F1 LIVE News: Lewis Hamilton’s future is unclear as Valtteri Bottas reveals Mercedes issue

The key to the FIA ​​investigation into the future of Hamilton’s F1

Lewis Hamilton’s future remains unclear with the seven-time world champion left off the grid for the time being after a bitter end of the 2021 season for the Brit and Mercedes when Max Verstappen snatched the title from them in a thrilling final lap at Abu Dhabi.

There is a lot of speculation and news about the new season with new rules and regulations being introduced to bring more variety, while how last season’s finale ensured that discussions between Mercedes, Toto Wolff and the FIA ​​are ongoing, with the Michael Masi’s decisions and performance examined further. There is also a two-month wait for the results of the FIA’s investigation into the contest’s controversial final, with the Formula 1 governing body confirming that their results will be published on the eve of the season’s opening weekend. F1 2022.

Away from Hamilton and Mercedes, there is a reshuffle on the grid with many unsigned drivers and more speculation surrounding who will emerge as part of a fresh-looking squad for the 2022 season. Sergio Perez has worked wonders for Verstappen’s title hopes. with a good drive in Abu Dhabi, but his future remains unclear with Red Bull. Elsewhere Carlos Sainz at Ferrari, Fernando Alonso at Alpine, Pierre Gasly and Yuki Tsunoda at AlphaTauri, Sebastian Vettel at Aston Martin, Nicholas Latifi at Williams, Alex Albon at Williams, Guanyu Zhou at Alfa Romeo and Mick Schumacher at Haas they all need to extend their contracts or secure a job elsewhere.

Mercedes will need the FIA ​​to mend its relationship with race director Michael Masi after withdrawing their appeals on the result in Abu Dhabi provided the FIA ​​analyzes the final stages of the race, in order to “improve the solidity of the rules. , governance and decision-making in Formula One ”.

Meanwhile, newly elected FIA president Mohammed Ben Sulayem has been in contact with Hamilton as the governing body tries to regain the confidence of the seven-time champion in the sport, but the results of the investigation are said to be crucial in determining whether they will success. Follow all the latest F1 news below:

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Lewis Hamilton’s “motivation” will not allow Michael Masi’s future to dictate the return of 2022

Martin Brundle argues that Lewis Hamilton cannot give Mercedes ultimatum about Michael Masi’s future in the sport as it would contradict his motivation and desire to race.

“I’m a little uncomfortable, let’s put this issue aside, of a team and a driver starting to determine who is doing what in race control, or any other role in Formula 1 to some degree. This is the tail that wags the dog, ”Brundle said.

“If my driver came to me, if I were a Formula 1 boss, and said to me ‘Look, I don’t think I want to race anymore if that guy is still around’, I would immediately stop thinking about race control and start thinking. “Wait, has my driver lost his motivation?” Which he obviously doesn’t.

“Lewis will come back and hit the accelerator harder and harder.”

Jack RathbornJanuary 14, 2022 8:00 pm

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Lewis Hamilton “will be back,” says Martin Brundle

Lewis Hamilton “will be back,” says Martin Brundle, who has also dismissed suggestions that Mercedes might withdraw from the sport if race director Michael Masi remains in the sport after bitter fallout on the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

“Absolutely not. Don’t buy any, actually,” Brundle told Sky Sports.

“I’m sure Toto was asked by Lewis ‘What are you doing about it?’

“Formula 1 is a tremendous success for the Mercedes-Benz brand. Lewis is 37, we know he is still driving at his peak [and is] incredibly determined and competitive, and he will be back “.

Jack RathbornJanuary 14, 2022 7:40 pm

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Martin Brundle asks Michael Masi for more support

Martin Brundle believes Michael Masi needs support so as not to be kicked out of Formula 1 entirely.

The race director sparked controversy after his impact on the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, but instead of banning it altogether, Brundle believes the workload demands a better support team.

“This is too big a job for one person to handle in a 23-race season, it will only grow,” said Brundle.

“Masi, if he stays, needs a lot of support around him and I suspect that’s what they’re looking at right now.

“And who would really want to put themselves in his shoes right now?”

Jack RathbornJanuary 14, 2022 7:20 pm

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Valtteri Bottas identifies the main difference between him and Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes

Valtteri Bottas believes Lewis Hamilton’s “race pace and tire handling” are the biggest differences between their success at Mercedes.

“Many times he had to copy my setup for last minute qualifying,” Valtteri Bottas told GPFans.

“As far as driving style is concerned, tire management is one of his great strengths and, in any condition and circumstance, he always finds a way, how to extend a stint or the best way to maintain the tires efficiently. in good condition.

“That part of race pace and tire management was probably the biggest difference between me and Lewis and consistency is what he had with those things.”

Jack RathbornJanuary 14, 2022 7:00 pm

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Johnny Herbert claims Michael Masi “did too much damage to F1”

Former F1 driver Johnny Herbert says race director Michael Masi has “done too much damage” to the series to stay in his role for 2022.

