POS DRIVER PTS 1 Lewis Hamilton 223
2 Valtteri Bottas 184
3 Max Verstappen 136
4 Sebastian Vettel 123
5 Charles Leclerc 120
6 Pierre Gasly 55
7 Carlos Sainz 38
8 Kimi Raikkonen 25
9 Lando Norris 22
10 Daniel Ricciardo 22
11 Nico Hulkenberg 17
12 Kevin Magnussen 14
13 Sergio Perez 13
14 Daniil Kvyat 13
15 Alexander Albon 7
16 Lance Stroll 6
17 Romain Grosjean 2
18 Antonio Giovinazzi 0
19 George Russell 0
20 Robert Kubica 0
POS CONSTRUCTOR PTS 1 Mercedes 407
2 Ferrari 243
3 Red Bull 191
4 Mclaren 60
5 Renault 39
6 Alpha Romeo 26
7 Racing Point 19
8 Toro Rosso 19
9 Haas 16
10 Williams 0
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Racing Year in Review 2016
by Brian Carroccio My colleague Pete McCole will be handling the NASCAR side of things for 2016. So, what follows is the AutoRacing1 2016 Year in Review for open wheel/formula car racing with some sports cars and rallycross sprinkled in. In this article we cover some lessons from 2016, Driver of the Year, Newcomer of the Year, Race of the Year, Best Return of the year, Best Car of the Year, Worst Career Trajectory, Most Bizarre Race of the Year, Most Disappointing Title Defense, PR Move of the Year, The Craziest Finish, The Biggest S***show, The Feel Good Comeback Story of the Year, and Goodbyes.
Artificial intelligence - a human-centered approach?
"Artificial Intelligence" Future Talk in Berlin How is artificial intelligence (AI) influencing tomorrow's mobility? How can we use its ideas today? How intelligent will the car of the future be? And above all: what role will people play in this? These were the central questions discussed by Mercedes-Benz experts at the fourth Future Talk in Berlin in duologue with scientists, engineers and journalists. In the past few years the Mercedes-Benz Future Talk has dealt with the subjects of utopia, robotics and virtuality. This time, the focus was on the integration of artificial intelligence in the field of mobility and the interaction of humans and machines.
2016 FIA F1 World Champion quits immediately 2016 FIA Formula One World Champion elect Nico Rosberg today announced that he will stop racing in Formula One with immediate effect. In an emotional address prior to the 2016 FIA Prize Giving in Vienna, Austria, Nico revealed the reasons behind his decision, which was reached following his crowning achievement in Abu Dhabi last Sunday. Nico has competed in a total of 206 Grands Prix and won 23 of them, placing him joint 12th on the all-time list alongside Nelson Piquet. He has scored 30 pole positions (8th all time) and 20 fastest laps.
World Council ratifies LMP1 tech freeze The FIA held its last World Motor Sport Council of the year today as part of its Annual General Assembly and Prize Giving week in Vienna. During the meeting, the following decisions were taken: FIA Formula One World Championship Calendar FIA Formula 3 European Championship Calendar FIA Formula 3 World Cup Calendar FIA Formula E Championship Calendar FIA World Endurance Championship Calendar More.....
Rosberg stops by Petronas headquarters to start victory tour Ahead of the FIA Prize giving ceremony in Vienna, Austria, on Friday when he will be officially crowned, 2016 Formula One World Champion-elect Nico Rosberg yesterday touched down in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on the first stop of a whistle-stop global celebration tour. Fresh from his triumph and celebrations in Abu Dhabi, Nico made the home of the team's title partner PETRONAS his first destination to celebrate his maiden world title.
Hamilton wins Abu Dhabi GP, Rosberg is F1 Champion
Vettel third for Ferrari in exciting finale Lewis Hamilton won the Abu Dhabi GP but in doing so purposely held up Nico Rosberg so the drivers behind might pass him but his tactics did not work as Nico Rosberg did what he had to do to win the 2016 F1 title by finishing second. Sebastian Vettel was the fastest car on the track at the end and caught the leading Mercedes duo but decided not to ruin the title for fellow countryman Rosberg by taking him out and settled for third.
Rosberg to start 2nd, superior Aldo Costa cars 1-2 Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg made it look easy in qualifying for the Abu Dhabi GP on Saturday. When you drive a superior Aldo Costa designed Mercedes car things just come easy. Hamilton's lap of 1m38.755s beat Rosberg by 0.303 sec. Everyone else are essentially out to lunch. Daniel Ricciardo came closest for Red Bull with a lap of 1m39.589s. Ferrari drivers Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel rounded out the top-5. Max Verstappen will start 6th for Red Bull.
