George Russell’s stormy launch date

22-year-old driver George Russell was twice the victim of tire problems during his first race for Mercedes at F1 Grand Prix Sakhir.

A close-up video showed Russell’s reaction after the race, as MercedesToto Wolff leader, Chief Engineer Peter Bonnington and Chief Strategy Officer James Vowles apologized to him on the radio.

Wolff, who rarely speaks on Mercedes radio, said: “George, I’m sorry about the incidents. You had a great race.” Vowles said: “Regardless of the results of the race, you did well. Your steering wheel is very solid. Every time you fall behind, you try to fight to get through. Good job.”

Russell replied, “Hi guys. I don’t want to say anything. It happened twice. To be honest, I was really disappointed and hurt by today’s incident. But here’s the chance and me. Hope we can catch it to learn from experience for the next time”.

Formula One F1 – Sakhir Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – December 5, 2020 Mercedes’ George Russell celebrates after qualifying in second position Pool via REUTERS/Tolga Bozoglu

Mercedes made a rare mistake when replacing Valtteri Bottas’ tires for Russell while calling the two drivers to pit to prepare for the sprint. By the time Russell returned to the track, Mercedes discovered this. They had to call the 22-year-old racer back to the pit again to change the tire.

But the bad luck for Russell didn’t end there. After racing more than 10 laps, the young driver is informed that there is a damaged position on his tire. Russell had to pit to change the tire again while he was attacking the leading driver Sergio Perez. These consecutive incidents made Russell ninth, gaining the first point in his career in F1, but his expression clearly showed his disappointment.

Lewis Hamilton was absent due to Covid-19, so he gave up the race to Russell – a young countryman from the Williams backyard team. There was no time to adapt to the W11, but Russell performed his best at two test runs on Friday, before taking second place and only 0.026 seconds behind teammate Bottas.

In the evening race of December 6, Russell overcame Bottas in the first corner and completely controlled the lead until the problem occurred. After being replaced with the wrong tire and had to change to another tire, Russell excellently overcame a series of racers to return to compete with Perez. This performance helped Russell be voted the best rider in the race even though it only finished ninth and only drove Mercedes for the first time in an F1 race.

Russell joined Mercedes in early 2017 under a youth driver training program. In 2019, Russell signed a race contract for Williams and is still in the team this year. He is considered the future of Mercedes after Hamilton retired.

MotoGP racing, Portuguese GP: 3 new champions revealed, Oliveira lowered the season (Part 2)

Host driver Miguel Oliveira (KTM Tech3) suddenly got the first pole in his career MotoGP with a record of 1 minute 38,892s (record at the Algarve).

He was just 0.044s higher than the winner of the previous leg, Franco Morbidelli with Jack Miller, who has the greatest chance of becoming the 10th winner this year, ranked 3rd.

Oliveira has a good start, holds No. 1 in the first turn and since then the home race has been his own “runway”. He performed too stable race pace and created a safe distance so he didn’t let the opponents behind have a chance.

As a result, he went to his second victory of the year emotionally at home and is the third driver beside the Petronas SRT duo to have more than 1 victory this season.

Second place is the battle between Morbidelli and Miller, the “main characters” 7 days ago. This time the Australian driver persisted in chasing the final meters and paid off last week’s race debt, beating the Italian driver and finishing the year with a fourth podium.

Morbidelli finished third and finished runner-up in 2020.

With Miller’s record, Ducati became the 2020 season championship producer (first since 2007), preventing Suzuki from winning the treble after they were crowned individual and team. Mir had to give up while Alex Rins finished 15th at the Portuguese GP, but remained third in the season.

In addition, this is the last race of some riders who will bid farewell to the tournament such as Cal Crutchlow or Andrea Dovizioso and others will come to a new team like Valentino Rossi, Miller, Pol Espargaro, etc.

The challenging 2020 season has officially ended with many interesting things and it will certainly be the prerequisite for the 2021 season that promises more surprise factors with the return of Marc Marquez.

MotoGP racing, Portuguese GP: 3 new champions revealed, Oliveira lowered the season (Part 1)

The Algarve International Racecourse in Portimão, Portugal for the first time held a MotoGP race and is also the end of the special 2020 season with many challenges, as well as a series of surprises.

