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Old 11-14-2020, 01:08 PM   #601
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Saudi Arabia announces F1 night race in Jeddah for 2021.

https://www.motorsport.com/f1/news/s...-2021/4904192/


F1 officially confirmed a deal to stage a grand prix in Saudi Arabia as part of a "long-term partnership" with the Saudi Automobile and Motorcycle Federation.

The 2021 race will be held in Jeddah, but there are known to be plans to switch to a newly-built circuit in Qiddiya for 2023.

Plans to add a race in Saudi Arabia to the calendar for 2021 were communicated to teams last month, with the event being included on the draft calendar that was issued.

The announcement confirmed the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix will take place on in November, and is likely to run one week before the season finale in Abu Dhabi. A full calendar is set to be made public in the next few weeks.

Saudi state energy giant Aramco became a major partner of F1 back in March, and has been the title sponsor for three grands prix through 2020.

The event will become the second full night race on the F1 calendar after Singapore.

"We are excited to welcome Saudi Arabia to Formula 1 for the 2021 season and welcome their announcement following speculation in recent days," said F1 CEO and chairman Chase Carey.

"Saudi Arabia is a country that is rapidly becoming a hub for sports and entertainment with many major events taking place there in recent years and we are very pleased that Formula 1 will be racing there from next season.

"The region is hugely important to us and with 70% of the population of Saudi being under 30 we are excited about the potential to reach new fans and bring our existing fans around the world exciting racing from an incredible and historic location.

"We will be publishing our full provisional 2021 calendar in the coming weeks and this will be submitted to the World Motor Sport Council for approval."

"Today is ground-breaking in every sense," said HRH Prince Khalid Bin Sultan Al Faisal, the president of the Saudi Automobile and Motorcycle Federation.

"I firmly believe the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix will be the biggest sports event hosted in our country's history and has the potential to change lives, perceptions and reach new audiences and communities like never before. To have the icons of the sport and historic teams race in Saudi in front of young fans and families is truly game-changing.

"We don't have a rich motorsport heritage, but in a short space of time as a federation we've earned a strong reputation of delivering world-class international events such as Formula E and the Dakar Rally.

"As a result, Saudi Arabia is home to literally millions of passionate young fans of motorsport, many of whom will already be smiling and counting down to seeing their heroes in November 2021.

"Our plans will see us take the sport to even more people with a celebration that reaches all communities and is open to all."

F1 will become the latest international motorsport event to hold an event in Saudi Arabia. Formula E has held its season-opening round in Diriyah in the past two years, while the Dakar Rally took place in Saudi Arabia last year.

A number of other international sports have also held events in Saudi Arabia, including football, boxing and tennis, but this has led to criticism over 'sportswashing' the country's human rights record.

Amnesty International issued a statement last week saying that F1 "would be part of ongoing efforts to sportswash the country's abysmal human rights record" with its plans for a grand prix.

"For decades Formula 1 has worked hard be a positive force everywhere it races, including economic, social, and cultural benefits," read a statement from F1 responding to questions about its position on human rights.

"Sports like Formula 1 are uniquely positioned to cross borders and cultures to bring countries and communities together to share the passion and excitement of incredible competition and achievement.

"We take our responsibilities very seriously and have made our position on human rights and other issues clear to all our partners and host countries who commit to respect human rights in the way their events are hosted and delivered."


Another Tilke drome?
Guess I'm right. Another Tilke drome!

