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  1. Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport (Mercedes) #44 Lewis Hamilton #77 Valtteri Bottas Scuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow (Ferrari) #5 Sebastian Vettel #16 Charles Leclerc Aston Martin Red Bull Racing (Honda) #10 Pierre Gasly #33 Max Verstappen Renault F1 Team (Renault) #3 Daniel Ricciardo #27 Nico Hülkenberg Rich Energy Haas F1 Team (Ferrari) #8 Romain Grosjean #20 Kevin Magnussen McLaren F1 Team (Renault) #4 Lando Norris #55 Carlos Sainz Jr. Racing Point F1 Team (Mercedes) #11 Sergio Pérez #18 Lance Stroll Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team (Ferrari) #7 Kimi Räikkönen #99 Antonio Giovinazzi Scuderia Toro Rosso (Honda) #26 Daniil Kvyat #TBA Alexander Albon Williams Racing (Mercedes) #63 George Russell #88 Robert Kubica CALENDAR 18th February-21st February 2019 Pre-Season Testing 1 (Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Montmeló) 26th February-1st March 2019 Pre-Season Testing 2 (Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Montmeló) 17th March 2019 Round 1 - Australian Grand Prix (Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit, Melbourne) 31st March 2019 Round 2- Bahrain Grand Prix (Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir) 14th April 2019 Round 3 - Chinese Grand Prix (Shanghai International Circuit, Shanghai) 28th April 2019 Round 4 - Azerbaijan Grand Prix (Baku City Circuit, Baku) 12th May 2019 Round 5 - Spanish Grand Prix (Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Montmeló) 26th May 2019 Round 6 - Monaco Grand Prix (Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo) 9th June 2019 Round 7 - Canadian Grand Prix (Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal) 23rd June 2019 Round 8 - French Grand Prix (Circuit Paul Ricard, Le Castellet) 30th June 2019 Round 9 - Austrian Grand Prix (Red Bull Ring, Spielberg) 14th July 2019 Round 10 - British Grand Prix (Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone) 28th July 2019 Round 11 - German Grand Prix (Hockenheimring, Hockenheim) 4th August 2019 Round 12- Hungarian Grand Prix (Hungaroring, Mogyoród) 1st September 2019 Round 13 - Belgian Grand Prix (Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Stavelot) 8th September 2019 Round 14 - Italian Grand Prix (Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza) 22nd September 2019 Round 15 - Singapore Grand Prix (Marina Bay Street Circuit, Singapore) 29th September 2019 Round 16- Russian Grand Prix (Sochi Autodrom, Sochi) 13th October 2019 Round 17 - Japanese Grand Prix (Suzuka International Race Course, Suzuka) 27th October 2019 Round 18 - Mexican Grand Prix (Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez, Mexico City) 3rd November 2019 Round 19 - United States Grand Prix (Circuit of the Americas, Austin, Texas) 17th November 2019 Round 20 - Brazilian Grand Prix (Autódromo José Carlos Pace, São Paulo) 1st December 2019 Round 21 - Abu Dhabi Grand Prix (Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi) DRIVER SAFETY: The FIA introduced a new standard for driver helmets designed to improve safety. Under the new standard, helmets will be subjected to a more thorough range of crash tests aimed at improving energy absorption and deflection as well as reducing the likelihood of objects penetrating the helmet's structure. All certified helmet manufacturers must pass the tests in advance of the 2019 championship to have their certification renewed. Once introduced to Formula One, the new standard will gradually be applied to all helmets used by competitors in every FIA-sanctioned event. TECHNICAL REGULATION CHANGES: In a bid to improve overtaking, teams agreed to a series of aerodynamic changes that affect the profile of the front and rear wings. The front wing endplates are expected to be reshaped to alter the airflow across the car and reduce the effects of aerodynamic turbulence. The slot in the rear wing is expected to be widened, making the Drag Reduction System more powerful. The agreed-upon changes were drawn from the findings of a working group set up to investigate potential changes to the technical regulations in preparation for the 2021 championship. Parts of the technical regulations governing bodywork are planned to be rewritten in a bid to promote sponsorship opportunities for teams. The agreed changes are to mandate smaller bargeboards and limit aerodynamic development of the rear wing end planes to create more space for sponsor logos. The changes were introduced as a response to falling revenues amid teams and the struggles of smaller teams to secure new sponsors. The mandated maximum fuel levels are due to be raised from 105 kg (231.5 lb) to 110 kg (242.5 lb) so as to minimise the need for drivers to conserve fuel during a race. Driver weights are due to no longer be considered when measuring the minimum weight of the car. This change was agreed to following concerns that drivers were being forced to lose dangerous amounts weight in order to offset the additional weight of the post-2014 generation of turbo-hybrid engines. Drivers must weigh at least 80 kg (176.4 lb); any driver that does not make this minimum will be given ballast to make up the difference. This ballast is expected to be located around the seat. The changes were introduced to prevent drivers with a naturally-smaller body shape from having an advantage over taller and heavier drivers. Tyre supplier Pirelli plan on renaming their range of tyres following a request from the FIA and the sport's management. The governing body argued that the naming conventions used in 2018 were obtuse and difficult for casual spectators to understand. Under the new plan, the names given to particular compounds (hypersoft, ultrasoft, supersoft, soft, medium and hard) will disappear, to be replaced by referring during each race to the three compounds teams have available for that race as soft, medium and hard. This is hoped to aid fans understanding the tyre compounds used at each round. The actual compounds for the season will be referred to by number to the teams, with "1" being the firmest. With the total number of compounds for the season likely to be reduced to five, "5" would be the softest tyre, although having six compounds remains a possibility, with the final number to be determined following post-season testing (seven compounds were technically available in 2018, although as expected the "superhard" tyre was never used). Pirelli will continue to decide on three of the compounds to be made available for each race. Similarly, the current practice of using different colours to refer to the specific compound (such as pink for the hypersoft) will be discontinued, with white, yellow and red being used for the three compounds available for each race.
