Haas F1 Team ready for Formula One season opener in Melbourne

Kannapolis, North Carolina – Are they for real? That is the question many have asked about Haas F1 Team. The question first came in January 2014 when team founder and chairman Gene Haas responded to the FIA’s expression of interest. When the FIA granted Haas a Formula One license in April 2014, the question persisted. The frequency of the query ebbed in September 2014 when Haas F1 Team … Keep reading

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Analysis: New Austin deal delivers Formula 1 engine bonus

For thanks to the detailed wording of F1’s Sporting Regulations, removing the uncertainty about Austin on the eve of the new season will mean teams are on course to get another engine for the season ahead. Four engine limit F1 had long been set on a plan to reduce power unit usage over the duration of the turbo hybrid era. Having originally started with five power units for the first … Keep reading

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McLaren retains Johnnie Walker as sponsor

Diageo brand Johnnie Walker, which has backed McLaren since 2005, was rumoured to instead be joining Force India in the off-season, with the Woking-based squad securing Chandon sponsorship. However, having lost a number of backers in the recent years and lacking a title sponsor, McLaren has indeed managed to prevent the whisky brand’s exit. It has likewise earlier renewed a deal with … Keep reading

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Force India planning short-term car upgrades

Force India achieved its target of fifth in 2015, and having analysed the results of Barcelona testing, the team is hoping to use that as a springboard for further improvement this year. Szafnauer says that the Silverstone-based team can challenge the likes of Williams and Red Bull for fourth place in the world championship this season. “We think we’re not far off starting where we … Keep reading

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F1 elimination qualifying clears final hurdle

Although the FIA’s World Motor Sport Council had ratified the principle of the change last week, procedural matters meant the wording of the new regulations had to go back to the Strategy Group and F1 Commission for approval. With Ferrari having expressed some concerns about the changes, there had been a chance that the Maranello outfit may have elected to hold out on giving its … Keep reading

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Pirelli will bring the following three compounds to the fifth round of the 2016 Formula One season in Spain, to be held (May 12-15) on the Montmelò north of Barcelona:
P Zero Orange hard
P Zero White medium
P Zero Yellow soft

These are the tyres that Pirelli has said must be used at some point in the race:
One set of P Zero Orange hard
One set of P Zero White medium.
Each driver must have both these sets available for the race, and

Surtees urges Hamilton to rethink Halo stance

The Mercedes driver used his Instagram account to label the version trialled by Ferrari in testing at Barcelona the “worst-looking mod in F1 history”. “Please no! This is the worst looking mod in Formula 1 history. I appreciate the quest for safety but this is Formula 1, and the way it is now is perfectly fine,” wrote Hamilton. The Briton has since removed the post from his … Keep reading

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Hulkenberg says Force India can “attack” Williams in 2016

The Silverstone-based team finished fifth in last year’s constructors’ standings, enjoying a major boost to its competitive fortunes with the introduction of a B-spec car midway through the year. And with the new team’s new VJM09 showing strongly in testing – Hulkenberg lapping within half a second of the pace during the second week at Barcelona – the German is confident Force India … Keep reading

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Pre-season test two: Barcelona, Spain, March 1-4, 2016

“During the final test the teams began to concentrate more on performance and race preparations, with a number of qualifying and race simulations taking place over the four days. The fastest time was again set by the new ultrasoft, which is not ideally suited to the high-energy demands of Barcelona, but nonetheless gave most drivers a taste of the extra performance on offer this year.  Of course this is still only testing, held in relatively cool conditions, so the teams will continue to make developments right up to and beyond the first race, which will obviously influence each car’s interaction