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The Checkered Flag
2021 W Series provisional calendar is announced
By Melissa Chappelhow
December 9, 2020


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Single seater championship, the W Series, is set to support the FIA Formula 1 World Championship at eight rounds in 2021, taking the female-only series across the globe.
The series will support Formula 1 alongside the FIA Formula 2 and Formula 3Championships, with rounds taking part across three continents: Europe, North America and Central America.
The W Series will be held at the following destinations during 2021:
26 June – Le Castellet, France
3 July – Spielberg, Austria
17 July – Silverstone, UK
31 July – Budapest, Hungary
28 August – Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium
4 September – Zandvoort, Netherlands
23 October – Austin, USA
30 October – Mexico City, Mexico

Catherine Bond Muir, Chief Executive Officer of the W Series, said: “The prospect of seeing W Series race alongside Formula 1, the world’s premier motor racing series, has become even more tantalising as a result of today’s announcement of our 2021 race calendar. The eight races will allow our fast and fearless female racing drivers to showcase their skills on some of the world’s most iconic racing circuits, in Europe and the Americas, and literally follow in the tyre tracks of the greatest racing drivers in the world today.
“W Series’ mission will always be to further the interests and prospects of female racing drivers, and to inspire girls and women everywhere. Our 2021 race schedule in partnership with Formula 1 will significantly increase our global reach, impact and influence by placing W Series on motor racing’s greatest stage and taking us to new audiences and territories. Our drivers are ready and raring to race and entertain, and the 2021 season curtain-raiser in France next June cannot come soon enough.”

Ross Brawn, Managing Director of Motorsport, Formula 1, said:
“We are delighted to announce the eight Formula 1 races that W Series will join in 2021. There is a really exciting mix of circuits that will showcase the exceptional talent of the drivers in the series. We believe that it is incredibly important to give everyone the chance to reach the highest levels of our sport, and partnering with W Series shows our determination and commitment to building greater diversity across Formula 1
 

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2021 F1 calendar of races
RoundRaceCircuitDateForum
1Australian Grand PrixAlbert ParkMar 19-21Forum
2Bahrain Grand PrixBahrain International CircuitMar 26-28Forum
3Chinese Grand PrixShanghai International CircuitApr 9-11Forum
4TBC Grand PrixTBCApr 23-25
5Spanish Grand PrixCircuit de CatalunyaMay 7-9Forum
6Monaco Grand PrixMonacoMay 20-23Forum
7Azerbaijan Grand PrixBaku City CircuitJun 4-6Forum
8Canadian Grand PrixCircuit Gilles VilleneuveJun 11-13Forum
9French Grand PrixPaul RicardJun 25-27Forum
10Austrian Grand PrixRed Bull RingJul 2-4Forum
11British Grand PrixSilverstoneJul 16-18Forum
12Hungarian Grand PrixHungaroringJul 30-Aug 1Forum
13Belgian Grand PrixSpa-FrancorchampsAug 27-29Forum
14Dutch Grand PrixZandvoortSep 3-5Forum
15Italian Grand PrixMonzaSep 10-12Forum
16Russian Grand PrixSochi AutodromSep 24-26Forum
17Singapore Grand PrixSingaporeOct 1-3Forum
18Japanese Grand PrixSuzukaOct 8-10Forum
19United States Grand PrixCircuit of the AmericasOct 22-24Forum
20Mexican Grand PrixAutodromo Hermanos RodriguezOct 29-31Forum
21Brazilian Grand PrixInterlagosNov 12-14Forum
22Saudi Arabian Grand PrixJeddahNov 26-28
23Abu Dhabi Grand PrixYas MarinaDec 3-5Forum

 

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FIA INTRODUCES SUSTAINABLE FUEL INTO FORMULA 1 AND COMMITS TO BECOMING CARBON NEUTRAL FROM 2021 AND NET ZERO BY 2030
 

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Red Bull owned German-language motorsport news portal Speedweek is reporting that Sergio Perez will partner Max Verstappen at the team in 2021

 

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By: Luke Smith
Co-author: Jonathan Noble
Dec 18, 2020, 8:10 AM

Christian Horner feels Red Bull had to "trust the facts opposed to emotion" in replacing Alexander Albon for 2021 after he failed to cut the gap to Max Verstappen.

Red Bull announced on Friday that it had signed outgoing Racing Point driver Sergio Perez for next season to replace Albon, who has dropped into a reserve and test role.
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Red Bull has been considering Albon's future for some time after he struggled to match teammate Verstappen through 2020, but wanted to give him until the end of the season to stake a claim for the seat.
But after Perez scored a victory for Racing Point at Sakhir and Albon returned just two podium finishes all season long, it took the decision to draft in the Mexican driver.
While Horner felt Albon had "improved significantly", he said the gap to Verstappen had remained the same throughout the year.
"You take what you've got, don't you?" Horner told select media including Motorsport.com when asked if Albon had been unlucky with the RB16 car.
"He's in Formula 1 and graduated to F1 because of Red Bull which he's very grateful for. He's still part of the team.

"This year's car has been tricky. I think it's improved significantly throughout the year, particularly in the last third of the year. But, again, it's what you make of it, isn't it? I think the gap between Alex and Max has largely remained consistent from Austria to certainly Bahrain 2. He had a good race in Abu Dhabi.

"Everything else, he's done brilliantly well. He's a great racer, he's an absolute gentleman within the team. He's very popular within a team because he's such a nice guy. That's what's made this decision harder.

"But when you look at the data and you trust the facts opposed to emotion, Sergio is the logical choice."

Horner said that Albon was informed of the decision on Friday, and was "obviously disappointed" but "incredibly mature" in accepting the news.

"He's grateful for the opportunity and support that he's had this year, and obviously determined to do the best he can to get back into a race seat for 2022," Horner said.

Asked how Albon could make a case for a race seat in his test and reserve role, Horner said Red Bull would "see how things unfold".

"He's got an important role in terms of development with 2022 and tyre testing, and obviously the development of the 2022 car in the virtual world," Horner said.

"We'll see how circumstances how circumstances unfold for 2022, either within Red Bull or external to Red Bull."

Red Bull has struggled to field two competitive cars since Daniel Ricciardo's exit from the team at the end of 2018, with Albon's predecessor, Pierre Gasly, experiencing similar struggles during his 12-race stint at the team last year.

Horner said it was crucial for Red Bull to give Verstappen a competitive teammate to help in the fight against Mercedes after being left without a rear gunner at races this year.

"I think it's vital if you want to mount a serious challenge in either of the championships, that you need both cars performing at a level," Horner said.

"We saw that very clearly in Abu Dhabi, for example. So you need that consistency, in order to take on the likes of Mercedes in either the drivers' or teams' championship."

 

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WHAT McLAREN’S BREAKTHROUGH F1 RESULT MEANS

By Edd Straw

McLaren broke back into to the top three in the constructors’ championship for the first time since 2012 this season, overturning a 10-point deficit to Racing Point heading into the Abu Dhabi finale with fifth and sixth place for Lando Norris and Carlos Sainz respectively.

It’s a significant achievement for a team that was ninth just three years earlier.

It would be misleading to claim McLaren is now part of a ‘big three’ given there was only really a ‘big two’ of Mercedes and Red Bull in 2020 thanks to Ferrari’s fall. But it is confirmation the team is on the right trajectory and has firmly put the difficulties of the middle stages of the last decade behind it.
https://the-race.com/formula-1/mclarens-third-place-secured-as-sainz-escapes-pit-penalty/
That’s the real significance of being able to finish third, which trumps the financial boost of several million dollars thanks to the difference between finishing third or fourth in the standings.

This is a team that has successfully fixed, or is on the way to eliminating, many of the weaknesses that led to its fall, which stretched beyond engine supplier Honda’s problems from 2015-17 and were laid bare by its initial struggles after switching to Renault for 2018. The process is far from complete, but there have been tangible gains.
“No-one could expect we were competing for P3 this year going into the season,” said McLaren team principal Andreas Seidl. “It’s a great achievement from every single member of the team.

“Next year, it will again be a battle probably between four or five teams for P3 to P7, similar to what we have seen this year. We simply need to stay realistic about what is possible.

“We still have these big restrictions in an outdated infrastructure. It will take two years until we have all the updates in place and then it takes time also to get this infrastructure to a place that you actually see the benefits from it. Until then, we have restrictions.

“But nevertheless, there’s still more potential in the team. That’s what we are exploring for next year.”

Motor Racing Formula One World Championship Turkish Grand Prix Qualifying Day Istanbul, Turkey


Seidl is right to warn that it’s no foregone conclusion McLaren will be able to hold onto third place next year. Despite the boost of a switch from Renault to Mercedes engines and the recruitment of Daniel Ricciardo to replace Ferrari-bound Carlos Sainz, McLaren should remain in the midfield group with the potential of Ferrari taking a big step with its engine package.

The Woking-based team also had to rely on other qualities other than outright speed to take third in 2020, which is far from a criticism given it proves how strong other aspects of its game were.

McLaren had, on average, the fifth-fastest car this year. Racing Point had the quickest of the midfield group, with Ferrari’s peaks allowing it to end up fourth despite its weakness at power-sensitive circuits. The five midfield teams, a group also including Renault and AlphaTauri, were covered by just 0.363% in terms of average performance.
And this is the key measure, with McLaren edging 0.2% closer to the outright pace this season compared to last year despite Mercedes having made a bigger step forward than anticipated. It also produced a car that was conceived to open up new avenues of performance, so third place confirms progress on that score.

But there were no major weaknesses for McLaren relative to its midfield rivals, allowing it to beat Racing Point by seven points despite having a car that was, more often than not, a touch slower. While the caveat must be added that Racing Point was docked 15-points for illegally-designed brake ducts, McLaren’s consistency was laudable.
https://the-race.com/formula-1/how-f1s-third-fastest-team-threw-away-third-place/
“We had a competitive car throughout the season, a bit of an all-rounder,” said Seidl. “We were in a position to get into Q3 most of the time [28 times out of 34] and always started the races in positions where we were able to fight for good points.
“Then we had a great team out here at the track as well which was simply very good in terms of execution of race weekends, qualifying sessions, strategy.
“On the pitstop side where we struggled in the beginning of the season in terms of pitstop times and consistency, we made a continuous improvement and in the end [that] was a strength as well for our team.

“Reliability was outstanding on the car side, we didn’t have a single DNF this year on the team side, which is a big step forward compared to last year. Also the strategy team did a great job on Sunday, and our two drivers obviously did a sensational job again.”

This is the foundation upon which McLaren hopes to build now that it has shored itself up financially during a difficult year. The COVID-19 pandemic had an impact, necessitating it putting its MTC headquarters up for sale (with McLaren remaining as long-term occupants) and also seeking new investment, which was confirmed in the form of a £185million buy-in to McLaren Racing announced ahead of the race in Abu Dhabi.
https://the-race.com/formula-1/mclaren-reveals-details-of-new-investment-and-co-owners/
This ensures the major infrastructure projects such as the new windtunnel, driver-in-loop simulator and upgrades to production facilities, while delayed by circumstance, are all being worked on. It also sets the team up to operate at the limit of the cost cap that comes in next year.
In the grand scheme of things, had the season finished a race sooner and McLaren been fourth, it would have made little difference. But the fact McLaren was able to finish third is the ultimate validation of the path it has taken under the leadership of Seidl, technical director James Key. The head of McLaren Racing, Zak Brown, who set in motion much of this change and recruited both Seidl and Key, has also played a vital role.
The extra prize money will help, but most importantly this is a team that has now unquestionably regained its confidence and can be sure footed in its plans for the future.
https://the-race.com/formula-1/how-sunday-became-the-biggest-day-in-mclarens-modern-history/
“I’m optimistic that we are heading in the right direction and that we can also make the next steps as a team in the coming years,” says Seidl. “The news about [the investment] is obviously very important because this ensures that have all the resources that we need in order to run on a level playing field in terms of budget with the big teams – including our infrastructure updates, which is obviously key for our competitiveness.
“Now we simply need time to keep working on our plan and of course not to get carried away with the results from this year. We still have a long way to go, but we can do it, it’s simply down to us as a team to make it happen in the next years.”
Now McLaren must make sure that it builds on this third-place finish, both in 2021 and, critically, 2022.
 

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First IndyCar, next stop Formula E and WEC? Why McLaren is branching out beyond F1
11th January 2021
by Keith Collantine
McLaren today confirmed it has an option to enter the Formula E world championship in 2022.
The announcement shows the team is seriously considering entering another series, having already expanded beyond F1 into IndyCar with a full-season, two-car campaign last year. McLaren Racing CEO Zak Brown has also previously said they are seriously considering an entry into the World Endurance Championship under its incoming new rules set.

It may seem a strange move for a once-dominant Formula 1 team which has now gone more than eight years without a grand prix victory. Should they not be focussing all their efforts on ending what is by far the longest win-less spell in their history?
McLaren’s diversification into other series is just one way in which the team under Brown contrasts sharply with its strategy under the control of his predecessor Ron Dennis.
McLaren acquires option to enter Formula E in 2022Take its warmer social media presence, seen in its genuinely heartfelt farewell messages to Carlos Sainz Jnr and, previously, the playing up of the chummy relationship between him and Lando Norris.
Of course, another contrast it that the team is yet to recapture anything like the success of its heyday under Dennis. But, to be fair to the current administration, it was nowhere near those heights when Dennis was edged out and Brown installed.

McLaren has been on a steadily upward trajectory since then, culminating in its best constructors championship position for eight years in 2020. But turning the Formula 1 ship around is not the work of a moment.

This is the context within which its embrace of other championships can be understood. Importantly, Brown’s arrival coincided with changes within Formula 1 itself. Bernie Ecclestone previously discouraged F1 drivers and teams from spreading into other championships, but since his replacement Liberty Media has been more open in this regard.
Fernando Alonso, IndyCar, McLaren Andretti, Indianapolis 500, 2017Alonso led on McLaren’s return to IndyCarBrown and McLaren were quick to exploit this new opportunity. With a disillusioned Fernando Alonso on his hands in 2017, pedalling another uncompetitive Honda-powered McLaren F1 car, Brown allowed his star driver to miss no less a race than the Monaco Grand Prix to tackle the Indianapolis 500 for the team.

Michael Andretti expanded his team to add a McLaren-branded entry for Alonso. The fact Andretti’s team also used Honda power smoothed Alonso’s entry into the race.

McLaren almost produced a shock result on their return to a race they last won in 1976. Alonso put his car fifth on the grid and led 27 laps before retiring; his Andretti stable-mate Takuma Sato took the victory.
However McLaren’s attempt two years later to tackle the race without the assistance of another team ended in humiliating failure: Alonso did not qualify. Undeterred, McLaren pressed ahead with plans to enter the full IndyCar season in 2020, but elected to join up with an existing team again.

This proved a smart move. Its union with Schmidt Peterson, forming the new McLaren SP team, delivered everything but a victory. Patricio O’Ward, in his first full season as an IndyCar driver, was a revelation, and ended the year with a pole position, a fastest lap… and three second places.
Fernando Alonso, McLaren, IndyCar, Indianapolis, 2019McLaren’s return to the Brickyard in 2019 was a disasterBut his fourth place in the championship underlined the quality of the team’s first season. Team mate Oliver Askew’s year was injury-affected, and his place has been taken by the well-regarded Felix Rosenqvist, who denied O’Ward victory at Road America last July.


“Everything that we hope to achieve in year one, we achieved,” summed up Brown at the end of the year.

Taking McLaren into IndyCar raises the team’s profile in a major market at a fraction of the cost of running a Formula 1 team. There are also valuable crossovers with its Formula 1 project in terms of resources and sponsors, as Brown explained.

“We have integrated McLaren racing into Arrow McLaren SP,” he said. “We have a great team back at the MTC [McLaren Technology Centre] dedicated to IndyCar and also spend a lot of time at the IndyCar races.

“Commercially, Arrow Electronics is the title sponsor of our IndyCar team. We hoped to expose some of the IndyCar partners to Formula 1 [and] we’ve done that.

“Arrow joined us in F1 and we just announced a long-term extension. On the flip-side BAT [British American Tobacco], a very important partner to in Formula 1, are involved in our IndyCar team.
So finishing fourth in the championship with Pato, almost winning a race, getting a handful of podiums, two exciting drivers and commercially our Formula 1 partners supporting our IndyCar team, our IndyCar partners, supporting our Formula 1 team, that kind of ticked all the boxes that we’d hoped to do when we laid out the criteria of why we wanted to get into IndyCar.”



Pato O'Ward, McLaren SP, IndyCar, St Petersburg, 2020O’Ward signed off 2020 with another second for McLarenTheir experience in IndyCar may prove a model for a future Formula E team. McLaren will consider whether to partner with an existing Formula E team as part of its evaluation of a potential move into the series.


A Formula E programme could also present McLaren the opportunity to relocate staff from its Formula 1 team. This will be necessary following the introduction of a $145 million budget cap this year and its subsequent reduction by $5 million over each of the next two seasons. The possibility of doing this through Formula E will also be considered by the team.

Brown’s eagerness to see McLaren represented at the top level in other major motorsports may not stop there. He has also indicated the World Endurance Championship’s new Hypercar regulations could entice them into the endurance racing series. Here too the potential to place ex-F1 staff exists.

While the budget cap won’t force F1’s smaller teams to scale down their operations, it will do for the likes of McLaren. Similar or larger teams like Red Bull and Ferrari have other options to redeploy resources from F1 in the shape of sister teams (Red Bull’s AlphaTauri) or new supply deals with customers (a new division at Ferrari will provide parts for Haas).

Less than a year ago McLaren was scaling back its operation, including a small portion of its Racing division, as a result of the pandemic. Now, with the new backing from MSP Sports Capital announced last month, it seems McLaren’s goal is to become a leading competitor in a range of top-level motor racing disciplines.
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Mercedes’ “most intense and difficult” challenge with its 2021 Formula 1 car has been reacting to four key aerodynamic rule changes reducing performance to near-2019 levels, says James Allison.


 

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Technical Insight: McLaren’s PU switch prompts major changes
by Rosario Giuliana

Technical Insight: McLaren’s PU switch prompts major changes

McLaren has faced a more demanding off-season than its rivals ahead of the 2021 Formula 1 season, as the Woking-based team is having to modify its current chassis to work with a new Power Unit.

This has been made more difficult by the fact the current cars have to be carried over, unlike in a ‘normal’ season when the team could simply redesign its car from the ground up to accommodate a different engine.

However McLaren has been offered some leeway under the current development restrictions which could actually give them a slight edge over their competition. The FIA has relaxed some of its homologation rules surrounding the chassis, gearbox, and cooling system – a benefit McLaren’s rivals don’t enjoy – but the team has had to spend both of its available development tokens on its engine change as a result.
A drawback though is the fact McLaren have had to invest a lot of time and effort into its ’21 car, whereas its rivals, which are only making minor modifications, have been able to switch their focus to next season’s major regulation overhaul after the development freeze was lifted on January 1.

McLaren will unveil its MCL35M on February 15. The ‘M’ in the name stands for ‘Mercedes’, while the rest of the moniker is identical to last year’s car.

“It’s a huge amount of change. Essentially, we’ve been building a new car” – McLaren

Despite the waivers granted, McLaren has had to spend both tokens to implement the German manufacturer’s Power Unit. The main changes concern the rear part of the chassis, where the engine mounts have been completely revised.

This was undoubtedly the most difficult challenge for James Key and his colleagues, as they had to ramp up efforts to get the new chassis crash tested to meet the FIA’s homologation deadline in late-December.

Passing the crash test, according to McLaren production director Piers Thynne, is always a milestone for an F1 team, even more so under the current situation.

McLaren will be the only team next season that will have a new chassis. While its rivals will keep the chassis they homologated last year, resulting in a substantial saving of resources, time, costs and development work.
Although the biggest obstacle for the British team was to homologate the new chassis for the MCL35M, the housing of the Mercedes Power Unit involved other mandatory changes compared to the 2020 car.

“The switch to the Mercedes engine resulted in a substantial change in the car’s architecture. The entire layout of the cooling system, the wiring and the electrical system, the control units, and all the engine oil and coolant ducts. The MCL35M will be the first F1 car produced as a whole in an environment protected by COVID-19,” said Thynne.

Very important for McLaren is the TCO (Transitional Carry Over), or those components that can be carried over and used without impacting the seasonal budget cap. McLaren has tried to transfer as many components as possible in this category from the old car to the ’21 one, such as the internal parts of the gearbox (gears) and parts of the suspension system.
The adoption of the Mercedes Power Unit will also greatly affect the rear bodywork. The Renault unit was very demanding in terms of cooling, with McLaren often adopting a fairly wide body at the rear on the MCL35, with very large air vents, which often exceeded the upper triangle of the rear suspension during the hotter races of last year.

We will see if, with the Mercedes Power Unit, the Woking team is able to adopt the Mercedes W11’s much more compact rear.


