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F1 news LIVE: Lewis Hamilton future still ‘unclear’ with Sebastian Vettel tipped for Red Bull return

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Sir Lewis Hamilton knighted days after missing out on record eighth F1 title

With the dust settled after a thrilling 2021 F1 season, Lewis Hamilton’s future remains unclear with no commitment yet from the seven-time world champion that he wants to return to unseat Max Verstappen after his maiden championship with Red Bull. The Mercedes star came unstuck against the Dutchman in the controversial Abu Dhabi Grand Prix but has since remained off the grid without a hint over his future in the sport.

Some questionable decisions from race director Michael Masi may spark change in the sport, with Toto Wolff furious in the aftermath of the drivers’ world title slipping away from Mercedes. Nico Rosberg has recently discussed the events that unfolded and Masi’s role: “It was good what they [the stewards] did in the incident at the beginning of the race, but actually there I think it went Lewis’ way and he should have let him past,” Rosberg told Sky F1. “So it’s really one-one in terms of fundamental decisions during the race.”

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

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What’s the difference between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen?

Red Bull boss Helmut Marko has accused Lewis Hamilton of leading a “media-loving life” when describing what’s different between the seven-time champion and Max Verstappen.”

– Sarah Rendell has written an article on the Red Bull boss’ comments on Lewis Hamilton.

“Media-loving,” Lewis Hamilton (PA Wire)

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Thomas Schlachter11 January 2022 13:40

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The end of “preferential communications”?

F1 race director Michael Masi

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Thomas Schlachter11 January 2022 13:20

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The end of “preferential communications”?

Lord Peter Hain, the Vice-Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group on F1, has said that “preferential communications” need to be stopped during races. He spoke to Express.co.uk.

Lord Hain added: “There has to be integrity all around. There can’t be preferential communications with certain teams rather than others. I think that’s the most important thing.”

This is as a result of the final race of the last F1 season and the constant communications between race director Michael Masi and Christian Horner and Toto Wolff.

It has been argued that team bosses can persuade the F1 race director, and they shouldn’t be allowed to influence any decisions.

Lord Hain concluded: “There must be no repeat of this.”

Toto Wolff trying to get his point across to the race director

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Is F1 losing its fans?

According to Stefan Johansson, a lot of people have watched their last ever F1 race.

In his blog, the former F1 driver said: “I’ve had messages from so many people within the racing industry and they mostly say that was the last F1 race they will ever watch.”

This is clearly not a good look for the sport and Johansson just “wish[es] the season could have been decided in a fair way.”

Max Verstappen won the Championship in controversial fashion

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Gasly’s disappointment…

Pierre Gasly has expressed his disappointment about not being promoted to drive for Red Bull next season.

When speaking to Auto Motor und Sport, Gasly stated how he believed his performance warranted an opportunity to represent Red Bull but he is yet to get the chance to return to the organisation.

He is hoping that in 2023, when many drivers’ contracts expire, he will be able to secure a contract driving a faster car.

Thomas Schlachter11 January 2022 12:14

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Vettel’s call for change

Vettel has also called for change when it comes to how sustainable the sport is.

The Aston Martin driver backed up fellow racer Lewis Hamilton and called for Formula 1 to make changes, particularly to how they travel and their environmental impact.

When speaking to Süddeutsche Zeitung, Vettel said: “This [last] year, Formula One flew from Mexico City to São Paulo and then to Qatar within three weeks. That travel plan was not smart.”

Hamilton and Vettel demand change in F1

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Vettel’s call for change

Sebastian Vettel believes F1 has some work to do in different areas of the sport.

Speaking to speedweek.com, Vettel spoke about the importance of mental health awareness. The German driver said: “I think mental health is just as important, if not more important, than physical health.”

Specifically in F1, the 34-year-old believes, “there is still some catching up to do.”

Sebastian Vettel believes Formula 1 needs to “catch up”

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F1 SOS…

DIY SOS’ Nick Knowles is still struggling to forget the way the last Formula 1 season ended.

The TV host tweeted out asking for anyone involved in the world of F1 to explain exactly what happened in last season’s final race.

It seems many people agree with Knowles as the tweet has almost 10,000 likes.

The controversy about how Max Verstappen won the title seems like it’ll never disappear.

Thomas Schlachter11 January 2022 11:21

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George Russell gets a new uniform…

George Russell looks at home in his new work uniform.

The 23-year-old will be racing for Mercedes next season and has shared a picture sporting his new team gear.

Russell is joining Mercedes from Williams and will be racing alongside fellow Brit Lewis Hamilton in a Mercedes car.

Thomas Schlachter11 January 2022 11:09

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Hamilton definitely returning?

According to The Times, Lewis Hamilton will be back racing come the start of next season.

There had been reports, as seen on Sky Sports, that Hamilton’s future in Formula 1 is unclear but it would seem Mercedes are “increasingly confident” in their driver returning to F1.

Hamilton will be attempting to become the record holder for the most F1 championships after Max Verstappen beat him to the title last season.

Will we see Lewis Hamilton in an F1 car next season? (Kamran Jebreili, Grupo / AP)

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Thomas Schlachter11 January 2022 10:54

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