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post Jan 8 2018, 12:47 PM
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2018 F1 TESTING DATES

PRE-SEASON TESTING
February 26-March 1: Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona
March 6-9: Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona

IN-SEASON TESTING
May 15-May 16: Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona
July 31-August 1: Hungaroring, Budapest



2018 F1 RACE CALENDAR

March 25 - Australian GP, Melbourne
April 8 - Bahrain GP, Sakhir
April 15 - Chinese GP, Shanghai
April 29 - Azerbaijan GP, Baku
May 13 - Spanish GP, Barcelona
May 27 - Monaco GP, Monaco
June 10 - Canadian GP, Montreal
June 24 - French GP, Le Castellet
July 1 - Austrian GP, Spielberg
July 8 - British GP, Silverstone
July 22 - German GP, Hockenheim
July 29 - Hungarian GP, Budapest
August 26 - Belgian GP, Spa-Francorchamps
September 2 - Italian GP, Monza
September 16 - Singapore GP, Marina Bay
September 30 - Russian GP, Sochi
October 7 - Japanese GP, Suzuka
October 21 - United States GP, Austin
October 28 - Mexican GP, Mexico City
November 11 - Brazilian GP, Sao Paulo
November 25 - Abu Dhabi GP, Yas Marina



2018 F1 DRIVER LINE-UPS

Mercedes - Lewis Hamilton/Valtteri Bottas
Ferrari - Sebastian Vettel/Kimi Raikkonen
Red Bull - Daniel Ricciardo/Max Verstappen
Force India - Sergio Perez/Esteban Ocon
Williams - Lance Stroll/ TBC
Renault - Nico Hulkenberg/Carlos Sainz
Toro Rosso - Pierre Gasly/Brendon Hartley
Haas - Romain Grosjean/Kevin Magnussen
McLaren - Fernando Alonso/Stoffel Vandoorne
Sauber - Marcus Ericsson /Charles Leclerc

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post Jan 8 2018, 01:07 PM
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Sooo looking forward to this season - I think it's going to be the most exciting since 2009.

Williams look likely to confirm Renault test-driver Sergey Sirotkin in that 2nd seat after all the speculation over whether it'll be Robert Kubica, Paul di Resta, Pascal Wehrlein or Daniil Kvyat laugh.gif
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post Jan 16 2018, 12:57 PM
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Williams have confirmed Sirotkin for the second seat with Robert Kubica as their reserve driver.
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post Jan 17 2018, 07:20 PM
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Looks like we're on the hunt for a new 3rd driver then!! Not surprised this is how it played out. Kubica is fab for PR for them, and their Martini sponsorship, and then it does appear that Sirotkin was genuinely quicker on the data - does explain why Renault hesitated and pushed for Sainz as part of the deal to allow TR out of their supply deal.
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post Jan 17 2018, 07:33 PM
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https://www.motorsport.com/f1/news/mclaren-...car-996655/?s=1

Interesting there from motorsport.com on the McRenault adaptation that reveals a little more detail about the differences in packaging between the different manufacturers and then the impact that has on the car itself. Also explains why the Merc had to run with a long wheelbase last year compared to the Ferrari/Renault cars
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post Jan 26 2018, 08:40 AM
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Following proposals Liberty Media have made to broadcasters to make F1 coverage more exciting...

1. Making the start time of European races an hour later in the hope of attracting a bigger audience - so a typical start would be 2pm in the UK, rather than 1pm
2. Races to start at 10-past the hour rather than on it
3. Bahrain to become a full night race rather than start at twilight
4. Improved engine sound from repositioned on-board microphones
5. Make the cars look faster with different camera angles and static cameras
6. Playing a soundtrack of music at occasional parts of the race
7. A highlights reel to play at regular intervals during the live broadcast
8. A potential deal with Netflix for behind-the-scenes footage
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post Jan 26 2018, 10:12 PM
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QUOTE(MvG501 @ Jan 26 2018, 08:40 AM) *
6. Playing a soundtrack of music at occasional parts of the race


Surely not? laugh.gif
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post Jan 26 2018, 11:02 PM
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QUOTE(Dobbo @ Jan 26 2018, 10:12 PM) *
Surely not? laugh.gif

ha ikr

the netflix deal is the only thing about those that interests me
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post Jan 26 2018, 11:43 PM
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Coping Formula E with soundtrack in the middle of the race, really?