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Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport (Mercedes) #44 Lewis Hamilton #77 Valtteri Bottas Scuderia Ferrari (Ferrari) #5 Sebastian Vettel #7 Kimi Räikkönen Aston Martin Red Bull Racing (Renault, TAG Heuer branded) #3 Daniel Ricciardo #33 Max Verstappen Sahara Force India F1 Team (Mercedes) (ROUND 1-12) #11 Sergio Pérez (Round 1-12) #31 Esteban Ocon (Round 1-12) Williams Martini Racing (Mercedes) #18 Lance Stroll #35 Sergey Sirotkin Renault Sport Formula One Team (Renault) #27 Nico Hülkenberg #55 Carlos Sainz Jr. Scuderia Toro Rosso (Honda) #10 Pierre Gasly #28 Brendon Hartley Haas F1 Team (Ferrari) #8 Romain Grosjean #20 Kevin Magnussen McLaren Formula 1 Team (Renault) #2 Stoffel Vandoorne #14 Fernando Alonso Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team (Ferrari) #9 Marcus Ericsson #16 Charles Leclerc Racing Point Force India F1 Team (Mercedes) (ROUND 13-) #11 Sergio Pérez (Round 13-) #31 Esteban Ocon (Round 13-) CALENDAR 26th February-1st March 2018 Pre-Season Testing 1 (Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona) 6th-9th March 2018 Pre-Season Testing 2 (Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona) 25th March 2018 Round 1 - Australian Grand Prix (Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit, Melbourne) 8th April 2018 Round 2- Bahrain Grand Prix (Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir) 15th April 2018 Round 3 - Chinese Grand Prix (Shanghai International Circuit, Shanghai) 29th April 2018 Round 4 - Azerbaijan Grand Prix (Baku City Circuit, Baku) 13th May 2018 Round 5 - Spanish Grand Prix (Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona) 27th May 2018 Round 6 - Monaco Grand Prix (Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo) 10th June 2018 Round 7 - Canadian Grand Prix (Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal) 24th June 2018 Round 8 - French Grand Prix (Circuit Paul Ricard, Le Castellet) 1st July 2018 Round 9 - Austrian Grand Prix (Red Bull Ring, Spielberg) 8th July 2018 Round 10 - British Grand Prix (Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone) 22nd July 2018 Round 11 - German Grand Prix (Hockenheimring, Hockenheim) 29th July 2018 Round 12- Hungarian Grand Prix (Hungaroring, Budapest) 26th August 2018 Round 13 - Belgian Grand Prix (Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Stavelot) 2nd September 2018 Round 14 - Italian Grand Prix (Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza) 16th September 2018 Round 15 - Singapore Grand Prix (Marina Bay Street Circuit, Singapore) 30th September 2018 Round 16- Russian Grand Prix (Sochi Autodrom, Sochi) 7th October 2018 Round 17 - Japanese Grand Prix (Suzuka International Race Course, Suzuka) 21st October 2018 Round 18 - United States Grand Prix (Circuit of the Americas, Austin, Texas) 28th October 2018 Round 19 - Mexican Grand Prix (Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez, Mexico City) 11th November 2018 Round 20 - Brazilian Grand Prix (Autódromo José Carlos Pace, São Paulo) 25th November 2018 Round 21 - Abu Dhabi Grand Prix (Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi) DRIVER SAFETY: Following a series of serious incidents in open-wheel racing—including the fatal accidents of Henry Surtees and Justin Wilson—in which drivers were struck in the head by debris, the FIA announced plans to introduce additional mandatory cockpit protection with 2018 given as the first year for its introduction. Several solutions were tested, with the final design subject to feedback from teams and drivers. Each design was created to deflect debris away from a driver's head without compromising their visibility or the ability of safety marshals to access the cockpit and extract a driver and their seat in the event of a serious accident or medical emergency, with a series of serious accidents—such as the fatal accidents of Jules Bianchi and Dan Wheldon—recreated to simulate the ability of devices to withstand a serious impact. The FIA ultimately settled on the "halo", a wishbone-shaped frame mounted above and around the driver's head and anchored to the monocoque forward of the cockpit. Once introduced, the halo concept is scheduled to be applied to other open-wheel racing categories including Formula 2 and Formula 3. The FIA revealed plans to allow teams some design freedom in the final version of the halo. Race Director Charlie Whiting noted that the halo would be incorporated into the chassis design from its inception rather than attached once the design was completed. SPORTING REGULATION CHANGES: The number of pre-season test days will be reduced to seven, while the mid-season test held in Bahrain in 2017 will be moved to Barcelona. The rules governing starting procedures will be changed for 2018, granting race stewards the power to issue penalties for improper race starts even if a driver's start does not trigger the automated detection system. The changes were introduced following a series of incidents throughout 2017; during the Chinese Grand Prix, Sebastian Vettel positioned his car too far across his grid slot to be detected by the detection system; while at the Austrian Grand Prix, Valtteri Bottas's start was called into question for his reaction time despite the detection system recognising it as legal. Drivers will be required to wear gloves containing biometric sensors which record their vital signs in order to better assist marshals and recovery crews in assessing their condition in the event of an accident. TECHNICAL REGULATION CHANGES: Drivers will be limited to three complete engines (down from four in 2017) for the whole season. Despite protests from several teams, the FIA decided to implement the rule for 2018. The FIA banned the use of "shark fins", a carbon-fibre extension to the engine cowling aimed at directing airflow over the rear wing. The use of "T-wings", a horizontal secondary wing mounted forward of and above the rear wing, will be banned. The FIA will introduce further restrictions against the practice of oil burning, where engine oils are burned as fuel to boost performance. The practice, which was first used in 2017 saw teams burning as much as 1.2 litres per one hundred kilometres. For the 2018 championship, this figure will be revised down to a maximum of 0.6 litres per one hundred kilometres. Tyre supplier Pirelli will provide teams with two new tyre compounds in 2018. Each of the 2017 compounds will be made softer, with a new "hypersoft" tyre becoming the softest of the seven. A new "superhard" tyre will also be introduced. The hypersoft compound will be marked by a pink sidewall, while the superhard will be orange. The hard compound, which previously used orange markings, will instead become pale blue.
