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04/06/20
f1

F1 could lose 4 teams
Zak Brown
Zak Brown

Formula 1 is "in a very fragile state" as a result of the coronavirus crisis and needs big changes to survive, McLaren boss Zak Brown told BBC Sport.

"This is potentially devastating to teams, and if [it is devastating] to enough teams - which doesn't have to mean more than two - then very threatening to F1 as a whole," he said.

Brown, speaking in an exclusive interview with BBC Sport, believes the $175m (£143m) budget cap, scheduled to come into force in 2021, needs to be lowered significantly, or the sport risks a potential disaster.

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04/06/20
f1

Wolff to leave Mercedes F1 for Aston Martin? (4th Update)
Will Wolff be lured to Aston Martin by Stroll's large paycheck?
Toto Wolff

UPDATE (GMM) Toto Wolff says he is staying in charge of Mercedes' works F1 team for "the short term".

The Austrian has been linked strongly with Lawrence Stroll's Aston Martin project, amid rumors Wolff has fallen out with new Daimler boss Ola Kallenius.

But he told Osterreich newspaper: "In most of the stories I read about it, people have added one plus one and come up with three."

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04/04/20
f1

Some F1 race promoters could collapse with help from F1
Some F1 race promoters have one foot in the grave already
Some F1 race promoters have one foot in the grave already
While Chase Carey talks of a 15 - 18 race schedule, teams talk of extending the season into 2021, two-day weekends, reverse track layouts and events behind closed doors, the race promoters talk about bankruptcy.

"They have to be willing to accept lower fees if they want their promoters to be healthy," one race organizer tells the Independent.

"We reserve hundreds of buses which have to be booked 90 days before the race and have cancellation fees," says the organizer. "We have another contract for the traffic because we hire hundreds of police officers over the race weekend and there are cancellation penalties for that too.

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04/04/20
f1

British GP F1 race to be cancelled (Update)
With social distancing of 6 feet or more still in place until there is a vaccine, British GP organizers are Whistling Dixie if they think they can run the race in July
With social distancing of 6 feet or more still in place until there is a vaccine, British GP organizers are Whistling Dixie if they think they can run the race in July. We can see the lawsuits flying when fans die after being infected at the race and families sue F1 and the organizers! We hope they have good lawyers.

UPDATE Former F1 driver Mark Webber believes the British Grand Prix is likely to be postponed along with the three races that preceded it in Canada, France and Austria, because of the coronavirus pandemic.

“It’s a global sport, freight is an issue and logistically it’s one of the most challenging sports.

“They’re looking at around July but I still think that is very, very optimistic.”

“Formula One, with the traveling circus and even TV which requires huge production teams, faces a big challenge,” he said.

“They’re looking at condensing the weekends to two days from three days and I think that’s a great idea to help get some events in without rushing them through.”

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04/03/20
f1

'Cracks' in Wolff-Mercedes relationship
Christijan Albers
Christijan Albers
(GMM) "Hairline cracks" have emerged in the otherwise seamless F1 operation at Mercedes.

That is the view of former F1 driver Christijan Albers, who according to the Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf retains links to Mercedes after his time in DTM.

"I have heard from my network that hairline cracks are developing at Mercedes," said the Dutchman.

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04/03/20
irl

Toronto IndyCar race in jeopardy (Update)
The Toronto IndyCar race could be in jeopardy for 2020
The Toronto IndyCar race could be in jeopardy for 2020

UPDATE Green Savoree responded to Mayor Tory’s announcement in an official statement:

“The Honda Indy Toronto is on the NTT Indycar Series schedule for July 10-12, 2020.

“Conversations have been ongoing with Exhibition Place, City of Toronto, Honda Canada and IndyCar with the intention to hold the event on the originally scheduled date as planned.

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04/02/20
nascup

Next Gen NASCAR Cup car debut will be delayed to 2022 (Update)
Next Gen Test Car
Next Gen Test Car

UPDATE This rumor is upgraded to 'fact' today. NASCAR announced Thursday that the debut of the Next Gen will be pushed back to 2022 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The car was scheduled to have debuted with the 2021 Daytona 500.

NASCAR issued a statement from John Probst, senior vice president of racing innovation:

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04/02/20
f1

Hamilton and Vettel offered drastic pay cut due to budget caps and Virus (2nd Update)
Hamilton's pay cut too
Hamilton's pay cut too

UPDATE Measures are being taken by all 10 teams to protect as many jobs as possible going forward, with Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel set to take a cut in pay.

