Silverstone business set back five years by pandemic – F1

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Silverstone boss Stuart Pringle says the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic has set the business of the home of Formula 1’s British Grand Prix “back about five years”.

The Northamptonshire track was forced to shut down for 12 weeks as a result of the UK government lockdown coming into effect on 23 March.

That occurred just as the track was set to exit its usual quiet trading period over the winter and in early spring, and it has been forced to cancel several major events – including what was set to the 2020/21 World Endurance Championship season opener and the British MotoGP round for 2020.

The upcoming British and 70th Anniversary GPs were rearranged after discussions with F1, but they will take place without fans, which removes valuable ticket revenue – although it is understood that Silverstone will not pay its usual F1 event hosting fee and the championship

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Reversed and alternate Silverstone F1 layouts were never an option – F1

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Silverstone boss Stuart Pringle says using the circuit’s alternative layouts or running its Grand Prix track in reverse were never serious considerations for the rearranged 2020 Formula 1 season.

During talks with F1 that eventually ended with Silverstone agreeing to host this weekend’s British GP and the follow-on 70th Anniversary race, Pringle suggested “nothing’s off the table” when it came to ideas to reorganise the coronavirus-disrupted campaign.

But the track’s managing director has now explained the impracticalities of F1 trying to race on one of Silverstone’s alternative layouts – the 1.851-mile International Circuit and the 1.639-mile National Circuit (there is also the sub-one-mile Stowe Circuit) – or reversing the usual F1 track.

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“Well it wasn’t [really a serious idea] because Silverstone is about the Grand Prix circuit – you can’t go the other way around,” Pringle told Autosport.

“That was just me

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F1 70th Anniversary GP: Verstappen beats Hamilton and Bottas at Silverstone – F1

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Max Verstappen beat Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas as the softer tyres and hot temperatures at Silverstone led to Red Bull defeating Mercedes in Formula 1’s 70th Anniversary Grand Prix.

Verstappen’s hard starting tyres paid off immediately in the first stint, while polesitter Bottas lost out in a late wheel-to-wheel fight with Hamilton, who had run longer in the middle phase of the race.

Charles Leclerc took another unexpectedly high result for Ferrari with fourth, while team-mate Sebastian Vettel had to put in a recovery drive after spinning at the start.

At the start, Bottas held the lead off the line while behind the two Mercedes cars Verstappen immediately launched past Hulkenberg to seize third.

In the pack behind, Vettel spun at the first corner after getting onto the inside kerb at Abbey while following Leclerc – with Vettel fortunate not to wipe out Carlos Sainz Jr as he snapped

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Silverstone F2: Tsunoda handed sprint win after Prema’s drivers clash – F2

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A collision between Prema’s Ferrari juniors Mick Schumacher and Robert Shwartzman handed Red Bull Honda protege Yuki Tsunoda victory in the second Formula 2 sprint race at Silverstone.

With just three laps to go, reverse-grid front row starters Shwartzman and Schumacher diced for the race lead, having run in formation for the previous 17 laps.

Schumacher had a look to the inside of Shwartzman at Village but was forced to wait until the Wellington Straight to make his move.

Schumacher was marginally ahead of F2 rookie Shwartzman into Brooklands but moved across on his team-mate and the duo collided with Shwartzman damaging his front wing.

Carlin’s Tsunoda, who was denied a maiden F2 win earlier in the year at the Red Bull Ring as a result of team radio issues, vaulted into the race lead as Schumacher recovered to second place.

Reigning FIA Formula 3 champion Shwartzman ran in third

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Ticktum: Silverstone Formula 2 radio messages “taken out of context” – F2

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Formula 2 driver Dan Ticktum has responded to criticism over his radio messages during Saturday’s feature race at Silverstone, saying his words were “taken out of context”.

Ticktum was heard fuming over team radio after claiming he nearly had a collision with Haas Formula 1 junior Louis Deletraz when battling for position.

“Next time that **** pulls a kamikaze move like that, I’m going to crash with him, I tell you that,” Ticktum said to his engineer.

“I will never give him that much respect ever again.”

Ticktum went on to finish the opening F2 round of the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix weekend in 15th place for DAMS after slipping through the field amid struggles with tyre degradation.

The video clip of the incident and the radio call went viral on social media following the race, leading to a wave of criticism against Ticktum for his comments.

