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British driver Will Stevens has been dropped by Manor for the 2016 season and replaced by Indonesian Rio Haryanto. The 24-year-old has not scored a point after 18 grands prix starts.
Stevens secured the Manor drive last year through a sponsorship package believed to be about 6m. Haryanto, who is bringing in about 10m in sponsorship from Indonesia's state oil company, finished fourth in last year's GP2 series, winning three races.
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Manor... The team to go to if you fancy a bit of a joy ride. It's a bit hard to take them seriously to be honest.

The only things in history Virgin / Marussia / Manor will be remembered for is Jules Bianchi getting a 9th place, and then ploughing into a crane and killing himself. ( RIP Jules)

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British driver Will Stevens has been dropped by Manor for the 2016 season and replaced by Indonesian Rio Haryanto. The 24-year-old has not scored a point after 18 grands prix starts.
Stevens secured the Manor drive last year through a sponsorship package believed to be about 6m. Haryanto, who is bringing in about 10m in sponsorship from Indonesia's state oil company, finished fourth in last year's GP2 series, winning three races.

Pertamina Oil Co. and the Indonesian Government stumped up the cash. I think roughly 50/50 between them. His dad used to drive in the 80s and has helped him throughout his career

His past career ticks a few boxes. Only aged 23. Started karting at aged 6, came up through the ranks starting in Formula Asia in 2008, so only aged 15, various other Formula and then GP3 aged 17 and GP2 aged 19.

Whenever I watched GP2 or GP3 I always looked out for him, concentrating on the lower half of the top 10. However last year he started off with a bang but them tailed off to finish 4th overall.

Hope he does well, but he needs a better car than Manor. Would be good for Indonesia, who have high hopes of hosting an F1 race in the next 5 years.
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Sebastian Vettel has lead proceedings for a second consecutive day at the opening pre-season F1 test after putting in a blistering lap on the new purple-banded ultra-soft Pirelli tyres while the majority of teams ran marathon numbers of laps.
Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo were involved in a tussle for top spot in the final 45 minutes of the morning session as the Ferrari and Red Bull drivers moved on to the quicker super-soft compounds before both debuting the new purple-banded ultra-soft Pirelli.
The four-time F1 world champion made an instant improvement with a best lap of 1m 22.810s, nearly two seconds under Nico Rosberg's pole position time for the 2015 Spanish Grand Prix, and Ricciardo struggled to match the pace of SF16-H.
The top two's times were unrivalled for the rest of the day as none of the other drivers strapped on the ultra-soft compounds while marathon amount of long runs and race simulations were completed in the afternoon session.
However, Renault did not produce as much joy after Jolyon Palmer's RS16 shuddered to a halt at turn three midway through the afternoon session with a suspected engine breakdown, causing a red flag. Palmer's day was ended there and then as Renault confirmed it would complete no further running until it fixed the issue, finishing the day bottom of the number of lap charts on 42 and only above Max Verstappen's Toro Rosso on quickest lap times.
Leading the lap charts was Nico Rosberg in the Mercedes who notched up a mammoth 172 laps, the majority of which on the medium compound tyre, which largely accounted for him finishing fourth on the timesheet. Focusing purely on performance, data collection and set-up the Mercedes looks in ominous form without completely stretching itself in a qualifying-style run.
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Pertamina Oil Co. and the Indonesian Government stumped up the cash. I think roughly 50/50 between them. His dad used to drive in the 80s and has helped him throughout his career

His past career ticks a few boxes. Only aged 23. Started karting at aged 6, came up through the ranks starting in Formula Asia in 2008, so only aged 15, various other Formula and then GP3 aged 17 and GP2 aged 19.

Whenever I watched GP2 or GP3 I always looked out for him, concentrating on the lower half of the top 10. However last year he started off with a bang but them tailed off to finish 4th overall.

Hope he does well, but he needs a better car than Manor. Would be good for Indonesia, who have high hopes of hosting an F1 race in the next 5 years.
Like all drivers at the back of the grid, he is paying for his drive, but he has a far better CV than Stevens, who frankly should never have been given a superlicence
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Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone says the introduction of a new elimination qualifying format will be delayed until the fifth race of the season. He said the software controlling the new system would not be ready for the start of the season on 18-20 March. "My guys who do the timing said: 'Mr E, we don't want to be put in the position because we don't think we can get it done properly in time'," he said. He added the system "wasn't my idea" and he wanted a different approach. Ecclestone said the new system would go ahead, however.

