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Ogier wins fifth WRC title

The championship ends at the dirt road Kennards Hire Rally Australia which is based in Coffs Harbour on 16 – 19 November.

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Frenchman into second on all-time list after FIA World Rally Championship win.


A finely-judged third place at Dayinsure Wales Rally GB guaranteed a fifth consecutive FIA World Rally Championship for Sébastien Ogier with the 33-year-old Frenchman moving to second in the all-time rankings behind nine-time champion Sébastien Loeb.

Victory for team-mate Elfyn Evans was his maiden WRC triumph, made all the sweeter as he achieved it on home soil. The Welshman became the first Briton to win the wet and muddy forest road event since Richard Burns in 2000.

Evans is the seventh different driver to win in a remarkably unpredictable season. He headed Thierry Neuville’s Hyundai i20 by 37.3sec after leading for virtually the entire four-day, 304.36km event. Ogier finished a further 7.9sec behind.

A tense last leg culminated at the Power Stage finale alongside Llyn Brenig reservoir. Title rival Thierry Neuville charged to fastest time to claim maximum bonus points, while Ogier crept into a points-paying position by 0.1sec to seal the title with a round to spare.

“I had big emotions on the finish line,” said Ogier. “It’s been a tough year and we’ve all had to work very hard. It’s so amazing to be champion with M-Sport World Rally Team.”

Evans’ victory offset the crushing disappointment of losing by 0.7sec to Neuville in Argentina six months ago in the third-closest finish in history.

“I’m very grateful to everyone who has stuck by me through all these years. A lot of people have supported me and this win is for them,” said the 28-year-old former British champion.

To seal a remarkable weekend for Ogier and Evans, their M-Sport team lifted the manufacturers’ title for the first time since 2007. Their privately-run squad toppled three of the world’s biggest car companies after finishing on the podium on every round to date.

Andreas Mikkelsen did his best to relegate Ogier to assist team-mate Neuville. The Norwegian overhauled Jari-Matti Latvala to finish fourth, 4.6sec off the podium. Latvala struggled with the handling of his Toyota Yaris and finished half a second behind.

The championship ends at the dirt road Kennards Hire Rally Australia which is based in Coffs Harbour on 16 – 19 November.

Leading positions
1. E Evans / D Barritt GBR Ford Fiesta 2hr 57min 00.6sec
2. T Neuville / N Gilsoul BEL Hyundai i20 + 37.3sec
3. S Ogier / J Ingrassia FRA Ford Fiesta + 45.2sec
4. A Mikkelsen / A Jaeger NOR Hyundai i20 + 49.8sec
5. J-M Latvala / M Anttila FIN Toyota Yaris + 50.3sec
6. O Tänak / M Järveoja EST Ford Fiesta + 1min 02.3sec

Championship positions
1. S Ogier 215pts
2. T Neuville 183pts
3. O Tänak 169pts

 

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Elfyn Evans (GB), Thierry Neuville (BEL), Sebastien Ogier (FRA) celebrate the podium during FIA World Rally Championship in Deeside, Great Britain on 29.10.2018

 

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Horner confirms Aston Martin deal

The relationship between Aston Martin and Red Bull began in 2016 after the two companies combined cutting edge F1 technology and Aston Martin’s signature sports car design to produce a ground breaking hypercar.

 
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Formula 1 team Red Bull Racing confirm Aston Martin as title partner from 2018.

Eighteen months after launching an Innovation Partnership that led to the redefinition of automotive possibility with the game-changing Aston Martin Valkyrie hypercar, Red Bull Racing is set to similarly redefine the Formula One grid with the announcement that the iconic sports car brand Aston Martin is to become its title partner from 2018 onwards, with the team competing as ‘Aston Martin Red Bull Racing’.

The strengthened ties between the two brands are far more than a skin-deep exercise, with the expanded technical partnership taking concrete form in the shape of a new Advanced Performance Centre being established at Red Bull Racing’s campus later this year.

The new Centre will create 110 new jobs-housing Aston Martin’s design and engineering personnel responsible for future sports cars from the two companies. The new centre will allow a closer working relationship between the two leading brands in their respective fields which will see the adoption of both F1 and road car technology.

