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ANALYSIS: Why Red Bull promoted Tsunoda to Formula 1 – and what now for Kvyat?

Formula 1 - Wed, 12/16/2020 - 23:27
F1.com Senior Writer Lawrence Barretto answers the key questions following Yuki Tsunoda's promotion to Formula 1 with AlphaTauri...
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Tsunoda to make F1 racing debut with AlphaTauri in 2021, in place of Kvyat

Formula 1 - Wed, 12/16/2020 - 23:27
Japanese racer Yuki Tsunoda will make his Formula 1 debut with AlphaTauri in 2021 after Red Bull opted to promote the 20-year-old to replace Daniil Kvyat…
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Formula 1 approves 23-race 2021 calendar

Motorsport.com - Wed, 12/16/2020 - 19:16
F1 unveiled its provisional calendar for next season last month, listing a record-breaking 23 races as it bids to return to a more regular schedule following the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic through 2020.
A new grand prix in Saudi Arabia was added to the calendar, with a night race in Jeddah listed as the penultimate race of the season, while a gap was left in April following the ...Keep reading
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Steiner didn’t want to give drivers “stupid presents” as parting gifts | RaceFans Round-up

F1Fanatic - Wed, 12/16/2020 - 19:01
In the round-up: Steiner didn't want to give drivers "stupid presents" as parting gifts • Opmeer victorious in F1 Esports • GT World Challenge calendar confirmed
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Interlagos Will Continue To Host The Brazilian Grand Prix Until 2025

Formula1news.co.uk - Wed, 12/16/2020 - 14:57

Formula One has confirmed this evening that Interlagos will continue to host the Brazilian Grand Prix until 2025.

“We are pleased to announce the city of São Paulo will continue to host the Brazilian Grand Prix until 2025 and look forward to working with our new promoter in the years ahead,” Chase Carey, the outgoing CEO of Formula One, said in a statement.

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“Brazil is a very important market for Formula 1 with devoted fans and a long history in the sport.

“The race in Brazil has always been a highlight for our fans, the drivers and our partners and we look forward to providing Formula 1 fans with an exciting race at Interlagos in 2021 and over the next five years,” Carey added.

Meanwhile, Bruno Covas, the mayor of Sao Paulo, said they made a “tremendous effort” to keep the Brazilian Grand Prix in the city amid a proposal to race at a new venue in Rio.

“It is a great joy to be able to announce that Interlagos will continue to host one of the of the most important events in world motorsports,” Covas said.

“We made a tremendous effort to keep the race in our city. We have robust infrastructure for tourists, public safety and offer top-notch services.

“We believe that hosting the grand prix, in addition to promoting our city to the world, will continue to bring important contributions such as job creation and income generation.”

He added that according to studies he has seen, “for every R$1 invested in the São Paulo GP, R$5.20 is generated for the local economy.”

Next season’s race at Interlagos, the 2021 Formula 1 Grande Prêmio de São Paulo, will take place on 14 November.

Formula One also announced today that there is a new organiser for the event in the form of Brasil Motorsport, which is owned by investment entities controlled by Mubadala, an Abu Dhabi-based global investment company.

Alan Adler has been appointed by Mubadala to lead this new partnership with Formula One.

“We are very excited to be able to work with Formula 1,” Adler said.

“The F1 race has been held in Interlagos since the 1980s, and it is one of the most respected circuits on the calendar.

“Brazilians are motorsports and speed enthusiasts, and Brazil has a long tradition of producing great drivers, which in turn has created a great legion of F1 fans in our country.

“I believe that due to our experience working with reputable global brands, we can do a great job at uniting sports, brands, and entertainment. With this, we will be able to provide new experiences for the public, both on and off the track.”

It’s unclear which venue will host the event after 2025 and whether or not Formula One has abandoned plans to race in Rio after triggering backlash from environmentalist groups and stakeholders of the sport, including seven-time World Champion Lewis Hamilton.

