Inside Line F1 podcast: Hamilton or Rosberg in Abu Dhabi?

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As the Hamilton vs. Rosberg title battle goes down to the wire, the big question is who will win the 2016 World Drivers’ Championship. While the odds may be stacked in Rosberg’s favour, this is Formula 1 – and nothing’s over till it’s over.

Could Max Verstappen and Red Bull Racing be Lewis Hamilton’s best ally in the ‘duel of the desert’? Here’s a prediction we’re going to stick our heads out and make – respective of the outcome, when fans look back on the season they’ll probably believe that ‘the best driver did not win’.

Niki Lauda thinks Max Verstappen could be the greatest ever Formula 1 driver – but he needs to be “careful” on his way. Cute that Lauda still thinks that Max will listen to him. As we all know, Max Verstappen listens to NOBODY!

Meanwhile, Carlos Sainz admits that the drivers themselves don’t understand Formula 1’s rules. What hope do we ordinary mortals have then?

Mithila’s wish for Abu Dhabi is for fans to be treated to a serious Hamilton vs. Rosberg wheel to wheel battle on track. Could there be a better way to decide the World Championship? Formula 1 bids goodbye to two great drivers, Felipe Massa and Jenson Button. Finally, we make a confident prediction about Verstappen in Abu Dhabi.

Hear all this and more in The Inside Line below.

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Ericsson extends Sauber contract to 2017

F1i 21/11/2016
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Sauber has confirmed Marcus Ericsson will remain with the team for the 2017 season

The Swede joined Sauber from Caterham at the end of 2014 and scored nine points in his first season with the team. This year Ericsson is yet to score – with Sauber’s first two points coming courtesy of Felipe Nasr in Brazil – but has shown consistent improvement as the season has gone on, finishing 11th in Mexico.

Sauber has now confirmed Ericsson will remain with the team for the 2017 season, leaving just three seats available on next year’s grid.

“It is great news that I will be racing for another year for the Sauber F1 Team,” Ericsson said. “I have spent two years with Sauber now, and I really feel at home. A big thanks to everyone within the team for trusting in me again. From a personal point of view, I have developed a lot as a driver during my time at Sauber.

“We have had ups and downs, but we always stick together and work as hard as we can. Since the new ownership, there has been a positive push in the team, so it will also be exciting to go into this new era. Many motorsport experts are becoming part of Sauber, which is a good sign for the future.

“For 2017 my aim is to build on my performance from the second half of this season, and to continue working hard with the team. I cannot wait for the 2017 season, so that we can make our way up to the midfield with the objective to score points on a regular basis.”

Esteban Gutierrez has been linked with a seat at Sauber in 2017, having confirmed talks with the team in Brazil. If Nasr is not retained, the Brazilian is understood to be evaluating a potential third driver role at a team further up the grid.

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IN PICS: BTS of Yas Marina's Grand F1 preparations

Sport360 staff 21/11/2016
The blue paint is unique to Yas Marina Circuit.

After catering to the local motorsport and health and fitness communities for the past 11 months, Yas Marina Circuit has closed its garage doors to the grassroots motorsport teams, the fitness evenings have been put on hold and the rental bikes stored away.

That is because the circuit is gearing up to host the title-deciding 2016 Formula One Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

It is no surprise that cleaners, painters, caterers, gardeners, motor racing experts, and logistics managers have now taken charge of preparations to transform the scene for one of the most eagerly-awaited sporting weekend of the year.

Over the next two weeks, the Circuit’s famous blue run-off areas will take on a deeper hue after a fresh coat of paint. The world famous ‘Yas’ blue colour that adorns the track was chosen as the shade most closely resembling the seas of the Arabian Gulf. Called pantone 321, the colour is unique to Yas Marina Circuit.

A team of six specialist contractors will lay a total of 8,550 litres of paint to ensure the track looks its best. The paint is water-based, which is suitable for Abu Dhabi’s dry conditions, and the team will apply 4,500 litres of ‘Yas blue’ paint, 720 litres of ivory, 1,440 litres of red and 1,440 litres of white paint.

The track’s distinctive white edging is the last part of the painting process. These lines must be painted four times, meaning the painting contractors will have to cover a distance of 26 kilometres, including pit lane lines, applying about 450 litres of white paint.

The huge landscaped areas that gives Yas Marina Circuit its natural feel are in the final stages of being spruced up with some TLC and a sprinkling of grass seed. A team of gardeners has been working constantly to lay 75 acres of landscaped grass, and plant a total of 715 palm trees and 150,000 flowers in preparation for the event.

Meanwhile, an army of squeegee-toting abseilers are tackling the Yas Viceroy’s world-renowned façade.

With everything in place to support the 60,000-capacity crowd it will be the turn of the F1 juggernaut to arrive. The eleven teams consist of a collective ensemble that could fill a small town. Hundreds of hotel rooms must be booked, hire cars sourced, locations found for driver motorhomes, and data links established to provide race engineers with telemetry data.

An operation months in the making will culminate in what it is sure to be an epic title-deciding season finale. After 20 rounds of the 2016 F1 season, the battle between team-mates Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton will finally be decided at a Yas Marina Circuit looking its very best.

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