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Old 3rd January 2017, 14:34   #121
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Sauber has reached agreement for Pascal Wehrlein to line up alongside Marcus Ericsson this year, sources have revealed, paving the way for Valtteri Bottas to take the vacant seat at Mercedes.

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Old 3rd January 2017, 18:17   #122
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Italian press as usual is going on hyperbole with speculations on the new Ferrari. The latest one being the PU breaching 1000 hp mark.

http://www.gazzetta.it/Formula-1/31-...36769073.shtml

In other news, Ferrari has asked to clarify the trick suspension systems that Mercedes and RedBull have been using last year.
Probably want to disrupt their preparations by making those illegal, thus having to re-design the suspensions again.
Mercedes had placed a heave (or third suspension element) behind the rocker assembly to control vertical displacement of the suspension.
The benefits of the system were clear in 2016.

Ferrari's chief designer Simone Resta said his team was considering a system that could replicate FRIC without a physical connection between the front and the rear of the car.
The issue was whether these systems breached the article 3.15 of F1's technical regulations that effectively outlaws moveable aerodynamic devices.
Charlie Whiting responded that any suspension system that acted in such a way was not in compliance with the regulations.
Teams affected have queried the response. Should keep them busy for a while now.

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"We are considering a family of suspension devices that we believe could offer a performance improvement through a response that is a more complex function of the load at the wheels than would be obtained through a simple combination of springs, dampers and inerters," wrote Resta.

"In all cases they would be installed between some combination of the sprung part of the car and the two suspension rockers on a single axle, and achieve an effect similar to that of a FRIC system without requiring any connection between the front and rear of the car.

"All suspension devices in question feature a moveable spring seat and they use energy recovered from wheel loads and displacements to alter the position of the heave spring.

"Their contribution to the primary purpose of the sprung suspension - the attachment of the wheels to the car in a manner which isolates the sprung part from road disturbances - is small, while their effect on ride height and hence aerodynamic performance is much larger, to the extent that we believe it could justify the additional weight and design complexity.

"We would therefore question the legality of these systems under Art. 3.15 and its interpretation in TD/002-11, discriminating between whether certain details are 'wholly incidental to the main purpose of the suspension system' or 'have been contrived to directly affect the aerodynamic performance of the car'."
Resta specified that Ferrari's concern was over components that exhibited either:

"1) displacement in a direction opposed to the applied load over some or all of its travel, regardless of the source of the stored energy used to achieve this.

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"2) a means by which some of the energy recovered from the forces and displacements at the wheel can be stored for release at a later time to extend a spring seat or other parts of the suspension assembly whose movement is not defined by the principally vertical suspension travel of the two wheels."
http://www.autosport.com/news/report...suspension-row

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and the winner of the shortest retirement of all time goes to Felipe Massa.
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So Manor Racing have gone into administration. Very sad to see that happen. Sauber should be thankful to Felipe Nasr for scoring those valuable points in Brazil. Personally, I feel Felipe Nasr deserves a drive for the 2017 season.

Manor Racing's future looks too bleak. Let's hope someone can buy them out.

In other news, Esteban Gutierrez is all set to join Formula-E. Looks like his F1 career is over.
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So Manor Racing have gone into administration. Very sad to see that happen. Sauber should be thankful to Felipe Nasr for scoring those valuable points in Brazil. Personally, I feel Felipe Nasr deserves a drive for the 2017 season.

Manor Racing's future looks too bleak. Let's hope someone can buy them out.

In other news, Esteban Gutierrez is all set to join Formula-E. Looks like his F1 career is over.
Basically Nasr ruined his own chances of getting a drive by driving well in Brazil. Had he not scored a point, Manor would've not finished last and a seat would be open for Nasr.
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Basically Nasr ruined his own chances of getting a drive by driving well in Brazil. Had he not scored a point, Manor would've not finished last and a seat would be open for Nasr.
Well, to be fair, he lost his Banco do Brasil sponsorship and hoped that the constructors prize money he procured for the team with his win in Brazil would help him get a drive in 2017. Little did he know he would be digging his own grave.

Once again, money trumps in F1, especially for the smaller teams. Lets hope F1 will be restructured better in the future.
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Paddy Lowe technical director at Mercedes Formula 1 team and a crucial part in the last few successful seasons for Mercedes bids Adieu to the team.

