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Safety 'shields' in, shark fins out for 2018 - Formula 1

Cockpit protection ‘shields’ are set to be introduced next season while this year’s shark-fin engine covers are likely to be ruled out, following discussions this week among F1 racing’s key stakeholders.

F1 governing body, the FIA, has studied a number of solutions to improve driver cockpit protection, including the halo system which was trialled by several teams during Friday practice sessions last year.

However, it’s now been decided that priority will be given to the transparent ‘shield’ family of systems, with the FIA aiming to carry out track tests this season in preparation for implementation in 2018.

Another change agreed by the F1 Strategy Group and F1 Commission was restrictions to engine cover dimensions, which are likely to rule out the shark fins and T-wings – criticised by many for their aesthetics – seen on this year’s cars.

Among the other 2018 proposals, which will...


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Formula 1: Serious Fraud Office 'reviewing material' on £3.9m payment - BBC Sport

Formula 1, which was taken over by US media giant Liberty Media in a £6.4bn deal earlier this year, is regulated and governed by the FIA

The Serious Fraud Office is "reviewing material" relating to a payment made by Formula 1's commercial rights holder to the sport's governing body the FIA.

MP Damian Collins has asked the body to investigate whether the payment breached bribery laws.

The £3.9m payment was made to the FIA for entering into an agreement with the teams and sport's commercial arm.

The FIA says the payment was remuneration "for its regulatory role" and denies wrongdoing.

Collins, chairman of the Culture, Media and Sport Parliamentary select committee, said he was "very concerned" about why the sport would need to make a payment to its governing body and regulator as part of the so-called Concorde Agreement, which was signed in 2013.

"That's why I've written to...


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Billy Monger: Formula 1 teams show support for injured teen - BBC ... - BBC News

Billy MongerImage copyright Jakob Ebrey
Image caption Billy Monger was injured during the Formula 4 British Championship at Donington Park in Leicestershire

Formula 1 teams are honouring teenager Billy Monger, a Formula 4 driver who had to have both his legs amputated after a crash.

McLaren has adorned its cars with #BillyWhizz stickers for the Russian Grand Prix, which begins on Friday,

It is understood other teams will be joining McLaren in a show of solidarity for Billy.

The 17-year-old from Charlwood, Surrey, hit the back of another car on 16 April and had to be airlifted to hospital.

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Vote: Should Formula 1 come to N.J.? - NJ.com

The Red Bull Racing Formula 1 team prepares the F1 running show car that David Coulthard will be test driving at a street course in Weehawken and West New York on Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2012.Reena Rose Sibayan/The Jersey Journal file photo
The Red Bull Racing Formula 1 team prepares the F1 running show car that David Coulthard will be test driving at a street course in Weehawken and West New York on Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2012.Reena Rose Sibayan/The Jersey Journal file photo

Sometimes it seems you can't travel more than three blocks along Boulevard East in Weehawken and West New York with stopping at a traffic light. There's many a driver who wishes they were turned off.

Well, their wish may come true, but it won't benefit the slug-like commuter.

A Formula One Grand Prix race may be on course again for the two towns that sit high above the Hudson River, NJ Advance Media reported yesterday.

The idea first revved attention in 2011. The Grand Prix of America at Port Imperial would run a 3.2-mile circuit along the riverfront,...


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Revived Massa in no hurry to leave F1 again - Eurosport.com AU

SOCHI, Russia, April 28 (Reuters) - Felipe Massa's reluctant retirement from Formula One at the end of 2016 lasted a matter of weeks and now, given a new lease of life at Williams, the popular Brazilian is in no hurry to hang up his helmet again.

The only South American on the starting grid, from a nation of multiple championship winners, Massa is already daring to look beyond 2017.

The example of Valentino Rossi, the Italian great who is leading the MotoGP championship at 38, lends hope to the belief that at barely 36 -- Massa's birthday was on Tuesday -- he still has time on his side.

"Unfortunately I’m not leading the championship but I’m still there, fighting and doing well," Massa told Reuters in an interview ahead of Sunday's Russian Grand Prix.

"I am 100 percent concentrated on this season but... if I can race still at a good level for a good team, then I can do another...


