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19th January 2017, 9:57 at 9:57 am #334343
A fourth driver has been confirmed: Matevos Isaakyan switches from SMP to AVF.17th January 2017, 13:24 at 1:24 pm #334315
Lotus has announced its two drivers, retaining Rene Binder and adding Pietro Fittipaldi from Fortec.9th January 2017, 20:40 at 8:40 pm #334244
@huhhii Well like I say I don’t mind them trying to do funny stuff if it’s actually funny. But very little of it is, to me anyway.
I get that this is subjective. If you find that entertaining and therefore get some value out of it, that’s good. But I’m curious whether many people do, as to me it seems completely valueless.9th January 2017, 20:36 at 8:36 pm #334243
And a few early details are beginning to emerge about its specification:
9th January 2017, 16:01 at 4:01 pm #334237
- Fewer then 300 units to be built
I think Mercedes, Force India and Renault (especially in their Lotus days) are showcasing some brilliant tongue-in-cheek writing at Twitter
I agree with HUHHII that the twitter is really good with Mercedes, Force India and Renault always having great banter on twitter (the Mercedes Max Verstappen DODT, Verstappen and Mercedes emails etc).
See, this is really interesting to me because I find most of those kinds of tweets really unfunny. Occasionally one of them makes me laugh but more often than not it’s just the same kind of thing over and over again, and there’s so much of it it clogs up my feed and makes it harder to see the posts from other accounts which I find more interesting.
I have to say, I’m really surprised to discover other people enjoy that kind of stuff! Interesting to hear what others make of it…
However on the subject of Mercedes I must say I’m impressed how well they’ve tackled a lot of the stupid things people have said to them over the various Hamilton/Rosberg episodes over the past few seasons. It’s sad that so many people apparently believe there’s some kind of conspiracy going on but I admire how Mercedes have responded to it. I’m not sure I’d have the patience!6th January 2017, 14:42 at 2:42 pm #334206
@joshdejager I don’t know about the device question but in terms of value for money I’ve found it very disappointing. There’s little more information beyond what you can get from the television broadcasts, and much of the additional stuff FOM seem to post on their Twitter account for free anyway. The 3D track map looks good but is actually quite clumsy to use and I don’t think the data in it is that reliable – cars seem to skip and jump all around the track. If you look at it wondering ‘can this guy pit and come out in front of this guy?’ it’s often misleading.
For me the crucial question is this: do I actually look at it much during F1 sessions? And the answer is no – hardly at all, in fact.3rd January 2017, 21:18 at 9:18 pm #334180
Just five names confirmed so far and most of them are newcomers to the series. Here’s who will be where including notes on which are rookies (R) and which have F1 teams backing them:
Louis Deletraz (R) (Renault)
Charles Leclerc (R) (Ferrari)
Antonio Fuoco (R) (Ferrari)
Sergio Sette Camara (R) (Red Bull)
TBC20th December 2016, 20:22 at 8:22 pm #334056
Rosberg during practice:19th December 2016, 17:47 at 5:47 pm #334042
@bullmello I have been in touch with the promoters about reviewing it and was told a screening was being arranged but they seem to have gone quiet.16th December 2016, 15:19 at 3:19 pm #334007
@hunocsi Yeah I noticed that mid-commentary at one point this season and thought it best not to call attention to it!
Speaking of which, his Formula V8 3.5 rival Louis Deletraz has landed a seat at Racing Engineering alongside Gustav Malja:
Racing Engineering are pleased to announce that Louis Delétraz will be driving alongside Gustav Malja for the 2017 GP2 Series, the 19-year-old Swiss will driving for the Spanish team for his first full season in GP2.
Louis started racing karts in his native Switzerland in 2008 before switching to single-seaters four years later when he competed in the final round of the Formula BMW Talent Cup. In the following year, 2013 aged just sixteen, he moved up to Formula Renault 2.0 NEC and in his second year in this class he showed his future potential when he finished as runner-up in the 2014 series after winning at Monza and taking four other podium finishes.
In 2015 Louis completed a third year in Formula Renault 2.0 NEC where he dominated the series by taking nine wins in sixteen races to win the championship. He also raced in the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 and he finished runner-up with three wins in a very hard fought season. He then graduated to the Formula Renault 3.5 Series competing in just one race but in 2016 he raced in the, now renamed, Formula V8 3.5 Series where he took a dominant victory in the ‘Rookie of the Year’ class and wins at Alcañiz and Paul Ricard together with seven other podium places saw him finish the year as runner-up in the Championship.
Louis made his GP2 debut in the final round of the 2016 Series at Abu Dhabi. He then joined with Racing Engineering for the three days of post-season testing at Abu Dhabi, he quickly adapted to the team setting some very quick laps including being second fastest on the morning of the final session.
Alfonso de Orléans-Borbón, President of Racing Engineering: “We are pleased to announce that Louis is joining Racing Engineering for the 2017 season. Having closely foll! owed his steps since his early years in karting, we are convinced that although 2017 will be his rookie season in GP2, he will quickly adapt to the championship. We first evaluated Louis on our simulator in 2015 and were in close contact with him during the 2016 season to have insight with his progress as a racing driver. Having tested him in Abu Dhabi during the post-season testing earlier this month, it has allowed us to see how much he was able to learn and mature during the last year, which is very promising keeping in mind that he is only 19 years old. The Swiss drivers that we worked with in the past , like Sébastien Buemi, Neel Jani and our 2013 GP2 champion, Fabio Leimer have all achieved great success. We hope to prolong this connection with Louis.”
Louis Delétraz: “GP2 is where I want to be in 2017 since after the strong season in Formula V8, it’s the natural next step in my career. It’s the final category before reaching Formula One and getting to F1 is my primary goal. Racing Engineering are a good team and have produced some top results during the last five years. For me, there’s no better option and I am very happy with the choice. As a rookie, I’ll have much to learn during the next season. We all know that the most difficult point in GP2 is learning the Pirelli tyres, so it’s very important to gave a good team behind you so they can help you as a driver and work well together. To get the deal sorted before the 2017 season even begins is excellent news because it allows us all to form a good partnership and to make sure that we all know! what we’re doing. We worked very well together during the three-day test in Abu Dhabi, so I really think we can get some good results in 2017.”16th December 2016, 15:16 at 3:16 pm #33400613th December 2016, 15:50 at 3:50 pm #333985
The first lap at Eau Rouge – note Verstappen and the Ferraris tangling in the background at La Source:13th December 2016, 15:50 at 3:50 pm #333984
Hamilton’s Mercedes is towed in after it broke down:30th November 2016, 14:21 at 2:21 pm #333651
And a few more. Just love that Prema livery. Like a 2007 Ferrari:30th November 2016, 9:56 at 9:56 am #333628
A few more pictures from testing: