F1 racing

Bottas: “I’m better than Hamilton”

Driver Valtteri Bottas believes he has better skills than his Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton.

“I have to believe myself better than Hamilton and of course, when I get to my best, I know I can beat him,” Bottas told Sky Sports.

Bottas won the opening leg of the season – the Austrian Grand Prix. But the Finnish driver was once again behind in the race with Hamilton. By the time of the Portuguese Grand Prix on October 25, Hamilton was 69 points ahead of Bottas and had a great chance of equalizing Michael Schumacher’s record of seven F1 championships.

“Obviously, there are days when Hamilton got better. Over the last few years, when we were teammates, in general, he played better,” Bottas continued.

Hamilton won the F1 championship in the last six seasons. He is considered the main driver of Mercedes – the team has dominated the race for many years thanks to great advances in engines. Along with playing, Hamilton is known for being interested in social issues. Typically when he voiced his support for the Black Lives Matter campaign to fight for the rights of people.

Unlike teammates, Bottas only wanted to focus on expertise. “I don’t do politics. I just love racing. I like fair but challenging races, and will continue to pursue that,” he said.

The 31-year-old rider is pleased with his performance in the 2020 season, despite having won two wins from Hamilton’s first-place seven.

“My pace on the track is really good, outperforming previous years. I think, overall, my performance is positive,” Bottas said.

“As an athlete, when you do not meet your goals for a long time, the more frustration will build up in you. People are always judging even if they don’t understand you. Nobody knows what’s going on in mind. So, it is absurd to judge others based on what they see from the outside,” continued the Finnish driver.

F1 racing: Financial difficulties and prospects are worse than coming (Part 3)

According to Moody’s Investors Services, one of the world’s most reputable credit rating and financial information providers, believes that despite facing difficult circumstances, they believe that F1 is still capable Orientation is everything. 

Moody’s analysts, when evaluating a company ‘s value, take into account the positive and negative points or, more importantly, the risks and make an assessment of the current financial situation.

Since then, Moody has released the B2 debt rating, with a number of existing risks, with future prospects from negative to positive. At first glance, that’s not too good, but Moody says the picture will really depend on how many races this year will be held. Moody generally concluded that they “expected revenue and cash flow creation to be reduced, high financial leverage, and poor liquidity in 2020”.

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Another important issue to mention is that the extension of the Concorde agreement will expire at the end of 2020. To talk about this contract, this is an agreement signed between the World Automobile Federation and F1 teams, talk about the teams participating in the races and how to divide the bonuses and revenue from TV. Of course, this agreement is kept confidential by stakeholders.

Historically, a total of seven Concorde agreements have been issued, starting in 1981, then 1987, 1992, 1997, 1998, 2009 and most recently 2013. The goal of this agreement is to improve professionalism and commercial success for the tournament.

The more important factor is that F1 racing teams are obliged to attend all races, making the tournament more reliable and attracting more television units to spend heavily to hold television rights. In contrast, teams also enjoy a percentage of F1’s commercial revenue each year.

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However, before the disease situation has not been determined yet, the racing teams have admitted that it will be difficult to determine the exact loss. Since then all have not been able to find a common voice in the issue of cost cutting.

Earlier, the new budget to develop the unified car performance was up to $175 million per year, but small racing teams thought that this level was not enough to satisfy them, so the proposal was lower, from 125 -150 million. Big racing teams also make sense when they are the ones who research and produce the parts on their cars, which will cost more than the customers teams just need to buy those parts.

F1 racing: Financial difficulties and prospects are worse than coming (Part 2)

This annual organization fee is paid (advance), so it raises the question of whether they will be refunded (currently Australia only), or if F1 can keep it as an account for the 2021 season probably will be unlikely because it is related to the financial issue of the deposit. 

The loss of organizing fees was the result of the cancellation of the race, which in turn led to major revenue sources.

First of all, there are sponsors and advertising, no race takes place, no money.

Secondly, the units purchased television packages on a season-wide package, and when the number of races was cut, agreements with advertisers and their service users were governed. For example, in the UK, many fans spend money to buy packages of Sky cable television system, to fully monitor the happenings of F1. Therefore, they have no other reason to buy a television package when an event takes place. Since then, the advertising units do not want to spend too much money in exchange for 30 seconds to appear on TV.

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If the actual number of races that cannot take place exceeds 14, that is, the Chase Carey CEO’s expected number is between 15 and 18, the TV units will start receiving refunds 1 part, depending on the number of trips canceled.

If the entire season doesn’t go ahead, they’ll probably be able to claim all the money back for this 2020, because they simply can’t promote the brand without an event.

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Besides, it is unclear what terms if canceling the race for F1’s main sponsors such as Heineken, DHL and Emirates, because after all, who thought that the season would be canceled for reasons this disease. So what will the trade impact be like? What will the financial world think if the 2020 schedule is shortened or canceled?