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Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport (Mercedes) #44 Lewis Hamilton #77 Valtteri Bottas Red Bull Racing (Renault, TAG-Heuer branded) #3 Daniel Ricciardo #33 Max Verstappen Scuderia Ferrari (Ferrari) #5 Sebastian Vettel #7 Kimi Räikkönen Sahara Force India F1 Team (Mercedes) #11 Sergio Pérez #31 Esteban Ocon Williams Martini Racing (Mercedes) #18 Lance Stroll #19 Felipe Massa (Rounds 1-10, 12-) / #40 Paul di Resta (Round 11) McLaren Honda Formula 1 Team (Honda) #2 Stoffel Vandoorne #14 Fernando Alonso (Rounds 1-5, 7-) / #22 Jenson Button (Round 6) Scuderia Toro Rosso (Renault) #26 Daniil Kvyat (Rounds 1-14, 17) / #10 Pierre Gasly (Round 15-16) / #28 Brendon Hartley (Round 18-20) #55 Carlos Sainz Jr. (Round 1-16) / #39 Brendon Hartley (Round 17) / #10 Pierre Gasly (Round 18-20) Haas F1 Team (Ferrari) #8 Romain Grosjean #20 Kevin Magnussen Renault Sport Formula One Team (Renault) #27 Nico Hülkenberg #30 Jolyon Palmer (Round 1-16) / #55 Carlos Sainz Jr. (Round 17-) Sauber F1 Team (Ferrari 061 (2016-spec)) #9 Marcus Ericsson #36 Antonio Giovinazzi (Round 1-2) / #94 Pascal Wehrlein (Round 3-) CALENDAR 27th February-2nd March 2017 Pre-Season Testing 1 (Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona) 7th-10th March 2017 Pre-Season Testing 2 (Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona) 26th March 2017 Round 1 - Australian Grand Prix (Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit, Melbourne) 9th April 2017 Round 2 - Chinese Grand Prix (Shanghai International Circuit, Shanghai) 16th April 2017 Round 3 - Bahrain Grand Prix (Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir) 30th April 2017 Round 4 - Russian Grand Prix (Sochi Autodrom, Sochi) 14th May 2017 Round 5 - Spanish Grand Prix (Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona) 28th May 2017 Round 6 - Monaco Grand Prix (Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo) 11th June 2017 Round 7 - Canadian Grand Prix (Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal) 25th June 2017 Round 8 - Azerbaijan Grand Prix (Baku City Circuit, Baku) 9th July 2017 Round 9 - Austrian Grand Prix (Red Bull Ring, Spielberg) 16th July 2017 Round 10 - British Grand Prix (Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone) 30th July 2017 Round 11 - Hungarian Grand Prix (Hungaroring, Budapest) 27th August 2017 Round 12 - Belgian Grand Prix (Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Stavelot) 3rd September 2017 Round 13 - Italian Grand Prix (Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza) 17th September 2017 Round 14 - Malaysian Grand Prix (Sepang International Circuit, Kuala Lumpur) 1st October 2017 Round 15 - Singapore Grand Prix (Marina Bay Street Circuit, Singapore) 8th October 2017 Round 16 - Japanese Grand Prix (Suzuka International Race Course, Suzuka) 22nd October 2017 Round 17 - United States Grand Prix (Circuit of the Americas, Austin, Texas) 29th October 2017 Round 18 - Mexican Grand Prix (Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez, Mexico City) 12th November 2017 Round 19 - Brazilian Grand Prix (Autódromo José Carlos Pace, São Paulo) 26th November 2017 Round 20 - Abu Dhabi Grand Prix (Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi) GENERAL CHANGES: In September 2016, Liberty Media purchased a minority stake in the sport from CVC Capital Partners ahead of a hoped-for full buyout in time for the 2017 season. As part of the deal, the sport adopted a model similar to that used by the US National Football League and Major League Baseball, with teams entitled to purchase a stake in the sport As a response to widespread changes in the technical regulations expected to increase cornering speeds by up to 40 km/h (24.9 mph), the FIA requested that every circuit on the calendar undergo revisions to update safety features. TECHNICAL REGULATION CHANGES: The technical regulations governing bodywork design were revised for 2017, with the objective of improving lap times by four to five seconds over the 2016 generation of cars. These changes include: An increase of the width of the front wing to 1,800 mm (70.9 in). Lowering the rear wing by 150 mm (5.9 in) and moving its position back by 200 mm (7.9 in). The leading edge of the barge boards being brought forward to allow teams more freedom in controlling airflow. An increase of the width of the front and rear tyres to allow cars to generate more mechanical grip. The minimum weight of the car including the driver being raised by 20 kg to 722 kg, with teams allowed to use 105 kg of fuel to account for the increase in minimum weight. The token system used to regulate power unit development — where the power unit was divided into individual areas, and each area assigned a points value with development of these areas deducting points from a manufacturer's overall points quota — will be abandoned. Restrictions are to be placed on the dimensions, weight and the materials used to build each individual component of the power unit. Teams are restricted to four power units per season regardless of the number of Grands Prix in the season. Previous seasons had included a provision for a fifth power unit if the number of Grands Prix in a season exceeded 20; from 2017, this provision is to be abandoned. The cost of a power unit supply is reduced by €1 million in 2017 ahead of a further reduction in 2018. Cameras will no longer be permitted to be mounted on stalks, located on the nose of the car. SPORTING REGULATION CHANGES: Under rules introduced in 2015, grid penalties for exceeding a driver's quota of power unit components carried over from one race to the next if the penalty