Disturbances between Mattia Binotto & Sebastian Vettel have been evident since Scuderia Ferrari changed their team principals in 2018. Working difficulties between the two men have increased in recent months, which follows after Mattia Binotto purposely avoided Sebastian Vettel’s SF1000 with required upgrades. It resulted in Vettel regularly placing P11 to P14 in the majority of Formula One’s 2020 campaign, which is irregular for the four-time champion. Changes in Vettel’s pace have been seen since the Turkish Grand Prix, where he placed P3 after overtaking his teammate in the second-final corner. Following this singular victory for Sebastian Vettel, Mattia Binotto believes that the German champion is pleased with the SF1000s performance.
Mattia Binotto isn’t the exclusive factor that’s resulted in Scuderia Ferrari performing worse in 2020. The Covid-19 Pandemic ravished Italy’s countryside, which is where Ferrari’s manufacturing facilities are located. Large percentages of employed personnel couldn’t attend their jobs & perform required duties, resulting in vehicle performance dropping significantly.
Covid-19 has become to lighten worldwide, with nations learning methods to social distance & contact trace without substantial outbreaks. It’s enabled for Scuderia Ferrari to resume their manufacturing schedules, which supported Sebastian Vettel receiving multiple upgrades before the Turkish Grand Prix. Vettel doesn’t need to worry about his back end sliding anymore, or the downforce being incorrectly positioned. Subsequently, the champion skillsets of Sebastian Vettel are being shown towards the latter-end of 2020s campaign.
Champ Isn’t Gone Yet
Supporters were shown by Sebastian Vettel that he maintains the required skillsets to perform at champion levels, which dedicated fans hope will return for Vettel with his move to Aston Martin Racing in 2021. When considering that Sebastian is moving to Aston Martin next season, it’s not surprising that Mattia Binotto would work towards creating a better image between Vettel & Scuderia Ferrari. However, Vettel emphasis that continued improvements could be sustained on his SF1000.
It doesn’t matter what Sebastian Vettel or Mattia Binotto think of each other, with Scuderia Ferrari receiving the best result possible at Turkey. Sebastian Vettel came out P3 & Charles Leclerc took P4, creating Ferrari’s highest points for the 2020 campaign.
Supporters of Formula One witnessed an exciting & unexpected Grand Prix on November 15th, with competitors failing to perform in horrendous conditions. Twenty drivers expressed from November 13th to 15th that driving conditions were similar to ice-rinks, that safety was being jeopardized. Multiple competitors spun-out during the three free practice sessions & qualifying, with grip hardly located by the Turkish Grand Prix. Max Verstappen to Lance Stroll all spun their vehicles throughout the 55 Laps, with the final podium positions being praised by the paddock & supporters for F1. Sergio Perez & Sebastian Vettel would earn their first podiums this season, an unforgettable moment for two drivers that’ve had challenging campaigns in 2020.
There were moments when the circuit began drying, prompting drivers to gain speed & grip for overtaking. Rainfall wouldn’t stop for the majority of the Grand Prix, forcing changes in strategy by most competitors. It’d be Valtteri Bottas from Mercedes AMG-Petronas that had the worst experience at the Turkish Grand Prix, with the teammate of Lewis Hamilton being spun-out on the first lap. Valtteri Bottas would spinout an additional two times from his respective loss of tyre grip.
Most drivers felt that conditions were appalling & not suitable for Formula One. Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel, Max Verstappen, George Russell, and Lando Norris all mentioned the unforgiving nature of this circuit. Russell said that conditions seen on November 15th were exciting, but that lap-times couldn’t be sustained, with most drivers three seconds lower than what their vehicles standardly achieve. Russell mentioned that the Turkish Grand Prix looked great from TVs but horrible for drivers, with every competitor concerned for their safety.
Motorsport analysts anticipated that two Safety Cards & one Red Flag would be evoked at the Turkish Grand Prix by FIA Stewards. Lack of collisions between drivers enabled the race to move forward without any interruptions. Continued excited unfolded from the first to the final lap, including Sebastian Vettel earning his first podium position since Mexico 2019 & Sergio Perez since the 2012 Italian Grand Prix.
