French F1 Grand Prix Press Conference: Lewis Hamilton-Max Verstappen Pairing & More

Published 06/16/2021, 5:15 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – April 17, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton, Red Bull’s Sergio Perez and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen during the press conference after qualifying FIA/Handout via REUTERS

With the French Grand Prix this weekend, it’s time for the traditional off-track activities to begin. Ahead of practice sessions on Friday, we have the customary press conferences on Thursday.


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In the press conference, we see drivers address the media in pairs. This pattern will continue at the French Grand Prix, and the driver pairings are out.

Fans will see Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton paired together, while the two Alpine drivers are the only teammates who will be together in the press conference.


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Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton headline press conference driver pairings

Verstappen leads Hamilton by a mere 4 points in the Drivers’ Championship. While they are far ahead of their own teammates, let alone other drivers, they have also exchanged words in recent times.

Formula One F1 – Portuguese Grand Prix – Algarve International Circuit – Portimao, Portugal – May 2, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton shakes hands with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen after winning the race Pool via REUTERS/Gabriel Bouys

With the championship battle reaching fever pitch heading into Le Castellet, this driver pairing in a press conference seems the most exciting one. They are the 3rd out of the 10 driver pairings.

Although the two title contenders are paired together, their teammates won’t share the same fate. While Valtteri Bottas will address the media with his Finnish compatriot Kimi Raikkonen, Sergio Perez will do so with Sebastian Vettel.

Perez won the previous race in Baku, with Vettel finishing just behind him in second place. In addition, Pierre Gasly, who finished P3 in Baku, will address the media with Lando Norris to begin proceedings tomorrow.

However, the AlphaTauriMcLaren pairing doesn’t stop there, with Yuki Tsunoda and Daniel Ricciardo paired together for tomorrow’s media call.


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Alpine F1 teammates the only ones paired together for tomorrow’s press conference

Fernando Alonso and Esteban Ocon are the only teammates who will address the media together in tomorrow’s press conference. In addition, the two Alpine F1 drivers will be the last driver pairing to address the media in tomorrow’s press conference.


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The press conference will start at 11:30 am BST tomorrow, with Gasly and Norris the first driver pairing.


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Sanket Nair

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Sanket Nair is an F1 Author at EssentiallySports. A Sports Management student, he is a huge fan of Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo and hopes to see Red Bull break Mercedes' dominance and win the World Championship soon. Sanket has been hooked to the sport ever since he watched the battle for the 2010 World Championship go down to the wire at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.



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