https://www.pitpass.com/68551/Jeddah...remost-in-mind

In the eyes of many, the use of 'racing', ''street circuit' and 'Tilke' when describing the proposed track in Jeddah would probably be seen as the mother of all oxymorons.
However, the man in charge of Saudi Arabia's first Formula One Grand Prix, Prince Khalid Bin Sultan Al Faisal, president of the Saudi Arabian motorsport federation, insists that track designer, Hermann Tilke, will be charged with putting racing first and foremost when creating the country's F1 track in Jeddah.
"Our goal is to make it an exciting and thrilling race," Prince Khalid told reporters. "We don't want it to be one of those boring races where there is no overtaking.
"For us, we are hosting F1 because we want to bring the excitement," her continued. "And what I can tell you is we're doing our best to make it an exciting race.
"It's not only about the scenery or the environment or the sporting events that we're planning to do," he added. "For us, it's racing. So it needs to be exciting. It needs to be fast. If you see the Corniche, you are going to have an idea that it's not going to be a slow race. Our goal is to make it exciting and thrilling, with a lot of overtaking."
Tilke will be assisted by F1 itself, which is to provide software aimed at providing the configurations that will best lend themselves to good racing.
"We love seeing the event in Monaco. It's a lovely event," said Prince Khalid . "But in terms of racing, there's no overtaking. It's not that exciting. So for us, we want to create a street race where it looks nice, where the event and the environment is nice, but at the same time, it is a thrilling race.
"We don't want it to be just another race. We wanted to do something special," he insisted. "We want it to be a different race, we want it to be the best race. So working closely with Formula 1, and Tilke, I can promise you it's going to stand out."
Even before the race was confirmed, there was criticism of the event in terms of Saudi Arabia's record on human rights, a record which appears at odds with the various causes the sport is currently pushing. Indeed, Amnesty International claims that the race is merely an attempt to "sportswash" the country's record on human rights.
"I know, I don't blame them," said Price Khalid, when asked about the reaction to the event's announcement, which witnessed much negativity on social media. "When you don't know a country and when you have a certain image of a country... I remember myself when my parents used to tell me we were going to go to the US, especially to New York, I was frightened, I was thinking that I was going to walk the streets and somebody is going to come and shoot me, because I'd never been there.
"So I know why they're not excited about it, because of a lot of issues with the human rights, because they've never been to Saudi.
"That's why now for us opening up and hopefully people coming to Saudi Arabia and seeing the country and then going back and reporting what they saw, maybe this will make people change their mind and come.
"One of these issues, why we had this bad image, it was because we were closed," he admitted. "Our country is closed. So part of the vision and part of opening up our country is we would like people to come and see who we really are.
"We don't have anything to hide," he insisted. "If we want to 'sportwash' our image or something, we would close our country because we would not let you come and see and meet with our people."
Indeed, Prince Khalid says he is keen to see W Series as part of the support programme for his country's race.
"I would love to see and host them in Saudi Arabia," he said. "I know there are eight rounds and hopefully we will be one of the lucky countries to host them in Saudi Arabia.
"For us, over the last two years, we really are promoting women and especially women in motor sports, so it is something we would love and we would like to inspire our locals and would like to bring them these kinds of events and like to see more women racing in Saudi Arabia."
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Old 11-15-2020, 11:08 AM   #602
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Pos Driver Team Laps Gap
1 Hamilton Mercedes 58 1h 42:19.313
2 Perez Racing Point 58 + 0:31.633
3 Vettel Ferrari 58 + 0:31.960
4 Leclerc Ferrari 58 + 0:33.858
5 Sainz McLaren 58 + 0:34.363
6 Verstappen Red Bull 58 + 0:44.873
7 Albon Red Bull 58 + 0:46.484
8 Norris McLaren 58 + 1:01.259
9 Stroll Racing Point 58 + 1:12.353
10 Ricciardo Renault 58 + 1:35.460
11 Ocon Renault 57 + 1 Lap
12 Kvyat AlphaTauri 57 + 1 Lap
13 Gasly AlphaTauri 57 + 1 Lap
14 Bottas Mercedes 57 + 1 Lap
15 Raikkonen Alfa Romeo 57 + 1 Lap
16 Russell Williams 57 + 1 Lap
17 Magnussen Haas 55 + 3 Laps
Grosjean Haas 49 Accident Damage
Latifi Williams 39 Accident Damage
Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo 11 Retired

Somehow some way Lewis does it again.
Bottas spun 6 times gets lapped
Great drive by Perez. He needs a seat in 2021.
Vettel 3rd !
Max blew the start, blew the race.
Tough luck for Stroll. Thought he was going to win.
Of course lack luster race by Albon.
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Cream rises to the top.

