From Autosport The prospect of a return of refueling in Formula 1 from 2017 has received a positive response from drivers across the grid. Refueling was banned after the 2009 season with the high cost of transporting the equipment around the world cited as one of the reasons for its removal. However, it was one of a number of measures – including faster, noisier cars – agreed by the Strategy Group in its push to improve the overall show. Here’s what the drivers had to say on the subject…

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This post has been in the cards for a long time. Let’s see, exactly when did it become clear that McLaren and Fernando Alonso were getting (re)married? With the official announcement in January of this year? Or did we know by December of last year? Or was it as far back as October/November when anybody with a brain that was following the sport could see that McLaren was his destination? Whenever it was, I have been biding my time, waiting patiently, keeping my you-know-what closed, shut, zipped. I…

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From GrandPrix 247 According to some, Toro Rosso rookie Carlos Sainz has been the revelation of the 2015 Formula 1 season thus far and a big plus is that he has stepped out of the shadow of Max Verstappen’s hype. The build-up to the Spaniard’s debut season in Formula 1 was totally overshadowed by Verstappen, who at 17 is the youngest driver in F1 history and already compared by some to the great Ayrton Senna. But Sainz, the ‘other’ Toro Rosso driver with a famous father, has actually scored more…

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From GrandPrix 247 Jenson Button took over driving duties on [Day 2], and successfully ran through all the items on today’s run-plan. These included running measuring rakes on the car in the morning to capture aerodynamic data, and a lengthy series of mechanical and aerodynamic balance changes, with modifications made to the front wing and suspension in order to provide our engineers with detailed data about MP4-30. The team also carried out investigative work ahead of Monaco (low-speed set-up work) and Canada (low-downforce rear wing), which equips us…

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From Autosport McLaren has unveiled the new livery that its Formula 1 cars will run in from this weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix. The Honda-powered team announced on Tuesday that it was dropping the chrome elements of its 2015 colour scheme in favour of a “dynamic, predatory, graphite-grey colouration” that it hoped would work better in both bright sunshine and floodlit night races. The livery for McLaren’s first season with Honda power since 1992 was the subject of much speculation over the winter, and there was widespread disappointment among…

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I caught the Formula E race in Long Beach recently and the ePrix is headed to epic Monaco this weekend, just as the Formula 1 European season begins. There will be quite a bit to blog about after this weekend’s F1 Spanish GP, so it seemed like a good idea to get this report posted before I start an intense treatment of the Mercedes duo Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg, Sebastian Vettel’s possible continued hot streak at Ferrari and find out if Fernando Alonso is serving a life sentence in F1’s purgatory… Let’s…

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It doesn’t happen often in the world of F1, however once in a great while there isn’t anything that compelling to write about. Being the blogger/pot-stirrer that I am, I need a juicy, sexy tidbit of news to expound upon. But today, the 28th of April, I’m not finding anything worthy of the AmerF1can.com treatment. Here is a rundown of today’s headlines, you can judge for yourself. From the BBC F1: William’s 42.5 million (pounds) losses a hangover from 2013 season. Whatever, most companies that get to this level…

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From Autosport Daniel Ricciardo will have to use his fourth and final Formula 1 V6 engine in Spain next month following his last-gasp failure in the Bahrain Grand Prix. The Australian’s engine failed as he was heading towards the chequered flag, but while it did not cost him his sixth-place finish, it means he will have to use his fourth internal combustion engine at Barcelona. Ricciardo lost one V6 engine in Friday practice in Australia and his second as a precaution in China, which has also put it…

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Yep qualifying is over and it didn’t disappoint. Sebastian Vettel is back on form, his newly penned Ferrari is up to snuff and that is not even the good news. The good news you ask is the little black things at the four corners last longer than everyone else’s. Aside from a very well balanced chassis, Ferrari’s ace in the hole is tire wear or lack of it. This just greatly opens more possibilities for the team in regards to strategy during the race. On Friday in the…

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From GrandPrix 247 Mercedes is manipulating the balance of power among its Formula 1 customer teams, according to a Spanish media report. El Pais newspaper said Williams, Lotus and Force India each pay around €25 million per season for the German marque’s F1-leading turbo V6 ‘power unit’. But the report said not everything is equal. That is despite both Williams and Mercedes denying Felipe Massa’s claim recently that the Grove team might not be fully up-to-date with the latest engine developments of the works team. El Pais claimed: “The…

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