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First day at school.

No one should be given a knighthood tbh.

It's an interesting conundrum, and one that hasn't shown up in F1 in literal decades. Because despite Lance being a damn decent driver, he's just that... decent, a guy that you'd sooner see in a Haas

What a great race. Supremely impressive drive from Hamilton - and Perez - on those old, old tyres. If you're going to win the World Title, do it like that.

Mad finish as well with Leclerc spinning out of 2nd. Vettel back on the podium after a really solid drive.

Also, Stroll isn't very good, is he?

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Just now, Adam said:

What a great race. Supremely impressive drive from Hamilton - and Perez - on those old, old tyres. If you're going to win the World Title, do it like that.

Mad finish as well with Leclerc spinning out of 2nd. Vettel back on the podium after a really solid drive.

Also, Stroll isn't very good, is he?

I think Stroll is a bit shit, but let's be honest here, that first half of the race he drove amazingly well. It all fell apart when they pitted him (and left Perez out?). I feel Racing Point has made some awful decisions this season.

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To be fair, they had to pit Stroll because he had burned through his tyres and Perez was easily going to pass him. Of course, a good driver wouldn't have then blistered his brand new inters on their very first lap.

I don't think there's ever been a better manager of tyres than Sergio, 48 laps today is insane. He surely has to have a seat somewhere next year.

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It'd be criminal if Perez wasn't in a seat next year.

It was a great race. I'm over the moon for Hamilton. Okay, Formula 1 has been dull during his dominance, but today's drive again showed his ability is more than just the car he has. Considering Lewis could've been on 9 titles now if marginal things had gone differently in 2007 and 2016, he has been far and away the best driver for the vast majority of his 14 years on the track.

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I like Lewis Hamilton but the tax thing is highly unethical and the fact it was ever done at all means that it will take a long time to excuse. 
 

I’m not saying I don’t think Hamilton doesn’t deserve a knighthood, but his dodgy tax affairs shouldn’t be brushed off so easily.

(And the fact that other drivers do it isn’t a defence - they’re all wanks too)

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1 hour ago, LUKIE said:

I don't know what the tax thing is, but basically if he is not paying his fair share of tax (which pretty much most of the drivers don't) then it is inexcusable.

Define fair share?

He is one of the country’s top 5000 individual tax payers. His Mercedes salary is taxed in the U.K., he’s paid more tax in the U.K. than most of us will make gross in our lives.

If he isn’t paying as much tax as people maybe think he should be it’s because he is exploiting loopholes that rich MPs have legislated to protect their wealth (and their mates, obvs).

The issue here shouldn’t be with Lewis (unless he has actually broken the law, in which case I’d need to review my position). The issue should be with the system that allows the exploitation and the people that created it.

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No. If there’s a broken system that doesn’t absolve the individual of ethical or moral responsibility. If someone is to be rewarded with a knighthood you would ideally hold them to a higher standard than “well at least he hasn’t broken the law”.

 

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No. If there’s a broken system that doesn’t absolve the individual of ethical or moral responsibility. If someone is to be rewarded with a knighthood you would ideally hold them to a higher standard than “well at least he hasn’t broken the law”.

 

Except the system has never held people being awarded a knighthood to that standard.

And agreed, it doesn’t absolve him from moral responsibility but there is no evidence that Hamilton had direct knowledge of the decisions being made by EY. So on the evidence he is naive but is that a reason not to award a knighthood?

And Hamilton regularly demonstrates more moral responsibility that half the politically granted honours each year.

 

 

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Formula 1 CEO Chase Carey says that the organisation is targeting a calendar of 24 races “in the next few years” – with some events rotating.

A 23-race calendar for 2021 was announced earlier this month, featuring a new event in Saudi Arabia, but with no confirmation yet of what will replace the cancelled Vietnam GP.

Drivers and team principals have made it clear that 23 represents a tough target, especially for mechanics and other travelling crew members.

However, Carey says that the longer term plan is to extend the schedule even further, with the new or revived races added this year on the list of possible candidates.