Christian Horner, Team Principal of Red Bull Racing said: “Our Innovation Partnership with Aston Martin has been a pioneering project from day one. Having conceived and created the remarkably successful Aston Martin Valkyrie together in 2016, we extended our relationship this year and are now delighted to further strengthen the partnership and see the team competing as Aston Martin Red Bull Racing in 2018. In addition, more than 100 Aston Martin staff will service the new Advanced Performance Centre on our campus here in Milton Keynes and it will allow us to collaborate further with Aston Martin on special, equally innovative, new projects.”

Aston Martin President and CEO, Andy Palmer, added: “Title partnership is the next logical step for our Innovation Partnership with Red Bull Racing. We are enjoying the global brand awareness that a revitalised Formula One provides. The power unit discussions (in Formula One) are of interest to us, but only if the circumstances are right. We are not about to enter an engine war with no restrictions in cost or dynamometer hours but we believe that if the FIA can create the right environment we would be interested in getting involved.”

The relationship between Aston Martin and Red Bull began in 2016 after the two companies combined cutting-edge F1 technology and Aston Martin’s signature sports car design to produce a groundbreaking hypercar. The Aston Martin Valkyrie is set to be the first in a line of new products to be born of this Innovation Partnership and will make its first run in 2018 before being delivered to customers in 2019.

Aston Martin will feature prominently across the Aston Martin Red Bull Racing team from the start of the 2018 season.

 

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Andreas Mikkelsen joins Hyundai

Andreas Mikkelsen joins Hyundai to drive I20 WRC car for final three 2017 rounds.

 

Andreas Mikkelsen joins Hyundai to drive I20 WRC car for final three 2017 rounds.

 

Andreas will partner Thierry Neuville and Dani Sordo at next month’s RallyRACC Catalunya – Rally de España (5 – 8 October), with Hayden Paddon dropped for the mixed surface encounter.

Hyundai said its lineup for Dayinsure Wales Rally GB (26 – 29 October) and Kennards Hire Rally Australia (16 – 19 November) would differ from Spain but did not provide details.

It is likely Paddon will return, with Sordo missing out. Team principal Michel Nandan acknowledged the decision to make changes was not easy, but necessary in an effort to rekindle its manufacturers’ title hopes. Hyundai trails M-Sport World Rally Team by 64 points after poor performances at the most recent rounds in Finland and Germany.

“Discussions with Andreas have been ongoing since he was out of a drive but we had nothing to offer him, as our lineup was fixed,” he said.

“However, with us losing ground, we decided to re-evaluate the situation. We had an open discussion with all three of our crews and informed them of our decision to make this adjustment.”

Mikkelsen lost his full-time seat when Volkswagen Motorsport left the WRC at the end of 2016. He tested with Hyundai in Portugal in April, but speculation he would join its lineup soon after came to nothing.

Instead, he joined the Citroën Total Abu Dhabi squad, ushering in several updates to the troubled C3 car and driving three rallies, culminating in second place at last month’s ADAC Rallye Deutschland.

It is believed that Mikkelsen joining Hyundai for the final three rounds was conditional on being offered a longer-term deal for next season.

“It is a great team with some very talented people, and the Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC has proven itself to be a winning car on every surface,” he said.

“I had the chance to test on gravel earlier this year. I had a really positive feeling, which I am sure we will find again in these last three events of the season. My aim is to do all I can to help the team in the manufacturers’ championship.

“I have a great belief in them and the car, so I am super excited. Anders (co-driver Jaeger) and I are ready for this and we hope it will be the start of something more long-term.”


 

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Andreas Mikkelsen (NOR) performs during FIA World Rally Championship 2016 Finland in Jyvaskyla on July 28, 2016


 




 


 

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2017 Ford GT-team vil forsvare Le Mans-seier

Om bare noen dager skal de fire Ford Chip Ganassi Racing GT-sjåførene stille seg opp på Circuit de la Sarthe for 2017-utgaven av 24 timers løpet i Le Mans og forsvare fjorårets seier for Ford GT.

