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F1 news LIVE: Lewis Hamilton future still ‘unclear’ with Sebastian Vettel tipped for Red Bull return



Sir Lewis Hamilton knighted days after missing out on record eighth F1 title

With the dust settled after a thrilling 2021 F1 season, Lewis Hamilton’s future remains unclear with no commitment yet from the seven-time world champion that he wants to return to unseat Max Verstappen after his maiden championship with Red Bull. The Mercedes star came unstuck against the Dutchman in the controversial Abu Dhabi Grand Prix but has since remained off the grid without a hint over his future in the sport.

Some questionable decisions from race director Michael Masi may spark change in the sport, with Toto Wolff furious in the aftermath of the drivers’ world title slipping away from Mercedes. Nico Rosberg has recently discussed the events that unfolded and Masi’s role: “It was good what they [the stewards] did in the incident at the beginning of the race, but actually there I think it went Lewis’ way and he should have let him past,” Rosberg told Sky F1. “So it’s really one-one in terms of fundamental decisions during the race.”

Elsewhere, Sebastian Vettel’s future has been discussed with Bernie Ecclestone touting him for a return to Red Bull to prove he still has the speed to compete with the very best drivers. Follow all the latest news below.

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Gasly’s disappointment…

Pierre Gasly has expressed his disappointment about not being promoted to drive for Red Bull next season.

He is hoping that in 2023, when many drivers’ contracts expire, he will be able to secure a contract driving a faster car.

Thomas Schlachter11 January 2022 12:14

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Vettel’s call for change

Vettel has also called for change when it comes to how sustainable the sport is.

The Aston Martin driver backed up fellow racer Lewis Hamilton and called for Formula 1 to make changes, particularly to how they travel and their environmental impact.

When speaking to Süddeutsche Zeitung, Vettel said: “This [last] year, Formula One flew from Mexico City to São Paulo and then to Qatar within three weeks. That travel plan was not smart.”

Hamilton and Vettel demand change in F1

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Thomas Schlachter11 January 2022 11:48

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Vettel’s call for change

Sebastian Vettel believes F1 has some work to do in different areas of the sport.

Speaking to speedweek.com, Vettel spoke about the importance of mental health awareness. The German driver said: “I think mental health is just as important, if not more important, than physical health.”

Specifically in F1, the 34-year-old believes, “there is still some catching up to do.”

Sebastian Vettel believes Formula 1 needs to “catch up”

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Thomas Schlachter11 January 2022 11:37

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F1 SOS…

DIY SOS’ Nick Knowles is still struggling to forget the way the last Formula 1 season ended.

The TV host tweeted out asking for anyone involved in the world of F1 to explain exactly what happened in last season’s final race.

It seems many people agree with Knowles as the tweet has almost 10,000 likes.

The controversy about how Max Verstappen won the title seems like it’ll never disappear.

Thomas Schlachter11 January 2022 11:21

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George Russell gets a new uniform…

George Russell looks at home in his new work uniform.

The 23-year-old will be racing for Mercedes next season and has shared a picture sporting his new team gear.

Russell is joining Mercedes from Williams and will be racing alongside fellow Brit Lewis Hamilton in a Mercedes car.

Thomas Schlachter11 January 2022 11:09

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Hamilton definitely returning?

According to The Times, Lewis Hamilton will be back racing come the start of next season.

There had been reports, as seen on Sky Sports, that Hamilton’s future in Formula 1 is unclear but it would seem Mercedes are “increasingly confident” in their driver returning to F1.

Hamilton will be attempting to become the record holder for the most F1 championships after Max Verstappen beat him to the title last season.

Will we see Lewis Hamilton in an F1 car next season? (Kamran Jebreili, Grupo / AP)

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Thomas Schlachter11 January 2022 10:54

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‘Kimi Raikkonen the last non-robotic driver in F1’

Bernie Ecclestone claims that Kimi Raikkonen was the last Formula 1 driver that didn’t act like a robot.

“Kimi, as a person, is a super guy,” the Brit told sport1.de.

“As a driver, he’s a race driver. He’s what you want: he races [and] doesn’t take an awful lot of notice of people. In fact, he gives them his opinion.”

In the 91-year-old’s opinion, there aren’t any other drivers quite like ‘The Iceman’ around today which he feels is a problem for the sport.

“There aren’t any Kimis today really, I don’t think. That’s the problem,” he continued.

“They’ve all become very, very much [like] a robot, listening and doing what they’re told, rather than doing what they think is the right thing to do.”

Jack Rathborn11 January 2022 10:33

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Lewis Hamilton’s F1 future still ‘unclear’

Lewis Hamilton’s future and involvement in the 2022 F1 season is still unclear.

That’s according to Sky Sports’ Craig Slater, with the Mercedes star still reportedly stewing over his crushing defeat for weeks.

“As we speak right now, I can tell you it is still unclear,” he said on Sky Sports News.

“69 days to go to the first Grand Prix in Bahrain, I have heard from senior sources close to Lewis that whether or not he will be on the grid for the first race of the season is still unclear at this point.

“I’ve spoken to various individuals since who have had some contact with him. By and large they told me that they expected Lewis to be back to try and win an eighth world title in 2022.

“What they explained to me though was that even if he seemed to take it well on the night, it hit him very hard in subsequent days, what went on.”

Jack Rathborn11 January 2022 10:20

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Bernie Ecclestone: Sebastian Vettel should return to Red Bull

Sebastian Vettel should return to Red Bull to show how fast he is, according to Bernie Ecclestone.

“When he feels like it,” Ecclestone told Sport1.de while discussing Vettel’s future in the sport. “He shouldn’t be told he’s got to retire.

“We don’t know how quick he is any more because he’s not in a competitive car – so it’s not easy to say he’s not as quick as he used to be.

“He needs to be back in Red Bull, actually.”

Jack Rathborn11 January 2022 10:15

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F1 latest news

Mick Schumacher has revealed optimism among Haas ahead of the 2022 season.

The German struggled during his rookie campaign with Haas failing to score a point all season, as they concentrated on the upcoming campaign and the change of regulations in the sport.

“The car looks to be very positive, from what I see and hear,” Schumacher told Autosport.

“So I have great expectations. Hopefully they’ll meet my expectations next year on-track.”

Jamie Braidwood10 January 2022 20:00



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