The Formula One Grid is seeing the return of a two-time champion, which follows after retiring for two years from contention. Previously this driver drove for the likes of Williams, Renault, Scuderia Ferrari, and McLaren. Fans of Formula One know were discussing Fernando Alonso. This Spaniard saw his formal return to F1 last weekend at Imola, testing Renault’s 2018 vehicle after weeks of becoming reacquainted with the manufacturing facility.
Alonso has begun receiving questions from motorsport reporters regarding his thoughts on the current competition, which Alonso believes is fiercer & more robust than ever before. The 2005 & 2006 Formula One Champion for Renault has clarified that George Russell is the most talented driver in the young crowd. That’s multiple champions that’ve praised Russell now, with Lewis Hamilton also supporting George’s growth with Williams in 2019 to 2020.
Fernando Alonso won’t compete in Formula One again with Renault. It was expected that when his contract with Renault was initially announced, the two parties would come together for the third time & work towards acquiring another championship. It’d be confirmed weeks later that Renault had been sold to Alpine Racing, marking another shift for this team since it was created in 1980.
Motorsport Team History
The history of this motorsport team begins with the “Toleman Company” in 1980, with their entrance into Formula One sustaining five years. The motorsport team was then sold to Benetton Racing in 1985. Benneton would maintain their placement in Formula One for fifteen years, acquiring formidable drivers like Michael Schumacher, Jenson Button, Martin Bundle, Gerhard Berger, and Johnny Hebert. Benneton Racing wouldn’t sell their motorsport team until 2000 to Renault F1. This team would sustain another two decades under the Renault branding, which in 2021 will switch to Alpine Racing. Motorsport analysts believe Alpine Racing will be similar to the Toleman Company & sustain a shorter period in Formula One.
Changes in Team Directive
This could mean Fernando Alonso will have to overcome various challenges with Alpine Racing. Their directives could regard profit more than genuine racing, which will evoke the tension between team leaders & drivers. This isn’t what Fernando Alonso is focusing on, instead of expressing other competitors that could preform with Alpine Racing. Alonso would evoke that George Russell is the best option after Esteban Ocon.
The 4th Round of Anderson Silva vs Uriah Hall at UFC Vegas 12 saw a prominent fighter end his career in failure. It was confirmed weeks ago by the Ultimate Fighting Championship that Anderson Silva would be permitted a final octagon appearance & that his opponent would be Uriah Hall. Four of five rounds unfolded before Anderson Silva was TKO’d by Uriah Hall, prompting Silva’s end in the UFC.
MMA Analysts weren’t expecting that Anderson Silva would dominate over Uriah Hall. His dominance throughout the UFC has been minimal since 2013, which is the moment that Chris Weidman defeated Anderson Silva for the Middleweight Championship Belt. Silva maintained the title of Middleweight Champion for 2,000+ days. He has the longest winning streak in UFC history, and is a prominent reason why the sport became internationally popular. His last victory would’ve been against Nick Diaz at UFC 183, which was disputed after both fighters had failed their drug tests.
Age Taking Affect
This marks several consecutive losses for Anderson Silva, more than most UFC fighters are ever granted by Dana White. Uriah Hall was awarded three of the four rounds, with Anderson Silva being gifted the 1st round. Silva dropped drastically in speed & ferocity when the third bell rang, where Uriah Hall barraged Anderson with numerous body shots. When ending the 4th round by referee stoppage, Silva was seen holding onto the leg of referee Herb Dean.
After Hall was awarded victory of the competition, Anderson Silva would sit down for interviews. It shows that at 36, Silva doesn’t have the momentum & stamina required to compete in the UFC. It’s subsequently resulted in Silva confirming that UFC Vegas 12 was his last fight under Dana White’s leadership. However, Anderson hinted the possibility of moving to another league like Bellator MMA.
Dana White thinks Anderson Silva foolish for considering a future in professional MMA. The UFC President clarified that what Anderson accomplished throughout his career is legendary, but that it’ll be impossible for him to recapture that status in the future. Most MMA analysts would agree that an ageing Silva cannot sustain more damage in his career.
Supporting fans of Valtteri Bottas have been left disappointed after Lewis Hamilton captured pole position at the Portuguese Grand Prix, which is being hosted at Algarve Circuit. Nobody was anticipating that Hamilton would acquire pole after Bottas sustained three back-to-back first positions during free practice. That doesn’t mean Valtteri Bottas doesn’t have ample opportunity to acquire 1st Place during the Portuguese Grand Prix. It could be 2nd position during qualifying is superior for Algarve Circuit’s race start. Nobody will know until the lights go black.
