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      06-02-2020 07:07 AM #1501
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      Quote Originally Posted by F1 confirms first 8 races of revised 2020 calendar, starting with Austria double header

      Formula 1 today confirmed the 2020 season will begin in Austria next month – and revealed details on the first eight races of a new calendar.

      After racing was put on hold because of the coronavirus outbreak, F1, the teams and the FIA have been working to put together a plan to allow the season to begin safely, and today F1 chief executive Chase Carey outlined the first part of a revised calendar of races.

      The season will kick off with the Austrian Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring on July 5, followed a week later by a second race at the same track.

      The Hungarian Grand Prix will follow a week after that, before a break. Then there will be two back to back races at Silverstone, followed by the Spanish Grand Prix at Barcelona.


      The Belgian Grand Prix will follow that, with the Italian Grand Prix at Monza a week later on September 6.

      All the races will be supported by Formula 2 and Formula 3.



      Due to the ongoing fluidity of the COVID-19 situation internationally, F1 will be finalising the details of the wider calendar and hope to publish that in the coming weeks with an expectation of having a total of 15-18 races before completing the season in December.

      F1 currently expect the opening races to be closed events but hope fans will be able to attend again when it is safe to do so.

      The health and safety of all involved will continue to be priority number one, with Formula 1 and the FIA having a robust and detailed plan to ensure the races maintain the highest level of safety with strict procedures in place.

      Chase Carey, Chairman and CEO of Formula 1, said: “In the past weeks we have been working tirelessly with all our partners, the FIA and the teams to create a revised opening 2020 calendar allowing us to restart racing in the safest possible way.

      "We are pleased to be able to set out our opening eight race calendar today and look forward to publishing our full calendar in the coming weeks.

      "I want to thank every promoter and partner for their support and ongoing commitment to Formula 1.

      "While we currently expect the season to commence without fans at our races we hope that over the coming months the situation will allow us to welcome them back once it is safe to do, but we know the return of Formula 1 will be a welcome boost to sports fans around the world.”

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      06-02-2020 08:46 AM #1502
      Updated my OP

    4. 06-02-2020 10:33 AM #1503
      Looking forward to Mercedes shutting RedBull the hell up.

    5. 06-02-2020 11:02 AM #1504
      Quote Originally Posted by enigmatic enthusiast View Post
      Looking forward to Mercedes shutting RedBull the hell up.
      Do you think Vettel will put Leclerc into the wall

      And Ricciardo will drive that Renault like it's not his car

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      06-02-2020 11:14 AM #1505
      I thought all of Europe took August off no matter what?

      Excited to see some racing, bunch of people driving cars they aren't tied to in less than 6 months hopefully provides some entertainment.

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      06-02-2020 11:27 AM #1506
      The planets align! The Italy race is on my b-day! And I can't go!

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      06-02-2020 11:37 AM #1507
      Quote Originally Posted by Sump View Post
      I thought all of Europe took August off no matter what? <img src="https://www.vwvortex.com/Anthony/Smilies/tongue.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Stick Out Tongue" class="inlineimg" />

      Excited to see some racing, bunch of people driving cars they aren't tied to in less than 6 months hopefully provides some entertainment. <img src="https://www.vwvortex.com/Anthony/Smilies/thumbup.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Thumb Up" class="inlineimg" />
      Holidays aren’t any fun if you can’t leave your country.

      We’re supposed to go to Zurich the first week of August... who knows if that’s gonna happen if I can’t get through France or Germany.

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      06-12-2020 09:43 PM #1508
      They're talking about doing an "oval" at Bahrain

      https://the-race.com/formula-1/f1-ey...es-oval-track/

      Oval is in quotes because it's just the outer circuit with no infield.

      A Bahrain Formula 1 double-header could utilise a different configuration of the circuit, with Ross Brawn saying the Sakhir track’s oval-type layout would be “quite exciting”.

      F1 has announced an eight-race European schedule to get its suspended 2020 season up and running from July but has yet to confirm any events beyond that.

      With several races in flux, F1 is likely to lean on some venues to hold two grands prix where possible – the Red Bull Ring and Silverstone are already confirmed as double-headers while Russia, China, Bahrain and Abu Dhabi are interested in doing the same.

      Bahrain has five circuits homologated to FIA Grade 1 standard and Brawn, F1’s motorsport managing director, appears to be intrigued by the ‘Outer’ configuration – which flicks left out of Turn 4 instead of diving down through the sweeps to the hairpin.

      I'm OK with this if they have double headers. If there is another FIA approved layout, why not mix it up for the second race?

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      06-12-2020 11:17 PM #1509
      Quote Originally Posted by @McMike View Post
      They're talking about doing an "oval" at Bahrain

      https://the-race.com/formula-1/f1-ey...es-oval-track/

      Oval is in quotes because it's just the outer circuit with no infield.



      I'm OK with this if they have double headers. If there is another FIA approved layout, why not mix it up for the second race?
      Yeah, as long as it's not oval racing back to back.

      Would they have different camber setups for right vs. left?

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      06-12-2020 11:36 PM #1510
      Quote Originally Posted by kiznarsh View Post
      Yeah, as long as it's not oval racing back to back.

      Would they have different camber setups for right vs. left?
      Depends on the track. With road courses going L/R, the car ideally would be as neutral as possible. But since the courses can be right or left, car setups might favor one way or the other.

      If the majority of fast corners are all one direction, the car should be set up for those. I don't think it'd be anything drastic, though. Not like a 1/2* or anything.
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      06-13-2020 07:46 AM #1511
      theres also a whole ass oval at the facility too.

