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FORMULA 1 LAUNCHES #WERACEASONE #BlackLivesMatter

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As Formula 1 returns after a four-month break, we believe we must return with added purpose and determination to tackle the major issues that we as a sport, but also society, are facing. Those issues are important to the longer-term future of our sport, but equally have a major impact on the communities we race in and countries around the world.

Last November we launched our sustainability strategy to make our sport net zero carbon by 2030, improve diversity and inclusion in Formula 1 and to support communities. Recent events have reinforced the importance of those issues and the need for us take action to make our sport better, improve opportunity and to have a positive impact on the world we live in.

In recent months, the whole world has come together as one collective community in the fight against COVID-19 and it has brought out the best in human nature. In recent weeks people from all walks of life have united in their condemnation of racism and inequality, something that has no place in our modern world. We believe that as the first international sport to return we can make a difference and use our voice to address these vital issues.  As a member of the global FIA motor sport family, we acknowledge its Fundamental Principles Statutes, including the fight against any form of discrimination.

That is why today, ahead of our season start, Formula 1 announces our new #WeRaceAsOne initiative, in support of the #PurposeDriven Movement launched by the FIA last week. This initiative will be the platform for the priorities set out above and is aimed at tackling the biggest issues facing our sport and global communities. It will not be a one week or one-year theme that disappears as issues disappear from headlines, it will underpin the Formula 1 strategy to make a tangible difference in our sport and society.

Recognising the two major issues dominating society’s consciousness at this time, COVID-19, and inequality we will use our opening race to thank people around the world for the incredible strength and fortitude they have shown against a global pandemic. Everyone from key workers through to families and individuals that have endured lockdown to tackle the virus deserve our thanks and gratitude. Equally we want to use our restart to show that we as a sporting community stand united against racism and are doing more to address inequality and diversity in Formula 1.  

Therefore, ahead of our first race in Austria on 3-5 July and with the support of the teams and our partners Formula 1 will be saying thank you to key workers and individuals around the world by displaying rainbows on the Formula 1 cars and around the race circuit with the hashtag #WeRaceAsOne.  The rainbow has been chosen as it has become a symbol used internationally in the recent crisis to bring communities together. We believe this important gesture will encourage our fans to join us in saying thank you. The rainbow initiative will continue throughout the season.

During the race weekend in Austria we will take a stand against racism. This will include visual displays of support in the fight against racism. In addition to the visual display of support we will also announce later this week clear pledges to increase diversity and opportunity in our sport. This will include setting up a Formula 1 Task Force that will listen to people from across the paddock, including the drivers, as well as externals and make conclusions on the actions required to improve the diversity and opportunity in Formula 1 at all levels.  Further details of the Task Force will be set out in the coming weeks and the visual displays of support at the first race will be seen for the first time during the race weekend.

Chase Carey, Chairman and CEO of Formula 1, said:

“Our first race in Austria at the start of July is a big moment for our sport after nearly four months of no racing. While it is an important moment for the Formula 1 community it is also a time to recognise the issues that are bigger than any one sport or country. The #WeRaceAsOne initiative we have launched today, in support of the #PurposeDriven Movement launched by the FIA last week, is our way of saying thank you to the bravery and unity everyone around the world has shown during this unprecedented time. It will also be a platform for Formula 1 to come together and achieve results against the most important issues facing us as a sport and the world. That is why at our first race in Austria Formula 1 will stand united to say loud and clear that racism must end. We will show our full support in fighting inequality throughout the weekend and accelerate our own efforts to make Formula 1 more diverse and inclusive. As a global sport we must represent the diversity and social concerns of our fans, but we also need to listen more and understand what needs to be done and get on with delivering.”

Jean Todt, President of the FIA, said:

The “New Deal” I propose for motor sport in the context of COVID-19 pandemic means laying the foundations for the recovery and a sustainable future for Formula 1 and other disciplines. It includes new rules to reduce costs as well as initiatives to increase the popularity and accessibility of motor sport. Importantly, it shall also harness the positive contribution motor sport brings to society, covering all sectors from health, safety, economy, environment, education, inclusion and diversity. This is the intention of the #PurposeDriven Movement we launched last Thursday, and I am very pleased to welcome the #WeRaceAsOne initiative as part of this collective effort. With Formula 1, we have already been committed for many years to helping to protect the environment with, for example, hybrid engines and the signing of the United Nations Sports for Climate Action Framework. The FIA is guided by the Fundamental Principles of its Statutes, including the fight against any form of discrimination and notably on account of skin colour, gender, religion, ethnic or social origin. We must promote diversity in motor sport.”