Qualifying for Algarve Circuit saw considerable excitement for most teams. Max Verstappen from Red Bull Aston Martin Racing acquired P3, with Charles Leclerc from Scuderi Ferrari obtaining P4. Portuguese fans of Scuderia Ferrari were thrilled to witness Leclerc reach P4 in qualifying. It marks the highest qualifying position for Ferrari in 2020, with the team having struggled drastically to obtain track positions & pace this year.
Valtteri Bottas proved himself a viable opponent for Lewis Hamilton during the Portuguese Grand Prix Qualifying Session. Hamilton was able to overcome Bottas by 0.087s of a second. It’s the closest times the pair have maintained since becoming rivals in 2018. What angered Bottas was not receiving new tyres, while Hamilton did. Lewis would be released four minutes before the qualifying session ended & would find the necessary speed to obtain pole.
Mercedes AMG-Petronas wasn’t favouring Lewis Hamilton to Valtteri Bottas. Hamilton was given Medium Tyres, with Bottas provided Soft Tyres. Differences in their pace were minimal throughout the full session. Lewis Hamilton acquiring pole position over Valtteri Bottas on Medium Tyres shows the championship skillsets of the six-time world champion.
Verstappen Given Race Start Advantage
Mercedes AMG-Petronas have confirmed that Valtteri Bottas & Lewis Hamilton are both starting the Portuguese Grand Prix on Medium Tyres. This could mean a prominent advantage for Max Verstappen during the initial ten to fifteen laps at Algarve Circuit, with Red Bull Racing confirming that Verstappen is starting on Soft Tyres. When considering Charles Leclerc & his P4 placement for the race start, he’s been awarded Medium Tyres. It’ll be interesting to see which strategy is more beneficial.
An imbalance is the best term to describe Renault F1 in 2020. Though their car has improved tenfold compared to the 2019 season, differences between Renault’s contracted drivers is significant & looks to continue throughout 2021. The subject of imbalance is something that’s been discussed multiple times by Daniel Ricciardo, Renault’s primary driver. Criticism of that imbalance was evoked again after the Eifel Grand Prix at Nürburgring Circuit.
Ricciardo was questioned on the primary factor that’s enabled Renault to sustain notable progress in 2020, which shouldn’t be possible amid the FIAs regulations. Formula One’s 1st Australian driver mentioned that back-wing downforce had improved drastically, allowing for consistent strategies & placements throughout the 2020 F1 campaign. It’s still been a close Mid-Field battle between McLaren, Renault, and Racing Point. Six races are remaining in the 2020 F1 Season & six points divide these three teams from 3rd place in the Constructor’s Championship. It’s expected that McLaren will stand victorious, with Racing Point obtaining 4th, and Renault achieving 5th.
Daniel Ricciardo has managed to P6 or higher since the Belgian Grand Prix. However, the Australian doesn’t believe that Renault’s progress will continue throughout 2021 & 2022. That’d be historically correct with the team, who has struggled to maintain consistency during their Formula One lifespan. Ricciardo mentioned that during 2019, there were moments that felt Renault could achieve a Top Ten placement & those other moments, the car felt slow enough to place P11 or lower.
Renault’s improvements began during the Silverstone Grand Prix, with FIA-approved enhancements enabling for rear-downforce to increase tenfold. This boosted Ricciardo’s confidence in sustaining throttle speeds during the corners, instead of breaking to account for possible crashes. Daniel Ricciardo stated that throughout the 2020 campaign, Renault would continue to perform adequately to their rivals of Racing Point & McLaren.
Poor Drivers = Poor Performance
Outside of the Renault team, F1 Analysts aren’t concerned about the French racing team maintaining their consistency with car performance. Worries arise when reviewing their 2021 drivers of Esteban Ocon & Fernando Alonso. Ocon is known to underperform when compared to other young drivers like Lando Norris or Charles Leclerc. Alonso is aged 39 & will become one of the older F1 Grid drivers. How Renault overcomes the challenges of maintaining underperforming drivers isn’t known.
An unexpected acquisition has occurred for the Toronto Maple Leafs. It’s been announced that Zach Bogosian will join the Leafs for the 2021-22 NHL season. This one-year acquisition contract earned the defencemen $1 Million. Zach Bogosian is a superior selection for the Toronto Maple Leafs, with his history throughout the National Hockey League sustaining eleven seasons.
