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FIA push through halo head protection device for 2018  

The FIA have revealed some findings from a meeting between the FIA, team representatives, and the strategy group, and they’ve decided to go ahead with the halo device for enhanced cockpit protection, despite the fact the majority of reports about the device have revealed little support. In February, the FIA admitted opinion from the drivers was split 50/50, but now they say it’s the way forward.

Hamilton closes the championship gap to 1 point with Silverstone win  

Lewis Hamilton took a comfortable victory in front of the home crowd at Silverstone, and with Sebastian Vettel finishing seventh, he has closed the gap to the championship leader to just a single point. Vettel suffered a puncture on the penultimate lap which dropped him down a handful of positions, whilst Kimi Räikkönen also had a tyre failure one lap before that. Kimi managed to finish third, though, so still getting on the podium, with Bottas taking that crucial second position.

Hamilton takes pole position in front of Silverstone home crowd  

Lewis Hamilton was comfortably quickest around the Silverstone track as he secured his fifth British GP pole position. He was half a second up on next best Kimi Räikkönen, who in turn had a couple of tenths on Sebastian Vettel. Valtteri Bottas was fourth, with a five place gearbox penalty to take.

Bottas leads the way on pace as Vettel shows off the shield at Silverstone  

Free Practice Friday at Silverstone was free of too much drama, and it was Valtteri Bottas who was fastest in both morning and afternoon sessions. Sebastian Vettel had other things on his mind, , as he and the Ferrari team tested out the new shield cockpit protection prototype. He only had the windshield style device on his car for a few minutes, however, before stopping the test early because it made him feel dizzy. He said: “I think it’s because of the curvature, you get quite a bit of distortion.”

Formula 1 confirm partnership with Snapchat for future content  

Quite famously, last year, Lewis Hamilton caused a whole heap of trouble by quite blatantly using Snapchat during a dull press conference. Fast forward just ten or so months later, and the new bosses in charge of F1 have fully embraced the Snapchat revolution. I’m not sure there will be bunny ears as part of the new deal, but F1 has agreed a partnership with Snap Inc to share content on Snapchat of F1 events.

F1 rocks up in London for last minute pre-Silverstone roadshow  

It’s not a sight you see very often, but on the Wednesday before the British Grand Prix, nineteen drivers turned up for an event in London, with several cars participating in a street demo around the iconic Trafalgar Square. There was a stage, where musical performances took place, interviews with drivers occurred, and Valtteri Bottas sprayed the crowd with champagne.

Ex-Renault chief Frederic Vasseur joins Sauber as team principal  

Sauber have only been parted from ex-team principal Monisha Kaltenborn a few short weeks, but they have now found a replacement in the form of Frederic Vasseur, who was previously with the Renault team. Vasseur spent one season with Renault, but has plenty of experience in other racing categories.

Silverstone throw future of British Grand Prix into doubt once more  

Formula One is gearing up for the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, the midpoint of the 2017 season, but circuit organisers are looking beyond this year and are having doubts about the future of the event. Chairman of the BRDC who own Silverstone, have revealed huge losses for the past two years, and they’re expecting more loss this year. Chairman John Grant says: “We have reached the tipping point.”

Bottas holds off Vettel for Austrian Grand Prix victory  

It might not have had the chaotic excitement of the Baku race, but the Austrian Grand Prix held some moments of interest. The start of the race saw Bottas investigated for a potential jump start – he was found not to have done that, but it was mightily close on the replays. Daniil Kvyat got a great start, surging forward, but he forgot to stop at the first corner and bashed into the side of Fernando Alonso, who in turn took out Max Verstappen, the latter two retiring from the race.

Bottas takes pole as Hamilton gets five place penalty  

The first session of qualifying for the Austrian Grand Prix saw disappointment for the Williams team, as both their drivers dropped out early and not only that, they were behind Jolyon Palmer. Kevin Magnussen qualified his Haas into Q2 but also damaged the suspension and had to retire to the pits so was unable to participate in that second session.

Hamilton leads the way in both Austrian Friday practice sessions  

It was a scrappy day of practice as drivers got back to work preparing for the Austrian Grand Prix this weekend. Lewis Hamilton led both practice sessions and Valtteri Bottas was third in both. During the morning session, they were split by Max Verstappen – who had a couple of spins through the gravel and brushed the wall at one point. In second practice, it was Vettel who came between the two Mercedes drivers.

Ricciardo, Bottas and Stroll finish on podium after crazy Baku race  

Daniel Ricciardo won after mostly inheriting the lead but doing a good job with it. Valtteri Bottas fought back from another first lap incident with Kimi Räikkönen to finish second, with Lance Stroll keeping out of trouble for an impressive third place.

Hamilton grabs pole in Azerbaijan as Ricciardo crashes  

Jolyon Palmer was unable to participate in qualifying in Baku after a fire on his Renault during FP3. That meant there were just four drivers dropped out in Q1, but they were the usual suspects – McLaren, Sauber and Haas.

Verstappen goes fastest, and crashes, in Baku practice  

First practice in Azerbaijan was dominated by Sergio Pérez, who crashed his Force India into the barriers at turn eight – a supremely narrow section of track that was the scene of plenty of drama. A lack of grip, smoke from tyre lockups, running wide off track and missing apexes and diving into run off zones was the order of the day, as the tricky Baku track caught out many a good driver.

Monisha Kaltenborn steps down as Sauber team principal  

Monisha Kaltenborn has been a mainstay at Sauber for many years, and has seen the team through several financial crisis situations during her time as team principal since 2012. Now, however, her tenure at the top has come to a close as she departs the team effective immediately. A statement made by the new owners, Longbow Finance, said the split was “by mutual consent and due to diverging views of the future of the company.”

2018 calendar confirms return of France and German races  

The World Motorsport Council have signed off on the 2018 F1 calendar, a lot earlier than normal, and have approved 21 separate events to equal the largest season, alongside 2016. The most visible changes to the calendar include a return to Germany and France, the latter having been off the schedule for a decade, as well as the departure of the Malaysian Grand Prix.

Hamilton wins lonely race as Force India teammates disagree  

Lewis Hamilton led away from pole, remained out front for every lap and took a comfortable race victory over teammate Valtteri Bottas. Behind him, though, there was chaos. Max Verstappen swept up into second off the line but his Red Bull gave up just a few laps later. Carlos Sainz swiped into Felipe Massa, knocking them both out of the race on the first lap. Sebastian Vettel took some front wing damage that dropped him down the order but he fought back to fourth place.

Hamilton sets fastest lap around Montreal circuit to take pole position  

The first session of qualifying for the Canadian Grand Prix had the normal names dropping out, Stroll, Vandoorne, Magnussen, but Jolyon Palmer got through to the second. He was helped by the fact that Pascal Wehrlein hit the grass and spun into the barriers, giving his Sauber colleagues a significant amount of work to do overnight.

Spins dominate the day for Canadian Friday practice  

A lack of grip and confusion over the best car setup were complaints heard throughout the day in Montreal on Friday, as drivers were spinning all over the place. In FP1, Carlos Sainz stopped on track with his Toro Rosso smoking gently, whilst Fernando Alonso also stopped at the hairpin for another McLaren disappointment.

Fernando Alonso issues McLaren win-this-year ultimatum  

It was always going to be an adjustment for Fernando Alonso to return to Formula One, after having so much fun (and doing so well!) in the Indy 500 last month. However, he’s due to return to the car in Canada and for the rest of the season. After that? He’s not so sure.

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