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Formula 1 unveils new and simplified logo

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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Nico Rosberg is crowned 2016 Formula One champion

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.

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New Mercedes-AMG hybrid hypercar will use Formula 1 engine

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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Alfa Romeo plans to return to Formula One using its own engine

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’s 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.

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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 recently concluded USA Grand Prix in Austin, Texas saw total domination of Renault-powered racing cars. Grabbing the center of the podium was Sebastian Vettel of Infiniti Red Bull Racing, followed by second placer Romain Grosjean of Lotus F1 Team. Vettel’s teammate Mark Webber secured the last place on the podium.

This will be the fifth time this season that Renault-powered cars swept the podium following races in Bahrain, Germany, South Korea and Japan. Another Renault-powered driver, Valtteri Bottas of Williams F1 Team was eighth while teammate Pastor Maldonado crossed the finish line at 17th.

Lotus F1 Team, also powered by a Renault engine, saw its newest driver Heikki Kovalainen, finish 15th at the USA Grand Prix. Kovalainen managed to start at P8 and was in the top ten until he entered a pit stop to change a broken front wing, which caused him to fall to 17th.

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Current World Champion Sebastian Vettel wore a specially designed helmet on at the 2013 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Vettel personally selected the design from almost 1,500 entries from across the world as part of a design contest by Infiniti across its InfinitiGP social media channels. Infiniti invited fans to illustrate Sebastian’s passion and performance in their works of art. Vettel chose the design by Jake Vite Prekop, 21, a Mexican student.

“Cars have always played an important part of my life since it is my family’s main business,” Prekop remarked. He said that he knows that Vettel "always wears the most exotic and well-designed helmets," so he combined the colors of Infiniti Red Bull Racing, the German flag and included "the element of speed and the heat of the track in the design.“

The student added he is honored that Vettel has chosen his design and will wear it during the GP weekend. As part of the prize, Prekop and a companion were flown to the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. They will spend the weekend in Paddock Club and will get a tour of the Infiniti Red Bull Racing garage and meet Vettel in person. [source: Infiniti]

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Sebastian Vettel took a very convincing win in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix as he got the lead in all laps and completed the race 30 seconds ahead of his team mate Mark Webber. This is the seventh consecutive win for the 2013 world champion. This is the third time that this team took the first two spots for this season. It’s also the 50th victory for the Renault RS27 engine.

Coming in at fourth place is Lotus F1 Team’s Romain Grosjean, which means that there are three Renault-powered cars in the top four. At the start, Poleman Webber lost out to Vettel and Rosberg. This permitted Vettel to get a wide lead throughout the entire race. On lap 20, Webber was able to overtake Rosberg.

This meant that the Red Bull team was able to achieve a significant lead. At this point, Williams F1 Team was on the brink of entering the top ten. Taking 11th place is Pastor Maldonado, who crossed the finish line less than 3secs behind Adrian Sutil who came in at No. 10. Earlier in the race, Valtteri Bottas was in the top 10. However, he ended up in 15th place.

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Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull grabbed his ninth win of the season at Suzuka. It was far from being an easy win with strong performances coming from team-mate Mark Webber and Romain Grosjean of Lotus. The German received maximum points, placing him very close to getting his fourth straight world championship. But then, Ferrari's Fernando Alonso took fourth place, which keeps him in the running as he could still catch up in the next race. Last Saturday, Webber earned pole position. However, Grosjean qualified for fourth place and quickly got past the two of them to take the lead in the first corner. The participation of Lewis Hamilton in the race was essentially over as he sprinted to the first corner. He was able to squeeze into a gap that was increasingly narrowing in-between Webber and Vettel.

Unfortunately, the front wing of Red Bull’s car made contact with Hamilton's right-rear tire and caused a puncture. The Briton went to the pits to get its tire replaced. It later had to retire because of handling issues. In the first few pit stops, Grosjean dominated. But he wasn’t able to get ahead of Webber by over two seconds. Vettel had also been just behind him at the third position.

Webber proceeded to get within one second of Grosjean as the race neared the halfway point. But then, it had to go to the pits to get new tires before it got the chance to pull ahead. It was a relatively early stop that forced him to a three-stop plan. It became apparent that the cars of the Red Bull team had split strategies. Vettel, who placed third, had conserved his second set of tires well and chose to have only two stops. He stayed on track and it wasn’t long before he had an impact on the Frenchman's lead.

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The Korean Grand Prix was won by Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel, his fourth F1 win in a row. During qualifying, Vettel was able to secure pole position and was trailed by Hamilton and Webber. Vettel got an early lead. Massa’s Ferrari then spun around, leading to a scuffle where Adrian Sutil and Jenson Button both got some wing damage.