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Interlagos to hold renamed Sao Paulo Grand Prix for next five years | 2021 F1 calendar

F1Fanatic - Wed, 12/16/2020 - 14:52
Formula 1 has confirmed Brazil's round of the world championship will return to the calendar at the same venue but under a new name.
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F1 confirms five-year deal for Sao Paulo GP at Interlagos

Motorsport.com - Wed, 12/16/2020 - 14:45
F1 had been due to move the race in Brazil from Sao Paulo to Rio de Janeiro for 2021 after agreeing a deal in principle with new promoters, pending government approval for a newly-built track.
But following environmental pressure against the construction of a new track in a forested area, and with time running out for a deal to be put in place for 2021, F1 moved to strike a deal to keep the ...Keep reading
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F1 signs new five-year deal with Interlagos to host Sao Paulo GP

Autosport - Wed, 12/16/2020 - 14:35
Formula 1 will remain at Interlagos for another five years after a new deal was announced on Wednesday, renaming the race the Sao Paulo Grand Prix
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Brawn: Mick Schumacher's arrival reminder of Michael "tragedy"

Motorsport.com - Wed, 12/16/2020 - 12:03
Michael Schumacher, who suffered a head injury in a skiing accident in December 2013, won all seven of his world championship titles while working with then technical director Brawn at Benetton and Ferrari.
Brawn has kept a close eye on Mick's development over the years, and is delighted to see the 21-year-old graduate to Haas in 2021 after winning both the European F3 and F2 ...Keep reading
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Who are McLaren's new Formula 1 investors?

Autosport - Wed, 12/16/2020 - 11:28
McLaren ended a turbulent 2020 on a high on Sunday as it clinched third place in the Formula 1 constructors' championship, marking its best finish since 2012
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Who are McLaren’s new Formula 1 investors?

Motorsport.com - Wed, 12/16/2020 - 11:25
With the doldrums of the Honda era now far behind it, the team has been on the up in recent times, and was handed another boost on Sunday even before beating Racing Point in the race for third.
It was announced that a consortium led by an American investment group called MSP Sports Capital had acquired an initial 15% stake in McLaren Racing - potentially rising to as much as 33% - for £185 ...Keep reading
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Ricciardo: F1 should consider Abu Dhabi layout change after "grim" entertainment

Autosport - Wed, 12/16/2020 - 10:34
Daniel Ricciardo believes Formula 1 should consider tweaking the layout of the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi, saying the entertainment in its races can be "a bit grim"
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Team mate battles 2020: The final score – Ricciardo vs Ocon | 2020 F1 season review

F1Fanatic - Wed, 12/16/2020 - 10:01
Esteban Ocon took time to get back up to speed after a year out of the cockpit, and Daniel Ricciardo did most of the points-scoring for Renault.
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Did Alex Albon Really Provide ‘Timely Ammunition’ For Red Bull At Abu Dhabi GP?

Formula1news.co.uk - Wed, 12/16/2020 - 09:37

Alex Albon is set to be axed by Red Bull, with Ted Kravitz recently citing sources as saying Sergio Perez will replace him and a source telling Formula1News.co.uk in early November that the Thai driver will not be retained by the team beyond 2020.

However, former F1 driver Martin Brundle believes Albon provided Red Bull with “timely ammunition” to keep him as a result of his performance in the season finale at Abu Dhabi.

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“Alex Albon had arguably his strongest day all season from a team perspective, passing Lando Norris with a nice move and then staying well within the pit-stop window of both Mercedes, which took away their opportunity to try something different with one car on a second stop in order to try to destabilise Max Verstappen’s metronomic progress out front,” Brundle wrote in his latest column for Sky Sports F1.

“Albon was the fastest car on track in the final quarter of the race and closed to within a second-and-a-half of Hamilton, and four seconds of Bottas who finished second.

“For those in the team keen to retain Albon next season, it provided timely ammunition,” he added.

Analysis: How Strong Was Alex Albon’s Abu Dhabi GP?

While it’s fair to say the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix was probably Albon’s best race of the season, it was hardly a strong performance.

In qualifying, Max Verstappen took pole with his Red Bull RB16, while Albon could only manage P5 in equal machinery, behind both Mercedes and the McLaren of Lando Norris.