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What the teams said - practice in Sochi - Formula 1

Ferrari

Ferrari had a pretty good day, all told, with both drivers able to keep their tyres in their operating windows and the balance and traction of the SF70H making their task seem easier than most other drivers. Of course they mumbled the usual caveats about it only being a Friday and Vettel even suggested that Mercedes were sandbagging. Were that the case, they seemed to have the sandbags attached to each end of the W08 EQ Power. Don’t be fooled; they are looking very strong again this weekend, with the relatively minor negative of running the third turbochargers on both cars. If they have to exceed four during the season, of course, 10 grid place penalties will apply.

Sebastian Vettel - FP1: 1:37.230, P5; FP2: 1:34.120, P1

“I think we improved so I can be reasonably happy but not entirely. We had a tough start this morning and it took a while to increase speed. I am sure we can...


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FIA's Formula 1 engine convergence target reached - autosport.com

Why F1 has gone too far on track limits Nobody wants to see racing drivers risk serious injury - or death - in an accident. But is Formula 1's affection for extended run-off area over-sanitising grand prix racing? 1493251200 F1

Why Raikkonen and Bottas will decide the title With the start of the 2017 Formula 1 season being decided by fine margins, the expectation is the same will go for the world championship. That means the performance of the second drivers at Mercedes and Ferrari will be crucial 1493164800 F1

Remembering a lost Dutch F1 hopeful Twenty-five years ago Marcel Albers lost his life in a huge Formula 3 accident at Thruxton. Here, the Formula 1 hopeful is remembered by those who knew him best 1493078400 F3

Why is Mercedes vulnerable in races? What's allowing Ferrari to attack Mercedes in races? What could F1 look like in 10 years' time? And why are the new cars...


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Tech insight - Ferrari's clever crash structure solution - Formula 1

Since 2014 the FIA has enforced very strict rules on the specification of these deformable structures, and on their positioning relative to the car’s survival cell.

What Ferrari have done differently this year is rather than house the structures within the sidepods in the normal fashion, they have placed them inside their unusual aerodynamic fairings immediately in front of the sidepods. This allows the main body of the sidepods to be much shorter, moving them further back from the car’s front axle, meaning less disturbance from the disrupted airflow generated by the front tyres. The drawing above shows how the fairing is attached over the crash structure.

This not only has significant aerodynamic advantages, it means Ferrari have managed to increase the distance between sidepod and axle without having to take the Mercedes route of lengthening the car’s wheelbase to achieve it. The...


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Need to know: Russia - Formula 1


Sochi: fast for a ‘street’ track 


Opened in 2014 using roads linking Sochi’s various Olympic venues, Russia’s F1 circuit is something of a curiosity in that it’s a purpose-built facility which shares many of the characteristics of a street circuit, such as right-angled bends, close concrete walls and limited run-off. Having said that, in speed (and length) terms it’s more akin to Baku than Monaco, with its relatively stop-start layout placing big demands on both the power unit/energy management and brakes.

The key corner


Sochi’s signature corner is the high-speed, long-radius left-hander at Turn 3, which skirts around the flag-lined Olympic Medal Plaza. The corner is not only a good barometer of car balance and performance, it’s also one that places big demands on the drivers from a G-force perspective – not least because with the beginning of the season dominated by clockwise...


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Former Schumacher Formula 1 car up for sale - Speedcafe - Speedcafe

The Canadian Grand Prix winning 1991 Benetton B191

A Benetton Formula 1 car once raced by seven-time Formula 1 world champion Michael Schumacher is up for sale.

The 1991 Benetton B191 is listed for auction by renowned auctioneer Bonhams at the Spa Classic historic meeting next month.

The John Barnard designed 3.5-litre Cosworth Ford V8 powered racer made its debut at the 1991 San Marino Grand Prix in the hands of Roberto Moreno, before being handed to three-time world champion Nelson Piquet.

Piquet scored a memorable win in the car at the Canadian Grand Prix having started from eighth on the grid.

At 22-years-old Schumacher replaced Moreno for the final five races of the season and was handed the chassis for the Japanese and Australian Grands Prix.

The German retired from an engine failure at Suzuka before an accident sidelined him from the Australian Grand Prix at Adelaide.

