ASN Morning Brief: Italian GP repercussions continue

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The big story ?: Italian GP repercussions continue

Talking points regarding the Italian Grand Prix incident between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen continue to appear, as now Formula 1 race director Michael Masi confirmed the FIA opened an additional investigation of the event.

Why it matters: During the crash, Verstappen’s rear tire was above Hamilton’s head, which could have led to a dangerous situation.


  • The FIA’s Safety Department is gathering information from the crash in order to make improvements for the future, according to Masi.
  • “We are already collecting all of the data, so we have all of the information, and that will all go to our Safety Department, together with any photographs and anything else we have along the way,” he said.

Vettel to continue with Aston Martin into 2022

Aston Martin’s chairman Lawrence Stroll said Sebastian Vettel is likely to continue at Aston Martin next year.

Why it matters: Vettel’s future is still unconfirmed, but everything hints that he’ll stay with his current team, Aston Martin, for the 2022 season.

What he had to say:

  • “You will be getting an answer to that imminently and all indications are saying yes [that Vettel will continue with Aston Martin],” said chairman Lawrence Stroll.

Stewart on Italian GP incident: “Lewis could have died”

Jackie Stewart shared his opinion about the Italian Grand Prix incident between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen.


  • It’s the second time this season that the pair collide, both maintaining a strong rivalry for the championship title.
  • The Stewards blamed Verstappen for the Italian GP incident, and so did Stewart, who said the Red Bull driver needs to mature.

What he had to say:

  • “Verstappen is taking longer than expected to mature. Not even to go to see Hamilton after a serious accident when you have just driven over the top of the guy is something I don’t really understand,” Stewart said.
  • “Max has quite a lot to lear, but who will he listen to?”
  • If it weren’t for the Halo, Lewis could have died, and the supposed culprit only gets a slap on the wrist,” Stewart said, questioning the Stewards decision which he thinks should have been tougher against Verstappen.

Longer-than-usual read ?: Williams wants to be a midfield team in 2022

Williams CEO Jost Capito revealed Williams’ plans for the 2022 season, which consist in establishing themselves as a midfield team.

Why it matters: Williams had been in a decline until it was acquired by Dorilton Capital in August of 2020.


  • Williams has improved from his 2020 season, having scored 22 points this year so far, compared to the 0 points of last year.
  • Capito says Williams’ plan for 2022 is to establish themselves as a midfield team, aiming to score 65 to 70 points.

What he had to say:

  • “We want to establish ourselves as a midfield runner. This season, AlphaTauri is a midfield team: they have 68 points,” Capito said.
  • “This time next year, we want to have 65 to 70. We still won’t see the full benefit of the investing we’ve done in the late part of this year. As well as owning it, we have to make the new plant and software work.”
  • “I think we can promise a good step for next year.”

Go deeper:

  • When asked if he believes Williams can reach the top again, Capito said: “I absolutely believe we can.”
  • “I would never take a job like this unless I believe it. That’s why I declined certain job offers in the past. Now I believe we have a realistic chance.”

That’s everything we have for you this morning. Have a good day and see you tomorrow for the next ASN Morning Brief. ?

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