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Sauber F1 Team launches new Ferrari-powered C30 car

Sauber F1 Team has launched its new C30 car on Monday, making it the 4th squad to reveal its 2011-spec challenger before the Valencia test. The new Ferrari-powered car has the same high-nose design that’s found on the Ferrari, Mercedes and Team Lotus challengers.

This car also gets a redesigned rear section. In comparison with its C29 predecessor, the new racer features more aggressive sidepods and a single mounting for its rear-wing (instead of double mounting), while also integrating a blown diffuser.

It was also confirmed that this car will be equipped with a Ferrari-developed Kinetic Energy Recovery System beginning with the season opening Bahrain Grand Prix.

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Vodafone McLaren Mercedes MP4-24 unveiled

Because of the changes in rules prior to the 2009 season, the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes MP4-24, with new bodywork and the addition of slick tires, demonstrates a considerable shift in design from its world champion predecessor.

Besides its revolutionary appearance, it also comes with a skew of new ground-breaking highlights, such as a sophisticated KERS.

This season's aerodynamic regulations framed by the FIA and the Overtaking Working Group (OWG) that dealt with the issues affecting F1 are the two main factors that altered the appearance of the car compared with its predecessors while retaining unique range appearance established in the MP4-22 and MP4-23.

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2009 Redbull RB5 F1 monopost unveiled

Yesterday, Red Bull racing launched their latest addition, the 2009 RB5. The racing team, with the RB5 designer Adrian Newey and team head Christian Horner, are thrilled with their new "beauty" and are hoping that it could really compete with rivals.

They don't have their heads on the clouds concerning the race though, but with major changes the race has ever seen in 20 years they are quite hopeful.

Newey and Horner also pointed out that in this year's race the divide between the best and worst performance will be greater compared to the previous races.

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WIMRC reveals first F1 car powered by waste chocolate and vegetable oil

In the wake of the uproar in Formula 1 that resulted from the prohibitive cost of maintaining competitive racing teams, in addition to the hesitation of sponsors with regards to the business sense of their participation, the practicability of motor racing has seriously been placed under a microscope.

In consideration of these, the Warwick Innovative Manufacturing Research Center (WIMRC), part of the University of Warwick, is looking into how they can build a competitive racecar with the use of ecologically sustainable materials to show the motor industry that this is indeed possible.

The result, the new World First reacecar, is a brilliant piece of imaginative thinking. The car is designed and created from sustainable and renewable materials, the first in Formula 3 racing, truly putting the world first in its attempt to manage the resources of our imperiled planet.

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Mercedes-Benz fans have a lot to get excited about. The presentation event of the Mercedes GP team in Stuttgart was merely a teaser. The company had showed the public its new car's livery for the upcoming season of Formula One; however, the actual car was the one Brawn GP used last year to take the world title.

Mercedes GP's 2010 challenger will make its first public appearance during the Valencia test on February 1. Instead of being named the RB1 as had been reported by German media, the new car will be known as the MGP W01. It features Mercedes' classic silver colors, together with the title sponsor Petronas' logos all over it.

Mercedes' press release also stated that this season, we will see the return of the Silver Arrows and it will run alongside the MGP W01, "which will shine in silver combined with a flow of iridescent silver and green shading." On the nose and other parts of the car, there will be visible traces of black carbonfiber, a reminder of the first Silver Arrow of 1934.

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The first to launch a race car for the 2009 season of the Formula One Championships, Ferrari has unveiled the F60 in a low-profile event at the firm's Maranello base. The F60 designation stands for the fact that it was only the Ferrari brand that ran all 60 seasons and is in no way connected to a famous supercar 10 years ago with the same name.

Due to F1's regulations for this year, the F60 comes with a lower but wider front wing and a taller but narrower rear wing. This new aerodynamic configuration will certainly have a considerably lesser amount of downforce in contrast to last year's version, however, this current version enables the driver to make some minor adjustments for the front wing from the cockpit.

