Hungarian GP contract extended to 2027

Fri, 06/05/2020 - 11:45
Hungary will host the third round of the 2020 F1 season as part of the rescheduled calendar following the COVID-19 pandemic, taking place on 19 July.
As part of talks to get a behind closed doors race staged at the Hungaroring, an agreement was struck to extend the current contract by one year.
A long-term deal keeping the Hungarian Grand Prix on the calendar until 2026 was secured back in ...Keep reading
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Horner: Red Bull has nothing to fear from cost cap

Fri, 06/05/2020 - 09:24
Last week, F1 approved a package of rule changes aimed at cutting budgets and making racing closer in the future.
A cost cap will come into force for 2021 limiting spending to $145 million per year, with the figure being reduced to $140 million in 2022 and $135 million the year after.
Such a spending limit will force the big teams to make big cutbacks, which the smaller midfield outfits hope ...Keep reading
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"Serious people" considering Williams investment - Brawn

Fri, 06/05/2020 - 07:22
Last week, Williams announced that it is actively seeking new funding, and that it was potentially for sale as a complete entity.
However, deputy team principal Claire Williams has insisted that the Grove outfit has the funds with which to contest the 2020 season. It recently arranged loans that pumped £28m into the organisation.
The co-incidental timing of the end of the current Concorde ...Keep reading
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The last hurrah of Formula 1's most successful engine

Fri, 06/05/2020 - 06:09
The Cosworth DFV is an engine that stood the test of time in grand prix racing, as over the course of its 17-year tenure it would power 12 drivers and 10 constructors to championships.
It finally bowed out of the sport in 1985 as F1 moved to a turbo era, but there was something quite fitting that the final of its 155 wins came in the Detroit city that was so instrumental to its birth.
The ...Keep reading
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Aston Martin not looking for "headline” names for F1 2021

Fri, 06/05/2020 - 05:18
Some observers were quick to link Sebastian Vettel with a move to the rebranded team, especially given the close links with Mercedes that the British marque has.
However, Sergio Perez, who is connected to Mexican sponsorship, has a multi-year deal with the team, while Lance Stroll's seat is also secure for the foreseeable future.
"It's certainly been an interesting few weeks in the driver ...Keep reading
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Williams F1 restructure is "nothing but positive"

Fri, 06/05/2020 - 04:32
After reporting a £13 million loss through 2019, Williams announced last week it was reviewing its strategic options for the future including a possible sale of the company or sale of shares to new investors. 
The moves comes off the back of Williams’ slump to the bottom of the F1 constructors’ championship in each of the past two years, having struggled to compete with the rest of the ...Keep reading
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F1 could mix up tyre compounds to spice up double-headers

Fri, 06/05/2020 - 03:57
The first eight races of the season include double-headers in Austria and Britain, with more events being considered.
Last week, F1's managing director Ross Brawn backed a plan to add some spice to the second races at the Red Bull Ring and Silverstone and any other future twin events via reverse grid qualifying races.
However, any rule changes at this stage must receive unanimous support ...Keep reading
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FIA further clamps down on F1 engine tricks

Thu, 06/04/2020 - 13:03
Amid a renewed focus on engine behaviour in the wake of the controversy over Ferrari's power unit last season, motor racing's governing body has moved to close down potential grey areas in the rules that teams could be exploiting. understands that the FIA's attention with the latest clarifications is on two specific areas: oil burning and ERS power sensors.
On the oil burning ...Keep reading
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Race of my Life: Jackie Stewart on the 1973 Italian GP

Thu, 06/04/2020 - 12:32
Race: 1973 Italian GP, Monza
Car: Tyrrell-Ford 006
We'd had a very good season at Tyrrell and I was leading the world championship going into Monza, which was the last grand prix in Europe. I knew I could secure the title before flying away, but then one of the rear tyres began to deflate during the race...

Jackie Stewart, Tyrrell 006 Ford
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European-only F1 season qualifies as world championship

Thu, 06/04/2020 - 11:20
Usually a world championship has to visit three continents, as prescribed by the FIA's own International Sporting Code.
With regard to the designation "World" it notes: "The cup, trophy, challenge or series calendar must include Competitions taking place on at least three continents during the same season."
However an FIA source has confirmed that in the unprecedented circumstances of the ...Keep reading
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Coulthard "concerned" about new F1 rules handicapping success

Thu, 06/04/2020 - 10:32
As well implementing a reduced cost cap from 2021 and additional technical rule changes, F1 will introduce its first minor performance-balancing measure with a handicap system for aerodynamic testing that gives the more successful squads less windtunnel development running.

