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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.

Hamilton leads both practice sessions in Brazil  

Lewis Hamilton was fastest in the first Brazilian practice, with Max Verstappen scooping second place. There were a couple of Friday drivers in action, with Charles Leclerc taking up a seat at Haas, and Sergey Sirotkin deputising in the Renault – although he only managed to complete 10 laps before parking up with a problem.

Magnussen joins Haas to race alongside Grosjean  

It had been widely rumoured, once Renault re-signed Jolyon Palmer to their spare race seat, but now it has been confirmed: Kevin Magnussen will join the American squad, Haas F1, for the 2017 season. Magnussen moves to the team to race alongside Romain Grosjean, replacing the outgoing Esteban Gutiérrez. It will be Magnussen’s third team in the sport, as the Danish driver made his debut with McLaren in 2014, before taking a year out as test driver the following season. In 2016, he was with Renault and now moves to Haas.

Esteban Ocon moves to Force India for multi-year deal  

The Force India squad have filled their spare race seat for the 2017 season by signing Manor driver Esteban Ocon for what is a multi-year deal. Pairing the French driver with Sergio Pérez for the coming season and beyond, Force India are benefitting from their association with Mercedes, as Ocon is a young driver for the German manufacturer.

Renault opt for Jolyon Palmer in second season re-signing  

With news that Nico Hülkenberg was joining the Renault squad from 2017 onwards, the question on everybody’s lips – would it be Jolyon Palmer or Kevin Magnussen who was retained alongside him? The answer has now arrived and it is Palmer who has been given the go ahead to participate in his second season in Formula One. Magnussen has more points from 2016 so far but Palmer has impressed the bosses.

Williams confirm Lance Stroll for 2017 as Massa’s replacement  

Felipe Massa is heading towards his final two races in F1, the next event set to be an emotional farewell in Brazil. To take our minds off it, Williams have confirmed who will be replacing the veteran driver next season, with 18 year old Lance Stroll set to get his F1 debut in 2017.

Vettel apologises to the FIA after radio outburst  

Sebastian Vettel was in all sorts of trouble after the Mexican Grand Prix. Firstly, he was penalised out of his inherited third place position due to an infringement in his defensive driving against Daniel Ricciardo. Then he found himself under scrutiny by the FIA, after some abusive words uttered by the German over the team radio.

Ricciardo ends up with third place after dramatic finish to Mexican race  

As with many races, the excitement of the Mexican Grand Prix was focused very much on the start of the race, and the very end. Lewis Hamilton got a great start and held on to his pole position to easily lead the way to victory. Nico Rosberg struggled to keep in contact but worked his way into second, doing what he needed to do to keep his hands on the title at this point.

Hamilton takes pole in Mexico, as Palmer sits out qualifying  

Jolyon Palmer was unable to participate in the qualifying session for the Mexican Grand Prix, after his Renault was being busily repaired after practice. Palmer hit the kerbs and damaged his chassis in FP3 forcing him to the sidelines for qualifying.

Championship gap reduces as Hamilton dominates in Austin  

Lewis Hamilton finally got the start to a race he’s been looking for at the last few events, getting away cleanly from pole position and leading the way to victory in reasonable comfort. Nico Rosberg, meanwhile, had more trouble off the line, losing out to Daniel Ricciardo who muscled his Red Bull into second place.

Hamilton secures pole position for US Grand Prix  

Defending champion Lewis Hamilton has put himself in the best possible position for a race win on Sunday by qualifying ahead of his teammate Nico Rosberg, but the gap between them was only two tenths of a second. Red Bull locked out the second row of the grid, a full half a second off the pace of the Mercedes pair.

Mercedes dominate practice in USA as Haas struggle at home  

Hamilton was fastest in the first session, as both Mercedes drivers were well ahead of the field. Daniel Ricciardo managed to break into their dominance a little in the afternoon, however, splitting the pair, with Rosberg finishing on top.

Nico Hülkenberg joins Renault for 2017 season  

It was rumoured a few days before the announcement but finally it became official as Nico Hülkenberg tweeted a picture of himself outside the Renault motorhome indicating his new friends for next season. The German has been with Force India for six years, with a brief sabbatical at Sauber in 2013. After four consecutive seasons with barely a podium to show for it, Nico has opted to move to the French squad for a multi-year deal.

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.

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