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Hamilton believes he won’t follow the Raikkonen’s routes

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Lewis Hamilton strongly believes he will not stay at Formula One for long-time like Kimi Raikkonen. Speaking ahead of the Monaco Grand Prix, seven-times F1 world champion was asked by AS (Spanish News Agency) if he may follow Raikkonen’s footsteps.

Hamilton made 100 F1 pole positions, 98 F1 victories, seven F1 world titles. He is on his way to the eighth that would break his tie with Michael Schumacher forever.

Asked by AS: Will you still be racing when you are 41, like Kimi Raikkonen?

-I don’t think so. (He finishes his contract at the end of the year). I don’t think I’ll be driving forever, even though this has been the greatest journey of my life. There are a lot of things I want to keep doing from one season, but some things I don’t want to do. I’d have five years left for that, and I don’t think I’m going to keep racing then, although never say never….

Former F1 drivers Mark Webber and David Coulthard believes that the Brit could be on his way out.

“Lewis is definitely in the home stretch,” Webber said to the On The Marbles podcast in last month. “There’s no question about it. You have to be very bold to say that he’ll race for three more years.

“Two, maybe. One, yeah. Then there’s a high chance that he’ll retire. It makes a lot of sense, and there are new rules in 2022.”

“I think it’s possible,” Coulthard said. “A one-year contract lacks commitment from both sides. You could say that it leaves things open.

“I wonder if he’s just starting to dislike certain elements of F1.”

More Q&A from AS – Regarding eighth world title, fight with Verstappen, F1’s new era drivers

-Winning the eighth title, what would it mean to you? What would it change?

-It wouldn’t change anything. I know who I am, where I come from and what I’m capable of. I have no idea if I’m going to win it, although I’m working towards it, but it certainly won’t change anything important in my life. The numbers are not what worries me the most. I worry about who I am. Last year there was three percent diversity in this team, this year it will be close to five percent and that for me is gigantic, and I’m passionate about it. Of course I want to win the World Cup though, there’s a huge team working behind me for that.

-You say you are not interested in statistics, but you are interested in diversity statistics?

-No doubt. When you spend the last days of your life on Earth, what will you be left with? In my case, it will be having helped people. There is no better feeling than helping someone else to fulfill their dreams. And if it’s more than one person, you can rest in peace because you’ve done something with your time. I have achieved many things, but now all my focus is on helping others. I’m living a dream, I don’t need anything for myself, but how can I help a kid who wants to be an engineer or a driver?

-Back to the 2021 season, how are you doing against Max (Verstappen) and Red Bull?

-I love the fight, I’m a sportsman, I’ve lived for this since I was eight years old. There is nothing bigger than this for me.

-Is Verstappen his natural successor? Do you think there will be?

-I don’t know. There is a good group of young talent here. If given the chance, Lando (Norris) for me has huge potential, and also Charles (Leclerc). I don’t know who among them will lead the sport.

-What do you think of this generation of drivers? Sainz, Norris, Leclerc?

-I don’t know if it matters much what I think, I don’t know if I can judge if it’s a good or bad generation. There are always drivers who arrive, in my case I did it with Nico (Rosberg) and Kubica, just before there was Alonso, the Schumacher era… there will always be an era. For me personally, we live in a time when this has become a billionaire boys’ club. If I had to start over from a working-class family, it would be impossible for me to be here today. Because the other kids would have a hell of a lot more money. We have to work to change that and make this an accessible sport, for the rich and for people with a more humble background.

Above news has been partially translated with DeepL.com/Translator

2021 F1

Mercedes has been weird since Silverstone – Red Bull

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Red Bull Racing ace Max Verstappen leads the 2021 F1 world championship ahead of seven-time F1 world champion Lewis Hamilton. But in the constructor’s championship Mercedes leads ahead of nearest rival Red Bull Racing. Mercedes decided some time ago to stop the development of this 2021 F1 car. The Silver-arrows now focus on 2022, when the regulation widely change.

But Mercedes have been doubted with the rival Red Bull asking a curious development in their F1 championship battle. In the first-half this season Red Bull shows the consistent pace, but recent some races Mercedes heavily improves their performance.

Red Bull F1 team advisor Helmut Marko claims that Mercedes have made great improvements by continuing to boost their speed. He also admitted the team put “more downforce on the rear wing” than Red Bull, but believes something has been “weird” with Toto Wolff’s men since British Grand Prix.

