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post Jan 13 2021, 12:51 PM
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Sao Paolo GP’s contract has been suspended by a judge, over financial matters. May yet be sorted out but nothing confirmed.
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post Jan 13 2021, 02:20 PM
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Ah I was so happy when they extended the contract to 2025, gave me a better chance of going to it. Hope this new issue is resolved.
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post Jan 14 2021, 10:53 AM
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And so the road begins for Alpine-Renault!
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post Jan 24 2021, 11:40 PM
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Jenson Button has joined Williams as a senior advisor for them.
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post Jan 25 2021, 04:47 PM
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QUOTE(Iceman501 @ Jan 24 2021, 11:40 PM) *
Jenson Button has joined Williams as a senior advisor for them.

As much as I'm sure this is true, I prefer the crazy theory that he is ready to drive the Williams next year when Russell steps into the retiring Hamilton's seat.

The other daft theory I like is that Hamilton retires but Russell's contract is watertight at Williams and so Hulkenberg gets the Mercedes drive for one year. I wonder what Ladbrokes are offering on him as 2021 World Champion!
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post Jan 25 2021, 04:57 PM
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Lewis & Merc laughing at all the nonsense speculation right now!
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post Jan 27 2021, 02:15 PM
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I still don't get why we haven't had much news about Saudi Arabia, not even the track layout - I'd like to see how boring the circuit is!
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post Jan 27 2021, 04:06 PM
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The track could be anything really but we know it'll be another insipid, uninspired Tilke-drome like Sochi & Abu Dhabi.
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post Jan 28 2021, 06:33 PM
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Former F1 driver and founder of the Campos Racing team Adrian Campos has died age 60, his team has announced.

The Spaniard, who spent a year and a half racing in Formula 1 in the late 1980s, passed away on Wednesday night.

“Today is the saddest day in the history of Campos Racing,” his team said in a brief statement on social media.
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post Jan 29 2021, 06:30 PM
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I can't even bring myself to type that nonsense they want to call the Imola race this year. I shall be referring to it as the San Marino GP
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post Jan 30 2021, 12:12 PM
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The Imola race is going to be called the ‘Made in Italy and Emilia-Romagna GP’.



What the hell?
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post Jan 30 2021, 12:18 PM
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Hahahaahahahhaha no.
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post Jan 31 2021, 04:30 PM
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1980: Italian GP - Fantastic. Monza was off the calendar, and near enough every other GP matches its country's name! Why not? biggrin.gif
1981-2006: San Marino GP - Ok... If misleading. Obviously, with Monza back, they can't have the Italian GP anymore. Let's give it the name of the closest country (though, by that logic, Monza should be named the Swiss GP [being closer to Switzerland than Imola is to San Marino])
2020: Emilia-Romagna GP - Actually a more appropriate name than the San Marino GP, at least it lies within the same region of Italy... Sounds clunky and unfamiliar though.
2021: Made in Italy and Emilia-Romagna GP - Clunky and self-absorbant. Horrific title! I'd prefer Italy II GP over that 🤣 Noone will call it this.

For the sake of continuity, could they not have kept it as Emilia-Romagna GP?
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post Jan 31 2021, 04:39 PM
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Or why not call it the European GP? We are currently missing one of those
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post Jan 31 2021, 04:43 PM
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We had the Luxembourg Grand Prix I think in 1997 and 1998, yes it would make sense to call it the European Grand Prix.

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post Jan 31 2021, 10:26 PM
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QUOTE(Juranamo @ Jan 31 2021, 04:30 PM) *
1980: Italian GP - Fantastic. Monza was off the calendar, and near enough every other GP matches its country's name! Why not? biggrin.gif
1981-2006: San Marino GP - Ok... If misleading. Obviously, with Monza back, they can't have the Italian GP anymore. Let's give it the name of the closest country (though, by that logic, Monza should be named the Swiss GP [being closer to Switzerland than Imola is to San Marino])
2020: Emilia-Romagna GP - Actually a more appropriate name than the San Marino GP, at least it lies within the same region of Italy... Sounds clunky and unfamiliar though.
2021: Made in Italy and Emilia-Romagna GP - Clunky and self-absorbant. Horrific title! I'd prefer Italy II GP over that 🤣 Noone will call it this.

For the sake of continuity, could they not have kept it as Emilia-Romagna GP?



It's basically down to who funds/promotes the race and little to do with host country, which is why it's the Abu Dhabi GP and not UAE. Normal convention goes with host country but you cannot have 2 GPs named after the host nation. It can't be San Marino GP (as much as we want it) unless the San Marino government are involved. Monza will never be Swiss GP for that reason - plus Switzerland banned F1 a long time ago and only allowing limited motorsports since 2015.

Emilia-Romagna would have been better but because the Italian foreign office was central to the deal they wanted to highlight their role in the title,

Best option would indeed be the European Grand Prix D'Italia a Emilia Romagna.
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post Feb 1 2021, 12:00 AM
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Track resurfaced for the first time since 1996 at Albert Park.

Changes to turn 3, 6 and 13, mentions of widening corners to try to allow overtaking.


These were all planned for 2022 but delayed race allows them to do it in 2021.

https://www.speedcaf...-remodel-plans/
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The new circuit in Rio is officially dead! Interlagos is staying indefinitely now
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post Feb 4 2021, 10:54 PM
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Thank goodness for that.
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post Feb 4 2021, 11:43 PM
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An increasing number of sources are saying Hamilton has agreed a deal with Mercedes and it's a one year deal with an option to add a second year. Hamilton retains his salary but has insisted on what is being called 'the Verstappen clause' - essentially blocking the team from signing Max while Lewis is there.

A veto was long rumoured to be the sticking point but many, oddly, seemed to think George Russell was the issue.

Anyhow we might as well crown Lewis now and prepare for another Mercedes walkover with Bottas' challenges fading by May.
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