F1 news LIVE: Lewis Hamilton awaits investigation into Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and “50-50” to return in 2022

Sir Lewis Hamilton was knighted days after missing the record-breaking eighth F1 title

Lewis Hamilton’s future in F1 is not yet clear, without the commitment of the seven-time world champion he wants to return for the 2022 season to topple Max Verstappen after his first championship win with Red Bull.

The Mercedes star took off against the Dutchman in the controversial Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, but has since remained off the grid with no clue of his future in the sport. Quadruple world champion Alain Prost rates the odds of a comeback to just “50-50” with growing suggestions that the results of a season-end race investigation could be the key to his decision.

Some questionable decisions by race director Michael Masi could trigger changes in the sport, with Toto Wolff furious in the aftermath of the pilots’ world title slipping away from Mercedes. Nico Rosberg recently spoke about the events that unfolded and the role of Masi: “It was what they [the stewards] did it during the incident at the start of the race, but actually here I think it went in Lewis’s sense and he should have let it go, ”Rosberg told Sky F1. “So it’s really a one-on-one in terms of fundamental decisions during the race.”

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

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Carlos Sainz reflects on Ferrari’s “adaptation” and “completes” Charles Leclerc.

Carlos Sainz spoke of a period of “adaptation” at Ferrari and the competition with his teammate Charles Leclerc.

“At Ferrari, I faced one of the fastest drivers I have ever faced. A very complete driver, ”said Sainz.

“I have just had two very good years at McLaren. I wasn’t afraid to face anyone or anything. The first half was difficult.

“I had to adapt, but in the second half I started to go really fast and to feel very comfortable with the car.

“It allowed me to perform and race at the level I expected of myself.”

Jack rathbornJanuary 11, 2022 22:00

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Carlos Sainz admits that the Monaco podium was “the least pleasant of my career”

Carlos Sainz admitted that his impressive P2 finish to clinch a place on the Monaco Grand Prix podium was “the least pleasant of my career”.

A tough break in qualifying left Sainz fourth on the grid and unable to realistically catch up with Max Verstappen, who fled with the win.

“Monaco is the least pleasant podium of my career,” said the Spaniard Marca. “I was really pissed off on Sunday. What happened with Charles and all that [in qualifying].

“I remember that I didn’t get over the disappointment for three days because it was my first chance to win a race and take pole.

Jack rathborn11 January 2022 21:30

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The arrival of Alex Albon may serve as a “motivation boost” for Nicholas Latifi

Williams team manager Jost Capito believes Alex Albon’s arrival at Williams may serve as a “motivation boost” for Nicholas Latifi next season.

The duo rode side-by-side for DAMS in 2018, racking up five wins in the Formula 1 feeder series.

“They were teammates in ’18 in [GP2] and they like each other very well, ”said Capito GPFans.

“Nicky was extremely happy when he heard that Alex would be joining the team. I think it even gave him a motivating boost so he could run with Alex again.

Jack rathbornJanuary 11, 2022 21:00

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Sebastian Vettel calls on F1 to focus on improving athlete mental health

Sebastian Vettel admits Formula 1 has “some catching up to do” when it comes to the importance of mental health.

Daniel Ricciardo has spoken about the impact of time spent away from his family due to Covid restrictions last year, while teammates McLaren Lando Norris have highlighted issues in the sport over the subject last year.

And the former world champion maintains that there is a lot of work to be done to improve the situation.

“I think mental health is just as important, if not more important, than physical health,” said the Aston Martin driver, according to Speedweek.com.

“If you break your leg or have pain in your body, we all think it’s best to see a doctor for help, but we don’t think so when it comes to mental health.

“I think there is still some catching up to do. “

Jack rathbornJanuary 11, 2022 8:30 p.m.

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The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix “the last F1 race most people will ever watch”

“I just wish the season could have been decided in a fair way,” wrote former F1 driver Stefan Johansson in his blog.

“I got messages from so many people in the racing industry and they mostly say this was the last F1 race they would watch.

“We all love the sport, but it’s hard to get excited when stupid things like this keep happening.

“There is still a definitive split. The people watching who are more fans than actually in the business, they all loved how it ended up, and all the people in the business are really upset and all talking about logging out and not doing it. no longer worry about watching.

“From Liberty’s perspective, I think it’s pretty clear who will be the winner of the two. I just hope there will be a reasonable balance in the future.

