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Mercedes Domination Won’t Go Away, but F1 Fans Have a Lot To Look Forward To in 2021

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Mercedes Domination Won't Go Away, but F1 Fans Have a Lot To Look Forward To in 2021

From a Championship perspective, the 2020 season hasn’t been quite the title fight F1 fans would’ve hoped for. We’re only just past the halfway mark, but Lewis Hamilton’s seventh F1 World Championship looks set in stone. Unfortunately, it’s unlikely for anyone to really challenge the mighty Mercedes next year. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean another boring season in 2021.

With the homologation rules in effect and the revolutionary regulation changes pushed to 2022, it won’t come as a surprise to anyone if Hamilton romps to an 8th Championship and crosses the triple-digit mark in wins. As a result, the Silver Arrows are untouchable for the near future.

Formula One F1 – Italian Grand Prix – Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza, Italy – September 6, 2020 AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly celebrates winning the Italian Grand Prix on the podium with second placed McLaren’s Carlos Sainz Jr. and third placed Racing Point’s Lance Stroll REUTERS/Jennifer Lorenzini/Pool TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

The F1 budget cap

That being said, 2021 is an exciting prospect for the teams that have delivered so often, when the big boys have failed. Yes, Formula 1’s midfield – the unsung hero in the pinnacle of motorsport that’s a world of its own, could revolutionize F1 next year.

While the major regulation changes aren’t coming in next year, F1 will enforce a budget cap in ’21. For those uninformed, F1 teams will have to adhere to a strict financial ceiling of $145 Million from next season. With outrageous car development costs gone, Mercedes and Red Bull have no choice but to cut down, giving teams like McLaren and Renault a chance to do some serious damage.

Charles Leclerc leads Stroll and Perez during the Tuscan Grand Prix
Formula One F1 – Tuscan Grand Prix – Mugello, Scarperia e San Piero, Italy – September 13, 2020 Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc in action during the race Pool via REUTERS/Jennifer Lorenzini

Some big changes

Will this turn the competition on its head? Maybe not. But the midfield finally gets a chance to push the top teams like never before.

Budget caps are exciting, but not game-changing. Bridging the gap to a team like Mercedes isn’t something that happens overnight. It could take years (as Ferrari has learned all too well) but that doesn’t signal the end of Formula 1 as a spectacle.

And that is where F1.5 steps in.

Racing Point and McLaren are set to shake things up in the midfield by virtue of some mammoth changes. Racing Point will become a works Aston Martin F1 team and Mercedes will power McLaren just like the old days.

Drivers often talk about the midfield being “tight”. With shoestring budgets and cut-throat competition, scoring every point makes all the difference. At the forefront of the midfield battle are three well established F1 teams with the common goal of breaking away from the pack and taking the fight to the likes of Mercedes.

Old Foes meet again

Renault, McLaren, and Racing Point have been bitter rivals for years now, but the stakes just got whole lot higher thanks to the teams’ upcoming driver lineups.

F1 Tuscan Grand Prix
Formula One F1 – Tuscan Grand Prix – Mugello, Scarperia e San Piero, Italy – September 13, 2020 Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc in action during the race Pool via REUTERS/Miguel Medina

Daniel Ricciardo heads to McLaren, Sebastian Vettel heads to Aston Martin, and Fernando Alonso, arguably one of the best F1 drivers, returns to Renault. For years, fans have wished to see the best of the best battle it out in cars that aren’t poles apart.

With equal machinery, F1 fans are in for a treat when Vettel and Alonso resume their storied rivalry on a level playing field. More importantly, the highly disputed driver vs car theory in F1 may finally end, assuming the aforementioned teams don’t fade away next season.

With mouthwatering battles and rekindled rivalries, 2021 cannot get here any sooner.

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Who is Brett Rypien? Get to know the Broncos’ ninth starting QB since Peyton Manning retired

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Who is Brett Rypien? Get to know the Broncos' ninth starting QB since Peyton Manning retired

Brett Rypien will be making his first career start when the Denver Broncos travel to face the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium on “Thursday Night Football.”

