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Jasonmufc    5,275

23px-Flag_of_Germany.svg.png Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team (Mercedes)
23px-Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom.svg.png #44 Lewis Hamilton
23px-Flag_of_Germany.svg.png #6 Nico Rosberg


23px-Flag_of_Italy.svg.png Scuderia Ferrari (Ferrari)
23px-Flag_of_Germany.svg.png #5 Sebastian Vettel
23px-Flag_of_Finland.svg.png #7 Kimi Räikkönen
 

23px-Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom.svg.png Williams Martini Racing (Mercedes)
22px-Flag_of_Brazil.svg.png #19 Felipe Massa
23px-Flag_of_Finland.svg.png #77 Valtteri Bottas
 

23px-Flag_of_Austria.svg.png Red Bull Racing (Renault, TAG-Heuer branded)
23px-Flag_of_Australia.svg.png #3 Daniel Ricciardo
23px-Flag_of_Russia.svg.png #26 Daniil Kvyat (Round 1-4) / 23px-Flag_of_the_Netherlands.svg.png #33 Max Verstappen (Round 5-21)

23px-Flag_of_India.svg.png Sahara Force India F1 Team (Mercedes)
23px-Flag_of_Mexico.svg.png #11 Sergio Pérez
23px-Flag_of_Germany.svg.png #27 Nico Hülkenberg
 

23px-Flag_of_France.svg.png Renault Sport F1 Team (Renault)
Denmark #20 Kevin Magnussen
23px-Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom.svg.png #30 Jolyon Palmer
 

23px-Flag_of_Italy.svg.png Scuderia Toro Rosso (Ferrari 0594/4, 2015 spec)
23px-Flag_of_the_Netherlands.svg.png #33 Max Verstappen (Round 1-4) / 23px-Flag_of_Russia.svg.png #26 Daniil Kvyat (Round 5-21)
23px-Flag_of_Spain.svg.png #55 Carlos Sainz, Jr.

16px-Flag_of_Switzerland.svg.png Sauber F1 Team (Ferrari)
23px-Flag_of_Sweden.svg.png #9 Marcus Ericsson
22px-Flag_of_Brazil.svg.png #12 Felipe Nasr
 

23px-Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom.svg.png McLaren Honda (Honda)
23px-Flag_of_Spain.svg.png #14 Fernando Alonso (Round 1, 3-21) / Belgium #47 Stoffel Vandoorne (Round 2)
23px-Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom.svg.png #22 Jenson Button
 

23px-Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom.svg.png Manor Racing MRT (Mercedes)
Indonesia #88 Rio Haryanto (Round 1-12) /  France #31 Esteban Ocon (Round 13-)
Germany #94 Pascal Wehrlein

United States Haas F1 Team (Ferrari)
23px-Flag_of_France.svg.png #8 Romain Grosjean
23px-Flag_of_Mexico.svg.png #21 Esteban Gutiérrez

CALENDAR

22th-25th February 2016
Catalonia Pre-Season Testing 1 - (Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona)

1st-4th March 2016
Catalonia Pre-Season Testing 2 - (Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona)

20th March 2016
23px-Flag_of_Australia.svg.png Round 1 - Australian Grand Prix (Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit, Melbourne)

3rd April 2016
23px-Flag_of_Bahrain.svg.png Round 2 - Bahrain Grand Prix (Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir)

17th April 2016
23px-Flag_of_the_People%27s_Republic_of_ Round 3 - Chinese Grand Prix (Shanghai International Circuit, Shanghai)

1st May 2016
23px-Flag_of_Russia.svg.png Round 4 - Russian Grand Prix (Sochi Autodrom, Sochi)

15th May 2016
23px-Flag_of_Spain.svg.png Round 5 - Spanish Grand Prix (Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona)

29th May 2016
19px-Flag_of_Monaco.svg.png Round 6 - Monaco Grand Prix (Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo)

12th June 2016
23px-Flag_of_Canada.svg.png Round 7 - Canadian Grand Prix (Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal)

19th June 2016
Azerbaijan.png Round 8 - Grand Prix of Europe (Baku City Circuit, Baku, Azerbaijan)