FORMULA 1 ISSUES UPDATE ON PLANS FOR THE 2020 SEASON CALENDAR

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Formula 1 has issued an update regarding the calendar for the 2020 FIA Formula One World Championship. The FIA fully supports the ongoing efforts to ensure that the highest level of motor sport returns around the world in a sustainable and safe way for all.

The full statement from Formula 1 is as follows:

Formula 1 issues update on plans for the 2020 season calendar

Following the announcement earlier this month confirming the opening eight races of the Formula 1 calendar, Formula 1 is working with all partners to finalise the remaining calendar for the season. We are confident in our plans to have between 15-18 races by the time our season concludes in Abu Dhabi in mid-December and expect to publish the finalised calendar before we start our season in Austria.

As part of the discussions to finalise our calendar we have maintained close dialogues with our promoters and authorities and continue to monitor the specific and varying COVID-19 developments in each country.  At all times we will ensure the safety of the Formula 1 community and the communities we visit is the number one priority.

As a result of the ongoing challenges presented by COVID-19, we and our promoters in Azerbaijan, Singapore and Japan have taken the decision to cancel their races for the 2020 season. These decisions have been taken due to the different challenges our promoters face in those countries. In Singapore and Azerbaijan the long lead times required to construct street circuits made hosting the events during a period of uncertainty impossible and in Japan, ongoing travel restrictions also led to the decision not to proceed with the race.

At the same time we have made significant progress with existing and new promoters on the revised calendar and have been particularly encouraged by the interest that has been shown by new venues in hosting a Formula 1 race during the 2020 season.

We appreciate this is still a time of uncertainty and complexity around the world and will continue to ensure we proceed with the 2020 season in a cautious and flexible way. We have detailed and robust safety plans in place to ensure we begin our season in the safest possible way.

FIA CONCLUDES ANALYSIS OF SCUDERIA FERRARI FORMULA 1 POWER UNIT

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The FIA announces that, after thorough technical investigations, it has concluded its analysis of the operation of the Scuderia Ferrari Formula 1 Power Unit and reached a settlement with the team. The specifics of the agreement will remain between the parties.

The FIA and Scuderia Ferrari have agreed to a number of technical commitments that will improve the monitoring of all Formula 1 Power Units for forthcoming championship seasons as well as assist the FIA in other regulatory duties in Formula 1 and in its research activities on carbon emissions and sustainable fuel

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70 YEARS OF INNOVATION: HOW F1 CAME TO TOGETHER FOR PROJECT PITLANE

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With contributions from all 10 team principals, drivers, FIA President Jean Todt, Chase Carey and Ross Brawn, the special video above takes us behind the scenes of Project Pitlane, reflecting on the here and now, as well as looking back on the past seven decades of F1 – and ahead to the positive future for the sport.

#F1 – 70 YEARS OF AN INCREDIBLE STORY

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This year we celebrate 70 years of F1. From the very first race in 1950 the FIA has striven to push boundaries, forge passion, and pursue excellence in the sport we love. Today we remember 70 years of incredible history, and look forward to an even brighter future.
Click on link to watch video: 

FIND HERE THE LEGENDARY DRIVERS WHO MADE F1 HISTORY 

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#TBT – Formula One: Rubens Barrichello info & stats

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NameRubens Barrichello
Country Brazil
Place of BirthSão Paulo
Date of BirthMay 23rd 1972 – 47 years old
First RaceMar 14th 1993 South African Grand Prix
Last RaceNov 27th 2011 Brazilian Grand Prix
First PoleAug 28th 1994 Belgian Grand Prix
Last PoleOct 18th 2009 Brazilian Grand Prix
First WinJul 30th 2000 German Grand Prix
Last WinSep 13th 2009 Italian Grand Prix
First PodiumApr 17th 1994 Pacific Grand Prix
Last PodiumSep 13th 2009 Italian Grand Prix