Rypien’s name should sound familiar, and we’ll get to that soon. Rypien becomes the third-different quarterback in four weeks for the Broncos, who are trying to avoid a 0-4 start for the second straight season. Rypien will try to make that happen.  

What else should you know about Rypien? Here are some fast facts:  

Brett Rypien’s uncle was Super Bowl MVP 

This is the most-obvious NFL tie. Brett is the nephew of Mark Rypien, the sixth-round quarterback who led the Washington Redskins to a victory in Super Bowl XXVI.  

Mark Rypien played in the NFL from 1988-01 and finished 47-31 as a starter. 

Brett Rypien set records in Washington  

Rypien was a high school legend in Washington. He played at Shadle Park High School. He passed for a state record 13,044 yards in 39 starts in Spokane, Wash.  

In 2014, Rypien set single-season state records with 4,552 passing yarsd and 50 TDs. He was a four-star recruit.  

Rypien had offers from Washington and Washington State, but he chose the same school as fellow Washington high school legend Kellen Moore.  

Rypien followed big shoes at Boise State

Moore compiled a 50-3 record at Boise State from 2008-11; a FBS record that was a tough act for any quarterback to follow.  

Rypien did his best a few years later. The Broncos went 40-13 from 2015-18 with Rypien as the starter. Rypien did that with an efficient style that mirrored Moore in some ways. He had 14 games with at least three TD passes and no interceptions.  He finished his four-year career with 90 TDs and 24 interceptions.  

Boise State won the Mountain West Conference championship in 2017 and was the runner up in 2018.  

Rypien set records in college 

Rypien finished with 13,578 passing yards in his college career, which is the all-time lead for the Mountain West Conference. That total is good for 13th all time in the FBS.  

Rypien is one spot ahead of Philip Rivers, who finished with 13,484 yards at N.C. State from 2000-03.  

Rypien didn’t finish his last college start 

Rypien’s last college start was at the First Responders Bowl against Boston College on Dec. 26, 2018. Boston College took a 7-0 lead before severe thunderstorms hit the Dallas area.  

The storms continued off and on for the next three hours, and the game was canceled as a result. 

That was the last game of Rypien’s college career.  

Rypien went undrafted in 2019  

Rypien went undrafted in 2019, but he signed with the Denver Broncos shortly after the draft.  

Rypien was waived by the Broncos last season before being placed on the practice squad. Denver protected Rypien on Sept. 22, 2020.  

Rypien is the latest Broncos starter  

Rypien replaced Jeff Driskel in Denver’s 27-10 loss to Tampa Bay in Week 3. Rypien completed 8 of 9 passes for 53 yards with an interception, but that was enough for Broncos coach Vic Fangio to name Rypien the starter for Week 4’s matchup against the Jets.  

Rypien is the ninth different Denver starting quarterback since Peyton Manning retired after the 2015 season. A look at those quarterbacks and how many games they have started in the last five seasons:  

NAME STARTS ACQUIRED
Trevor Siemian 24 2015 Draft (Seventh)
Case Keenum 16 Free agent (2018)
Joe Flacco 8 Trade (2019)
Drew Lock 7 2019 Draft (Second)
Paxton Lynch 4 2016 Draft (First)
Brock Osweiler 4 2012 Draft (Second)
Brandon Allen 3 Waivers (2019)
Jeff Driskel 1 Free agent (2020)
Brett Rypien 1 Undrafted (2019)

Broncos president John Elway’s search for the next franchise continues, and Rypien joins that list now.  

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NASCAR Cup Series 2021 Features a Road Course Heavy Calendar

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The 2021 NASCAR Cup Series calendar is opening itself up in parts. However, a number of road courses have been added. One of them is the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course. Apparently, this will be the first time that the cars will run on the road course instead of the oval.

According to reports, the Cup series cars will race to kick off the road course race on Aug. 15th. In addition to that, it is set to follow the NTT IndyCar Series races on the Indy road course, which will be a day earlier.