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Mercedes to test at Silverstone ahead of F1 racing return

Thu, 06/04/2020 - 09:18
Following weeks of the team's factory being shutdown and staff being at home due to the coronavirus pandemic, the two-day run at the home of the British Grand Prix marks a ramping up of its preparations for the season opener in Austria in July.
A tweet from the Brackley-based team said that its drivers will get one day of running each in a 2018 Mercedes car.
"Valtteri (Tuesday) and Lewis ...Keep reading
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Russian GP venue open to double-header idea

Thu, 06/04/2020 - 07:52
With F1 owners Liberty Media still working on finalising the second part of the season, having announced the first eight races earlier this week, Sochi has emerged as a candidate to host two grands prix.
A report in German publication Auto Motor Und Sport suggested that F1 was keeping its plan for the remainder of the year flexible, especially amid ongoing uncertainty about coronavirus ...Keep reading
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The troubled car that was a game-changer for F1

Thu, 06/04/2020 - 06:02
But 1989 witnessed a car, the Ferrari 640, that was just as important for shaping F1's future technology, even though it suffered a fair share of hiccups along the way.
This day on that year was another classic example, as the car proved quick at the United States Grand Prix but would suffer yet another retirement with a recurring alternator problem.
Put simply this was a case of famed ...Keep reading
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Perez and Gasly to debut in Virtual Azerbaijan Grand Prix F1

Thu, 06/04/2020 - 05:33
Both the Racing Point and AlphaTauri drivers will make their respective debuts in the esports series, which this weekend takes place instead of the Azerbaijan Grand Prix due to be held at the Baku City Circuit on June 7.
F1 has confirmed the Baku race will be the penultimate Virtual GP with the finale taking place next weekend with the Canada Virtual GP on June 14, as the sport gears up for the ...Keep reading
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Ricciardo's arrival will help Norris' development - McLaren

Thu, 06/04/2020 - 04:52
Ricciardo will join McLaren for the 2021 season as part of the driver shuffle sparked by Sebastian Vettel's split with Ferrari, the German's spot to be filled by current McLaren driver Carlos Sainz.
Speaking on Australian TV, Brown said the arrival of a proven Formula 1 race winner at the team is seen as an important step towards a return to title contention for the Woking squad.
At the same ...Keep reading
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Wolff laughs off rumours of rift with new Mercedes CEO

Thu, 06/04/2020 - 04:17
Speaking to selected media in a video conference, Wolff opened up about his future thoughts in the wake of long-running speculation about what he will do when his current contract expires at the end of this year.
And while Wolff admits his mind is not made up yet about exactly what role he will take at Mercedes, he is adamant that media reports suggesting his relationship with Daimler CEO ...Keep reading
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When Senna and Bellof starred in Monaco, as Prost prevailed

Wed, 06/03/2020 - 14:24
The weather conditions were wretched as pole-winner Prost slithered through Sainte Devote for the first time. Ferrari’s Rene Arnoux and Derek Warwick tangled behind him, and Warwick’s Renault teammate Patrick Tambay was unable to avoid him – putting both of them out. Not a great start to the day for France…

Alain Prost, McLaren MP4/2, leads the start
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Wolff: Vettel interest remarks not just "lip service"

Wed, 06/03/2020 - 11:42
The news that Vettel won't be staying with Ferrari beyond the end of this season has inevitably sparked speculation about his future, with Mercedes widely regarded as a possible home.
Wolff already has George Russell lined up as a potential replacement for Lewis Hamilton or Valtteri Bottas in 2021 if there is a vacancy. Esteban Ocon – the team's other protege – remains committed to Renault ...Keep reading
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Mercedes explains why it rejected reverse grid plan

Wed, 06/03/2020 - 11:08
F1 team principals discussed the idea last week of running reverse grid qualifying sprints at the second of double header events this year as a way of making the repeat events more exciting.
But despite a majority of teams being in favour of the move, Mercedes stood out and was not willing to accept the plan.
With F1 needing unanimous support to get the rules change, momentum behind the plan ...Keep reading
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