From 9 to 11 October, the 11th race of the Formula 1 season will take place, for the first time in history the Eiffel Grand Prix at the Nürburgring. Below we bring you a reminder of the most important events before that race and all the necessary information to enjoy another racing weekend… The Formula 1 World Championship entered the somewhat more casual rhythm of the second part of the season.
After that hectic summer period with nine races held in just 11 weeks, our racing weekends are now coming a bit slower so drivers and teams had a free weekend after the Russian Grand Prix in Sochi.
After that Russian adventure and the second victory of Valtteri Bottas this season, the F1 community for a few more days mainly dealt with the penalties earned by Lewis Hamilton in Sochi, and when the story subsided and everyone prepared for a quiet and pleasant weekend, sensational news resounded.
- Honda has announced that it will leave Formula 1 at the end of 2021. Such a decision was not expected, and it leaves Red Bull and its sister AlphaTauri without an engine manufacturer for 2022. The team leaders immediately announced that they would take the time to make the best possible decision, but it is quite clear what their options are.
Arrange the use of the engine with existing manufacturers - Mercedes, Ferrari, Renault, or take over Honda's intellectual property and try to design your own propulsion unit development program. It seems like the ideal solution doesn’t exist, but we’ll see which ace up his sleeve this time around to get Christian Horner, Helmut Marko, and Dietrich Mateschitz out.
This is definitely a topic that will be talked about a lot more in the coming weeks and months. An accompanying story quickly emerged that due to Honda's departure, Max Verstappen could raise the anchor and look for his happiness in another team (read: Mercedes), despite the signed contract with Red Bull until 2023.
The team immediately denied this, pointing out that no clauses in the Dutchman's contract were related to the engine manufacturer. Honda also said that by the end of this and next season it will make maximum efforts to achieve the best possible results with Red Bull and AlphaTauri, but also to be ready to help if Red Bull decides to develop engines in its arrangement after 2021.
The Nürburgring returns to the Formula 1 calendar after seven years and only seven drivers from the current grid drove the F1 race at that location, but the Nürburgring cannot be classified as Mugello, for example, which was an absolute unknown to everyone.
Teams know the Nürburgring, and younger drivers know it too because almost everyone has ridden there in some junior series