Rubens Barrichello stats

Races326
Race Starts322
Drivers’ Titles0
Victories11
Poles14
Podiums68
Points658
Fastest Laps17
Laps16642

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Rubens Barrichello F1 Championship Results

1993199419951996199719981999200020012002
18th6th11th8th13th12th7th4th3rd2nd
200320042005200620072008200920102011
4th2nd8th7th20th14th3rd10th17th

Rubens Barrichello F1 Championships Summary

YEARTEAMENGINERACES1ST2ND3RDPODIUMSPOLESLAPSFASTESTAVG PTSPOINTS
2011 WilliamsCosworth1900000103000.214
2010 WilliamsCosworth1900000103002.4747
2009 BrawnMercedes172316197724.5377
2008 HondaHonda180011098700.6111
2007 HondaHonda170000094800.000
2006 HondaHonda180000098201.6730
2005 FerrariFerrari1902240112202.0038
2004 FerrariFerrari18275144110746.33114
2003 FerrariFerrari162158376834.0665
2002 FerrariFerrari1545110382255.1377
2001 FerrariFerrari1705510092803.2956
2000 FerrariFerrari171449193933.6562
1999 StewartFord160033185001.3121
1998 StewartFord150000060900.274
1997 StewartFord170101059100.356
1996 JordanPeugeot160000078400.8814
1995 JordanPeugeot170101082300.6511
1994 JordanHart150011169501.2719
1993 JordanHart160000065000.132

SOURCE: F1-Fansite.com

FIA FORMULA 1 AZERBAIJAN GRAND PRIX 2020 POSTPONED

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Full statement from the FIA Formula 1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix organisers:

Baku City Circuit (BCC) has today taken the decision to postpone the FIA Formula 1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix 2020 due to take place on June 5th – 7th.

The postponement was agreed upon after extensive discussions with Formula 1 as well as the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) and the Government of the Azerbaijan Republic. This comes as a direct result of the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic and has been based entirely on the expert guidance provided to us by the relevant authorities.

In coming to this conclusion, BCC’s primary concern throughout has been the health and well-being of the Azerbaijani people as well as all visiting F1 fans, staff and championship participants.

BCC shares its fans disappointment at not being able to experience the pinnacle of motorsport race through the streets of Baku this June. To that end, we will continue to work closely with Formula 1, the FIA and the Government of the Azerbaijan Republic to monitor the situation with a view to announcing a new race date later in the 2020 season.

All tickets for the FIA Formula 1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix 2020 will continue to be valid, without any additional formality. As soon as the new date of the Grand Prix is confirmed, all spectators will be informed accordingly about the available options, both for those who have purchased their tickets through the Baku City Circuit’s website (www.bakucitycircuit.com) and through other channels.

The thoughts of everyone at Baku City Circuit during this challenging and unprecedented situation go out to all those directly and indirectly affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

We wish to thank all our supporters, customers and partners for your understanding and look forward to welcoming you back to Baku later in the year for more unpredictable, thrilling racing action at the Home of the Street Fighters.

In the meantime, we ask you to stay safe and stay at home if you can.Attachments area

Formula 1 has announced a new long-term Global Sponsorship deal with Saudi Aramco Aramco

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Formula 1 has today announced a new long-term Global Sponsorship deal with Saudi Aramco, the world’s leading integrated energy and chemicals company. 11.03.2020. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 1, Australian 0rand Prix, Albert Park, Melbourne, Australia, Preparation Day. - www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Batchelor / XPB Images
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Aramco will become Formula 1’s sixth Global Partner alongside DHL, Emirates, Heineken, Pirelli and Rolex.

Aramco selected Formula 1 as its first global sponsorship platform in recognition of the sport’s dynamic appeal and growing global fan base. Formula 1’s international platform will connect Aramco to an engaged audience of 500 million fans and allow it to better communicate its success stories to the world.

Formula 1 and Aramco will combine their considerable shared expertise to identify opportunities for the advancement of sustainable fuels, enhanced engine efficiencies and emerging mobility technology.

Following the announcement of Formula 1’s sustainability plans in November 2019, this partnership has the potential to further develop and accelerate its plans towards a power unit fueled by advanced sustainable fuels.

The deal will include trackside branding for Aramco at most races, title rights to the US, Spanish and Hungarian Grands Prix in 2020, broadcast integration and exposure through our digital platforms to showcase Aramco’s position as an innovator in transport technology.

