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I think I can't complain - Christine's Rankings, Week 2

Verstappen has a better time in Australia than his teammate

Sidepodcast: I think I can't complain - Christine's Rankings, Week 2

by Christine Blachford

It's no surprise that defending rankings champion Daniel Ricciardo had a quiet week after some turbulent times in Australia, but his teammate Max Verstappen was in full force and picked up a couple of points to get himself on the board in week two. Meanwhile, unlike in the championship itself, Lewis Hamilton has rocketed to the top of the leaderboard with some very respectful and reflect-ful times in Australia.

Race information - Australia 2017

Get up to speed for the start of the brand new season

Sidepodcast: Race information - Australia 2017

by Christine Blachford

The moment we've all been waiting for has finally arrived. Formula One is ready to go racing once again, with a full grid, a packed calendar, and plenty of anticipation to kick off the brand new year. We’ve bid farewell to some familiar faces, including last year’s World Champion Nico Rosberg, and we’ve welcomed in some new blood, including Williams rookie Lance Stroll. We’ve got new look cars, splashes of colour throughout the paddock and plenty of changes to talk about. The first race, as always, takes place in Australia, and it couldn’t be more exciting.

2017's real championship - Christine's Rankings

The battle for personality points kicks off ahead of Australia

Sidepodcast: 2017's real championship - Christine's Rankings

by Christine Blachford

The only global driver rankings system that you need to worry about is back for 2017, with a set of fresh faces ready and waiting to be judged by me. If you're new to Christine's Rankings, then the object is simple - drivers receive points for doing awesome things and have points taken away for being rubbish, and it's all judged totally fairly by me, making it the most in-depth and accurate rankings system this site has ever seen.

Bottas posts fastest time of pre-season testing as Ferrari crash

Räikkönen hits the wall and Mercedes pick up the pace

Sidepodcast: Bottas posts fastest time of pre-season testing as Ferrari crash

by Christine Blachford

It took a while for the second day of testing this week to really pick up the pace, but it gradually rumbled into life and brought with it plenty to ponder. Firstly, Mercedes were back on top with Valtteri Bottas posting the fastest time not only of the day, but of the pre-season testing this year so far. He had the supersoft tyres on, which was an advantage, so we're still not reading too much into the lap times.

Felipe Massa forges ahead as final pre-season test gets underway

Williams go fastest as long runs are key

Sidepodcast: Felipe Massa forges ahead as final pre-season test gets underway

by Christine Blachford

It was a quiet day of pre-season testing in Spain as the final week began under blue skies in Barcelona. Teams looked to be running longer distances than they did in the first four days, and were concentrating on getting a complete package out of their car, moving on from the early shakedowns we saw last week. There was just one red flag today, brought out by Renault right at the very end of the session.

Teams double up driver duties to rack up the miles

Renault, Mercedes and Toro Rosso all run both drivers

Sidepodcast: Teams double up driver duties to rack up the miles

by Christine Blachford

It was a quieter day overall in Barcelona, with most of the attention focused in Williams' direction. Rookie driver Lance Stroll suffered two off track excursions that limited their running. He was still faster than McLaren though, with Fernando Alonso concentrating on getting laps completed and working through the aero data gathered, rather than going for all out pace. That was their excuse anyway.

Aero devices dominate as Ferrari go fastest in Spain

Measurements and experiments are all part of the plan

Sidepodcast: Aero devices dominate as Ferrari go fastest in Spain

by Christine Blachford

The second day of testing in Barcelona was a cooler affair with clouds moving in across the Catalunya circuit. Eyebrows were raised at the pace of the Ferraris, with Kimi Räikkönen posting the fastest time on soft tyres and Mercedes managing the second fastest time on the super-soft compounds. Times are not the most important thing in testing though, and the fact that Mercedes managed to complete 168 between their two drivers without an issue is the key point.

McLaren's 2017 testing begins under a cloud of troubles

Mercedes lead the way as Barcelona pre-season action gets underway

Sidepodcast: McLaren's 2017 testing begins under a cloud of troubles

by Christine Blachford

We've had a week of fabulous 2017 build-up with teams revealing their new cars for the coming season, but now it's time to stop talking about it and get those tyres turning. All eleven teams hit the track in Barcelona for the first day of pre-season testing, with mixed results. Mercedes and Ferrari did battle for supremacy on the debut day for the new-look 2017 cars, whilst McLaren struggled with reliability issues. Oof, this all sounds very familiar.

Piecing it all together

A behind the scenes listen as Mercedes prepare for the big day

Sidepodcast: Piecing it all together

by Christine Blachford

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.

No longer living a lie

Danny Watts on being a gay man in motorsport

Sidepodcast: No longer living a lie

by Mr. C

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?

Immersive experiences put fans behind the wheel

Sidepodcast: VR curious?

by Mr. C

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

All that's in for 2017: new shapes, new colours, new sizes

Sidepodcast: F1 fashion week

by Christine Blachford

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!

2017's free to air races include Monaco, Britain and the USA

Channel 4 confirm their chosen live events for the season

Sidepodcast: 2017's free to air races include Monaco, Britain and the USA

by Christine Blachford

The Formula One channel-share that has seen both Channel 4 and Sky Sports F1 doubling up on coverage during the 2016 season continues into the new season, as the British broadcasters embark on the second of a three-year deal. Channel 4 will then secede rights to Sky Sports who take over as exclusive rightsholders from 2019, but before that, there is still some free-to-air coverage to enjoy.

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365 F1 stories

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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 MotorsportSilverstone, 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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