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4 hours ago, Chris2K said:

The planned Miami race next year seems off the table as there was a July 1 deadline with the city commission to draw up a contract and not a thing has been done.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/csylt/2018/07/10/miami-grand-prix-misses-contract-deadline/#657f3a4c4ba0

It's a shame, I liked most of the proposed circuit.

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Lineker    34,254
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Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport and Lewis Hamilton today announced the agreement of a two-year contract extension for the 2019 and 2020 Formula One seasons.

Since joining Mercedes in 2013, Lewis has, to date, won three world championships and 44 Grands Prix with the team; by the end of 2020, he will have spent eight seasons as a works Mercedes driver, his longest period with a single team in the sport.

Furthermore, since making his F1 debut in 2007, every single Grand Prix Lewis has driven has been powered by Mercedes-Benz engines. His career total of 65 F1 wins places him second on the all-time list behind Michael Schumacher.

Through these achievements, Lewis has earned his place in history as the most successful driver in the 112-year Grand Prix racing tradition of Mercedes-Benz.

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Jasonmufc    5,318

Shocking nobody. But it's interesting that they've not opted for a long term contract that locks him up longer. Perhaps either team or Lewis feel that with the upcoming rule changes success isn't perfectly guaranteed at that poin and they'll go their separate ways.

Or Lewis might retire because he'll be 35 and he might have won three more titles at that point, or none at all. With how Ferrari is marching, they finally seem to have been matched on track.

Or Mercedes as a team might exit the sport again, they've done so in the past and with them investing heavily into Formula E they might feel F1 after the next round of changes doesn't help their brand anymore. 

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Chris2K    4,476
6 hours ago, Jasonmufc said:

Shocking nobody. But it's interesting that they've not opted for a long term contract that locks him up longer. Perhaps either team or Lewis feel that with the upcoming rule changes success isn't perfectly guaranteed at that poin and they'll go their separate ways.

 

Until the end of 2020 is the longest they could offer, Mercedes (and everyone except Renault) aren't signed up to compete in F1 after that at this moment in time.

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Lineker    34,254

Bottas has signed a one year contract extension now - with the team holding a further one year extension option.

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A decision on Formula 1's planned Miami Grand Prix has been delayed until September to allow the city to consider more input from residents.

As previously reported a discussion and vote on the race had been scheduled for July 26, as part of a regular City Commission meeting that covers multiple topics. Four out of the five City Commissioners will have to vote in favour of the plans.

But a final decision has now been delayed, with an August summer recess pushing it back further.

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Katsuya    2,836

According to Bild, Gamilton asked FOM not to have Rosberg as the post-race interviewer. Hilarious how he still can’t get over losing that year.

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hugobomb    1,134

And now he's broken down in Q1! 

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Lineker    34,254

Mad Q3.

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Chris2K    4,476

Rain!

And as of 15:14 we have cars on all five types of tyre, because Gasly put on full wets for some reason.

VETTEL OUT!

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Gazz    53,719

It's all gone tits up!

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Chris2K    4,476

What an incredible display of strategy that was from Mercedes.

Good lord, it's a monsoon now. Always seems to be just after the race finishes.

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MexicoJack    4,299

Hamilton could lose his win if the stewards deem him to have broken some rule about entering and then not entering the pits.

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Katsuya    2,836

Lewis has apparently said they won't take it away from him, which is ridiculous, since it's definitely a penalty.

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hugobomb    1,134

Didn't Kimi get a 5 second penalty for doing the exact same thing earlier this season?

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Lineker    34,254

That was unbelievable. 

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Chris2K    4,476

I'm playing Hamilton defender again it seems, but;

The penalty for Raikkonen in Baku 2016 was due to there being a directive from the race director that no car could head towards the pit lane and then move back out on to the track, as doing so would put the car directly on the racing line on the start-finish straight. Kimi did it, and was therefore penalised.

There was no such directive issued for Germany as the pit lane entry is different, therefore Hamilton didn't get penalised.

