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Sirotkin, Stroll to have two race engineers each

Sergey Sirotkin and Lance Stroll will have two race engineers each for the 2018 Formula 1 season as part of an operational staffing reshuffle at Williams.

Hamilton "sacrifice" saved Mercedes an hour of testing

Lewis Hamilton says he chose to "sacrifice" driving on day two of Formula 1 pre-season testing as avoiding a driver change saved Mercedes about an hour of running time.

Kubica regrets being "too honest" about driving limitations

Robert Kubica admits he was too honest when publicly discussing his attempt to return to Formula 1 and has called for an end to talk about his limitations.

Martini and Williams to end sponsorship deal

Martini will not extend its title sponsorship of Williams when it expires at the end of the season as it exits Formula 1 after a five-year stint, has learned.

Snow forecast threatens Barcelona F1 testing

Formula 1 teams have held talks about extending the first pre-season test by an extra day as bad weather is predicted for the middle of this week. 

Horner "concerned" by Renault 2018 F1 engine plan

Red Bull boss Christian Horner says he is concerned Formula 1 engine supplier Renault will start the 2018 season in a compromised specification for reliability.

Performance gains not Honda's first priority in 2018

Honda will focus on reliability over performance with its first race specification engine for the 2018 Formula 1 season, has learned.

Toro Rosso took "lessons" for Honda communication

Toro Rosso staff had lessons on how to communicate effectively with Japanese companies ahead of the team's new partnership with Formula 1 engine supplier Honda.

Alonso tells McLaren fans: "Good times are coming"

Fernando Alonso has told McLaren Formula 1 fans that “good times are coming” after he drove the MCL33 for the first time at the Navarra circuit in Spain.

Williams appoints Rowland as 'young driver'

Williams has appointed Oliver Rowland to the role of 'official young driver' for the 2018 Formula 1 campaign.

No shortcuts on new McLaren F1 car, says Boullier

Eric Boullier says McLaren did not take any shortcuts with the chassis design of the MCL33 despite the challenge of incorporating the new Renault engine.

Wolff says he would take off halo "with a chainsaw"

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff says he is "not impressed" with the Formula 1 halo cockpit protection device and would remove it with "a chainsaw" if given the chance.

Kubica was "almost convinced" he would race in Australia

Robert Kubica says he was "almost convinced" he would be on the Formula 1 grid at next month's season-opening Australian Grand Prix.

Why F1's under-fire rookie is already causing surprises Prime

Why F1's under-fire rookie is already causing surprises

Sergey Sirotkin's deal to drive for Williams, at the expense of Robert Kubica, was met with a great deal of animosity, and means he'll be one of the most scrutinised drivers in F1 this season. The early signs are that he's doing everything right .

Renault launches its 2018 F1 challenger

Renault has become the fifth Formula 1 team to unveil its new car ahead of the 2018 season.

Rival F1 teams keen on Haas equipment, says owner

Gene Haas says Formula 1 teams have contacted his outfit with interest in purchasing Haas Automation equipment.

Ricciardo needs to be less "sensitive" to set-up flaws

Daniel Ricciardo believes he needs to get better at driving through problems in the 2018 Formula 1 season rather than trying to perfect his set-ups.

Mercedes taking McLaren and Renault threat "seriously"

Mercedes is taking McLaren and Renault "seriously" as potential Formula 1 title rivals as well as Ferrari and Red Bull, says team boss Toto Wolff.

Latifi to get FP1 outing with Force India

Nicholas Latifi will drive in Canadian Grand Prix first practice and at the first Formula 1 pre-season test as part of his Force India reserve and test driver role.

Haas says it needs to be within 0.5s of Ferrari

Gene Haas says his Formula 1 team was too far adrift of Ferrari last season and is targeting a one-second improvement in 2018.

Kubica to have three FP1 outings in 2018

Robert Kubica will drive in three Formula 1 first practice sessions this year, including Spain and Austria, as part of his reserve and development role.

Williams reveals its 2018 Formula 1 car

Williams has become the second Formula 1 team to reveal its 2018 car at an event in London.

Gene Haas clarifies position on American drivers

Gene Haas has moved to clarify his Formula 1 team's position on signing an American driver in the future following comments made by his outfit's team principal Gunther Steiner.

Why F1 needs an epic Olympics ritual Prime

Why F1 needs an epic Olympics ritual

The Winter Olympics kicked off last week with typical fanfare and public awe. Formula 1 could do with a piece of that action to build excitement ahead of a new season.

Wolff: Tech chief exits wouldn't affect Mercedes

The Mercedes Formula 1 team now has such strength in depth that it could withstand any of its senior technical personnel leaving, reckons boss Toto Wolff.

F1 Halo can withstand “weight of a London bus” – Allison

The halo Formula 1 cockpit protection device needs to be strong enough to withstand the weight of a London double decker bus, says Mercedes technical director James Allison.

Can Bottas convince Mercedes to keep him? Prime

Can Bottas convince Mercedes to keep him?

Valtteri Bottas has another year at Mercedes, but the likes of Esteban Ocon and Daniel Ricciardo will have an eye on his seat for 2019. Will Bottas respond to that threat with the heroics that marked his early months at Mercedes?

Norris admits his F1 future depends on Alonso

Lando Norris says the timing of his opportunity to make his Formula 1 debut with McLaren hinges on how long Fernando Alonso stays with the team.

What Raikkonen must do to shrug off laggard tag Prime

What Raikkonen must do to shrug off laggard tag

Ferrari has hinted 2018 is Kimi Raikkonen's final, final chance. The statistics suggest the pace is still somewhere within him - but can he turn around the trend of his recent seasons?

Verstappen first teammate to challenge me - Ricciardo

Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo says Max Verstappen is the only Formula 1 teammate he has had so far that he feels can challenge him.

