Formula 1 can save season 2020 by running into JANUARY with two-day weekend claims Ferrari boss Mattia Binotto
- Ferrari boss Mattia Binotto claims it is plausible to run up to three races in January to hold
- Plan would see two-day weekends with Friday practice demolished
- The first eight races have already been postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak
- Canada now due to host season opening on June 14, but this is also threatened
- The season would host a record 22 races, but is now targeting 15-18 grands prix
- F1 needs eight GPs for a valid season and this year ends in November
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Formula 1 could shorten and race Grand Prix weekends to January if that helps save a season ravaged by the coronavirus according to Ferrari boss Mattia Binotto.
The opening race in Australia on March 15 was canceled and the Monaco Grand Prix showcase in May has also been dropped, the first time since 1954 that it is not on the championship agenda.
Six more laps have been delayed, and more are expected to follow with countries in lockdown, but Formula 1 bosses have said they hope to get back on track with Europe shortened in summer season from 15 to 18 races.
Binotto told Sky Sports Italia that the teams have the Formula 1 powers had given complete freedom to do what was necessary to make a
"We're in constant dialogue," he said. & # 39; Together with the other team leaders, I have felt that these are decisive moments.
& # 39; We have decided to give full freedom to (Formula 1 Chairman Chase) Carey and the FIA to put together as soon as possible a timetable for us to race again, we are ready on our side.
& # 39; We assess different ideas; races closer together, maybe two or three races in January, also given the option to cancel the (Friday) training. & # 39;
Formula 1 requires a minimum of eight races for a valid championship and the 2020 season is currently scheduled to end on November 29 in Abu Dhabi.
F1 2020 SEASON
March 22 – Bahrain (Sakhir)
[1 9459024] April 5 – Vietnam (Han hi)
April 19 – China (Shanghai)
May 3 – Holland (Zandvoort )
May 10 – Spain (Barcelona)
May 24 – Monaco (Monte Carlo)
June 7 – Azerbaijan (Baku) ]
June 14 – Canada (Montreal)
June 28 – France (Paul Ricard)
July 5 – Austria (Spielberg)
July 19 – Great Britain (Silverstone)
August 2 – Hungary (Budapest)
August 30 – Belgium (Spa)
September 6 – Italy (Monza)
September 20 – Singapore (Marina Bay)
September 27 – Russia ( Sochi)
October 11 – Japan (Suzuka)
October 25 – USA (Austin)
November 1 – Mexico (Mexico City)
November 15 – Brazil (Interlagos)
November 29 – Abu Dhabi (Yas Marina)
Bold Indicates Delayed Race
] The sport normally pauses until the pre-season launches and tests in February, but as cars now remain the same in 2021 and major rule changes are delayed for a year to save money, that should be little needed anyway .
& # 39; If we can guarantee a more complete 2020 World Championship, with the next season starting in March, there is great availability for & # 39; said Binotto.
The 2020 Championship was originally set to record a record 22 races, with Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes hoping to match Michael Schumacher's record seven titles and surpassing the Ferrari's unprecedented 91 wins. Hamilton has achieved 84 wins so far.
The Brit can continue to wait for both accounts if the sport is unable to compile enough races.
Former commercial chief Bernie Ecclestone said on Friday that he would be surprised if the sport managed to put together even a reduced season of 15-18 races.
& # 39; I spoke to Zlatan Ibrahimovic & # 39 ;: the owner of Leeds reveals he had conversations with the Swedish striker in January before joining AC Milan … and got permission from PSG to see if Edinson Cavani wanted to join
- Leeds had to sign a striker in the January window after Eddie Nketiah left
- Andrea Radrizzani revealed conversations with Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Edinson Cavani
- ] They were only tentative and Ibrahimovic eventually joined AC Milan
The side of Elland Road attempted to bring in a new striker during the winter period after Arsenal cut off Eddie Nketiah's loan period, leaving Patrick Bamford the only option.
Ibrahimovic was available as a free agent after the end of his time with La Galaxy, which ended in November.
He would eventually join AC Milan in Serie A and sign a six-month contract until the end of this season.