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I agree with you Chris that Hamilton didn't deserve a punishment and that the Baku thing was different, but I do feel that in the future there should be a clear amendment to the rulebook that prohibits or punishes a car from crossing the clearly defined pit-entry marker. Because it's both dangerous and potentially exploitable by teams wishing to fool people that are shadowing their strategy.

If a car had been close to the point where Hamilton rejoined he would've either cut them off, crashed into them, or be crashed into. It's reckless, and it also defeats the entire purpose of having pit-entry markings in the first place.

You have your car between the two lines, you're making your way into the pits and every move across the line should be worth a penalty equal to crossing the line at pit-exit. The only time it shouldn't apply is specific tracks where the pit-lane is also part of the racing line (Brazil, which has different markings to indicate it as such), or when there are other situations not allowing you to take the racing line.

But in the case of Hockenheim, the rules should be very simple. The moment you're on the road that diverges into the pit-lane you shouldn't be able to cross the grass and rejoin the track without penalty.

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As you can see, the road into pit lane is clearly defined at a track such as Hockenheim, and shouldn't leave much ambiguity. 

So yeah, Hamilton gets away with it because it's not in the rulebook. But it's kinda mindboggling that such a thing isn't in the rulebook.

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Katsuya    2,836

In good/bad news, it seems almost certain that Lawrence Stroll is on the cusp of buying Force India, so at least they'll be sticking around, but so will Lance <_< 

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Stick Stickly    1,031

TBF, the Williams is a shitbox. As for Lance, he is a........serviceable driver that probably should have went through GP2 and 3

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Chris2K    4,476

He was in Formula 3 and dominated, mainly because his dad pretty much bought the Prema team and forced them to focus entirely on their F3 campaign and ignore their F2 campaign.

Not sure that'll work in F1 though, although I would hate to be his teammate because he won't be getting any help.

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7 hours ago, Chris2K said:

He was in Formula 3 and dominated, mainly because his dad pretty much bought the Prema team and forced them to focus entirely on their F3 campaign and ignore their F2 campaign.

Not sure that'll work in F1 though, although I would hate to be his teammate because he won't be getting any help.

To go along with the Stroll/Force India rumours, the rumour also goes that Lance would want to have Kubica as his teammate at the team, probably to have that veteran presence around him that will hopefully work out his consistency issues.

Stroll isn't a terrible racing driver, but in a league filled with great drivers he sticks out as a sore thumb, arguably worse than guys like Markus Ericsson and Hartley. The only thing he got going for him at the moment is the fat sack of cash his dad's bringing in, and if daddy is crazy enough he's got a drive for life. But at the same time I don't see any other F1 team being remotely interested anymore, apart from teams like Williams that can use the cash, but on a professional level he's at the bottom.

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Sergio Marchionne has died, aged 66.

