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No Verstappen on Thursday in Spain press conference - these are the drivers

Who are the drivers at the press conference on media day in Barcelona?

19 June at 15:10

Max Verstappen will not join the press conference for the Spanish Grand Prix on Thursday. Teammate Sergio Perez will not be there either. Instead, home heroes Carlos Sainz and Fernando Alonso will attend. Toto Wolff will be present at the team press conference. The German is sure to be expecting questions about Andrea Kimi Antonelli's possible Mercedes arrival. 

Local heroes attend the conference in Spain

Verstappen will miss the press conference at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, where he won his first Formula 1 race in 2016. Local heroes Fernando Alonso and Carlos Sainz do attend, as do Daniel Ricciardo, Kevin Magnussen and Valtteri Bottas.

On Friday, Alpine team boss Bruno Famin, Ferrari team boss Fred Vasseur, Sauber team representative Alessandro Alunni Bravi and Mercedes boss Toto Wolff will be in attendance. The latter can expect the necessary questions about Antonelli, days after the FIA amended the rule that prevents a driver under 18 from being eligible for a super licence.

Presumably, Antonelli will make his F1 debut at Williams this season, intended to prepare him for a seat at Mercedes. Currently, the 17-year-old Italian is considered the top candidate to take over Lewis Hamilton's seat alongside George Russell.