could not be fully served when issued. When this carry-over system was abandoned, teams could build up a reserve of spare components by introducing several at once while only serving a single grid penalty. From 2017, teams will only be able to use one new component over their quota per race, with any additional components incurring further penalties. This change prevents teams from "stockpiling" spare power unit components. Power unit suppliers will have an "obligation to supply", mandating that they supply power units to any team, should a team end up without an agreement. The rule was introduced following the breakdown in the relationship between Renault and their customer teams Red Bull Racing and Scuderia Toro Rosso at the end of the 2015 season that left both teams in limbo until deals could be arranged. In the event that a race is declared wet and must start behind the safety car, the grid will follow normal starting procedures once conditions are declared satisfactory for racing. Drivers will line up on the grid for a standing start once the safety car pulls into pit lane, although any laps completed behind the safety car will count towards the total race distance.
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Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team (Mercedes) #44 Lewis Hamilton #6 Nico Rosberg Scuderia Ferrari (Ferrari) #5 Sebastian Vettel #7 Kimi Räikkönen Williams Martini Racing (Mercedes) #19 Felipe Massa #77 Valtteri Bottas Red Bull Racing (Renault, TAG-Heuer branded) #3 Daniel Ricciardo #26 Daniil Kvyat (Round 1-4) / #33 Max Verstappen (Round 5-21) Sahara Force India F1 Team (Mercedes) #11 Sergio Pérez #27 Nico Hülkenberg Renault Sport F1 Team (Renault) #20 Kevin Magnussen #30 Jolyon Palmer Scuderia Toro Rosso (Ferrari 0594/4, 2015 spec) #33 Max Verstappen (Round 1-4) / #26 Daniil Kvyat (Round 5-21) #55 Carlos Sainz, Jr. Sauber F1 Team (Ferrari) #9 Marcus Ericsson #12 Felipe Nasr McLaren Honda (Honda) #14 Fernando Alonso (Round 1, 3-21) / #47 Stoffel Vandoorne (Round 2) #22 Jenson Button Manor Racing MRT (Mercedes) #88 Rio Haryanto (Round 1-12) / #31 Esteban Ocon (Round 13-) #94 Pascal Wehrlein Haas F1 Team (Ferrari) #8 Romain Grosjean #21 Esteban Gutiérrez CALENDAR 22th-25th February 2016 Pre-Season Testing 1 - (Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona) 1st-4th March 2016 Pre-Season Testing 2 - (Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona) 20th March 2016 Round 1 - Australian Grand Prix (Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit, Melbourne) 3rd April 2016 Round 2 - Bahrain Grand Prix (Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir) 17th April 2016 Round 3 - Chinese Grand Prix (Shanghai International Circuit, Shanghai) 1st May 2016 Round 4 - Russian Grand Prix (Sochi Autodrom, Sochi) 15th May 2016 Round 5 - Spanish Grand Prix (Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona) 29th May 2016 Round 6 - Monaco Grand Prix (Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo) 12th June 2016 Round 7 - Canadian Grand Prix (Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal) 19th June 2016 Round 8 - Grand Prix of Europe (Baku City Circuit, Baku, Azerbaijan) 3rd July 2016 Round 9 - Austrian Grand Prix (Red Bull Ring, Spielberg) 10th July 2016 Round 10 - British Grand Prix (Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone) 24th July 2016 Round 11 - Hungarian Grand Prix (Hungaroring, Budapest) 31th July 2016 Round 12 - German Grand Prix (Hockenheimring, Hockenheim) 28th August 2016 Round 13 - Belgian Grand Prix (Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Stavelot) 4th September 2016 Round 14 - Italian Grand Prix (Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza) 18th September 2016 Round 15 - Singapore Grand Prix (Marina Bay Street Circuit, Singapore) 2nd October 2016 Round 16 - Malaysian Grand Prix (Sepang International Circuit, Kuala Lumpur) 9th October 2016 Round 17 - Japanese Grand Prix (Suzuka Circuit, Suzuka) 23rd October 2016 Round 18 - United States Grand Prix (Circuit of the Americas, Austin, Texas) 30th October 2016 Round 19 - Mexican Grand Prix (Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez, Mexico City) 13th November 2016 Round 20 - Brazilian Grand Prix (Autódromo José Carlos Pace, São Paulo) 27th November 2016 Round 21 - Abu Dhabi Grand Prix - (Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi) General changes: The FIA and Formula One Management will be granted greater power to change the Sporting and Technical Regulations and to make decisions affecting the governance of the sport. Technical Regulation changes: Cars were required to be designed with a separate wastegate for exhaust gases to pass through in a bid to increase the noise of the cars following criticism since the introduction of the 2014 generation of engines. Tyre supplier Pirelli introduced a fifth tyre compound known as "ultrasoft", with the manufacturer stating that they would only be available on street circuits. Pirelli changed their approach to tyre supply in 2016, bringing three dry compounds to races instead of two. The compounds are made public two weeks before each event. Pirelli assigns two "choice" compounds, and a third set (the softest available regardless of Pirelli's selection) are given to teams reaching Q3. Drivers select their remaining ten tyre sets for the event between the three compounds and must use two dry compounds during the race, provided that at least one set is from the Pirelli "choice" selection. The FIA has opted to increase the number of tokens available for power unit development starting in 2016. While the initial plans would have given manufacturers fifteen tokens