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Russell hopes ex-team mate Kubica gets another F1 chance | RaceFans Round-up

In the round-up: George Russell says Robert Kubica was unlucky with the circumstances of his temporary return to Formula 1 and hopes he gets another chance.

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Kubica unlucky with return – Russell
Russell and Kubica were team mates at Williams during 2019. Kubica started the last two races as a substitute for Kimi Raikkonen, who is set to return to the car at Sochi next week.
“It’s always good to have Robert on the grid,” said Russell. “Robert is a fantastic guy, a great driver. I hope he gets another shot in Formula 1.

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Viscaal is looking for a new adventure: ‘Also looking at other options’

Bent Viscaal is making progress in Formula 2. The Dutch driver conquered his first podium finish last Saturday at the Monza circuit by finishing second.
Formula 2 has eight instead of twelve race weekends this season. Viscaal has provisionally conquered 22 points in them, which puts him in fifteenth place in the world championship. His second place in Italy allowed the driver to immediately add twelve points.

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Viscaal takes great podium in Formula 2: “Finally!

The Formula 2 teams are also slowly looking towards next season.

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Rising criticism: older drivers get in the way of talent

Aston Martin announced this week that Sebastian Vettel will also be part of the team next season. Although it is very positive that such names keep on committing themselves to Formula 1, the successes have their downsides as well.
With Lewis Hamilton, Fernando Alonso and Valtteri Bottas, Formula 1 will once again have several drivers who have been competing at the highest level for years. Where the position of Hamilton is justifiable, there is criticism on the place of Bottas for example.

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Rising criticism: do talents get enough of a chance in Formula 1?

Aston Martin announced this week that Sebastian Vettel will also be part of the team next season. Although it is very positive that such names keep on committing themselves to Formula 1, the successes have their downsides as well.
With Lewis Hamilton, Fernando Alonso and Valtteri Bottas, Formula 1 will once again have several drivers who have been competing at the highest level for years. Where the position of Hamilton is justifiable, there is criticism on the place of Bottas for example.

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Schumacher: ‘In Zandvoort he was in a very bad mood’.

Aston Martin came out with the news on Thursday that Sebastian Vettel will also be part of the team next season. It led to many positive reactions from the Formula 1 world, including Ralf Schumacher.
The former driver believes it is a good thing that Vettel can continue to be admired on the circuits in 2022. The German is currently 12th in the world championship standings with eleven points more than his teammates, proving that he still has enough qualities to be present in Formula 1.

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Schumacher relieved: ‘I was almost worried’.

Aston Martin came out with the news on Thursday that Sebastian Vettel will also be part of the team next season. It led to many positive reactions from the Formula 1 world, including Ralf Schumacher.
The former driver believes it is a good thing that Vettel can continue to be admired on the circuits in 2022. The German is currently 12th in the world championship standings with eleven points more than his teammates, proving that he still has enough qualities to be present in Formula 1.

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Binotto worried: ‘There are always discussions’

A group of drivers in the current Formula 1 teams have been around in the sport for years. Mattia Binotto does not think this is a good thing and argues that young drivers should be given the opportunity to prove themselves at the highest level.
The Ferrari team boss realises that Formula 1 can only give out a limited number of places, making it hard work to secure a seat. “It’s a shame that there are so few options in Formula 1,” Binotto stated in conversation with Motorsport-total.com. “If a driver is really good, he will always find an opportunity somehow.

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Kubica saw more Polish than Italian flags at Monza

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Phillip van Osten 16/09/2021 at 17:3316/09/2021 at 17:33

Robert Kubica savoured his racing return to Monza last weekend with Alfa Romeo, in part thanks to the presence in the grandstands of many of his long-time supporters.
In Italy, Kubica subbed for a second time for Kimi Raikkonen who remained isolated at home after testing positive at Zandvoort for Covid.
The 36-year-old F1 returnee endured a challenging weekend that he concluded P14 in last Sunday’s race.

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Ferrari: Qualifying Friday is better, but Saturday needs new ideas

At Silverstone and Monza, the two venues that have hosted sprint qualifying races so far this year, Friday practice is reduced to just 60 minutes of running instead of the usual 120.
The day also features a qualifying session that determines the grid for the sprint race on Saturday.
The format has meant the sole Friday practice session is more important and intense for F1 teams, something that has been welcome by several drivers.
“I quite like this format for the Friday,” said Leclerc. “I think for the Friday it’s definitely something positive.

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Ricciardo opens up on ‘burning feeling’ that fueled Monza win

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Phillip van Osten 16/09/2021 at 16:5116/09/2021 at 17:33

Daniel Ricciardo has revealed that he was spurred on in the Italian GP by a “burning feeling” sparked by the rage he felt after missing out on a top-three performance in qualifying.
In Friday’s qualifying session at Monza, Ricciardo clocked in fifth, just 0.006s behind McLaren teammate Lando Norris.
The Aussie vented his frustration over missing out on a spot on the second row for Saturday’s sprint race, but deep down inside, massive rage was simmering.

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Ricciardo opens up on “primal” feeling before shock Monza F1 win

The Australian ended a victory drought for McLaren that stretched back to 2012 as he led team-mate Lando Norris to grab a 1-2 finish at Monza last weekend.
Speaking amid celebrations on his return to McLaren’s Woking factory, Ricciardo has explained how the rage he felt after missing out on a top three slot in qualifying on Friday turned into something much bigger that he needed to channel.
“I was pretty dark after the qualifying,” he explained. “Something in me, I was like: I just don’t want to be here anymore in terms of like…I want to win, I want to be the guy.

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Ricciardo says his Monza win “reassured everyone” at McLaren | 2021 Italian Grand Prix

Daniel Ricciardo believes his breakthrough victory for McLaren at Monza has given everyone added confidence in him following a difficult start to his first season with the team.
He said his first win for three years last weekend was motivated by his frustration after qualifying on Friday.
Ricciardo admitted he’d “been playing catch-up because it’s started a bit on the back foot” in the first half of the season. “That’s through no fault of anyone’s, it’s just me trying to adapt to the car and team.

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Stroll ‘one of the most gifted drivers’ in F1 – Szafnauer

Aston Martin team principal Otmar Szafnauer believes Lance Stroll is “one of the most gifted drivers in modern Formula 1” after confirming him alongside Sebastian Vettel for 2022.
Stroll entered F1 as an 18-year-old with Williams off the back of a dominant Formula 3 campaign, and duly scored a podium on just his eighth F1 start. Since joining Aston Martin — under its previous guise of Racing Point — in 2019, Stroll has continued to improve, scoring two podiums last season and producing a number of solid drives in a less competitive car this year.

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Aston Martin confirms Vettel and Stroll for 2022

Aston Martin has confirmed an unchanged driver line-up of Sebastian Vettel and Lance Stroll for 2022.
Though never seriously in doubt, Vettel’s future had been the focus of some media attention based on the lack of an announcement regarding next year, with options needing activating in contracts. Aston Martin has now quashed any uncertainty by confirming the current pairing will remain in place, and Vettel’s focus is on what he hopes will be better racing under new regulations.
“I am really looking forward to racing the new generation of Formula 1 cars,” Vettel said.

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