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Welcome Sebastian – Vettel and Raikkonen 2015 driver pairing

Maranello, 20 November 2014 – Scuderia Ferrari announces that it has reached an agreement of three years duration with Sebastian Vettel, who will drive for the team as from the 2015 season.

The driver line-up next season will consist of Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel.

“Scuderia Ferrari has decided to put its faith in the youngest multiple champion in the history of Formula 1” – commented Scuderia Ferrari Team Principal, Marco Mattiacci. “In Formula 1 terms, Sebastian Vettel is a unique combination of youthfulness and experience and he brings with him that sense of team spirit which will prove invaluable when, together with Kimi, they tackle the challenges awaiting us, as we aim to be front runners again as soon as possible. With Sebastian, we all share a thirst for victory as well as enthusiasm, a strong work ethic and tenacity; key elements for all the Scuderia members to write together a new winning chapter in the history of Ferrari.”

- See more at: http://formula1.ferrari.com/news/sebastian-vettel-raikkonen-2015#sthash.PCUF4dXJ.dpuf

Thank you Fernando

Maranello, 20 November 2014 – Scuderia Ferrari and Fernando Alonso announce that, by common consent, they have ended their relationship.

Fernando Alonso leaves the team at the end of this season, after a five year period which, with one race remaining, saw him score 1186 points, 44 podiums and 11 wins.

Everyone at Scuderia Ferrari thanks Fernando for his great contribution on both a personal and professional level.

“In the Scuderia Ferrari roll of honour of great drivers, Fernando Alonso will always occupy a special place” – commented Scuderia Ferrari Team Principal, Marco Mattiacci. “We offer him our heartfelt thanks for what has been an extraordinary adventure with the Scuderia, when in the past five years, he twice came so close to winning the world championship. I am sure that a great driver like Fernando will always hold the Prancing Horse dear to his heart and I also expect the Ferrari fans will continue to hold him in high regard in his future endeavours.”

- See more at: http://formula1.ferrari.com/news/fernando#sthash.4PBa2nhg.dpuf
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A new era begins, first car launch dates trickling in....

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Abu Dhabi GP: Will Stevens to race second Caterham F1 car

British driver Will Stevens will make his Formula 1 debut with Caterham in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix this weekend.

The 23-year-old was part of Caterham's junior scheme before switching allegiance to Marussia last month, but has renewed his Caterham link for his first F1 race.

The Formula Renault 3.5 frontrunner's drive alongside team returnee Kamui Kobayashi was confirmed on Thursday morning once his superlicence came through.



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Abu Dabhi qualifying

1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes

2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes

3 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes

4 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes

5 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault

6 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull/Renault

7 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Renault

8 Jenson Button McLaren/Mercedes

9 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari

10 Fernando Alonso Ferrari

11 Kevin Magnussen McLaren/Mercedes

12 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso/Renault

13 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes

14 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes

15 Adrian Sutil Sauber/Ferrari

16 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber/Ferrari

17 Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Renault

18 Kamui Kobayashi Caterham/Renault

19 Will Stevens Caterham/Renault

20 Romain Grosjean Lotus/Renault

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A shame Nico's race ended that way, but it made no difference to the title as Lewis was ahead and would've finished 2nd at the very least.

11 wins....Double World Champion! And double points didn't screw things up. Thanks Bernie but your ridiculous evil scheme failed!


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Ferrari: F1 team replace team principal Marco Mattiacci

Ferrari have sacked Marco Mattiacci after just seven months in the role, with Maurizio Arrivabene succeeding him as team principal.

The Italian outfit have endured another disappointing season, finishing fourth in the constructors' championship, behind Mercedes, Red Bull and Williams.

Fernando Alonso has left the team to join McLaren, with four-time champion Sebastian Vettel moving into his seat.

Arrivabene has spent the last 27 years with Ferrari sponsor Philip Morris.

"Throughout his time with Philip Morris, Maurizio Arrivabene has been closely involved in the partnership with Ferrari, both in Maranello and on the world's racing circuits," Ferrari said in a statement.

"He has also represented all Formula 1 sponsors on the F1 commission since 2010."

Italian Arrivabene, vice-president of global communications for tobacco giant Philip Morris, is also an independent board member of leading European football club Juventus, who currently top Serie A.



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Doubt many F1 fans on these islands will agree with the great Sir Jackie Stewart when he said today that Mercedes' domination of the championship this year had made the sport "boring", but he's got a point. I guess the one mitigation is that at least Mercedes, most of the time, let their drivers race each other flat out.

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We've had some classics this year; Bahrain, Hungary, Japan (obviously overshadowed by JB's accident), Britain (for the Alonso/Vettel match up). Canada, Germany, Monza and Austin weren't at all bad either.

