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Luck needed to fight for seven or eight title – Verstappen

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Max Verstappen 2021 F1 world champion

Luck has been massively helped Max Verstappen more than his talent in the 2021 F1 finale at Abu Dhabi to secure his first F1 world championship. The final stint safety car incident has been helped him to overtook Lewis Hamilton in the last lap, this dramatic incident still making lots of speculations over the Formula 1 world championship integrity.

Reigning Formula One world champion Verstappen is not certainly expecting to win again.

When asked about Hamilton’s tally of seven F1 world titles, the Max told CarNext: “You need a bit of luck to fight for that.

“You need a very dominant team as well. You don’t always have that luck or you’re not in that era. Sometimes it doesn’t happen.

“For me, I always wanted to win one and see where you go from there. Everything that comes now is a bonus but that doesn’t mean that if I lose a race… I will still be upset, but maybe a few minutes after I will say ‘it’s ok’.” Dutchman added.

Red Bull F1 team Principal Christian Horner responded to suggestions that the way last year’s extreme championship fight ended in Abu Dhabi had brought into question whether the Max fully deserves to be called world champion.

“Dietrich (Mateschitz) felt Max was very deserving,” Horner insisted. “He was very proud of what he’d done and what the team had achieved.”

“There was so much controversy but also so much bad luck that these things tend to balance themselves out,” Horner said.

“Yes, we got a little bit lucky with the safety car at the end of the race, but so much bad luck had gone against us throughout the season.

“I think Max led more than 50 percent of the laps, more than every other driver combined. He had more pole positions, more race wins, and for me he was totally deserving.”

Hamilton versus Verstappen, Mercedes versus Red Bull battle is expected to resume with the brand-new technical rules this year. Simultaneously, however, the tension between Wolff and Horner is likely to shortly resume.

“When we fought Fernando Alonso for the world championship, Stefano Domenicali was Ferrari team boss and at that time, the competition was on a – shall we say – gentleman’s level,” said Horner.

“But Toto plays it differently. He’s a different kind of animal.” Horner added.’

Also, certain worries that Red Bull spent too much time focusing on their 2021 car with last year’s test driver Alex Albon saying at one point they “stopped” working on the 2022 F1 car.

Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko insists that never happened.

“Albon’s statements were misinterpreted,” Marko told F1Insider.

“All I can say is that we want to defend Max Verstappen’s title and are very well positioned to do so. We had two different development programs running in 2021. Both worked.”

2022 F1

Toto playing that mental game – Rosberg

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Former F1 world champion and Former Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg has rejected Toto Wolff’s claims to Lewis Hamilton that the Mercedes car is ‘undriveable’, pointing to George Russell’s remarkable performance, because different story for Hamilton’s teammate Russell, who managed to climb from 11th to fourth.

Hamilton finished outside the points for the first time this season at the Emilia Romagna GP. The Brit was made only 14th position in the qualifying and unable to lift his race position, he struggled too much behind the midfield field drivers.

“Lewis, sorry for what you needed to drive today. I know this is undriveable and not what we deserved to score as a result. We will move on from there, but this was a terrible race,” Wolff said on team radio after the chequered flag.

Hamilton replied: “No worries, Toto. Let’s keep working hard,” to which the Mercedes chief added: “We will.”

Rosberg has highlighted Russell’s performance, having climbed from 12th on the grid to finish 4th. “Toto is playing that mental game, which is very smart from him, taking the blame themselves and really trying to support Lewis mentally, lifting him up and saying ‘Lewis, it’s really on us’. Rosberg said.

“That’s very smart because it’s not quite the truth. Remember, Russell is fourth with the same car, so Lewis definitely had a big role to play in that poor weekend. Russell still managed to get fourth out of it, so there was more in that car. The Germen added.

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Wolff apologizes to Hamilton for ‘undrivable’ Mercedes

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Lewis Hamilton 2022 F1 Imola GP

Reigning constructors F1 champion Mercedes’ team principal Toto Wolff apologizes for a “terrible race” and an “undrivable” car as Lewis Hamilton finishes P14 at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.

Hamilton start race from 14th position on the grid for Imola race, he was unable to lift the position and unlucky pit-stop incidents also demote him better position in the Sunday race. The Brit encountering a disappointing afternoon and finding himself at the back of a DRS line, unable to make the move on those ahead of them.

“Lewis, sorry for what you needed to drive today. I know this is undriveable and not what we deserved to score as a result. We will move on from there but this was a terrible race,” Wolff said on team radio after the chequered flag.

Hamilton replied: “No worries Toto. Let’s keep working hard,” to which the Mercedes chief added: “We will.”

Totally different story for Hamilton’s teammate George Russell, who managed to climb from 11th to fourth. Hamilton started 14th before finding himself stuck in the lower midfield and unable to find a way out.

When the media asked if pitting earlier could have helped, a dejected Hamilton wonder about: “I really don’t know to be honest. I don’t think it would have made much of a difference. A weekend to forget, that’s for sure.”

“I am out of the championship, for sure, there’s no question about that, but I will still keep working as hard as I can and try and somehow put it back together.” Hamilton added

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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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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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