Replacement F1 Drivers for Bahrain
Dec 2 - Two Formula One drivers will be missing the second
to last race of the season, taking place again at Bahrain.
Replacing the injured Roman Grosjean at Haas F1 is
Brazilian-American Pietro Fittipaldi, the 24-year-old
grandson of Emerson Fittipaldi. Pietro raced in six IndyCar
races in 2018 for Dale Coyne Racing.
Lewis Hamilton tested postive for COVID-19 on November
30th, the day after winning at Bahrain.
The Mercedes F1 team's reserve driver is Stoffel
Vandoorne, who has been racing in Formula E. However,
since he hasn't driven in an F1 race in 2020, Mercedes made
a deal with Williams F1 (who use Mercede's engines) to
borrow their driver, George Russell.
I imagine everyone will be interested to see how another
driver does in the 7-time champion's Merc. I, for one,
would have preferred to see Fernando Alonso race the
Russel will be replaced at Williams by their reserve driver,
Jack Aitken, who races in F2.
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Post Race Update:
While Valtteri Bottas put his Mercedes on the pole.
George Russell took the lead at the first turn and pulled
away from everyone. So, a young driver from the worst
team in the series, demonstrates the dominance the
Mercedes has, in case anyone out there thinks it is all
Unfortunately for Russell, the Mercedes team screwed up
in the pits after he had led the first half of the race. He
finished in 9th just behind Bottas. Russell did get a point
for the fastest lap of the race.
Pietro Fittipaldi brought the Haas home in last place, but
at least he finished. The same for Jack Aitken, who
brought his Williams in just ahead of Fittipaldi. Nicolas
Latifi did not finish the race driving the other Williams
The podium was refreshing! Sergio Perez won the race
for Racing Point. He is the first Mexican to win an F1 race
in fifty years. Racing Point had already fired him for next
season in order to hire Sebastian Vettel, which I think is a
foolish move. Vettel didn't have to compete against
Charles Leclerc in the other Ferrari, or Max Verstappen
as they both crashed out in the first lap (even hitting
Perez!), yet Vettel was only able to finish in 12th.
Lance Stroll brought the other Racing Point home in 3rd
and Esteban Ocon separated the two in his Renault.