Aerodynamic focus in 2020
McLaren is one of the teams that, despite being involved in a tense and close fight for third place in the Constructors’ Standings, spent a lot of the ’20 season carrying out aerodynamic tests in view of ’21.

As we know, 2021 has seen some changes to the technical regulations regarding the floor, diffuser, and rear brake intakes, which will have an overall impact on the downforce, with the FIA aiming for a 10 per cent reduction.

McLaren was one of the first teams to test a new floor that confirms to the new regulations, as early as free practice for the Belgian Grand Prix to see what impact it will have.

Key’s attention has somewhat been focussed on ’21, with the introduction of a new narrow nose during the Tuscan GP to meet the homologation deadline.
The early homologation of the new nose, clearly inspired by Mercedes, was a major success. They wouldn’t have been able to run the concept this year as they would have had to spend tokens they don’t have if they missed that deadline. The narrow nose, with the large flow conveyor of the lower part (known as the ‘cape’) allows a different management of the air flow coming from the neutral area of the front wing. The narrow pylons of the nose better energise the air flow in the central part, while offering a greater passage section to the Y250 vortex, which is formed between the nose and the front wing spoilers.


Aerodynamics aren’t covered by the development freeze and it will certainly be the area in which McLaren will work most on. The MCL35M, at least initially, will not differ much from the aerodynamic concepts seen on last year’s car. The technical prowess shownlast year allowed McLaren to secure third place in the Constructors’ Standings (something that hasn’t happened since 2012), which is why the ’21 car will not undergo aerodynamic revolutions.

The different management of air flows led to several changes to the flow deviators of the bargeboards, updated several times over the course of the past season. An intricate array of aerodynamic elements could become even more complex with the increase in air flow from the front. The bargeboards could be one of those aerodynamic parts that could deviate substantially from last year’s car.
Success = Less wind tunnel time
The third place achieved last season brings with it the handicap of reducing the hours spent in the wind tunnel. The FIA for ’21 has adopted a binding system of the runs available for the aerodynamic tests on the bench, benefitting the lower-placed teams. Renault, which came fifth last year, will have 40 weekly runs, equal to 100 per cent of the runs envisaged under the old regulation. (including assembly time of the 1:2 scale model).
McLaren will instead have 38 weekly runs, corresponding to 95 per cent of the overall total, while Williams, which came last, will have 112.5 per cent capacity. The hours in the wind tunnel will be very important in ’21, as the teams will have the task of testing the new ’22 ground effect cars, in which all the engineers will start from a blank sheet.

This ranking will subsequently be updated on 30 June, and the manufacturers’ ranking updated on that date will be valid.























 

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Although this history has been discussed on the forum in previous years, and some excellent books recommended by @New Britain - the advent of a Mercedes engine in a McLaren chassis again for 2021 is an interesting continuation of the story....
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THE INCREDIBLE TALE OF McLAREN AND MERCEDES’ F1 SPLIT

 

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Hamilton signs new contract with Mercedes
By Balazs Szabo on 08 Feb 2021

The Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team has announced that it has extended the contract with Lewis Hamilton with the seven-time reigning world champion signing a one-year contract with the team for 2021.

It has been an unusual situation for the world champion and the reigning world champion team that they have not extended their existing contract with just a few weeks before the pre-season gets underways in Bahrain. However, the wait and the uncertainty are finally over as Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton have agreed a new contract which will see the seven-time world champion compete for the Ango-German outfit in the 2021 FIA Formula One World Championship.

The 36-year-old made his F1 debut with the Mercedes-powered McLaren team in 2007 and secured his first world championship title in the following year in dramatic fashion. He left McLaren at the end of the 2012 season to join the Mercedes works team with which he has added a further six world titles as the German manufacturer started to dominate the sport with the introduction of the hybrid power units in 2014.

The Brackley-based outfit insisted in its announcement that a significant part of the new agreement builds upon the joint commitment to greater diversity and inclusion in motorsport that was made last year by Hamilton and Mercedes. „This will take the form of a joint charitable foundation, which will have the mission of supporting greater diversity and inclusion in all its forms in motorsport,” read the statement.

“I am excited to be heading into my ninth season with my Mercedes teammates”, added Hamilton. "Our team has achieved incredible things together and we look forward to building on our success even further, while continuously looking to improve, both on and off the track.

“I’m equally determined to continue the journey we started to make motorsport more diverse for future generations and I am grateful that Mercedes has been extremely supportive of my call to address this issue.

„I’m proud to say we are taking that effort further this year by launching a foundation dedicated to diversity and inclusion in the sport. I am inspired by all that we can build together and can’t wait to get back on the track in March,” concluded the Briton.

Commenting on the announcement, CEO and Team Principal Toto Wolff said: “We have always been aligned with Lewis that we would continue, but the very unusual year we had in 2020 meant it took some time to finish the process. Together, we have decided to extend the sporting relationship for another season and to begin a longer-term project to take the next step in our shared commitment to greater diversity within our sport.

„Lewis’s competitive record stands alongside the best the sports world has ever seen, and he is a valued ambassador for our brand and our partners. The story of Mercedes and Lewis has written itself into the history books of our sport over the past eight seasons, and we are hungry to compete and to add more chapters to it.”
 

