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F1 racing – behind Lightning McQueen is the battle of Guido (Part 2)

Transportation usually starts 3 hours after each race, on Sunday night or Monday morning (if the race took place the night before). After the race car completes the inspection procedures (precaution against rules), the technician will disassemble the race car into many details. The engine and gearbox are disassembled, along with the front and rear spoilers, and so on. Each is packed in foam padded boxes. Sometimes, people use an explosion-proof plastic bag to protect the paint coating.

The chassis has a separate parcel box for protection. The team takes about 3 to 6 hours to pack, clean up. Done, all will be delivered to the official transport partner of the notes race. They will either board a plane to reach races outside Europe, or follow a tractor to races along the continent.

Behind the success of speed racers is the strong technical and logistics team. Victory in the F1 racing also reflects the strength of the world’s leading automobile corporations.

Because most of the racing teams are based in Europe, logistics for the races taking place in the old continent (about 10 races) seems more compact. Everything will be transported by road, with specialized tractors. These vehicles pull long containers decorated with the unique style of each team.

These vehicles are also extremely special designed, sometimes also work as a technical meeting room for the team. With the races going on for 2 consecutive weeks, the preparation time was extremely tight. Furniture must be available at the next racetrack within 36 hours for technicians to assemble the vehicle.

Another difficulty is the weather, which humans cannot control. Like when Phanfone storm covered Japan 2014 GP race, all logistics teams had to work in heavy rain and wind, limited visibility, dangerous (this race even witnessed an accident leading to the departure of racer Jules Bianchi). Yet less than 7 days later, all had to get ready for the 2014 Russian GP race, where the Sochi racetrack first greeted F1 village. Despite the storms and storms, the logistics team cannot back down, still must race against time, because the immediate race cannot be delayed.

Do you remember the arrogant face of the guy Guido in the animated film Cars released in 2006? Never underestimate those Guido boys. Without them, the track doesn’t have Lightning McQueen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Postponement of F1 racing causes big loss for many countries

Postponement of Grand Prix races in Australia, Bahrain, Vietnam and China is creating financial burden for stakeholders.

With more than US $ 150 million invested in broadcasting rights, Liberty Media is in big trouble. Shares of this company fell more than 50% since January 20. Liberty Media shares are down more than half since the end of January.

For racing teams, the risk of financial loss is present when the sponsor for each stage faces cost pressures. Big teams lose money, and small teams may fall into a situation where they cannot repay their debts.

The financial situation deteriorated to the point where 9 out of 10 F1 teams agreed to leave the adjustment rules for the 2021 season to 2022 amid concerns about operating costs.

According to the German newspaper, during the online meeting earlier this week, all the team except Scuderia Ferrari agreed to push the adjustment of F1 until 2022. Only Scuderia Ferrari asked for a review of all the details of this delay before considering support. However, the latest information of Motorsport said Scuderia Ferrari agreed with the proposed change after meeting with the team Thursday morning (March 19).

F1 2021 season will race with old cars

In order to reduce costs during the transition period, Motorsport said race team leaders proposed to blockade the development of complex and expensive parts such as chassis and gearbox, developing only aerodynamics only until the end of the year 2021.

Stopping the development of the chassis also means that the 2021 season will only run cars that have been developed by 2020, instead of using entirely new vehicles.

F1 was delayed, causing a headache for stakeholders

Meanwhile, F1’s $ 175 million annual budget will be used for next year’s event. This is very popular with the rich and promising racing team in the context of their budget is affected. All leaders of 10 racing teams will meet again to unify the proposed change made on March 19. Regardless of the decision, this year’s F1 race was beaten by the corona virus.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adjustments in F1 season 2020 and what to expect?

The curfew lasted for nine hours, teams must not hide the car with the shield are some notable changes in the regulations of F1 in 2020.

The familiar checkered flag will return

This year, pre-season testing was shortened from eight days to six days. Specifically, only two test runs, each three days, took place at Circuit de Barcelona – Catalonia (Spain) on February 19 to February 21 and February 26 to February 28. Meanwhile, the mid-season test drive will be completely eliminated.

The good news for young riders, when teams must use one of them (new drivers to join one or two races) for at least one day of test drive.

“Shark fins” will be back

In 2020, racing teams will have to equip each motor with a model like a small plate with the driver’s number plate. This helps fans distinguish the riders in the team they cheer. According to the assessment, there will be very little aerodynamic impact on the cars because of this change, except for a little cornering.

No more hiding car in the shield

Do not cover the test vehicle. Traditionally, racing teams will use shields to hide newly upgraded cars. The new regulations in 2020 will not allow this anymore because the track will be broadcast live (lasting from 9 to 18 hours) to improve the audience experience. However, racing teams can shield if the car is in maintenance after stopping outside the track.

