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ROBERT KUBICA MAKES HIS SINGLE-SEATER RETURN FOLLOWING GP3 SERIES TEST Having not driven a single-seater since topping the Formula One pre-season test in Valencia back in 2011, just days before suffering serious injuries in a rally crash, Robert Kubica tested a GP3 Series car at the Franciacorta Circuit in Italy. The injuries to his right arm and hand ended the Pole’s F1 […]

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Brown wants to make McLaren Indy 500 entry a yearly event

After pushing to get Fernando Alonso a ride at the Indy 500 for this year, McLaren executive director Zak Brown doesn’t want it to be a one-off event. McLaren executive director Zak Brown would like to make the British marque’s entry to the Indianapolis 500 a yearly event after securing Fernando Alonso a place on […]

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Robert Kubica Withdraws From WEC Season

Kubica was set to drive for LMP1 privateers ByKolles Racing, but has pulled out days before the season’s first race.Former Formula One and World Rally driver Robert Kubica was set to compete in the 2017 World Endurance Championship with ByKolles Racing, in their LMP1 program. After the preseason test at Monza, Kubica announced his withdrawal […]

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Felipe Massa to Max Verstappen: Watch your words to the F1 media

Flipe Massa has warned Max Verstappen to “be careful” with comments he makes to the Formula 1 media.After complaining that the Williams veteran spoiled his qualifying lap in Bahrain, Verstappen said he would not be seeking Massa out for talks. “He is Brazilian, so there is not much to talk about,” Verstappen said after time […]

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Alonso to skip Monaco GP to compete in Indy 500

 Two-time Formula One champion Fernando Alonso announced Wednesday that he will race for McLaren at the Indianapolis 500 next month in a surprise switch that means the Spanish driver miss the Monaco Grand Prix on the same day. It will be Alonso’s first time in the showcase race as he steps up his bid to […]

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Lewis Hamilton calls Max Verstappen’s style a ‘breath of fresh air’

 Lewis Hamilton says Max Verstappen’s driving style has been a “breath of fresh air” in his relatively short Formula One career.Verstappen stole the show in the early part of the Chinese Grand Prix, mastering the damp conditions to charge from 16th to seventh on the opening lap. He rose as high as second early on […]

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Hamilton wins Chinese GP ahead of Vettel, Verstappen

Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton held off the challenge of Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel to take his fifth Chinese Grand Prix victory as Max Verstappen claimed his eighth career podium finish after a sensational drive that saw the Red Bull Racing driver rise to third from 16th place on the Shanghai grid. Hamilton, starting from pole, held his […]

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No joke: Smog cancels F1 Chinese Grand Prix practice session

The Formula 1 Chinese Grand Prix weekend got off to a farcical start as intense levels of smog canceled both free practice sessions on Friday. In the murky wet of the Shanghai International Circuit, visibility was limited for the drivers, but, more importantly, visibility was almost nil for the pilot of the medical helicopter. With […]

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F1 points leader Vettel says Chinese GP is ‘a difficult race to predict’

Formula 1 points leader Sebastian Vettel still believes that Mercedes is the team to beat ahead of the Formula 1 Chinese Grand Prix this weekend. Vettel won for Ferrari in the season-opening Australian Grand Prix on March 26, but he vows not to get ahead of himself with talk of a fifth world title, saying […]

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Fully recovered Robert Kubica hopeful for F1 return

Promising driver nearly severed his wrist in a 2011 rally crash Robert Kubica says a return to Formula 1 is now “more likely” than ever before since his serious rally crash in 2011.Kubica, now 32, was in the midst of a promising F1 career with BMW and then Renault when, while contesting a rally in […]

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F1 veteran Felipe Massa: Overtaking is impossible without DRS system

Formula 1 veteran Felipe Massa believes the controversial drag reduction system is the only thing providing a glimmer of hope for overtaking this season. Renault’s Nico Hulkenberg said following the 2017 season opener in Melbourne, Australia, that the newer, faster cars have made overtaking almost impossible. Massa agreed with his fellow F1 mainstay over the […]

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Mick Schumacher declares father Michael as his idol

