Formula 1 World Championship 2016 Season Discussion


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  1. 1. Who do you think will win the 2016 Drivers Championship?

    • Lewis Hamilton
      30
    • Nico Rosberg
      10
    • Sebastian Vettel
      5
    • Kimi Räikkönen
      0
    • Valterri Bottas
      1
    • Felipe Massa
      0
    • Daniil Kvyat
      0
    • Daniel Ricciardo
      0
    • Sergio Pérez
      0
    • Nico Hülkenberg
      0
    • Kevin Magnussen
      0
    • Jolyon Palmer
      0
    • Max Verstappen
      0
    • Carlos Sainz, Jr.
      0
    • Felipe Nasr
      0
    • Marcus Ericsson
      0
    • Jenson Button
      0
    • Fernando Alonso
      1
    • Pascal Wehrlein
      1
    • Rio Haryanto
      1
    • Romain Grosjean
      0
    • Esteban Gutiérrez
      0
  2. 2. Who do you think will win the 2016 Constructors Championship?

    • Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team
      41
    • Scuderia Ferrari
      4
    • Williams Martini Racing
      0
    • Red Bull Racing
      0
    • Sahara Force India F1 Team
      0
    • Renault F1 Team
      0
    • Scuderia Toro Rosso
      0
    • Sauber F1 Team
      0
    • McLaren Honda
      2
    • Manor Marussia F1 Team
      2
    • Haas F1 Team
      0


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20 hours ago, vanx said:

Guys, I get how you feel, but good Formula 1 coverage is not cheap to produce and we are far from the days when advertising could subsidise it 100%. And the fact that broadcasting teams have to jet around the world with all their equipment etc is not helping. Could BBC/Channel4 get a couple of people to sit in a situation back in UK and just commentate on what they see on their screens? Sure, but just that kind of coverage would suck and Bernie would still want his slice.

 

Formula 1 coverage is not going away: live radio is still here and there are and will be highlights. Better than nothing, you have to admit. Finally, if you're such a hardcore F1 fan, forking out for a sub or sky sports pass on Now TV would be worth it, because Sky's coverage is fantastic.

Don't try and defend this. You shouldn't have to be well off to enjoy a global sport - especially one that has been free to view for decades. Moreover Bernie is the one complaining most about declining viewer figures and then he signs the sport up to a deal that will lock many fans out of the live coverage. Radio does NOT work in motorsport and highlights is nothing compared to the live action. The move is motivated by greed and again proves how away with the fairies F1s management is. 

 

F1 coverage need not cost a lot to produce. If they cared, the governing bodies could subsidise a basic coverage package from the enormous fees they take from teams and tracks. As for saying Sky's coverage is fantastic - it's highly recycled material with a lot of irritating hosts. Flashy intro videos do not make it worth the money.

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2 hours ago, what said:

Don't try and defend this. You shouldn't have to be well off to enjoy a global sport - especially one that has been free to view for decades. Moreover Bernie is the one complaining most about declining viewer figures and then he signs the sport up to a deal that will lock many fans out of the live coverage. Radio does NOT work in motorsport and highlights is nothing compared to the live action. The move is motivated by greed and again proves how away with the fairies F1s management is. 

 

F1 coverage need not cost a lot to produce. If they cared, the governing bodies could subsidise a basic coverage package from the enormous fees they take from teams and tracks. As for saying Sky's coverage is fantastic - it's highly recycled material with a lot of irritating hosts. Flashy intro videos do not make it worth the money.

Agreed 100%

 

Plus, Martin Brundle is possibly the most annoying presenter currently on TV. Every single race it's always about something he's done like it, or what he would have done better *cough* never won a race *cough* 

 

First thing he said when Alonso crashed was "I remember when that happened to me!" and

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4 hours ago, John. said:

Agreed 100%

 

Plus, Martin Brundle is possibly the most annoying presenter currently on TV. Every single race it's always about something he's done like it, or what he would have done better *cough* never won a race *cough* 

 

First thing he said when Alonso crashed was "I remember when that happened to me!" and

Brundle is one of the best commentators in F1 ever...his attention to detail is incredible!

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12 hours ago, i11usive said:

Brundle is one of the best commentators in F1 ever...his attention to detail is incredible!