A return of slick tires and the optional Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) will be seen on the F60. The KERS of Ferrari has been developed in collaboration with Magneti Marelli and is mounted on engine at the center under the back part of the chassis.
Further details consist of a reduced rpm from 19,000 to 18,000 revs, and a 7-speed gearbox and a modified Type 056 V8 engine that must, in accordance with the latest regulations, last three races.

Read the entire article Ferrari F1 team unveils F60 monopost

Formula 1 fans know that this year’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix marks the end of the 2017 season. However for this year, it also marks the beginning of something new. For the 2018 race season, F1 revealed that it will be using a simpler design moving forward.

According to Sean Bratches, who is the F1 Commercial Chief, the main reason for the change in the design is that the current design was no longer effective for both merchandise and the contemporary digital platforms. In order to be more functional for the digital age, many big name companies have gone on to simplify their brands. One such company is Coca-Cola. Bratches added that even Starbucks went that route in order to have a place in the digital age. He added that it meant that company needed to go a little further and retool in order to position itself well.

Talking about the new logo, F1 Marketing Head Ellie Norman shared that the basis for this new design was all about two cars racing on the circuit doing a battle on who reaches the finish line first. She added that aside from two cars that are crossing the finish line, another inspiration was the car’s low profile form. The new logo is both simple and bold, she said, and offers more versatility and flexibility. As such, she continued, this enables to company to apply it easily to the market today, especially one led by digital and mobile.

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French multinational automobile manufacturer Renault has revealed its eDams team racer in preparation for the Formula E Paris ePrix along with the dashingly quick Zoe e-Sport Concept and a whole lot of production Zoe 40 units for retail purposes. Now we would like to wholly witness a race between the two high-powered electric vehicles.

Renault eDams team is a force to reckon with, as they’ve been leading the Formula E standings. The team celebrated the outstanding performance of its homestead by having a parade of their electric vehicles through the City of Light. Last Saturday in Paris, Sebastian Buemi earned his fifth win in six races of the current season of the Formula E. This means that he presently has a lead of 43 points in the electric racing series.

Leading the way of the procession are the Renault eDams R.S. 16 race car and the dapper Zoe e-Sport Concept in a video released by Renault. However, the drivers don’t follow a particular formation in the clip. But this doesn't mean that the Zoe e-Sport can't catch up with the R.S. 16. Renault confidently claimed that its conceptual hot hatch variant of the Zoe can leave you in the dust with its 62 miles per hour (100 km per hour) run, needing only 3.2 seconds to reach that coverage, and according to the French automaker, this performance can outrun the open wheel Formula E racer. That's a solid performance coming from a hatch.

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Nico Rosberg of Mercedes-Benz was crowned as the victor of the 2016 FIA Formula One World Championship in a thrilling finish. The last leg of this season was the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix where it became an intense match between Rosberg and teammate, as well as defending champion, Lewis Hamilton.

While it was Hamilton who took home the victory in Abu Dhabi, Rosberg only needed to get third place to secure the championship and by placing second, it guaranteed that win. This is because Rosberg had a 12-point lead over Hamilton going into Abu Dhabi.

Things were already exciting during the qualifying run as Hamilton managed to grab pole position. However Rosberg also managed to start with him at P2. From the start, Hamilton had the lead and displayed performance expected from a defending champion and 55 laps later showed the crowd why.

Read the entire article Nico Rosberg is crowned 2016 Formula One champion

It was recently confirmed by the Paris Motor Show research teams that the Mercedes-AMG division and by its Formula 1 engineers were now working on a road-going hypercar project. As announced, the core of this new AMG hypercar is a hybrid powertrain derived from Mercedes’ highly successful Formula 1 program.

There have been rumors that this new Mercedes-AMG hypercar would employ the same turbocharged 1.6-liter V6 engine used by the current W07 F1 car. There have been also rumors that the hypercar would use an engine inspired by this 90-degree angle V6 paired with an electric drive and ERS system. Interestingly, Mercedes-AMG chief executive Tobias Moers admitted to CarAdvice that the heart of the new road-going F1-based hypercar will not only be “inspired” by a Formula 1 engine.