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      REGULATION CHANGES - TECHNICAL
      The number of power units that a driver may use in a season will be reduced from five in 2014 to four in 2015. The rules regarding engine development that were introduced in 2014 will change, with the manufacturers allowed to perform half the development permitted in 2014; the development will be halved again in 2016. Following the backlash over "ugly" nose designs in 2014, the FIA moved to amend the rules surrounding nose designs for the 2015 season. Noses will now be lower than in 2014, retaining a minimum cross section, but they must taper to a point at a fixed linear rate, effectively outlawing the dramatic finger shapes seen in 2014 in favour of a more gradual shape. Furthermore, the design of the nose must be symmetrical and consistent with the centreline of the car, thereby banning the more exotic designs, such as the "twin-tusk" approach used by Lotus on the E22 chassis. The minimum weight of the cars at all times during an event was increased to 702 kilograms (1,548 lb). The ban on Front-and-Rear Interconnected suspension systems (FRIC) implemented in the middle of the 2014 season was formalised, with the regulations stating that the front and rear suspension must be designed in such a way that any change in performance must be a direct result of a change in load applied solely to them. The anti-intrusion panels on both sides of the survival cell have been extended upwards to the rim of the cockpit and alongside the driver's head. Following the financial struggles faced by Marussia and Caterham in 2014, the FIA approved the use of 2014-specification chassis in 2015 provided that teams showed cause and received an individual dispensation to compete with their old chassis. However a request by Manor F1 to use their 2014 car was later rejected by the other teams. Subsequent regulation changes allowed the team to use the 2014 model of Ferrari power units in their 2015 chassis instead of the 2015 specification power units used by Ferrari and other customer teams. REGULATION CHANGES - SPORTING
      The replacement of a complete power unit will no longer result in a penalty. Instead, penalties will be applied cumulatively for individual components of the power unit. If such a grid place penalty is imposed and the driver's grid position is such that the full penalty cannot be applied, then the remainder of the penalty will no longer be carried over to the next race, but will instead be applied in the form of a time penalty during the race corresponding to the number of grid spaces remaining in the penalty. In addition to the existing five-second penalty that may be served during a driver's scheduled pit stop, a new ten-second penalty that will have to be served in the same manner, will be introduced. If a car is deemed to have been released from its pit stop in an unsafe manner, the driver will receive a ten second stop-and-go penalty. Further penalties will be applied if the stewards believe that the driver is aware of this and attempts to drive the car regardless. The qualifying procedure has been further clarified to cater to different sizes of starting grids: if twenty-four cars are entered for the race, seven will be eliminated after the each of the first two qualifying segments; if twenty-two are entered, six will be eliminated after each qualifying segment and so on if fewer cars are eligible. The partial ban on pit-to-car communication introduced at the 2014 Singapore Grand Prix will be extended to include a blanket ban on sharing technical data between team and driver, such as specific fuel consumption settings. Double points will no longer be awarded at the final event of the championship. In light of a regulation introduced in 2014 dictating that a race can not run for more than four hours and following recommendations from the report into Jules Bianchi's accident at the 2014 Japanese Grand Prix, the start times of five Grands Prix have been brought forward by one hour, so that races do not start with less than four hours until dusk. Thus, the Australian, Malaysia, Chinese, Japanese and Russian Grands Prix will start an hour earlier than in 2014. In the aftermath of Bianchi's accident, a new procedure called virtual safety car (VSC) will be introduced, obliging drivers to reduce their speed to match the one indicated on their displays on their steering wheels. The procedure may be initiated when double waved yellow flags are needed on any section of a circuit where competitors and officials may be in danger, but the circumstances are not as such to warrant deployment of the actual safety car. The safety car procedure was amended. Once the last lapped car has passed the leader, the safety car will return to the pits at the end of the following lap. This is a change of the previous practice which required the unlapped cars to have caught up with the back of the pack before the safety car could return to the pits. If a race is suspended, the cars will no longer line up on the grid but will slowly proceed to the pit lane instead. Pit exit will be closed and the first car to arrive in the pit lane will proceed to the exit with the other lining up behind the first one. If any team personnel or team equipment remain on the grid after the fifteen-second signal has been shown before the start of the formation lap, the driver of the car concerned must start the race from the pit lane. If the driver concerned fails to obey this, they will receive a ten second stop-and-go penalty. Drivers are no longer permitted to change the design of their helmet in-season.
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      Infiniti Red Bull Racing (Renault) #1 - Sebastian Vettel #2 - Mark Webber Scuderia Ferrari (Ferrari) #3 - Fernando Alonso #4 - Felipe Massa Vodafone McLaren Mercedes (Mercedes) #5 - Jenson Button #6 - Sergio Pérez Lotus F1 Team (Renault) #7 - Kimi Räikkönen (Round 1-17) / Heikki Kovalainen (Round 18-19) #8 - Romain Grosjean Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team (Mercedes) #9 - Nico Rosberg #10 - Lewis Hamilton Sauber F1 Team (Ferrari) #11 - Nico Hülkenberg #12 - Esteban Gutiérrez Sahara Force India F1 Team (Mercedes) #14 - Paul di Resta #15 - TBA Williams F1 (Renault) #16 - Pastor Maldonado #17 - - Valtteri Bottas Scuderia Toro Rosso (Ferrari) #18 - Daniel Ricciardo #19 - Jean-Éric Vergne Caterham F1 Team (Renault) #20 - Charles Pic #21 - TBA Marussia F1 Team (Cosworth) #22 - Timo Glock #23 - Max Chilton
