Author: anwr Published: July 27, 2020 21:29, Previews: 1883, Comments: 0

With Formula One back on our screens over the last few weeks it would be easy to forget that corona virus might still play a role in the already disrupted season. Now it’s been confirmed that the pandemic will do exactly that. Three races in the Americas have been scrapped with Europe taking on the responsibility to replace them.

What races have been lost?

The three races that have been removed from the race calendar are Brazil, Mexico and the US. The reason being that in all three locations, the corona virus outbreak has more of a severe grip meaning it’s been deemed unsafe and unfeasible to deliver the said races.

The Americas schedule was due to play out across October and November. The changes are obviously a bitter pill for every country to swallow but the US race, which takes place in Austin, Texas will perhaps cause more disappointment than most given they were expecting a record crowd.

It’s not all bad news though with the alterations just a temporary measure whilst the world battles with “challenging conditions”. That means the jilted venues will be back in the calendar for next year.

Who is picking up the slack?

Like we say, it’s not all doom and gloom for F1. Three races have been lost but three have been drafted in as replacements. Europe is believed to have better control of the virus with travel between the respective race destinations easier to navigate working in its favour too. With that in mind, all three of the new races will be held in Europe. 

The first will be held at Germany’s Nurburgring, before races at Portimao in Portugal and, finally, we’ll have the San Marino Grand Prix at Imola
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Just because they weren’t part of the original plan though don’t think they don’t have much about them. The Nurburgring was the circuit that saw Niki Lauda’s Ferrari burst into flames after his frantic crash back in 1976 and, whilst extensive remodelling has taken place it’s far from dull with a combination of long drawn out corners, hairpin bends and sections where drivers can really kick it.

Where Imola is concerned, Williams and Ferrari have been the dominant teams of the past with eight wins each, but it’s probably best known for being the track that tragically saw Roland Ratzenberger and Ayrton Senna lose their lives in 1994.

Finally, sandwiched between those two races is a return to Portugal, who haven’t hosted a Grand Prix in nearly a quarter of a century. Portugal witnessed Alain Prost conquering the Gran Prix of Portugal 3 times, when the race was happening in Estoril. For the circuit in question, the Autodromo Internacional do Algarve, it will be a F1 debut.

Is it a Europe only calendar then?

At the moment, yes. The 2020 schedule will be held in Europe alone. That isn’t the longer-term intention but, ultimately, the spread and subsequent control of coronavirus will determine what happens. That said, the chances of a wider calendar are reducing with each cancellation.

In addition to those in the Americas, Canada saw it’s race scrapped a while back due to their travel restrictions as opposed to the virus itself whilst Asia has also seen casualties with Japan and Singapore binned for the year with China almost definitely not coming back to the fold. Not all is lost though, and it’s believed the F1 top bosses hold optimistic views concerning four other non-European venues in Bahrain, Malaysia, Vietnam and Abu Dhabi respectively.

Regardless of what the end schedule looks like, it has already been confirmed that 2020 will be seen as a legitimate World Championship meaning it’s all to race for. 

Who will come out on top?

Sometimes disruption can present opportunity to those who would ordinarily feature further down the pecking order. Look at the horse racing event, the Kentucky Derby, who normally happens in May, but was postponed to September: the change allows opportunities for betting sites like TwinSpires and new racers surge as favorites.

On what concerns F1 though, it looks like the excitement will just have to come from new tracks and general racing. The reason? It’s two-fold.

For one thing, Mercedes are the dominant force with three wins from three to their name. Then you have the second reason, Lewis Hamilton.

The Brit is currently has six World titles to his name meaning glory in 2020 will bring him level with the all time leader that is the legendary Michael Schumacher. Given he already has two wins to his name and a lead at the top of the standings then you have to accept he’s odds on to be crowned Champ again.


Author: anwr Published: July 27, 2020 19:21, Previews: 1515, Comments: 0

The world might be wrapped up in a pandemic thanks to corona virus but arguably there is an even bigger issue that's come to the forefront of many minds.
That, for anyone that is in doubt, is racism. Here we look at whether F1 has a race problem?

What's the accusation?

The main voice suggesting there is an issue with equality in Formula One is Lewis Hamilton's. He just so happens to be on the brink of becoming the most successful driver of all time so it's hard to ignore what he says.

The Brit initially whipped up a storm on social media with a post that called out his fellow drivers for their failure to use their platform to speak out in the wake of George Floyd's murder in America and referenced F1 as 'white dominated'. It didn't stop there though.

Interviews followed where the Mercedes number one driver continued his, shall we say, verbal challenge to the other drivers when suggesting that being silent was part of the problem with racism running so deep into society.

Has it achieved anything?

Has Hamilton's willingness to open up achieved anything? Yes. Has it achieved enough? He'd quickly tell you it hasn’t. Not by a long stretch. The good news is that at least some of the drivers have given interviews where they’ve admitted being oblivious and blind to the problem. 

