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Formula One: Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo takes overtaking flag from ... - NEWS.com.au

DANIEL Ricciardo replaced Red Bull teammate Max Verstappen as Formula One’s overtaking king in 2017, but the season saw half the number of passing moves following the introduction of faster and wider cars.

According to figures released by tyre supplier Pirelli, there were a total of 435 overtakes over the 20 races. In 2016, when there were 21 rounds, the sport racked up 866 moves.

That worked out at an average of 21.8 per race in 2017, compared to 41.2 last year.

And Australian driver Ricciardo made 43 overtakes, including 13 at Silverstone where he went from 19th on the British GP starting grid to finish fifth. Verstappen, who topped last year’s statistics with 78 passes in a season that also brought him a first victory, managed only 22 this time around. But he was also level with Mercedes’ four-time world champion Lewis Hamilton as the drivers who were overtaken least (twice in...


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No excuse for F2 outshining F1 - Lewis Hamilton - Eurosport.com

Hamilton, speaking at the BRDC Awards where F1 CEO Chase Carey was also in attendance, said he wants to see louder engines, bigger tyres, and a greater ability to follow the car ahead.

He urged F1's new bosses to make the championship "more raw", and questioned why F2 is often able to provide more spectacular racing.

"From a racing driver's point of view you just want to be able to race closely like you could in karts," said Hamilton.

"Kart racing is the best form of racing still, because the guys follow each other so closely.

"The cars this year are the best they've ever been. Looking at the next step, I believe Ross [Brawn] and Chase and the teams are really working hard to make sure that the next cars in 2021, they're even more raw.

"I hope they make the cars louder. You can have bigger tyres. Why did Jackie [Stewart] have big tyres back in the day and we've got smaller...


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Formula 1's need for change highlighted by poor races – Carey - autosport.com

Ricciardo's plan to beat Verstappen to an F1 title The power within Red Bull's driver line-up appeared to shift towards Max Verstappen over the course of 2017, but the man without a contract beyond 2018 - Daniel Ricciardo - believes he can get the better of the Dutch superstar again 1512518400 F1

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Formula 1 Season: Passes Declined Nearly 50 Percent in 2017 - The Drive

Australia's Daniel Ricciardo supplanted fellow Red Bull team member Max Verstappen as the passing star of Formula 1 this year in a season that had the count of passes falling by half in the wake of quicker and wider cars.

During 20 races in 2017, there were 435 overtakes, or an average of 21.8 for each race, according to numbers released by Italian tire supplier Pirelli on Tuesday. Last year, there were 21 contests and 866 overtakes, or 41.2 for each race.

Ricciardo, champion of the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, accounted for 43 passes while Verstappen accounted for 22 after accomplishing 78 of the moves in 2016.

The drop in overtaking was brought up ahead of the season as a likely result of Formula 1's latest autos, which are quicker in corners but more difficult to overtake on many circuits.

Only one overtake occurred during the Russian Grand Prix. At the other end of the spectrum, 42...


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Motorsport Jobs: What's it like to work in Formula 1? - Motorsport.com, Edition: Global

Formula 1 is extremely competitive off-track as well as on it, so trying to find a job in such a challenging and demanding industry will always be a struggle.

It may look out of reach for the vast majority, but with hard work, passion and a slice of luck anybody can achieve the ultimate goal of a Formula 1 job.

But what is it actually like to work in F1? Adam Arbon spoke to an aerodynamicist about life away from the race track.

How did you get into Formula 1?

During my PhD, I contacted a friend of mine who was working for a team back then, asking whether they did any kind of internships for students. She asked for my CV and she forwarded it to the head of aerodynamics.

Then I had an interview with him and a few months later I started my non-paid summer internship in the aero department. Entering F1 is the most difficult step. After that things can get a bit easier especially if you...


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Perez: F1 will get used to Halo ‘after three or four races’

Sergio Perez has faith Formula 1 will adjust to life with the Halo cockpit protector after the opening few rounds and feels it’s a safety move which has been a long time coming.

The Force India driver admits his team is battling the aerodynamic impact the new Halo safety device has on his 2018 car, while Williams technical chief Paddy Lowe has also warned the weight of the device will play a big role, but says it’s a fair compromise as it’ll hit each team equally.

Perez agrees with the majority of voices against the aesthetics of the Halo with fears it will ruin the look of future F1 cars but underlined the need to increase safety measures over any other issues and is confident fans and drivers will get used to it after a few races.

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Debate of the Day: Is F1 ready for the Halo?

Force India’s Sergio Perez says the new Halo cockpit protector will become a familiar sight on Formula 1 cars after three or four races in 2018 as the sport prepares for big changes.

The initial introduction the Halo was met by a mixed reception over its looks, how it will help and how it fits into the F1 image but it hasn’t stopped the FIA enforcing the safety device on all F1 cars from 2018.

