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Red Bull Racing retains Sébastien Buemi as 2015 Reserve Driver

Red Bull Racing announced today that it has once again signed Sébastien Buemi as the team’s Reserve Driver for the 2015 season.

Sébastien takes on the role having recently been crowned World Endurance Championship title winner, alongside team-mate Anthony Davidson, and the Swiss driver brings a wealth of racing experience to the team.

Indeed, this will be Sébastien’s fifth year as Reserve Driver at Infiniti Red Bull Racing.  His first stint as the team’s test driver came in 2008, when he was rising through the junior ranks in preparation for a Formula One career.


Force India to use Toyota's Wind Tunnel

Sahara Force India is pleased to announce that it will use the wind tunnel facilities of Toyota Motorsport GmbH in Cologne, Germany, as the nominated site for all aerodynamic testing in 2015 and beyond.

Sahara Force India's wind tunnel facilities in Brackley, United Kingdom, will remain operational and available for external customers.

Dr Vijay Mallya, Team Principal and Managing Director: “The decision to use Toyota’s facility in Cologne is indicative of our ambitions to continue as a competitive force in Formula One. It’s one of the most significant decisions in our history and gives us access to what is regarded as one of the finest wind tunnels in the world. We have used the facility previously on an ad hoc basis and we are aware of the advantages of basing all our aerodynamic research in Cologne. It will strengthen our approach and give us a solid base to build upon for the years to come.”

50,000 spectators honour Silver Arrows Formula 1 world champions at Stars & Cars in Stuttgart

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Mercedes-Benz organised a spectacular conclusion to the 2014 sporting year on Saturday, November 29th with Stars & Cars in Stuttgart. 50,000 visitors came to the event based around the Mercedes-Benz museum in Stuttgart to honour Formula 1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton, his team-mate and world championship runner-up Nico Rosberg and Silver Arrows constructors' champions MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS.

"The reception from the fans here in Stuttgart was absolutely indescribable," said Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton. "I celebrated my first world title with spectators here at Stars & Cars back in 2008, but this year, they have topped even my expectations. The atmosphere was fantastic and a fitting conclusion to this incredible season. I never thought in a million years that I would receive such support. Winning this title was the best moment of my life. The team turned in an extraordinary performance, for which I would like to thank all my colleagues in the factories at Brackley, Brixworth and here in Stuttgart. Our progress since last year has been absolutely phenomenal."


Susie Wolff Appointed Official Williams Test Driver for the 2015 Season

Williams announced today that Susie Wolff will be stepping up to the position of Official Test Driver for Williams for the 2015 Formula One season.

In this role Susie will be driving the Williams Mercedes FW37 in two FP1 sessions and two test days during the 2015 Formula One season. She will also be conducting extensive simulator testing to help in the ongoing development of the FW37 and FW38. This new role builds on Susie’s three seasons as Development Driver for Williams which culminated in driving the FW36 during FP1 at the 2014 British and German Grands Prix. This saw her become the first female driver to drive in a Grand Prix weekend for two decades. The team is currently evaluating a number of drivers to replace Susie as Development Driver.


Ricciardo does 87 laps before mechanical issues arise in Abu Dhabi

As 2014 testing drew to close in Abu Dhabi, Daniel Ricciardo completed 87 laps of the Yas Marina Circuit before mechanical failure forced him to stop on track. With a little over two hours of the session remaining, and with the team needing time to analyse the problem, the decision was taken to halt running for the day.

“Today was pretty good,” said Daniel. “Obviously we got cut short by a couple of hours and it would have been nice to finish the session, but we did a lot of laps and all of those were productive. There was a little bit of work with this year’s tyres and a bit with next year’s, trying to understand how those behave. We also did quite a few things on starts, trying to understand what’s happening there, which was positive. I felt pretty good in the car. It’s a good way to end the season, we achieved a lot. Now that’s it, a bit of time off and look forward to next season.”


Rosberg tests for Mercedes in Abu Dhabi

Mercedes began the final test of 2014 at the Yas Marina Circuit today, with Nico Rosberg taking the wheel of the F1 W05 Hybrid for the first of two days' running this week. Nico's best time of 1:44.512 from 114 laps put him third on the time sheets.

Today's programme focussed on aero testing, 2015 Pirelli tyres, system checks and set-up work. The team was also able to test some new parts for the 2015 regulations. Pirelli's new medium and soft compound dry tyres were both tested during the day's running. Nico emerged for his first run at 09:00 local time, with his car running problem free all day. Mercedes-Benz Power Units today completed a total of 1,277 km between all teams.


Solid day for Sainz as final test of 2014 gets underway in Abu Dhabi

Carlos Sainz Jr enjoyed a busy outing at the Yas Marina Circuit as the final test of 2014 got underway in Abu Dhabi. The 20-year-old was awarded a test day with Infiniti Red Bull Racing for winning this year’s Formula Renault 3.5 title and the series’ youngest ever winner impressed with 100 laps at the wheel of the RB10 and the day’s fifth quickest time.


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