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Season 2016 Preview

Calendar

Round Date Grand Prix Circuit
1. 20 March Australia Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit
2. 3 April Bahrain Bahrain International Circuit
3. 17 April China Shanghai International Circuit
4. 1 May Russia Sochi International Street Circuit
5. 15 May Spain Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya
6. 29 May Monaco Circuit de Monaco
7. 12 June Canada Circuit Gilles Villeneuve
8. 19 June Azerbaijan Baku City Circuit
9. 3 July Austria Red Bull Ring
10. 10 July Great Britain Silverstone Circuit
11. 24 July Hungary Hungaroring
12. 31 July Germany Hockenheimring
13. 28 August Belgium Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps
14. 4 September Italy Autodromo Nazionale Monza
15. 18 September Singapore Marina Bay Street Circuit
16. 2 October Malaysia Sepang International Circuit
17. 9 October Japan Suzuka Circuit
18. 23 October United States Circuit of the Americas
19. 30 October Mexican Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez
20. 13 November Brazil Autódromo José Carlos Pace
21. 27 November Abu Dhabi Yas Marina Circuit

Teams, Cars and Drivers

Teams Cars Drivers
Ferrari SF16-H Sebastian Vettel, Kimi Räikkönen
Force India VJM09 Sergio Pérez, Nico Hülkenberg
Haas VF-16 Romain Grosjean, Esteban Gutiérrez
Manor MRT05 Pascal Wehrlein, Rio Haryanto
McLaren MP4-31 Fernando Alonso, Jenson Button
Mercedes F1 W07 Hybrid Nico Rosberg, Lewis Hamilton
Red Bull RB12 Daniel Ricciardo, Daniil Kvyat
Renault RS16 Kevin Magnussen, Jolyon Palmer
Sauber C35 Marcus Ericsson, Felipe Nasr
Toro Rosso STR11 Max Verstappen, Carlos Sainz Jr.
Williams FW38 Felipe Massa, Valtteri Bottas

Updates

March 16, 2016
Added Final 2016 Race Livery Renault F1 Team RS16

March 1, 2016
Added Sauber F1 Team C35 and Scuderia Toro Rosso STR11

February 22, 2016
Added Mercedes AMG F1 Team F1 W07 Hybrid, McLaren-Honda MP4-31, Haas F1 Team VF-16, Force India F1 Team VJM09 and Manor Racing MRT05

February 19, 2016
Added Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H, Red Bull Racing RB12 and Williams F1 Team FW38

February 3, 2016
Added Renault F1 Team RS16

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Season 2015 Preview

Calendar

Round Date Grand Prix Circuit
1. 15 March Australia Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit
2. 29 March Malaysia Sepang International Circuit
3. 12 April China Shanghai International Circuit
4. 19 April Bahrain Bahrain International Circuit
5. 10 May Spain Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya
6. 24 May Monaco Circuit de Monaco
7. 7 June Canada Circuit Gilles Villeneuve
8. 21 June Austria Red Bull Ring
9. 5 July Great Britain Silverstone Circuit
10. 19 July Germany
11. 26 July Hungary Hungaroring
12. 23 August Belgium Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps
13. 6 September Italy Autodromo Nazionale Monza
14. 20 September Singapore Marina Bay Street Circuit
15. 27 September Japan Suzuka Circuit
16. 11 October Russia Sochi International Street Circuit
17. 25 October United States Circuit of the Americas
18. 1 November Mexican Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez
18. 15 November Brazil Autódromo José Carlos Pace
20. 29 November Abu Dhabi Yas Marina Circuit


Teams, Cars and Drivers

Teams Cars Drivers
Ferrari SF15-T Sebastian Vettel, Kimi Räikkönen
Force India VJM08 Nico Hülkenberg, Sergio Pérez
Lotus E23 Hybrid Romain Grosjean, Pastor Maldonado
McLaren Honda MP4-30 Fernando Alonso, Jenson Button
Mercedes F1 W06 Hybrid Nico Rosberg, Lewis Hamilton
Red Bull Racing RB11 Daniel Ricciardo, Daniil Kvyat
Sauber C34 Marcus Ericsson, Felipe Nasr
Toro Rosso STR10 Max Verstappen, Carlos Sainz Jr.
Williams FW37 Felipe Massa, Valtteri Bottas


Updates

Februari 2, 2015
Added the Presentation for the Scuderia Toro Rosso STR10, the Mercedes AMG F1 Team F1 W06 Hybrid, the Williams F1 Team FW37 and the Test Livery for the Red Bull Racing RB11.

