*** As with last season's thread, we'll be talking freely about races without spoiler tags, so please beware if you watch races on a delay! ***
How to watch in the US:
- ESPN carries races live both on their various broadcast channels, but also on their various apps as long as you’ve got a TV provider login with the appropriate access to ESPN.
- F1TV is an official streaming service that offers two tiers. The “Pro” tier lets you stream races live for about $80 a year, but you can get on demand streams of all races for a much more reasonable $26 a year if you don’t fancy waking up at 5 AM or something for like 2/3rds of the races. There are also month to month subscriptions available, and there might be promos available as we approach the start of the season.
- The official F1 YouTube channel doesn't offer full replays, but they do have great highlights packages for every practice, qualifying, and race session throughout the year, as well as great interview an analysis coverage throughout race weekends, and a variety of other miscellaneous interesting video clips in between.
Can I get a concise overview of where the sport stands at the start of the season?
When and where are the races?
I mean, who could really say?
For now, this is what the tentative schedule looks like.
Update 1: Portugal has been (tentatively) confirmed! I still expect a few of these might not actually happen, particularly some of the earlier street races (Monaco, Baku) but time will tell.
Update 2: Clearly, Portugal was more than tentative -- we'll be there this week. Sounds like Monaco and Baku are going ahead, but Canada has dropped out for the year, replaced by Turkey.
Who are the teams?
The official F1 channel has now posted all of their quick "intro to the team" videos, which are a great way to get to know (or remind yourself of) the teams as of the start of the season. Here they are, in reverse constructor's championship order from last season:
Additionally, here's the full lineup of teams, drivers, and liveries as of the week before winter testing in convenient infographic form.
Generally these things are pretty well locked in at this point, but you never know. Last year, for example, Williams had a last minute livery change after losing the sponsor whose colors they were using. This year, don't be surprised if there's some level of dust up over the Haas livery, since there is currently a world wide sporting ban on the use of the Russian flag as punishment for recent doping violations. At the moment, Haas claims this livery has been approved by the FIA, but the World Anti-Doping Agency is currently investigating whether it is in violation of the ban.
And for those who might be curious, here's a quick infographic showing how team names and drivers changed from last season.
Who is a giant pile of human garbage that I shouldn't root for under any circumstances?
And with apologies to poor Mick Schumacher, probably best to write off Haas in general for making the compromises they did in taking Mazepin on as a driver.
Other Useful Links:
GWJ F1 Fantasy League: https://fantasy.formula1.com/league/...
The invite code to join is: bc10216117
Drive to Survive, Netflix's excellent documentary series about the sport, an EXCELLENT way to introduced yourself to the sport. You'll learn all about the sport in general, meet the current drivers, and get a full recap of the 2018, 2019, and (once the third season is available at the end of February or start of March) 2020 seasons of the sport.
Shift-F1, a podcast about F1 hosted by video game media personalities Drew Scanlon (Cloth Map, formerly of Giant Bomb), Danny O’Dwyer (No Clip), and Rob Zacny (Waypoint).
Fantasy Formula 1
F1 Reddits: Formula 1 , Formula 1.5 , Formula 1 Posters, Inspector Seb
FINAL EDIT: And that's it! I'll make updates to the post if there are any big changes worth noting, but for now it's time for the first race weekend of the year!