According to IMS President Doug Boles, he was banking on repeating the success of this year’s NASCAR-IndyCar weekend. He spoke about the positive feedback from the fans, drivers, teams, and participants.

He said, “We can’t wait to welcome back fans to see NASCAR and IndyCar together during this exciting weekend as we add another memorable chapter in the long, storied history of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.”

Indianapolis will not be the only road course NASCAR Cup Series race next season

The Cup Series has visited Indianapolis since 1994; however, there have been questions raised about safety. As a result, many have called for more road course races.

In response, NASCAR used the Xfinity Series for trial; admittedly, the experiment was a resounding success, opening the door for a Cup race at the road course.

“Indy is Indy, no matter if you’re on the road course or you’re on the oval,” Joey Logano said. “It doesn’t matter. If you’re on the dirt track, I don’t care, it’s Indy. It’s that big deal to win there. It doesn’t matter if you’re in a Cup car, IndyCar or a tricycle, you want to win at that race track.”

The calendar also includes Michigan International Speedway apart from these road courses.

It is also worth noting that a race at Road America has also been confirmed. In another piece of interesting news, the Circuit of The Americas has also confirmed its inclusion in the 2021 NASCAR calendar. Speedway Motorsports are promoters of the event.

Speedway Motorsports President and CEO Marcus Smith declared that they were truly honored to bring NASCAR to COTA. He said, “I’d like to thank COTA CEO Bobby Epstein as well as NASCAR’s executive leadership for supporting us in an endeavor to do something that we believe will be spectacular for race fans, not only in Texas but around the world.

“We work and challenge ourselves every day at Speedway Motorsports to create amazing experiences that will last a lifetime, and we know NASCAR at COTA will deliver in 2021.”

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Along with the Charlotte road course, even Watkins Glen International should be on the schedule.

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Chelsea midfielder Barkley joins Aston Villa on season-long loan

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Chelsea midfielder Ross Barkley has joined fellow Premier League side Aston Villa on a season-long loan for the 2020-21 campaign.

The England international, capped 33 times for his country at senior level, moved to Stamford Bridge from Everton in January 2018 but has since found himself on the fringes of the first-team squad.

Villa manager Dean Smith told the club’s official website: “Capturing a player of Ross’s quality is a real coup for our club and I am certain he will thrive here and improve our team.”

Barkley broke onto the Premier League scene as a teenager at Everton, scoring 27 goals from midfield in 179 appearances for the Toffees.

His dynamic style of play marked him out as one of England’s most promising young players, however, injury and loss of form have meant he has impressed only sporadically since moving to Stamford Bridge.

Barkley has fallen down the pecking order for the Blues, with Mason Mount and Mateo Kovacic now ahead of him in Frank Lampard’s plans, and he has been allowed to depart on loan.

The 26-year-old has scored 11 goals in 86 appearances for Chelsea, the most recent coming in the 6-0 victory over Barnsley in the Carabao Cup last week. He helped the Blues to Europa League victory in 2019, scoring in the semi-final penalty shoot-out win over Eintracht Frankfurt.

Barkley will not be available for Villa in their Carabao Cup clash with Stoke City on Thursday as he is cup-tied, but he could make his debut at the weekend in the Premier League meeting with champions Liverpool.

He is the latest player to depart Chelsea on loan and is the fourth to go to a Premier League rival, after Ethan Ampadu to Sheffield United, Michy Batshuayi to Crystal Palace and Conor Gallagher to West Brom.

A total of 21 players have left Chelsea on a temporary basis this summer, and several more are expected to depart before the transfer window closes on October 5.

They have been replaced at Stamford Bridge by several big-money signings, including Timo Werner, Kai Havertz, Hakim Ziyech and Edouard Mendy, while Thiago Silva and Malang Sarr have come in on free transfers.

Villa have been equally busy as they look to avoid another relegation scrap having only stayed in the Premier League on the final day of the 2019-20 season.

Barkley joins former Chelsea winger Bernard Traore at Villa Park, as well as ex-Arsenal goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez, and acquisitions from the Championship in Matty Cash and Ollie Watkins.

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