Silverstone have denied they’ve reached an agreement with Formula One to continue hosting the British Grand Prix for the next three years.
Reports on Tuesday claimed the Northamptonshire circuit will remain on the calendar until at least 2022 as the British Racing Drivers’ Club (BRDC) agreed a new deal with Liberty Media.
However, Silverstone released a statement on Twitter to deny the rumours. It was confirmed in the statement that talks continue over a new deal.
The statement read: “Following this statement, at this time Silverstone have not agreed a contract regarding the future of the British Grand Prix. We are able to confirm that talks are still progressing.”
Following this statement, at this time Silverstone have not agreed a contract regarding the future of the British Grand Prix. We are able to confirm that talks are still progressing.
Silverstone first hosted the British GP in 1948, and became permanent home of the race in 1987.
The 2019 race will be the final time the British GP takes place at Silverstone unless a new deal is signed, as the BRDC in 2017 activated a break clause in their contract which allowed them to end the deal early. The agreement was to hold the race at Silverstone through 2026.
This season’s race will take place on it’s regular mid-July date as the 10th event in the calendar.
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The incident will raise serious safety concerns ahead of Sunday’s race.
“I got the biggest smack through my body, and the whole engine turned off,” Russell told Sky Sports as he described the alarming incident.
“It’s ruined the floor and I’m a bit worried for the chassis now. We were on the normal racing line and it’s completely ruined our session. It’s not what we need at this stage.”
To make matters worse for Williams, the recovery crane carrying Russell’s car back to the pits collided with a temporary footbridge which runs over the track.
The damaged crane then started leaking hydraulic fluid over Russell’s Williams.
Claire Williams, deputy team principal for the British constructor, told Sky Sports: “It’s clearly not what we want and it’s not what you expect from a Formula One track. These drain covers are supposed to be bolted down.”
Formula 1 fans have voiced their displeasure at the new Hanoi Street Circuit after a virtual onboard lap of the track was released.
It was confirmed last November that Hanoi will host the Vietnam Grand Prix on a multi-year deal starting next season, with the debut race scheduled for April 2020.
Hermann Tilke has designed the street circuit, continuing his run of designing every circuit added to the F1 calendar since 1999.
The circuit is 3.458 miles (5.565km) long and features 22 corners, as well as one of the longest straights on the calendar, coming in just shy of a mile (1.5km).
It is located next to the Mỹ Đình National Stadium, and has been modelled on multiple other circuits, including Germany’s Nürburgring and the Suzuka Circuit in Japan.
Virtual footage of an onboard lap of Hanoi has been released, using technology from the Assetto Corsa video game series, and Tilke company CEO, Carsten Tilke, has even completed simulation laps of the circuit, which was built using the company’s own data.
“It is a very spectacular track,” he told Autosport. “It combines a bit of what you can do at a classic track, like the Esses at Suzuka, which normally you cannot do at a street circuit, and also elements that you can only do at city venues.”
The public are widely objecting to Tilke’s opinion that the track is ‘spectacular’, however.
There have been questions raised as to why another street circuit is being added to the calendar, while may fans simply think the lap is nothing more than bland and boring.
Lewis Hamilton delivered a crushing performance to win Sunday’s Chinese Grand Prix as Ferrari used team orders to help Sebastian Vettel finish on the podium.
Valtteri Bottas followed team-mate Hamilton home for Mercedes to secure their third one-two finish in as many grands prix.
But Hamilton’s superb lights-to-flag victory was overshadowed by the intra-team politics which threatens to destabilise Ferrari’s season.
Hamilton roared off the start line in Shanghai to dash past pole-sitter Bottas to the opening bend.
From there, he ruled the race to secure his second win in succession and assume the championship lead for the first time this season. He is six points clear of Bottas.
Vettel crossed the line third, with Max Verstappen fourth for Red Bull, and Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc fifth.
The young Ferrari driver will have every right to feel frustrated.
Heading into Formula One’s 1,000th race, the question was whether Vettel would remain as Ferrari’s number one following Leclerc’s strong display last time out in Bahrain.
On lap 11, Ferrari delivered their answer.
Leclerc had got ahead of Vettel at the first turn, but with Vettel less than a second behind the young Monegasque, and claiming he would be able to match leader Hamilton’s times, Ferrari instructed Leclerc to move out of his team-mate’s way.
