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Race highlights - Abu Dhabi 2015

F1 winds to a close under the darkening skies of the desert

Sidepodcast: Race highlights - Abu Dhabi 2015

by Christine Blachford

With the Mercedes pair on the front row, it looked set to be just another 2015 race - domination from the German team from start to finish. And whilst that was the case, it was a surprisingly chaotic start to the race, that led to a tense waiting game towards the finish. Strategy calls were made and lost, unsafe releases spotted in the pit lane, and a handful of overtaking moves with varying degrees of success.

Qualifying highlights - Abu Dhabi 2015

The battle for the final pole position of the season

Sidepodcast: Qualifying highlights - Abu Dhabi 2015

by Christine Blachford

The final race weekend is upon us and although it does feel as though it's time for a rest, there's still a frisson of excitement to be had about the Abu Dhabi weekend. Rosberg is on form but champion Hamilton will likely want the last honours of the year. Teammate qualifying battles can be decided and we can compare just how far the McLaren has come since the start of the season.

Night watchman

Carlos Sainz Jr unhurt after huge Sochi smash

Sidepodcast: Night watchman

by Christine Blachford

Carlos Sainz Jr suffered a huge crash in final practice for the Russian Grand Prix on Saturday, but the Spaniard escaped with no injuries and only needs a simply overnight stay in hospital for observation. The incident looked far more serious at first, with the Toro Rosso car buried underneath the Armco, the driver strapped to a stretcher before being airlifted to hospital for checks.

So long, Squire

A fond farewell to the nicest eyes in motorsport

Sidepodcast: So long, Squire

by Christine Blachford

It was a surprise to hear this week that Jaime Alguersuari has decided to retire from racing, at the tender age of 25. The Spaniard, who has previously driven for Toro Rosso in Formula One, and most recently appeared in the inaugural season of Formula E, admitted that he's fallen out of love with motorsport and thus knows it is time to hang up his hat. In celebration of Alguersuari's career, and commiseration at its early end, I've pulled together the collection of F1 Big Picture posts dedicated to one of the most photogenic drivers in the sport.

F1 Debrief - There's a definite change in policy here

The FIA's breaking news and putting your sport before the planet

Sidepodcast: F1 Debrief - There's a definite change in policy here

by Christine Blachford

Sidepodcast's 2015 break takes a break of its own as we hustle a quick podcast out the door regarding the FIA's recent statement of a potential refuelling return. As big fans of refuelling before it departed, we now discuss our mixed reactions to the possibility of a return and ponder just what the governing body are thinking with their latest batch of changes to the sport.

Selection box - Already missing Alonso

The F1 world gears up for its first 2015 race in Australia

Sidepodcast: Selection box - Already missing Alonso

by Christine Blachford

With testing wrapping up in Barcelona, and the first race of the season just around the corner, the F1 world is in a bit of a mish mash. We're looking ahead to ponder what the year will bring, looking behind us to analyse what testing can reveal, and of course pondering just what is going on with poor Fernando Alonso. All that and more in this wrap up of F1 links and goodness.

Design for life

FIA clarify helmet colour clampdown rule changes

Sidepodcast: Design for life

by Christine Blachford

The FIA's recent revelation that they're set to clampdown on drivers changing their helmets too often was met with mixed responses - some keen on the idea of easier identification, others upset at the lack of creativity inspired by the governing body. Now, the FIA have clarified exactly what the stipulations will be regarding this particular piece of regulation.

Force India reveal 2015 car at second Barcelona test

Teams rack up the laps in Spain

Sidepodcast: Force India reveal 2015 car at second Barcelona test

by Christine Blachford

Force India have finally got the VJM-08 up and running, on the second day of the second test at Barcelona, and with just three days of running available. Nico Hülkenberg got behind the wheel for the first run of the new car, with an installation lap just before the lunch break, and then a full 77 laps by the end of the day. Chief Race Engineer Tom McCullough admits it was a big effort to get the car ready in time, and they’re just grateful to have had a solid first day.

