F1 is a Lot More Interesting Now that it Looks Like NASCAR – with Futures!

Yes, I know that Formula 1 (F1) is completely different from NASCAR. There is a huge difference between the cars, of course, the manufacturers, etc… but, this COVID-19 condensed F1 season has all of the aspects of Good ‘Ol Boy Saturday night stock car racing!

There are arguments between the sanctioning body and manufacture brands, aka Mercedes, and one team has been accused and penalized for copying the design of another car… aka cheating!

As of this writing, both Ferrari and McLaren have bought into the new F1 manufacturer’s agreement. Toto Wolff of Mercedes has so let it be known that he’s not on board yet. Meaning, there’s a chance Mercedes will not be represented in F1 in the coming seasons.

“I feel that Mercedes has contributed to the sport over the last years,” Wolff said. “We have apart from being competitive on-track, we have the driver that has clearly the most global appeal. We feel that whilst being in those negotiations, we weren't treated in the way we should have been.”

In reality, there will probably be an agreement reached. But it’s like Ford, Chevrolet, or Toyota telling NASCAR – we won’t play unless… name your demand here.

Then, to bring the connection between stock car racing and F1 even closer, there has been a cheating scandal brewing in F1. In NASCAR, that’s called “getting everything out of the gray area in the rule book” that you can without getting caught.

F1 team Racing Point was fined €400,000 (Euro) and stripped of 15 Championship points for copying (stealing) the brake duct design of Mercedes. NASCAR lives by this – if car manufacture or team figures something out during the season to push their cars ahead of the pack then you can lay the bank that every other team and brand will try to… “copy” whatever it was that made the other competitor faster.

Here’s the kicker! The Racing Point team was caught, fined, and docked points. And then they were given the green light to continue to run the same design for the remainder of the season.

All we can hope for is that members of Racing Point and other drivers and teams get into a pit row rumble that resembles the end of a NASCAR race on a high-banked short track. That would make for great TV! Don’t wait for that to happen.

Regardless, the COVID-19 truncated F1 season is still unfolding with a limited schedule that saw many of the planned races being rescheduled or skipped over completely. Races in North America were wiped from the schedule with hopes they will return in 2021. No F1 races in Mexico, the USA, or Canada will take place this year. Hopefully, they will remain on the schedule for next year.



“We want to pay tribute to our incredible partners in the Americas and look forward to being back with them next season when they will once again be able to thrill millions of fans around the world,” said Chase Carey of Formula 1.

Now for this season, oddsmakers seem to be favoring a few tried and true driver/manufacture combinations to capture the F1 crown this season. And that is without fault. With the revamped schedule and lack of races in North America, the chances for a wildcard or dark horse to grab the title is lessened. Oddsmakers are going for a driver that is tried and true in the form of Lewis Hamilton.

Hamilton has won six F1 Championships in the last twelve seasons. Believe it or not, that is not a record. Michael Schumacher won seven F1 Championships during his racing career.

Just for context – Jimmie Johnson, Richard Petty, and Dale Earnhardt won seven NASCAR Cup Series Championships. And Frank Kimmel won ten ARCA Stock Car Championships.

Here are the future odds for which driver will win the 2020 F1 Championship.


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F1 Future Odds

Lewis Hamilton -350

Valtteri Bottas +333

Max Verstappen +1,100

Charles Leclerc +5,000

Alexander Albon +15,000

Lando Norris +20,000

Sebastian Vettel +20,000

Sergio Perez +20,000

Lance Stroll +25,000

Daniel Ricciardo +50,000

Carlos Sainz +50,000

Esteban Ocon +200,000

Antonio Giovinazzi +300,000

Daniil Kvyat +300,000

Pierre Gasly +300,000

Kimi Raikkonen +300,000

Kevin Magnussen +300,000

Romain Grosjean +300,000

Nicholas Latifi +400,000

George Russell +400,000

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