We've had a dominant car but I think this has been the best season in a while actually. Fight at the front, Williams' revival, Ricciardo doing what nobody expected and looking like a star.

The only real dissapointment has been the Ferarri and Kimi's form, which meant one battle everyone was ancticipating was a damp sqib in the upper reaches of the midfield. I don't blame Alonso for wanting out. Rumours tonight suggest their 2015 car is performing terribly in wind tunnel tests, and without Alonso to drag it round into positions it shouldn't be able to get to, next season could be just as bad for them. Not that I have any love for them, but they really should be putting up more of a challenge to the front runners.

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Formula 1 drops double points and standing restarts for 2015

Formula 1 teams have agreed to drop double points and standing starts after safety car restarts for 2015, AUTOSPORT can reveal.

Following discussions in this week's meeting of the Strategy Group and F1 Commission in Geneva, it was agreed that the two controversial rules should be abandoned next year.

Double points came in for this season following a push by Bernie Ecclestone to try to ramp up interest at the end of the campaign by keeping the title fight alive longer.

But the gimmick proved hugely unpopular with fans, and teams quickly realised that the sport would be better off going back on the plan.

In the end, it played no role in the championship battle this season and only influenced some minor placings in the drivers' standings.

Standing starts after safety car restarts were voted in by the F1 Commission earlier this year, but a deeper look at its implications over recent weeks prompted widespread safety concerns.

Following talks in recent sporting working groups, the matter was tabled for discussion in Geneva, and teams have agreed that F1 should ditch it.

The agreement by teams to abandon double points and safety car restarts still needs to be approved by the FIA's World Motor Sport Council, which is meeting next week, for next year's regulations to be changed.




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Sainz to race for Scuderia Toro Rosso

November 28, 2014

Scuderia Toro Rosso is pleased to announce that Carlos Sainz will join the team with immediate effect. It means that our driver line-up for the 2015 season is now established as Max Verstappen and Carlo Sainz.



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Korean GP set for return on 21-race 2015 calendar

F1 is set for a record 21-race season after the World Motor Sport Council (WMSC) amended the 2015 calendar to include the Korean Grand Prix.

The provisional calendar released in September had already added the Mexican Grand Prix, meaning there could be two more races in 2015 than there were this season. Korea has been scheduled on May 3, just a week before the Spanish Grand Prix which is likely to create a logistical headache for teams.

As expected, the WMSC, which met in Doha, Qatar on Wednesday, also abolished the derided double points finale and the standing restarts rule which was due to come in to force next season. It also agreed to implement the Virtual Safety Car system trialled at the final races of the season, a measure introduced following Jules Bianchi's accident in Japan to control driver speed in caution situations which do not require a safety car. The Virtual Safety Car will be implemented for caution periods which do not warrant a full safety car period.

The WMSC also tweaked the rules around power unit penalties, which caused a degree of frustration in 2014 with some drivers serving penalties over multiple races. If a driver can no longer serve his entire grid penalty at one event, the remainder will be served in the form of a time penalty during the race.

A WMSC statement added: "The replacement of a complete power unit will no longer result in a penalty, instead as specified in the current regulations, penalties will be applied cumulatively for individual components of the power unit."

An unsafe release from a pit-stop will now be punished with a ten-second stop/go penalty, while a driver will receive an additional penalty if he continues to drive a car knowing it to have been released unsafely. Under safety car periods, once the last lapped car has passed the race leader the safety car will return to the pits at the end of the following lap - meaning the race director will no longer have to wait for the lapped cars to reach the back of the pack before restarting a race.

There has also been a tweak to FIA super licence rules, with drivers under the age of 18 no longer allowed to get one from 2016 onwards. Max Verstappen will make his debut for Toro Rosso next season aged 17 - becoming its youngest driver in the process - but will be 18 before that rule comes into force.

The WMSC also confirmed the next meeting of the F1 Strategy Cost will be on December 18 and would focus on "reducing costs, improving the show, making cars quicker and more difficult to drive, and reviewing the technical and sporting regulations, with the aim of simplifying rules where possible."

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Over 60 trophies were stolen from the Red Bull Formula 1 team's factory on Friday night, Thames Valley police has confirmed.

Police said on Saturday it had received a call to the Milton Keynes factory at 1:30am reporting a group of around six men used a vehicle to drive through the front entrance to gain access to the factory.

Two cars were used, and police said both are believed to have foreign number plates.

"We are obviously devastated by this serious factory break-in, which saw offenders drive a vehicle through our front entrance and steal more than 60 trophies which took years and hard work to accumulate," said team boss Christian Horner.