Look at 5 hottest female riders in the world

If you think that fast-paced sports like motor racing are just a privilege for the world of men, then you need to know these female riders in this article.


That’s right, the racing world has many female riders not only fast and successful but also extremely charming, typically the following 5 names.

1. Leilani Munter

Leilani Munter is a female driver born in the state of Minnesota, USA and started her racing career at Firestone Indy Lights. Later, she moved to the ARCA Racing Series and is now a successful hand of Venturini Motorsports. Besides his racing career, Leilani is also an environmental and animal activist.

2. Milka Duno

Milka Duno is a Venezuelan female racer. She started showing talent on the track since 1998 and is widely regarded as one of the best IndyCar Series female riders. She is famous in the world of racing thanks to her passion for speed sports and also cheerful temperament.

3. Johanna Long

Johanna Long is an unfamiliar name for NASCAR racing fans. She is a young female racer full of personality with talent, experience and a lovely appearance. Born in 1992 and has a long career ahead, Johanna is likely to become the best female racer in the world.

4. Ashley Force Hood

If you know the name drag driver John Force, perhaps you will understand somewhat what his daughter Ashley can do. Starting his career in 2007 and quickly building a huge fan base thanks to his talent, hot and funny looks, but now Ashley no longer regularly competes after taking over the President of John Force Entertainment.

5. Natacha Gachnang

Natacha Gachnang is a Swiss racer who not only has great racing talent but is also beautiful. She has one of the most memorable successes in her career such as completing the FIA ​​GT1 World Championship and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Natacha is one of the few women who ever completed the legendary Le Mans race.

The three most expensive Formula 1 team in the world

Formula 1 is the highest level of motorsport racing by the International Automobile Federation and is also the most expensive sports tournament on the planet. Research and production costs for each F1 team are hundreds of millions of dollars each year.

Every March, the new Formula 1 season officially begins. Here are 10 F1 teams with the most expensive estimates, based on data on each team’s racing income, budgets, sponsorship deals, and investments.

1- Ferrari: 1.35 billion USD

The Scuderia Ferrari racing team topped with $1.35 billion. This is also the oldest racing team still competing, participating in Formula 1 for the first time in 1950, is also the most successful team in history with 16 team championships, and 15 individual championships.

1- Ferrari: 1,35 tỷ USD

The team once owned many legendary riders such as Alberto Ascari, Niki Lauda, ​​Kimi Räikkönen, Fernando Alonso, and especially Michael Schumacher – the greatest F1 driver with seven championships.

Although Ferrari has a big profit, the F1 team had a disappointing 2014 season for the first time in 21 years without winning a stage. As a result, driver Fernando Alonso left Ferrari after four years empty-handed to return to McLaren. In the opposite direction, Ferrari has the service of Sebastian Vettel, who had four consecutive F1 championship seasons in the Red Bull shirt from 2010 to 2013.

2- McLaren: 810 million USD

Second on this list is the famous British racing team – McLaren, worth 810 million USD. It is also the second oldest F1 racing team to compete, with its first appearance since 1966 in the Monaco Grand Prix. Since then, McLaren has won 8 team championships, 12 individual championships, and each owns the extremely famous close duo Alain Prost – Ayrton Senna.

2- McLaren: 810 triệu USD

The 2014 McLaren season only ranked 5th and no longer receives a $75 million sponsorship contract from Vodafone a year.

This year, the team has the service of Fernando Alonso, who won the F1 twice. With that, McLaren bid farewell to Mercedes engine supplier to reunite Honda with a contract worth $100 million per season.

 3- Red Bull: $640 million 

Red Bull Racing, estimated at $ 640 million, is one of two Formula 1 teams owned by the “giant” in the Austrian beverage industry Red Bull GmbH. At the beginning of this decade, Red Bull was the racing team dominating the Formula 1 village with four consecutive team championship titles and four consecutive individual championships from 2010 to 2013 by the excellent racer Sebastian Vettel, thereby Significantly improve the value of this relatively young F1 team.

 3- Red Bull: 640 triệu USD

The new season of 2015, with Vettel moving to Ferrari, Daniel Ricciardo – who ranked third individual last year, will naturally become the main driver of Red Bull. The car of the RBR11 team was declared by Renault engine supplier to have comprehensive improvements and complete changes. However, Red Bull only aims to end the season in the Top 4.

F1 racing: Financial difficulties and prospects are worse than coming (Part 1)

With the official announcement of the delay of the race taking place in early June at the Gilles Villeneuve racetrack, Canada, the total number of delays/cancellations in this 2020 season has increased to 9 stages.

Therefore, the possibility of canceling the whole season is growing and F1 is facing the risk of the financial crisis in the worst-case scenario.