Each to their own i guess :)

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On 26/03/2016 at 2:28 PM, what said:

Don't try and defend this. You shouldn't have to be well off to enjoy a global sport - especially one that has been free to view for decades. Moreover Bernie is the one complaining most about declining viewer figures and then he signs the sport up to a deal that will lock many fans out of the live coverage. Radio does NOT work in motorsport and highlights is nothing compared to the live action. The move is motivated by greed and again proves how away with the fairies F1s management is. 

 

F1 coverage need not cost a lot to produce. If they cared, the governing bodies could subsidise a basic coverage package from the enormous fees they take from teams and tracks. As for saying Sky's coverage is fantastic - it's highly recycled material with a lot of irritating hosts. Flashy intro videos do not make it worth the money.

Paying £30-something a month is not a privilege reserved for well-off people. That's an affordable price. It's in the region of average broadband or mobile phone bill amount. And just because a sport has been on free to view TV for years in the past, it does not mean that it is a model that is always sustainable. Look at Italy, Germany, Latin America, USA, etc: F1 coverage in those countries is on pay TV as well. Look at Premier League coverage in the UK: there is not a single match in the whole season that is shown live on free, terrestrial TV. There are no riots, people manage.

 

I think the proof will be in the pudding. If Sky's exclusive stance tanks in the long run, perhaps there will be a return of live F1 on free-to-view TV. As it stands, neither BBC nor Channel 4 have been able to build a long-term pipeline of coverage.

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McLaren has hit upon a radical plan to improve its F1 fortunes – ask Honda to give everything to Ross Brawn and then ###### off.

 

‘After conducting extensive analysis of our current non-optimal situation, we have concluded that the problem is Honda,’ said a team insider. ‘We have also noticed that it worked really well that last time Honda gave something to Ross Brawn and then ######ed off.’

 

Sources say McLaren has drawn up a road map of how their plan would work, starting with Honda handing ‘all their stuff’ to Ross Brawn and then ‘######## right off’.

 

‘For Honda, there are two key elements here,’ explained someone close to the project. ‘One, give Ross the ######. And two, ###### off’.

 

‘I like the sound of this,’ said Jenson Button, wistfully.

http://sniffpetrol.com/2016/03/29/mclaren-comes-up-with-brawn-based-recovery-plan/#.Vvpa8qcrKUl If only...

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13 hours ago, vanx said:

Paying £30-something a month is not a privilege reserved for well-off people. That's an affordable price. It's in the region of average broadband or mobile phone bill amount. And just because a sport has been on free to view TV for years in the past, it does not mean that it is a model that is always sustainable. Look at Italy, Germany, Latin America, USA, etc: F1 coverage in those countries is on pay TV as well. Look at Premier League coverage in the UK: there is not a single match in the whole season that is shown live on free, terrestrial TV. There are no riots, people manage.

 

I think the proof will be in the pudding. If Sky's exclusive stance tanks in the long run, perhaps there will be a return of live F1 on free-to-view TV. As it stands, neither BBC nor Channel 4 have been able to build a long-term pipeline of coverage.

I'm sorry but I'm with others on this. 

 

Looking at Sky right now it tells me It would cost me £25.50 per month with a "no more than £2 price rise" on June 1st. So you're looking at something that's going to cost upwards of £300 a year just to enjoy a single sport? If you like football, Golf or one of the many other sports then sure it's not a big deal but I cannot justify that cost. 

I know there are alternatives like a £10 Sky Sports Now TV Pass but still paying £10 per race doesn't sit well for me. 

 

As others have stated, complaining about declining viewer ship and then moving to a paid service has got to be the stupedist thing I've ever heard, taking a quote from James Allen it's not hard to see with the differences between some free to view races having an average of more than three times what Skys paid service provides. I'd have liked to see a like for like comparison where both channels had full race but that seems to be the best I can find at a quick search.

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The audience for F1 in the UK, once it moves exclusively behind a paywall, will be interesting to monitor. It should settle at somewhere around 1 to 1.5 million. Last year live coverage of the US Grand Prix championship decider, live on Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports F1, attracted a combined average audience of 1 million, with a peak of 1.2m. As a reference, BBC 1’s live audience for the Hungarian GP was watched by an average 3.9m with a peak of 5m. When Lewis Hamilton won the 2008 world championship the title decider in Brazil on ITV was watched by 9m average and peaked at over 12m.

