Sainz boosted by Toro Rosso F1 2017 similarities to Mercedes

Toro Rosso became the final team to unveil its 2017 challenger at Barcelona on Sunday, with the STR12 featuring a Mercedes-style front suspension, sidepod and nose layout. With the Faenza-based team having impressed with its aerodynamic development over recent years, Sainz has said he hopes the Mercedes similarities bode well for what Toro Rosso can deliver this year. “I first need to … Keep reading

Haas reveals its second Formula 1 car

Images of the car had already leaked out on social media after the team conducted a filming day at Barcelona on Saturday. The new Haas featured an adjusted livery with a greater degree of grey, as well as the ‘shark fin’ on the engine cover that most 2017 F1 designs so far have featured. “I think the pedal box is the same, but all the rest is very different from last year’s car,” said … Keep reading

New McLaren completes first run at Barcelona

The Honda-powered MCL32, which was unveiled to the public on Friday, took the the Spanish circuit in the hands of local hero Fernando Alonso. McLaren is the eighth team whose 2017 car has taken to the track. Only Red Bull, which will unveil its RB13 today, and Force India are yet to run with their new challengers. Testing at the Barcelona circuit kicks off tomorrow. … Keep reading

Renault and Haas F1 2017 cars hit the track at Barcelona

Only Renault released footage and images of its RS17, which was launched in London on Tuesday. The team had been due to run on Friday initially, but rain cancelled that plan and also led to Jolyon Palmer rather than new signing Nico Hulkenberg being at the wheel for the new car’s first laps. “That was really fun,” said Palmer. “Loads of downforce, loads of grip, a few laps, no hiccups … Keep reading

Ocon: I had to force feed myself to prepare for F1 2017

The new regulations introduced to the championship will lead to faster, harder-to-drive cars, meaning that drivers have had to spend the off-season preparing themselves for the increased physical demands. Ocon, who says he put on 5kg during the winter break, admits that the preparation on his side was grueling. “I was on a big protein diet, it was very hard, I had to force feed … Keep reading