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Motorsport must be cheaper to be more inclusive – Wolff

Motorsport needs to become cheaper at a grassroots level in order to be more inclusive and diverse, according to Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff. Formula 1 came under criticism from Lewis Hamilton  for its silence on the global protests that followed the death of George Floyd, as a number of other sports stars and leagues […]

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Carey expecting more race cancellations, points to other options

Formula 1 chairman and CEO Chase Carey expects some races on the original 2020 calendar to be cancelled later in the year, and says the sport has other options if needed. The first 10 rounds were either cancelled or postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but F1 this week confirmed an eight-race European calendar starting in Austria […]

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Official: F1 confirms eight-race European start to 2020 season

Following the cancellation or postponement of the first 10 races on the original calendar due to the Covid-19 pandemic, F1 will finally restart on July 5 with the Austrian Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring. The summer schedule is as follows: July 5 – Austrian; July 12 – Austria II (Steiermark GP); July 19 […]

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Mercedes: We stand with Hamilton, equality

Mercedes has thrown its support behind Lewis Hamilton, and has emphasised the importance of tolerance, in the midst of ongoing protests regarding racism. Several protests have taken place in the United States, which have spread to other parts of the world, after the death in police custody of George Floyd, an unarmed black man. Hamilton, […]

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After NASCAR Restart, Formula One To Make Belated Comeback In Austria In July

After a more than two-month drought of 200 mph-plus speed and roaring V8s due to the coronavirus pandemic, motor racing hungry fans were treated to a NASCAR race with a difference on May 17 at Darlington Raceway in South Carolina, from the comfort of their homes. In an event dubbed “The Real Heroes 400” honoring […]

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F1 legend Fernando Alonso in frame for sensational return as Renault reveal two-time world champ ‘an option’ for 2021 Marc Mayo

FERNANDO ALONSO is in the running for a sensational return to Renault ahead of the 2021 Formula 1 season. After the French marque lost Daniel Ricciardo to McLaren, they are having to survey their options for Esteban Ocon’s new teammate.Renault boss Cyril Abiteboul is determined to take his time in hiring a driver for next year […]

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F1: Fernando Alonso would drive the wheels off Renault, one way or the other

“A mega race. What he did is unbelievable.” The fact that those words are attributed to a Fernando Alonso drive does not surprise. However, it wasn’t a performance that earned the two-time World Champion a race win, or even a podium. Instead, former McLaren racing director Eric Boullier made that statement after the Spaniard finished seventh […]

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New rules will make F1’s top teams “dinosaurs”

Formula 1’s new rules will make the top teams “dinosaurs”, Racing Point technical director Andrew Green has predicted . The new rules, which were approved by the FIA World Motor Sport Council yesterday, will reduce the new-for-2021 budget cap from $175 million to $145 million (plus expenses). The leading teams in the constructors’ championship will […]

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Aston Martin F1 Emerges as Wild Card Entry in Sebastian Vettel Sweepstakes

While not a proven Formula 1 winner, Aston Martin has money and a new connection with Mercedes’ Toto Wolff. The two biggest questions in Formula 1 center around when (or even if) the season will begin and where (if anywhere) will free-agent-to-be Sebastian Vettel land in 2021. Red Bull Racing official Helmut Marko, who had […]

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Schumacher Tipped to Replace Kimi Raikkonen at Alfa Romeo by Former F1 drivers

Mick Schumacher, the son of F1 legend and seven times world champion,Michael Schumacher may get his shot in F1 earlier than a few anticipated. Some people have suggested that he could inherit the seat of Kimi Raikkonen at Alfa Romeo. Mick, who currently races for Prema Theodore Racing in F2 has been grabbing a lot of […]

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Germany Poised to Replace Silverstone on 2020 F1 Calendar

The F1 German Grand Prix might be run in 2020, after all, as Hockenheim is ready to step in if Formula 1 needs to scrap plans to race at Silverstone because of the U.K.’s 14-day quarantine for persons entering the country. The sport wants to return to racing with a spectator-less race or two in Austria […]

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Horner fuels Vettel-Mercedes speculation

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner has added to speculation that Sebastian Vettel could join Mercedes for the 2021 Formula 1 season. Accepting that the German may elect to retire from the sport, Horner expressed his appreciation for the driver with whom he achieved four back-to-back drivers’ and constructors’ championship doubles. “It’ll be a shame if Sebastian ends […]

