Mar.20 (GMM) Lewis Hamilton says it’s “great” to discover after the Australian grand prix that his car was damaged.
Despite starting from pole, the Mercedes driver was beaten to the first corner and the chequered flag in Melbourne by his teammate Valtteri Bottas.
Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel said Hamilton’s driving last Sunday was strange.
“I don’t know what Lewis was doing,” he said.
“I think he was probably bored and not happy because he lost the start.”
But Hamilton, the five time world champion, said damage to the floor of his car was discovered after the race.
“It’s great to see that there was a reason,” he said. “We’re going to turn the page.”
Mika Hakkinen, a former two-time champion, says seeing how Hamilton bounces back from Melbourne will be interesting.
“It will be interesting to see how Lewis Hamilton responds to this result because we know he is not interested in finishing second, especially to his teammate,” he wrote in his Unibet column.
“Lewis will be hoping that Valtteri’s success is a one-off, but should this be repeated in Bahrain or China it will be fascinating to watch how the team dynamic changes. This battle is only just starting,” Hakkinen added.
F1 Changes Starting in 2021 - After many months of discussions and deliberations, Formula 1’s ten teams have now agreed to the terms of the “Concorde Agreement” that binds them to the world championship for another five years.
This agreement is a contract between Formula 1, the FIA governing body and the teams which wish to compete in the F1 World Championship from 2021 to 2025 and defines how F1’s television revenues and prize money will be distributed.
Formula 1 bosses have been keen to build a strong foundation on which to secure the long-term future for the championship. As such a revolutionary new budget cap will be introduced next year, along with new technical regulations and a new set of sporting rules coming in 2022.
The Covid-19 pandemic has created unprecedented challenges for everyone in 2020, and has served as another reminder that something needed to change. Once the championship restarted, so too could the commercial agreement talks.
By changing the way the prize money is distributed, it was inevitable that some teams would be happy – as they would receive a greater share – and others less so, as they would have a smaller slice.
But ultimately, as they have increasingly done in recent months, all the stakeholders found a way to come together and compromise on the document, which they agreed to in time for the early deadline of August 18th – which brought a small financial incentive.
With the 10 teams signed up for the next five years, and the regulations and cost cap defined, Formula 1 can finally embark on a new era. The new agreement also squashes any speculation that teams like Mercedes or Haas might not be around for the long term.
The hope now is that all F1 teams can develop themselves into robust operations financially while also closing the pack in terms of competitiveness that can in turn improve the racing spectacle.
Roll on 2021!