The long wait is almost over. After a hugely demanding pre-season, the teams and drivers are set to converge in Melbourne for the first race of the new 1.6-litre turbo engine era. Those involved in the 2014 Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix discuss their prospects
PIRELLI AND FORMULA ONE TEAMSAGREE 2014 IN-SEASON TYRE TEST SCHEDULE Milan, March 7, 2014 – Following the agreement between Pirelli and the 11 Formula One teams, with the approval of the FIA, here is the schedule of the dedicated days (one per team) that each team will devote to tyre testing this year, within the existing 2014 in-season test calendar. Bahrain test (8-9 April) Day1 CATERHAM Day2 MERCEDES and WILLIAMS Barcelona test (13-14 May) Day1 SAUBER and TORO ROSSO Day2 McLAREN and FORCE INDIA Silverstone test (8-9 July) Day1 FERRARI and LOTUS Day2 RED BULL and MARUSSIA The agreement, which was finalised during the final pre-season Bahrain test (from 27 February to 2 March), stipulates that each team will devote one day per year exclusively to testing the latest products and developments from Pirelli, within the framework of the existing test calendar.
Adrian Sutil is one of several drivers on the 2014 grid who hasn’t just had to adjust to the radical new regulations this winter, but also to life at a new team – in his case Sauber. So with pre-season testing now over, does the 31-year-old German feel ready for the first race in Australia? Not quite, as it turns out
This Wednesday, the Motorland Aragón track record fell once again. On day two of the Formula Renault 3.5 Series collective test, Carlos Sainz (DAMS) set best time in both sessions to top the time sheets with a lap of 1’38”340. Following the Spaniard was Sauber F1 Team reserve driver Sergey Sirotkin (Fortec Motorsports), and fellow member of the Red Bull Junior Team, Pierre Gasly (Arden Motorsport)
It was February. It was cold and icy. It was in the Swiss mountains..
Sauber have signed female IndyCar racer Simona de Silvestro to a role it has dubbed ‘affiliated driver’. The 25-year-old Swiss driver has been racing in the US since the age of 18, initially competing in Formula BMW and then the Atlantic Championship before graduating to IndyCar, where she has raced for the past four years.
Wait for first female F1 almost over after Sauber announce De Silvestro will join race team for 2014 season
IndyCar star Simona De Silvestro is targeting a Formula One race seat in 2015 after joining Sauber as an affiliated driver. The 25-year-old Swiss will undergo an F1 preparation programme with the team, including on-track testing, simulator work, as well as mental and physical training
Felipe Massa’s quote at the weekend about the new ‘brake-by-wire’ systems on the 2014 F1 cars taking some getting used to has sparked a lot of discussion on the JA on F1 site, with readers wanting to know more about what it is and how it works. Let’s start with an explanation from the Sauber F1 team, “The braking system concept is totally new, taking the form of a brake-by-wire system for the first time at the rear wheels. This has become necessary due to the significantly increased performance of the ERS, which requires much greater variations in rear wheel ;More…
Sauber completed 163 laps with their new Ferrari-powered car at last week’s opening pre-season test in Spain – the fifth most of the ten teams in attendance, but some way off Mercedes’ tally of 309. With that in mind, team principal Monisha Kaltenborn reflects on events in Jerez