Thirty days have passed since a horrific accident was sustain at the Bahrain Grand Prix. Supporters of Formula One witnessed the worst crash seen for years, with Romain Grosjean nearly dying. Innovations made for safety purposes enabled Grosjean to walk away from the accident with severe burns, with the latter outcome being decapitation. Romain avoided decapitation because of the “Halo Safety Feature”. Halos create a crescent-shaped bar inches above a driver’s helmet, with these bars able to withstand 4000lbs of pressure.
Severe burns were sustained by Romain Grosjean after grabbing his Haas VF40s halo, which was experiencing temperatures exceeding thousands of degrees. Flames reaching temperatures consistent with jet fuel encapsulated Romain Grosjean, with his fire-retardant suit & helmet protecting Romain from certain death. The gloves provided to Grosjean burned seconds after touching the halo, causing significant burns that are healing one month later. Romain’s right hand appears to have healed to near perfect condition. However, the left hand remains bandaged & will likely need an additional thirty days for healing.
F1 Supporters have cheered Romain Grosjean through his healing process, with the miraculous survival of his accident creating joy & sadness for fanatics worldwide. Romain Grosjean’s was fired from Haas, with no other teams contacting Grosjean for contract employment. It meant his retirement from Formula One ended in horrific flames, with the worst accident witnessed in decades.
eSports for Romain Grosjean till 2022
Grosjean has uplifted his supporters by ensuring a return to racing for 2022, with that unlikely to be inside the cockpit of a Formula One car. Until the opportunity for Romain to return arrives, Grosjean continued to compete in eSport Motorsport venues to entertain his long-time supporters. During these live streams, questions are taken & answered by Romain regarding his career in Formula One. Those interested in witnessing Romain’s rebirth as a racing car driver should watch his eSport streams, with evident progress being seen over the last month.
Medical conditions have sustained unexpected losses for the Washington Capitals. An announcement was issued by this prominent NHL team, with Henrik Lundqvist being confirmed unavailable for the 2020-21 season. It follows after Lundqvist will sustain open heart surgery in the coming weeks. Medical personnel providing care for this goaltender notified Henrik that athletic training & competition wouldn’t be permitted for twelve months. His heart wouldn’t have the strength needed to pump blood throughout his body safely. For supporters of the Washington Capitals, this announcement is upsetting. It’s unexpected that Washington’s second lineup goaltender will replace Henrik Lundqvist for the 2021-21 season. Its possible the Washington Capitals could elect another goaltender during the extended signing period. Details regarding which strategy will be enforced hasn’t bee issued.
An official statement regarding his unexpected sidelining was released by Henrik Lundqvist. He mentioned that since December 1st, his focus shifted from training & the upcoming season towards the upcoming surgery. Lundqvist noted he’s aware of what’s physically possible & what isn’t. His sentiments ended by mentioning everyone has climbed personal mountains in 2020, that we’ve all had to find positivity & begin the road towards recovery. Lundqvist knows it’s his turn now.
Details regarding the open-heart surgery procedure have been issued by the Washington Capitals. Henrik Lundqvist will receive an “Aortic Valve Replacement, Aortic Root, and an Ascending Aortic Replacement”. This indicates that blockage in Lundqvist was reaching severe volumes, and that his heart doesn’t have the natural strength needed any longer to pump blood at normal percentages.
Some speculate that Henrik Lundqvist will retire before the 2021-22 NHL Season begins. He’s sustained sixteen seasons in the National Hockey League, with fifteen of them being for the New York Rangers. He’d sign with the Washington Capitals in 2019 before the pandemic unfolded. His career included 1000+ regular season entries, with his legacy likely not being forgotten in the NHL for years to come.
Reporter Ted Kravitz had indicated Sergio Perez would receive a contract with Red Bull Racing for 2021 last week & since supporters have rallied behind the possibility. The morning of December 18th saw the official announcement made, with Red Bull Racing confirming Sergio Perez as their second driver for 2021. The report prompted questions regarding the future of Alex Albon, with RBR Team Boss Christian Horner ensuring that Albon will sustain his placement in Formula One as “Test & Reserve Driver” for Red Bull Racing. It’s a significant downgrade for Albon, who maintained his strongest performances towards this year’s seasons end.
Supporters of Formula One have reacted positively towards this announcement, believing Mexico’s Sergio Perez is more deserving of placement in Formula One than Alex Albon. Performances between the two drivers throughout 2020 were drastically different, with Sergio sustaining multiple podiums & one race victory. Albon would acquire one podium & regularly finding it challenging to maintain 10th position or lower. Numerous instances in 2020 saw Albon overtaken by Pierre Gasly, the man he’d replaced at Red Bull Racing. The poor performances shown continued to highlight that RBRs reserve drivers weren’t prepared to compete alongside Max Verstappen.
Red Bull Racing knows that Sergio Perez can rival Max Verstappen, meaning better opportunities at defeating Mercedes AMG-Petronas for the upcoming season. When Daniel Ricciardo left Red Bull Racing, Christian Horner immediately searched for another individual that could rival Verstappen. It’d take almost four seasons in Formula One for Horner to locate that racer.
Horner & Perez Reflect on the Contract
When questioned about removing Alex Albon from the position of the second driver, Christian Horner reflected by stating negotiations sustained longer timeframes than average & evaluating all the information acquired over 2020 wasn’t easily accomplished. After weeks of discussions, it’d be determined that Sergio Perez is the best option possible for rivalling Mercedes in 2021 & beyond.
Sergio Perez remarked his excitement first to F1 Reporters & then through Instagram, where he’d express that racing for a championship-contending outfit is something, he’s dreamed of for ten years. Perez noted it’d be a proud & adventurous moment stepping onto the grid with Red Bull Racing.