3rd July 2016
23px-Flag_of_Austria.svg.png Round 9 - Austrian Grand Prix (Red Bull Ring, Spielberg)

10th July 2016
23px-Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom.svg.png Round 10 - British Grand Prix (Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone)

24th July 2016
23px-Flag_of_Hungary.svg.png Round 11 - Hungarian Grand Prix (Hungaroring, Budapest)

31th July 2016
23px-Flag_of_Germany.svg.png Round 12 - German Grand Prix (Hockenheimring, Hockenheim)

28th August 2016
23px-Flag_of_Belgium_%28civil%29.svg.png Round 13 - Belgian Grand Prix (Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Stavelot)

4th September 2016
23px-Flag_of_Italy.svg.png Round 14 - Italian Grand Prix (Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza)

18th September 2016
23px-Flag_of_Singapore.svg.png Round 15 - Singapore Grand Prix (Marina Bay Street Circuit, Singapore)

2nd October 2016
23px-Flag_of_Malaysia.svg.png Round 16 - Malaysian Grand Prix (Sepang International Circuit, Kuala Lumpur)

9th October 2016
23px-Flag_of_Japan.svg.png Round 17 - Japanese Grand Prix (Suzuka Circuit, Suzuka)

23rd October 2016
23px-Flag_of_the_United_States.svg.png Round 18 - United States Grand Prix (Circuit of the Americas, Austin, Texas)

30th October 2016
23px-Flag_of_Mexico.svg.png Round 19 - Mexican Grand Prix (Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez, Mexico City)

13th November 2016
22px-Flag_of_Brazil.svg.png Round 20 - Brazilian Grand Prix (Autódromo José Carlos Pace, São Paulo)

27th November 2016
23px-Flag_of_the_United_Arab_Emirates.sv 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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Jasonmufc    5,275

Reserved for 2016 race results...

1 minute ago, Lineker said:

Ooooh I hate you right now.

 

Well since you've ninja'd the second post, you're free to post all the results next seasons :P

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Lineker    33,995

I'm just going to edit the shit out of your post all year long tbh <_< 

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Jasonmufc    5,275
12 minutes ago, Lineker said:

I'm just going to edit the shit out of your post all year long tbh <_< 

:blush:

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Rich    16,121

So tempting to delete this thread and make one of my own

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Jasonmufc    5,275
1 minute ago, Rich said:

So tempting to delete this thread and make one of my own

So mean.

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Rich    16,121
2 minutes ago, Jasonmufc said:

So mean.

Hi, I'm Rich, have we met? <_< 

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EddieG    2,346

Rich is a Dick.

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Force India is close to finalising a deal with Aston Martin that will see the British sportscar manufacturer return to Formula 1 after a 55-year absence.

Autosport revealed at the end of October that the Aston Martin name was likely to return to F1, after a two-year run in 1959-60.

Talks have continued in recent weeks about the details, which will likely see the team renamed to Aston Martin Racing, and run with a blue and gold livery as part of a link with sponsor Johnnie Walker.

"We're close," Force India's chief operating officer Otmar Szafnauer told Autosport during the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix weekend.

"I think in maybe another week to 10 days we'll be able to announce something."

Assessing the potential impact of the link, Szafnauer added: "Either way we should be OK, but maybe with Aston we'll have a different look and attract some other types of sponsors and maybe get some more money in.

"If we can do that, it will help us make that next step and continue the form that we've showed in the final part of this year."

Force India claimed fifth in the constructors' championship, thanks primarily to the introduction of the B-spec for the second half of the campaign.

Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg combined had a 59 strike rate in scoring points over the upgraded car's 11 races, including finishing fifth and seventh in Abu Dhabi last weekend.

"We were the fifth quickest team. Not bad," Szafnauer said.

"It's encouraging because I think we've made good strides over the season, and hopefully the trajectory of development will continue into next year.

"I think we can carry it into next year because the regulations don't change much, so everything we have learned this year will apply to next year."