 

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3 hours ago, Skiver said:

I'm sorry but I'm with others on this. 

 

Looking at Sky right now it tells me It would cost me £25.50 per month with a "no more than £2 price rise" on June 1st. So you're looking at something that's going to cost upwards of £300 a year just to enjoy a single sport? If you like football, Golf or one of the many other sports then sure it's not a big deal but I cannot justify that cost. 

I know there are alternatives like a £10 Sky Sports Now TV Pass but still paying £10 per race doesn't sit well for me. 

 

As others have stated, complaining about declining viewer ship and then moving to a paid service has got to be the stupedist thing I've ever heard, taking a quote from James Allen it's not hard to see with the differences between some free to view races having an average of more than three times what Skys paid service provides. I'd have liked to see a like for like comparison where both channels had full race but that seems to be the best I can find at a quick search.

 

With Sky Sports NOW TV pass, you can buy monthly and March to November would be 8 months, so it will be £250-260. And you'll get loads more live sports, not just F1. And no contract either, so you can cancel and not pay for future months. As you mentioned, with a day pass, you will pay even less. Just because you are unwilling to pay that amount, it does not mean that other people are not and Sky should reduce the price and/or relinquish its exclusivity clause.

 

Also, it's clear that F1 was not sustainable on free-to-view TV. If figures on terrestrial were so good, why haven't C4 been able to make it work for more than a few years? You need to embrace reality that big players in pay TV market, for better or for worse, are going to keep investing in exclusive rights to content in order to attract people to their services. Free-to-view highlights, British GP in its entirety and live radio coverage are there for those who are not willing to part with their hard-earned. However, given how little there is of live football on free-to-view TV (and football is a bigger sport, at least in UK, than F1), the initial reaction from fans was always going to be a storm in a tea cup.

 

 

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The question of sustainability isn't one I could easily answer, but a large portion of the prize pot comes from the equally extortionate circuit hosting fees. What this came down to was Bernie going with whoever writes him the biggest cheque (as per usual). If it wasn't for that poisonous man and the amount of profit he and his companies drain from F1, the sport would be perfectly sustainable on FTA TV. If you want to retain viewers, moving it to such an expensive TV platform is, without doubt, an asinine decision.

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2 hours ago, vanx said:

With Sky Sports NOW TV pass, you can buy monthly and March to November would be 8 months, so it will be £250-260. And you'll get loads more live sports, not just F1. And no contract either, so you can cancel and not pay for future months. As you mentioned, with a day pass, you will pay even less. Just because you are unwilling to pay that amount, it does not mean that other people are not and Sky should reduce the price and/or relinquish its exclusivity clause.

 

Also, it's clear that F1 was not sustainable on free-to-view TV. If figures on terrestrial were so good, why haven't C4 been able to make it work for more than a few years? You need to embrace reality that big players in pay TV market, for better or for worse, are going to keep investing in exclusive rights to content in order to attract people to their services. Free-to-view highlights, British GP in its entirety and live radio coverage are there for those who are not willing to part with their hard-earned. However, given how little there is of live football on free-to-view TV (and football is a bigger sport, at least in UK, than F1), the initial reaction from fans was always going to be a storm in a tea cup.

 

 

The problem is thats £250-260 I and many others are not paying today. Formula one is pretty much the only sport I watch, I'd watch MotoGP but that's gone off to BT now so that's a no go. So paying that for one sport, for effectively 20 weekends of the year for me is hard to justify when my money could be best spent elsewhere. I know it's a very personal point of view here but I just find this so infuriating that I work hard to bring in and provide for my family, I have very few wants in the world. A new Xbox game now and then and to be able to sit down and watch the F1 when it's on are pretty much the closest things I can call a hobby outside of family time. So to suddenly have to watch the thing you've loved to enjoy slowly be taken away and put behind a paywall is just a bit crappy.

 

Could I afford it? Sure I probably could but for me it's just not the point.

I think the question around why has C4 not been able to make it work is a bit early to even ask. I don't think this is a case of a channel, that  is literally only months into its contact with one race down, not having the ability to put on a good show. This is more about the money, as it always has been with Bernie. and no doubt Sky being able to offer a bigger amount to buy that exclusivity.

