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cosworth151
October 20, 2020, 01:51:39 PM by cosworth151
Views: 139 | Comments: 8

Speculation is already rampant about next year's F1 schedule. I came across this on Goodwood's website:

Confirmed Races

1.   Australian GP  Albert Park
2.   Bahrain GP      Sakir
3.   Vietnam GP     Hanoi
4.   Dutch GP        Zanvoort
5.   Monaco GP      Monte Carlo
6.   Azerbaijan GP  Baku
7.   Canadian GP    Montreal
8.   French GP        Paul Ricard
9.   British GP         Silverstone
10. Hungarian GP    Budapest
11. Belgian GP        Spa
12. Italian GP         Monza
13. Singapore GP    Marina Bay
14. Russian GP       Sochi
15. Japanese GP     Suzuka
16. US GP              COTA
17. Mexican GP       Hermanos Rodríguez
18. Abu Dhabi GP    Yas Marina

Races Not Yet Confirmed

1.   Chinese GP       Shanghai
2.   Spanish GP       Barcelona
3.   Austrian GP       Red Bull Ring
4.   Brazilian GP       Interlagos

It looks pretty much like the pre-pandemic 2020 schedule. One big change - the website of the Automobile Club de Monaco will be a week earlier than normal, on May 23rd. That means it won't conflict with the Indy 500. It will still be a 4 day event, with FP1 and FP2 on Thursday.

https://www.goodwood.com/grr/race/modern/2020/9/2021-f1-calendar/

https://acm.mc/en/automobile-club-de-monaco-en/three-monaco-grands-prix-in-2021/
Jericoke
October 12, 2020, 01:54:35 AM by Jericoke
Views: 630 | Comments: 17

Probably just the single race, but maybe we'll get another Eifel GP.  Crazier things have happened.

Heroes

Hamilton.  Not a perfect weekend, thanks to a Hamilton-esque qualifying lap from Bottas, but Hamilton was good when he needed to be, and effortlessly dominated the race, capitalizing on Bottas's mistake.  It only looked close because of the safety car.

Hulkenburg.  Yes, the Racing Point is a pretty good car with a top engine, but to start dead last as a sub without any practice, and earn some solid points is legendary.

Verstappen.  He's got all the makings of a star racer, and continues to prove it by doing his best, and fully understanding what his best is.

Ricciardo/Renault.  No team/driver has grown as much this season.  Sure, they've both got past experience as winners, but their first podium of the year felt earned/overdue.

Zeroes

Kimi, Albon.  Come on guys you know how wide an F1 car is, how wide an F1 circuit is, and what 'fair' racing looks like.

Engine reliability.  We've had basically the same formula for how long?  Maybe we've been spoiled with too much reliability lately, but it's no fun watching people pull off.  At least give us the big BANG that we used to get with cars trailing clouds of smoke!  (Norris's car DID try to catch fire, so that's something.)

Honorable mention:

Norris taking a seat after his car retired.  Perhaps not as iconic as Alonso on the lawn chair or Kimi on his yacht, but a solid #3, especially for a young driver!
Jericoke
October 08, 2020, 08:18:27 PM by Jericoke
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https://www.msn.com/en-ca/autos/news/for-sale-one-slightly-used-canadian-race-track-low-miles-good-condition/ar-BB19Nt5Q?ocid=msedgdhp

It's a 1/3 mile paved oval north of Moncton.  It includes an infield X to allow for figure 8 racing.

I bet we could hire Tilke to bring it up to FIA Grade One standards.
cosworth151
October 07, 2020, 02:45:10 PM by cosworth151
Views: 410 | Comments: 4

Jackie Stewart weighs in on "the best F1 driver ever" debate.
I agree with his view that drivers like Schumi & Hamilton are from an era where success is far more dependent on the car than in the past. I also agree with his choice of Fangio as #1, followed by Jim Clark at #2.

https://racer.com/2020/10/06/hamilton-not-on-f1s-best-ever-list-stewart/
Andy B
October 02, 2020, 09:25:13 AM by Andy B
Views: 1156 | Comments: 31

So Honday are jumping ship at the end of 2021 where will this leave RB and AT?
https://www.autosport.com/f1/news/152551/honda-to-leave-f1-at-the-end-of-2021-season
Andy B
October 02, 2020, 06:56:21 AM by Andy B
Views: 368 | Comments: 2

https://www.skysports.com/f1/live-blog/12538/11905328/the-f1-gossip-column-live

I think he is missing a couple of points such as Schumi its said always had a say in his number two and whoever it was was a support act for him then there are the dirty tricks.
LH, love him or hate him, is clean and not dirty he makes mistakes but in racing its going to happen.
I think with Alonso's return he is starting the mind games already.
cosworth151
September 30, 2020, 03:13:06 PM by cosworth151
Views: 819 | Comments: 11

Mick Shumacher will drive in FP1 during the Eifel Grand Prix weekend at the Nurburgring. He will be in Antonio Giovinazzi's Alfa Romeo.

https://racer.com/2020/09/29/schumacher-overjoyed-at-fp1-chance/
Jericoke
September 27, 2020, 10:48:40 PM by Jericoke
Views: 925 | Comments: 19

Heroes:
Bottas.  "f*** the critics" indeed!  Bottas could be a great racer, as good as anyone in F1 today, he just needs to hone that 'killer instinct', which he clearly has.

Max. Keep your head down, drive responsibly... who is this kid?  Has the same name as a reckless motormouth who used to race for Red Bull.  "I'm just going to race my own race"; I'm glad to see him mature... now I wonder if he'll mature too much.

Perez.  When you've got nothing to lose, you really can show  what you're made of.  I wouldn't say that Racing Point has done him a favour, but I think we're going to see his best ever racing over the remainder of 2020.

Alpha Tauri.  Where did these guys come from?  Solid race from both Kvyat AND Gasly?  No one else had two drivers drive great races.  I feel like simply declaring Alpha Tauri to be a 'sister team' has made it true.

Zeroes:
Hamilton.  He's got a lot going on, maybe too much, and when all eyes are on him, his little mistakes, temper tantrums etc. seem like a big deal.  The FIA is not out to get you Mr. Hamilton.  You can't stop dead on a live race track!

Vettel.  He's in an awful place in his career and it shows. I hope a fresh start at Aston Martin puts him back at the top of F1.

Sainz. I know that the first lap of an F1 race is crazy, but as a future Ferrari driver, you should be able to handle an escape road.

Albon.  4th place in the Red Bull/AlphaTauri family isn't good enough.  Like Bottas, he's got the skill, but he can't seem to put it all together.  Hopefully he's given the time.  I feel for him as a young kid thrown in the deep end, but he knew how heartless F1 was when he was in karting and he still chose it.

Renault.  Just like everything seems to click at Alpha Tauri, Renault seems like they just can't quite deliver. 

Over all, I enjoyed the race.  Vettel's crash in Q2 added some great drama, even if we ended up with same old qualifying order.  We went a long time without first lap crashes, now we can't seem to escape them.  They do mix things up a little bit, but it feels like watching 20 squabbling children instead of the best drivers in the world.  Come on guys, you're collectively paid... what... $100 million?  Act like it.


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