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2021 Formula 1 calendar

Winter Test in Bahrain: 12-14 March

1. Bahrain: 28 March

2. Emilia Romagna: 18 April

3. Portugal: 2 May

4. Spain: 9 May

5. Monaco: 23 May

6. Azerbaijan: 6 June

7. Canada: 13 June

8. France: 27 June

9. Austria: 4 July

10. Great Britain: 18 July

11. Hungary: 1 August

12. Belgium: 29 August

13. Netherlands: 5 September

14. Italy: 12 September

15. Russia: 26 September

16. Singapore - 3 October

17. Japan: 10 October

18. America - 24 October

19. Mexico: 31 October

20. Brazil - 7 November

21. Australia: 21 November

22. Saudi Arabia: 5 December

23. Abu Dhabi: 12 December

 

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Top 10 McLaren F1 cars ranked: M23, MP4/4 and more

 

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2021 Formula One Schedule

2021 Schedule
DATERACE
Fri, Mar 26
7:00 AM ET
Bahrain Grand Prix
Bahrain International Circuit
*Bahrain Grand Prix Practice 1
Fri, Mar 26
11:00 AM ET
Bahrain Grand Prix
Bahrain International Circuit
*Bahrain Grand Prix Practice 2
Sat, Mar 27
7:00 AM ET
Bahrain Grand Prix
Bahrain International Circuit
*Bahrain Grand Prix Practice 3
Sat, Mar 27
10:00 AM ET
Bahrain Grand Prix
Bahrain International Circuit
*Bahrain Grand Prix Qualifying
Sun, Mar 28
10:10 AM ET
Bahrain Grand Prix
Bahrain International Circuit
*Bahrain Grand Prix Race
Thu, Apr 8
11:00 PM ET
Chinese Grand Prix
Shanghai International Circuit
*Chinese Grand Prix Practice 1
Fri, Apr 9
3:00 AM ET
Chinese Grand Prix
Shanghai International Circuit
*Chinese Grand Prix Practice 2
Sat, Apr 10
12:00 AM ET
Chinese Grand Prix
Shanghai International Circuit
*Chinese Grand Prix Practice 3
Sat, Apr 10
3:00 AM ET
Chinese Grand Prix
Shanghai International Circuit
*Chinese Grand Prix Qualifying
Sun, Apr 11
2:10 AM ET
Chinese Grand Prix
Shanghai International Circuit
*Chinese Grand Prix Race
Fri, May 7
5:00 AM ET
Spanish Grand Prix
Circuit de Catalunya
*Spanish Grand Prix Practice 1
Fri, May 7
9:00 AM ET
Spanish Grand Prix
Circuit de Catalunya
*Spanish Grand Prix Practice 2
Sat, May 8
6:00 AM ET
Spanish Grand Prix
Circuit de Catalunya
*Spanish Grand Prix Practice 3
Sat, May 8
9:00 AM ET
Spanish Grand Prix
Circuit de Catalunya
*Spanish Grand Prix Qualifying
Sun, May 9
9:10 AM ET
Spanish Grand Prix
Circuit de Catalunya
*Spanish Grand Prix Race
Thu, May 20
5:00 AM ET
Monaco Grand Prix
Circuit de Monaco
*Monaco Grand Prix Practice 1
Thu, May 20
9:00 AM ET
Monaco Grand Prix
Circuit de Monaco
*Monaco Grand Prix Practice 2
Sat, May 22
6:00 AM ET
Monaco Grand Prix
Circuit de Monaco
*Monaco Grand Prix Practice 3
Sat, May 22
9:00 AM ET
Monaco Grand Prix
Circuit de Monaco
*Monaco Grand Prix Qualifying
Sun, May 23
9:10 AM ET
Monaco Grand Prix
Circuit de Monaco
*Monaco Grand Prix Race
Fri, Jun 4
5:00 AM ET
Socar Azerbaijan Grand Prix
Baku City Circuit
*Socar Azerbaijan Grand Prix Practice 1
Fri, Jun 4
9:00 AM ET
Socar Azerbaijan Grand Prix
Baku City Circuit
*Socar Azerbaijan Grand Prix Practice 2
Sat, Jun 5
6:00 AM ET
Socar Azerbaijan Grand Prix
Baku City Circuit
*Socar Azerbaijan Grand Prix Practice 3
Sat, Jun 5
9:00 AM ET
Socar Azerbaijan Grand Prix
Baku City Circuit
*Socar Azerbaijan Grand Prix Qualifying
Sun, Jun 6
8:10 AM ET
Socar Azerbaijan Grand Prix
Baku City Circuit
*Socar Azerbaijan Grand Prix Race
Fri, Jun 11
10:00 AM ET
Canadian Grand Prix
Circuit Gilles Villeneuve
*Canadian Grand Prix Practice 1
Fri, Jun 11
3:00 PM ET
Canadian Grand Prix
Circuit Gilles Villeneuve
*Canadian Grand Prix Practice 2
Sat, Jun 12
11:00 AM ET
Canadian Grand Prix
Circuit Gilles Villeneuve
*Canadian Grand Prix Practice 3
Sat, Jun 12
2:00 PM ET
Canadian Grand Prix
Circuit Gilles Villeneuve
*Canadian Grand Prix Qualifying
Sun, Jun 13
2:10 PM ET
Canadian Grand Prix
Circuit Gilles Villeneuve
*Canadian Grand Prix Race
Fri, Jun 25
5:00 AM ET
French Grand Prix
Le Castellet
*French Grand Prix Practice 1
Fri, Jun 25
9:00 AM ET
French Grand Prix
Le Castellet
*French Grand Prix Practice 2
Sat, Jun 26
6:00 AM ET
French Grand Prix
Le Castellet
*French Grand Prix Practice 3
