Formula One celebrates 1000th race

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Shanghai has one of the longest straights in the 21-race championship and should be ideal for Ferrari's searing pace, with reliability the main concern for the Italian marque. 'The Silverstone people would be anxious about losing out on revenue so I would have made sure we made up the difference from Formula One's own pockets, ' Ecclestone said.

The 2016 GP3 Series champion and 2017 Formula 2 champion appeared poised to have success in his first season driving for the Prancing Horse, and through the first two races of the 2019 season, he has not disappointed.

This is the deepest truth: It's the greatest sport in the world and I am irrefutably richer for getting to live every magnificent moment of it.

"I don't think it's fair to pick one".

A number of races are seared in the memory from an era when motor racing was at its deadliest and drivers attended funerals with grim regularity.

Silverstone, a former World War Two airfield in central England, hosted grands prix in 1948 and 1949 before Giuseppe "Nino" Farina won the first Formula One world championship race there on May 13, 1950.

"Why? Because the first race took place there", he said.

"As it's the 1000th race, I've been thinking about some of the races I remember watching when I was younger".

Team orders restricted Leclerc from passing the four-time champion in the season opener, and shortly after he relinquished the lead from the pole position at the start of the season's second race to his teammate, he chased him down and defied team orders to pass him for the lead before going on to dominate the race as Vettel fell farther and farther behind.

"Then Michael obviously. Michael's races, especially then when he moved to Ferrari".

Yet Vukovich never drove an F1 vehicle. I think on the feedback also out of the auto Seb is a pretty good benchmark on that and I still have a lot of work to do.

Meanwhile, Formula 1 is struggling to attract new manufacturers, despite a planned regulation revamp in 2021.

Instead, Ecclestone says he will go to the next races in Baku and Barcelona, the latter with CVC's Donald Mackenzie.

"You know I see the 2,000th race without me!"

While it gives rise to superb conversations and debates the question is impossible to answer.

They are by no means a certainty to challenge at the front, but if the race does become fragmented, they are in a good position to pounce and a 13/1 shot for Red Bull to provide the victor looks like a valuable punt - and a clever hedge against Hamilton's chances.

The race ended under a safety vehicle and Leclerc's third-place podium finish was sealed.

In a special feature for FIA magazine AUTO celebrating the 1000th F1 race, Brawn said: "It [F1] has an awesome history from which to move forward and this 1000th grand prix is its brightest symbol".

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