Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull, Yas Marina, 2015

Red Bull barred Ricciardo from racing at Le Mans

F1 Fanatic Round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

In the round-up: Daniel Ricciardo reveals Red Bull stopped him from racing at Le Mans last year – much as Honda did to Fernando Alonso.

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Porsche 919 #19 Nico Hulkenberg/Earl Bamber/Nick Tandy, Le Mans, 2015
Much scepticism surrounds F1’s Le Mans clash
For the first time in five years an F1 race is being held on the same date as the Le Mans 24 Hours, and quite a few people aren’t happy about the clash:

I am really frustrated that the starts of the Baku qualifying and race have been scheduled so as to directly clash with the beginning and end of the 24 hours of Le Mans, these are the two parts of Le Mans that I am most interested in seeing but if I watch the F1 live then I have to miss the beginning and end of Le Mans.

It is completely unnecessary for these two events to occur at the same time. There is no reason why the F1 cannot start at 14:00 or 15:00 local time, making it 11:00 or 12:00 for Central Europe, which is a perfectly suitable time for most people.

By putting F1 directly up against Le Mans when they don’t need to is basically F1 robbing Le Mans of television spectators just to prove a point, namely that F1 is the most watched motorsport, but everybody knows this already so why make an unnecessary clash of events? It makes no sense at all.
Robert (@rob91)

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The non-championship Argentinian Grand Prix for Formula One and Formula 5000 cars was held at the Buenos Aires circuit on this day 45 years ago. It was won by Rolf Stommelen in a Surtees.

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