“Looking beyond 2021, we continue to feel great about the excitement from locations around the world in hosting F1,” said Carey in a speech to a virtual meeting of investors.

“Many locations we raced at this year expressed great interest in new races and other countries have stronger than ever interest.

“We expect to move to a 24-race calendar in the next few years, and will probably rotate a few races so we will be able to accommodate a few new partners.

“But they will be limited as long-term partnerships continue to be our priority.”

Carey insisted that despite the challenges created by COVID-19 the sport will be able to operate close to normal in 2021.

“We have not only maintained but strengthened the relationship with our promoters,” he said. “We have completed renewals for next year on improved terms.

“We are planning for 2021 events with fans that provide an experience close to normal and expect our agreements to be honoured.

“We will also look to bringing the Paddock Club back to our events. We have great plans for the Paddock Club, which were deferred this year, and expect it to be a significant contributor to our long-term growth.

“We have proven that we can safely travel and operate our races and our promoters increasingly recognise the need to move forward and manage the virus.

“In fact, many hosts actually want to use our event as a platform to show the world they are moving forward.”

Carey, who hands his job to Stefano Domenicali in January, believes that the sport will be in a healthy state in the coming years.

“We have successfully weathered the challenges of the virus in 2020,” he said. 

“We are planning for a world that begins to move forward in 2021, and have been clear with all our partners as it relates to those expectations.

“We have an even more exciting 2022 right behind it, with new cars and regulations to energise competition and action on the track, with a healthier business model to broaden the appeal of the sport.

“That being said, we recognise that we do not have a crystal ball as it relates to the virus, so we will be prepared for the unknown.

“But what we are certain of is that when the world moves past the virus that F1 will be prepared to pick up where we were before the virus interruption.

“We believe the world will value unique events live and on screens as much as ever, that countries will want a platform to connect with a world that is sick of being cooped up, and the unique combination of an incredible sport married to state of the art technology will uniquely position us for success.”

 

Potentially good news for some of the tracks which stepped in at short notice this year!

Also, Channel 4 has announced that Alex Jacques is to take over as its lead commentator from 2021.

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You can see here that when you strip away the low hanging fruit and easy wins and empty gestures like kneeling down or putting a little rainbow or cars or saying #weraceasone this is an organisation that doesn’t give a shit about anything but the bottom line.

https://amp.theguardian.com/sport/2020/nov/25/formula-one-faces-charge-of-aiding-sportwashing-by-racing-in-bahrain

And Saudi Arabia next, apparently?

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Lewis Hamilton has insisted that Formula One has a “consistent and massive” problem it must address with human rights abuses in countries it visits. The world champion was speaking in Bahrain which has been accused of sportswashing, torture and oppression this week and is to host the first of two consecutive races this weekend.

This week Hamilton was asked to address the issue in letters sent to him by three Bahraini citizens alleging they had been victims of oppression and torture by the Bahraini authorities. He said he would be considering their content in detail in the forthcoming days but was unequivocal that F1 had to make steps to address human rights abuses in the countries it visits.

“The human rights issue in so many of the places we go to is a consistent and massive problem,” he said. “It is very, very important. This year has shown how important it is for not only us as a sport but for all the sports around the world to utilise the platform they have and push for change. We are one of the only ones that goes to so many different countries. As a sport we need to do more. We have taken a step in that direction but we can always do more.”

Bahrain is hosting two races in successive weekends, with the first on Sunday, and the state’s human rights record has once more been called in to question by monitoring organisations. On Tuesday a cross-party group of MPs and a wide-ranging collection of NGOs, including Human Rights Watch and the Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy (Bird), wrote to the F1 CEO, Chase Carey, accusing Bahrain of sportswashing and calling on the sport to urge Bahrain to prevent “the normalisation of the violation of human rights in the country”.

F1 adopted a commitment to respecting human rights in its operations globally in 2015 and have reiterated they follow its protocols. “We take violence, abuse of human rights and repression very seriously,” a spokesperson said. “Our human rights policy is very clear and states that the Formula One companies are committed to respecting internationally recognised human rights in its operations globally.”