The time F1 taking place

This year, F1 racing has been affected by Covid-19, which may postpone some F1 racing events. For example, last year, the Hungary GP took place at the Hungaroring racetrack from August 2-4, and the final race before F1 is suspended for nearly a month. In 2020, the event seems to be postponed even more.

The curfew lasted longer

Instead of eight hours, the 2020 rule also increases curfew hours to nine hours. During this time, the mechanic of the teams did not repair anything of the vehicle of the home team, even banned from the scope of the track. Teams are allowed to break the curfew twice in a season without penalty.

These rules have been revised for the 2020 season. Accordingly, referees are given lighter penalties if they see fit. The umpire may also issue a lighter penalty decision with a racing error before the signal. In the past, violating teams would be subject to a pit (and speed limit here) penalty or a 10-second stop race fine.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

F1 racing – behind Lightning McQueen is the battle of Guido (Part 1)

When F1 wheels are about to roll on the track, the battle of logistics team begins with hundreds of tons. equipment, 20 races on 5 continents in 9 months.

Team employees will transport hundreds of tons of equipment from 10 teams to more than 20 races taking place on five continents within nine months. Behind the riders is a huge logistics team and a huge number of equipment that not many F1 fans know well.

The F1 super cars are transported by air. 50 tons of equipment, 40 sets of tires, 2,500 liters of gasoline. The peak period of the season has 3 consecutive races in just 1 month. Typically, each racing team needs to bring 50 tons of equipment. There are 3 modes of transportation used: road, air and sea.

Once the season’s schedule is set, teams will choose to pack the heaviest and least important equipment first. They will arrange about 3 identical kits into 3 containers and then move. Few important things, why use a whole container?

This contributes to the optimal transfer time for the whole season. One box will be delivered to the first stage venue (Australia). At the same time, one case came to the second.

These containers usually arrive and are gathered at the racetrack several weeks in advance. If transferred by sea, this journey takes from 10 to 20 days depending on the distance. When the technicians arrived, they had ready to work.

When the first race is finished, the teams just go straight to the second stage and start preparing. At the same time, the furniture for the first stage was packed and moved to the fourth stage, while the second and third stage items were ready at the competition point. Continuing, the second stage, the furniture was packed to stage five. It was strictly followed until the end of the tournament.

Racing teams prepare to pack up when the race is not over. This scene is as spectacular as the Hollyhood film schools. The transport war of the F1 racing teams.

Racing cars are probably the “items” most interested in furniture. But there are dozens of tons of other equipment that needs to be packed and shipped as well. Each team must bring enough tools to assemble the vehicle, for example 40 sets of tires, 2,500 liters of gasoline, 200 liters of lubricant, 90 liters of coolant. In addition, they also have technical tools and machines count, then food for the whole team, cooking utensils, etc.

 

 

 

 

 

Seven F1 racing teams oppose Ferrari

An unclear agreement between Ferrari and FIA racing team, causing seven F1 teams threatened to take the matter to court.

These seven teams include McLaren, Mercedes, Racing Point, Red Bull, Renault, Alpha Tauri and Williams. The other three teams of F1 – Ferrari, Alfa Romeo and Haas – all use Ferrari engines.

This is a rare time for most F1 racing teams to send a general message to the other team and FIA. They want to know the investigation thoroughly. “We openly express our views, want FIA to publish fully and in detail the incident, to ensure that all racing teams are treated fairly and objectively. We do so on behalf of the fans, the hands. race and F1 owners. Moreover, we reserve the right to legal compensation, in accordance with FIA’s procedural standards and competent courts.”

If FIA makes no move, the seven racing teams can take the matter to court, claim compensation.

On February 28, FIA announced the conclusion of a Ferrari investigation into misconduct. This announcement was deemed short and vague. They say an agreement has been reached with Ferrari, and the deal is kept private, internally on both sides. FIA did not say if Ferrari’s engine would violate the regulations.

The public also doubted the conclusion from the FIA, but they thought that Ferrari had broken the law. In a way, the Italian racing team was not publicly punished. Grandprix247.com journalist Ben Stevens wrote: “The FIA’s conclusions can be understood as follows: We have carefully examined the charge that Ferrari exceeded the refueling limit of 100 kg per hour, 2019. We concluded The allegation is justified. Instead of punishing Ferrari, we let them correct themselves, as if they were kids who broke a neighbor’s window. ”

Last season, Ferrari won the Belgian and Italian stages – the speediest cathedrals. They also finished first in Singapore. But in the end, Ferrari was still far behind the Mercedes champion. They finished second overall, on Red Bull, McLaren and Renault.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Indefinite postponement of the Chinese race due to corona epidemic

The 4th race of the F1 2020 season in Shanghai, China is officially delayed indefinitely due to concerns over impact of corona virus disease (officially called Covid-19).

