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Formula One - 2016 Season

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It's that time again where we all get excited about a new season of Formula One. Pre-season testing kicks off at the end of Jan so not long to go now!

2016 PRE-SEASON TEST SCHEDULE

January 25-26: Paul Ricard, Wet-weather running

February 22-25: Barcelona

March 1-4: Barcelona

2016 RACE CALENDAR

20 March: Melbourne, Australia

3 April: Bahrain, Bahrain

17 April: Shanghai, China

1 May: Sochi, Russia

15 May: Barcelona, Spain

29 May: Monte Carlo, Monaco

12 June: Montreal, Canada

19 June: Baku, Azerbaijan*

3 July: Spielberg, Austria

10 July: Silverstone, United Kingdom

24 July: Budapest, Hungary

31 July: Hockenheim, Germany

28 August: Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium

4 September: Monza, Italy

18 September: Singapore

2 October: Sepang, Malaysia

9 October: Suzuka, Japan

23 October: Austin, USA**

30 October: Mexico City, Mexico

13 November: Sao Paolo, Brazil

27 November: Abu Dhabi, UAE

Technical regulations

  • Cars will be required to be designed with a separate wastegate for exhaust gases to pass throughcolloquially dubbed the "screamer pipe"in a bid to increase the noise of the cars following criticism since the introduction of the 2014 generation of engines.
  • Tyre supplier Pirelli will introduce a fifth tyre compound known as "ultrasoft".

    Pirelli will change their approach to tyre supply in 2016, bringing three compounds to races instead of two and allowing teams the freedom to choose which two compounds they use.

    Teams are allowed to supply their two cars with a different selection. The choices will be made public two weeks before the race.

  • The FIA has opted to increase the number of tokens available for power unit development stating in 2016. While the initial plans would have given manufacturers fifteen tokens for the season, the number was raised to thirty-two, the same number as 2014, in order to allow struggling manufacturers such as Renault and Honda to improve their development. This decision also allows further development on parts that were initially planned to be closed off, including the upper and lower crankcase, valve drive, crankshaft, air-valve system and ancillaries drive.
Sporting regulations
  • Starting in 2016, the number of pre-season tests will be reduced from three to two.
  • The stewards will be given greater powers in enforcing track limits, with drivers required to stay between the white lines marking the edges of the circuit, except in cases of driver error.

    The change was introduced after an investigation by Pirelli into Sebastian Vettel's high-speed blow-out at the 2015 Belgian Grand Prix that concluded that Vettel's off-track excursions had been a significant factor in the incident.

    • The FIA is also exploring a number of solutions to discourage drivers from abusing track limits and aid in their policing, including GPS tracking, the reprofiling of kerbs, the installation of pressure-sensitive sensors and the use of high-speed cameras.
  • Any driver who causes the start of the race to be aborted will be required to start the race from pit lane at the restart.
  • The procedure for issuing gearbox penalties will be amended so that penalties are applied in the order that they are awarded, bringing the system in line with the wider grid penalty system.
  • The Virtual Safety Car system will be used in practice sessions as well to avoid the unnecessary use of red flags and session stoppages.
    • The drag reduction system, which is deactivated when under Virtual Safety Car periods and full-course yellow flags will be available as soon as a Virtual Safety Car period has ended;

      drivers previously had to wait two laps before the system was reactivated.

  • The process new drivers go through in order to qualify for a superlicence will be changed,

    with additional restrictions put in place as part of the wider FIA Global Pathway.

    The changes were introduced following controversy surrounding Max Verstappen qualifying for a superlicence at the age of sixteen after a single season competing in European Formula 3.

Fantasy F1

There are two games to take part in this year, Bob is not running his predicathon but has set up a fanstasy racers league here:

Even more good news...

http://www.fantasyracers.com/

Fantasy racers are back with more Fantasy F1 fun.

I've set up a Rllmuk League .. "Rllmuk fantasy fun" which i think is number 55.

and the pass word is "comebackmax"

come one come all ...

and since I wanted to defend my prediction title I've set up my own version of Bob's game here: http://f1-predict.herokuapp.com/

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I'm really hoping that someone can challenge Mercedes this year. A repeat of 2015 would be pretty depressing really.

