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2017 ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX- PREVIEW
Sahara Force India gets ready for this weekend’s season finale, the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
Vijay Mallya: “Whatever happens in Abu Dhabi this weekend, 2017 has already been our most successful season to date. I can’t stress just how proud I am of our achievements. Claiming fourth place in the World Championship for two consecutive years doesn’t happen by accident and I have to pay tribute to each and every one of the 400 staff who played their part in making it possible.
PIERRE AND BRENDON TO STAY FOR… 2018!
16th November 2017
Scuderia Toro Rosso is very pleased to announce that its driver line-up for the 2018 Formula 1 season will be the one formed by Pierre Gasly and Brendon Hartley. After making their Formula 1 debuts this year in Malaysia and Texas respectively, both drivers will continue together, as teammates, in the new year.
Next week’s Grand Prix in Abu Dhabi will be Pierre’s fifth Formula 1 weekend and Brendon’s fourth, gaining vital experience in order to start the 2018 season with already a good understanding of the sport and, at the same time, getting to know the team better.
11th November 2017
Due to recent accusations made in the media from the team’s engine supplier, Toro Rosso wishes to clarify the actual situation regarding the power units.
It comes as a big surprise to the team that Cyril Abiteboul has suggested to the media that the problems Toro Rosso suffers with the power unit are primarily team related, and the way in which the power unit is operated in the STR12 chassis.
Felipe Massa to Leave Williams Martini Racing
WILLIAMS MARTINI RACING confirms that Felipe Massa will leave the team at the end of the 2017 Formula One season.
Felipe made his debut with Williams in 2014. During the last four years, he has helped the team secure third place in the Constructors’ Championship in 2014 and 2015, and fifth place in 2016. After initially indicating he would retire at the end of last year, he returned at Williams’ request for the 2017 season, and the team currently stands fifth in the Constructors’ Championship.
Red Bull Racing and Max Verstappen extend relationship through 2020
20 OCTOBER 2017
Formula One’s youngest grand prix champion commits to the long term with Red Bull Racing
Max Verstappen: “Red Bull has supported me from the very beginning. I’m looking forward to accomplishing more with this team.”
Christian Horner: “Max has had a phenomenal start with us, and we are as hungry for success as he is.”
Red Bull Racing is delighted to announce that Max Verstappen, who enjoyed a dream debut with the team in 2016, winning his first grand prix and re-writing Formula One’s record books, has agreed an extended contract which will see him continue to race for The Bulls for a further three years.
McLaren and Fernando Alonso extend relationship
McLaren is delighted to announce that Fernando Alonso has extended his relationship with the team.
The news underlines Fernando’s commitment to McLaren, his long-term ties to the organisation, and his belief in the exciting potential and promise that exists within McLaren.
He will contest the 2018 FIA Formula 1 World Championship alongside Belgium’s Stoffel Vandoorne.
Brendon Hartley to race with Scuderia Toro Rosso in Austin
13th October 2017
Never say never:
Brendon Hartley to race with Scuderia Toro Rosso in Austin
New Zealander Brendon Hartley will race for Scuderia Toro Rosso at the next round of the Formula 1 World Championship, the USA Grand Prix in Austin, as Pierre Gasly will be racing in Japan for the last race of the Super Formula Championship in Suzuka.
Scuderia Toro Rosso to release Carlos Sainz after the Japanese Grand Prix
Carlos Sainz will join the Renault Sport Formula One team as from the next round of the world championship, the USA Grand Prix. It was previously announced that the Spaniard was due to join his new team for the 2018 season. However, circumstances have changed and therefore we are releasing him earlier than originally planned.
At the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Daniil Kvyat will drive for Scuderia Toro Rosso alongside Pierre Gasly.
