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McLaren: Papaya orange and Renault engine for 2018

McLaren say the car has returned to the “papaya orange” after listening to fans McLaren have revealed the car they hope will return them to at least relative competitiveness. The MCL33 has switched from Honda to a Renault engine and is predominantly orange, echoing McLaren’s historic 1960s livery. The car is a clear design evolution of last year’s, which was regarded as one of the best chassis on the grid. Executive director Zak Brown said success would be “racing and qualifying at the front, getting on the podium”. Star driver…

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Oliver Rowland: Williams name Briton as their young driver for 2018 season

Oliver Rowland made his GP2 and Formula E debuts in 2015 Britain’s Oliver Rowland has been named as Williams’ official young driver for 2018. Rowland, who was Renault’s development driver last year, will take part in the official F1 young driver test in Spain in May and do simulator work. The 25-year-old, who raced in Formula 2 last year, will also compete in the World Endurance Championship. Deputy team principal Claire Williams described Rowland as “a talented and highly regarded young driver”. Rowland said he was “immensely proud” to join…

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Jolyon Palmer discusses Formula 1’s new ‘halo’ cockpit protection

Jolyon Palmer says the integration of the halo head protection system “is a step too far” for Formula 1. Speaking with Jennie Gow and commentator Jack Nicholls, the former Renault driver went on to say: “It’s against the tradition of open-cockpit cars, and I feel it’s extremely unnecessary. Palmer, who competed for Renault in F1 across 2016 and 2017, will this season join the BBC Formula 1 team to give in-depth views and analysis of the sport. Listen to the new Chequered Flag Podcast Source link

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Mercedes & Ferrari unveil their cars for the 2018 Formula 1 season

Mercedes reveal the new W09 Mercedes and Ferrari have unveiled their new cars for the 2018 Formula 1 season with high expectations of fighting again for the title. Both have chosen to evolve last year’s designs and both spoke of maintaining their strengths while working on the weaknesses their cars showed. Mercedes have aimed at widening the operating window of a car that they described as a “diva”. Ferrari have worked on improving the car on faster tracks and reliability. The Italian team’s title challenge faded last year partly owing…

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Lewis Hamilton aiming to set new standards in F1 in 2018

Lewis Hamilton has won the third most titles in F1 history – four, equal with Sebastian Vettel and Alain Prost Lewis Hamilton says he is aiming to set new standards in 2018. “It is quite simple – I want to somehow be better than I was last year,” said the 33-year-old, who won nine races on his way to his fourth title in 2017. “Last year was I think the best year I had performance-wise. How can I top it? There are lots of areas actually.” Hamilton said he expected…

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Toro Rosso: Pierre Gasly has ‘great first day’ with Honda

On Wednesday Toro Rosso leaked a picture of their own car ahead of launch by saying on Twitter: “Why settle for a leaked photo, when you can have an original.” Toro Rosso driver Pierre Gasly says the team had no problems on the first day of running with their 2018 car and new engine partner Honda. Red Bull’s junior outfit became Honda’s sole team after McLaren negotiated a divorce because of three years of poor reliability and performance. Gasly made a knowing reference to Honda’s reputation when he said on…

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Daniel Ricciardo crashes new Red Bull in first test

Daniel Ricciardo crashed Red Bull’s new 2018 Formula 1 car during its first test, it has emerged. The Australian damaged the RB14 during a private filming session, limited by regulations to 100km (62 miles), at a wet Silverstone on Monday. A Red Bull spokesman said the incident was “minor” and there would be “no issues” as regards being ready for the start of pre-season testing next week. The team did not mention the incident in footage released on the day. Ricciardo also did not talk about the crash in a…

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Formula 1: Renault aiming to make further progress after unveiling 2018 car

Renault are one of three car manufacturers competing in F1 Renault say they are aiming to make further progress towards the front of the grid after unveiling their 2018 car. The French company has set its Formula 1 team the target of winning races and challenging for the title by 2020. “Our headline target is to show progression through results. Everything must improve,” said Renault Sport managing director Cyril Abiteboul. Renault finished sixth in the championship last season. The team ended the season with a car that was often the…

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