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F1 announces 2025 schedule

The 2024 Formula 1 season is only just beginning.
But the 2025 schedule is already here.
F1 and the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA), the sport’s governing body, released the schedule for the 2025 F1 season on Friday. As with this year’s schedule, it consists of 24 races, winding drivers, teams, and fans across the globe. The 24 races that are on this season’s calendar all return for 2025, as does the placement of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix as the final race of the season.
The year begins, however, Down Under. While the Bahrain Grand Prix has opened the past four seasons, as well as some other F1 campaigns, the Australian Grand Prix returns to the start of the calendar for 2025. That will kick off a three-race stint in Australia, China, and Japan before the circuit heads to the Middle East for races in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia.
The 2025 F1 season will also mark a milestone in the sport’s history, as it will be the 75th anniversary of the FIA Formula One World Championship.

2025 Formula 1 Schedule

Date

Grand Prix/Event

Site

Date

Grand Prix/Event

Site

March 14-16

Australia

Melbourne/Albert Park Circuit

March 21-23

China

Shanghai International Circuit

April 4-6

Japan

Suzuka International Racing Course

April 11-13

Bahrain

Sakhir/Bahrain International Circuit

April 18-20

Saudi Arabia

Jeddah Corniche Circuit

May 2-4

USA

Miami International Autrodrome

May 16-18

Italy

Imola/Autrodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari

May 23-25

Monaco

Monaco/Circuit de Monaco

May 30 – June 1

Spain

Barcelona/ Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya

June 13-15

Canada

Montreal/Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve

June 27-29

Austria

Spielberg/Red Bull Ring

July 4-6

United Kingdom

Silverstone Circuit

July 25-27

Belgium

Spa/Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps

August 1-3

Hungary

Budapest/Hungaroring

August 29-31

Netherlands

Zandvoort

September 5-7

Italy

Monza

September 19-21

Azerbaijan

Baku City Circuit

October 3-5

Singapore

Singapore/Marina Bay Street Circuit

October 17-19

USA

Austin/Circuit of the Americas

October 24-26

Mexico

Mexico City/Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez

November 7-9

Brazil

Sao Paulo/Interlagos

November 20-22

USA

Las Vegas/Las Vegas Strip Circuit

November 28-30

Qatar

Lusail/Lusail International Circuit

December 5-7

Abu Dhabi

Yas Marina

Speaking in the official announcement, F1 President and CEO Stefano Domenicali had this to say about the schedule for next Season. “2025 will be a special year as we celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the FIA Formula One World Championship, and it’s that legacy and experience that allows us to deliver such a strong calendar,” said Domenicali. “Once again, we’ll visit 24 incredible venues around the world, delivering top class racing, hospitality, and entertainment, which will be enjoyed by millions of fans worldwide.”
Mohammed Ben Sulayem, the President of the FIA, hailed the schedule and the sport’s continued push towards sustainability. In recent years F1 has moved to a more “regionalized” scheduling model, which continues into 2025. As noted earlier the year begins with races in Australia, China, and Japan before shifting to the Middle East.
Then there is a European portion of the calendar, as with 2024. Similar to this season, 2025 winds down with four races in the Americas — the United States Grand Prix, the Mexico City Grand Prix, the São Paulo Grand Prix, and the Las Vegas Grand Prix — before returning to the Middle East to close out the year.
“The 2025 FIA Formula One World Championship calendar, approved by the World Motor Sport Council, is a further illustration of our collective mission of meeting sustainability objectives through the regionalisation of events. While our focus is on the overall stability of Formula 1, we also have a shared duty to the environment and to the health and well-being of travelling staff,” said Ben Sulayem.
“Formula One Management, under the direction of Stefano Domenicali, have produced a calendar which strikes a good blend of traditional circuits and modern venues. We thank the host ASNs, the local organisers and the many thousands of FIA volunteers for their tireless efforts in making Formula 1 a truly global, mass audience spectacle as we prepare to celebrate the sport’s 75th year,” added the FIA President. […]

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NFL Draft 2024 rumors: Vikings love ‘multiple’ QBs while the Giants are ‘desperate’ for one

We are under two weeks to go, friends.
Just under two weeks from now the 2024 NFL Draft will begin, meaning that we can start dismissing all the rumors that have piled up in recent weeks, and actually start discussing real-life selections.
Until then, however, the rumors will persist.
Let’s take a spin around the NFL Draft rumor carousel to close out this week.
13 prospects to attend NFL Draft in Detroit
On Thursday night the NFL announced the 13 players who will attend the NFL Draft in Detroit.
Read into who is attending — as well as who is not attending — what you will:

Vikings “in love” with multiple QBs
Talk to any draft analyst about potential trades in the first round, and one team is sure to be mentioned.
The Minnesota Vikings.
With Kirk Cousins now living it up in the NFC South, the Vikings have a pretty big need under center. While Minnesota added Sam Darnold in free agency and have two other quarterbacks back from last season — Nick Mullens and Jaren Hall — the Vikings are a team frequently mentioned when it comes to quarterbacks, and trades in the first round.
So it probably comes as no surprise that Minnesota is doing their homework on this crop of passers. Apparently, they like what they have seen.
According to Andrew Krammer of the Star Tribune, Vikings General Manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah has been working on this draft class for a long time, with an eye towards a potential Cousins departure. During his pre-draft press conference earlier this week, the GM made it clear that there are “multiple” quarterbacks he feels are worthy of becoming the team’s next franchise quarterback.
And their love goes beyond the first round.
“There are multiple guys that we are in love with,” said the Minnesota GM. “But there’s also other guys that we are in love with … if we get them at a certain value.”
Saints likely start on the OL, and do not stop there
Sticking in the NFC, let’s check in on the New Orleans Saints.
While some teams have nebulous plans when it comes to the draft, the Saints are pretty easy to pin down.
They are going to start on the offensive line, and probably continue there as the draft unfolds. According to ESPN draft analyst Jordan Reid, New Orleans will target tackle early, but may target tackle a bit later as well.
“It’s been really quiet there,” an NFC area scout said about the Saints. But New Orleans should address offensive tackle early, and Olumuyiwa Fashanu and Taliese Fuaga are two names that have constantly been linked to the Saints. I’ve also heard Patrick Paul [Houston], Kiran Amegadjie [Yale] and Blake Fisher [Notre Dame] as Day 2 and Day 3 offensive tackle prospects who could fit.”
Forget McCarthy or Daniels, Washington has to draft Drake Maye
We have spent a lot of time this week addressing rumors regarding what Washington does at No. 2. Monday began with rumors that the Commanders were targeting Michigan quarterback J.J. McCarthy. Then on Wednesday the conversation shifted to Jayden Daniels.
So it almost feels right to close out the week with the case for Drake Maye.
That is what Pro Football Focus lead draft analyst Trevor Sikkema did on the Rich Eisen Show this week:
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“If I was making the pick, I’d take Drake Maye. He has been my QB2 for a while now, firmly I will add. I think Caleb Williams is QB1, I think Drake Maye is QB2, and then I think you have a little bit of a discussion as to who is QB3, [whether] Jayden Daniels, J.J. McCarthy, I think you can get into some of the nuances there.”
However, Sikkema did note that it “feels” like the NFL, and the Commanders in particular, are leaning towards Daniels. “It just feels like the total momentum is there for Jayden Daniels to be that guy who has ascended throughout this entire process.”
Giants “desperate” to move up for a QB
On his appearance with Rich Eisen, Sikkema talked about another team that is doing their work on quarterbacks, the New York Giants.
As noted by the incredibly well-coiffed Sikkema, the Giants are looking to trade up in the first round.
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Discussing a world where three quarterbacks open the draft and the Arizona Cardinals are on the clock, with J.J. McCarthy available, Sikkema mentioned two teams that would make the “Godfather” offer to Arizona. One is Minnesota, which would require the Cardinals to drop down to No. 11 in the first round.
The other? The Giants.
“I think that they’re gonna be pretty desperate to go up and get one of these quarterbacks. I think they’re gonna give a pretty competitive deal to move to either four, well they’re going to talk to the Patriots at three, but I think they’re gonna give a pretty competitive deal for three, four or five, whenever a quarterback is still on the board.”
Sikkema also noted that the Giants can offer a pick in the top six, whereas the Vikings cannot. So if Arizona wants to grab a top-flight receiver, No. 6 keeps them in striking distance, but No. 11 might not.
Kansas City could go offense only
Something that might strike fear in the hearts of NFL teams?
The notion of the Chiefs doing everything they can to help Patrick Mahomes.
But, that might be exactly what happens in a few weeks when the NFL Draft begins. The last time Kansas City drafted an offensive player in the first round was back in 2020 when they selected LSU running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire. Not only might the Chiefs break that defense-only streak in the first round, but according to ESPN the rest of their picks could go towards that side of the football.
And given what that defense-heavy trend has done — the Chiefs have built one of the league’s top defenses — the organization suddenly has room to address the offense again.
“You always want to approach every offseason by making both sides of the football better, but I think it’s your process that leads you to where your roster is now,” Veach said in explaining the Chiefs’ recent lopsided drafts. “That chain of events of paying a quarterback a lot of money and picking late in the draft lends itself probably to more defensive players.”
Two position groups to watch for Kansas City? Wide receiver and offensive line. Kansas City added Marquise Brown this spring, but with Rashee Rice facing legal troubles, bringing in another WR (or two) makes sense for the Chiefs. Then there is the offensive line, a group which saw Nick Allegretti — who played the entire Super Bowl while injured — leave in free agency. In addition left tackle Donovan Smith, who started the Super Bowl, is currently a free agent.
“I don’t think I ever envisioned having a top one or two defense,” said Kansas City General Manager Brett Veach. “It feels good knowing that you didn’t have a lot of room for error on that side and most of the guys that you brought in through the draft, even in late rounds, most of those guys have played and produced and you can see the results.” […]

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What the Fernando Alonso news means for the rest of the F1 grid

One of the biggest dominoes in the upcoming Formula 1 driver transfer market has fallen.
Now the rest of the F1 world awaits the fallout.
The news that Fernando Alonso is returning to Aston Martin for 2025 and beyond, on a new “multi-year” deal, fits with the team’s aggressive approach at moving up the F1 grid. Aston Martin signed Alonso away from Alpine for the 2023 season, and that campaign was their most successful in their F1 history. The team is also in the middle of a massive infrastructure overhaul, a new three-building factory in Silverstone that includes a brand-new wind tunnel.
But the Alonso news has ramifications beyond Silverstone, and may be the latest saga in what is shaping up to be a transformative driver transfer season.
In case you missed it, some stunning news dropped ahead of the 2024 F1 season. Of course, that refers to the shocking announcement that Lewis Hamilton would be leaving Mercedes following the 2024 campaign, making the move to Ferrari for the 2025 season and beyond.
Not only did that open up one of the most coveted spots in the sport — a seat at Mercedes alongside George Russell — but it left Carlos Sainz Jr. looking for a ride of his own for next season.
How did Sainz respond to the news? By demonstrating that perhaps the only thing holding him back might be his appendix. After delivering a podium finish in the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix, Sainz missed the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix due to an emergency appendectomy.
He came back to the grid for the Australian Grand Prix, scoring his second win in as many seasons. Then came Suzuka, and while Sainz could not score back-to-back wins, he notched his third podium in as many races with a third-place finish.
As the grid is set to return to China for the first time since 2019, Sainz sits fourth in the Drivers’ Championship.
And remains without a seat for 2025.
The ripple effects of Alonso re-signing with Aston Martin for 2025 could drift out towards Alonso. Aston Martin bringing back Alonso for 2025 and beyond eliminates a potential landing spot for Sainz, and given the fact Lance Stroll is likely going to hold onto that second spot at Aston Martin — absent a shock move for a driver like Verstappen — Sainz will need to look elsewhere.
Of course, that elsewhere could be Mercedes. Although if recent reports are to believed, Toto Wolff has his eyes on another price, which is Verstappen himself. Whether Verstappen would make such a shocking move to Mercedes remains to be seen, but recent reporting from German outlet AMS holds that the Silver Arrows have already signed off internally on the salary it would take to poach the three-time champion.
Then there is Sauber. The organization is set to become the Audi works team for the 2026 season, and even before the Hamilton news there were reports linking Sainz to Sauber/Audi, given the fact that his father is a rally driver in the Audi fold — and won the Dakar Rally back in January.
Once the Hamilton news came down, those reports picked up steam.
Interestingly enough F1TV analyst Lawrence Barretto floated another option for Sainz on Thursday following the Alonso news.
Williams.

