Sochi (dpa) – For the seventh time Formula 1 visits Russia this weekend. World champion Lewis Hamilton is central to the talks at the former Olympic location of Sochi.
VICTORY RECORD: Michael Schumacher’s gigantic record of 91 wins seemed like an eternity to many. Lewis Hamilton could set this record in Sochi – and surpass all the places at the Nürburgring two weeks later in Germany. He had long felt “pure admiration” for Schumacher, Hamilton said before the race in Russia. He has not yet recognized the importance of the milestone. “It’s no different for me than on other weekends, I just want to get my ass off,” said the 35-year-old. The Briton has won four of the six guest appearances in Sochi. Probably only Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas can stop the championship leader this time. “I’m trying to make sure it doesn’t happen this weekend,” the Finn promised.
DESIRED CONCERT: The final spectacle in Mugello and the nostalgic forays to the Nürburgring and Imola that will follow shortly have resulted in proposals for a calendar rotation. More often elsewhere, more often on old traditional courses – that’s the idea. However, the pilots have nothing to say. “We would also like to ride on other routes, but that is not discussed with us. We are not part of these discussions, there are other interests,” said Sebastian Vettel, one of the directors of the GPDA drivers union.
JOB SEARCH: Sergio Perez has to leave his cockpit with the future Aston Martin factory team for Sebastian Vettel for the new season. The American team Haas is mentioned as the new employer, which, like Alfa Romeo, has not yet appointed a driver for next year. There could be clarity in the next week, Perez said in Sochi. The Mexican, whose contract was prematurely canceled, is not angry with Vettel. “I have nothing against him. He’s a great guy, a great driver. I’ve been in this business for a long time and I understand the reasons, so I’m not mad,” Perez said.
ADMINISTRATION: Fernando Alonso is getting ready to return to Formula 1. This week the Spaniard visited the Renault factories in Enstone and Viry-Chatillon. “It was just like the first day of school,” said the two-time world champion. Soon Alonso also wants to be seen on the track for a test. “I think the team is well prepared for the future,” said the 39-year-old, who will race in Renault again next year.