Mar. 16F1, MotorsportComments Off on Inaugural F1 Vietnam GP postponed, indefinitely
In view of the continued global spread of novel coronavirus and after ongoing discussions with Formula One Ltd, the holder of copyrights and licenses for F1, as well as the FIA & the Hanoi People’s Committee, the Vietnamese Motorsports Association (VMA), the Vietnam Grand Prix Limited Liability Company (VGPC) regrets to announce the postponement of the Formula 1 VinFast Vietnam Grand Prix 2020 as scheduled.
Due to take place on 3 – 5 April, the decision to postpone comes after extensive consideration of the ongoing and developing coronavirus situation as well as after the recent WHO declaration of the outbreak as a global pandemic, and follows guidance from all relevant authorities whose collective concern is the health and well-being of the Vietnamese people as well as travelling Formula 1 fans, staff and championship participants.
This has been a very difficult decision to reach, especially as preparations for Hanoi to join the world’s most prestigious sporting event with a world-class, state-of-the-art F1 circuit had just entered their final stages.
VGPC will continue to work closely with Formula 1, the FIA, the
Hanoi People’s Committee and the VMA to monitor the situation and will look to
announce an alternative date and provide a further update for our ticket
purchasers, sponsors and partners in due course.
The organizers’ thoughts go to all those directly and indirectly affected by the current coronavirus situation, as well as those for whom this announcement will be a disappointment as they looked forward to an exciting inaugural race in Vietnam.
Feb. 17F1, MotorsportComments Off on UPDATED: Formula 1 Teams charge into 2020 season with new challengers
With about a month before the 2020 Formula 1 season kicks off in Australia, F1 Teams do their customary introductions to promote new challengers and driver lineups.
We start with the Reigning Champion Mercedes-AMG F1 Team. The Champs put their new Mercedes-AMG F1 W11 EQ Performance challenger on track at Silverstone for its initial testing. This is the 11th F1 car by the Silver Arrows since their return to the Series.
Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas return for another season to defend the team’s championship honors. Both drivers pilot the car that had 10,000 new parts. The car continues to run on a 1.6-liter V6 hybrid engine, since 2014.
Ferrari’s 2020 challenger is called the SF1000. The SF1000 denotes the Prancing Horse as the first team ever to take part in 1000 Formula 1 Grands Prix. This year, Ferrari observe its 70th anniversary in the series.
Four-time champion Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc are back as pilots for a second year driver pairing. Both drivers are in the Catalunya track for the first testing of the season, starting 19 February.
Marking its 70th year in F1, Ferrari have participated in 991 races and won 238 of them. In the new season, Ferrari intend to push for glory and expect both drivers to battle for top honors at every race.
McLaren took the covers off their 2020 F1 Challenger MCL35 last week at their headquarters in Woking. The 2020 team feature Carlos Sainz and Lando Norris in their second year as the team’s driver tandem.
The McLaren MCL35’s papaya and blue livery remains similar to last season. The car is powered by a Renault E-Tech 20 engine.
McLaren and the other F1 teams are preparing for the pre-season test in Catalunya from 19 – 21 February. Next, the teams conduct a second test from 26 – 28 February.
Renault F1 Team previewed its R.S. 20 challenger with drivers Daniel Ricciardo and Esteban Ocon, recently. The 2020 challenger, powered by the E-Tech 20 engine, is set for full reveal at the Catalan track in Barcelona on 19 February.
Ricciardo is into his 2nd season with Renault, while Esteban Ocon, a graduate of the Mercedes driver development program, joins the French squad from a year spent at Mercedes-AMG F1 team as test driver. The Frenchman has raced for the now defunct Force India squad from 2017 – 2018.
Red Bull Racing
Red Bull Racing’s RB16 debuted at Silverstone in its familiar colors. The RBR squad feature Max Verstappen and Alexander Albon, who’s called up from sister team Toro Rosso.
RBR prepare for the first of two three-day tests starting 19 February at the Circuit Catalunya.
