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Tuesday's Formula 1 news roundup: Lewis Hamilton, Michael Schumacher, Sebastian Vettel

Here, Sports Mole rounds up the latest Formula 1 news on Tuesday, September 22.

Sports Mole rounds up all of the latest news regarding Formula 1 on Tuesday, September 22.

Tuesday morning's Formula 1 news roundup:


F1 tipped to stop Hamilton podium activism

Lewis Hamilton wears a top reading "arrest the cops who killed Breonna Taylor" during the Tuscan Grand Prix in September 2020© Reuters

F1 will have clamped down on drivers making overtly political statements on the podium, according to former driver Vitaly Petrov.

The Russian was referring to Mugello, where Lewis Hamilton wore a t-shirt calling on American police accused of shooting a woman during a raid to be arrested.

Six-time world champion Hamilton has been wearing a 'Black Lives Matter' t-shirt on the grid all season to date, but that may be interpreted as a statement rather than an endorsement of the controversial political movement.

Mugello was the first time he took an overtly political statement onto the podium and post-race interviews.

"For me, this t-shirt, on top of calling for everyone to kneel, was too much," Petrov told Championat.

"It is a personal matter for every adult. You have the right to speak out on social media or give interviews, but I think the US government is well aware of these problems already.

"But to call on that in Formula 1 itself ... I think half of the spectators didn't even know what the shirt was about until it was explained to them," he added.

"And let's say a driver admits to being gay - will they come out with a rainbow flag and urge everyone to become gay as well? I think the FIA will no longer allow such behaviours," said Petrov.

Petrov also said Russians - including Daniil Kvyat - do not kneel for any reason except "before God and to propose to your future wife".

"In Russia we have a different mentality, and we do not have the problems that Hamilton is talking about. There should be respect for everyone," he said.


Aston Martin 'will suit Vettel better' - Schumacher

Sebastian Vettel pictured on March 12, 2020© Reuters

Sebastian Vettel will return to "his old strength" after leaving Ferrari at the end of the year.

That is the view of former F1 driver Ralf Schumacher, who admits the quadruple world champion does not look strong alongside Charles Leclerc in 2020.

"That's the way it is in Formula 1," he told Sky Deutschland. "If everything doesn't fit together, gaps like that are possible."

Schumacher says it is clear that the Ferrari-Vettel combination "no longer works".

"All improvements and further developments at Ferrari are tailored to Leclerc's strengths and weaknesses. He is their man of the future," he said.

"That's the big problem for Sebastian: he needs a different car than Leclerc. Anything that helps Charles doesn't help Sebastian. This explains the big half-second time gap in qualifying."

However, Schumacher is expecting 33-year-old Vettel to fare better next year after switching to Aston Martin.

"I am firmly convinced that we will see Sebastian back to his old strength at Racing Point," he said.

"There are many reasons for this. First, the car will suit him much better. In terms of performance, it is generally faster than the Ferrari, but also easier to drive. The balance will clearly suit Sebastian better."

Schumacher also thinks Vettel will enjoy the atmosphere at Aston Martin much more.

"They really wanted him," he said, "which is a good feeling, especially in his situation.

"They are putting great financial resources in, so it will be a small, compact team with all the potential and the support of Mercedes.

"Also, he will have that 'feel good' factor that is so important to him - comparable to Red Bull in the past."



More news from Formula 1:

Lewis Hamilton's maiden shot at matching Michael Schumacher's record to be filmed by Netflix
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Tost doubts Vettel will win fifth title
Franz Tost does not believe Sebastian Vettel will win a fifth world championship after switching to Aston Martin. Read more.

Schumacher tipped for 2021 F1 debut
Mick Schumacher looks increasingly likely to make his Formula 1 debut in 2021. Read more.

Wolff should quit as Mercedes boss - Jordan
Toto Wolff should step down as Mercedes' team boss. Read more.

No early Ferrari move for Sainz - Brown
McLaren boss Zak Brown has rejected rumours the team could lose Carlos Sainz within the 2020 season. Read more.

Triple header races 'unsustainable' for F1
Triple header Formula 1 races are "unsustainable" for the future of the sport. Read more.

Villeneuve tips Mercedes to keep winning in 2022
If F1's engine rules do not drastically change, Mercedes will continue to dominate long into the future. Read more.

Domenicali backs away from Binotto criticism
Stefano Domenicali says he does not want to criticise Ferrari's current team boss Mattia Binotto. Read more.

Mercedes rumour explains Hamilton contract delay
Ralf Schumacher is not surprised that Lewis Hamilton's contract negotiations with Mercedes are taking so long. Read more.

2022 tyres should be 'compromise' - Isola
Formula 1 is drafting a so-called 'target letter' to give Pirelli direction on the tyres the sport requires for the new rules era from 2022. Read more.

Imola gets green light for 13,000 spectators
Imola has received the go-ahead to welcome spectators to the 1 November race. Read more.

'Not possible' to return to gravel traps - Masi
It is "not possible" to replace every asphalt run-off area with a gravel trap, according to F1 race director Michael Masi. Read more.

Hamilton-Verstappen pairing would be 'homicide'
Lewis Hamilton could be considering a switch to Red Bull, according to former F1 team owner Eddie Jordan. Read more.

20,000 to attend Nurburgring race
The trend away from 'ghost races' is continuing, with the Nurburgring announcing that 20,000 spectators will be allowed to attend next month's race. Read more.

Mercedes keen to make F1 more exciting
Mercedes is happy to make "suggestions" to make Formula 1 more exciting. Read more.

Liberty not ready for 2021 Spanish GP contract
Talks about extending Barcelona's place on the F1 calendar are on the back burner for now. Read more.

Alonso was 'not ready' to quit F1
Fernando Alonso says he was "not ready" to say goodbye to racing. Read more.

Stroll has 'skills' to take on Vettel
Sebastian Vettel's arrival at Aston Martin for 2021 is both a challenge and a blessing for Lance Stroll. Read more.

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