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F1 in 2018
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Author:  Bouch [ Sat Jan 06, 2018 8:51 am ]
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Williams are close to signing Sergey Sirotkin as the final piece of the 2018 grid falls into place.

The team are finalising a contract with the 22-year-old, who established his credentials in a test in Abu Dhabi after the end of last season.

The Russian, who has a reported budget of €15m (£13.3m), was faster than rival Robert Kubica after the team had fully analysed all the data from the test.

Sirotkin will be making his F1 debut as partner to a 19-year-old who has raced for only one season.

Williams had been intending to sign Kubica for a return to F1 seven years after the Pole suffered life-changing injuries in a rally crash in February 2011.

But the team's interest in the 32-year-old cooled after he tested their 2017 car in Abu Dhabi alongside Sirotkin.

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Author:  Bouch [ Sat Jan 06, 2018 8:54 am ]
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Lots of goodies on here -

Author:  Bouch [ Tue Jan 16, 2018 7:22 am ]
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More goodies -

FIA president Jean Todt says a budget cap alone will not solve the problem of rising costs in Formula One. (Motorsport)

Almost relevant. Try reducing the money spilling into the Ferrari coffers and you'll lose your job.

F1 bosses Liberty Media could face legal action from 3M, the makers of Scotch Tape and Post-it Notes, over the style of 'F' used in its new-look logo for the sport. (Telegraph)
F ing nonsense

Indianapolis 500 winner and multiple Champ Car champion Gil de Ferran says the Haas team's claims that there are no American drivers good enough for F1 at the moment are 'unfair'. (Autosport)

Nigel Mansell revolutionised Nascar when he started overtaking underneath other cars instead of queuing. Says it all really.

Paul di Resta says he was "within touching distance" of getting an F1 drive with Williams, but feels his age may have worked against him. (

Ah, diddums ....

Author:  Bouch [ Wed Jan 31, 2018 12:29 pm ]
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Bernie is getting knifed again and the F1 that he put together from the killing shambles is now being decried by a parasite reporter.

Things evolve, matey, things evolve - this is another step or two along the way.

Formula 1 is about to enter the first proper year of its post-Bernie Ecclestone era.

US giant Liberty Media bought F1's commercial rights a year ago, immediately ousted the sport's veteran, dictatorial impresario and announced it was ushering in a new approach of consensual decision making and 21st Century sports business management.

That's good, it surely is.

In recent years, too many changes were made on a whim - often Ecclestone's - with sometimes terrible results. Remember the fiasco of the change to the qualifying format in 2016?

Ecclestone was effectively a one-man band. Over 2017, F1's new bosses set up a proper business structure, with departments looking at different aspects of the sport, and intend to work through any ideas before they are implemented.

F1 is, in other words, operating for the first time like a business of this magnitude is meant to.

Er, Ferrari anybody? Anyone?

During last season, teams increasingly began to feel that while Liberty meant well and had lots of ideas, not all of them were very well thought out and there was a somewhat haphazard approach. When it became clear late in the season that revenues - and therefore team payments - had dropped for the third quarter year on year, and that overall prize money would be going down by nearly 5% in 2018, the reservations turned to discontent.

And that was worsened when it became clear that in addition to the dropping revenues, teams were being asked to fund their participation in promotional events organised by F1 out of their own budgets.

A proposal to have a grand 'opening ceremony' just before pre-season testing was flatly rejected on the basis that it did not work for the teams on almost every level - it will now take place on the eve of the first race weekend in Melbourne, Australia.

Teams stress that Liberty is investing in the future and therefore inevitably costs will go up in the short term. There remains a desire to work together for a better future. But it is a wary one and it only goes so far. And the first indications of the new owners' plans for the rules precipitated worries about potential trouble.

And so on and so forth.

I'd rather wait and see what the former Rupert employee actually does in the next 9 months or so before praising the man and the new, shiny regime.


Author:  Bouch [ Wed Feb 14, 2018 11:29 am ]
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Potentially important directive issued by the FIA ahead of the 2018 season relates to trick suspension systems which could be used to improve a car’s aerodynamic performance.