Chase Carey, Chairman, and CEO of Formula 1, said:
“We are delighted to welcome Aramco to the Formula 1 family as a long-term Global Partner as we start our 2020 season. We are looking forward to sharing our combined expertise and working with Aramco on technological innovation and we will benefit hugely from its capabilities and expertise in the fuel and energy sector.”

Aramco President and CEO Amin H. Nasser said:
“We are excited to partner with Formula 1, a strong global sports brand with millions of fans around the world. As the world’s largest energy supplier and an innovation leader, we have the ambition to find game-changing solutions for better-performing engines and cleaner energy. Partnerships like these are important to help us to deliver on our ambitions.”

Sérgio Sette Câmara returns to the Red Bull

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Sérgio shares this role, which encompasses duties for sister teams Aston Martin Red Bull Racing and Scuderia AlphaTauri, with long standing Reserve Driver Sébastian Buemi.

Sérgio’s role will see him travel to races with both teams throughout the 2020 F1 season as well as assisting Red Bull’s existing Test & Reserve Driver, Sébastien Buemi, with simulator work. Sérgio will also be on hand to support the ever increasing Running Show Car programme throughout the year.

The 21 year old Brazilian secured the necessary points to obtain an F1 super license after finishing fourth in last year’s FIA Formula 2 Championship, and now looks forward to starting his new Red Bull role at the Australian Grand Prix.

Sérgio Sette Câmara “I am extremely happy to join the Red Bull family as Official Test & Reserve driver for the 2020 Formula One season alongside Sébastian. I’ve been watching F1 since I was five years old and I’m humbled to have been given this opportunity to work with Scuderia AlphaTauri and Aston Martin Red Bull Racing.”

FIA STATEMENT FOLLOWING COMMUNICATION FROM SEVEN FORMULA 1 TEAMS

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FIA Statement:

The FIA has conducted detailed technical analysis on the Scuderia Ferrari Power Unit as it is entitled to do for any competitor in the FIA Formula One World Championship.

The extensive and thorough investigations undertaken during the 2019 season raised suspicions that the Scuderia Ferrari PU could be considered as not operating within the limits of the FIA regulations at all times. The Scuderia Ferrari firmly opposed the suspicions and reiterated that its PU always operated in compliance with the regulations.The FIA was not fully satisfied but decided that further action would not necessarily result in a conclusive case due to the complexity of the matter and the material impossibility to provide the unequivocal evidence of a breach.

To avoid the negative consequences that a long litigation would entail especially in light of the uncertainty of the outcome of such litigations and in the best interest of the Championship and of its stakeholders, the FIA, in compliance with Article 4 (ii) of its Judicial and Disciplinary Rules (JDR), decided to enter into an effective and dissuasive settlement agreement with Ferrari to terminate the proceedings.

This type of agreement is a legal tool recognised as an essential component of any disciplinary system and is used by many public authorities and other sport federations in the handling of disputes.

The confidentiality of the terms of the settlement agreement is provided for by Article 4 (vi) of the JDR.

The FIA will take all necessary action to protect the sport and its role and reputation as regulator of the FIA Formula One World Championship.

CORONAVIRUS: THE FIA IS CLOSELY MONITORING THE EVOLVING SITUATION

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Following the coronavirus epidemic that broke out at the beginning of the year and, to date, has mainly affected China, the FIA is closely monitoring the evolving situation with relevant authorities and its Member Clubs, under the direction of FIA Medical Commission President, Professor Gérard Saillant. The FIA will evaluate the calendar of its forthcoming races and, if necessary, take any action required to help protect the global motor sport community and the wider public. 

You can find the Statement about the postponement of the 2020 FIA F1 Chinese Grand Prix here 

You can find the Statment about the Sanya E-Prix here

FIA AND PIRELLI ANNOUNCE 2020 F1 TYRE SPECIFICATION

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Having analysed all the results and team assessments from the recent test in Abu Dhabi, a vote for the specification of the tyres for the 2020 Season was carried out according to Article 12.6.1 of the technical regulations. The vote resulted in a unanimous decision to keep the 2019 specification tyres for the 2020 season by the Formula 1 teams.

