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I never ever said I was going to stop – Hamilton

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I never ever said I was going to stop – Lewis Hamilton

The Seven-time F1 world champion Sir Lewis Hamilton breaks his silence first time after dramatic and controversial last season finale, which had lost him eighth world title.

The Brit insist that he never said he was going to quit Formula 1 despite the painful end to his 2021 world championship campaign.

“I never ever said I was going to stop,” he replied when asked about the fact that he had kept the sport, and his fans, on tenterhooks since that controversial evening in December.

“I love doing what I do,” he continued, “and it’s such a privilege working with this large group of people when you really feel you’re part of a family, part of a team working towards a common goal. There’s no feeling quite like it.

“It was obviously a difficult time for me,” he admitted, “and it was a time where I really needed to take a step back, focus on being present so I had my family all around me and creating great moments.

“Eventually, I got to a point where I decided I’m going to be attacking again coming into another season and working with Toto and George.”

After the meeting with Mercedes boss Toto Wolff and Red Bull boss Christian Horner at London, the new FIA president Mohammed Ben Sulayem confirmed that Michael Masi removed as F1 race director following the Abu Dhabi investigation and that Eduardo Freitas and Niels Wittich would alternate in the role with former deputy race director Herbie Blash returning as a senior advisor to both men.

“It’s very encouraging to see action has been taken,” Mercedes boss, Wolff said of the reforms. “There’s a much more robust structure now and a support structure now for the race director,” adding that the FIA had taken the “right steps”.

“I have never seen him more determined,” added Wolff when asked about Hamilton’s response to the situation heading into the new season. “Lewis is the best driver in the world.

“He is in love with the sport and we are ready to hunt for victories and hopefully the world championship. He is in the right mindset.”

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Mercedes reveals “unconventional” development of W13

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Mercedes F1 team boss Toto Wolff is much pleased with recent successful development of W13, which was achieved in the Hungarian Grand Prix qualifying P1 and double podium finish behind the champion Max Verstappen.

Presently the competition between Red Bull, Ferrari, and Mercedes. But the Mercedes is the only team consistently maintaining the consistency. Wolff recently revealed that the “unconventional” methods taken to accelerate the development of the Mercedes W13 this season.

“In this season, we have done unconventional things and I remember having a chat with a very clever lady in aerodynamics and she said, ‘If you would have told me last year we would be putting a floor on the car we haven’t run in the wind tunnel I would have said we are never going to do this’,” said Wolff.

“We did and everybody was proud of the results. [It’s] the same thing every weekend, we try things.”

“This is a database source but if you can’t rely on the data, because they don’t correlate from the virtual world, from the tunnel, CFD and simulations with what is happening in real-time on the track, you have just got to try things and find correlation… basically reverse engineer correlation. Wolff added

“This is what we did and had positive results.”

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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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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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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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