Welcome to the weekly roundup of everything Formula 1! Here you will find a summary of the biggest news and announcements every week in the F1 world:
• Nurburgring Potential Return To F1 Calendar:
Mirco Markfort, chief executive officer of Nurburgring (Germany), has been rumoured to be in talks with Liberty Media regarding a potential return to the F1 calendar in 2019. A combination of change in ownership and financial challenges has prevented the circuit from hosting an F1 event since 2013. Liberty Media has expressed interest in F1 returning to staple European venues, which has materialised in a return to the F1 calendar of the French Grand Prix. The Nurburgring has hosted 40 Grands Prix.
• F1 TV Viewership Decline:
According to F1’s Global Media Report, the total number of unique TV viewers of has steadily declined on a yearly basis. There are presumably many potential explanations for this decline, including a shift in digital content consumption away from a TV medium towards an online medium. Additionally, moves in F1 for TV viewers away from free-to-air, towards pay-TV may also contribute to a decline in TV viewers.
• Raikkonen’s Engineer Leaves Ferrari:
According to reports from Motorsport Italy, Dave Greenwood, Kimi Raikkonen’s race engineer, has left Ferrari to join his old colleagues at Manor in the World Endurance Championship (WEC). There has been no word on who will replace Greenwood.
• Three-Engine Limit in 2018 Causing Friction:
The FIA regulatory treatment towards engines have received much feedback in recent times, highlighted through the large degree of grid penalties in the 2017 season due to engine issues. Reliability has been a significant issue for many teams, including those powered by Honda and Renault engines, and this is reflected through negative comments from Red Bull’s Christian Horner and Honda’s Yusuke Hasegawa regarding a shift from four-engines to three. For change to be initiated by the FIA, all teams must be in agreement, however it is rumoured some teams, potentially including Ferrari, are not willing to budge on the current format, causing much frustration for the rest of the pack.
And that wraps up everything in F1 for this week. Stay tuned next week for more from the F1 Weekly Roundup!