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post Jan 26 2018, 11:51 PM
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QUOTE(MvG501 @ Jan 26 2018, 08:40 AM) *
Following proposals Liberty Media have made to broadcasters to make F1 coverage more exciting...

1. Making the start time of European races an hour later in the hope of attracting a bigger audience - so a typical start would be 2pm in the UK, rather than 1pm
2. Races to start at 10-past the hour rather than on it
3. Bahrain to become a full night race rather than start at twilight
4. Improved engine sound from repositioned on-board microphones
5. Make the cars look faster with different camera angles and static cameras
6. Playing a soundtrack of music at occasional parts of the race
7. A highlights reel to play at regular intervals during the live broadcast
8. A potential deal with Netflix for behind-the-scenes footage

1 - Meh no big deal really
2 - why tho? seems utterly f***ing pointless
3 - I have a better idea for Bahrain. Never hold a Grand Prix there again magic.gif
4 - Oh wow. big deal
5 - Not the issue. Issue is the fact cars can't follow closely enough to overtake and that its basically a procession behind an overly dominant team lead by an arrogant prick
6 - This is why American's aren't allowed nice things. Stick to Nascar
7 - f*** me. No. Stick to replays of things that were missed because we're watching dickhead in clear air do literally nothing of note, or better yet show them in the first place
8 - As Jake says, this one actually has merit.
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post Jan 29 2018, 12:55 PM
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List of the races that will be broadcast on Sky and Channel 4

Australian Grand Prix- March 23-25 Sky
Bahrain Grand Prix- April 6-8 Sky/Channel 4
Chinese Grand Prix - April 13-15 Sky
Azerbaijan Grand Prix- April 27-29 Sky/Channel 4
Spanish Grand Prix- May 11-13 Sky
Monaco Grand Prix- May 25-27 Sky/Channel 4
Canadian Grand Prix- June 8-10 Sky
French Grand Prix- June 22-24 Sky
Austrian Grand Prix- June 29-July 1 Sky/Channel 4
British Grand Prix- July 6-8 Sky/Channel 4
German Grand Prix- July 20-22 Sky
Hungarian Grand Prix- July 27-29 Sky
Belgian Grand Prix- August 24-26 Sky/Channel 4
Italian Grand Prix- August 31-September 2 Sky
Singapore Grand Prix- September 14-16 Sky/Channel 4
Russian Grand Prix- September 28-30 Sky
Japanese Grand Prix- October 5-7 Sky/Channel 4
United States Grand Prix- October 19-21 Sky/Channel 4
Mexican Grand Prix- October 26-28 Sky
Brazilian Grand Prix- November 9-11 Sky
Abu Dhabi Grand Prix- November 23-25 Sky/Channel 4
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post Jan 29 2018, 06:06 PM
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Bahrain and Baku?! Baffling choices. Both should be wiped from the calendar as soon as possible
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post Jan 29 2018, 06:28 PM
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Tbf Baku was the best race by a country mile last year although time will tell whether that was the exception rather than the norm (see Valencia 2012 as another example).

Barhain is usually a bore but the worst offender is still abu Dhabi, shocking that gets the season finale.
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post Jan 29 2018, 06:33 PM
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The year before was such a disappointment. Qualifying was more exciting than the race which is why I’m inclined to think it’s more a Valencia than a Canada
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post Jan 29 2018, 10:40 PM
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I just think its sad that in all the years of "the picks" i.e. BBC/Sky and C4/Sky sharing, the Australian GP has never been live on the terrestrial broadcaster.
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post Jan 29 2018, 11:43 PM
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QUOTE(MvG501 @ Jan 29 2018, 10:40 PM) *
I just think its sad that in all the years of "the picks" i.e. BBC/Sky and C4/Sky sharing, the Australian GP has never been live on the terrestrial broadcaster.

especially when you’d think it’d be the most obvious to be on BBC/C4 to get people invested/interested in the rest of the season..
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post Jan 30 2018, 11:00 PM
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Alonso confirmed to be competing in WEC for Toyota this year and next due to the shift of the season to a summer to summer format meaning he'll get two shots at Le Mans.
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post Jan 31 2018, 07:31 PM
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So grid girls are no longer. Whilst I can see why this has inevitably happened I can't help but think the powers that be really should have been looking into about a million other things with the Sport first...
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All dates in one place, great, thank you!
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post Jan 31 2018, 09:02 PM
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Not too sure what to think regarding grid girls. Interesting to see if other series get rid of them. First dart walk on girls and now the grid girls. F1 has always had glamour.
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