CURRENT NEWS

20 JANUARY 2017

LIBERTY URGES TEAMS TO BUY INTO F1

New F1 owner Liberty Media has urged the teams to buy into the sport.

WOLFF UNSURE BOTTAS CAN BEAT HAMILTON

Toto Wolff has admitted it is possible Valtteri Bottas could be replaced at Mercedes by a bigger name for 2018.

MERCEDES SEAT MAY HAVE DESTROYED WEHRLEIN SAYS WOLFF

Toto Wolff says the retirement of Nico Rosberg was regarded as an "opportunity" for Mercedes rather than a problem.

VANDOORNE TO FIGHT AND WORK WITH ALONSO

F1 rookie Stoffel Vandoorne agrees with his McLaren teammate Fernando Alonso that their head-to-head fight will not be too intense in 2017.

HAAS EASIER THAN MCLAREN, RENAULT SAYS MAGNUSSEN

Kevin Magnussen says he is already enjoying life at his new F1 home.

MARKO WOULD HAVE TAKEN WEHRLEIN RISK

Dr Helmut Marko says that in Mercedes' place, Red Bull would have taken a punt on a young driver rather than sign up someone like Valtteri Bottas.

BOTTAS TAKES SPONSOR TO MERCEDES

Valtteri Bottas is taking a personal sponsor with him from Williams to Mercedes.

MANOR ASKS TO RACE 2016 CAR THIS YEAR

If Manor finds an eleventh-hour saviour, the embattled backmarker team would have to race its 2016 car early this season.

19 JANUARY 2017

ECCLESTONE TO EXIT AS FIA APPROVES F1 BUYOUT

The final hurdle has been cleared as Liberty Media races towards completing its takeover of formula one.

MCLAREN HINTS AT 2017 LIVERY CHANGE

McLaren executive Zak Brown has confirmed reports the British team might be set for a livery change in 2017.

SURER UNSURE BOTTAS CAN CHALLENGE HAMILTON

Former F1 driver Marc Surer hopes Valtteri Bottas is up to the task of taking on triple world champion Lewis Hamilton in 2017.

F1 TEAMS BACK AWAY FROM BUYING SHARES

F1 teams are backing away from new owner Liberty's offer of shares in the sport they compete in.

PIERO FERRARI EYES THREE WINS IN 2017

Piero Ferrari would like to see the F1 team that bears his famous surname win at least three races in 2017.

STROLL HAPPY MASSA REPLACING BOTTAS

2017 rookie Lance Stroll says he is happy that Felipe Massa will be his teammate this year.

SILVERSTONE WILL DROP BRITISH GP?

Bad news is still flowing out of Silverstone, the embattled current venue of the historic British grand prix.

GP2 CHAMPION GASLY HEADS TO JAPAN

Reigning GP2 champion will keep his skills sharp this year in Japan's top tier of open wheel racing.

FAMILY SHOULD TELL TRUTH ABOUT SCHUMACHER SAYS WEBER

Michael Schumacher's former long-time manager has criticised the F1 legend's family.

KLIEN STARTS MILITARY SERVICE IN AUSTRIA

Former F1 driver Christian Klien is starting his year by finally completing his compulsory military service in his native Austria.

MERCEDES SEAT TOO EARLY FOR WEHRLEIN SAYS WOLFF

Mercedes steered away from signing Pascal Wehrlein for 2017 because it would have been "too early" for the young German.

GIOVINAZZI WON'T STAGNATE IN FERRARI ROLE SAYS WOLFF

Toto Wolff has played down fears the career of new Ferrari reserve Antonio Giovinazzi might stagnate in 2017.

MAGNUSSEN DISAPPOINTED WITH RENAULT CRITICISM

Kevin Magnussen says he was "disappointed" to hear about his former Renault boss Cyril Abiteboul's recent parting shot.

18 JANUARY 2017

ROSBERG CURIOUS TO WATCH SUCCESSOR

World champion Nico Rosberg says he is looking forward to seeing a "great battle" between Mercedes' new driving duo in 2017.

LAUDA TENSION GONE AFTER BOTTAS SIGNING

Niki Lauda says he feels relaxed now that Valtteri Bottas has been signed up for 2017.

ALONSO NOT AFRAID OF ROOKIE VANDOORNE

Fernando Alonso says he is "not worried" even though he has a rookie teammate for 2017.

LIBERTY STILL SEEKING FIA GREEN LIGHT

Only one hurdle remains as F1's new owner Liberty Media looks to complete its buyout of the sport.

HONDA IN TALKS WITH SAUBER OVER 2018?

Honda's plans to begin supplying a second F1 team with engines are now shaping up.

LOTUS F1 FORAY NOT A FAILURE SAYS LOPEZ

Former F1 team owner Gerard Lopez has defended his record in the sport, insisting the Lotus foray was "not a failure".