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Saward: Don’t Count out Four-Time F1 Champion Sebastian Vettel Just Yet

Sebastian Vettel would appear to have only one real choice if he wishes stay in Formula 1 in 2021.And that one option, Renault, has more positives tied to it than one might think. The trouble for Vettel is that he is a proud man and he wants to be paid what he thinks he is […]

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Report: Fernando Alonso Signs ‘Pre-Agreement’ with Renault F1 

F1 champion Fernando Alonso will be back in a Formula 1 car in 2021. That’s according to several reports that say the Spaniard is close to signing with his former team, and even one report that states a “pre-agreement” is done. Renault lost driver Daniel Ricciardo earlier this week in a round of driver moves that saw Sebastian Vettel […]

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How Vettel’s Ferrari dream fell apart and what comes next

Ferrari and Sebastian Vettel will part ways after the 2020 F1 season, but what comes next? Sebastian Vettel’s aspiration of emulating his compatriot and hero, Michael Schumacher by winning a world championship with Ferrari looks to be over. Indeed, if the Covid-19 pandemic continues on and Formula 1 is unable to start the 2020 season, […]

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The first F1 World Championship race: the 1950 British Grand Prix

While there had been grands prix before and after the Second World War, a sunny May 13, 1950 at Silverstone marked the start of the modern era. Roads into the circuit filled quickly in the morning, as spectators arrived as early as 6am to catch a glimpse of the men and machines that would later […]

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Sebastian Vettel’s Statement on Why He’s Leaving Ferrari F1: No Longer a Common Desire to Stay Together

Ferrari officially announced that four-time Formula 1 champion Sebastian Vettel will not return after the 2020 F1 season. Despite negotiating a contract extension, the two sides could not reach an agreement and will go their separate ways after this year. “My relationship with Scuderia Ferrari will finish at the end of 2020,” said Vettel. “In order to […]

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Boost for British GP hopes as government lays out recovery road map

The prospects of a British Grand Prix taking place in July have been boosted after the UK government published its coronavirus road map on Monday. Formula 1’s 2020 season has yet to begin due to the coronavirus pandemic and all events until at least June have been either postponed or cancelled. Formula 1 hopes to […]

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F1 revenues drop from $246m to $39m in first quarter of 2020

Liberty Media has announced Formula 1’s revenues dropped 84% during the first quarter of 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Across January, February and March of 2019, F1 generated revenues of $246 million and hosted two grands prix in that time. However, with no racing yet possible this year, Liberty’s accounts for the […]

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Verstappen would have died ‘three or four times’ in Fangio era

Former McLaren Formula 1 driver Bruno Giacomelli has said that Max Verstappen would not have survived in past generations of grand prix cars. Giacomelli competed in Formula 1 for seven-years between 1977 and 1983, returning for a single campaign in 1990, and the Italian says that the lack of fear in young drivers would have killed them in […]

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British Grand Prix may be held behind closed doors

The British Grand Prix will be held behind closed doors if it takes place at all, the race organizers at Silverstone have announced. The first 10 rounds of the 2020 Formula 1 championship have so far been either postponed or canceled, with F1 targeting a season restart in Austria on July 5. Silverstone’s original race […]

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Formula 1 CEO Chase Carey: ‘We are targeting season start in Austria in July’

Formula 1 CEO Chase Carey has laid out his vision for the 2020 season; ‘between 15-18 races’ remaining the target.Despite the cancellation of the French Grand Prix on Monday morning, Carey is still targeting a truly global competition in 2020. “Although this morning it was announced that the French Grand Prix, due to take place […]

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TODT: MOTOR RACING IS TOO EXPENSIVE

FIA president Jean Todt has defended his push to cut costs in Formula 1, arguing it is necessary to keep investment in the sport. A driving force behind the current discussions to lower 2021’s budget cap as far below the original $175 million figure as possible, Todt has doubled-down on his stance amidst push-back from […]

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Ricciardo’s options dwindle as Ferrari warns it could quit F1

Daniel Ricciardo’s future post 2020 remains clouded and his options may be limited with reports Ferrari could quit Formula One as a result of the coronavirus. It comes after Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto warned they may not be able to continue if budget caps are further slashed following the global pandemic. Teams agreed on […]

