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Robert Kubica drives 2017 Renault during Hungary two-day test

Mid-season testing complete before summer

Sidepodcast: Robert Kubica drives 2017 Renault during Hungary two-day test

by Christine Blachford

Just before the summer break officially kicks in, the Hungaroring played host to two days of mid-season testing, featuring young drivers, current drivers, and, of course, Robert Kubica. All eyes were on the Pole as he continues to test out whether he might be able to make an F1 return, and his fourth fastest on the second day, Wednesday, was a good sign. He completed 142 laps, as well, so fitness not an issue either.

Ferrari score double podium in Hungary as Red Bull drivers fall out

Vettel converts pole position to race win

Sidepodcast: Ferrari score double podium in Hungary as Red Bull drivers fall out

by Christine Blachford

The top five drivers in Hungary finished in the same order they started in, but that result belies some pretty tense racing. It was your traditional Hungarian race, without much in the way of overtaking, but it got off to a dramatic start when Max Verstappen took out his teammate Daniel Ricciardo on the first lap. Ricciardo retired from the race, bringing out the safety car, whilst Verstappen was handed a 10 second penalty to be taken at his one and only pit stop.

Sebastian Vettel scoops Hungarian pole position in Ferrari 1-2

Mercedes miss out on pole as Ferrari top the times

Sidepodcast: Sebastian Vettel scoops Hungarian pole position in Ferrari 1-2

by Christine Blachford

There were two talking points heading into qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix – the first being Paul di Resta’s sudden opportunity to get behind the wheel of an F1 car. He managed to finish 19th, and within seven tenths of a second of teammate Lance Stroll. Both Saubers dropped out in Q1, both Williams and Kevin Magnussen, who set exactly the same lap time as Sergio Pérez but missed out due to the Force India crossing the line before him.

Daniel Ricciardo leads Friday practice at the Hungaroring

Red Bull lead the way as Renault and Haas struggle

Sidepodcast: Daniel Ricciardo leads Friday practice at the Hungaroring

by Christine Blachford

Daniel Ricciardo led both Friday practice sessions for Red Bull in Hungary, but Mercedes and Ferrari were never too far behind, giving hopes that this weekend’s race might see three teams battling for the win. It was a scrappy day for some, however, with several crashes. Celis Jr and Giovinazzi were taking their Friday driver opportunities, but Giovinazzi managed to crash into the barriers. Romain Grosjean also crashed, making it a doubly bad start for Haas.

Sauber set to continue with Ferrari power after Honda deal collapse

Next season's engine deals are all but complete

Sidepodcast: Sauber set to continue with Ferrari power after Honda deal collapse

by Christine Blachford

One day after confirming they would not be going ahead with their technical partnership with Honda, the Sauber F1 Team have revealed they will continue with Ferrari power. The team currently use Ferrari’s engines, and have been partnered with the Italian manufacturer since the late 1990s. Their current partnership involves them running last year’s engine but the new deal looks set to run “the latest power unit specification as of 2018.”

Sauber confirm technical partnership with Honda will not go ahead

Team continue to reshuffle plans and expectations

Sidepodcast: Sauber confirm technical partnership with Honda will not go ahead

by Christine Blachford

The Sauber team continue to go through plenty of changes as they adjust to life under new management, and now they’ve revealed that previous plans to partner with Honda for engines for the 2018 season and beyond have now been cancelled. Their statement was relatively brief, but brand new team principal Frédéric Vasseur has expanded on what has been going on.

FIA push through halo head protection device for 2018

Safety concerns outweigh lack of support

Sidepodcast: FIA push through halo head protection device for 2018

by Christine Blachford

The FIA have revealed some findings from a meeting between the FIA, team representatives, and the strategy group, and they’ve decided to go ahead with the halo device for enhanced cockpit protection, despite the fact the majority of reports about the device have revealed little support. In February, the FIA admitted opinion from the drivers was split 50/50, but now they say it’s the way forward.