Januari 30, 2015
Added the Presentation for the Sauber F1 Team C34 and the Scuderia Ferrari SF15-T.

Januari 29, 2015
Added the Presentation for the McLaren-Honda MP4-30.

Januari 22, 2015
This is the first version. As soon as the Presentations are done, they will be put in this blog.

Season 2014 Preview

Calendar

Round Date Grand Prix Circuit
1. 16 March Australia Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit
2. 30 March Malaysia Sepang International Circuit
3. 6 April Bahrain Bahrain International Circuit
4. 20 April China Shanghai International Circuit
5. 11 May Spain Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya
6. 25 May Monaco Circuit de Monaco
7. 8 June Canada Circuit Gilles Villeneuve
8. 22 June Austria Red Bull Ring
9. 6 July Great Britain Silverstone Circuit
10. 20 July Germany Hockenheimring
11. 27 July Hungary Hungaroring
12. 24 August Belgium Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps
13. 7 September Italy Autodromo Nazionale Monza
14. 21 September Singapore Marina Bay Street Circuit
15. 5 October Japan Suzuka Circuit
16. 12 October Russia Sochi International Street Circuit
17. 2 November United States Circuit of the Americas
18. 9 November Brazil Autódromo José Carlos Pace
19. 23 November Abu Dhabi Yas Marina Circuit


Teams, Cars and Drivers

Teams Cars Drivers
Caterham CT05 Marcus Ericsson, Kamui Kobayashi
Ferrari F14 T Fernando Alonso, Kimi Räikkönen
Force India VJM07 Nico Hülkenberg, Sergio Pérez
Lotus E22 Romain Grosjean, Pastor Maldonado
Marussia MR03 Jules Bianchi, Max Chilton
McLaren MP4-29 Jenson Button, Kevin Magnussen
Mercedes F1 W05 Lewis Hamilton, Nico Rosberg
Red Bull Racing RB10 Daniel Ricciardo, Sebastian Vettel
Sauber C33 Esteban Gutiérrez, Adrian Sutil
Toro Rosso STR9 Daniil Kyvat, Jean-Éric Vergne
Williams FW36 Valtteri Bottas, Felipe Massa


Updates

March 8, 2014
The link to the presentation and a picture of the official Martini Livery for the Williams F1 Team FW36 have been added.

Februari 20, 2014
The link to the presentation and a picture of the Lotus F1 Team E22 have been added.

Januari 31, 2014
The link to the presentation and a picture of the Marussia F1 Team MR03 have been added.

Januari 30, 2014
The link to the presentation and a picture of the Williams F1 Team FW36 have been added.

Januari 29, 2014
The link to the presentation and a picture of the Caterham F1 Team CT05 have been added.

Januari 28, 2014
The links to the presentation and pictures of the Mercedes AMG F1 Team F1 W05, Red Bull Racing RB10 and Force India F1 Team VJM07 have been added.

Januari 27, 2014
The link to the presentation and a picture of the Scuderia Toro Rosso STR9 have been added.

Januari 26, 2014
The Teams, Cars and Drivers and also links to the presentations of McLaren MP4-29, Scuderia Ferrari F14 T and Sauber F1 Team C33 have been added.

December 18, 2013
This is the first version. As soon as the teams, drivers and cars are definitive they will be put in this preview.

Austin reveals American Grand Prix track layout

Full Throttle Productions, race promoters for the American Grand Prix which will return to the calendar in 2012, have revealed the layout of the brand-new Austin, Texas circuit designed by German Hermann Tilke.

Elevation Map of the Austin Circuit

With Tilke being the favoured circuit architect of Formula 1 commercial rights holder Bernie Ecclestone and with the United States yet to host a Grand Prix since Indianapolis last did so in 2007, the upcoming race in Austin is expected to be staged around the month of June although the issuing of the 2012 calendar remains over a year away.