Sat, Jun 26
9:00 AM ET
French Grand Prix
Le Castellet
*French Grand Prix Qualifying
Sun, Jun 27
9:10 AM ET
French Grand Prix
Le Castellet
*French Grand Prix Race
Fri, Jul 2
5:00 AM ET
Austrian Grand Prix
Red Bull Ring
*Austrian Grand Prix Practice 1
Fri, Jul 2
9:00 AM ET
Austrian Grand Prix
Red Bull Ring
*Austrian Grand Prix Practice 2
Sat, Jul 3
6:00 AM ET
Austrian Grand Prix
Red Bull Ring
*Austrian Grand Prix Practice 3
Sat, Jul 3
9:00 AM ET
Austrian Grand Prix
Red Bull Ring
*Austrian Grand Prix Qualifying
Sun, Jul 4
9:10 AM ET
Austrian Grand Prix
Red Bull Ring
*Austrian Grand Prix Race
Fri, Jul 16
6:00 AM ET
Rolex British Grand Prix
Silverstone Circuit
*Rolex British Grand Prix Practice 1
Fri, Jul 16
10:00 AM ET
Rolex British Grand Prix
Silverstone Circuit
*Rolex British Grand Prix Practice 2
Sat, Jul 17
7:00 AM ET
Rolex British Grand Prix
Silverstone Circuit
*Rolex British Grand Prix Practice 3
Sat, Jul 17
10:00 AM ET
Rolex British Grand Prix
Silverstone Circuit
*Rolex British Grand Prix Qualifying
Sun, Jul 18
9:10 AM ET
Rolex British Grand Prix
Silverstone Circuit
*Rolex British Grand Prix Race
Fri, Jul 30
5:00 AM ET
Hungarian Grand Prix
Hungaroring
*Hungarian Grand Prix Practice 1
Fri, Jul 30
9:00 AM ET
Hungarian Grand Prix
Hungaroring
*Hungarian Grand Prix Practice 2
Sat, Jul 31
6:00 AM ET
Hungarian Grand Prix
Hungaroring
*Hungarian Grand Prix Practice 3
Sat, Jul 31
9:00 AM ET
Hungarian Grand Prix
Hungaroring
*Hungarian Grand Prix Qualifying
Sun, Aug 1
9:10 AM ET
Hungarian Grand Prix
Hungaroring
*Hungarian Grand Prix Race
Fri, Aug 27
5:00 AM ET
Belgian Grand Prix
Spa-Francorchamps
*Belgian Grand Prix Practice 1
Fri, Aug 27
9:00 AM ET
Belgian Grand Prix
Spa-Francorchamps
*Belgian Grand Prix Practice 2
Sat, Aug 28
6:00 AM ET
Belgian Grand Prix
Spa-Francorchamps
*Belgian Grand Prix Practice 3
Sat, Aug 28
9:00 AM ET
Belgian Grand Prix
Spa-Francorchamps
*Belgian Grand Prix Qualifying
Sun, Aug 29
9:10 AM ET
Belgian Grand Prix
Spa-Francorchamps
*Belgian Grand Prix Race
Fri, Sep 3
5:00 AM ET
Netherlands Grand Prix
Circuit Park Zandvoort
*Netherlands Grand Prix Practice 1
Fri, Sep 3
9:00 AM ET
Netherlands Grand Prix
Circuit Park Zandvoort
*Netherlands Grand Prix Practice 2
Sat, Sep 4
6:00 AM ET
Netherlands Grand Prix
Circuit Park Zandvoort
*Netherlands Grand Prix Practice 3
Sat, Sep 4
9:00 AM ET
Netherlands Grand Prix
Circuit Park Zandvoort
*Netherlands Grand Prix Qualifying
Sun, Sep 5
9:10 AM ET
Netherlands Grand Prix
Circuit Park Zandvoort
*Netherlands Grand Prix Race
Fri, Sep 10
5:00 AM ET
Italian Grand Prix
Autodromo Nazionale Monza
*Italian Grand Prix Practice 1
Fri, Sep 10
9:00 AM ET
Italian Grand Prix
Autodromo Nazionale Monza
*Italian Grand Prix Practice 2
Sat, Sep 11
6:00 AM ET
Italian Grand Prix
Autodromo Nazionale Monza
*Italian Grand Prix Practice 3
Sat, Sep 11
9:00 AM ET
Italian Grand Prix
Autodromo Nazionale Monza
*Italian Grand Prix Qualifying
Sun, Sep 12
9:10 AM ET
Italian Grand Prix
Autodromo Nazionale Monza
*Italian Grand Prix Race
Fri, Sep 24
3:00 AM ET
Russian Grand Prix
Sochi Autodrom
*Russian Grand Prix Practice 1
Fri, Sep 24
7:00 AM ET
Russian Grand Prix
Sochi Autodrom
*Russian Grand Prix Practice 2
Sat, Sep 25
4:00 AM ET
Russian Grand Prix
Sochi Autodrom
*Russian Grand Prix Practice 3
Sat, Sep 25
7:00 AM ET
Russian Grand Prix
Sochi Autodrom
*Russian Grand Prix Qualifying
Sun, Sep 26
6:10 AM ET
Russian Grand Prix
Sochi Autodrom
*Russian Grand Prix Race
Fri, Oct 1
4:30 AM ET
Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix
Marina Bay Circuit
*Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix Practice 1
Fri, Oct 1
8:30 AM ET
Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix
Marina Bay Circuit
*Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix Practice 2
Sat, Oct 2
6:00 AM ET
Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix
Marina Bay Circuit
*Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix Practice 3
Sat, Oct 2
9:00 AM ET
Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix
Marina Bay Circuit
*Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix Qualifying
Sun, Oct 3