 

If a sport like Formula 1 is not sustainable it has nothing but it's ridiculous escalating costs, which again is more to do with Bernie and the governing body then it is to do with anything else that has put the sport in this position. This is why we see the likes of Monza and Silverstone being put under the chopping block year in and year out, the money demands from those in charge are the problem.

 

At the end of the day I know I'm not entitled to my sport of choice being available for free when many others are not, I get that, but it does not make the pill any easier to swallow.

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If your opinion is that £250 to watch the farce that is modern F1 is good value then that's fine, but I'm not going to sit here agreeing with it.

 

Fortunately we are in a world where pirate streams are excellent quality and easily available so in reality no one has to miss out.

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1 hour ago, what said:

If your opinion is that £250 to watch the farce that is modern F1 is good value then that's fine, but I'm not going to sit here agreeing with it.

 

Fortunately we are in a world where pirate streams are excellent quality and easily available so in reality no one has to miss out.

The trouble is with that quote is that it means less people will be willing to pay for a high quality stream, and this is what causes companies like Sky to raise its prices. 

 

Say you're a company that wants to stream a race at £5. I guarantee you'll find 5 people that will pay £1 a stream, rather than 1 person willing to pay £5 a stream. The company still makes the same money, and their ads will potentially reach more people, but Sky just doesn't see that.

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10 minutes ago, John. said:

The trouble is with that quote is that it means less people will be willing to pay for a high quality stream, and this is what causes companies like Sky to raise its prices. 

 

Say you're a company that wants to stream a race at £5. I guarantee you'll find 5 people that will pay £1 a stream, rather than 1 person willing to pay £5 a stream. The company still makes the same money, and their ads will potentially reach more people, but Sky just doesn't see that.

They will raise their prices exponentially when the exclusivity contract comes into effect anyway. It might be £250 now but I bet it isn't in 2020.

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On 29/03/2016 at 6:01 PM, Skiver said:

The problem is thats £250-260 I and many others are not paying today. Formula one is pretty much the only sport I watch, I'd watch MotoGP but that's gone off to BT now so that's a no go. So paying that for one sport, for effectively 20 weekends of the year for me is hard to justify when my money could be best spent elsewhere. I know it's a very personal point of view here but I just find this so infuriating that I work hard to bring in and provide for my family, I have very few wants in the world. A new Xbox game now and then and to be able to sit down and watch the F1 when it's on are pretty much the closest things I can call a hobby outside of family time. So to suddenly have to watch the thing you've loved to enjoy slowly be taken away and put behind a paywall is just a bit crappy.

 

Could I afford it? Sure I probably could but for me it's just not the point.

I think the question around why has C4 not been able to make it work is a bit early to even ask. I don't think this is a case of a channel, that  is literally only months into its contact with one race down, not having the ability to put on a good show. This is more about the money, as it always has been with Bernie. and no doubt Sky being able to offer a bigger amount to buy that exclusivity.

 

If a sport like Formula 1 is not sustainable it has nothing but it's ridiculous escalating costs, which again is more to do with Bernie and the governing body then it is to do with anything else that has put the sport in this position. This is why we see the likes of Monza and Silverstone being put under the chopping block year in and year out, the money demands from those in charge are the problem.

 

At the end of the day I know I'm not entitled to my sport of choice being available for free when many others are not, I get that, but it does not make the pill any easier to swallow.

You are sending mixed messages here. You say that you can afford it, believe that you are not entitled to your sport of choice for free and highlight it as being something that is near and dear to your heart, yet you are not willing to part with your hard-earned sums for the pleasure. Sounds like you are just bitter about free stuff that you like a lot going away and this is your initial reaction.

 

Everyone wants more money: the drivers, the teams, the track circuits, the investors, etc. So long as there are parties willing to pay increasing sums, that spiral is going to continue its course.

On 29/03/2016 at 7:30 PM, what said:

They will raise their prices exponentially when the exclusivity contract comes into effect anyway. It might be £250 now but I bet it isn't in 2020.

Prices go up for most things with time due to inflation and other factors. Sure, Sky is not about to complain about that, but it's still how the cookie crumbles.

