Welcome one, welcome all, to a thread for discussion of Formula One, past, present and future. (And feel free to discuss other motorsport as well, should you feel like it - any is welcome!) If you're joining us for the first time, please say hi! We don't bite.
Old thread is here: https://forums.penny-arcade.com/discussion/197720/formula-one-motorsport-round-16-russia-in-soviet-russia-v12-drives-you#latest
- - - - -PA Forums F1 Hot Laps
While the F1 season, like everything else, is on hold, we have a PA Forums Hot Lap game/event/thing
going on (credit to @oldmanken
). In the F1 2019 game, in Time Trial mode, we are simply aiming to do the fastest lap we can on whatever the currently selected track is, in whatever the currently selected car is. These may be 2019 cars or classic cars.
Round 1, Australia, 20-25 March: 2019 McLaren
Round 2, Bahrain, 26 March-1 April: 2004 Ferrari
Round 3: China, 1-8 April: 2019 Mercedes
Round 4: Azerbaijan, 8-15 April: 2019 Williams
Round 5: TBD
There are restrictions on which driver aids can be used for your time to count; these are different depending on if you are using a controller or a wheel/pedals setup.
There is a Google doc here with relevant rules and leaderboards: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1wNoRoewUeHxKZSrAj0iYE8ydSzHI6WpB-Zj7Fl5v1aA/edit?usp=sharing
If anyone feels like having a go, we'd love to have you join in! You are also welcome to join in using F1 2018 and F1 2017 if you only have those available, but the relative speed of the cars may make that more challenging!
- - - - -Official Virtual F1
As so many of the early races of the season have been cancelled or postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, F1 are now going to be holding Virtual Grand Prix in lieu of the actual races. These will take place on the same weekends as the cancelled races, and will be held remotely on the F1 2019 game, with all the actual F1 drivers invited to take part; seats are also being filled by esports drivers, ex-F1 drivers and other celebrities/sportspeople. These will be held purely for entertainment purposes and will not count towards the real life season, should it still go ahead.
More information can be found here
, at www.racefans.net (and other fan sites), and of course in this thread itself!
- - - - -Who are the teams and drivers, and where will they be racing?
The 2020 teams and their starting line-up of drivers are:
- Alfa Romeo - Kimi Raikkonen (Finland), Antonio Giovinazzi (Italy)
- AlphaTauri - Pierre Gasly (France), Daniil Kvyat (Russia)
- Ferrari - Sebastian Vettel (Germany), Charles Leclerc (Monaco)
- Haas - Romain Grosjean (France), Kevin Magnussen (Denmark)
- McLaren - Lando Norris (United Kingdom), Carlos Sainz Jr (Spain)
- Mercedes - Lewis Hamilton (United Kingdom), Valtteri Bottas (Finland)
- Racing Point - Sergio Perez (Mexico), Lance Stroll (Canada)
- Red Bull - Alexander Albon (Thailand), Max Verstappen (Netherlands)
- Renault - Daniel Ricciardo (Australia), Esteban Ocon (France)
- Williams - Nicholas Latifi (Canada), George Russell (United Kingdom)
There are few changes from last year. The Toro Rosso Team has changed name to AlphaTauri. Nicholas Latifi is the only rookie driver this year, and Esteban Ocon makes his return to an F1 race seat, replacing Nico Hulkenberg at Renault.
