Hamilton wants 'a good night out' with F1's drivers after Covid

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Hamilton wants 'a good night out' with F1's drivers after Covid

Lewis Hamilton says he has plans to organize a "good night out" with his fellow F1 colleagues once current Covid restrictions are lifted.

Teams and drivers have been living in their respective bubbles since the onslaught of the global pandemic over a year ago.

While restrictions and sanitary mesures are slowly being lifted, members of the F1 community remain cautious, with Covid-19 testing continuing to be widespread.

Like many, Hamilton has toned down his social life in the past year, spending most of his time on his own or with his inner circle, be they family members of those who work alongside the seven-time world champion.

But the Briton would like to enjoy a night out with his fellow F1 drivers, just for the sake of having a good time.

"I think at some stage when things get back to normal, I’m sure there’ll be a moment where we we meet somewhere," said the Mercedes driver on Thursday.

"There’ll be something fun that we end up doing. I definitely think it’s good for the drivers to get together and put away the competition and just have a good night out together. At some stage, we’ll probably all do that."

Sitting alongside championship rival Max Verstappen in Thursday's press conference, Hamilton was asked if he ever had any contact with the Dutchman when they find themselves at home in Monaco.

"Well, me personally, I’m never really out and about,” Hamilton told reporters in the FIA drivers’ press conference.

"We live on the opposite sides of town so therefore we don’t really see each other.

"We’ve messaged each other on DM before, right? We’ve messaged after races but I guess we’ve never really had a lot of time to spend together."

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Verstappen admitted that he devotes most of his time to family and close friends during his down time.

"It’s difficult to wave at each other. Monaco is like a rock," he joked.

"We are away so much that once you get home, you also want to spend time with family and friends.

"With so many races, that is priority number on, because they also would love to spend time with you. And when the opportunity arises, it’s very easy to meet up nowadays with social media and stuff."

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McLaren disappointed with lack of 'transparency' over tyre blowouts

McLaren F1 boss Andreas Seidl says he was disappointed by the lack of transparency from all parties over... The post McLaren disappointed with lack of 'transparency' over tyre blowouts appeared first on F1i.com.

McLaren disappointed with lack of 'transparency' over tyre blowouts

McLaren F1 boss Andreas Seidl says he was disappointed by the lack of transparency from all parties over what caused the tyre failures that occurred in Baku.

Pirelli's investigation into the blowouts suffered by Red Bull's Max Verstappen and Aston Martin's Lance Stroll in the recent Azerbaijan Grand Prix concluded that "running conditions" – or low tyre pressures - had caused a rupture on the inner sidewall of the rear-left tyres.

Seidl said the wording in Pirelli's report as well as in the statements issued by Red Bull and Aston Martin had been "carefully chosen".

However, Pirelli F1 boss Mario Isola later elaborated on the root cause for the failures, insisting that both teams had run their tyres below the prescribed minimum pressure levels.

But Seidl remained unsatisfied with the lack of clarity, even as the FIA has introduced more stringent control measures from this weekend in France for tyre pressures and temperatures.

  • Read also: Red Bull and Aston Martin ran with lower pressures in Baku - Pirelli

"What is a bit disappointing for us is that there is not more transparency in what actually happened, because it was a safety-critical topic," Seidl said.

"Normally, that was a good practice in other cases in the past, with cases like that happening, there is transparency of what is happening, which didn't happen so far towards the teams.

"So that's a bit disappointing."

Although he lamented the lack of transparency, Seidl said that McLaren would not support any criticism of Pirelli.

"There's a lot of criticism up in the air towards Pirelli, but in the end, I think that's not something we would support from our side," added the McLaren team boss.

"I think Pirelli has produced a safe product for this year. If we look at our car for example in Baku, if you were running the car within the regulations and following the prescriptions from Pirelli, there was no issue with the tyre.

"So that's why I think it would be important for everyone, for the entire paddock to have transparency in understanding what actually happened, and what was causing these failures in the end."

Seidl welcomed the technical directive published by the FIA in which the governing body reminded teams that it their responsibility to ensure that their tyres comply at all times with Pirelli's pressure and temperature prescriptions.

However, the German said the FIA's note was simply a reminder of a basic regulation that McLaren has always followed.

"From our point of view, they were not really needed - the regulations were clear before," Seidl said.

"There is a clear reason why we get the prescriptions from Pirelli, and why these regulations are in place.

"We as a team are fully aware of that, and we know we have to act responsibly with these prescriptions within the regulations in order to make sure that there are not tyre failures and we do not put our drivers at risk.

"The TD doesn't change anything in terms of what we did, what we have to do now or what we did in the past. As I said before, the regulations were clear before."

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