KOVALAINEN MADE BID TO REPLACE BOTTAS

Former F1 driver Heikki Kovalainen has admitted he made a bid to replace the Mercedes-bound Valtteri Bottas at Williams for 2017.

NO PROBLEMS IN BOTTAS-HAMILTON PAIRING SAYS KOVALAINEN

Lewis Hamilton's former teammate says Valtteri Bottas should not have any trouble working with the triple world champion in 2017.

17 JANUARY 2017

LAST PIECES OF 2017 PUZZLE IN PLACE

The last major pieces of the 2017 grid have fallen into place.

ONE YEAR DEAL FOR BOTTAS STRANGE SAYS SALO

Valtteri Bottas' one-year contract to drive for Mercedes in 2017 is "really strange".

ANGRY SAINZ ALSO PATIENT FOR FUTURE

Carlos Sainz has admitted he is "angry" but also "patient", as his career stalls for now at Toro Rosso.

VANDOORNE UNSURE MCLAREN CAN WIN IN 2017

Stoffel Vandoorne is not sure McLaren will be ready to win races in 2017.

16 JANUARY 2017

RENAULT WILL HELP RED BULL CLOSE GAP SAYS MATESCHITZ

Renault will help Red Bull "get closer" to Mercedes in 2017.

MATESCHITZ UNDECIDED OVER F1 SHARES

Dietrich Mateschitz says he is yet to decide if he will accept Liberty's offer and buy shares in formula one.

BOTTAS SWITCH NEWS DUE THIS WEEK

Valtteri Bottas' expected move from Williams to Mercedes looks set to be finalised this week.

RED BULL, HAAS CARS PASS CRASH TESTS

Two more F1 teams are on track for pre-season testing late next month.

GIOVINAZZI DESERVES F1 RACE SEAT SAYS MINARDI

New Ferrari reserve Antonio Giovinazzi actually deserves a seat on the 2017 grid.

ECCLESTONE DOUBTS RED BULL CAN WIN TITLE

Bernie Ecclestone doubts Mercedes can be beaten in 2017.

ROSBERG MAY REGRET RETIREMENT DECISION SAYS BERGER

Gerhard Berger says he does not relate to Nico Rosberg's decision to quit F1 at the age of 31.

BOULLIER TARGETS TOP FOUR FOR MCLAREN

McLaren is not setting its targets too high for 2017.

MINARDI DEFENDS STROLL

Gian Carlo Minardi has hit out at criticism of Lance Stroll's impending debut in F1.

WEHRLEIN DELIGHTED TO JOIN SAUBER

Pascal Wehrlein has admitted he is heading to Sauber for 2017.

14 JANUARY 2017

BETTER NEWS ABOUT BRITISH GP FUTURE

Silverstone's owner is now more confident about the future of the British grand prix.

ALL F1 TRACKS SET FOR 2017 UPGRADES

Every F1 circuit will be tweaked and upgraded to accommodate this year's much faster cars.

MANOR DEADLINE EXTENDED BY ANOTHER WEEK

Better news is now emerging from Banbury, the UK headquarters of the embattled F1 backmarker Manor.

BERGER WOULD HAVE PICKED WEHRLEIN OVER BOTTAS

F1 legend Gerhard Berger says that if he was in charge at Mercedes, he would have signed Pascal Wehrlein for 2017.

VASSEUR NOT RULING OUT F1 RETURN

Frederic Vasseur says he might not be done with his F1 career.

FERRARI OPENS DOOR FOR MICK SCHUMACHER

Ferrari has swung open the door for Mick Schumacher.

HAAS BLOCKS EARLY F1 PAYMENT FOR FORCE INDIA?

Force India has suffered a financial blow ahead of the 2017 season.

MARCIELLO ENDS F1 DREAM

Former Ferrari junior Raffaele Marciello has called off his F1 dream.

13 JANUARY 2017

TEAMS WILL BE SANDBAGGING IN EARLY 2017 SAYS HEMBERY

It will take some time before the pecking order clearly emerges in 2017, according to Pirelli chief Paul Hembery.

VERSTAPPEN ABSOLUTELY READY FOR 2017 TITLE

Max Verstappen says he is "absolutely" ready to win the world championship in 2017.

VASSEUR WON'T BE REPLACED SAYS ABITEBOUL

Renault will not be "weakened" by the departure of team boss Frederic Vasseur.

VASSEUR QUIT OVER RENAULT DIFFERENCES

Frederic Vasseur says he quit as Renault boss because of "serious differences" with his management colleagues.

HAAS SHRUGS OFF RENAULT'S MAGNUSSEN ATTACK

Team boss Gunther Steiner has dismissed a stinging attack on Kevin Magnussen, who is Haas' new recruit for 2017.