As a result, drivers and teams have been faced with the challenge of integrating the Halo into its 2018 car designs – with aerodynamics and weight proving to be key issues – with many drivers accepting the cars will never look the same again.

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“The Halo is definitely hurting the aerodynamics a lot on our side but it's the same for everyone,” Perez said. “It's a safety thing. After three, four races we will get used to it. In Formula 1, everything is changing very...


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Hartley credits Marko for taking risk on him

Brendon Hartley says he has huge respect for Red Bull motorsport advisor Dr Helmut Marko for ‘taking that risk’ by putting the New Zealander straight into a Toro Rosso drive before securing his Formula 1 future at the team for 2018.

The two-time World Endurance Champion says the call to race for Toro Rosso as Reanult-bound Carlos Sainz Jr’s replacement from the United States Grand Prix came as a complete shock but relished the opportunity to impress over the final four rounds of the season.

Earlier in the season Hartley spoke to Marko around the Hungarian Grand Prix offering his services with reports emerging of Porsche’s exit from WEC but was initially angling for a test or simulator role.

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“I never believed they would put me into straight into a grand prix without testing or having that confidence in me to do that,” Hartley said. “Massive kudos and respect to...


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Ricciardo ready for ‘fun’ fight against Verstappen

Daniel Ricciardo concedes Max Verstappen’s improvements since stepping up to Red Bull puts them on an even footing in the hunt for maiden Formula 1 world titles, but wants the team to be in the championship fight regardless of his team-mate relationship.

Since Verstappen graduated from Toro Rosso and won on his Red Bull debut at the 2016 Spanish Grand Prix Ricciardo feels the Dutch driver has added greater consistency to his outright pace and relishes a ‘fun’ fight inside the Red Bull squad.

With Verstappen signing a new deal to stay at the team until the end of 2020, the 20-year-old is considered the priority for Red Bull with Ricciardo assessing his options beyond 2018 when his contract expires.

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Have Red Bull grabbed an edge with Pirelli’s 2018 F1 tyres?

Red Bull has maximised its testing time with the 2018 Pirelli tyres by notching up the highest number of kilometres ahead of the next Formula 1 season.

Pirelli unveiled its 2018 tyre compounds during the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix race weekend which included the launch of the Hypersoft plus the Superhard – but the Italian manufacturer has moved to confirm the new hard tyre will act as a back-up compound for next season.

With all tyre compounds predicted to be two steps softer compared to this year’s tyres, higher degradation has been targeted to increase pit stops and shake-up race strategies after a number of races this season were one-stops with minimal overtaking. According to Pirelli data, overtaking halved in 2017 on the season before while the Russian Grand Prix witnessed just one on-track overtake.

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Wolff picks surprise F1 2017 highlight

Toto Wolff has selected an unlikely highlight of the 2017 Formula 1 world championship by picking the Hungarian Grand Prix where Mercedes toiled behind a dominant Ferrari one-two but the result isn’t what the team boss focused on.

At the Hungaroring, Mercedes were thoroughly outshone by Ferrari at the tight and twisty circuit with the Italian manufacturer converting its front row lockout into a comfortable one-two finish to hand Sebastian Vettel a 24-point championship lead heading into the summer break over Lewis Hamilton.

But Wolff says the Mercedes ‘values’ shone through when Lewis Hamilton handed third place back to team-mate Valtteri Bottas on the final lap having been granted permission to pass the Finnish driver and attack the Ferrari duo after the pit stops despite late pressure from Max Verstappen.

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Steiner wants Grosjean to temper emotions over radio

Haas team principal Guenther Steiner says he’s keen to continue to ease Romain Grosjean’s outbursts over the team radio but accepts he won’t change the French driver’s approach.

Since joining Haas Grosjean has frequently had his team radio transmissions broadcast to the TV feed, usually due to his complaints or frustrations, and despite being told to keep his emotions in check this season he has still been pushed into the spotlight due to his outbursts.

The radio talk came to a head during the team’s home race at the United States Grand Prix when Steiner was forced to tell Grosjean to ‘shut up’ over the team radio, which the Haas boss clarified as an instruction rather than retaliation against his driver.

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Formula 1 Gossip: Has Vettel just revealed when he will retire?

Sebastian Vettel has revealed that he will leave Formula 1 when he stops finding the sport entertaining. The German driver said “There is no concrete answer. The moment in which I no longer have fun (is when I will leave). That’s because there are many drivers who would still be having fun and would need a seat." - Planet F1

Ross Brawn has claimed that Liberty Media have considered ‘modifying’ some circuits in order to improve racing. A number of changes have already taken place since the new ownership and Brawn said ”We have already got engaged with some circuits about possible modifications to improve racing." - Planet F1

Lewis Hamilton has ruled out any possible move to Ferrari. The World Champion’s contract runs out at the end of next season and there have been rumours that the Briton would consider a move. However, Hamilton said “I cannot imagine moving to Ferrari and I do not...


