F1 tipped to replace IndyCar at Long Beach

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Could Formula One return to Long Beach in place of IndyCar in the near future?

Bernie Ecclestone is rumoured to be considering a return to the circuit which Formula One last visited in 1983 according to a report by Gordon Kirby in MotorSport.

Ecclestone is keen to have at least one more race in the USA in addition to the round at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. A street race in New Jersey was supposed to appear on the F1 calendar this year but has been postponed to 2014.

“The Ecclestone name is widely-known in LA, well beyond motor racing’s narrow corridors, and it seems all but inevitable that Bernie will buy the Long Beach GP for F1’s return to Southern California in 2015,” says Kirby.

One stumbling block to a return to Long Beach for F1 would be the length of the circuit. At 1.968 miles it would need to be extended by at least 0.2 miles to reach the minimum length required for new Formula One circuits.

Formula One race at Long Beach from 1976 to 1983 before Ecclestone pulled the race having failed to agree financial terms with promoter Chris Pook.

IndyCar racing in its various guises has taken place at the track ever since and the third round of the 2013 IndyCar series is set to take place there this weekend. But its contract with the circuit is due for renewal next year.

Read about the last Formula One Long Beach Grand Prix held 20 years ago

F1 2017 driver review: Max Verstappen

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Max Verstappen

Team: Red Bull Racing
Car No.: 33
Races: 20
Wins: 2
Podiums (excluding wins): 2
Pole Positions: 0
Fastest Laps: 1
Points: 168
Laps Led: 133
Championship Position: 6th

Max Verstappen rise as a once-in-a-generation talent continued through the 2017 Formula 1 season, even if reliability issues meant we were made to wait for his best form to arrive.

Verstappen stole the show in a wet-dry Chinese Grand Prix by charging from 16th to seventh in the opening lap before ultimately finishing third for Red Bull, yet he would not grace the podium again until the Malaysian Grand Prix at the start of October.

A combination of power unit problems and on-track clashes saw Verstappen retire from seven of the 12 races in the intermittent period, with incidents in Spain and Austria being avoidable.

Perhaps most embarrassing of all was his stoppage due to a power unit failure in front of a grandstand swathed in orange at the Belgian Grand Prix, a race tens of thousands of Dutch fans had attended to cheer Verstappen on.

But when Verstappen got things right, it was – as he frequently quoted – simply, simply lovely. There was plenty left in the tank, as proven by his sheer domination of the races in Malaysia and Mexico as he took the second and third wins of his career.

Perhaps even more impressive was Verstappen’s victory over Red Bull teammate Daniel Ricciardo in the qualifying head-to-head battle this year, an area the Australian has traditionally been strong in. Verstappen outqualifed his teammate 13-7 – it wasn’t even close…

All in all, Verstappen once again proved that on his day, he is one of the finest talents to grace F1 in recent years. With the right car underneath him next year, a title fight is certainly possible and will be the target – but there is always room for improvement.

And that is the scary part: Verstappen is only going to get better and better.

Season High: Dominating in Malaysia after an early pass on Lewis Hamilton.

Season Low: Crashing out on Lap 1 in Austria.