Mick Schumacher has broken his long public silence concerning his father and has admitted that the F1 legend is his idol. Schumacher, who just turned 18, is stepping up to the highly competitive European F3 series this season, which is widely regarded as a potential final step before F1. “My idol is my dad,” he […]

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FIA wants to know why fans hit the track during cool-down lap at F1 Australian GP

The FIA plans to investigate why fans were able to access the track during the cool-down lap at the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix on Sunday. fter Sebastian Vettel had crossed the line to claim his first victory in 28 Grands Prix, new owners Liberty Media and governing body the FIA must have been fairly […]

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Report: Gang plot to steal Enzo Ferrari’s body stymied by Italian police

What’s the going rate for a dead automotive titan? Italian police have foiled a plot to steal Enzo Ferrari’s body, according to a bizarre Reuters report. Apparently the would-be culprits’ foolproof, not at all grappa-inspired plan was to pilfer the body from an above-ground tomb in a cemetery not far from the Ferrari factory in […]

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Vettel defeats Hamilton for opening 2017 victory in Australia

Sebastian Vettel secured his and Scuderia Ferrari’s first victory since 2015 in Australia on Sunday, with Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas completing the podium. Sebastian Vettel secured victory in the opening round of the 2017 Formula 1 season in Australia as he jumped Lewis Hamilton in the pits and never looked back thereafter for his […]

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Lewis Hamilton takes pole for F1 Australian Grand Prix

Pole is Hamilton’s fifth straight, dating back to last year’s United States Grand Prix Lewis Hamilton took pole position for Mercedes for the season-opening Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix Saturday, fending off the Ferrari of Sebastian Vettel.Hamilton claimed his 62nd career pole position —  sixth in Australia — with his final lap of the session […]

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Verstappen braking rule’ scrapped as FIA relaxes penalties

FIA Race Director Charlie Whiting has revealed it will not enforce the so-called ‘Max Verstappen rule’ for moving under braking as part of plans to allow drivers more freedom when racing one another on track. The Red Bull driver received criticism from rivals at times during the 2016 season – most notably Sebastian Vettel – […]

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F1 2017 season preview: Ten years at the top – but does Lewis Hamilton still have the hunger?

It is now a full decade since Lewis Hamilton made his Formula One debut, and David Coulthard says he wouldn’t be surprised if he walked away in 2017. But Tom Adams looks at how the Mercedes star is still pushing boundaries, and should be feared, maybe more than ever. It was obvious from day one. […]

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A new dawn rises – the 2017 F1 season preview

The wait is almost over. Formula One racing’s bold new era of more dramatic and stimulating cars will finally become reality next weekend with Melbourne’s 2017 Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix.Ten teams are fighting out the 2017 FIA Formula One World Championship, with cars that the FIA have promised will be up to five […]

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Mercedes F1 removes Michael Schumacher message from cars

Team plans to use ‘Keep Fighting Michael’ in future promotions The Mercedes F1 team is defending its decision to remove the ‘KeepFightingMichael’ hashtag from the livery of its Formula 1 car. Mercedes has published the supportive message on its car since former team driver Michael Schumacher’s horrific 2013 skiing crash, during which he suffered head […]

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Sahara Force India signs partnership agreement with BWT

Sahara Force India takes on a brand new look this year following the signing of a partnership agreement with Europe’s No. 1 water technology specialists, BWT.The VJM10 will race in pink, magenta and silver to mark the beginning of a long-term relationship with the Austrian-headquartered water brand. The new colours will make their debut at […]

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Alonso: F1 drivers no longer have to drive like “small children”

By: Jonathan Noble, Formula 1 Editor Motorsport.com Fernando Alonso says he is relishing the fact that Formula 1 stars are no longer having to drive like ‘small children’, thanks to the new 2017 rules.Although the McLaren driver has had a deeply disappointing two weeks of testing thanks to Honda engine frustrations, he insists that his initial […]

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Motor racing legend John Surtees dies aged 83

Motor racing legend John Surtees, the only man to win the world championship on two and four wheels, has died aged 83.rtees won the motorcycle world championship in 1956, 1957, 1958 and 1960, before switching to Formula One, where he won the title in 1964 for Ferrari. The achievement has never been matched since. The […]

