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Raikkonen: Ferrari suffered thanks to failure to fight for F1 title

Ferrari’s failure to mount a serious challenge to Mercedes in Formula 1 led to the team suffering, according to Kimi Raikkonen.

The Italian team expected to fight for the championship in 2016, having taken three wins and finished second to Mercedes last year.

But this year proved more difficult, with Ferrari failing to win a race and dropping behind Red Bull in the constructors’ championship.

Ferrari finished 70 points adrift of second-placed Red Bull and 367 behind Mercedes after 21 races.

PH 2016 – Video of the year | PistonHeads

It’s been a big year for videos on PH, our YouTube presence growing significantly with both quantity (definitely) and quality (hopefully) going up through 2016. Next year we’re hoping to bring you more of the same and some new stuff as well, with fresh videoblogs, track tests and comparisons all planned.
For now we’ll deal with the biggest hits of 2016, our Christmas number one countdown if you will. Except without the autotune. Or the legions of fans. Or the vast wealth. Still, it looks like a good list to us. See here for the full selection of PH vids, with links to the top five in the story below. All are more interesting than festive Coronation Street, for sure. Enjoy!

Welcome To The Sound And Glory Of Group C Racing

A good morning to us all, for today is the most sacred of holidays and traditions. Today is, of course, Group C-smas, the day when we celebrate all that is wonderful from the world of Group C and GT1 racing. First up is the simply perfect bellow emanating from this Sauber Mercedes C11.

All The Best Racer-Derived Road Cars To Come Out Of GT1

The 1990s GT1 category was dominated by greats. The Toyota TS020. The Mercedes CLK GTR. The Porsche 911 GT1. But the best cars were actually not these racers. They were the road cars borne out of them.

PH 2016 – Disappointment of the year | PistonHeads

Indulge us with a moan about the things that have rattled our cages over the last 1

Broadspeed Jaguar XJ12C: Pic Of The Week | PistonHeads

There has been some considerable excitement around the PH office this week at the discovery of a genuine factory Broadspeed Jaguar XJ12C for sale. It has to be one of the most iconic touring cars ever, doesn’t it?
So to mark the occasion, here’s a desktop wallpaper to accompany it. Given the car raced 40 years ago for just two seasons, it is rather tricky to find images of the big Jag. Fortunately LAT has rescued us, this XJ12 pic from the 1975 Tourist Trophy at Silverstone with Derek Bell on driving duty. Fortunately it’s a great shot too, broad haunches in full view and the car just loading up on its tyres as it sweeps through the bend. No doubt the noise would have been something special too.

2017 Lamborghini Aventador S Facelift Revealed With 40 Extra Horses

Major upgrades do not come to supercars far too often, but when they do, we certainly pay attention. After six years of introducing the Murcielago replacement, Lamborghini has introduced a mid-life facelift to its flagship raging bull – the Aventador. With the latest update, the new and updated Aventador gets the ‘S’ suffix added to its name along with a more aerodynamic body shell and 40hp of additional power derived from that V12 motor.

Valtteri Bottas set for Mercedes and Felipe Massa to re-join Williams

Valtteri Bottas’ move to Mercedes as Lewis Hamilton’s team-mate and Felipe Massa’s return to replace him at Williams are close to completion.

Massa, 35, has agreed with Williams to postpone his retirement for at least a year after Mercedes made a pitch for Bottas, 27, to replace Nico Rosberg.

Rosberg announced his retirement after winning the world title last month.

The deal for Bottas to leave Williams for Mercedes is also lined up and is set to be completed in the new year.

Although the deals are not yet finalised, they are as good as done and both will happen over the coming fortnight, BBC Sport has learned.

Goodwood Sunday Service review | PistonHeads

Goodwood is a rather special place, close to many people’s hearts, and that doesn’t change here at PH. Yesterday almost 800 cars descended on the famous circuit for our final Sunday Service of 2016, and what a fantastic send off to the year’s events it was!
We started the day bright (well, foggy) and early to make our way down south, only to find we’d been beaten to the gates by a few intrepid members! Luckily the fog cleared, the rain held off and we were blessed with lots of lovely metal to gawp at… The eclectic mix of cars in attendance including everything from a Porsche 911 R, a Ferrari F12 and over 15 (!) McLarens, to a Fiat Panda 100HP, Mk1 Escort and even a London taxi. We were also lucky to play host to a member of the ‘Holy Trinity’, the absolutely stunning Porsche 918 Spyder.

Lamborghini Huracan LP580-2 drive back blog | PistonHeads

There is, of course, only one answer to the brief and to the point email asking if you’d want to drive Lamborghini UK’s Huracan LP580-2 press demonstrator back to the factory. Seasonal deadlines? Christmas shopping? There’s time for them yet. For now I’m jumping in a Lamborghini and headed across the Alps to Sant’Agata Bolognese. Occasional updates on my exploits to be foun

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