for the season, the number was raised to thirty-two, the same number as 2014, in order to allow struggling manufacturers such as Renault and Honda to improve their development. This decision also allows further development on parts that were initially planned to be closed off, including the upper and lower crankcase, valve drive, crankshaft, air-valve system and ancillaries drive. Sporting Regulation changes: Starting in 2016, the number of pre-season tests were reduced from three to two. The FIA formally increased the maximum events allowed in a season from 20 to 21 to accommodate the calendar's approval. The stewards are given greater powers in enforcing track limits, with drivers required to stay between the white lines marking the edges of the circuit, except in cases of driver error. The change was introduced after an investigation by Pirelli into Sebastian Vettel's high-speed blow-out at the 2015 Belgian Grand Prix that concluded that Vettel's off-track excursions had been a significant factor in the incident. The FIA is also exploring a number of solutions to discourage drivers from abusing track limits and aid in their policing, including GPS tracking, the reprofiling of kerbs, the installation of pressure-sensitive sensors and the use of high-speed cameras. Any driver who causes the start of the race to be aborted will be required to start the race from pit lane at the restart. The procedure for issuing gearbox penalties will be amended so that penalties are applied in the order that they are awarded, bringing the system in line with the wider grid penalty system. The Virtual Safety Car system is to be used in practice sessions as well to avoid the unnecessary use of red flags and session stoppages. The drag reduction system, which is deactivated when under Virtual Safety Car periods and full-course yellow flags, is to be available as soon as a Virtual Safety Car period has ended; drivers previously had to wait two laps before the system was reactivated. The qualifying process was heavily revised two weeks before the season began. The three-period format first introduced in 2006 was retained, but with a progressive "knock-out" style of elimination. Despite widespread criticism of the format at the season-opening Australian Grand Prix, and a vote from the teams to revert to the pre-2016 format, the FIA's F1 Commission chose to maintain the system ahead of a full review later in the season. The stewards' powers to monitor pit-to-car communications were broadened for the 2016 season, with race control able to monitor the radio feeds for each driver in real time and consult with engineering advisors to further monitor the content in a bid to crack down on driver coaching and the use of coded messages. The process new drivers go through in order to qualify for a superlicence will be changed, with additional restrictions put in place as part of the wider FIA Global Pathway. The changes were introduced following controversy surrounding Max Verstappen qualifying for a superlicence at the age of 16 after a single season competing in European Formula 3.
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Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team (Mercedes) #44 Lewis Hamilton #6 Nico Rosberg Infiniti Red Bull Racing (Renault) #3 Daniel Ricciardo #26 Daniil Kvyat Williams Martini Racing (Mercedes) #19 Felipe Massa #77 Valtteri Bottas Scuderia Ferrari (Ferrari) #5 Sebastian Vettel #7 Kimi Räikkönen McLaren Honda (Honda) #20 Kevin Magnussen (Round 1) / #14 Fernando Alonso (Rounds 2-19) #22 Jenson Button Sahara Force India F1 Team (Mercedes) #11 Sergio Pérez #27 Nico Hülkenberg Scuderia Toro Rosso (Renault) #33 Max Verstappen #55 Carlos Sainz, Jr. Lotus F1 Team (Mercedes) #8 Romain Grosjean #13 Pastor Maldonado Manor Marussia F1 Team (Ferrari 059/3 (2014-spec)) #28 Will Stevens #98 Roberto Merhi (Rounds 1-12, 15, 19) / #53 Alexander Rossi (Rounds 13-14, 16-18) Sauber F1 Team (Ferrari) #9 Marcus Ericsson #12 Felipe Nasr CALENDAR 15th March 2015 Round 1 - Australian Grand Prix (Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit, Melbourne) 29th March 2015 Round 2 - Malaysian Grand Prix (Sepang International Circuit, Kuala Lumpur) 12th April 2015 Round 3 - Chinese Grand Prix (Shanghai International Circuit, Shanghai) 19th April 2015 Round 4 - Bahrain Grand Prix (Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir) 10th May 2015 Round 5 - Spanish Grand Prix (Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona) 24th May 2015 Round 6 - Monaco Grand Prix (Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo) 7th June 2015 Round 7 - Canadian Grand Prix (Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal) 21st June 2015 Round 8 - Austrian Grand Prix (Red Bull Ring, Spielberg) 5th July 2015 Round 9 - British Grand Prix (Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone) 26th July 2015 Round 10 - Hungarian Grand Prix (Hungaroring, Budapest) 23rd August 2015 Round 11 - Belgian Grand Prix (Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Stavelot) 6th September 2015 Round 12 - Italian Grand Prix (Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza) 20th September 2015 Round 13 - Singapore Grand Prix (Marina Bay Street Circuit, Singapore) 27th September 2015 Round 14 - Japanese Grand Prix (Suzuka Circuit, Suzuka) 11th October 2015 Round 15 - Russian Grand Prix (Sochi Autodrom, Sochi) 25th October 2015 Round 16 - United States Grand Prix (Circuit of the Americas, Austin, Texas) 1st November 2015 Round 17 - Mexican Grand Prix (Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez, Mexico City) 15th November 2015 Round 18 - Brazilian Grand Prix (Autódromo José Carlos