STR - hahha
PER - well done
ALB - hahaha
MAX - gotta have better racecraft man.
HAM - yep GOAT.
LEC - oopsie
VET - Well done!
BOT - nice pirouettes
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Have to give Lewis credit today. He waited for the race to come to him. Good drive using his head.
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^ Totally agree. I've said it before, I'm not a Lewis fan, but credit where it's due, he's good. That was a champion's drive today.
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How the hell did Max not get a penalty for crossing the pit exit line? It was painfully obvious on the broadcast.
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How the hell did Max not get a penalty for crossing the pit exit line? It was painfully obvious on the broadcast.
Sorry but I didn't see the white line disappear. In the camera shot I saw there was always some white line showing.
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Big crash Haas car lap 1 turn 3..hope Grosjean is ok
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Big crash Haas car lap 1 turn 3..hope Grosjean is ok


Scary crash - obvious that halo saved his life, plus fast medical and fire extinguisher response. Itís amazing to see him pull himself out of the nose of the car, engulfed in fire and embedded on its side in the barrier!
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Wow. What a fire bomb. It's on you tube already. How did that ignite like that.
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Another accident.. Stroll's car flipped.
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3 laps to go and Perez blew the engine and 3rd place.
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Pos Driver Team Laps Gap
1 Hamilton Mercedes 57 2h 59:47.515
2 Verstappen Red Bull 57 + 0:01.254
3 Albon Red Bull 57 + 0:08.005
4 Norris McLaren 57 + 0:11.337
5 Sainz McLaren 57 + 0:11.787
6 Gasly AlphaTauri 57 + 0:11.942
7 Ricciardo Renault 57 + 0:19.368
8 Bottas Mercedes 57 + 0:19.680
9 Ocon Renault 57 + 0:22.803
10 Leclerc Ferrari 56 + 1 Lap
11 Kvyat AlphaTauri 56 + 1 Lap
12 Russell Williams 56 + 1 Lap
13 Vettel Ferrari 56 + 1 Lap
14 Latifi Williams 56 + 1 Lap
15 Raikkonen Alfa Romeo 56 + 1 Lap
16 Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo 56 + 1 Lap
17 Magnussen Haas 56 + 1 Lap
18 Perez Racing Point 53 + 4 Laps
19 Stroll Racing Point 2 Accident
20 Grosjean Haas 0 Accident

Big blow to Racing Point in the WCC. McLaren is now in 3rd.
So Torpedoman was involved in both accidents. ( 1st one wasn't his fault)

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aside from the accidents, it was a boring race. Bottas showed his class, again, driving in the backfield behind Vettel lap for lap.
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Fittipaldi to replace injured Grosjean in Sakhir GP

https://www.motorsport.com/f1/news/f...ir-gp/4918687/

Pietro Fittipaldi will make his Formula 1 debut this weekend at the Sakhir Grand Prix after Romain Grosjean was ruled out through injury.
Haas F1 driver Grosjean sustained burns to the backs of his hands in a terrifying crash on the opening lap of the Bahrain Grand Prix on Sunday, leaving him in need of treatment in hospital.

Although Grosjean is set to be released from hospital on Tuesday, Haas has announced that he is unable to race in the Sakhir Grand Prix this weekend.

As a result, Haas reserve driver Fittipaldi will get the call up to make his F1 debut, replacing Grosjean.

"After it was decided that the best thing for Romain was to skip at least one race, the choice to put Pietro in the car was pretty easy," said Haas F1 team principal Gunther Steiner.

"Pietro will drive the VF-20 and he's familiar with us having been around the team for the past two seasons as a test and reserve driver.

"It's the right thing to do and obviously a good opportunity for him. He's been patient and was always prepared for this opportunity, and now it has come.

"That's why we want him in the car and I'm sure he'll do a good job. It's very demeaning being called in at the last minute, but as I said, I think it's the right thing to do for Haas."

Fittipaldi is the grandson of two-time F1 world champion Emerson Fittipaldi, and won the 2017 World Series Formula V8 3.5 title before appearing in IndyCar and once in Super Formula alongside his Haas reserve commitments.

The Brazilian acknowledged it was "not ideal" circumstances under which to make his debut, but thanked the team for its faith to put him in the car.

"I've been with the team a lot this season, both trackside and working on simulator sessions, so I'm familiar with the team's operating procedures on a grand prix weekend," he said.