Hamilton, however, was emphatic that the sport had to follow through on its commitments with action and that he would continue pushing for them to do so. “There are some steps put in place for the places that we are going to,” he said. “But it is important to make sure they are implemented in the right way and it’s not just saying that we are going to do something, that we actually see some action taken. That is going to take some work from us all in the background.”

The Bahrain government has denied that hosting the race is sportswashing and firmly rejected claims of human rights abuses. “Bahrain takes its obligations in this regard extremely seriously, and is committed to upholding and maintaining the highest standards of human rights protection, including the right to free expression,” they said in a statement.

 

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Good on him for speaking out about this... 13 years into his F1 career and after having not done so in any of the 12 years during that period where he quite happily raced there or during the year it was cancelled due to the mass protests in 2011.

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Jesus fucking Christ.

Thank God he's OK, that looked absolutely horrific. How the hell does something like that happen these days?

The absolute state of that car. I genuinely don't understand how he survived, let alone got away with just limping.

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The halo must have saved him from the barrier probably going... through him, for want of a better term, in the same way it split the car in half. It looks like he had to unstrap and escape behind him through the hole that used the other half of the car.

I don't know if that barrier is getting fixed any time soon, if at all today.

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      8th July 2018
       Round 10 - British Grand Prix (Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone)
      22nd July 2018
       Round 11 - German Grand Prix (Hockenheimring, Hockenheim)
      29th July 2018
       Round 12- Hungarian Grand Prix (Hungaroring, Budapest)
      26th August 2018
       Round 13 - Belgian Grand Prix (Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Stavelot)
      2nd September 2018
       Round 14 - Italian Grand Prix (Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza)
      16th September 2018
       Round 15 - Singapore Grand Prix (Marina Bay Street Circuit, Singapore)
      30th September 2018
       Round 16- Russian Grand Prix (Sochi Autodrom, Sochi)
      7th October 2018
       Round 17 - Japanese Grand Prix (Suzuka International Race Course, Suzuka)
      21st October 2018
       Round 18 - United States Grand Prix (Circuit of the Americas, Austin, Texas)
      28th October 2018
       Round 19 - Mexican Grand Prix (Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez, Mexico City)
      11th November 2018
       Round 20 - Brazilian Grand Prix (Autódromo José Carlos Pace, São Paulo)
      25th November 2018
       Round 21 - Abu Dhabi Grand Prix (Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi)

      DRIVER SAFETY:
      Following a series of serious incidents in open-wheel racing—including the fatal accidents of Henry Surtees and Justin Wilson—in which drivers were struck in the head by debris, the FIA announced plans to introduce additional mandatory cockpit protection with 2018 given as the first year for its introduction. Several solutions were tested, with the final design subject to feedback from teams and drivers. Each design was created to deflect debris away from a driver's head without compromising their visibility or the ability of safety marshals to access the cockpit and extract a driver and their seat in the event of a serious accident or medical emergency, with a series of serious accidents—such as the fatal accidents of Jules Bianchi and Dan Wheldon—recreated to simulate the ability of devices to withstand a serious impact. The FIA ultimately settled on the "halo", a wishbone-shaped frame mounted above and around the driver's head and anchored to the monocoque forward of the cockpit. Once introduced, the halo concept is scheduled to be applied to other open-wheel racing categories including Formula 2 and Formula 3. The FIA revealed plans to allow teams some design freedom in the final version of the halo. Race Director Charlie Whiting noted that the halo would be incorporated into the chassis design from its inception rather than attached once the design was completed.
      SPORTING REGULATION CHANGES:
      The number of pre-season test days will be reduced to seven, while the mid-season test held in Bahrain in 2017 will be moved to Barcelona. The rules governing starting procedures will be changed for 2018, granting race stewards the power to issue penalties for improper race starts even if a driver's start does not trigger the automated detection system. The changes were introduced following a series of incidents throughout 2017; during the Chinese Grand Prix, Sebastian Vettel positioned his car too far across his grid slot to be detected by the detection system; while at the Austrian Grand Prix, Valtteri Bottas's start was called into question for his reaction time despite the detection system recognising it as legal. Drivers will be required to wear gloves containing biometric sensors which record their vital signs in order to better assist marshals and recovery crews in assessing their condition in the event of an accident.
      TECHNICAL REGULATION CHANGES:
      Drivers will be limited to three complete engines (down from four in 2017) for the whole season. Despite protests from several teams, the FIA decided to implement the rule for 2018. The FIA banned the use of "shark fins", a carbon-fibre extension to the engine cowling aimed at directing airflow over the rear wing. The use of "T-wings", a horizontal secondary wing mounted forward of and above the rear wing, will be banned. The FIA will introduce further restrictions against the practice of oil burning, where engine oils are burned as fuel to boost performance. The practice, which was first used in 2017 saw teams burning as much as 1.2 litres per one hundred kilometres. For the 2018 championship, this figure will be revised down to a maximum of 0.6 litres per one hundred kilometres. Tyre supplier Pirelli will provide teams with two new tyre compounds in 2018. Each of the 2017 compounds will be made softer, with a new "hypersoft" tyre becoming the softest of the seven. A new "superhard" tyre will also be introduced. The hypersoft compound will be marked by a pink sidewall, while the superhard will be orange. The hard compound, which previously used orange markings, will instead become pale blue.
    • By Lineker
      Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport (Mercedes)
       #44 Lewis Hamilton
       #77 Valtteri Bottas

