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F1 first to take place in 2018 as calendar revealed - NEWS.com.au

THE Federation International de l’Automobile (FIA) has confirmed the 21-race F1 calendar for 2018 following a World Motor Sport Council meeting in Paris.

The schedule features the sport’s first triple header as France and Germany return while Malaysia drops out.

The only change from the provisional calendar is the date swap between China and Bahrain, with the Sakhir race now heading up the first back-to-back of the season.

Singapore was the only other event that was subject to approval at the time of the provisional calendar, but a new race contract was confirmed in September.

The 2018 F1 season will begin in Australia on March 25, the same weekend as this year, and end in Abu Dhabi on November 25.

The Azerbaijan GP in Baku will take place two months earlier on April 29, while the Russian GP in Sochi has been moved back to a late September slot after hosting this year’s fourth...


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F1 first to take place in 2018 as calendar revealed - NEWS.com.au

THE Federation International de l’Automobile (FIA) has confirmed the 21-race F1 calendar for 2018 following a World Motor Sport Council meeting in Paris.

The schedule features the sport’s first triple header as France and Germany return while Malaysia drops out.

The only change from the provisional calendar is the date swap between China and Bahrain, with the Sakhir race now heading up the first back-to-back of the season.

Singapore was the only other event that was subject to approval at the time of the provisional calendar, but a new race contract was confirmed in September.

The 2018 F1 season will begin in Australia on March 25, the same weekend as this year, and end in Abu Dhabi on November 25.

The Azerbaijan GP in Baku will take place two months earlier on April 29, while the Russian GP in Sochi has been moved back to a late September slot after hosting this year’s fourth...


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F1 Live London named 'Sports Event of the Year' - Formula 1

Created to bring Formula 1 closer than ever to its fans, F1 Live saw 100,000 people flock to Trafalgar Square as Formula One racing's teams and drivers gathered for a spectacular exhibition just days before the British Grand Prix at Silverstone.

Alongside live car demonstrations up Whitehall, the event featured three headline music acts - Little Mix, Bastille and the Kaiser Chiefs - on a bespoke stage in Trafalgar Square.

The event also centred upon engaging the next generation, with local schools engaging in a variety of activities under the banner of F1 in Schools banner - a not-for-profit company established in 2000 to give an opportunity for students to learn all about STEM-related subjects, with the aim of helping them into a career in engineering and motor sport.

Damian Clarke, chairman of the judging panel and managing director at Undercurrent, hailed the impact F1 Live London...


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Motorsport Jobs: What's it like to work in Formula 1? - Motorsport.com, Edition: Global

Formula 1 is extremely competitive off-track as well as on it, so trying to find a job in such a challenging and demanding industry will always be a struggle.

It may look out of reach for the vast majority, but with hard work, passion and a slice of luck anybody can achieve the ultimate goal of a Formula 1 job.

But what is it actually like to work in F1? Adam Arbon spoke to an aerodynamicist about life away from the race track.

How did you get into Formula 1?

During my PhD, I contacted a friend of mine who was working for a team back then, asking whether they did any kind of internships for students. She asked for my CV and she forwarded it to the head of aerodynamics.

Then I had an interview with him and a few months later I started my non-paid summer internship in the aero department. Entering F1 is the most difficult step. After that things can get a bit easier especially if you...


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Formula 1: Max Verstappen's maturity is earning him millions - BBC ... - BBC Sport

Max Verstappen's new Red Bull contract is said by those in the know to make him the third best paid driver in Formula 1 behind Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel from next year.

The team will not reveal the exact amount but, by process of elimination, the Dutchman's salary for the next three years will be between £18-26m. Not bad for a 20-year-old who will be starting only his fourth full season in F1.

But the thing is, Verstappen is worth it.

Where exactly he stands in the hierarchy of best drivers in the sport is a matter for debate. But it's impossible to argue after this season that he is not in the discussion with Hamilton, Vettel, his Red Bull team-mate Daniel Ricciardo and McLaren's Fernando Alonso.

Red Bull have clearly come to the same conclusion. Verstappen's contract already ran to 2019. But when they believed Mercedes were sniffing around in...