"The break-in caused significant damage and was very upsetting for our night officers who were on duty at the time.

"The offenders took items that not only did not belong to them, but which represented the efforts of a group of dedicated, hard-working individuals.

"Beyond the aggressive nature of this break-in, we are perplexed why anyone would take these trophies.

"The value to the team is of course extraordinarily high due to the sheer hard work and effort that went into winning each and every one.

"But their intrinsic value is low; they would be of little benefit to those outside of the team and, in addition to that, many of the trophies on display were replicas.




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#McLarenDrivers2015 confirmed: Fernando Alonso & Jenson Button, the new era of McLaren-Honda:


McLaren-Honda announces Fernando Alonso & Jenson Button for 2015

Posted on Thursday, 11 Dec 2014 10:30 (GMT)

McLaren-Honda is delighted to announce its new driver line-up for 2015: Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button. Kevin Magnussen will remain an important part of the team, as test and reserve driver.

All three men will play crucial roles in re-establishing the ascendancy of one of global sport’s most iconic unions, for McLaren and Honda have already formed one of the most dominant partnerships in motorsport history: Honda broke new ground in the 1980s by creating a turbocharged engine that was unparalleled in both its output and its efficiency, and, between 1988 and 1992, McLaren-Honda won eight world championships and 44 grands prix, and took 53 pole positions and set 30 fastest laps, all in just 80 grands prix.

In 1988, the partnership created arguably the single most successful Formula 1 car of all time: the all-conquering McLaren-Honda MP4/4, which was driven to victory by Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost in an amazing 15 of the season’s 16 grands prix.

The lure presented by those same goals has once again brought the legendary Japanese corporation back to the pinnacle of global motor racing; and, again, that company, Honda, is developing its revolutionary new turbocharged engine at its all-new purpose-built state-of-the-art motorsport facility in Sakura, Japan.

It is against that backdrop that McLaren and Honda are now committing to rebuilding afresh the strongest possible partnership in Formula 1.

The aforementioned Ayrton Senna, in the opinion of many the greatest driver in the history of our sport, won 30 of the 44 grands prix that McLaren and Honda annexed together between 1988 and 1992. Ayrton once said: “We do not need myths. We need examples to be followed – examples of courage, determination and hope. We need to believe it is possible to win, and it is our duty to pursue that belief.”

Everyone at McLaren, and at Honda, agrees with every word of that inspirational remark, starting with our newly re-recruited driver, Fernando Alonso.



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Would love to see these two at the front along with HAM and ROS. A Merc v McLaren battle would be epic in 2015 as I think their driver pairings are very close in terms of quality. Honda, do your stuff...

Probably too much to hope that Ferrari will build a decent car next year and really mix things up.

Of course, will hope for #44 to be top of the pile again, but wouldn't mind a bit more competition at the front.

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RobH, Time to start a new 2016 F1 thread next wed ;)

Force India to stage live team launch this week

Force India will provide fans with their first glimpse of the 2015 Formula One landscape this week when they reveal the livery for their new car, the VJM09, on Wednesday.

The team launch takes place at the Museo Soumaya museum in Mexico City, although it will also be broadcast live and online from 1500 GMT on the team's official website.


Force India's team launch will take place eight days before the first confirmed official car launch, with McLaren set to take the covers off their MP4-30 on January 29.

Ferrari will follow suit one day later, after announcing an online reveal of their 2015 F1 car on January 30 - just one day before the first official test of the season, which takes place at Jerez in Spain on February 1-4.


*I mean 2015 F1 Thread, of course...

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Williams FW37 is first 2015 F1 car to be pictured

The first picture of a 2015 F1 car has appeared. A rendering of the Williams FW37 is to be published on the cover of a magazine.

The FW37, which was fired up for the first time today by the team at their factory, appears on the front cover of the new issue of F1 Racing magazine. An image of the cover appeared on Twitter ahead of its publication.

The most distinctive feature on the new car is its radically shortened nose tip, designed to comply with the revised 2015 regulations on nose shape.

The car also features the logos of new Williams sponsors Rexona and Hackett.



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Force India F1 team reveals new 2015 colour scheme


Force India has unveiled its striking new colour scheme in an event in Mexico on Wednesday, ahead of a Formula 1 season where it is targeting more podium finishes.

Although the team's new VJM08 will not make its debut until the second pre-season test at Barcelona, the team has completed a rebranding as part of a wider involvement from Mexican partners.

The new colour scheme is predominantly silver and black, with flashes of orange. The car unveiled also featured a 2015 specification nose.

Force India revealed other changes that can be expected when its full-spec 2015 car makes its testing debut at Barcelona in February.



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