Alonso committing to Aston Martin shuts one door for @Carlossainz55. Sources say that leaves Williams and Sauber as the two most likely landing spots for him. Unless Red Bull decide they do want to partner him with Max again #F1— Lawrence Barretto (@lawrobarretto) April 11, 2024

Williams is a very intriguing notion, given the other moving parts on the grid. The team has Alexander Albon under contract through at least 2025, and absent Albon making a big move in all likelihood he will be back in the fold next year at Williams. Logan Sargeant currently holds the seat next to Albon, and Team Principal James Vowles likely views Sargeant taking a big step forward on the track this year as a preferred option for 2025. We can call that their Plan A.
But what if they need a Plan B?
That option for Williams might be Andrea Kimi Antonelli. The 17-year-old phenom is set to get his first crack at an F1 car next week, as he will get behind the wheel of Mercedes’ W12, their 2021 season challenger, in Austria.
Mercedes might view Antonelli as their long-term option for Hamilton’s seat, but expecting the wunderkind to make the leap into F1 after just one season in F2 — and into a Mercedes at this — might be asking too much. So Antonelli could be an option at Williams, similar to the path George Russell and other drivers in the Mercedes program have taken.
Which could close another door on Sainz.
Now maybe Williams is viewing Sainz as their Plan B. Barretto is certainly extremely plugged into the F1 world, and if something is being discussed around the paddock, it is likely to land on his radar, or perhaps his phone to be more accurate. Linking Sainz to Williams is certainly an interesting development, although one would think the more likely move would be Sainz to Mercedes, and Antonelli to Williams for the time being.
Still, one would think that a driver of his caliber — and with the start he has had — would have no problem finding a spot for next year. Maybe, as Barretto floats, a return for Sainz to Red Bull could be in the works. That of course would require Red Bull to decide to move on from Sergio Pérez, who is off to a strong start of his own and seeing praise come in from Dr. Helmut Marko, a critical voice in the Red Bull stable. So perhaps Red Bull stays pat as well, forging into 2025 and even beyond with their current Verstappen/Pérez pairing.
Again, leading us back to Sauber/Audi as an option for Sainz.
Many twists and turns lie ahead in the ongoing game of driver movement.
But Alonso’s decision on Thursday is just the latest move that has rippling effects throughout the sport. […]

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Kentucky nearing deal with Mark Pope to replace John Calipari, per reports

Kentucky’s search for a head men’s basketball coach has reportedly taken the school to Utah. Provo, to be more accurate.
But it is a journey that will result in a homecoming.
According to multiple reports, Kentucky is nearing an agreement with Mark Pope to be their next men’s basketball coach. Pope would replace John Calipari, who announced earlier this week that he was stepping away from a program that in his words, needed a new voice.
Calipari was introduced as the next coach at Arkansas on Wednesday.
Matt Norlander of CBS Sports was among the first to share the news, with this post on social media Thursday night:

Breaking news: Kentucky has lined up BYU’s Mark Pope to be its next coach, sources tell @CBSSports. Nothing is signed at this hour but the sides are quickly working toward a deal and hope to get it done by the end of the night.— Matt Norlander (@MattNorlander) April 12, 2024

ESPN college football writer Pete Thamel also reported on the impending deal.
Norlander’s reporting also included some intriguing context. According to the CBS Sports insider, Kentucky “did not aggressively pursue Billy Donovan at any point over the past four days.” In addition, Norlander was informed that “there was no contact with Rick Pitino.”
Pope took over at BYU in April of 2019, and in his first season leading the Cougars he guided the team to a 24-8 record, the best for a first-year coach in school history. BYU looked in line for a bid to the NCAA Tournament that season, but the tournament was canceled due to COVID-19.
BYU recorded winning seasons in each of Pope’s years on campus, including a 23-11 record last year, which was the school’s first season in the Big 12. BYU lost in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 tournament, and entered the NCAA Tournament as an at-large seed, seeded sixth in the East Region. The Cougars were knocked out in their opening-round game by Duquesne.
As noted above, this is a homecoming for Pope, who transferred to Kentucky after starting his college basketball days at Washington, where he was named the Pac-10 Freshman of the Year in 1992. After sitting out a season due to eligibility rules, Pope appeared in every game for Kentucky over his final two years on campus, helping the team win a national title in 1996.
Under Rick Pitino. […]

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Aston Martin and Fernando Alonso share ‘determination’ for F1 success

The first episode of the most recent season of Netflix’s docuseries “Drive to Survive” focuses on Aston Martin, and the Formula 1 team’s aggressive move to sign veteran driver Fernando Alonso away from Alpine for the 2023 season. As viewers and F1 fans know, that move delivered immediate success, as Alonso opened the year with three-straight podium finishes, and the team started the year on the front foot.
While Aston Martin faded down the stretch to finish fifth, it was still their most successful season in the sport.
The team, and owner Lawrence Stroll, remain committed to success. To that end, Thursday’s announcement that Alonso would be back for 2025 and beyond on a new “multi-year” deal should come as no surprise.
Announcing the news, both Alonso and Team Principal Mike Krack made it clear:
A championship is the goal.
“Securing Fernando’s long-term future with Aston Martin Aramco is fantastic news. We have built a strong working relationship over the last 18 months and we share the same determination to see this project succeed,” said Krack. “We have been in constant dialogue over the last few months and Fernando has been true to his word: when he decided he wanted to continue racing, he talked to us first. Fernando has shown he believes in us, and we believe in him.”
Krack also praised Alonso as a driver, noting that the veteran shows no signs of slowing down.
“Fernando is hungry for success, driving better than ever, is fitter than ever, and is completely dedicated to making Aston Martin Aramco a competitive force. This multi-year agreement with Fernando takes us into 2026 when we begin our works power unit partnership with Honda,” added the Aston Martin boss. “We look forward to creating more incredible memories and achieving further success together.”
While his F1 future was a matter of speculation, Alonso noted that from the start he wanted to remain at Aston Martin, if he was going to stay on the grid.
“There has been much said and written about my future in Formula One in the past few months, but today I’m delighted to announce that I’m here to stay with Aston Martin Aramco in a multi-year agreement,” said Alonso.
“I said at the start of the year that I would decide if I wanted to continue racing first and then sit down with the team. From the moment I joined the team in 2023 I felt extremely at home. In just over 15 months we have already achieved so much together, with some memorable podiums and battles.”
The veteran driver indeed made it clear.
A title is the goal.
“I am very grateful for the trust Lawrence, Martin and Mike have put in me and with Lance I am excited to see what else we can achieve together,” declared Alonso. “This is only the beginning for this project and I am proud to be part of it. I am at my physical best and still hungry. I will give my all as we continue our journey to becoming a world championship winning team.”
Now we wait to see if they can deliver on that goal. […]

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Fernando Alonso trolls F1 world with shocking ‘announcement’

Do you remember how the Sopranos ended?
It seems Fernando Alonso might.
The Formula 1 driver sat down in front of a camera to record a video that was shared on social media Thursday, likely to announce his decision regarding where he would be driving in 2025. Alonso began 2024 like more than half the grid, driving on an expiring contract. With a spot opening up at Mercedes for the 2025 season, and persistent rumors about potential openings at Red Bull and elsewhere, there is a huge market for Alonso’s services, given his status as a two-time champion.
So Alonso sat down to let the F1 world know about his future.
Or, at least that is what we thought.

