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Pirelli reveal rainbow of tyres for 2018

Two new compounds introduced to extend range

Sidepodcast: Pirelli reveal rainbow of tyres for 2018

by Christine

Ahead of the final race of 2017 in Abu Dhabi, Pirelli launched their lineup of tyres for the 2018 season, including two new compounds and extending the range from five to seven levels of hard and softness. The tyres are all one step softer than what we've seen this year, but there's a new superhard tyre that is orange. The hard tyre turns blue, or ice blue, as they call it.

Vettel wins in Brazil, as Hamilton rises to fourth

Bottas loses lead on first lap

Sidepodcast: Vettel wins in Brazil, as Hamilton rises to fourth

by Christine

Valtteri Bottas' pole position lasted only moments as Sebastian Vettel swept past the Mercedes to take the lead into the first corner. There was chaos in the opening laps, as Romain Grosjean picked up a puncture and punted himself and Ocon off track. Daniel Ricciardo spun, dropping him down the field, after he'd made a good start trying to recover from a low grid position.

Bottas takes third pole position as Hamilton crashes out of Brazil qualifying

Early qualifying exit for champion at Interlagos

Sidepodcast: Bottas takes third pole position as Hamilton crashes out of Brazil qualifying

by Christine

Lewis Hamilton's qualifying session came to an abrupt and early end when he crashed heavily into the tyre barriers just four minutes into Q1. The red flags came out whilst the car and the driver were recovered - he was fine - and then the action continued. The two Saubers, Stroll and Gasly were out in that first session. Brendon Hartley got his Toro Rosso through to Q2 but didn't participate in that session.

Paddock personnel hit by Brazil crime wave

Mercedes and Sauber amongst those affected

Sidepodcast: Paddock personnel hit by Brazil crime wave

by Christine

Felipe Massa has talked of his disappointment and sadness that his home country has failed to deliver a safe environment for the F1 paddock to race in, after several high profile incidents for teams leaving the circuit. Lewis Hamilton revealed that part of the Mercedes crew were held up at gunpoint, with shots fired, in an armed robbery, with Williams and FIA officials also in the convoy of cars.

Felipe Massa confirms second retirement from Formula One

Williams look elsewhere for 2018 season

Sidepodcast: Felipe Massa confirms second retirement from Formula One

by Christine

Massa announced his F1 retirement at the end of 2016 but was recalled to Williams after they needed an experienced driver at the last minute. Fast forward one year, and with the Williams team fifth in the championship standings, they're looking forward to the 2018 season and their driver lineup. That won't include Felipe Massa, as the Brazilian driver has announced his second retirement from the sport.

First lap drama in Mexico gives Verstappen victory, but Hamilton the title

Punctures and front wing damage decide title

Sidepodcast: First lap drama in Mexico gives Verstappen victory, but Hamilton the title

by Christine

The pressure was all on Sebastian Vettel's shoulders going into this race, the title fight in his hands. Earning pole position was the best he could do on Saturday, but unfortunately it was all for nothing. In the first two corners, he, Verstappen and Hamilton ran alongside each other, jostling, bumping wheels, so that eventually Max moved into the lead, whilst Hamilton and Vettel dropped back with a puncture and front wing damage respectively.

Spins and punctures dominate Mexico practice sessions

Ricciardo leads the way in tight opening sessions

Sidepodcast: Spins and punctures dominate Mexico practice sessions

by Christine

The first practice session in Mexico featured a lot of Friday drivers, including Giovinazzi, Leclerc, Gelael and Antonio Celis, who was driving in front of his home crowd. Unfortunately, he spun his Force India and hit the barriers, causing a red flag whilst the incident was sorted out. Stoffel Vandoorne only managed three laps due to an engine problem, Verstappen spent much of his morning in the garage, and Brendon Hartley stopped out on track, before getting going again only to disappear in the garage.

Hamilton takes Suzuka victory, extending title lead as Vettel retires

Red Bull earn double podium finish too

Sidepodcast: Hamilton takes Suzuka victory, extending title lead as Vettel retires

by Christine

Lewis Hamilton won the Japanese Grand Prix but it wasn't an easy victory for the Mercedes driver, as he was chased to the line by Max Verstappen, with Daniel Ricciardo making it a double podium finish for Red Bull. Verstappen crossed the line just one second behind the race winner after a close battle to the finish, but Hamilton would have been happy it was a Red Bull following him and not a Ferrari.

Palmer leaves Renault, making way for Sainz to join the team

Early exit for the British racer after Japan

Sidepodcast: Palmer leaves Renault, making way for Sainz to join the team

by Christine

The recent reshuffles at Toro Rosso aren't over this season, with news at Renault having an impact on the team after this weekend's race in Japan. Jolyon Palmer announced after qualifying that Japan would be his last race with Renault, and that being the case, the team have snapped up Carlos Sainz for the rest of the season. And, for Daniil Kvyat, that means a chance to step back into a race seat, after being cast aside in favour of Pierre Gasly last weekend.

Sainz crash and heavy rain delay practice sessions in Japan

Suzuka weekend off to a difficult start for all

Sidepodcast: Sainz crash and heavy rain delay practice sessions in Japan

by Christine

The anticipated rain hit both free practice sessions in Suzuka, but FP1 got underway on time. About halfway through the session, however, Carlos Sainz crashed heavily in his Toro Rosso, ending with the car sprawling across the track and bringing out the red flags. The action got going again with twenty minutes to go, but halfway through that the rain started to fall and the times saw no improvement – Vettel was the fastest.

Lewis Hamilton takes Malaysia pole as Vettel fails to qualify

Power unit failure halts Vettel's charge

Sidepodcast: Lewis Hamilton takes Malaysia pole as Vettel fails to qualify

by Christine

Sebastian Vettel may have been hoping for a slightly calmer weekend in Sepang than he had in Singapore, but that was not to be. The Ferrari driver found himself down on power in the first qualifying session, returning to the garage at a slow crawl. The team tried to patch up his power unit but found themselves unable to send him out again, meaning the German failed to qualify. He's been given permission to race by the FIA, but will be at the rear of the field.