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GP Racing UK February 2017

Every month, its stunning photography and unrivalled journalism gives readers unparalleled access to the world of grand prix racing. GP Racing captures the drama, asks the questions, and delivers the comment on Formula 1 - one of the most popular and exciting sports in the world.

United Kingdom
Autosport Media UK Ltd
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12 Issues

In this issue

2 min.
f1 2017: be careful what you wish for

Not a wheel has been turned, barely a 2017-spec power unit fired up in anger. A thousand known unknowns to ponder and still (at the time of writing) six weeks to wait till the first F1 test in Barcelona on 27 February. God, the F1 winter break is boring – at least for those of us charged with reporting on it, while teams hunker down behind closed doors in frenzied pursuit of this killer mod or that marginal gain. But glimmers are emerging of a new and different F1 that will demand a step-change in our perceptions of the sport. As we explore in our 13-page analysis of the 2017 regulations (p26-38), this is the first time since the 1966 ‘return to power’ that regulations have been devised to make cars faster…

1 min.

Ben Summerell-Youde Picture editor for Autocar and What Car? magazines Ben is the picture expert for two road-car magazines, who in his spare time enjoys rendering the next generation of cars. See his interpretation of a 2017 Mercedes on page 26 Andy Hone Top snapper who travels to races from Newcastle As a freelancer who shoots exclusively for LAT Images, Andy Hone frequently helps F1 Racing out with photographic tasks. His latest assignment was for a story on Pirelli (page 34) Andrew van de Burgt Former Autosport ed, now Formula E social media guru ‘VdB’ was Autosport’s GP2 correspondent when Lewis Hamilton won the title back in 2006. He went on to pen a book about Lewis, so there’s no one better to write about the man’s 53 race wins (p63) LAT Images Motorsport Network’s dedicated photo agency The lensmen of…

4 min.
bottas to replace rosberg at mercedes

Valtteri Bottas will take Nico Rosberg’s recently vacated Mercedes seat alongside Lewis Hamilton, following Rosberg’s decision to retire after winning last year’s world title. Bottas, 27, was Mercedes F1 boss Toto Wolff’s only serious candidate, and the deal was due to be finalised just after this issue of F1 Racing went to press. So keen was Wolff to secure Bottas that Williams were able to push for a much better deal before releasing him from his contract. They will keep on Felipe Massa, who was due to retire from the sport, in place of Bottas. During the extended contractual negotiations over the winter break, Williams deputy team principal Claire Williams said: “I’m delighted to see that a team like Mercedes list Valtteri as a potential replacement for Nico. We have always known…

1 min.
the month’s big stories at a glance

01.12.16 Red Bull announce new deal with outgoing McLaren partner ExxonMobil 14.12.16 Liberty Media raise $1.55bn to finance completion of F1 commercial rights deal 15.12.16 Rob White named as new Renault operations director 19.12.16 GP2 runner-up Antonio Giovinazzi named as Ferrari’s third driver for 2017 season 20.12.16 Williams confirm departure of tech chief Pat Symonds 20.12.16 Force India announce Johnnie Walker sponsorship deal 23.12.16 Emerson Fittipaldi’s son Enzo joins Ferrari Driver Academy 31.12.16 Susie Wolff made MBE in New Year Honours list 02.01.17 Pascal Wehrlein joins Sauber 03.01.17 Ferrari query Merc and Red Bull suspension with FIA…

2 min.
allison set for mercedes, so what next for lowe?

Paddy Lowe, the technical author of Mercedes’ three consecutive title doubles, became the most sought-after property on the Formula 1 job market, as F1 Racing closed for press. Lowe’s shock exit from Mercedes placed him at the centre of a tech merry-go-round, following the departure of Pat Symonds as Williams’ chief technical officer and the widely expected return to F1 of ex-Ferrari technical boss James Allison. Lowe, 54, had been strongly tipped to join Williams as a replacement for Symonds, but F1 Racing understands no agreement has yet been reached. Williams have courted Lowe for months to take up a role more senior than Symonds’. At Mercedes, Lowe was de facto joint team boss alongside Toto Wolff – a situation that may have been instrumental in his departure. Symonds, meanwhile, had been seeking…

1 min.
f1 mastermind

Q1 Who was the first world champion not to race in Formula 1 the following year? Q2 Which driver managed to finish in 11th place five times during the 2016 season? Q3 Who won the two GPs held in Las Vegas in 1981 and 1982? Q4 Who had more points-scoring finishes in 2016: Sebastian Vettel or Kimi Räikkönen? Q5 Four teams have won only one constructors’ championship. Can you name them? Q6 In how many seasons has the number ‘1’ not been used on a car since year-long numbers were introduced in 1974: 2, 3 or 4? Q7 Alfonso Celis, Jordan King, Charles Leclerc, Sergey Sirotkin and Esteban Ocon all did what in 2016? Q8 True or false: on two occasions, the Formula 1 season has started on 1 January? Q9 Which 2016 grand prix had the most…