As for the race, the Red Bull was clearly the fastest car, but Albon was nevertheless outpaced by the two Mercedes, though he was catching Lewis Hamilton towards the end.

More alarmingly, he finished the race around 20 seconds behind Verstappen – and this gap would have been around 30 seconds if an early safety car hadn’t bunched the field up and allowed him to close the gap to his Red Bull team-mate.

So, while it was a strong race by Albon’s standards, the harsh reality is it was still far off the level you would expect from Red Bull’s second driver – and it’s hard to argue that a driver like Sergio Perez or Nico Hulkenberg wouldn’t have done a better job.

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Bottas: Second in F1 standings "can’t be that satisfying"

Motorsport.com - Wed, 12/16/2020 - 09:23
Bottas confirmed himself as runner-up in the 2020 drivers’ standings by finishing second in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Sunday.
The result clinched Bottas second place by nine points from Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, but the Finn ended the year a distant 124 points off Hamilton at the top of the standings.
Asked after the race in Abu Dhabi how satisfied he was to secure second in the ...Keep reading
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Toto Wolff discusses the future of Formula 1, cost caps and more

Motorsport.com - Wed, 12/16/2020 - 08:58
For this latest #ThinkingForward, we spoke to Toto about the future role of manufacturers in the sport, the eventual showdown between hybrid and electric racing for dominance and whether F1 should have a drivers’ salary cap.
We start with Formula 1 and with all that's happened this year, the Concorde Agreement, budget cap, successful racing restart programme after the lockdown, does Wolff ...Keep reading
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Cognizant Negotiating Title Sponsorship Deal With Aston Martin Racing

Formula1news.co.uk - Wed, 12/16/2020 - 08:57

Racing Point, which will be rebranded Aston Martin Racing for the 2021 F1 season, is reportedly in talks with US information technology services corporation Cognizant regarding a title sponsorship deal.

Cognizant is believed to be in “advanced negotiations” with the Silverstone-based team, according to Motorsport-Total.com.

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Racing Point’s current title sponsor, Austrian water treatment manufacturer BWT, may continue to sponsor the team in a reduced capacity.

The team is looking to work its way up the pecking order and establish itself as a front-runner in Formula One over the coming years.

It hopes it will benefit from F1’s budget cap, which will come into effect next season, and the more equitable distribution of prize money.

Their signing of Sebastian Vettel is a clear indication of the team’s growing ambition in Formula One, and the addition of the four-time World Champion to the constructor is likely to help them attract new, more lucrative sponsorship deals.

Although Racing Point narrowly missed out on securing third in the 2020 Constructors’ Championship, team principal Otmar Szafnauer believes there are many positives to carry into the new season ahead of their rebrand to Aston Martin Racing.

‍”It’s been a year of missed opportunities for several reasons – including more than our fair share of bad luck that cost us valuable points,” Szafnauer said after the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

‍”We will take the disappointment tonight in our stride and focus on the positives of an incredibly strong season where we enjoyed some great moments.

“We have shown that we have a competitive car and team, which will give us a great base to come back even stronger in 2021 under the Aston Martin name,” he added.

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Ricciardo ponders Abu Dhabi layout change after dull race

Motorsport.com - Wed, 12/16/2020 - 07:50
The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix served as F1’s season finale since 2014, and hosted the final round of the revised 2020 calendar last weekend.
But the last six editions of the race have all been won from pole position, while the track layout has been a regular point of contention for drivers left frustrated by the limited overtaking opportunities.
Sunday’s race featured just two overtaking ...Keep reading
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Analysis: McLaren’s other big win last weekend points to even better times ahead | RacingLines

F1Fanatic - Wed, 12/16/2020 - 07:00
Third place in the constructors' championship was a boost for McLaren but their real success on Sunday was the announcement of £185 million in new investment.
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Bottas: Second in F1 drivers’ championship "can’t be that satisfying"

Autosport - Wed, 12/16/2020 - 06:43
Valtteri Bottas says finishing second in the Formula 1 drivers' championship "can't be that satisfying" following another defeat in the title race to Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton
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