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Jasonmufc    5,275

Hopefully the addition of Aston Martin as a title sponsor for Force India gives them the capital required to firmly be able to compete with Williams for that third team spot.. as much as I want them to truly compete, I doubt anyone can stop the capital of Mercedes/Ferrari without getting a constructor like audi behind them...

 

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Lineker    33,995

The money would actually come from Diageo, not Aston, but I take your point...

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The FIA has granted Ferrari permission to supply a 2015-spec Formula 1 power unit to Toro Rosso next season.

Following Renault's troubles with 1.6-litre V6 turbo-charged hybrid systems, both Red Bull and Toro Rosso served notice on the French manufacturer it no longer wanted a supply for 2016.

While Red Bull is now set to stick with Renault, Toro Rosso opted to reunite with former supplier Ferrari after previously working with the Scuderia from 2007-13.

For the deal to go through, Toro Rosso has agreed to using this year's Ferrari engine in next year's car.

As the current regulations do not allow for two different specifications of power unit from one manufacturer to be used in a single season, special dispensation has had to be applied for to the FIA.

Following a meeting of the World Motor Sport Council in Paris, this has now been formally ratified.

A FIA statement read: "Power units homologated in previous seasons may now be re-homologated.

"Previously no manufacturer could supply more than one specification of PU.

"The World Motor Sport Council was also advised that the FIA had agreed for Ferrari to supply a fourth customer team with a 2015-specification power unit in 2016."

The FIA has also opened up in-season development of power units from 2016 and beyond, as previously revealed by Autosport, with a decision taken to increase the number of tokens available.

For the introduction of 1.6-litre V6 turbo-charged hybrid systems last year, the FIA opted for a sharply declining development curve.

In 2015, 32 tokens were available, reducing to 25 next year, then 20, 15 and three respectively for '17-19.

But now, given the struggles of the likes of Renault and Honda in their attempts to play catch up with Mercedes, the FIA has altered the figures.

For next season there will again be 32, followed by 25, 20 and 15 across 2017-19.

It means the areas that were due to be closed off for development in 2016 will remain open, namely the upper/lower crankcase, valve drive, crankshaft, air-valve system and ancillaries drive.

The WMSC also determined any new engine manufacturer entering F1 will be allocated just 15 development tokens in its first year, with 32 in the second.

There has also been one further alteration to the technical regulations, with the padded area around a driver's head to be increased for improved safety.

The World Motor Sport Council has given FIA president Jean Todt and Bernie Ecclestone the power to make recommendations and decisions on key issues regarding Formula 1's future.

F1's governance has been under the spotlight recently, with the current structure - including the effectiveness of the Strategy Group - being blamed for a perceived lack of direction.

With progress on some of the problems facing F1 proving to be slow during the course of 2015, the WMSC has tasked Todt and Ecclestone with taking the lead on several key decisions.

A statement from the WMSC said the mandate was approved "by a near unanimous number" with "just one vote against".

The issues Todt and Ecclestone will primarily focus on regard F1's governance, engine regulations and cost reduction.

The pair plan to "establish conclusions on these matters" by the end of January 2016.

The FIA has confirmed that Formula 1 teams will have greater freedom when it comes to tyre choice in 2016.

As has been widely known for some time, tyre supplier Pirelli has determined that there will be three dry compounds available over the course of each grand prix weekend next year.

Since Pirelli's return to F1 in 2011, there have only been two types of dry tyre on offer, both of which have had to be used during a race.

Next year, teams will choose which two of the compounds they would like to use at an event, offering the scope for varying strategies should there be differing compounds selected by rivals.

Pirelli held a 12-hour F1 test in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday, as it develops its new-for-2016 ultra-soft compound.

Following a meeting of the WMSC in Paris, it was confirmed that: "The tyre supplier will now provide three dry-weather compounds instead of two.

"Of the 13 sets of dry tyres available to each driver, the tyre supplier will choose two for the race (only one of which must be used in the race), and one set (the softest available) that may only be used in Q3.

"Each driver may then choose their remaining 10 sets from the three available compounds.

"Unless intermediate or wet-weather tyres have been used, a driver must use at least two different specifications of dry-weather tyres - at least one of these must be the one chosen by the tyre supplier."

