Nicky Haldenby

After graduating in 2015 with a First Class honours degree in English Language and Literature, Nicky Haldenby, a lifelong fan of Formula 1, founded the Lights Out F1 Blog in 2016. The blog has become a firm fan-favourite, delving deep into the sport's history books and lifting the cover on unusual F1 statistics. Nicky also writes at F1Destinations and Motorsport Guides and can be heard as the resident stats man on the 2 Soft Compounds Podcast. His work has appeared on WTF1, BadgerGP, motorsport.com, Sky Sports F1 and BBC Radio 5 Live. Nicky is also the host of the F1 Rewind Podcast.

Renault Unveil the R.S.18

Renault have unveiled their 2018 Formula One car – the R.S.18. The R.S. 18 was revealed in an online launch. The car features the now familiar yellow and black livery, with the team opting for a black halo. Team Principal Cyril Abiteboul says Renault must continue to grow in 2018: “Our headline target is to …

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Sauber Launch The C37

Sauber have revealed their new F1 car – the C37. The new livery comes as a result of Sauber’s new partnership with Alfa Romeo, and is similar to the one seen at the event where the team announced the deal in December. The car also features sponsorship from Richard Mille and Carrera, who join as …

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Red Bull Reveal the RB14

Red Bull have become the latest team to reveal their 2018 F1 car – the RB14. The team, who take title sponsorship from Aston Martin this year, revealed the car online on Monday morning. The car features a special launch livery, but the team say ‘the unfamiliar shapes under the paint are here to stay’. The …

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Williams Reveal the FW41

Williams Martini Racing have unveiled their 2018 F1 car – the FW41. The team launched their car this evening at an event in London. The FW41 features the familiar Martini sponsorship livery, but underneath is significantly different. The car, which is the first to have major input from Chief Technical Officer Paddy Lowe, follows a …

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Haas Unveil the VF-18

Haas have become the first team to unveil their 2018 F1 car. The first images of the Haas VF-18 were unveiled online today. The red, black and white livery is reminiscent of the one the American team used in their first F1 season, while the largest visual difference is the halo head protection. The team …

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Welcome to F1 2018!

Welcome along to the all new Lights Out website! After three months of work, and 80,000 words of new content, I’m really proud to share the new site with you. I’m also very excited about the start of the new Formula One season. This week, we’ll get our first glimpse of the new cars. While …

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Grid Kids To Replace Grid Girls

Formula One and the FIA have announced a new initiative which will see Grid Kids replace Grid Girls for 2018. The organsation says the partnership is more ‘relevant’ to the modern day F1 audience than the former Grid Girls tradition. The children invited to stand beside the cars on the grid will be young karters. …

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Stroll Says Massa Was Not A Mentor

Lance Stroll has said that Felipe Massa gave him ‘no guidance’ during his first season of Formula One.  Speaking to Autosport, the Canadian driver said he does not understand why Massa was perceived to be a mentor to him: “I don’t think I had any guidance from him last year, whatsoever. He was a team-mate …

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F1 Changes Grand Prix Start Times

Formula One has revealed a revised weekend schedule for the 2018 season. All of the 21 Grands Prix on this year’s calendar will begin at ten-past the hour, instead of on the hour. The move is to help broadcasters in areas such as America where coverage begins on the hour. F1 bosses say the move …

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F1 Ditches Grid Girls for 2018

Formula One has announced that it will stop using Grid Girls for the upcoming 2018 season. The tradition of using Grid Girls to stand in front of the cars and hold the drivers’ flags and/or race numbers has been long standing in Formula One. Bosses have tried other approaches in recent years, such as at …

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Alonso To Take On Le Mans

McLaren have announced that Fernando Alonso will compete in the 2018-2019 superseason of the World Endurance Championship. Fernando will join the Toyota Gazoo Racing team, alongside former F1 drivers Sebastian Buemi and Kazuki Nakajima, with Anthony Davidson stepping aside in order for the Spaniard to join. He’ll get his first taste of the Le Mans …

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Raikkonen Unveils 2018 Helmet

Kimi Raikkonen has unveiled the helmet he’ll be using during the 2018 F1 season. The Ferrari driver, who starts his sixteenth season in the sport this year, will sport a refreshed design on his helmet. While maintaining the usual red and black design, the helmet also features an extra splashing of blue. The Finnish driver …

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The Final Word on Japan 2017

Dear Reader, While Ferrari fell apart once again in Japan, Lewis Hamilton pulled away. With only 100 points left on the table in 2017, Hamilton’s now 59 point lead makes him champion-elect at the next round of the season. Unbeatable in Qualifying and unreachable in the Grand Prix (even if Max Verstappen put in a …

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