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Kevin Magnussen completes deal to replace Pastor Maldonado

Kevin Magnussen will officially be unveiled as a Renault driver on Wednesday ahead of the new Formula 1 season, replacing Pastor Maldonado, Autosport can confirm.

Autosport revealed last week Magnussen was set to usurp Maldonado, pending the completion of negotiations and signing of a contract

Sources have confirmed the 23-year-old Dane has now put pen to paper on a deal for the 2016 campaign in which he will partner Jolyon Palmer.

The two drivers will be presented when Renault launches its car in Paris on Wednesday, with ART chief Frederic Vasseur to also be named as racing director.

http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/122654

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Serious tweet: Williams FW38 starts testing with old stubby nose. New cleaner Mercedes-style nose planned for Melbourne. https://twitter.com/tgruener Not so serious tweet: F1 launches so far: Las

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Renault RS16

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Renault also confirmed that Kevin Magnussen will race alongside Jolyon Palmer in 2016, following the termination of its contract with Pastor Maldonado.

ART Grand Prix's Frederic Vasseur was also confirmed as Racing Director for the new team, while Bob Bell, who left Manor in October, was announced as Chief Technical Officer.

http://www.motorsport.com/f1/news/renault-reveals-its-2016-f1-car-and-livery-671353/

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Pascal Wehrlein to drive for Manor in 2016 Formula 1 season

The 21-year-old, who was the reserve driver for Mercedes in 2015, takes the first of two vacant Manor seats.

Wehrlein won the DTM German Touring Car Championship in 2015 and has experience of driving F1 cars in testing.

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Manor sign rookie Haryanto to complete 2016 grid Rio Haryanto will become the first Indonesian driver to compete in Formula One racing after signing to race with Manor in 2016.

The 23-year-old will partner Pascal Wehrlein as part of a new-look line-up at Manor Racing - formerly Marussia - for the forthcoming season.

Haryanto has previous F1 experience, having tested for Virgin Racing at the end of 2010, and then for same team, by then renamed Marussia, in 2012 and '15. He also has a prior relationship with Manor, having first driven for them in GP3 in 2010.

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http://www.formula1.com/content/fom-website/en/latest/headlines/2016/2/manor-sign-rookie-haryanto-to-fill-2016-grid.html

2016 F1 GRID

Mercedes: Lewis Hamilton, Nico Rosberg

Ferrari: Sebastian Vettel, Kimi Raikkonen

Williams: Valtteri Bottas, Felipe Massa

Red Bull: Daniil Kvyat, Daniel Ricciardo

Force India: Sergio Perez, Nico Hulkenberg

Renault: Kevin Magnussen, Jolyon Palmer

Toro Rosso: Max Verstappen, Carlos Sainz

Sauber: Felipe Nasr, Marcus Ericsson

McLaren: Fernando Alonso, Jenson Button

Manor: Pascal Wehrlein, Rio Haryanto

Haas: Romain Grosjean, Esteban Gutierrez

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Williams FW38 starts testing with old stubby nose. New cleaner Mercedes-style nose planned for Melbourne.

https://twitter.com/tgruener

Not so serious tweet:

F1 launches so far:

Last year's car in a livery that won't race

Last year's car in a new livery

A new car that looks the same as last year

https://twitter.com/wtf1couk

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Feel bad for Rossi

I'm dissapointed that Manor pick that inconsistent Haryanto instead... He should spent more time in GP2 and then move to Formula E instead of Formula 1...

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F1 teams agree elimination style qualifying for 2016 Formula 1 teams have agreed to the introduction of a radical elimination style qualifying format as part of a move to improve the show.

After hours of discussion in Geneva between team bosses and F1 chiefs regarding future ideas, sources have revealed that some proposals gained support.

One of them is for an elimination style of qualifying, where the slowest car at certain segments is eliminated.

Although details of the new qualifying format have not been set in stone, sources have revealed that an outline agreement is in place for the system.

The rule change idea still need approval by the FIA's World Motor Sport Council next month, but it is understood that the plan is to have it come in as early as this year.

However, the process would still need looking at in detail by sporting directors - which could expose previously unforeseen problems that make it unworkable.

How it works Q1

-16 minutes duration;

- After 7 minutes, the slowest driver is eliminated;

- Slowest driver eliminated every 1 minute 30 seconds thereafter until the chequered flag;

- 7 drivers eliminated, 15 progress to Q2.