Alonso shared this hilarious video of his “announcement” on TikTok. After sitting down and making a brief introductory statement, the audio cuts out, with the sound of wireless earbuds powering down the final sound you can hear.
Of course, the real news was that Alonso had indeed reached a decision, re-signing with Aston Martin for at least 2025 and likely beyond. The team announced the deal on their social media accounts with the simple tagline “Here to say:”

The team then shared the full video of Alonso, where he too indicated that he was “here to stay:”

For many fans, the sight of a legendary driver sitting down to record a video brings back some flashbacks, such as Sebastian Vettel’s retirement announcement that paved the way for Alonso to leave Alpine for Aston Martin to begin with.
For some other fans, the way Alonso’s “announcement” video unfolded brought back memories of Tony Soprano walking into a diner. […]

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NFL Draft 2024 needs for Texans, Jaguars, Colts, and Titans in AFC South, plus pick breakdown

Our tour of NFL Draft needs division-by-division takes us to the AFC South, after stops in the AFC East and the AFC North.
In the South, perhaps the needs for all four teams could be boiled down to just one word.
Depth.
From the Houston Texans to the Jacksonville Jaguars, as well as the Indianapolis Colts, adding depth at key positions might be the biggest order of business. The Tennessee Titans might have the most pressing need early in the draft, but even Ran Carthon could take a few different approaches in the first round.
What do the teams in the South need this spring? Let’s dive in.
Houston Texans

LB
DT
IOL
TE
CB

The Houston Texans are one of the few teams whose priorities in the draft can be boiled down to one word.
Depth.
The Texans, in the view of many, crushed it this offseason. Houston offered up perhaps the latest example yet that the biggest cheat code in the NFL is a talented quarterback on a rookie contract. After C.J. Stroud’s stunning rookie season helped the Texans to a division title, and a playoff win, Houston was able to add a ton of talent around him in free agency. For more on the Texans’ incredible spring, we have you covered here.
As they head into the draft, adding depth at the above positions — along with a linebacker that could contribute early — is what remains on General Manager Nick Caserio’s to-do list. With the selection they have on Day Two and with a number of picks on Day Three, he should be able to do just that.
Houston Texans draft selections

Round 2, Selection 10 (Pick No. 42 overall)
Round 2, Selection 27 (Pick No. 59 overall)
Round 3, Selection 22 (Pick No. 86 overall)
Round 4, Selection 23 (Pick No. 123 overall)
Round 4, Selection 27 (Pick No. 127 overall)
Round 6, Selection 12 (Pick No. 188 overall)
Round 6, Selection 13 (Pick No. 189 overall)
Round 7, Selection 18 (Pick No. 238 overall)
Round 7, Selection 27 (Pick No. 247 overall)

Jacksonville Jaguars

OT
WR
IOL
CB
DL

Similar to the Texans, the Jaguars are likely focused on depth more than anything else. Jacksonville added at both cornerback and defensive tackle in the offseason, and with the new deal given to pass rusher Josh Allen, finding a replacement on the edge can wait for another draft cycle.
Jacksonville might want to focus on the offensive line and/or at wide receiver early in the draft. With both Cam Robinson and Walker Littler facing free agency following the 2024 campaign, transition plans could be a smart, forward-thinking move for the organization. While the addition of Gabe Davis helps the wide receiver room, Calvin Ridley’s move to the Tennessee Titans makes WR an early option, and a need, as well.
Jacksonville Jaguars draft selections

Round 1, Selection 17 (Pick No. 17 overall)
Round 2, Selection 16 (Pick No. 48 overall)
Round 3, Selection 32 (Pick No. 96 overall)
Round 4, Selection 14 (Pick No. 114 overall)
Round 4, Selection 16 (Pick No. 116 overall)
Round 5, Selection 18 (Pick No. 153 overall)
Round 6, Selection 36 (Pick No. 212 overall)
Round 7, Selection 16 (Pick No. 236 overall)

Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images

Indianapolis Colts

CB
WR
EDGE
IOL
RB

Keeping with what seems to be a theme in the AFC South, perhaps the biggest need for Chris Ballard to address in a few weeks is depth. Indianapolis solves a big issue when Anthony Richardson returns from his shoulder injury, and with players like Michael Pittman Jr., Julian Blackmon, and Kenny Moore II coming back needs at those positions have been reduced.
Indianapolis can still add depth in the secondary as well as wide receiver, and could look to do that in the second and third days of the draft. The Colts could also add a depth running back behind Jonathan Taylor, as well as depth options along the interior of their offensive line. Both Ryan Kelly and Will Fries hit free agency after this season, so a transition plan makes some sense for the Colts.
A popular position for Indianapolis in recent mock drafts? EDGE. That could be where Ballard goes in the first round.
Indianapolis Colts draft selections

Round 1, Selection 15 (Pick No. 15 overall)
Round 2, Selection 14 (Pick No. 46 overall)
Round 3, Selection 18 (Pick No. 82 overall)
Round 4, Selection 17 (Pick No. 117 overall)
Round 5, Selection 16 (Pick No. 151 overall)
Round 6, Selection 15 (Pick No. 191 overall)
Round 7, Selection 14 (Pick No. 234 overall)

Tennessee Titans

OT
S
WR
TE
DT

Ran Carthon’s biggest agenda item this spring was rebuilding the cornerback group.
Signing free agent Chidobe Awuzie, and trading for L’Jarius Sneed, took care of that.
Now Carthon can turn to the draft, with offensive tackle perhaps the most pressing need. Joe Alt from Notre Dame has been a overwhelmingly-popular pick for Tennessee in mock drafts, and given the number of quarterback-needy teams in front of the Titans, Carthon will likely have his pick of the tackles in the draft.
Beyond tackle, safety and wide receiver could be in play for Tennessee with their second-round selection. The Titans signed Calvin Ridley in free agency, but with DeAndre Hopkins set to hit free agency in 2025, another option in the WR room make sense for Tennessee. Adding depth at safety could also be in play.
Tennessee Titans draft selections

