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Top 10 best F1 drivers of all time and their impressive earnings (Part 2)

5. Ayrton Senna

Ranked 5th on the list of the best-performing F1 drivers ever, Brazilian Ayrton Senna has 41 races and has stepped up to the highest podium three times in the final result.

It is estimated that Senna earned about $ 400 million, but has donated most of these assets to charities to help the needy. He died in a racing accident in 1994, at the age of 34, leaving great grief in the hearts of fans.

4. Alain Prost

French racer Allen Prost, who retired, won the throne four times in his career at F1. He has 51 times won the Grand Prix in his career on the track. Certainly, Prost has always been on the list of the best auto racers in the world, and is also one of the richest racers, with a fortune of about $ 185 million.

Allen Prost, who retired, won the throne four times in his career at F1

3. Sebastian Vettel

To date, Sebastian Vettel has won 53 Grand Prix victories and 4 championships. He is also the youngest person to win the F1 championship.

This German driver has competed for the Ferrari team since 2015 and is considered one of the best racers in the history of the race. He is also ranked 14th in the list of the 100 highest-paid athletes in the world by Forbes magazine. Vettel’s assets are estimated at $ 120 million.

2. Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton, the defending champion of F1, had 83 leg wins and six championships. The most recent time, this 1.74 British racer won the Mexican Grand Prix in 2019. In 2017, he broke legendary Michael Schumacher’s record for pole position (pole position – first starting position, only for those with the best trail runs) earned in a career.

Hamilton is also the richest young athlete in the country, with an estimated net worth of about $ 280 million. He is the highest-paid driver ever and is invited by many major brands to be the representative face. Therefore, there are many forecasts that Hamilton will sooner or later become the richest F1 driver in history.

1. Michael Schumacher

German legend Michael Schumacher has 91 race victories in the F1 seasons he attended, which holds the record for winning this prestigious race.

With seven championships in his career that ended in 2012, Schumacher is also the richest F1 driver in history with a net worth of 780 million USD. These assets are estimated based on the salary and bonuses Schumacher received from the two teams, Ferrari and Mercedes.

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Changes in the development of the F1 race over the past 70 years (Part 2)

1970: Lotus introduced the aerodynamic principle of the ground effect that provides enormous downforce and greatly increases the speed of turning.

Reforming safety standards (1980 – present)

1982 – 1990: The replacement of aluminum with a firmer material rather than carbon fiber in the construction of a chassis minimizes loss of life on F1 races.

The FIA ​​unexpectedly baned performance-enhancing electronic technologies

1994: The FIA ​​unexpectedly baned performance-enhancing electronic technologies, leading to quite a few racing cars no longer maintaining the required level of safety while their capacity is steadily increasing year by year.

The consequences were the deaths of legendary racer Ayrton Senna and Austrian racing driver Roland Ratzenberger. Since then, safety has become F1’s top concern.

2003: FIA adopted the head and neck safety support system (HANS), which reduces the force applied to the head by over 65%, nearly 90% of the force applied to the driver’s neck in all cases, minimizing the Injury can happen.

2017: FIA adopted a HALO – titanium device, weighs about 9kg with 3 main axes, the front axle is located in the center of the body in front of the cockpit, 2 side axes extend to the back, covering the seating position of the racer.

In 2017, FIA adopted a HALO

In 2010, FIA removed the old scoring system 10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1 for 8 riders at the beginning of each stage. Instead, the top 10 drivers in each race will be graded on a 25-18-15-12-10-8-6-4-2-1 scale. FIA officials believe that the 7-point gap between the first and second place holders, instead of just 2 points, will make the races more drastic.

Most recently, in 2019, F1 organizers issued a new rule with the content. There were Bonus 1 extra point for the driver to achieve the fastest lap (the fastest lap time) to encourage the racers to reach the highest speed. Teams with the fastest lap drivers will also be awarded points. However, to be awarded points, the rider must be ranked in the top 10 of the race.

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Changes in the development of the F1 race over the past 70 years (Part 1)

Few people know what the “formula” in the name of the most prestigious race on the planet means and how it has changed over the past 70 years.

The formula in the name Formula – F1 is the term for a system of rules that apply in the tournament, which requires all participating teams to comply. The innovations of the formula over time are a contributor to the appeal and uniqueness of this world’s No. 1 racing race.

Expanding the range with a variety of styles

Formula 1 racing has its origins in the European Motor Racing Grand Prix in the 1920s and 1930s. However, it was not until 1946 that the rules of the tournament were adopted by the International Automobile Federation (FIA) standardization and official races were first held in 1950.

Europe is the cradle of F1. However, the endless passion of the fans with the fast-paced tracks spread to North America, South America, and then Asia, making F1 become the No. 1 racing worldwide.

