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Renault announces return to Formula 1 in 2016

kimi_raikkonenRenault released the following statement this morning announcing it's decision to return to Formula One for the 2016 season...

Following the September announcement of the signing of a Letter of Intent with Lotus F1 Team, teams at Renault continued to evaluate the possibility of a return to Formula 1. Particular attention was paid to competing successfully with its own team in a financially sound way starting in 2016.

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Rosberg makes it 3-in-a-row against Hamilton in Abu Dhabi

Nico Rosberg ended the 2015 Formula One season in perfect fashion, winning the last three races in succession, including the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at the Yar Marina Circuit this evening.

Rosberg once again had to contend with the challenge of World Champion Lewis Hamilton, and beat his teammate to the punch as Mercedes registered a record-breaking 12the one-two finish this season. That result also meant that Mercedes finish the season with an incredible 703 points in the Constructors' Championship, another record.

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Grosjean says goodbye to Lotus with some points

Romain Grosjean gave an emphatic performance in his final race for Lotus F1 Team with a sterling effort from P18 on the grid to P9 at the chequered flag in the final race of the 2015 FIA Formula 1 World Championship at Yas Marina Circuit for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Romain worked his way through the field with a superb driving display backed-up by exemplary pit stops and superb strategy. Pastor Maldonado was eliminated from the race on the first lap as a victim of an incident for which Fernando Alonso was penalised.

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Rosberg beats Hamilton to take 6th straight Pole, Vettel fails to make Q2!

Nico Rosberg took a sixth consecutive pole position for Mercedes, this time at the Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi, beating Lewis Hamilton to the best place to start tomorrow's Grand Prix with the duo recording a 15th front row lockout of the season for the Silver Arrows, a new Formula One record.

Rosberg was too good for Hamilton once again, setting a time of 1:40.237 to his teammate's 1:40.614. Kimi Raikkonen took a rare third place for Ferrari, nearly four-tenths of a second further back after Sebastian Vettel had a horror show in qualifying with a team evaluation error resulting in him missing out on Q2 altogether. The 4-time former world champion will start tomorrow's race from 16th place.

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Damon Hill to join Williams at Autosport International

Williams’ 1996 world champion Damon Hill will celebrate the 20-year anniversary of his title with the team at the 2016 Autosport International Show.

Williams will be a major feature of the show in January, with the team’s eight-metre-tall track hospitality unit constructed inside the Birmingham NEC, next to the Autosport Live Stage. There will also be a selection of Heritage cars displayed at the stand, including Hill’s title-winning FW18.

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Alfonso Celis joins Sahara Force India as development driver

Sahara Force India is pleased to announce the signing of Mexican racer, Alfonso Celis, as a development driver. The 19-year-old will get his first experience of Formula One power behind the wheel of the VJM08 at the season-ending Abu Dhabi test – sharing driving duties with Nico Hulkenberg.

Alfonso is one of the most promising young Mexicans emerging from the junior formulas. Following karting success in Mexico, he moved to Europe in 2013 to compete in the Formula Renault NEC championship, and progressed to the GP3 Series last year. This year he raced for ART in GP3 in parallel to a World Series by Renault programme with AVF.

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Rossi concludes Formula 1 adventure

Alexander Rossi has concluded his fifth race with Manor Marussia F1 Team after the Formula 1 Grande Prêmio Petrobras do Brasil 2015 took place today. A challenging weekend with balance issues throughout the race meant Alexander just missed out on making it five out of five finishes ahead of his teammate, however leaves Brazil extremely positive about his performance within the team since his debut in Singapore and very optimistic about the future and 2016.

The opening Free Practice sessions for the Formula 1 Grande Prêmio do Brasil 2015 got underway at the Autódromo José Carlos Pace, where the Manor Marussia F1 Team driver Alexander Rossi immediately set the pace during the morning to finish ahead of his team mate once more in FP1. As the day progressed, balance issues compromised FP2 and the final practice session of the weekend on Saturday morning was met with similar challenges.

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