       Red Bull Racing (Renault, TAG-Heuer branded)
       #3 Daniel Ricciardo
       #33 Max Verstappen

       Scuderia Ferrari (Ferrari)
       #5 Sebastian Vettel
       #7 Kimi Räikkönen

       Sahara Force India F1 Team (Mercedes)
       #11 Sergio Pérez
       #31 Esteban Ocon

       Williams Martini Racing (Mercedes)
       #18 Lance Stroll
       #19 Felipe Massa (Rounds 1-10, 12-) /  #40 Paul di Resta (Round 11)

       McLaren Honda Formula 1 Team (Honda)
       #2 Stoffel Vandoorne
       #14 Fernando Alonso (Rounds 1-5, 7-) /  #22 Jenson Button (Round 6)

       Scuderia Toro Rosso (Renault)
       #26 Daniil Kvyat (Rounds 1-14, 17) /  #10 Pierre Gasly (Round 15-16) /  #28 Brendon Hartley (Round 18-20)
       #55 Carlos Sainz Jr. (Round 1-16) /  #39 Brendon Hartley (Round 17) /  #10 Pierre Gasly (Round 18-20)

       Haas F1 Team (Ferrari)
       #8 Romain Grosjean
       #20 Kevin Magnussen

       Renault Sport Formula One Team (Renault)
       #27 Nico Hülkenberg
       #30 Jolyon Palmer (Round 1-16) /  #55 Carlos Sainz Jr. (Round 17-)

       Sauber F1 Team (Ferrari 061 (2016-spec))
       #9 Marcus Ericsson
       #36 Antonio Giovinazzi (Round 1-2) /  #94 Pascal Wehrlein (Round 3-)

