Sep.15 (GMM) The boss of the Nurburgring hopes the rumours are true that Mick Schumacher will get a Friday practice outing at the German circuit next month.
Prior to Mugello, it was rumoured that the Formula 2 championship leader would in fact make his Friday appearance at the Italian venue – but that was wide of the mark.
However, Mattia Binotto confirmed that the Ferrari junior will indeed get a Friday run later this season.
It is expected to be at the wheel of a Ferrari-powered Alfa Romeo, who this year are running another Ferrari academy member Antonio Giovinazzi.
The new rumour is that the Nurburgring, drafted onto the ‘corona calendar’ at short notice, will be the scene of the young German’s appearance.
“We are of course monitoring the current developments around Mick Schumacher,” said Nurburgring managing director Mirco Markfort.
“There has been confirmation from Ferrari that he should get a practice assignment this year. It would of course be an incredibly emotional story if this happened at the Nurburgring,” he told Kolner Express newspaper.
“Our race track was his father’s ‘living room’ that also has its own section here – the Michael-Schumacher-S,” Markfort 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!