“In many respects … and in all respects, no,” Herbert told Sky Sports, debating whether he could survive the controversy in Abu Dhabi. “Because I think he has done too much damage to Formula 1 and I think that due to the position he is in, we have to have faith.

“And I think the trust has completely and completely vanished. “The problem is, who are you replacing him with? Because obviously experience will be very, very important to the man who fits into that position, ”Herbert said.

“Michael was very lucky, he was a little bit below Charlie Whiting [former F1 race director] when Charlie was the boss and learned a lot of good things from that point of view.

“Is there anyone who stands out for me right now to replace him? No. And this is the riddle.

Jack RathbornJanuary 14, 2022 6:40 pm

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Valtteri Bottas says Lewis Hamilton’s dominance is an obstacle to Mercedes

Valtteri Bottas says Lewis Hamilton’s dominance was a stumbling block for him at Mercedes.

The Finn was praised for his role in helping Mercedes clinch all five constructors’ titles during his tenure with his impressive teamwork and performance.

But Bottas has now revealed what he learned with the Silver Arrows prior to a starring role in Alfa Romeo.

“I’ve been in a position where I’ve gotten to know Lewis quite well as a human being as well, not just as a Formula 1 champion, and I’ve learned that he fully deserves everything he has achieved,” he told GPFans. “He’s got talent, but then he puts it to good use and works hard.

“Obviously, his lifestyle is also different in such a way that he could be in New York just one day before the race weekend, whatever, doing other things. But when he’s in his working mode and in this Formula 1 mode, he never leaves any stone unturned and always pushes the team hard.

“I feel like he’s been more in a lead role in the last few years and it’s been quite difficult for me to try and take a lead role, because obviously he’s been here before and he’s pretty dominant in the way he works with a team. Also, while tuning the car for sure, I learned a few things, but also a lot [other] what’s this.”

Jack RathbornJanuary 14, 2022 6:20 pm

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Toto Wolff prepares for decisive talks with the new president of the FIA

Toto Wolff is ready for decisive talks with new FIA president Mohammed Ben Sulayem.

After succeeding Jean Todt as FIA president, Ben Sulayem will speak with Wolff on Friday, according to GPFans.

The fallout from Abu Dhabi will be high on the agenda, although the survey results won’t be released until March 18 (the day of free practice for the Bahrain Grand Prix opening the 2022 season).

Jack RathbornJanuary 14, 2022 6:00 pm

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Alpine company with the executive director Marcin Budkowski

Alpine left the company from executive director Marcin Budkowski.

After joining the team in 2017, when it was known as Renault, after a decade with the FIA ​​and McLaren.

Alpine’s management structure has three pillars, including Budkowski, which means CEO Laurent Rossi will step forward for the time being as a replacement is found.

Rossi said: “I would like to thank Marcin for his commitment and his contribution to the team’s results over the past four years.

“The team is completely focused on preparing the car for the first race in Bahrain and taking a step forward in performance.”

While Budkowski added: “I really enjoyed being part of the management team of Renault and then of the Alpine F1 Team, working with such a talented and dedicated group of people.

“I will look back on the team’s progress in the seasons to come with affection.”

Jack RathbornJanuary 14, 2022 5:40 pm

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McLaren will not challenge the F1 title until 2024

McLaren CEO Zak Brown admits his team won’t compete for F1 titles until 2024.

“I’m really happy with our people, which is what’s important first of all,” said Brown, according to GPFans, as he assessed the current level of his team, which will have Daniel Ricciardo and Lando Norris on the grid next season.

“As everyone knows, we have had our challenges [in 2020] financially and they have all been resolved and we are now using our maximum resources to catch up on the technical infrastructure within the budget ceiling.

“The wind tunnel is under heavy construction as we speak. We have a lot of investments, so we are financially very healthy, so it’s all behind us. So, on the right track, we just want to continue every year until we have our infrastructure in place which, unfortunately, won’t really be until the ’24 season.

“It won’t be complete for another 18 months and of course that’s when you start developing the ’24 car and we’ll do the best with what we have, but it sure won’t be until ’24 that we can say we have everything we have. need”.

Jack RathbornJanuary 14, 2022 5:20 pm

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Toto Wolff says leaving Lewis Hamilton would be “an indictment” for F1

Toto Wolff insists that if Lewis Hamilton leaves Formula 1, it would be an “indictment” against the sport.

Speculation remains about the seven-time world champion’s future after the controversial Abu Dhabi Grand Prix wrested his hopes of an eighth world title to beat a record tie with Michael Schumacher.

But Wolff appears unaware of who Hamilton was and hopes Hamilton will return for the sake of the sport.

“I really hope we will see him again. It’s the most important part of our sport, “Wolff said in an interview with Krone.

It would be an indictment for the whole of Formula 1 if the best driver decided to leave due to outrageous decisions. “

Jack RathbornJanuary 14, 2022 5:00 pm

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