2017 Japanese Grand Prix - Friday
06 October 2017
Lewis sets fastest time on a rainy Friday afternoon
Lewis finished the morning session in P2 with Valtteri in P5
Lewis ended the day in P1 with Valtteri staying in the garage as only five drivers set a time in the wet afternoon session
Both drivers ran the latest aerodynamic update package
Pierre Gasly to drive with Scuderia Toro Rosso
26th September 2017
For the next Grands Prix, Pierre Gasly will be driving for Scuderia Toro Rosso, standing in for Daniil Kvyat, alongside Carlos Sainz.
Gasly, one of the Red Bull Junior Programme drivers, has been racing in Japan this year in the Super Formula category. The 2016 GP2 Champion finished second in last Sunday’s race, having won the two previous rounds. The 21 year old will therefore get his chance to prove himself in F1. This is not a case of goodbye for our Daniil, as he still remains part of the Red Bull Family.
2017 MALAYSIAN GRAND PRIX - PREVIEW
Sahara Force India gets ready for this weekend’s Malaysian Grand Prix.
Vijay Mallya: “Leaving Singapore with 11 points to help consolidate our fourth place in the championship was a very satisfactory outcome from a tricky weekend. It reminds us that even after a tough qualifying session, there is always plenty to fight for on Sunday. We also took a lot of positives from the pace of the VJM10 during the race and it’s clear that we have the potential for some more strong performances in the final six events.
Driving future innovation - Red Bull Racing confirms Aston Martin as title partner from 2018
25 SEPTEMBER 2017
• Red Bull Racing extends Aston Martin to title and Innovation Partner from 2018
• The team will race from 2018 as Aston Martin Red Bull Racing
• New Advanced Performance Centre to open at the team’s campus in Milton Keynes
• Advanced Performance Centre will aid in the two organisations adopting both F1 and road car technology
• Further products in the pipeline from the Innovation Partnership producing the Aston Martin Valkyrie
Charles Leclerc to set for FP1 sessions
The Sauber F1 Team is pleased to confirm that Charles Leclerc will be in the cockpit of the Sauber C36-Ferrari during four free practice sessions ahead of the upcoming 2017 Formula One Grand Prix. Leclerc, the current leader in this year’s F2 series, will be participating in FP1 sessions during the race weekends in Malaysia, US, Mexico and Brazil.
At the Malaysian Grand Prix, Charles Leclerc will be driving the Sauber C36-Ferrari for the first time in FP1 on Friday at the Sepang International Circuit. Regular driver Marcus Ericsson will take over the car from FP2 onwards.
Singapore Grand Prix - Singapore 17 September
Maurizio Arrivabene: “That was very disappointing and it was definitely not the result we were expecting. But it doesn’t mean that the battle is all over, just that it has become more difficult. We are very disappointed for our fans, but we will be back. We proved that we have an excellent car and two great drivers. All of us, those here in Singapore today and those working back in Maranello, we all have the Prancing Horse stamped on our hearts and we guarantee that we will be fighting right to the final corner of the very last Grand Prix of the year.”
2017 SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX – SUNDAY 17/09/2017
Carlos Sainz (STR12-01, Car 55)
Race: Pos. 4th
“WOW! What a day, what a result! I’d say this is probably my best day in Formula 1 up until now! After a weekend with so much media attention, to put together a perfect weekend and finish the race in P4 is just amazing. To start the race on intermediate tyres, then switch to the supersoft - where I struggled a bit during the first laps - and then make it to the end without losing positions is just the perfect way to celebrate a difficult weekend…it’s definitely one I will always remember! I have to say that the most difficult part of the race for me was the start of my stint on the supersoft – it was not easy at all! I tried to do my best during the out-lap but Hulkenberg managed to overcut me… Luckily for me he then had a problem and from then onwards it was all about defending from Checo, who had been faster than us on Friday and also was on ultras! It was very difficult to keep him behind, looking in my mirrors the whole time, but in the end we did it! I had my flight booked to go back home tonight, but I’m definitely cancelling this – we need to celebrate this excellent result all together, this team have also done an amazing job this weekend… Thank you!”