Monthly Archives: April 2019

Formula 1: Silverstone deny reports they’ve agreed three-year contract to continue hosting British Grand Prix

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.

Sebastian Vettel won last season’s British GP, with Lewis Hamilton coming in second

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.”

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.

Watch the huge Ginetta GT4 SuperCup crash that brought out red flags at Donington Park

There was a huge crash at Donington Park on Sunday afternoon with the red flags brought out on the Ginetta GT4 SuperCup.

Fin Green spun on the last chicane and ended up facing the wrong way, with a number of cars avoiding him as they raced past.

However, he was slammed head-on by an unlighted rival, as remarkable dash cam footage shows below…

Paul Taylor, of Team HARD, was in the car which struck Green’s and forced him into a complete 360 on the track.

The red flags were brought out after the incident to stop the race, with all the drivers eventually leaving their cars.

Green is understood to be the only person involved in the crash taken to hospital.

The race eventually restarted after marshals cleared the track.

Azerbaijan Grand Prix: Valtteri Bottas wins in Baku as Mercedes claim another one-two

Valtteri Bottas held off Lewis Hamilton to win the Azerbaijan Grand Prix and take the lead of the Formula One world championship.

Bottas started from pole position and kept Hamilton at bay as the Mercedes duo went wheel-to-wheel through the opening three bends.

Hamilton attempted a late charge for victory, but Bottas had enough in his pocket to take the chequered flag and move one point clear in the title standings.

More follows.

Source: Motorsport

Azerbaijan Grand Prix: FP1 cancelled as loose drain cover wrecks George Russell’s Williams

The first practice session for this weekend’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix has been cancelled after a loose drain cover wrecked George Russell’s Williams.

Russell, competing in just his fourth GP, sustained serious damage to his car after dislodging the drain cover at high speed.

The running was first red-flagged, before it was cancelled with staff out on the track to clear the debris.

All 320 drain covers on the track have to be checked before free practice can resume.

You can watch a video of the incident below…

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.

Wires could be seen hanging underneath the car as it was placed on the truck

“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 truck carrying Russell’s car crashed into a footbridge as it made its way back to the pits

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.”

Source: Motorsport

Azerbaijan Grand Prix: Pole details for F1 race, TV and live stream info, race schedule and more

The Formula One calendar is heading to Baku this weekend for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

Mercedes superstar Lewis Hamilton looks in ominous form yet again this season having won two of the opening three races.

Lewis Hamilton won the Azerbaijan Grand Prix last season

The reigning champion is top of the standings ahead of team-mate Valtteri Bottas while Mercedes already have double the points of rivals Ferrari in the constructors.

The F1 stars will be at the Baku City Circuit this weekend and Hamilton will be looking to win again around the streets of the capital.

Formula 1: Watch virtual onboard lap of new Hanoi Street Circuit ahead of Vietnam Grand Prix debut in 2020

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.

The track map was unveiled towards the end of last year

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).

Work continues on the new circuit

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.

Source: Motorsport

Chinese Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton wins in Shanghai as Sebastian Vettel finishes on podium through team orders

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.

Hamilton celebrated his victory in Shanghai

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.

Vettel got onto the podium with help from team orders

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.

Chinese Grand Prix: Valtteri Bottas claims pole position ahead of Lewis Hamilton for Formula One’s 1,000th race

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.

Bottas celebrates claiming pole position.

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.

Chinese Grand Prix: What time is 1000th Formula 1 race? TV and free stream details, pole info, race schedule

Formula 1 will turn 1000 races old this weekend as the stars head to Shanghai for the Chinese Grand Prix.

Mercedes have dominated the first two races this season with team-mates Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas picking up wins so far.

Lewis Hamilton will be looking for glory at the Chinese Grand Prix

Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari must hit back this weekend and the German has fond memories of the Far East having won at the Shanghai International Circuit last year.

Who will claim glory in F1’s historic 1000th race? Here’s everything you need to know about it.

Mick Schumacher: Son of legendary Formula 1 driver makes eye-catching test debut in Bahrain

Mick Schumacher made an impressive debut for Ferrari during Formula 1 testing in Bahrain.

The son of seven-time world Champion Michael was the second fastest on the first day of testing.

Mick Schumacher was testing for Ferrari

Max Verstappen was the only man faster than Schumacher – coincidentally, their fathers were teammates in 1994.

The 20-year-old began his Formula 2 season – the feeder to F1 – last week and finished eighth in his first race.

Schumacher was the second fastest in Bahrain

Verstappen posted 1:29.379 in the final 10 minutes to finish six tenths ahead of the 20-year-old.

Schumacher had a total of 56 laps in the Ferrari and was leading the field with just over 20 minutes remaining.

Lewis Hamilton was sixth fastest with a time of 1:31.156 and racked up 77 laps in his Mercedes.

Fellow Brit Lando Norris was restricted to just 22 laps but was third quickest in his McLaren.

Schumacher was following in his father’s footsteps

Schumacher will be back testing at Bahrain on Wednesday but this time for Alfa Romeo, a Ferrari affiliated team.

Schumacher senior has not been seen in public since 2013 following a skiing accident that left him with severe brain injuries.