Pace, São Paulo) 29th November 2015 Round 19 - Abu Dhabi Grand Prix - (Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi) REGULATION CHANGES - TECHNICAL The number of power units that a driver may use in a season will be reduced from five in 2014 to four in 2015. The rules regarding engine development that were introduced in 2014 will change, with the manufacturers allowed to perform half the development permitted in 2014; the development will be halved again in 2016. Following the backlash over "ugly" nose designs in 2014, the FIA moved to amend the rules surrounding nose designs for the 2015 season. Noses will now be lower than in 2014, retaining a minimum cross section, but they must taper to a point at a fixed linear rate, effectively outlawing the dramatic finger shapes seen in 2014 in favour of a more gradual shape. Furthermore, the design of the nose must be symmetrical and consistent with the centreline of the car, thereby banning the more exotic designs, such as the "twin-tusk" approach used by Lotus on the E22 chassis. The minimum weight of the cars at all times during an event was increased to 702 kilograms (1,548 lb). The ban on Front-and-Rear Interconnected suspension systems (FRIC) implemented in the middle of the 2014 season was formalised, with the regulations stating that the front and rear suspension must be designed in such a way that any change in performance must be a direct result of a change in load applied solely to them. The anti-intrusion panels on both sides of the survival cell have been extended upwards to the rim of the cockpit and alongside the driver's head. Following the financial struggles faced by Marussia and Caterham in 2014, the FIA approved the use of 2014-specification chassis in 2015 provided that teams showed cause and received an individual dispensation to compete with their old chassis. However a request by Manor F1 to use their 2014 car was later rejected by the other teams. Subsequent regulation changes allowed the team to use the 2014 model of Ferrari power units in their 2015 chassis instead of the 2015 specification power units used by Ferrari and other customer teams. REGULATION CHANGES - SPORTING The replacement of a complete power unit will no longer result in a penalty. Instead, penalties will be applied cumulatively for individual components of the power unit. If such a grid place penalty is imposed and the driver's grid position is such that the full penalty cannot be applied, then the remainder of the penalty will no longer be carried over to the next race, but will instead be applied in the form of a time penalty during the race corresponding to the number of grid spaces remaining in the penalty. In addition to the existing five-second penalty that may be served during a driver's scheduled pit stop, a new ten-second penalty that will have to be served in the same manner, will be introduced. If a car is deemed to have been released from its pit stop in an unsafe manner, the driver will receive a ten second stop-and-go penalty. Further penalties will be applied if the stewards believe that the driver is aware of this and attempts to drive the car regardless. The qualifying procedure has been further clarified to cater to different sizes of starting grids: if twenty-four cars are entered for the race, seven will be eliminated after the each of the first two qualifying segments; if twenty-two are entered, six will be eliminated after each qualifying segment and so on if fewer cars are eligible. The partial ban on pit-to-car communication introduced at the 2014 Singapore Grand Prix will be extended to include a blanket ban on sharing technical data between team and driver, such as specific fuel consumption settings. Double points will no longer be awarded at the final event of the championship. In light of a regulation introduced in 2014 dictating that a race can not run for more than four hours and following recommendations from the report into Jules Bianchi's accident at the 2014 Japanese Grand Prix, the start times of five Grands Prix have been brought forward by one hour, so that races do not start with less than four hours until dusk. Thus, the Australian, Malaysia, Chinese, Japanese and Russian Grands Prix will start an hour earlier than in 2014. In the aftermath of Bianchi's accident, a new procedure called virtual safety car (VSC) will be introduced, obliging drivers to reduce their speed to match the one indicated on their displays on their steering wheels. The procedure may be initiated when double waved yellow flags are needed on any section of a circuit where competitors and officials may be in danger, but the circumstances are not as such to warrant deployment of the actual safety car. The safety car procedure was amended. Once the last lapped car has passed the leader, the safety car will return to the pits at the end of the following lap. This is a change of the previous practice which required the unlapped cars to have caught up with the back of the pack before the safety car could return to the pits. If a race is suspended, the cars will no longer line up on the grid but will slowly proceed to the pit lane instead. Pit exit will be closed and the first car to arrive in the pit lane will proceed to the exit with the other lining up behind the first one. If any team personnel or team equipment remain on the grid after the fifteen-second signal has been shown before the start of the formation lap, the driver of the car concerned must start the race from the pit lane. If the driver concerned fails to obey this, they will receive a ten second stop-and-go penalty. Drivers are no longer permitted to change the design of their helmet in-season.
