F1 expert reflects on Charles Leclerc’s major role in the rebuilding of Ferrari

Last year Scuderia Ferrari Monegasque driver Charles Leclerc won the Grand Prix of Spa-Francorchamps and a week later, in front of thousands of tifosi, he also won the Grand Prix of Monza. It seems to be very optimistic to think they will achieve last years perforrmance, as Ferrari will be lucky to finish fourth since the SF1000 can’t keep up with the top at all.

Rebuilding Ferrari
Charles signed a long-term contract with Ferrari at the end of last year, because he has proven himself in 2019 as the man that the team will need in the future. Ferrari will also revolve around Charles, especially now that Sebastian Vettel is leaving the racing team after this season. However, the good prospect now looks cloudy, because the Ferrari car itself is not good enough.

For Charles Leclerc it is very important to play a crucial role in rebuilding Ferrari, Mark Hughes … Read the rest

Racing Point: the FIA verdict that could change F1’s future

This is probably the most unusual season of the sport, even considering those unorthodox events that Jastina had mentioned at the end of her article. As I’m writing these lines, Racing Points has just had a 15 championship points deduction and 400,000 Euro fine for allegedly copying Mercedes 2019 rear break ducts. The plans for the parts in question had been supplied legally by Mercedes last year, back when it was ok to distribute parts and plans for parts to other teams up and down the paddock. Mercedes supply engines to Racing Point as they do at Williams too so it was perfectly acceptable to help out your customers with some parts of a Formula 1 car.

The situation

The regulations changed for 2020, saying that all teams must be constructors of their own car, this is where Racing Point have got themselves in trouble, however they are appealing … Read the rest

O’Ward takes spoils in practice at WWT Raceway

As the NTT Indycar Series comes down from the high of the Indianapolis 500 a week ago, they now face a tricky double-header at World Wide Technology Raceway for the Bommarito Automotive Group 500.

The weekend began with the only practice session the teams will get, with 90 minutes for the teams to get their setups spot on for Saturday’s race, the first of two which will both be during the day for the first time at this oval.

Pato O’Ward has been very impressive so far in 2020 and he was the man to beat in practice, topping the session for his Arrow McLaren SP team with the only lap above the 181 mph barrier.

The Mexican came close to his first Indycar win early in the year at Road America until Felix Rosenqvist snatched it away so he will be keen to convert this speed into a … Read the rest

Ferrari’s Racing Point protest due to upgrade tokens rule

Scuderia Ferrari is now the only team appealing the decision regarding Racing Point’s brake ducts, and it’s supposedly due to the upgrade tokens.

After the FIA found Racing Point guilty of copying Mercedes’s 2019 brake ducts, they fined the team £360,000 and docked them 15 points.

With Racing Point appealing the decision, and Ferrari and Renault doing the same, believing it was too lenient, a hearing at the International Court of Appeal is set to go ahead in around two weeks.

However, many feel that the matter will be settled behind the scenes in order to avoid going to court.

“Off-track obviously that appeal process has gone in, I don’t think there’s any chance in hell that it will end up in an appeal court,” Christian Horner told Channel 4.

Recently Renault stated that they were satisfied by the measures taken by the sport in “safeguarding the originality in the … Read the rest

Ferrari’s Leclerc ahead of Belgian GP – “It will be tougher for us in terms of performance”

Scuderia Ferrari‘s Charles Leclerc has said that the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps this weekend will be tougher for the team that it has been in the past as they are lacking pace compared to previous years.

Although he enjoys the circuit, it being where he took his first win in Formula 1, he notes it is also tinged with sadness, as it was the place where his friend Anthonie Hubert lost his life in an accident in the Formula 2 feature race last year.

Credit: Scuderia Ferarri

He said: “The Spa-Francorchamps circuit has a special place in my heart. While it is here that I took my first win, it is also where we lost our friend Anthoine last year. It will be difficult to return to this track and he will be in our thoughts all weekend.”