The...


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Russia preview - can Kvyat find home race redemption? - Formula 1


Has Bahrain test handed Mercedes the advantage?

Lewis Hamilton was adamant that the post-race test in Bahrain would be crucial in helping Mercedes to get the best out of Pirelli's 2017 tyres – and with compounds and temperatures in Russia expected to favour Ferrari, those two days of testing couldn't have come at a better time for the Silver Arrows.


The good news for the team and their fans is that they seemed to make progress. "We came with a specific goal, so it was positive to get on top of that," was Hamilton's assessment. "Our focus was on advancing our understanding of the tyres and also the rear of the car so that we can improve our long runs - particularly during the race and on the supersoft compound."

Team mate Valtteri Bottas was equally enthused, as he and Hamilton ensured Mercedes topped both days in Sakhir. "[Testing] was very good," the Finn reflected. "We did some...


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N.J. may host Formula 1 night race after all, report says | NJ.com - NJ.com

WEEHAWKEN -- Years after the possibility of a Grand Prix race in New Jersey failed to get to the starting line, the idea has reportedly gained new life.

Citing a report in the German Auto Motor Und Sport publication, several racing reports Thursday said a Formula 1 race through Weehawken is once again a real possibility.

The Red Bull Racing Formula 1 team prepared two F1 running show cars for a test drive on a street course in Weehawken and West New York on Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2012. (Reena Rose Sibayan | The Jersey Journal)

According to Newswheel, F1's new owner, Liberty Media, is in negotiations to bring a night race in 2019 to a circuit in Weehawken.

The race would be amid a backdrop of river views and the Manhattan skyline.

The news brings back an F1 dream dating back to 2011, when much of the ground work was done to bring a race to the area in 2013 or 2014.

Local politicians were...


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Safety 'shields' in, shark fins out for 2018 - Formula 1

Cockpit protection ‘shields’ are set to be introduced next season while this year’s shark-fin engine covers are likely to be ruled out, following discussions this week among F1 racing’s key stakeholders.

F1 governing body, the FIA, has studied a number of solutions to improve driver cockpit protection, including the halo system which was trialled by several teams during Friday practice sessions last year.

However, it’s now been decided that priority will be given to the transparent ‘shield’ family of systems, with the FIA aiming to carry out track tests this season in preparation for implementation in 2018.

Another change agreed by the F1 Strategy Group and F1 Commission was restrictions to engine cover dimensions, which are likely to rule out the shark fins and T-wings – criticised by many for their aesthetics – seen on this year’s cars.

Among the other 2018 proposals, which will...


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Billy Monger: Formula 1 teams show support for injured teen - BBC News

Billy Monger: Formula 1 teams show support for injured teen

  • 27 April 2017
  • From the section Surrey
Billy MongerImage copyright Jakob Ebrey
Image caption Billy Monger was injured during the Formula 4 British Championship at Donington Park in Leicestershire

Formula 1 teams are honouring teenager Billy Monger, a Formula 4 driver who had to have both his legs amputated after a crash.

McLaren has adorned its cars with #BillyWhizz stickers for the Russian Grand Prix, which begins on Friday,

It is understood other teams will be joining McLaren...


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Mercedes the clear Sochi favourites - Sebastian Vettel Q&A - Formula 1

Q: Sebastian, after the Bahrain race you said that the car felt fantastic. Can you explain a little more?

Sebastian Vettel: Well, the general situation is that you always have a bit of a fight with your car: either with the front suspension or the rear suspension - simply being in a situation where the car doesn’t do exactly what you want the longer the race lasts. But none of that was the case in Bahrain. Actually it was even getting better and better in the course of the race and in my last stint I was able to control the gap. I was aware that Lewis (Hamilton) would come closer, but the whole time I felt that there was still enough in the car to fend him off.

Q: There is the term ‘runner’s flow’ in athletics. Is there also something like that in F1 racing?

SV: We all know that when you’re on a roll you’re on a roll. Then one positive thing leads to another. Last year we have...


