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By Christine Blachford | Grand Prix motor sport coverage

McLaren's 2017 testing begins under a cloud of troubles // Mercedes lead the way as Barcelona pre-season action gets underway

We've had a week of fabulous 2017 build-up with teams revealing their new cars for the coming season, but now it's time to stop talking about it and …

Formula One

Looking sharp // Romain Grosjean celebrates launch of 2017 Haas challenger

Romain Grosjean was on hand in Barcelona to help launch the new Haas car for the 2017 season, one day ahead of winter testing getting underway. The …

Williams and JCB on song // British engineering working in harmony

Williams Racing announced a new partnership with JCB today. The agreement will see JCB branding on the 2017 cars and team clothing. The announcement …

Entertainment

Hamilton appeals for F1 social media use during Mercedes car launch // Bitesize Formula One news

00:01:00<p>Slow<p>Size 1.1 MB<br>• Download minute1836.mp3<p>Mercedes revealed the W08 today with Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas both getting the opportunity to …

Motorsport

Mallya hits out at Renault boss and anyone who doubts Force India // Bitesize Formula One news

00:01:00<p>Slow<p>Size 1.1 MB<br>• Download minute1835.mp3<p>Vijay Mallya made an appearance at the launch of Force India’s 2017 car today, and he wasn’t pulling …

Motorsport

First contact // The Sauber C36 makes its track debut

Sauber released images of their new car on Monday, and have now unleashed the real thing out on track. Undertaking a filming day at the Circuit de …

Motorsport

Piecing it all together // A behind the scenes listen as Mercedes prepare for the big day

BBC Radio 5live sent their current affairs programme for a spot of outside broadcasting today, with presenter Sarah Brett joining Formula One …

Motorsport

Renault confirm new appointments for Sirotkin and Prost // Bitesize Formula One news

00:01:00<p>Slow<p>Size 1.1 MB<br>• Download minute1834.mp3<p>With the launch of the R.S.17 today, Renault also confirmed two new drivers to their books – but it’s …

Motorsport

Factory reset // Renault launch the R.S.17 and prepare for a full season assault

The Renault squad have been the first to offer 2017 a full on car launch, with drivers on hand to pull off the covers and a variety of fresh faces …

Renault

F1 fashion week // All that's in for 2017: new shapes, new colours, new sizes

Hello fact fans and welcome to the first Factbyte Factbox of the brand new year, and it's a bumper one! Here is where you'll find all sorts of …

Motorsport

VR curious? // Immersive experiences put fans behind the wheel

Despite being an outfit with one of the smallest budgets in Formula 1, the Sauber team provided fans with some truly innovative content last year. …

Virtual Reality

Pascal Wehrlein to miss first pre-season test in Spain // Bitesize Formula One news

00:01:00<p>Slow<p>Size 1.1 MB<br>• Download minute1833.mp3<p>New Sauber driver Pascal Wehrlein has confirmed that he won’t be participating in the first pre-season …

Spain

Who rendered it better? // The look of revelations

Another season, another round of car launches and another sad realisation that F1 teams aren't very good at marketing their own machinery.<p>Bless them …

James Allison joins Mercedes as technical director // Bitesize Formula One news

00:01:00<p>Slow<p>Size 1.1 MB<br>• Download minute1832.mp3<p>The musical chairs at the top of the fastest teams appears to be complete now, with James Allison …

Motorsport

Renault and Williams select new heads of aerodynamics // Bitesize Formula One news

00:01:00<p>Slow<p>Size 1.1 MB<br>• Download minute1831.mp3<p>With launches just around the corner, teams are making the final tweaks to their line-ups ahead of the …

Formula One

Selection box - Out on the open road // Previewing the coming season and the far-flung future

The pre-season is really starting to gather steam now, with last minute changes to the engineering lineups, sneaky peeks at new liveries and launch …

Formula One

McLaren lose two top management names ahead of 2017 launch // Bitesize Formula One news

00:01:00<p>Slow<p>Size 1.1 MB<br>• Download minute1830.mp3<p>The McLaren team have confirmed that two of their senior management have departed with just a couple of …

McLaren

Drive time // A journey through Formula One's driving opportunities

Christine became an avid follower of Formula One after getting a taste of the action way back in 2003. Today, you'll find Christine putting her …

Motorsport

McLaren opt for new naming convention for 2017 car // Bitesize Formula One news

00:01:00<p>Slow<p>Size 1.1 MB<br>• Download minute1829.mp3<p>McLaren have been hinting at the fact the team will be going through some changes this year, firstly …

McLaren

No consensus from drivers over 2018 halo device // Bitesize Formula One news

00:01:00<p>Slow<p>Size 1.1 MB<br>• Download minute1828.mp3<p>The FIA have been sourcing feedback from the drivers who tested the halo cockpit device during the 2016 …

FIA

Progress is for everyone // Audi change the game for Super Bowl 2017

Super Bowl commercials regularly run the full gamut from terrible to amazing, but Audi's 2017 offering is up there with the best. From the start line …

Audi

Manor team officially cease business after buyer can’t be found // Bitesize Formula One news

00:01:00<p>Slow<p>Size 1.1 MB<br>• Download minute1827.mp3<p>The Manor team have folded as of Friday 27th January, after the administrators were unable to find a …

Sustainable Fashion

Selection box - Captain Doctor Button, that'd be cool // Dealing with a huge change in F1 leadership

There was incredible news this week with the removal of Bernie Ecclestone from the head of F1, replaced by Chase Carey and friends. It's no wonder …

BP and Castrol join forces with Renault F1 for five year deal // Bitesize Formula One news

00:01:00<p>Slow<p>Size 1.1 MB<br>• Download minute1826.mp3<p>Renault Sport have announced today they are partnering with BP and Castrol for their fuel and oil …

BP

Williams continue to adjust to Bottas’ departure // Bitesize Formula One news

00:01:00<p>Slow<p>Size 1.1 MB<br>• Download minute1825.mp3<p>It’s been a rough start to the year for Team Williams but they are beginning to deal with the loss of …

Sports Industry

Ross Brawn and Sean Bratches take on F1 management roles // Bitesize Formula One news

00:01:00<p>Slow<p>Size 1.1 MB<br>• Download minute1824.mp3<p>With Liberty Media’s restructuring of how Formula One is run we’ve seen the departure of Bernie …

Formula One

Liberty Media replace Bernie Ecclestone as Formula One chief // Bitesize Formula One news

00:01:00<p>Slow<p>Size 1.1 MB<br>• Download minute1823.mp3<p>Bernie Ecclestone revealed it himself first, that he was no longer in charge of Formula One, but new …

Formula One

F1 Debrief - Long live F1! // Breaking out the bunting for the changing of the F1 guards

00:20:03<p>Slow<p>Size 18.6 MB<br>• Download debrief195-long-live-f1.mp3<p>It's the first Debrief of 2017, and what better topic to be discussing than the change of …

Bernie Ecclestone

Selection box - Not Lewis again // Mercedes driver changes and training for F1's future

There's been plenty of news this week, with Mercedes finally confirming what everyone had already come to suspect - Bottas taking the spare seat next …