Toro Rosso becomes Alpha Tauri Team
At the Alpha Tauri Team unveiling recently in Salzburg, the squad presented its 2020 challenger, the AT01, and title partners AlphaTauri. They’ve gone from Energy drink to a fashion label, owned by Red Bull.
The AlphaTauri F1 cars took to the track in Misano, before being transported to the first testing site at Catalunya. The driver pairing comprises Pierre Gasly and Daniil Kvyat. “There’s a new chapter coming with Scuderia AlphaTauri. I like fashion as well, so for me it’s great to be combining a fashion brand with Formula 1. I think it’s a great adventure that is starting now and I’m really excited to get started properly on track and take the brand to another level,” Gasly said.
Alfa Romeo Racing
The Team formerly known as the Sauber F1 team has unveiled its 2020 challenger, the C39, at the Fiorano. The Alfa Romeo Racing team conducted a first shakedown of the C39 in pre-launch ‘snakeskin’ livery at the track. Kimi Raikkonen was on hand in Fiorano to take the car out for a first shakedown.
The livery of the C39 by Centro Stile Alfa Romeo took its inspiration from one of the Brand’s dominant icons, the heraldic ‘Biscione’. The snakeskin pattern not only endows the car with an exotic look, it also camouflages its normal appearance and disguises its secrets until the official launch at the Circuit Catalunya.
Prior to the start of the pre-season test at Circuit de Catalunya, Alfa Romeo Racing took the covers off the new-liveried C39 with drivers Kimi Räikkönen, Antonio Giovinazzi, test/reserve driver Robert Kubica and development driver Tatiana Calderon.
Since taking in Alfa Romeo Racing, the race car has that familiar Alfa Romeo racing colors. For 2020, the paintwork is developed by Centro Stile and theme represents the “Speed-Pixel”: a graphic evocation of speed and time in what is the year of the brand’s 110th anniversary. There is also a return to a simplified quadrifoglio design and an enlarged Alfa Romeo script on the engine cover which is now overlapping the main logo. Alfa Romeo Racing squad aims to battle regularly in the midfield and a shot at the top five on the grid.
Oct. 14F1, MotorsportComments Off on Bottas wins F1 Japanese GP; Mercedes nails Constructors title
The F1 Japanese
Grand Prix at Suzuka saw Valtteri Bottas capture his sixth win lifetime to help
Mercedes firm up the Constructors’ title. Team mate Lewis Hamilton was third, behind
rival Sebastien Vettel.
With 1 and 3,
Hamilton and Bottas become the only two drivers in the standings with a shot at
the drivers’ trophy. Mercedes’ constructors
title is the sixth consecutive title since the Silver Arrows made its entry in
the sport as a factory team. There are
four races left in the season…
The start of the race was clear cut, it was Mercedes versus Ferrari off the grid. Vettel hesitated at the start and that allowed Bottas to shoot ahead. Meantime, Charles LeClerc got a wheelspin and was picked off by Max Verstappen. He tried to block the Red Bull but unsuccessful.
It was Bottas, followed by Vettel, Leclerc, Verstappen and Hamilton on the first lap. The Mercedes drivers and Vettel went for a two-stopper. After his first stop, he resumed the attack on the lead Mercedes on lap 17. Bottas managed to come out ahead of Vettel after his stop. Hamilton would pit later and retook the race third.
The order would change slightly after the second stop, Hamilton led -Vettel and Bottas, after Bottas dove in the pitlane. Hamilton would go in lap 42 and attacked the minute he rejoined the track, but Vettel covered well. Past mid-part of the race, Bottas led the race with Vettel and Hamilton. Six laps from the end, Hamilton made a final push for runner-up spot but Vettel wouldn’t have it. Alex Albon finished fourth for Red Bull from Carlos Sainz, Behind Sainz, everybody finished a lap down on the leaders. LeClerc was demoted from sixth to seventh after a post race review, as he was penalized for blocking Verstappen at the start. Verstappen, meanwhile, didn’t finish the race.
