Formula One News Roundup – Week 13

With just under three weeks until Formula One finally commences the 2020 season, join us as we round up the all-important news from week 13 of F1 lockdown. 

From details of tyre compounds available for the opening eight races to further race cancellations to Mercedes’ mini pre-season, it has been quite a busy week in F1 as we pick apart the best stories that you need to know about.

 

Tyre Compounds Confirmed

Pirelli tyres

Pirelli have announced their tyre compound selection for the opening eight races, with the C2 and C3 compounds featuring in every round.

Drivers will also have to follow specific rules in which one set of each softest nominated compound must be saved for Q3, whilst a set of the two hardest compounds must be saved for the race of which one of those compounds must be used in the race itself. 

For full details, please click HERE

 

Further Race Cancellations

2017 Japan GP

2020 Azerbaijan, Singapore and Japan Grands Prix have all been cancelled as a result of the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic.

Azerbaijan and Singapore races were cancelled due to ‘long lead times’ needed for both countries to prepare their street circuits, whilst Japan is off as a result of ‘ongoing travel restrictions’ which made a race logistically difficult. 

For full details, please click HERE.

 

Mercedes Run Mini Pre Season

Bottas Social Distancing

 

Mercedes this week ran a mini pre-season test at Silverstone behind closed doors with their 2018 car, as the team adjusts to new social distancing measures that will be in place for the foreseeable future.

Valtteri Bottas was the first driver to get back out on the racetrack in his mini pre-season test on Tuesday, which he described to Mercedes AMG F1’s Official Website as “very helpful” after spending a few months out of the motorsport environment in lockdown. 

Reigning champion, Lewis Hamilton took over on Wednesday in a mixed weather session which he described as “great” and the feeling of getting back on a racetrack as ‘fresh and new’. 

Hamilton also spoke of his initial concern over wondering “whether you can still drive’ after a lengthy break from racing, before eventually describing the experience as ‘a good feeling to know I can and I feel fit and ready.”

Mercedes Trackside Engineering Director, Andrew Shovlin however admitted that there is still a difficult issue in maintaining social distancing around the car “when the mechanics are doing the turnaround.” 

 

News Snippets

  • Imola could be set for a F1 calendar return as host of San Marino GP after receiving a FIA Grade 1 License. (autodromoimola.it)
  • Former F1 driver, Mark Webber expects Sebastian Vettel to take “… a year off,” if he doesn’t secure a drive elsewhere in 2021. (F1.com)
  • F1 Managing Director, Ross Brawn has outlined adjustments to race weekend procedures. (Autosport.com)
  • Renault will run a two-day mini pre-season test at the Red Bull Ring on 16 and 17 June. (Renaultsport.com)
  • Racing Point has donated a wheel rim coffee table to the #RaceAgainstCovid auction being jointly held by FIA and RM Sotheby. (Racingpointf1.com)

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