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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

Masi out of organisation chart, FIA ‘set deadline for Abu Dhabi investigation’

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FIA Formula 1 Race Director Michael Masi has been utterly criticised following his 2021 F1 final lap decisions, which was decided the driver’s championship. Masi’s strange safety car call benefitted to Max Verstappen who beaten Lewis Hamilton to F1 title.

Meanwhile, the new FIA Organisation Chart has been released for the month of January 2022, and Masi is absent on the list under the single-seater section, this is first organisation chart after newly elected FIA President Mohammed Ben Sulayem, who replaced Jean Todt.

Initially Mercedes protested the results following the 2021 F1 season finale Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Silver Arrows withdrew its appeal after the FIA dedicated to launching an “analysis and clarification exercise”.

Also, a ‘senior source’ said that Mercedes had a deal agreeing to drop their appeal as long as Masi and Nikolas Tombazis, the FIA’s head of single-seater technical matters, were fired.

Masi has served as the race director for F1 since March 2019 when predecessor Charlie Whiting died just days before that year’s F1 season was due to start.

Recently Sky sports reported that, FIA confirms that Abu Dhabi Grand Prix investigation will complete in early February. Even as Mercedes still claiming that Masi contravened FIA regulations in doing so. Mercedes boss Toto Wolff expressed that Hamilton being “disillusioned” after he was “robbed” of a record-breaking eighth title. The Seven-time F1 world champion has not communicated publicly or on social media in a month.

Sky Sports F1 reporter Slater said that: “They (Mercedes) want to find out what the FIA decide should be the fall-out from what went on over those final laps in Abu Dhabi where, as far as they are concerned, Lewis Hamilton lost an eighth World title because of a misreading of the rules, chiefly by race director Michael Masi.

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“I can report that three weeks is how long the FIA have set themselves to deal with this matter. Work only began in earnest on it on Monday [January 10], that’s to say this FIA commission started to interview those involved.

“This is going to go on. The FIA have told me they will not be dragging this out. It was a concern of Mercedes that it would take so long that it would jeopardise Lewis Hamilton’s pre-season, if he didn’t have these findings well in advance and could take a decision about 2022.

“They also say to me that the [internal] investigation will be thorough, objective and transparent as well. This should be done by February 3rd, at which point the FIA have a [World] Motor Sport Council meeting and hopefully they expect to announce those findings by then.”

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Revealed: Top 10 drivers of 2021 F1 voted by team bosses

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leader Lewis Hamilton overtaken by Max Verstappen

Max Verstappen beaten Lewis Hamilton to clinch 2021 Formula 1 world title in the much-debated Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Also, the Dutchman has been elected as the best driver in the 2021 F1 by team principals.

The same F1 championship points system applied in this voting procedure, 25 for the top driver down to one for 10th in each list.

Verstappen who was made 10 race victory and 18 total podiums in this 23-race long season, awarded as best driver position – 21 points clear of Hamilton.

McLaren youngster Lando Norris received 110 points, who made 10 successive points finish. The Ferrari duo Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc received fourth and fifth position respectively.

Double-time F1 world champion, Alpine’s Fernando Alonso was voted the sixth best driver of 2021, with Pierre Gasly a fine seventh for AlphaTauri.

Top 10 drivers of 2021 F1

POSITION
DRIVER
SCORE
1Max Verstappen213
2Lewis Hamilton192
3Lando Norris110
4Carlos Sainz85
5Charles Leclerc70
6Fernando Alonso69
7Pierre Gasly64
8George Russell44
9Valtteri Bottas43
10Esteban Ocon41

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Revealed: F1 2021 driver crash damage costs list

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2021 Formula One world championship witnessed most existing title battle in the sports history between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton. Also, the battle concluded with huge controversy and Verstappen cliched his first F1 world title.

F1 team’s spending huge amount of money for championship points, while the crash damage cost is a biggest challenge for every team.

Hass F1 is the only team completing 2021 Championship with zero point, also their speedy Mick Schumacher in top of the list of the crash damage cost during the 2021 season. The report Schumacher’s crashes have cost Team Haas 4,212,500 Euros.

The Sun Research confirm that Mick took eight new front wings and nine new sets of suspension following F1 crash damage across the season which had 22-races in total.

Ferrari ace Charles LeClerc who cost his car 4,046,000 Euros during the entire season. 2021 F1 World Champion Max Verstappen is third on the list costing his team 3,889,000 euros.

F1 2021 driver crash costs in Euros (Source: Sky Germany)

PosDriverTeamCosts in Euros
1Mick SchumacherHaas4,212,500
2Charles LeclercFerrari4,046,000
3Max VerstappenRed Bull3,889,000
4Nicholas Latifi Williams3,116,500
5Valtteri BottasMercedes2,713,500
6Lance Stroll Aston Martin2,686,000
7Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri2,606,500
8Nikita Mazepin Haas2,468,000
9Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo1,950,000
10George Russell Williams1,845,000
11Carlos SainzFerrari1,756,000
12Lando NorrisMcLaren1,453,000
13Lewis HamiltonMercedes1,235,000
14Pierre GaslyAlphaTauri1,113,000
15Sergio PerezRed Bull939,000
16Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo854,000
17Daniel RicciardoMcLaren713,000
18Sebastian VettelAston Martin660,000
19Fernando AlonsoAlpine315,000
20Esteban Ocon
Alpine280,000

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SAUDI GRAND PRIX

Date Session Time
FRI DEC 03 FP1 16:30 - 17:30
FRI DEC 03 FP2 20:00 - 21:00
SAT DEC 04 FP3 17:00 - 18:00
SAT DEC 04 QUALI 20:00 - 21:00
SUN DEC 05 RACE 20:30 - 23:30

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