F1 race in Australia

In Asia, China, Malaysia, Singapore held the first F1 races in 2008. The United Arab Emirates began hosting in 2009.

Up to now, half of F1’s races have been held outside of Europe with separate and unique tracks in each host country and region, thereby offering very different F1 race year by year.

Improving technology, focusing more on safety

1950: The first F1 tournament was held in Silverstone, England. This season, the racing teams use pre-World War cars like Alfa’s 158.

1959: The first major technological innovation – Cooper’s re-production of mid-range motor cars – won Australian driver Jack Brabham’s world championship in 1959, 1960, and 1966.

1961: All the riders in the competition have switched to mid-range motor cars.

The BRM on F1 in 1960 track

1962 – 1973: Colin Chapman – designer and founder of Team Lotus introduce the car with an aluminum chassis attached to the body instead of traditional chassis design. This innovation has put the British team to dominate the F1 track with 12 championships.

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The first Tuscan GP race found its first champion in history

After 3 persistent races in just one afternoon (3 times starting from the line), the first Tuscan GP race found the first champion in history. Hamilton successfully defended his starting advantage at the pole to win the race at Mugello racecourse. Here are detailed statistics of this race.

Champion Lewis Hamilton

Champion Lewis Hamilton continued to show impressive form and added a bit of luck to reach the first pole in Tuscan GP race history. He won the 69th pole with his Mercedes racing team. Previously, Hamilton also finished first at British GP 2020.

Mercedes has now had seven consecutive “lockdowns” for the first time in a row and they are approaching the 9-stage record they ever made in the 2014-15 period. This is the 3rd of the last 4 races that the top 3 fastest drivers are Lewis Hamilton, Valtteri Bottas, and Max Verstappen, respectively.

Meanwhile, the fourth-place belonged to the remaining Red Bull driver, Alex Albon. This is the highest starting position of the Thai driver at F1, the last time he achieved at the opening stage at the Red Bull Ring.

The first Tuscan GP championship went to the racer # 44

During Scuderia Ferrari’s 1000th anniversary race, Charles Leclerc reached Q3 for the first time since the Spanish GP and won 5th place. And teammate Sebastian Vettel continued to be eliminated in Q2 and ranked 14th, even also lost to Kimi Raikkonen – 13th place – in the Alfa Romeo. However, the German driver is only 0.053 seconds away from being eliminated in Q1.

Sergio Perez has a 6th ranking result but is fined 1 place for the collision at FP2. This helps Lance Stroll in the back to be promoted and has the 5th leg of the top 6 in the last 7 races. Lando Norris (McLaren) was unable to make the Q3 debut since last year’s Brazilian GP, ​​ending the 9 consecutive Q3 appearances for the young British driver.

Albon also had its first podium F1 in his career

Albon also had its first podium F1 in his career

Hamilton had the third time in his career crowned in the first leg at a racetrack after two races in Austin in 2012 and Sochi 2014. He set a new record when this was the 222nd scoring stage in his career, surpassing the legendary Schumacher. Besides, the 42nd leg of the consecutive ranked finish helps the # 44 driver break Nick Heidfeld’s previous performance and have an F1 record of his own.

His 90th win in the English driver career took him one step closer to Schumacher’s 91st mark, and he might balance it on the next leg at Sochi.

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Hamilton won the pole at the Grand Prix Tuscan

Lewis Hamilton beat the Mercedes teammate, Valtteri Bottas, to get the starting right on the Mugello track, Ferrari’s home ground.

The 1-minute 15,144-second achievement performed by Hamilton in the classification round on September 12 was only faster than Bottas’s performance of 0.059 seconds. Red Bull Max Verstappen racer was far behind 0.35 seconds, but still easily took the right to start third, just ahead of teammate Alexander Albon.

Meanwhile, the fifth place in the home qualifying round is considered an encouraging result for Charles Leclerc in the context of his Ferrari having many difficulties in the 1000 race. The remaining member of Ferrari, Sebastian Vettel is only starting 14th.

Engine power, experience were promoted at the right time and luckily helped Hamilton achieve the highest ranking achievement on the Mugello race, Scarperia e San Piero, Italy on September 12.

Bottas soon proved to be a fierce competitor to Hamilton at Mugello by leading all three test runs. In the qualifying round, the Finnish driver of the Mercedes team continued to play on par with Hamilton.

Bottas was 0.029 seconds faster than his teammate in the first qualifying round (Q1). In Q2, Hamilton regained his original position when he outperformed Bottas by 0.013 seconds. By the first turn of Q3, the British driver continued to widen the gap when he appeared first on the track and achieved 1 minute 15,144 seconds.

Bottas followed suit, but only managed 1 minute 15,203 seconds, 0.059 seconds behind Hamilton. Verstappen ran after the Mercedes team in the first run and only achieved 1 minute 15,546 seconds.