The recent outbreak of the coronary pneumonia outbreak (officially known as Covid-19) in recent weeks in China has caused the FIA ​​World Racing Federation and the organizers of Formula One to race out. notice of indefinite postponement of stage 4 F1 2020 will take place in Shanghai from April 17 to 19.

Recently, the FIA ​​and F1 organizers released information about the acceptance of the ChineseGP organizers’ request for the delay of stage 4 F1 2020 in Shanghai. It is known that the organizers of stage 4 F1 2020 – Juss Sports Group, China Sports Racing Federation and Shanghai Ministry of Sports have officially made a request for the delay of stage 4 F1 Heineken Chinese GP to take place at the road. Shanghai International Circuit race in April here due to concerns about acute pneumonia caused by corona virus.

FIA shared the decision: “Due to concerns about the health of team members, the audience and the Earlier on 11/2, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus – Director General of the World Health Organization WHO made a statement about coronary pneumonia caused by virus is a serious threat to the world in general. Mr. Tedros also said that, with 99% of the cases recorded so far are from China, this is really an emergency for this country in particular and the rest of the world in general.

So far, more than 60,000 cases have been recorded and the number of casualties exceeds 1,370 and most are from China. This is really a problem to consider with a sports event with the participation of fans around the world.

After making a decision to suspend stage 4 F1 2020 in Shanghai, FIA and F1 will have meetings with racing teams to give the appropriate time to organize the race in China. There have been reports that, the last race of the F1 2020 season in Abu Dhabi will be back in time to make room for the ChineseGP race, but so far, the information has not been confirmed.

Thus after BahrainGP in 2011 was postponed due to internal instability, ChineseGP was the first F1 race to be postponed due to disease outbreak.

 

 

 

 

 

 

F1 racing season: Ferrari trusts Vettel instead of Lewis Hamilton

On the occasion of introducing Ferrari’s new model car for Formula One, the SF1000 earlier this week, executive chairman John Elkann confirmed that Sebastian Vettel will join Charles Leclerc for the 2020 season.

So far, the Ferrari leadership has decided to continue to trust Sebastian Vettel, instead of enticing British superstar Lewis Hamilton to race with Charles Leclerc. Not only executive chairman John Elkann confirmed, but also team manager Mattia Binotto also confirmed this. Mattia Binotto said the German driver was still “No. 1” for the 2021 season, even though it was reported that Lewis Hamilton was ready to join the Italian racing team.

Ferrari renews his contract with Charles Leclerc until 2024: Sebastian Vettel is in danger

The disclosure of boss Mattia Binotto and Charles Leclerc’s contract extension showed that Sebastian Vettel was forced to excel in the 2020 season.

F1 Ferrari has just decided to extend the contract with young talent  until 2014. The reason is that in the first season playing for the Italian team, the Monaco man had better performance than his senior Sebastian Vettel 4 times the World Championship.

Leclerc’s five-year contract also means that Ferrari is backing young riders, making Sebastian Vettel no longer the team’s first choice. Known for this new contract, Leclerc earns 3 times more than the previous season, it is reported that he gets about $ 9 million/season since the 2020 season.

Boss Mattia Binotto did not bring good news for Sebastian Vettel

Before that, Leclerc was on a Ferrari Academy contract and had to drive for Sauber in the first F1 season. The contract is valid until 2022, but due to his rapid progress, Ferrari has to raise his salary to avoid losing him.

As a result, now the future of Sebastian Vettel is extremely uncertain, especially when boss Mattia Binotto announced in the 2020 season, Ferrari does not have “number one driver”. Binotto’s announcement meant that the upcoming Vettel and Leclerc did not need to yield to each other and most likely if the German racer did not perform better, he had to leave the team to make room for Lewis Hamilton who was about to end his contract with Mercedes.

 

 

 

 

 

F1, Brazilian GP racing: The samba prom with the 20 fastest “machines” in the world (Part 2)

The difference in height on the track and the rounded corners make Jose Carlos Pace one of the most challenging and exciting tracks in the annual race schedule. Sao Paulo and Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace are still favorite destinations in F1 schedule, but there are many rumors that Brazilian GP will move to Rio De Janero with a new modern race track and stronger financial potential in the 3-4 years to come.

As announced from FIA, this year’s DRS region will be the same as previous events with 2 active regions. Zone 1 is set in the straight line after corner 3 to the end of sector 1 before entering corner 4 with the specified point in the middle of the famous Senna ‘S’ segment. Zone 2 starts after the corner of the 14th corner crossing the starting/destination line with the specified point after crab 13, the starting point of the uphill segment.