As expected, it is only nearly 2 months before the Canadian GP in the city of Montreal is organized, but before the COVID-19 epidemic situation is still seriously affecting this country (figures until April 24 with more than 42,000 cases of infection, more than 2,100 deaths and no signs of stopping), the race was officially postponed.

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Thus, up to now, only 13 races still take place according to the official schedule and 7 other races are waiting for the time to be rescheduled, except Monacos and Australia have been canceled. FOM (F1 Management) manager Ross Brawn still hopes that the season is expected to start from July in Europe, but there is no audience.

From there, we do not need professional financial analysts from Wall Street to understand the picture that F1 will face in the near future. Most of the revenue from signed tournament deals depends on one clear factor: at least there must be organized races.

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That revenue in 2019 was a total of US $2,022 billion, divided into three main sources of revenue, which are race fees from countries (30% last year), TV copyright fees (38%) and sponsorship (15%). Other revenues come from the VIP client area at the Paddock Club (inside and behind the Pit building), as well as the accompanying Formula 2-3 support.

In 2020, F1 is expected to increase its total revenue thanks to the 22nd race. However, in the current context, each race is not organized, causing the tournament to lose $30-$50 million.

F1 2020 season and four bold predictions

The 2020 season will have a lot of unpredictable unknowns, and this is the right time to make the four boldest predictions and tips about the outcome of the 71st season in F1 history.

1. This will be Ferrari’s year

Since 2007, Scuderia Ferrari has proven that they have a car that is capable of winning the title. However, the lack of tactical thinking of the team and the unstable performance of the riders through each stage has led to the championship. The enemy continuously slipped from their hands. The 2019 SF90 is a near-perfect version, proving that the power is hard to beat in some races near the end of the season, but there are still some weaknesses to be overcome. Ferrari’s technical development team will surely learn from those mistakes and make new strides for any future car race in 2020.

2. The championship in 2020 is determined only at the last race

Ferrari’s improved competitiveness as well as combined with stability, will really cause Mercedes and defending champion, who is Lewis Hamilton. The German team is heading towards an unprecedented record – 7 consecutive championships, and Hamilton is determined to reach the milestone of seven individual titles of Michael Schumacher. He is in good shape, but you need to be wary of the rise of Leclerc, who is more mature after a year at Ferrari and can’t help but mention Max Verstappen and Red Bull.

3. At least two new faces will appear on the podium

Carlos Sainz and Pierre Gasly, who became 210 and 211 drivers in F1 history, have the honor of stepping up to the podium, after impressive achievements at Brazilian GP 2019. This list will likely continue to be extended next year. One of them must be Alexander Albon, who won the rookie title of 2019 at the FIA ​​awards ceremony. Albon’s speed and determination have already been recognized, but he still needs to get his Red Bull into the top 3 and win podium – a mission at his fingertips.

4. Will Ferrari sign Ricciardo in 2021?

With a high possibility, Daniel Ricciardo is another candidate for the official position at Ferrari. The time at Renault after leaving the Red Bull of the Australian driver was not easy. With the transfer situation for 2021 getting hotter, he will become a sought-after name if he opts for parting with Renault when The contract expires at the end of this year.

He has shown his ability through impressive victories and recognizable running style. He is also one of the most capable riders in the tournament. So, he (originally from Italy) is a suitable name combined with the youth of Charles Leclerc to create a new “dynasty” for Ferrari, similar to what Michael Schumacher has won. Ricciardo or Hamilton? Let’s wait for his decision in the second half of this year.

F1 racing: Go back in time to start a new standard

The F1 world is actively preparing to enter an era of completely new standards starting in 2021.

However, the current COVID-19 pandemic situation is causing development disruptions and photo disruptions. Since then, FIA, F1, and related parties have agreed to come to a decision to postpone the time of applying the new standard to 2022.

The meeting between FIA, F1 and 10 teams on March 19 discussed the current pandemic situation and the impact of the epidemic this season, as well as a proposal to postpone the scheduled launch time. New standards later than 1 year.

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All agree that this is the most appropriate direction at the moment, with the hope of helping to reduce the financial burden on the racing team, especially when their revenue is reduced due to fewer races taking place.

Official announcement issued by FIA: “All stakeholders discussed more about the current situation of the 2020 season and the options that F1 will respond to the global pandemic challenges COVID-19 brings”.

In addition to the current financial situation, racing teams have agreed to use the 2020 car chassis for the 2021 season and suspend the development of other parts to be discussed later.

“The introduction and implementation of financial regulations will continue as planned by 2021. Discussions of solutions to significantly reduce operating costs among stakeholders will continue to take place. out in time to come. All racing teams expressed their support for FIA and F1 in their efforts to restructure the 2020 season amid the complex epidemic”.

As noted above, the 2020 technical regulation will be rolled over to the 2021 season with further details to be discussed. The most significant of which is that the chassis of this season will continue to be used next year.