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12 minutes ago, vanx said:

Prices go up for most things with time due to inflation and other factors. Sure, Sky is not about to complain about that, but it's still how the cookie crumbles.

Just to make the point more obvious: as soon as Sky becomes the only broadcaster offering live races, they will be able to charge whatever the hell they want. Inflation won't come into it, they can just name the price.

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35 minutes ago, what said:

Just to make the point more obvious: as soon as Sky becomes the only broadcaster offering live races, they will be able to charge whatever the hell they want. Inflation won't come into it, they can just name the price.

Agreed but there will be, as there are now, a number of price tiers at which people can access the content they produce. However, as a public business, they have a fiduciary responsibility to their shareholders to maximise revenue and increasing prices is one way of doing so. Those who do not like it can vote with their wallet.

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10 minutes ago, vanx said:

Agreed but there will be, as there are now, a number of price tiers at which people can access the content they produce. However, as a public business, they have a fiduciary responsibility to their shareholders to maximise revenue and increasing prices is one way of doing so. Those who do not like it can vote with their wallet.

Hopefully they will. Formula 1's loss could be another series' gain; at the moment, either Formula E or the BTCC, since - to my knowledge - they're the only other motorsport series (on four wheels) that get shown on Freeview over here in a serious capacity.

 

EDIT: I just remembered Motors TV is on Freeview (albeit HD-only, so I can't watch it on my SD tuner), so there's probably a few other series to add to the list, but I couldn't say which ones off the top of my head.

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guess which lucky guy just yesterday placed a bet on alonso? :angry:

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18 hours ago, vanx said:

You are sending mixed messages here. You say that you can afford it, believe that you are not entitled to your sport of choice for free and highlight it as being something that is near and dear to your heart, yet you are not willing to part with your hard-earned sums for the pleasure. Sounds like you are just bitter about free stuff that you like a lot going away and this is your initial reaction.

 

Everyone wants more money: the drivers, the teams, the track circuits, the investors, etc. So long as there are parties willing to pay increasing sums, that spiral is going to continue its course.

Prices go up for most things with time due to inflation and other factors. Sure, Sky is not about to complain about that, but it's still how the cookie crumbles.

Of course I am, who wouldn't be? I don't think it's a bad thing to be frustrated by something you enjoy for free being taken away? The problem with committing to any sort of payment is where could that money have gone otherwise and right now I have a longer list for places to put my money (and better places imo) then I can afford so to start subscribing to Sky Sports OR to buy now TV passes, for me personally, is not money well spent.

 

So what will happen, as it has already started to happen with the loss of all races being live, is my interest will decrease more and more until the point I just don't bother. Watching a race almost used to be religion with me, getting up at 5am to watch the fly aways, refusing to work that weekend because a race was on. I even joked about my daughter not having her Birthday party one year because her party could have been the same weekend as Silverstone. The races that are live are the only ones I try to watch but if work comes up then oh well I'll avoid the internet or radio and watch it when I'm home because it's not such a big deal anymore when I'm missing half the races anyway.

 

Anyway, we can talk about this forever but it doesn't matter at the end of the day, 2019 is still far away and who knows what will change between now and then.

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F1 Agrees To Do What’s Best For Fans And Not The Money

 

Fed up with all the negative press, Formula One chiefs have met up and finally agreed to sort things out and get the sport back in track. Bernie Ecclestone, Jean Todt and F1’s Team Principals all agreed they’d start making decisions that made F1 better for the fans and not just for themselves during a meeting on April 1st.

 

“I’m just so bloody rich already and I thought to myself, maybe I’m too rich,” the 85-year-old revealed in a video on YouTube before FOM took it down for copyright infringement. “Perhaps at my age it’s time to stop thinking about money and make the sport that made me so rich, better for everyone.”

 

During the controversial video Ecclestone admitted he’d fund classic circuits like Monza himself as it was basically “pocket change” for him.