He was the head of research and development for McLaren during Mika Hakkinenís two championships of 1998 and 1999 and was the engineering director for the team when Lewis Hamilton took his first title in 2008. He moved to Mercedes in 2013 as technical director and has overseen the dominance of their cars during the hybrid era.

It is understood he would be moving to the Williams F1 team.

No replacement has been announced currently.

New driver, new rules and a technical director leaving. Would Mercedes be able to continue their current dominance for another year. We will have to wait and see.
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Once again, money trumps in F1, especially for the smaller teams. Lets hope F1 will be restructured better in the future.
F1 has to be restructured. It makes no sense that Manor's performance has little relevance to their earnings but Ferrari gets huge amount just to show up and under perform. From my understanding of the current system, Haas has to survive for at least three years and continuously get points to receive significant pay.
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Renault has announced Frederic Vasseur has stepped down from his role as team principal on the eve of the 2017 season. - Source ESPN F1

Really sad news, especially 6 weeks before testing starts. I really hope this won't affect the team which will indirectly affect Nico Hulkenburg. The guy really needs and deserves a winning car along with some good luck.
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Paddy Lowe technical director at Mercedes Formula 1 team and a crucial part in the last few successful seasons for Mercedes bids Adieu to the team.

He was the head of research and development for McLaren during Mika Hakkinen’s two championships of 1998 and 1999 and was the engineering director for the team when Lewis Hamilton took his first title in 2008. He moved to Mercedes in 2013 as technical director and has overseen the dominance of their cars during the hybrid era.

It is understood he would be moving to the Williams F1 team.

No replacement has been announced currently.

New driver, new rules and a technical director leaving. Would Mercedes be able to continue their current dominance for another year. We will have to wait and see.
Mercedes should be OK.
2017 car is almost ready and the advantage they enjoy with the PU is so much that it would be a shocker if they are not at the sharp end of the field.
Even the suspension tech. clarification from FIA based on Ferrari query will not affect them much, at-least they would like everyone to think so.

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Renault has announced Frederic Vasseur has stepped down from his role as team principal on the eve of the 2017 season. - Source ESPN F1

Really sad news, especially 6 weeks before testing starts. I really hope this won't affect the team which will indirectly affect Nico Hulkenburg. The guy really needs and deserves a winning car along with some good luck.
This is seen by many as a sign of basic underlying problems within the team.
Vasseur generally keeps away from any messy affairs.
Vasseur told Motorsport.com.
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"There was too much different vision in the management of the team, so at this stage it makes sense for me to leave,"
"If you want to perform in F1, you need to have one leader in the team and one single way.
"If you have two different visions then the result is that the work inside the team is slow."
Hopefully atleast the PU for 2017 is sorted out, for RBR to challenge at front.
Both Renault and Honda are expected to come up with heavily revised PUs for 2017. And as usual, the expectations are high if all goes well

Hesegawa said this in his interview to Japanese press:
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compared to 2016 where we didnt know what to do and had no idea what we should do, now at least we believe it will be quite competitive if what we are trying to make now can be completed, so the rest is about whether we can make it in time or not.

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Its official, Bottas to Mercedes for 2017.

Massa to Williams.

http://www.autosport.com/news/report...ns-to-williams
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Here is an Artist's impression of how a 2017 F1 car could look like.

In Mercedes livery.

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Source : https://www.behance.net/gallery/3116...s-AMG-Petronas
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Bottas replacing Rosberg and the Brazilian Felipe Massa back out of retirement and racing, at Williams. I bet Hamilton will be more comfortable, at least for now. I hope Massa has got his hunger back.

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Teams are beginning to tease their fans with info on the next years cars & team-wear.

A snapchat picture of stoffel posted in McLaren feed showed the new team wear with Castrol branding.
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So it seems like the McLaren - BP deal is done.

Based on what Zak Brown said about Orange being possibly there in the McLaren livery, there are some images created by artists doing the rounds.
I must say that the cars do look good, no matter what the livery colour is.
The earlier picture I posted with Merc livery is not accurate as that was based on the original FIA proposal which was modified.
We might be looking at the return of "shark fin", as apparently the strategy group meeting rejected the proposal from RBR for banning them.
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