Zach Bogosian’s career sustains four NHL teams, with the Toronto Maple Leaf’s being his 5th. This defenceman has competed against the Winnipeg Jets, Buffalo Sabres, the Atlanta Thrashers, and Tampa Bay Lightning. Obtaining a contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning’s was a career-goal for Zach Bogosian, which didn’t last longer than one year. His contract with Tampa Bay was worth $1.3 Million and saw minimal attendance during regular-season games. However, Zach would be allowed to appear in his 1st Stanley Gup Playoff Game in 2020. It followed after competing in 20 Postseason Games.
This defenceman has sustained an eleven-season career in the National Hockey League. His records stand at 644 career games, with 143 assists & 53 goals. Zach Bogosian is 30-years-of-age, meaning his time for NHL retirement is arriving. The Toronto Maple Leaf’s won’t be his final team but will mark the beginning of his end.
Tyson Barrie Joins the Edmonton Oilers
Zach Bogosian will replace the loss of Tyson Barrie, who played with the Toronto Maple Leafs from 2016 to 2019. Sheldon Keefe has struggled to ascertain new defencemen with similar or better skillsets. The acquisition of Bogosian means that Head Coach Keefe could’ve finally solved this problem.
Tyson Barrie spent the majority the 2019-20 NHL Season with the Toronto Maple Leaf’s. His exit came in July 2019 when being traded from Toronto to the Colorado Avalanches. It followed after Barrie’s shooting percentage dropped to 3%, with 34 assists and five goals being his lowest season. Toronto made their determination to part ways with Barrie after his performance in five back-to-back games against the Columbus Blue Jackets proved unfavourable.
Tyson Barrie is now joining the Edmonton Oilers for the 2021-20 NHL Season, with his contract being worth $3.75 Million. It’s considerably higher than the deal offered to Zach Bogosian. However, Tyson Barrie has seen a record of 80 goals & 266 assists during 554 games.
SF1000 became a stronger vehicle during the Russian Grand Prix, with Scuderia Ferrari having their Formula One vehicle perform to expectations at the Sochi Autodrom. Having reached initial goals for seasonal upgrades, Scuderia Ferrari is releasing additional enhancements during the October 9th to 11th Eifel Grand Prix at the Nürburgring. Upcoming upgrades surround the SF1000s diffuser, which follows after the Rear-Wing Endplate & Under-Nose Cape were improved. It’s also suspected that bargeboards will be upgraded at the Eifel Grand Prix.
Scuderia Ferrari has clarified that new parts aren’t meant to affect the SF1000s ultimate performance, but instead improve the correlation between operating systems in their vehicle. When questioned if Ferrari can sustain their growth, Team Principal Mattia Binotto emphasized that track characteristics at Sochi Autodrom enabled Charles Leclerc to obtain 6th position. This means that performance at the Nürburgring won’t likely be consistent with the Sochi Autodrom. However, Scuderia Ferrari has hope that Diffuser upgrades will allow all components to correlate together in harmony. It’d enable continued growth with Ferrari’s track performance.
Mattia Binotto stated that upgrades issued during the Russian Grand Prix assisted with Sochi’s track characteristics and that competitiveness was located during unexpected circumstances. Scuderi Ferrari’s Team Principal evoked that continued development of Diffuser & Read-Wing upgrades could permit Charles Leclerc or Sebastian Vettel to obtain higher positions on the grid. Mattia Binotto quickly pointed out that advancements have been a step in the right direction & that they aren’t enough to guarantee sufficiency over the remainder of 2020s F1 campaign.
The Positives & Negatives
That’s when Mattia Binotto announced additional upgrades for the Nürburgring’s Eifel Grand Prix. Ferrari’s Team Principal evoked that their enhancements aren’t significant and that all upcoming improvements focus on the Diffuser. This indicates that Ferrari Engineers have located something in the Diffuser that enables greater downforce & speeds. Overall, Mattia Binotto wasn’t disappointed with improved speeds seen with Sochi’s upgrades. It’s provided Engineers a launching point for the remainder of 2020, and insight for the 2021 F1 campaign.
