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Ride Around Laguna Seca With Mika Häkkinen In 1974 McLaren M23 19
Jan
Posted by Carscoops Staff in F1, Film, mclaren, McLaren Videos, video on 01 19th, 2018


Over the course of more than a decade in Formula One, Mika Häkkinen won two drivers' world championships, 20 races and scored 51 podiums. But he never got the chance to drive in America's most challenging race tracks, as F1 didn't race there.
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Mercedes Boss Says He Wants More Competition In F1 19
Jan
Posted by Brad Anderson in Daimler, F1, mercedes, Motorsport, racing, Reports on 01 19th, 2018


Daimler boss Dieter Zetsche has admitted that he wants to see greater competition in Formula One.
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Toro Rosso’s New Honda-Powered STR13 Would Look Cool In Chrome 18
Jan
Posted by Carscoops Staff in F1, honda, Renderings, Toro Rosso on 01 18th, 2018


The participating teams will start unveiling their new F1 cars for 2018 in the coming weeks and months. But before they do, we have at least one more independent design to show you.
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Toro Rosso’s New Honda-Powered STR13 Would Look Cool In Chrome 18
Jan
Posted by Carscoops Staff in F1, honda, Renderings, Toro Rosso on 01 18th, 2018


The participating teams will start unveiling their new F1 cars for 2018 in the coming weeks and months. But before they do, we have at least one more independent design to show you.
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Are Any American Drivers Ready For F1? Haas Chief Doesn’t Think So 17
Jan
Posted by Carscoops Staff in F1, Motorsport, racing, Reports on 01 17th, 2018


Formula One is now owned by an American company, has an American team on the grid, and an American race on the calendar – and it's eager to add more. So will an American driver be next?
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McLaren Has Successfully Integrated Renault’s Power Unit Into 2018 F1 Car 17
Jan
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in F1, mclaren, renault, Reports on 01 17th, 2018


McLaren Racing has succeeded in overcoming initial packaging headaches caused by Renault's fundamentally different engine architecture.
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Williams Signs Sergey Sirotkin For 2018, Robert Kubica As Test Driver 17
Jan
Posted by Carscoops Staff in F1, Motorsport, racing, Williams on 01 17th, 2018


With every other team having confirmed their driver rosters for next season, Williams Martini Racing was the last piece of the puzzle. But it's now announced its lineup as well, ending the game of musical chairs that precedes every new racing season.
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Go Inside Team McLaren In ‘Grand Prix Driver,’ Coming To Amazon Prime 17
Jan
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Amazon, F1, mclaren, McLaren Videos, video on 01 17th, 2018


Amazon proved itself among automotive enthusiasts when it picked up the trio from Top Gear and gave them a new series on its digital platform. Now it has another show coming that is sure to be worth watching.
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Ferrari’s Racing Cars Are A Sight To Behold At Autosport International 15
Jan
Posted by Carscoops Staff in F1, Ferrari, Ferrari 488, Ferrari LaFerrari on 01 15th, 2018


Arguably more than any other, Ferrari is a racing team as much as it is an automaker. And it displayed its enviable roster of competition models at the world’s preeminent racing-car show in the UK.

Leaving its road cars behind at the factory in Maranello, the Prancing Horse marque arrived at the Autosport International show in Birmingham, England, this past weekend with no fewer than four track-bound models.

There was the 488 Challenge, which heralds the launch of a new spec racing series (like the ones it runs in other parts of the world) specifically for the UK starting next year.

It was joined as well by the 488 GTE – the top racing version of Ferrari’s mid-engined V8 supercar – this one campaigned by James Calado and Alessandro Pier Guidi in the LMGTE Pro class of the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship.

That very car won three out of the nine races this season – at the Nurburgring, the Circuit of the Americas, and Fuji – to secure the drivers’ title. (Their teammates Davide Rigon and Sam Bird won two more to help Ferrari lock down the GT manufacturers’ trophy.)

As if those weren’t enough, Ferrari also brought out the FXX-K Evo, which made its public debut at the show – along with not one, but two F1 cars: the F2004 that Michael Schumacher and Rubens Barrichello drove to the world championship fourteen years ago (now part of the F1 Clienti program), and the SF70H that Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen drove this past season.

