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Posted 12 December 2018 - 16:30

Racing Point team principal Otmar Szafnauer says he hopes the team is able to change names again for the 2019 F1 season following its rebranding from Force India.



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Posted 17 December 2018 - 17:16

Racing Point to hold 2019 ‘season launch’ event in Canada
2019 F1 season

17th December 2018, 15:17
Keith Collantine

Racing Point – the team previously known as Force India – will hold a launch event for its 2019 F1 season in Canada.

The event will take place at the Canadian International AutoShow in Toronto on February 13th. The team has not confirmed whether it will reveal its new car at the event. Pre-season testing will begin at the Circuit de Catalunya in Spain five days after the event.

Our 2019 season will be launched on the 13th of February at the Canadian International AutoShow in Toronto,” the team announced on Twitter.

The team’s assets were purchased by a consortium led by Canadian billionaire Lawrence Stroll in August after it went into administration the previous month. The official F1 entry list for 2019 indicated its name has changed from Force India to Racing Point, however the team’s management has indicated a further change of name is possible before the season begins.

The team has retained Sergio Perez for 2019 but Stroll’s son Lance has replaced Esteban Ocon in its driver line-up for next year.

Force India finished the 2018 championship in seventh place. It forfeited the 59 points it scored in the first 12 races of the season after it re-entered the championship following its change of ownership.

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Racing Point has announced it will launch its 2019 Formula 1 season in Toronto on February 13.

The former Force India team is set for an official name change before the start of next season but is currently entered under the holding name of Racing Point. While a name may be confirmed before that date, the team is set to unveil its 2019 identity and livery at the Canadian International AutoShow in Toronto.

With the launch date occurring five days before the start of pre-season testing in Barcelona, the car itself is unlikely to be the actual design that will run during testing for logistical reasons, with development and assembly of the launch car occurring right up until February 18.

The Canadian International AutoShow itself takes place from February 15-24 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. The launch location comes following the takeover of the team by a consortium led by Lawrence Stroll in August, with the Canadian’s son Lance joining Sergio Perez to drive for Racing Point in 2019.

As well as the Force India date, Ferrari team principal Maurizio Arrivabene has said his team is aiming to unveil its 2019 car on February 15.

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Posted 18 December 2018 - 17:42

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Posted 25 December 2018 - 01:15

Renault claimed the midfield honours in 2018 – and they’ve now revealed that the successor to the R.S.18, the car that whisked them to fourth in the 2018 constructors’ standings, will break cover on February 12.

The car will be launched at the team’s Enstone factory in the UK one week before winter testing begins at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in Spain on February 18, with the team now seeking to try and make in-roads into the dominance of Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull in their fourth season back in the sport.

The launch will be a significant moment for Renault, too, given that one of the drivers pulling off the covers will be star-signing Daniel Ricciardo, who agreed terms to leave Red Bull and join Renault back in August, and who’ll partner Nico Hulkenberg in 2019.

Renault’s reveal date currently puts it at the head of the field for launches, meaning that as it stands, the Anglo-French squad will be the first to give F1 fans a look at their interpretation of the new aerodynamic rules being brought in for 2019, which include changes to the front and rear wings, as well as tweaks to items like the bargeboards and brake ducts.

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Posted 28 December 2018 - 15:09

MEDLAND: F1's 2019 wish list


By: Chris Medland | 1 hour ago

It’s that time of year again. The time when I take full advantage of the season of goodwill and pen a not-so-serious feature, because nobody needs to do any deep thinking at this time of year, whether you’ve been celebrating Christmas or not.

Having received gifts that are already in full use and others that required that polite but fake ‘I love it’ face before being returned in a couple of days, once again I’ve been wondering what the most useful gifts might be for some of the drivers on the Formula 1 grid to help their 2019 seasons go a little more smoothly.

A few familiar names return after appearing on last year’s inaugural list, but what’s surprisingly different compared to 12 months ago is the fact that most of these items actually exist. Most of them…

Max Verstappen and Sebastian Vettel are about to clash in the Japanese Grand Prix. (Image by Tee/LAT)

Sebastian Vettel: A Demolition Derby entry

I’m sure you can get this easily enough as a stocking filler… In 2018, the slightest bit of contact seemed to result in Vettel facing the wrong way (think Monza with Lewis Hamilton, Japan with Max Verstappen and Austin with Daniel Ricciardo) while the other driver continued without serious issue.

