Formula 1 returns to action on 5th July

Formula 1 returns to action on 5th July

Formula 1 has finally made a comeback as the highest level of open-wheel racing will start its season from next month in July.

The COVID-19 pandemic was preventing Formula 1 to start 2020 F1 season and this all can be seen in early March, when the Australian Grand Prix was cancelled, following the postponement of multiple grand Prix.
After months of uncertainties, Chief Executive Officer of F1, Chase Carrey announced on 2nd June that, the new season will start from July 5th.
Four major changes in the 2020 season are:
1. The opening race of the season is Austrian Grand Prix, instead of the regular-season opener Australian Grand Prix.
2. 2020 F1 calendar is cut short to 8 races compared to previous years 21 races.
3. Austria and Great Britain will host back to back Grand Prix each.
4. Red Bull Toro Rosso changed their name to Scuderia AlphaTauri.

2020 F1 Calendar:

Round: Grand Prix: Circuit: Race date:
1: Austrian Grand Prix Redbull Ring, Spielberg 5th July
2. Styrian Grand Prix Red Bull Ring, Spielberg 12th July
3. Hungarian Grand Prix Hungaroring, Mogyorod 19th July
4. British Grand Prix Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone 2nd August
5. 70th Anniversary Grand Prix Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone 9th August
6. Spanish Grand Prix Circuit de Barcelona 16th August
7. Belgian Grand Prix Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Stavelot 30th August
8. Italian Grand Prix Autodromo Nazionale di Monza 6th September

In the coming week, more grand Prix names will be disclosed.

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June 02, 2020 - By Dhruv Trivedi

Blast from Past: Force India's first Podium

Blast from Past: Force India's first Podium

Force India Mercedes made their Formula 1 debut in 2008 and that season they failed to get even a single point. Next season was almost pointless season for the Indian team because Force India failed to achieve a single point for half of the season (11 races) and were desperately in search for their first point in Formula 1 but destiny, had given more than some points for Force India because 12th race of 2009, F1 season was a race to recollect for Force India.

2009 Belgian Grand Prix: 

Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps 
(Photo Credit: Formula 1).

Practice and Qualifying Session:
Giancarlo Fisichella of Force India was first in a rain affected practice session and this momentum helped him to not only progress till qualifying 3 but also finish first in Q3 and win his fourth and Force India first pole position.

Race Day:
The first lap of Belgian Grand Prix saw four drivers collide with each other and this helped many drivers to catch up few places like Finland’s Kimi Raikkonen jumping from 6th on the grid to second and Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettal jumping to third from eighth.
After having multiple crash on lap one, safety car was deployed on lap two and on lap five Ferrari with the KERS system inside, overtook the leader (Fisichella) and Ferrari’s Raikkonen led rest of the race with Fisichella behind him.
Ferrari won the race but Fisichella won hearts of the fans by winning Force India’s first points in their racing history and also first podium, after successfully fending off Sebastian Vettal for second place.

Giancarlo Fisichella crossing the chequred flag
(Photo Credit: Reddit).

Before, 2009 Belgian Grand Prix, Force India had got multiple 9th and 10th place finish in 2008-09 season but it was unfortunate for Force India, that ninth and tenth position were not included in points, because from 2003-2009, points were awarded only to the drivers finishing from 1st to 8th place.
This was changed in 2010, when highest body of Auto Racing, Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) introduced new rules in which 9th and 10th position was included in points.

Below is list of point scoring system of 2003-09 and 2010-present:

Season: 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th
2003-2009: 10 8 6 5 4
2010-present: 25 18 15 12 10
6th 7th 8th 9th 10th
3 2 1 - -
8 6 4 2 1

Force India VJMO2 was used in 2009
Formula 1 season.

That’s why Giancarlo Fisichella’s runner-up finish was Force India’s first Formula 1 points.

