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  • FIA approves new F1 qualifying format

    FIA approves new F1 qualifying format

    Formula One’s governing body approved yesterday a new elimination-style qualifying format that will be implemented from this month’s Australian season-opener, despite some drivers questioning why it was necessary. The International Automobile...

  • Raikkonen uses halo closed cockpit system

    Raikkonen uses halo closed cockpit system

    Kimi Raikkonen has become the first Formula One driver to run with the Halo closed cockpit system. Raikkonen tested the cockpit protection device during yesterday morning’s testing in Spain – the first time the system has been seen on an F1 car...

  • Mercedes still the team to beat – Hill

    Mercedes still the team to beat – Hill

    Former world champion Damon Hill fears Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton could have a nasty surprise in store for their Formula One rivals when the season starts in Melbourne on March 20. The Briton said that he expected Mercedes, champions for the past...

  • Palmer not a fan of closed cockpits in F1

    Jolyon Palmer fears the introduction of driver head protection will go against the traditional values of Formula One. The FIA, the sport’s governing body, recently announced that improved cockpit protection is due to be introduced in 2017 with the...

  • New F1 qualifying faces delayed introduction

    New F1 qualifying faces delayed introduction

    The introduction of Formula One’s new qualifying system will be delayed until the fifth race of the season due to technical issues, the sport’s commercial supremo Bernie Ecclestone told reporters last weekend. The season starts in Australia on...

  • Hamilton hails ‘fantastic’ car

    Hamilton hails ‘fantastic’ car

    Triple Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton hailed his ‘fantastic’ Mercedes after wrapping up the first pre-season test with another 99 laps yesterday. “It’s been an incredible week of testing for us because we’ve done more mileage than we...

  • Formula One fans to vote for the ‘Driver of the Day’

    Formula One fans to vote for the ‘Driver of the Day’

    Formula One is to introduce a ‘Driver of the Day’ award with fans voting online during the race, the governing International Automobile Federation (FIA) said yesterday in a statement detailing changes for 2016 and 2017. It also confirmed that a...

  • Mercedes cover five race distances

    Mercedes cover five race distances

    World champions Mercedes have now completed an incredible five race distances in two days of ominous pre-season testing in Barcelona. Lewis Hamilton, the triple-world champion, racked up 156 laps on Monday before team-mate Nico Rosberg added a...

  • Hamilton enjoys best ever start to testing

    Hamilton enjoys best ever start to testing

    Triple Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton completed the equivalent of nearly 2-1/2 race distances on what he said ranked as his best ever start to pre-season testing yesterday. The Mercedes driver completed a whopping 156 laps at the...

  • Formula 1 facinglast chance for 2017 change, says Horner

    Formula One teams have a last chance to agree major changes for 2017 at meetings today and must seize the opportunity to make the sport more exciting, Red Bull boss Christian Horner said yesterday. Speaking to reporters at the start of pre-season...

  • Mercedes and McLaren unveil their 2016 cars

    Mercedes and McLaren unveil their 2016 cars

    World champions Mercedes have unveiled the car they hope will fire them to a hat-trick of consecutive Formula One titles. Lewis Hamilton, winner of the last two driver championships, is bidding to become the first Briton to claim four titles,...

  • Hamilton gets hands on new Mercedes car

    Hamilton gets hands on new Mercedes car

    Lewis Hamilton had his first taste on Friday of the Mercedes car that he hopes will make him Britain’s first four-times Formula One world champion this season. The 31-year-old joined German team-mate Nico Rosberg at a wintry Silverstone circuit...

  • Ferrari can take fight to Mercedes – Vettel

    Ferrari can take fight to Mercedes – Vettel

    Sebastian Vettel believes Ferrari will be “even stronger” this season as they bid to wrestle the Formula One championship away from Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes team. Vettel, who was speaking at the launch of the new Ferrari SF16-H alongside...

  • Williams hope new car is faster on slower F1 tracks

    Former world champions Williams hope their new FW38 Formula One car, presented online yesterday, will address last year’s problems and be quicker on the slower tracks and in wet conditions. “The FW37 was a pretty effective car and so we...

  • Fans bored with Hamilton winning streak says Vettel

    Fans bored with Hamilton winning streak says Vettel

    Lewis Hamilton’s winning streak at Mercedes has become a turn-off for Formula One fans, according to Sebastian Vettel. Vettel, who has also been accused of turning viewers away from the sport after he won four consecutive championships with Red...

  • Wehrlein claims Manor seat for F1 championship

    Manor have announced the signing of Pascal Wehrlein for the upcoming Formula One season. Wehrlein, former reserve driver at Mercedes, will make his full grand prix debut in Australia next month. The 21-year-old German is the first driver to be...

  • Mercedes expect McLaren to raise their game in F1

    Mercedes expect McLaren to raise their game in F1

    Formula One champions Mercedes expect to be beaten by Ferrari this season and also see McLaren catching up fast after a dismal 2015 for the Honda-powered team, engine head Andy Cowell said. “Nobody here is assuming we are going to win. Everybody...

  • Magnussen returns in new-look Renault F1 team

    Magnussen returns in new-look Renault F1 team

    Renault announced the Formula One comeback of Danish driver Kevin Magnussen at the launch yesterday of a new-look team that will put the French carmaker back on the starting grid as a constructor. Magnussen, whose F1 career appeared to have...

  • Maldonado loses F1 drive

    Pastor Maldonado, the only Venezuelan to win a grand prix but also one of Formula One’s most incident-prone drivers, will be absent from the 2016 starting grid after losing his place at Renault-owned Lotus. “Today, with the utmost humility, I tell...

  • Pirelli to host ‘vital’ meeting on tyres

    Pirelli will host a meeting of Formula One’s key stakeholders in Milan next week to discuss how the sport wants the tyres to perform in future. Formula One is currently planning a rewriting of the rules from 2017 to improve the show with faster...

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