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Monaco to begin F1 circuit installations next week for 2021 events

Wed, 02/17/2021 - 13:08
After the COVID-19 pandemic forced the cancellation of both the F1 race and the Historic Grand Prix due to be held in Monaco last year, the event organisers have been continuing with preparations for the events this year.
The Automobile Club de Monaco said in January there were no plans to cancel the events again this year in response to speculation, and reaffirmed its commitment to host the ...Keep reading
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Williams F1 completes FW43B shakedown at Silverstone

Wed, 02/17/2021 - 12:36
Williams announced earlier this month that it would launch its new car for the coming season on 5 March, but has opted to give it a first on-track test prior to its unveiling.
In a teaser video posted to social media on Wednesday, Williams showed the FW43B car running at Silverstone in damp conditions, making it the second team known to have conducted a shakedown with its 2021 car.
McLaren ...Keep reading
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The McLaren secrets revealed at its F1 shakedown

Wed, 02/17/2021 - 12:08
While the digital only event meant that no photographers could get a close up look at the car itself, McLaren was still taking no chances when it came to hiding bits that it did not want people to see.
Concealment has long been a tradition when F1 teams wheel out their latest challengers, with parts covered up, missing or it being fitted with those bearing little resemblance to the ones that ...Keep reading
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Red Bull expecting Perez to replicate Verstappen/Ricciardo era

Wed, 02/17/2021 - 10:46
Red Bull has won races in six of the seven seasons since Mercedes replaced it as F1’s benchmark team at the start of the turbo hybrid era, but since Ricciardo left to join Renault at the end of 2018, only Verstappen has continued to take victories.
In the two seasons since Ricciardo’s departure, Alex Albon’s pair of podiums represent the only times Red Bull’s other driver has managed to ...Keep reading
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Albert Park layout will change for 2021 Australian GP

Wed, 02/17/2021 - 10:24
The parklands circuit was set to undergo long-awaited resurfacing and corner profile changes after this year's race, however some of that work has now been brought forward due to the AGP's postponement to November.
Phase 1 has already been completed, with pitlane widened by two metres and the pit wall moved to the edge of the road in place of a grass verge – a move that could see the pitlane ...Keep reading
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Vettel puts prized supercars up for sale

Wed, 02/17/2021 - 08:40
Vettel has been an avid collector since his success on the track gave him some spending power, and along with a fleet of sportscars he has bought several desirable historic F1 machines, including an Ayrton Senna McLaren and Nigel Mansell’s 1992 world championship-winning Williams.
However, he has now decided to slim down his Swiss-based collection by putting eight cars up for sale via well ...Keep reading
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Norris already learning from Ricciardo in McLaren F1 simulator

Wed, 02/17/2021 - 08:05
After spending his first two years in F1 racing alongside Carlos Sainz, Norris will now partner Ricciardo at McLaren in 2021 following the Australian’s arrival from Renault.
Ricciardo has joined McLaren on a three-year deal, and is set to offer a boost to the British squad by bringing experience from a race-winning operation at Red Bull, where he scored seven wins between 2014 and ...Keep reading
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Ricciardo enjoys ‘smooth’ McLaren F1 Silverstone shakedown

Wed, 02/17/2021 - 05:28
Following his winter switch from Renault, seven-time grand prix winner Ricciardo helped unveil McLaren’s new F1 car for the 2021 season on Monday at its factory in Woking.
McLaren opted to give the MCL35M a maiden run-out at Silverstone on Tuesday, using its filming day allocation for a shakedown to ensure all systems were running as expected.
After seeing team-mate Lando Norris complete a ...Keep reading
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Ricciardo: Tattoo bet repeat unlikely with McLaren boss

Tue, 02/16/2021 - 12:14
Seven-time grand prix winner Ricciardo has joined McLaren on a three-year contract ahead of the 2021 season following a two-year stint at Renault.
When Ricciardo signed for Renault, he agreed with team principal Cyril Abiteboul to get matching tattoos when he scored his first podium, which was achieved at last year's Eifel Grand Prix.
Ricciardo had hoped to meet up with Abiteboul before the ...Keep reading
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Aston Martin reveals launch date for 2021 F1 car

Tue, 02/16/2021 - 10:00
Following the rebranding of the Racing Point squad under the Aston Martin name over the winter, the team has now revealed details of its launch plans at the start of next month.
The Aston Martin squad will hold a virtual launch from 3pm GMT on 3 March, and has invited fans to be part of the event by registering to 'Unlock The Vault' for the new car through its website.
2021 will mark the ...Keep reading
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First look: How the 2021 McLaren-Mercedes compares with MCL35

