F1 news LIVE: Lewis Hamilton urged not to retire and “informed Mercedes of his decision”
World champion Verstappen looks back on the “crazy, intense and crazy” season
Lewis Hamilton’s future in Formula 1 remains a hot topic as we enter the offseason with the Briton, but we have yet to say if he will return with Mercedes after a landslide defeat in the title race to Max. Verstappen.
The Briton has disappeared from the radar since his loss at the thrilling Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, sparking speculation about his return as a team-mate with new Mercedes driver George Russell.
The seven-time world champion is expected to return, with unyielding Formula 1 chief Stefano Domenicali Hamilton “will recharge his batteries and come back with even more envy than before winning an eighth world title “.
But the impact of Russell’s arrival, replacing Valtteri Bottas, will prove to be fascinating and could change the dynamics of the title race between Hamilton and Verstappen, with the possibility of a third title contender – or more, if the new rules change the balance of power.
During the difficult and intense 2021 season, on-track incidents cost Red Bull nearly € 4m, the third highest figure among any rider behind Haas’s Mick Schumacher (€ 4.2m ) and Charles Leclerc of Ferrari (4.1 million euros). Verstappen’s tally is more than three times that of fierce rival Hamilton, which cost Mercedes € 1.2 million over the year, according to Sky Germany.
Of course, the Dutchman, who won his exciting but controversial first world title at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, would blame some of that cost on Hamilton himself after blaming the Briton for his high-speed incident at Copse. Corner during the British Grand Prix. Prix at Silverstone, one of the fastest corners in Formula 1 where the pair made contact and Verstappen was sent flying through the gravel in the barriers. Follow all the latest F1 news below.
Bernie Ecclestone believes Lewis Hamilton will retire from Formula 1 due to the disappointment of losing the world title in a dramatic final at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
Hamilton was agonizingly denied a record-breaking eighth world title after Max Verstappen passed him on the final lap to win his first F1 championship. The victory was controversial, however, after FIA race director Michael Masi was criticized for his interpretation of the rules for overtaking cars under safe car conditions in the finals.
And former F1 CEO Ecclestone doesn’t believe Hamilton will return for the 2022 season, which begins in Bahrain in March.
Karl MatchettDecember 24, 2021 5:59 PM
Formula 1 needs to clarify its decisions and speed up understanding of the outcome of the incidents if it is to get through a controversial 2021 season.
This is the view of Nico Rosberg, the 2016 world champion, who told Sky Sports that a change in FIA president, the offseason and the end of the recent campaign all provide F1 with the need. and the potential for immediate change.
Being clear about which incidents merit sanction will keep drivers in the know about what they can and cannot do, he explained, while post-race talks and counter-appeals would also become a thing. from the past if everyone knew which infractions would be punished.
“The sport has to progress,” said Rosberg.
“It even starts with all the overtaking, the wheel-to-wheel action.”
Karl MatchettDecember 24, 2021 5:20 PM
Decision-making needs to improve compared to those in charge of Formula 1, says Toto Wolff, if this year’s off-track talks and controversies are not to be repeated in the future.
“It’s a bigger problem. If you look at most of the controversy that has taken place this year, it has been about decisions, sporting decisions on the track, the inconsistent enforcement of rules on the track.
“It’s one thing to drive hard and to have differences of opinion between the drivers and the teams, it’s in the nature of the game.
“But inconsistent decision-making leads to controversy, leads to polarization and this is what has been the source of so many completely unnecessary controversies on the track.”
Karl MatchettDecember 24, 2021 5:00 PM
Charles Leclerc says he’s still working to find a balance between qualifying performance and race days, but he chose an area that he says has improved in his driving over the year.
“Definitely the race direction in general,” he told Motorsport Week.
“I think since the start of 2020 I started to say that this was one of my weaknesses, especially after 2019 where I had a lot of good qualifying, but then in the race I had a little more trouble.
“We struggled a little more as a team, but also as a driver, I had more trouble than the others, so I put a lot of work into it in 2020, I improved a lot and I think that ‘in 2021, that’s actually one of my strengths now. “
Karl MatchettDecember 24, 2021 4:40 PM
Nick Yelloly has given those who want to see Aston Martin challenge a lot more next year with reason for hope, saying early tests on the new car are positive.
“We have been working on the 2022 car for a long time, with our first use in the simulation in March,” he said.