After Joan Mir was officially crowned in Valencia last weekend, the two new champions of the Moto2 and Moto3 format have been identified with two worthy names.

Raul Fernandez (Red Bull KTM) for the 3rd time in the last 5 races won the pole at Moto3. The Spanish driver maintained that advantage, accelerating from the first rounds and at one point led the chasing group to nearly 10 seconds. Since then, he has won his second and third podium in the final three races of the season to reach fourth place overall.

It seemed that Arenas would easily win the championship when Ogura and Arbolino had to struggle in the top middle battle without winning, but the decline in the decisive rounds made the championship only awarded when all the main character said on the finish line. After 3 wins of 5 podium in 14 races, the 24-year-old driver (finishing 12th this race) was crowned Moto3 2020 with only 4 points difference with Ogura and Arbolino (ranked 8th and 5th, respectively).

At Moto2, a similar scenario occurs, though Enea Bastianini is 14 points away from 2nd runner Sam Lowes. There were times when the direct distance from the race was down to 2 points when Luca Marini took the lead, and Bastianini fell to Saturday.

However, the # 33 handlebar calmed down and finished 5th, more than enough for him to part with the Moto2 mode with a final championship and confidently step up to MotoGP in 2021.

Remy Gardner got his first career Moto2 win after overcoming Marini in the penultimate round. And the steering wheel of the Sky VR46 can be somewhat comforted with its sixth podium of the year (the first time in five races) and the runner-up position this season. Lowes overcame the pain of his injury and excelled in third place and finished third.

Meanwhile, the race to close the season in MotoGP format is only procedural when Joan Mir (Suzuki) was crowned at the Valencia GP. The question remaining at the Algarve racecourse is whether we will see the 10th winner in the 2020 season, which will be the tournament’s new record.

Hamilton caught up with Schumacher’s record (Part 2)

The Finnish driver complained about the W11 suddenly short of power.

Bottas only stayed on the track for a few more minutes, before giving up and bringing the car to pit at round 18 due to a breakdown on the engine’s MGU-H. Bottas’s chance to keep up with his teammate Hamilton has gone into smoke.

From this point on, Hamilton was in complete control of the race and slowly pulled away from the other group. Verstappen just enough to stick to around 20s. Since then, the distance between Hamilton and Red Bull’s racer has sometimes been extended to more than 11 seconds. Victory is almost certainly within the reach of the British racer.

Although the safety car appeared on the race in the 50th round after the incident of Lando Norris (McLaren), Hamilton still did not flinch when the distance was blurred. In less than 10 laps, Verstappen is trying very hard to follow and set the fastest-lap in the final round. But he was more than four seconds behind by Hamillton when he finished.

On the podium, Hamilton was presented with Schumi’s helmet by Mick Schumacher, son of legendary Michael Schumacher, to mark the legendary day of British riders. Hamilton did not hide his happiness when catching up with the senior driver’s achievements.

In the back, Daniel Ricciardo and Nico Hulkenberg had an impressive and memorable day. Ricciardo helped Renault first get to podium since returning to F1 in 2016. In part thanks to the help of Bottas and Norris, but the Australian racer struggled with Sergio Perez (Racing Point) as well. and before that was Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) during the race.

Meanwhile, Hulkenberg entered the game as a stuntman. He only received an offer to replace Lance Stroll (Racing Point) late Saturday morning, and made it to the qualifying round before starting a few minutes before the start. Although only starting the race in the last place, the perseverance and a series of incidents in the previous group have helped the host race to finish eighth with four precious points.

At the end of the Eifel Grand Prix, the F1 race will take a two-week break, before returning to the Portuguese race in Portimao from October 24 to 26.

Bottas finished first in the Russian Grand Prix (Part 2)

Hamilton’s punishment made Bottas easy on his way to victory in Sochi. However, before the British driver received the official notice of the penalty, Bottas proved a formidable opponent at the Russian Grand Prix.