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F1 2018 race calendar revealed with first-ever triple-header and new car changes announced - The Sun

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France and Germany back staging races with Malaysia axed while FIA announce inquiry into security in Brazil after Mercedes team crew were robbed at gunpoint this year

THE FIA have confirmed the Formula One race calendar for 2018 – with France and Germany returning to stage Grand Prix next year.

Lewis Hamilton will be looking to win his fifth world title over the course of the 21-race championship that includes the first-ever triple-header.

The F1 2018 race calendar has been announced - taking in 21 Grand Prix next season

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The F1 2018 race calendar has been announced – taking in 21 Grand Prix next season

Malaysia’s absence from the rota has been confirmed, while Singapore have signed a contract to rubber stamp their place as one of the hosts for races next season.

The main change for next season will be the staging of three back-to-back Grand Prix weekends in June and July – the first time that has appeared on an F1 calendar.

That...


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Finnish Formula 1 wife voted belle of the ball at Presidential Gala - YLE News

Minttu ja Kimi Räikkönen Suomen 100-vuotisjuhlavuoden itsenäisyyspäivän vastaanotolla Helsingissä. Minttu and Kimi Räikkönen turn heads at the Presidential Palace. Image: Jussi Nukari / Lehtikuva

More than 8,000 viewers of the annual Independence Day presidential gala on Wednesday voted Minttu Räikkönen, wife of Finnish Formula 1 race driver Kimi Räikkönen the belle of the ball.

The former flight attendant dazzled in a head-turning off-the-shoulder deep green full-skirted satin gown with an open back.

Fashion critic and writer Mirva Saukkola said that she was not surprised by the viewers’ choice, describing Räikkönen’s ensemble as a coherent look.

"She was incredibly elegant. The gown was very well cut and suited her. It was also a good fit, and there weren’t too many bells and whistles. What also made the outfit strong was that she had also carefully...


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Honda reshuffle F1 team ahead of Toro Rosso move - Formula 1

From the start of next year the position of Head of Formula 1 Project will be eliminated, and research and development responsibilities will be separated from racing and testing.

The latter will now be overseen by Toyoharu Tanabe in the newly-created role of F1 Technical Director.

Tanabe, currently Senior Manager and Race Team Chief Engineer at Honda Performance Development, has extensive F1 experience with Honda and was chief engineer to Jenson Button earlier in his career.

Yusuke Hasegawa, previously Honda’s overall F1 chief, will become Executive Chief Engineer and Head of F1 Project.

“In the past, the Head of F1 Project assumed responsibility in both technological development and directing the team at the spot of racing,” commented Katsuhide Moriyama, Honda’s Chief Officer for Brand and Communication Operations.

“By separating these areas of responsibility, we will evolve our...


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Honda shuffles Hasegawa out of head F1 role

Honda has confirmed a switch in management of its Formula 1 operation ahead of its new partnership with Toro Rosso, with Yusuke Hasegawa replaced by Toyoharu Tanabe as its new head.

Hasegawa, who took over from Yasuhisa Arai as Honda F1 boss at the start of 2016, has been retained as Executive Chief Engineer but lost his Head of F1 project status as of 1st January 2018.

Tanabe, who was Jenson Button’s chief engineer during his Honda B.A.R. days, has been promoted from senior manager in Honda’s performance development division to F1 Technical Director at the start of next year.

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Tanabe’s main focus will be to direct Honda’s efforts at F1 races and testing alongside Toro Rosso with a new Operating Officer of HRD to oversee all research and testing from Sakura. The new Operating Officer is yet to be formally confirmed by Honda.

Katsuhide Moriyama, Chief Officer for...


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Debate of the Day: Will changes to F1 grid penalty rules work?

At the final FIA World Motor Sport Council meeting of the year it was confirmed any driver who exceeds 15 grid place penalties will be automatically forced to start from the back of the grid, effectively ending the huge number grid penalties seen in recent seasons.

With the confusing numbers of 25, 30, or even 55 grid drops seen last season for engine changes scrapped will it help F1 end its confusing penalty rules?

Any driver with more than 15 place drops will start from the back but if multiple drivers break the limit they’ll be order by who picked up the penalties first.

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Calls to change grid penalties were ignored, with some calling for financial or points penalties applied to the teams’ standing in the F1 World Constructors’ championship, and with the reduction to three engines per driver for the entire 2018 season the paddock is grimacing for further grid...