The 2020 World Championship was originally to be comprised of 22 Grand Prix races. Several at the start of the season were cancelled due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The original schedule was:
- Melbourne, Australia - 15 March - cancelled due to coronavirus outbreak
- Sakhir, Bahrain (night race) - 22 March - fans banned from attending and subsequently cancelled due to coronavirus outbreak
- Hanoi, Vietnam (street race) - 5 April - cancelled due to coronavirus outbreak
- Shanghai, China - 19 April - postponed indefinitely pre-season and subsequently cancelled due to coronavirus outbreak
- Zandvoort, Netherlands - 3 May - postponed indefinitely due to coronavirus outbreak
- Barcelona, Spain - 10 May - postponed indefinitely due to coronavirus outbreak
- Monte Carlo, Monaco (street race) - 24 May - cancelled outright due to coronavirus outbreak
- Baku, Azerbaijan (street race) - 7 June - postponed indefinitely due to coronavirus outbreak
- Montreal, Canada - 14 June - postponed indefinitely due to coronavirus outbreak
- Le Castellet, France - 28 June
- Spielberg, Austria - 5 July
- Silverstone, Great Britain - 19 July
- Budapest, Hungary - 2 August
- Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium - 30 August
- Monza, Italy - 6 September
- Marina Bay, Singapore (night/street race) - 20 September
- Sochi, Russia - 27 September
- Suzuka, Japan - 11 October
- Austin, United States - 25 October
- Mexico City, Mexico - 1 November
- Interlagos, Brazil - 15 November
- Yas Marina, Abu Dhabi (evening race) - 29 November
The German Grand Prix was dropped again for this year. The Dutch GP was going to return to the calendar for the first time since 1985, and Vietnam was to make its debut with a new partial street track in Hanoi.
The 2020 calendar was originally intended to be 22 races; the Chinese Grand Prix (intended to be on 19 April) was indefinitely postponed on 12 February due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, but was considered cancelled as there was nowhere else left where it could realistically fit into this year's schedule. On 13 March it was officially cancelled.
On 9 March, Bahrain banned all fans from attending their race because of coronavirus fears. On 13 March the event was officially cancelled.
On 12 March, the Australian Grand Prix was reportedly cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak. This was officially confirmed on 13 March.
Also on 13 March, what would have been the inaugural Vietnam Grand Prix was cancelled.
On 19 March, the Dutch and Spanish Grands Prix were officially postponed, and the Monaco Grand Prix was cancelled outright (in part due to the setup time; it takes the principality of Monaco six weeks to set up for the race, so an indeterminate postponement was impractical).
Also on 19 March, the announcement was made that the new technical rules for the 2021 season would be delayed until 2022; the 2021 season will be contested with the 2020 cars regardless of how much of the 2020 season eventually goes ahead.
On 23 March, the Azerbaijan Grand Prix was officially postponed.
On 7 April, the Canadian Grand Prix was officially postponed.
The season is now tentatively scheduled to begin with the French Grand Prix on 28 June, subject to any further cancellations or complications.Will there be an F1 2020 video game?
Yes, later in the year, and in the meantime F1 2019 is awesome (as has been the way for a few years now). It offers an expanded career mode, F2 (2018 and 2019 seasons), revamped multiplayer with league support and custom liveries, an expanded garage of classic cars, Senna vs Prost mode and bonuses (as DLC or included in the Legends edition), and more. It's out now on PC, PS4 and Xbox One.Are there any good movies about F1?
Yes, and there was a flurry of brilliant ones a few years ago. All of these are essential viewing even if you only have a passing interest in F1:Senna
(2010) is a documentary history of arguably the sport's greatest-ever driver, triple world champion Ayrton Senna, who started in F1 in 1984 and died tragically in 1994.Rush
(2013) is a biopic of the rivalry between James Hunt and Niki Lauda in the 1970s, starring Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Brühl as Hunt and Lauda respectively, and culminating in their titanic battle for the 1976 world championship.Grand Prix: The Killer Years
(2011) is a BBC documentary that tells the story of F1 in the 1960s and 70s where mechanical failure, lethal track design, fire and incompetence led to the deaths of many young drivers. Among the interviewees contributing to the film are world champions Jackie Stewart, Emerson Fittipaldi, and John Surtees.
And if you like older movies too:Grand Prix
(1966) is a film that follows several drivers through a fictionalised 1966 season. It stars James Garner and features some astonishing footage captured at the real races, which won it three Oscars.
And outside F1, the fantastic Le Mans
(1971) depicts Steve McQueen's character taking part in a fictionalised 1971 Le Mans 24 Hours race, again using some amazing footage captured at the real-life 1970 event. McQueen was an avid racer himself, and the Porsche camera car (which McQueen had previously co-driven to a second place in the 12 Hours of Sebring) was actually a full-fledged entry in the real 1970 race.What about TV shows (aside from the races themselves)?
Check out Drive to Survive
on Netflix. Then pick your jaw up off the floor.