There was also a surprising report in December that Leeds had shown cautious interest in Cavani, who seemed to be on his way out of Paris Saint-Germain.
] And while Radrizzani made it clear that neither move was very far, he admitted that he had held preliminary talks.
When asked about the reported interest in Cavani during an interview on Sky Sport Italia, Radrizzani replied: & # 39; The (PSG) president had given me availability to verify interest in the player's brother.
& # 39; However, the negotiation has never flown. I spoke more concretely with Zlatan (Ibrahimovic). He was able to give us a decisive push but still decided to go to (AC) Milan. He was very honest and transparent with me.
Leeds eventually loaned Jean-Kevin Augustin on loan from Red Bull Salzburg for the rest of the season.
Radrizzani explained that manager Marcelo Bielsa should have issued the final seal of approval for both signatures.
He continued: "We must be rational and consistent with the coaching and team strategy.
& # 39; I didn't even discuss Cavani and Ibrahimovic's ideas with (Marcelo) Bielsa because we hadn't reached that point to discuss them together .
& # 39; Bielsa works with a team of 12 scouts, they have & # 39; their & # 39; players each window and we discuss them.
& # 39; Each player drawn is a mix between the players on their list and the market opportunities. We always know the type of player Bielsa wants in every role and Victor Orta is in constant contact with him. & # 39;
Radrizzani was then asked if he would consider another move for Ibrahimovic when the market ended after the end of the season and said, & # 39; It depends. & # 39;
Arsenal & # 39; remains interested in signing PSG left back Layvin Kurzawa & # 39; after missing in January with Mikel Arteta ready to defeat the Frenchman when his contract expires this summer
- Arsenal is linked to a summer movement for PSG defender Layvin Kurzawa
- The gunners missed signing the left back in the transfer window of January
- Mikel Arteta has resorted to the use of Bukayo Saka left behind in recent weeks
- Kurzawa & # 39; s current contract in Paris Saint-Germain expires in summer
The Gunners were connected to the Frenchman in January, but a move that was never implemented, with the Premier League party only completing moves for Pablo Mari and Cedric Soares.
Kurzawa fell behind Juan Bernat in the pecking order in the Parc des Princes and will stay in the club, which entered into the last six months of its current deal.
Arsenal has followed the player's progress and would be willing to sign him as a free agent as soon as the season ends, according to France Football .
The French magazine Arsenal & # 39; do not let go of the situation & # 39; and still follows Kurzawa & # 39; active & # 39; while their mini-injury crisis continues in the back left.
Mikel Arteta is currently without Kieran Tierney and Sead Kolasinac due to an injury, with the Gunners boss resorting to the use of Bukayo Saka in recent weeks.
Although Saka made an impression, Arteta wants to strengthen that area, which could mean the end of Kolasinac & # 39; s time in the Emirates.
Kurzawa has made 119 appearances for PSG since arriving in Monaco in 2015 and scored 13 goals.
Manchester United & # 39; scout Benfica duo Ruben Dias and Florentino Luis & # 39; while Ole Gunnar Solskjaer spends no time hunting for reinforcements in January
- Benfica & # 39; s Ruben Dias and Florentino Luis have already made an impression this season
- Both players started on Sunday with the Portuguese champion's 4-0 win in Braga
- Benfica is a source of exciting young talent in recent years
- Man United had a mixed start to the season and is in eighth place in five points
Manchester United are & # 39; keep an eye on the young Benfica duo Ruben Dias and Florentino Luis as potential goals for January & # 39 ;.
Defender Dias and midfielder Luis both impressed Benfica & # 39; s 4-0 thrashing at Braga on Sunday, with Luis winning a penalty leading to the first goal.
United had scouts during Sunday's game, alongside a host of European clubs including Lyon, Sevilla and Norwich City and their focus was mainly on the two Portuguese asterisks, according to the Portuguese outlet A Bola .
Dias has been a fixture in Benfica since his debut in 2017, and was named First League Young Player of the Year for the 2017-18 season.
In the same season, he made his international debut and was named in the Portgual team for the World Cup, although he did not appear.
This time last summer the 22-year-old was associated with a move to Lyon, but he chose to stay with Benfica and extended his contract until 2023.