The Daily Mail report the pair of multiple-time world champions, who are both out of contract at the end of the year, are speaking to Mercedes and Ferrari respectively about taking pay cuts.

The percentages involved are not clear at this stage, but a five per cent drop in earnings for Hamilton and Vettel would save Mercedes and Ferrari £2m and £1.75m respectively.

Vettel's Ferrari teammate Charles Leclerc is also set to give up some of the money promised in the new £8m-a-year deal he signed over the winter.

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04/02/20
f1

Canada GP next to be postponed (2nd Update)
Patrick Carpentier
Patrick Carpentier

UPDATE (GMM) Patrick Carpentier, a Canadian racing driver, thinks it is basically "impossible" that Montreal will be able to host its grand prix in June.

Race promoter Francois Dumontier estimates the probability of a Canadian GP this year at 50-50, but Carpentier told La Presse that he is much less optimistic.

"Ferrari is an important part of F1, so if they cancelled Melbourne because McLaren was affected by the coronavirus, they will not come to Montreal because Ferrari will not be there," he said. 

Carpentier is referring to the terrible epidemic that is occurring in Italy.

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04/01/20
irl
f1
imsa
nascup
nhra

Entire 2020 motorsports season to be cancelled (5th Update)
The motorsports industry
The motorsports industry

UPDATE Recognizing that it is too dangerous for thousands of people to congregate together at a sporting event until a Covid-19 vaccine is in place, Wimbledon was canceled on Wednesday because of the pandemic, the first time since World War II that the oldest Grand Slam tennis tournament won't be played.

The All England Club announced after an emergency meeting that the event is being scrapped for 2020. Wimbledon was scheduled to be played on the club's grass courts on the outskirts of London from June 29 to July 12.

Instead, the next edition of the tournament will be June 28 to July 11, 2021.

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04/01/20
f1

Formula 1 to delay new regulations until 2023
The freeze will lock in the advantage Mercedes already has
The freeze will lock in the advantage Mercedes already has. This guarantees Lewis Hamilton the title in 2020, 2021 and now possibly 2022
The governing body said its World Motor Sport Council had also confirmed by e-vote changes to streamline and speed up decision making in response to the global spread of the virus.

All aerodynamic development of the 2022 cars is outlawed until the start of 2021.

In an interview with the BBC, Horner outlined that teams are largely in agreement that another delay to the new regulations is the preferred option.

“The most fundamental and important thing is taking away the necessity to spend in order to be competitive,” said Horner.

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04/01/20
f1

2008-like F1 manufacturer exodus possible - Theissen
Mario Theissen
Mario Theissen
(GMM) BMW's former F1 boss Mario Theissen says it is "of course" possible that the sport could witness an exodus of car manufacturers amidst the global pandemic.

After the global financial crisis struck in 2008, four manufacturers involved in Formula 1 - Honda, Toyota, Renault and the Theissen-led BMW - withdrew from the series soon afterwards.

Speaking to the BBC, Red Bull boss Christian Horner admitted that the impact of coronavirus "reminds me very much of the 2008 financial crisis - but this goes way beyond that".

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03/31/20
f1

Big Layoffs imminent in F1
Carlos Sainz Sr.
Carlos Sainz Sr.
(GMM) Formula 1 will need to introduce a scheme to protect its economy and workforce amid the global pandemic, according to Carlos Sainz Jr.'s father.

Sainz Sr., a rallying legend, said he thinks a scheme called Temporary Employment Regulation File (ERTE) will now be "imminent" in F1.

Already now coming into play in the world of professional football, the scheme means employees can be put out of work but be able to bounce back when normal activity resumes.

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03/31/20
f1

One-year F1 Concorde for 2021 possible
Jean Todt has decision to make for 2021
Jean Todt has decision to make for 2021
(GMM) Negotiations over the 2021 Concorde Agreement have been put on ice.

Talks about the expiring deal, which crucially regulates the distribution of income and the governance structure, were on track when the coronavirus pandemic struck.

Suddenly, there are no races and F1's NASDAQ share price has slumped.

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03/30/20
f1

F1 to force factories to stay closed longer (Update)
Vasseur predicts F1 factory shutdown to be extended
Vasseur predicts F1 factory shutdown to be extended

UPDATE (GMM) The current three-week 'early summer' factory shutdown could be extended, Alfa Romeo boss Frederic Vasseur has admitted.

Even amid Italy's dire coronavirus crisis, Ferrari has reportedly decided to resume work at Maranello on April 14.

