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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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British Grand Prix

The race celebrating 70 years of F1: Verstappen ascended the throne

Max Verstappen was the winner, which put an end to the Mercedes team’s absolute winning record during the past four races.

Normally, Hamilton was always confident in his ability to win at his hometown after winning his first race at Silverstone a week before. After all, there was no second consecutive victory for him right back home.

Again, the tire problem made Hamilton and Mercedes struggling

In this F1 race, the Mercedes team could not find a solution to solving the tire condition on both Hamilton and Bottas’s cars. That problem caused Bottas to lose his place in the podium in the last few rounds, while Hamilton had to maneuver the car in fear and finish in a tattered tire situation.

The majority of drivers, which include Verstappen, have switched to hard tires to adapt to hot weather in British races. However, the Hamilton-Bottas duo chose the medium tire to start the race. Things did not support the Mercedes racing team when Bottas and Hamilton had a tire problem in turn.

On the other side, that was good news for Verstappen, as the young Dutch driver believed in using hard tires right from the start. He continuously widened the gap with the Bottas-Hamilton duo.

Mercedes of course did not give up. They accept that Bottas is behind Verstappen, but still bet that Hamilton can use all his talents to keep the top with a one-time pit strategy after the Dutch racer enters the pit for the second time.

After all, that calculation of the German team failed when Hamilton was forced to enter the pit for the second time after witnessing the gap with Verstappen gradually decreasing to the threshold of 8 seconds. From that moment on, the 35-year-old understood that a place in the podium was what he could aim for, rather than towards winning his fifth of the last six races at Silverstone.

The first win of Verstappen at the Silverstone track helped him take Bottas’ second place on the individual rankings.

It is still too early to talk about the possibility of Verstappen taking the throne of Hamilton when F1 this season only goes through the fifth stage. However, Verstappen and Red Bull were expected to prevent Mercedes from turning the F1 race into a solo playing field like last season.

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British Grand Prix

Hamilton finished first at British GP 2020 (Part 2)

Despite being tens of seconds away from rivals, when entering the final stage, the parameters sent to the instructors show that the left front tires of the two W11 are seriously degraded. Despite trying to slow down to hold, Mercedes’ effort failed. Bottas was the first to encounter a disaster and suffered severe consequences.

As soon as he reached round 50 and passed the pit entrance, Bottas’s left front tire was torn open, the W11 was pulled back and was forced to run nearly a full circle to return to the pit. After replacing the new tires, Bottas fell below the top 10.

Hamilton finished first at British GP 2020

Verstappen suddenly got second place and creating a distance of nearly 30 seconds with Leclerc’s rear car. The driver immediately returned to the tire changing pit. Red Bull’s rider, therefore, managed to stay safe in the final round. He earned an extra point by setting up the fastest-lap. This thanks to the new set of tires, while retaining the second place.

When Verstappen thought it would focus on keeping the second position because the distance to the first place was more than 30 seconds, Hamilton’s turn broke the tire. The incident in the last round caused the British driver to decelerate quickly.

The distance between Hamilton and Verstappen is constantly narrowing. But despite the heart-stopping moments, the time left is too little for Red Bull riders to reverse the situation.

When the finish, Hamilton still about 6 seconds ahead of the opponent. This is the third consecutive victory in the season of defending champion in the world.

The seventh victory in Hamilton’s F1 career on the track of Silverstone forte helped the British driver outrun his teammate and Bottas’ most dangerous opponent by 30 points. Despite the effort in the final round, the Finnish driver still could not enter the top 10, so he left the British Grand Prix empty-handed.

The individual unlucky Bottas brings little joy to the Ferrari racing team. Leclerc got into the top three thanks to a Mercedes incident. Sebastian Vettel also made it into the top 10 and got another consolation point, after struggling through the competition with Lance Stroll, Pierre Gasly and Albon.

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British Grand Prix

Hamilton finished first at British GP 2020 (Part 1)

Having a flat tire in the final round, Lewis Hamilton finished first in the British Grand Prix, while teammate Mercedes F1, Valtteri Bottas finished 11th despite a similar incident.

Hamilton completed 52 laps in 1 hour 28 minutes 1,283 seconds, faster than runner-up Max Verstappen 5,856 seconds. But this gap does not represent the superiority of the W11 during the race. In the final rounds, two Mercedes cars took turns exploding tires to make the race more interesting. However, that was not enough for the opponents to overthrow the dominance of the German racing team.

Charles Leclerc dragged through the last round with his front tire exploding

The first part of the race was intriguing, before going back to the familiar path in the previous stages – the two W11s quickly went far away. Bottas repeatedly put pressure on Hamilton in the starting round but soon fell behind.