ONE WEEK RESCUE DEADLINE SET FOR MANOR

Manor has just a single week to avoid collapse, according to sources close to the embattled F1 backmarker.

DONINGTON-F1 RUMOURS RETURN AFTER PALMER TAKEOVER

Donington might once again be in the running as a potential alternative venue for the British grand prix.

BRUNDLE HAD HEART ATTACK AT MONACO GP

Former F1 driver Martin Brundle has revealed he suffered a heart attack in the moments after the chequered flag in Monaco this year.

12 JANUARY 2017

MCLAREN STILL INTERESTED IN F1 STAKE SAYS BROWN

Zak Brown has played down reports F1 teams might be reluctant to accept Liberty Media's offer of shares in the sport.

TEAM BOSS SLAMS RENAULT REFUGEE MAGNUSSEN

Renault boss Cyril Abiteboul has lashed out at departing team driver Kevin Magnussen.

RED BULL TO KEEP USING CONTROVERSIAL SUSPENSION - MARKO

Red Bull will continue to use a controversial suspension concept in 2017, according to Germany's Auto Bild.

MENTOR ALONSO HELPED ME THRIVE IN F1 SAYS SAINZ

Carlos Sainz has singled out fellow Spaniard Fernando Alonso as one of the most influential figures in his rise to formula one.

MCLAREN TO LAUNCH CAR ON FEBRUARY 19

McLaren-Honda will launch its 2017 car on February 19, according to the Spanish sports daily AS.

SCHUMACHER LOSES TWO MORE SPONSORS?

Two more sponsors have backed out of supporting embattled F1 legend Michael Schumacher.

11 JANUARY 2017

TEAM BOSS VASSEUR LEAVES RENAULT

Team boss Frederic Vasseur has left Renault.

MERCEDES DENIES BOTTAS ANNOUNCEMENT DATE SET

Mercedes has denied reports it has set a date for the announcement of Lewis Hamilton's teammate for 2017.

ROSBERG SUCCESSOR SOLUTION SO COMPLICATED SAYS LAUDA

Niki Lauda says the identity of Lewis Hamilton's new teammate for 2017 remains unknown because "it's all so complicated".

MARCHIONNE TO RETIRE AFTER 2018

Ferrari president Sergio Marchionne says he plans to retire after 2018.

WILLIAMS NOT COMMENTING ON TEAM SHAKEUP

Williams has declined to comment on a wave of speculation about the British team's next moves.

10 JANUARY 2017

LOWE COULD BECOME WILLIAMS BOSS?

Paddy Lowe could leave his role as Mercedes' technical boss in order to become the overall chief at Williams.

FERRARI HAD TWO DAY CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY SAYS MARCHIONNE

Ferrari is working harder than ever for F1 success in 2017, according to president Sergio Marchionne.

ROSSI LOGICAL CHOICE FOR MERCEDES SAYS ZANARDI

Mercedes should have been braver and signed MotoGP legend Valentino Rossi for 2017.

ECCLESTONE TELLS SILVERSTONE TO STOP COMPLAINING

Bernie Ecclestone has told British officials to stop "complaining", amid fears Silverstone will drop off the calendar after 2019.

2017 TRAINING TO BE INTENSIVE SAYS KVYAT

Daniil Kvyat says he has returned from a Christmas break to a spate of "intensive training" ahead of the 2017 season.

GUTIERREZ MOVES FROM F1 TO FORMULA E

After losing his seat at Haas, Esteban Gutierrez will continue his motor racing career in the Formula E single seater series.

9 JANUARY 2017

HAKKINEN CONFIRMS BOTTAS NEGOTIATIONS

Valtteri Bottas' next step in formula one will be known "in good time" before pre-season testing begins late next month.

ROSBERG TO WATCH MELBOURNE FROM THE COUCH

Nico Rosberg has no plans for the 2017 season opener in March except for "sitting on a couch".

HULKENBERG TRAINING HARD FOR 2017

Nico Hulkenberg says he has never worked harder ahead of a new season of formula one.

LOST MONEY HURT MANOR SURVIVAL CHANCES SAYS OWNER

Manor owner Stephen Fitzpatrick has admitted losing tenth place in the 2016 world championship was a real blow to the team's hopes of survival.

HULKENBERG HAPPY WITHOUT MERCEDES SEAT

As he prepares for 2017, Nico Hulkenberg insists he is content.

RETURNING MASSA BROKE FORMULA E DEAL

Felipe Massa had to break an agreement to race in Formula E this year, according to the Spanish sports daily Marca.

7 JANUARY 2017

MANOR ADMITS SURVIVAL IN DOUBT

Manor and its administrators have admitted that the F1 team's short-term survival is in doubt.

ALTERNATIVES QUIET OVER SILVERSTONE NEWS

British motor racing tracks have played down Bernie Ecclestone's hint they might be in the running to take over the British grand prix.

