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F1 racing, Abu Dhabi GP: Verstappen downgrades F1 – 2020

Having the advantage of winning a pole on Saturday, not having a big challenge during the race, Max Verstappen and Red Bull closed the season by winning in Abu Dhabi 2020.

But the big titles of the year belonged to Mercedes, and Of course the remaining two positions on the podium belong to them, with Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton.

Late Sunday afternoon at Yas Marina Circuit, where the final race of the 2020 season takes place, full of volatility due to global pandemic. It was also Magnussen’s final Formula 1 race for his team.

Vettel and Sainz are the last leg of the current race, before moving to a new team. As Perez, the last race for Racing Point, then the future is unknown, or as Grosjean – the injured racer – does not have the good farewell Haas. But with Magnussen and Haas, today’s race is their own mark with the team, the 100th race of the American team in F1.

Compared to the ranking results on Saturday, there were 3 punishments issued. Leclerc was fined 3 places to 12, caused by the collision at Sakhir GP last week. Perez and Magnussen will start at the end of the race, after replacing engine components in excess of the specified number.

The temperature at Yas Marina before the race was 23ºC, the road surface temperature was about 28ºC. During the race, when it got late at night, the temperature dropped even lower. So the ability to maintain a good tire performance will create the opportunity to attack and overtake the opponent.

There are 5 riders that will start on Medium tires: Vertappen, Bottas, Hamilton, Sainz and Leclerc. With soft tires (Soft) also has 5 riders Norris, Albon, Stroll and duo Apha Tauri. The rest of the drivers have the option of tire at the start of the race. Pirelli predicts, if one stop will be 18 rounds of Medium and 37 rounds of hard tires (Hard), or Soft tires 14 rounds, then 41 rounds of Hard. If you choose 2pit-stop, the strategy would be 12 Soft, 31 Hard and 12 Soft to finish 55 laps.

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F1 racing, Abu Dhabi GP: The end of the emotional journey 2020 (Part 2)

The tournament came to an end, along with the battle for the third place of the Racing Point, McLauren and Renault teams.

Perez’s victory at Sakhir GP together with Stroll in third place brought Racing Point back to top 3. Racing Point currently has 194 points, leading McLauren and Renault 10 and 22 points, respectively.

In addition, Valtteri Bottas also need to be careful because his runner-up position can still be taken away by Max Verstappen if the end result is favorable for Red Bull’s racer.

Abu Dhabi is the ultimate race for some riders. Kevin Magnussen will move on to ISMA racing alongside Chip Ganassi Racing next year. Perez and Albon both currently do not know where to go for next season. Sebastian Vettel will have the final race for Ferrari before replacing Perez next season, while there is no information on Albon’s future.

Will Red Bull stick with Albon or replace it with Perez? It seems Sunday’s race will partially clear this up. Grosjean will miss the season / career finish, meaning Pietro Fittipaldi will take his place.

Mick Schumacher will make his debut after a misty appointment at the Nürburgring racetrack. The F2 champion will join Nikita Mazepin for the Haas team next year. So Friday’s probation brings him valuable experiences for the coming year.

Hamilton’s health is now better, but he still needs to have passed tests to be able to move and at least before the grading session to be able to race to the end of this season. Russell’s performance was so impressive that if Hamilton could not attend the race, the second chance would come to Russell.

Hamilton has up to five victories at the Abu Dhabi GP, but his attendance is still unknown. The third-place battle of the teams is still very intense, so the race is still worth the wait.

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F1 racing, Abu Dhabi GP: The end of the emotional journey 2020

 After more than 5 months of competition, the special F1 2020 season will finally come to an end this weekend under the night lights at Yas Marina racecourse, Abu Dhabi.

From the mountainous regions of Austria in early July to the desert area in Abu Dhabi in December, the F1 organizers have worked hard to organize 17 races across 12 different countries.

They bring excitement to millions of fans in this unprecedented year, along with jobs for insiders, FIAs, racing teams, caster and race staff. And only one final race will end this season in F1 history.

The Abu Dhabi GP first appeared on the F1 schedule in 2009, being the first to take place in the day and night transition (starting at dusk). The tournament was held at Yas Marina Circuit, one of architect Hermann Tilke’s most recent designs.

The racetrack is located on the island of Yas, only 30 minutes from the capital Abu Dhabi, UAE. Officially inaugurated with two-day test of GP2 Asia in October 2009, the first official race of the Abu Dhabi GP 2009 was held on November 1, 2009.

The track has five sections – the main stand, the West stand, the North stand, the South stand, the Marina – with 41,093 seats. Developed on a marina, the complex also includes an amusement park, water park and residential area, hotels and beaches.