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      Toro Rosso signed 2016 GP2 Series champion Pierre Gasly and two-time World Endurance Champion Brendon Hartley as their full-time drivers for 2018. Both Gasly and Hartley made their Formula One débuts with the team in the latter stages of the 2017 championship. Daniil Kvyat left the team and the Red Bull driver programme, securing a development role with Ferrari. Charles Leclerc, the reigning Formula 2 champion, is scheduled to make his competitive début in 2018 with Sauber. Leclerc, who had previously driven in Friday practice sessions in 2016 and 2017, was hired by the team to replace Pascal Wehrlein. Wehrlein was ultimately unable to secure a seat but was nevertheless retained by Mercedes' driver development programme. Williams driver Felipe Massa retired from Formula One at the end of the 2017 championship. He was replaced by former Renault test driver, GP2 Series regular and SMP Racing driver Sergey Sirotkin, who will make his competitive début with the team.  
      Calendar Changes
       
      The French Grand Prix is scheduled to return to the calendar for the first time since 2008. The race is due to return to the Circuit Paul Ricard, which last hosted the French Grand Prix in 1990 before the event moved to the Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours. The race is scheduled to be run in June, with the Azerbaijan Grand Prix brought forward to April to accommodate the change. The German Grand Prix is set to return to the championship as well after a one-year absence, with the Hockenheimring scheduled to host the race. The Malaysian Grand Prix–which was part of the championship from 1999 to 2017–was discontinued. The Russian Grand Prix was moved from April to September in order to replace the race.  
      Rule Changes
       
      Sporting regulations
      Following widespread criticism of the grid penalty system in 2017, the FIA introduced a revised set of regulations for 2018. In the event that a driver changes a power unit component, they will still be subject to a five- or ten-place grid penalty depending on the component being changed; however, should they then replace a second component, they will be moved to the back of the starting grid. If multiple drivers are moved to the back of the grid, their starting positions will be determined by the order that components were changed based on the most recent change made by each driver. The rules governing starting procedures will be changed for 2018, granting race stewards the power to issue penalties for improper race starts even if a driver's start does not trigger the automated detection system. The changes were introduced following two incidents during 2017; at the Chinese Grand Prix, Sebastian Vettel positioned his car too far across his grid slot to be registered by the detection system; while at the Austrian Grand Prix, Valtteri Bottas's start was called into question for his reaction time despite the detection system recognising it as legal. The FIA introduced tighter restrictions on racing licences issued to drivers taking part in free practice sessions. Candidate drivers will be required to complete a minimum number of Formula 2 races or earn twenty-five superlicense points over a three-year period. The changes were introduced to address concerns about drivers who would not be able to meet the standards required to compete in Formula One having access to Formula One cars. Finally, the number of pre-season test days was reduced to seven, while the mid-season test held in Bahrain in 2017 will be moved to Barcelona.  
      Technical regulations