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I fjor hadde Ford en ny supersportsbil, et nytt team og en ny utfordring. De skulle vinne det klassiske 24-timers løpet i Le Mans nøyaktig 50 år etter de tapetserte pallen i det samme løpet.

Teamet leverte en historisk seier og har siden det blitt enda bedre og vunnet seire i løp verden rundt. De har konkurrert både i FIA World Endurance Championship og WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

Om bare ti dager skal de fire Ford Chip Ganassi Racing GT-sjåførene stille seg opp på Circuit de la Sarthe for 2017-utgaven av 24 timers løpet i Le Mans og forsvare fjorårets seier for Ford GT.

– Å komme til Le Mans i fjor og vinne GTE Pro-klassen gjorde våre ansatte over hele verden veldig stolte. Det viser at når vi drar i samme retning, kan vi få til fantastiske ting. Vi gleder oss veldig til å komme tilbake til Le Mans for å forsvare tittelen fra i fjor, sier styreformann i Ford Motor Company, Bill Ford.

Fire GT klare for å vinne igjen

2017-utgaven av Le Mans markerer også et annet viktig jubileum: Det er nå nemlig femti år siden Dan Guerny og AJ Foyt vant Le Mans med sin Ford GT40. Dette var den andre av i alt fire seire etter hverandre som for alvor markerte Ford som det mest dominerende merket i verdens største billøp.

– Alle fra våre fire mannskap gleder seg over å være tilbake for å forsvare seieren fra i fjor. Det er alltid gøy å konkurrere når du vet at du har fire team som alle kan vinne dette historiske billøpet. 2016 var fantastisk. Vi vil gjøre 2017 enda bedre, sier eieren av teamet, Chip Ganassi.

Bourdais ut, Kanaan inn

Sébastien Bourdais, som var en del av vinnerlaget ifjor, #68 Ford GT, er ute på grunn av en ulykke han var utsatt for i kvalifiseringen for Indianapolis 500. Bourdais, som er fra Le Mans, blir erstattet av Indycar-stjernen Tony Kanaan.

– Le Mans blir ikke det samme uten Seb. Men vi er et sterkt team og vi er klare for denne utfordringen. Jeg har trent hardt hver dag for å være fysisk forberedt på dette. Le Mans er også en tøff mental påkjenning, men jeg har god støtte fra min familie. Det hjelper meg mye. Jeg tror at når hodet ditt fungerer bra ellers, fungerer det også bra for racing, sier racing sjåfør på #68-teamet Joey Hand.

Stor opplevelse å stå på pallen

Også team-medlemmene som tok en tredjeplass, #69 Ford GT, er offensive foran årets løp.

– Å stå på pallen var en stor opplevelse i fjor. Det var et historisk comeback for Ford. Jeg gleder meg enormt til å komme tilbake, sier racing-sjåfør Ryan Briscoe.

Det tredje Ford-teamet tok en fjerdeplass i fjorårets løp. De ble ilagt en straff for et ødelagt bilnummerlys.

– Den straffen kostet oss noe som kunne vært et veldig godt resultat, men sånn er Le Mans. Du må ha et helt perfekt løp for å vinne, sier racing sjåfør Stefan Mücke på #66 Ford GT-teamet.

Det fjerde Ford-teamet, #67 Ford GT, fikk sitt løp delvis ødelagt av et girkasseproblem som oppsto før start. I år er de klare for revansj.

– Vårt mål er selvsagt å vinne, sier sjåfør på teamet, Harry Tincknell.

 


Her er litt fakta:

Antall Le Mans-starter for Ford GT sjåførene:

Stefan Mücke -–10 (2007-2016)

Olivier Pla -–9 (2008-2016)

Richard Westbrook -–6 (2010-2014, 2016)

Dirk Müller -–5 (1999-2000, 2010-2011, 2016)

Andy Priaulx -–3 (2010-2011, 2016)

Harry Tincknell -– 3 (2014-2016)

Ryan Briscoe -–3 (2013, 2015-2016)

Joey Hand –- 2 (2011, 2016)

Pipo Derani –- 2 (2015-2016)

Scott Dixon –- 1 (2016)

Billy Johnson -– 1 (2016)

Tony Kanaan – Første gang på Le Mans

 

Hvilke Ford GT er det?