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Serious Fraud Office asked to investigate 2013 deal between Formula 1 and FIA - ITV News

The Serious Fraud Office has been asked to consider opening a criminal investigation after a confidential document seen by ITV News revealed the details of a deal between Formula One and its regulator which one QC says could amount to bribery.

ITV News has been shown a confidential copy of the Concorde Implementation Agreement in July 2013 between Formula One Group (the commercial rights holders of the sport) and the Federation Internationale d'Automobile (FIA), the governing body.

The deal proved controversial when it was announced because it reorganised the way the sport was governed in a way that greatly increased the power of both Formula 1 and the FIA while reducing the influence of the sport's four smallest racing teams, two of which have since gone bust.

The financial details of the deal were never made public but at the heart of the agreement were two arrangements that look...


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Tech insight - Ferrari's clever crash structure solution - Formula 1

Since 2014 the FIA has enforced very strict rules on the specification of these deformable structures, and on their positioning relative to the car’s survival cell.

What Ferrari have done differently this year is rather than house the structures within the sidepods in the normal fashion, they have placed them inside their unusual aerodynamic fairings immediately in front of the sidepods. This allows the main body of the sidepods to be much shorter, moving them further back from the car’s front axle, meaning less disturbance from the disrupted airflow generated by the front tyres. The drawing above shows how the fairing is attached over the crash structure.

This not only has significant aerodynamic advantages, it means Ferrari have managed to increase the distance between sidepod and axle without having to take the Mercedes route of lengthening the car’s wheelbase to achieve it. The...


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Need to know: Russia - Formula 1


Sochi: fast for a ‘street’ track 


Opened in 2014 using roads linking Sochi’s various Olympic venues, Russia’s F1 circuit is something of a curiosity in that it’s a purpose-built facility which shares many of the characteristics of a street circuit, such as right-angled bends, close concrete walls and limited run-off. Having said that, in speed (and length) terms it’s more akin to Baku than Monaco, with its relatively stop-start layout placing big demands on both the power unit/energy management and brakes.

The key corner


Sochi’s signature corner is the high-speed, long-radius left-hander at Turn 3, which skirts around the flag-lined Olympic Medal Plaza. The corner is not only a good barometer of car balance and performance, it’s also one that places big demands on the drivers from a G-force perspective – not least because with the beginning of the season dominated by clockwise...


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Early planning for 2017 Formula 1 season paying off for Haas - F1 ... - autosport.com

Why F1 has gone too far on track limits Nobody wants to see racing drivers risk serious injury - or death - in an accident. But is Formula 1's affection for extended run-off area over-sanitising grand prix racing? 1493251200 F1

Why Raikkonen and Bottas will decide the title With the start of the 2017 Formula 1 season being decided by fine margins, the expectation is the same will go for the world championship. That means the performance of the second drivers at Mercedes and Ferrari will be crucial 1493164800 F1

Remembering a lost Dutch F1 hopeful Twenty-five years ago Marcel Albers lost his life in a huge Formula 3 accident at Thruxton. Here, the Formula 1 hopeful is remembered by those who knew him best 1493078400 F3

Why is Mercedes vulnerable in races? What's allowing Ferrari to attack Mercedes in races? What could F1 look like in 10 years' time? And why are the new cars...


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Read more: Early planning for 2017 Formula 1 season paying off for Haas - F1 ... - autosport.com

Former Schumacher Formula 1 car up for sale - Speedcafe - Speedcafe

The Canadian Grand Prix winning 1991 Benetton B191

A Benetton Formula 1 car once raced by seven-time Formula 1 world champion Michael Schumacher is up for sale.

The 1991 Benetton B191 is listed for auction by renowned auctioneer Bonhams at the Spa Classic historic meeting next month.

The John Barnard designed 3.5-litre Cosworth Ford V8 powered racer made its debut at the 1991 San Marino Grand Prix in the hands of Roberto Moreno, before being handed to three-time world champion Nelson Piquet.

Piquet scored a memorable win in the car at the Canadian Grand Prix having started from eighth on the grid.

At 22-years-old Schumacher replaced Moreno for the final five races of the season and was handed the chassis for the Japanese and Australian Grands Prix.

The German retired from an engine failure at Suzuka before an accident sidelined him from the Australian Grand Prix at Adelaide.

The...


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