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Ferrari highlights aerodynamics development on new F1 car

MARANELLO, Italy (AP) Ferrari paid special attention to aerodynamics for its new Formula One car in an attempt to keep up with rival Mercedes on high-speed circuits.

Presenting the SF71H model on Thursday, Ferrari technical director Mattia Binotto said the main differences from last year's car are a slightly longer wheelbase, more aggressive side ducts, and "a very narrow body." Read More...

McLaren signs fuel deal with Brazil's state-run Petrobras

SAO PAULO (AP) The McLaren Formula One team and Brazil's state-run oil giant Petrobras have announced a technical partnership to develop fuel and lubricants.

Petrobras sponsored the Williams team until the end of 2016, but left the sport amid a series of massive graft scandals at home. Read More...

'Grid kids' replace 'grid girls' in Formula 1

PARIS (AP) "Grid kids" are replacing "grid girls" in Formula One as the motorsport series makes changes ahead of the new season.

F1 says youngsters from motorsport clubs, who are already competing in karting, will stand alongside drivers on the grid before races this season. Read More...

F1 makes some changes to this year's time schedule

LONDON (AP) Formula One has made two changes to the weekend time schedule for its 21 races this season.

The races will all start at 10 minutes past the hour, with most of the European events beginning at 3:10 p.m. Read More...

F1 to end long-standing practice of using 'grid girls'

PARIS (AP) There will be no more "grid girls" before Formula One races and no more "podium girls" celebrating with the drivers after them.

F1 said Wednesday it will end the long-standing practice of using women on the grid and on the podium with the top three drivers. The Formula One season starts on March 25 at the Australian Grand Prix. Read More...

F1 teams Force India and Sauber drop their EU complaint

SILVERSTONE, England (AP) Force India and Sauber have dropped their complaint to the European Commission over anti-competitive practices in Formula One.

Both F1 teams lodged a complaint with the EU in September 2015 amid concerns about revenue distribution and rule-making when F1 was run by commercial rights holder Bernie Ecclestone. That was prior to the takeover by current owner Liberty Media, which has involved the smaller teams more in discussions. Read More...

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