Hungarian GP F1 Drivers’ Press Conference Schedule: Verstappen-Norris, Alonso-Vettel Headline

Published 07/29/2021, 3:22 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – April 18, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and McLaren’s Lando Norris after finishing in first and third respectively Pool via REUTERS/Bryn Lennon


The Hungarian GP is right around the corner, but before the drivers get into their cars and zip around the track – there is a crucial aspect that needs to be sorted out.

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It is the driver’s press conference, where the drivers face the media as they prepare for the upcoming race. This not gives the chance to hear from their side but also allows fans to get to know their favorite’s mindset as they head into the weekend.

So let’s jump in and see the driver paring for Thursday’s presser for Hungary.

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The driver pairing for the Hungarian GP

Kicking off the presser on Thursday is Aston Martin’s Lance Stroll, who will sit alongside Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc. Frenchman Esteban Ocon will feature beside Carlos Sainz, while Pierre Gasly will have rookie driver, Nikita Mazepin on his side.

Veteran driver, Kimi Raikkonen will feature alongside McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo. Fernando Alonso will have one of his fiercest rivals seated beside him – Sebastian Vettel.

Alfa Romeo’s Antonio Giovinazzi will sit next to Haas’ Mick Schumacher. AlphaTauri’s Japanese rookie, Yuki Tsunoda will have George Russell of Willams on his side.

Sergio Perez will have the company of Nicholas Latifi during the presser. The former’s teammate, Max Verstappen, will have Lando Norris to give him company in the media session.

Rounding up the press conference are the Mercedes drivers, Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas.

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Has the tension between Max & Lewis calmed down?

There is no doubt that the race at Silverstone two weeks ago was the turning point in the Hamilton-Verstappen rivalry. The Dutch driver was taken out from the race by the Mercedes driver for the lead.

What followed was a lot of heated moments between the two and their respected teams; Christian Horner of the Milton-Keynes based outfit called Hamilton a “dirty driver,” and Toto Wolff of the Silver Arrows was quick to defend his world champion.

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So, it’s no surprise that the media will unleash storm of questions to the two drivers and team bosses as they prepare to for the race. However, there are reports stating that Hamilton and Verstappen have talked about the collision and seem to have put the incidents of the British GP to rest.

Formula One F1 – Spanish Grand Prix – Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain – May 9, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen after winning the race Pool via REUTERS/Emilio Morenatti

Nevertheless, the two will push each other to the limit as they go around the Hungaroring this weekend, doing their best to have the edge over each other.

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Who do you think will come out top this race weekend? Will the seven-time world champion achieve a back-to-back win for the Brackley-based squad? Or will the Red Bull driver redeem himself? Let us know your predictions in the comments below.

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Arpit Gomes

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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