The WMSC has also announced tweaks to the Virtual Safety Car (VSC) rules.

DRS will now be re-enabled immediately after a VSC period, while the VSC may also be used in practice sessions, so avoiding the need for red flags.

Next year's United States and Mexican GPs will be held back-to-back, in the only change to the final version of the Formula 1 calendar ratified by the FIA World Motor Sport Council.

Following its return to the F1 calendar this year, the Mexican Grand Prix moves forward by one week in 2016, from November 6 to October 30.

With the Circuit of the Americas' future jeopardised by local funding cuts, the American Grand Prix is subject to a promoter's agreement being reached.

As the Mexico City race was originally scheduled for the week before the Brazilian Grand Prix, there will still be six back-to-back events - Canada/Europe (Baku), Austria/Britain, Hungary/Germany, Belgium/Italy, Malaysia/Japan and United States/Mexico.

As previously confirmed, the season will start in Australia on March 20 and conclude in Abu Dhabi on November 27, while August represents a summer break between the German GP on July 31 and Spa on August 28.

2016 FORMULA 1 CALENDAR:

March 20 - Australia
April 3 - Bahrain
April 17 - China
May 1 - Russia
May 15 - Spain
May 29 - Monaco
June 12 - Canada
June 19 - Europe (Baku)
July 3 - Austria
July 10 - Britain
July 24 - Hungary
July 31 - Germany
August 28 - Belgium
September 4 - Italy
September 18 - Singapore
October 2 - Malaysia
October 9 - Japan
October 23 - USA
October 30 - Mexico
November 13 - Brazil
November 27 - Abu Dhabi

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metalman    15,070

Bahrain, Azerbaijan and Abu Dhabi? Wow.

You know how Fifa gets slagged off for taking Qatar's money? Does anyone do the same for F1 cosying up to these autocracies?

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EddieG    2,346
1 hour ago, metalman said:

Bahrain, Azerbaijan and Abu Dhabi? Wow.

You know how Fifa gets slagged off for taking Qatar's money? Does anyone do the same for F1 cosying up to these autocracies?

Yes.

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MexicoJack    4,252
7 hours ago, metalman said:

Bahrain, Azerbaijan and Abu Dhabi? Wow.

You know how Fifa gets slagged off for taking Qatar's money? Does anyone do the same for F1 cosying up to these autocracies?

Not really. On the few occasions it happens, Bernie just laughs it off.

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Yeah, Bernie don't give a fuck.

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Jaguar Land Rover is assessing a bid to purchase the home of Formula 1's British Grand Prix, Silverstone.

The Financial Times reports that the division of Tata asked property consultant Cushman & Wakefield to value the Northamptonshire site in July.

The race circuit would be accompanied by a new HQ for up to 1000 JLR staff - currently based in Coventry - a hotel and heritage and visitor centres.

The British Racing Drivers' Club owns the lease to Silvertstone, which was valued at £22.7m by Cushman & Wakefield, and its 850 members would need to approve any deal, if a formal bid is lodged.

Doubt was cast over Silverstone's future as the host of the British Grand Prix earlier this year, when it sought to defer its hosting-fee payment due to a lack of funds.

However, in October, the circuit's managing director Patrick Allen confirmed its contract would be honoured through to 2026.

 

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McLaren, MP4-X

 

The McLaren Formula 1 team has unveiled a concept car that it believes will provide a "conceptual vision for the future of motorsport technology".

F1 is currently discussing substantial changes to its technical regulations for the 2017 season, which will be focused on making the cars faster and more difficult to drive.

Ferrari released its own concept car in February, in the hope of "provoking" debate about how to adopt radically different car designs in the future that would make F1 more appealing to a new generation of fans.

McLaren's marketing department has now revealed its own future concept, dubbed the MP4-X, which features a closed cockpit, shrouded wheels and aggressive-looking aerodynamic surfaces.

McLaren, MP4-X

The MP4-X is designed to harness alternative power sources, using solar panels on the sidepods to harness energy from the sun, and includes 'active aerodynamics', whereby the chassis changes shape to adapt to different aerodynamic demands, according to McLaren.