In addition to technical challenges, the track requires riders to have the best physical condition. High humidity and rainy weather this month in Interlagos will be a great challenge to the ability of the racers.

List of selected competition tires (according to Pirelli)

Pirelli brings Brazilian GP tires Hard (white, C1), Medium (yellow, C2), Soft (red, C3). Compared to the US race, the same color and name Hard/white – Medium/yellow – Soft/red, but the tire index C1-C2-C3 in Interlagos this weekend will be different than the last C2-C3-C4 in Austin.

The rubber mixture surface will be harder and more durable to accommodate the wet weather in this lowland. As usual, Mercedes opted for a ‘hard’ approach over Ferrari and Red Bull. They are one of only two teams to choose only 8 sets of Soft tires with McLaren. Alfa Romeo, Toro Rosso and Williams choose 9 Soft sets while the rest have 10 Soft sets.

Based on the selection of competitor tires, most likely with the “red” strategy for trial run and race, and at the same time allocate the tactic on 2 more durable tire colors for the official race day. Scenario 1 pit stop is likely to occur if the race day does not have many safe car situations.

 

 

 

 

 

F1, Brazilian GP racing: The samba prom with the 20 fastest “machines” in the world (Part 1)

The 2019 season reaches the penultimate race to take place in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The 20 th race, Brazilian Grand Prix, held in the land of skilled football, Samba and passionate carnival; and the cradle of Aryton Senna, the legendary F1 driver of the world racing village who was honored at the event last weekend.

Interlagos racetrack is located on the outskirts of Sao Paulo, the most crowded city in Brazil and was formed in 1936 to organize domestic tournaments and several renovations before officially joining the Formula 1 race, the voice of Aryton Senna, the city council called for investment and designed a completely new version for Interlagos; Since then the track has some additional changes in accordance with the new safety standards and up to date.

The race to inaugurate the new racetrack structure was organized in 1990 with the victory of Alain Prost and Ferrari racing team, followed by Gerhard Berger and Ayrton Senna’s “hero”, both McLaren-Honda.

The all-new Interlagos was officially called Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace, the name of a famous Brazilian racer in the 1960s. He had an impressive career playing at many famous European races of that period; once won Brazilian GP only once in 1974 in Martini Racing.

An additional information, the Martini Racing was developed by the famous British racing car company Brabham with a Cosworth V8 engine. In the 1970-1980 period, the team was owned by Bernie Ecclestone with later established associates like Gordon Murray, Ron Dennis, Charlie Whiting. The image of the Martini Racing was recreated with the design of the Williams car from Massa era. and Bottas helm the 2014 and 2015 seasons.

Roadmap & DRS zone (according to FIA)

Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace has the direction of running counter-clockwise with a total length of 4,309 km including 15 low and high speed corners interwoven requiring high steering skills from the racer. At the same time, a height of 700m above sea level in Sao Paulo is a challenge for all. The riders compete 71 laps with a total journey of 305,909 km. The fastest lap time of 1 minute 10,540 set by Bottas of Mercedes team in 2018.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Michael Schumacher’s son will join the F1 racing tounament

With the title of F3 World Championship, Mick Schumacher, the legendary son Michael Schumacher has accumulated enough points to qualify for F1.

On October 13, the race to decide the championship of the F3 World Cup took place in Hockenheim city, Germany. Before entering this race, Mick Schumacher, the legendary son of F1 Michael Schumacher holds a big advantage to be able to take the throne this season.

No surprises occurred at the Hockenheim racecourse. Only finished second after Estonian, Juri Vips but with 347 points, 19-year-old driver officially became the new champion of the tournament.

After 12 stages, Mick brought 8 wins to the Prema team. This can be considered a great progress of this driver if he knows that this is his second professional season. In the first season, the 19-year-old racer finished in 12th place.

Not only that, with this result, Mick has accumulated enough points and conditions to be able to participate in the prestigious Formula One race from next season.

Of course, in theory, this racer must attend F2 before he can compete in F1. Still, he was able to make the leap, much like his father did in 1990.

In the tournament that year, Michael Schumacher convincingly ascended the throne. And just a year later, he made his Jordan team debut at F1 before moving to Benetton for the next season.

On the Mercedes side, the motor sponsor of the Prema racing team, they also could not hide their interest in the Mick championship. Sharing with the media, Toto Wolff, representative of Prema team confirmed that the 19-year-old racer has great potential and can completely go far in the future.

On the Schumacher family side, they have not made any moves after the 19-year-old driver’s championship. As for the legendary Michael Schumacher, he never appeared after a serious ski accident in the Alps in December 2013.

The former Ferrari driver, who won the world championship seven times is still cared for at home in Switzerland. The Schumacher family is quite secretive in revealing the health of this former driver.