      The quantity of power unit components a driver may use during the season was reduced from four complete power units during the entire season in 2017 to a new system where each of the power unit components is considered separately. Therefore, in 2018, each driver will be permitted to use up to three each of internal combustion engines (ICE), heat motor generator units (MGU-H), and turbochargers (TC); and two each of the kinetic motor generator units (MGU-K), energy stores (ES), and control electronics (CE).[33] Further restrictions against the practice of oil burning, where engine oils are burned as fuel to boost performance, were also introduced. The practice, which was first used in 2017 saw teams burning as much as 1.2 litres per one hundred kilometres. For the 2018 championship, this figure was revised down to a maximum of 0.6 litres per one hundred kilometres. The FIA banned the use of "shark fins", a carbon fibre extension to the engine cowling aimed at directing airflow over the rear wing. The use of "T-wings", a horizontal secondary wing mounted forward of and above the rear wing, was also banned.  
      Driver safety
      The "halo" cockpit protection device – seen here on a Ferrari SF16-H during its testing phase in 2016 – was introduced for the 2018 championship. Following a series of serious incidents in open-wheel racing – including the fatal accidents of Henry Surtees and Justin Wilson – in which drivers were struck in the head by debris, the FIA announced plans to introduce additional mandatory cockpit protection with 2018 given as the first year for its introduction. Several solutions were tested, with the final design subject to feedback from teams and drivers. Each design was created to deflect debris away from a driver's head without compromising their visibility or the ability of safety marshals to access the cockpit and extract a driver and their seat in the event of a serious accident or medical emergency, with a series of serious accidents – such as the fatal accidents of Jules Bianchi and Dan Wheldon – recreated to simulate the ability of devices to withstand a serious impact. The FIA ultimately settled on the "halo", a wishbone-shaped frame mounted above and around the driver's head and anchored to the monocoque forward of the cockpit. Once introduced, the halo concept is scheduled to be applied to other open-wheel racing categories including Formula 2 and Formula 3. Following criticisms over the aesthetic value of the device, the FIA revealed plans to allow teams some design freedom in the final version of the halo, with the device being incorporated into the chassis design from its inception rather than attached once the design was completed. The mandatory crash tests that each chassis must pass were adjusted to include a new static load test. In order to simulate a serious accident, a tyre was mounted to a hydraulic ram and fired at the crash structure; to pass the test, the chassis and the mounting points for the halo had to remain intact. In order to prevent teams from exploiting the halo for aerodynamic gain and potentially compromising its purpose, the FIA banned teams from developing their own devices and instead required them to purchase pre-fabricated models from approved suppliers. Drivers will be required to wear gloves containing biometric sensors which record their vital signs in order to better assist marshals and recovery crews in assessing their condition in the event of an accident.  
      Tyres
      Tyre supplier Pirelli will provide teams with two new tyre compounds in 2018. Each of the 2017 compounds is scheduled to be made softer, with a new "hypersoft" tyre becoming the softest of the nine and a new "superhard" tyre to be the hardest. The hypersoft compound will be marked by a pink sidewall, while the superhard will be orange. The hard compound, which previously used orange markings, will now be changed to pale blue.[48] The rules dictating which tyres are available were relaxed to allow Pirelli to supply a wider range of compounds. Previously, Pirelli had to provide sequential compounds; for example, ultrasoft, supersoft and soft. In 2018, Pirelli is able to supply compounds with two steps of difference between them, e.g., the ultrasoft, supersoft and medium tyres. Pirelli will also be required to manufacture an additional tyre compound that is not intended for competition. This tyre will be supplied to teams for use in demonstration events to prevent teams from using demonstration events as informal – and illegal – testing.  
    • By Andrew
      Formula 1 World Championship 2017 Season Discussion
       