Sep. 23F1, MotorsportComments Off on Vettel proves his mantle with F1 Singapore Grand Prix win
It’s the first win of the seaosn for four-time F1 Champion and Ferrari’s Sebastien Vettel who topped his team mate Charles LeClerc at the 61-lap Marina Bay Street Circuit, on Sunday. The conditions proved that the mean streets in downtown Singapore were well suited for the Ferraris. It was Ferrari’s 84th 1-2 finish in F1. The Red Bull of Max Verstappen came in in third to demote the Mercedes cars to fourth and fifth, where Lewis Hamilton finished ahead of his team mate.
At race start, LeClerc led Hamilton and
Vettel under the night lights of the magnificent Marina Bay street circuit.
Vettel pushed to try to get past Hamilton on the opening lap, but didn’t succeed.
After the race leaders and the rest of the field settled, the lead Ferrari maintained the lead. In the first stop, Ferrari called Vettel in for a stop first as he was pursued by a hot Verstappen, who ran fourth at the time, Ferraris were on a one-stopper. LeClerc pitted on lap 20, a lap later than his team mate. He retook the track in second behind Vettel.
The other contenders took their pitstop
strategies in stride. It was until lap 35 that there’s some drama on track with the
safety car called out when George Russell and Romain Grosjean collided. By
then, Vettel led the race quite comfortably, almost 5 seconds ahead of LeClerc.
The usual suspects were all there, it was Vettel, LeClerc, Verstappen, Hamilton
and Valtteri Bottas.
After the middle part of the race, there were two more safety car periods. The final safety car period basically sealed the deal for the Ferraris as they were able to maintain the one-two and reduce tyre wear until the chequered flag. The order would finish in such: Vettel from LeClerc, Verstappen, Hamilton and Bottas.
Behind Bottas came the second Red Bull of Alexander
Albon who led home McLaren’s Lando
Norris, Toro Rosso’s Pierre Gasly, Renault’s Nico Hulkenberg and Alfa Romeo’s Antonio
So it would be Vettel’s day as he got to the top step of the podium after an absence of over a year, dating back to Belgium 2018. It was his fifth win in Singapore, which is a record for any driver at the Marina Bay track. His 14th win with Ferrari also puts him third in the list of all-time Ferrari winners between Michael Schumacher on 72 and Niki Lauda on 15. It was his 53rd career win and Ferrari’s 238th.
A jubilant Vettel remarked, “It was about time!
I never stopped believing in myself and today, with the great help of the team
here and in Maranello, we got the result we should always be aiming for. I was
playing a waiting game until I got the call on the radio to pit for new tyres.
I had not expected to stay out so long but the decision was key, because I was
able to rejoin with a clear track ahead of me and I could run at my own pace
making up ground on all the others, to the extent that I was in the lead by
almost five seconds at the time the Safety Car came out. From then on, the race
was continually interrupted, with a further two restarts, but I still managed
to maintain concentration and avoid making any mistakes.”
The next round, the 16th of the season, is
next weekend in Russia, at the Sochi Autodrom.
Jul. 29F1, MotorsportComments Off on Verstappen wins 2nd race of the year at rain-hit German GP
In a topsy-turvy rain-soaked German Grand Prix in Hockenheim, Max Verstappen was the big winner for Red Bull Racing. The two Mercedes finished out of the points for the first time in the season. Lewis Hamilton ended up 11th and Valtteri Bottas crashed out of the race. It took a horrid weather to stop Mercedes’ progress in the championship, so be it…at least we have an interesting race to witness.
The 11th round of the Formula 1
World Championships was going Mercedes’ way after Saturday’s qualifying where
they secured positions 1 and 2. But, the tide turned against them on Sunday. Verstappen
was the winner, but it was Ferrari’s Sebastien Vettel who overcame the odds
from last place on starting grid to second place at the finish.