Despite not having the same form as they did … Read the rest

‘Everything comes to an end at some point, I will try to enjoy the last few races’ – Sebastian Vettel

Scuderia Ferrari German driver Sebastian Vettel comments from the press conference ahead of the 2020 Belgian Grand Prix at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps:

“I have complete confidence in the guys in my garage and I see it as a sign of respect to give everything I can. We had difficult but also successful moments together. Everything comes to an end at some point. I will try to enjoy the last few races with Ferrari. Seventh place is not what we want to be fighting for, it was a damage control result. In the midfield there is always an exciting battle. I will keep doing my job, I am always optimistic and I see first of all the opportunities, then the problems. – Sebastian explained – ” Everybody likes this track but it’s a bit different this year. What happened last year is still in everyone’s heads… The moment you arrive … Read the rest

Belgian Grand Prix – Spa marks the start of a triple-header on legendary circuits

In recent years, the Belgian Grand Prix has always been the first race after the summer break. Everyone would return to work having enjoyed some rest in preparation for a final couple of races in Europe before heading off to Asia, America and the Middle East. However, with this bizarre 2020 calendar, there has only been one weekend off since Spain. The Belgian event marks the start of another triple-header which will end with Scuderia Ferrari’s 1000th Formula 1 Grand Prix. The legendary Spa-Francorchamps circuit is one of the most beautiful tracks in the world and has produced some of the greatest racing moments, to date hosting 52 of the 64 Belgian Grands Prix, with Zolder home to ten races and two being staged at Nivelles-Baulers on the outskirts of Brussels. Scuderia Ferrari has won 18 times, including last year when Charles Leclerc secured his maiden Formula 1 victory, but … Read the rest

Verstappen looking to ‘keep the momentum going’ in Belgium

In the run up to a difficult weekend for all teams and drivers, Aston Martin Red Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen is hoping he can build on the successful performances he has been having throughout the season so far.

Although this year’s trip to Spa-Francorchamps will be a less joyous affair than previous visits, Verstappen aims to push on and enjoy all the challenging track has to offer- capitalising on new upgrades to his RB16 in order to achieve a better result than in past instances.

Last year, the Dutchman was involved in a first corner collision with seasoned pro Kimi Räikkönen, resulting in Verstappen’s retirement on the first lap of the grand prix- much to the evident disappointment of The Orange Army.

Dutch fans cheer on Verstappen at Spa 2019 – Credit: Red Bull Content Pool

This year, though, Max and Red bull are confident that their hard work … Read the rest

Ferrari pressing ahead with appeal over Racing Point punishment severity

Scuderia Ferrari are poised to remain on course for a court showdown with Racing Point in Formula One’s “cheat” row.

Racing Point were docked 15 constructors’ points and fined £361,000 for copying parts of the Mercedes Lewis Hamilton drove to last year’s championship title.

On Tuesday, Renault announced they have withdrawn their appeal against the FIA’s punishment of Racing Point. This comes after both McLaren and Williams decided against pressing ahead with a formal challenge. But the PA news agency understands that, as it stands, Ferrari have no intention of following Renault, and are keen to seek further clarity over the FIA’s verdict and a stricter punishment.

Despite their points’ reduction, Ferrari head into this weekend’s Belgian Grand Prix, two points and two places behind Racing Point in the constructors’ standings in fifth.

The matter will end up at the FIA’s International Court of Appeal if the Italian team press … Read the rest

Timmy Hansen’s Title Defence Gets off to Rocky Start

Timmy Hansen had a challenging weekend in the opening rounds of the 2020 FIA World Rallycross Championship at Höljes last weekend.

The defending champion struggled with traffic all weekend and found himself battling with rival Andreas Bakkerud on Sunday on more than one occasion.

His weekend all climaxed in the semi-final when he was involved in an almighty scrap with Bakkerud, Anton Marklund and Timur Timerzyanov for the final position to get into the final, resulting in Hansen going all in for the position with a risky move at the velodrome but hit Bakkerud’s rear left tyre which gave the Norwegian a puncture.

From there, it was a train of cars bumping and banging with each other for over a lap with Bakkerud just hanging on to the position. Hansen was removed from the semi-final results due to the contact which cost him yet more points.

Hansen said on his … Read the rest