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Sebastian Vettel takes 2017’s first race victory in Australia

Mercedes round out the podium

Sidepodcast: Sebastian Vettel takes 2017’s first race victory in Australia

by Christine Blachford

The race in Albert Park was perhaps not as chaotic as we might have imagined, but it delivered a fascinating start to the season with Sebastian Vettel returning to the top step of the podium for the first time in over a year. Ferrari navigated their one-stop strategy well, timing it right to jump Lewis Hamilton for the lead midway through the race. Lewis came in for some late pressure from his teammate Valtteri Bottas, but held him off for a double Mercedes podium.

Wehrlein withdraws from Australian Grand Prix for Sauber

Antonio Giovinazzi deputises for Swiss team

Sidepodcast: Wehrlein withdraws from Australian Grand Prix for Sauber

by Christine Blachford

The Sauber team were forced to make a late replacement for the still-recuperating Pascal Wehrlein after the German driver confirmed he was withdrawing from the first race of the year after two practice sessions. Wehrlein suffered a back injury in a Race of Champions crash in December, and now says: “My fitness level is not as it should be for a full race distance because of my training deficit."

Williams caught short by Stroll crash on second day of testing

Crash halts Barcelona running at lunch time

Sidepodcast: Williams caught short by Stroll crash on second day of testing

by Christine Blachford

Although McLaren are gaining their fair share of headlines about mechanical issues during the first week of testing in Barcelona, it was Williams who had to curtail their programme at lunchtime on day two. The team completed a good first day with Felipe Massa behind the wheel – 103 laps with the third fastest time. Massa then handed the car over to rookie Lance Stroll who didn’t have quite such a good day.

Sauber sign Tatiana Calderón as development driver for 2017

Another fresh face for F1 simulator work

Sidepodcast: Sauber sign Tatiana Calderón as development driver for 2017

by Christine Blachford

The Sauber team have new faces all over the place at the moment – they’ve welcomed Pascal Wehrlein to the team for 2017, but he’s had to be deputised by Antonio Giovinazzi in testing due to injury. And now they’ve signed a new development driver, Tatiana Calderón for the 2017 season. The Colombian racer will combine her development driver duties with a stint in the GP3 series, which she also participated in last year.

Hamilton appeals for F1 social media use during Mercedes car launch

Lewis and Valtteri pull the covers off new car

Sidepodcast: Hamilton appeals for F1 social media use during Mercedes car launch

by Christine Blachford

Mercedes revealed the W08 today with Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas both getting the opportunity to take the new machinery out for a spin on a very windy and wet Silverstone track. The car looks good, fast, and doesn’t feature the shark fin we’ve seen at the other launches, instead a smaller t-shaped piece of carbon fibre is currently at the rear of the car.

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

Force India launch with grand ambitions

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

by Christine Blachford

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.

Renault confirm new appointments for Sirotkin and Prost

Yellow and black R.S.17 makes first appearance

Sidepodcast: Renault confirm new appointments for Sirotkin and Prost

by Christine Blachford

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.

McLaren lose two top management names ahead of 2017 launch

Capito and Redding part company with the team

Sidepodcast: McLaren lose two top management names ahead of 2017 launch

by Christine Blachford

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.

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

Administrators shut up shop in Banbury

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

by Christine Blachford

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.

BP and Castrol join forces with Renault F1 for five year deal

A new supplier for the French team

Sidepodcast: BP and Castrol join forces with Renault F1 for five year deal

by Christine Blachford

Renault Sport have announced today they are partnering with BP and Castrol for their fuel and oil needs, embarking on a five year deal with the global oil company. Managing director, Cyril Abiteboul, said: “With the new aerodynamic regulations for 2017, power sensitivity will increase, therefore fuels and lubricants will make an even greater difference to the overall performance of the car than they have since the new power unit regulations were introduced in 2014.”

Williams continue to adjust to Bottas’ departure

Paying tribute to Valtteri and gearing up for the future

Sidepodcast: Williams continue to adjust to Bottas’ departure

by Christine Blachford

It’s been a rough start to the year for Team Williams but they are beginning to deal with the loss of their main driver for 2017 now. Here’s Deputy Team Principal Claire Williams paying tribute to Valtteri Bottas: “He’s been an integral part of the development of this team over the past three years. He’s taken us to many podiums, he’s secured many points for the constructor’s championship for us. He’s also a great person.”

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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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