Fair enough, Vettel says the fine margins could have meant his rival spun and he carried on, but that’s just not what panned out for one reason or another. So perhaps Seb would benefit from having to deal with some heavier contact — the deliberate kind — to make sure he comes out on the right side of such scrapes next year.

The bonus here would be if Vettel was suddenly set to appear at the Delaware State Fair. There’s surely no way Fernando Alonso would let some Stateside motorsport take place without his involvement.

Daniel Ricciardo hopes for fewer lumps of coal in 2019. (Image by Tee/LAT)

Daniel Ricciardo: A time machine

It has become clear that a big chunk of Ricciardo’s decision to join Renault was made just because he personally wanted a change of scenery, and didn’t take on board the competitive situation. That said, there’s no way he’s going to enjoy being lapped by a Red Bull if the competitive gap remains the same in 2019. Or worse, if it is even bigger.

Ricciardo says he has made his peace with the potential for Max Verstappen to dominate the championship with a Honda-powered Red Bull (read more about that in the New Year…), but if it really is a situation that arises, surely he wouldn’t mind being able to go back to July and sign on the dotted line for a little longer in Milton Keynes.

On the flip side, if the Renault move works out the way he hopes, then Ricciardo should probably be allowed to go back to the immediate aftermath of his decision and stick two fingers up to everyone questioning it. He was pretty restrained to anyone saying he’s made the wrong call, after all.

Note that Lewis Hamilton also could have been the recipient of this, but it was a bit too similar to last year’s social media rewind button. Either way, given the amount of stick he received for describing the area he was brought up as “the slums” before IMMEDIATELY correcting himself — taking it back as quickly as possible — Hamilton clearly would love to have been able to avoid that ball ache altogether. Hopefully it’s Buy One Get One Free.

Charles Leclerc’s learning curve includes everything off-track as well. (Image by Portlock/LAT)

Charles Leclerc: A degree in politics

Ferrari really is its own little world, and Leclerc will have known that for a while as a member of the Ferrari Driver Academy. But any politics he had to deal with at Sauber are going to seem like child’s play compared to Maranello, and at just 21 years old Leclerc may need to play the game carefully for some time to come.

Even the very best drivers have fallen foul of saying the wrong thing at the wrong time at Ferrari (Alain Prost, I’m looking at you), and Leclerc will need to know what he should not say and do as much as what he should.

Esteban Ocon: Laxatives

Not for himself, let’s be clear. But during his year on the sidelines, if Ocon ends up feeling like he’s slipping from the consciousness of the decision makers at Mercedes — or more realistically (what do you mean we’re not being serious here?) if Valtteri Bottas is in excellent form throughout the year — he wouldn’t mind the chance to jump in the car as a last-minute reserve to show what he can do.

It all looked so cute when Lando Norris made Fernando Alonso a cup of tea in Austin this year, but I’d be wary of taking such an offering from Ocon if I was Bottas in 2019…

Lando Norris stirs a cup of tea with a power tool for Fernando Alonso. Sometimes it’s fun and games… (Image by Tee/LAT)

Daniil Kvyat: The secret to a good night’s sleep

Feel free to get creative for your own version of this gift — vodka, meditation lessons, the Kimi Raikkonen guide to not giving a s**t — but if you’ve been dropped from Red Bull and Toro Rosso already, and then recalled to the latter team, you’re probably going to be fearing the worst after something as small as spilling some coffee in the motorhome.

Lando Norris: Spanish lessons

There are plenty of things Lando Norris will need to learn in his first season as a Formula 1 driver, but Spanish would probably come in handy. His new teammate is Carlos Sainz, and Fernando Alonso is clearly still going to be a major influence at McLaren. In fact, Sainz said the pair are likely to chat in depth about the team’s direction over the Christmas and New Year period back in Spain.

If Alonso decides he wants back in with the F1 team in 2020, one of Sainz or Norris will have to make way, so a bit more to his vocabulary than ‘Hola Amigo’ might be worth having.