It also features telemetry systems that can communicate in the event of a failure or a problem.

John Allert, group brand director of the McLaren Technology Group, said: "With the futuristic McLaren MP4-X concept race car, we wanted to peer into the future and imagine the art of the possible.

"We have combined a number of F1's key ingredients - speed, excitement and performance, with the sport's emerging narratives, such as enclosed cockpits to enhance driver safety, and hybrid power technologies.

"Formula 1 is the ultimate gladiatorial sport, and the future we envisage will be a high-tech, high-performance showcase that excites fans like no other sport."

McLaren, MP4-X 

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Renault is poised to confirm it will remain in Formula 1 after finally completing its purchase of Lotus, Autosport understands.

Almost 10 weeks after announcing it had signed a letter of intent regarding the potential acquisition of Lotus, and months after negotiations initially started, it now appears the final hurdles have been crossed and the deal has been signed.

Over the course of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix weekend, the deal appeared to be in the balance, with talks taking place between F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone and Renault Sport president Jerome Stoll.

On the table was the need to find a compromise solution over Renault receiving a share of the constructors' championship bonus and historical payments.

That resulted in Renault CEO Carlos Ghosn spending the last few days assessing Ecclestone's final financial offer, with the 61-year-old believed to have now given the green light.

In means Renault will be back in F1 as a constructor for the first time since 2011, returning to Enstone where it enjoyed many years of success.

Over the past few weeks Renault staff have already been working in a number of areas at the team's facilities, which have altered markedly over the preceding four years.

"I've obviously my steer on it, but as far as I'm concerned they [Renault] are buying a much better team than when they left," Lotus CEO Matthew Carter told Autosport.

"For all their faults, and people have had lots to say about Genii and its ownership, but they've invested heavily in the place.

"From when Renault sold the team, the windtunnel is much improved, there is now a driver-in-the-loop simulator, while other areas of the factory have been upgraded.

"That was all done prior to me arriving. Since I arrived, from the financial side, whilst it has been super-challenging - certainly the last few months - they're picking up a business that is in pretty good shape financially.

"I always try and look at things from both sides, and it always seemed like a good deal from day one.

"It has been frustrating that it has taken so long to get it over the line, but they have bought a team that really can compete.

"As far as I'm concerned - and we've shown it - we can compete on a budget as well, without the hundreds of millions of pounds from the big boys."

The latter point was underlined by Lotus finishing sixth in the constructors' championship, even though there was very little car development in the second half of the season while the Renault talks were ongoing.

Carter added: "I'm sure you saw the new nose we managed to get to Abu Dhabi.

"That nose had been virtually ready for six months, but it was never a priority to get that onto the car because of the way we have been running the place.

"It's testament to the team, to the people at Enstone, that we have been able to do what we have done."

Red Bull Tag Heuer announcement on Twitter

Red Bull has dropped a hint it is to run with a Tag Heuer-branded engine for the 2016 Formula 1 season.

After months of uncertainty and failed negotiations with various potential power unit partners, Red Bull is close to officially announcing its plans for next year.

The understanding is it has renegotiated its contract with Renault after serving notice earlier this year it no longer wished to continue for the final season in '16.

After recently poaching luxury watchmaker Tag Heuer as a sponsor from McLaren, it now appears as if the name will again appear on an engine, as it did with the British team in the 1980s.

Via Twitter, Red Bull issued a tweet with the words 'Swiss engineering to close the gap next season', 'Tag Heuer and Infiniti Red Bull Racing 2016'.

It is accompanied by a picture of a team of four engineers, wearing Tag Heuer branded white coats, looking into a Red Bull, minus the engine.

When asked about the engine deal over the course of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix weekend, in one of his remarks team principal Christian Horner said: "I don't think Ron Dennis will be very happy."

McLaren ran TAG-badged, Porsche-supplied turbo engines from late 1983, starting with the MP4/1E, through to the MP4/3 of '87.

Horner added over the Abu Dhabi GP weekend that Red Bull is back on schedule with its 2016 preparations now its engine situation has been resolved.

