As the start of the delayed 2020 season moves ever closer, the Formula One gossip mill continues to gather pace as we bring the best of this week’s biggest news in F1.
From new protocols approval to a surprise sunrise waking in Maranello, Italy, this week has certainly been eventful for various teams, whilst driver ratings for the new F1 2020 Game have also been released.
We conclude on a cheery note as McLaren let their drivers loose in F3 cars as part of their fitness rebuild programmes, so here is a roundup of this week’s biggest F1 stories throughout the paddock.
World Motorsport Council Approves F1 Coronavirus Protocols
World Motorsport Council (WMSC) has met this week and approved F1’s new Coronavirus protocols, including allowance for stewards to operate remotely in exceptional circumstances if conditions require doing so.
Other changes include adjustment to team curfew periods to allow for changed working conditions under social distancing, alongside greater operational flexibility for the FIA and Pirelli.
The pre-race starting grid will see a limit on number of team personnel granted access, whilst there will be adjustments to race procedures and the podium ceremony as part of Coronavirus restrictions which will be finalised closer to the time.
WMSC also approved various refinements to the technical regulations concerning fuel mass flow rate, homologated components and number of software versions that can be used within a single year as part of cost cuts.
There has also been some tweaks to next year’s sporting regulation regarding Aerodynamic testing restrictions, which were also approved at the meeting.
Driver Ratings Unveiled for F1 2020 Game
F1 this week announced driver ratings for the new F1 2020 Game which will affect the driver’s individual performances within the game, whilst allowing players to unlock various features and technical upgrades.
Drivers are rated across four categories (Experience, Racecraft, Awareness and Pace) alongside an overall average rating, of which the 18 returning drivers from 2019 rank in exact same championship finishing order.
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Maranello Wakes to Sound of Ferrari
Ferrari this week fired up their SF100 for the first time as Charles Leclerc got behind the wheel for a special sunrise drive around the streets of Maranello, as part of a special one-off move agreed by Maranello City Council.
Leclerc was unleashed through the same gates of Officina Classiche in which Enzo Ferrari had unveiled the first Ferrari car (125 S) in March 1947, before driving pass Ferrari factories and the Maranello Museum before heading to the Fiorano circuit.
Speaking of the opportunity to fire up the new Ferrari car for the first time since lockdown began, Leclerc was delighted as he said; “It was exciting to get back in the car today, particularly on such a special route. Being back in the cockpit felt like coming home again.”
Lewis Hamilton’s Beloved Coco Dies
Reigning world champion, Lewis Hamilton sadly announced the loss of his beloved dog, Coco, who passed away on Thursday night of a suspected ‘heart attack’.
In am emotional post on his social media feeds, Hamilton described ‘Coco as ‘such a special dog’ having been born with various medical problems, although he noted that they had ‘shared a special moment playing together’ that day.
Here is Hamilton’s full tribute to Coco below.
- Charles Leclerc drove the Ferrari SF1000 around the streets of Maranello as Ferrari stepped up preparations for the new season in a moment which he described as ‘like coming home again.’ (Ferrari.com)
- Ferrari is to run a mini test for Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel on 23 June at Mugello circuit, Italy. (Autosport.com)
- Racing Point held a promotional day with Lance Stroll back behind the wheel for the first time since pre-season testing. (Racingpointf1.com)
- Williams’ George Russel was crowned as the Virtual Grand Prix Series champion, as the series amassed 29.5 million views across various platforms. (F1.com)
- Ex F1 star, Alex Zanardi is in a serious condition after needing surgery following an incident during a handbike relay race in Italy. (Motorsport.com)
Finally, McLaren’s duo of Carlos Sainz and Lando Norris have been busy testing F3 cars as part of their fitness rebuild programme, so here is McLaren’s tweet featuring Lando doing a wet lap of the Silverstone National Circuit.
Stretching out those racing legs. 💪🏁
— McLaren (@McLarenF1) June 19, 2020