RENAULT TO LAUNCH ON FEBRUARY 21

Renault has become the fourth F1 team to reveal a 2017 car launch date.

MCLAREN TO RUN NEW HONDA ENGINE IN 2017

McLaren has revealed that it will use a new Honda engine in 2017.

6 JANUARY 2017

MANOR TO ENTER ADMINISTRATION AGAIN

Manor is once again facing the prospect of collapse, according to authoritative British media reports on Friday.

BOTTAS READY TO WIN IN F1

Valtteri Bottas is ready to win races in formula one, according to his trainer.

ROSBERG TO REMAIN MERCEDES AMBASSADOR?

Nico Rosberg looks set to stay with Mercedes as a brand ambassador.

NOW FORCE INDIA REVEALS 2017 LAUNCH DATE

Force India has become the third team to reveal a launch date for its 2017 car.

ECCLESTONE HAPPY, NOT ANGRY, AS F1 STARS RETIRE

Bernie Ecclestone insists he is happy rather than upset that some of F1's biggest names have elected to retire.

SILVERSTONE WARNS IT COULD BREAK F1 CONTRACT

A new cloud has moved over the future of the British grand prix.

5 JANUARY 2017

ECCLESTONE DEFENDS VETTEL AMID CRITICISM

Bernie Ecclestone has jumped to the defence of Sebastian Vettel, amid criticism of the Ferrari driver's performance and frustration in 2016.

FORCE INDIA WANTS TO BEAT TOP TEAM IN 2017 SAYS OCON

Esteban Ocon says he and Force India are aiming high for 2017.

ALESI HAILS FERRARI DEAL FOR GIOVINAZZI

Jean Alesi has hailed Ferrari's decision to sign up an Italian driver for 2017.

MERHI NOT IMPRESSED BY VERSTAPPEN HYPE

Former F1 driver Roberto Merhi has moved to calm the hype surrounding Max Verstappen.

ECCLESTONE WANTS SCHUMACHER NAME BACK IN F1

Bernie Ecclestone says he hopes F1 legend Michael Schumacher's teenage son makes it all the way to formula one.

4 JANUARY 2017

MERCEDES TO LAUNCH 2017 CAR IN FEBRUARY

Mercedes on Wednesday announced it will launch its 2017 car on 23 February.

ALLISON DEPARTURE HURT FERRARI SAYS ALESI

Jean Alesi thinks the departure of James Allison in 2016 had a big impact on Ferrari's season.

FIA BANS MERCEDES CONCEPT AFTER FERRARI LETTER - REPORT

Ferrari has reportedly made a bold bid to catch up in 2017 by designing a new suspension system, or have the Mercedes-pioneered concept banned by the FIA.

ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE TASK FOR HAMILTON TEAMMATE SAYS MERHI

Former F1 driver Roberto Merhi has tipped a tough forthcoming season for Lewis Hamilton's new teammate.

VANDOORNE PLAYS DOWN HAMILTON COMPARISON

Stoffel Vandoorne is refusing to compare himself with Lewis Hamilton.

POLITICS SPOILING MCLAREN PASSION SAYS RAMIREZ

McLaren's former long-time team manager Jo Ramirez thinks "passion" is lacking in the Woking team of today.

RENAULT'S PALMER NOT RULING OUT 2017 PODIUM

Renault can target points and maybe even a podium in 2017.

HAAS BETTER FIT THAN RENAULT OR MCLAREN SAYS MAGNUSSEN

Kevin Magnussen is sure he will enjoy his F1 career more now that he has switched teams for the second time.

NO 2017 RETURN FOR HARYANTO

Rio Haryanto has dropped out of the running to return to F1 in 2017.

3 JANUARY 2017

FOCUS LEADS TO VETTEL FRUSTRATION SAYS RICCIARDO

Daniel Ricciardo says it is former teammate Sebastian Vettel's unbridled focus on F1 that leads to his obvious "frustration".

BOTTAS, WEHRLEIN, MASSA MOVES TO BE CONFIRMED

The late and sensational rush in the 2017 driver 'silly season' is now set to end.

FERRARI TO CRACK 1000HP IN 2017?

Ferrari will crack the 1000 horse power barrier with its 2017 engine, according to a report in Italy's La Gazzetta dello Sport.

ROSBERG TRAINER UNSURE OF NEXT MOVE

Nico Rosberg's physical trainer is not sure what his next move will be.

RICCIARDO RELATIONSHIP COULD CHANGE SAYS VERSTAPPEN

Max Verstappen admits that if Red Bull's 2017 car is a title challenger, his relationship with teammate Daniel Ricciardo would change.

HAKKINEN HOPES TO SEE SCHUMACHER AGAIN

As the three-year anniversary of his skiing accident passes, Michael Schumacher is quietly turning 48.