Selection box - Two weeks to go

Testing action, helmet debates and who is Pascal Wehrlein?

Sidepodcast: Selection box - Two weeks to go

by Christine Blachford

Amazingly, the 2015 Formula One season is now just over two weeks away. Launches are done, testing is almost complete, and we're starting to see at least a pattern in the results so far, if not anything concrete. McLaren have struggled, Mercedes have cruised, Ferrari have improved, and the midfield looks set for a shakeup. That's what I think, but what does the rest of the blogging world have to say about F1 at the moment?

Teams back to Barcelona for final week of 2015 pre-season testing

Four more days available for analysis and preparation

Sidepodcast: Teams back to Barcelona for final week of 2015 pre-season testing

by Christine Blachford

Two weeks of testing so far have given us a few signs of what the coming year might be like. Mercedes are still strong, if not untouchable. Ferrari have improved, as have Sauber who have shown surprising pace. McLaren are very much on the back foot, and are now dealing with the repercussions from Fernando Alonso's accident last week as well. The Spaniard will sit out this final week, with Kevin Magnussen taking his place.


The Woking team rack up just 100 laps over three days in Barcelona

Sidepodcast: McBusted

by Christine Blachford

Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso are desperately trying to keep their spirits high despite the disappointments of testing in Spain so far. After a slow first week in Jerez, the McLaren team were hoping Barcelona would deliver better things. Unfortunately, their running was curtailed on Thursday due to a faulty part, and the replacements didn't arrive until Saturday. When they did, it turned out not to be the solution the car required, and more engineering is needed.

Mercedes recall Wehrlein as their drivers fall ill

Rosberg's neck aches and Hamilton has flu

Sidepodcast: Mercedes recall Wehrlein as their drivers fall ill

by Christine Blachford

Lewis Hamilton completed 11 laps of his schedule today before admitting defeat and going home sick. Running a fever, and with what Toto Wolff described as the flu, Hamilton handed over driving duties to test driver Pascal Wehrlein, who had already been loaned out to the Force India crew. Nico Rosberg could have deputised, but was himself struggling with an inflamed and trapped nerve in his neck - which in turn puts his own running for tomorrow in doubt.

Second week of 2015 running gets underway in Barcelona

Follow day by day updates of pre-season testing

Sidepodcast: Second week of 2015 running gets underway in Barcelona

by Christine Blachford

With four days of testing already completed, teams have a fair idea of what challenges they are facing over the final two weeks. Moving on from Jerez, drivers will get to grips with the Barcelona circuit - a track they should know well, and will be racing on later in the year. Force India will be participating this week, after skipping the Jerez action, but they've confirmed they will be using an older version of their car.

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365 F1 stories

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F1 team launches
McLaren HondaOnline29 Jan
Sauber F1 TeamOnline30 Jan
Scuderia FerrariOnline30 Jan
Scuderia Toro RossoJerez, Spain31 Jan
Infiniti Red Bull RacingJerez, Spain1 Feb
Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 TeamJerez, Spain1 Feb
Williams Martini RacingJerez, Spain1 Feb
Lotus F1 TeamJerez, Spain2 Feb
Sahara Force India F1 TeamOnline25 Feb
F1 test schedule
Circuito de JerezSpain1 Feb
Circuito de JerezSpain2 Feb
Circuito de JerezSpain3 Feb
Circuito de JerezSpain4 Feb
Circuit de Barcelona-CatalunyaSpain19 Feb
Circuit de Barcelona-CatalunyaSpain20 Feb
Circuit de Barcelona-CatalunyaSpain21 Feb
Circuit de Barcelona-CatalunyaSpain22 Feb
Circuit de Barcelona-CatalunyaSpain26 Feb
Circuit de Barcelona-CatalunyaSpain27 Feb
Circuit de Barcelona-CatalunyaSpain28 Feb
Circuit de Barcelona-CatalunyaSpain1 Mar

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