Last year teams including Red Bull and Ferrari tried set-ups with a small link in the front suspension connected to the upright, believed to cleverly allow the ride height of the car - a key factor in aero performance - to be varied over the course of a lap depending on steering angle. The FIA has since decreed such systems will not be allowed.


Three engines per season

In a bid to make F1 power units even more reliable – and further reduce costs – this season each driver must make do with just three engines for the 21-race campaign. That compares with four engines last year (when, incidentally, the calendar featured one less Grand Prix).

If you're interested in F1, surely everybody is, there's a load of diagrams and comment that you might enjoy.

Author:  Bouch [ Thu Feb 22, 2018 4:04 pm ]
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"Better in every aspect", says the World Champion.


Author:  Bouch [ Thu Mar 08, 2018 8:37 am ]
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And, to nobody's surprise - here's the gen on a subscription package for F1 -

Formula 1, the pinnacle of motor sport, is set to launch early in the 2018 FIA Formula 1 World Championship season F1 TV, an innovative way for fans to enhance and enjoy their experience of Grand Prix racing.

F1 TV is Formula 1’s over the top (OTT) platform and marks F1’s biggest investment in its digital transformation to date.

Formula 1 fans will get commercial-free live streams of each race with multi language commentary. In addition, the service will provide exclusive access to all 20 driver on-board cameras throughout every race session. F1 TV Pro will have unique feeds not available on any other platform with the capability of multi-level personalisation.


Author:  Bouch [ Fri Mar 09, 2018 7:04 am ]
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And, Ferrari show their true pace -

I assume their new configuration does not contain any illegal kit.

After the humiliation of being exposed as cheats last year they've learned their lesson perhaps?

Sebastian Vettel set the fastest lap ever recorded around the Circuit de Catalunya on the penultimate day of pre-season testing.

The German was more than a second quicker than anyone else as Ferrari finally showed their hand before the start of the season later this month.

Kevin Magnussen's Haas was an eye-opening second fastest ahead of Pierre Gasly's equally surprising Toro Rosso.

Lewis Hamilton was only eighth fastest for pre-season favourites Mercedes as the team focused on longer runs and heavy fuel loads.

Author:  Bouch [ Fri Mar 09, 2018 10:28 pm ]
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Fernando Alonso set the second fastest time on the final day of pre-season testing to end two difficult weeks for McLaren on a high.

The two-time champion was 0.563 seconds slower than Kimi Raikkonen, who ensured Ferrari topped the times on both the final two days.

The Finn's time was just short of team-mate Sebastian Vettel's on Thursday.

McLaren still had problems - a turbo failure kept Alonso in the pits for five hours - but he managed 83 laps.

It meant it was a relatively successful final day for McLaren, whose preparations for the season have been hit by a series of reliability problems throughout the eight days of running in Spain.

Racing director Eric Boullier described all the problems as "minor issues", adding: "Very quickly we are going to get back to normal."

Author:  Bouch [ Wed Mar 14, 2018 3:46 pm ]
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Is Todt off his rocker?

Author:  Bouch [ Thu Mar 15, 2018 6:49 am ]
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Here's the BBC's pictures for the new season's cars.

Author:  Tony Panties [ Fri Mar 23, 2018 9:43 pm ]
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Aus GP qualifying ...Sky Early sat am ....

Author:  Bouch [ Sat Mar 24, 2018 6:11 am ]
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Final practice in mixed weather saw the two Ferraris on top.

Sebastian Vettel led Kimi Raikkonen to a Ferrari one-two in an unrepresentative wet-dry final practice at the Australian Grand Prix.

Vettel was 2.432 seconds quicker than the Finn as they used dry-weather tyres at the end of a largely wet hour.

Only three drivers ran slicks.

The other was Sauber's Marcus Ericsson, who was 0.391secs behind Raikkonen.

Author:  Tony Panties [ Sat Mar 24, 2018 9:08 am ]
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Has 406 Sky changed profile, I tried to record the qualifying overnight but it now states it is pay to view? I have a sports package but now it seems 406 Sky F1 is separate?

Any input appreciated.

PS Hamilton Pole by 1/2 sec

Author:  Bouch [ Sun Mar 25, 2018 5:43 am ]
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It was fairly shattering for Bottas.

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