It seems that the AMG hypercar might have a powerplant that is at par with the current F1 engine. The hypercar project may employ an actual F1 engine but with certain limitations.

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In a move that would surely delight Alfa Romeo car enthusiasts, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne made a surprising announcement that it is highly possible for the Alfa Romeo brand to return to Formula One racing as a competitor with its own race team and using its own company-made engines.

Currently, Alfa Romeo, an FCA-owned marquee, is doing some small-scale branding for its name by stamping its name on a Ferrari-provided engine. Marchionne told Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport that Alfa Romeo is fully capable of making their own engines just as it is capable of making their own chassis.

However, there was no timetable given as to when this might become a reality. Marchionne, who is also the Ferrari chairman, first floated this possibility last December during a press conference at Ferrari’s Maranello factory.

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In September, we were made privy to a Letter of Intent between Lotus and Renault where they continued to court the possibility of a return to Formula 1. A particular area for consideration was whether Renault could financially afford to compete with its own team in 2016.

The Chairman and CEO for Renault, Carlos Ghosn, had to decide whether Renault was in or out of Formula 1. After commissioning studies into the financial viability of the proposed project and in conjunction with Formula 1’s main stakeholders, Mr Ghosn decided to commit Renault to the forthcoming season.

Being only too aware of the challenges they face he stated, “Our ambition is to win- even if it will take some time.” With a full team, Renault intends to maximise on its victories. The anticipated benefits of being an engine supplier did not occur and the investment resulted in compliance with new engine regulations.

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Third time is the sweetest for Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton. Hamilton just snatched his third World Drivers’ Championship crown following a brilliant win at the United States Grand Prix.

The US Grand Prix was likewise a sweet event for Mercedes, as its Silver Arrows accomplished a one-two finish, with Nico Rosberg tailing Hamilton at the finish line. This would go down in history as the 25th one-two finish for the Silver Arrows in Formula One.

Remarkably, it marks the 50th time for a Mercedes-Benz engine to achieve this win. At second, Rosberg was able to capture his 12th podium finish this season and the 38th of his Formula One career. Mercedes AMG Petronas currently leads the Constructors' Championship, followed by Ferrari with a 200-point difference.

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It appears that Audi’s debut in the Formula One is getting closer as VW Group is already conducting a feasibility study on whether the brand should challenge Mercedes-Benz or Ferrari in the most popular form of motorsport.

What is more interesting is that the man who is conducting the study is no other than the ousted Ferrari team boss Stefano Domenicali, who joined the VW Group last month for an unspecified role.

Sources told Automotive News that Audi could debut in the F1 in 2016 or 2017. Although Audi motorsport head Wolfgang Ulrich said that an F1 entry of the manufacturer will not happen, VW CEO Martin Winterkorn favors Audi joining F1. Winterkorn believes that the F1 is a great platform for the group’s brands and VW should be a part of it.

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You may already have heard that Sebastian Vettel will be the new driver of Scuderia Ferrari F1 team as the German was contracted until the end if 2017. The four-time Formula 1 World Champion is one of the most successful F1 drivers of all time and managed to win the championships in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 with Red Bull Racing.

Still, the German driver will forget the blue colours as now it will need to get used to his new team. Sebastian Vettel made its first track debut as Scuderia Ferrari’s driver and lapped the Fiorano racetrack in the F2012 car.

For those who don’t know, Sebastian Vettel will replace Fernand Alonso and will race against his teammate Kimi Raikkonen, who signed a two-year contract with Ferrari back in 2014.

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Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes AMG Petronas grabbed his fourth win of the current Formula One season by dominating the 2014 Spanish Grand Prix at Circuit de Catalunya. His win came after repulsing a late attack from teammate Nico Rosberg. He now sits atop the Formula 1 World Championship standings.

Both Hamilton and Rosberg were on front row of the race after topping the qualifying round.

Hamilton got the prime pole position, followed by Rosberg, who has been behind the Briton for the fourth time this season. Claiming the No. 3 pole was Daniel Ricciardo of Red Bull Racing, and No. 4 post was grabbed by Valtteri Bottas of Williams.