Right from the start, the Finnish driver soon overtook Max Verstappen, taking a break from Hamilton. On Turn 1, Bottas quickly ducked and passed his teammate halfway through the car.

Hamilton soon realized Bottas’ intent to attack, so he quickly accelerated and regained his lead on Turn 3. The Finnish racer complained about having a large bee sitting on his helmet glasses, prompting him lost sight and the optimal brake point was not selected, resulting in a slightly wide turn on Turn 2. Still, Bottas remained behind. In the lower group, Verstappen also dropped to fourth, sandwiched between the Renault duo. But the race suddenly cooled down when Carlos Sainz (McLaren) and Lance Stroll (Racing Point) repeatedly crashed, making the car safe to be deployed in the first round.

After the safety vehicle pulled out at the beginning of round 6 and the race started again, and Hamilton remained at number one. Bottas kept close behind and held his distance for less than 2 seconds as soon it became known that a teammate could receive a penalty. To round 7, the penalty for Hamilton was officially announced. After Bonnington announced, the Mercedes driver retorted: “Where’s that law?”. But from this moment on, the British driver continuously accelerated to increase the safety distance with the following group.

Until round 17, Hamilton reached the pit to change tires. At this point, the W11 dropped to 11th. By the middle of the race, it was the upper drivers’ turn to pit, Hamilton climbed to third place, just behind Verstappen and remained steady until the race was over.

After the race, Hamilton remained calm. He said: “This is not a great day, but everything is over. It does not matter anymore, everything is over, I will continue to move forward. But first of all congratulate on your victory. Valtteri However, the British racer did not hide his frustration about the 10-second penalty. “I need to review and learn more about what those rules are, and what exactly I did wrong. I see anyone who gets two ridiculous five-second sentences. I don’t put anyone in danger. I’ve done this millions of times over the years and have never been fined for it. Someone is trying to find ways to stop me, “Hamilton said.

Shortly after the race, the FIA announced to remove two Hamilton penalty points, citing “Hamilton’s violation of the law is due to the home team”. And for this reason, the FIA fined the Mercedes racing team 25,000 euros.

Hamilton caught up with Schumacher’s record (Part 1)

First place at the Eifel Grand Prix on October 11, Lewis Hamilton had 91st victory in F1 career, equal to the record of legendary Michael Schumacher.

Due to a match on the Sochi race on September 27, Hamilton could not match his senior after completing the Russian Grand Prix. It was not until the race at Nurburgring (Germany) yesterday that the British racer was longing for it since he was a teenager. However, developments at the Eifel Grand Prix showed that Hamilton’s victory was not too convincing. Opportunities only opened for him after teammate Valtteri Bottas made mistakes and had engine problems and had to give up soon.

At F1 this season, the stages he finished first came after Hamilton won the pole. Bottas’s dominance in the qualifying round and pole win on Saturday 10/10 is more or less skeptical about the chance for Hamilton to win 91. First place at Sochi seems to help Bottas regain his confidence. The development at the beginning of the race partly showed the fighting strength of the Finnish racer.

His 91st win goal spurred Hamilton to the top right from the start, and a good start helped the British racer overtake his half-body teammate as the team reached Turn 1. However, Bottas showed grimness. after the first few seconds of playing. The Finnish racer W11 immediately sped up and returned to the top right from Turn 2.

In the back, Max Verstappen (Red Bull) silently followed, waiting for the chance Mercedes duo mishandled. However, after regaining the first place, Bottas completely controlled the situation, not giving his teammate Hamilton a chance to attack again. The distance between the two W11s was maintained at almost two seconds. Although unable to attack, Hamilton was not discouraged. He keeps a steady pace at a high level so that Bottas does not get too far behind.

The pressure from his teammates suddenly made Bottas make a mistake. The late cornering brake caused the Finnish racer to drive wide in a difficult corner of the turn 1, round 13. Incredible mistake made Bottas overcame by his teammate Hamilton in the next corner. The loss of the tire after this error also caused the Finnish driver to pit in the next round and dropped to fourth.

