It has been a crazy year for everyone around the world. The 2020 racing season was no different! In March we saw Formula One arrive in Melbourne for the Australian Grand Prix only for the teams and drivers having to head home just before practice due to the COVID 19 global pandemic.
Similarly, the NTT IndyCar Series arrived in St Petersburg in March for the Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg only for the race to be postponed.
NASCAR became the first series to return to racing while both the Formula One season and IndyCar season got underway in June with IndyCar heading to Texas while Formula One headed to Austria. The FIA World Rally Championship had to take a break for six months from March to September.
In IndyCar, we saw Scott Dixon of Chip Ganassi Racing dominate the season to claim his sixth Drivers championship while in Formula One, Lewis Hamilton claimed his seventh championship. In the FIA World Rally Championship Sebastien Ogier took his seventh World Rally Championship title.
Takuma Sato won his second Indianapolis 500 win while the McLaren name returned to IndyCar which was a great success for the Woking based outfit.
McLaren’s Formula One operation had a fantastic season despite the pandemic claiming third place in the Constructors Championship and while the team had a great season, Ferrari had their worst season since 1980 coming home in sixth place in the championship while four time champion Sebastian Vettel announced he will be leaving team and joins Aston Martin Racing as the British manufacturer will return to the grid in 2021 after being taken over by Racing Point owner Lawrence Stroll.
Carlos Sainz will replace Vettel at Ferrari for 2021 while Sergio Perez who scored his first career victory in Formula One this year will join Red Bull Racing alongside Max Verstappen.
It has been tricky for all of us who have not been able to travel to races in 2020 but despite this, for Paddock Eye it has been an absolutely incredible season. It has been fantastic to have been involved in every round of the 2020 NTT IndyCar Series season in terms of speaking to drivers.
It has been a great season for Antonio Felix Da Costa who was crowned ABB FIA Formula E champion.
It has also been great to have been part of the FIA World Rally Championship. I would like to thank you all for your support in 2020 and we have wonderful things planned for the 2021 season. It has as always been a pleasure for me to bring you all of the latest news from around the world of motor racing, from F1 to IndyCar and more.
In the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, Chase Elliott won the championship while seven time series champion Jimmie Johnson bowed out of full time competition and has joined Chip Ganassi Racing in the NTT IndyCar Series for all of the road and street course events starting in March with the Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg. Johnson will share the No.48 Carvana Honda with series veteran Tony Kanaan returning to Chip Ganassi Racing to compete in oval events alongside defending series champion Scott Dixon, Marcus Ericsson, and Alex Palou.
Here at Paddock Eye we want to say a massive thank you to Roger Penske, Jay Frye, Mark Miles, Doug Boles and everyone at both the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the NTT IndyCar Series for their incredible support this season. I also want to say a very special thank you to Sally Bonneau from the Indiana Dairy Association for all of her support during the month of August.
Important dates for 2021
January 21 – 23 Rally Monte Carlo
January 28-31 Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona
March 7 Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg
March 21 Australian Grand Prix
May 23 Monaco Grand Prix
May 30 – 105th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge
Wishing you all a very MERRY CHRISTMAS and a Happy New Year! Stay Safe Everyone 🙂
We look forward to bringing you all the latest news and interviews from around the world of racing in 2021.