BROWN PLAYS DOWN MCLAREN SALE TALK

Zak Brown thinks his impact at McLaren can be felt immediately in 2017.

TORO ROSSO EYES ENGINE NAMING DEAL

Toro Rosso is in talks about selling the naming rights of the team's engine supplier for 2017.

28 DECEMBER 2016

2017 ANOTHER TOUGH YEAR FOR RENAULT SAYS HULKENBERG

Nico Hulkenberg thinks 2017 could be a second consecutive tough campaign for the Renault works team.

ALONSO IS VANDOORNE'S WORST ENEMY SAYS ICKX

Stoffel Vandoorne's "worst enemy" in 2017 will be his highly rated teammate Fernando Alonso.

LAUDA SLAMS BRAWN'S MERCEDES CONTRIBUTION

Niki Lauda has hit out at Ross Brawn's contribution to the recent success of the Mercedes team.

SCHUMACHER'S SON TARGETS F1 TITLE

Mick Schumacher says he wants to follow in his famous father's footsteps by winning the world championship.

ROSBERG HITS BACK AT HAMILTON COMPLAINTS

World champion Nico Rosberg has hit back at his former teammate's complaints about losing key members of his race crew in 2016.

NASR ADMITS HE COULD LOSE F1 SEAT

Felipe Nasr has admitted it is possible he will be left without a F1 seat for 2017.

MASSA NOT COMMENTING ON F1 RETURN

Felipe Massa is still refusing to comment on widespread speculation his F1 retirement will be very short lived.

STEWART SAYS ONLY 5 DRIVERS EARN MORE THAN HIM

Sir Jackie Stewart claims he earns more than most of the entire F1 grid.

LIBERTY NOT OFFERING TEAMS VOTING POWER?

F1 teams are being offered shares in the sport but not voting rights, according to Germany's Auto Motor und Sport.

ROSBERG EXIT IS RICCIARDO BOOST

The shock retirement of world champion Nico Rosberg is a big boost to Daniel Ricciardo's title chances.

27 DECEMBER 2016

BOTTAS A POSSIBILITY FOR 2017 SAYS WOLFF

Toto Wolff has admitted for the first time that Valtteri Bottas is a "possibility" to replace Nico Rosberg at Mercedes.

23 DECEMBER 2016

LIBERTY COULD SCRATCH FRIDAYS FROM F1 SCHEDULE

New owners Liberty Media are considering scratching Fridays from the F1 race weekend.

22 DECEMBER 2016

GIOVINAZZI SET FOR FRIDAY DRIVES IN 2017

New Ferrari reserve Antonio Giovinazzi could be set for some Friday practice outings with Sauber or Haas in 2017.

MERCEDES, HAMILTON BAULKED AT WEHRLEIN SOLUTION

It is now almost certain that Mercedes will head into 2017 with Valtteri Bottas as Lewis Hamilton's new teammate.

MERCEDES DOMINANCE MUST END IN 2017 SAYS TOST

F1's utter domination by Mercedes must end in 2017.

21 DECEMBER 2016

2017 CARS TO HAVE UGLY AIRBOX SAILS?

F1 could be about to find a spanner in the works of its plans for more aesthetically pleasing cars for 2017.

MCLAREN SAYS MARKETING CHIEF STILL AT TEAM

McLaren has clarified claims that another key member of the Honda-powered team is leaving.

RED BULL DID NOT CONSIDER SAINZ RELEASE

Carlos Sainz says his Red Bull bosses didn't even contemplate letting him go to Mercedes for 2017.

MASSA PLAYS DOWN EUR 6 MILLION COMEBACK REPORTS

Felipe Massa has played down reports that he is definitely cancelling his retirement plans in order to stay at Williams for 2017.

SAUBER TIPS LIBERTY TO BE FAIRER TO SMALL TEAMS

Monisha Kaltenborn thinks F1's new owners are sympathetic to the idea of a fairer distribution of power among the teams.

20 DECEMBER 2016

CAPITO LEAVING MCLAREN?

McLaren is not commenting on reports new boss Jost Capito is leaving the team, just four months after starting work.

HAMILTON WANTS TO KEEP SAME CREW

Lewis Hamilton says he wants to keep his entire crew of mechanics and engineers for 2017.

DRIVER CALL COULD TAKE UNTIL FEBRUARY SAYS LAUDA

Mercedes could be set to further delay its decision about the identity of world champion Nico Rosberg's successor.

MARCHIONNE NOT PREDICTING 2017 TITLE

Sergio Marchionne says he has learned his lesson and will no longer be making any bold predictions for 2017.

SAINZ SAYS NO MERCEDES MOVE FOR 2017

Carlos Sainz has ruled himself out of the running to replace Nico Rosberg at Mercedes.

19 DECEMBER 2016

MAJORITY WOULD VOTE FOR HALO SAYS HULKENBERG

Halo looks set to be on the way into F1 for 2018.