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Ricciardo leads F1 passing nominations

Daniel Ricciardo has had three overtakes nominated in the top 10 for passes of the year in the 2017 Formula 1 world championship, with Sebastian Vettel in close company getting two nods.

The Red Bull driver topped the total overtaking charts complied by Pirelli with 43 on-track passes during the 2017 season – almost double team-mate Max Verstappen on 22 – and three of the Australian’s overtakes have been nominated for the best of the year by F1.

Ricciardo’s double overtake on Williams pair Lance Stroll and Felipe Massa on his way to victory at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix lands him his first nomination, followed by his part in passing Valtteri Bottas alongside Kimi Raikkonen at Spa-Francorchamps and his final submission was his pass on Raikkonen at turn one at Monza.

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Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes will dominate F1 in 2018, warns worried Ross Brawn - Express.co.uk

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Ross Brawn reckons Mercedes will dominate F1 again in 2018

Lewis Hamilton stormed to the F1 Drivers’ Championship, while Mercedes claimed a fourth straight F1 Constructors’ crown.

Hamilton and his team remain the favourites to win the title again in 2018 even though Ferrari and Red Bull are expected to make grounds on the Silver Arrows.

There is optimism that McLaren will also improve after swapping their Honda engine for Renault power.

But Brawn reckons the lack of major regulation changes heading into next year means Mercedes still hold the upper hand.

"They've got a great group of people, but my slight worry is that they will get even stronger now," Brawn told ESPN.

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Lewis Hamilton won the F1 title for a third time in four years in 2017

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Lewis Hamilton, Valtteri Bottas (centre) and Sebastian Vettel (right) were the big three contenders

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Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes will dominate F1 in 2018, warns worried Ross Brawn - Express.co.uk

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Ross Brawn reckons Mercedes will dominate F1 again in 2018

Lewis Hamilton stormed to the F1 Drivers’ Championship, while Mercedes claimed a fourth straight F1 Constructors’ crown.

Hamilton and his team remain the favourites to win the title again in 2018 even though Ferrari and Red Bull are expected to make grounds on the Silver Arrows.

There is optimism that McLaren will also improve after swapping their Honda engine for Renault power.

But Brawn reckons the lack of major regulation changes heading into next year means Mercedes still hold the upper hand.

"They've got a great group of people, but my slight worry is that they will get even stronger now," Brawn told ESPN.

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Lewis Hamilton won the F1 title for a third time in four years in 2017

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Lewis Hamilton, Valtteri Bottas (centre) and Sebastian Vettel (right) were the big three contenders

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Formula 1 overtaking slumped by half in 2017 - Motorsport.com, Edition: Global

Formula 1 overtaking slumped by nearly half this year to be the worst ever during the DRS era, as fears were realised that the new wider and faster cars would make passing more difficult.

Pirelli released analysis data from the 2017 campaign on Monday and it revealed that the number of overtaking moves it registered over the 20-race season was down to 435.

This is a 49 percent drop on the mammoth 866 passes that were recorded in 2016, when there was one more race.

The 2016 figure was the highest since records began in the early 1980s, while this season's 435 is the lowest since the 211 passes that took place in 2009, which was before DRS was introduced to help overtaking.

This year's crazy Azerbaijan Grand Prix in Baku accounted for the most overtaking moves in one race, with 42 in total.

At the other end of the spectrum was the Russian Grand Prix in Sochi, where just one pass was...


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Formula 1 overtaking slumped by half in 2017 - Motorsport.com, Edition: Global

Formula 1 overtaking slumped by nearly half this year to be the worst ever during the DRS era, as fears were realised that the new wider and faster cars would make passing more difficult.

Pirelli released analysis data from the 2017 campaign on Monday and it revealed that the number of overtaking moves it registered over the 20-race season was down to 435.

This is a 49 percent drop on the mammoth 866 passes that were recorded in 2016, when there was one more race.

The 2016 figure was the highest since records began in the early 1980s, while this season's 435 is the lowest since the 211 passes that took place in 2009, which was before DRS was introduced to help overtaking.

This year's crazy Azerbaijan Grand Prix in Baku accounted for the most overtaking moves in one race, with 42 in total.

At the other end of the spectrum was the Russian Grand Prix in Sochi, where just one pass was...


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Formula 1 take first place with Grand Prix accolade at The Drum UK Event Awards - The Drum

Earlier this year, F1 Live and Velocity Experience (TBA Group) saw 100,000 people gathered around Trafalgar Square to witness all ten Formula 1 teams coming together for the first time outside a race weekend. The campaign, created to bring the brand closer to its fans, has scooped the Grand Prix; the large event of the year; and the sports event of the year accolades at The Drum Event Awards 2017.

Chairman of the judging panel, Damian Clarke, managing director at Undercurrent said: "This award entry hit every aspects of the judges focus this year. Human centricity, diversity in a sometimes exclusive sport and excellent social mobility access all played a big part in this integrated piece of work. Oh and the activation in central London was breath taking!"

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