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F1 demands independent security plans for Brazil GP

After a report into the security problems at this year’s Brazilian Grand Prix by Liberty Media and the FIA, F1's governing body has recommended an independent security expert to apply additional plans and create a police centre at the Interlagos circuit for future races.

In a statement released after the final FIA World Motor Sport Council meeting of the year in Paris, calls have been made to improve security measures by the Brazilian Grand Prix organisers with greater cooperation between an independent security firm, police and key Formula 1 stakeholders.

This year’s race in Brazil was hit by a string of gunpoint robberies which targeted F1 teams and the FIA. A Mercedes team bus was the first target followed by FIA media, while reports also emerged of Haas, Williams and Pirelli team members being involved in incidents. Secruity fears grew so big that McLaren cancelled its private...


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Gasly: Toro Rosso’s Honda switch guarantees quality parts

Pierre Gasly says Toro Rosso’s switch from Renault to Honda power units from 2018 will ensure “there will be no compromise” for the team after its frustrating end to the season.

The French driver and team-mate Brendon Hartley were hit with consistent grid penalties due to exceeding engine changes permitted by the regulations, while Toro Rosso were involved in a late-season spat with Renault after speculation grew about unequal engine parts in order to boost the French manufacturers charge in the F1 World Constructors’ championship.

Toro Rosso will move to Honda as its engine supplier from 2018 with McLaren splitting from the Japanese manufacturer to take up Renault engines next season. Gasly sees becoming Honda’s sole team as an advantage with a guarantee of priority attention. Honda has endured a nightmare return to F1 with three years of unreliable and underpowered engines against...


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Renault aims to profit from ‘open’ 2018 F1 driver market - Prost

Renault special advisor Alain Prost is keen to see the French manufacturer take advantage of an open Formula 1 driver market in 2018 as it continues to build towards the top.

The four-time F1 world champion is thrilled to see Carlos Sainz Jr switch to Renault for 2018 on a one-year loan from Red Bull to partner Nico Hulkenberg, as the German driver’s vital sixth place in the season finale at Abu Dhabi saw the team leapfrog Toro Rosso for sixth place in the World Constructors’ championship.

Renault is focusing on another season of development, with new building constructions ongoing at its Enstone factory, to boost its long-term goal of returning to the title-contender status in F1. Prost agrees its driver selection can play a pinnacle role on Renault’s progress and while he admits taking Sainz on a one-year loan might be a risk he’s confident the team will be in a strong position for...


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Formula 1 tweaks grid penalty system for 2018 - Motorsport.com - Motorsport.com, Edition: Global

Formula 1’s grid penalty system will be tweaked for next season, the FIA has announced, in a bid to make things less confusing for fans.

There has been growing unease about the extent of grid penalties this year, with F1 motorsport director Ross Brawn claiming recently that they were making a ‘farce’ of the sport. 

The situation has become even more tense because of concerns that penalties could increase next year because F1 is going down to three engines for the season.

Following discussion at the FIA’s World Motor Sport Council on Wednesday, a new structure was announced that should get rid of the headaches fans have faced in trying to work out final grids when a host of penalties have been handed out.

From now on, any driver that earns a 15-place grid penalty - which is the equivalent of taking two extra new elements for the first time - will have to start from the back of the...


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Formula 1 Season: Passes Declined Nearly 50 Percent in 2017 - The Drive

Australia's Daniel Ricciardo supplanted fellow Red Bull team member Max Verstappen as the passing star of Formula 1 this year in a season that had the count of passes falling by half in the wake of quicker and wider cars.

During 20 races in 2017, there were 435 overtakes, or an average of 21.8 for each race, according to numbers released by Italian tire supplier Pirelli on Tuesday. Last year, there were 21 contests and 866 overtakes, or 41.2 for each race.

Ricciardo, champion of the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, accounted for 43 passes while Verstappen accounted for 22 after accomplishing 78 of the moves in 2016.

The drop in overtaking was brought up ahead of the season as a likely result of Formula 1's latest autos, which are quicker in corners but more difficult to overtake on many circuits.

Only one overtake occurred during the Russian Grand Prix. At the other end of the spectrum, 42...