Q2

- 15 minutes duration;

- After 6 minutes, slowest driver eliminated;

- Slowest driver eliminated every 1 minute 30 seconds thereafter until the chequered flag;

- 7 drivers eliminated, 8 progress to Q3.

Q3

- 14 minutes;

- After 5 minutes, slowest driver eliminated;

- Slowest driver eliminated every 1 minute 30 seconds thereafter until the chequered flag;

- 2 drivers left in final 1 minute 30 seconds.

Time ballast

The F1 Commission also discussed a penalty system whereby extra time is added to each drivers' qualifying time on the basis of championship positions.

A study was conducted using the 2015 Abu Dhabi GP with the championship leader having four seconds added to his qualifying time, with everyone else taking extra time on a sliding scale.

It is understood that this could have been combined with the elimination system, but it is not believed to have gathered the necessary support.

Bodywork delay

Teams have also agreed to delay a final decision on 2017 bodywork rules until April 30, as teams chase a rules solution that will deliver a much-desired speed improvement.

Also discussed was the potential abandonment of the 100kgs fuel limit from 2017 on the basis that the faster cars will require more fuel to run at their fuel potential.

McLaren and Red Bull were reportedly in favour of such a move, but it was not passed. The more likely compromise will be a 105kgs limit.

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Halo: Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen tests device at Barcelona

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Ferrari have tested the 'halo' cockpit head-protection device that will be introduced into Formula 1 in 2017.

Kimi Raikkonen drove with it for two laps on Thursday, at the final pre-season test in Barcelona.

The design is a prototype based on one agreed by all the teams and F1's governing body after years of research.

However, it is not necessarily the definitive design that will be used next year as further testing still needs to be carried out.

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The device is being introduced to protect drivers from flying debris following a series of deaths and injuries across motorsport.

It has the support of the F1 drivers, although a small minority say they would prefer to leave cockpits completely open.

The 'halo' emerged as the best solution after various devices were tested.

Observers expressed concerns the design would affect visibility, but top-level sources have told BBC Sport that this is not the case.

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The driver's eye-line is below the main body of the structure, while the central support strut at the front effectively disappears from view because of a human's binocular vision.

However, there is some concern that it might impede the view of the starting lights in certain circumstances.

According to Ferrari, Raikkonen, world champion in 2007, said the visibility was "OK" following Thursday's run-out.

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F1 qualifying: New format in place for start of 2016 season

Formula 1 plans to go ahead with the original proposal for an elimination-style qualifying system from the Australian Grand Prix, despite claims from Bernie Ecclestone it could not be done in time.

F1 teams and chiefs originally backed the idea of a revamped qualifying system from the season-opener in Melbourne, after the new format received support at the Strategy Group and F1 Commission.

However, just a few days after the vote, Ecclestone revealed that the new system would have to be delayed because his company could not get the timing systems done in time.

But at a meeting of the FIA's World Motor Sport Council in Geneva on Friday, a decision was reached to ratify the original proposal.

It is understood that decision came following fresh consultation with FOM, which resulted in assurances that the systems could be readied.

Q3 tweaks

Although an alternative qualifying proposal was agreed earlier this week with team managers – featuring elimination in Q1 and Q2 but the old format in Q3 – without approval from the Strategy Group and F1 Commission, there was no way for this to be introduced in time.

The FIA World Motor Sport Council is only able to approve or reject rules put in front of it – it cannot amend them.

The new system will result in drivers being knocked out at regular intervals throughout qualifying, with Q3 ending up in a final shoot-out between two drivers

How it works

The original plan is:

Q1

-16 minutes duration;

- After 7 minutes, the slowest driver is eliminated;

- Slowest driver eliminated every 1 minute 30 seconds thereafter until the chequered flag;

- 7 drivers eliminated, 15 progress to Q2.

Q2

- 15 minutes duration;

- After 6 minutes, slowest driver eliminated;

- Slowest driver eliminated every 1 minute 30 seconds thereafter until the chequered flag;

- 7 drivers eliminated, 8 progress to Q3.

Q3

- 14 minutes;

- After 5 minutes, slowest driver eliminated;

- Slowest driver eliminated every 1 minute 30 seconds thereafter until the chequered flag;

- 2 drivers left in final 1 minute 30 seconds.

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http://www.bbc.com/sport/formula1/35723676

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