Unlike in previous regimes at Ferrari, Leclerc made his feelings clear. “But I’m pulling away [from Vettel],” he protested, before reluctantly moving aside.
Vettel had clear air to catch the Mercedes duo, but failed to make any impression on the leaders.
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Indeed, Leclerc remained on the rear wing of his four-time world champion team-mate with Verstappen closing in on both red cars.
“I am losing quite a lot of time,” said Leclerc. “I don’t know if you want to know or not.”
Vettel was given the hurry-up message. Verstappen was then the first of the leading five to stop for fresh rubber.
For the second time, Ferrari reacted by favouring Vettel. He was called in on the following lap for new tyres, and emerged just ahead of the Red Bull car.
The gung-ho Verstappen then launched a move down the inside of Vettel at the penultimate corner – the scene of their collision here last year – but Vettel got the better exit and just about kept Verstappen at bay.
All the while, Leclerc was losing valuable speed on ageing tyres. He pitted four laps later than his team-mate, but by this time he was in no-man’s land, and he rejoined the circuit an eye-watering 11 seconds behind Vettel and Verstappen in fifth.
Leclerc was promoted to second when the leaders stopped again, and Ferrari may have hoped that he would get to the end. Yet after a brave, but fruitless defence against Bottas, before Vettel sailed by, Ferrari pulled him in with 14 laps to run.
Out front, a peerless Hamilton was never challenged, and on a weekend dominated by numbers, the five-time champion became the second driver in history after Michael Schumacher to lead 4,000 laps.
It was his sixth win here and 75th in all. Vettel failed to trouble Bottas, finishing seven seconds behind the Finn.
Three races in, Hamilton and Mercedes remain the class of the field.
Elsewhere, British teenager Lando Norris retired after a dramatic first-lap collision. Norris was an unwitting bystander as Daniil Kvyat sent him airborne, and temporarily onto two wheels, after he first barged into Carlos Sainz’s McLaren.
The Russian was penalised with a drive-through penalty. Norris stopped for repairs, and limped on, but was unable to make it to the chequered flag.
Valtteri Bottas has claimed pole position for the Chinese Grand Prix – Formula One’s 1,000th race – ahead of Lewis Hamilton.
In a nail-biting session, Bottas saw off the five-time world champion by just 0.023 seconds at the Shanghai International Circuit.
The form guide indicated that Ferrari might be the team to beat here, but after they were off the pace at the last round in Bahrain, Mercedes returned to their all-conquering best.
Sebastian Vettel was a third of a second down on Bottas’ Silver Arrows, with team-mate Charles Leclerc fourth. Red Bull’s Max Verstappen finished fifth.
The Dutchman was furious after he failed to cross the line in time to post a final lap.
“It has been a good weekend so far,” said Bottas, who leads Hamilton in the championship by just one point. “I struggled to get the perfect lap in, but it was good enough.”
Hamilton, a five-time winner in China, said: “I didn’t give up and kept pushing right to the end.
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“Valtteri has been stellar all weekend. I have struggled. There is time left on the table, but I will try and get it back tomorrow.”
Lando Norris fell at the second hurdle of qualifying for the first time in his short career.
The 19-year-old collected his inaugural points with a fine drive to sixth in Bahrain a fortnight ago, but faces a fight for another top-10 finish, finishing only 15th.
Norris was half-a-second slower than Carlos Sainz in the sister McLaren. The Spaniard will start just one spot higher than Norris on a disappointing afternoon for the British team.
George Russell described his lap as awful, but the English novice still managed to put his under-performing Williams ahead of his team-mate Robert Kubica on the grid.
Russell, who lines up in 17th, has now out-qualified the Pole, back in the sport eight years after his horror rally crash, at all three rounds.
The Williams cars will not be on the final row for tomorrow’s race after London-born Alexander Albon and Alfa Romeo driver Antonio Giovinazzi played no part in qualifying.
Albon, who races under the Thai flag, wrote off his Toro Rosso following a 130mph shunt on the exit of the final corner in practice on Saturday morning.
Albon, 23, walked away unscathed and was given the all-clear by trackside medics, but his team were unable to get his car ready in time. Giovinazzi meanwhile was restricted to the garage with a mechanical issue.