New Tread Patterns Revealed For Intermediate And Wet The entire range of new P Zero F1 tires in wider 2017 size is being presented in the Yas Marina paddock at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, together with a first look at the new tread pattern for the Cinturato intermediate and wet tires. The front tire has grown wider by 60mm, going from 245 to 305mm. The rear tire grows by 80mm, from 325 to 405mm. As a result, the 2017 tires are around 25% wider than the current tires. This applies to the intermediate and full wet tires as well as the slicks.
Rosberg, Hamilton then rest of drivers Drivers Nico Rosberg - Mercedes Lewis Hamilton - Mercedes Felipe Massa - Williams Jenson Button - McLaren Kimi Raikkonen - Ferrari Felipe Nasr - Sauber Max Verstappen - Red Bull
Final 2017 F1 race will decide the championship This is the first time we've had a 21st race in any Formula One season and it's fitting that such a record-breaking year should conclude with the Drivers' Championship being fought right to the very end. It's great for fans of the sport. Of course, it also means significant tension within our particular camp - but the team has shown itself highly adept at managing this type of situation over the past few years. We will approach this weekend as we would any other, with the primary objective of ensuring that the title is decided on track in a fair fight. - Toto Wolff
Leads every lap from pole Lewis Hamilton has won the Brazilian, his first victory at Interlagos and he now moves into a sole 2nd place in F1 wins with 52, second only to Michael Schumacher. If he keeps driving an Aldo Costa designed car he might just catch him, but needs another 40 wins to do it. Rosberg flashed across the line in second place ahead of a charging Max Verstappen to consolidate his title lead at now just 9 points as the title race will roll on to Abu Dhabi. Sergio Perez finished fourth, while Sebastian Vettel rounded out the top-5 for Ferrari.
As Aldo Costa cars continue to make mockery of F1 Aldo Costa cars set a new record at Interlagos Saturday as Mercedes won their record 19th pole of 2016 in qualifying for the Brazilian GP. Lewis Hamilton turned a lap of 1m10.736s to beat his teammate and points leader Nico Rosberg by 0.1 sec. Kimi Raikkonen will start third after a lap of 1m11.404s in his Ferrari. Max Verstappen (Red Bull) and Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) rounded out the top-5.
Charlie Whiting joins the press conference DRIVERS Felipe Massa (Williams) Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull Racing) Max Verstappen (Red Bull Racing) Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) Nico Rosberg (Mercedes) Charlie Whiting (FIA race director)
Vettel takes third, then demoted Lewis Hamilton drove his superior Aldo Costa Mercedes to an uncontested win in the Mexican GP over his teammate and championship points leader Nico Rosberg. Max Verstappen came across in the line in third but was penalized 5-seconds by the race stewards for going off track trying to keep the charging Ferrari of Sebastian Vettel at bay. The penalty put Verstappen back to 5th behind his Red Bull teammate Daniel Ricciardo.
Hamilton leads Mercedes 1-2 to take pole for Mexican GP
Nico Rosberg will start 2nd Lewis Hamilton got the most out of his superior Aldo Costa designed Mercedes F1 car and took pole position for the Mexican GP. Hamilton's lap of 1m18.704s was 0.24 sec. faster than his teammate Nico Rosberg. The Red Bulls will start on the 2nd row with Max Verstappen third 0.350 sec behind Hamilton and his teammate Daniel Ricciardo 0.429 sec behind pole. Nico Hulkenberg rounded out the top-5 while the Ferraris of Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel were out to lunch in 6th and 7th respectively.
Boring racing at COTA Lewis Hamilton led every lap from pole to win the USGP at COTA for the 4th time in 5-years. The Aldo Costa designed cars again finished 1-2 with Nico Rosberg coming home 2nd as he drove conservatively to protect his points lead. He only needs to finish 2nd in the remaining three races to be world champion. Daniel Riccardo was third in the Adrian Newey Red Bull while Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso rounded out the top-5 but Alonso will probably be penalized for dirty driving.
Aldo Costa cars again superior Lewis Hamilton set a new track record 1m34.999s lap to take pole position for the USGP at COTA over his Aldo Costa designed Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg. Costa's cars are almost impossible to beat and Adrian Newey's came closest with Red Bull teammates Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen 3rd and 4th. Underscoring that F1 is 99% car and 1% driver, the third row is all Ferrari with Kimi Raikkonen nipping Sebastian Vettel to finish 5th and 6th.