But Vasseur says Alfa Romeo, based in Switzerland, may not follow suit.

"Depending on the situation in England, Italy and where we are develops, the current shutdown period could be extended," he admitted to Blick newspaper.

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03/29/20
f1

2020 F1 season could extend into January
Mattia Binotto
Mattia Binotto

Formula One could shorten grand prix weekends and race into January if that helps salvage a season ravaged by the coronavirus, according to Ferrari boss Mattia Binotto.

Binotto told Sky Sports Italia that the teams had given the Formula One powers-that-be complete freedom to do what was necessary to have a championship.

"We are in constant dialog," he said. "I have felt, along with the other team principals, that these are decisive moments.

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03/28/20
nascup
irl

Jimmie Johnson to make IndyCar debut at Indy
Johnson is likely to be in for a rude awakening.
Johnson is likely to be in for a rude awakening.
Jimmie Johnson told NBC Sports’ Leigh Diffey in a Friday interview (video coming soon) that he will take a “very hard look” at racing in the IndyCar GMR Grand Prix on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course July 4.

As part of IndyCar’s revamped schedule, the race was moved from May 9 and will take place directly before the NASCAR Xfinity Series.

The seven-time Cup Series champion race in the Brickyard 400 the following day.

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03/27/20
f1

Renault set to quit F1?
A rarely shaven Cyril Abiteboul denies rumors
A rarely shaven Cyril Abiteboul denies rumors

(GMM) Cyril Abiteboul has denied that Renault is poised to quit Formula 1.

When McLaren announced recently that it is pushing ahead with its switch to Mercedes power for 2021 despite the delayed regulations, some interpreted that as a sign that current supplier Renault may be pulling out.

Renault struggled on track last year despite its high profile signing of Daniel Ricciardo, and the parent company has been embroiled in a high profile management scandal.

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03/25/20
f1

Lundgaard to replace Ricciardo?
Christian Lundgaard
Christian Lundgaard
Cyril Abiteboul has named a potential replacement for Daniel Ricciardo should Ricciardo find a higher salary elsewhere. When discussing the possibility of signing Sebastian Vettel to the team to replace Ricciardo after his current Ferrari contract expires at the end of the 2020 season, he did not rule it out, but he maintained his stance about seeking another young driver.

“I don’t want to say no, as [Vettel] is a great driver, and a great champion. We worked together on the engine side and we won together. [But] I rather aspire to work with tomorrow’s drivers than yesterday’s. It really is very difficult to sum it up like that, so please don’t sum it up like that about Sebastian. Still, we also have a driver academy, with drivers who might come out of it in 2021 or 2022.

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03/25/20
f1

F1 to lower $175m budget cap
Back to the old Max Mosley plan?
Back to the old Max Mosley plan?
(GMM) As the coronavirus pandemic rules the world, F1 has a "historic opportunity" to drastically cut costs in Formula 1.

That is the view of former driver Christian Danner, as Auto Motor und Sport claims that F1 CEO Chase Carey and FIA president Jean Todt are working on driving down the scheduled $175 million budget cap for 2021.

"It is a historic opportunity," Danner said.

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03/25/20
f1

F1 'lucky' to have 11-race 2020 calendar
Ross Brawn needs to remove the rose colored glasses
Ross Brawn needs to remove the rose colored glasses
(GMM) F1 will be lucky to organize an 11-round world championship in 2020, according to former driver Marc Surer.

"22 races were planned, but if we have eleven by the end of 2020, we can count ourselves lucky," he told Speed Week.

Actually, Ross Brawn recently said he is hoping for a 17 or 18-race calendar, while F1 CEO Chase Carey admits it could actually be just 15.

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03/24/20
irl

Team Penske to increase advantage over other IndyCar teams
Roger's team to add to its advantage over other IndyCar teams
Roger's team to add to its advantage over other IndyCar teams

Team Penske already runs roughshod over the other IndyCar teams, and it's been that way for many years.

And that advantage is about to get bigger.

The state of Indiana has issued a new order that will go into effect on Wednesday requiring residents to stay at home through April 7 because of Covid-19.

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03/24/20
f1

Baku to be postponed (2nd Update)
Azerbaijan
Azerbaijan

UPDATE This rumor is now upgraded to 'fact.'  The Azerbaijan Grand Prix on 7 June has become the eighth race of the Formula One season to be postponed or cancelled. The race in Baku was due to run back to back with the Canadian Grand Prix which is also likely not to take place.

