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Livery Force India F1 Team VJM08

Force India presented its new look for the 2015 Formula 1 season on Wednesday, unveiling a predominantly black and silver colour scheme, and its modified nose design, at a special team launch in Mexico.

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Livery Williams F1 Team FW37

Williams has become the first Formula 1 team to reveal imagery of its 2015 contender, with a rendered picture of the new Mercedes-powered FW37 appearing on the front cover of a motor racing magazine.

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’Major Changes’ set for 2013 Formula 1 Cars

Formula 1 cars are set to take on radical modifications ahead of the 2013 season, according to an investigation conducted by BBC Sport, as team bosses hope to improve racing and in particular overtaking opportunities. The new-style and slightly slower vehicles, inspired by the ideas of designers Patrick Head and Rory Byrne, would have significantly smaller wings and specially-shaped floors.

The drafts have now been sent to F1 governing body the FIA in Paris ahead of a meeting for the Technical Working Group (TWG) in January.

The most significant changes would be the following:

  • Much smaller front and rear wings.
  • A far greater proportion of the total downforce of the cars will be created by the underfloor, compared to the wings.
  • A major reduction in the amount of total downforce created by the car.
  • To achieve this, the underfloor of the cars will be shaped along its length to generate downforce for the first time since the 1982 season – currently cars have bottoms that are flat between the wheels.
  • The average proportion of a lap that a driver is able to spend on full throttle to be cut from 70% in 2010 to 50% in 2013.
  • Tyres will remain large and chunky to ensure cornering speeds remain high.


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.


Silverstone Arena Circuit

Silverstone Arena Circuit

Silverstone Arena Circuit

Silverstone Arena Circuit

Briatore life ban overturned by French court

Former Renault F1 Managing Director Flavio Briatore saw his life ban from Formula 1 lifted by a Paris court on Tuesday afternoon. The Italian was barred by F1 governing body the FIA in September following his role in the highly controversial Singapore 2008 ‘Crashgate’ scandal.

Briatore was banned from any involvement in an FIA championship following his involvement in ‘Crashgate’; during the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix, driver Nelson Piquet Jr. crashed his Renault – allegedly under instruction from Briatore and then Executive Director of Engineering Pat Symonds – to aid team-mate Fernando Alonso’s run to victory. The Spaniard has denied involvement or knowledge in any previously planned plot.

In a September statement, the FIA announced the following: ‘The World Motor Sport Council (WMSC) declares that, for an unlimited period, the FIA does not intend to sanction any International Event, Championship, Cup, Trophy, Challenge or Series involving Mr. Briatore in any capacity whatsoever, or grant any license to any Team or other entity engaging Mr. Briatore in any capacity whatsoever.’

It remains to be seen though whether or not the sport will see the return of Briatore, who also gains compensation in the form of €15,000 (£13,500). The FIA later noted that the decision of the French courts will not apply until its own appeal options ‘have been exhausted’.


New points system confirmed for 2010

Formula 1 governing body the FIA has confirmed that the new top ten scoring system will be in place from the 2010 season onwards. The scheme, which will award Grand Prix winners 25 points, also includes an increased margin of five points between first and second positions.

With the latest scoring system in Formula 1 having been introduced in 2003, handing out points for seventh and eighth positions in order to allow smaller teams a chance of scoring, the latest change comes as the grid increases in size from 20 to 26 cars prior to the 2010 championship.

The scheme was suggested by the FIA Commission, a group consisting of key stakeholders from F1 teams, promoters, suppliers and sponsors. ‘Due to the expanded grid of 13 teams, and further to the recommendation of the F1 Commission, a new points system will be in place for the 2010 season,’ a statement reads following an FIA World Motor Sport Council (WMSC) meeting on Friday.

The 2010 points system is as follows:

1st 25
2nd 20
3rd 15
4th 10
5th 8
6th 6
7th 5
8th 3
9th 2
10th 1


BMW Sauber allowed to enter F1 in 2010

The BMW Sauber Formula 1 team will remain in Formula 1 the FIA confirmed on Thursday evening. The team, when owned by BMW, did not enter the 2010 Formula 1 season at first but BMW came to an agreement with former owner Peter Sauber to continue the team.

BMW Sauber was awarded the 13th entry in the Formula One championship, taking the place of the departing Toyota F1 team. The Japanese car manufacturer also decided to pull the plug at the end of the 2009 season.