Antonio Giovinazzi will have to make a name for himself alongside the pretty recognizable Kimi Raikkonen. (Image by Mauger/LAT)

Antonio Giovinazzi: Special forces training

I’m amazed how many non-F1 fans know that Kimi Raikkonen is driving for Sauber next year, but not so surprised that they have no knowledge of his teammate. Giovinazzi has earned his chance, but as a rookie alongside the most experienced driver on the grid, he’s going to be up against it when it comes to off-track matters.

Seeing as Raikkonen openly admits how happy he is to have joined the team with the shortest commute to work, the Italian really needs to be able to stand up to interrogation if he’s going to come up with more believable excuses than the Finn in order to get out of media and PR appearances.

The one serious part of all this: I hope you’ve all had a fantastic holiday season however it has been spent, and wish everyone a happy and healthy 2019 ahead. Happy New Year!

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Posted 01 January 2019 - 17:32



10 things that every F1 fan should be excited about in 2019

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Posted 02 January 2019 - 16:09



What’s new in 2019: Your guide to 70th world championship season
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Posted 03 January 2019 - 15:29

Team Date Venue
Renault Feb 12 Enstone, UK
Racing Point Feb 13 Toronto, Canada
McLaren Feb 14 TBC
Ferrari Feb 15 TBC

*More to follow as they are confirmed

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Posted 07 January 2019 - 16:09

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Posted 15 January 2019 - 16:28

F1 confirms 2019 start times


By: Chris Medland | 2 hours ago

Formula 1 has confirmed the start times for races in 2019, with the schedule following a very similar format to last season.

Last year the sport introduced a slightly later start time in order to try and help television broadcasters, with races getting under way at ten minutes past the hour rather than on the hour as in previous seasons.

This approach will be maintained in 2019, with the only race seeing a different start time being the French Grand Prix. Last year’s race at Paul Ricard started at 4:10 p.m. local time to avoid a clash with a FIFA World Cup match, but without the soccer tournament taking place this year the race start in France has been moved forward an hour to 3:10 p.m.

All other races will start at the same local time as in 2018, with the Australian Grand Prix opening the season with a late afternoon slot at 4:10 p.m. in Melbourne, the same time as the fourth round in Azerbaijan will start.

There are two races that start close to sunset and finish under floodlights — the Bahrain Grand Prix at 6:10 p.m. and Abu Dhabi at 5:10 p.m. – while the Singapore Grand Prix remains the only full night race as it starts over an hour after sunset at 8:10 p.m.

The races in Mexico and the United States — still back-to-back but with Mexico first this year — will both start at 1:10 p.m local time, the earliest slots on the calendar.

The full schedule for all sessions is as follows (shown on 24-hour clock):


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Posted 21 January 2019 - 20:34


Sauber has announced it will launch its 2019 car on the opening day of pre-season testing in Barcelona.

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Posted 22 January 2019 - 16:16

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Posted 28 January 2019 - 17:29

Formula 1 teams rejected Liberty Media's idea of a mega pre-season event during which teams would assemble at a venue and jointly present their new cars.

The sport's commercial rights holder had suggested the concept as a means of maximizing media exposure for the teams and generating a resounding buzz.

However, according to Auto Motor und Sport, teams feared a joint launch would dilute their individual impact, but also perhaps lead to some unwanted intra-team technical scrutiny.

As the calendar of presentations currently stands, Toro Rosso is scheduled to be the first team to unveil its 2019 charger online on February 11, with Renault rolling out its R.S.19 at Enstone the following day.

Racing Point will present its new identity - and likely new colors - in Toronto on February 13 while McLaren will premiere its MCL34 at Woking on Valentine's Day.

Ferrari will bring its 2019 prancing horse out of its stable in Maranello on February 15 while Sauber is going for pitlane unveiling in Barcelona early on February 18, the day pre-season kicks off at the Circuit de Catalunya.

Haas could follow last year's presentation scheme by releasing images of its new car early, while Mercedes, Williams and Red Bull Racing have yet to divulge their presentation plans.

