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Realistic Expectations for Red Bull in 2016 Formula 1 Season

One of his staunchest allies may be helping to turn Red Bull Racing's fortunes around, but chief technical officer Adrian Newey isn't expecting any miracles ahead of the 2016 Formula One season. Having tried and failed to secure an engine-supply deal with Mercedes, Ferrari and Honda in the closing months of last season—a pursuit of excellence that nearly resulted in the downfall of the Red Bull empire—the team will continue to run Renault power units this year. Sure, they can give the engine a quirky name in an attempt to distance themselves from the French manufacturer, and, of course, engine expert Mario Illien, a colleague of Newey's from the Leyton House days, has been assisting the development of the powertrain, p...

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4 Things Ex-Ferrari Engineer Pat Fry Will Bring to Manor Formula 1 Team in 2016

The Manor Formula One team are yet to name either of their drivers for the 2016 season, but they've been busy behind the scenes building up a formidable backroom staff. Ex-McLaren sporting director Dave Ryan joined the team toward the end of November last year, and he was joined in January by former Ferrari designer Nicholas Tombazis. Soon after, the team welcomed an even bigger name—F1 veteran Pat Fry. In a career spanning almost 30 years, Fry worked at Benetton before moving to McLaren in the early 1990s. There, he acted as race engineer for both Mika Hakkinen and David Coulthard, before a promotion saw him work briefly in a tactical role. Fry was promoted further up the ranks soon after to become chief engineer of race development....

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Formula 1’s Latest Rumours and Talk: Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes and More

Most Formula One drivers would be delighted to be linked to Ferrari, the most successful team in the sport's history, but Valtteri Bottas found such rumours a nuisance in the 2015 season. As doubts over Kimi Raikkonen's future lingered, the Williams driver emerged as the favourite to replace his fellow Finn for 2016, and it was reported at one stage that the deal was all but done.  Raikkonen, however, was eventually retained by Ferrari, leaving Bottas with no option but to continue with Williams for a fourth season. The 26-year-old has revealed just how stressful that period was, but has explained how that experience taught him a valuable lesson ahead of the 2016 edition of "silly season." With Toto Wolff—the Mercedes team boss&m...

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Examining Pastor Maldonado’s F1 Legacy of Crashes, Penalties and 1 Magical Win

In 66 seasons of the Formula One World Championship, just 95 different drivers have won a grand prix (10 others won the Indianapolis 500 when it counted towards the championship). Improbably, Pastor Maldonado is one of them, and it is difficult to imagine another driver on that list whose talent behind the wheel is more lightly regarded. Maldonado recently lost his race seat at Lotus when the team was bought by Renault. With economies crumbling across South America, Maldonado's sponsor—the Venezuelan oil company PDVSA—could not come up with an estimated £35 million to pay for his drive, per the BBC's Andrew Benson. When it comes to Maldonado's reputation, that sponsorship is part of his problem. He is often regarded as not...

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Robert Kubica’s Rally Crash, 5 Years On: What Could He Have Achieved in F1?

Perhaps he simply lacked the global appeal of the sport's biggest names. Perhaps he was just denied the time, the opportunities and the good fortune to ensure his quality was indisputable. Or maybe, like Nico Hulkenberg and Valtteri Bottas today, public perception of him was blurred by his failure to slaughter his supposedly unfashionable, less talented team-mates. But there always seemed to be a strange reluctance to embrace Robert Kubica as one of the great drivers of modern Formula One, despite making the so-called holy trinity—Sebastian Vettel, Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso—all run scared. In 2012, Alonso told Autosport's Jonathan Noble how Kubica was "the best driver of the group," admitting his friend was the one...

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2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Season: By the Numbers

Have the analytics people infiltrated the NASCAR ranks? Maybe someone performs some serious homework for the major garages, toying in inefficiencies like the Oakland Athletics and Cleveland Browns (parting ways with Johnny Football doesn’t exactly need an advanced spreadsheet). There are certain numbers that signify which drivers have the best chance at winning the Sprint Cup, and that is why we’re taking a swan dive into the deep end of a quality in-ground pool to see just what those numbers mean. These numerals examine the drivers who made the Chase from the 2015 season because, let’s face it, that’s all that matters. So, if you, like me, love math*, then taking a closer look at the relevant numbers that make a NAS...

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The Top 5 Renault Formula 1 Liveries

Over nearly 20 years in Formula One, the Renault team has produced several beautiful (and a few not-so-beautiful) liveries. The colour scheme unveiled this week in Paris—as part of the launch ceremony reintroducing the French team as a constructor, rather than solely an engine supplier—definitely falls in the not-so-beautiful category. While the current trend is for teams to introduce their new cars online or in the pit lane at the first winter test session, Renault decided to actually hold a launch event. And the response was, well...meh. The big story—that Kevin Magnussen is replacing Pastor Maldonado in one of the race seats—had already broken. We did learn that Renault are re-establishing a driver development pro...

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F1 2016 Head-to-Head: Valtteri Bottas vs. Felipe Massa at Williams

Williams will field an unchanged lineup for the 2016 Formula One season, with veteran Felipe Massa once again partnered by rising star Valtteri Bottas. The ideal mix of experience and youth has seen the Grove-based team secure third place in the constructors' championship for two years in a row, and Williams will be hoping that stability in their driver pairing will lead to further success in the year ahead. Massa and Bottas should know each other very well by now—of all the 2016 team-mate pairings, only Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg at Mercedes have been together for longer. The lengthy partnership is something of a novelty for Williams, too. This is only the second time in their near 40-year history that they have retained the sa...

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Formula 1’s Latest Rumours and Talk: Renault Launch, Kevin Magnussen and More

The car on show may only have been a 2015-style chassis with a lifeless (albeit interim) livery, but Renault's return to the Formula One grid felt close enough to touch in Paris on Wednesday. Following its purchase of the Enstone-based Lotus team at the end of 2015, the manufacturer held a team-launch event in the French capital, where it outlined its plans for the new season and beyond. Although the company has a long and proud history in the sport, the message from chief executive Carlos Ghosn was clear: Renault is at the start of a very long and bumpy road back to the top of F1. After being released by McLaren-Honda last October, Kevin Magnussen appeared to be facing a long and bumpy road back to the F1 grid.  As he tested DTM and W...

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Bold Predictions for the 2016 NASCAR Season

The NASCAR season has a way of feeling like it just happened, you know? It feels as though Kyle Busch crossed the finish line at Homestead yesterday, Jeff Gordon won at Martinsville (again) and Kevin Harvick finished second (again). The season is a grind, and it will be on us like a restrictor plate at Daytona. No time like the present to launch into some bold predictions for the upcoming year. Gone are Gordon and Michael Waltrip Racing. Busch is the defending champion. Tony Stewart will retire. Chase Elliott’s a full-timer. There’s only so much a NASCAR fan can take. Read on for a buffet of bold predictions for the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup season.Begin Slideshow...

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