|1||Bahrain GP (Bahrain)||14 March|
|2||Vietnam GP (Hanoï)||28 March|
|3||China GP (Shanghaï)||11 April|
|4||Azerbaijan GP (Bakou)||25 April|
|5||Dutch GP (Zandvoort)||2 May|
|6||Spanish GP (Barcelona)||9 May|
|7||Monaoc GP (Monte-Carlo)||23 May|
|8||Canadian GP (Montreal)||6 June|
|9||Austrian GP (Spielberg)||20 June|
|10||French GP (Paul Ricard)||27 June|
|11||British GP (Silverstone)||11 July|
|12||Hungarian GP (Budapest)||25 July|
|13||Belgium GP (Spa)||29 August|
|14||Italian GP (Monza)||5 September|
|15||Russian GP (Sotchi)||19 September|
|16||Singapour GP (Marina Bay)||26 September|
|17||Japanese GP (Suzuka)||10 October|
|18||Australian GP (Melbourne)||24 October|
|19||US GP (Austin)||7 November|
|20||Mexican GP (Mexico)||14 November|
|21||Saudi Arabian GP (Jeddah)||28 November|
|22||Abu Dhabi GP (Yas Marina)||5 |
Welley well well that adds a bit of context to what Marzipan said on Russel's social media... the original has been deleted unfortunately.Don't shoot the messenger on this one! I just saw post on Reddit. I used G to translate from Italian.
tl;dr: Speaks about Mazepin (I mentioned previous post I read rumour of his dad getting him a drive with (or buying) Haas). But interesting dynamic if indeed George was headed to partner Hambone, Claire blocked it, then sold team and now new owners might not be so keen on George with Perez lurking around now that Haas is unlikely. Hard to fathom George in this position. Wonder if the questions will be flying at next race about all this latest gossip/news.
Russell: from the Mercedes dream to the 2021 nightmareOf: Roberto Chinchero
15 Oct 2020, 12:57
These are tense days for the Williams driver who in recent days has lost the certainty of being at the start of the next World Championship with the Grove team. To know his future, George will have to wait until the end of October when the intentions of the new ownership of the team interested in Sergio Perez will be known.
From the dream of a lifetime to the worst nightmare that a driver can experience: the risk of finding himself on foot. All in less than four months, in which George Russell went from being a stone's throw from joining Mercedes to the real risk of not participating in the next Formula 1 World Championship.
In the first days of summer, towards the end of June, Russell was promoted from the top of Mercedes: to the starting role in the 2021 World Championship alongside Lewis Hamilton.
Valtteri Bottas would be helped by Mercedes itself to find a 'B' plan with priority on the Aston Martin project. Then something jammed, and according to rumors gathered in the paddock, the operation was blocked by Williams, who held an option in her favor to keep Russell.
In the midst of negotiations for the sale of the team, Claire Williams wanted to exercise the option in her favor to keep Russell, in fact a valuable asset for the team, despite George having been a Mercedes' junior driver for many years.
Closing in the bud any possibility of transfer of its driver, Williams announced on July 16 the confirmation of George for 2021, six weeks before admitting the change of ownership of the Grove team.
For Russell, the near-term future has become very clear, which is his third season in Williams. Everything seemed to go according to plan until the final days of September, when Nikita Mazepin began evaluating the possibilities of entering Formula 1 in 2021.
The strong candidacy of the Russian driver has shaken a negotiation that seemed to have started to end positively, that is the one between Sergio Perez and Haas, and the Mexican has thus sought a plan 'B', an alternative that a little surprisingly he found in Williams .
The most surprising aspect of this development is that Russell's presence in the team was taken for granted, having a contract announced by the team itself, but due to the change of ownership of the team, the new shareholders could take advantage of the "change of control ”to re-evaluate the contracts previously stipulated by the old owner.
In practice, Russell's seat is anything but solid and if the team decides to focus on Perez, the English driver would have the possibility of finding himself without a steering wheel in the next World Championship.
Nothing appears to have been decided yet, but Russell's autumn will undoubtedly be less clear than early summer's dream.
With many pieces still to be wedged, the driver market could evolve favorably for the English rider without any unwelcome surprises, but a potential risk exists, and at the moment Russell can only passively witness what will happen in the coming days.
Red Bull is in a good position, but Max is so strong, being his co-driver seems like much too tall an order for ... hell, almost any other driver. So going for another team and hoping they'll come off strong in 2022 is a pretty decent decision.It all depends on what the new Williams owners want to be. If they want to be a racing team competing in a sport then they will keep Russel. If they want to be rent a car for all the rich trust fund drivers out there then Russel is shit out of luck and Williams will be another sign of the gangrene that is rotting the sport. Unfortunately since this is a big investment firm I can guess they're probably going for the less palatable option.
Some Hulk based news, he was already on stand by to drive for Red Bull at the Eifel Grand Prix after Albon had an inconclusive covid test. As it was Albon had another and that cleared him to race. Interesting that Hulk was the one they called though.
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Another rumour circulating is Gasly to replace Ocon at Renault. Would be a shock that's for certain. That year out was not good for Ocon's career and it doesn't feel like he's made the same impact as he did before but he is being compared against Ricciardo one of the best drivers on the grid so tough one. Would be good for Gasly to vacate the Red Bull program though as I doubt he's going anywhere from here, much like Sainz the only winning move might be to not play when it comes to the Red Bull game.
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Given that Melbourne is Ground Zero for COVID-19 in Australia, I'm not surprised that the Australian F1GP has been pushed back to October.Australia not the first? The fuck is this. Also Interlargos is one of the better tracks, it needs putting on there. Just stick Canada in November with the other North American races, go ahead try and warm your tyres up now!
Wasn't there talk of Adelaide coming back to replace Melbourne? I thought I heard there was a bit of a struggle between the two promoters over that, much like Rio and Sao Paolo. I never heard about "The Bend" had no clue! Thanks for that informative info. Do you think that track would produce good racing? And what will the weather be like in November? Would that be like early spring for us who live in Northern Hemi?Given that Melbourne is Ground Zero for COVID-19 in Australia, I'm not surprised that the Australian F1GP has been pushed back to October.
The only other realistic option for an Australian F1GP would be The Bend; a track located about an hour out of Adelaide that was opened in 2018. Whilst it's currently at FIA Grade 2 standard, the only things stopping it from being upgraded to Grade 1 relate to debris fencing and runoff areas; two things that The Bend's owners have provisioned for, yet haven't completed as Grade 2 has been sufficient for their needs since the track opened.
For all we know, The Bend might decide to go ahead with the Grade 1 upgrades anyway, as they've already expressed an interest in hosting the 2021 Australian F1GP if Melbourne is a no-go.