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  • Mallya hits out at Renault boss and anyone who doubts Force India

    Mallya hits out at Renault boss and anyone who doubts Force India

    22/02/2017 at 20:43

    Vijay Mallya made an appearance at the launch of Force India’s 2017 car today, and he wasn’t pulling any punches about the team’s optimism for the coming season. Sergio Pérez and Esteban Ocon were on hand to pull the covers off the VJM10 during the launch at Silverstone, revealing a car with a similar paint scheme to last year, the now expected shark fin, the lower rear wing, and an unsightly bump at the front of the car leading down to the nose.

  • First contact

    First contact

    22/02/2017 at 20:25

    Sauber released images of their new car on Monday, and have now unleashed the real thing out on track. Undertaking a filming day at the Circuit de Catalunya, Marcus Ericsson got a taster of what his new car can deliver, although of course we won't know any details until testing gets underway next week.

  • Piecing it all together

    Piecing it all together

    22/02/2017 at 19:59

    BBC Radio 5live sent their current affairs programme for a spot of outside broadcasting today, with presenter Sarah Brett joining Formula One commentator Jack Nicholls at the Mercedes factory. It's the day before Mercedes launch their new car, so you can imagine the pressure is high and the excitement mounting, but the staff still found time to make sure Sarah's phone had a sticker over the camera to stop any covert shooting.

  • Renault confirm new appointments for Sirotkin and Prost

    Renault confirm new appointments for Sirotkin and Prost

    21/02/2017 at 19:18

    With the launch of the R.S.17 today, Renault also confirmed two new drivers to their books – but it’s not what you think. Hülkenberg and Palmer are still gainfully employed but in addition, Sergey Sirotkin has been given the role of reserve driver which is a step up from his test driver duties of last season. He will participate in some Friday practice sessions and be on hand in case of emergency.

  • Factory reset

    Factory reset

    21/02/2017 at 17:45

    The Renault squad have been the first to offer 2017 a full on car launch, with drivers on hand to pull off the covers and a variety of fresh faces getting chatty about the machinery. The team are putting a lot of pressure on themselves this year, as they consider it their first full year as a works team, rather than coming out from underneath what Lotus left behind.

  • No longer living a lie

    No longer living a lie

    20/02/2017 at 23:14

    If you haven't caught it already, there is a fabulous interview on Badger GP today with Danny Watts, a racing driver, who has come out publicly as gay. There is little for us to add, except to encourage people to head on over and read the piece in full. Then read it again for good measure.

  • VR curious?

    VR curious?

    19/02/2017 at 15:59

    Despite being an outfit with one of the smallest budgets in Formula 1, the Sauber team provided fans with some truly innovative content last year. Although a number of constructors have previously dabbled with virtual reality in the past, the Swiss team put in a season long effort to bring their audience Formula 1 in 360 degrees.

  • F1 fashion week

    F1 fashion week

    19/02/2017 at 13:55

    With ten teams ready and waiting in the wings to pull the covers off their 2017 challengers, it's time for this year's launches to get underway. Ahead of pre-season testing, all ten squads will reveal their new cars within the space of seven days and this is the spot to follow all the action as it unfolds. From McLaren's new livery, to defending champions Mercedes and their many team changes, follow along with the Factbyte Factbox as we celebrate F1's 2017 launch week!

  • Pascal Wehrlein to miss first pre-season test in Spain

    Pascal Wehrlein to miss first pre-season test in Spain

    18/02/2017 at 11:43

    New Sauber driver Pascal Wehrlein has confirmed that he won’t be participating in the first pre-season testing in Barcelona, which gets underway in just over a week. The former Manor driver hurt his back during the Race of Champions in December, after an accident saw his car flip into a barrier.

  • Who rendered it better?

    Who rendered it better?

    17/02/2017 at 11:47

    Another season, another round of car launches and another sad realisation that F1 teams aren't very good at marketing their own machinery. Bless them they try their best, but where the motoring industry leads the field in photo-realistic CG car launches, the pinnacle of motorsport offers up anything but that.

  • James Allison joins Mercedes as technical director

    James Allison joins Mercedes as technical director

    16/02/2017 at 18:58

    The musical chairs at the top of the fastest teams appears to be complete now, with James Allison signing on to champions Mercedes to become their technical director. Allison left the Ferrari squad mid-way through 2016 after a three year stint, but now he will be in charge at Mercedes.

