Formula 1 approves 23-race 2021 calendar

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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F1 confirms five-year deal for Sao Paulo GP at Interlagos

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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Brawn: Mick Schumacher's arrival reminder of Michael "tragedy"

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?

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

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

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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Ricciardo ponders Abu Dhabi layout change after dull race

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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Russell: Williams return harder than stepping up to Mercedes

Wed, 12/16/2020 - 05:50
The Briton had been loaned out to Mercedes as replacement for Lewis Hamilton for the Sakhir Grand Prix, and looked all set to grab his maiden F1 victory before a botched pitstop and a late puncture wrecked his hopes.
With Hamilton able to return for last weekend's F1 season finale in Abu Dhabi, Russell returned to the Williams team where he has been racing since 2019.
Reflecting on switching ...Keep reading
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Engine freeze talks give Red Bull hope of keeping Honda engines

Wed, 12/16/2020 - 05:13
With Honda officially pulling out of F1 after the end of next year, Red Bull is currently weighing up its future engine situation.
It has been clear that its preferred route is to take over the IP of the Honda project, so it can keep running its current power unit.
However, the only way Red Bull can realistically push on with the Honda platform is if it does not have to keep developing the ...Keep reading
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Vettel explains Ferrari farewell song in Abu Dhabi

Wed, 12/16/2020 - 04:34
Despite a disappointing run to 14th on a weekend where Ferrari did not have much pace, Vettel was determined to do something special in his final outing for the Maranello team.
On his slow down lap after the chequered flag, as his team thanked him for all he had brought to the Maranello squad, he told them over the radio that he had a surprise.
In Italian he said: “You know that sometimes ...Keep reading
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New lighting system opens door for more F1 night races

Wed, 12/16/2020 - 03:49
Swiss debris fence manufacturer Geobrugg, which supplies ten of the current F1 circuits, has formed a partnership with lighting provider DZ Engineering SRL to provide a value-for-money system that will work at most tracks.
The idea is that the lights from DZ Engineering, which already supplies the Singapore GP with its system, can be fitted to current debris fences to provide an economic ...Keep reading
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Tsunoda secures Formula 1 graduation with AlphaTauri

Wed, 12/16/2020 - 03:22
The news has been expected for some weeks, with the Japanese driver having begun his preparations with an outing in a 2018 Toro Rosso at Imola last month.
He enjoyed his first run in the current car and on proper race tyres in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday, setting the seventh best time of the day.
The 20-year-old, who is a protege of both Red Bull and Honda, will be the first Japanese driver to ...Keep reading
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Mazepin loses court battle over failed attempt to buy Force India

Tue, 12/15/2020 - 13:41
However the Russian chemical company has not given up its claims, and says it will seek to appeal the judgement.
Mazepin, father of future Haas F1 team race Nikita, was one of several parties in the running to buy Force India when the team went into administration in July 2018, and he put in what he believed to be the highest bid.
With the clock ticking and complications due to the claims of ...Keep reading
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Ilott confirmed as Ferrari’s 2021 F1 test driver

Tue, 12/15/2020 - 12:42
Ilott, 22, finished second in this year’s F2 points to Schumacher, who graduates to F1 as a race driver with Haas F1 in 2021.
Ilott scored five pole positions and three wins with the UNI-Virtuosi team this season. He has been part of the Ferrari Driver Academy since 2017, and was previously a Red Bull Junior driver, but was dropped from its programme after the 2015 season.
“I am very ...Keep reading
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Sir Frank Williams in stable condition in hospital, says family

Tue, 12/15/2020 - 12:13
Williams, 78, founded his racing team in junior single-seater categories in 1966, and became an F1 constructor in the late 1970s – his team winning its first Grand Prix at Silverstone in 1979.
Under his patronage, Williams won seven drivers’ and nine constructors’ championship in a 50-year career.
A statement from Williams’s family said: “Sir Frank Williams has recently been ...Keep reading
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Masi explains decision to delay Sainz investigation

Tue, 12/15/2020 - 11:25
McLaren driver Sainz was placed under investigation by the race stewards in the F1 season finale for a possible slow entry to the pit lane, holding up Racing Point’s Lance Stroll.
Despite an uneventful race and plenty of time to complete the investigation, the stewards confirmed they would only look at the matter after the race.
It meant McLaren had to wait for a decision before it could ...Keep reading
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Gallery: Formula 1's young driver test in Abu Dhabi

Tue, 12/15/2020 - 11:09
Fernando Alonso topped the times on what was his first outing in Renault's 2020 F1 car since a filming day at Barcelona earlier this year.
Alonso, who will return to F1 next year after a two-year hiatus, clocked the circuit in 1m36.33s, which was quicker than the laptimes both Daniel Ricciardo and Esteban Ocon managed during qualifying for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Saturday.
Nyck de Vries ...Keep reading
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Alonso: First proper F1 test ignited “competitive spirit”

Tue, 12/15/2020 - 10:46
Alonso topped the times in what was his first proper outing in this year’s Renault R.S.20, following a brief 100km filming day run in Barcelona on demo tyres.
The two-time world champion has also been conducting a programme with a 2018 car, also on demo tyres, which included a session in Abu Dhabi a few weeks ago.
That run meant he was fully up to speed on the Yas Marina circuit from the ...Keep reading
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Alonso tops Abu Dhabi F1 test for Renault

Tue, 12/15/2020 - 09:24
The Spaniard, who is returning to F1 next season, had caused some controversy by being allowed to run at the test in spite of his vast experience.
Both he and Renault were eager to get the day's running under their belt though, as it was the only opportunity the double world champion had to run the 2020 car outside of a filming day he did at Barcelona earlier in the year.
During a qualifying ...Keep reading
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F1 translator caused biggest COVID-19 outbreak fear

Tue, 12/15/2020 - 07:20
Although Brawn didn't specify the event, it's understood that the "worst cluster" occurred at the Russian GP at Sochi in September.
The F1 organisation and the FIA introduced strict protocols for the start of the season in Austria, including a regime that saw extensive COVID-19 testing on race weekends that involved both the travelling regulars and local officials and staff at the ...Keep reading
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