De fire Ford GT’ene som kjører Le Mans vil ha de samme rød, hvite og blå fargene. For å skille dem fra hverandre har de fargerike striper på frontruten, på speilene og LED-lysstriper loddrett ned midt i frontruten.

Disse fargene er:

#66 GRØNN

#67 BLÅ

#68 RØD

#69 GUL

 

Nytt av året er også en selvlysende farge på speilene som også synes i mørket og gjør deg i stand til å skille mellom bilene – også når det er mørkt.


 

 

Link til: 

FIA WORLD ENDURANCE CHAMPIONSHIP CALENDAR

 


Post photo by Kevin Decherf – Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK – Ford GT #66

Drivers: Olivier Pla, Stefan Mücke, Billy Johnson





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Mixed emotions for Renault e.dams from Saturday’s Berlin ePrix

The team will race again later today for the second race of the Berlin ePrix which means more opportunities to score points.

Link to the 2017 Formula E Calendar


After poor qualifying results that saw Nico Prost start from ninth on the grid and Séb Buemi fourteenth, Renault e.dams drove a strong first race at the Berlin ePrix double-header. Championship leader Séb Buemi took fifth place at the chequered flag, with team-mate Nico Prost one place adrift in sixth. Post-race, however, Séb was disqualified for his car failing to comply with the minimum tyre pressure.
When the lights went out, both drivers made strong starts but failed to make up any positions on the opening lap. Their mission was then to carve their way through the field, with Séb Buemi first to make progress by overtaking Stéphane Sarrazin on lap 7 to go P12. Nico also saw an opportunity and made a bold move on Maro Engel into Turn 1 to take eighth place. A few laps later, Séb was again on the move and made a manoeuvre stick on the inside of Jérôme d’Ambrosio at Turn 9 and gained another place.
Before both drivers made their mandatory car swap, Séb Buemi was in ninth position while Nico Prost was seventh. After a great car change, Prost headed back out on track in sixth. It was not long before Séb was back attacking his rivals and made another confident pass on Daniel Abt for P8. With ten laps to go, the title leader pulled off a superb move on Sam Bird and took P7 before overtaking his team-mate for P6. Both Renault e.dams drivers were all over the rear of Jean-Eric Vergne’s car but couldn’t find a way to pass him. Nonetheless, the Techeetah driver was given a 5 second time penalty for an unsafe pit release, which promoted Séb and Nico to fifth and sixth place respectively at the chequered flag, before Buemi’s disqualification.
Earlier in the day, the Berlin ePrix had started well for Renault e.dams with Séb topping the timesheets in the first free practice session. His lap time of 1:08.151 was a new track record for the revised Tempelhofring. Nico set the second fastest lap time, only five tenths shy of his team-mate. The second free practice session saw both drivers struggle a little as they were unable to post a quick lap.
Nico drew Q2 for his qualifying run, setting the ninth fastest time of the field. Séb ran in the Q4 group and couldn’t do better than 14th place because of a problem with the balance of the car.
Renault e.dams maintain their lead in the Teams’ Championship and sit on 200 points after today’s race. Even with the disqualification, Buemi remains on top in the Drivers’ standings with 132 points, 22 points over Lucas Di Grassi while Prost lies in third with 68 points. The team will race again tomorrow for the second race of the Berlin ePrix which means more opportunities to score points.

 

Alain Prost, co-owner of the team: It was a complicated and disappointing day because of the issues we faced in qualifying. However, we did very well during the race by finishing fifth and sixth at the chequered flag. Unfortunately, the day ended badly for us with Sébastien’s exclusion from the results for failure to comply with minimum tyre pressure. It was a mistake from our side that cost us greatly. It is our duty to do better in tomorrow’s ePrix for the team and obviously to keep Sébastien in the championship battle.”