Charles Leclerc quickly overtook Verstappen at Turn 2, but by Turn 4, Ferrari’s driver had to return the position to the opponent. At the back, Lando Norris also exerted a strong pressure, making Leclerc unable to fully focus on chasing the top 3. The heat of the early departure rounds was reduced due to the collision phase between Alexandre Albon (Red Bull) and Kevin Magnussen (Haas).

The collision phase and the accident in the first half of the race made the vehicle safe twice deployed, to serve the cleaning of the track. This continuous interruption made the tire tactics of the racing teams turn up quite a lot. Starting with an average set of tires, Mercedes plans to adopt a 1-pit tactic, whereby the two W11s will finish the race with hard tires.

However, both Hamilton and Bottas had to return to the tire-changing pit early on the second appearance of safety vehicles in round 13, when they saw rivals constantly changing tires. Replacing tires much earlier than expected makes maintaining a rigid tire for the rest of the race a difficult problem for riders.

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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

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.

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Mercedes overwhelmed F1 day back, using black models for 2020

Mercedes racer, Lewis Hamilton fastest in both the first test series (FP1 and FP2), GP Austria on 3/7.

Hamilton was the fastest at FP1 and FP2, with 1 minute of 4,816 seconds and 1 minute of 4,304 seconds. Teammate Valtteri Bottas was the second fastest, 0.36 seconds below Hamilton and 0.197 seconds. Hamilton also reached the highest speed of the day, with 241,739 km / h.

The dominance of Mercedes is shown when Sergio Perez is the third fastest in FP2, in Racing Point’s RP20. RP20 is like a “pink Mercedes”. It not only carries the engine of Mercedes, but also the aerodynamic design like the W10 – the car that helped Mercedes to champion last season. Racing Point’s other driver – Lance Stroll – ranked seventh fastest in FP2.

Ferrari and Red Bull did not perform well. Sebastian Vettel is fourth fastest in FP2, after 0.657 seconds. And Charles Leclerc is only ninth fast, with a result of 1 minute 5,298 seconds. The main force of Red Bull – Max Verstappen – ranked eighth, while teammate Alexander Albon was only 13th quick. The achievements of the above riders are done with soft tires.

Mercedes confirmed it will use the “three-dimensional steering wheel” system for this weekend. In FP1 and FP2, the Bottas detection camera activates this system. Most likely Red Bull will complain about Mercedes’ system.

Mercedes uses black models for 2020

Defending champion F1 Mercedes changed the color of the car from silver to black to support the struggle for the equality of black people. Mercedes cars are always famous with the nickname “silver arrow”. But Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas will drive black W11s with a special meaning, this season.

Mercedes changed the color of the W11 for special reasons

Earlier, F1 launched the We Race As One campaign, calling for everyone’s support for anti-racism.

Hamilton, Mercedes’ colored driver, strongly supported the Black Lives Matter movement. He attended a peaceful protest in London. Hamilton is the only colored racer in F1 history.

Following the death of black American citizen George Floyd, Hamilton openly criticized the silence of the F1 community. He vowed to kneel on F1 again for the benefit of black people.

On July 5, the first F1 stage this year will take place in Austria. On July 3, teams will practice their first session, marking the day when F1 cars return after months.

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Enraged with the hanging noose in the American NASCAR racing event

NASCAR condemned the noose seen in the garage of the black driver Bubba Wallace at Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama, before conducting an investigation of the “atrocities”.

According to AFP, Wallace is the only black driver to race full-time in the top series of NASCAR – the organizer of the famous American car race.

“By the end of this afternoon (June 21, local time), NASCAR learned that a noose was found in the garage of Team 43,” NASCAR organizers said in a statement. NASCAR resumed its races on June 21 since being stopped by the Covid-19 pandemic but was later delayed by a thunderstorm.

“We are angry, indignant and unable to describe the seriousness of such disgusting action. We have conducted an investigation immediately and will do everything possible to identify people. responsible and remove them from this sport. As we’ve stated explicitly, there’s no room for racism in NASCAR and this action only strengthens our determination to make This sport is open and welcoming to all, ”NASCAR emphasized.

Wallace is one of the famous American athletes condemning racism

Wallace, who frankly spoke of racial injustice after George Floyd’s death after being strangled by a Minneapolis police officer on May 25, commented on the incident in a statement posted on Twitter, saying he was “deeply saddened” by “racist behavior.” “This will not defeat me. I will not give in, I will not back down,” Wallace wrote.

The 26-year-old rider is a strong supporter of NASCAR’s decision to ban league flags from race events on 10.6. The Union Flag was a major element at NASCAR racetrack, but it is still considered a symbol of slavery and racism for many people. Sports leagues across the United States are struggling to find the best way to tackle the issue of racism in their teams.