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Should F1 introduce a WEC-style superseason?
As Formula 1 faces a tricky balancing act to fit a cluster of postponed races into an increasingly confined space, could it take a leaf out of the FIA World Endurance Championship's book and merge its 2020 and 2021 seasons? While such an approach would solve some problems, it would likely create others too...
As the clock ticks with each second, the global coronavirus pandemic changes form once more. Each fragment of time that elapses is enough for another COVID-19 transmission, one that could delay the notion of normality by a further month or two.
In these parts, normality means motorsport. With Formula 1 now not anticipating the beginning of its 2020 season until June at the earliest, it means that there are numerous contracts in place for races without any real space in the calendar for them to realistically go ahead. In other words, F1 has lost almost half of its races and has half a year to run them all. Talk about condensing the calendar.
Mika Hakkinen became Michael Schumacher’s biggest rival in Formula 1 in the late-90s and early 2000s, having also made his F1 debut in 1991. But as MARK GALLAGHER recalls, while Schumacher wowed the world with a car that was eminently capable, Hakkinen was fighting to make his mark with a famous team in terminal decline
Before Michael Schumacher – or anyone else – had driven the 191 (or 911 as it was initially called), Eddie Jordan turned to a fellow Irishman to test his new Formula 1 car. JOHN WATSON, a grand prix winner for Penske and McLaren, recalls his role in the birth of a legend…
OPINION: The headlines were dominated by the Italian Grand Prix clash between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton, who had the halo to thank for avoiding potentially serious injury. But two days earlier, Formula 1 had a lucky escape with a Monza pitlane incident that could also have had grave consequences.
With two sprint races under its belt, Formula 1 must now consider its options for them going forward. While they've helped deliver exciting racing on Sundays, the sprints themselves have been somewhat lacking - creating yet another conundrum for F1 to solve...
OPINION: With Valtteri Bottas already signed up for 2022, all eyes are on the race for the second seat at Alfa Romeo next year. Antonio Giovinazzi is the current incumbent, but faces a tough competition from appealing short and long-term prospects
OPINION: Daniel Ricciardo has long been considered one of Formula 1's elite drivers. But his struggles at McLaren since switching from Renault for 2021 have been painful to watch at times. Yet he's recovered to banish those memories with a famous Monza win – built on a critically important foundation
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