A few minutes later, luck suddenly smiled at Hamilton. Virtual safety vehicle status is declared at round 16, because of a collision between two cars of Kimi Raikkonen (Alfa Romeo) and George Russel (Williams). The race must slow down to ensure safety. Taking this opportunity, Hamilton immediately returned to the pit to change the tire, at the same time Verstappen also returned to the technical area. After returning to the track, the two still run ahead of Bottas.

Bottas finished first in the Russian Grand Prix (Part 1)

The heavy penalty caused Lewis Hamilton to return to three, watching his Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas win the F1 race in Sochi.

Compared with the struggles of the September 26 qualifying round, Hamilton was even more difficult when entering the official race on the Sochi race on Sunday, September 27. Due to two training starts in the restricted area before entering the official race, Mercedes driver is fined plus 10 seconds. And taking advantage of the chance that his British teammate fell, Mercedes’ remaining racer Valtteri Bottas took his second victory from the start of the season, thereby shortening the gap on the standings to 44 points.

However, Bottas’s throne in Sochi was not entirely due to Hamilton’s double penalty. The Finnish racer only started third, but had the advantage of hiding the wind right behind his teammates. Starting with medium tires, instead of soft tires like Hamilton, also gives Bottas an edge over the internal duel.

Hamilton was caught in the sights of the judges as he drove the W11 away from the garage to the track. The champions initially lined up to do the starting exercise in the same area as their peers. But the British driver suddenly asked race engineer Peter Bonnington if he could start at the end of the pitlane, instead of the designated area at the exit. “It’s all crumbs, can I run for more to practice?” Said Bonnington. The W11, therefore, rushed to the end of the pitlane – the area that intersects the track – to practice starting.

According to World Racing Federation (FIA) regulations, “start-up practice can only be done in the right lane, just behind the exit light from the pit. The driver must leave enough room in the left lane. let another colleague pass. For safety and fair reasons, if there is no good reason, the vehicle must not stop in the high-speed lane, upon exiting the pit exit. And starting training is not considered a good reason in this case.

Because the two training starts out of the range, “Hamilton received two 10-second penalties, adding up to 10 seconds. The incident also means that Hamilton gets 10 points on the driver’s record, if receiving 12 penalty points in 12 months, the driver will be banned from playing one leg.

F1 racing, Belgian GP 2020 classification: The Pole cannot escape Hamilton’s hand (Part 2)

After the first run, in the final timed run of the Q1 qualifying round, although Hamilton did not roll to compete, no driver had surpassed this driver’s previous performance.

The Ferrari racer duo right from this qualifying round continued to disappoint fans when Vettel struggled to get 13th place and Leclerc ranked 15, just enough to go. next to the Q2 ranking round.

Also in the first run the defending champion immediately became the fastest interim at 1 minute 42 seconds 014 ‰. Bottas is still unable to surpass his teammate and is only 0.112 seconds slower. Meanwhile, racer Ricciardo suddenly overcame Verstappen and temporarily ranked third after the first run.

At the last run of this qualifying round, all 15 riders use C4 tires. Although the Mercedes racer duo did not improve their own performance, but the rest did not surpass their achievements, except to improve their own position from the top 3. similarly in the previous qualifying round, driver Lewis Hamilton was once again the fastest runner in Q2.

The current downside that Ferrari has not overcome is that the SF1000 lacks speed in the straight line. Meanwhile, the Spa-Francorchamps race is a place to show the power of long straight lines.

Therefore, the two positions 13, 14 on the Q2 rankings and not going to the Q3 ranking round did not surprise the fans, but only extended the disappointment with the racing team.

The red tire set is the choice of all 10 remaining riders in the Q3 classification round. Hamilton rolled first and quickly set up 1 minute 41 seconds 451 ‰, temporarily the fastest, this is also the fastest new record in a lap so far.

Teammate Bottas was still temporarily 0.578 seconds slower, while Renault’s Ricciardo suddenly overcame Verstappen when it was only 0.610 seconds behind.

At the last run is also the decisive turn, driver Lewis Hamiton once again improves himself, at the same time breaking his own record just set in the last run, while the rest no one can overcome.

The fastest record in one lap (1 minute 41 seconds 252 ‰) at Spa-Francorchamps was set, the pole was deserved by driver Lewis Hamilton because he had an excellent day of classification, extremely impressive, set and broke the fastest record in a lap here.

