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Hamilton and Verstappen to face questions together ahead of Australian GP

F1's two title protagonists of the 2021 season will speak to the media together on Friday, ahead of the Australian Grand Prix.

Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen will face the media together ahead of the 2022 Australian Grand Prix. It will be the first time that the pair have taken questions from the media side-by-side since last season's Abu Dhabi GP and the FIA report that followed. The two drivers ended the 2021 campaign regularly sharing FIA press conferences as their epic title fight went down to the wire. Verstappen finished the year as World Champion, passing Hamilton on the final lap of the final race with fresher, faster tyres. Since then, an FIA report has concluded that ousted Race Director Michael Masi made a "human error" in Abu Dhabi, when he only removed some lapped cars before calling the Safety Car back into the pit lane without it having completed an additional lap, as per the regulations. But the FIA's report added: "The results of the 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and the FIA Formula 1 World Championship are valid, final and cannot now be changed."

Hamilton and Verstappen to face the media together on Friday

Since then, Hamilton and Verstappen have faced questions on the events in Abu Dhabi during separate interviews. They have also only been seen together a handful of times since and have traded places just once on track, with Hamilton passing Verstappen at the 2022 season opener in Bahrain after the Red Bull driver suffered a fuel system-related issue. But in Melbourne on Friday, at 11:00 local time (02:00 BST), Hamilton and Verstappen will face the media together ahead of the Australian GP. They will be joined in the press conference room by Hamilton's former Mercedes teammate, Valtteri Bottas, along with Yuki Tsunoda and Lando Norris.

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