“Obviously, when we put the new car on the track, that will be the main point. But in general the car feels great, great and we test every new idea on the simulator before we even think of a build process.
“We have made some big gains since March and now we look forward to the February race in Barcelona.”
Karl MatchettDecember 24, 2021 4:20 PM
Former F1 champion Nico Rosberg has asked the FIA to make it clear who is right and wrong when incidents occur on the track, clarifying overtaking rules and more.
“The sport has to progress,” Rosberg told Sky.
“It even starts with all the overtaking, the wheel-to-wheel action.
“The FIA needs to tighten this up so that we don’t have all these discussions.
“It would be better for the sport if it was much easier to understand. Also in wheel-to-wheel racing; who is now right and wrong, which must be done. A quick decision is made, and we move on.
“We have to get rid of all this talk, it’s important.”
Karl Matchett24 December 2021 16:00
2021 F1 season recap
Here’s every race and podium from the season that just ended – which races will be remembered the longest?
Bahrain – Hamilton, Verstappen, Bottas
Italy – Verstappen, Hamilton, Norris
Portugal – Hamilton, Verstappen, Bottas
Spain – Hamilton, Verstappen, Bottas
Monaco – Verstappen, Sainz, Norris
Azerbaijan – Perez, Vettel, Gasly
France – Verstappen, Hamilton, Pérez
Austria – Verstappen, Hamilton, Bottas
Austria – Verstappen, Bottas, Norris
Great Britain – Hamilton, Leclerc, Bottas
Hungary – Ocon, Hamilton, Sainz
Belgium – Verstappen, Russell, Hamilton
Netherlands – Verstappen, Hamilton, Bottas
Italy – Ricciardo, Norris, Bottas
Russia – Hamilton, Verstappen, Sainz
Turkey – Bottas, Verstappen, Pérez
United States – Verstappen, Hamilton, Perez
Mexico – Verstappen, Hamilton, Perez
Brazil – Hamilton, Verstappen, Bottas
Qatar – Hamilton, Verstappen, Alonso
Saudi Arabia – Hamilton, Verstappen, Bottas
Abu Dhabi – Verstappen, Hamilton, Sainz
Karl MatchettDecember 24, 2021 3:40 PM
Who failed to impress in the 2021 F1 season?
The terrible performances of Nikita Mazepin throughout the year with Haas, the failures of Michael Masi as race director – especially in this last race – and Yuki Tsunoda struggling at times in his rookie campaign after a promising opening did Planet F1the “five biggest flops” of 2021.
There is also a note for a disappointing season for Australian Daniel Ricciardo, even after his victory at Monza, and he is expected to improve next season after the offseason at home.
Aston Martin also needs to see big improvements after poor performance throughout this year – they scored just 77 points to finish seventh in the constructors’ standings. With Vettel and Stroll behind the wheel of their cars, they should do much better.
Karl MatchettDecember 24, 2021 3:21 PM
F1 news: Leclerc missed 40 clear-cut points, says Ferrari boss
Ferrari team manager Mattia Binotto said Charles Leclerc had been unlucky in the 2021 season and lost 40 points due to “racing situations”.
The boss pointed to two races in particular where Leclerc could have collected points. At the Monaco Grand Prix he took pole position but damage to his car prevented him from racing and in Hungary he was knocked out by Lance Stroll on the first lap.
Binotto said: “We must not forget that in his season there are a few examples, like Monaco and Budapest, where he did not score, but I think he was unlucky as a pilot on these occasions.
“Without that, it’s hard to say what he would have finished at the end of the race, but maybe he’s at least 40 points missing from his standings. So without that I think he would have been much further ahead in the championship.
Leclerc finished seventh in the drivers’ standings, but another 40 reportedly saw him move up to fourth – ahead of Lando Norris, teammate Carlos Sainz and Red Bull’s Sergio Perez.
Karl MatchettDecember 24, 2021 3:06 PM
F1 news: Alonso keen to improve 2022
Fernando Alonso believes he can be even faster in 2022 after his 2021 preseason was hampered by a bicycle accident.
Alonso had a good year with the French Alpine team (formerly Renault), finishing 10th in the drivers’ championship and even securing a podium at the end of the season in Qatar.
At 40, the two-time world champion will be the oldest driver on the F1 grid next season since Kimi Raikkonen retired. But he believes he can do even better with the possibility of full winter preparation after the preseason was disrupted in 2021. More below:
Karl MatchettDecember 24, 2021 2:49 PM