Round 1, Selection 7 (Pick No. 7 overall)
Round 2, Selection 6 (Pick No. 38 overall)
Round 4, Selection 6 (Pick No. 106 overall)
Round 5, Selection 11 (Pick No. 146 overall)
Round 6, Selection 6 (Pick No. 182 overall)
Round 7, Selection 7 (Pick No. 227 overall)
Round 7, Selection 22 (Pick No. 242 overall)
Round 7, Selection 32 (Pick No. 252 overall) […]

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Jenson Button on Logan Sargeant, his F1 career, and ‘Lap of Legends’

Jenson Button has accomplished almost everything there is to do in the world of motorsports.
His driving resume jumps off the page, and reads like a “create a driver” script in a video game. A Formula 1 Drivers’ Championship? Check. A win at Monaco, part of the “Triple Crown” of motorsport? Check. A Constructors’ Championship? Check. A Super GT Championship? Check. He’s driven in NASCAR, including in last season’s Grant Park 165, the sport’s first-ever street race which wound through the city of Chicago. He’s driven at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, in IMSA SportsCar, and yes even in eSports.
But he never drove against some of F1’s living legends, as well as one of the sports current drivers.
Until now.
Next month Williams will celebrate their partnership with Michelob Ultra with “Lap of Legends,” a first-ever event which will pit racing legends such as Button, Mario Andretti, Jacques Villeneuve, Damon Hill, Alain Prost, Nigel Mansell against current driver Logan Sargent over a 15-lap sprint race at historic Silverstone Circuit. Sargent will drive against the Williams legends, who will appear as avatars during the race.
I spoke with Button recently about the event, and my first question was a rather straight-forward one.
How, exactly, will this all work?
Technology is a huge help.
“Well, a lot of very interesting technology to bring sort of the virtual world and reality together. You know, obviously from all those different eras of Motorsport, the cars were very different. So it’s taking as much information from all the data that’s gathered because even back in the sort of seventies and eighties, there was still a lot of data gathering from those cars,” explained Button. “So a lot of data gathering and then trying to bring it all together.”
Although Button admitted that when Michelob Ultra first approached him with this opportunity, even he was skeptical.
“When Michelob Ultra first mentioned it they said: ‘Do you want to be involved?’ I’m like, ‘I think it’s a great idea but I can’t see how you’re going to do it.’
“But they’ve really, really pulled it off and I think, it’s all about the joy of racing and it definitely brings that,” said Button. “When all of us were together, all the world champions, all the legends, there was definitely a joy in seeing this all come together and being a part of it.”
Among the many hurdles acing this project? How to normalize not just the drivers from different generations, but their race cars. After all, as Button noted, current F1 cars would lap the field in the hands of most drivers.
But as the former champion outlined, even the current cars have their weaknesses.
“Then obviously you try, you want to make it competitive still because the current Formula One car would be sort of 15 seconds quicker than a car from 20 to 30 years ago,” explained Button. “So there’s a bit of sort of balance of performance if you like, but the actual strengths and weaknesses of the cars from every era you definitely see in the race, which is kind of cool.”
For Button, something else that was cool was seeing the drivers all get behind the concept. For him, the insight from the other drivers, and interplay among them, was perhaps the best part of the project.
Aside from getting to race his own hero.
“So, yeah, it’s amazing technology and I thought I never thought I’d get the chance to race against Alain Prost. He was actually my hero growing up as well, you know, being British, I always supported him. He was a very big character, which I love, and he still is. So it’s been a really fun process, you know, going through from start to finish of this movie if you like,” described Button.
“And also working with all these absolute legends, you know, spending time with Alain, spending time with Nigel, Jacques, Mario, Damon and obviously Logan. It’s all together in one room. It’s definitely kind of spicy, there’s been a lot of good conversations and a lot of, a lot of good gags, a lot of good jokes.”

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Having seen the finished product, Button admitted that he was “pleasantly surprised” at how it turned out. Which he attributes in part to how all the drivers bought into the idea, and worked hard at making it as good as possible.
“I had no idea how it was gonna turn out, and was pleasantly surprised how it turned out,” outlined Button. “I think what was also great was that every individual involved really put their, their time into it? And, you know, none of the drivers were walking around going, ‘Oh, this this doesn’t work. This isn’t correct. This isn’t how it should be.’
“Everyone put their time and effort into it to make it feel as good as it possibly could because bringing virtual reality and the real world together is kind of difficult but when you watch it, it’s really cool,” added Button. “The process was fun and it’s a lot of technology that we as drivers, we’re used to technology, but this sort of technology, no. So it was really interesting for us to really sink our teeth into the technology and see how far it’s come over the last couple of decades and during this process.”
Button also admitted to learning a few things about his fellow legends, and appreciated just how open they were with their thoughts, and emotions.
“I was surprised at how open everyone was with their, with their emotions,” explained Button.
The former champion then gave even more incredible insight on the human side of racing, and motorsport.
“And, you know, when we’re talking to them as individuals, as drivers, they, they’re letting us know the strengths and weaknesses that they have and the tough times they went through, and the good times, and that was great to hear because most of us, when we’re racing, we shut down,” Button said to me. “We don’t want to show our emotions.
“We don’t want to show anything that could be taken as a weakness because we don’t want the other drivers to see that. But now most of these drivers are retired, they’re very open with their strengths and weaknesses.”
Button then described to me something that, as an outside observer, I cannot wait to see.
“And when you get Alain and Nigel who raced against each other, talking about each other’s strengths and weaknesses and remembering every single race they did, and the races they had against each other,” recalled Button. “The human aspect of it really came through and I think that that’s really important on this film.”

