The French GP on June 28 is now pencilled in as the season-opener.
“We have been working closely with our friends at the Canadian Grand Prix over the past few weeks and support them in taking this necessary decision to ensure the safety of fans and the F1 community,” said F1 chairman Chase Carey.
“We always look forward to travelling to the incredible city of Montreal and while we will all have to wait a bit longer, we will put on a great show when we arrive later this year.”
Of the nine races scrapped so far, only two – in Australia and Monaco – have been cancelled altogether, with F1 hopeful of fitting the other seven into their schedule later in the year.
Although what that calendar might look like, and when it will start, is still unknown due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
What F1 races have been called off?
March 15: Australian GP – Cancelled
March 22: Bahrain GP – Postponed
April 5: Vietnam GP – Postponed
April 19: Chinese GP – Postponed
May 3: Dutch GP – Postponed
May 17: Spanish GP – Postponed
May 31: Monaco GP – Cancelled
June 7: Azerbaijan GP – Postponed
June 14: Canadian GP – Postponed
This article was originally published by Sky Sports and reproduced with permission.
Daniel Ricciardo will reportedly take a monster pay cut as part of his multi-year deal to join McLaren from 2021.
The 30-year-old Aussie stunned the Formula 1 grid when his contract with the English team was announced just days after Ferrari confirmed Sebastian Vettel will be replaced by Carlos Sainz at the end of the year.
Details of Ricciardo’s bold move are now beginning to leak out, according to a veteran French Formula 1 journalist.
Ricciardo enjoyed one of the largest pay packets in Formula 1 since joining Renault at the start of the 2019 season — but his days of challenging Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel on the sport’s top-earners list now appear numbered.
The report claims Ricciardo was set to earn a stunning 25 million euros ($41.5m) with Renault during the 2020 Formula 1 season before the Aussie accepted a pay cut during the coronavirus-enforced season lock down.
Now Limacher claims Ricciardo’s deal with McLaren is worth $17 million per-year (10 million euros per year) — less than half his current deal.
The 15 million euro ($A24m) per-year pay cut would represent a 60 per cent dive.
However, the fine print in the contract reportedly includes a series of juicy bonuses for the Aussie, including:
— Ricciardo has been guaranteed status as the team’s No. 1 driver
— Ricciardo’s contract is for two years with an option in his favour for a one-year extension through to the end of the 2023 season; and
— Ricciardo can unlock a series of bonus payments reportedly ranging from 400,000 euros every time he collects championship points to 1 million euros for each grand prix victory.
Rosberg told F1 Unscripted this month how he struggled to be heard within the team, and even had to compete with Schumacher to use the toilet, which the F1 legend used as a tool for his unique brand of mind games.
“There are so many examples, the Monaco bathroom for example,” Rosberg said, speaking about how Schumacher was a “psychological warrior”.
“Five minutes before qualifying, there’s only one bathroom in the garage. He knows that I’m standing outside.
“I’m knocking like crazy, telling whoever is in there to please get out because I’m panicking, I need to pee before qualifying.
“He’s in there, just looking at his watch, chilling, knowing he’s going to create more and more stress in my mind, and then with one minute to go, he walks out all chilled out, and is like, ‘Oh sorry, I didn’t know you were there!’
Rosberg said the games went on, citing how Schumacher would always walk around topless in the engineering room, flaunting his six-pack.
“It was another statement of strength to impress everybody who is there,” Rosberg said. “His body was pretty sculptured. It just went on and on. There were infinite examples like that.”
Rosberg also joined Mercedes in 2010 following the team’s takeover of Brawn GP, which won with Jenson Button the previous year.
He was set to be partnered by Nick Heidfeld until Schumacher announced his return, seemingly out of nowhere, to catch Rosberg by surprise.
“The name Schumacher was not even on the horizon, no-one was even talking about that,” Rosberg remembered. “And then suddenly Ross [Brawn] calls me and says, ‘By the way, your teammate is not going to be Jenson Button or Nick Heidfeld, it’s going to be Michael Schumacher’.
“I was like oh my God, craziest thoughts, that I would have no chance, that the whole team would go against me, that Michael would manipulate his way through.
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“And also I don’t even know, ‘Can I keep up with him? He’s the greatest of all-time, do I even have a chance?’ That was pretty crazy moment.”
Schumacher’s presence in the Mercedes garage was larger than life. In Rosberg’s words, he “was like God in the team”.
When it came to strategy meetings, Rosberg said he felt like a ghost in the room and that the team would only address him.
“So I then addressed that to the strategist that was holding those meetings, and we reflected on that together, and it really had a big impact, and from then on, strategy meetings were much better then for me,” Rosberg said.
“I felt much more comfortable, and I did get that attention from him just by showing my invulnerability in the end, and expressing my feelings.”
For all the gamesmanship, Rosberg went on to beat Schumacher in all three of their seasons as teammates. He also claimed Mercedes’ first win in F1 in over 50 years at the 2012 Chinese Grand Prix, and eventually became a world champion in 2016.
Schumacher only claimed one podium in his second coming, but at 43 years old, he was the oldest to do so since Jack Brabham in 1970. He retired for good at the end of 2012.
The door is opening for Daniel Ricciardo to make a shock wildcard entry with his future McLaren team at the Bathurst 1000.
The Aussie Formula 1 driver has repeatedly flirted with the idea of driving a Supercar competitively — and his new team could provide the ingredients to make the dream a reality.
The 30-year-old star confirmed last week he is making a seismic move from Renault to English-based team McLaren for the 2021 Formula 1 season — and his new team boss Zak Brown is already thinking of side projects for Ricciardo to sink his teeth into when he arrives at the end of the 2020 season.
One of those projects includes a wildcard entry into the Bathurst 1000.
Brown, who bought into Supercars team Walkinshaw Andretti United in 2018, gave a preliminary green light to the project in a recent interview with Supercars Sidetracked on Fox Sports.
“I think they’d both love to do it,” Brown said of Ricciardo and teammate Lando Norris teaming up for a Bathurst assault.
“I think people now know I’m a little bit different than most of the team bosses in F1 as I like to see our drivers go out and give it a go at Daytona or Le Mans, things of that nature.
“I think it’ll just come down to schedule and whether they can fit it in the schedule.
“I’d love to see them do it there (in Bathurst).
“Let’s see. For sure, they’ll get a go in my Holden.”
Norris, who recently took part in a the Supercars All Stars Eseries also recently gave the project his approval.
“100 per cent. In fact, Zak Brown has one,” he said.
“We went to a track day once a couple of years ago. I didn’t get to drive it there but he says he’s allowing me to drive it if we ever go out on a track day again in his V8.
“I would love to, especially because it’s so fun to drive on the simulator. I’m sure it’s even better to drive on the actual race track. It’s a handful, but in a good way. It’s a lot of fun to drive.”