The cars really aren't ideal, the speeds are slow, overtaking feels fake etc. But all that would get put out the way if the battle at the sharp end was closer.

Roll on testing and someone, somehow pulling something out the bag!

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Nice intro Johnny. With regards to the track limits, will it still be the case that as long as 2 wheels are still within the white lines, the stewards will say nothing? Or will it now be a case where all four wheels need to be inside the lines?

I assume it will be the 2 wheel option, just to stop drivers running off the course at the end of a corner

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I think it'll be another dominant year for Mercedes, but hopefully the gap will be smaller so that on those days when they're not on their A game there are actually a few cars that could beat them. Having McLaren back at the sharp end would be good too.

The real question is will the Lewis that turns up in Oz be the one who had two titles & was driving perfectly or the one with three titles who couldn't touch Rosberg?

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I would guess the one who hadn't just finished up winning his second title in a row.

It did seem to be the case that Rosberg cracked when it really counted whilst Hamilton excelled in the same situation, so hopefully the results really mattering again will see normal order resume!

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I fully expect Lewis to be back on it as well, but the whole matching Senna's 3 titles thing was such a big deal for him what is his next target? It might add a bit of interest to the season if the rest are still 1+ seconds off the pace if Nico can get the jump on him and be leading after the first couple of races.

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It's running on a free instance for now which shuts down when not in use. The first time someone accesses it it fires back up supposedly seamlessly.

I've had issues sometimes when it first fires up, but if you refresh it should come to life. If I can't figure out how/why it does it I'll spring for an always on instance to run it.

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Thanks for posting the summary of the rule changes. They all look pretty good and sensible to me.

Does anyone know whether they'll be able to introduce some variation to the screamer pipe? Would be good if different teams had different sounds.

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For blind people?

Just for variety. I remember in 2008 the Hondas sounded a bit louder and more raucous than the other cars, I liked that they were different.

It's one of the things I love about GT1s as well, the variety of sounds they make. Likewise I remember the Mondeo touring car being cool because it made such a different sound to the others.

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I remember the trio of years I did full Silverstone weekends (05, 06 and 07) the BMW engines were utterly mad - they sounded like a bomb continuously going off whenever one came past us. The Hondas had a bit of a unique shriek to them too.

Most of that is lost amongst the wall of sound in this video I took (wasn't a great camcorder) but the noise was great :)

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Fantasy F1

There are two games to take part in this year, Bob is not running his predicathon but has set up a fanstasy racers league here:

Even more good news...

http://www.fantasyracers.com/

Fantasy racers are back with more Fantasy F1 fun.

I've set up a Rllmuk League .. "Rllmuk fantasy fun" which i think is number 55.

and the pass word is "comebackmax"

come one come all ...

and since I wanted to defend my prediction title I've set up my own version of Bob's game here: http://f1-predict.herokuapp.com/

What score app are we using? Fantasy racers or Jonn5's custom one? My main worry is some people in one and not the other, or just a confusion with scores/updates after races etc. Would be much simpler for everyone to use one.

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I did a fixed team for the FantasyRacers one so I don't have to think about it again and can just concentrate on my own game for race by race predictions.

FWIW there are 10 people signed up for my game so far.

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I'll be joining up soon :)

An Italian site (not sure how reliable a source) is reporting this year's Ferrari is going to have more than a dash of white on it, so it might look like the 93 car livery-wise or (hopefully) the much nicer way they used white in 1975 - 1977.

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I've just updated the data for the 2016 season and noticed I had Romain Grosjean assigned to both Lotus & Hass. I've updated it now renaming Lotus to Renault and adding Joylon Palmer in place of Romain. If you had Romain in your prediction then you should probably check them as it might have switched to Joylon if you had previously selected the invalid "Romain (Lotus)" option.

Sorry about that.

Edit: I'll also need to update it once Marussia announce their drivers, although I doubt many of you will have put them in your top ten ;)

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Looking increasingly likely that you'll have to replace Maldonado with Magnussen too, if Autosport are anything to go by :)

I think this got confirmed?

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It did, yes, by Maldonado himself. Won't be missed by many I shouldn't think.

Sorry, slightly misread. Maldo didn't confirm K Mag but others seem to have dinner that.

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