Formula 1 2016 Discussion Thread

Discussion in 'Driver's Lounge' started by calvins48, Dec 12, 2015.

  1. calvins48

    calvins48 TPRA Staff

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    2016 SEASON

    Lewis Hamilton has bagged three World Titles and equaled his hero Ayrton Senna. But Ferrari promises a more serious threat, can they take it to the Silver Arrows? Will Rosberg challenge Hamilton? Will the Renault works team be better than the old Lotus-Mercedes? Will Red Bull's TAG Heuer-branded Renault Power Unit help them turn back the clock? (Don't excuse the pun). Will Haas be any good with their Ferrari gear? Will Manor move up the grid with their Mercedes Power Unit? 2016 is the end of an era; in 2017, new rules and regulations change the game once again!


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    CAR LAUNCHES
    February 3: Renault RS16
    February 19: Williams FW38
    February 19: Ferrari SF16-H
    February 20: Mercedes F1 W07 Hybrid
    February 21: McLaren MP4-31
    February 21: Haas VF-16
    February 22: Red Bull RB12
    February 22: Force India VJM07
    February 22: Toro Rosso STR11
    February 22: Manor MRT05
    February 29: Sauber C35


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    PRE-SEASON TEST SCHEDULE
    January 25-26: (Wet-weather running) Paul Ricard, France
    February 22-25: Barcelona, Spain
    March 1-4: Barcelona, Spain


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    RACE CALENDAR
    March 20: Australian GP | WINNER: Nico Rosberg
    April 3: Bahrain GP | WINNER: Nico Rosberg
    April 17: Chinese GP | WINNER: Nico Rosberg
    May 1: Russian GP | WINNER: Nico Rosberg
    May 15: Spanish GP | WINNER: Max Verstappen
    May 29: Monaco GP | WINNER: Lewis Hamilton
    June 12: Canadian GP | WINNER: Lewis Hamilton
    June 19: European GP (Baku, Azerbaijan)* | WINNER: Nico Rosberg
    July 3: Austrian GP | WINNER: Lewis Hamilton
    July 10: British GP | WINNER: Lewis Hamilton
    July 24: Hungarian GP | WINNER: Lewis Hamilton
    July 31: German GP
    August 28: Belgian GP
    September 4: Italian GP
    September 18: Singapore GP
    October 2: Malaysia GP
    October 9: Japanese GP
    October 23: US GP**
    October 30: Mexican GP
    November 13: Brazilian GP
    November 27: Abu Dhabi GP

    *Race start to be scheduled to avoid conflict with the conclusion of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

    **Subject to agreement with the promoter and the ASN.


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    DRIVERS AND TEAMS

    MERCEDES
    Drivers: Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg
    Power Unit: Mercedes
    Chassis: F1 W07 Hybrid

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    FERRARI
    Drivers: Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen
    Power Unit: Ferrari
    Chassis: SF16-H

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    WILLIAMS
    Drivers: Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa
    Power Unit: Mercedes
    Chassis: FW38

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    RED BULL
    Drivers: Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen [Max Vertsappen switched with Daniil Kyvat in May]
    Power Unit: TAG Heuer-branded Renault
    Chassis: RB12

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    FORCE INDIA
    Drivers: Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg
    Power Unit: Mercedes
    Chassis: VJM09

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    RENAULT
    Drivers: Pastor Maldonado and Jolyon Palmer
    Power Unit: Renault
    Chassis: RS16

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    TORO ROSSO
    Drivers: Daniil Kyvat and Carlos Sainz [Daniil Kyvat switched with Max Verstappen in May]
    Power Unit: Ferrari (2015 model)
    Chassis: STR11

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    SAUBER
    Drivers: Felipe Nasr and Marcus Ericsson
    Power Unit: Ferrari
    Chassis: C35

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    McLAREN
    Drivers: Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso
    Power Unit: Honda
    Chassis: MP4-31

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    MANOR
    Drivers: Pascal Wehrlein and Rio Haryanto
    Power Unit: Mercedes
    Chassis: MRT05
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    HAAS
    Drivers: Romain Grosjean and Esteban Gutierrez
    Power Unit: Ferrari
    Chassis: VF-16

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  2. calvins48

    calvins48 TPRA Staff

    Renault launch 2016 car with Kevin Magnussen alongside Jolyon Palmer.

    Car is called RS16.

    Source: Sky Sports F1

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    • Three year plan to get back to the podium.
    • New team boss.
    • Livery may change.
    • Kevin Magnussen replaces Crashtor, I mean Pastor Maldonado due to Pastor's PDVSA oil money running out.


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  3. Shark24

    Shark24 Licensed Racer

    Hard to believe testing is only weeks away, seemed like Abu Dhabi was only a couple of weeks ago.
     
