Should Mercedes choose Ocon or Bottas? Making sense of the 2020 F1 driver market

F1’s summer break is traditionally the time when decisions are made over driver line-ups for the following year, and as F1 left the paddock in Hungary last weekend, there were as many rumoured changes as confirmed drivers for 2020. Below, we outline the situation at each team and attempt to cut through the paddock chatter to figure out who is going where next year… Mercedes 2020 lineup: Lewis Hamilton, TBC Mercedes holds the key to this year’s driver market as it makes a straight choice between incumbent race driver Valtteri…

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Arrow to Chevy upsets Hinchcliffe’s Honda deal

McLaren is partnering with Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports for a full-time return to IndyCar competition next season that includes a switch from Honda to Chevrolet, raising questions about Honda-sponsored Arrow driver James Hinchcliffe. The new two-car team will be renamed Arrow McLaren Racing SP and rely on Arrow SPM’s current infrastructure. Arrow currently fields cars for Hinchcliffe and Marcus Ericsson, but Hinchcliffe is a longtime Honda ambassador and star of ads for the automaker in North America. McLaren Racing CEO Zak Brown said Ericsson is under a one-year contract that…

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McLaren to complete full IndyCar return in 2020

McLaren will return to full-time IndyCar racing in 2020 in partnership with Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports and Chevrolet. The British team will be renamed Arrow McLaren Racing SP, entering two Chevrolet-powered cars in next year’s championship. No drivers were mentioned. Former Indianapolis 500 winner Gil de Ferran, the sporting director of McLaren Racing, will lead a dedicated group independent of the Formula One team. McLaren last competed full-time in the IndyCar championship in 1979. “This team provides McLaren with the right synergy as a strategic partner for our return to…

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Mexican GP secures three-year deal to stay in F1

The Mexican Grand Prix has secured a three-year deal to remain in Formula One until the end of 2022 despite losing its public funding. The future of the race was in doubt after the federal government announced it would no longer subsidise the grand prix once the existing contract expired at the end of this year. However, with the help of Mexico City’s local government, the promoter of the event agreed a new deal with F1 that makes use of private investment to ensure the race remains on the calendar…

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The statistics behind Gasly’s 2019 season make for grim reading

Pierre Gasly’s current form is so bad that even Lewis Hamilton couldn’t resist having a dig after the Hungarian Grand Prix — the five-time world champion playfully suggested to Max Verstappen that Fernando Alonso would be a much better teammate. 1 Related The French driver appears to be clinging on to his seat with his fingertips and it seems like only a drastic turnaround after the summer break can ensure he stays put. Here is a look at some statistics that highlight the predicament Gasly and Red Bull find themselves…

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Mexican Grand Prix set to announce new contract

The mayor of Mexico City has revealed the Mexican Grand Prix will remain on the Formula One calendar beyond 2019, with details of the new contract due to be announced on Thursday. 1 Related The Mexican Grand Prix returned to the F1 calendar in 2015 and October’s race in Mexico City will be the last of the original five-year deal. A renewal was uncertain at the start of the year after public funding was withdrawn from the race, but the grand prix is now set to form part of a…

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Hamilton relished opportunity to race Verstappen

Lewis Hamilton said the chance to fight Max Verstappen for victory at the Hungarian Grand Prix was a thrill like no other a racing driver can have. The two drivers had dominated the build-up to the 11th race of 2019, with Red Bull boss Christian Horner playfully suggesting Verstappen is the best driver in F1 right now and Hamilton responding by saying he would happily have the Dutchman join him at Mercedes to prove himself in equal machinery. Fittingly, they duked it out for victory on Sunday, going wheel-to-wheel at…

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Hamilton vs. Verstappen lived up to the billing

BUDAPEST, Hungary– It was the one we’d all been waiting for: a straight fight between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen for victory. A five-time world champion, arguably the greatest driver of the modern era, versus the man who will spend the next decade chasing down his records. Up until now they have been the two star drivers of the 2019 season, albeit separated by a significant car advantage for Hamilton. But in Hungary, the track suited the rapidly improving Red Bull, and we finally saw the two best drivers in…

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Wolff felt sad for Bottas after Hungarian Grand Prix

BUDAPEST, Hungary — Mercedes boss Toto Wolff said it was difficult to enjoy Lewis Hamilton’s Hungarian Grand Prix victory after seeing Valtteri Bottas endure such a tough race at a crucial time in his career. At some point in the next four weeks, Wolff is expected to decide whether Bottas or highly-rated Mercedes junior Esteban Ocon will partner Hamilton at the team next year. Bottas looked to be a title contender after a strong start to the season but has faded from that battle in recent races. 1 Related After…

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Hamilton and Verstappen has the makings of F1’s next great rivalry

BUDAPEST, Hungary — Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen made everyone else look fairly ordinary on Sunday, including the other two men they share an identical car with. There’s lots to digest from the Hungarian Grand Prix, the last race before the four-week summer break, and the most obvious place to start is with a rivalry which is finally bubbling into something with box office potential. 1 Related Hamilton vs. Verstappen lives up to its billing: Just like it was strange that it took Max Verstappen so long to score a…

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