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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 […]

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South African De Beer joins Williams as head of aero

Williams have appointed Dirk de Beer as their new head of aerodynamics, with the South African due to join the team on March 1 – a few weeks before the season-opening round in Australia.De Beer most recently served as chief aerodynamicist at Ferrari, having joined the team in 2013 after a five year spell at […]

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Helle Nice – The Forgotten One: 15th December 1900 – 1st October 1984​

Born Mariette Helene Delangle, Helle Nice was a pioneer. Not only “a female racing driver” but a female racing driver during one of the most brutal and most demanding eras; that legendary decade, the 1930s. Helle had always loved speed and automobiles and realised her ambition when she entered five Grands Prix on the French […]

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Mercedes will dominate with aero and engine power in 2017 – de la Rosa

Pedro de la Rosa believes that Mercedes are set to rule the F1 roost once again in 2017, coming out on top on the aero side of things, as well as with their engine.Former McLaren driver Pedro de la Rosa believes the Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team will retain their edge over the rest […]

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Report: F1 faces potential $168 million fine

Annual Euro Commission report could launch an investigation Formula 1 is inching closer to a full investigation by the European Commission.That is the claim of London’s Times newspaper, revealing that politicians want the body to look into how prize money is distributed, along with tax arrangements and the FIA’s financial windfall as a result of […]

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Analysis: How a rally crash changed the destiny of F1

By: Charles Bradley, Editor in Chief Motorsport.com Robert Kubica’s promising F1 career was cut short following a vicious rally crash six years ago. But what might have been, asks Charles Bradley? As with so many things, this idea sparked from some office banter – which in the ‘old’ days would have been across a few […]

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Jeremy Clarkson: Ecclestone departure ‘a good thing’ for F1

Television show presenter and motoring journalist Jeremy Clarkson has said that it’s a good thing that Bernie Eccleston is no longer in charge of Formula One.The former Top Gear host, who now presents the Amazon Prime show The Grand Tour, made his comments in a video posted to his new motoring website DRIVETRIBE this week. […]

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F1 grid expected to be further spread out in 2017

The performance gap between all Formula 1 teams is expected to be bigger this year as a result of the radical overhaul of the regulations, claim senior figures.Teams are currently putting the finishing touches to their 2017 challengers, which are expected to deliver a big step forward in performance. The wider cars, with bigger wings […]

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Tiger Wheel & Tyre Announces 2017 Formula OneT Broadcast Sponsorship

On 26 March 2017 in the cockpits of the world’s fastest road course racing cars and in the hands of the world’s best race car drivers, the chase will begin for the 68th Formula OneT (F1T) World Championship title. Twenty drivers from 10 confirmed teams will take part in this epic battle and, thanks to […]

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Why the 2017 F1 rule changes will not level the playing field

Changes aim to produce faster cars offering other teams the chance to close the gap on Mercedes but Mark Webber and Patrick Head inject a dose of reality During the period of inventive speculation that characterises Formula One’s pre-season before the first test in Barcelona, there has been a sense that the new rules for […]

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2017 F1: Hamilton could be Bottas ‘career killer’

  Finn Bottas, 27, has signed just a one-year contract after being selected to replace the suddenly-retired world champion Nico Rosberg, with whom Hamilton shared an acrimonious relationship.”My own personal view is that anyone who goes up against Lewis really needs to have their career mapped out for them because it’s a career killer,” Anthony […]

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Webber: F1 2017 will produce laptimes “like 10 years ago”

 By: Charles Bradley, Editor in Chief Motorsport.com Mark Webber believes that the new Formula 1 rules for 2017 will produce laptimes similar to a decade ago, taking the sport “a good step forward” in terms of spectacle. Speaking at the Bathurst 12 Hours at the weekend, Webber told reporters that the more aggressive, faster F1 […]

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You have to admire Bernie Ecclestone – even if he is a man of monstrous imperfections

You’re not supposed to end up a billionaire several times over if you escape the cloisters of high school years before you should, to become a junior potato baron or the purveyor of second-hand car parts, sourced from origins never properly disclosed. And your odds of achieving financial immortality are rendered exponentially more infinitesimal if […]

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Manor Formula 1 Team Folds After Failing To Find Buyer

 The Manor Formula 1 team “has folded after going into administration and failing to find a buyer,” leaving the sport with 10 teams two months before the start of the season in Australia, according to Alan Baldwin of REUTERS. Administrators FRP Advisory said that while a separate entity that holds the right to enter the world […]

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Webber honoured by Australia

Receiving one of Australia’s highest awards, former Formula 1 ace Mark Webber is proud to have been recgonised for his achievements in motorsport from down under as he was given title of Officer of the Order of Australia.Apart from his successful career racing cars, Webber is also heavily involved in charity work, which includes his […]

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Hill’s warning to F1’s new owners

Damon Hill has warned Formula 1’s new owners that trying to bring the teams into line can be as difficult as “herding cats.”Earlier this week Liberty Media completed their takeover of Formula 1 with Chase Carey installed as CEO, replacing the ousted Bernie Ecclestone.Former F1 team boss Ross Brawn has been named managing director of […]

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Williams admits to worries about asking Massa to return

 Claire Williams has revealed she felt bad about asking Felipe Massa to postpone his retirement, but was delighted to find out the Brazilian was eager to extend his Formula 1 career into 2017.With Valtteri Bottas making the switch from Williams Martini Racing to the Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team this season in place of […]

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Formula One has been ineffective and dysfunctional, says Chase Carey

Chase Carey has given a bracing verdict on the problems facing Formula One after 40 years of Bernie Ecclestone’s supremacy, describing decision-making within the sport as “somewhere between ineffective and dysfunctional”.On his first full day as chief executive of the F1 empire that Ecclestone created, Carey, who made his reputation as a hard-edged negotiator at […]