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Formula 1 Season: Passes Declined Nearly 50 Percent in 2017 - The Drive

Australia's Daniel Ricciardo supplanted fellow Red Bull team member Max Verstappen as the passing star of Formula 1 this year in a season that had the count of passes falling by half in the wake of quicker and wider cars.

During 20 races in 2017, there were 435 overtakes, or an average of 21.8 for each race, according to numbers released by Italian tire supplier Pirelli on Tuesday. Last year, there were 21 contests and 866 overtakes, or 41.2 for each race.

Ricciardo, champion of the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, accounted for 43 passes while Verstappen accounted for 22 after accomplishing 78 of the moves in 2016.

The drop in overtaking was brought up ahead of the season as a likely result of Formula 1's latest autos, which are quicker in corners but more difficult to overtake on many circuits.

Only one overtake occurred during the Russian Grand Prix. At the other end of the spectrum, 42...


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F1 Live London named 'Sports Event of the Year' - Formula 1

Created to bring Formula 1 closer than ever to its fans, F1 Live saw 100,000 people flock to Trafalgar Square as Formula One racing's teams and drivers gathered for a spectacular exhibition just days before the British Grand Prix at Silverstone.

Alongside live car demonstrations up Whitehall, the event featured three headline music acts - Little Mix, Bastille and the Kasier Chiefs - on a bespoke stage in Trafalgar Square.

The event also centred upon engaging the next generation, with local schools engaging in a variety of activities under the banner of F1 in Schools banner - a not-for-profit company established in 2000 to give an opportunity for students to learn all about STEM-related subjects, with the aim of helping them into a career in engineering and motor sport.

Damian Clarke, chairman of the judging panel and managing director at Undercurrent, hailed the impact F1 Live London...


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F1 Live London named 'Sports Event of the Year' - Formula 1

Created to bring Formula 1 closer than ever to its fans, F1 Live saw 100,000 people flock to Trafalgar Square as Formula One racing's teams and drivers gathered for a spectacular exhibition just days before the British Grand Prix at Silverstone.

Alongside live car demonstrations up Whitehall, the event featured three headline music acts - Little Mix, Bastille and the Kasier Chiefs - on a bespoke stage in Trafalgar Square.

The event also centred upon engaging the next generation, with local schools engaging in a variety of activities under the banner of F1 in Schools banner - a not-for-profit company established in 2000 to give an opportunity for students to learn all about STEM-related subjects, with the aim of helping them into a career in engineering and motor sport.

Damian Clarke, chairman of the judging panel and managing director at Undercurrent, hailed the impact F1 Live London...


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Read more: F1 Live London named 'Sports Event of the Year' - Formula 1

F1 Live London named 'Sports Event of the Year' - Formula 1

Created to bring Formula 1 closer than ever to its fans, F1 Live saw 100,000 people flock to Trafalgar Square as Formula One racing's teams and drivers gathered for a spectacular exhibition just days before the British Grand Prix at Silverstone.

Alongside live car demonstrations up Whitehall, the event featured three headline music acts - Little Mix, Bastille and the Kasier Chiefs - on a bespoke stage in Trafalgar Square.

The event also centred upon engaging the next generation, with local schools engaging in a variety of activities under the banner of F1 in Schools banner - a not-for-profit company established in 2000 to give an opportunity for students to learn all about STEM-related subjects, with the aim of helping them into a career in engineering and motor sport.

Damian Clarke, chairman of the judging panel and managing director at Undercurrent, hailed the impact F1 Live London...


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Read more: F1 Live London named 'Sports Event of the Year' - Formula 1

F1 Live London named 'Sports Event of the Year' - Formula 1

Created to bring Formula 1 closer than ever to its fans, F1 Live saw 100,000 people flock to Trafalgar Square as Formula One racing's teams and drivers gathered for a spectacular exhibition just days before the British Grand Prix at Silverstone.

Alongside live car demonstrations up Whitehall, the event featured three headline music acts - Little Mix, Bastille and the Kasier Chiefs - on a bespoke stage in Trafalgar Square.

The event also centred upon engaging the next generation, with local schools engaging in a variety of activities under the banner of F1 in Schools banner - a not-for-profit company established in 2000 to give an opportunity for students to learn all about STEM-related subjects, with the aim of helping them into a career in engineering and motor sport.

Damian Clarke, chairman of the judging panel and managing director at Undercurrent, hailed the impact F1 Live London...


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