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2016 Formula One Season

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2015 was a year in which Mercedes were once again dominant, with Lewis Hamilton easily winning the tittle, however Rosberg came back strongly. Ferrari were next best with Sebastian Vettel having a much better year. While Red Bull had major issues with the Renault power unit and McLaren had a year to forget.

Of course, there was also intense sadness as Jules Bianchi succumbed to the brain injuries sustained at the 2014 Japanese Grand Prix.

For 2016

The following is known (Source http://www.f1fanatic.co.uk/2016-f1-season/drivers-teams/ )

Teams            Power Unit          Driver Line Ups                                     
Mercedes         Mercedes            44. Lewis Hamilton     6. Nico Rosberg              
Ferrari          Ferrari              5. Sebastian Vettel   7. Kimi Raikkonen            
Williams         Mercedes            19. Felipe Massa      77. Valtteri Bottas           
Red Bull         TAG-Heuer            3. Daniel Ricciardo  26. Daniil Kvyat              
Force India      Mercedes            11. Sergio Perez      27. Nico Hulkenberg          
Renault          Renault            TBC. Jolyon Palmer     13. Pastor Maldonado          
Toro Rosso       Ferrari             33. Max Verstappen    55. Carlos Sainz Jnr        
Sauber           Ferrari              9. Marcus Ericsson   12. Felipe Nasr             
McLaren          Honda               14. Fernando Alonso   22. Jenson Button             
Manor            Mercedes            28. Will Stevens TBC  98. Roberto Merhi TBC 
Haas             Ferrari              8. Romain Grosjean  TBC. Esteban Gutierrez


A few points from the above, Red Bull will be using Renault engines badged TAG-Heuer.
The Renault team is the team formerly knows as Lotus.
Neither Manor driver has officially been confirmed as of yet.

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Further Updates

http://www.skysports.com/f1/news/12536/9974889/f1-in-2016-schedule-and-calendar-driver-line-ups-and-test-dates

2016 PRE-SEASON TEST SCHEDULE 
January 25-26: 
Paul Ricard, Wet-weather running
February 22-25: Barcelona
March 1-4: Barcelona

2016 RACE CALENDAR -
20 March:
Melbourne, Australia
3 April: Bahrain, Bahrain
17 April: Shanghai, China
1 May: Sochi, Russia
15 May: Barcelona, Spain
29 May: Monte Carlo, Monaco
12 June: Montreal, Canada
19 June: Baku, Azerbaijan*
3 July: Spielberg, Austria
10 July: Silverstone, United Kingdom
24 July: Budapest, Hungary
31 July: Hockenheim, Germany
28 August: Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium
4 September: Monza, Italy
18 September: Singapore
2 October: Sepang, Malaysia
9 October: Suzuka, Japan
23 October: Austin, USA**
30 October: Mexico City, Mexico
13 November: Sao Paolo, Brazil
27 November: Abu Dhabi, UAE

*race start to be scheduled to avoid conflict with the conclusion of the 24 Hours of Le Mans / **subject to agreement with the promoter and the ASN

 A bit more on the new tyre rules, from Ted Kravitz, http://www.skysports.com/watch/video/sports/f1/10113690/teds-notebook-tyre-rules-explained

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Can only see Mercedes dominance again this season, will be interested to see channel 4's coverage, at least they have promised to show the race in its entirety with no adverts!

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F1 rules shake-up unveiled by FIA, featuring new qualifying format

 

Formula One’s Strategy Group, which consists of all the major players including Bernie Ecclestone and the FIA president Jean Todt, met in Switzerland on Tuesday to discuss ways to improve the sport.

The new qualifying format, set to be introduced at the season opener in Australia on 20 March, will see the slowest drivers eliminated every 90 seconds after a timed period – rather than at the end of the three sessions – in hope of providing greater unpredictability.

 

http://www.theguardian.com/sport/2016/feb/24/formula-one-rules-shake-up-qualifying-fia

 

um yh.... so if a rain shower comes,,,,,,,

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Felipe Massa reckons the new F1 qualifying rules are likely to cause “chaos” as frontrunners get it wrong and find themselves bumped out of the session.

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“I'm sure it will happen, some chaos, cars that should maybe qualify more in the front have problems and they need to start in the back.

I think that's the whole idea Felipe?  dash1.gif 

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On 04/03/2016 at 10:31 AM, Summer Sun said:

 

They've scrapped that, nothing is ready. It *might* be introduced in Spain.

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"Formula 1 looks set to abandon the controversial new elimination qualifying system

F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone admitted it had not worked, but said he was reluctant to revert to the old system.

The 85-year-old wants to introduce an element of uncertainty in the hope it will hinder Mercedes' domination.

Teams are expected to meet in Melbourne on Sunday to discuss what to do next."