  6. So, I don't know if there's a thread for browser games that's reasonably young. I found one that's from 2012 and I didn't want to revive that old thing so I started an individual thread about this game I'm playing right now. As many people know I really love open wheel racing a lot, seeing I just started doing a diary about F1 right now. It's called ''MyRacingCareer" and it's pretty much what it says on the tin. You sign up, you create a driver and you try to make him into the next F1 god like Pastor Maldonado (Or some scrub like Hamilton). You start out driving with a factory spec F3 car and there's a fuck tonne of tracks in the game which you can freely sign up to drive in. You can drive 2 individual races at one time and also be part of 2 ''series'' which are basically their own race classes ranging from local ones like a ''British Series'' to World Series where you need to have a certain ranking to be a part of it. Your driver has 19 skill areas across 6 different groups from the obvious driving skills to the stuff like Charisma and Man Management in the ''personal skills''. You can allocate a bunch of points to start with and you can use earned money to train him to become even better over time... You start out with a bunch of ''investor'' money that allows you to hire some staff and afford extra training from the get go. The game itself is completely text based, so you wont have to do any of the driving yourself. You on the other hand sign your driver up for races, and then set up the car to get the best time possible and become succesful. The setup system is very forgiving and your driver (and Race Engineer) give you feedback after every testing stint so you can tweak the car and actually get somewhere and not be at the mercy of having to guess what might be good or not. So even for people with little knowledge of technical stuff it's very forgiving and helps you out. You set your tactics and the driving style of your driver and then you cross your fingers hoping for a good performance, at the start the chances are very slim that you are going to win since single races are also being driven by high quality drivers who want to make extra cash and/or improve set-ups. The Rookie Series on the other hand is a nice way to get your first taste of competitive driving. Being able to drive 2 series and also 2 individual races at the same time means that you can do something every single day and have a race every day which is great to stay engrossed and not get bored quickly. Also the Formula 1 aspect is still a work in progress and it's planned to start next in-game season which is in about a month, the interesting part of that system is that there are teams owned by a group of users instead of every user having their own driver, and every team has to fill 2 seats every season which is a juggle between personal politics, choosing the best driver and also the drivers liquid assets. But i'll stop rambling now because as you can read I'm pretty damn psyched about the game and it's a really fun little time waster to spare 10-15 minutes every day and see how I can become successful in the game. http://www.myracingcareer.com/en/ Maybe if a bunch of people sign up to the game on this forum we could share car set-up's and give us all more chances to have great races. I have some setups saved on my PC which I tweak with every race, and of course the more people over here are sharing set ups the quicker we can all get better and have some EWB dominance... Also, if people need help or tips for the game ask me. I don't have the most experience myself, but I have come to grips with the game for the most part. EWB User Accounts (for viewing pleasure): JasonMUFC: http://www.myracingcareer.com/en/user/31306/ Chris2K: http://www.myracingcareer.com/en/user/31303/ OGpistolpete: http://www.myracingcareer.com/en/user/31297/ Lanky316: http://www.myracingcareer.com/en/user/31346/ MDK: http://www.myracingcareer.com/en/user/31360/ Berober: http://www.myracingc.../en/user/31318/ Slogger: http://www.myracingcareer.com/en/user/31382/ Plubby: http://www.myracingcareer.com/en/user/32502/
  7. Infiniti Red Bull Racing (Renault) #1 Sebastian Vettel #3 Daniel Ricciardo Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team (Mercedes) #44 Lewis Hamilton #6 Nico Rosberg Scuderia Ferrari (Ferrari) #14 Fernando Alonson #7 Kimi Räikkönen Lotus F1 Team (Renault) #8 Romain Grosjean #13 Pastor Maldonado McLaren Mercedes (Mercedes) #22 Jenson Button #20 Kevin Magnussen Sahara Force India F1 Team (Mercedes) #27 Nico Hülkenberg #11 Sergio Pérez Sauber F1 Team (Ferrari) #99 Adrian Sutil #21 Esteban Gutiérrez Scuderia Toro Rosso (Renault) #25 Jean-Éric Vergne #26 Daniil Kvyat Williams F1 Team (Mercedes) #19 Felipe Massa #77 Valtteri Bottas Marussia F1 Team (Ferrari) #17 Jules Bianchi (Round 1-15) #4 Max Chilton (Round 1-16) Caterham F1 Team (Renault) #9 Marcus Ericsson (Round 1-16) / #46 Will Stevens (Round 19) #10 Kamui Kobayashi (Round 1-11, 13-16, 19) / #45 André Lotterer (Round 12)
  8. Infiniti Red Bull Racing (Renault) #1 - Sebastian Vettel #2 - Mark Webber Scuderia Ferrari (Ferrari) #3 - Fernando Alonso #4 - Felipe Massa Vodafone McLaren Mercedes (Mercedes) #5 - Jenson Button #6 - Sergio Pérez Lotus F1 Team (Renault) #7 - Kimi Räikkönen (Round 1-17) / Heikki Kovalainen (Round 18-19) #8 - Romain Grosjean Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team (Mercedes) #9 - Nico Rosberg #10 - Lewis Hamilton Sauber F1 Team (Ferrari) #11 - Nico Hülkenberg #12 - Esteban Gutiérrez Sahara Force India F1 Team (Mercedes) #14 - Paul di Resta #15 - TBA Williams F1 (Renault) #16 - Pastor Maldonado #17 - - Valtteri Bottas Scuderia Toro Rosso (Ferrari) #18 - Daniel Ricciardo #19 - Jean-Éric Vergne Caterham F1 Team (Renault) #20 - Charles Pic #21 - TBA Marussia F1 Team (Cosworth) #22 - Timo Glock #23 - Max Chilton Rule Changes from 2012 Sporting regulations At the June 2012 meeting of the World Motor Sport Council, the FIA announced plans to introduce cost-control measures for the 2013 season, which would be policed by the FIA pending the agreement of the teams. This follows a failed attempt by former FIA President Max Mosley to introduce a budget cap for the 2010 season, and the withdrawal of Ferrari, Torro Rosso, Sauber and Red Bull from the Formula One Teams Association in December 2011 over the implementation of the Resource Restriction Agreement, a voluntary agreement between teams to limit costs in the sport. Following HRT's omission from the provisional entry list, the grid was reduced to twenty-two cars, prompting a change to qualifying procedures. With twenty-two cars on the grid, six cars – instead of seven – will be eliminated during the first period of qualifying, with six more eliminated at the end of the second period. The