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The Sauber F1 team has announced a new commercial and technical partnership with Alfa Romeo that will see the outfit rebranded for next season.

The deal is described as "multi-year" and will see the team re-named as Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team from 2018.

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The deal is described as "multi-year" and will see the team re-named as Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team from 2018.
Considering that in July 2016 Longbow Finance bought Sauber Motorsport and Peter Sauber announced his retirement from motorsport, I wonder how long it will be before the Sauber name is dropped in favor of calling it Alfa Romeo as a works team.
 

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The Sauber F1 team has announced a new commercial and technical partnership with Alfa Romeo that will see the outfit rebranded for next season.

The deal is described as "multi-year" and will see the team re-named as Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team from 2018.

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That livery will work. Very cool.
 

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#RobertKubica2018?

Robert Kubica posted Williams' best time of the post-season Abu Dhabi Pirelli tyre test as he rounded off his third outing for the team.

The Pole posted a best time of 1:39.485 to place him seventh in the timesheet, and was a tenth quicker than Lance Stroll managed on the same hypersoft tyre on Tuesday.

Kubica drove 28 laps during the final two hours of Wednesday's running to add to the 100 laps he managed on Tuesday, after which he had said he felt "confident and comfortable".

This test is being viewed as Williams' final check on whether the Pole is physically able to make a full-time return to F1 in 2018.

Sebastian Vettel topped the timesheet for Ferrari with a 1:37.551 while Abu Dhabi GP winner Valtteri Bottas was second, less than a second ahead of Kubica although fuel levels in testing are unknown.

Russian Sergey Sirotkin also tested for Williams on Wednesday and recorded a best time of 1:39.947 on the soft tyre, which was 1.3 seconds quicker than Kubica had managed on the same compound on Tuesday.

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"I have some limitations and I have to adapt, but one positive thing is how my body is reacting and how natural I feel every day when I am driving these cars, so that gives me a lot of confidence."
Seriously though, it looks promising, but as they repeatedly point out, the fuel levels and what exactly the team's are doing on their runs are unknown. Only Williams will be able to tell where he stands.

Abu Dhabi tyre test timesheet: Day Two

1. Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:37.551 Hypersofts
2. Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:38.490 Hypersofts
3. Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:38.736 Hypersofts
4. Sergio Perez Force India 1:38.818 Supersofts
5. Esteban Ocon Force India 1:39.148 Supersofts
6. Carlos Sainz Renault 1:39.444 Hypersofts
7. Robert Kubica Williams 1:39.485 Hypersofts
8. Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren 1:39.782 Hypersofts
9. Kevin Magnussen Haas 1:39.810 Hypersofts
10. Sergey Sirotkin Williams 1:39.947 Softs
11. Charles Leclerc Sauber 1:40.666 Hypersofts
12. Lando Norris McLaren 1:41.714 Hypersofts
13. Brendon Hartley Toro Rosso 1:43.345 Supersofts
14. Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso 1:44.827 Softs
 
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That is proof right there that when it comes to the HALO concept the FIA really did "Put their Foot in it" :)
 

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Ferrari's protege and likely Sauber driver for 2018.

[video=youtube;wpGAvRwcBRw]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wpGAvRwcBRw[/video]
 

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Ericsson keeps his seat at Sauber.


Charles Leclerc and Marcus Ericsson to race for Sauber in F1 2018

Ferrari chairman Sergio Marchionne has announced that Marcus Ericsson and Charles Leclerc will race for Sauber in Formula 1 next season.

Ericsson had been in a fight with Antonio Giovinazzi for the second seat at Sauber, which will have closer ties with Ferrari next season thanks to a partnership with Alfa Romeo.
https://www.autosport.com/f1/news/133396/leclerc-and-ericsson-to-race-for-sauber-in-2018
 

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Jenson Button has confirmed his racing programme for the 2018 season, as he will compete in the Japanese Super GT championship with Honda. The British driver announced the news during Honda's 'Thanks Day' for the 2017 season at Twin Ring Motegi.
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F1 Year :twisted::p:whistling::love:

happy New year everyone, roll on winter testing then AUSTRALIA in:
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Aston Martin attracting interest from several Formula 1 teams

Aston Martin has received interest from a handful of Formula 1 teams regarding the possibility of an engine supply for 2021 and beyond, Autosport has learned.

The British carmaker, which will become Red Bull's title sponsor in 2018, is keen on F1's next engine rules cycle providing the production and development costs are controlled.

Aston Martin president and CEO Andy Palmer said he was "encouraged" by the direction of the 2021 engine plans, which were presented by F1 bosses in October.

Work on Aston's concept has already begun, following the recruitment of ex-Ferrari F1 engine chiefs Joerg Ross and Luca Marmorini.

Red Bull would be an obvious candidate to become a customer, given the relationship and comments from its team principal Christian Horner that the team would be open to an arrangement with Aston.

If Red Bull takes the engines, it would make sense for junior team Toro Rosso to follow suit so the synergies that have been reduced with STR's switch to Honda can be revived.

It has now emerged that other independent teams on the grid have been in contact with Aston regarding taking a supply and it is believed it could be in a position to create the capacity for more than two teams.
Great news. F1 needs more manufacturer involvement.
 

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Happy birthday Schumi (the ex racing driver, not the current MyBB'er :p )

Keep fighting.
 
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