LIBERTY STILL STRIDING TOWARDS F1 TAKEOVER

Liberty Media is continuing to formalise its takeover of formula one.

FERRARI ONLY 10 PERCENT BEHIND MERCEDES SAYS TODT

Former team boss Jean Todt has tipped Ferrari to keep chipping away at the small gap to F1 frontrunners Mercedes and Red Bull.

WEHRLEIN MORE RISKY THAN BOTTAS SAYS ROSBERG

Nico Rosberg says Mercedes should consider taking the "risk" of signing up German youngster Pascal Wehrlein to replace him for 2017.

TODT ASKS MASSA TO BE F1 STEWARD

Felipe Massa says he has been invited by his former boss to become an F1 steward.

FAMILY TO STAY SILENT ON SCHUMACHER HEALTH

Michael Schumacher's manager insists there will be no changes to the policy of radio silence when it comes to the health of the F1 legend.

PROBABLY NO MCLAREN WINS IN 2017 SAYS VANDOORNE

Stoffel Vandoorne has admitted he is unlikely to be in a position to win races straight away in formula one.

GIOVINAZZI TO BE FERRARI THIRD DRIVER?

Antonio Giovinazzi is tipped to step into a third driver role with Ferrari for 2017.

16 DECEMBER 2016

MERCEDES SEAT INTRIGUE TO CONTINUE FOR NOW

F1 will head into the Christmas and New Year's break without announcing the identity of Mercedes' second driver for 2017.

VALENTINO ROSSI ALMOST SWITCHED TO F1 SAYS FATHER

Valentino Rossi's father has admitted the MotoGP legend came "very, very close" to switching to formula one a decade ago.

HELLMUND, KFC, LINKED WITH MANOR BUYOUT

A cloud is hanging over Manor's future ahead of the 2017 season.

VETTEL EMERGING AS MERCEDES FAVOURITE FOR 2018

Sebastian Vettel is emerging as a favourite to become Nico Rosberg's longer term replacement at Mercedes.

MERCEDES WILL BE STRONG AGAIN IN 2017 SAYS BRAWN

Former team boss Ross Brawn thinks Mercedes will still be a leading force in formula one next year.

AUSTRIAN BROADCASTER TO END F1 DEAL FOR 2020

Austria could lose its free to air television coverage of formula one from 2020.

15 DECEMBER 2016

RACE STARTS TO BE EVEN HARDER IN 2017

Drivers will find it even harder to make the perfect race start in 2017.

ECCLESTONE ADMITS WORRYING ABOUT ROSBERG SUCCESSOR

Bernie Ecclestone has admitted he is worried Lewis Hamilton will utterly dominate in 2017.

SYMONDS NOT DENYING PADDY LOWE RUMOURS

Pat Symonds has refused to deny reports that Paddy Lowe will replace him as Williams' technical boss.

F1 SHOULD CONSIDER NEW ENGINES FOR 2020 SAYS BRAWN

Ross Brawn has admitted F1 should consider taking a sharp turn with its engine regulations for 2020.

FERRARI LOSING ALLISON A MISTAKE SAYS SYMONDS

Ferrari must consider reorganising its structure in order to return to the top of F1.

VETTEL EYEING 2018 MERCEDES DEAL SAYS BERGER

He will not replace Nico Rosberg in 2017, but the door to a future at Mercedes is a possibility for Fernando Alonso the year after.

ROSBERG EYES ROLE AS DRIVER MANAGER

Nico Rosberg has admitted his return to F1 in the future could be in the form of driver management.

14 DECEMBER 2016

BOTTAS AND WEHRLEIN EXCELLENT CANDIDATES SAYS ROSBERG

New world champion Nico Rosberg insists that Mercedes has been "understanding" about his late decision to quit the team and F1.

BOTTAS COULD LOSE MERCEDES OPPORTUNITY SAYS SALO

Mika Salo says it is very possible a golden opportunity for his fellow Finn Valtteri Bottas to step up to Mercedes might fall through.

MCLAREN TITLE SPONSOR TALKS HAVE BEGUN SAYS BROWN

It will be 2018 at least before McLaren can finally put the first title sponsor on its cars since 2013.

13 DECEMBER 2016

MALDONADO WORKING ON 2017 F1 RETURN

Pastor Maldonado says he is working on his return to formula one.

MASSA NOT BRAZILIAN MOTOR SPORT SAVIOUR

Felipe Massa has ruled out going it alone to put Brazil back on track for a healthy future in F1.

ROSBERG EXIT NOT GOOD FOR F1 SAYS ECCLESTONE

Bernie Ecclestone and new F1 director Chase Carey are in contact with Toto Wolff about the identity of Nico Rosberg's Mercedes successor.