With Team Representatives Team Representatives Cyril Abiteboul (Renault) Maurizio Arrivabene (Ferrari) Gene Haas (Haas) Christian Horner (Red Bull Racing) Monisha Kaltenborn (Sauber) Toto Wolff (Mercedes)
Wins over Verstappen and Hamilton Nico Rosberg had a perfect weekend at Suzuka - leading every practice session, taking pole, and then driving a perfect race in a perfect car - to win the Japanese GP over the Red Bull of Max Verstappen and his Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton. In taking his 9th win of the season Rosberg stretched his point lead over Hamilton from 23 to 33 points. The Ferraris of Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen rounded out the top-5.
Another 1-2 for the Aldo Costa car When the car is 99% of the equation and the driver 1%, teammates in F1 turn nearly identical lap times. Nico Rosberg will start the Japanese Grand Prix from pole position after beating Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton by just 0.013s in qualifying at Suzuka on Saturday. Ferrari and Red Bull were not far behind, with Ferrari winning that battle as Kimi Raikkonen took third and Sebastian Vettel - carrying a three-place grid penalty for his collision in Malaysia - fourth.
Stroll is first North-American to win the European F3 title
Young Canadian on his way to F1 So far, the laurels of the FIA Formula 3 European Champion often remained in Europe, with only few drivers from a different continent being able to win. Thanks to Canadian Lance Stroll (Prema Powerteam), North-America is now on the winners’ list as well as he wrapped up an early 2016 FIA Formula 3 European Championship title at Imola. The 17-year-old development driver of the Williams Formula 1 team was the dominant driver this season and already scored his third title in car racing.
But only after Hamilton retires with huge lead The only way to beat the Aldo Costa designed Mercedes is if their engine blows up or another driver takes them out. Both happened at Sepang Sunday allowing Daniel Ricciardo and his Red Bull teammate Max Verstappen to finish 1-2 in the Malaysian Grand Prix. Lewis Hamilton retired with a huge 22.7s lead when his engine expired and Rosberg was spun around by Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel at the start but later recovered to finish third.
Rosberg 2nd in what will be another Mercedes parade It's just like the Michael Schumacher days - he also drove an Aldo Costa designed car. Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg have enjoyed the fruits of Costa's work the past three years - completely dominating the sport. This weekend is no different in Malaysia where the two Mercedes drivers will start 1-2 with Hamilton beating his teammate Rosberg by 1/2-sec. Max Verstappen will start 3rd for Red Bull.
At its latest World Motor Sport Council meetin The FIA held its latest World Motor Sport Council meeting today in Paris. During the meeting, the following decisions were taken on the following series: 1) Formula 1, 2) FIA Formula 3 European Championship, 3) FIA Formula 3 World Cup, 4) FIA Formula 4, 5) FIA Formula E Championship, 6) FIA World Endurance Championship, 7) FIA World Touring Car Championship, 8) FIA GT World Cup, 9) CIK-FIA, 10) FIA World Rally Championship, 11) FIA European Rally Championship, 12) FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies, 13) FIA Historic Motor Sport Commission
Another cakewalk for the Aldo Costa car Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg started from pole and then proceeded to lead every lap to win the Singapore GP over Daniel Riccardo in another battle of Aldo Costa vs Adrian Newey engineering marvel. Lewis Hamilton finished third in the 2nd Mercedes. Ferrari drivers Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel rounded out the top-5. The drive of the race was by Vettel who started dead last and came through the field on the tight Singapore street circuit to finish 5th.
Hamilton and Verstappen on 2nd row Last year they struggled, this year Aldo Costa fixed it, and Nico Rosberg blew away the competition in qualifying for the Singapore GP. Rosberg set a new track record of 1m42.584s to win the pole over Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo by a full 1/2-second. Lewis Hamilton continued to make mental errors in qualifying and never got a perfect lap, which means he will start on row 2 Sunday alongside Max Verstappen who had the better Renault engine but was still slower than his teammate. Kimi Raikkonen rounded out the top-5 for Ferrari.