The anti-clockwise circuit, which features a selection of elevation changes, will contain a steep uphill climb leading to a left-handed hairpin as its first corner before plunging into a selection of curves which will require rapid changes of direction.

Draft Track Layout of the Austin Circuit

Another left-handed hairpin then loops the track back towards the pits, with a long back straight with a downhill gradient being followed by a Hockenheim stadium-like section plus a multiple-apexed, Istanbul Turn 8-esque corner before two more 90-degree left-handers – separated by a short straight – lead competitors back towards the start/finish area.

Silverstone launches Arena Circuit

Silverstone has officially unveiled the brand-new circuit configuration which will play host to this year’s British Grand Prix. The Arena layout, which will involve competitors navigating a new loop between Abbey and Brooklands, will also be used for this year’s MotoGP race, which moves from Donington Park.

With the new section of track having been designed specifically for motorcycle racing, circuit owner the British Racing Drivers’ Club (BRDC) also elected to race Formula 1 on the new section, which will involve the lap time being increased and lap amounts therefore being decreased.

As well as the modified track, the Northamptonshire venue has also constructed a brand-new grandstand on the start/finish straight, overlooking a new run-off area suitable for MotoGP, and raised banking and seating areas at the Maggots/Becketts complex.

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Silverstone Arena Circuit

Silverstone Arena Circuit

Silverstone Arena Circuit

Silverstone Arena Circuit

Silverstone confirms British Grand Prix

Silverstone has saved the British Grand Prix for the next 17 years BRDC president Damon Hill confirmed on Monday morning. The newly signed deal has ensured that one of the most historic races on the Formula 1 calendar retains its place in the sport.

At first Bernie Ecclestone signed a contract with Donington Park to host the British Grand Prix but the track failed to meet its obligations. At Silverstone the British Racing Drivers’ Club (BRDC) rushed into negotiations with F1 boss Ecclestone and after months of talking both Silverstone and Ecclestone can reveal they saved the future of the British Grand Prix for the next 17 years.

Speaking at the press conference BRDC president Damon Hill said: “It is not easy to enter into a contract of this magnitude and you have to take on a lot of responsibility, but the BRDC wanted this relationship to continue.

“Everyone was well aware that the British GP is not just a sporting event, but it is dynamo of the industry in this country. Losing it would have been damaging and perhaps there would have been no coming back.

“The title of Silverstone as home of motor sport has come true. It is a place for all motor sport. Everyone in the BRDC loves motor sport and we are looking forward to the MotoGP as well as the British Grand Prix.”

Hill furthermore revealed the deal was never going to be an easy one: “It’s not easy to enter into an agreement of this magnitude. It’s a big commitment. But the BRDC felt we wanted this relationship to continue, and we were prepared to back the negotiating team, with the level of risk satisfactory for the deal to go ahead.”

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Silverstone GP deal forthcoming

The survival of the British Grand Prix would appear to be looming as Silverstone bosses have announced that the Northamptonshire venue is close to signing a deal. Circuit owners have a fortnight on Wednesday in which to confirm a contract with Formula 1 commercial rights holder Bernie Ecclestone as signed and sealed.

With Wednesday 9 December highlighted as the date by which Silverstone must be ready to either accept or decline a deal, Richard Phillips is confident. “I don’t think there are any real stumbling blocks, we’re going through the last details of the deal.” the Managing Director of Silverstone Holdings explained to BBC Radio Northampton.

“I’m pretty convinced that it will be run at Silverstone next year. There is a lot of detail to go through, so if you make a mistake, there’s a long time to repent; you can come to high level agreements quickly but the devil is in the detail – we’re very, very close.”

With the now cash-strapped Donington Park having been granted a lease of 17 years due to start next season, Silverstone is unlikely to take on this although being host of the Grand Prix for the next decade is a definite target. “We certainly would like the contract to be for more than 10 years, that’s the minimum.” Phillips confirmed.

He added that Silverstone – despite knowing that Donington had won the rights to the event – has always been planning to host the race, should the Midlands circuit’s circumstances allow it. “We always had the faith that the Grand Prix would return.” he admitted. “We’ve been planning for more than a year – we’ll finish the track works in March and start on a new pits ready for 2011.”

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