Regardless of improvements, there’ll be multiple challenges awaiting Scuderia Ferrari & all other teams in Formula One until 2022. Upgrade capabilities have drastically been limited in-anticipation of new regulations coming in fifteen months.
Britain’s Parliament has increased their demands onto the Premier League on September 27th. It follows after the Premier League continued requesting government financial aid to sustain lower-division clubs. These requests angered Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson, with financial assistance issued from the government during COVID-19 meant to assist civilians & not sporting associations. In response, Britain’s government has demanded that the Premier League financially assistant lower-division clubs.
The Premier League have refused these demands for weeks, with the most recent forcing EFL Executives to schedule a virtual meeting for September 29th. Discussions will be held regarding the possibility of EFL financially supporting 72 football clubs in three divisions across England.
English Football League data suggests that £200 Million will be lost amongst these 72 clubs, under the conditions that supports aren’t permitted to enter stadiums across England. Earlier in September, Prime Minister Boris Johnson allowed for supporters to return to British football stadiums in small numbers. COVID-19 cases quickly grew, with a large percentage arriving from children returning to school & bringing the virus back home.
The rise of cases forced Boris Johnson to close-off football stadiums to supporters for a 2nd time. Fears regarding COVID-19 caused the Prime Minister to announce that football fans can’t return to stadiums until the earliest of October 31st. This decision eliminates the critical component of revenue for 72 football clubs.
The Secretary Urges Caution
Great Britain’s Secretary of Culture, Oliver Dowden, spoke on the situation regarding professional football obtaining revenue from supporters. Dowden clarified that the government is continually reviewing COVID-19 cases. After infections reach low numbers, supporters will likely be permitted at 25% occupancy.
Oliver Dowden urged caution to Britain’s population, reflecting that the coronavirus works differently than any viral infection beforehand & that outbreaks will continue if entertainment services are reopened promptly. Oliver Dowden believes that the overwhelming majority of Britain’s population agreed with shutting down stadiums again and that rising cases is more concerning that enjoy professional football.
What happens next is likely the Premier League being forced to financially support the lower-bracket clubs for 2020, 2021, and potentially 2022. An official announcement won’t probably come for weeks.
After Lawrence Stroll provided Sebastian Vettel for an employment contract with Aston Martin Racing in 2021, the Formula One community weren’t remotely shocked. It’d been a widely discussed rumour for months that Lawrence Stroll would partner his son, Lance Stroll, with Sebastian Vettel. It’d be the perfect opportunity for Lance to learn from F1s statistically 2nd best driver.
Lawrence & Lance have both praised what Sebastian Vettel will bring to Aston Martin Racing, which is called Racing Point for the 2020 season. Now Racing Points Team Boss, Otmar Szafnauer, has praised Vettel & stated he’ll assist the rebranded Aston Martin in 1000 different ways.
Sebastian Vettel being offered a contract from Lawrence Stroll wasn’t surprising. What shocked the Formula One community was his removal from Scuderia Ferrari, and the abrupt way that Mattia Binotto terminated the four-time champion. Vettel had been promised continued employment with Scuderia Ferrari, where he’d be informed before the 2020 F1 Campaign began, that his drivers’ seat wouldn’t be needed at Ferrari. Replacing Sebastian Vettel is Carlos Sainz.
Otmar Szafnauer questioned on Vettel influence
When questioned on how he believes Sebastian Vettel’s influence over Aston Martin will playout, Otmar Szafnauer remarked that the four-time champion will raise their rebranding team to another level & a thousand different things will assist in improving our growth. Otmar declared that Sebastian Vettel will bring a work ethic associated to world champions, and that it’s something everything at Racing Point will want to learn.
Otmar Szafnauer finalized his statements by clarifying everyone at Racing point have to become better & that Vettel will assist Lance Stroll in a mentorship position. Otmar remarked that Sebastian is fast & young, and that Lance can learn a great deal from Vettel. Sentiments moved towards how Vettel’s presence will influence Racing Point (Aston Martin Racing in 2021), which is possible through his four world champions & 53 Grand Prix victories.
It should be clarified that in selecting Sebastian Vettel, Racing Point have parted ways with Mexico’s Sergio Perez. This is the man who turned over his team and ensured it’s survival after the former owner of Racing Point was found in-connection to the Panama Papers. Lawrence Stroll disembarking from Sergio Perez has been widely criticized as disrespectful.