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Old 05-08-2019, 03:41 PM   #301
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Brazil GP will be moved to a new location in 2020.
A new Tilkedrome !

https://www.motorsport.com/f1/news/r...-2020/4383940/

The Brazilian Grand Prix will move next year to a new purpose-built circuit in Rio de Janeiro that could be named after Ayrton Senna, the country’s president revealed on Wednesday.
Amid uncertainty over the long-term future of the current event at Interlagos in Sao Paulo

Rio de Janeiro reveals desire to poach Brazilian GP
Apr 27, 2019
, Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro said that a switch of venues would happen in 2020 when the event moves to Rio. At a press conference, he announced that a deal had been signed with Rio’s governor Wilson Witzel and mayor Marcelo Crivella for the construction of a new track in the western Deodoro district.

The plan is for the circuit’s construction to be finished before the end of this year, and it will be financed entirely with private money.

Speaking to reporters, the president said: “The management of F1 has decided to maintain a grand prix in Brazil, but Sao Paulo has become impractical because of the event’s public financial support and the debt that exists over there.

“The new racetrack will be built in six or seven months. The hotel sector will be happy, the state economy as well since it will be six of seven thousands jobs generation. It is good for both Rio de Janeiro and Brazil.”


In a tweet, the president stated: “After our victory in the elections, Formula 1, which would leave Brazil, decided not only to remain, but also to build a new race track in RJ [City of Rio de Janeiro], which will have the name of the idol Ayrton Senna. With this, thousands of jobs will be created, benefiting the economy and the population of the state.”

The former home of the Brazilian Grand Prix in Rio, the Jacarepagua circuit, was demolished as it gave way to the Olympic Park in 2016.

The new Deodoro circuit will be built on land that has been given up by the army and is set to be designed by Hermann Tilke. It is also targeting a MotoGP event as well.

Liberty has a strained relationship with the city of Sao Paulo and the race promoters. The event is the least lucrative flyaway race in terms of the fee paid to the F1 organisation, but Sao Paulo insists that it has a contract with F1 until 2020 to keep the race at Interlagos.
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oh look, another parking lot GP
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Old 05-09-2019, 08:28 AM   #303
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I'm picking Lionel Messi to win the GP in Barcelona this weekend.
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Old 05-09-2019, 12:42 PM   #304
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Old 05-09-2019, 12:43 PM   #305
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It looked like that during the Olympics too
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Maybe they should stay in Sao Paulo. It looks safer there.
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Old 05-10-2019, 10:47 AM   #307
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Didn't Jenson Button get robbed a few years ago in Sao Paulo?
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Old 05-10-2019, 02:33 PM   #308
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Almost, but it sounds harrowing.

https://www.theguardian.com/sport/20...tack-sao-paulo

And it seems to happen every single year.

https://www.motorsport.com/f1/news/b...77477/1377961/
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this is not the sanitization F1 needs to head towards.
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Old 05-11-2019, 02:21 PM   #310
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The underdogs somehow managed to just barely pull another front row lockout out of the hat.



3 straight poles for Bottas. Super impressed with him this year. - Captain Obvious
Still, it took Rosberg everything in his arsenal and some bad luck on Lewis' side to eek out a WDC from under his nose. So far, Bottas is showing he has the strength to do the same. It's all about the start and run to the first corner tomorrow.
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is it just me, or is news coverage declining? I used to get a solid 6+ articles (qualifying, drivers reaction, team specific news, incident specific news) from espn, and now I'm struggling to find more than 2 after qualifying.
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to be honest, there´s nothing of worth to report
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This is starting to turn into another 2014 season.
Only way if Ferrari has a chance if Both Mercedes cars take each other out ( Like 2016)
Well both Haas's are in the top 10. Lets see if they can score this time.
Kubica and Russell swapped chassis and Kubica still got out qualified.

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Another Mercedes 1-2.
5 in a row
At least Haas got some points.
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Pos Driver Team
1 Hamilton Mercedes 66
2 Bottas Mercedes 66
3 Verstappen Red Bull 66
4 Vettel Ferrari 66
5 Leclerc Ferrari 66
6 Gasly Red Bull 66
7 Magnussen Haas 66
8 Sainz McLaren 66
9 Kvyat Toro Rosso 66
10 Grosjean Haas 66
11 Albon Toro Rosso 66
12 Ricciardo Renault 66
13 Hulkenberg Renault 66
14 Raikkonen Alfa Romeo 66
15 Perez Racing Point 66
16 Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo 66
17 Russell Williams 65 + 1 Lap
18 Kubica Williams 65 + 1 Lap
Stroll Racing Point 44
Norris McLaren 44

Mercedes win in a total rout
Again Ferrari: sloppy pit stops, questionable strategy.
Williams get lapped by lap 20
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I feel bad watching Kimi and D. Riccardo go from top 3 teams to bottom 3 teams. They're both talented drivers wasting away. Kimi I can see retiring at the end of this year. I just hope Renault can get their crap together.