 

 

Séb Buemi – #9: “Obviously, I am very disappointed today. After a poor qualifying, I did a great race to finish in fifth position and score the maximum points I could. However, despite the disappointment, I remain focused to do another great race tomorrow and come back even stronger.”

 

Nico Prost – #8: “We had a bit of a strange morning. I had a problem in Free Practice 2 that Séb also experienced in qualifying, but the race pace was very good. I was stuck in traffic at the beginning of the race and Jean-Eric Vergne blocked me quite a lot. I think we could have fought with the top three in terms of race pace. It’s the story of the season so far for us. We are good during the race but not good enough during qualifying. The championship is so tight at the moment. However, I’m happy with my race result. I put my foot down to achieve the maximum. Tomorrow is going to be another challenge. From what I have heard, it’s going to be six degrees hotter which will make it even more interesting and challenging. It will make for some differences in driving too.”

 

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Race 6 Hours of Silverstone FIA WEC Final Classification

#WEC #6hSilverstone 2017


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finish line / #8 TOYOTA GAZOO RACING / JPN / Toyota TS050 – Hybrid – Hybrid FIA WEC 6 Hours of Silverstone – Silverstone Circuit – Towcester – United Kingdom


 

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Race result – 2017 FORMULA 1 GULF AIR BAHRAIN GRAND PRIX

A big congratulations to Ferrari and Sebastian Vettel with the victory in #BahrainGP 2017

 

Position Driver Nationality Team Point
1
Sebastian Vettel
Germany
Ferrari
25
2
Lewis Hamilton
England
Mercedes
18
3
Valtteri Bottas
Finland
Mercedes
15
4
Kimi Raikkonen
Finland
Ferrari
12
5
Daniel Ricciardo
Australia
Red Bull Racing
10
6
Felipe Massa
Brazil
Williams
8
7
Sergio Perez
Mexico
Force India
6
8
Romain Grosjean
France
Haas F1 Team
4
9
Niko Hulkenberg
Germany
Renault Sport F1 Team
2
10
Esteban Ocon
France
Force India
1

 

 

 


My notes:
Non, due to FIA is scheduling WEC and F1 at the same time … 😉

 


Full result from Formula1.com

  2017 FORMULA 1 GULF AIR BAHRAIN GRAND PRIX – RACE RESULT

1 5 Sebastian Vettel VET Ferrari 57 1:33:53.374 0
2 44 Lewis Hamilton HAM Mercedes 57 +6.660s 0
3 77 Valtteri Bottas BOT Mercedes 57 +20.397s 0
4 7 Kimi Räikkönen RAI Ferrari 57 +22.475s 0
5 3 Daniel Ricciardo RIC Red Bull Racing TAG Heuer 57 +39.346s 0
6 19 Felipe Massa MAS Williams Mercedes 57 +54.326s 0
7 11 Sergio Perez PER Force India Mercedes 57 +62.606s 0
8 8 Romain Grosjean GRO Haas Ferrari 57 +74.865s 0
9 27 Nico Hulkenberg HUL Renault 57 +80.188s 0
10 31 Esteban Ocon OCO Force India Mercedes 57 +95.711s 0
11 94 Pascal Wehrlein WEH Sauber Ferrari 56 +1 lap 0
12 26 Daniil Kvyat KVY Toro Rosso 56 +1 lap 0
13 30 Jolyon Palmer PAL Renault 56 +1 lap 0
14 14 Fernando Alonso ALO McLaren Honda 54 DNF 0
NC 9 Marcus Ericsson ERI Sauber Ferrari 50 DNF 0
NC 55 Carlos Sainz SAI Toro Rosso 12 DNF 0
NC 18 Lance Stroll STR Williams Mercedes 12 DNF 0
NC 33 Max Verstappen VER Red Bull Racing TAG Heuer 11 DNF 0
NC 20 Kevin Magnussen MAG Haas Ferrari 8 DNF 0
NC 2 Stoffel Vandoorne VAN McLaren Honda 0 DNS 0

 

 

 

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Qualifying result for the FIA WEC 6 Hours of Silverstone