The Yas Marina Circuit has a lap length of 5,554 km with all 21 corners with the longest straight stretch of 1.14 km between the 7th and 8th corners. Drivers will have to complete 55 laps for the total length. is 305,355 km.

FIA designs two DRS zones on this racetrack, area 1 is between the seventh and eighth corner, respectively, with the predetermined point of turn 7, and area 2 is right after the next chicane, the mid-section of crab 10. and 11 with the score after the 9. The fastest lap record held by Lewis Hamilton with the performance in the main race in 2019 is 1 minute 39,283 seconds.

Tire selection for Abu Dhabi GP is the same as last year with C3 for Hard tires, C4 for Medium tires, C5 for Soft tires. The teams are all too familiar with Yas Marina, which will help them achieve maximum performance in this last race.

Teams will be provided with only prototype C4 tires for the year 2021 for testing at least 8 laps and for use in FP2 only. There is also a post-season test that took place on Tuesday after the Abu Dhabi GP.

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F1 racing, Bahrain GP: Battle over the desert of the Middle East

The 2004 track was different from the 2005 version so far Michael Schumacher’s fastest lap set in 2004 (1 min 30,252 seconds) was not the fastest lap record of the current structure.

The tire selection for the two Bahrain races is the same with C2 for Hard tires, C3 for Medium tires and C4 for Soft tires. Most racing teams have a 2-time pit strategy in Bahrain 2019 and they focus on using C2 and C3 tires when they feel that C1 is too stiff.

In Bahrain GP, ​​each team will be provided with 2 sets of C3 2021 design tires (per vehicle) for testing on Friday with the usual allocation of 2-3-8 tires each for the whole journey. Similar to the season ending in Abu Dhabi, teams will have the opportunity to test their C4 tire for 2021 on the second test run.

This is the first time the Bahrain GP takes place at the end of the season compared to the usual early stages of the season. However, the temperature at the beginning of the year and the end of the year here are similar, so the old data can still be applied.

However, at any time of the year, the sand from the desert can affect the track and lose the necessary traction. Two of the three test sessions take place in the afternoon weather, while the official qualifying session and race will take place in the afternoon, late evening. So the teams will need to optimize and collect as much data as possible in order to have the best performance.

After the victory in Turkey, Lewis Hamilton has reached the championship title. Before the end of the season, there are even still three remaining races to complete.

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F1 racing, Bahrain GP: Battle over the desert of the Middle East (Part 1)

Over a long year with shocking events through each race, F1 2020 season gradually comes to an end.

From this weekend, the last tripleheader (3 stages in 3 consecutive weeks) will be held, with the first two taking place in Bahrain and the last one in Abu Dhabi. Going to the final game in the desert, what awaits the racers?

Bahrain International Raceway is one of the works of architect Hermann Tilke with a construction cost of up to 150 million USD. The first F1 race was held here in 2004 on the 5,417 km long “Grand Prix Circuit”, marking the first time F1 has visited the Middle East and has made history. Following its success, the Bahrain GP has been held annually since 2004 (except 2011).

2010 is a little different when the test race took place on the 6,299 km long “Endurance Circuit”. The 2011 demonstration in Bahrain caused the tournament to be canceled. Human rights activists have called for the 2012 race to be canceled, but the event goes on as planned.

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the tournament as well as the 900th F1 race in history, the 2014 race was held under a magical desert night, becoming the third race taking place in the evening. Lewis Hamilton is the winner of this particular race. Since then, successive races in Bahrain have been held in the evening.

2020 is the first time Bahrain will hold 2 races in the same season with two different respective structures. “Grand Prix Circuit” is a familiar track used at most F1 events in Bahrain (except 2010).

After a small adjustment in 2005, the track has a lap length of 5,412 km with 15 corners in all. The first corner is named after German legend Michael Schumacher in honor of his achievement. The track’s width is quite large and with some tight corners certainly promises tense position disputes.

As usual, the riders will have to complete 57 laps with a total distance of 308,238 km. Achievement of a fastest lap of 1 minute 31,447 seconds belongs to Pedro de la Rosa (McLaren) established in 2005. And there will be 3 DRS zones for this race with their positions in turn in the straight line crossing the start / finish line (detecting DRS before crab 14), line between detecting DRS before corner 3 and 4 (determining DRS before corner 1), and line between detecting DRS before corner 10 and 11 (detecting DRS before corner 9).

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F1 racing, Turkish GP: Calling champion Hamilton’s name (Part 1)

The 14th race of the 2020 season officially took place at the Istanbul Park racetrack in Turkey.