Ricciardo facing "make or break" decision on F1 future

Daniel Ricciardo believes his next Formula 1 contract could be "make or break" for his chances of winning a world championship in his career.

Ferrari defeat not down to Marchionne's management style - Wolff

Mercedes Formula 1 team boss Toto Wolff says it would be "oversimplification" to suggest Ferrari president Sergio Marchionne's strict approach contributed to the Italian outfit's defeat in 2017.

Live broadcast F1 races named for Channel 4's final season

The Monaco and British Grands Prix will be among 10 races broadcast live on terrestrial television in the UK in 2018.

How new Barcelona surface will affect F1 testing

Pirelli racing manager Mario Isola expects there to be a lot of track evolution across the first two days of Formula 1 pre-season testing following a resurfacing project.

F1 no longer has "depth of competition" - Mansell

Formula 1 lacks depth of competition and needs to find a way extend the size of the grid, according to 1992 world champion Nigel Mansell.

Stroll a "completely different driver" compared to F1 debut

Lance Stroll believes he will be a “completely different driver” when he contests his second Formula 1 season with Williams in 2018.

Williams reveals 2018 F1 car launch date

Williams will reveal the first look of its 2018 Formula 1 challenger on February 15 at its season launch event in London.

Three engines per year rule "no new science" - Mercedes

Formula 1's move to three engines for the full season in 2018 will not require any "new science", says Mercedes' engine chief.

The driver Mercedes should sign for 2019 Prime

The driver Mercedes should sign for 2019

Whether Lewis Hamilton stays at Mercedes beyond 2018 is one question; whether Valtteri Bottas does enough to earn another contract extension is another. Either way, Mercedes has an opening for 2019 - and should grab Daniel Ricciardo to fill it.

Grosjean says he could race in F1 until he is 40

Romain Grosjean has no plans to retire from Formula 1 and instead feels like he could race on in the championship until he turns 40.

McLaren/Renault pose "significant" threat to Force India

Formula 1 rivals McLaren and Renault will pose a "significant" threat to Force India next season, according to the team's deputy team principal Bob Fernley.

F1 future to be shaped around three performance factors

Formula 1's team of specialists tasked with shaping the future direction of the championship are focusing on improving three areas of car performance - aerodynamics, engines and suspension.

Bottas altered Mercedes view of intra-team rivalries

Pairing Valtteri Bottas alongside Lewis Hamilton has changed the way the Mercedes Formula 1 team thinks about internal rivalries between its drivers, according to team boss Toto Wolff.

Mercedes defends staff contract strategy

Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff has defended his Formula 1 team's policy surrounding staff contracts following criticism from Renault counterpart Cyril Abiteboul.

Inexperienced line-up not a handicap for Williams - Mansell

Williams can deliver good results during the 2018 Formula 1 campaign as driver inexperience is not the handicap it once was, says 1992 world champion Nigel Mansell.

Haas following Force India trajectory in F1 - Magnussen

Kevin Magnussen believes Haas's first two seasons show it has the potential to emulate Formula 1's overachiever Force India.

Why Kubica's F1 racing return was put on hold Prime

Why Kubica's F1 racing return was put on hold

Many wanted it to happen, but Robert Kubica will not be a Formula 1 race driver in 2018. But while he's been beaten to a Williams seat by a well-backed Russian, Kubica's dream is not over yet.

F1 to present vision of future to race promoters

Formula 1 bosses will present their vision for the future to all current race promoters a conference in London on Wednesday, has learned.

Kubica: Williams role "important step" towards F1 race return

Robert Kubica says his Williams reserve role is "an important step" in him achieving his goal of making a racing return to Formula 1 in the future.

Kubica named Williams' reserve driver

Williams has named Robert Kubica as its reserve and development driver for the 2018 Formula 1 season.

Williams announces Sirotkin as Stroll's teammate

Williams has announced Sergey Sirotkin will make his Formula 1 debut with the team this season, partnering Lance Stroll.

F1 team contract talks can't become destructive - Brown

McLaren executive director Zak Brown has warned talks surrounding the future of Formula 1 beyond 2020 must not become "destructive".

Perez: 2018 crucial for top F1 team hopes

Sergio Perez admits his performance in the 2018 Formula 1 world championship is crucial in determining whether he will get another shot with a big team.

Formula 1 "still nowhere" with social media

Formula 1 is still "nowhere" compared to rival sports in the world of social media despite reporting a huge boost in interaction, according to Pat Symonds.

Steiner says no American driver is ready for F1 now

Gunther Steiner says Haas wants to place an American driver in one of its Formula 1 race seats, but does not feel there is anyone currently ready to step in.

Why is Mercedes' 'exceptional' talent on the F1 scrapheap? Prime

Why is Mercedes' 'exceptional' talent on the F1 scrapheap?

Not only is Pascal Wehrlein set for a year on the F1 sidelines, but he faces stiff competition from other Mercedes juniors that are making their mark in the paddock. At the age of just 23 he faces a fight to rescue his F1 career.

Pirelli says F1 tyre war would damage competition

A return to 'tyre war' competition in Formula 1 would push up costs and spread the field out, according to Pirelli racing manager Mario Isola.

Formula 1 evaluating changes to grid formation

Formula 1 bosses are evaluating making changes to the way the grids line up for a grand prix in the future, according to Pat Symonds.

Perez: The pressure is now on Ocon

Sergio Perez says the pressure will be on his Force India teammate Esteban Ocon in 2018 after the Frenchman impressed in his first full Formula 1 campaign.

Williams wary of McLaren threat in 2018

Williams technical chief Paddy Lowe says the team is wary of the threat McLaren will pose in 2018 after ditching Honda for Renault power in Formula 1.