Last season, he made no fewer than 52 games in all competitions, scored four goals and was a vital cog in the side who regained the national title of Porto and beat them in first place with two points.
For Luis, two years junior of Dias at the age of 20, his promotion came to the first team in the second half of last season, his debut on 10 February in Primeira Liga.
He played 11 times in the league and scored his first goal against Moreirense in March.
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer brought in three senior citizens this summer.
Right back Aaron Wan-Bissaka signed for £ 50m from Crystal Palace, winger Daniel James came from Swansea and they broke the world transfer record for a suspect when he signed Harry Maguire from Leicester for £ 80 million.
But after an opening weekend in which Chelsea was beaten, two draws followed and a defeat against Wolves, Southampton and Crystal Palace, leaving the Red Devils already seven points behind the first placed Liverpool.
& # 39; They spoke to me, but I said no & # 39 ;: Ronald Koeman reveals Barcelona DID approached him about succeeding Ernesto Valverde in Nou Camp … but the Dutchman rejected the offer to focus on the role of Holland
- Ronald Koeman reveals that he rejected Barcelona's offer to become their new boss
- The Catalan giants wanted Ernesto Valverde replaced in January
- Koeman was approached by his former club, but he decided to focus on Holland
Barcelona was hunting for Ernesto Valverde's successor before being fired in January and had identified Koeman as a potential candidate.
Koeman's strong affinity with a club he represented between 1989 and 1995 made him one of the bookmakers' favorites to take over at Nou Camp before the job was finally given to Quique Setien.
has rejected Although he had initially flirted with the idea, Koeman insists that he decided to stay with his current project and continue as head coach of the Dutch national team.
& # 39; Yes, it is true that Barca spoke to me, but I said no because I am on the national team and I am determined to stay in this role & # 39 ;, said the 56 -year-old, as quoted by Diario Sport .
It was also confirmed by the Dutch FA in September that Koeman has a clause in his contract that I will manage in Barcelona after Euro 2020 the first major championship in the Netherlands in six years.
& # 39; I have two more year contract with the national team and I don't like to talk about Barca, & Koeman said in December according to Marca .
& # 39; It is uncomfortable for many reasons, now I have a job and it is not fair to talk about this. If that opportunity presents itself, then it comes and if it doesn't, it doesn't.
& # 39; There are more important things in life, but never say never & # 39;
Koeman made 192 appearances for the Catalan club and then won 10 major trophies as a player.
Neymar is & # 39; sad and deeply angry & # 39; on PSG due to failed Barcelona movements while remaining determined to return to Spain and & # 39; a January transfer envisages & # 39;
- Neymar desperately insisted on leaving PSG and go back to Barcelona
- The transfer failed and Brazilian is stuck in France until the lead January
- Spanish media reported how destroyed Neymar was destroyed by the situation
- & # 39; Sport & # 39; says the attacker & # 39; sad and deeply angry & # 39; is that he is not at the Nou Camp
Spanish publication Sport reported that Neymar & # 39; deeply sad and angry & # 39; is. They also indicate that he will press again for a move in January.
Their front page showed Neymar walking on the tide field during training with his head in his hands, seemingly upset.
After he moved to PSG in 2017 for a world record of £ 198 million, the potential return of the skilled attacker to the Nou Camp was a huge story in Spain.
Mundo Deportivo was the headline: & # 39; They remain & # 39 ;, with both Neymar and Ivan Rakitic on the front page.
Rakitic had to be included in the proposed exchange agreement plus transfer costs f from Barcelona but now stays in the Catalan club.
They also described the saga as a & # 39; soap & # 39; and reflect on the window as a whole for Barcelona, saying: & # 39; 239 million euros, four new signings and eight victims & # 39 ;.
And AS chose Neymar and Paul Pogba, both associated with large relocations to Spain, as their front page.
They wrote: & # 39; The competition closes the transfer market without Pogba or Neymar, but Madrid and Barcelona do not exclude them returning for them in 2020. & # 39;
& # 39; I didn't want to take another slip … as happened to me in England & # 39 ;: Lucas Perez reveals that he had REMOVED the chance to get to Barcelona in January, while Alaves's attacker admitted that Arsenal was on his guard for a big move
The 31-year-old has found his mojo with Alaves again and has scored 10 goals this season in 24 LaLiga matches.