Rosberg takes Aldo Costa creation to easy Monza win
Costa cars again 1-2 in Italian GP Drivers don't win F1 titles, Chief Designers do. The man who made Michael Schumacher World Champion 7 times and Lewis Hamilton the past two years, Aldo Costa, will make either Nico Rosberg or Lewis Hamilton World Champion in 2016. On Sunday Nico Rosberg drove one of Costa's creations to an easy win in the Italian GP at Monza - leading every lap and cruising to the finish. Lewis Hamilton drove the 2nd Costa car to 2nd ahead of the Ferrari of Sebastian Vettel.
Mercedes 1-2 at Monza deflates Tifosi Lewis Hamilton drove his Aldo Costa designed Mercedes to pole position for the Italian GP at Monza. Hamilton's lap of 1m21.135s was enough to pip his Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg but the all-Mercedes front row sent the Italian crowd home disappointed as Mercedes buried Ferrari despite Ferrari's latest engine upgrades. Sebastian Vettel will start 3rd for Ferrari ahead of his teammate Kimi Raikkonen with Valtteri Bottas rounding out the top-5.
Ahead of Daniel Riccardo Nico Rosberg put his Mercedes in front at the start while Max Verstappen next to him got away slow and Rosberg then motored to an easy win in the Belgium GP at Spa ahead of Daniel Riccardo and Lewis Hamilton up from last in the superior Aldo Costa masterpiece. There was a lot of carnage behind Rosberg at the start, including the two Ferraris hitting each other and Kevin Magnussen losing control at over 200 mph through Eau Rouge and hitting the barriers so hard the race had to be red-flagged while they were repaired.
Raikkonen third for Ferrari Much to the disappointment of the partisan crowd, Nico Rosberg put the Aldo Costa designed Mercedes on pole ahead of the Adrian Newey designed Red Bull for Sunday's Belgium GP. It was the 28th career pole for Rosberg by a very slim margin. Verstappen and Raikkonen both came within 0.2s of snatching pole - and will be determined to get the jump when the lights go out tomorrow. Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) and Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull) rounded out the top-5
Team Representatives TEAM REPRESENTATIVES Christian HORNER (Red Bull Racing) Claire WILLIAMS (Williams) Monisha KALTENBORN (Sauber) Eric BOULLIER (McLaren) Frederic VASSEUR (Renault) Robert FERNLEY (Force India)
Leads every lap in Aldo Costa car When polesitter Nico Rosberg choked in front of his home crowd and blew the start and fell to 4th, Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton took the lead in Turn 1 and by the end of the first lap his lead was over 1 second. The race was over. Hamilton drove away and controlled the gap to second the rest of the way for his 6th win in the last 7 races. Daniel Riccardo was 2nd for Red Bull ahead of his teammate Max Verstappen.
Mercedes 1-2 again Nico Rosberg overcame electrical problems early in Q3 to beat his Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton to win the pole for the German GP at Hockenheim. Rosberg's lap of 1m14.363s was 1/10th faster than Hamilton and 3/10ths faster than Red Bull's Daniel Riccardo in third. Max Verstappen was 4/10ths back in fourth while Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen rounded out the top-5 8/10ths behind Rosberg.
Rosberg 2nd Ricciardo 3rd Lewis Hamilton beat Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg and the Red Bulls of Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen into Turn 1 at the start and then controlled the pace on the hard-to-pass Hungaroring to lead every lap of the Grand Prix of Hungary in another Mercedes 1-2 F1 parade. Daniel Ricciardo was third for Red Bull with Sebastian Vettel and Max Verstappen rounding out the top-5.
From Budapest Nico Rosberg led a Mercedes 1-2 in qualifying for the Grand Prix of Hungary in Budapest for his 4th pole of the season. When Lewis Hamilton was slowed on his final lap by a spinning Fernando Alonso, Rosberg was able to complete his final lap as the Q3 clock went to zero to take pole from Hamilton who was fastest up until that point. The Red Bull duo of Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen will start 3rd and 4th and Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel rounds out the top-5
Beats teammate Rosberg, but Rosberg penalized On a track that started soaking wet and later dried, Lewis Hamilton drove a perfect race in a perfect car to win the British GP over his Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg who experienced transmission problems in the last six laps. Red Bull's Max Verstappen finished 3rd after holding off Nico Rosberg for many laps in the best battle of the race. Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo and Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen rounded out the top-5. Later Rosberg was handed a 10-sec. penalty for receiving an illegal radio transmission that put him 3rd in the final order.