FIA WEC 6 Hours of Silverstone Qualifying Provisional Classification

 

 


 

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Practice 2 – #7 TOYOTA GAZOO RACING / JPN / Toyota TS050 – Hybrid – Hybrid – FIA WEC 6 Hours of Silverstone – Silverstone Circuit – Towcester – United Kingdom

 


 

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Full time schedule for the 6 hours of Silverstone

6 hours of Silverstone – 2017

 


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#98 ASTON MARTIN RACING / GBR / Aston Martin V8 Vantage – FIA WEC 6 Hours of Silverstone – Silverstone Circuit – Towcester – United Kingdom

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Saturday time schedule – 6 hours of Silverstone

2017 – 6 hours of Silverstone


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Practice 1 – #7 TOYOTA GAZOO RACING / JPN / Toyota TS050 – Hybrid – Hybrid – FIA WEC 6 Hours of Silverstone – Silverstone Circuit – Towcester – United Kingdom

 


 

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Bahrain GP 2017 – TV tider, værmelding og full timeplan fra FIA

Kommer Bahrain GP til å bli et Ferrari VS Mercedes show slik som de to første løpene ble?

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Weather Forecast – Bahrain GP 2017




Full time schedule from Formula1.com

THURSDAY 13th APRIL
Formula One Press conference – Press Room 15:00
FRIDAY 14th APRIL
TCR International Series First Practice Session 10:45 – 11:05
F2 Practice Session 11:30 – 12:15
Formula One Paddock Club Pit Lane Walk 12:30 – 13:30
Porsche GT3 Cup Middle East Practice Session 12:40 – 13:10
Formula One First Practice Session 14:00 – 15:30
Formula One Paddock Club Pit Lane Walk 15:45 – 17:00
TCR International Series Second Practice Session 15:55 – 16:15
Porsche GT3 Cup Middle East Qualifying Session 16:40 – 17:00
Formula One Second Practice Session
18:00 – 19:30
F2 Qualifying Session 20:00 – 20:30
Formula One Press Conference – Press Room 20:00 – 21:00
SATURDAY 15th APRIL
TCR International Series Qualifying Session 11:00 – 11:30
Formula One Paddock Club Pit Lane Walk 11:40 – 12:40
Porsche GT3 Cup Middle East First Race (10 Laps or 25 Mins) 11:55 – 12:25
Formula One Team Pit Stop Practice 12:10 – 12:30
Promoter Activity Drivers’ Autograph Session 12:30 – 13:30
F2 First Race (32 Laps or 60 Mins) 13:10 – 14:15
Formula One Third Practice Session 15:00 – 16:00
Formula One Paddock Club Pit Lane Walk 16:15 – 17:30
TCR International Series First Race (10 Laps or 25 Mins) 16:30 – 16:55
Formula One Qualifying Session 18:00 – 19:00
SUNDAY 16th APRIL
TCR International Series Second Race (10 Laps or 25 Mins) 13:00 – 13:25
F2 Second Race (23 Laps or 45 Mins) 14:15 – 15:05
Porsche GT3 Cup Middle East Second Race (10 Laps or 25 Mins) 15:30 – 16:00
Formula One Paddock Club Pit Lane Walk 15:30 – 17:15
Formula One Drivers’ Track Parade 16:30
Formula One Starting Grid Presentation 16:45 – 17:15
Formula One National Anthem 17:46
Formula One Grand Prix (57 Laps or 120 Mins) 18:00 – 20:00

 

* Please note that this timetable is subject to amendments

 


Post photo: Courtesy of Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport

 

Formel 1 – Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport, Großer Preis von China 2017. Lewis Hamilton ;
Formula One – Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport, Chinese GP 2017. Lewis Hamilton;

 


 

 

Circuit Name : Bahrain International Circuit
Established : 2004    
Capacity : 50,000      
Circuit Type : Race      
Circuit Length : 6.299 kms      
Number of Laps : 49      
Race Distance : 308.405 kms    
Circuit Direction : Clockwise      
Circuit Turns : 23      
Lap Record : 1:31.447 Pedro de la Rosa (2005)

 

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Autodromo Nazionale Monza will host the first WEC “race” weekend of 2017

In the limelight will be four of the 1000 bhp, hybrid-powered LMP1 race cars from Porsche and Toyota, with both manufacturers launching their 2017 challengers just ahead of The Prologue.