Jack rathbornJanuary 11, 2022 20:00

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Daniel Ricciardo opens up on difficult 2021 F1 season

Daniel Ricciardo admits his homesickness from the Covid-19 pandemic played a role in his disappointing performance in the 2021 season.

The McLaren driver finished eighth in the final standings, 45 points behind teammate Lando Norris.

“With anything, to perform well you also need to be in a good headspace,” said Ricciardo. “Therefore, your outer life must be fine, your relationships. It all reflects in some way on your workout, your energy, your mood.

“I used to not have [family] about. But then again, not having this for so long, and missing things and even my friends back home, not even having them to switch off with, go on a weekend or go anywhere, let’s just go and let’s not think about f1, neither did i have this escape.

“It made the work of the first semester even more trying. So I think it was harder for me to pump with energy and positivity and all that stuff. I always found a way to do it, but I had to work a lot harder for it. And that, I think, was taxing in itself.

Jack rathbornJanuary 11, 2022 19:30

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Daniel Ricciardo says F1 drivers’ emotions are being ignored

Daniel Ricciardo maintains that the emotions of F1 drivers are often overlooked from the outside.

Ricciardo, from Australia, was unable to visit his family in 2021 due to travel restrictions regarding Covid-19.

And the McLaren driver admits he was very homesick, which impacted his feelings throughout the season.

“Yes it does. I think with anyone in the spotlight or on TV, sometimes outside, they’re not seen as real people,” he said, as quoted by Autosport .com.

“It’s like you’re an actor… oh, it’s Brad Pitt. He’s a superman. He could do anything or anything. As if he didn’t get sad or emotional or whatever. But as you know, you would feel, we travel so much that you miss loved ones. So having that kind of time 10 is tricky.

“I wouldn’t say it affects me in the act of driving. But especially when things aren’t going well, it definitely has an effect because all you want is a little bit of that support and love from family. And also when things are not going well, we can also feel very lonely.

“There are things that I think would have been useful if they had been there. It would have helped me to get out of a bad mood or a moment of depression a little faster.

Jack rathbornJanuary 11, 2022 7:15 PM

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F1 teams set to play ‘a few laps’ to exploit 2022 rule changes

According to McLaren technical director James Key, Formula 1 engineers will be doing “tricks” to take advantage of the new regulations in the sport.

After an exciting 2021 season that saw Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen dominate throughout, F1 has drafted new regulations to shake up the sport in search of greater variance.

Sport will see a change in the aerodynamic makeup of cars. While the streamlined front and rear fenders should result in minimal turbulent air creation and allow cars to follow technical sections on all circuits in the program.

And after much discussion and debate over the rear fenders and more stringent FIA testing, Key has shed some light on the impact they will have next season.

“I think the sensitivities around rubber bands have definitely changed,” Key said. “Of course, based on the regulations that were discussed recently on how to best handle flexibility… I shouldn’t say flexible components, but the components that can flex and make a difference are probably more precise.

Jack rathbornJanuary 11, 2022 19:00

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Theo Pourchaire “proud” to reconnect with the ART “family”

Théo Pourchaire admits to being “proud” to team up with the ART “family” for the 2022 Formula 2 campaign.

Junior Sauber driver, Pourchaire made history last season when he became the youngest driver to win an F2 race thanks to his lavish driving in Monaco.

“I am proud to continue in F2 with ART Grand in 2022,” he said.

“It’s an honor for me to work with such a great team. This will be our third year together and it has become like family to me. Continuing with them in the F1 pre-cursor is very exciting.

“I would like to thank the Sauber Academy for supporting me again. It will be a busy year and I want to have fun and gain experience for my future.

“We are more determined than ever and we will aim for the F2 title.”

Jack rathbornJanuary 11, 2022 6:35 PM

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Carlos Sainz reflects on Ferrari’s “adaptation” and “completes” Charles Leclerc.

Carlos Sainz spoke of a period of “adaptation” at Ferrari and the competition with his teammate Charles Leclerc.

“At Ferrari, I faced one of the fastest drivers I have ever faced. A very complete driver, ”said Sainz.

“I have just had two very good years at McLaren. I wasn’t afraid to face anyone or anything. The first half was difficult.

“I had to adapt, but in the second half I started to go really fast and to feel very comfortable with the car.

“It allowed me to perform and race at the level I expected of myself.”

Jack rathbornJanuary 11, 2022 6:10 PM

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