12 DECEMBER 2016

HARD TO BE BETTER IN 2017 SAYS FORCE INDIA

Force India has acknowledged it will be difficult to defend fourth place in the constructors' world championship next year.

PIRELLI WANTS TO MONITOR TYRE DATA IN-RACE

Pirelli sounds determined to keep clamping down on how F1 teams are using their tyres.

AGOSTINI QUESTIONS ROSBERG PASSION

Giacomo Agostini, arguably the greatest motorcycle racing legend of all time, says he cannot understand new F1 champion Nico Rosberg's decision to quit.

ROSBERG SITUATION HELPS ME SAYS NASR

Felipe Nasr says Nico Rosberg's shock decision to retire improves his chances of staying in F1 next year.

HAMILTON, WOLFF, END ABU DHABI CONTROVERSY

Lewis Hamilton and Toto Wolff are looking to put the controversy of the Abu Dhabi finale firmly in the past.

WILLIAMS NOT COMMENTING ON BOTTAS REPORTS

Williams is not commenting on reports it rejected an initial offer from Mercedes to buy out Valtteri Bottas' 2017 contract.

LOWE TO WILLIAMS, ALLISON TO MERCEDES?

Paddy Lowe looks set to leave Mercedes and return to Williams.

SIROTKIN EYES RENAULT RACE SEAT FOR 2018

Sergey Sirotkin has admitted he is pushing to become Renault's race driver by 2018.

MAGNUSSEN TO GAIN 3 KILOS FOR 2017 SAYS TRAINER

Kevin Magnussen has rejected the advice of Le Mans legend and Danish countryman Tom Kristensen.

10 DECEMBER 2016

MCLAREN DENIES LOWE RETURNING TO WOKING

McLaren has rubbished reports Mercedes' technical boss Paddy Lowe is set to leave the reigning world champions and return to Woking.

9 DECEMBER 2016

THREE NAMES ON MERCEDES SHORTLIST SAYS WOLFF

It is becoming clearer and clearer that Pascal Wehrlein will join Mercedes as Lewis Hamilton's new teammate in 2017.

LIBERTY TO VOTE ON F1 BUYOUT IN JANUARY

F1's acquisition by Liberty Media will speed ahead early next year.

8 DECEMBER 2016

MERCEDES COSTA BACKS WEHRLEIN TO REPLACE ROSBERG

Mercedes' engineering chief Aldo Costa has named in-house junior Pascal Wehrlein as a good candidate to replace retiring world champion Nico Rosberg.

ROSBERG DEFENDS DECISION AFTER LAUDA CRITICISM

Nico Rosberg has hit back at his former boss Niki Lauda, following criticism of his sudden decision to quit Mercedes and formula one.

ROSBERG BACKS WEHRLEIN FOR 2017 SEAT

New world champion Nico Rosberg has backed countryman Pascal Wehrlein's suitability to replace him at Mercedes.

ROSBERG REJECTS F1 COMEBACK TALK

Nico Rosberg has hit back at claims he might return to formula one after a few years of retirement.

FRENCH GP REVIVAL SURPRISED ECCLESTONE

Bernie Ecclestone has admitted he is "surprised" a deal to revive the French grand prix is finally done.

FERRARI DOMINANCE BETTER FOR F1 SAYS KALTENBORN

Monisha Kaltenborn says it would be better if Ferrari rather than Mercedes was dominating formula one.

GROWING FINANCIAL LOSS AT AUSTRIAN GP?

Austrian grand prix venue, the Red Bull Ring, has recorded an alarming financial loss for 2016.

7 DECEMBER 2016

BERGER CAN IMAGINE ROSBERG COMEBACK

The newly retired Nico Rosberg could decide to return to formula one in the future.

WOLFF NOT READY TO DROP HAMILTON TACTICS ISSUE YET

Mercedes is yet to close the chapter on Lewis Hamilton's controversial driving in the closing stages of the Abu Dhabi title finale.

NASR PREPARED TO WAIT FOR SAUBER COCKPIT

Felipe Nasr has indicated he has the patience to wait for clarity regarding his future in F1.

WOLFF WANTED MIDFIELD TEAM FOR WEHRLEIN IN 2017

Toto Wolff says it would be better if Pascal Wehrlein got another "year or two" to develop at a midfield team before stepping up at Mercedes.

RATIONAL LAUDA CAN'T RELATE TO ROSBERG CALL SAYS WOLFF

Toto Wolff has excused his fellow Mercedes team chief Niki Lauda for initially reacting angrily to Nico Rosberg's shock decision to retire.

6 DECEMBER 2016

WEHRLEIN ON POLE FOR MERCEDES SEAT

Pascal Wehrlein appears to be in pole position to step up and become Lewis Hamilton's new teammate at Mercedes for 2017.

SCHUMACHER TO BECOME MERCEDES JUNIOR?

