Horner-Wolff to Trade Verbal Blows as Hamilton-Russell Also Paired: Qatar GP Press Conference F1 Schedule

Published 11/17/2021, 9:01 AM EST
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 a race like Brazil, there is a lot to talk about, and the Qatar GP Press conference schedule will get spicy. However, some well-loved pairings are making their return to the stage and there are some popcorn-worthy pairings as well!


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As always, the drivers’ press conference will be held on Thursday. If all goes according to plan, the session will start at 2:30 pm, local time. For viewers in Europe, it would be 11:30 am GMT, and for the fans in America, the clocks would read an early 6:30 am.


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Driver pairings for the Qatar GP conference

The session will kick off with Pierre Gasly and Lance Stroll, who would be likely to discuss the contrasting races they had in Brazil. Next, Fernando Alonso and Nicholas Latifi will follow; a duo we have seen little of, but are sure to make for interesting conversation.

Moreover, Daniel Ricciardo and Esteban Ocon reunite! Renault teammates in the previous season, the Enstone buddies unite. With a year’s worth of jokes between them, a lot has happened for the two drivers; with a victory in hand in 2021, it should be nice to reflect on the year gone by.

After the comedic break provided by Daniel and Esteban, the comedy session continues! Rookies Yuki Tsunoda and Mick Schumacher will replace the duo; with the shared wit in the room, there’s sure to be laughter again!

Sebastian Vettel and Lando Norris will then share the stage. The last time we saw the duo was in Russia, playing table tennis with Danny Ric. Nikita Mazepin will then company Charles Leclerc. A lot is up for discussion with two, with Mazepin’s disappointments in Brazil qualifying, and Ferrari’s gain on McLaren.


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It has been a hectic week for the following duo, as the focus will be on Max Verstappen and Antonio Giovinazzi. With the drama from Brazil yet to die down for Max, Gio looks ahead to the final three races of his F1 career.

Another man bidding adieu to the sport, Kimi Raikkonen, will sit alongside Verstappen’s teammate, Sergio Perez. Valtteri Bottas, will follow the duo who will also have a lot to say about the future of Alfa Romeo. He will keep Carlos Sainz company, as the Ferrari driver may have to elucidate on the Turn 1 incident with Lando Norris.

Formula One F1 – Belgian Grand Prix – Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium – August 28, 2021. Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton and Williams’ George Russell celebrate after finishing third and second in qualifying Pool via REUTERS/John Thys.

The final pairing of the lot is none other than the future of Mercedes. George Russell and Lewis Hamilton will face the cameras together- making another very interesting interaction up for the audience.

Friday’s schedule with the team-bosses

The conference with the team principals will begin at 3 pm local time [12 pm GMT and 7 am American time.] The session will commence ahead of the second free practice session in Losail.


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Now, here is where the battalions need to be brought. Christian Horner will sit alongside none other than Toto Wolff. With a very interesting week behind them, the team principals will have a lot to discuss. With a little bit of crossfire sure to happen, bring out the popcorn!

Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – March 26, 2021. Mercedes’ Team Principal Toto Wolff with Red Bull Team Principal Christian Horner during the press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS.

A more mellow duo will follow, with Franz Tost and Fredrick Vasseur, where the focus should primarily be on Alfa Romeo’s 2022 lineup.


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Overall, an interesting weekend ahead of us, starting off on the right foot. As Qatar marks Round 20 on the calendar, there is a lot to look forward to.

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Shreya Sanjeev is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having attained a journalism degree from St Xavier's College, she finds comfort in the sound of her keyboard while typing and excitement in the sound of F1 cars speeding on a track. A street circuit and Daniel Ricciardo fan through and through, Shreya claims the 2018 Monaco GP to be one of her favorite races of all time.