It’s a heck of a sight, seeing them all together on display under the same roof. But if you didn’t get a chance to swing through the NEC in Birmingham this past weekend, you can check them out in the image gallery below.

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McLaren Exec Says 2018 F1 Car Will Undergo Biggest Changes On The Grid 13
Jan
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in F1, mclaren, racing, Reports on 01 13th, 2018


McLaren Racing executive director Zak Brown revealed to Autosport that the British outfit’s 2018 challenger will feature the most changes out of all the teams.

“The car’s not going to look the same as last year. Our whole brand, the visibility of McLaren, is going to go to the next level and it’s going to be exciting”, Brown said. “We know what a lot of the other teams are going to look like, but hopefully people will see the biggest change on and off the track at McLaren going into Australia.”

He added that McLaren has signed three additional sponsors for 2018 and that there’s still some work to be done on the papaya orange livery. He also mentioned that the team’s fresh new look will carry over to the garage as well, helping them stand out from the rest of the field.

“Going through that exercise developed a plan that doesn’t require a ‘title partner'”, he commented. “It still requires a ‘principal partner’, just not a ‘title partner’. I know that’s semantics there but it’s really about protecting the McLaren name. That’s all I’m trying to do is ringfence that and keep us as McLaren.”

Apparently, Brown also believes that when a sponsor’s name becomes part of the team’s name, it “slightly diminishes the value of the name of the team.”

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F1 Halo May Soon Gain Digital Scrolling ‘Ticker’ Display 12
Jan
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in F1, mclaren, Reports on 01 12th, 2018


Formula 1 is currently analyzing multiple solutions that could help teams maximize the extra space found on the halo cockpit protection system.

According to Autosport, one idea being thrown around is a sort of scrolling digital ‘ticker’, like the ones used to display stocks and share prices.

“Formula 1 has been talking about doing some sort of digital on it, so I think we’ll make the most of it,” said McLaren exec, Zak Brown. “Possibly some sort of almost like ticker running, like you see at the stock exchange. Some kind of messaging – that sort of thing.”

There are already rules in place letting teams know what they can or can’t do with the halo, such as how they’re not allowed to paint it on the inside so that it doesn’t become a distraction to the drivers.

Brown admits that now “it looks a bit bolted onto the car”, but is hopeful that, in time, the halo will become better integrated in F1 cars.

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Mercedes’ 2018 F1 Engine To Be Largely “All New” 12
Jan
Posted by Brad Anderson in F1, mercedes, Motorsport, racing, Reports on 01 12th, 2018


The Mercedes team has largely dominated Formula One for the previous four seasons but the squad isn’t going to rest on its laurels in 2018.

Recently discussing the brand’s engine for the 2018 season with Motorsport, Mercedes engine boss Andy Cowell said the powertrain will be “pretty much all new.”

“It’s had several phase-ups through the season and we’ve got ideas to improve the power, the indicated power in the engine.

“We’ve got ideas to reduce the friction in pretty much every area of the power unit, or the losses in electrical systems,” Cowell revealed.

According to Cowell, Mercedes knows a selection of areas where it can improve its powertrain to ensure it retains an advantage over the likes of Ferrari, Renault, and Honda-produced engines.

“Every time you do an engine, every time you do a phase update you’ve always learned.

“So you freeze the concept, you do the work, you do the prove-out, you go racing and all the way along that journey it’s intensely frustrating because you’re learning but you cannot incorporate into that phase without corrupting the quality fundamentally.

“So it’s ensuring that we do have a learning culture that observes and learns and reflects and then remembers that so that then when it’s time to put the next concept together we’ve got a whole load of ideas and a lot of it is small, marginal gains on well-trodden areas,” Cowell said.

During the first half of the 2017 season, the Mercedes team was challenged by Ferrari ace Sebastian Vettel. However, the Italian marque’s form declined rapidly in the latter half of the championship, allowing Lewis Hamilton to comfortably win the driver’s championship and for Mercedes to secure a fourth consecutive constructors’ championship.

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Ferrari Picks Up Red Bull Reject Daniil Kvyat 11
Jan
Posted by Carscoops Staff in F1, Ferrari, Motorsport, racing, Red Bull, Reports, Toro Rosso on 01 11th, 2018


Daniil Kvyat may have been kicked out of the Red Bull family, but his career in Formula One may not be over yet. At least, not entirely.