      CALENDAR
      27th February-2nd March 2017
      Pre-Season Testing 1 (Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona)
      7th-10th March 2017
       Pre-Season Testing 2 (Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona)
      26th March 2017
       Round 1 - Australian Grand Prix (Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit, Melbourne)
      9th April 2017
       Round 2 - Chinese Grand Prix (Shanghai International Circuit, Shanghai)
      16th April 2017
       Round 3 - Bahrain Grand Prix (Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir)
      30th April 2017
       Round 4 - Russian Grand Prix (Sochi Autodrom, Sochi)
      14th May 2017
       Round 5 - Spanish Grand Prix (Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona)
      28th May 2017
       Round 6 - Monaco Grand Prix (Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo)
      11th June 2017
      Round 7 - Canadian Grand Prix (Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal)
      25th June 2017
       Round 8 - Azerbaijan Grand Prix (Baku City Circuit, Baku)
      9th July 2017
       Round 9 - Austrian Grand Prix (Red Bull Ring, Spielberg)
      16th July 2017
       Round 10 - British Grand Prix (Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone)
      30th July 2017
       Round 11 - Hungarian Grand Prix (Hungaroring, Budapest)
      27th August 2017
       Round 12 - Belgian Grand Prix (Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Stavelot)
      3rd September 2017
       Round 13 - Italian Grand Prix (Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza)
      17th September 2017
       Round 14 - Malaysian Grand Prix (Sepang International Circuit, Kuala Lumpur)
      1st October 2017
       Round 15 - Singapore Grand Prix (Marina Bay Street Circuit, Singapore)
      8th October 2017
       Round 16 - Japanese Grand Prix (Suzuka International Race Course, Suzuka)
      22nd October 2017
       Round 17 - United States Grand Prix (Circuit of the Americas, Austin, Texas)
      29th October 2017
       Round 18 - Mexican Grand Prix (Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez, Mexico City)
      12th November 2017
       Round 19 - Brazilian Grand Prix (Autódromo José Carlos Pace, São Paulo)
      26th November 2017
       Round 20 - Abu Dhabi Grand Prix (Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi)

      GENERAL CHANGES:
      In September 2016, Liberty Media purchased a minority stake in the sport from CVC Capital Partners ahead of a hoped-for full buyout in time for the 2017 season. As part of the deal, the sport adopted a model similar to that used by the US National Football League and Major League Baseball, with teams entitled to purchase a stake in the sport As a response to widespread changes in the technical regulations expected to increase cornering speeds by up to 40 km/h (24.9 mph), the FIA requested that every circuit on the calendar undergo revisions to update safety features.
      TECHNICAL REGULATION CHANGES:
      The technical regulations governing bodywork design were revised for 2017, with the objective of improving lap times by four to five seconds over the 2016 generation of cars. These changes include: An increase of the width of the front wing to 1,800 mm (70.9 in). Lowering the rear wing by 150 mm (5.9 in) and moving its position back by 200 mm (7.9 in). The leading edge of the barge boards being brought forward to allow teams more freedom in controlling airflow. An increase of the width of the front and rear tyres to allow cars to generate more mechanical grip. The minimum weight of the car including the driver being raised by 20 kg to 722 kg, with teams allowed to use 105 kg of fuel to account for the increase in minimum weight. The token system used to regulate power unit development — where the power unit was divided into individual areas, and each area assigned a points value with development of these areas deducting points from a manufacturer's overall points quota — will be abandoned. Restrictions are to be placed on the dimensions, weight and the materials used to build each individual component of the power unit. Teams are restricted to four power units per season regardless of the number of Grands Prix in the season. Previous seasons had included a provision for a fifth power unit if the number of Grands Prix in a season exceeded 20; from 2017, this provision is to be abandoned. The cost of a power unit supply is reduced by €1 million in 2017 ahead of a further reduction in 2018. Cameras will no longer be permitted to be mounted on stalks, located on the nose of the car.
      SPORTING REGULATION CHANGES:
      Under rules introduced in 2015, grid penalties for exceeding a driver's quota of power unit components carried over from one race to the next if the penalty could not be fully served when issued. When this carry-over system was abandoned, teams could build up a reserve of spare components by introducing several at once while only serving a single grid penalty. From 2017, teams will only be able to use one new component over their quota per race, with any additional components incurring further penalties. This change prevents teams from "stockpiling" spare power unit components. Power unit suppliers will have an "obligation to supply", mandating that they supply power units to any team, should a team end up without an agreement. The rule was introduced following the breakdown in the relationship between Renault and their customer teams Red Bull Racing and Scuderia Toro Rosso at the end of the 2015 season that left both teams in limbo until deals could be arranged. In the event that a race is declared wet and must start behind the safety car, the grid will follow normal starting procedures once conditions are declared satisfactory for racing. Drivers will line up on the grid for a standing start once the safety car pulls into pit lane, although any laps completed behind the safety car will count towards the total race distance.
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