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Domald Tromp    3,103
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    35,314
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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    5,402

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    4,649
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    35,314

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    2,863

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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Chris2K    4,649

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    54,868

It's all gone tits up!

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Chris2K    4,649

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    4,448

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    2,863

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    1,218

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

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Lineker    35,314

That was unbelievable. 

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Chris2K    4,649

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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Jasonmufc    5,402

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    2,863

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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Sticks Sticksly    1,142

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    4,649

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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Jasonmufc    5,402
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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      The FIA and Formula One Management will be granted greater power to change the Sporting and Technical Regulations and to make decisions affecting the governance of the sport. Technical Regulation changes:
      Cars were required to be designed with a separate wastegate for exhaust gases to pass through in a bid to increase the noise of the cars following criticism since the introduction of the 2014 generation of engines. Tyre supplier Pirelli introduced a fifth tyre compound known as "ultrasoft", with the manufacturer stating that they would only be available on street circuits. Pirelli changed their approach to tyre supply in 2016, bringing three dry compounds to races instead of two. The compounds are made public two weeks before each event. Pirelli assigns two "choice" compounds, and a third set (the softest available regardless of Pirelli's selection) are given to teams reaching Q3. Drivers select their remaining ten tyre sets for the event between the three compounds and must use two dry compounds during the race, provided that at least one set is from the Pirelli "choice" selection. The FIA has opted to increase the number of tokens available for power unit development starting in 2016. While the initial plans would have given manufacturers fifteen tokens for the season, the number was raised to thirty-two, the same number as 2014, in order to allow struggling manufacturers such as Renault and Honda to improve their development. This decision also allows further development on parts that were initially planned to be closed off, including the upper and lower crankcase, valve drive, crankshaft, air-valve system and ancillaries drive. Sporting Regulation changes:
      Starting in 2016, the number of pre-season tests were reduced from three to two. The FIA formally increased the maximum events allowed in a season from 20 to 21 to accommodate the calendar's approval. The stewards are given greater powers in enforcing track limits, with drivers required to stay between the white lines marking the edges of the circuit, except in cases of driver error. The change was introduced after an investigation by Pirelli into Sebastian Vettel's high-speed blow-out at the 2015 Belgian Grand Prix that concluded that Vettel's off-track excursions had been a significant factor in the incident. The FIA is also exploring a number of solutions to discourage drivers from abusing track limits and aid in their policing, including GPS tracking, the reprofiling of kerbs, the installation of pressure-sensitive sensors and the use of high-speed cameras. Any driver who causes the start of the race to be aborted will be required to start the race from pit lane at the restart. The procedure for issuing gearbox penalties will be amended so that penalties are applied in the order that they are awarded, bringing the system in line with the wider grid penalty system. The Virtual Safety Car system is to be used in practice sessions as well to avoid the unnecessary use of red flags and session stoppages. The drag reduction system, which is deactivated when under Virtual Safety Car periods and full-course yellow flags, is to be available as soon as a Virtual Safety Car period has ended; drivers previously had to wait two laps before the system was reactivated. The qualifying process was heavily revised two weeks before the season began. The three-period format first introduced in 2006 was retained, but with a progressive "knock-out" style of elimination. Despite widespread criticism of the format at the season-opening Australian Grand Prix, and a vote from the teams to revert to the pre-2016 format, the FIA's F1 Commission chose to maintain the system ahead of a full review later in the season. The stewards' powers to monitor pit-to-car communications were broadened for the 2016 season, with race control able to monitor the radio feeds for each driver in real time and consult with engineering advisors to further monitor the content in a bid to crack down on driver coaching and the use of coded messages. The process new drivers go through in order to qualify for a superlicence will be changed, with additional restrictions put in place as part of the wider FIA Global Pathway. The changes were introduced following controversy surrounding Max Verstappen qualifying for a superlicence at the age of 16 after a single season competing in European Formula 3.
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      Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team (Mercedes)
       #44 Lewis Hamilton
       #6 Nico Rosberg
       
       Infiniti Red Bull Racing (Renault)
       #3 Daniel Ricciardo
       #26 Daniil Kvyat
       
       Williams Martini Racing (Mercedes)
       #19 Felipe Massa
       #77 Valtteri Bottas
       
       Scuderia Ferrari (Ferrari)
       #5 Sebastian Vettel
       #7 Kimi Räikkönen
       
       McLaren Honda (Honda)
       #20 Kevin Magnussen (Round 1) / #14 Fernando Alonso (Rounds 2-19)
       #22 Jenson Button
       
       Sahara Force India F1 Team (Mercedes)
       #11 Sergio Pérez
       #27 Nico Hülkenberg
       
       Scuderia Toro Rosso (Renault)
       #33 Max Verstappen
       #55 Carlos Sainz, Jr.
       
       Lotus F1 Team (Mercedes)
       #8 Romain Grosjean
       #13 Pastor Maldonado
       
       Manor Marussia F1 Team (Ferrari 059/3 (2014-spec))
       #28 Will Stevens
       #98 Roberto Merhi (Rounds 1-12, 15, 19) /  #53 Alexander Rossi (Rounds 13-14, 16-18)
         Sauber F1 Team (Ferrari)
       #9 Marcus Ericsson
       #12 Felipe Nasr
       
      CALENDAR

      15th March 2015
       Round 1 - Australian Grand Prix (Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit, Melbourne)
       
      29th March 2015
       Round 2 - Malaysian Grand Prix (Sepang International Circuit, Kuala Lumpur)
       
      12th April 2015
       Round 3 - Chinese Grand Prix (Shanghai International Circuit, Shanghai)
       
      19th April 2015
       Round 4 - Bahrain Grand Prix (Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir)
       
      10th May 2015
       Round 5 - Spanish Grand Prix (Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona)
       
      24th May 2015
       Round 6 - Monaco Grand Prix (Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo)
       
      7th June 2015
       Round 7 - Canadian Grand Prix (Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal)
       
      21st June 2015
       Round 8 - Austrian Grand Prix (Red Bull Ring, Spielberg)
       
      5th July 2015
       Round 9 - British Grand Prix (Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone)
       
      26th July 2015
       Round 10 - Hungarian Grand Prix (Hungaroring, Budapest)
       
      23rd August 2015
       Round 11 - Belgian Grand Prix (Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Stavelot)
       
      6th September 2015
       Round 12 - Italian Grand Prix (Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza)
       
      20th September 2015
       Round 13 - Singapore Grand Prix (Marina Bay Street Circuit, Singapore)
       
      27th September 2015
       Round 14 - Japanese Grand Prix (Suzuka Circuit, Suzuka)
       
      11th October 2015
       Round 15 - Russian Grand Prix (Sochi Autodrom, Sochi)
       
      25th October 2015
       Round 16 - United States Grand Prix (Circuit of the Americas, Austin, Texas)
       
      1st November 2015
       Round 17 - Mexican Grand Prix (Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez, Mexico City)
       
      15th November 2015
       Round 18 - Brazilian Grand Prix (Autódromo José Carlos Pace, São Paulo)
       
      29th November 2015
       Round 19 - Abu Dhabi Grand Prix - (Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi)
       
      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
      #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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