      Rule Changes from 2012 Sporting regulations At the June 2012 meeting of the World Motor Sport Council, the FIA announced plans to introduce cost-control measures for the 2013 season, which would be policed by the FIA pending the agreement of the teams. This follows a failed attempt by former FIA President Max Mosley to introduce a budget cap for the 2010 season, and the withdrawal of Ferrari, Torro Rosso, Sauber and Red Bull from the Formula One Teams Association in December 2011 over the implementation of the Resource Restriction Agreement, a voluntary agreement between teams to limit costs in the sport. Following HRT's omission from the provisional entry list, the grid was reduced to twenty-two cars, prompting a change to qualifying procedures. With twenty-two cars on the grid, six cars – instead of seven – will be eliminated during the first period of qualifying, with six more eliminated at the end of the second period. The third qualifying period remains unchanged, with the ten fastest drivers all advancing to the final ten minutes of qualifying. The rules governing the use of the Drag Reduction System (DRS) will be altered. Where drivers were free to use the system at will during free practice and qualifying, from 2013, the use of DRS will be restricted to the designated DRS zone in a bid to improve safety. In response to this, the FIA announced plans to include two DRS zones at every circuit on the 2013 calendar where it was feasible to do so. The FIA is seeking to remove the rules of "force majeure" to clarify scrutineering procedures. Under the rules of force majeure, cars must be able to return to the pits under their own power during qualifying or else risk exclusion from the results. However, if a team can adequately demonstrate that circumstances beyond their control forced them to stop a car on the circuit before it could return to the pits, then the rules of force majeure dicatate that the team and driver in question are exempt from any exclusion. Under new regulations, force majeure would no longer be recognised as a valid reason for stopping a car. These changes were first proposed in the aftermath of the 2012 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, when Red Bull Racing instructed Sebastian Vettel to stop on the circuit after qualifying. Although race stewards initially accepted the team's explanation that the order came because of an imminent technical fault that threatened lasting damage to Vettel's engine, it was later discovered that Vettel had insufficient fuel in his car at the time and had been ordered to pull over so as to preserve the mandatory one litre sample required for testing at the end of qualifying. As a result, Vettel was excluded from the results, and the changes to force majeure were put forward. Following a crackdown on driving standard by race stewards in 2012, the FIA has sought to introduce a "penalty points" system of enforcing driving standards modelled on the points system used for road-going drivers' licences worldwide. Under the system, driving infringements would be assigned a points value that would be deducted from a driver's Super Licence when they commit an infraction. When a driver accumulates a pre-determined number of points, they face an automatic ban from racing. The practice of mid-season testing, which returned to Formula One in 2012 after having been banned in 2009, will be discontinued in 2013 as part of cost-cutting initiatives. Teams will be faced with an increased entry fee for the season. Whereas entry fees had previously been fixed at €309,000 (USD$396,637) for all teams, from 2013, entry fees will be based on the World Championship points a team scored during the previous season. Teams will now pay a basic entry fee of USD$500,000 (€389,525), plus USD$5,000 (€3,895) per point scored. The reigning Constructors' champions will pay at a premium rate of USD$6,000 (€4,614) per point scored. With a final tally of 460 points, Red Bull Racing were presented with an entry fee of USD$3,260,000 (€2,507,091). Technical regulations Changes to the rules in 2012 resulted in the development of a "platypus" nose, with teams designing cars with a visible change in height along the nose assembly of the car. The design attracted criticism, with Red Bull Racing driver Mark Webber labelling the cars "ugly" and Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali calling them "not that pretty". At the 2012 Australian Grand Prix, Charlie Whiting, the FIA technical delegate, announced that although the changes to the sporting regulations planned for the 2014 season would effectively remove the "platypus" effect, the sport's governing body is planning to phase the stepped nose out for 2013. The FIA later accepted a proposal that would allow teams to cover up the stepped nose with a "modesty plate", a panel designed to obscure the step without fundamentally altering the aerodynamic profile of the car or offering any aerodynamic gain itself. The FIA will completely overhaul testing procedures for front wings in 2013, introducing a more-comprehensive and strenuous series of tests designed to root out the practice of exploiting flexible bodywork regulations. The "double-DRS" system, first developed by Mercedes for the W03 in 2012 will be banned in 2013. The device, which used a series of channels that ran through the car to create a stalling effect over the front wing when the rear wing Drag Reduction System was open, thereby cancelling out the downforce generated under normal conditions, would allow the car to achieve a higher top speed and better stability in fast corners. The system was the subject of several legal challenges early in the 2012 season, and rival team Lotus developed a similar system of their own before teams agreed to a ban in July 2012. However, while the regulations specifically banned the system developed by Mercedes, they make no provision for the variant developed by Lotus. Other changes The Sixth Concorde Agreement – the contract between the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA), the Formula One teams and the Formula One Administration which dictates the terms by which the teams compete in races and take their share of the television revenues and prize money – which was first ratified by teams in 2009 expires at the end of 2012, necessitating the creation of the Seventh Concorde Agreement. As part of the renewed Agreement, the commercial rights to the sport were to be floated on the Singapore Stock Exchange; however, in June 2012 the planned floatation was delayed, with weak markets, uncertainty within Europe over the continent's economic future, and Facebook's disappointing IPO cited as reasons for the delay. The sport's decision-making process will be restructured. Prior to 2013, any decision to change the sporting or technical regulations required the agreement of at least 70% (or nine votes) of the teams in order for those changes to be accepted. From 2013 onwards, those changes will only need a 51% majority (seven teams) in order to be approved. The Technical and Sporting Working Groups, the committees responsible for deciding upon the technical and sporting regulations, will also be disbanded in favour of a "Strategy Working Group" that will oversee both technical and sporting regulations and will be made up of representatives from each of the teams that scored points in the previous season's championship, the FIA, Formula One Management, one engine supplier and six event promoters. FIA President Jean Todt described the changes as necessary and designed to give each of the stakeholders in the sport a proportionate representation in deciding the future of Formula One.
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      Infiniti Red Bull Racing (Renault)
      #1 Sebastian Vettel
      #3 Daniel Ricciardo


      Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team (Mercedes)
      #44 Lewis Hamilton
      #6 Nico Rosberg


      Scuderia Ferrari (Ferrari)
      #14 Fernando Alonson
      #7 Kimi Räikkönen


      Lotus F1 Team (Renault)
      #8 Romain Grosjean
      #13 Pastor Maldonado


      McLaren Mercedes (Mercedes)
      #22 Jenson Button
      #20 Kevin Magnussen


      Sahara Force India F1 Team (Mercedes)
      #27 Nico Hülkenberg
      #11 Sergio Pérez


      Sauber F1 Team (Ferrari)
      #99 Adrian Sutil
      #21 Esteban Gutiérrez


      Scuderia Toro Rosso (Renault)
      #25 Jean-Éric Vergne
      #26 Daniil Kvyat


      Williams F1 Team (Mercedes)
      #19 Felipe Massa
      #77 Valtteri Bottas


      Marussia F1 Team (Ferrari)
      #17 Jules Bianchi (Round 1-15)
      #4 Max Chilton (Round 1-16)


      Caterham F1 Team (Renault)
      #9 Marcus Ericsson (Round 1-16) / #46 Will Stevens (Round 19)
      #10 Kamui Kobayashi (Round 1-11, 13-16, 19) / #45 André Lotterer (Round 12)
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