But the former

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Vettel “going up against a wall” to find Ferrari F1 pace at Silverstone – F1

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Sebastian Vettel feels like he is “going up against a wall” in trying to work out how to get more speed from his Ferrari in Formula 1’s 70th Anniversary GP.

After a tough time at last weekend’s British Grand Prix, Vettel had hoped for an uplift in form at the 70th Anniversary GP.

However, he has not shown much better form and failed to make it through to Q3 again.

With teammate Charles Leclerc ending up eighth on the grid, Vettel could only set the 12th fastest time in Q2 – but will start in 11th spot after Esteban Ocon was given a grid penalty.

Speaking to Sky Italia after qualifying, Vettel said that he and the team had run out of answers as to what was lacking with his car after trying a host of experiments.

“We’ve tried a lot of things and I have to compliment my team

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Silverstone F2: Ilott dominates feature race to take points lead – F2

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Ferrari junior Callum Ilott vaulted into the lead of the 2020 Formula 2 drivers’ championship with a supreme feature race win at Silverstone.

UNI-Virtuosi’s Ilott dominated proceedings in the second feature race at Silverstone to earn his second victory of the season and the championship lead.

He comfortably led away from pole position – managing to avoid stalling his car, which cost him a front-row start last Saturday – and switched to the hard tyres from the soft tyres on lap seven of the 29-lap race.

Ilott held a small advantage over Renault junior Christian Lundgaard before he made his pitstop but, once he emerged from the pits, Ilott built a lead of over eight seconds in just a few laps.

This extended to over 10 seconds when ART Grand Prix’s Lundgaard ran off the track at Brooklands with just a handful of laps to go.

Lundgaard clawed back a

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Silverstone F2: Ferrari junior Ilott becomes first repeat polesitter of 2020 – F2

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Ferrari junior Callum Ilott became the first repeat polesitter of the 2020 Formula 2 season after topping qualifying for the second weekend at Silverstone.

UNI-Virtuosi’s Ilott claimed his second pole of the year with a 1m39.062s lap, which denied Renault junior Christian Lundgaard his maiden pole position by just over a tenth of a second.

Lundgaard put ART Grand Prix at the top of the timesheets after the first qualifying runs, but Ilott was able to displace the Danish driver with an impressive late effort.

Ex-Red Bull junior Ilott languished down in 12th place after his opening run, but found over six tenths on his second run to rise to the top.

His pole position was confirmed when DAMS’ Sean Gelael spun at Copse and brought out yellow flags that denied the likes of Ilott’s team-mate Guanyu Zhou – who had set the fastest first sector – a chance at

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F1 70th Anniversary GP: Hamilton beats Bottas in FP2 at Silverstone – F1

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Lewis Hamilton beat Valtteri Bottas to the top spot in FP2 for Formula 1’s 70th Anniversary Grand Prix, with the Mercedes drivers setting their best times on different tyre compounds.

Under cloudy skies at a nevertheless hot Silverstone, Hamilton wound up fastest on the medium Pirelli rubber, 0.176s quicker than his team-mate’s effort on the soft tyres.

The session was ended with just over two minutes to go after late mechanical problems caused Sebastian Vettel and Antonio Giovinazzi to stop on track.

Kevin Magnussen and Daniil Kvyat set the early pace on the medium tyres before Racing Point’s Lance Stroll established the top spot benchmark at 1m27.179s on the softs, with nearly 15 minutes of the 90-minute session completed.

Nico Hulkenberg then demoted his Racing Point team-mate with his own initial run on the softs, before Stroll hit back to retake first place seconds before Bottas completed his first flying

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F1 70th Anniversary GP: Bottas pips Hamilton in FP1 at Silverstone – F1

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Valtteri Bottas pipped Mercedes Formula 1 team-mate Lewis Hamilton to lead opening practice for the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix on Friday at Silverstone.

Mercedes eased to a 1-2 finish in first practice as drivers got their first chance to sample Pirelli’s softer tyre selection for the second Silverstone race weekend.

All drivers opted to complete all of their of running on the C4 tyre, which is the soft compound for this race and was not used at the British Grand Prix last weekend.

Many reported high wear on the soft compound as the track temperature rose to 45ºC during first practice.

Bottas set his fastest time of 1m26.166s on the tyre en route to the head of the timing screens on Friday afternoon, beating Hamilton by one-tenth of a second in the final classification.

Mercedes was able to dominate proceedings once again as nearest challenger Max Verstappen finished over seven-tenths

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