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Logan Sargeant the driver, and the human
The conversation then turned to Logan Sargeant, the one current driver competing in “Lap of Legends.”
Formula 1 is a sport filled with pressure, and the Netflix docuseries “Drive to Survive” is titled as it is for a reason. With just 20 spots on the grid, keeping your spot is not guaranteed.
This is what Sargeant is living right now.
As a rookie last season Sargeant became the first American driver to score a point in F1 since Michael Andretti finished in the points at the 1993 Italian Grand Prix. But despite that bit of history, Sargeant’s place in F1 for the 2024 was uncertain, until Team Principal James Vowles made the call to retain him for the current season late last year.
Sargeant’s spot with Williams for 2025 remains one of the sport’s big storylines, and that was kicked into high gear after a tough Australian Grand Prix for the team. When Alexander Albon crashed his FW46 during practice, the team was unable to get it repaired in time for qualifying. Without a backup chassis available, Vowles made the decision to slide Albon into Sargeant’s car, sidelining the American driver for the race.
It was a tough weekend for the team, and the young driver.
I asked Button what, if anything, he learned about Sargeant during “Lap of Legends.”
“I think, you know, he had multiple world champions, sat around chatting and trying to give him info of what to expect through his career. And as a driver sometimes you don’t want to take that right? Because you think, ‘oh, I’m an F1 driver. I’m not gonna listen to these old guys.’ But he really took it on board, I think, which is good,” explained Button.
“You know, there’s so much good information there from driving, to how you are perceived out of a racing car, and the stresses that you have on your shoulders, and the pressure. And we’ve all been through it,” continued Button. “So just trying to give Logan as much information as possible, and he was great.
“He really listened, which was good.”
Button then elaborated on the stress of life in F1, and the stress that Sargeant is facing at the moment.
“So he came across well, he came across very open, and he understands that Formula One is a tough business. You arrive in F1 and you think ‘I’ve won everything on the way here’ and you get there and you think, ‘oh, I’m gonna blow everyone away.’
“It’s not like that.
“Everyone has won all the categories before they got to F1. You’re racing against the best in the world, and it’s tough and it really … you can take a knock in that first year. But it’s about how you regroup and then the second year, how you perform,” explained Button. “So, yeah, I think it was really useful for him, and hopefully he’s taken a lot on board.”
I then asked Button how he views Sargeant now in his second season.
“I mean, he’s got a really competitive teammate [in Alexander Albon]. You can say, ‘well, that’s, that’s tough. Because you’ve got to be on your game every race.’
“But it’s kind of what Formula One is, right?
“If you’re not gonna go up against the best of them, what’s the point? At some point, you’re gonna have to race against the best in the world to win a world championship.”
Button noted that this season is critical for Sargeant, but so is every season in the sport.
“So, yeah, this is, this is an important year for him. It’s not, it’s definitely not less pressure than the first year. He’s had a full season so he’s had time to think about strengths, weaknesses where he can improve and it’s how he reacts to that.
“So we’re only a few races into the year and obviously [Australian Grand Prix] didn’t happen for him. So it’ll be interesting. I think Japan this weekend is an important one for him, for how he bounces back from [the Australian Grand Prix], a very difficult situation for everyone.
“And, you know, Williams didn’t want to find themselves in that position either. So I look forward to seeing how Logan performs this weekend. And how we can carry that confidence through, hopefully over the next few races.”
The former champion then highlighted Sargeant’s strengths as a driver.

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“Because he has the talent, he’s won everything, you know, especially carting. When I see that someone’s done so well in carting, which is so competitive, I know that he has the talent.
“And then it comes down to whether you’re in the right frame of mind, whether your headspace is correct because, it’s all a mental game, the sport, it really is.”
I then asked Button about the headspace required in F1. In the promotional materials for “Lap of Legends” I was able to see, one of the taglines bills the event as a chance to remind Sargeant to “enjoy the ride.”
Given that, I asked Button just how hard it is for F1 drivers to do that, given the pressure associated with the sport and, well, the difficult task of pushing a race car to the absolute limit.
“It’s tough and I think it’s perfect because we need to be reminded of it. You know, we’re racing at the pinnacle of a sport, and a sport that’s so difficult to get into. So, yes, however short or long your career is, you really do need to try and enjoy it because this is such a pivotal point in your career and in your life racing in F1,” explained Button.
“So yeah, I think being reminded of that is, is really important. There are going to be tough times through a season, but every literal moment where you think you’ve achieved something, whether it’s finishing just inside the points, or finishing 13th but making a great overtake move in that race, remembering those moments and being happy about those moments, they should make you smile.
“If not, you’re in the wrong sport.”
In this sport, as with many sports, failure is part of the job explained Button.
“I think in Formula One, you’re gonna fail more than you’re gonna win. That’s just the way it is,” added the former champion.
“So every single moment that you’ve achieved something, enjoy that moment and it will give you confidence moving forward.”

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The beauty of Suzuka
I spoke with Button ahead of this season’s Japanese Grand Prix, a race which holds a special place in his heart. Button won the Japanese Grand Prix back in 2011, and I wanted to get his insight on what it takes to in at Suzuka, and why it is such a special place.
He did not hold back.
“It’s the fastest-flowing, best circuit in the world. For me.”
He elaborated on what makes Suzuka so special.
“There’s no room for error. It’s a narrow track, most corners have grass and then gravel. There’s none of this tarmac runoff area, which I like. I’ve raced in Suzuka in F1 for many years. I raced in Super GT in Suzuka. It doesn’t matter what you drive around there.”
Of course, roaring an F1 around Suzuka is in a class of its own.
“It’s a great track but a Formula One car is at its best from Turn Two, all the way through the ‘Esses,’ up through Dunlop, It’s just a phenomenal section.
“And if you are at the track, that’s the section you have to watch at. Really. You do.”
Button then spoke about something else that makes the Japanese Grand Prix one of the best motorsport events in the world.
The fans themselves.
“You know something about the Japanese fans, some of the best in the world. They watch the Grand Prix and then three hours later they stay at the track to watch the replay on the big screen and, and I just love that. You know, they really, they celebrate with you.”
Our discussion of Suzuka closed with perhaps a bit of premonition from Button. While we spoke a few days ahead of the Japanese Grand Prix, he seemed to foreshadow what we saw days later. In this year’s Japanese Grand Prix there was a bit more overtaking than we have seen at Suzuka in recent years.
Something that Button told me in the days leading up to the race that we should enjoy when it happens.
“There aren’t so many overtaking opportunities around Suzuka, but when it happens, it’s awesome,” outlined the driver.
He then gave me, and all of us, a great reminder about just what it takes to compete in F1.
“And just put yourself inside a driver’s body. The G force they’re going through around there is so, so physical. Even just keeping your eyes on the road is difficult through the vibrations and the G force or the change of direction, these athletes are being put through it at this race. And always remember that when you see them jump out of the car at the end of the race.
“It’s tough.”
I had solicited questions from readers for Button — shoutout to my friends on F1 Threads — and while I could not get to all of them, one such submission was what race, if any, Button would want to relive.
He started with Suzuka.
“Yeah, Suzuka,” he began. “Yeah. Yeah, that was pretty awesome. I almost ran out of fuel so I had to save fuel at the end of the race and I had Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel closing me down, obviously both world champions and Seb won his second world championship that day. So, yeah, that was pretty special.”
There were some others.
“I’ve had races that I’ve won from the front. Probably my most dominant race was actually 2012 in Spa, which again, a circuit I love,” continued Button.
“But then you got the circuits like Canada where I won from last place and, that would be great to relive, you know, and, and try and enjoy the moments that were tough because there were some really tough ones in there.”

