Dutch Grand Prix: Press Conference Schedule Featuring Lewis Hamilton, Daniel Ricciardo & Others

Published 09/01/2021, 7:42 AM EDT
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – NOVEMBER 22: ART Grand Prix Formula 2 driver George Russell of Great Britain and Williams F1 and Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP talk in the Drivers Press Conference during previews ahead of the Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix at Yas Marina Circuit on November 22, 2018 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)


After the first leg of the second triple-header of the season at the Spa-Francorchamps, the F1 fraternity moved towards the Zandvoort circuit for the Dutch Grand Prix.

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Formula 1 was meant to return to the Netherlands for the first time since 1985 in 2020. However, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the race got canceled. And recently the Dutch GP organizers have confirmed the race will go ahead as planned with a limited amount of fans in the circuit.

Things will kick off with the conventional drivers’ press conference, followed by the Team Principals’ press conference.

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Vettel and Ricciardo paired together at the Dutch Grand Prix

After the disclosure of the driver and team principal pairing by FIA, it was noticed that the former Red Bull teammates, Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo, will address the media together. After his outstanding performances at Red Bull’s sister team, Toro Rosso, Daniel Ricciardo made the move to Red Bull to team with Sebastian Vettel.

The duo stayed together for one season in 2014, after which the German left for Ferrari.

MEXICO CITY, MEXICO – OCTOBER 27: Pole position qualifier Daniel Ricciardo of Australia and Red Bull Racing celebrates in parc ferme during qualifying for the Formula One Grand Prix of Mexico at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez on October 27, 2018 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

Other former Red Bull academy teammates Carlos Sainz and this year’s title contender Max Verstappen will face the media together. Meanwhile, the seven-time world champion, Lewis Hamilton, is paired with Alfa Romeo’s Antonio Giovinazzi.

Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc will face the media with Nicholas Latifi. Meanwhile, Bottas, who is heavily linked with a move away from Mercedes, is paired with AlphaTauri’s Yuki Tsunoda. Pierre Gasly will address the media with the 41-year-old Kimi Raikkonen.

While Lando Norris and George Russell are paired together, the two-time world champion, Fernando Alonso, will face the media together with Sergio Perez, who recently signed a contract extension with Red Bull. Hungarian GP winner Esteban Ocon and Schumacher Jr. are paired together.

The driver’s press conferences will begin on Thursday, 2nd September at 12:30 pm local time and 10:30 am GMT.

Max Verstappen aims to register a victory in his backyard

The young Dutchman has been in the form of his life. Max Verstappen clinched his sixth victory of the season at the Belgian Grand Prix. And after the return of the Dutch Grand Prix, Verstappen can finally race in his home country.

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This is a tremendous boost for Max Verstappen, as one can surely expect an electrifying atmosphere from the Orange Army at the Zandvoort track.

Formula One F1 – Belgian Grand Prix – Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium – August 29, 2021. Red Bull’s Max Verstappen celebrates his first place on the podium REUTERS/Christian Hartmann.

Currently, Max Verstappen sits at P2 in the driver’s championship and is just three points behind his arch-rival, Lewis Hamilton.

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Can Max Verstappen register his seventh win of the F1 season at the Dutch Grand Prix? What do you think? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Pingaksh Sharma

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Pingaksh Sharma is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been following this sport since India hosted the Grand Prix in 2012 and has been an ardent supporter of the eventual race winner, Sebastian Vettel. He is also a fan of Max Verstappen and Red Bull and hopes the former breaks the Lewis Hamilton dominance.

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