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Lewis Hamilton receives knight after F1 title angst

Lewis Hamilton’s future continues to dominate the Formula 1 world heading into the next 2022 season.

Hamilton’s 2021 campaign ended in drama and discord as Max Verstappen won the world championship in the last lap of the final race in Abu Dhabi, which led to speculation as to whether Hamilton could decide to end his career rather than continue chasing a record. eighth world title. However, a cryptic tweet from Mercedes at the weekend, featuring a photo of Hamilton alongside the message “Adversity makes some break; others to break records “hinted that he would be back for more.

The new season kicks off on March 20 at the Bahrain Grand Prix. This time, Hamilton will be joined by a new teammate. Valtteri Bottas switches to Alfa Romeo and the young talent George Russell takes his empty Mercedes seat. The Red Bull lineup of Verstappen and Sergio Perez is expected to remain the same, while Ferrari and McLaren will remain with Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz respectively.

Follow all of the latest F1 news below.

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F1 could have a 30-race season “tomorrow”

The interest and intrigue around F1 is such that the season could be extended to 30 races in an instant and not lose any support or backing, GM Stefano Domenicali said – but that’s not something that ‘he expects it to happen.

A balance needs to be struck between the growth of the sport and an ability to actually manage races on the part of the teams involved, with 2022 expected to see 23 races – the most ever – which has already caused consternation for some.

Discussions about the expansion continue, however, and Domenicali has explained how F1 must carefully decide where it goes.

“We are having a great time for Formula 1, there is no doubt,” the F1 CEO told The Race.

“In terms of sporting intensity on the track, in terms of stakeholder interest, the public, a new entering audience and a new way of speaking with new audiences, and having a clear path in regulation for a future that is very relevant to our DNA and future technology and sustainability with this kind of fuel and hybridization.

“And so, it’s true that there is a great interest in new places – or old places!” – be part of our calendar. I think without a doubt, without any sort of limitation that it’s okay to keep, there could easily be over 30 sites that we could do. [a deal with] tomorrow, but we can’t go in that direction.

“It’s a good problem to have, to manage the most important thing in terms of strategy, in terms of business, in terms of the future of where we have to go.”

Karl MatchettJanuary 6, 2022 1:37 PM

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Watching the title fight made Ricciardo envious of Hamilton and Verstappen

The title fight between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton has made Daniel Ricciardo somewhat jealous – but it’s not a new feeling for him and he is delighted to be even close to that level and involved in F1 right now.

Ricciardo won the Italian Grand Prix in 2021, but only gave himself a score of six for the season overall, with the McLaren man hoping for more next year – although he knows that that’s probably another watch file for challenging the summit.

“Of course I’m envious,” Ricciardo said at a season-end press conference.

“But I’ve been envious for eight, nine years. It’s nothing new, but of course it’s exciting to think about it.

“For me like everyone else, I’m a fan, I’m a pilot, but I’m still a fan of the sport. It was great and put the envy aside, it’s great for F1 to have the battle.

“I can’t remember a year when two guys found themselves side by side in so many races.

“I feel like 75 percent of the races have been wheel to wheel at some point, so that’s pretty awesome.

“Sure, I would have loved to be a part of it, but then again, just for the sport and it’s been a while since Lewis was taken to that water, if you will, taken to that, what do you say, the waters deep. “

Karl MatchettJanuary 6, 2022 1:20 PM

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F1 fans criticized for ‘frightening’ reaction to 2022 season

Former Formula One commentator Alexey Popov criticized the “frightening” reaction from sports fans during the 2021 season and claimed he was currently “disappointed” with those watching.

But journalist Popov, often referred to as the Russian voice of F1, doesn’t like the way motorsport fans have behaved in recent months.

“I am very disappointed with the way Formula 1 fans are reacting to the news these days,” he said in an interview with Championat.com. “On my YouTube channel, I’ve had almost the most views this year of a video with the title ‘Max quitting?’ It was just a reaction to people starting to hype the story – supposedly Max said he was leaving. And I just explained that he wasn’t going anywhere. But the fact itself – such things attract people.

Karl MatchettJanuary 6, 2022 1:01 PM

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Should Mercedes have gone for Norris over Russell?

George Russell joins Mercedes for 2022 but Lando Norris should have been their choice, say former F1 driver Jolyon Palmer and commentator Jack Nicholls.

Speaking on the Checkered Flag podcast, Nicholls noted:

“If I’m Mercedes and have a free choice in that second seat alongside Hamilton, I think I’ll pick Norris over Russell after this year.”

