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A selection of the latest Formula One news and blog posts.
F1 entry fee even more expensive for Mercedes It is all good and well winning the championship but that means a hefty entry fee for the next season with Mercedes set to pay $5.5m for 2020. While teams pay a standard entry fee to the FIA, they also pay per point scored in the previous season. That means Mercedes, who won the 2019 championship with 765 points, can expect a hefty bill for 2020.
RaceFans Round-up: Bottas starts off-season in 'low-risk no-pressure' rally The pole tally is worrying for Hamilton. I'm skeptical Bottas got much faster. Has time caught up with the best qualifier in F1? It was an amazing season for Hamilton. It seems like he has been battling from second all season. I don't remember another driver fighting so hard for victories all season, yet making few mistakes.
F1 2020 drivers, Esteban Ocon, Daniel Ricciardo news, Renault F1, F1 2019 news Daniel Ricciardo’s new teammate Esteban Ocon started work as a Renault Formula One driver in post-season testing on Tuesday and said it was good to be back behind the wheel.
F1 2020 calendar, F1 2019 news, F1 calendar, Liberty Media F1 When Formula One returns in 2020, there will be a record 22 races on the schedule with renewed concerns about the demands being placed on those who keep the travelling circus on the road.
Liberty Media's Chase Carey says F1 is still too complicated for many fans All 10 teams have agreed in principle with the new technical and sporting rules for 2021, but the teams are still negotiating new commercial agreements with Liberty Media and the FIA. "We have got too many complicated penalties and rules," Carey said, according to an article in the London Independent.
F1 in embarrassing U-turn as famous chequered flag is reinstated just year after it was axed for digital board FORMULA ONE has been forced into making an embarrassing U-turn - reinstating the famous chequered flag just A YEAR after it was axed for in favour of a digital board. A new system was introduced to the sport for the 2019 season to mark the official end of a race rather than the traditional handheld flag.
Red Mist: Hamilton has a very real Ferrari conundrum This whole Lewis Hamilton to Ferrari thing has me wondering… Of course, I told you that was a pretty good idea a week or two before it became such a popular news trend.
Bernie Ecclestone: I won't have a legacy and will be 'quickly forgotten' Former F1 chief Bernie Ecclestone believes he won't have a legacy when he passes, insisting despite everything he has achieved he will be "quickly forgotten". Ecclestone sold his shares in Formula 1 to Liberty Media at the end of 2016 for an estimated $8bn and has since been serving time under the new management as Chairman Emeritus.
Aston Martin shares accelerate on talk of bid by F1 billionaire Lawrence Stroll, owner of Formula One team Racing point, seeking large stake.
Sebastian Vettel must seek professional help - Mark Webber Sebastian Vettel will need to seek professional help to unlock a "new phase of passion and energy" ahead of the 2020 Formula 1 season, according to former team-mate Mark Webber. Vettel endured a tough 2019 season - many would claim it has been his toughest in the sport - after being beaten by Ferrari newcomer Charles Leclerc.
Robert Kubica to test for BMW in DTM Robert Kubica may be swapping Formula 1 for DTM as it's been announced he will be taking part in the DTM rookie test at Jerez later this month.
Robert Kubica to return to BMW for DTM test - RaceFans Robert Kubica will reunite with BMW for a test in their DTM car at Jerez next week. Kubica will drive the BMW M4 DTM in the championship's young driver test alongside Nick Yelloly. "I would like to thank BMW Motorsport for the opportunity," said Kubica.
Sporting Regulations updated and tweaked for 2020 Some minor changes have been written into the Sporting Regulations for 2020, including the return of the chequered flag. At the latest meeting of the World Motorsport Council in Paris on Wednesday, several decisions have been made to tweak the Formula 1 Sporting and Technical Regulations for the 2020 season.
Why Sebastian Vettel was so hard on himself over his F1 2019 season Sebastian Vettel has explained his downbeat assessment of his Formula 1 season as a desire to be "honest" and admission he was not as good as he could have been. The four-time world champion won just one grand prix in 2019 and finished fifth in the drivers' championship, his worst result since joining Ferrari in '15.
Formula 1 Dad and Canadian billionaire Lawrence Stroll wants massive stake in Aston Martin Lawrence Stroll, who owns the Racing Point F1 team, is reportedly seeking to acquire a stake in James Bond's favourite automobile company, a decision which sent shares in the classic car company soaring by more than 17 per cent today.
F1 fans can't follow complex rules says Carey F1 CEO Chase Carey says fans "really can't follow" the sport's overly complex rules. The ten teams have now agreed in principle with the brand new technical and sporting rules for 2021, but are still negotiating new commercial agreements with Liberty Media and the FIA.
The price of success: Mercedes to pay record F1 entrance fee Mercedes will pay Formula 1's highest-ever entrance fee for the 2020 FIA Formula 1 World Championship following its sixth successive Constructors' title victory.
Schumacher: Second F2 year can be "head start" for F1 2021 Ferrari junior Mick Schumacher believes he can get a 'head start' for Formula 1 by staying in Formula 2 for another season, after being passed up for a 2020 F1 promotion.
F1 waves chequered flag for tradition over technology LONDON - Formula One's governing body has ruled for tradition over technology when it comes to deciding the official end of a grand prix. The FIA said in a statement after a World Motor Sport Council meeting in Paris that the waved chequered flag would be reinstated next season as the "definitive end-of-race signal".
Mercedes to pay highest ever F1 entry fee in 2020 Mercedes' success in its record-breaking 2019 Formula 1 season means it must pay its highest-ever FIA entry fee for next year, despite scoring fewer points than in 2016.
Mercedes to pay highest ever F1 entry fee in 2020 after record 2019 Mercedes' success in its record-breaking 2019 Formula 1 season means it must pay its highest-ever FIA entry fee for next year, despite scoring fewer points than in '16.
Racing Point F1 Could Soon be Posing Aston Martin Name Owing to Lawrence Stroll The SportPesa Racing Point Formula 1 team has just one year under its belt, but it may not last long. According to the rumour mill, the team could undergo another change in identity. As it turns out, automobile manufacturer Aston Martin could get a shoe into the Formula One squad.
Nico Hulkenberg 'excited' by some parts of break from Formula 1 Nico Hulkenberg says he is partly "excited" about some elements of not being on the Formula 1 grid for the 2020 season. Hulkenberg will be replaced at Renault by Esteban Ocon next year and has been unsuccessful in landing a seat elsewhere, with all the remaining spots on the 2020 grid already locked out.
F1 changes "draconian" weighbridge rule for 2020 Formula 1 has changed its controversial weighbridge rules for 2020 on the back of complaints about penalties that were handed out this year.
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