And with Barcelona in desperate need of striker reinforcements after seasonal injuries to Luis Suarez and Ousmane Dembele Perez was one of a number of players who called them before they acquired Martin Braithwaite from Leganes.
Perez struggled to have some kind of impact on Ar senal and made 21 performances in two seasons at the club before he left.
And the Alaves attacker admitted that the move to England changed his view of the future of his career.
& # 39; In the winter transfer window, like all transfer windows, teams usually call & # 39 ;, he told to Marca .
& # 39; Actually not only called Barcelona, but also other teams. But in my mind I wanted to end the season here because I am happy and have a contract.
& # 39; I did not want to take another slip where I would not get any opportunities, as happened to me in England. I never intended to leave mid-season, I want to stay here until the end. & # 39;
Perez will receive much attention in the summer, despite his disappointing spells with Arsenal and West Ham, if he keeps firing for Alaves.
The club is currently 14th in the table, eight points free from the relegation zone.
Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer greets January signings Bruno Fernandes and Odion Ighalo after appearances in Europa League win
- Manchester United defeated Belgian opponents Club Brugge 5-0 on Old Trafford
- Bruno Fernandes pulled the strings in the first half – scored the opening goal
- A spectacular handball by defender Simon Deli saw the player sent away
- Fernandes played a crucial role in United's second for Odion Ighalo & # 39; s first goal
United fired Belgian opponents Club Brugge 5-0 in Old Trafford to win 6-1
Fernandes pulled the strings in the first half and scored the opening goal from the penalty spot after a spectacular penalty spot handball from defender Simon Deli, who was eliminated.
The Portuguese then played a crucial role in the second for Ighalo before Scott McTominay, after an injury a welcome return to the starting line-up, picked up a third for half time .
Two late goals from Fred emphasized the superiority of United, and Solskjaer was understandably floating when he thought about the execution.
The Norwegian said: & I am very happy tonight. It is clear that in a moment when we rotate a bit, we get players' games, but if you score goals and play like that, you get more confidence.
& # 39; It was great to see the start of the game, I thought they had the right intention, created many opportunities, and when they go to 10, the game was more or less over of course . & # 39;
Fernandes has had a huge impact since his move from Sporting Lisbon, while Ighalo got a first start since his surprise loan signed from Shanghai Shenhua and reacted with a strong showing.
& # 39; Bruno coming in clearly makes a big, big difference, & # 39; said Solskjaer. & # 39; You can see that he has a hand in all three first goals. What a pass, what a goal was the goal of Odion.
& # 39; I am very pleased with Odion's contribution to do what he does beforehand. He is a goalkeeper, we can play against him, he will hold it, he has Juan (Mata) and Bruno next to him and you have runners then.
& # 39; I think as a colleague striker I know how important that first goal is. He has been close a few times, you can see he is sniffing targets. He wants to be where it sometimes hurts. That goal, he's sharp in his head. That is a natural point. & # 39;
Two goals for Fred was another big positive for United, with the Brazilian finding the net for United for the first time since September 2018
& # 39; I wasn't sure if I would live the next time he started scoring a goal, & # 39; Solskjaer said with a smile.
& # 39; But one with his right, one with his left. It was of course a constant joke between us, but he got that goal and I am very happy for him. & # 39;
The only bad news for United was a thigh injury to Anthony Martial who excluded him from the team.
Solskjaer waits to find out if the attacker could be available against Everton on Sunday, saying: & # 39; He left training yesterday, has just received treatment. He tried it today, he reported, had a fitness test this morning. & # 39;
Bruges boss Philippe Clement found his team struggling to make referee decisions on the two games, with mention of a possible penalty for an early challenge by Harry Maguire on David Okereke.
At Deli & # 39; s moment of madness, Clement said: & # 39; It was a reaction, it was not the intention. He apologized to the team. It is also over for us because he has already done a very good season.