Hamilton closes the championship gap to 1 point with Silverstone win

Last lap punctures spoil Ferrari's day

Sidepodcast: Hamilton closes the championship gap to 1 point with Silverstone win

by Christine Blachford

Lewis Hamilton took a comfortable victory in front of the home crowd at Silverstone, and with Sebastian Vettel finishing seventh, he has closed the gap to the championship leader to just a single point. Vettel suffered a puncture on the penultimate lap which dropped him down a handful of positions, whilst Kimi Räikkönen also had a tyre failure one lap before that. Kimi managed to finish third, though, so still getting on the podium, with Bottas taking that crucial second position.

Bottas leads the way on pace as Vettel shows off the shield at Silverstone

British GP weekend gets underway with practice

Sidepodcast: Bottas leads the way on pace as Vettel shows off the shield at Silverstone

by Christine Blachford

Free Practice Friday at Silverstone was free of too much drama, and it was Valtteri Bottas who was fastest in both morning and afternoon sessions. Sebastian Vettel had other things on his mind, , as he and the Ferrari team tested out the new shield cockpit protection prototype. He only had the windshield style device on his car for a few minutes, however, before stopping the test early because it made him feel dizzy. He said: “I think it’s because of the curvature, you get quite a bit of distortion.”

Formula 1 confirm partnership with Snapchat for future content

Digital media strategy expands again

Sidepodcast: Formula 1 confirm partnership with Snapchat for future content

by Christine Blachford

Quite famously, last year, Lewis Hamilton caused a whole heap of trouble by quite blatantly using Snapchat during a dull press conference. Fast forward just ten or so months later, and the new bosses in charge of F1 have fully embraced the Snapchat revolution. I’m not sure there will be bunny ears as part of the new deal, but F1 has agreed a partnership with Snap Inc to share content on Snapchat of F1 events.

F1 rocks up in London for last minute pre-Silverstone roadshow

Crowds line the streets for music and demos

Sidepodcast: F1 rocks up in London for last minute pre-Silverstone roadshow

by Christine Blachford

It’s not a sight you see very often, but on the Wednesday before the British Grand Prix, nineteen drivers turned up for an event in London, with several cars participating in a street demo around the iconic Trafalgar Square. There was a stage, where musical performances took place, interviews with drivers occurred, and Valtteri Bottas sprayed the crowd with champagne.

Silverstone throw future of British Grand Prix into doubt once more

Break clause in contract for 2020 and beyond

Sidepodcast: Silverstone throw future of British Grand Prix into doubt once more

by Christine Blachford

Formula One is gearing up for the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, the midpoint of the 2017 season, but circuit organisers are looking beyond this year and are having doubts about the future of the event. Chairman of the BRDC who own Silverstone, have revealed huge losses for the past two years, and they’re expecting more loss this year. Chairman John Grant says: “We have reached the tipping point.”

Bottas holds off Vettel for Austrian Grand Prix victory

Verstappen and Alonso retire on first lap

Sidepodcast: Bottas holds off Vettel for Austrian Grand Prix victory

by Christine Blachford

It might not have had the chaotic excitement of the Baku race, but the Austrian Grand Prix held some moments of interest. The start of the race saw Bottas investigated for a potential jump start – he was found not to have done that, but it was mightily close on the replays. Daniil Kvyat got a great start, surging forward, but he forgot to stop at the first corner and bashed into the side of Fernando Alonso, who in turn took out Max Verstappen, the latter two retiring from the race.

Hamilton leads the way in both Austrian Friday practice sessions

Mercedes dominate as Red Bull catch up

Sidepodcast: Hamilton leads the way in both Austrian Friday practice sessions

by Christine Blachford

It was a scrappy day of practice as drivers got back to work preparing for the Austrian Grand Prix this weekend. Lewis Hamilton led both practice sessions and Valtteri Bottas was third in both. During the morning session, they were split by Max Verstappen – who had a couple of spins through the gravel and brushed the wall at one point. In second practice, it was Vettel who came between the two Mercedes drivers.