Hamilton and Rosberg 1-2 by a wide margin The superior Aldo Costa designed Mercedes has dominated practice and qualifying for the British GP. The Mercedes is so planted in the corners everyone else are completely out to lunch. After having his first run eliminated when he exceeded the track limits, Lewis Hamilton beat his Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg by 0.297s to win the pole position. Max Verstappen was 3rd ahead of Red Bull teammate Daniel Ricciardo and Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen. Raikkonen was 1.5sec behind Hamilton and his teammate Sebastian Vettel was a full 2.2 sec. behind Hamilton as the James Allison Ferrari falls further behind the Aldo Costa Mercedes.
by Brian Carroccio Having reached midpoint of the 2016 calendar year, we’ve also reached the heart of the season for many major racing series. Formula One, for example, will conclude a four race-five weekend stretch with the British Grand Prix Sunday. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will conduct its 18 of 36 races Saturday evening in Kentucky, while the Verizon IndyCar Series will run its 10th of 16 races Sunday afternoon in Iowa. With many racing series at or at least around their midpoint, AutoRacing1 will take a look back on the best and worst of the 2016 season in our Midseason Racing Review. Enjoy.
Contact between two leading Mercedes Nico Rosberg was leading going into the last lap of the Austrian GP but with his ultrasoft tires wearing out his Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton (on soft tires) was able to use DRS to make an outside move going into turn 2. Rosberg was having none of it and braked late, pushed Hamilton off track but in doing so broke his front wing. Hamilton then went ahead to take the win ahead of Red Bull's Max Verstappen and Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen. Rosberg nursed his car around to finish 4th but that is under investigation.
Mercedes power 1-2-3 On a drying and difficult track that saw the grid mixed up from what it normally would be, nothing was different at the top with Mercedes teammates Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg turning the two best times in qualifying at the Red Bull Ring for the Austrian GP. Nico Hulkenberg will start 2nd (once Rosberg takes his grid penalty) for Force India with Mercedes power ahead of the Ferrari of Sebastian Vettel and the McLaren Honda of Jenson Button.
From Red Bull Ring Drivers Kevin Magnussen (DEN) Renault Sport F1 Team Daniil Kvyat (RUS) Scuderia Toro Rosso Esteban Gutierrez (MEX) Haas F1 Felipe Nasr (BRA) Sauber Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Ferrari
European GP Aldo Costa designed cars make F1 boring. Just ask Michael Schumacher (if you could). Costa rolled out a new rear wing for Mercedes in the European GP and the Mercedes' cars were untouchable all weekend. Nico Rosberg took a dominating win in the European GP Sunday by almost 17 seconds over the Ferrari of Sebastian Vettel and the Force India of Sergio Perez. Kimi Raikkonen and Lewis Hamilton rounded out the top-5.
by Mark J. Cipolloni Nico Rosberg took pole position for the European GP at Baku with a lap of 1m42.758s in his Mercedes while his teammate Lewis Hamilton made two major mistakes, including breaking his right-front suspension when he clipped a barrier and will start 10th. Sergio Perez was 2nd in the much improved Force India with Mercedes power with a lap of 1m43.515s but will serve a 5-grid penalty. Daniel Ricciardo and Sebastian Vettel had identical times of 1m43.966s and will start 2nd and 3rd while Kimi Raikkonen was 5th but will move up to 4th at the start.
by Mark J. Cipolloni Ferrari made another mistake that required Sebastian Vettel to make an extra pitstop and Lewis Hamilton did the rest to win the Canadian GP in Montreal Sunday for Mercedes. Vettel made an excellent start from third to take the lead in the first corner and easily keep the Mercedes at bay until Ferrari brought him in during a virtual safety car and that extra pitstop was the race. What were they thinking? Valtteri Bottas came home 3rd while Max Verstappen held off Nico Rosberg for 4th.
by Mark J. Cipolloni Lewis Hamilton won his 53rd career pole position in qualifying Saturday for the Canadian GP in Montreal with a lap of 1m12.812s to just edge his Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg who came up just short at 1m12.874s. It was Hamilton's 5th Canadian GP pole. Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel was less than 2/10ths behind Hamilton at 1m12.990s. The top-3 are very close, which bodes well Sunday's race. Daniel Riccardo will start 4th for Red Bull as he continues to outqualify both of his teammates in 2016.