April 14, 2020 - By Dhruv Trivedi

2019 Formula Season Ends with Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

2019 Formula Season Ends with Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Finally, 260 days later 2019 Formula 1 season have come to an end which was started in 17th March.
Last grand prix of this season was in Middle East, Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on 1st December at San Marino Grand Prix and Lewis Hamilton won it easily by leading every lap of the race to capture his 50th win from pole in his 250th career grand prix. On Saturday (30th November) during qualifying Hamilton was the fastest which made him earn pole position and front start from the grid and when the race started Hamilton led the race for whole 55 laps and didn’t looked in tension but behind him a lot of activities were going on as top ten changed many times.
2nd position finish, Max Verstappen was unable to catch the race leader due to a huge 16 second gap but then also the Dutch driver got his best ever finish in a F1 season by getting third overall finish in 2019 F1 drivers’ championship and Red Bull getting third place finish as well.

-Sergio Perez.
-Pic Credit: BWT Racing Point.

Last lap drama:
During the last lap, two overtakes were done by
Racing Point and McLaren where Racing Point’s Sergio Perez overtook McLaren’s Lando Norris and McLaren’s Carlos Sainz overtook Renault’ Daniel Ricciardo and there was also a possible third overtake by Mercedes’s Valtteri Bottas over Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc but Ferrari edged out there due to their speed and Leclerc crossed the finish line just ahead of Bottas to get third and Bottas finished fourth.
From the above mentioned overtakes Carlos Sainz one, was the most important because in it he got tenth place finish which equals to one point and before the race Carlos Sainz needed just one point to overtake Toro Rosso’s Pierre Gasly and he did it yesterday at Abu Dhabi grand prix to move from  seventh to sixth in the drivers’ championship because of just a single point and Sainz got 96 points to Gasly’s 95 in 2019 season.

-Sebastian Vettel.
-Pic Credit: Essentially Sports.

Loose Season for Ferrari:
The 16 times constructors’ and 15 times drivers’ champion Ferrari have failed yet again to win any of the title mentioned above as the Italian racing team with long history in motorsports have to wait for another year to win constructors or drivers’ championship, this season Ferrari ended their 2019 run to finish 2nd place in constructors’ championship and their third consecutive second place finish in last three years (2017-19) but this time points tally was the lowest from previous two seasons (2017 and 2018) as this time Ferrari managed to get only 504 points in 2019 to 522 points in 2017 and 577 points in 2018 and they didn’t looked like a real threat to Mercedes this season due to their shift in second drivers seat where Kimi Raikkonen left Ferrari after five years and a young driver Charles Leclerc replaced Kimi this year, Leclerc had a decent debut season with Ferrari where he got 2 wins, 7 pole position and 9 podiums for a fourth place finish in the drivers' championship and his teammate Sebastian Vettel finished one place behind him to 5th in and this is Vettel’s lowest finish in 11 years since he was a rookie driver with Toro Rosso in 2008. So, a fourth and fifth can’t give you a win in the constructor’s championship.

-Lewis pointing towards his team.
-Pic Credit:Mercedes AMG.

So, 2019 Formula 1 World Drivers champion is Lewis Hamilton and World Constructors champion is Mercedes AMG. This is Hamilton’s 6th world drivers’ championship win and he is only one world championship behind Michael Schumacher’s 7 wins and Mercedes also captured their 6th consecutive win this year and Hamilton secured 11 wins, 5 podiums, and 6 fastest in process of achieving a fantastic season for Silver Arrows and he was the only driver to score every point this season. 2019 season was the 69th edition in Formula 1 racing and next 2020 edition will be the 70th edition of Formula 1 and will kick off on 15th March 2020, race fans and drivers will witness new addition in the race calendar which will feature Vietnamese Grand Prix (5th April) and subsequently, for that race calendar limit have been increased from 21 to 22 hence, 2020 season will be the longest F1 season ever.

December 02, 2019 - By Dhruv Trivedi

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