The second run of Q3

In the second run of Q3, Hamilton continued to be early on the track, but he did not improve his performance, only achieving 1 minute 15.318 seconds of results. Verstappen raised the record to 1 minute 15,509 seconds but not enough to surpass the Mercedes duo.

Running was almost the last, but Bottas could not beat his teammates when Esteban Ocon (Renault) drives away caused the yellow flag to be raised. The cars had to slow down, so the Finnish driver could not pass the first run.

Before the Mugello race, Leclerc predicted Ferrari would not be as inferior as the previous two races at Spa-Francorchamps and Monza. However, the Monaco driver probably did not dare to think of him starting fifth, after only four cars from Mercedes and Red Bull. In contrast, teammate Vettel still dived at the bottom of the middle group and was 0.534 seconds slower than Leclerc.

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The first time in seven years that no major racing team finished first

The victory of Pierre Gasly, the 24-year-old Scuderia AlphaTauri racer, marked the first time in seven years that no major racing team finished first in an F1 stage.

It has been 147 races since winning an F1 stage that does not belong to Mercedes, Ferrari, or Red Bull. The first 128 races in the V6 era, the Big 3 always won. The last time a team outside this group won was GP Australia 2013, which belonged to Lotus – the team had dissolved.

Gasly rejoiced after winning the Monza racetrack

Gasly’s victory was also the second time that AlphaTauri – formerly Toro Rosso – won F1. Red Bull’s team B did this last time at Monza racetrack, with Sebastian Vettel.

Gasly was only three months old when the last French racer won an F1. That was Olivier Panis at GP Monaco 1996. After the race, French President Emmanuel Macron personally called to congratulate Gasly, but he missed the call due to sharing joy with his associates.

Gasly’s first season at F1 was 2018 when he wore Toro Rosso. A year later, he was transferred to A – Red Bull – team with Max Verstappen after Daniel Ricciardo’s departure. It was also a time when difficulties struck the French racer – as he mentioned about the turbulence 18 months ago in his career.

Gasly had two accidents during pre-season trials. Of course, his performance was immediately compared to Verstappen – who won two stages and always ranked in the top 5 in the first 12 stages of the 2019 season. In contrast, Gasly only twice entered the top 5.

The 24-year-old racer wins points on the first stage back to Toro Rosso. But that achievement was overshadowed by the tragedy of the F2 track. Gasly’s friend and countryman – Anthoine Hubert – had an accident and died. However, Gasly still finished strongly by finishing second in the Brazilian GP, ​​after Verstappen.

This season, Gasly is one of the most stable riders. At the Belgian GP last week, he was voted by fans as the best racer with an emotional performance, especially in the situation of overtaking Sergio Perez. The Spa-Francorchamps racetrack is where Hubert passed away a year ago.

After the Italian GP award ceremony, Gasly sat with his face on the podium to receive the prize, enjoying his emotions alone. This is probably one of the most impressive images of this F1 season.

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Hamilton misses the fans when completing Silverstone without the audience

The current F1 champion, Lewis Hamilton recovered when he competed in his home race Silverstone without the audience.

Hamilton was the hero of F1 fans in England

The first three races of the F1 2020 season took place without an audience. Hamilton and the riders praised the organizers’ strict rules to prevent the spread of Covid-19. But the Mercedes team driver also acknowledged that the atmosphere of F1 was affected in the absence of the audience.

In the nearest leg on July 19 in Hungaroring, Hamilton finished first with a record of 1 hour 36 minutes and 12,473 seconds, helping Mercedes to win the third leg from the beginning of the season.

It was his eighth victory in Hungary, after 2007, 2009, 2012, 2013, 2016, 2018, and 2019. He thus leveled the record for the number of victories in a race, by Michael Schumacher. The German legend won eight races in France, in 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2002, 2004 and 2006.

Hamilton won the Hungarian F1 race

Lewis Hamilton finished first in Hungaroring with a record of 1 hour 36 minutes 12,473 seconds on July 19, helping Mercedes win the third leg from the beginning of the season.

Leading the way for most of the race, Hamilton displayed excellent tire retention when far ahead of the competition. When the race was only four laps, he even had time to enter the pit to change soft tires, aiming to win the fastest-lap. The defending champion made no mistake, winning 26 points from Hungaroring.

Hamilton won eighth in Hungary, after 2007, 2009, 2012, 2013, 2016, 2018, and 2019. He leveled the record for the number of victories in a race, by Michael Schumacher. The German legend won eight races in France, in 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2002, 2004 and 2006.

Hamilton proved unrivaled, but the “Best Racer” award went to the runner-up – Max Verstappen. Red Bull riders had an accident on the way out to prepare for departure.

Red Bull members rushed to fix the RB16 right on the starting line. Verstappen raced from seventh place but finished second. In the final rounds, he successfully defended the position against the attack from Valtteri Bottas.