Infiniti Offers Top U.S. Engineering Students F1 Career
Opportunity Infiniti's global search for the best up-and-coming student engineering talent began its third successive year with the launch of the 2016 Infiniti Engineering Academy. Students from all over the world have the chance to earn the career opportunity of a lifetime working at Infiniti Motor Company, Ltd. and the Renault Sport Formula One Team. Infiniti's new Technical Partnership with the Renault Sport Formula One Team includes, as a crucial component, this unique automotive-to-Formula One training program for brilliant young engineers.
by Mark J. Cipolloni In a race that started wet and interrupted by several altercations, the Mercedes team only pitted Lewis Hamilton once from wets to ultrasoft tires and Hamilton did all the rest to keep polesitter Daniel Riccardo behind him and win his 2nd GP of Monaco. Force India's Sergio Perez held off the Ferrari of Sebastian Vettel for 4th and Fernando Alonso drove a smart race to finish 5th for McLaren-Honda.
Vettel 4th for Ferrari while Verstappen crashes out Daniel Riccardo has put his Red Bull on pole for the Monaco GP with a lap of 1m13.622s It was the first pole of his career, and it comes at Monaco. A stunning lap from the Australian - stunning commitment, stunning speed and Ricciardo will start on the supersofts tomorrow too - double advantage. Nico Rosberg will start 2nd in his Mercedes ahead of teammate Lewis Hamilton. A frustrated Sebastian Vettel was 4th for Ferrari.
Max Verstappen took advantage of an opening lap accident involving Mercedes AMG Petronas teammates Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton and a two-stop pit strategy to score his maiden Formula One win in the Spanish Grand Prix. At 18 years old and 228 days, the Dutch, who had been promoted to Red Bull before the race, became Formula One's youngest winner, smashing the record of 21 years and 73 days previously held by Sebastian Vettel. The Ferrari duo of Kimi Raikkonen and Vettel rounded out the podium.
Reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton edged Mercedes AMG Petronas teammate Nico Rosberg to win pole position for tomorrow's Spanish Grand Prix. It was Hamilton's 52nd career pole position and third of 2016. The Red Bull Racing pair of Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen locked out row 2 while the Ferraris of Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel will roll off fifth and sixth.
From Barcelona TEAM REPRESENTATIVES Cyril Abiteboul (Renault Sport) Yusuke Hasegawa (Honda) Robert Fernley (Force India) Christian Horner (Red Bull Racing) Toto Wolff (Mercedes) Maurizio Arrivabene (Ferrari)
by Stephen Cox The safety cult storm troopers continue their assault on auto racing and this time, even Formula One cannot escape their regulatory clutches. In reference to the current effort to mandate either the Halo or Aeroscreen head protection safety gadgets for the 2017 racing season, F1 race director Charlie Whiting said, "If we eventually need to add a couple of seconds to the time required to get out (of the race car), I think that would be a small price to pay."
by Mark J. Cipolloni Nico Rosberg started on pole and led every lap of the Russian GP to win his 7th F1 race in a row Sunday in Sochi. His Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton finished 2nd over 25 seconds behind after starting 10th. Kimi Raikkonen brought his Ferrari home third with Valtteri Bottas and Sergio Perez rounding out the top-5.
by Mark J. Cipolloni While his Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton had an engine component failure and sat out Q3, Nico Rosberg and Mercedes remained the man and machine to beat in Formula 1 by taking pole position for Sunday's Russian GP with a time of 1m35.417s. Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel was 2nd quick with a lap of 1m36.123s a full 7/10ths slower than the superior Mercedes. However, he will start 7th after a 5-place grid penalty due to a transmission change on Friday.
For Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion Nostalgia is a marvelous thing. In an era when one manufacturer dominates Formula One, let’s look back at a time when the category was far more open, such as the more free-wheeling pre-turbo times from 1967 to 1984. The Masters USA international Formula One field’s highly-anticipated return to the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion comes Aug. 18-21 as part of the renowned Monterey Classic Car Week celebration.
by Mark J. Cipolloni As you know, we here at AR1.com have called for the removal wings from IndyCars for quite some time. They have ruined the racing. The constant pursuit of speed has led to aerodynamic R&D in the pursuit of more downforce and less drag. But the time has come to stop. Do we care more about breaking lap records or good close racing that puts a premium on driving skill?
by Mark J. Cipolloni If there ever was a good argument for an inverted grid, this was it. Formula 1 put on an incredible display of racing at the Shanghai International Circuit on Sunday as many of the usual suspects found themselves well down the order and having to fight to get back to the front. Nico Rosberg continued his cruise to the 2016 Formula 1 season with his second Chinese Grand Prix victory and 6th race win in a row (last 3 last year and first 3 this year). Rosberg finished 37.7 seconds ahead of Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel, with Daniil Kvyat on the podium in his Red Bull for the second time in his F1 career.