The Formula One 2020 Season ended on December 13th, finalizing one of F1s most dramatic seasons in recent memory. Closing out this season meant six drivers saying goodbye to their teams. Romain Grosjean & Kevin Magnussen from Haas said their goodbyes, with Grosjean in Bahrain on November 26th because of his life-altering accident. Magnussen would say his goodbyes on December 13th, alongside Sergio Perez emotionally parting ways with Racing Point & Sebastian Vettel ending his five-year stint with Scuderia Ferrari. Daniel Ricciardo left Renault Racing in an uneventful & unemotional goodbye. However, sadness was evoked team-wide for the departing of Carlos Sainz from McLaren to Scuderia Ferrari.
Carlos Sainz is replacing Sebastian Vettel at Scuderia Ferrari, with the German Four-Time Champion moving to Aston Martin for 2021. An emotional goodbye was inevitable for Vettel, who was seen handing beers to engineers & team members. Helmet swaps were also initiated between Charles Leclerc, teammate to Sebastian Vettel since 2019. This moment will likely mark the highlight of their final weekend racing together, with the entirety of their relationship seeing dramatic results through 2019 & 2020. Notable instances including the two crashing in 2020, marking two consecutive DNFs in one race. That hadn’t happened for Scuderia Ferrari in decades.
Charles Leclerc honoured Sebastian Vettel at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, where his design was resemblant of regular helmets issued by Vettel for each race. Both men wrote goodbye sentiments to each other, with Charles noting the influential information learned by Sebastian Vettel since becoming his teammate & that all the odds have been forgiven, that he’ll genuinely miss his partnership.
Heartfelt goodbyes were issued to Charles Leclerc by Sebastian Vettel, a man who’s fathered one child. Sentiments from Sebastian mentioned that Charles is the most talented driver he has witnessed in 15 Years of Formula One. He told Leclerc not to waste that potential, and to enjoy whatever he does with a smile. Seb would close-out his helmet goodbye to Charles by saying Thanks for Everything.
Respiratory concerns are likely beginning for Lewis Hamilton after contracting Covid-19 in Bahrain before December 1st. Formula One’s most influential & statistically greatest driver was sustaining mild conditions on December 4th. However, updated information from Mercedes Team Boss Toto Wolff indicates that symptoms have worsened & Hamilton’s state have passed mild.
Lewis Hamilton nears age forty, meaning immune systems are weakening. Fighting against the most prominent virus in decades isn’t easily managed for middle-aged adults. Athletic personalities near this age group have expressed the pain & discomfort associated with Covid, which is being proven with Hamilton in December 2020.
This marks the third driver in Formula One that’s contracted Covid-19, with Sergio Perez being the first & Lance Stroll being second. Confirmations were made by Team Boss Toto Wolff on December 1st, noting that Hamilton began isolating from Bahrain & would be transferred to Abu Dhabi via private helicopter. When questioned on the possibility of Lewis Hamilton competing in the last Grand Prix for Formula One’s 2020 season, Toto Wolff appeared hesitant to make any promises.
December 4th saw Toto Wolff indicate that Lewis Hamilton would have to heal from Covid-19 & pass two consecutive tests with negative results before being permitted for competition. When accounting that Hamilton’s condition worsened over the nights of December 4th to 5th, Toto Wolff suggesting it’s feasible for Lewis to return is unlikely. This means that replacement driver George Russel would compete for Mercedes in the final two races.
No More Lewis
Sentiments from Wolff noted that multiple athletic personalities have struggled to overcome Covid-19, sustaining their infections for prolonged periods & being unable to compete in their respective sport. Lewis Hamilton could be a similar situation, which is horrible for the seven-time champion upon contract renewal. George Russell performing at Hamilton’s level could ruin all bargaining incentives that Lewis sustains. More & More, it appears Lewis Hamilton won’t drive in 2021.
International audiences were shocked by the unexpected incident involving Romain Grosjean in Formula One. Viewers witnessed Romain’s Haas divert towards the right at 225km/h. His vehicle struck the barriers & pierced through, prompting Romain’s Haas to break apart in half. An explosion followed immediately afterwards & flames engulfed Grosjean, prompting immediate concern that these two consecutive events killed this French native. Cheers would be heard across the paddock & worldwide amongst supporters when Romain Grosjean jumped from his vehicle eighteen seconds later. However, it’d be almost ten minutes before supporters learned that Romain survived this traumatic event.
FIA Medical Personnel demanded that Grosjean attend a local hospital, prompting his immediate departure from Bahrain International Circuit & towards a local military hospital. Pictures were later posted to social media, showing that Romain Grosjean had received prompt healthcare & will heal from his burn injuries. The Team Boss of Haas spoke with reporters at Bahrain, informing the media that Romain is doing well & that medical advisements regarding his condition cannot be made. Light burns on Romain’s ankles and wrists were confirmed by Guenther Steiner, who afterwards thanked rescue crews that attended to Grosjean’s aid. The recovery timespan seen was incredible.
Eighteen Seconds of Death
Romain Grosjean was barricaded inside the flaming wreckage for eighteen seconds before forcibly removing himself from his Haas. It’s this action that prompted his light burns on the hand & wrist, but subsequently saved his life. Formula One’s Chief Medical Doctor was seen jumping into the flames, reaching desperately from Romain Grosjean & assisting with his removal. Ambulances were on-scene immediately, taking the Haas driver towards helicopter pads in Bahrain. Footage afterwards showed his car had melted & if Grosjean hadn’t left his vehicle after eighteen seconds, there’s no guarantee he would be alive today.
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.
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.