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/formula1/35850766

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Having watched the replay.........i'm thinking what the hell we're they thinking introducing this qualifying? Confusing and woeful. Sooner we back to the previous format the better

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2 hours ago, NUT said:

Having watched the replay.........i'm thinking what the hell we're they thinking introducing this qualifying? Confusing and woeful. Sooner we back to the previous format the better

It was predictably awful.  By having the 90 second time limit staying with the position, it meant that a driver who was one place from the bottom couldn't respond if the driver below him improved.  This problem was exacerbated by the fact that drivers had to complete their flying lap before the 90 seconds elapsed (rather than merely having to have crossed the line to open their flying lap), and by the lack of tyres available.

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On 18/03/2016 at 5:06 PM, Mapantz said:

What the hell is going on with all of this? Just a few days ago, they said it won't be introduced until later in the season..

Complete shambles wasn't it.

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Huge crash for Alonso thankfully he walked away uninjured

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Top 10

1. Nico Rosberg

2. Lewis Hamilton

3. Sebastian Vettel

4. Daniel Ricciardo

5. Felipe Massa

6. Romain Grosjean

7. Nico Hulkenberg

8. Valtteri Bottas

9. Carlos Sainz

10. Max Verstappen


The new qualifying format which was quite frankly stupid is not returning thankfully

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/formula1/35850766

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Scary accident for Alonso; I'm glad that the above photo shows the survival cell to be intact.  Congratulations to Nico Rosberg for a flawless drive which enabled him to take advantage of Hamilton's dodgy launch and Ferrari's baffling strategic error in leaving Vettel on the supersofts during the red flag.

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"Sky Sports has extended its partnership with Formula 1 to remain the home of F1 in the UK and Ireland until 2024.

As part of the new deal, Sky has agreed a new broadcast partnership with Formula One Management, strengthening its position as the home of sport offering unrivalled choice for fans.

Sky Sports' new partnership with Formula 1:

Exclusive: Sky Sports will be the home of Formula 1 in the UK and Ireland from 2019 to 2024, offering live coverage of every Grand Prix.

Free to air: The FORMULA 1 BRITISH GRAND PRIX, together with highlights of all other races and qualifying sessions, will be shown on a 'free-to-air' basis.

Sky Sports Mix: Additionally, at least two other 'prime time' live races a season will be offered on the soon-to-be-launched Sky Sports Mix channel along with other F1 content.

UHD: For the first time every race starting with the 2017 championship will be shown in the stunning picture quality of Ultra High Definition via Sky Q, the next-generation home entertainment system."

http://www.skysports.com/f1/news/12430/10215419/sky-sports-to-show-every-f1-race-live-from-2019-until-2024

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21 minutes ago, Summer Sun said:

"Sky Sports has extended its partnership with Formula 1 to remain the home of F1 in the UK and Ireland until 2024.

As part of the new deal, Sky has agreed a new broadcast partnership with Formula One Management, strengthening its position as the home of sport offering unrivalled choice for fans.

Sky Sports' new partnership with Formula 1:

Exclusive: Sky Sports will be the home of Formula 1 in the UK and Ireland from 2019 to 2024, offering live coverage of every Grand Prix.

Free to air: The FORMULA 1 BRITISH GRAND PRIX, together with highlights of all other races and qualifying sessions, will be shown on a 'free-to-air' basis.

Sky Sports Mix: Additionally, at least two other 'prime time' live races a season will be offered on the soon-to-be-launched Sky Sports Mix channel along with other F1 content.

UHD: For the first time every race starting with the 2017 championship will be shown in the stunning picture quality of Ultra High Definition via Sky Q, the next-generation home entertainment system."

http://www.skysports.com/f1/news/12430/10215419/sky-sports-to-show-every-f1-race-live-from-2019-until-2024

Terrible News, and also very ironic given that today the GPDA have complained about amongst other things.

The lack of free live coverage of the sport.

https://twitter.com/GPDA_

 

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2 hours ago, chrisbell-nottheweatherman said:

Formula 1 hits a new low by shooting itself in the foot twice in one week.:rofl:

Shocking.

 

3 hours ago, Summer Sun said:

 

Is is the any mention of the GPDA letter on the Sky sports website, there certainly should be.

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3 minutes ago, J10 said:

Shocking.

 

Is is the any mention of the GPDA letter on the Sky sports website, there certainly should be.

Bernie put out a letter in response too, have you seen it?

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2 hours ago, BornFromTheVoid said:

Bernie put out a letter in response too, have you seen it?

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Yes I have, early this morning on the BBC website.

The point I was making is that the Sky Sports website are not covering the story, or to be even more truthful were covering the story but deleted the article later.

http://f1broadcasting.co/2016/03/24/f1-teams-blocked-sky-uk-exclusivity-for-2016-to-2018/

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