That’s not to say they’re in agreement with any racist behavior but is perhaps more a reflection of a white privilege. Even so, acknowledging such a thing publicly can go a long way given their position as role models.

After all, a lot of the issue’s society has with prejudices stem from a lack of education. On that point, the pre-race ‘protest' that sees drivers take the knee and/or don a black lives matter shirt keeps the problem current. That means people still talk about it. Another thing that is important. Again though, it hasn’t been plain sailing. 

The first race – at the Red Bull Ring in Austria – also saw the first demonstration against racism but not all drivers took the knee and Hamilton told the media that several involved had to be encouraged to take part at all. Fast forward to race week two and there was more of the same. Once again, Hamilton was sharing his dismay that many drivers were of the opinion “they’ve done it and they’re not doing it again" whilst also criticising the organisation and leadership.

Is there a formal anti-racism campaign?

The short answer is yes. The sport actually launched one back in 2008 called ‘Everyrace', which coincidentally came about after a younger Hamilton was racially abused during testing. Now though with the issue thrust back in the public eye a new campaign – ‘We race as one' – has been launched. 

You might notice a trend with this article because that campaign hasn’t hit all the right notes either. Not with Hamilton at least. He’s branded it rushed, muddled and lacking progress. The wider view is that the campaign will revert to being just a slogan. 

So, does Hamilton have a point on inequality in F1?

First up, let’s address the fact that Hamilton is the only black man on the grid. That in itself doesn’t mean F1 has a race problem because 20 drivers is a tiny proportion of the global population. What is a concern is the fact that six of those 20 failed to kneel in Austria?

Yes, they have offered up reasons why they didn’t but failing to do so suggests a lack of togetherness in the sport and means the viewer picks up a diluted message.

When NFL odds player Colin Kaepernick decided to take a stand that ended up bringing awareness to the cause but costed the quarterback any chance of finding a new team (he was released in 2017). Perhaps F1 drivers are afraid of the same thing.

That’s on the visual front but it’s perhaps some of the spoken words that have caused warning flags to flutter. The first to cause a tsunami of eye rolls was Bernie Ecclestone – the former top man of F1. He gave an almost unbelievable account on his view on racism claiming that the anti-racism movement was “fashionable” and that “black people are more racist than white people".

In addition to Ecclestone, former big names of F1 Sir Jackie Stewart and Mario Andretti have also been critical of Hamilton. Stewart claimed there is “no resistance to change" with Andretti labelling Hamilton a “militant" pushing something that is “pretentious”. The three of them haven’t covered themselves in glory in the manner they have spoken and whilst they’re not directly involved in the sport now their views certainly cast an ugly shadow that goes a long way to validating Hamilton’s point of people being poor educated on the subject.

A closing thought

Racism is a deep topic and we're not a political blog so, to end let’s keep it simple. The fact is if any black person feels like Hamilton does then, ultimately, the answer has to be that more can be done. For that reason, F1 cannot stop trying to move forwards: the only race that matters are the ones happening in the tracks.

Are you ready for season 2020?

Author: F1FG Published: March 08, 2020 15:57, Previews: 773, Comments: 0

There are 5 days left before we hit season 2020.
Even in situation like this with the coronavirus, when we can't be sure if Australian Grand Prix will happen as planned, we are all set and can't wait for the first practice.
To put even more I will add that this season is set to start in Friday 13th

Anyway, we have seen interesting pre-season testings with some new and innovative development, we read about giving up letters for the first race, so definitely it will be interesting start of the season.

Now its time to login into your F1FG account, select your favorite drivers, engine and chassis so to be ready for the new season.

And if you decide not to go on the tribunes for some of this season's races you are always welcome to join our live center where we can enjoy together the race weekends.

Enjoy season 2020,

The 5 best Ferrari Formula One drivers of all time

Author: anwr Published: January 30, 2020 21:50, Previews: 1749, Comments: 0

Since the Formula One World Championship began in 1950, one team has remained ever present: Ferrari, and in 2020, the Prancing Horse will enter its 1000th F1 race.
There have been many victories - 237 to be exact. Many titles – 16 constructors and 15 drivers’ titles. There has also been plenty of controversies but without doubt, Ferrari have had some of the best drivers ever to grace motorsport sit behind the wheel.
So, who are the top five drivers for the Scuderia in the Italian marque’s Formula One history?

Alberto Ascari – Wins for Ferrari: 13

Italian Alberto Ascari was the first man to win the Formula One world Championship for the Scuderia when he won six straight races in his Ferrari 500 in 1952.

The following season, Ascari carried on where he left off winning five times in 1953 to match Alfa Romeo’s titles in 1950 and 1951.

In 32 starts in F1, Ascari won 13 times all of which came for the Prancing Horse. Tragically, in 1955 Ascari was killed in a high-speed crash during an unrelated testing session but his Ferrari legacy was assured for all of time.