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Mercedes AMG Petronas scored a one-two finish at the Bahrain Grand Prix with winner Lewis Hamilton edging teammate Nico Rosberg by just a second. The wins marked the second straight one-two finish for the Silver Arrows and extended the team’s lead on the summit of the Constructors’ Championship. Mercedes AMG currently has 111 points, leading comfortably against closest pursuers Force India with 44 points and McLaren with 43 points.

Despite finishing second to Hamilton, Rosberg still lead the Drivers’ Championship with 61 points. Hamilton is second in the Drivers’ Championship with 50 points. At third is Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg with 28 points. Hulkenberg was fifth at the Bahrain Grand Prix while Force India teammate Sergio Perez was third. Daniel Ricciardo of Red Bull Racing was fourth.

Hamilton was all praise for his teammate Rosberg, saying that it was tough race and it has been a long time since he had such a contest. He remarked that Rosberg drove fantastically well and had the pace on over, although Hamilton managed to hold on. He said that when one is racing a teammate, the pressure is really intense and they both knew that they had to “bring the cars home for the team and for the championship.”

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Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes won the 2014 Malaysian GP, securing his 23rd career Grand Prix victory. Mercedes grabbed a 1-2 spot at the event as its other driver, Nico Rosberg finished second, only behind Hamilton for around 17 seconds. Mercedes’ victories at the Sepang circuit team's first Formula One 1-2 finish since 1955.

At third was Red Bull Racing’s Sebastian Vettel, allowing the 2013 world champion to secure his first championship points of 2014. Vettel’s teammate Daniel Ricciardo continues his F1 woes at the Malaysian GP. Ricciardo actually had a confident start and had maintained a decent pace, until he met an issue with an improperly fitted wheel during a pit stop that required him to go back to the pits.

His troubles did not end there as he suffered front wing failure laps later, forcing him to retire on lap 53. Ricciardo was not alone in suffering technical issues in the race.

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The Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team has unveiled the F1 W05 race car that it will field for this year’s Formula One season. Gracing the unveiling of the F1 W05 at the Circuito de Jerez in Spain are drivers Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton. The first Silver Arrow to hit the track since 1954 is designed from the ground up as an integrated project between the Mercedes-Benz teams at Brackley and Brixworth.

The new F1 W05 race car marks 120 years of Motorsport and the 80 years of the Silver Arrows. It also represents the fifth Formula One car that Mercedes had constructed since 2010. With significant changes in regulations taking effect this 2014 Formula One season, the F1 W05 has been designed to strictly comply with them. The initial engineering conversations, dating back to late 2010, between the Brackley and Brixworth teams center on both the regulations and potential solutions.

When the rules for the new V6 Hybrid Power Unit were officially published in mid-2011, Mercedes-Benz has been determined to maximize overall car performance. This resulted in the development of the new F1 W05 that is run by the PU106A Hybrid Power Unit. Both are designed to meet the challenge of a change in the philosophy of Formula One.

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After McLaren unveiled its MP4-29 F1 car, Ferrari also presented the F14 T, its sixtieth car built specifically to take part in the Formula 1 World Championship. According to the official press release, the F14 T name comes from the combination of the current year and the introduction of the turbo-compressor in the Power Unit.

As expected, the F14 T is very different to the cars of recent years and changes include a lower chassis and nose in the interests of driver safety. The rear wing shares nothing to the previous year owing to three rule changes requiring a much larger stroke DRS, a much smaller overall rear wing depth and removal of the beam wing. The front wing is 75 mm narrower per side due to safety reasons, as it needs to be less vulnerable to collisions with other cars and with the barriers.

Ferrari says that the little change of 75 mm forced them to reinvent completely the front wing aerodynamics for 2014. Moreover, the new Ferrari F14 T has completely different cooling requirements from any of its predecessors. The engine oil and water radiators are now smaller due to the use of the 1.6-liter V6 engine, but new homes had to be found to accommodate an intercooler for the turbo-compressor system and to manage heat rejection from ERS components that are many times greater than their KERS antecedents.

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