"It's going to be exciting to make my first career start in Formula 1. I'll be giving it my all and I look forward to starting in free practice on Friday in Bahrain."
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Is there any information on why Grosjean cut right into Kvyat in the first place? Or is that just typical Grosjean?
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Is there any information on why Grosjean cut right into Kvyat in the first place? Or is that just typical Grosjean?
In the super slow-mo you can see something come off of Strolls car that may have cut a tire on the Hass.

Terrifying crash, amazing he's basically ok, it could have so much worse.
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Lewis is out of the Sakhir race.
Wonder who is taking his place?

https://www.motorsport.com/f1/news/h...ir-gp/4919327/

Lewis Hamilton feels "devastated" that he will miss this weekend's Formula 1 Sakhir Grand Prix after contracting COVID-19.
Seven-time F1 world champion Hamilton has been ruled out of the upcoming event at the Bahrain International Circuit after returning multiple positive COVID-19 test results on Monday.

The British driver is now self-isolating in Bahrain as per the required protocols, with Mercedes set to announce his replacement for the weekend "in due course".

It will mark the first race Hamilton has missed since making his F1 debut at the start of 2007. He is the third driver to miss a race through illness this season after Racing Point's Sergio Perez and Lance Stroll missed events earlier in the year.

How Hamilton contracted the virus has not been revealed, but it is understood that the world champion has not deviated from the strict protocols that he has lived under all season.

After the Turkish Grand Prix, Hamilton returned to his home in Monaco as per normal, and ahead of the Bahrain GP he travelled to Dubai.

There, he spent some time with his family, who had all been tested before travelling and returned negative tests, as well as making a personal appearance at an event.

He left Dubai for Bahrain, where he had three further tests that all returned negative before it was confirmed on Tuesday he had contracted the virus.

Hamilton took to social media to express his sadness that he would be missing the race in Bahrain, but was thankful he was only dealing with mild symptoms.

"I'm devastated that I won't be racing this weekend," Hamilton wrote.

"Since we started the season in June, my team and I have been taking all the precautions we possibly can and following the regulations everywhere in order to stay safe.

"Unfortunately, even though I returned three negative results this past week, I woke up yesterday morning with mild symptoms and requested another test which came back positive.

"I've immediately gone into self-isolation for 10 days.

"I'm gutted not to be able to race this weekend but my priority is to follow the protocols and advice to protect others.

"I'm really lucky that I feel OK with only mild symptoms and will do my best to stay fit and healthy.

"Please look after yourselves out there. You can never be too careful. These are worrying times for everyone and we need to make sure we are looking after ourselves and each other. Stay positive."

It is unclear whether Hamilton will be able to return for the season finale in Abu Dhabi in two weeks' time.

He is required to self-isolate for 10 days, taking him up to next Thursday, and must then return a negative test result in order to enter the paddock for the race weekend starting on Friday.
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Mazepin named as first Haas F1 driver for 2021.

https://www.motorsport.com/f1/news/m...acher/4919057/

Guess his daddy is buying the team soon.
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Looks like Grosjean was being Grosjean (didn't look or lost track of the car next to him) before he decided to cut hard to the right, which ended up with him crashing.


Also, Grosjean was against the halo being implemented in F1, fortunately for him and all F1 drivers, FIA pushed it through.
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What are the odds that whoever replaces Hamilton will end up on the podium?

That car is so much better than the rest of the field that I'm pretty sure of a podium, whoever the driver.

The only thing I can see upsetting this prediction is a poor quali. The Mercedes isn't quite so dominant when it's in traffic.
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Who's the Merc reserve driver now that it's not Ocon?
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What are the odds that whoever replaces Hamilton will end up on the podium?

That car is so much better than the rest of the field that I'm pretty sure of a podium, whoever the driver.

The only thing I can see upsetting this prediction is a poor quali. The Mercedes isn't quite so dominant when it's in traffic.
Unlikely, the car is about 50%. The other is the driver. Just look at Vers vs Albon, Ric vs Ocon, LeClerc vs Vettel, Ham vs Bottas, and so on. Also, it's tough for any driver to step into another car/setup (little to no experience with) on short notice and win.
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