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Schumacher failed at Mercedes, says driver’s former manager

Michael Schumacher’s former manager Willi Weber says that the German ‘failed’ in his 2010 return to grand prix racing with Mercedes. John Barnard, a designer who worked with Schumacher at Ferrari, has previously aired his opinions on Schumacher’s Mercedes stint, and Weber told the Kolner Express that he shares this view. “I see it 100 percent […]

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Phil Hill – America’s first F1 champion and Le Mans legend

Philip Toll Hill Jr. is perhaps the most under-appreciated World Champion in Formula 1 history, and one wonders if this is simply a result of him being so smart. The wisest people learn not only from their own mistakes but those of others, too, and this Miami-born, Santa Monica-bred guy had witnessed plenty of trauma […]

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F1 IN SOUTH AFRICA: IT TOOK A WHILE TO GET RACING POST-WAR

While hostilities had not directly affected the subcontinent in a physical sense, World War 2’s allied economical ravages indeed had a profound effect. It would take more than three years before real car racing returned in South Africa. Times really were tough – just about everything was in short supply and there was quite simply […]

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FIA POSTPONES MOTORSPORT GAMES AT PAUL RICARD TO 2021

The second edition of the FIA motorsport games, set to be held at the Circuit Paul Ricard, have been postponed until 2021, the governing body announced on Tuesday. Citing the “COVID-19 pandemic currently affecting the world and its expected consequences for motorsport”, the event has been moved back a year from 23-25 October 2020, to […]

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Red Bull’s £60m solution to save F1 that could transform the sport forever – yet faces fierce opposition

Bull Racing boss Christian Horner has called on Formula One to allow teams to buy cars from their rivals as it would slash their costs to just £63m ($80m) and help to keep their wheels turning during the coronavirus shutdown. F1‘s regulations state that every squad “must design and manufacture certain key parts of its cars itself, including the chassis, which means […]

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Horner: F1 owners would save teams who risk going under

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner says Formula 1’s owners would protect teams who are at risk financially during the coronavirus pandemic. Nine grand prix meetings have been cancelled or postponed this year as a result of the coronavirus crisis which continues to claim lives around the world. Questions have been asked about the financial […]

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Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff has bought shares in Aston Martin ahead of the British sports car brand’s return to Formula 1. Documents revealed Wolff has purchased a 4.77% stake in Aston Martin Lagonda, although that will be diluted to just under 1% by a rights issue on Monday. Wolff is close friends with new […]

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Formula One faces new reality amid coronavirus crisis – Todt

PARIS (Reuters) – Formula one is facing a new reality and must make deeper cost cuts to ensure the sport emerges intact from the coronavirus crisis, FIA president Jean Todt said. Nine Formula One Grand Prix races have been cancelled or postponed since the start of the season in Melbourne last month and the next […]

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Formula 1 Team Boss Says July Start Is Critical for Future of the Series

First eight races of the 21-race Formula 1 season have already been either postponed or canceled. Franz Tost, team principal of Red Bull junior team Alpha Tauri, said that should Formula 1 still be sidelined by the COVID-19 pandemic beyond July, some teams could be in real trouble in terms of surviving. If that’s true, […]

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F1’s revised shutdown period extended to 35 days

Formula 1’s revised mandatory shutdown period for teams and engine manufacturers has been extended from three to five weeks, following unanimous agreement between the involved parties. Formula 1 is currently on an extended hiatus due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, with racing not due to start until at least mid-June. The Canadian Grand Prix, currently […]

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Brown fears four teams could collapse if situation isn’t handled correctly

McLaren team boss Zak Brown fears four teams could collapse if the current situation isn’t dealt with “aggressively”. Last week Red Bull team boss Christian Horner said he was confident the sport itself would emerge from the current crisis, but he too questioned whether all ten teams would survive. F1 and the FIA have put some […]

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Former F1 owner Bernie Ecclestone to become a father again at 89

Billionaire Bernie Ecclestone is set to become a father again at 89. Ecclestone has announced that he and wife Fabiana Flosi, 44, are expecting a baby this winter. It will be Ecclestone and Flosi’s first child together. The former Formula One owner has three daughters from previous marriages. “I don’t see there’s any difference between being […]