"We've designed four different variants of it [chassis]," said Horner.

"But with next year being fairly static with the rules, it is very much an evolution.

"It's made the timescales much tighter, but the whole team has done a super job at working tremendously hard on the hours to get us back on schedule."

Horner also believes Red Bull has proved over the second half of 2015 it is still capable of producing a top chassis in F1.

"What's been really satisfying is that from since Silverstone onwards the chassis has been right there at any opportunity and in any sector not dominated by straightline speed," added Horner.

"If you look at the last sector in Abu Dhabi and the wing levels we were running in comparison to some of our opponents, it was enormously impressive.

"It demonstrated the class of the chassis."

Pirelli has confirmed a team's tyre choice prior to a Formula 1 grand prix in 2016 will be kept confidential until a fortnight beforehand.

Following a meeting of the World Motor Sport Council in Paris on Wednesday, the FIA confirmed that from '16 there will be greater freedom when it comes to tyre selection.

With the introduction of the new ultra-soft, there will be five dry compounds available, with three to be selected in advance for each race weekend, rather than the two at present.

From the three, the teams will then select two, with Pirelli revealing the choices within each team could vary, with each driver using a different allocation.

Pirelli has also announced the teams will make their choices within a deadline set by the Italian manufacturer.

The teams will first communicate its choices to the FIA, which will in turn inform Pirelli so they know how many tyres to produce.

The choices for each car will remain secret until two weeks before a race.

If a team does not meet the deadline, the choice will be made for it by the FIA.

Once the choices for each car have been made, the FIA will continue to assign the tyres randomly via a barcode, as is the case currently.

GP2 is also set to be renamed Formula Two from the 2016 season.

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Renault announces return to Formula 1 in 2016
December 03, 2015 | ID: 73985
  • Carlos Ghosn announces his decision that Renault will return to Formula 1 with its own team for 2016 season.
  • Renault, 12-time Constructors’ Champion with nearly 40 years in the sport, is an iconic brand in Formula 1 and intends to play an active role in the sport’s development.
  • F1 is a technology showcase and accelerates development of Renault’s innovation and range of sports cars.

Following the September announcement of the signing of a Letter of Intent with Lotus, teams at Renault continued to evaluate the possibility of a return to Formula 1. Particular attention was paid to competing successfully with its own team in a financially sound way starting in 2016.

“Renault had two options: to come back at 100 percent or leave. After a detailed study, I have decided that Renault will be in Formula 1, starting 2016. The final details supplied by F1’s main stakeholders gave us the confidence to accept this new challenge. Our ambition is to win--even if it will take some time,” said Carlos Ghosn, Chairman and CEO, Renault.

As a full team, Renault will take maximum benefit from its victories. The payback as an engine supplier proved to be limited. The return on the investment necessitated by the new engine regulations and the return in terms of image were low. 

Work continues on finalizing the terms of the acquisition of the Lotus F1 Team in the shortest timeframe possible. The principal contracts were signed on December 3, 2015. The Lotus F1 Team effectively stands out as the best partner. Renault and Lotus F1 have known each other for 15 years and were world champions together in 2005 and 2006.

Renault has had uninterrupted involvement in Formula 1 for almost 40 years. In 1977, it revolutionised the championship with the introduction of turbocharging, a technique that soon became the norm in the sport. Renault has since taken part in more than 600 grand prix, claiming 168 race wins, 12 Constructors’ titles and 11 Drivers’ crowns.

Renault’s decision to continue its involvement in Formula 1 is confirmation that it sees motorsport as an essential part of the brand’s identity. Formula 1 is the ultimate symbol of the passion for automobiles. Passion defines Renault as expressed by its brand signature, ‘Passion for Life’. In addition to attracting many customers, Formula 1 also fuels employee motivation. As the pinnacle of motor sport, Formula 1 demands technological and operational excellence. The championship serves as a showcase for the technological expertise that Renault dials into its products for the benefit of its customers.