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F1 racing confirms the schedule of the first 8 racing tracks

F1 officially confirmed the racing schedule for 8 opening stages of the 2020 season on its official fan page. Accordingly, the first two races will take place in Austria, the third will take place in Hungary, the 4-5 in the UK, the 6th in Spain, the 7th in Belgium and the 8th in Italy.

All races are performed without spectators, with the highest safety and epidemic prevention measures. The members will be tested for viruses before moving to the races and continuously during the course. Teams will rent private jets, keep their distance from each other, and stay in different hotels, travel by bus to minimize public exposure.

The remaining races will be announced in the coming weeks. F1 expects to have about 15-18 races for this season. FIA approved a ceiling budget cut for the F1 2021 race and a new sliding ratio rule with aerodynamic testing

The FIA ​​International Automobile Federation has approved the ceiling budgets of F1 racing teams after cutting and new sliding ratio rules with aerodynamic testing after voting at the World Motor Sports Council (FIA World).

The ceiling budget has been agreed by the racing teams and management boards, but after Wednesday’s voting results for the 2021 ceiling, the ceiling is reduced from $ 175 million per year to $ 145 million, and the roadmap of further cuts in subsequent years.

The new ceiling is the response to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, causing the 2020 season to be postponed and greatly affects the financial situation of the racing teams.

Wind tunnel test will apply the new sliding rate from next year

Another important announcement from Wednesday’s voting results regarding the development of a new sliding rate for aerodynamic testing will also be given for the 2021 season. The final table after the end of the season will allow more time for wind tunnel aerodynamics testing.

This new move will help close the gap between teams and reduce the competitive gap of large teams compared to teams with narrower financial resources.

FIA also announced a new law impacting undercarriage when exposed to the surface of racing cars by 2021.

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F1 racing: Challenges repeated after the opening race (Part 2)

Facing the current situation, the advantage was in favor of teammate Bottas. If the driver of the world championship six times wants to conquer more victories, he needs to put more effort and focus due to the limited number of races this season.

The racing team needs to fix the problem that occurred in the first race

The young driver Norris competed quite successfully for McLaren in the first race, he won 3rd place in the qualifying lap, won 3rd place on Podium after finishing 4th, just inferior to Hamilton 4.8s.

In this second race, with the achievements as well as the performance on the track of McLaren cars, hopefully, they will have the success of the first race.

Vettel in an interview before the second race revolved around future issues in the 2021 season, claiming he had contacted Renault and Red Bull for a new season position. However, Renault eventually chose Alonso, a two-time world champion, and has not participated in F1 races in recent seasons.

Alonso’s return in the 2021 season also created excitement for fans and the media. On the Red Bull side, their current mainstay steering wheel, Verstappen, said there was no reason not to stick with Albon.

Alonso will return to F1 in the Renault color scheme of the 2021 season

Drivers will still not be able to choose tires in the Red Bull Ring race, Pirelli will provide them with 2 sets of Hard tires (white border), 3 sets of Medium tires (yellow) and 8 sets of Soft tires (red).

Mercedes will still be the first choice. Verstappen with the incident on the car to give up in the first race and with his personality hope he will return to more intense competition.

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F1 racing: Challenges repeated after the opening race (Part 1)

The second race of the 2020 season officially takes place at the Red Bull Ring race in Spielberg Austria. This is also the venue of the opening race last weekend with the first victory for the driver Bottas of Mercedes.

Bottas was the first winner after the races in the Formula 1 race system restarted after months of suspension, due to the global Covid-19 pandemic.

Bottas got their first victory in the opening race

In this second race, the teams will still compete on the Red Bull Ring race like in the first race, which partly helps them to have better settings on their cars.

They have gained a lot of experience in the opening race. The team that wins will need to continue to maintain their performance and the losing team will have a lot of data to upgrade the car in the optimal state.

In fact, during the official race last weekend, too many technical problems have occurred for many teams. Despite being the winner, the problem of gearbox also affected significantly to both cars of Bottas and Hamilton.

Mercedes engineers warned both of their drivers during the second half of the race not to run too close to the curb to avoid the rather high speed humps of the Red Bull Ring that could shock the transmission.

There were 7 riders who could not finish the first race when they had to give up in turn with many technical problems on their cars. The rather high temperature on this track is also a significant influence on the operation of the vehicles in the first official launch.

Due to strict regulations on medical issues at the present time, racing teams do not have to move to another location and it is also a beneficial factor when they have more time to overcome the problems. breakdown on the cars for the 2nd race.

Hamilton, though, finished 2nd in the first race, however, due to a foul during a dispute with Albon Red Bull’s young driver Albon he was fined plus 5 seconds in achievement and had to rank 4th, after 2 riders by Ferrari and McLaren.