Tue, 02/16/2021 - 09:58
While the car, which is designed around a Mercedes engine rather than the Renault used last year, looks fairly similar to last year's model, there are some intriguing differences that can be seen close up.
It arrives on the back of a relatively successful season for McLaren, finishing in third place in the constructors’ standings.
The car has had to undergo a raft of changes as the team ...Keep reading
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Alpine announces launch date for 2021 F1 car

Tue, 02/16/2021 - 09:11
Following the rebranding of the former Renault operation over the winter, Alpine will present its new F1 car, the A521, to the world on 2 March.
It makes Alpine the seventh team to confirm its launch plans ahead of the new season, leaving only Red Bull, Haas and Aston Martin still to finalise a date to unveil their cars.
Alpine will enter the new season with a fresh image and a fresh driver ...Keep reading
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Red Bull open to building own F1 engine from 2025

Tue, 02/16/2021 - 07:35
The Milton Keynes-based squad has just announced a deal to take over the Honda F1 engine project and run the power units itself from next year.
Having given the green light for a major investment at its headquarters as it sets up Red Bull Powertrains, the team admits that it is not viewing the Honda takeover as just a short-term project prior to looking elsewhere in the future.
Instead, Red ...Keep reading
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McLaren's Mercedes dyno testing has been "problem free"

Tue, 02/16/2021 - 06:15
Last week, Mercedes caused some intrigue when its new engine chief Hywel Thomas revealed that it was battling some problems ahead of pre-season testing.
"We have got some issues with the power units," he said in a video released by Mercedes. "We know we have issues but we have plenty of plans in place to fix all of those issues. I'm sure it will all be ready for the first race."
The comments ...Keep reading
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Horner: Verstappen Mercedes' first choice if Hamilton quits

Tue, 02/16/2021 - 04:05
Mercedes announced last week that seven-time world champion Hamilton had signed a new one-year contract to remain at the team for 2021, leading to speculation about his future beyond the end of the season.
Should Hamilton decide to step away from F1 at the end of the year, it has been suggested that Verstappen could be an option for Mercedes to replace the Briton.
Although Verstappen’s Red ...Keep reading
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McLaren explains lack of Mercedes branding

Mon, 02/15/2021 - 15:20
As the team revealed its new MCL35M at its Woking factory on Monday night, one notable absence from its newly tweaked livery was the famous three-pointed Mercedes star.
The badge also does not feature on the overalls of Daniel Ricciardo and Lando Norris nor on the team wear of key personnel.
While it seems slightly unusual for teams not to run the logo of their engine supplier, McLaren has ...Keep reading
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Norris ‘fully recovered’ after contracting COVID-19 over winter

Mon, 02/15/2021 - 15:13
Norris announced in early January that he had tested positive for COVID-19 while taking a holiday in Dubai ahead of a planned training camp, forcing him to complete a 10-day self-isolation before he could return home to the UK.
It made Norris the fourth F1 driver to contract COVID-19, following positive test results for Sergio Perez, Lance Stroll, and Lewis Hamilton through the 2020 season ...Keep reading
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Ricciardo set for McLaren F1 debut in Silverstone shakedown

Mon, 02/15/2021 - 14:58
Seven-time grand prix winner Ricciardo has joined McLaren ahead of the 2021 season after signing a three-year deal with the team last May, leaving Renault.
The former Red Bull driver is now set for his first laps in a McLaren F1 car at Silverstone on Tuesday after the team confirmed plans to hold a shakedown at the British Grand Prix circuit in the coming days.
Ricciardo and teammate Lando ...Keep reading
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New McLaren includes "fresh ideas" despite rules limits

Mon, 02/15/2021 - 14:45
The Woking-based team revealed its new Mercedes-powered challenger with a digital launch at its factory on Monday night.
And while the car features some carry over aspects of last year's challenger, it has undergone some extensive revisions both to fit its new Mercedes engine and also to comply with new aero rules.
Although the key focus for the team over the winter was on installing the ...Keep reading
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McLaren becomes first F1 team to reveal 2021 car

Mon, 02/15/2021 - 14:39
Following a busy winter that has seen the team switch to Mercedes power units and sign Daniel Ricciardo from Renault, McLaren unveiled the MCL35M at its Woking base ahead of its planned on-track debut this week.
The new MCL35M car retains largely the same livery as last year as McLaren sticks with its usual papaya orange and blue design, albeit with some subtle changes such as shifting the ...Keep reading
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