December 2016 News
Nico Rosberg Calls it Quits!

Dec 2 - Sending shock waves throughout the
racing world,  Newly crowned Worlds Driver
Nico Rosberg has announced that
he has retired!

Rosberg, 31, says that his lifelong racing goal
was to win the F1 Championship like his father,
and then retire and move on to something else.

His teammate and long-time rival,
, says he is not surprised.
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Mercedes F1 boss Toto Wolff admits himself and the rest of the team's top brass were caught off
guard by Rosberg's decision to retire – and says the outfit has not yet gone to work on finding a

"This is a brave decision by Nico and testament to the strength of his character," said Wolf.
Chip Ganassi Racing Switches to Honda

Dec 21 - Ganassi scored just two wins in 2016, both of
them courtesy of four-time champion
Scott Dixon who
finished outside the Top 3 in the championship for the
first time in 10 years.

Dixon won at Phoenix and Watkins Glen.  2016 was
the first time in 10 years that Dixon finished outside
the top 3.

For 2017, Ganassi Racing’s 4-car IndyCar team Is
switching to the Honda engine and aero-kits, even
though Honda didn’t have a good 2016 either,
winning only Texas and the Indy 500.

Ganassi has been with Chevrolet since 2014.

Ganassi race engineer
Chris Simmons said the process
is not easy, but not too difficult either.  They will have
to change the chassis to fit the engine and also learn
how to setup the different aero-package.  Also difficult
has been learning who to talk to at Honda as personnel
has changed since they last worked with them.
Servia Driving for RLL 2017

Dec 6 - RLL Racing has hired engineer Tom German.  
German has worked for Penske the last 14 years and
was the race engineer for last year's Indy 500 winner.

Bobby Rahal is hoping he can also act as consultant
and point out things his team can do to improve.

RLL has hired
Oriol Servia to race for them next year
in at least three races, including the Indy 500.  German
will be running this second car for Servia.
Tom German
Oriol Servia
Chris Simmons and Scott Dixon
Red Bull team boss Christian Horner has poked fun at his Formula One rivals in
his 2016 Christmas Card. The image shows Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen
racing side-by-side with a Mercedes and a Ferrari in hot pursuit.

A pair of ‘How’s my driving’ signs can be read on the rear wing of both RB12s.
Should there be any complaints then Red Bull advises to call either Mercedes
motorsport boss Toto Wolff or FIA race director Charlie Whiting in clear reference
to a couple of incidents that occurred this year.
From Ed Carpenter Racing
From the Andrettis
From Carlos Munoz