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“Lap of Legends”
In the time I had left, I gave Button a chance to pitch fans, even non-F1 fans, on why “Lap of Legends” would be a must-watch.
Out of all the great responses he gave during our discussion, and there were many, this might have been his most informative and persuasive.
“Well, there’s a lot of new fans of the sport, which is great,” he began.
“You know, it’s great that we’re getting more and more fans involved, but a lot of them don’t know the history of the sport, and what Lap of Legends does in my eyes is it, it shows people the history of this sport. You’re gonna see multiple world champions throughout ‘Lap of Legends’ and you just don’t see that [every day]. Most of these guys have moved on other businesses.
“You don’t see these guys in public, so to have them all together and going through this race scenario together, and seeing the adrenaline and the excitement.
“It’s pretty special.
“It’s one of the most special days I’ve had, I think ever, being with those guys. You’re gonna see a fun race as well, and you’re gonna see how technology is moving on, and how we’ve been able to bring virtual, with reality, together.
“It’s about enjoying the ride and I think we prove that we do.”
Michelob Ultra and Williams will debut “Lap of Legends” on AMC, BBC America and The Roku Channel on May 14. […]

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NFL Draft 2024 rumors: Jayden Daniels to Washington, Lamar Jackson has a new job

The NFL Draft rumor carousel continues to spin. Depending on the day — or even the hour — what various teams are planning could look very, very different.
In fact, some rumors have even gone in some different directions from Monday’s installment in this series.
So let’s take a spin around the ol’ NFL Draft rumor carousel, shall we?
New York Giants may not draft QB in 1st round, says Adam Schefter
As we discussed earlier in the week, the New York Giants are in a fascinating position. Sitting with the sixth-overall selection, the Giants could be in reach for a top quarterback prospect, and the organization is “monitoring” the top QBs as a result.
However, they could go in a different direction, and the Giants have been linked to a number of different wide receivers.
According to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter, it is his belief that the Giants indeed address quarterback … just not on Thursday night.
Speaking with New York Daily News beat writer Pat Leonard, Schefter indicated that in his view, New York addresses another need in the first round, and eyes a quarterback in the second, perhaps via a trade up in the second round. Schefter mentioned Oregon passer Bo Nix and Washington QB Michael Penix Jr. as options.
“To me, in the end, this is a team that has enough other needs, and a team that is trying to win now, that I wouldn’t guess that they go quarterback at six right now,” Schefter said to Leonard.
“I do think there will be a quarterback selected with a pick that’s a relatively high pick, whether that’s in Round 2 or 3, or they move back up if a guy like Bo Nix or Michael Penix is available perhaps. But to me, to go quarterback at six, when there is going to be some incredible players on the board when they have some of the needs that they do, I think I would be a little surprised.”
Patriots trade back from No. 3 still on the table
Earlier this week we outlined how the New England Patriots could be looking to move back, instead of picking a quarterback with the third-overall selection.
This is an idea that may be picking up steam.
Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio is the latest to connect these particular dots, highlighting some recent comments from new head coach Jerod Mayo.
“Mayo in the past has suggested the quarterback is where they’re going to go with the third overall pick,” Florio said recently. “They’re leaving the door open though to trade out.”
Florio also noted that the Patriots might be looking to mirror what the Texans accomplished recently with their own rebuild.
“Remember, (Houston general manager Nick) Caserio had been building that team for two years before they got (quarterback) C.J. Stroud in that position. So, when you look at our team, I’m not asking for patience, but I kind of am,” said Mayo recently about where the Patriots stand.

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Jayden Daniels to Washington at No. 2 still most likely outcome
On Monday we noted that the winds seem to be blowing in the general direction of J.J. McCarthy to the Washington Commanders.
Maybe hold that thought.
According to Colin Cowherd, the quarterback the Commanders are really eying is not the Michigan passer, but Heisman Trophy winner Jayden Daniels. On Monday’s episode of The Herd, Cowherd had this to say about Washington’s options, and plan, at No. 2:
“Alright, I have been told the Washington Commanders, right now, as of today, would choose Jayden Daniels, LSU quarterback, as their top pick,” Cowherd said.
“In going back and forth, I’m told they believe he’s more consistent than Drake Maye. He is quicker, more mobile than Drake Maye. And offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury, who will have some say in this, has had multiple quarterbacks in his college and pro coaching career that play like him. Quarterbacks like Jayden Daniels are important; they are very hypermobile, and that matters a lot. Russell Wilson, Kyler Murray, Lamar Jackson, as you’re trying to figure out the sophisticated NFL pocket, and all it asks, it gives you a couple of years to pick up first downs and move the sticks with your feet. Even Patrick Mahomes acknowledged the light didn’t truly go on until year three. But the ability to move, Washington has a bad offensive line, pick up first downs with those feet as you’re learning the game is important.”
Just over two weeks to go …
Ravens not worried about roster turnover
After a run to the AFC Championship game, and a second MVP award for quarterback Lamar Jackson, the Baltimore Ravens find themselves in an interesting position this offseason.
Needing to replace some players who walked out the door in free agency.
The Ravens lost a number of key players in free agency, including a pair of starting offensive linemen (Kevin Zeitler and John Simpson), last year’s touchdown leader (Gus Edwards), two defensive stalwarts (Patrick Queen and Jadeveon Clowney) as well as their leader in interceptions (Geno Stone). The team also lost Mike Macdonald, their defensive coordinator, to the Seattle Seahawks.
While there were some notable additions, such as running back Derrick Henry, General Manager Eric DeCosta does have some work to do.
Still, the Ravens GM does not seem worried about where they stand heading into the draft. Speaking at the team’s annual pre-draft news conference Tuesday, DeCosta addressed where the Ravens stand, comparing their current position to where they were a calendar year ago.
“We’re in the same place as we were last year at this time. Go back and look at what some of you wrote last year and see how we ended up. We have a lot of time to make moves,” DeCosta said when asked whether the Ravens are in a state of “reloading” or “retooling” given the roster turnover. “A lot of these players that we lost are excellent players. A lot of these guys were acquired in August, right? Some of these guys were acquired in September, so we’re still building, and a big part of that is going to be through the draft, which is why we’re all here today.”
DeCosta also noted that the team made some late additions prior to 2023, which paid off in a big way.
“There are a lot of different opportunities along the way to add players,” DeCosta added. “We’ve traded for players. We’ve drafted players. We’ve signed guys, unrestricted free agents. We’ve signed guys, ‘street’ players who have made it. We’ve worked guys out. Our coaches do a great job working guys out, giving us a chance to find guys like Ronald Darby [and] those types of players [like] Arthur Maulet and players like that, so I think we’re just really getting started. A big part of that is certainly going to be the draft, but the destination is September, not May.”