Bottas, though finishing second on the official race day, is 0.511 seconds slower. Verstappen is similar and is 0.526 seconds slower. Renault’s Ricciardo had an equally impressive day, fourth place on the official start day was completely matched by what he had shown during the qualifying day.

F1 racing, Belgian GP 2020 classification: The Pole cannot escape Hamilton’s hand (Part 1)

After two weeks of rest, Formula 1 2020 is continued by the 7th race of the season at the prestigious Spa-Francorchamps race.

Up to now, all advantages have returned to the Mercedes racing team as the season is slowly passing the first half of the race. However, in another development, the race has just been decided by the Organizing Committee to add 4 more races to the season, bringing the total number of races of this season to 17 races.

Both the world and fans will probably love this decision except for the Mercedes racing team, but as of now how many more races there are now, it probably won’t affect them much because they are reach the peak of strength over the rest.

Back to the main developments of the race day, driver Lewis Hamilton is still the brightest spot, maintaining his performance, the fastest in all three ratings and excelling at winning the Belgian GP 2020 race pole, thereby excelling. first played on official race day.

At the start of the race day, the weather was cloudy but not raining, the regional temperature reached 16 degrees C but the asphalt absorption temperature reached 25 degrees C, the humidity reached 61%. This is said to be an ideal temperature on a long track but will be difficult to calculate pit stop tactics for engineers.

The C4 tire set (soft red rim) is the main choice of most riders in the first round of the Q1 ranking. The Haas team racer duo appeared first at the Q1 classification and were also the riders to set up the first timed lap, in which Grosjean reached 1 minute 45 seconds 073 ‰.

However, the old chorus immediately came back when the racers like Lewis Hamilton, Valtteri Bottas, Max Verstappen appeared. On the first timed run, the defending champion immediately became the fastest interim racer in the Q1 qualifying round at 1 minute 42 seconds 323 ‰. Red Bull’s teammate Bottas and driver Max Verstappen both had a corner, so he could not be the fastest.

Looking forward to F1 racing news schedule (Part 2)

In addition to the above races are four other races in Hungary on July 19, Spain on August 16, Belgium on August 30 and Italy on September 6.

New racing schedule

As mentioned, the 8 minimum races are enough to call this the 2020 season. Of course, the goal of F1 will not stop here and they are discussing to see how the season is completed. Said CEO Chase Carey, they will announce the full race schedule “in the coming weeks” and the current situation looks very optimistic.

Thấp thỏm chờ lịch đua mới của F1

Although the schedule of 8 races does not have the original races as planned, this does not mean that the replacement of these races cannot take place. In the immediate future, the possibility for F1 to organize another race after 8 races could be in Russia’s Sochi (the original plan was September 27).

Meanwhile, because Singapore, Azerbaijan and Japan have recently canceled their races, this means other tracks in Europe need to be announced soon. Such as Mugello and Imola, both in Italy, and Autodromo do Algarve in Portugal may be an alternative or additional option depending on the situation.

Almost immediately, Haas team leader Guenther Steiner revealed that F1 could announce the second race group next week. “The only thing I know is that the end of the season will definitely end in the Middle East, with Abu Dhabi and Bahrain; the rest, I don’t know much, ”Steiner said. “F1 is trying to arrange and I think, at least, we will have more racing schedules, maybe not complete, next week.”

It is likely that the race schedule will have adjustments due to the number of corona virus infections and deaths that do not show signs of declining in the Americas, where the races are scheduled to take place in the US, Mexico and Brazil. Of these, the United States and Brazil occupy the top two positions in corona virus cases.

In contrast, China was mentioned for organizing two races and Vietnam could hold another one at the end of November after the initial plan on April 5 was postponed due to a request for social distance. festival. It is expected that the races will take place in Mexico and Brazil, however, due to the strong outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic in these two countries, F1 will consider whether to take the race to Hanoi or no matter what, the season is likely to end in Asia with races in Bahrain (possibly 2 races if needed) and at Yas Marina in Abu Dhabi.