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Liberty Media receive FIA approval for Formula One takeover  

The World Motorsport Council gathered in Geneva today for an extraordinary meeting to discuss the potential takeover of Formula One by the Liberty Media Corporation. Two statements released after the meeting reveal that the acquisition has the approval of everyone involved, with CVC transferring their entire shareholding to the new owners Liberty Media Corporation.

Mercedes snap up Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa returns to Williams  

It’s the news everyone has been expecting but it was finally confirmed today that Mercedes have indeed managed to poach Valtteri Bottas from the Williams team to join them for 2017. Bottas will move to Mercedes to replace the outgoing world champion Nico Rosberg, and partner Lewis Hamilton for the coming season.

Pascal Wehrlein joins Sauber team for 2017 season  

Sauber have completed their driver line up for the coming Formula One season, by hiring Pascal Wehrlein, fresh from the ailing Manor team. Wehrlein has been in the frame for a couple of larger profile drives, but was potentially considered not experienced enough for Mercedes, and not quite the right fit for Force India.

Renault part ways with team principal Frederic Vasseur  

Renault and team principal Frederic Vasseur have confirmed they have parted ways by mutual consent, leaving the running of the team to Jérôme Stoll and Cyril Abiteboul. Although Vasseur’s departure has been agreed mutually, it sounds as though things weren’t quite as amicable as you might hope.

Paddy Lowe leaves Mercedes and heads out on gardening leave  

Mercedes have confirmed the long-held suspicion that Paddy Lowe, executive director (technical), will be leaving the squad. There’s talk that he’s headed to Williams as part of a deal that may fill the spare Mercedes seat, but we know nothing of that, only that Paddy is leaving Mercedes and now goes on a period of gardening leave.

Manor team put into administration ahead of 2017 season  

The Manor team’s participation in the upcoming Formula One season has been cast firmly into doubt with the news that the squad has gone into administration. Whilst the overall business of Manor Grand Prix Racing, which is the rights owner to the F1 entry, still remains viable, the team itself has had the administrators bought in.

Force India and Renault join the mid-Feb launch party  

Two more teams have confirmed when they will reveal their 2017 challengers, and it almost feels like each squad is waiting to see who else is launching, and then sneaking in the day before. We’ve had Ferrari on the 24th February, Mercedes then on the 23rd. Now Force India have announced we need to save the date of the 22nd, whilst Renault are keen to kick things off on the 21st.

Mercedes and Ferrari confirm 2017 car launch dates  

The festive season is done, a new year is upon us and that can only mean it’s time to start looking ahead to the 2017 Formula One season. Two teams have confirmed the launch dates of their new cars, and whilst launches aren’t the big deal they were a decade ago, the all-new style of this year’s machinery means there will be plenty to look out for. Wider cars, bigger tyres and various aerodynamic tweaks will attempt to make the cars faster, and they should look recognisably different from the 2016 batch.

Pat Symonds to leave Williams at the end of the year  

Williams have released a statement confirming the departure of their Chief Technical Officer Pat Symonds, who is set to leave at the very end of the year. He has been with the squad since 2013 where he joined on a three year contract to help turn the ailing team's fortunes around, and he achieved just that.

French Grand Prix to return in 2018 at Paul Ricard  

The French Grand Prix will make a return to the F1 calendar for the 2018 season in a five year deal, as the Paul Ricard circuit steps back up as host. By then, it will be ten years since a French Grand Prix appeared on the calendar, with the 2008 race being held at Magny-Cours. Paul Ricard hasn’t hosted a race since 1990, but has been used for testing in the intervening years.

Mercedes admit wrong decisions made in Abu Dhabi  

The team should be celebrating the culmination of another dominant season of Formula One, but instead Mercedes are having to respond to more criticism of their drivers and their behaviour. Lewis Hamilton attempted to back up the field in the closing stages of the Abu Dhabi race, hoping to put his teammate under pressure and perhaps have another car overtake Rosberg and drop him out of contention.

Mercedes search for a new driver after Rosberg’s retirement  

Nico Rosberg shocked the F1 world with his retirement announcement, less than a week after becoming world champion. His resolve is clear, however, so it’s up to Mercedes now to find a replacement for the best seat on the grid. Naturally, every driver has been linked with the team already, but Toto Wolff has shot down some of the bigger rumours.

Rosberg celebrates becoming 2016 F1 World Champion  

Rosberg may not have ended the season in style, finishing runner up to Lewis Hamilton in the final few races, but he got the job done and claimed his first F1 title in the final round in Abu Dhabi. The German driver admitted that the pressure of the competition did start to get to him. Talking after his victory, Rosberg said: “It’s been my best season and I’ve done my best ever races this year."

Hamilton wins in Abu Dhabi but Rosberg takes the crown  

Lewis Hamilton took victory in Abu Dhabi, but despite his best efforts, it wasn’t enough to keep Nico Rosberg from securing the 2016 World Championship. With Hamilton easily out front and in control of the race, all Nico had to do was finish third, but that was by no means easy. Max Verstappen initially put himself out of the battle by spinning on the first lap and dropping to the rear of the field, but converted to a one stop strategy that saw him finish fourth.

Lewis Hamilton scores pole position for title fight in Abu Dhabi  

Although the balance of power in the battle for the championship remains with Nico Rosberg, Lewis Hamilton has so far done everything he can to increase his chances of grabbing it back. The Mercedes driver scored pole position for the season finale race in Abu Dhabi, beating teammate and rival Rosberg to the top spot. Behind them, the fight between Ferrari and Red Bull endured, with Daniel Ricciardo and Kimi Räikkönen locking out the second row. Max Verstappen was disappointed in his work to end up in sixth place.

McLaren hire Zak Brown as Technology Group executive  

Ron Dennis has barely vacated the building but McLaren are keen to show they are moving on, with the appointment of Zak Brown as executive director of the McLaren Technology Group. The organisation’s efforts to find a CEO of the McLaren Group as a whole are ongoing, but Brown will take up his post towards the end of the year, focusing on the racing squad.

Sauber re-sign Marcus Ericsson for 2017 season  

Sauber has been very busy trying to regroup after a disappointing year in 2016, and they are one of the few teams with race seats available for the coming season. It had been rumoured that current Sauber driver Marcus Ericsson was looking for an exit strategy from the Swiss squad but with the rest of the grid filling up fast, he has opted to remain with his current team for another year.

Ron Dennis removed as head of McLaren by shareholders  

Ron Dennis has been in charge of the McLaren Group for over three decades, but his position as boss of the successful sporting organisation came to an abrupt end this week. Dennis owns 25% of McLaren, but the other 75% is owned by a Bahrain investment group and businessman Mansour Ojjeh – both of whom have decided that Dennis’ tenure at the top is over due to a lack of confidence in his style of leadership.

Brazil’s chaotic race closes championship gap further  

The Brazilian Grand Prix took just over three hours to be completed, with a delayed start due to the pouring rain, five safety car periods due to rain and crashes, and two red flags for similar reasons. Lewis Hamilton got off to a good start behind the safety car, and he managed to control the race from the front despite the stop start nature of the event. He took race victory from Nico Rosberg, narrowing the championship gap to just 12 points going into the final round in Abu Dhabi.

Hamilton scoops pole as Haas qualify well in Brazil  

There was rain threatening the skies above Interlagos during qualifying for the Brazilian Grand Prix, but the weather had no real impact on proceedings except catching some teams out with the cooler conditions. Manor and Sauber dropped out in Q1, as well as Kevin Magnussen and Jenson Button, who was complaining about a lack of grip.

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