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Another sign the Ravens are eying offensive linemen
DeCosta was not the only participant in Tuesday’s new conference.
John Harbaugh, the team’s head coach, was also part of the presser. And the head coach shared some of the team’s pre-draft strategy, which could give an eye towards a position they will address, perhaps multiple times. It seems the organization has added a new scout to help with looking at offensive line prospects.
That scout is coming off his second MVP season.
Harbaugh explained that Lamar Jackson has been “been tasked over the text world with a couple of assignments” regarding the offensive line class.
“So we’ll see who he likes. He looks at guys on tape,” Harbaugh detailed. “And he’s never been shy about giving his opinion on free agents or the draft. He hasn’t weighed in quite yet, but he will.”
The Ravens have been linked with a number of offensive lineman in recent mock drafts. According to NFL Mock Draft Database Oklahoma offensive tackle Tyler Guyton is the consensus selection for the Ravens right now at No. 30, followed by wide receiver Adonai Mitchell from Texas, and Arizona offensive tackle Jordan Morgan.
Perhaps soon we will learn Jackson’s thoughts on those two tackles.
Cardinals demanding “steep price” for fourth-overall pick
Do the Arizona Cardinals hold the keys to the 2024 NFL Draft?
They just might.
If the Patriots indeed stay at No. 3 and draft a quarterback, that means the draft will open with three-straight QB selections.
Putting the Cardinals on the clock, with lots of options.
Arizona could stay pat and draft Marvin Harrison Jr. and pair him with Kyler Murray, a selection that would give that offense a lot of juice heading into 2024. Or, they could seek a huge package of picks for a team — say the Minnesota Vikings — looking to get up for a QB.
Speaking in March, General Manager Monti Ossenfort indicated that the team would be open to moving out of No. 4. “There will be a big neon sign that says ‘open’ and I don’t like it blinking, it messes with my eyes, but we’re always going to be listening,” Ossenfort joked in March at a news conference alongside head coach Jonathan Gannon. “I think we’ll always have the conversation, we may not get to a point where a deal makes sense, whether it’s at [No.] 4 or anywhere we’re picking, but we’re always going to have the conversation and if it makes sense, if it’s attractive to building our team, then it’s something that we’ll certainly consider no matter where we’re at in the draft.”
The cost for entry, however?
It might be three first-round picks. According to Armando Salguero, that is the cost of admission. “(Monti) Ossenfort has in conversations made it known it’s in the best interest of the Cardinals to pick up three first-round picks in exchange for the No. 4 overall selection, if he has to drop a significant amount in the first round,” wrote Salguero recently.
Will a team be willing to pay that price?
We’ll know for certain in a few weeks. […]

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Helmut Marko makes incredible comparison for Yuki Tsunoda’s ‘flawless’ Japanese GP

Yuki Tsunoda’s impressive Japanese Grand Prix made some history, as he became the first Japanese driver in 12 years to finish in the points at home.
His effort also caught the attention of one of the team’s most critical figures.
In his post-race column at Red Bull backed Speed Week, Dr. Helmut Marko hailed the drive from Tsunoda at Suzuka, making a stunning comparison along the way. The Red Bull senior advisor had this to say about Tsunoda’s tenth-place finish.
“At the second start, Yuki did sensationally well. His overtaking maneuvers were the show of the day. The fans were completely over the moon. His weekend was at the level of Max [Verstappen], [Fernando] Alonso, and [company]. Flawless, a great performance under the pressure of his home race,” wrote the Red Bull senior advisor.
Tsunoda, along with his teammate at Visa Cash App RB F1 Team Daniel Ricciardo, is one of many drivers in the Red Bull fold eying a move to the main team alongside Verstappen for 2025. Sergio Pérez, the current occupant of that seat, is set to see his contract expire at the end of 2024. Liam Lawson, currently a reserve driver at VCARB, is another driver looking at that spot, or any spot on the grid for next season.
One problem, however? Pérez has gotten off to a fast start of his own this year. He finished second on Sunday, behind Verstappen, but qualified on the front row alongside his teammate, giving Red Bull their first front-row lockout since the 2023 season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix.
Marko, who had already praised Pérez’s qualifying effort in Japan, had more praise for the Red Bull driver, calling his 2024 “his best season with us so far.”
“Checo was also very solid. He was unlucky at the pit stop, but he got himself back into the game with a great maneuver against Hamilton in the [130R] corner. He’s definitely having his best season with us so far,” described Marko.
Marko then weighed in on the upcoming driver transfer market, which looks to be one of the more transformative in the history of Formula 1. The combination of Lewis Hamilton announcing ahead of this season that he would be moving to Ferrari for 2025, along with over half of the grid driving on an expiring contract, is making for some interesting discussions around the paddock.
According to Marko, however, Red Bull is happy to remain quiet and bide their time.
“In my opinion, the fact that the transfer rumor mill is already cooking like this at the beginning of April is due to several factors,” wrote Marko. “First: Hamilton announced his move to Ferrari so early. And if Radio Paddock is to be trusted, Audi wants a decision from Carlos Sainz very soon. Aston Martin is also putting pressure in several directions.
“We do not take part in these games. We won’t hear from Red Bull Racing until the middle of the season about what’s going on in terms of personnel.”
For Tsunoda to be linked with a potential move to Red Bull for 2025, however, is impressive given how the season began. In the Bahrain Grand Prix Tsunoda bristled at a set of team orders to let Ricciardo by him in the closing stages, and aired his frustrations over the radio and on the cool-down lap.
Since then, however, Tsunoda has settled in and delivered some patient performances. He banked VCARB’s first points of the season with a seventh-place finish in Australia, following that up with his tenth-place finish in Japan.
He has also out-qualified Ricciardo in all four races this season.
And when Marko is singing your praises, you are doing something right. […]