Rosberg takes pole for Chinese GP as Ferrari chokes
by Mark J. Cipolloni Nico Rosberg claimed pole for the Chinese Grand Prix while Ferrari fizzled and Red Bull dazzled. The biggest surprises weren't that Ferrari would choke again, it was that Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo squeezed Ferrari off the front row and Lewis Hamilton ended up last when his Mercedes had an ERS problem and he never made it out of Q1 and he failed to set a time in qualifying.
From Shanghai The 2016 Formula One World Championship continues this weekend with Round Three, the Chinese Grand Prix, from the Shanghai International Circuit. After coming back from the Middle East with a short stop-over at their headquarters in Europe, the F1 Teams travel to China for the upcoming Grand Prix weekend. The third round of the FIA Formula One World Championship is taking place from 15th to 17th April.
Taking advantage of another poor start from teammate and pole sitter Lewis Hamilton, Nico Rosberg stormed from the second grid spot to the lead at the start of the Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix. From there, the Mercedes AMG Petronas driver dominated the proceedings, leading every lap en route to his fifth consecutive Formula One victory in an entertaining race under the flood lights at Sakhir.
by Mark J. Cipolloni Make no mistake about it, the Mercedes cars are still the fastest by a wide margin. Lewis Hamilton edged out Mercedes Formula 1 teammate Nico Rosberg to take pole position for the Bahrain Grand Prix, as Ferrari's challenge fell short. Ferrari looked genuinely competitive in final practice at Sakhir, but when it counted they just were simply not fast enough.
by Brian Carroccio With Easter this past weekend, it was a rare weekend without any major racing series on track. However, this coming weekend a full slate awaits motor racing fans as NASCAR, Formula One, IndyCar, Formula E, the NHRA and a host of others will return to action. And for me there is no question which series has the biggest weekend ahead of it: the Verizon IndyCar Series. Yes, this weekend’s much-anticipated return to Phoenix International Raceway, is in my opinion is the series’ most important non-Indy 500 race in years.
by Mark J. Cipolloni Continuing his hot streak from the end of 2015, Nico Rosberg won the 2016 Australian Grand Prix as Ferrari and Sebastian Vettel saw its victory hopes dashed by poor tire strategy. Ferrari snatched the lead from Mercedes at the start, with Sebastian Vettel jumping from third to first, ahead of teammate Kimi Raikkonen and Rosberg, while polesitter Lewis Hamilton fell to sixth after running wide at turn one.
From Melbourne Nico Rosberg (1st): "That was a perfect race for me. The start was tricky, as I was on the dirty side of the grid and Vettel managed to be ahead. He did a really good job at the start - but we chose the perfect strategy by going onto the medium tire after the red flag. A big thanks to the team on the pit wall for that, to everyone back at the factories for this fantastic car and to everyone back in Europe who woke up so early to tune in for the race. I hope it was a good show for you! We can enjoy this moment for sure - but we know now just how strong those red cars will be this season, so we cannot afford to relax. I'm really looking forward to the next races and hopefully some more exciting battles. Finally, I also have to say it was a big relief to see Fernando walk away from his shunt. It shows how incredible the safety of these cars is now, which is great to see."
by Mark J. Cipolloni Lewis Hamilton led every practice and qualifying session on his way to pole position for the Australian GP in Albert park. Hamilton's fast lap was 2.5s faster than last year. Nico Rosberg will start 2nd with Sebastian Vettel in 3rd ahead of his Ferrari teammate Kimi Raikkonen. With 5-min to go in Q3 the Ferrari drivers got out of their cars and walked away, knowing they had no chance to catch the Mercedes'.
Red Bull and Aston Martin Partnership Red Bull Racing and British luxury sports car brand Aston Martin are today announcing a partnership which sees Red Bull Racing's Chief Technical Officer, Adrian Newey and Aston Martin's Chief Creative Officer, Marek Reichman collaborate to produce a ground-breaking Aston Martin hypercar. Codenamed Project 'AM-RB 001', the new hypercar will represent the ultimate blend of cutting edge F1 technology with Aston Martin's signature sports car design.
Final livery revealed Shortly before going back out on track at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya for the second pre-season test, Scuderia Toro Rosso unveiled its 2016 World Championship challenger, the STR11, in its new livery.
