The rule changes for 2019 restricting movement of drivers between teams made putting the teams together at the beginning of the year a critical process for ensuring they were, and stayed, competitive and the same will be true in 2020, with a couple of changes that make the process potentially even more complex.
In this article, I'll explain the new rules that impact this and the thought process I'll be going through when selecting the Kinetic teams.
Pro / Sportsman / Junior Teams
What was clear in 2019 was that to be competitive in the Pro team category (now renamed Elite), you needed to have at least 4, preferably 5 Pro drivers running in each event. With the change to running specific Sportsman splits (which will always happen in Americas and is likely to happen often in Europe/International), this will be even more critical in 2020 because Sportsman drivers will not be able to get close to the same level of points as pro drivers.
In 2020, Sportsman teams are restricted to 2 (rather than...
OK, so I'll incur the wrath of many Americans and say that the 24 Heures du Mans is the worlds most famous motor race. The Indy 500 comes close but Le Mans is just ... special.
The official circuit name is Circuit de la Sarthe. Le Mans refers to the nearby town - the original race took place on the road between Le Mans, Arnage and Mulsanne. The circuit has gradually changed over the years - the current circuit is CIRCUIT N° 16!
The 1st race was held in 1923 and the 1st dominant manufacturer was Bentley with 5 wins up until 1930 when they withdrew, saying that they'd learnt enough about speed and reliability. When the race resumed after WWII in 1949, Ferrari became the dominant manufacturer, challenged in turn by Aston-Martin, Jaguar and Mercedes - Until the 1960's.
In 1955, a major crash caused large fragments of debris (like most of a car!) to fly into the crowd, killing 83 spectators and French driver Pierre Bouillin (who raced under the name Pierre Levegh) and injuring nearly 180...
It's difficult to describe the fanatical support given to Brazilian drivers at the Brazilian GP... perhaps the only thing that comes close is the Ferrari support at Monza.
But, the really weird thing is that Brazilian drivers actually have a fairly poor record at the race. Aryton Senna only won twice (while his great rival Alain Prost is the most winning driver with 6 wins), as did Nelson Piquet, Emerson Fittipaldi (who won the 1st 2 races) and Felipe Massa. It's also a race that Lewis Hamilton has had little success - also "only" winning twice.
There's been a World Championship GP in Brazil since 1973, initially at the fearsome 8km long orginal Interlagos track, then at Jacarepagua in Rio from 1978 until 1989 but moved back to the shorter version of Interlagos at is still used now in 1990.
Like our Majors series this year, Interlagos has often been the last race of the F1 season and has seen some remarkable championship clinching performances - maybe the most dramatic being Lewis H...