Hamilton bemused by Red Bull’s call for equalization in F1

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Lewis Hamilton has said that he finds Red Bull’s recent complaints about Mercedes’ dominance in Formula 1 “funny” given the team’s own success in the sport over the past five years.

Following another dominant display by Mercedes at the season-opening Australian Grand Prix two weeks ago, Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko said that the team could quit the sport unless steps were made to level the playing field.

His thoughts were echoed by Red Bull team principal Christian Horner, who believes that the FIA should tweak the regulations to give the rest of the grid a chance to catch up with Mercedes.

For Hamilton, this comments were a source of humor given that Red Bull enjoyed a similar level of dominance in F1 between 2010 and 2013, winning four straight drivers’ and constructors’ championships.

“I find it quite funny and interesting that the opinion is coming from individuals who have had so much success,” Hamilton said.

“Also bearing in mind it has only been one race, so to already have comments like this is what I find funny.”

Hamilton believes that it is simply a case of Mercedes working hard and doing a better job than Red Bull over the past few years to give itself such an advantage.

“It was a big step for me to come to this team that had so many years of poor performance,” Hamilton said. “They hadn’t had the success of other teams, but not once did this team complain to others in order to equalize things.

“Now we are the best team. We have pulled together and done an amazing job. It is not just me here. There are 1,000 people back at the two factories who are working day and night to build the best car.

“We have done that with the same rules and resources as the other teams have had. I am very proud of that.”

Ken Roczen signs with HEP Progressive Ecstar Suzuki for 2023

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ANAHEIM, California – Ken Roczen will make the move from HRC Honda to H.E.P. Motorsports with the Progressive Ecstar Suzuki team, ending a long and eventful offseason that saw his split from his longstanding team after he committed to running World Supercross (WSX).

“H.E.P. Motorsports is thrilled to announce that the team has signed Ken Roczen as its premier rider for the 2023 season,” the team announced on Instagram. “Former AMA Motocross champion Roczen will be aboard a Suzuki RM-Z450. Roczen, who won his most recent championship on a Suzuki, will be reunited with the brand and bring his exciting style, determination, and grit back to the RM Army.

“Ken Roczen will compete in the upcoming 2023 Supercross and Motocross Championship series which is set to start on January 7 at Anaheim Stadium in Southern California.”

For Roczen, it is a return to the bike of his youth and on which he had some of his greatest professional success.

“This thing has been going on for weeks and weeks and weeks in the making, but there was so much uncertainty,” Roczen told NBC Sports during Monster Energy Supercross Media Sessions. “It was a very unique situation. I just finally signed two nights ago, so it’s really only legit once the ink hits the paper. It’s been in the works for a long time, but there were just a lot of questions and a lot of input from a lot of other teams too.

“Good things take time, and I’m okay with that. I grew up riding Suzuki. Ot’s like a homecoming. It’s a special feeling”

Roczen won the 2016 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship on a Suzuki before making the move to Honda. That year he won nine of 12 Nationals and finished no worse than second as he easily outpaced Eli Tomac by 86 points. He finished third in his next Pro Motocross outing in 2018 after sitting out the outdoor season in 2017.

“I am beyond excited to reconnect with Suzuki for the 3rd time in my career. We’ve had a lot of success in the past and I’m looking forward to seeing what we can accomplish together in our future.” Roczen said in the Instagram post.