      The 2017 Formula One season is scheduled to be the 68th season of the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) Formula One World Championship, a motor racing championship for Formula One cars which is recognised by the sport's governing body, the FIA, as the highest class of competition for open-wheel racing cars. Teams and drivers are scheduled to compete in twenty Grands Prix—starting in Australia on 26 March and ending in Abu Dhabi on 26 November—for the World Drivers' and World Constructors' championships.
       
      As the reigning Drivers' Champion Nico Rosberg announced his retirement from the sport in December 2016, the 2017 season is set to be the first since 1994 in which the reigning champion did not compete. Mercedes is set to start the season as the defending Constructors' Champion, having secured their third consecutive title at the 2016 Japanese Grand Prix.
       
      Signed Teams and Drivers
       

       
      Scheduled Events
       

       
       
      2017 car launches
      February 20: Sauber C36, Online
      February 21: Renault RS17, London
      February 22: Force India VJM10, Silverstone
      February 23: Mercedes W08, Silverstone
      February 24: Ferrari, Fiorano
      February 24: McLaren MCL32, Woking
      February 26: Red Bull RB13, Online
      February 26: Toro Rosso STR12, Barcelona
       
       
      2017 Winter Test Schedule
      February 27-March 2: Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona
      March 7-10: Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona
       
      Team changes
      The parent company of MRT went into administration in January 2017. Sauber signed a deal to use one year-old Ferrari power units in 2017, mirroring the arrangement between Ferrari and Scuderia Toro Rosso in 2016. Toro Rosso agreed to return to using Renault power units in 2017, having used 2015-specification Ferrari power units in 2016. The team had previously used Renault power units in 2014 and 2015 before the relationship between Renault and sister team Red Bull Racing broke down, prompting Toro Rosso to seek out an alternative supplier.  
      Driver changes
      Kevin Magnussen turned down an offer to stay with Renault and instead signed a deal with Haas to drive alongside Romain Grosjean. As a result of the agreement with Magnussen and the team's decision to take up an option on Grosjean, Esteban Gutiérrez's contract with the team was not renewed. Gutiérrez later moved to the Formula E championship. Williams driver Felipe Massa retired from Formula One at the end of the 2016 season after fourteen years in the sport.[19][20] Massa's seat is due to be taken by 2016 European Formula 3 Championship winner Lance Stroll. Esteban Ocon reached an agreement to move from MRT to Force India and is scheduled to fill the seat left vacant by Nico Hülkenberg's departure to Renault. Reigning champion and Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg retired from the sport at the end of the 2016 season. 2015 GP2 Series champion Stoffel Vandoorne signed a contract with McLaren as a full-time driver. Vandoorne has previously competed in one race for the team, the 2016 Bahrain Grand Prix, in which he substituted for the injured Fernando Alonso while serving as the team's reserve driver. He is scheduled to replace Jenson Button, who is taking a sabbatical from racing in 2017 while staying on with the team as a reserve driver.  
      Calendar changes
      The Chinese and Bahrain Grands Prix swapped places in the schedule for the 2017 season. The Baku event was renamed, becoming the first Azerbaijan Grand Prix. The previous race at the Baku Street Circuit ran under the European Grand Prix title in 2016. The date of the Baku race was changed to avoid conflicting with the 24 Hours of Le Mans, which had been a source of controversy at the 2016 European Grand Prix. The German Grand Prix was removed from the calendar after the owners of the Hockenheimring and Nürburgring circuits were unable to agree to commercial terms with Formula One Management. The Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari—more commonly known as the Imola circuit—signed an agreement with Bernie Ecclestone to host a Grand Prix from 2017; however, the agreement had to be ratified by the Italian motorsport federation in order for the event to take place, and it was omitted from the calendar. The Imola circuit previously hosted the Italian Grand Prix in 1980 and the San Marino Grand Prix from 1981 to 2006.  
      General changes
      In September 2016, Liberty Media purchased a minority stake in the sport from CVC Capital Partners ahead of a hoped-for full buyout in time for the 2017 season. As part of the deal, the sport adopted a model similar to that used by the US National Football League and Major League Baseball, with teams entitled to purchase a stake in the sport.  
      Technical regulations
      The technical regulations governing bodywork design were revised for 2017, with the objective of improving lap times by four to five seconds over the 2016 generation of cars.[34] These changes include:[35] An increase of the width of the front wing to 1,800 mm (70.9 in). Lowering the rear wing by 150 mm (5.9 in) and moving its position back by 200 mm (7.9 in). The leading edge of the barge boards being brought forward to allow teams more freedom in controlling airflow. An increase of the width of the front and rear tyres to allow cars to generate more mechanical grip. The minimum weight of the car including the driver being raised by 20 kg to 722 kg, with teams allowed to use 105 kg of fuel to account for the increase in minimum weight. The token system used to regulate power unit development—where the power unit was divided into individual areas, and each area assigned a points value with development of these areas deducting points from a manufacturer's overall points quota—will be abandoned. Restrictions are to be placed on the dimensions, weight and the materials used to build each individual component of the power unit. Teams are restricted to four power units per season regardless of the number of Grands Prix in the season. Previous seasons had included a provision for a fifth power unit if the number of Grands Prix in a season exceeded twenty; from 2017, this provision is to be abandoned. The cost of a power unit supply is reduced by €1 million in 2017 ahead of a further reduction in 2018. Cameras will no longer be permitted to be mounted on stalks, located on the nose of the car.  
      Sporting regulations
      Under rules introduced in 2015, grid penalties for exceeding a driver's quota of power unit components carried over from one race to the next if the penalty could not be fully served when issued. When this carry-over system was abandoned, teams could build up a reserve of spare components by introducing several at once while only serving a single grid penalty. From 2017, teams will only be able to use one new component over their quota per race, with any additional components incurring further penalties. This change prevents teams from "stockpiling" spare power unit components. Power unit suppliers will have an "obligation to supply", mandating that they supply power units to any team, should a team end up without an agreement. The rule was introduced following the breakdown in the relationship between Renault and their customer teams Red Bull Racing and Scuderia Toro Rosso at the end of the 2015 season that left both teams in limbo until deals could be arranged. In the event that a race is declared wet and must start behind the safety car, the grid will follow normal starting procedures once conditions are declared satisfactory for racing. Drivers will line up on the grid for a standing start once the safety car pulls into pit lane, although any laps completed behind the safety car will count towards the total race distance.  
       
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