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Mercedes celebrate third consecutive constructors’ championship  

The battle between Rosberg and Hamilton may be twisting and turning its way towards a conclusion, but as a team, Mercedes have already solved the problem of 2016. They have led the championship from the very beginning, winning 16 of the 17 races so far, and in Japan, they wrapped up the 2016 Constructors’ Championship, securing their third title in a row.

Rosberg extends lead as all drivers finish Japanese race  

The result of the Japanese Grand Prix followed the tradition of many races this season – it all came down to the start. Nico Rosberg got off to a storming start from pole position, held back the Red Bulls who attempted a different strategy to try and sneak ahead, and took race victory with Verstappen almost five seconds behind him.

McLaren suffer qualifying woes at Suzuka circuit  

The McLaren team have been pinning their hopes on an improved Honda engine introduced last weekend in Malaysia, but have found Honda’s home track of Suzuka to be a circuit not matched to their car’s skills. In qualifying for the Japanese Grand Prix, Jenson Button missed out on Q2, settling in 17th place.

Rosberg ahead in Suzuka practice as several drivers spin  

Nico Rosberg finished Friday practice ahead of his teammate Lewis Hamilton, but the gap was reduced from two tenths of a second in the morning session to just seven hundredths in the afternoon. Behind them Ferrari and Red Bull jostled for position, with Ricciardo missing out in FP2 due to a virtual safety car halting his flying lap.

Mercedes defend Hamilton after engine outburst  

Mercedes have jumped to the defense of their driver after the defending champion hit out at his squad following an engine failure during the Malaysian Grand Prix. The fire that erupted out the back of Hamilton’s engine cost him the lead of the race and a comfortable victory, and also allowed Rosberg to extend his championship lead to 23 points with five races to go.

Sergio Pérez confirmed to stay at Force India for 2017 season  

Pérez’s future has been sealed for at least one more season with the Force India squad, as the Mexican concludes a deal for the 2017 calendar year. It will be his fourth season with the team, and Pérez says: “I’m very happy with this team and I have a good feeling for the future. I’ve seen the progress we’ve made over the last couple of years and I’m sure we have the potential to achieve even more.”

Ricciardo wins as Hamilton retires in Malaysia with engine fire  

The race in Sepang had drama at either end, with a first lap incident knocking Sebastian Vettel out of the grand prix and dropping Nico Rosberg to the back of the field. Vettel made a reckless move on Verstappen which didn’t work out, ending his running and punting Rosberg towards the rear. The Mercedes driver started making his recovery, overtaking Kimi Räikkönen with a bash of wheels that the stewards deemed worthy of a ten second penalty.

Hamilton takes pole in Sepang as Alonso settles at the back  

Fernando Alonso made a brief appearance during qualifying for the Malaysian Grand Prix, heading out for a single flying lap during the first session and settling for the slowest time. The McLaren driver has a 45 place grid penalty due to engine component changes, so there was little point in aiming for pole position. Jenson Button, meanwhile, in the other McLaren, got into the top ten, and ended up ninth overall.

Mercedes lead the way in Malaysia as Magnussen suffers free practice fire  

First practice in Sepang was dominated by a terrifying fire outside the Renault garage. Kevin Magnussen completed just two installation laps before his car burst into flames. He leapt out and allowed the mechanics to move in with fire extinguishers, but they couldn’t get the fire to stay out. The session was red flagged for twenty minutes until the blaze could be brought under control.

2017 F1 calendar revealed with Brazil and Canada subject to confirmation  

The FIA have revealed the 2017 Formula One calendar, which is very similar to this year’s offering, featuring 21 races across nine months. The action gets underway later than normal with Australia opening up the season on March 26, and Abu Dhabi closing proceedings on November 26. The summer break is still firmly in place with most of August free of racing.

Haas find solution for Grosjean’s Singapore troubles  

Romain Grosjean found himself unable to start the Singapore Grand Prix, failing to even make it to the grid on Sunday. That was the end of a really brutal weekend for the Haas driver, which included two separate crashes on Friday and Saturday, and then a brake-by-wire issue on the Sunday that kept him in the garage while the rest of the field was racing.

Rosberg takes championship lead after Singapore win  

The Singapore Grand Prix was a long race, as usual, and we saw a safety car, as usual, although this time it came out almost instantly the race began. Romain Grosjean had a brake failure which meant he couldn’t even start the race, whilst Nico Hülkenberg tangled with a Toro Rosso and crashed into the pit wall mere seconds after the lights went out.

Nico Rosberg takes pole position with Ricciardo on the front row  

Nico Rosberg secured pole position for the night race in Singapore, with Lewis Hamilton having to settle for third. Daniel Ricciardo earned second place and a front row start for the race tomorrow after a lengthy qualifying battle, with Max Verstappen in fourth place.

Red Bull pick up the pace leading one Singapore practice session  

Free Practice 1 in Singapore was led by Max Verstappen, as Red Bull’s expected pace managed to shine through round the lengthy street circuit. Lewis Hamilton ran the halo device early on, and finished the morning fourth, whilst Rosberg was slightly down on his teammate but more down on luck – he crashed into the wall and damaged his front wing. Jenson Button also stopped out on track after just three minutes of the session, causing a virtual safety car thanks to a fuel system issue.

Sauber bolster strategic and engineering squad  

Ruth Buscombe gained a modicum of notoriety after helping the Haas F1 team make a cracking start to their season. Two top six finishes were helped along by Buscombe, who sat on the pit wall for the American team as race strategist. She moved to a factory position before departing the team altogether and has now joined Sauber to pick up her strategist role once more.

Rosberg narrows championship gap with Italian Grand Prix victory  

Nico Rosberg converted his front row grid slot into a comfortable race win in Monza, as Lewis Hamilton was forced to recover from a very poor start. The Brit dropped from pole position down to sixth place off the line, but was able to use the superior speed of the Mercedes to claw his way back up to second. The result means Nico Rosberg is now within two points of Hamilton in the fight for the championship, so it’s closer than ever at the top whilst still being very much a two horse race.

Jenson Button takes ambassador role for McLaren in 2017  

Jenson Button has announced he will be taking a step back from a full time race drive in Formula One after this season has been completed, but he’s not retiring completely. Unlike Felipe Massa, who confirmed his retirement from the sport this week, Button intends to remain with McLaren and work with them on what they are calling an “innovative three-driver strategy.”

Hamilton takes pole as Ferrari settle for second row in front of home crowd  

Qualifying for the Italian Grand Prix kicked off with a failure for the Manor driver Esteban Ocon, in only his second qualifying appearance. His teammate, however, Pascal Wehrlein, managed to get through to the second session, winding up 14th on the grid in the end.

Mercedes dominate Monza free practice  

It’s no surprise to see Mercedes ahead on pace at a track that is notably reliant on power units for good performance. Nico Rosberg was the fastest man for the first session, beating his teammate and then the Ferraris who were a second off the pace. Fernando Alonso had a gearbox problem during the session, whilst Felipe Massa picked up an energy recovery issue. Jenson Button, Max Verstappen and Sergio Pérez all ran the halo concept device at one point or another, and Nico Hülkenberg sat out the session in favour of Friday driver Celis Jr.

Monza’s future in F1 extended with three year deal  

Bernie Ecclestone confirmed a three year contract extension for the Monza circuit to host the Italian Grand Prix, although signing the contract hasn’t actually taken place yet for geographical reasons. Bernie said: “Regretfully we cannot sign it here legally, but more importantly we have reached an agreement after a few months of negotiations between the lawyers.” He also added that he’d prefer the race to have a century’s worth of contract but will settle for three years for now.

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