At race start, Vettel quickly made up grounds
from 20th to 14th and up 12th, after
dispatching Daniel Riccairdo in a Renault. Verstappen tagged the Mercedes cars
as the rest of the field struggled for grip on a damp track. Hamilton gambled on
slicks rather than intermediates. It would soon became a nightmare for him
After the first stop and a safety car period, the restart saw Charles LeClerc zip past Nico Hulkenberg and Kevin Magnussen for fourth. Few cars behind, Vettel jumped from tenth to seventh.
The rain came pouring round about the halfway
mark of the race which made it more interesting. LeClerc fell victim to the weather
as he crashed into the barriers, while running second at the time. Vettel had
to switch to intermediates and retook the track in eighth.
Another safety car period at the three
quarters mark following Hulkenberg’s crash. The surviving Ferrari ran ninth
after a stop for tyres.
In the final stint, Hamilton ran wide and hit the wall, damaging his front wing. He dropped out of the race. Later, Bottas would crashed out from the lead. With the two Mercedes gone, Verstappen led from the field as everyone got promoted. Vettel, meantime, carved his way to the front with relative ease. Another restart was required but it didn’t stop Vettel as he took out Carlos Sainz and Lance Stroll to get up to third, with three laps to go.
Final two laps, the Ferrari made quick work of Daniil Kvyat’s Toro Rosso to take the chequered flag in second place behind Verstappen. If there were more laps, Vettel could have snatched the win from the factory Red Bull…
Although Mercedes had the worst race of the season they still lead the standings, way ahead. Hamilton was classified 11th but somehow finished ninth in the classification. Robert Kubica took home a point for Williams by finishing tenth.
The next round takes place in Hungary, next weekend/
Top three drivers’ quotes:
Verstappen: It was definitely not an easy
race and very tricky with the changing conditions. The Team made all the right
calls. They were giving me the right information and keeping an eye on all the
other teams and sector times. They were really on top of things and everyone
worked so well together. It has been one of my most difficult races and it is
great to come out on top. For sure I enjoy driving in the wet but also you need
a good car for that. You can find a bit of pace in yourself but today we had
both things right and I’m very happy with the result.
Vettel: That was quite a race. I enjoyed it even though it was a tricky
race, something of a lottery. I made up a lot of ground immediately after the
start and in the first couple of laps, even though it was difficult to see.
After that, it was quite hard to get into a rhythm as I did not feel so
comfortable on the intermediates and their degradation was quite high. It was
hard to tell if the lack of grip was because of the track being greasy or
because the tyres were going off. There are so many decisions to make, but
overall we stayed on track and in the race. In mixed conditions when it was
starting to dry on the slicks I felt comfortable and that’s when we made up the
Kvvyat: It’s incredible to be back on the podium in what could be called my ‘second career’. I thought it would never happen again in my life, so I’m so incredibly happy. There’s so many emotions I still need some time to let it all sink in!
May. 27F1, MotorsportComments Off on Hamilton continues rampaging 2019 Formula 1 season
matter if it’s a fast track or down right slot circuit like the Monaco strip,
Mercedes F1 Team continues rampaging the grid with the likes of Reigning
Champion Lewis Hamilton and Valtter Bottas.
After six rounds,
Mercedes has blown away the competition with at least three 1-2 finishes. This
time at Monte Carlo, Hamilton took the win with Bottas third, spilt by the
Ferrari of Sebastien Vettel. Hamilton now has 137 points without even trying,
followed by Bottas with 120 points. The nearest pursuer is Vettel, who’s 36
points behind the 2nd Mercedes.
Verstappen could have finished second, but due to an infringement and a 5-second
penalty, he was demoted to fourth. As for viewership, you actually don’t have
to bother watching the race these days…
selected top ten drivers’ take on the Monaco
Hamilton: It was one of the hardest races of my career, it was so
intense. With 20 laps left I thought there was no way I was going to make it to
the end. I thought I was going to crash, I was battling so much with the car.
There was absolutely nothing left in the tyres and it was so tough to keep the
car on the track.
