Abu Dhabi (dpa) – Sebastian Vettel drives for Ferrari one last time, world champion Lewis Hamilton returns to the Mercedes cockpit after his positive coronavirus test.
But for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on December 13 (2.10 p.m. / RTL and Sky), there are many other points of discussion in Formula 1.
IN FOCUS: Mick Schumacher celebrates its premiere on Friday during a Grand Prix weekend. The 21-year-old drives the car of the American racing team Haas in the first practice session (10 a.m. / CET) and gets the first experience. “I am really looking forward to sharing the track with so many fantastic drivers,” said Schumacher. From next year, the Formula 2 champion will be a regular driver for the Americans.
DEPARTURE: Scuderia Ferrari has to make do in the grand final without team boss Mattia Binotto. The 51-year-old had to travel back to Italy prematurely because he is ill. The racing team quickly made it clear that this had nothing to do with the corona virus. Binotto, however, is so seriously ill that he will not check the weekend from the Ferrari factory in Maranello, but will go home straight away to recover quickly.
DRUCK: Valtteri Bottas has not cut a good figure in the Mercedes lately and has been waiting for three races on a podium despite the superior Mercedes. “I can only say that I want and have to do better than in the last races”, said Bottas, who wants to become vice world champion in any case: “It is of course better to finish second.” Although the 31-year-old has a contract for 2021, he cannot be sure of his cockpit, as George Russell has a special talent lurking for his chance.
ADDITIONAL: After the renewed defeat this season, Max Verstappen is already ready for the next title fight. “We are not going to give up. I look forward to next year,” said the Dutchman with a view to 2021. Then he wants to challenge the Silver Arrows again with Red Bull and ideally finally become world champion. But the 23-year-old knows the starting point: “Of course Mercedes will be very strong again in 2021.”
HOPING: In addition to Max Verstappen, the Bahraini winner Sergio Perez was allowed to drive for Red Bull from 2021. However, a decision on the second seat should not be made until after the weekend. The 30-year-old is considered a candidate because Alexander could not convince Albon. “I no longer have control over my future, which of course irritates me,” said Perez, who hopes to stay in the top class of motorsport: “If I get a seat, that’s fine. If not, I’m done. for. To come back in 2022. “