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    13. 06-13-2020 11:49 AM #1512
      Verstappen can be a hot mess at times but there's no denying that he has speed. He thought it a waste of time to drive an old car like Bottas and Hamilton did (they practiced in a 2018 car) and yet they got Verstappen to stretch his legs and drive a GT car. With stunning results. He was faster than the regular GT driver that drive that car:

      That's what La Gazzetta dello Sport knows Saturday. According to the well-known pink sports newspaper, the Verstappen family owns several GT cars that would be parked in Belgium. On an unspecified circuit Verstappen entered the asphalt for a private session. For this, the eight-time Grand Prix winner enlisted the help of an as yet unknown racing team from the Netherlands.

      The Italian medium goes on to write that Verstappen would have made an immediate impression. The mechanics and engineers of the team would have been impressed by how quickly Verstappen was. After a few laps the 21-year old Limburger was even faster than the official drivers of the GT team.

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      06-13-2020 11:53 AM #1513
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    15. 06-13-2020 11:55 AM #1514
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      They called him cheese.

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      06-13-2020 01:39 PM #1515
      Quote Originally Posted by kiznarsh View Post
      Yeah, as long as it's not oval racing back to back.

      Would they have different camber setups for right vs. left?
      That's what I meant. If they are running two events back to back, then they could change it up to another FIA-approved configuration for the second event.

      If you mean clockwise vs counter-clockwise, that will never happen. These circuits are one-direction only.

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      06-14-2020 02:32 AM #1516
      Quote Originally Posted by @McMike View Post
      That's what I meant. If they are running two events back to back, then they could change it up to another FIA-approved configuration for the second event.

      If you mean clockwise vs counter-clockwise, that will never happen. These circuits are one-direction only.
      But they do it all the time on video games!?!

      There might be some tracks where they can go reverse, it'd just take a night crew to flip the safety entrances. A big maybe. It's probably easier to move two or three barriers/fences and do an alternate track. Also, aren't some rumble strips one-way as well?

      But yeah, reversing the course is likely impossible, if not only for the liability.
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    18. 06-14-2020 03:28 AM #1517
      On permanent tracks safety barriers are often not parallel to the track, so reversing the track direction isn't practical. Pit entry/exit is another big issue.
      Multi-layout tracks like Paul Richard do allow multiple layouts, but for different racing vehicles and classes.
      I really don't want to see more than one race per track anyway. Watching a race at a poorly designed track also doesn't really interest me.
      Less races at the better facilities is a much better way to go.

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      06-14-2020 11:01 AM #1518
      Impossible for two reasons.

      1. This is a single access point at Silverstone's T6. I count 28 ARMCO & 12 catch fence posts that would need to be moved to reconfigure this single opening for reverse running. There has to be at least a dozen of these, as well as the pit lane, bridge, and many other hard surface/fence on the circuit that would need to be reconfigured. Take a look at the track on google maps and see how many hard surfaces would need to be modified.

      2. Even if they do reconfigure every access point (before & after below), they are in the wrong place. All these openings are placed in areas that are least likely to be hit (ie: the end of a straight, not at corner exit) A lot of these would now be at corner exit at a reverse circuit, and now more dangerous.

      Is it possible to do it? Sure, but it would be permanent change. It would need to be re-certified by the FIA. It's naive to think it could be done to host a double header.





      There have been deaths at HPDEs because they were run in reverse and/or run with altered barriers. Disney had one at their track, and there was another one in a Carrera GT
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      06-14-2020 02:55 PM #1519
      Quote Originally Posted by @McMike View Post
      If you mean clockwise vs counter-clockwise, that will never happen. These circuits are one-direction only.
      I wasn't talking about going in reverse, but right vs. left side of the car. If you're only turning left for the entire race, I'd assume they set up different cambers for each side of the car. Then again, these circuits aren't highly banked like NASCAR so maybe not, or maybe a very slight tweak like G&C said.

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      06-14-2020 03:07 PM #1520
      Quote Originally Posted by kiznarsh View Post
      I wasn't talking about going in reverse, but right vs. left side of the car. If you're only turning left for the entire race, I'd assume they set up different cambers for each side of the car. Then again, these circuits aren't highly banked like NASCAR so maybe not, or maybe a very slight tweak like G&C said.
      Ah, OK. There's been some speculation about running them backwards. That's what I thought you meant.

    22. 06-15-2020 05:10 PM #1521
      Sad anniversary for a racing legend



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      06-16-2020 07:34 AM #1522
      Quote Originally Posted by philf1fan2 View Post
      Sad anniversary for a racing legend
      https://www.instagram.com/p/CBchLrBp...d=op1svvrfhm70

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      06-18-2020 03:26 PM #1523
      ‘I think Haas is here to stay’ – Steiner confident Gene Haas will keep his team in F1

      American businessman and Haas team owner Gene Haas had intended to use the opening part of the 2020 F1 campaign to decide on his outfit’s future in Formula 1. The coronavirus threw a spanner in the works – but Team Principal Guenther Steiner is optimistic things are looking encouraging…
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      06-18-2020 03:26 PM #1524
      Why McLaren has joined Williams in hunt for new owners

      The news that McLaren is open to selling a shareholding in its Formula 1 team comes on the heels of last month's confirmation that Williams is not only looking for new investment, but is also potentially up for grabs as a complete entity.

      That two teams with such a great history are on the financial ropes is sadly an indictment of the state of the sport. COVID-19 has made things worse in that F1's income has been restricted and will be for some time to come, but both companies were already heading for choppy waters.
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    26. 06-18-2020 03:54 PM #1525
      I hope Haas stays, wish they would have gave other drivers a shot but maybe he kept the two doofs, Minus and Gross Jeans, for continuity. They have a lot of data with those. Unfortunately, most of it is crash data

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