Formula 1 is a means for Renault to accelerate development and remain at the forefront of the sport’s technological progress. It simultaneously allows Renault to build bridges between the advanced technologies seen in the world championship and its road cars, particularly in the fields of electric and hybrid vehicles. Consistent with its commitment to F1, Renault will develop its R.S. range by stepping up investment in order to be active on every continent and in even more segments with vehicles that meet the needs of their different markets.

Formula 1 serves to promote awareness of the Renault brand and its image in all its markets across the world. Formula 1 is one of the sports that enjoys the most media coverage worldwide thanks to a following on five continents, particularly in emerging markets. It attracts 450 million television viewers annually and its scope for growth is enormous thanks to opportunities founded on new technologies, social networks, video games, etc. that have yet to be fully exploited.

In January, we will provide more detailed information about Renault’s F1 programme ahead of the 2016 championship that begins next March.

 

It's official, Renault is returning as a constructors team.

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I mean, the paperwork STILL isn't technically finalized...

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Renault chairman and CEO Carlos Ghosn has confirmed the manufacturer will return to Formula 1 in 2016 as a full-time works outfit.

Following six months of protracted negotiations, Renault today signed principal contracts with regard a takeover of the Lotus F1 team, as earlier reported by Autosport.

It has confirmed that work continues on finalising the terms of the acquisition, believed to be worth €100m, "in the shortest timeframe possible".

Announcing the return, Ghosn said: "Renault had two options: to come back at 100 per cent or leave.

"After a detailed study, I have decided that Renault will be in Formula 1, starting 2016.

"The final details supplied by F1's main stakeholders gave us the confidence to accept this new challenge.

"Our ambition is to win--even if it will take some time."

But still, it is all but official now and it is absolutely great news. Cannot afford to lose any more outfits off of the grid, let alone one of the Enstone team's stature.

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Well my article came directly from the Renault world news feed, so I guess it's about 99.99% finalized because I doubt Renault would make that news report if they weren't perfectly certain of the fact. Else it would make them look pretty stupid.

But i'm glad to see another constructor jump into the competition, Renault was the drizzling shit in the current part of the V6 area so maybe being an actual constructor gives them the motivation to put forth an actually decent engine.

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Red Bull has announced it will run TAG Heuer-branded Renault engines for the 2016 Formula 1 season.

Having failed to secure an engine from Mercedes, Ferrari or Honda, Red Bull will stick with Renault for a 10th season.

It is understood Red Bull has renegotiated its contract with Renault after serving notice earlier this year it no longer wished to continue for 2016.

Next year the team's challenger will be known as the Red Bull Racing-Tag Heuer RB12.

The news comes after Renault chairman and CEO Carlos Ghosn confirmed the manufacturer will return to Formula 1in 2016 as a full-time works outfit, taking over Lotus.

After Red Bull recently poached luxury watchmaker Tag Heuer as a sponsor from McLaren, the name will once again appear on an engine, as it did with the British team in the 1980s.

McLaren ran TAG-badged, Porsche-supplied turbo engines from late 1983, starting with the MP4/1E, through to the MP4/3 of '87.

Speaking about the announcement, Red Bull team principal Christian Horner said: "TAG Heuer has been an icon in the world of Formula 1 for many years and we're delighted that they've chosen to continue their association with the sport by teaming up with us.

"Our shared values of innovation and a desire to stand out from the crowd make this one of the most exciting partnerships in F1.

"We are also pleased to see Renault confirm its long-term commitment to F1 and would like to thank them for their contribution to the team since 2007.

"Their technical partnership with Ilmor gives us confidence, and we look forward to the 2016 season."

The deal includes TAG Heuer becoming official timekeeper, official watch partner and team performance partner from next season as part of a multi-year agreement.

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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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      Scuderia Ferrari (Ferrari)
      #14 Fernando Alonson
      #7 Kimi Räikkönen


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      #13 Pastor Maldonado


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      #20 Kevin Magnussen


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      #11 Sergio Pérez


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      #21 Esteban Gutiérrez


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      #17 Jules Bianchi (Round 1-15)
      #4 Max Chilton (Round 1-16)


      Caterham F1 Team (Renault)
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