Formula 1 racing: The era of reserve drivers (Part 1)

With the Formula 1 (F1) season going to take place in Austria in July, the coronavirus crisis makes the reserve drivers suddenly get special attention because it is very likely that a certain driver will positive for Covid-19 and required isolation.

In fact, Formula 1 boss Chase Carey mentioned this issue in a recent video interview when asked how they would react to positive cases at the end of the race.

As usual, some teams have their own reserve riders, some can call a driver from a sister team, and others have to borrow third party troops.

In addition, free riders are ready to race at any time when they have a lot of experience such as Fernando Alonso, Nico Hulkenberg and Sergey Sirotkin.

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However, except for some teams who always have reserve riders on the same team every weekend of racing, others are at home waiting, meaning they are ready to catch a last-minute flight if needed. The theory is that, but the current situation is more complicated because any reserve driver needs to have the latest negative test results and must comply with the strict travel restrictions that F1 will apply to. all employees.

In addition, commercial flights are currently severely restricted, and therefore, it will not be easy for a reserve rider to board the plane on Thursday or Friday. This will force teams to ensure that their reserve team is present at each location and ready when notified. In return, they also have to compromise with these riders because often they only race with simulation equipment in the factory.

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It is also a matter of time because there is a big difference between whether you need to find a driver on Friday night before the weekend race, or the week before the next leg, when you have more time to prepare. .

Reserve points Mercedes: Stuttgart Formula E driver, who used to race in F1 with McLaren in 2018, was officially named on the reserve list earlier this year. The team can also call Esteban Gutierrez, who had a recent F1 season with Haas in 2016.

Roborace: the Formula One for self-driving cars

 Roborace brand currently has two vehicles in its fleet namely the DevBot and Robocar. The company is development robot using a platform for testing new technology and software. Unlike Robocar, though, DevBot has room for a driver as well.

“We’re focused now on DevBot and using that because the development platform, but the target is to be ready to take that software and use it in Robocar. We’re running with DevBot 2.0 in Season Alpha, which gives us the opportunity to use humans within those competition formats,” said Balcombe.

In recent years they’ve done human versus machine competitions. This season they are looking at experimenting with having human in for part of the race and AI for the second part, while some are pure AI races only.

“So when we’ve done human versus machine competitions, it’s been really interesting, No. 1, to see the human’s reaction, that they want to beat the robot. There’s that competitive element there. And then, No. 2, from the AI teams, who really want to get as close to and then eventually beat the human drivers. So they’re probably about 5-10% away at the moment, before we get to the human level of performance,” said Balcombe.

The racers have exactly the same types of sensors and computers that you’ll find in the autonomous-vehicle industry that’s being developed by companies such as Waymo, for example. They’re running lidar, radar, machine-vision cameras, sonar.

“We have an accurate GPS inertial system that’s so accurate you’ll do missile guidance with it. So we have export restrictions on those products, some of those products. But yeah, it’s exactly the same as you would use on the road. And that’s really key for us is that the technology that’s developed in competition here at our racetrack transfers to that road industry.”

COVID-19 turns F1 increasingly pale: This season there is no podium!

The victory podium after the end of each race is a familiar image of Formula One, but not in the 2020 season.

The Board of F1 Federation has just announced the ceremony standing on the winning platform (podium) to celebrate the success of the top 3 riders often found in tournaments will be discontinued this season. Mr. Ross Brawn said this is the necessary solution in COVId-19 season.

The F1 competition season will begin next month in Australia, July 5. Here, the Organizing Committee applied many measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Therefore the familiar act of giving champagne to the three riders to go to the top to open the celebration was abandoned.

The first 8 races will take place between empty stands. At the same time, the areas reserved for each team are closely monitored to prevent infection. 

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Members of each team are also tested for COVID-19 regularly and must ensure they adhere to social spacing guidelines.

Regarding the cancellation of podium, the Organizing Committee is expected to use another method: ” There is an opinion that cars will be lined up along the track and riders will stand in front of the car. 

We can’t give titles when no one is in close contact, but we will find a way. We even plan to give the title on TV“.