Verstappen: I gave it my all! I think we were very competitive and I enjoyed putting the pressure on and trying to go for the win. You know when you’re up against Lewis it’s going to be very hard but I kept pushing him and I tried to force him into a mistake. I made him use his tyres a bit more than he wanted which meant I could attack. At one point I could see his tyres really dropping off and there were a few corners on the track where he was really slow which meant I could line up a move, but we just couldn’t get close enough. With a few laps to go, I thought I’m going to try it now and see what happens. We touched but luckily nothing came of it. The penalty from the pit stop is unfortunate, but I don’t think the Team did anything wrong and it is impossible to see in that tight pit lane.
P6 today is a very
good result and my third points finish in a row. An amazing first lap after
passing both Toro Rossos around the outside at Turn Three. Definitely one of my
best overtakes! After that, a good pit call to stay out under the Safety Car
and some solid laps to earn P6.
can be satisfied with the amount of points we brought home today and with how
we managed the race – the teamwork was fantastic, the support I got from
everyone was great! P7 is a great result in Monaco. We have been working hard
over the past few weeks to see where we need to improve and what I need to go
faster, and we found it.
Ricciardo: We definitely could have done better and got a great result as we had all the cards in our hand. Although we missed some points, the car was very good even though we couldn’t always use the speed we had. We’ll look at what happened and address it for future races.
now moves to Canada in a fortnight’s time for the seventh round of the season.
Mar. 18F1, GalleryComments Off on F1 Australian GP: Bottas and Mercedes dominate season-opener
Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton captured the season-epener in Melbourne. The Mercedes drivers dominated the race from their usual rivals, the Red Bulls and Ferraris. Best finisher for Red Bull was Max Verstappen, while Ferrari’s top driver was Sebastien Vettel, who was fourth. Vettel’s team mate and Ferrari rookie Charles Le Clerc took fifth spot, ahead of Hass’ Kevvin Magnussen. The top six drivers finished with a lap advantage to the drivers in positions 7th through 10th. The results proved that the top-tiered guys are far faster than the mid-tiered and bottom-rung teams.
For Bottas, it was only his fourth F1 win, and the 1-2 finish meant a 45th time for the Silver Arrows in F1. Mercedes top the Constructors with 44 points from Ferrari (22).
Bottas led the pack from the starting grid,
followed by Hamilton and LeClerc, who overtook the Red Bull of Verstappen.
Verstappen had Vettel all over his rear view mirrors, but managed to hold his
position. Behind them, Daniel Ricciardo lost his car’s front wing as he tried a
move on the grass. He had to pit for a new nose. Verstappen sneaked past
LeClerc on lap 3, who ran wide in a tussle with Vettel.
Up front, Bottas had a 2.0 seconds lead and stretched the lead by another second on lap 10. A couple of laps later, a McLaren was out of the race; when the Carlos Sainz’ car went up in flames on track.
The first round of stops was scheduled on lap 15, with the race leaders stopping a lap later starting with Hamilton. The reigning champion retook the track, ahead of Vettel. They were fourth and fifth.
Bottas was in a clear lead as he worked a fastest lap to extend lead from Verstappen and
LeClerc. Meantime, Vetstappen was trying to extend the gap time from his
chasers, namely Hamilton and Vettel.
Before half-distance of the race, Bottas made his tyre swap; a one and only stop. He rejoined second behind the Red Bull. Who’d to pit again. On lap 26 of 58, Verstappen made his stop and the lead went back to Bottas. At that point, Hamilton was complaining about his depleting tyres, which could force an unnecessary stop. But, it didn’t take a turn for the worse.
After his race-start incident, Ricciardo
would have to retire from his home race from a damaged part on his RS19. Back at the front, the two Mercedes led
Vettel, Verstappen and LeClerc. Verstappen quickly beat Vettel for third on an outside
move at turn 3. He was only 2-sec from Hamilton.
In the ensuing laps, Verstappen tried to chase down the defending champion but
Hamilton held firm.