& # 39; We know that Manchester is a better team. I said before the two games that we have to play above our top and that the circumstances must go our way. Certainly the circumstances did not go our way. & # 39;
& # 39; You wonder where United would be if they signed him in the summer & # 39 ;: Paul Scholes was lyrical about the addition of Man United in January Bruno Fernandes after a 5-0 win at Club Brugge
- ] Manchester United sealed huge Europa League final-32 victory over Club Brugge
- January signing of Bruno Fernandes scored penalty and played during
- ] Paul Scholes praised the £ 468 million men for his immediate impact
After pulling the first stage 1 -1, Fernandes converted a penalty before playing a leading role in the goals for Scott McTominay and Odion Ighalo, with a late brace from Fred who had a total win of 6- 1 sealed.
Joined Sporting Lisbon for £ 68 million at the end of January after a lengthy transfer that took almost a year to complete, Fernandes shone in his five games so far that have scored two goals and two assists with Scholes left impressed.
Scholes told BT Sport: “He has taken a lifeless attacking team with him. You wonder where United would be if they had signed it in the summer.
He has created a team that was sometimes difficult to observe. & # 39;
The Portuguese came from Liga NOS with a reputation for scoring and creating and have already brought the funds for his new club.
His arrival coincided with an impressive series of seven undefeated games and Scholes & fellow expert Owen Hargreaves was sufficiently impressed to make comparisons with his former teammate.
Hargreaves said: & He already looks incredibly good.
Hargreaves: There are many smiles after the game. The other players look so much better. He's just that smart. Like when I played with Scholesy, he was always one or two steps ahead of people. The fans chant & # 39; Bruno! & # 39;
Ighalo, a fellow last-minute January recruit on loan from China, picked up his first goal for the club on what his first start was after three replacement appearances.
With regular attackers Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford excluded due to injury, Scholes believes that the Nigerian has the perfect chance to impress.
Scholes added: & # 39; He did well tonight, he looked sharp. He has not been playing since 1 December. He joined the team at the right time – just like a creative player in Fernandes. & # 39;
Hargreaves said about the attacker: & # 39; I like that he gives them a reference point. He feels really comfortable with his back to the defender and I think he did well today. & # 39;
Paris St-Germain ahead Edinson Cavani says that January & # 39; difficult & # 39; was after a move never happened … with summer exit probably after stalled contract negotiations
- Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani said that January & # 39; difficult & # 39; for him was
- Cavani wanted to leave with interested Atletico, Chelsea and Manchester United
- The striker reached 200 goals for the club as their most important goal scorer of all time
- The 33-year-old is likely to leave in the summer when his contract with PSG expires
Paris Saint-Germain ahead Edinson Cavani has admitted that the January transfer window is a & # 39; difficult & # 39; time for him was because a club move was not completed.
Cavani, 33, looked in front of the exit door in Paris with a large number of European clubs, including Atletico Madrid Chelsea and Manchester United interested in signing the Uruguayan. However, no movement has occurred and the striker is now likely to leave the Parc Des Princes in the summer.
The frontman scored his 200th goal for PSG at the weekend against Bordeaux in Ligue 1 and said it was a & # 39; special moment & # 39; was after a hard month.
& # 39; It is the teammates who give you the goals & # 39 ;, Cavani told the French television station Canal + .
& # 39; It is a very special moment after a difficult month in January, but I am here to do my best and try a great season with the team. & # 39;
The Uruguay international is the most important goal scorer of all time and was awarded a & # 39; 200 & # 39; trophy during a presentation on the occasion of the & # 39; special & # 39; moment.
The Uruguayan scored his 200th goal for PSG and was awarded a & # 39; 200 & # 39; trophy
The top scorer of all Times will probably leave in the summer when his contract expires pt
& # 39; I am so, a bit emotional, & # 39; he added. ” I looked at my family who is there, always behind me, pushing me, giving me love.
” Ultimately, that is what you continue. It gives me a lot of emotion and that's why I'm a bit like that.
& # 39; We have to push again and I hope to keep making wonderful things here. & # 39;
Cavani & # 39; s contract expires the Ligue 1 Champions in the coming summer.