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John S
October 28, 2020, 12:01:26 PM by John S
Views: 96 | Comments: 3

Cost cap of $30m(£22m) on a driver's salary from 2023 voted in at F1 commission meeting, even Toto supported it.

How will this play out for Lewis in his negotiations for a multi year contract with Merc?

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/formulaone/article-8886443/Salary-cap-dent-new-40million-deal-Mercedes-Lewis-Hamilton.html
John S
October 27, 2020, 09:24:29 PM by John S
Views: 92 | Comments: 3

If this quote from an article on GP247.com about Haas looking for pay drivers is credible then more than one team may be seeking other revenue streams next term.

"The major problem is next year the teams will get approximately half the usual amount of money from Liberty Media because the revenues have fallen by that amount this year due to the pandemic." Grandprix247.com, yesterday. 

If this half payout is true teams like Williams, McLaren and even Alfa might be forced to seek partners, if not sponsored pay drivers in one form or another to balance the books.

Even Red Bull may see the advantage to taking the heavily backed Perez in preference to Albon or Gasly, especially with bigger costs on the horizon from engines due to Honda's departure.

Might we see the return of the 'Kaltenborn paradox', more signed drivers than seats?  ;)
Dare
October 27, 2020, 12:59:12 PM by Dare
Views: 115 | Comments: 3

So when Vettel goes to Racing Point he may
have the same problem but Lance won't make him
look as bad

https://www.yahoo.com/autos/why-ferrari-hobbling-vettel-doesn-092519294.html
Jericoke
October 25, 2020, 04:11:09 PM by Jericoke
Views: 351 | Comments: 13

Heroes

Lewis Hamilton.  Has the ability to be the best when he needs to be the best.  No one lucks into 92 wins.  He had a tough start to the race, but he kept his head, and built up the biggest win margin of the season.

Sergio Perez.  Leading lights out to chequered flag is special, but a recovery drive from last to a points finish is very exciting, and true test of driving skill.

Ferrari.  A double points finish might be a low bar for a storied race team, but they've been pushing to improve the car, and it's working.  One of the things I love best about F1 is that it really is  a TEAM sport, and Ferrari is working as a team to get better.

Zeroes

Stroll.  Maybe missing a race took his edge off, or maybe he feels he needs to prove something, but he's had a bad weekend when it comes to playing well with others.  Causing crashes in practise and the race isn't going to do much for a reputation.

Beyond that, I think most drivers did what was expected of them.  It's a new track with a slick surface.  It was great watching everyone learn, which drivers/teams had early advantages, and which ones could adapt over the race.  It has been an extra bonus of 2020, having several 'new' races like this.
lkjohnson1950
October 23, 2020, 07:51:41 PM by lkjohnson1950
Views: 421 | Comments: 2

Here's a virtual look at this week's new venue Portimao. There are some interesting corners, but it's the elevation changes that are challenging the drivers.

John S
October 22, 2020, 04:20:23 PM by John S
Views: 761 | Comments: 6

This fits with rumours that Russian money will put Nikita Mazepin in the cockpit of the Haas next year. The second seat may go to another rookie unless the Uralkali backing also extends to a seasoned F1 driver to act as mentor for Nikita.

Can't say I'll be sorry to see either Grosjean or KMag leave the grid, never rated either more than journeymen - in some circumstances less than that.

https://www.thecheckeredflag.co.uk/2020/10/romain-grosjean-and-kevin-magnussen-to-leave-haas-f1-team-at-end-of-2020-season/
cosworth151
October 20, 2020, 01:51:39 PM by cosworth151
Views: 718 | Comments: 13

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: 1239 | Comments: 21

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!


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