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Posted 29 January 2019 - 15:51


Liberty Media criticised by promoters of 16 F1 races
2019 F1 season
29th January 2019, 7:23
Dieter Rencken and Keith Collantine

Formula 1’s commercial rights holder Liberty Media has been criticised for its handling of the sport by promoters of most of this year’s races.

The Formula One Promoters Association, which describes itself as “representatives of 16 grands prix”, issued a statement critical of Liberty after meeting its senior representatives in London on Monday.

Among FOPA’s concerns is the sport’s move away from free-to-air broadcasting. This year the UK will become the latest in a series of countries to lose live free-to-air coverage of the sport. The sport’s previous owners awarded pay-TV channel Sky exclusive live broadcast rights to every round aside from the British Grand Prix.

“It is not in the long term interest of the sport that fans lose free access to content and broadcasting,” said FOPA in its statement.

It also challenged Liberty’s rate of progress in developing Formula 1. “There is a lack of clarity on new initiatives in F1 and a lack of engagement with promoters on their implementation,” said the statement.

FOPA warned Liberty not to undermine existing races by adding new rounds to the calendar. This appears to be a thinly-veiled criticism of Liberty’s courting of Miami to host a second US round of the championship by offering it a cut-price deal.

“New races should not be introduced to the detriment of existing events although the association is encouraged by the alternative business models being offered to prospective events,” it said.

“As we enter a new season of the sport that we have promoted for many decades, the promoters seek a more collaborative approach to the development of the championship and the opportunity to offer their experience and expertise in a spirit of partnership with Formula 1 and the FIA,” the statement concluded.

FOPA is chaired by Stuart Pringle, the managing director of Silverstone, which hosts the British Grand Prix. It is one of five rounds on this year’s schedule which does not have a contract to appear on the 2020 F1 calendar, having triggered a break clause in its current deal in 2017.

Update 08:41: RaceFans has confirmed the 16 races represented by FOPA are as follows: Australia (Melbourne), Azerbaijan (Baku), Spain (Catalunya), Canada (Circuit Gilles Villeneuve), China (Shanghai) – not present at meeting, France (Paul Ricard), Austria (Red Bull Ring) – represented by Hungary at meeting, Great Britain (Silverstone), Germany (Hockenheimring), Hungary (Hungaroring), Belgium (Spa-Francorchamps), Italy (Monza), Singapore, Mexico (Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez), USA (Circuit of the Americas) and Brazil (Interlagos). The five races not represented (excluding newcomer Vietnam) are: Bahrain, Monaco, Russia (Sochi), Japan (Suzuka), Abu Dhabi (Yas Marina).


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Posted 30 January 2019 - 01:51

MEDLAND: Everybody's scared of change


By: Chris Medland | 6 hours ago

Formula 1 has always been a political animal and that was never going to change, even with the departure of Bernie Ecclestone. It’s no shock that Liberty Media faces an extreme test of its ownership within the opening few years of its tenure.

The next set of agreements between the teams, the commercial rights holder and the FIA will perhaps the most significant development within the sport for the next five years. Coinciding with a planned regulation overhaul, 2021 is targeted as the year that Liberty really shapes F1 in the way it wants to.

And while it pushes on with what it wants to do with the sport, those who had been sitting somewhat comfortably are suddenly facing the possibility of being left behind. And that can lead to dissent, as seen on Monday in London.

Before we go on, a short timeline of the British Grand Prix’s contract history:

  • December 2009: After numerous public disagreements with Bernie Ecclestone – who in 2008 even announced a deal to take the race to Donington – Silverstone finally signs a new 17-year contract. Running until 2027, it includes a significant escalator regarding the hosting fee.
  • January 2017: Liberty Media completes acquisition of Formula 1
  • July 2017: Silverstone activates a break clause in its contract that makes 2019 the final race of the current deal, saying the terms made the race “not financially viable”.
  • As of January 2019, a new deal has not been agreed.
So in many ways it’s not surprising to see the Formula One Promoters’ Association (FOPA) statement expressing concerns with the way Liberty is running the sport, given that the FOPA chairman, Stuart Pringle, is also the British Grand Prix promoter.