Together Pirelli, the FIA and the F1 teams have taken into account several different factors in reaching this decision:

  • The teams will no longer have to modify the designs of their 2020 cars, which would otherwise have been necessary to accommodate the different profile of the 2020 tyre construction.
  • This will now allow the teams to continue the development of their 2020 cars – which are already at an advanced stage – uninterrupted.
  • The use of the 2019 tyres also guarantees the teams stability, with the advantage of using a well-known product during the final season of the current regulations.

The new solutions for the 2020 construction tyres tested last week in Abu Dhabi, which Pirelli will continue to develop further for the 18-inch era from 2021, allow lower tyre pressures than those used at the moment to be run. As a result, they are able to compensate for the increased performance expected from the next generation of cars.

These new solutions seen on the 18-inch tyres that will be used from 2021 onwards, with the first on-track tests in this size have already shown positive results.

The development test campaign with 18-inch tyres for 2021 onwards will continue throughout 2020, beginning in February with Ferrari at Jerez in Spain.

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F1 – BOTTAS SETS QUICKEST TIME OF FIRST TEST AS MERCEDES FINISH ONE-TWO

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Driving in the morning session Bottas bolted on a set of C5 compound tyres – the softest in Pirelli’s range – and quickly rose to the top of the order with a lap that once Hamilton had tried and failed to match on the same compound in the afternoon remained the benchmark for the rest of the day.

Hamilton’s run on the tyre was scruffy and the six-time champion ended the day in P2, 0.784s off his teammate’s benchmark.

Third place in the session went to Renault’s Esteban Ocon, with the Frenchman setting a time of 1:17.102 to finish a little over two tenths of a second ahead of Racing Point’s Lance Stroll, with AlphaTauri’s Daniil Kvyat a further tenth back in fourth. 

Ocon posted a total of 76 laps to give Renault a solid morning total and team-mate Daniel Ricciardo added another 93 laps in the afternoon to give the French squad its largest single-day total of the week. It wasn’t all plain sailing for Renault, however, and Ricciardo brought out the red flags midway through the afternoon when he stopped on track on the run to Turn 9. The team was able to get the Australian back out for the final hour of running, however, and finished the day in P7.

Ricciardo’s stoppage was the fourth of the day. Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel brought out the red flags midway through the morning session due to a suspected power unit issue, though the four-time did manage to return to the action and posted 100 laps on his way to P13. 

Williams’ Nicholas Latifi was the next to cause a halt, the Canadian also suffering an engine problem in the morning. The team fitted a new power unit for the afternoon, and he managed to complete 72 laps as he took P15 on the timesheet, seven tenths of a second clear of the day’s final red-flagged driver, Kevin Magnussen. The Haas driver crashed at Turn 8 early in the afternoon session and with significant damage caused to his car, he was unable to run again. 

Alfa Romeo’s Antonio Giovinazzi posted the days largest single-driver lap count with 152 laps, and the Italian’s best time of 1:17.469 was good enough to secure sixth place ahead of Ricciardo. 

Red Bull Racing made the decision to split driving duties on the final day of test one and Max Verstappen put 86 laps on the board on his way to eighth place as the team conducted race simulations. Team-mate Alex Albon took over in the afternoon and though he was unable to complete a race sim due to red flags the Thai driver added another 83 laps to Red Bull’s total as he claimed P10. 

The Red Bulls were split by second AlphaTauri of Pierre Gasly, while Carlos Sainz finished 11thfor McLaren ahead of Haas’ Romain Grosjean and Lando Norris who drove for McLaren in the afternoon. 

2020 Formula 1 Pre-Season Test 1, Day 3
1 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:15.732 65
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:16.516 73
3 Esteban Ocon Renault 1:17.102 76
4 Lance Stroll Racing Point 1:17.338 116
5 Daniil Kvyat AlphaTauri 1:17.427 62
6 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo 1:17.469 152
7 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1:17.574 93
8 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:17.636 86
9 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri 1:17.783 59
10 Alexander Albon Red Bull 1:18.154 83
11 Carlos Sainz McLaren 1:18.274 76
12 Romain Grosjean Haas 1:18.380 48
13 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:18.384 100
14 Lando Norris McLaren 1:18.454 49
15 Nicholas Latifi Williams 1:19.004 72
16 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1:19.708 4
 

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