Will see time in Barcelona test this week For the Sauber F1 Team 2016 marks the 24th season in Formula One. The squad based in Hinwil in the Zurcher Oberland, after Ferrari, Williams and McLaren, is the fourth-oldest team among the currently existing brand names. In the 2016 FIA Formula One World Championship the Sauber F1 Team will again be competing with drivers Marcus Ericsson (SE, 25) and Felipe Nasr (BR, 23).
The VJM09 in Barcelona Sahara Force India marked the beginning of its season today as Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez pulled the covers off the VJM09 in Barcelona. They were joined by the team’s development driver, Alfonso Celis, as they posed for photos in front of the world’s media ahead of the start of the team’s winter testing program. The stability in the technical regulations means the VJM09 is more evolution than revolution, building on the strengths of the 2015 b-spec chassis that helped the team secure fifth place in the championship last year.
RB12 Ahead of the Red Bull Racing-TAG Heuer RB12 making its track debut at the first pre-season test at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in Spain, images of the car are now available on the Red Bull Content Pool. Beyond the striking matte livery unveiled in London last week, the all-new RB12 incorporates a host of improvements based on the lessons learned from the 2015 season.
Sauber C35 The Sauber F1 Team is pleased to announce IFS as a Principal Partner for the 2016 FIA Formula One Championship. IFS is a global enterprise applications company. The IFS branding will appear on the rear wing end plates as well as on the top of the monocoque on both Sauber C35, on the drivers’ overalls and helmets of Marcus Ericsson and Felipe Nasr, as well as on the teamwear. During the first winter test in Barcelona the logos will be visible on the Sauber C34-Ferrari in the 2016 livery.
Honda-powered MP4-31 McLaren has unveiled their Honda-powered MP4-31 Formula 1 car for the 2016 season. Jenson Button will be behind the wheel for the new car's first laps on Monday, during the opening day of pre-season testing at Barcelona. "As we embark on the second year of our renewed McLaren-Honda partnership, all of us remain united in our purpose," McLaren group CEO Ron Dennis said.
First ever F1 car for team The VF-16, Haas F1 Team's first racecar, has arrived. The car officially broke cover today via Haas F1 Team's social media channels and Website. It hits the track Monday for the first day of preseason testing at the Circuit de Barcelona -- Catalunya. The origin of naming the car "VF-16" goes back to the first CNC machine manufactured by Haas Automation, the VF-1, launched in 1988.
The car that will carry Nico Rosberg to the 2016 F1 title Stable regulations challenge engineers to dig deep and find "mini revolutions" for the F1 W07 Hybrid chassis and PU106C Hybrid Power Unit. Tires, safety and sound all feature on short list of rule changes for the coming season. Paddy Lowe: "Our objective is excellence in all areas" Andy Cowell: "These Power Units are incredible feats of engineering"
2016 SF-16H A shortened nose, a tapered rear end and an intriguing red-and-white livery are the signature features of the new SF16-H. The name refers to the hybrid powertrain, which enters its third season in the Formula One World Championship. Find out more......
For 2016 season The new Williams Mercedes FW38 was unveiled today ahead of the first pre-season test in Barcelona, Spain next week. For a third successive season the iconic red, white and blue stripes of WILLIAMS MARTINI RACING will be lining up on the Formula One grid, with the team looking to build on a successful 2015 season that resulted in four podiums and a third place finish in the Constructors' Championship.
New colors on 2015 car for now Red Bull Racing today began its 2016 Formula One challenge in dramatic style, unveiling a striking new car livery and officially launching a long-term partnership with global sports brand PUMA at a joint event in London. Ahead of the track debut of the team’s new RB12 car in Barcelona next week, Red Bull Racing drivers Daniel Ricciardo and Daniil Kvyat, along with Team Principal Christian Horner, were on hand to help reveal the team’s exciting new look.
In what is typically a time of dryness and despair for motor racing fans, there was a bit of a respite this weekend in the form of an entertaining Rolex 24 at Daytona. While there were many enjoyable parts of the famous enduro, particularly the race to the finish in the GTLM class, for my money, the story of this weekend’s race was the breakout performance of Pipo Derani. There have, of course, been other stories in the world of racing of late.
by Mark J. Cipolloni I don't know when it's going to happen. It could be within the next 10 years. Maybe 15 years. For certain within 20 years. All the experts say that the future of automobiles is all-electric and self-driving. So what becomes of auto racing when cars are silent and driving is no longer a thing people do? Will there be any fans left to sustain the sport? Will people pay to sit in the grandstands watching a race in silence? Will people pay to watch silent race cars running around a track with no drivers in them?
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