F1 News Today | 8 October, 2021

Hello and welcome to F1 News Today with Tillie! 

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

1) Max Verstappen plays down title pressure: ‘Losing would not change my life’

2) Lewis Hamilton: ‘What will be will be’

3) F1 medical car crew replaced after positive COVID-19 test

4) Lando Norris: ‘I just want to get back in the car and try again’

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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, Max Verstappen insists he is not feeling any pressure as his title battle with Lewis Hamilton enters its final phase.

In a press conference ahead of this weekend’s Turkish Grand Prix, Max stressed that losing the championship to Hamilton would not have any real impact on his life, saying…

“I always do my best and I know the team is always doing the best they can…

“If that’s going to be enough, at the end of the year first, then that’s an amazing achievement and that’s what we work for, right?

“But I think even if we finish second we will have had a great season, and at the end of the day, it’s not going to change my life!

“I enjoy what I’m doing and I think that is also very important!

“For me, there is not much to worry about, really…

“You just have to work well and work hard together and then we will find out at the end of the season where that will put us… 

“Is it first, or is it second?

“We don’t know!”

I’m not sure sis, I feel like winning a World Championship would change every drivers life!

Lewis Hamilton has also spoken about the pressure of this championship battle, saying…

“It’s not a case of ignoring the pressure, as it’s there, but it’s the understanding that what will be will be…

“All you can do is prepare the best way you can, all you can do is give it 100 per cent and what’s coming up is coming up!

“I just don’t worry about those things… 

“I’m very fortunate in the past I’ve had lots of ups and downs but had an amazing time, a lot of growth, I don’t worry about ‘what if’, that’s up ahead…

“I try and prepare for now, that means making sure I’ve done the work with the guys back at the factory, with Bono and the team, and that ultimately we enjoy it! 

“We’ve got to enjoy it!

“What an amazing season it’s been so far, it’s been super exciting for fans, massively engaging with Netflix around the world, new people coming in, we finally see two teams neck and neck which is amazing, and of course we want to win… 

“But you’ve got to learn to let that not overtake everything in your life!”

It’s starting to sound as if Lewis is gaining a mental edge in this battle…

There has been some drama just before the start of the Turkish Grand Prix weekend, with the medical crew testing positive for Covid and needing to be replaced! 

Formula One and the governing FIA said the pair had not travelled to Istanbul and a team from the all-electric Formula E championship was standing in for them…

Formula E’s Safety Car driver Bruno Correia will drive the medical car, while the Formula E medical delegate Bruno Franceschini will replace Roberts…

South African van der Merwe and Briton Roberts helped former Haas driver Romain Grosjean make a ‘miracle’ escape from a fiery Bahrain Grand Prix crash last year and were hailed as heroes after the drama…

Finally, Lando Norris is ready to put his Sochi heartbreak behind him, and is eager to get back in the car this weekend in Turkey…

Norris said…

“I’m very energised and excited for this weekend, we’ve come off the back of two very good weekends, both from Italy and of course Russia, especially with how Russia ended I just want to get back in the car and try again!

“It’s not going to be a guarantee or anything that we’ll be able to do as well, we might not score another pole position or be able to get on the podium necessarily but we can still have a good weekend, get some points on the board and that’s the aim for this weekend!

“I don’t know what kind of places we’ll be really strong at, what places we won’t be…

“I would say I don’t think we were expected to be quite as good in Russia as what we were as well so for us it’s just waiting and seeing…

“The anticipation is a nice thing in a way, but we’re not in a situation where we can say: here we’re going to be really good, here we’re going to be very good!

“We have a rough idea but just going out and driving, things can always change and the confidence of a driver can always change massively, we’ll see this weekend if we have another good one…”

All the best Lando, I think everyone will be wishing you well this weekend…

That’s it for today, I’ll be back next week to look at all the action from the Turkish Grand Prix…

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