Mick Schumacher could now be on the cusp of becoming Mercedes' next official F1 junior driver.

FERRARI NOT INVOLVED WITH ROSBERG STORY SAYS ARRIVABENE

Maurizio Arrivabene has counted Ferrari out of Mercedes' last minute scramble to replace the newly-retired world champion Nico Rosberg.

MINISTER LEARNED OF FRANCE GP DEAL ON TV

Sports minister Thierry Braillard says he learned about the return of the French grand prix via the media.

GASLY AIMS TO RACE IN 2018 FRENCH GP RETURN

New GP2 champion Pierre Gasly has set his sights on being in F1 in time for France's calendar return in 2018.

5 DECEMBER 2016

RED BULL LEFT US BEHIND SAYS MARCHIONNE

Sergio Marchionne says Ferrari's biggest problem in 2016 was falling behind the development curve.

FERRARI COULD LOSE DRIVERS AFTER 2017 SAYS MARCHIONNE

Sergio Marchionne has admitted Ferrari is at risk of losing its champion drivers after 2017.

RED BULL DISTANCES ITSELF FROM ROSBERG STORY

Red Bull and its drivers have distanced themselves from Nico Rosberg's seismic decision to leave Mercedes and F1.

VETTEL PLAYS DOWN MERCEDES MOVE RUMOUR

Sebastian Vettel has responded to the seismic Nico Rosberg retirement story simply by referring to his Ferrari contract.

LAUDA CRITICISES ROSBERG OVER SHOCK DECISION

Niki Lauda has hit out at Nico Rosberg's decision to quit Mercedes just days after winning the world championship.

WEHRLEIN READY FOR ROSBERG SEAT

Pascal Wehrlein has declared himself "ready" to step up and become Lewis Hamilton's new Mercedes teammate.

MERCEDES NOT RULING OUT ALONSO FOR 2017 SEAT

Fernando Alonso and Mercedes have played down rumours linking the Spanish driver with Nico Rosberg's newly-vacant 2017 seat.

EVEN MASSA NOT RULING OUT MERCEDES SEAT

Even newly retired drivers are being linked with Nico Rosberg's surprisingly vacant Mercedes seat for 2017.

ROSBERG TO STAY INVOLVED WITH F1

Nico Rosberg says he wants to remain connected to F1 following his shock decision to quit Mercedes and retire.

VALENTINO ROSSI SAYS WOLFF HAS MY NUMBER

The rumours linking potential names with Nico Rosberg's newly vacant 2017 seat are getting wilder by the moment.

2 DECEMBER 2016

NICO ROSBERG RETIRES FROM SPORT

In a shock announcement by Nico Rosberg today, the newly crowned world champion has decided that he is retiring from the sport, with immediate effect.

SAUBER TO BE FIRST WITH 2017 CAR

Sauber looks set to be first out of the blocks with its 2017 car.

F1 STEWARDS VOW TO IMPROVE CONSISTENCY

F1 stewards are looking to speed up their deliberating and be more consistent in their decisions.

FRANCE SET FOR 2018 F1 CALENDAR RETURN?

After a decade's absence, France will return to the F1 calendar in 2018.

MONTOYA SIDES WITH VERSTAPPEN AMID CRITICISM

As the long 2016 season finally ends, Max Verstappen continues to divide opinion.

ECCLESTONE OPPOSED TO FORMAT SHAKEUP SAYS KALTENBORN

F1 should consider shaking up the race weekend format.

1 DECEMBER 2016

ABU DHABI SHOWED ROSBERG THE RIGHT CHAMPION SAYS LAUDA

Niki Lauda says the Abu Dhabi grand prix was proof in itself that Nico Rosberg deserves the 2016 world championship.

BUTTON PERFECT FOR 2017 ROLE SAYS BOULLIER

Jenson Button will continue to contribute to McLaren-Honda in 2017.

CHAMPIONS DON'T CONNECT WITH GERMAN PEOPLE SAYS LAUDA

Niki Lauda has linked the demise of the German grand prix with how the public interacts with the country's champion drivers Sebastian Vettel and Nico Rosberg.

SAUBER WANTS TO SIGN SECOND DRIVER SOON

Monisha Kaltenborn says Sauber would like to complete its 2017 driver lineup "as soon as possible".

ROSBERG UNSURE HOW FAR HAMILTON TACTICS WOULD GO

Nico Rosberg has admitted he was unsure if Lewis Hamilton would take his 'backing up' tactics in Abu Dhabi to the next level.

RAIKKONEN AMAZING TO BEAT VETTEL IN 2016

Kimi Raikkonen's improvement in 2016 was nothing short of "amazing".

HAMILTON WILL NOT QUIT MERCEDES SAYS HILL

Damon Hill has rubbished rumours Lewis Hamilton might quit Mercedes.

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