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Herta Will Drive A 2021 F1 Car

Mar 12 -  Andretti Autosport have been making
noises for months now about entering F1 and
running Colton Herta as a driver.  

If that ever happens, Herta will have some F1
experience thanks to McLaren F1 Racing.  

New Formula 1 sporting regulations now have
a provision for the Testing of Previous Cars
(TPC.)  That provision allows teams to test
one-year-old cars, thereby allowing them to
test potential drivers and evaluate young talent
for the future.
Mar 9 - After firing Nikita Mazepin for being Russian (reaction for Russia invading
Ukraine),
Haas F1 has hired Kevin Magnussen to replace him.
McLaren Racing announced today that Colton
Herta
will take part in their TCP program this
year, testing the 2121 MCL35M car.

McLaren F1's Team Principal,
Andreas Seidl,
said, “Colton is a proven talent in IndyCar and
we will be interested to see how he adapts to a
Formula 1 car."
Other News Areas:
Mar 25 - The first test of Indycar's new for 2024 2.4-L twin-turbo V6 engine will take
place on the original F1 course at IMS next week.  Dixon will test the Honda engine,
while Newgarden and Power test the Chevy.
Mar 24 - The 2022 Carb Day Concert lineup has been announced.  Rick Springfield
and an 80s rock cover band called "Kings of Chaos," will be performing.
F1 Stays In Saudi Arabia Despite Attacks

March 26 - In March of 2011, Formula 1
cancelled the Bahrain GP due to protesters
demonstrating against the ruling monarchy.  
(Bahrain is an island linked to Saudi Arabia
by a causeway.)  Bahrain police fired on the
protestors to make them leave the square,
injuring hundreds and killing at least 5.

In 2020, Formula 1 cancelled the Australian
GP at the last moment, after fans and teams
had already arrived, in fear of the new
Coronavirus.

On February 26 of this year, Formula 1
cancelled the Russian GP that was scheduled
for late September on the principal that it was
uncivilized to attack another country, i.e.
Ukraine.

Now look at recent events in Saudi Arabia:

13 days ago, Saudi Arabia executed 81 people
in one day, including 7 Yemeni.  (Yemen is
Saudi Arabia’s neighbor to the south.)  

4 days ago Yemen Houthi rebels began attacking
Jeddah, the city where F1 holds its race.

Despite this, F1 came to Jeddah to race.  

During the first practice, cruise missile and
drones attacked Jeddah setting fire to an oil
refinery by the airport, just six miles from the
track.

Saudi’s have since begun air attacks on
Yemen’s capital city.  And still, Formula 1 is
staying to race.

Considering F1’s previous record of trying to
protect its teams and fans, and stand against
uncivilized behavior,  I have been bewildered
that they are racing in Saudi Arabia.

Then it occurred to me that the guy that
recently replaced
Jean Todt as president of
the FIA is
Mohammed ben Sulayem, a native
of the UAE.  Perhaps he is partial toward
Saudi leadership and their culture.  Perhaps
he has used his influence to keep F1 there
despite the obvious danger.
Mohammed ben Sulayem
New President of the FIA
An oil refinery in Jeddah burns.  
Smoke From Bombing During Practice 1
Note: A rumor was mentioned on the SKY broadcast Saturday morning that drivers who wanted to
leave were told they could not.

Later it was reported that all the drivers wanted to leave, but they and F1 were talked out of it by
Saudi officials.
Mar 31 - Formula 1 announced they are adding a 3rd race in the United States to next
year's calendar.  They will race on the Las Vegas strip in November 2023.