Liberty purchased F1 with a number of contracts already in place, and the races generate the sport’s largest single source of revenue. So the sport’s owners are hardly going to bend over backwards when promoters want to negotiate to reduce that revenue..

This is nothing we haven’t seen or heard before during Ecclestone’s era. In fact, the way a disgruntled promoter headed straight for a Fleet Street newspaper – one with an enormous global online presence – to distribute their comments on Monday is also an approach right out of the Ecclestone playbook.

British GP promoter Stuart Pringle. Image by Gold and Goose/LAT

But then, for all the talk of a new dawn, so has been Liberty’s work when it comes to dealing with the promoters.

Liberty has been fighting back against the circuits just the way Ecclestone would have. Already carrying a 21-race calendar this year – matching the largest ever – Vietnam has been confirmed for next year. One more space taken.

The Miami project – while not looking likely – was made public, and plans to add another U.S. race are often discussed. Reports this week suggested the Philippine Grand Prix title has been trademarked, while recently the sport said it “would love” a second race in China.

All of the above makes it seem like there is huge interest in hosting a race, and demand outweighs supply. So if you’re Silverstone, for example, and don’t agree a new contract, then Liberty claims to have races waiting in the wings to take Britain’s place on the calendar. Hence the need for those races most at risk to publicly put the pressure on.

You can’t escape Ecclestone’s influence. The FOPA statement also criticizes F1’s move away from free-to-air broadcasting. This is a particularly significant subject in the United Kingdom, because this year Sky Sports takes exclusive rights to F1, with Channel 4 only getting the British Grand Prix live as part of a late amendment. The original deal? Done by Bernie.

So much has been invested by a number of different stakeholders in F1 for a long-term period – the Sky deal runs until 2024 – that any significant changes Liberty wants to make are always going to be met with skepticism or opposition from somewhere.

As long as Liberty has a different vision for the sport – and that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s for the better – it will be faced with those scared of change.

If Liberty were to cave to promoters’ demands and reduce fees, revenue would drop. Promoters would say they are happy with their new deals, but then the teams would criticize the lower amounts they are receiving from the sport. The problem wouldn’t be fixed – the point of contention would simply shift.

Zak Brown’s comments about Haas and B-teams had as much to do with what’s good for McLaren as what’s good for the sport. Image by Hone/LAT

The teams are also a fickle group. Those currently successful – Mercedes and Ferrari – want to protect their advantage as best they can. Those less so – such as McLaren and Williams – want a reset to allow them to fight at the front again.

Zak Brown recently talked about Liberty needing to address the extent to which an outfit can be a B-team, given the technical, political and sporting ramifications.

“Our belief is a B-team will never be able to compete with the A-team, and therefore while maybe going to that business model in the very short-term could make you more competitive quicker and be fiscally a better proposition, I think you are giving up on any hopes of racing as a championship contender,” Brown said.

“That is McLaren’s intent, and therefore going for B-team status would be throwing in the towel of being a championship contender. And therefore we think it is critical that Liberty, in the new Formula 1 world, addresses that so all teams can have a fair and equal chance to compete for the championship on a more level playing field.”

But if McLaren is never going to opt for B-team status, then surely another team’s decision to adopt that business model should mean it is less of a threat to McLaren in future? Realistically, if McLaren was currently fighting for championships and had other teams wanting to closely align with it, then the B-team model would be just fine, as long as McLaren was the A-team.

Like the promoters’ stance, it’s about self-interest. It’s understandable, but it isn’t taking into account the overall impact on the sport as a whole.

That’s why Liberty has to dig in and implement significant changes if it wants to retain control. Allow itself to be bullied, be it by promoters or by the teams when it comes to the agreements beyond 2021, and the sport really will lack direction, because those doing the bullying are predominantly focused on their own interests.

Take on board what is being said? Sure, but then stand by your own decisions. As the overall manager, your job isn’t to be liked. It’s to deliver results. Like everyone involved, Liberty has its own interests to focus on, the biggest being the overall success of the business, which won’t solely be defined by sporting aspects.

If Liberty stands firm, then expect to hear plenty more dissent from those who aren’t getting exactly what they want. That’s not necessarily a bad thing.


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