The much loved F1 News round-up is back but with a slight twist. This series will be published either the 1st or 2nd day of each new month with 5 of the biggest and significant F1 news stories of the previous month.
June 5th – Marquez tests F1 car
MotoGP champion Marc Marquez followed in the footsteps of Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo to swap two wheels for four as the 6 time champion tested an F1 car. The MotoGP rider got behind the wheel of a Toro Rosso-branded F1 car at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria in a private test in which former F1 driver Mark Webber, Red Bull motorsport advisor Helmut Marko and Mercedes non-executive chairman Niki Lauda over-saw the Spaniard’s progress.
Marquez visited the Red Bull Headquarters for a seat fitting and gained valuable experience as he spent time in the simulator. Marquez currently leads the MotoGP champion by 27 points.
June 6th – FIA reveal new helmet standards for 2019
The FIA and Formula One revealed a new helmet safety standard that would introduced for the 2019 F1 Season. The FIA has announced the innovative new design after over a decade of research, with the ultra-protective helmet offering a number of vital safety benefits, including advanced ballistic protection and increased energy absorption. What is most notably different is that the the front of the visor has been lowered by 10mm.
June 17th – Alonso triumphs at Le Mans
McLaren F1 driver and double world champion, Fernando Alonso, has edged closer to completing the Triple Crown as he along with Sebastian Buemi and Kazuki Nakajima won the famous race for Toyota.
The trio put the #8 Toyota on Pole ahead of the sister LMP1 car of Kamui Kobayashi, Mike Conway and Jose Maria Lopez by a staggering 4 seconds. Alonso ran second for much of the opening stint before the Spaniard delivered a stunning spell overnight to reduce the deficit. Nakajima would overtake Kobayashi to the take the lead and overall win.
The win at Le Mans means that Alonso is now two-thirds into the Triple Crown after already winning the Monaco GP in 2006 and in 2007. Alonso missed the Monaco GP in 2017 to compete in the Indy 500 (the final part of the Triple Crown) in which he retired from.
June 19th – Red Bull agrees two year Honda deal
The possible link-up between Red Bull and Honda has been on the cards for a while and ahead of the French GP, a deal was reached for Honda to supply Red Bull for the next two years.
Red Bull have grown tired and frustrated with current supplier Renault for a while now, the deal with Honda gives Red Bull a fresh start. Red Bull’s junior team, Toro Rosso, have fielded Honda engines this year after McLaren decided to ditch the unreliable and poor Honda engines after 3 dismal seasons.
Team Principal Christian Horner said “We have been impressed by Honda’s commitment to F1, by the rapid steps they have made in recent times with our sister team Scuderia Toro Rosso, and by the scope of their ambition, which matches our own.”
June 20th – Spa-Francorchamps extends F1 deal till 2021
Formula One and the organisers of the Belgium GP have extended their deal to keep continuing to host F1 races to 2021.
The first Belgian Grand Prix took place at Spa-Francorchamps in 1950. Back then, the circuit was a scary and dangerous 14km road course. After changes to the track in 1993, now reduced to 7km, the track included some of F1’s most famous corners: Eau Rouge-Raidillon, Pouhon and Blanchimont.
The track is still a driver’s favourite with some of F1’s most memorable moments like the total carnage at the start of the 1998 race, Mika Hakkinen’s legendary overtake on Michael Schumacher in 2000 and the contact between Mercedes team-mates Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton in 2014 happening at the famous circuit.