2019 F1 News Thread

Discussion in 'Open Wheel Racing' started by Hotrod, Jan 31, 2019.

  1. donthaveanickname

    donthaveanickname Team Owner

    Little update on the 2020 schedule regarding what I posted in #34 and #35.
    Ticket registration for the Dutch GP started two weeks ago. 500,000 (!!!!) people applied for tickets during the first week, but there are only 200,000 available.

    Meanwhile, either Mexico or Spain is going to remain on the schedule for 2020. The organizers of the Spanish GP have asked the Catalan government to keep financially supporting the GP. Otherwise Spain will lose it's date in 2020.
    Mexico's chances to remain seem better at the moment since their race is sold out every year.

    Shamefully, the race next month could be the final German GP for quite a while, if not forever.
    We are the homeland of the automobile, and the industry seems to have no interest to keep the GP.
    During a press conference at Montreal, Toto Wolff confirmed that it is "not looking good" for Hockenheim.
    Hockenheim's CEO, Georg Seiler, said earlier this year that losing the F2(!) race this year was a bummer for them because they thought some people would attend because of Mick Schumacher.
    I'm too young to remember the races at the old Hockenheim track, but just watching this gives me goose bumps. The reconfiguration was the worst thing they could've done.


    Silverstone also doesn't have a contract for 2020 yet, but they are not going to drop the birthplace of F1 off the schedule.

    https://www.sport.de/news/ne3669135/formel-1-wolff-plaudert-aus-2020-kein-grand-prix-in-hockenheim/
     
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  2. FLRacingFan

    FLRacingFan Team Owner

    I can't understand how no one can make Hockenheim or Nurburgring work. Just a shame.

    At least we have...Vietnam?
     
  3. Kiante

    Kiante Team Owner

    Pato gets called up for MP Motorsports in F2 as he replaces a suspended Maheever Ragunathan. (He should get his licence stripped):
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  4. FLRacingFan

    FLRacingFan Team Owner

    Pato O'Word
     
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  5. FLRacingFan

    FLRacingFan Team Owner

  6. Kiante

    Kiante Team Owner

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  7. donthaveanickname

    donthaveanickname Team Owner

    Pato just finished his début race in F2, 20th out of 20 drivers, one lap down.
    Tire Management was huge, though, so I would blame it on his lack of experience with those cars.
     
  8. FLRacingFan

    FLRacingFan Team Owner

    Awful news.

     
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  9. Kiante

    Kiante Team Owner

    Oh lord, Comcast is just going to exploit the fans with "NBC Gold" with all the practices and qualifying on NBC Gold. I would love to see the US get our own commentators, but I'd be damned if NBC gets this deal. Pay-walls for Motocross and IndyCar, not to mention F1. I'm loving ESPN and shout out to Mother's for giving us commercial free racing.

    NBC is going to try to **** all this up and have a stronghold in the motorsports area...
     
  10. FLRacingFan

    FLRacingFan Team Owner

    Yep, get ready to pay $60 to watch qualifying and F2 races, all while going back to commercial-inundated coverage with commentary from three howler monkeys.
     
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  11. Kiante

    Kiante Team Owner

    I like and miss thier commentary though, better than listening to Crofty.
     
  12. gnomesayin

    gnomesayin Team Owner

    I enjoyed the NBC bunch until being exposed to Sky's coverage, which to my eyes and ears is plainly superior. This is a conundrum, because I don't think ESPN truly values the F1 rights at all. They picked them up for free and outsourced nearly everything. Meanwhile, NBC Sports actually does care and were clearly upset at losing them. Yet at present I don't believe it is possible for American-made F1 broadcasts to be as well connected as the primary international coverage.

    If Liberty is serious about expansion and focus in the U.S. and North America, American-centric coverage would be more useful again.
     
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  13. donthaveanickname

    donthaveanickname Team Owner

    Back when Schumacher raced, a lot of people took the GP weekend off for a family holiday at the track.
    Now, the cars are less spectactular, Hockenheim was ruined with the reconfiguration and the ticket prices are horrendous (€250 and more if you actually want to see something).
    I can understand nobody wants to go, I wouldn't waste my money on an F1 race either
    In Vietnam and Azerbaijan there are governments willing to pay for an F1 race
    Vettel never reached the level of popularity Schumacher had.
    I am too young to remember his championship runs, but I was told that there were two kart centers in my home town (which has roughly a population of 20,000) in the late 90's and early 2000's .
    Schumacher is a national hero here in Germany, not many sports personlities who are not soccer players achieved that status. Others that come to my mind are Boris Becker, Steffi Graf, Max Schmeling, Bernd Rosemeyer, Sven Hannawald and maybe also Dirk Nowitzki but not any more.
    Right now, media are attemping to hype Mick, but I don't think there will ever be such a hype for him, even if he wins championships
    As far as Verstappen goes, the Dutch are a special kind of people. If Michael van der Mark was running up front in MotoGP they would be tearing up the grandstands there as well.
    The Polish are the same when it comes to Ski Jumping and Speedway.
     
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  14. DUN24

    DUN24 Skeptical of the Spectacle

    Lmfaoooooo pure comedy



     
  15. Kiante

    Kiante Team Owner

    Throw shade and blame back at Haas because they realized they were over their heads getting into F1 as a primary sponsor.

    FOH.
     
  16. Kiante

    Kiante Team Owner

    Also, not to mention the big court case they lost. I bet the owner is extremely salty about it as well, think of the money that has to be spent to repackage all of your product. This whole issue is so unprofessional as well, going to twitter to meltdown? I would not be surprised to see BRE shutdown in the near future.
     
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  17. Marcingak

    Marcingak Team Owner

    At least this gets them some exposure. All this time I though Rich Energy was some kind of a solar power company but now I know they make energy drinks lol.
     
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  18. DUN24

    DUN24 Skeptical of the Spectacle

  19. Marcingak

    Marcingak Team Owner

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