According to Autosport, the Russian driver has been picked up by Ferrari – not for a race seat, mind you, but as a development driver.

Once a promising prospect, Kvyat proved his worth on his way up the ladder, winning titles in Formula Renault 2.0 and GP3. He debuted as a test driver at the final grands prix of 2013 with Toro Rosso and got the race seat the next season, where he showed form impressive enough to get promoted to the front-running Red Bull team to replace Sebastian Vettel in 2015.

A second-place finish that season in Hungary and another podium in China early the next weren’t enough to keep his seat, though, so he was bumped back down to Toro Rosso mid-season, switching seats with Max Verstappen. His performance has continued to drop off ever since, to the point that he was replaced mid-season again, losing out to Pierre Gasly and Brandon Hartley for a seat next season.

Kvyat reportedly approached Williams about the last vacancy on the grid, but that’s now believed to go to his less experienced countryman Sergey Sirotkin. The deal that Kvyat has hammered out with Ferrari instead will likely see him working the simulator in Maranello, but could put him behind the wheel on an actual track at official test sessions or Friday practices – or even, potentially, stepping in for Vettel or Raikkonen should the need arise (as it did following Felipe Massa’s injury in 2009).

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F1 Could Return To The Nürburgring Next Year 7
Jan
Posted by Carscoops Staff in F1, Motorsport, Nurburgring, racing, Reports on 01 7th, 2018


Races come and races go from the Formula One calendar, but next year the series could return to the Nürburgring.

Not to the Nordschleife, mind you – which hasn’t hosted a grand prix since 1976 – but to the adjoining GP-Strecke.

Those who’ve followed the status of the German Grand Prix will know that it had bounced between Hockenheim and the Nürburgring for years. But its place on the calendar fell into jeopardy recently as the more famous of the two fell on hard times financially.

While Hockenheim has held up its end, hosting the race in 2014 and 2016, the races that would have been held at the Nürburgring were canceled in 2015 and 2017. The last time F1 visited the Nürburgring was in 2013.

Hockenheim will host the race again this year, though. And now that the ‘Ring is under new management, talks have been taking place to bring the series back, which could happen as early as next year.

“We really would appreciate to have the Formula 1 back at the Nürburgring in 2019,” the circuit’s new CEO Mirco Markfort told Motorsport.com. “This will only be possible if we take meaningful economic surrounding conditions into consideration. We are able to confirm that there had been conversations with the owner of the Formula 1, Liberty Media.”

The Nürburgring may face some stiff competition, though. US-based Liberty Media is reportedly even more keen on holding another race in America than Bernie Ecclestone and CVC were, with Las Vegas, Miami, and New York said to be in contention. All told, Liberty is said to have received expressions of interest from as many as 40 potential new venues.

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Which F1 Teams Would Be Lining Up For Aston Martin Engines? 6
Jan
Posted by Carscoops Staff in ASTON MARTIN, F1, Motorsport, racing, Red Bull, Reports on 01 6th, 2018


Aston Martin has made no secret of its desire to enter Formula One as an engine supplier, should the next set of rules suit its ambitions. If and when it does, it could have several customer teams lined up.

Red Bull Racing, with which Aston is already partnered on multiple fronts, would be the natural choice – especially given the team’s dissatisfaction with its current Renault engine package.

Autosport points out that Toro Rosso could easily follow suit, especially if its new Honda deal doesn’t work out any better than it did with McLaren. But that there are other independent teams that have expressed interest as well.

Ferrari, Mercedes, and Renault all manufacture their own engines, but McLaren, Force India, Haas, Sauber, and Williams (in addition to the two Red Bull teams) source theirs from suppliers. Given their close relationships with Ferrari, it would be hard to imagine Haas or Sauber jumping ship. And given their rivalry on road cars, McLaren might not be too eager to team up with Aston either.

Williams and Force India could be prime candidates for the new engine package, though getting them to jump ship from the successful Mercedes power under which they currently run could prove a challenge.

The bigger question, perhaps, is how Aston would develop the F1 engines. It would be highly ambitious for it to undertake the endeavor entirely in-house, and Mercedes-AMG might not prove as eager to help this time as it did with its road-car powerplants. It could, however, partner again with Cosworth, like it did on the Valkyrie’s engine, and make good use of the engine constructor’s extensive experience in F1.

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