The Azerbaijan GP had hoped to be the first race of the F1 season, with races in Australia thru Monaco already postponed.

“This comes as a direct result of the global Covid-19 pandemic and has been based entirely on the expert guidance provided to us by the relevant authorities,” a statement from the organizers read. “The primary concern has been the health and well being of the Azerbaijani people as well as all visiting fans, staff and championship participants.”

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03/23/20
irl

Will Coronavirus force cancellation of the Indy 500? (2nd Update)
All those people could be exposed
All those people could be exposed
UPDATE
 With rumors now flying that the 2021 Summer Olympics in August in Japan will be delayed until 2021, it's looking more and more likely that the 2020 Indy 500, which attracts people from around the world (some possibly carrying the Covid-19 virus) will be cancelled, or run very late in the season.

However, with no vaccine ready in 2020 the chances the government will allow 300,000 people to gather for a sporting event the remainder of this year looks less likely by the day.

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03/23/20
f1

Mercedes has been running an illegal F1 car since 2018 (Update)
There is now video evidence that the Mercedes has been illegal since 2018
There is now video evidence that the Mercedes has been illegal since 2018

UPDATE (GMM) Esteban Ocon has played down suggestions that Mercedes has been using the 'DAS' steering system since 2018, but he really does not know and is only guessing.

On-board footage has emerged of Lewis Hamilton apparently pulling on the controversial steering system as long ago as Hungary 2018.

But former Mercedes driver Esteban Ocon denies he knew about it.

"Either they were very, very clever and did not reveal this system to me, or they invented it once I was gone," he told Canal Plus.

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03/23/20
f1

Haas F1 to pull plug after 2020 (7th Update)
Grosjean is realistic
Grosjean is realistic

UPDATE (GMM) Romain Grosjean admits there is a "possibility" Haas F1 will be closed down after 2020.

Team owner Gene Haas and boss Gunther Steiner have been hinting that deliberations are currently taking place over the future of the American team.

"It's a possibility that must be taken seriously," team driver Romain Grosjean told Canal Plus.

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03/20/20
irl
IMSA

Will Covid-19 result in more IMSA/IndyCar doubleheaders?
Laguna Seca is one obvious one
Laguna Seca is one obvious one
Speculation has risen that where IMSA and IndyCar race on the same track on different weekends, they could share a weekend given the shortened 2020 calendar due to Covid-19.

They looked at that for Long Beach but failed.

“If they did that, it would be a win-win,” Starworks Motorsport team owner Peter Baron told Sportscar365. “Everybody wants to go racing and put this all behind us. Some good news would be nice.”

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03/19/20
f1

F1's three races in May to also be postponed (Update)
Even Monaco at the end of May is in jeopardy
Monaco may be cancelled altogether

UPDATE This rumor is upgraded to 'fact' with today's announcement.

03/15/20 The start of the Formula One 2020 season is poised to be hit by further delays with the Dutch Grand Prix and Spanish Grand Prix set to be postponed.

On Friday, Dutch race officials released a statement revealing they are in talks about whether to hold their race on the original date or postpone for later in the year.

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03/19/20
f1

Monaco to start 2020 F1 season (Update)
Monaco
Monaco

UPDATE This rumor is downgraded to 'false' with this announcement.

03/14/20 Formula One bosses are in discussions with the Monaco authorities in an attempt to save its showpiece grand prix from falling victim to the coronavirus pandemic.

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03/18/20
irl
imsa

Postponed Acura GP of Long Beach to be rescheduled for September (6th Update)
AR1.com finds a suitable date for Long Beach to be rescheduled.
Race is now officially dead for 2020.

UPDATE This rumor is downgraded to 'false' today. The IndyCar race in Long Beach, California, won’t be held this year.

Officials with the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach said Wednesday they pursued the possibility of rescheduling the popular race to a later date, but “trying to reassemble all the elements that have made the Long Beach event such a success does not appear feasible for 2020.”

Next year’s date will be April 18. Ticket holders can either receive a credit that will apply to the same level of admission for next year or receive a full refund.

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03/17/20
f1

Vettel to Renault fake rumors
Vettel isn't going to move to another hapless team
Vettel isn't going to move to another hapless team
(GMM) Cyril Abiteboul has played down the possibility that Sebastian Vettel might join Renault from 2021.

The team boss admits that Renault may lose Daniel Ricciardo at the end of this year.

"He should only be retained on a good basis - a shared basis," Abiteboul told Canal Plus.

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