Nigel Mansell – Wins for Ferrari: 3

Nigel Mansell only spent two seasons with the Scuderia but quickly earned the nickname ‘Il Leone’ (the lion) from the ardent Tifosi support for his never give up attitude.

Winning on his Ferrari debut at the 1989 Brazilian Grand Prix in a relatively uncompetitive car was the perfect start but it was later in the season at the Hungarian Grand Prix when the Tifosi took to Mansell as one of their own.

Qualifying his Ferrari in 12th, little was expected from the race. However, lapping two seconds faster than everyone else led to Mansell catching race leader Ayrton Senna and eventually battling past.

To this day, Mansell himself says that was one of his top three races of all time and although just one more race win would follow in the prancing horse for Mansell, he would remain a Tifosi favourite forever.

Gilles Villeneuve – Wins for Ferrari: 6

Villeneuve was described by fellow competitor Jody Scheckter as ‘the fastest man in the history of motorsport’.

Tragically, Scheckter delivered those words at Villeneuve’s funeral in 1982 after a qualifying accident at the Belgian Grand Prix.

However, Villeneuve was adored by Ferrari for his undeniable speed and his attitude for never giving up.

In total he recorded six wins for the Scuderia, and he is still so revered by the Italians there is a corner names after him at Imola – home of the San Marino Grand Prix as well as a Canadian flag painted on the third slot of the grid in his honour.

Niki Lauda - Wins for Ferrari: 15

Niki Lauda is well known for his 1976 Nürburgring crash that left him with severe burns and fighting for his life.

Six weeks later he was back in Ferrari and almost claimed the world title just losing out to James Hunt.

That is only a small part of the story though as in just four seasons, Lauda claimed 15 victories for the Scuderia and two world titles in 1975 and 1977.

Michael Schumacher – Wins for Ferrari: 72

How could it be anyone else? Michael Schumacher wasn’t just the driver behind the wheel in one of the most dominant periods of motorsport history, but the German was the main man driving it all forward.

Not only was Schumacher fast, his attention to detail drove Formula One to levels it had never been before and made superstars and multi-millionaires of everyone.

Five world titles in eleven seasons for Ferrari is the best record of them all and Schumacher’s legacy is undeniable.


Will Lewis Hamilton Move to Ferrari?

Author: anwr Published: July 27, 2019 07:44, Previews: 1962, Comments: 0

  Formula 1 superstar Lewis Hamilton is rumoured to be moving to Ferrari. A Reuter’s report on the story details how Hamilton and Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff have had discussions about it. The five-time F1 champ is currently under contract with Mercedes until the end of 2020, but Wolff has acknowledged that Hamilton might join Ferrari starting 2021.

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Wolff points to Ferrari’s standing as F1's most famous brand as possibly appealing to Hamilton. “You have to simply acknowledge that probably it’s in every driver’s head to drive at Ferrari one day. It’s the most iconic, historic Formula One brand out there and I totally respect if a driver has the desire to drive at Ferrari,” Wolff explained to reporters at the Spanish Grand Prix.

“Even within the team we have discussed it and with Lewis we have discussed it and we have agreed on the topic,” Wolff added. “We had the discussion when we negotiated the last contract and I think that you just have to be open-minded and understand that drivers will explore opportunities that exist and benchmark themselves.”

Wolff also clarified that Hamilton has not actually made up his mind.

This is mainly because there are very compelling reasons for Hamilton not to leave Mercedes. One of the biggest reasons for Hamilton not moving is to continue his winning streak and beat Michael Schumacher's record of seven F1 championships. Hamilton has won five F1 titles, and is three away from breaking the German legend's record. In a feature by Ladbrokes on Lewis Hamilton’s career, it documents how he won his first world title in 2008 driving for McLaren. He then added four more world championships in 2014, 2015, 2017, and 2018 driving for his current team, Mercedes, where he also built a reputation as arguably the sport's biggest star. He is currently poised to win a sixth title after recently winning the French Grand Prix and the British Grand Prix. At the moment Hamilton is top of the standings and pulling away from his teammate Bottas in second place.

That is why former teammate Jenson Button doesn't think Hamilton leaving Mercedes for Ferrari is a good idea. Speaking to The Telegraph about Hamilton's rumoured move to Ferrari, Button insinuates that going to Ferrari is akin to career suicide. “Lewis could end up with 10 world championships if he stays at Mercedes," Button explains, "but if he goes to Ferrari it might be just that — the end of his career.” Button acknowledges that "every driver wants to race for Ferrari," but is adamant that "no driver in his right would move from a winning team to one that is not competitive."

But after a dominant run with Mercedes, Hamilton might actually be looking for bigger challenges now. At the moment, there seems to be no bigger challenge than bringing Ferrari back to the top of the sport. An accomplishment that would truly mark Hamilton as arguably the best F1 racer in the sport’s history.

So don’t be surprised if Hamilton is indeed driving for Ferrari in 2021.
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