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  • F1 testing day one: Hamilton tops timesheets

    The first day of F1 testing has concluded, as teams take their newly revealed 2017 challengers out for a shakedown. Of course, testing shouldn't necessarily be a judge of outright performance, but it does make for interesting reading anyway. As for the number one runner? Why, that goes to 2016 runner-up Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes, having run 73 laps in the afternoon and hitting a time of 1:21:765 on soft tyres. Interestingly enough, this time is only a tenth of a second down on the fastest lap at Barcelona, a 1:21:670 by Kimi Raikkonen in 2008. The official F1 website added that the...

  • Revealed: Ferrari and Mercedes 2017 F1 cars

    We've seen a few F1 teams reveal their 2017 challengers, but the past 24 hours have seen heavyweights Mercedes and Ferrari show off their cars for the first time. Mercedes took the wraps off the W08 yesterday, conducting a few test runs at Silverstone in the process. The car differs from Sauber and Force India's racers by leaving off the "thumb tip" at the end of the nose, much like last year's title-winning W07. The new Mercedes car also has a less prominent "shark fin" on its spine. Otherwise, it largely follows the 2017 regulations, with lower, wider wings, fatter tyres and...

  • F1: Williams first to reveal images of 2017 challenger

    The 2017 F1 season is poised for a huge shakeup thanks to significant rule changes this year. Between wider tyres and higher downforce, the cars are set for a huge speed improvement as a result. Now, Williams has become the first team to show off its car, giving us a few images of the FW40 challenger... The new car shows off the wider tyres for this season, as well as the cranked front wing, aggressive sidepod designs and lower rear wing. It's interesting to note that the "thumb tip" on the nose is still there, so those hoping for sleeker noses will be...

  • GP2 series to be renamed Formula 2 for 2017?

    The GP2 feeder series for Formula 1 is expected to be renamed to Formula 2, it has been reported. A source told Autosport that it was "fifty-fifty" whether the feeder series would be renamed Formula 2 this year, while another source told the publication that it was "more than a 50% chance". The move comes after US-based Liberty Media acquired F1's commercial operations, which includes the GP2 and GP3 feeder series. Autosport adds that discussions appeared to have taken place regarding a name change before, but talks stalled under Bernie Ecclestone. GP2 is arguably the last major test before F1, so a name change to...

  • Big F1 shake-up: Bernie Ecclestone no longer F1 boss

    Liberty Media has completed its acquisition of F1, with the biggest news being that Bernie Ecclestone has been pushed out as F1 CEO. The news was broken by Auto Motor und Sport and confirmed on the F1 website, where it was announced that Liberty Media's Chase Carey will take Ecclestone's title. Nevertheless, Ecclestone will still be a part of the Formula One circus. "F1 has appointed Chase Carey as Chief Executive Officer of F1, in addition to his existing role as Chairman, and Bernie Ecclestone as Chairman Emeritus of F1. Bernie Ecclestone, who has given valuable service to F1 over many years,...

  • Watch: Wehrlein’s spectacular crash at Race of Champions

    The Race of Champions (ROC) took place in Miami over the weekend, with the world's best racing drivers duking it out. However, German F1 driver Pascal Wehrlein is feeling a little worse for the wear after a ridiculous crash on Saturday. The incident saw Wehrlein going wide, smashing into several barriers before climbing over Felipe Massa and rolling in dramatic fashion. The car had a roll-hoop though, allowing the young German and his passenger to walk away from the crash. Wehrlein was sidelined as a precautionary measure, having reported mild discomfort, leaving teammate Sebastian Vettel to win the Nations Cup by...

  • Montoya, Vettel stand out at Race of Champions

    Juan Pablo Montoya and Sebastian Vettel were the two big winners at the Race of Champions (ROC) event this weekend. The event, split into Champion of Champions, Nations Cup and USA versus the World tournaments, saw the world's top racing drivers compete. The Champion of Champions tournament saw event debutant Juan Pablo Montoya win, beating Le Mans legend Tom Kristensen in the finals. It marked Kristensen's 15th Race of Champions appearance and his fifth time in the finals -- he has yet to win the event. Montoya also beat Felipe Massa and Travis Pastrana en route to being crowned Champion of Champions. The...

  • Valtteri Bottas joins Mercedes, Massa returns

    Yes, the rumours were true, as Finnish driver Valtteri Bottas has joined the Mercedes F1 team to replace Nico Rosberg. The 27-year-old moves over from Williams, where he made his debut back in 2013. However, in another oft-rumoured move, Felipe Massa has decided to delay his retirement and fill the gap left by Bottas. The Finn has achieved nine podiums thus far in Formula One and beaten all of his teammates (Maldonado and Massa), but the elusive win has yet to occur. "He has an impressive track record in the junior categories and nine podiums in F1. But now it's time for...

  • Bumped from Haas, Esteban Gutierrez joins Formula E

    Esteban Gutierrez may have lost his Haas F1 seat to Kevin Magnussen, but the Mexican will continue single-seater racing by moving to Formula E. The former F1 driver will race at "a number of select events for the remainder of the season", including his home race in Mexico on 1 April. It's unclear whether the Mexican race will be his first race, with the Argentine ePrix taking place on 18 February. The racer is also in talks for a full-time drive for next season. "Gutierrez joins the series as an official ambassador and is in advanced discussions with a number of teams, currently...

  • Some F1 corners will no longer be corners in 2017 – McLaren

    2017's Formula One cars will have so much downforce and grip that some corners will no longer be classified as corners, a McLaren representative said. The 2017 season will see cars have wider wings, wider tyres, larger bargeboards and several other changes. The result is that lap times are set to be faster by three to five seconds. Now, McLaren-Honda technical director Tim Goss has revealed one particularly interesting tidbit. "The drivers say that these new cars will be more challenging to drive, and that they'll have to work harder and concentrate more to get the best from them," he was quoted as...

  • Formula E: first virtual race dishes out big prize money

    The first Formula E esport race took place over the weekend at CES 2017 in Las Vegas, with Dutch driver Bono Huis winning the event and the big US$200 000 cash prize. The Faraday Future Dragon Racing sim driver also earned a cool US$25 000 for pole position. In a rather cool touch, the field comprised of 10 sim racers and 20 real-world Formula E drivers. Felix Rosenqvist was the highest placed Formula E driver, finishing in second place. The race was initially won by sim racer Olli Pahkala, who was handed a 12-second penalty after the race, dropping to third place. "Pahkala...

  • Watch: the craziest motorsport crashes of 2016

    Ah, motorsport crashes... As long as no-one is killed or seriously injured, you have to admit they make for some interesting viewing. Fortunately, YouTuber crambno29 R has done the legwork, compiling footage from various motorsport disciplines to create the ultimate 2016 crash compilation. The compilation covers everything from F1, Nascar and Indycar to motorbikes, touring cars and trucks. Check out the 37-minute-long video below, before YouTube inevitably removes it.

  • That was quick! Felipe Massa set for return to F1

    Talk about a short-lived retirement... Felipe Massa has reportedly agreed to a Williams drive for the 2017 season. According to Motorsport.com, Massa has taken up a Williams offer for next season, almost a month after what would've been his last Grand Prix. Final contracts haven't been completed yet, the publication reported. The move is set to open the door for current Williams driver Valtteri Bottas to join Mercedes, following Nico Rosberg's shock retirement earlier this month. Bottas is the front-running candidate for the second Mercedes seat, having handily beat Massa this year. However, Mercedes Motorsport boss Toto Wolff is also a member of his...

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