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Friday's Formula 1 news roundup: Lewis Hamilton, Michael Schumacher, Fernando Alonso

Here, Sports Mole rounds up the latest Formula 1 news on Friday, September 25.

Sports Mole rounds up all of the latest news regarding Formula 1 on Friday, September 25.

Friday morning's Formula 1 news roundup:


Briatore's ex-wife says Schumacher 'does not speak'

Michael Schumacher pictured in December 2012© Reuters

Michael Schumacher cannot speak, according to Flavio Briatore's former wife.

Briatore, who was the F1 legend's boss at Benetton, and Italian model and TV personality Elisabetta Gregoraci divorced in 2018.

Gregoraci is currently taking part in the Italian version of Big Brother.

When asked by a fellow housemate about the health condition of Schumacher, which is not known publicly, Gregoraci reportedly said: "He does not speak. He communicates with his eyes.

"Only three people can go and see him."

Gregoraci also claims that the Schumacher family has moved from Switzerland to Spain.

"They moved to Spain and his wife made a hospital in the house," she said.

Meanwhile, the San Raffaele hospital in Milan has announced that Alex Zanardi has "started to react" to visual and acoustic stimuli after another head and facial operation.



F1 drivers wrote FIA letter after Mugello crash

Red Bull's Alex Albon pictured at the Belgian Grand Prix on August 29, 2020© Reuters

F1 drivers sent a letter to the governing body after the recent race at Mugello.

It follows criticism by top drivers including Lewis Hamilton about the safety car re-start pileup, amid accusations Formula 1 is prioritising the show over safety.

12 drivers were reprimanded by the FIA for the crash, and the first of those to be named was Alex Albon.

"We sent them a letter with our reaction, because it is obvious that there was nothing strange or wrong about what I did," Red Bull's Albon said at Sochi, referring to the Grand Prix Drivers' Association.

"I don't blame any of the drivers for what happened," he added.


More news from Formula 1:

Lewis Hamilton's former McLaren boss Martin Whitmarsh joins Hamilton Commission
Six-time world champion Lewis Hamilton launched the initiative in June to improve diversity in motorsport. Read more.

Alonso hits out at lack of 2021 winter testing
Fernando Alonso has blasted the ever-dwindling amount of testing that is permitted in Formula 1. Read more.

Lewis Hamilton insists he has no regrets over Breonna Taylor T-shirt
Lewis Hamilton could make Formula One history in Russia on Sunday by equalling Michael Schumacher's victory record. Read more.

Haas boss plays down Renault switch rumours
Gunther Steiner has played down rumours Haas could be about to team up with Renault. Read more.

F1 'most boring' category of racing - Alonso
Fernando Alonso claims Formula 1 is "the most boring" category in the world of motorsport. Read more.

New F1 supremo Domenicali 'a good man' - Ecclestone
The next F1 supremo is a "good man", according to Bernie Ecclestone. Read more.

Kvyat plays down covid concerns at Sochi
Daniil Kvyat has played down concerns about the presence of spectators this weekend at Sochi. Read more.

Verstappen hopes Honda stays in F1
Max Verstappen says he hopes Honda stays in Formula 1 beyond 2021. Read more.

Raikkonen quiet about next move in F1
Kimi Raikkonen is staying quiet about his next move in Formula 1. Read more.

Domenicali 'capable' of running F1 - Vettel
Sebastian Vettel says Stefano Domenicali is "more than capable" of becoming F1 supremo. Read more.

F1 to 'stop' political activism - Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton expects Formula 1 to try to stop him from repeating the kind of activism that he took onto the podium and official FIA press conference last time out at Mugello. Read more.

Perez quiet amid Haas switch rumours
Racing Point will switch from pink to green as it becomes Aston Martin for 2021. Read more.

Doubts emerge over Melbourne's 2021 GP
Big doubts have emerged about whether Melbourne will return to the F1 calendar in 2021. Read more.

Speed of Imola ticket sales 'exciting'
The first offering of the 13,147 tickets for November's F1 race at Imola quickly sold out. Read more.

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