Also, F1 Fan Experierience at Soldier Field June 8th. I'll be there, too bad since it's during quali for Canada, any drivers we meet will be former or future drivers. Fernando Alonso would be cool.

https://www.formula1.com/en/latest/a...tOklRc2mP.html
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It's all about the start and run to the first corner tomorrow.


Win the first corner, win the race.

Last year Ferrari at least kept it competitive until the mid-season. This year, they don't have a prayer and are battling more with Red Bull lately than Mercedes.
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Yep, and they finally admitted it too.

https://www.motorsport.com/f1/news/f...wrong/4387513/

The Italian outfit had hoped that an aerodynamic and engine upgrade introduced for Barcelona last weekend would help lift its form and allow it to beat Mercedes.

But it endured another tough weekend as Mercedes was untouchable and it failed to finish on the podium after Max Verstappen grabbed third place for Red Bull.

Ferrari team boss Mattia Binotto said an investigation was now under way to get to the bottom of its struggles, as he says the team may have to concede that the concept it adopted this year was wrong.

When the 2019 cars were launched, Mercedes and Ferrari took totally different paths with their front wing designs. Mercedes had opted for a high-downforce solution, while Ferrari had taken a route to better manage outwash and improve efficiency.

But with Ferrari aware that it was slower on all corners in Barcelona, it now has to urgently address what has gone wrong.

"We are losing a lot in each corner, not only in the last sector, it is each single corner we are slow," said Binotto. "[There is] quite a lot of understeer. Is that only downforce or is it more than that? That is something that we really need to analyse and understand.

"Any conclusion today will be a wrong conclusion. It will take some days to really have a proper analysis and try to understand: is it a matter of balance, is it a matter of downforce, is it maybe even car concept? I don't know. I think we do not have the answer and I would like not to go through it."

Earlier this year, when Mercedes appeared to be having difficulties in testing, the team said it would months to switch to another concept with his car.

That timescale would dent Ferrari's hopes of a quick fightback, but Binotto believes that action can be taken this year.

Asked if it would be a disaster if the team finds it got its concept wrong, he said: "I don't think it is a disaster by the time that you are improving as a team. And as I often say, we are a young team, we are learning on a learning phase.

"I think that in terms of process and methodology there is still much to learn and I am pretty happy by the time the team is improving. If it is a concept design then it obviously depends what it is, but I think there are things that you may address within a season."

Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff thinks that an explanation for the turnaround in form from testing to now may be explained by how the higher downforce concept allows room for more development without upsetting the car balance.

"I think it's definitely an interesting thought, because when you see who was in the front in winter testing it's very different to the ones that are in the front today - even if you look at the fights in the midfield," he explained.

"It was two different aerodynamic concepts and maybe there is a certain truth in it. But then there is never one question and one answer in Formula 1, or a silver bullet that justifies good or bad performance. I think it is about developing the car, keeping the development slope high."
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Binotto isn´t capable being the team captain; he may be a good leading hand in the engine department, that´s it.
Ferrari don´t have an aerodynamic problem, their biggest problem is the lack of mechanical grip in slow and not so fast corners.
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It's tough to keep bashing Ferrari for yet another strategy error when the car isn't competitive enough to matter. Not fast enough to win, but not slow enough to finish below 5th without driver errors on top of strategy failures.
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Its easy to bash Ferrari, but if not for that safety car the results likely would have been a lot different. If Stroll doesn't take out Norris and Norris bring half the beach out on the track, Ham doesn't get a free pit stop and there is a reasonable chance the race finished Max, Vet, Lec. Mercedes is killing it in all phases of the game including getting lucky when they need it.
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Its easy to bash Ferrari, but if not for that safety car the results likely would have been a lot different. If Stroll doesn't take out Norris and Norris bring half the beach out on the track, Ham doesn't get a free pit stop and there is a reasonable chance the race finished Max, Vet, Lec. Mercedes is killing it in all phases of the game including getting lucky when they need it.
I'm very confused. Isn't that exactly how it played out?

