 1 in the US, women in motorsport, and more…

F1 certainly appears to be gaining popularity in the United States. why then?

“The popularity in the US has definitely increased because of the Netflix series. campaign to survive It was really, really popular and I’ve heard a lot of people over the years, people say, “Hey, did you see that? It’s so crazy and fun, I had no idea!”

“There are a lot of people who have realized how powerful Formula 1, the intrigue, the controversy… has been the most influential thing to increase the popularity of Formula 1 in America recently.”

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It also helps show the drivers personality, right?

“Yeah. And I think that has always helped me be a famous contestant in my career, I’ve always done interviews, people were interested in talking to me, and so when I did that, I showed myself more, people got to know me better and were curious how I did.”

“When they don’t know who to chant, when they have no idea who you are, you watch cars turn around.”

There will be a Miami Grand Prix and a US Grand Prix next year, making the US the only country to have two races. ideas?

“I think it’s fair that you think about the popularity of F1 in the US. The more the better, if there are more F1 races here, it will create more and more fans here.”

Does the United States need a driver on the network?

“I think it will become more of a cultural norm and a story that we follow here, whether it’s on ESPN or Fox Sports, or one of our sports networks, the morning news, the evening news, when we’re interviewing people… to make it shared. You’ll definitely need an American F1 driver.”

There are many young talents in IndyCar, could one of them make the move to F1?

“Of course! You never know how that transition is going to go, especially in the race, when the car counts, the team counts, all the same matters. It’s really hard to know what it’s going to be like and how someone will adapt to the situation, so you just have to give it a whirl.”

“But I don’t think there’s anyone at the helm of any motorsport – IndyCar in particular – who can’t do that. It’s just a question, are they going to be in a position to grow, to show their talent, are they going to get the right equipment and the right opportunity?”

“And if they are, I don’t see any reason why they can’t do a really good job.”

Danica Patrick won the IndyCar Series in 2008, and remains the only woman to do so.

Danica Patrick won the IndyCar Series in 2008, and remains the only woman to do so.

Let’s talk about you and F1. I’ve often been attached to the change and there have been rumors of Honda testing. What happened?

“There was never a test, and no one ever called me! So I don’t know if it was just a publicity stunt to try and create a little conversation about Formula One, but it never happened. That is the true story of Danica and Formula 1…”

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I raced Lewis Hamilton in the junior ranks, while today there is a women-only W series. What do you think is the best route for the driver?

“Well, same path for everyone. I don’t think there is a special path for a girl compared to someone trying to get to the top, it’s really about where you think you can get the best results, show it to you, develop your talent and get opportunities. It’s a hard path for a guy and a girl.”

“I don’t think we’ll see that 50-50 ratio, so I don’t know if that’s what people think should happen, half girls and half guys, but it’s not a women’s sport. Just like in a sport where there will be more girls than men, It’s the same thing, it falls into what comes naturally to a person.

“But as time goes on, I’m sure there will be more and more, as there are more women in the hole lane, there will be more women in the seat, and more opportunities. But 50-50? That won’t happen.”

However, is equality improving in motorsports?

“Exactly. There are programs to back it up and there is narrative to back it up, I think you see it more and more all the time. But these are big ships that have to be transformed. They should also be caring from a young age. Like in regards to drivers, you don’t kill a person when they hear a story and they say, ‘” I’m 22, I’ll try that.” Instead, you should be two!

“This stuff starts at a very young age, so it’s going to be more interesting because it was a popular story 15 years ago? What’s going to happen in the next 15?”

“I also think the best thing about motorsport is the competition, it’s intrigue, it’s competition. It’s for any sport, you see when there are competitors and when it’s so close, until the last lap, the last race, the end of the championship, that’s what people care about.

“Another reason Formula 1 is gaining popularity here is because there is real racing for the championship right now. Not only is the Netflix series helping people and exposing them to countries you don’t know very much, but there is something great to follow. Every time there are stories to follow, it will excite Interesting more people.”

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Speaking of rivalries… what do you think of Hamilton vs Verstappen?

“I think it’s cool – and it will make me more interested in watching more!” Because there is something to watch.

“If you finish the series – F1, Indycar, NASCAR let’s say – F1 it looks like the manufacturers are counting and everyone is lining up the race and then in IndyCar it could be a little more mixed, there are maybe a few lanes and then there is more NASCAR.

“So I like that it’s not that easy this year, that you have two teams, which is great because you don’t have to worry about team orders, or any kind of c***, you just get the duo.

“I think that makes it really interesting and I love that Max is this young rider, he’s been around for a few years for sure, but he’s still the young jockey and Lewis is the guy to go after the official goat medal for the most. He wins, most poles and most championships that’s year, so I’m sure he really wants to win eighth. Then you have someone die so it doesn’t happen to him when he’s young and hungry. It’s so fun to watch”

SkyPad's Paul Di Resta was on the SkyPad to analyze the controversial collision between title rivals Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen, which saw both cars crash.

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SkyPad’s Paul Di Resta was on the SkyPad to analyze the controversial collision between title rivals Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen, which saw both cars crash.

SkyPad’s Paul Di Resta was on the SkyPad to analyze the controversial collision between title rivals Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen, which saw both cars crash.

Has he gone away sometimes this year?

Each time there is more at stake, there are more risks. So maybe at the start of the season, Lewis was used to winning and as it went on he was like, “Wow, I went all the way down the track.”

“Maybe he knew that if he won this eighth tournament, it wouldn’t be that easy.

“You see more desperation and more passion. These are pilots who want the same thing and can only have one. So you see more of a competitive nature that emerges, which is always exciting to watch as a fan.”

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