The Board of F1 Federation admits that these limitations may extend to unknown, but it is definitely the end of this year. 

Besides, they also hope to organize the 2020 season with 15-18 races, although there have been more Grand Prixs in Azerbaijan, Singapore and Japan canceled last weekend. The Grand Prix in Sao Paulo is also under threat due to the COVID-19 epidemic situation in Brazil.

Hamilton criticized the F1 community

The reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton was unhappy when the F1 community fell silent over the death of black George Floyd in the US.

“I see you being silent, among whom are top stars and you choose to be silent in this story of injustice,” Hamilton wrote on Instagram on  June 1.

Floyd is an American citizen. On May 25, a white policeman pressed his knees to his neck to death  even though he kept shouting: “I can’t breathe”. Floyd’s death sparked a wave of protests in the United States . The movement “Justice for George Floyd” or Black Lives Matter (Colored People Worth Living) quickly spread, attracting the participation of many sports stars.

Hamilton chỉ trích việc cộng đồng F1 im lặng trước cái chết của một người da màu tại Mỹ. Ảnh: AP.

In the second post, Mercedes main driver wrote: “I am not on the side of bandits, who are burning buildings. I support peaceful protesters. There will be no peace until people who are viewed as leaders who make change “.

Mercedes then spoke up, supporting their riders. After Hamilton’s post, many other F1 riders called for justice for blacks.  “

Share with Leclerc, race driver Williams George Russell wrote on Twitter : “We all have the right to speak up for the right. Until now, I do not know how to speak up. As Leclerc said, I find it difficult. I have a hard time understanding what is seen on news or social media right now, but ultimately, even though you may not be comfortable speaking, don’t be silent. justice in this world. This is the time we need to unite to eliminate racism”.

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Renault team driver  Daniel Ricciardo insisted that Floyd’s death was a shame and urged everyone to join hands to eliminate racism. While McLaren Lando Norris racer shared the link of the online petition, supporting the Black Lives Matter, Carlos Sainz (McLaren), Sergio Perez (Racing Point) and Nicholas Latifi (Williams) also spoke.

Updated: 2020 Formula 1 calendar (Part 2)

Formula 1 has announced that three more rounds of the 2020 Formula 1 World Championship have been affected by the coronavirus outbreak: the Dutch and Spanish Grand Prix have been postponed, the Monaco Grand Prix has been cancelled. The first race of 2020, then, will be in Baku on June 7th.

The official statement from Formula 1 said that due to the ongoing and fluid nature of the COVID-19 situation globally, Formula 1, the FIA and the three promoters have taken these decisions in order to ensure the health and safety of all staff, drivers, championship participants and fans, which remains our primary concern.

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Formula 1 and the FIA expect to start the 2020 Championship season as soon as it’s safe to do so after May and will continue to regularly manage the ongoing COVID-19 situation.

Just hours after it was announced the Australian GP would be postponed m, Formula 1 has temporarily pulled the plug on the Bahrain and Vietnamese Grand Prix. Formula 1’s statement said that after the announcement of the Australian Grand Prix’s postponed this week and the ongoing and fluid nature of the COVID-19 situation globally, Formula 1, the FIA and the promoters have taken these decisions in order to ensure the health and safety of the staff, drivers and fans, which remains our primary concern.

FIA and the Formula 1 will continue to collaborate closely with the local race organizers and promoters in Bahrain and Vietnam and the local health authorities to manage the situation of the disease and take the appropriate amount of time to study the viability of potential alternative day for each Grand Prix later in the year should the situation turn better. As a result, Formula 1 and the FIA will be regularly reviewed the situation to choose an alternative dates

Roborace: the Formula One for self-driving cars (Part 1)

Roborace is an all-electric autonomous-car racing series.

Each racing team has programmers who are responsible for customizing the algorithms within the self-driving software that monitors these autonomous vehicles.

Competitions within the series even allow self-driving cars versus human drivers.

Organisers say the AI racers are about 5-10% away from getting to the human level of performance.

Self-driving cars in racing are getting closer to actually becoming a reality.

This is up-and-coming state-of-the-art motor sport is recognized as autonomous racing currently being led by Roborace, a series that has all-electric self-driving race cars.

