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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

2022 F1

F1 Championship Points Standing – After Imola GP

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2022 F1 Drivers Championship Standing after F1 Emilia Romagna GP

Pos Driver Team Points
1Charles LeclercFerrari86
2Max VerstappenRed Bull59
3Sergio PerezRed Bull54
4George RussellWilliams49
5Carlos SainzFerrari38
6Lando NorrisMcLaren35
7Lewis HamiltonMercedes28
8Valtteri BottasMercedes24
9Esteban OconAlpine20
10Kevin MagnussenHaas15
11Daniel RicciardoMcLaren11
12Yuki TsunodaAlphaTauri10
13Pierre GaslyAlphaTauri6
14Fernando AlonsoAlpine2
15Zhou GuanyuAlfa Romeo1
16Alex AlbonWilliams1
17Lance StrollAston Martin1
18Mick SchumacherHaas0
19Sebastian VettelAston Martin0
20Nicholas LatifiWilliams0

2022 F1 Teams Championship Standing after F1 Imola Emilia Romagna GP

Pos Team Points
1Ferrari124
2Red Bull113
3Mercedes77
4McLaren46
5Alfa Romeo25
6Alpine22
7AlphaTauri16
8Haas15
9Aston Martin5
10Williams1

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Race results – F1 Imola Emilia Romagna GP

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Defending world champion Max Verstappen has won at Imola for the second season in a row ahead of his teammate Sergio Perez, Red Bull made 1-2 finish as leaders Ferrari’s home Grand Prix turned into a terrible for the Italian outfit.

Pos Driver Team LapsTimePoints
1Max VerstappenRed Bull631:32:07.98626
2Sergio PerezRed Bull63+16.527s18
3Lando NorrisMcLaren63+34.834s15
4George RussellMercedes63+42.506s12
5Valtteri BottasAlfa Romeo63+43.181s10
6Charles LeclercFerrari63+56.072s8
7Yuki TsunodaAlphaTauri63+61.110s6
8Sebastian VettelAston Martin63+70.892s4
9Kevin Magnussen Haas63+75.260s2
10Lance StrollAston Martin62+1 lap1
11Alex Albon Williams62+1 lap0
12Pierre GaslyAlphaTauri62+1 lap0
13Lewis HamiltonMercedes62+1 lap0
14Esteban OconAlpine62+1 lap0
15Zhou GuanyuAlfa Romeo62+1 lap0
16Nicholas LatifiWilliams62+1 lap0
17Mick SchumacherHaas62+1 lap0
18Daniel RicciardoMcLaren62+1 lap0
19Fernando AlonsoAlpine6DNF0
20Carlos SainzFerrari0DNF0

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2022 F1

Hamilton and Wolff spotted in heated conversation after Imola disaster

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Lewis Hamilton 2022 F1 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix

During Emilia Romagna Grand Prix post qualifying session, Sir Lewis Hamilton and his Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff was seen engaging in a heated conversation, the Brit was eliminated from Q2 on Friday.

Bothe Hamilton and Wolff be found to be holding heated conversations in the Mercedes garage just after the Brit crashed out of Q2 at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix. It was another poor results, which was resulted P13 in for sprint race at Imola.

On the incident with Wolff, Hamilton said: “It’s all internal stuff. I’d rather not share that. But yeah we’ll keep working, it is what it is. Each weekend is a rescue.

“It wasn’t a great session. Yeah. Naturally, it’s disappointing. We came here with optimism and we know everyone is working really hard at the factory and when things don’t come together it’s disappointing. I think we under-performed as a team today.

“There are things that we should have done and didn’t do. Anyway, we will work as hard as we can to move up in the sprint race. Hopefully tomorrow is better, weather-wise, and who knows, maybe we can work our way forwards.”

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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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