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.

Vettel Names 2018 Car ‘Loria’

Sebastian Vettel has named his 2018 F1 car ‘Loria’. The four-time World Champion’s tradition of naming his car ahead of the start of the season dates back to 2008, when he named his Toro Rosso STR3 ‘Julie’. The names became more creative as the seasons passed, with ‘Kate’s Dirty Sister’ in 2009 and ‘Kinky Kylie’ …

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3 DRS Zones for 2018 Australian GP

For the first time, this weekend’s Australian Grand Prix will feature three DRS activation zones. In hopes of increasing overtaking manoeuvres in the opening round of the season, a DRS detection point has been added 170 metres before turn eleven on the Albert Park track, with the activation zone being between turns twelve and thirteen. …

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New F1 Safety Car Revealed

The new Safety Car which will be used in the 2018 Formula One season has been revealed. With a top speed of almost 200mph and 585bhp, the Mercedes AMG GT R is the most powerful Safety Car yet. The car is a step up from the previous model, the GT S, which had been used since …

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Albert Park Track Stats

Formula One returns with the Australian Grand Prix this weekend. With four months of the off-season, we’ve had plenty of time to crunch the numbers ahead of the 23rd running of the Australian Grand Prix at Albert Park. Here are all the stats you need! Note: You can find updated Track Stats for the 2019 …

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Make Your 2018 F1 Predictions

The new Formula One season is coming faster than a car before the braking zone of Turn One at Monza. With that in mind, we posed fifteen prediction questions for the season ahead on Twitter. Join in with the prediction fun by voting on the polls below –  all you need is a twitter account. …

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Meet the Class of F1 2018

Formula One is almost back. It’s time to get to know the teams and drivers who make up the 2018 grid a little better. Read all about how the stars of F1 got on in 2017, and how the drivers compared to their team-mates in 2017. MERCEDES Slow off the mark when they rejoined as …

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F1 Winter Testing 2018: Day 2 Report

There was rain, there was snow and there was limited running on the second day of Winter Testing ahead of the 2018 F1 season. Read all about it in Lights Out’s Day 2 report! Driving in today’s test were Valtteri Bottas for Mercedes, Sebastian Vettel for Ferrari, Max Verstappen for Red Bull, Esteban Ocon for Force …

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Formula 1 Announces F1 TV

Formula 1 has announced F1 TV – the sport’s official OTT platform. The launch has been rumoured for some time. For $8-$12 per month, fans will be able to access all F1, F2, GP3 and Porsche Supercup sessions. Subscribers will also be able to access twenty on-board cameras, F1’s historical archive of footage and pre-event …

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Martini to end Williams Sponsorship

Williams will lose their title sponsor Martini at the end of the 2018 season. The news comes as the Bacardi Group – who own the Martini brand -will end their involvement in Formula One after their Williams contract comes to an end. Claire Williams has said that the team’s young driver line-up of Lance Stroll …

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F1 Winter Testing 2018: Day 1 Report

Formula One returned with the first day of Winter Testing ahead of the 2018 season. There was early drama for McLaren, an impressive showing from Honda and mixed weather conditions. Read all about it in Lights Out’s Day 1 report! The first day of Winter Testing for 2018 was preceded by three teams officially unveiling …

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Force India Reveal the VJM11

Force India have become the final team to unveil their 2018 F1 car – the VJM11. The car remains pink for a second season, thanks to their sponsorship from BWT. COO of the Silverstone outfit, Otmar Szafnauer, says there’s still a ‘high probability’ that the team will change their name ahead of the new season, but they …

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