In the closing laps, Bottas was sailing home for the win at the season-opener. Hamilton had to watch out for the flying Dutchman, who’s just 1.5s behind. Fourth and fifth were the Ferraris, as LeClerc closed tha gap to Vettel from 12s to 4s. Verstappen chased down the Mercedes hard, until he ran on to the grass and basically conceded second to Hamilton,
In the final five laps, LeClerc was within 2s from his team mate. The Ferraris were a full stop away from the Haas of Magnussen. A fastest lap for Bottas on the final lap ensured the win and a bonus point. Hamilton held off a hard charging Verstappen. The Ferraris settled with Vettel’s fourth and LeClerc’s fifth. Aside from Magnussen, the rest of the field were a lap behind.
Bottas commented in post-race, “We could not
have asked for a better start to the season – getting maximum points for the
team is a perfect result and we couldn’t be happier. The key was the start; I
think Lewis may have had a bit of wheel spin, so I was able to take the lead.
My race pace was really strong, I could pull away and build a gap. In the end,
I managed to get the fastest lap as well, which of course means an extra point
this season, so I went for it. It can be a little risky with worn tyres, but I
had it all under control.”
Feb. 14MotorsportComments Off on Mercedes-AMG F1 aim for Sixth Title with 2019 Challenger
Formula 1 Champions Mercedes-AMG F1 Team has introduced their 2019 Challenger at
the Silverstone Circuit. The 2019 F1 W10 EQ Power+ in a new livery, signifying
the brand’s tenth year in F1, took its first laps at the famous British track.
until the start of the season, Lewish Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas shared
driving duties to experience the new challenger for the firs time. The duo will
hit the Circuit of Catalunya for the formal pre-season test to gauge a better
understanding of the 2019 challenger. Hamilton
and the team have garnered five titles working together, and in the new season
they are going for a sixth. Hamilton will
start his seventh year with the team in the new season. He has four titles, 52
race wins and 57 pole positions since 2013.
“I’m really looking forward to the next step of our journey together with
Mercedes. This is my seventh year with the team and the energy and the
determination within the team are really inspiring. The buzz really starts at
the beginning of the year when you see the car coming together. Driving the new
car is like meeting someone new for the first time – you want to get to know
them the best way as quick as possible as you embark on a journey
F1 W10 EQ Power+: New regulations means new elements
its predecessor, the Mercedes-AMG F1 W10 EQ Power+ has been changed
substantially. The majority of those modifications were driven by the
significant changes to the Technical Regulations for the 2019 F1 season. The
car follows the regulations’ minimum weight limit, which has been lifted by by
10kg for 2019. The team have removed ‘some’
to shave more weight. Obviously, focus were given to improve on aerodynamics,
suspension and the Power Unit. Other
than that, the F1 W10 shares plenty of similarities to the F1 W09.
F1, Mercedes is partaking in the Formula E Championship, which hit its sixth
season, as a newcomer.
The engine of
the new challenger has changes made to the cooling architecture, along with bettering
combustion efficiency and incorporating a more efficient ERS system. In a
nutshell, the marriage between the turbocharger assembly with the MGU-H, the
inverter, the cells and the MGU-K: that whole system is now capable of
operating more efficiently and helping with energy deployment through a race.
Jun. 11F1, MotorsportComments Off on F1 Canadian GP: Vettel jumps right back into Championship lead with fantastic win
Sebastien Vettel has won th 2018 Formula One Canadian Grand Prix with a royal flush from rivals Valtteri Bottas and Max Verstappen. Vettel’s win ended a 14-year drought for Ferrari at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.
Jun. 10F1, MotorsportComments Off on Vettel pounds the Gilles Villeneuve track for pole
The Formula One Canadian Grand Prix qualifiers saw four-time Sebastien Vettel snatch pole from rival Valtteri Bottas. Red Bull’s Max Verstappen slotted in third place, ahead of title contender Lewis Hamilton.