F1 drivers ready to cheer on home nations at FIFA World Cup

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F1 might be one of the series that we primarily focus on at MotorSportsTalk, but sometimes we find ways to branch out into other sports. In this case, it’s soccer.

With the FIFA World Cup coming up in Brazil, a number of the current Formula 1 drivers are looking forwards to cheering on their home nations at the biggest event in soccer, and it is a good way for them to wind down from the racing.

“Yeah, I love football, I watch everything, so I will maybe be watching most of the games,” Brazilian driver Felipe Massa explained during the FIA press conference on Thursday. “I really hope that Brazil can be there in the final. To win the championship at home would be fantastic so I will be there watching and supporting Brazil.” Felipe, there’s a good chance that might just happen.

Germany will enjoy a considerable amount of support from the F1 paddock, with four drivers on the grid. “Well I hope that Germany is going to be good,” Nico Hulkenberg said. “But I’m not a football expert but I’m sure I’m going to be behind the TV following the World Cup.”

The likes of Mario Gotze and Manuel Neuer will also enjoy some support from Adrian Sutil, whose allegiance is split: “I’ll be watching, cheering for Uruguay and Germany, because I’m half Uruguayan.”

Uruguay is tasked with getting through a group that includes Italy and England, with the latter having the faintest of hopes of repeating its triumph in 1966.

Lewis Hamilton is hoping to get out to Brazil to watch a game, saying: “I don’t follow it as much, but I will probably catch a few games and I want to try and see if we can go out to one of the games at least. The dream will be to go and watch Brazil and England play, that would be pretty awesome.”

Compatriot Jenson Button said: “Yes, I totally agree. I’m not a massive football fan, I don’t support a team but when it comes to nationalities, countries playing, obviously I will be supporting England and I’m really looking forward to it.”

Final word to Japan’s Kamui Kobayashi: “Me? On soccer? I don’t really care so I don’t follow anything. All I know is that Japan is not really strong so I don’t care.”

The FIFA World Cup gets underway on June 13th in Brazil. Be sure to check out ProSoccerTalk for all of the latest reports and news from the tournament.

Verstappen doesn’t want F1 season to end after recent run of form

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Max Verstappen says he is not ready for the 2017 Formula 1 season to come to an end after enjoying a run of strong form through the closing stages of the campaign.

Verstappen endured a rocky run of form through to the end of the European season that saw him suffer a number of reliability issues and score just a single podium finish, taking third in China back in April.

However, the Dutchman has rallied to score more points than any other driver in the last five races, including victories in Malaysia and Mexico, as well as a podium finish in Japan.

Verstappen heads into next weekend’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix chasing a third win of the year to sign off, but joked he does not want the season to end just as he’s got into a good groove.

“We will, of course, try and end the season with a strong result in Abu Dhabi,” Verstappen said. “Last year was actually quite a good race after skipping a pit stop following a spin at Turn 1, it was hard to manage the tires to the end of the race but we did it and finished fourth.

“I would say that my favorite part of the track is at Turns 2 and 3, the fast left, right. It’s also very cool driving underneath the hotel and racing in the darkness with all the lights.

“The final sector at Yas Marina is actually quite technical so you have to be really precise there, but it should also be our strongest part of the track.

“There are quite a few overtaking opportunities to make the race interesting, before the long straight at the hairpin and then at the end of the straight under braking for the next chicane section.

“Abu Dhabi is the last race on the calendar, but I don’t actually want the season to end. I’m really fired up at the moment and I just want to keep going.

“The nice thing will be to spend some time with friends and family over the winter break and then I will look ahead to January and get back into training before it all starts again.”