The Turkish GP race returned after 9 years had to be interrupted after the 2011 season due to financial problems. Vettel was the last winner here in the Red Bull shirt. This return, with fading performance in the present time, a modest position in the top 5 riders is also considered an overwhelming thing for Vettel and Ferrari’s SF1000.

Mercedes has won the team championship for the seventh consecutive time since the 2014 season after the Imola Italia race ended two weeks with a 1-2 win by the duo Hamilton and Bottas. Back in Istanbul, Hamilton’s personal championship for the 2020 season and his seventh time will most likely be decided.

Hamilton’s Bottas teammate at Mercedes is currently ranked 2nd on the rankings. If he fails to get 26 points in the Istanbul race (finish first and win the Fastest lap) then Hamilton will become the champion of this season, a hindering task too difficult for Bottas.

The Imola race was the third time a race was held in Italy and the third time Red Bull’s Verstappen failed to get good results. He has failed to finish the races in Italy this season.

Back in Istanbul, where Red Bull won the 2011 season, they are working on the best results. With the specs in the past, plus those who are still attached to Red Bull like Horner and Newey, the F1 gurus, a positive result for Red Bull and Verstappen is something.

Ricciardo with his impressive form that has consistently been at the top in recent races, the latest being third place in Imola, widened the gap on the rankings with 5th place driver Leclerc to 10 points, Ricciardo is currently ranked 4th on the ranking behind the duo of Mercedes and Verstappen. A positive position on the podium is expected to win, it is impossible not to mention Ricciardo.

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F1 racing, Eifel GP (Germany): Lewis Hamilton, the record conqueror (Part 4)

Hamilton firmly took the lead, not only that, this 52-driver round also set a new track record with 1 minute 28,335 seconds. And the 53rd round again broke the next record with 1 minute 28,257 seconds.

In the 54-55 rounds, Vettel overcame Raikkonen and Magnussen to rank 11, the chance for Ferrari’s rider to end in the group of points, when the opponent ahead is only Giovinazzi and the distance is only is 1.5 seconds. But the German driver still cannot score at the end of the race in 11th place.

At the end of 60 laps without too much volatility, defending champion Hamilton excelled at the Nurburgring to win the German GP 2020 championship. Verstappen finished second with a new record of the track – 1 minute 28,139 seconds. before Ricciardo.

The next riders in the top 10 include: Perez / Racing Point, Sainz / McLaren, Gasly / Alpha Tauri, Leclerc / Ferrari, Hulkenberg / Racing Point, Grosjean / Haas and Giovinazzi of Alfa Romeo.

With this result, 14 years after Michael Schumacher’s final victory in Shanghai, Hamilton has matched the legend of F1 with his 91st career win. Winning brings 230 points on the individual standings, leading the way to the championship season. Bottas (161 points), although empty-handed, still maintains 2nd place, leading Verstappen (144 points – 1 more point due to possession of fastest-lap).

Ricciardo with 78 points, surpassed both Norris (65) and Albon (64) to get to 4th place. The next positions are compared by the riders, Norris, Albon and Leclerc respectively with 63 points. after this race.

Mercedes still holds the first place with 381 points. Red Bull confirmed its position with 211 points, Racing Point (120 points) advanced to 3rd place after both their riders scored this stage.

McLaren (116 points) ranked 4th, and Renault finished in the top 5 with 114 points. There will be a competition for this top position in the next exciting races.

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F1 racing, Eifel GP (Germany): Lewis Hamilton, the record conqueror (Part 3)

After half of the race, Hamilton is still firmly in the first place, and is wide to win, when he is leading Verstappen in the back more than 5 seconds. And the gap with the 3rd class racer Ricciardo is extremely large, reaching nearly 1 minute (57 seconds).

Round 34, taking advantage of the newer tires, Perez competed and overtook each other with Leclerc for 4th place, but it was not until the next round that the Mexican driver could rise ahead.

Although Hamilton complained to his team of engineers that the tires were deteriorating, by the 37th round he extended the gap with the opponent to 8 seconds. It was also the second Leclerc pit-stop time to replace the newer Medium tires, back to the 10th grade track, just above Gasly.

Immediately after that were the performances over the opponents of Leclerc and Gasly to overcome Vettel and Raikkonen to rank 7-8. Vettel driver then lost his place to Hulkenberg, leading to the second pit stop for the German driver, and returned to the 14th class.

In the 44th round, Norris gave up and stopped the car at turn 14, leading to a VSC signal appear, followed by a safety car (SC) round 45. Top riders took advantage of the second pit stop. me. Both Hamilton and Verstappen returned to the track with the highest speed tires, Soft. Although he just stopped changing the tire, Perez still took advantage of SC to get a second pit-stop, and returned to the track to maintain his 4th place.