  • Renault and Williams select new heads of aerodynamics

    Renault and Williams select new heads of aerodynamics

    16/02/2017 at 18:56

    With launches just around the corner, teams are making the final tweaks to their line-ups ahead of the 2017 season. Williams have confirmed the appointment of Dirk de Beer, bringing him on board as head of aerodynamics to start next month. Dirk was previously employed at Ferrari but has also worked at Sauber and Renault.

  • Selection box - Out on the open road

    Selection box - Out on the open road

    09/02/2017 at 19:49

    The pre-season is really starting to gather steam now, with last minute changes to the engineering lineups, sneaky peeks at new liveries and launch preparations, and so many social media posts from drivers doing their last minute training. Launches and testing are rapidly heading towards us, but until then, here are a few posts and links to keep you occupied.

  • McLaren lose two top management names ahead of 2017 launch

    McLaren lose two top management names ahead of 2017 launch

    07/02/2017 at 20:18

    The McLaren team have confirmed that two of their senior management have departed with just a couple of weeks to go before the launch of the 2017 car. Chief Executive Officer Jost Capito has parted company with the team, ending speculation that he would be following Ron Dennis out the door. Dennis signed him to the squad midway through the 2016 season, but he’s on his way already.

  • Drive time

    Drive time

    04/02/2017 at 14:34

    This is a quote from Claire Williams, deputy team principal of the Williams team, as she shared her thoughts about Valtteri Bottas. With the Finn’s departure to Mercedes, an emotional hole has been left at the Williams team, as he’s been with them for many years, building up the team, as well as working through the stages of his own career. And it was Claire’s words here that made me realise just how many different types of drivers there are in Formula One, and just how many words there are to describe them.

  • McLaren opt for new naming convention for 2017 car

    McLaren opt for new naming convention for 2017 car

    03/02/2017 at 20:12

    McLaren have been hinting at the fact the team will be going through some changes this year, firstly with a glimpse of some potentially orange paintwork, and today revealing a new naming style for the car itself. Where previously the cars have been consecutively named the MP4-28, 29, 30 and 31, this year they’re stripping all that out.

  • No consensus from drivers over 2018 halo device

    No consensus from drivers over 2018 halo device

    03/02/2017 at 20:11

    The FIA have been sourcing feedback from the drivers who tested the halo cockpit device during the 2016 season, and have revealed that the results are mixed. Only 16 drivers have reportedly given their thoughts on the device, and the FIA say that “opinion is divided 50/50.”

  • Progress is for everyone

    Progress is for everyone

    03/02/2017 at 19:13

    Super Bowl commercials regularly run the full gamut from terrible to amazing, but Audi's 2017 offering is up there with the best. From the start line to the finish, it is a work of art: the two boys disregarding the real competition, the fantastic catch through water and the genius of the handbrake save.

  • Manor team officially cease business after buyer can’t be found

    Manor team officially cease business after buyer can’t be found

    27/01/2017 at 20:05

    The Manor team have folded as of Friday 27th January, after the administrators were unable to find a buyer or investor to save the squad. Staff were told to go home early on Friday with over 200 employees now faced with finding new jobs. The administrators said they couldn’t find a structure that would keep the group as a going concern in a sustainable fashion, and sadly Manor have officially called it a day.

  • Selection box - Captain Doctor Button, that'd be cool

    Selection box - Captain Doctor Button, that'd be cool

    26/01/2017 at 19:31

    There was incredible news this week with the removal of Bernie Ecclestone from the head of F1, replaced by Chase Carey and friends. It's no wonder the online world has been reeling in response. In this week's round up of great F1 links to read and enjoy, we've got a couple of posts on that subject but also much, much more.

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F1 team launches
Sauber F1 TeamOnline20 Feb
Renault Sport F1 TeamTBC21 Feb
Sahara Force India F1 TeamSilverstone, England22 Feb
Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 TeamSilverstone, England23 Feb
McLaren HondaTBC24 Feb
Scuderia FerrariFiorano, Italy24 Feb
Williams Martini RacingTBC25 Feb
Haas F1 TeamTBC26 Feb
Red Bull RacingOnline26 Feb
Scuderia Toro RossoBarcelona, Spain26 Feb
F1 test schedule
Circuit de Barcelona-CatalunyaSpain27 Feb
Circuit de Barcelona-CatalunyaSpain28 Feb
Circuit de Barcelona-CatalunyaSpain1 Mar
Circuit de Barcelona-CatalunyaSpain2 Mar
Circuit de Barcelona-CatalunyaSpain7 Mar
Circuit de Barcelona-CatalunyaSpain8 Mar
Circuit de Barcelona-CatalunyaSpain9 Mar
Circuit de Barcelona-CatalunyaSpain10 Mar

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