I'm pretty sure we're right to bash Ferrari for poor pit stops, strategy and of course not swapping drivers at the right time.
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Zandvoort in for 2020 supposedly

https://www.formula1.com/en/latest/a...D1VPyHiNx.html
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Formula 1 is delighted to announce that the Dutch Grand Prix returns to the FIA Formula 1 World Championship from 2020. An agreement has recently been signed between Formula 1 and Dutch Grand Prix – a partnership formed by SportVibes, TIG Sports and the Circuit Zandvoort – and will run for at least three years.

Furthermore, Heineken, one of the longstanding Global Partners of Formula 1, will be the Title Sponsor of the event.

Situated not far from the vibrant city of Amsterdam, Zandvoort is a major beach resort in the Netherlands, known for its long beach bordered by magnificent coastal dunes separating the North Sea from the track. The Circuit of Zandvoort has a long history as a Formula 1 venue, and over the coming months, the facility will be rebuilt with help from Zandvoort town council and several other partners. The track and the infrastucture will be modified in order to meet the standards laid out by the FIA in order to host a Formula 1 World Championship event.

When the 2020 race takes place, it will be the 31st Dutch Grand Prix to count as a round of the World Championship. It was first held in 1952, when it was won by a Ferrari, driven by Alberto Ascari, who went on to win the world championship that year. Apart from the Italian, there were a further 19 winners, of which 12 were also world champions. Jim Clark holds the outright record with four wins to his name. The last Dutch Grand Prix took place in 1985 and will return next year as Formula 1 Heineken Dutch Grand Prix 2020.

Chase Carey, Chairman and CEO, Formula 1, said: “We are particularly pleased to announce that Formula 1 is returning to race in the Netherlands, at the Zandvoort track. From the beginning of our tenure in Formula 1, we said we wanted to race in new venues, while also respecting the sport’s historic roots in Europe. Next season therefore, we will have a brand new street race that will be held in the Vietnamese capital of Hanoi, as well the return to Zandvoort, after an absence of 35 years; a track that has contributed to the popularity of the sport all over the world. In recent years, we’ve seen a resurgence of interest in Formula 1 in Holland, mainly due to the enthusiastic support for the talented Max Verstappen, as seen from the sea of orange at so many races. No doubt this will be the dominant colour in the Zandvoort grandstands next year.”

Jean Todt, President of the FIA, said: “I am pleased to see that Zandvoort will be part of the proposed calendar for the 2020 FIA Formula One World Championship, and thankful for the hard work of Formula 1 to bring the sport back to the Netherlands. It is a circuit with a long and impressive history of competition and is a great challenge for drivers, and with the popularity of Max Verstappen I’m sure there will be a huge number of fans in attendance. There is now a lot of preparation needed to bring the circuit up to the required safety standards to host a Formula 1 race, and we will work towards this together with Formula 1, KNAF – the Dutch ASN – and the circuit organisation.”

Jan Lammers, DGP Sporting Director, said: “The Zandvoort Circuit is legendary and known worldwide and we’re delighted to see it host a round of the FIA Formula One World Championship once again. To meet the wishes of Formula 1 and the required standards of the FIA the circuit and infrastructure will be modernized within a few areas, with the work completed well ahead of the race in 2020. In addition, the municipality of Zandvoort has recently invested heavily to improve access to the municipality and the circuit.”
And it sounds like Mexico and Spain are out with Vietnam in. Yeesh...
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Alonso fails to qualify for Indy 500.

https://www.motorsport.com/indycar/n...y-500/4392236/

Alonso has set his sights on winning the Indy 500 to secure motor racing's Triple Crown, but his plans to achieve that feat this year were wrecked on Sunday night when he failed to secure one of the final three spots in the starting line-up.

His last-ditch effort of 227.353mph was pipped right at the end by Kyle Kaiser in the Juncos Racing car, whose 227.372mph was enough to secure him the final spot on the grid.

While McLaren sporting director Gil de Ferran has openly apologised to Alonso for not giving him a car that was quick enough to allow him to qualify, Brown is clear that the outfit can only blame itself for what happened.

Posting on social media, Brown wrote: "Incredibly disappointed for the fans, our team, our partners and Fernando that we will not be racing in the Indy500 this year.

"It was always going to be a hard road but no excuses - we didn't get the job done. Credit and respect to those who did.

"I'm sorry we couldn't put McLaren and Fernando in the race. The team put their heart and soul into it and I thank them. We know where we went wrong and we'll fix it."

De Ferran told media on Sunday night that Alonso's failure to qualify was the most painful experience of his racing career, but is adamant that the team will regroup and return for another effort in 2020.
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Failing to make the top 33 in a 36 car shootout is pretty damn bad for a team and driver combo of McLaren and Alonso.
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