On the Way to Turkey GP: race schedule
Calendar 2021: no Vietnam, an unexpected hole in 2021 calendar
Next season, according to the wishes of the circus’s top management, it will be divided into 23 GP – a record figure aimed at recovering some of the losses recorded in this 2020 marked by the pandemic – although a new headquarters must already be found after the step back of Vietnam, which postponed its F1 debut perhaps to 2022. Below are the dates per hour estimated by Liberty Media and anticipated by the English newspaper BBC Sport. It starts on March 21 in Australia, grand final in Abu Dhabi on December 5. Two news are waiting to find out which circuit will replace Vietnam: this is the Dutch Grand Prix in Zandvoort – which was supposed to debut already in this 2020 – and the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix in Jeddah.
The Vietnam Grand Prix on paper was due to conclude the quartet of inaugural races in the East on April 25 after melbourne’s usual season opener in Australia followed by stops in Bahrain and Shanghai in China. The fact that F1 will not make its way to Vietnam in 2021- an unexpected hole in 2021 calendar – opens up a space in next season’s record-breaking calendar that would like to be divided into 23 fixes. As the European season would open after the Hanoi round, the latter could be enriched by an additional stage before the Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona. There are currently five circuits that have the greatest chance of being considered as backup tracks in case of need. According to the racefans.net it is Istanbul Park, Portimao, Imola, Sepang and an event in Germany or hockenheim or nurburgring.
F1 Calendar 2021 (draft)
- March 21 Australian Grand Prix (Melbourne)
- March 28 Bahrain Grand Prix (Sakhir)
- April 11 Chinese Grand Prix (Shanghai)
- April 25 to be assigned
- May 9 Spanish Grand Prix (Barcelona)
- May 23 Monaco Grand Prix (Monte Carlo)
- June 6 Azerbaijan Grand Prix (Baku)
- June 13 Canadian Grand Prix (Montreal)
- June 27 French Grand Prix (Paul Ricard)
- July 4 Austrian Grand Prix (Red Bull Ring)
- July 18 British Grand Prix (Silverstone)
- August 1 Hungarian Grand Prix (Hungaroring)
- August 29 Belgian Grand Prix (Spa)
- September 5 Dutch Grand Prix (Zandvoort)
- September 12 Italian Grand Prix (Monza)
- September 26 Russian Grand Prix (Sochi)
- October 3 Singapore Grand Prix (Marina Bay)
- October 10 Japanese Grand Prix (Suzuka)
- October 24 United States Grand Prix (Austin)
- October 31 Mexican Grand Prix (Mexico City)
- November 14 Brazilian Grand Prix (Interlagos)
- November 28 Saudi Arabia Grand Prix (Jeddah)
- December 5 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix (Yas Marina)
Race schedule (UTC+1)
Friday 13th November:
- Free Practise 1 09:00-10:30
- Free Practise 2 13:00-14:30
Saturday 14th November:
- Free Practise 3 10:00-11:00
- Qualifying session 13:00-14:00
Sunday 15th November:
- Race 11:10-13:10
The characteristics of the track – F1 Turkey GP
The Istanbul Circuit will host the thirteenth test of the 2020 Formula One World Championship. The Formula 1 Circus returns to racing on this track after several years since the last event took place in 2011. Intercity Istanbul Park is a modern track, designed by Hermann Tilke and inaugurated in 2005 with the first Turkish GP in the history of Formula 1. The circuit measures 5.3 kilometers and consists of 14 curves, of which 6 on the right and 8 on the left that face each other counterclockwise. It is characterized by strong slope changes and particularly demanding curves, such as the iconic “Turn 8“, with four rope points and a travel time of almost 6 seconds. Another point highly appreciated by the drivers is turn 1 which resembles the famous Eau Rouge of Spa-Francorchamps. Like all modern slopes it has a rather wide caress between 14 and 21.5 meters.
Aerodynamically, the right compromise will have to be found
At the aerodynamic load level the teams will have to find the right compromise as you will have to be very fast in the straights but it will take a lot of load to better face the medium-high speed curves. Simulations indicate that the recommended load is of a high level which should ensure the right compromise in terms of efficiency and aerodynamic balance. Cars with greater aerodynamic efficiency, such as Mercedes and Red Bull, could opt for more exhaust aerodynamic arrangements.
This would allow them to have greater speed on the forehand without wasting too much time on the guided sections. Having a more exhaust trim will certainly have benefits on fuel consumption in the race since, using less ala, it will allow drivers not to save gasoline and to be able to push to the maximum throughout the race.
Overtaking is quite favorable also thanks to the presence of a double DRS zone. In addition to the main straight (Speed trap before turn 12) it will also be possible to open the moving side in the stretch of track between turn 11 and 12 two DRS zones: from turn 11 to turn 12 and on the main straight.
Pirelli conservative due to new asphalt
For this race the three hardest compounds in the range have been named: P Zero White hard C1, P Zero Yellow medium C2 and P Zero Red soft C3. As in Portugal, the allocation is slightly different in Turkey: each driver will have seven sets of soft, three medium and three hard to face the Turkish track, very demanding on the tires also in terms of traction, downforce and side loads. The most challenging curve for tires is number 8. It is a very long curve to the left, with several rope points.
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“Mattia has always tried to approach her role in an innovative way, trying to think a little so to speak ‘out of the box‘. For this reason, he organized the working methods in such a way as to give him all the flexibility necessary to manage priorities as efficiently as possible: he had already done so when he was technical director and, even more so, he has done so since he was team principal. Maybe at first it will be a little strange not to see him physically in briefings or on the wall but I am sure that he will make extensive use of the communication technologies currently so popular that his voice and inputs will reach everyone loud and clear, both inside and outside the team“.