2:10 AM ET
Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix
Marina Bay Circuit
*Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix Race
Thu, Oct 7
9:00 PM ET
Japanese Grand Prix
Suzuka Circuit
*Japanese Grand Prix Practice 1
Fri, Oct 8
1:00 AM ET
Japanese Grand Prix
Suzuka Circuit
*Japanese Grand Prix Practice 2
Fri, Oct 8
9:00 PM ET
Japanese Grand Prix
Suzuka Circuit
*Japanese Grand Prix Qualifying
Fri, Oct 8
11:00 PM ET
Japanese Grand Prix
Suzuka Circuit
*Japanese Grand Prix Practice 3
Sun, Oct 10
1:10 AM ET
Japanese Grand Prix
Suzuka Circuit
*Japanese Grand Prix Race
Fri, Oct 22
Noon ET
United States Grand Prix
Circuit of the Americas
*United States Grand Prix Practice 1
Fri, Oct 22
4:00 PM ET
United States Grand Prix
Circuit of the Americas
*United States Grand Prix Practice 2
Sat, Oct 23
2:00 PM ET
United States Grand Prix
Circuit of the Americas
*United States Grand Prix Practice 3
Sat, Oct 23
5:00 PM ET
United States Grand Prix
Circuit of the Americas
*United States Grand Prix Qualifying
Sun, Oct 24
2:10 PM ET
United States Grand Prix
Circuit of the Americas
*United States Grand Prix Race
Fri, Oct 29
Noon ET
Mexican Grand Prix
Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez
*Mexican Grand Prix Practice 1
Fri, Oct 29
4:00 PM ET
Mexican Grand Prix
Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez
*Mexican Grand Prix Practice 2
Sat, Oct 30
11:00 AM ET
Mexican Grand Prix
Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez
*Mexican Grand Prix Practice 3
Sat, Oct 30
2:00 PM ET
Mexican Grand Prix
Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez
*Mexican Grand Prix Qualifying
Sun, Oct 31
3:10 PM ET
Mexican Grand Prix
Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez
*Mexican Grand Prix Race
Fri, Nov 12
Noon ET
Brazilian Grand Prix
Autódromo José Carlos Pace
*Brazilian Grand Prix Practice 1
Fri, Nov 12
Noon ET
Brazilian Grand Prix
Autódromo José Carlos Pace
*Brazilian Grand Prix Practice 2
Sat, Nov 13
9:00 AM ET
Brazilian Grand Prix
Autódromo José Carlos Pace
*Brazilian Grand Prix Practice 3
Sat, Nov 13
Noon ET
Brazilian Grand Prix
Autódromo José Carlos Pace
*Brazilian Grand Prix Qualifying
Sun, Nov 14
11:10 AM ET
Brazilian Grand Prix
Autódromo José Carlos Pace
*Brazilian Grand Prix Race
Thu, Nov 18
8:00 PM ET
Australian Grand Prix
Albert Park
*Australian Grand Prix Practice 1
Fri, Nov 19
12:00 AM ET
Australian Grand Prix
Albert Park
*Australian Grand Prix Practice 2
Fri, Nov 19
10:00 PM ET
Australian Grand Prix
Albert Park
*Australian Grand Prix Practice 3
Sat, Nov 20
1:00 AM ET
Australian Grand Prix
Albert Park
*Australian Grand Prix Qualifying
Sun, Nov 21
12:10 AM ET
Australian Grand Prix
Albert Park
*Australian Grand Prix Race
Fri, Nov 26
8:30 AM ET
Saudi Arabian Grand Prix
Jeddah Street Circuit
*Saudi Arabian Grand Prix Practice 1
Fri, Nov 26
12:30 PM ET
Saudi Arabian Grand Prix
Jeddah Street Circuit
*Saudi Arabian Grand Prix Practice 2
Sat, Nov 27
10:00 AM ET
Saudi Arabian Grand Prix
Jeddah Street Circuit
*Saudi Arabian Grand Prix Practice 3
Sat, Nov 27
1:00 PM ET
Saudi Arabian Grand Prix
Jeddah Street Circuit
*Saudi Arabian Grand Prix Qualifying
Sun, Nov 28
12:10 PM ET
Saudi Arabian Grand Prix
Jeddah Street Circuit
*Saudi Arabian Grand Prix Race
Fri, Dec 3
4:00 AM ET
Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
Yas Marina Circuit
*Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Practice 1
Fri, Dec 3
8:00 AM ET
Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
Yas Marina Circuit
*Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Practice 2
Sat, Dec 4
5:00 AM ET
Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
Yas Marina Circuit
*Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Practice 3
Sat, Dec 4
8:00 AM ET
Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
Yas Marina Circuit
*Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Qualifying
Sat, Dec 4
3:00 PM ET
Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
Yas Marina Circuit
*Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Race
 
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