Yes, three months after the season was originally scheduled to begin in Australia, we are now gearing up for its return after the Covid-19 outbreak. Albeit behind closed doors.
A new calendar of eight rounds was recently announced, eight being the magic number for the season to count as a World Championship. The new calendar starts with a double header at the Red Bull Ring in Austria, followed by a race in Hungary at the Hungaroring before going into another double header here in the UK at Silverstone. This is followed by the Circuit De Catalunya in Spain with the fan favourites of the Belgium Grand Prix at Spa Francorchamps and the Italian Grand Prix at Monza rounding it up. The FIA have also said that they are hoping to add more races in due course, so the good news for fans is that we can expect the calendar to be longer than this.
Before there was even any news of the season restarting the F1 “silly season” was in full swing. Sebastian Vettel announced that he would be leaving Ferrari at the end of 2020. Ferrari wasted no time announcing his replacement just days later with Carlos Sainz Jnr taking his place for 2021. This left a space open at McLaren, with them announcing the same day that Daniel Ricciardo will join them.
Of course this leaves a space open at Renault for 2021, and the future of Sebastian Vettel yet to be decided.
The rumour mill has been spinning with talk of where Vettel might end up, and whispers of a potential return for Fernando Alonso to go to Renault are also in the mix; but only time will tell.
One thing is for sure though, with the season only just about to begin we are in for plenty more twists and turns yet on and off track, and i’m sure you’re just as excited as we are for the season to begin.