Palmer agreed, pointing to the stellar work in Sochi as an example of the mentality and quality he possesses.

“For a guy who has never won a race, having a seven-time world champion blowing his neck in a Mercedes …

“Then it starts to rain, and he’s still off the road a few times, scratching, but keeping Hamilton down we all know how good he is in the wet, behind him. It was really legendary Norris stuff, I think.

Norris remains with McLaren and has a multi-year contract with the team.

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Karl MatchettJanuary 6, 2022 12:40 PM

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Ferrari to discuss contract extension with Sainz

Ferrari were delighted with the efforts of Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc last season, hailing them as the best teammates as well as great individual riders.

The latter has already been on the list for years, but Sainz’s deal expires after the 2022 season as Ferrari boss Mattia Binotto says plans are underway to discuss staying at Maranello for some time to come. .

“As we said, I think in the last race we will discuss during the winter the extension of his contract,” said Binotto.

“We’re going to sit down with time and try to figure it out. Certainly I think he has done very well during the season, [we are] very happy with the way he integrated, the way he behaved on the track and during the race weekends.

“So no doubt we’re going to sit down and try to find a deal. This will be part of the winter period.

Karl MatchettJanuary 6, 2022 12:26 PM

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Mercedes must be “ready” for Hamilton departure – Wolff

Mercedes must be “ready” for any unexpected problems in its path, says team boss Toto Wolff – and that includes Lewis Hamilton moving away from the sport.

The seven-time world champion has a contract that runs until 2023, but speculation is rife that the Briton was ready to go and retire after the disappointment of ending last season, losing the title. facing Max Verstappen on the last lap of the final race.

Wolff is not concerned with the prospect, however, and says the focus is more on preparation and communication.

“It doesn’t worry me at all, because I will always respect Lewis’ decisions,” he said, reports the Express.

“Whether it stays with us for a long time, or it means leaving the sport and pursuing different interests.

“I think we have to be prepared for all kinds of curved balls that are thrown at us.

“But at the same time, we talk a lot and we are very transparent with each other. I think there is more to do together.

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Karl MatchettJanuary 6, 2022 12:02 PM

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Mercedes to lose two sponsors before 2022 season

Epson and Bose are big names with big sponsorship deals with Mercedes last year, but neither are due in 2022 as it stands.

The former have already confirmed that they will not renew their deal for the new season, as it was reported by RN365 that executives at Bose and Mercedes are still in discussions on whether to extend the deal.

Big revenues can still be expected through their other sponsors, and they are expected to find new ones before the new season.

Karl MatchettJanuary 6, 2022 11:51 AM

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Nürburgring ‘willing to talk’ about return to F1 racing calendar

Officials at the iconic Nurburgring say they are open to discussions with Formula 1 CEO Stefano Domenicali who could see the German Grand Prix return to its racing calendar.

The German Grand Prix has not taken place since 2019 and despite a record 23 races scheduled for the 2022 season, F1 will not visit the country next year.

This despite Germany’s long history with the sport, as well as ties to the Nürburgring – which last hosted a race in 2020 when the Eifel Grand Prix replaced one of the canceled events of the Covid season.

In a recent interview with Sport1, Domenicali said that “there should be an open discussion to explore how Formula 1 can return to Germany” in the coming weeks.

But the F1 CEO also added: “Unfortunately, I don’t see any real interest from Germany in being on the Formula 1 calendar again. It’s a shame and actually hard to believe. Hope this will change again in the future.

Karl MatchettJanuary 6, 2022 11:28 AM

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When does the 2022 Formula 1 season start and who are the drivers?

Here’s everything you need to know before 2022 in Formula 1.

Who are the new faces and who changed teams? Where are the new races taking place? What is the current schedule and what about the new rules?

There is a lot to do before the start of the season so make sure you are as up to date as the riders themselves.

Karl MatchettJanuary 6, 2022 11:09 AM

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Lewis Hamilton vs Max Verstappen one part of F1 year drawn, enthralled and amazed

F1 fans are all eagerly awaiting the new season, but it has only been a few weeks since the last campaign ended in dramatic, controversial and – to some – ridiculous ways.

But the title race and rivalry between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton was only part of the 2021 F1 season, with so many other activities around the sport that captured the imaginations of new fans and admirers alike. long time.

If you haven’t read it yet, it’s a good time to catch up on our year-end review:

Karl MatchettJanuary 6, 2022 10:48 AM


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