F1 News Today | 24 September, 2021

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Let’s take a look at what’s making news in the world of Formula 1 today…

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1) Uralkali Haas F1 Team confirms 2022 driver line-up

2) Kimi Raikkonen to return in Russia

3) Max Verstappen hits out at ‘hypocrites’ who said he walked away from Lewis Hamilton crash

4) Lewis Hamilton can empathise with ‘intense’ pressure Max Verstappen is feeling

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Hello and welcome to F1 News Today with Tillie! 

Right, let’s take a look at what’s making news in the world of Formula 1 today.

First up, in a move that surprised absolutely nobody, Haas confirmed Nikita Mazepin will continue with the team in 2022.

I’m shocked…

The team also confirmed Mick Schumacher will stay with the team next season too, squashing rumours of a potential move to Alfa Romeo. 

Speaking about the driver pairing for next season, team principal Guenther Steiner said

“We knew we wanted continuity behind the wheel in 2022, and I’m happy to confirm exactly that with Mick Schumacher and Nikita Mazepin competing for Uralkali Haas F1 Team next year.

“2021 has afforded both drivers the opportunity to learn Formula 1 – and as rookies – they’ve done a lot of that this year.

“It’s been a tough season for sure with the package we’ve had, but at the same time, they’ve both embraced the challenge and worked closely with the team, to learn our processes and adapt to the rigours of a Formula 1 campaign, and all that brings – both internally and externally.

“Now as we look ahead to the 2022 season, we’re confident we can move forward as a team and give Mick and Nikita a competitive race package to make the next step in their Formula 1 careers.”

Next up, in news we love to hear, Kimi Raikkonen has overcome covid, and will return to the cockpit of his Alfa Romeo in Russia this weekend.

After missing the last two races, the Flying Finn is happy to be back to work, saying

“I’m pleased to be back in the car after missing two rounds.

“Obviously, nobody wants to test positive, but it happened and we had to follow the rules.

“But that is all in the past, and now my focus is on Sochi.

“The team has shown some potential in the last few races, now we need to convert that into a good result.

“I don’t think being back will feel any different, I just want to get on with my job and hopefully have a good race.”

Looking now to the title fight, Max Verstappen has hit out at ‘hypocrites’ who said he walked away from Lewis Hamilton after the pair came together at Monza two weeks ago.

After the incident, which took both drivers out of the race, Hamilton said he was surprised Verstappen did not check to see if he was OK.

Max, who has a three-place grid penalty to serve at this Sunday’s Russian Grand Prix for his role in the collision, was annoyed at the implication that he had walked away.

When asked what he made of the suggestion he had not checked on Hamilton, Max said: “I mean, there are a lot of hypocrites in the world that’s for sure.

“I jumped out of the car, I looked to the left and he’s of course still trying to reverse, shaking the wheel, trying to get out from under my car so I think he was absolutely fine.

“Also, flying to America on Monday or Tuesday to attend a Gala, I think you only do that if you feel fine so I think already there, everything was all under control.”

My word, things are really starting to heat up between these two.

Finally, master of the mind games Lewis Hamilton is turning the screw on his title rival, stating he empathises with the intense pressure Max must be feeling as the two battle for the championship.

While it is the first time the Dutchman has been involved in a title fight, it is not Hamilton’s first time at the dance, that’s for sure.

We have seen the seven-time champion prove to be mentally tougher than most of his opponents over the years, and the Brit is ramping up the pressure on his rival, saying

“Naturally, we are battling for a championship.

“I remember what it was like battling for my first championship, and obviously I’m fighting for something like my 10th battle.

“I remember what it was like, and the pressure and experiences that you go with, so I empathise with that.

“I think what is important is that we continue to race hard, but fair.

“I have no doubt that we will both be professional and learn from the past.

“Obviously Max won’t admit to it and I’m not going to make an assumption, but I’m just saying I remember what it was like when I had my first one, and it definitely mounted up.

“It was difficult, it was intense, I was going through a lot of different emotions, I didn’t always handle it the best and that’s to be expected.

“There’s a lot of pressure, you’re working in a big team, there’s a lot of self-expectation and pressure because the desire to win is huge.

“So I’m just saying I empathise and I understand that, but I know that we will continue to grow from this.”

Well here’s hoping the duo can keep it on the track this weekend, and give us a thrilling final eight races of 2022.

I’m tipping a Valtteri Bottas win in Russia, the Finn has been flying after the weight of his contract situation was sorted.

Who are you tipping?

Well that concludes this episode of F1 News Today with Tillie!

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