In the first half of the race, Romain Grosjean and Lewis Hamilton took turns hoping to catch up to Vettel. Falling behind the top three were Nico Rosberg, Nico Hulkenberg, and Fernando Alonso. The tires of Mercedes’ Hamilton started to suffer and had worn down quickly, widening the gap between his car and Lotus’ Grosjean. As Hamilton became slower, his team-mate Rosberg came to overtake but his front wing collapsed and this slowed down the Mercedes.

Raikkonen immediately grabbed the opportunity and went up two places before the safety car was rushed to the scene after Sergio Perez's right-front tyre disintegrated, leaving scattered debris throughout the track. Webber, who came after Perez, hit the debris and had a puncture.

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The winner of the Singapore Grand Prix is Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel, followed by Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso (who placed second) and Lotus’ Kimi Raikkonen (who came in at third place). This win gave Vettel a wider lead in the 2013 Formula One World Championship. Vettel had a 32-second lead over Alonso in the 61-lap race. At the beginning of the race, Vettel took the pole position.

Trailing him were Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg, and Lotus’ Romain Grosjean. Coming in at fourth place is Red Bull’s Mark Webber. Vettel lost the lead to Rosberg at the start as they passed the first corner. But Rosberg immediately ran wide, giving the lead back to Vettel. Alonso was quick to move up at the start, going from seventh place to No. 3.

In the middle states, most of the teams experienced excessive tire degradation and had to rethink their original two-stop strategies. On lap 25, Daniel Ricciardo (Torro Rosso) retired after he drove his car into the barriers, resulting to a safety car period. Force India’s Paul Di Resta also had to retire after crashing into the barriers at turn seven on lap 55.

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The Italian Grand Prix was won by Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel, allowing him to move 53 points ahead of Ferrari's Fernando Alonso in the Formula One championship with six wins after participating in 12 races. Vettel, the triple champ who took his 32nd win in his career and his third at Monza and was poorly received by Ferrari fans, was the leader from pole position.

Alonso arrived at the finish line 5.4 seconds later to take second place while Red Bull's Mark Webber (who intends to leave Formula One when the season ends) got third place in his final grand prix in Europe. Ferrari's Felipe Massa was left with no place on the podium. This is the first time for Webber to be seen on the Monza podium.

After this race, Vettel has 222 points while Alonso has 169 points. Lewis Hamilton, the Italian GP winner last year but who finished ninth for Mercedes at the fastest circuit on the calendar, has 141 points. There are seven races to go for this season. During the podium interview, Vettel said that he just had a “fantastic race.” Of course, the Ferrari fans weren’t too happy and booed him.

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The replacement of Mark Webber as Red Bull’s new driver has finally been named. Fellow Australian Daniel Ricciardo will be representing Red Bull in 2014 and beyond. According to several media reports, Ricciardo has entered a minimally three-year deal. On Red Bull-owned Austrian television Servus TV, Dr Helmut Marko said, “Continuity is important to us."

He pointed out that Ricciardo was the youngest candidate and also had the most potential. Other drivers considered for the seat include Kimi Raikkonen and Fernando Alonso. A “very logical choice” is how team boss Christian Horner describes Ricciardo. Designer Adrian Newey said that Red Bull opted not to get a more experienced, more known driver.

It also didn’t choose a much younger driver that they can bring to a “very high level.” He likened the decision to Williams' deliberations at the end of 1992, when the new champion Nigel Mansell left. Newey said that they could have selected Riccardo Patrese or take a chance on test driver Damon Hill. He further said that bringing in “young blood” is good.

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Reigning Formula One champion Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull Racing-Renault increased his lead in the race for world's driver title after dominating the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps. His win that Belgium marks his fifth win of the current F1 season. The German extends his lead over Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes to 46 points. Hamilton actually seized pole position following a thrilling qualifying session held in mixed track conditions.

It was Hamilton's fourth pole start in a row. But it was not enough to hold off Vettel, who was able to breeze past the Briton they exited Raidillon and sped down the Kemmel Straight. Hamilton eventually finished third in the Belgian Grand Prix, behind winner Vettel and Ferrari's Fernando Alonso, who started the race at ninth.

Alonso was able to get past Mark Webber of Red Bull Racing-Renault on the opening lap and Jenson Button of McLaren-Mercedes lap five to claim fifth place. He then overtook Nico Rosberg of Mercedes in lap seven. Hamilton came in to change tires on lap 12, he rejoined behind Romain Grosjean of Lotus-Renault, both engaging in toe-to-toe fight.

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