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Flavio Briatore: Bernie Ecclestone treated poorly by F1’s new owners

Former Benetton and Renault team boss Flavio Briatore believes Bernie Ecclestone was not treated well by Formula One’s new owner Liberty Media. Briatore and Ecclestone formed a close relationship during their respective spells working in F1, and also spent time working together as co-owners of the Queens Park Rangers football club — before selling their […]

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Bottas lowers best time as Raikkonen crashes

Valtteri Bottas set a new fastest time for pre-season testing as his fellow Finn Kimi Raikkonen crashed on the second day of the final Formula 1 pre-season test in Barcelona.Amid cool conditions on Wednesday morning, Bottas started the day on ultrasoft tires and quickly dropped in to the 1m20s before Tuesday’s pacesetter Felipe Massa topped […]

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Reverting to V10s ‘won’t be accepted by society’ – Todt

‘Three of the four manufacturers’ would leave F1 if the sport decided to ditch V6 Hybrid power units for a return to V8 engines, says Jean Todt. FIA President Jean Todt has firmly ruled out the prospect of F1 ever reverting to V8, V10 or V12 engines because it will drive away ‘three out of […]

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Formula One: Winners and Losers From Barcelona Winter Testing Mercedes looks to be the team to beat again.

As the gravel settles around the Circuit de Catalunya following Formula One’s first testing session of the 2017 season, it becomes possible to make some tentative conclusions.  Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes look powerful as ever, while Red Bull will look to improve on its conservative showing in the second phase next week. Here, Newsweek breaks […]

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F1 Barcelona testing makes good on promise of faster cars

 Drivers expect lap times to be at least four seconds faster than last year Formula 1 has come back to life for its all-new era, delivering on the promise of much faster cars. “Lewis (Hamilton) is already quicker than qualifying last year,” said Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo as the first of just two four-day Barcelona […]

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F1 may reintroduce non-championship race, says Ross Brawn

Formula One could reintroduce a non-championship race to experiment with new formats and ideas if such an event can be made commercially viable, motorsport’s managing director Ross Brawn has suggested. It might be rather optimistic,” the former Honda, Brawn and Mercedes team principal said during pre-season testing at the Circuit de Catalunya on Wednesday. “But […]

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Drivers heed first warning signs of F1 2017 overtaking fears

By: Adam Cooper, F1 Reporter Motorsport.com Fears that Formula 1’s new aerodynamic package will make overtaking harder in 2017 were borne out on the opening day of pre-season testing, as drivers found it harder to follow the car ahead. Higher overall downforce levels make it harder for a following car to keep up in fast […]

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Verstappen “is ready” for F1 2017 title attack – Marko

Red Bull motorsport advisor Helmut Marko believes Max Verstappen can become Formula 1 world champion in 2017, contrary to the opinion of Max’s father Jos.Earlier this week, Jos Verstappen said of his 19-year-old son: “Of course there is talk of a world title. But my personal opinion is that it is still a year too […]

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Formula 1 gets colorful: Here are all 10 liveries for 2017

Following Scuderia Toro Rosso’s launch of the new STR12 car on Sunday night, the Formula 1 grid is now set ahead of the start of pre-season testing in Barcelona on Monday. All 10 teams have sported cars that are quite the deviation from their predecessors, as forced by the overhaul of the technical regulations for […]

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Revealed: Winning design for Hamilton’s 2017 helmet

Lewis Hamilton has chosen which fan-created helmet he will wear after Mercedes revealed the results of the competition he hosted. In January, Hamilton asked fans to submit their entries for his new helmet livery, stating that he would choose the design that was the “most stylish, inspiring, iconic and eye-catching”. Over 8,000 entered the competition, […]

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Rosberg yet to respond to Bottas message

Toto Wolff says he has no problem if Mercedes’ F1 drivers are ‘attack dogs’. The comments come as tension threatens to break out even before a wheel has turned in 2017 between Lewis Hamilton and the triple world champion’s brand new teammate Valtteri Bottas.Hamilton is reportedly already firing salvos at Finn Bottas, including a new […]