  4. calvins48

    calvins48 TPRA Staff

    Formula 1 drivers 'happy' as head protection gets 2017 go-ahead.

    Source: BBC Sport

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    Formula 1 bosses are planning to introduce driver head protection for the 2017 season.
    Governing body the FIA has told teams it wants to introduce a device called a 'halo', designed to protect drivers' heads from large airborne debris.
    The FIA sees no reason why it cannot be introduced and is working with teams to finalise plans, BBC Sport has learned.
    GP Drivers' Association chairman Alexander Wurz said drivers were "happy" a commitment had been made.
    Wurz made clear last week, before a meeting of F1's technical chiefs, that the drivers felt it was time for the 'halo' to be introduced.
    Wurz told BBC Sport: "Obviously the drivers are happy that the technical team representatives agreed for the additional head protection to come in for 2017 following the drivers' recommendation and the FIA research.
    "We will now enter the design phase, where the drivers need to be open to a slightly different visibility spectrum due to the additional structure. I am also curious as to how the teams will make the new solution look cool and fast."
    The FIA has focused on the halo after tests of a number of devices revealed it was the best compromise in terms of increasing safety with the fewest side-effects, such as compromised vision or extrication in the event of an accident.
    The device is in the shape of an ellipse above the driver, attached to the car on each side of the rear of the cockpit and with a single strut in front of the driver.
    Teams are analysing how the device can be incorporated into the car's structure, with all teams using the same design.
    The FIA is also investigating the possibility of using a bullet-proof screen as part of the device to further enhance protection, although it remains to be seen whether that is incorporated on the device's introduction in 2017.
    Increased driver head protection has been pursued by the FIA ever since the death of Ayrton Senna in 1994.
    The Brazilian legend was killed when a suspension arm pierced his helmet after a wheel was torn off in a crash at the San Marino Grand Prix.
    Until now, most developments have centred on reducing a driver's vulnerability to side impacts, by raising and strengthening the cockpit sides.
     
  5. calvins48

    calvins48 TPRA Staff

    Manor announce former DTM Champion and Mercedes/Force India reserve driver Pascal Wehrlein #94 as one of their new pilots for 2016. American driver Alexander Rossi is heavily rumoured for the second seat, which would complete the 2016 grid!

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    Source: Sky Sports F1

    Here's Pascal celebrating winning the 2014 DTM Championship in just his second year in the series:

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  6. Shark24

    Shark24 Licensed Racer

    Even though I'm sure Rio Haryanto's backers have a lot deeper pockets than Rossi's I'm hoping that Manor's shown support for Rossi shown at CoTA last year will eventually win him the seat as long as money is not the main factor in who will get the 2nd seat.
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    Although I think they could be wondering what kind sponsor market they might be able to break into along with Haas F1 this year if any at all. But I have to say I don't see F1 becoming big in America anytime soon, too many widely followed national series for international series to really catch on big.
     
  7. Shark24

    Shark24 Licensed Racer

    Well it looks like we have another pay driver government funded from a nation where people are starving, that being Rio Haryanto. I thought we would not have a replacement for Maldonado to cause all of the wrecks this year but it looks like I was wrong.
     
  8. calvins48

    calvins48 TPRA Staff

    Mercedes, Ferrari, Williams & McLaren cars launched! Pictures:


    Mercedes F1 W07 Hybrid
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    Williams FW38
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    McLaren MP4-31
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    Red Bull's 2016 livery (on their 2015 car)
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  9. DarkLegions

    DarkLegions Licensed Racer

    Did the f1 cars always have those pitot tubes on the nose?

    Also whats the purpose of keeping those on all the time? I would think it would be used for data collection then removed.
    I saw them on the GT LM cars too during daytona rolex race
     
  10. Shark24

    Shark24 Licensed Racer

    Haas VF-16
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  11. calvins48

    calvins48 TPRA Staff

    Haas reveal their car. Pic:

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    Dark - Not sure how long they've had them, but yes they have. At least in recent years. They collect data whenever they can, especially with virtually no testing these days! :sHa_thumb2:

    Interesting nose on that Haas. Boring livery though. Same colours as Super Aguri, Hispania and Manor before them. Hopefully not a bad omen! :sHa_okay:

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    Edit: Posted a minute after Shark, was writing this post as he made his post about the VF-16. Credit where it's due for getting in there first! :sHa_thumb2:
     
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  12. Shark24

    Shark24 Licensed Racer

    Well if you don't have any other main sponors than the one from the owner of the team you might as well go with his colors but honestly I had expected the livery to look more like Kurt Busch's NASCAR livery with Haas CNC has the sponsor. And also, don't get superstitious with us now.