It’s a competition created to provide each race team with identical cars, having the same powertrain, chassis, and identical self-driving software; however, the teams are responsible for customizing and improving the algorithms that ultimately control the cars and allow them to navigate multiple racetracks on their own.

The company’s prized Robocar, a completely driverless and fully autonomous vehicle, already proved just what it’s capable of at last year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed when it became the first self-driving race car to finish the event’s famous hill climb.

With the inaugural season coming up real soon, Roborace’s chief strategy officer, Bryn Balcombe, shared everything racing fans need to know about the company and this unique new motor sport.

Roborace is a completely new type of motor sport that we’ve been developing for the last 2 and a half years, focusing on the mega-trends that are happening in the automotive industry, so electric, connected, and autonomous technologies. How does motor sport play a role in developing that for the future, showcasing the technology, and building trust with the public.

This year Roborace is planning to introduce Season Alpha – an experimental year, where they’re looking at lots of different formats with lots of different types of competition. Their main drive is to push the advancement in the software.

2020 Formula 1 calendar Update (Part 1)

Formula 1 has announced that the French Grand Prix is the latest event to be outright cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. The announcement came after the French government confirmed it would be extending lockdown measures for an additional month to combat the spread of Covid-19. This extension, to “mid-July” means the June 28th event could not go ahead. Organisers confirmed in a statement on Monday morning that the French Grand Prix had been cancelled. It joins the Monaco and Australian GPS as only the third race to be outright cancelled due to the spread of the virus. 

No update has been given on the Austrian Grand Prix, the next round on the calendar, currently due to take place on July 5th.

The Azerbaijan Grand Prix in Baku has been postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak, Formula 1 has announced. Scheduled for June 7th, Formula 1 will now look to find another date for later in the year. That brings the total number of races postponed to six, while the Australian and Monaco Grand Prix were cancelled outright. 

Formula 1’s official statement stated that Baku City Circuit (BCC) has officially postpone the Formula 1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix 2020 due to organize on June 5th-7th.

The postponement was agreed upon after extensive discussions among Formula 1, the Government of the Azerbaijan Republic as well as the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA). This comes as a direct outcome of the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic and has been depend on the expert suggestion provided by the relevant authorities.

In coming to this conclusion, BCC’s primary concern was the health and well-being of the Azerbaijani people as well as all travelers who are F1 fans, staff and championship participants.

BCC understand its fans disappointment at not being able to enjoy the pinnacle of motorsport race through the streets of Baku this June. To that end, BCC will continue to work closely with Formula 1, the FIA and the Government of the Azerbaijan Republic to manage the situation with a view to inform a new race date later in the 2020/ 2021 season.

Dominant teams of Formula One

McLaren and Williams continued to rule the race in the 1990s. In total, McLaren got 16 titles, including seven constructors’, nine drivers’ in that period, while Williams matched McLaren with 16 titles of their own, including nine constructors’, seven drivers’. But the competition between Prost and Senna ended in 1993 with Prost’s retirement and then in 1994 Senna passed away at Imola. His death was a watershed, in that it led to considerable development in safety standards – no drivers have died at the wheel of an F1 car ever since. The FIA introduced measures to slow the vehicles and increase their safety.

But critics continued to argue the race was more about the technicians and designers than drivers, and like any other sports, a few teams dominated. McLaren, Williams, Renault (formerly called Benetton) and Ferrari won every title in World Championship from 1984 until 2008. The soaring costs of Formula One widened the distance between the big four and the smaller independents. Between 1990 and 2008, there were 28 teams came and went, few making no more than an ephemeral mark.

Among the dominant teams during the 90s, Michael Schumacher and Ferrari won an unprecedented six consecutive constructors’ championship titles and five consecutive drivers’ championship titles. Schumacher was a talented driver but his habit of pushing all rules and sportsmanship to the limit made him a difficult man to acquaintance to, and that allied to his success further caused problems for the sport’s popularity. Viewing figures dropped and concerns developed for the sport’s future given the growing difficulty for any new entrants to make an impression

Championship rules were frequently changed by the FIA with the aim of improving the on-track action and cutting expenses. In 2002, legal towards team orders established in 1950, were banned after several incidents. There were teams manipulated race outcomes, generating negative publicity, most famously the one by Ferrari at the 2002 Austrian Grand Prix. There was tinkering over pit stops, points scoring, engines and tyres.