FIA WEC:

Taking place for the first time at Autodromo Nazionale Monza in Italy on Saturday 01 April and Sunday 02 April, this will be the first opportunity for the fans to see the WEC’s 2017 teams on track all together.  Twenty seven of the full season entries will be present at Italy’s premier circuit, taking part in five sessions of testing over two days, including a night session on Saturday evening.

Provisional Timetable

Saturday 01 April

09:00 – 12:00    Session 1

14:00 – 17:00     Session 2

19:00 – 21:00    Session 3 (night testing)

Sunday 02 April

09:00 – 12:00    Session 4

13:15 – 13:45    Driver Autograph Session

14:00 – 17:00    Session 5


 

From Monza web page.

OFFICIAL WEBSITE

FIA WEC APP

FIA WEC Calendar


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GP2 Series to become the FIA Formula 2 Championship

World Motor Sport Council approves creation of FIA Formula 2

From FIA.com

 

Race Leader: Jules Bianchi, Lotus ARTPhoto Courtesy of Marc:  https://www.flickr.com/photos/sumofmarc/


The FIA has reached an agreement with the Formula One Group regarding the transition of the GP2 Series to FIA Formula 2.

This agreement was approved today (9 March) by the World Motor Sport Council, and will further strengthen the FIA’s single-seater pyramid which provides a clear path for drivers from grassroots to the pinnacle of motor racing. It also highlights the strong will of both the FIA and the Formula One Group to work closely together to build a strong future for the world of motor sport.

Since its inception in 2005, GP2 has been an excellent platform for drivers to progress to Formula One, and with the series now coming under the umbrella of the FIA, there is a complete ecosystem in place which will nurture future talent as well as be clearer and more engaging for motor sport fans.

FIA President Jean Todt said: “Completing this process with Formula One Group and bringing FIA Formula 2 to life is a very important step. The championship will provide the final level for junior drivers who are looking to reach the ultimate goal of Formula One, and we have achieved a key target for the FIA in completing our single-seater pyramid.

“In recent years we have developed a hugely successful programme of FIA Formula 4 championships in 12 countries around the world, the FIA F3 European Championship has become very strong and competitive, and now we have this final piece of the puzzle. I am also very pleased to see that we are already working in the same direction as Formula One Group, and I am sure that this positive relationship will continue to benefit our sport.”

Formula One Group CEO Chase Carey said: “I am very pleased to announce the evolution of the GP2 Series to become the FIA Formula 2 Championship.

“Junior categories and especially the upcoming Formula 2 Championship are strategic activities for Formula 1.

“We are delighted to strengthen them through this agreement with the FIA.”

FIA Single-Seater Commission President Stefano Domenicali said: “With FIA Formula 2, we now have everything we need to craft a clear and logical path for single seater drivers from grassroots for Formula One. As they progress from karting, we have FIA Formula 4 at national level in countries all over the world, and from there the FIA Formula 3 European Championship is a fantastic proving ground before drivers take on the challenge of competing on the world stage.

“For us to now have FIA F2 in this process makes the whole thing complete, and we are looking forward to making FIA F2 a strong and popular series for drivers and fans alike.”

FIA Formula 2 will support the FIA Formula One World Championship at ten events listed below in 2017, with one additional round at Jerez on 6-8 October:

14-16 April Sakhir Bahrain
12-14 May Barcelona Spain
25-27 May Monaco Monte Carlo
23-25 June Baku Azerbaijan
7-9 July Spielberg Austria
16 July Silverstone Great Britain
30 July Budapest Hungary
25-27 August Spa-Francorchamps Belgium
3 September Monza Italy
8 October* Jerez Spain
26 November Abu Dhabi Abu Dhabi

*Not in support of a Formula One event

 


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