third qualifying period remains unchanged, with the ten fastest drivers all advancing to the final ten minutes of qualifying. The rules governing the use of the Drag Reduction System (DRS) will be altered. Where drivers were free to use the system at will during free practice and qualifying, from 2013, the use of DRS will be restricted to the designated DRS zone in a bid to improve safety. In response to this, the FIA announced plans to include two DRS zones at every circuit on the 2013 calendar where it was feasible to do so. The FIA is seeking to remove the rules of "force majeure" to clarify scrutineering procedures. Under the rules of force majeure, cars must be able to return to the pits under their own power during qualifying or else risk exclusion from the results. However, if a team can adequately demonstrate that circumstances beyond their control forced them to stop a car on the circuit before it could return to the pits, then the rules of force majeure dicatate that the team and driver in question are exempt from any exclusion. Under new regulations, force majeure would no longer be recognised as a valid reason for stopping a car. These changes were first proposed in the aftermath of the 2012 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, when Red Bull Racing instructed Sebastian Vettel to stop on the circuit after qualifying. Although race stewards initially accepted the team's explanation that the order came because of an imminent technical fault that threatened lasting damage to Vettel's engine, it was later discovered that Vettel had insufficient fuel in his car at the time and had been ordered to pull over so as to preserve the mandatory one litre sample required for testing at the end of qualifying. As a result, Vettel was excluded from the results, and the changes to force majeure were put forward. Following a crackdown on driving standard by race stewards in 2012, the FIA has sought to introduce a "penalty points" system of enforcing driving standards modelled on the points system used for road-going drivers' licences worldwide. Under the system, driving infringements would be assigned a points value that would be deducted from a driver's Super Licence when they commit an infraction. When a driver accumulates a pre-determined number of points, they face an automatic ban from racing. The practice of mid-season testing, which returned to Formula One in 2012 after having been banned in 2009, will be discontinued in 2013 as part of cost-cutting initiatives. Teams will be faced with an increased entry fee for the season. Whereas entry fees had previously been fixed at €309,000 (USD$396,637) for all teams, from 2013, entry fees will be based on the World Championship points a team scored during the previous season. Teams will now pay a basic entry fee of USD$500,000 (€389,525), plus USD$5,000 (€3,895) per point scored. The reigning Constructors' champions will pay at a premium rate of USD$6,000 (€4,614) per point scored. With a final tally of 460 points, Red Bull Racing were presented with an entry fee of USD$3,260,000 (€2,507,091). Technical regulations Changes to the rules in 2012 resulted in the development of a "platypus" nose, with teams designing cars with a visible change in height along the nose assembly of the car. The design attracted criticism, with Red Bull Racing driver Mark Webber labelling the cars "ugly" and Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali calling them "not that pretty". At the 2012 Australian Grand Prix, Charlie Whiting, the FIA technical delegate, announced that although the changes to the sporting regulations planned for the 2014 season would effectively remove the "platypus" effect, the sport's governing body is planning to phase the stepped nose out for 2013. The FIA later accepted a proposal that would allow teams to cover up the stepped nose with a "modesty plate", a panel designed to obscure the step without fundamentally altering the aerodynamic profile of the car or offering any aerodynamic gain itself. The FIA will completely overhaul testing procedures for front wings in 2013, introducing a more-comprehensive and strenuous series of tests designed to root out the practice of exploiting flexible bodywork regulations. The "double-DRS" system, first developed by Mercedes for the W03 in 2012 will be banned in 2013. The device, which used a series of channels that ran through the car to create a stalling effect over the front wing when the rear wing Drag Reduction System was open, thereby cancelling out the downforce generated under normal conditions, would allow the car to achieve a higher top speed and better stability in fast corners. The system was the subject of several legal challenges early in the 2012 season, and rival team Lotus developed a similar system of their own before teams agreed to a ban in July 2012. However, while the regulations specifically banned the system developed by Mercedes, they make no provision for the variant developed by Lotus. Other changes The Sixth Concorde Agreement – the contract between the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA), the Formula One teams and the Formula One Administration which dictates the terms by which the teams compete in races and take their share of the television revenues and prize money – which was first ratified by teams in 2009 expires at the end of 2012, necessitating the creation of the Seventh Concorde Agreement. As part of the renewed Agreement, the commercial rights to the sport were to be floated on the Singapore Stock Exchange; however, in June 2012 the planned floatation was delayed, with weak markets, uncertainty within Europe over the continent's economic future, and Facebook's disappointing IPO cited as reasons for the delay. The sport's decision-making process will be restructured. Prior to 2013, any decision to change the sporting or technical regulations required the agreement of at least 70% (or nine votes) of the teams in order for those changes to be accepted. From 2013 onwards, those changes will only need a 51% majority (seven teams) in order to be approved. The Technical and Sporting Working Groups, the committees responsible for deciding upon the technical and sporting regulations, will also be disbanded in favour of a "Strategy Working Group" that will oversee both technical and sporting regulations and will be made up of representatives from each of the teams that scored points in the previous season's championship, the FIA, Formula One Management, one engine supplier and six event promoters. FIA President Jean Todt described the changes as necessary and designed to give each of the stakeholders in the sport a proportionate representation in deciding the future of Formula One.
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