A brief history of Formula One (Part 3)

In the early 1970s Bernie Ecclestone reorganized the management of Formula One’s commercial rights, turning the sport into an international billion-dollar business. In 1971 he invested in the Brabham team and so gained a seat on the Formula One Constructors’ Association (FOCA) and in 1978 he was voted president. Until Ecclestone, circuit owners controlled many aspects of the game; he persuaded the teams to manipulate their worth and the value of negotiating as a coordinated unit.

In 1979 FISA (Federation Internationale du Sport Automobile) was established and almost immediately clashed with FOCA in terms of revenues and regulations. Matters deteriorated to the lengthen FOCA boycotted a race and threatened a breakaway of the sport. In return FISA removed its sanction from races via the 1981 Concorde Agreement.

In 1980 Alan Jones and the Williams team dominated the sport and in 1981 Nelson Piquet won the title by one point with victory at the U.S Grand Prix. 1982 competition was centered on a rift between Ferrari’s Gilles Villeneuve and Didier Pironi but unfortunate Villeneuve was killed at Zolder. Two months later, in practice for the German Grand Prix, Pironi was severely injured that he could never race again.

From then on turbos, which first introduced in 1977, came to rule the roost. Piquet won his second title in 1983 with Brabham, and Lauda’s half-point win in 1984 heralded the beginning of a period of dominance by McLaren in which they won the drivers’ title seven times out of eight years with Alain Prost and Ayrton Senna. The team’s zenith became dominant in 1988 when they won 15 of the 16 races but for the next season turbos were banned, and the relationship between the two drivers went bad rapidly.

To combat the phenomenal power of cars, restrictions were established and eventually turbochargers were prohibited altogether in 1989. In the 1980s electronic drivers aids started to emerge and by the early 1990s semi-automatic gearboxes and traction control became a natural progression. The battle between new technology and the expectation of the FIA to counter accusations that the drivers were less relevant than the boffins, raged throughout the next two decades.

A brief history of Formula One (Part 2)

The cars used considerable technological advances. The first seasons were organized using pre-war cars like Alfa’s 158, featuring front engined, narrow-treaded tyres and 4.5 litre normally aspirated engines or 1.5 litre supercharged. When Formula One regulations issued in 1954 engines were limited to 2.5 litres. Mercedes Benz made major upgrade until they withdrew from all motor sports events in the aftermath of the 1955 disaster at Le Mans. In the late 1950s Cooper introduced a rear-engined car and by 1961 all manufacturers were using them. As an added incentive for the competing teams, a constructors’ championship was introduced to the game in 1958.

An era of British dominance began with Mike Hawthorn’s championship win in 1958, although Stirling Moss had been at the forefront of the competition without ever securing the world title. Between Jim Clark, Jack Brabham, Jackie Stewart, John Surtees, Graham Hill, and Denny Hulme, British and Commonwealth drivers won nine championship titles and British teams won ten constructors’ titles between the period of 1962 and 1973. The famous British Racing Green Lotus, featuring a revolutionary monocoque chassis to replace the traditional design with space-frame, was the dominant vehicle, and in 1968 the team broke new barriers when they were the first to have advertising featured on their cars

In 1970 Lotus’ Jochen Rindt won the drivers’ championship posthumously, the only man be able to achieve such record, underlining the continuing risks. His replacement was Lotus’ No. 1, was young Brazilian racer Emerson Fittipaldi, he then split the next four championships, with Jackie Stewart taking 1971 and 1973 for the new Team Tyrrell and Fittipaldi 1972 and 1974.

The cars became faster and performed better – Lotus again were the innovators when they used ground-effect aerodynamics that enabled enormous downforce and greatly improved of cornering speeds – by the early 1970s the days of private entries were all but over as the costs of racing increased rocketed. Not only that, with the advent of turbocharged cars, speeds and power also rapidly increase.