Reporters – 17/05/2020

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As Formula One looks to resume in July one of the biggest issues could be the fourteen-day quarantine for people coming into the UK. What could these measures to stop the spread of the Coronavirus mean for F1 throughout the season?

F1 discussing implications of quarantine measures in the UK

Formula One says it is in discussion with the British government about the possible implications of quarantine on those arriving from overseas, and which is set to be imposed in the coming weeks.

Until yesterday the UK had not imposed travel restrictions since the start of the Coronavirus crisis. However, last week it emerged that a 14-day quarantine, involving self-isolation at a specific address given on arrival, could be introduced in late May or early June.

In a statement on TV last night the prime minister Boris Johnson confirmed that quarantine was coming “soon”, although he gave no further details. If it continues into July such a measure could, in theory, have an impact on F1’s plans to restart the 2020 World Championship.

The documents says “all international arrivals not on a shortlist of exemptions to self-isolate in their accommodation for fourteen days on arrival into the UK.” That list of exemptions is still to be understood, and it’s believed that Liberty is in discussions with the government on this, before clarity later in the week.

Currently, the sport is planning two races in Austria on weekends of 03 – 05 and 10 – 12 July, followed by two races at Silverstone probably on 24 – 26 July and 31 July – 02 August. Both races are planned to be closed doors events.

An F1 spokesman told Motorsport.com: “We will wait to see the details and are in discussion with government regarding our plans to restart racing safely.”

F1’s strategy for a resumption is based around strict COVID-19 testing of all personnel, and it’s understood that the hope is that those able to present negative test results will be exempted by the UK authorities, thus allowing them to enter or re-enter the country without quarantine.

 

Formula One turned seventy this week, Silverstone held the first race but what was it like…

The first Grand Prix seventy years on

Today marks seventy years since the first Formula One championship race was held at Silverstone. The opening race of the 1950 season was very different from the race we now know.

Organisers soon realised the importance of the race and the BRDC knew they had to step up a gear, and the necessity of getting it right on the day was rendered more urgent when King George VI and Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother accepted an invitation to attend, and the event became “Royal Silverstone.”

That prompted the first major upgrade of the circuit, the creation of Stowe, Club, Abbey, Becketts and Copse, still familiar today, was already established. Remember that just five years earlier this was an airfield and Britain was fighting a war.

Speaking about that race, Murray Walker said “I was just there as a punter. I suspect I paid in those days! I remember first of all the euphoria of just having a Grand Prix, and secondly the even greater euphoria of having some foreign cars and superstars there, like Ascari and Villoresi.

At 3 pm the race got underway Farina held the lead the way until the pit stop. While Fangio led for a lap but made a mistake at Stowe when Farina got back in front, until the pit stop. Farina’s stop allowed Fangio back into the lead until he hit a straw bale at Stowe.

Farina retook the lead and led sixty-three of the seventy lap race while Reg Parnell survived a clash with a hare that dented his radiator grille, and finished a distant third. Giraud-Cabantous and Rosier were a couple of laps down in their Lago-Talbots and thus took the final points.

 

The 2021 market came into full force when Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari announced they would be splitting at the end of the year. It was a boyhood dream for the German, but how did that dream turn into a nightmare?

The dream which became a nightmare

Sebastian Vettel joined Ferrari from Red Bull with the dream of following his childhood hero Michael Schumacher by winning the title with the. what has now caused that dream to come to an end, remains unclear.

Vettel has been Ferrari’s lead driver in 2015 after Fernando Alonso negotiated an exit from the team at the end of 2014 having lost faith, they could ever provide the circumstances in which he would win the world title.

2016 is where Vettel’s reputation began to fall apart, the Ferrari was uncompetitive and while Hamilton struggled against Nico Rosberg Vettel was nowhere to be seen.

The second half of that season it was clear Vettel was frustrated, his driving became scrappy. In the second half of the season, he started to make mistakes, trying to force the car to do things it didn’t want to do, drive it in the way he wanted to drive it.

Things came to ahead in Mexico when he repeatedly swore at race director Charlie Whiting over the radio during the race because he was unhappy at Red Bull’s Max Verstappen not being penalised for what Vettel perceived as a driving infringement.

Vettel was in contention for the title in 2017 and 2018 with Ferrari had the faster car than Mercedes, however, a series of mistakes by himself and the team began to develop leading to a breakdown in trust.

2017 was defined by two incidents when Vettel was the closest, he had been to beating Hamilton. The ‘Baku break test’ when Vettel accused Hamilton of deliberately slowing caused him to drive into the back of him.

The famous three-car crash in Singapore when he got caught between Raikkonen and Verstappen, which saw all three retire. the two subsequent races in Malaysia and Japan. Meanwhile, Hamilton was on a run of five wins in six races, and Vettel was left behind.

A small mistake at Hockenheim the following season when he slid off the road and into the barrier in the Stadium section, handing victory and the championship lead to his rival. The errors soon mounted up, Monza, Suzuka, Mexico, all cost him.

It was almost as if he was a rookie not for a novice to make so many with such regularity; let alone a four-time world champion, a driver of such quality. Things appeared to shift in 2018-19 when young teammate Charles Leclerc joined Vettel.

The Monegasque was immediately a threat to Vettel, who started 2019 as the designated number one, and Leclerc ended the season having out-scored his senior team-mate on every metric – wins, poles, points and average qualifying pace.

As Leclerc began to get more confident mid-season he regularly beat Vettel, causing the German’s mistakes to return. Ramming into the back of Verstappen in the British Grand Prix. He spun on his own early in the Italian Grand Prix and crashed into Lance Stroll’s Racing Point as he clumsily tried to re-join the race.

That simmering tension between Leclerc and Vettel culminated in Brazil when the two crashed into each other. When the season does get underway, Vettel will face a new reality knowing he is the team’s number two driver.

 

Michael Schumacher is the greatest driver in history books according to the statics. This week he got a new honour…

Schumacher most influential person

A poll by Formula One has named seven-times world champion Michael Schumacher has been named the most influential person in Formula One history after a vote by fans. The result was announced on Wednesday which marked the 70th anniversary of the first Grand Prix.

The German has not been seen in public since he suffered serious head injuries in a ski accident in 2013, beat F1 chairman emeritus Bernie Ecclestone with 61% of the vote in a head-to-head final.

The German holds the record for titles and race wins at ninety, although six-time champion Lewis Hamilton is threatening to take both with eighty four at present.

The thirty two were named shortlist, divided into four categories of drivers, team bosses, technical innovators and game changers. Formula One said thousands of fans had participated but did not give details.

 

That’s all from Reporters this week, goodbye

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