Lewis Hamilton alongside Sebastian Vettel: the twist of the Formula 1 press conference Thursday for Imola

Lewis Hamilton will address the media alongside Sebastian Vettel – rather than teammate Mercedes – ahead of this weekend’s Emilia Romagna GP as Formula 1 shuffles the order of the press conference for a twist from Thursday.

Since the start of last season, Thursday’s press conferences have been staggered team by team in an effort to stay within the ‘bubbles’ secured by Covid – with teammates sitting next to each other to answer questions.

But for Imola weekend – the second of the 2021 season – driver suits are swapped on media day.

Several world champions and former title rivals Hamilton and Vettel, who is now with Aston Martin, have been paired, while Hamilton’s new main chief challenger Max Verstappen will be alongside F1 rookie Mick Schumacher.

Fernando Alonso and Lando Norris is another interesting McLaren-related combination for Imola Media Day, which precedes a highly anticipated weekend of track action after an exciting start to the season in Bahrain.

Sergio Perez and Carlos Sainz, new drivers for Red Bull and Ferrari respectively, are expected to kick off the program for Thursday’s press conference from 1 p.m. BST, and you can watch it all live on Sky Sports F1.

Pierre Gasly and Yuki Tsunoda are the only teammates who have been kept together.

Pairings from the Imola press conference (from 1 p.m.)

Carlos Sainz (Ferrari) Sergio Perez (Red Bull)
Lance Stroll (Aston Martin) George Russell (Williams)
Kimi Raikkonen (Alfa Romeo) Nikita Mazepin (Haas)
Esteban Ocon (alpin) Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes)
Antonio Giovinazzi (Alfa Romeo) Charles Leclerc (Ferrari)
Mick Schumacher (Haas) Max Verstappen (Red Bull)
Fernando Alonso (alpin) Lando Norris (McLaren)
Daniel Ricciardo (McLaren) Nicholas Latifi (Williams)
Sebastian Vettel (Aston Martin) Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri) Yuki Tsunoda (AlphaTauri)

The press conference shakes F1, tentatively, back to its former Thursdays – which used to see five drivers, usually from five different teams, line up next to each other for questions.

Since the first Grand Prix of 2020 in Austria, the only times the drivers met at a press conference were when the top three in qualifying and the race answered questions after those respective sessions.

These will always be virtual press conferences at Imola, meaning there will only be one host present with the drivers in the press conference room, with questions submitted by reporters remotely.

    F1 press conferences: yesterday vs today     F1 press conferences: yesterday vs today

F1 press conferences: yesterday vs today

Emilia-Romagna GP and IndyCar calendar on Sky F1

Thursday April 15
1 p.m .: Drivers’ press conference
5 p.m .: The F1 Show (also broadcast in UK and Ireland on Sky F1 YouTube)

Friday April 16
9:30 am: Emilia-Romagna GP Practice One (start of the session at 10 am)
1:15 p.m .: Emilia-Romagna GP practice 2 (start of the session at 1:30 p.m.)

Saturday April 17th
9.45am: Emilia-Romagna GP practice 3 (start of the session at 10am)
12 noon: Preparation for qualifying for the Emilia-Romagna GP
1 p.m .: QUALIFICATION OF THE EMILIA-ROMAGN GP
6 p.m .: Ted’s qualification log
19h40: Grand Prix IndyCar de lโ€™Alabama Practice Two
10:55 p.m .: Qualifying for the IndyCar Grand Prix of Alabama

Sunday April 18
12:30 p.m .: Grand Prix Sunday
2 p.m .: THE GRAND PRIX ร‰MILIE-ROMAGNE
4 p.m .: Checkered flag
5 p.m .: Ted’s notebook
6 p.m .: Highlights of the Emilia-Romagna GP
20h: Grand Prix IndyCar dโ€™Alabama
11 p.m .: Replay of the Emilia-Romagna GP

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Lewis Hamilton will speak to the media alongside Sebastian Vettel – rather than his teammate Mercedes – ahead of this weekend’s Emilia Romagna GP as Formula 1 m Shuffle the order of the press conference for a Thursday twist.

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Since the start of last season, Thursday’s press conferences have been staggered team by team in order to stay in the secure “ bubbles ” by Covid – with teammates sitting next to each other to answer questions.

But for Imola weekend – the second of the 2021 season – driver suits are swapped on Media Day.

Several world champions and former title rivals Hamilton and Vettel, who is now with Aston Martin, have been paired up, while Hamilton’s new main chief challenger, Max Verstappen, will be alongside. from F1 rookie Mick Schumacher.

Fernando Alonso and Lando Norris is another interesting McLaren-related combination for Imola Media Day, which precedes a long-awaited weekend of action. on the track after an exciting start to the season in Bahrain.

Sergio Perez and Carlos Sainz, new drivers for Red Bull and Ferrari respectively, are expected to kick off the program for Thursday’s press conference from 1 p.m. BST, and you can watch it all live on Sky Sports F1.

Pierre Gasly and Yuki Tsunoda are the only teammates who have been kept together.

Pairings from the Imola press conference (from 1pm)

Carlos Sainz (Ferrari) Sergio Perez (Red Bull)
Lance Stroll (Aston Martin) George Russell (Williams)
Kimi Raikkonen (Alfa Romeo) Nikita Mazepin (Haas)
Esteban Ocon (alpin) Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes)
Antonio Giovinazzi (Alfa Romeo) Charles Leclerc (Ferrari)
Mick Schumacher (Haas) Max Verstappen (Red Bull)
Fernando Alonso (alpin) Lando Norris (McLaren)
Daniel Ricciardo (McLaren) Nicholas Latifi (Williams)
Sebastian Vettel (Aston Martin) Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri) Yuki Tsunoda (AlphaTauri)

The press conference is rocking F1, tentatively, back to its erstwhile Thursdays – which used to see five drivers, usually from five different teams, line up against each other. to others for questions.

Since the first Grand Prix of 2020 in Austria, the only times the drivers have met at a press conference have been when the top three in qualifying and the race have r n Answered questions after these respective sessions.

These will always be virtual press conferences in Imola, which means there will only be one host present with the drivers in the press conference room, with questions submitted by remote reporters.

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F1 press conferences: yesterday vs today

Calendar of the GP of Emilia Romagna and IndyCar on Sky F1

Thursday April 15
1 p.m .: Drivers press conference
5 p.m .: The F1 Show (Also airing in UK and Ireland on Sky F1 YouTube)

Friday April 16
9h30: Emilia-Romagna GP Practice One (du00e9but de la su00e9ance u00e0 10h)
13h15: GP u009milie-Romagna 2 practice (start of the session at 13h30)

Saturday April 17th
9.45am: Emilie-Romagna GP practice 3 (start of the session at 10am)
12h: Preparation for qualifying for the GP of Emilie-Romagna
1 p.m .: QUALIFICATION OF THE EMILIA-ROMAGN GP
6 p.m .: Ted’s qualification log
19h40: Grand Prix IndyCar de l’Alabama Practice Two
10:55 p.m .: Qualifying for the IndyCar Grand Prix of Alabama

Sunday April 18
12:30 p.m .: Grand Prix Sunday
2 p.m .: THE GRAND PRIX u00c9MILIE-ROMAGNE
4 p.m .: Checkered flag
5 p.m .: Ted’s notebook
6 p.m .: Highlights of the GP of u009milie-Romagna
20h: Grand Prix IndyCar d’Alabama
23h: Replay du GP d’u00c9milie-Romagne

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