Italian Grand Prix F1 Drivers’ Press Conference Schedule: Vettel-Leclerc Pairing & More

Published 09/09/2021, 3:24 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – November 26, 2020 Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc and Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel during the press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS – THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES


After the second leg of the ongoing triple-header ends at the Dutch Grand Prix, the Formula 1 fraternity moved towards the Monza Circuit for the Italian Grand Prix.

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The second triple-header of the season concludes at the fastest circuits in F1 a.k.a. Temple of Speed. The Italian GP will also see the return of sprint qualifying, which was previously held at Silverstone.

The Italian GP will commence with FP1 and qualifying on Friday, followed by FP2 and the Sprint on Saturday, which will determine the grid for the main race on Sunday.

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But as always, things will kick off with the conventional drivers’ press conference, followed by the Team Principals’ press conference.

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Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc paired together at the Italian Grand Prix

After the disclosure of the driver and team principal pairing by FIA, it was noticed that the former Ferrari teammates, Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc, will address the media together. The duo stayed together for two years at the Maranello-based team.

MONTE-CARLO, MONACO – Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Ferrari and Charles Leclerc of Monaco and Ferrari talk after practice for the F1 Grand Prix of Monaco at Circuit de Monaco in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Charles Coates/Getty Images)

After the outstanding rookie season in F1, Charles Leclerc signed for Ferrari in 2019 to replace Kimi Raikkonen and to team up with the 4-time world champion. The Monegasque out-performed his teammate in their two seasons together. And after a series of poor performances, Sebastian Vettel was dropped by the Italian team at the end of the 2020 season.

Other drivers pairing

Who will pair the driver’s championship leader Max Verstappen at the conference is still undecided as he was paired with Kimi Raikkonen, who was tested positive for COVID-19. Robert Kubica replaced the Iceman at the Dutch GP, who announced his retirement last weekend. If the Finn is not seated there, then Robert Kubica will accompany the Red Bull driver.

The seven-time world champion, Lewis Hamilton, is paired with last season Italian GP winner, Pierre Gasly. Valtteri Bottas who signed a multi-year contract with Alfa Romeo for next season will address the media with Daniel Ricciardo.

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George Russell, who was announced as the teammate for Hamilton at Mercedes for next season, will face the media with Scuderia Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz. Red Bull’s Sergio Perez is paired with Lance Stroll. Lando Norris will address the media with Yuki Tsunoda, who has renewed his contract with AlphaTauri.

The hometown boy, Antonio Giovinazzi is paired with Nikita Mazepin. The two-time world champion, Fernando Alonso, will face the media together with Mick Schumacher. Williams’ Nicholas Latifi is paired with Esteban Ocon.

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The driver’s press conferences will begin on Thursday, 9th September at 3:30 PM local time and 2:30 PM GMT.

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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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