Marko told F1-Insider.com: “I don’t think Mercedes did anything illegal.

“But something has been weird since Silverstone. So, it is now up to us to research why they are suddenly so fast. Is it just the engine or something else?

“We now have to workday and night to uncover its secret and then counter it. As quickly as possible. It is up to us.”

“If the differences in performance remain the same as in Istanbul, we will have a problem.

“Of the six racetracks, only the courses in Mexico and Sao Paulo play a part in our cards because of their altitude. At the moment the rest clearly seems to be Mercedes-Land.”

2021 F1 title is set to go to the wire – Toto Wolff

“I don’t think you can say that with absolute conviction,” Wolff said. “I believe we have a really good package now.

“The car is competitive and was very competitive [in Turkey] and if it wasn’t for a grid penalty I think we would have had every chance to finish first and second.

“That would have meant eight points more but I’m looking carefully optimistic into the future.”

“Austin [for the United States Grand Prix] is a track we like and is another opportunity but I’m under no illusion this is very much going to go to the end in the drivers’ championship.”

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Championship Standing after Turkish Grand Prix

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Drivers Championship Standing after Turkish Grand Prix

Pos Driver Team Points
1Max VerstappenRed Bull262.5
2Lewis HamiltonMercedes256.5
3Valtteri BottasMercedes177
4Lando NorrisMcLaren145
5Sergio PerezRed Bull135
6Carlos SainzFerrari116.5
7Charles LeclercFerrari116
8Daniel RicciardoMcLaren95
9Pierre GaslyAlphaTauri74
10Fernando AlonsoAlpine58
11Esteban OconAlpine46
12Sebastian VettelAston Martin35
13Lance StrollAston Martin26
14Yuki TsunodaAlphaTauri18
15George RussellWilliams16
16Nicholas LatifiWilliams7
17Kimi RaikkonenAlfa Romeo6
18Antonio GiovinazziAlfa Romeo1
19Mick SchumacherHaas0
20Robert KubicaAlfa Romeo0
21Nikita MazepinHaas0

Teams Championship Standing after Turkish Grand Prix

Pos Team Points
1Mercedes433.5
2Red Bull397.5
3McLaren240
4Ferrari232.5
5Alpine104
6AlphaTauri92
7Aston Martin61
8Williams23
9Alfa Romeo7
10Haas0

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Slicks was obviously the wrong decision – Vettel

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Sebastian Vettel was the only driver tried to slick compound-race in the damp Istanbul Park circuit for Turkish Grand Prix. Following switch to medium compound the Aston Martin ace had zero grip and too much slower than any other driver.

Following the slick’s huge disadvantage four-time world champion returned to the pits, partial-spinning in the pit entry and then swapping back to the inters. After the incident the German has been takes all responsibility regarding the slick call.

“Together, but in the end I made the decision, I wanted to try it. There was nothing left of the intermediates, I thought the slicks could perform just as well, but I couldn’t run them in and just had no grip. I lost so much time…”, Vettel said to The Race.

“It was worse than I expected. Even if it was a little bit still here and there, or wet – like I said, the main thing is that I couldn’t run the tyre in and then you’re just sliding.”

“But at the time, I don’t know, I was already tempted for a few laps, the inters didn’t get any better. If you looked at the tires, there wasn’t much left of them. They looked like a slick. I think I had reason, but it was obviously the wrong decision”.

“On the inters there was nothing left, I thought the drys could be as good, but I couldn’t run them in and just had no grip, lost so much time, couldn’t make them work. It was worse than I expected”, the German concluded.

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DUTCH GRAND PRIX

Date Session Time
FRI SEP 03 FP1 11:30 - 12:30
FRI SEP 03 FP2 15:00 - 16:00
SAT SEP 04 FP3 12:00 - 13:00
SAT SEP 04 QUALI 15:00 - 16:00
SUN SEP 05 RACE 15:00 - 17:00

Drivers Standings

DriverTeamPts
Lewis HamiltonMercedes105
VerstappenRed Bull101
NorrisMcLaren68
LeclercFerrari52
BottasMercedes47
Sainz Jr.Ferrari42
GaslyAlphaTauri31
PérezRed Bull69
VettelAston Martin28
RicciardoMcLaren26

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