Governing body the FIA announced on Wednesday that a new qualifying system had been agreed that would feature the slowest car being eliminated every 90 seconds in three knock-out sections of qualifying.
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Formula 1 bosses have decided to press ahead with the introduction of a new elimination-style qualifying system from the start of the season. The idea was voted through unchanged on Friday by the world council of F1's governing body the FIA, sources say.
It means the system will be used for the first time at the season-opening Australian Grand Prix on 19 March.The World Council has decided to ignore suggestions for tweaks to avoid an empty track at the end of qualifying.

The decision comes despite F1 commercial boss Bernie Ecclestone saying last week he had been told the timing software and on-screen television graphics could not be changed for the Melbourne race. Senior figures pushed back at Ecclestone on that issue, and it is understood his company, which is responsible for timing and graphics, has now said it can be done in time.
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Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel set the fastest time on the final day of Formula 1 pre-season testing. The four-time champion ensured Ferrari were fastest on five of the eight days in Spain. World champions Mercedes are regarded as favourites before the first race of the season in Australia on 18-20 March. But Vettel said: "The new car gives us the chance to close the gap. How much? We need to be a bit more patient."

The German's fastest time at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya was just 0.04secs slower than the fastest time of the winter set by his team-mate Kimi Raikkonen on Thursday, on the ultra-soft tyre. Vettel was using the super-soft, which is said to be between 0.4-0.6 seconds slower, and was 0.282 seconds quicker than Toro Rosso's Carlos Sainz, who was on the ultra-soft tyre. Headline lap times in pre-season testing are a notoriously poor guide to form, as they are subject to a huge number of variables and teams do not reveal the specification in which their cars are running.

Williams' Felipe Massa and Force India's Sergio Perez were next on the super-soft tyre and world champion Lewis Hamilton fifth on the medium tyre, 1.6secs down on Vettel on a tyre regarded as about 1.7secs slower than the super-soft. Nico Rosberg believes there will be little between Mercedes and Ferrari in Australia. "We know that Ferrari is very close," he said. "They've been very quick. All of the teams have their strategists, so we know more or less what fuel the other teams are running and they know our fuel. So we know more or less where we are compared to Ferrari - that's why I say it's close. But we're not sure if we are ahead or behind." Mercedes have shown remarkable reliability over the testing period and have done so many miles that they have been using two drivers per day rather than the normal one to avoid tiring them out. However, they had their first on-track stoppage because of a transmission problem on Hamilton's car shortly before lunch on Friday. Hamilton said: "Best test ever in terms of how many laps, but it is not the best test in terms of it gets a bit boring after a while going around and around without learning too much. It has put us in a good position for the first race, but I have never been a fan of testing. It's been gruelling. The car just goes and goes and goes. So on one hand it has been great; on the other it's like: 'Oh my god, how many more laps have I got to go?'" Hamilton said he was pleased to have the reliability problem in testing so the team could fix it in time for the first race.

Jenson Button was seventh fastest in the McLaren-Honda on ultra-soft tyres, just over 0.1secs quicker than the Renault of British novice Jolyon Palmer on super-softs.

Fastest times
1 Sebastian Vettel (Ger) Ferrari 1:22.852
2 Carlos Sainz (Spa) Toro Rosso 1:23.134
3 Felipe Massa (Brz) Williams 1:23.644
4 Sergio Perez (Mex) Force India 1:23.721
5 Lewis Hamilton (GB) Mercedes 1:24.133
6 Daniel Ricciardo (Rus) Red Bull 1:24.427
7 Jenson Button (GB) McLaren 1:24.714
8 Jolyon Palmer (GB) Renault 1:24.859
9 Marcus Ericsson (Swe) Sauber 1:25.031
10 Romain Grosjean (Fra) Haas 1:25.255
11 Esteban Gutierrez (Spa) Haas 1:25.422
12 Rio Haryanto (Idn) Manor 1:25.899
13 Nico Rosberg (Ger) Mercedes 1:26.140

Vettel, Massa, Perez, Palmer and Gutierrez set their best times on the super-soft tyre, Sainz, Button and Haryanto on the ultra-soft, Ricciardo, Ericsson, and Grosjean on the soft and the Mercedes drivers on the medium.
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Being the BBS equivalent of being the no-hoper first out of the pits just to remind everyone that I'm here:-

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1. Hamilton
2. Rosberg
3. Vettel
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PP: Hamilton
FL: Rosberg

So, um, not anticipating much change from last year, then ...

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Channel 4's team for their F1 coverage this season.

(Left to right) Murray Walker, Nicolas Hamilton, Ben Edwards, Mark Webber, Susie Wolff, David Coulthard, Steve Jones, Karun Chandhok, Lee McKenzie, Eddie Jordan, Bruno Senna, Alain Prost.

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Nice one C4! Better than expected.

My hope this season is to at least see JB challenging for a top 5 every now and then.
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