Wolff says he would take off halo "with a chainsaw"

Fans have been vocal in their disapproval of the halo, particularly regarding the aesthetics, ahead of its introduction for this season.Technical chiefs have spoken of the challenge of integrating the device, with Mercedes technical director James Allison saying the halo needs to be strong enough to withstand the weight of a London double-decker bus.”I’m not impressed with the … Keep reading

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First image of new Mercedes W09 revealed

Valtteri Bottas headed out in the W09 at a cold and overcast Silverstone, with Mercedes using one of its two filming days to complete a shakedown.The Finn will carry out a series of laps in the morning before handing over the car to four-time world champion Lewis Hamilton in the afternoon.Mercedes will officially launch the car with a presentation later on Thursday.The four-time … Keep reading

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Sainz expects halo to feel "normal fairly quickly"

The addition of the halo is the biggest design change for the 2018 breed of F1 cars, though on-track running has been limited to short trial runs in tests and free practice sessions over the last two years.Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas told Motorsport.com recently that the halo made no difference to him on a simulator race run and Sainz believes it will not take long to adjust to … Keep reading

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Who’s copied who in the Ferrari vs Mercedes battle?

Last season was one of the rare occasions when two teams so evenly matched in gunning for the F1 title delivered cars that were quite different from a design concept.It was a battle of the longer wheelbase Mercedes ‘diva’, with its nose cape and high front suspension wishbones, against the compact Ferrari which included a unique sidepod arrangement that appears to have set a trend for … Keep reading

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Toro Rosso reveals first image of 2018 F1 car

The STR13, which was set to be revealed to the public next Monday ahead of the start of testing, made its track debut at a wet Misano circuit in the hands of Brendon Hartley.After images of the car were leaked online, Toro Rosso shared the first official photo of the new single-seater on Twitter on Wednesday. … Keep reading

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Kubica was "almost convinced" he would race in Australia

The Pole had pushed for a race seat at Williams alongside Lance Stroll but lost out to rookie Sergey Sirotkin after the two drove in last year’s Abu Dhabi Pirelli tyre test.Kubica decided to accept a role as reserve and development driver, which will involve taking part in Barcelona pre-season testing, in-season tests and three first practice sessions in 2018.He remains convinced a … Keep reading

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Why F1′s under-fire rookie is already causing surprises

There was widespread disappointment when it became clear Sergey Sirotkin would get the final seat at Williams for the 2018 Formula 1 campaign, largely because it meant Robert Kubica would not make a sensational return.Many felt Williams was becoming a team that needs to take pay drivers to survive again. Siroktin’s backers are bringing around £15million to the team while Lance … Keep reading

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Force India to wait until testing for 2018 F1 car reveal

By then, the other eight teams will have either unveiled their actual cars, or released images online.Force India will use all four of its drivers at the first test, with development driver Nikita Mazepin having the honour of driving the new car first on Monday.Esteban Ocon, Sergio Perez and reserve driver Nicholas Latifi will all then take turns in the car.The focus will be … Keep reading

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Sauber wheelbase tweak hints at Ferrari change

The Hinwil-based outfit revealed its aggressive new C37 on Tuesday, featuring Alfa Romeo branding on the back of a closer collaboration with Ferrari.The new car has adopted a different aero and mechanical concept, including following the lead set by Mercedes and Toro Rosso last year of having high front wishbones to help clear up airflow underneath the chassis.Intriguingly, the car’s … Keep reading

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The battle for Formula 1′s most coveted seat

When Nico Rosberg unexpectedly retired from Formula 1 as its new world champion at the end of 2016, Mercedes boss Toto Wolff said almost every other driver on the grid called to enquire about the sudden vacancy at F1′s undisputed top team. Wolff reckoned the only reason Kimi Raikkonen and Daniil Kvyat didn’t come calling was because they didn’t have his number in their contacts … Keep reading

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