    Credit to you for keeping up with all the cars other than Haas:sHa_thumb2:
     
  13. calvins48

    calvins48 TPRA Staff

    F1 testing is underway this morning in Barcelona! Red Bull, Force India, Toro Rosso (with no decals) reveal their cars. Pics:


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    Toro Rosso STR11 (no decals)
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  14. calvins48

    calvins48 TPRA Staff

    Manor's car revealed. Pic:


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    Shark24 Licensed Racer

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  16. MiamiPhill

    MiamiPhill TPRA Staff

    From Racecar Engineering: http://www.racecar-engineering.com/racing-tech/how-to-use-pitot-tubes/
     
  17. MiamiPhill

    MiamiPhill TPRA Staff

    Formula One Barcelona Test - Day 1

    1. Sebastian Vettel. Ferrari, 1 minute, 24.939 secs., 69 laps

    2. Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, 1:25.409, 156 laps

    3. Daniel Ricciardo. Red Bull-TAG Heuer. 1:26.044, 85 laps

    4. Valtteri Bottas, Willams-Mercedes, 1:26.091, 79 laps

    5. Alfonso Celis, Force India-Mercedes, 1:26.298, 56 laps

    6. Jenson Button, McLaren-Honda, 1:26.735, 82 laps

    7. Carlos Sainz Jr., Toro Rosso-Ferrari, 1:27.180, 55 laps

    8. Marcus Ericsson, Sauber-Ferrari (2015 car), 1:27.555, 88 laps

    9. Pascal Wehrlein, Manor-Mercedes, 1:28.292, 54 laps

    10. Romain Grosjean, Haas-Ferrari, 1:28.399, 31 laps

    11. Jolyon Palmer, Renault, 1:29.356, 35 laps
     
  18. calvins48

    calvins48 TPRA Staff

    Day 2, Test 1 at Barcelona Written Re-cap.

    Times, tyres and laps completed:

    1. Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari, ultrasoft tyres, 1:22.810, 126 laps;
    2. Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull, ultrasoft tyres, 1:23.525, 112 laps;
    3. Sergio Perez, Force India, supersoft tyres, 1:23.650, 101 laps;
    4. Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, medium tyres, 1:24.867, 172 laps;
    5. Marcus Ericsson, Sauber, soft tyres, 1:25.237, 108 laps;
    6. Esteban Gutierrez, Haas, soft tyres, 1:25.524, 79 laps;
    7. Valtteri Bottas, Williams, soft tyres, 1:25.648, 134 laps;
    8. Pascal Wehrlein, Manor, soft tyres, 1:25.925, 71 laps;
    9. Fernando Alonso, McLaren, soft tyres, 1:26.082, 119 laps;
    10. Jolyon Palmer, Renault, soft tyres, 1:26.189, 42 laps;
    11. Max Verstappen, Toro Rosso, soft tyres, 1:26.755, 121 laps.

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  19. calvins48

    calvins48 TPRA Staff

    Day 3, Test 1 at Barcelona Written Re-cap.

    Qualifying Changes Announced:
    Under the proposal, Q1 would last for 16 minutes and after seven minutes the slowest driver would be knocked out and forced to return to the pit lane. Six more drivers would then be eliminated at 90-second intervals before the session concluded.

    With 15 drivers left in the running, a 15-minute Q2 session would then take place with the next slowest driver knocked out after six minutes followed by four more at 90-second intervals.

    Eight rather than 10 drivers would then take part in the final Q3 session to determine pole position. This phase would increase from 10 to 14 minutes in length but the driver with the slowest time would be eliminated after five minutes and then one more every 90 seconds.

    The fastest two drivers would then be left to contest pole in the final minute and a half of the session.

    Day 3 Times, Tyres and Lap Counts:
    1. Nico Hulkenberg, Force India, 1:23.110, supersoft tyres, 99 laps;
    2. Romain Grosjean, Haas, soft tyres, 1:25.874, 82 laps;
    3. Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari, 1:25.977, medium tyres, 77 laps.
    4. Kevin Magnussen, Renault, 1:26.014, soft tyres, 111 laps;
    5. Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, 1:26.084, medium tyres, 74 laps;
    6. Carlos Sainz, 1:26.239, medium tyres, 161 laps;
    7. Felipe Nasr, Sauber, 1:26.392, medium tyres, 115 laps;
    8. Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, 1:26.421, medium tyres, 88 laps;
    9. Daniil Kvyat, Red Bull, 1:26.497, medium tyres, 74 laps;
    10. Felipe Massa, Williams, 1:26.712, medium tyres,109 laps;
    11. Jenson Button, McLaren, 1:26.919, medium tyres, 51 laps;
    12. Rio Haryanto, Manor, 1:28.249, medium tyres, 78 laps;

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