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In addition, the development of aerodynamics under the new standard will be banned until the end of 2020. Thus, the racing team can only start researching new technical regulations from next year. The move is aimed at helping financially hard-hit teams “breathe” during these difficult times.

Maintaining the chassis for two consecutive years presents an interesting challenge for McLaren, who will move the engine supplier from Renault to Mercedes, despite the 2021 technical specification being pushed back one year. Each Power unit of each manufacturer has different structure and shape, so it will not be simple to remove the Renault engine and put the Mercedes into a note.

McLaren will need to have another plan to get the Mercedes home engine in its new car and this project will surely create a small expense.

F1 racing: Covid-19 headache, abolish summer vacation

Summer break between each F1 season is always an important time to help thousands of members of the racing team to rest after months of non-stop work with a series of races taking place.

However, based on the current real situation of the global COVID-19 pandemic, the traditional summer vacation will turn to spring and get ready for the season to return as soon as possible.

As mentioned in previous articles, FIA’s sports regulations require a two-week total closure of the factory and other F1-related activities with racing teams during the August break. annual. This year it was moved to March and April due to the complicated course of the COVID-19 pandemic and the closing time was extended to 21 days.

In its announcement, the FIA ​​stated that the change in this F1 2020 sports standard was approved by the World Sports Racing Council, and was agreed by all 10 racing teams, strategic teams and boards. F1. The teams also made their own official announcement, stating that they support the FIA’s decision to change the shut downtime and also update the specific time or period of stopping all activities at the university his headquarters.

Red Bull is expected to be closed from March 27 to April 17, Alfa Romeo from March 23 to April 13 and Ferrari from March 19 to August 8. They will also try to comply strictly with the COVID-19 disease prevention regulations, especially at the team’s headquarters, as well as hope their colleagues at McLaren or supplier Pirelli (have been positive with the virus) will soon recover and return to normal life.

So what does the closure of this factory mean for the tournament and the racing teams? First, this provision was introduced for two main reasons. The first is the most painful problem that exists at the moment, cutting costs because some facilities need huge amounts of money to be able to operate, such as the wind tunnel of each team, used for vehicle testing purposes. So they need to be suspended for a certain period of time.

The second is to spend valuable time with team members being able to rest at home and recharge for the sprint phase of the tournament.

Once the factories and headquarters are in the closed phase, this will look like a real “ghost base”. All activities related to vehicle development are prohibited, and the departments of design, research and development, production and manufacturing are stopped.

Even checking and responding to email regarding technical issues via text and telephone are prohibited. With a 50-week non-stop high-intensity work frequency during the year, the 14-day closure is a “sedative” to all members of the teams.

However, the headquarters is not necessarily 100% closed when the marketing, finance and legal teams will continue to operate because their work does not directly affect the strength of the vehicle. This is also an opportunity for facilities to be refurbished, maintained as well as to upgrade the common system to minimize the possibility of sudden interruptions during operation.

Who can challenge Lewis Hamilton?

The question is not new in recent F1 seasons: Who can challenge Lewis Hamilton, the driver who is aiming for the 6th world championship in history?


After 14 races this season, the challengers begin to surface.

Max Verstappen

At the end of this month, Verstappen officially turned 22 years old. But this is already the 5th season he is present in F1 races, and just need to play 5 more races, this rider will officially reach the milestone 100th Grand Prix of his career. The Dutchman’s mark was shown at his first appearance on the Toro Rosso team in 2015. Shortly after, he moved to Red Bull and won his first win in the Spanish race.

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Since then, Verstappen has got 6 other stage wins, including 2 from this season. He was one of the most impressive riders in the first half of the season, along with Hamilton. After two unsatisfactory races in Belgium and Italy, Verstappen is still considered a bright candidate for the Singapore race this weekend.

Charles Leclerc

Leclerc impressed with two victories in the Belgian and Italy stages after F1 underwent a mid-season break. He was discovered talent by Ferrari 3 years ago. The career of the driver from Monaco is marked by the championship in smaller races such as GP3 or F2, before he came to Sauber racing team last year.

Leclerc on the other hand, had a much better impression than team-mate Sebastian Vettel. He is full of opportunities for the eighth time to overtake German riders in the class achievements, as well as to increase the current 13-point gap on the F1 race rankings.

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These are undoubtedly the two drivers with the most potential to challenge Hamilton’s championship, not just because of their position in the rankings. Playing on top teams like Ferrari or Red Bull will increase the chances of winning the stage for Verstappen or Leclerc, thanks to their ability to compete on the most optimal motor vehicles.

Of course, this does not mean the hope of a full closure for potential drivers in less prestigious and financially viable teams. Faces like Alex Albon, Lando Norris or George Russell still have the right to dream of one day becoming one of the top F1 riders.