In the 48th round, the cars were captured, from 6th place like Leclerc to be allowed to pass SC to stick to the top. Predict SC to leave the track in the next lap.

In the 50th round, SC left the track and the race was on again, with the top ranks being Hamilton, Verstappen, Ricciardo, Sainz, Leclerc, Grosjean, Gasly, Hulkenberg and Giovinazzi. Shortly thereafter, Hulkenberg overcame Grosjean with hard tires to rank eighth. Round 51, Leclerc let rival Gasly over and lost 6th place, not only that, this racer was also under pressure. from Hulkenberg in the back.

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F1 racing, Eifel GP (Germany): Lewis Hamilton, the record conqueror (Part 1)

Although only starting 2, Lewis Hamilton’s desire to win was concretized by the 91st victory in his career at the German GP 2020.

Max Verstappen finished second, with Daniel Ricciardo’s podium, after the incident. pole-winning racer Valtteri Bottas give up.

Sunday afternoon at Nurbrgring started with cold weather, the track area temperature was only about 12ºC, the road surface temperature was about 18ºC. With weather like this, the tire strategy will play a very important role in being able to win.

With top riders starting with soft tires, the strategy predicted by Pirelli is about 25 laps, then shifting to medium tires. If the strategy is 2pits, it will be 19 rounds of Soft, 22 rounds of Medium and the last 19 rounds of Soft, or about 18 Soft, then 2 turns – 21 rounds with Medium.

There are no penalties on the starting line, meaning that Saturday’s ranking result is the position of the drivers at the start of the race. Nico Hulkenberg had their third race this season for Racing Point, after replacing Lance Stroll, the racer was not fit enough to attend.

After the warm-up lap, the riders returned to their starting position. When the signal light went off, the crew accelerated toward 1st corner, Bottas let Hamilton attack in the first corner, but the racer reclaimed his spot in the next corner.

During the first rounds, the top ranks gradually create a distance from each other over 1 second. Only the competition for the fourth place of Leclerc and Ricciardo is remarkable. But Ferrari riders still keep their rankings.

Right in round 8, Albon had the first pit-stop to switch to Medium tires, and fell to the end of the race. By the 9th round, Leclerc lost his position and was also under pressure from the rear group of Norris and Perez.

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F1 racing, Belgian GP: The power of Hamilton

Belgian GP witnessed an ambitious, stylish and brave Lewis Hamilton, unmatched by Mercedes.

The Spa race started with a rare sight, the result at Saturday’s qualifying round also where the riders would start in the Sunday afternoon race. There is no reason to change such as penalty, or replacement of engine components. But before the race started, McLaren driver Carlos Sainz was unable to enter the race due to a problem. exhaust system, ending the game before it started.

The weather in the racetrack area, although it is expected to rain, is in fact in ideal conditions before the race takes place. The air temperature is 18ºC and the pavement temperature is about 31.5ºC. 

Before the race, teams spent 1-minute commemorating young driver Anthoine Hubert who died in the race here last season in mode F2.

The first three riders, Hamilton, Bottas and Verstappen, all use Medium tires – the tires they use to set-time in Q2. But Pirelli predicted the opposite, the optimal technical stop strategy is to run soft tires (Soft) for about 18 laps then switch to Medium, or 16 laps then use hard tires (Hard) to complete the game.

Another pit stop strategy is Soft 14 rounds, Medium 16 rounds and Soft at the last stint. If starting Medium, after 20 rounds will stop and switch to Hard. Maintaining optimal tire performance, teams can apply differentiated pit stops for an advantage on the track.

Belgian GP began and Hamilton steadily led the race from the first corner. In the back, Ocon quickly got ahead of Albon, and Ricciardo failed to attack Verstappen.

Meanwhile, Leclerc had a spectacular depart, coming in 8th place, ahead of riders Gasly, Perez, Norris and Kvyat. Ferrari second driver Vettel ranked 13th and is under pressure from Giovinnazzi in the back.

The problem is that Ferrari’s car does not have enough speed in straight lines, so only in round 5, Leclerc was overtaken by Gasly and Perez, dropped to 10th place, the young Italian team driver continued to be overtaken by Norris in the next round.

The lack of maximum speed on the Kemmel straight line did not help Leclerc maintain the advantage, so the eighth round of the Ferrari duo respectively ranked 12-13 disappointed.

At the top of the race, Hamilton firmly took the first place, leading Bottas by nearly 2 seconds and Verstappen by more than 5 seconds. Top 3 are far behind the following group with a distance that is not easy to level. From 4th to 10th place is the stability of the positions of the Renault, Racing Point, McLaren and Alpha Tauri teams, the position fluctuations may have to wait after the first pit stop of the teams.