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Daniel Ricciardo went fastest for Red Bull in a damp final practice session in China on Saturday morning, as several leading runners opted not to set a lap time. Friday pacesetters Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton, and championship leader Nico Rosberg, spent the majoirty of the session in the pits as Williams’ Felipe Massa claimed second and the Lotus of Romain Grosjean took third
Formula One racing’s 2014 engine regulations are already having a positive impact on the development of new road car technologies. That is according to Mercedes and Renault, suppliers of power units to eight of the 11 current F1 teams
Overcast and smoggy skies and cold temperatures made things a little tricky for the teams in China on Friday, though most completed their intended programmes. As expected, Pirelli’s softer compound was around two seconds a lap faster than the medium, though several teams encountered graining. The really exciting news was that Mercedes didn’t have everything all their own way
Team representatives – Pat Fry (Ferrari), Charlie Whiting (Fia), Yasuhisa Arai (Honda), Andy Cowell (Mercedes AMG HPP), Rob White (Renault Sport F1) Q: If we can start with you Charlie? The new power units have excited a lot of debate since the beginning of the year. Will you once again briefly take us through the philosophy behind this technology and why F1 believes it was the right time to introduce it
Nico Rosberg’s thrilling battle with Mercedes team mate Lewis Hamilton in Bahrain was still the hot topic of conversation when the teams and drivers arrived in China. After an opening day of running in Shanghai that suggested the two silver cars could again be fighting it out for victory on Sunday, Rosberg spoke to the media about the fallout from the race in Sakhir
Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton saw off the challenge of Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso in Shanghai on Friday afternoon, despite not being entirely happy with the balance of his car throughout FP2. Nico Rosberg was third fastest in the second Mercedes, while Red Bull duo Daniel Ricciardo and Sebastian Vettel completed the top five.
Fernando Alonso edged out Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg to set the pace in a chilly FP1 session in China on Friday, which was also the first for Ferrari under new team principal Marco Mattiacci. Daniel Ricciardo was third fastest for Red Bull, with McLaren’s Jenson Button and Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg completing the top five
As Stefano Domenicali’s replacement, Marco Mattiacci, prepared for his first weekend as Ferrari team principal, the Italian company’s president Luca di Montezemolo promised a return to winning ways very quickly. “I will help him, I will do like I did in the past,” Montezemolo vowed on Thursday
McLaren’s Jenson Button will be aiming for another podium finish in Sunday’s 2014 Formula 1 UBS Chinese Grand Prix. The former champion admits there is little hope of overhauling Mercedes in Shanghai, but insists he and his fellow drivers can play a key role in gradually closing the gap to the Silver Arrows
Reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel has had a tough start to his title defence – three rounds into the 2014 season, just one podium finish, a new team mate pushing him hard, and little sign of Red Bull challenging for victories. Talking to the media in Shanghai ahead of this weekend’s 2014 Formula 1 UBS Chinese Grand Prix, Vettel spoke about Daniel Ricciardo, Mercedes’ dominance, Stefano Domenicali’s departure and more
Shanghai’s spectacular circuit has played host to F1 racing on ten occasions, but do you remember who won the inaugural race in 2004? Discover this and more as we examine all the need-to-know facts and stats ahead of the 2014 Formula 1 UBS Chinese Grand Prix
Drivers – Adrian Sutil (Sauber), Sergio Perez (Force India), Esteban Gutierrez (Sauber), Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull Racing), Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), Fernando Alonso (Ferrari) Q: Daniel, some bad news earlier on at the start of this week for you, what was your reaction to that
After their electrifying battle for the lead in Bahrain just under two weeks ago, Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg go into the 2014 Formula 1 UBS Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai with victory on their minds once more. The question is, if, as expected, Mercedes emerge as the pacesetters again, which one of their drivers will get the upper hand
After a scintillating, breathless race in Bahrain, the F1 community travels east once more for the fourth round of the 2014 FIA Formula One World Championship. Those involved in the 2014 Formula 1 UBS Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai discuss their prospects for the event
It is easy to forget, given the incredible level of success Red Bull have recorded in recent seasons, that the team’s breakthrough win came just five years ago in China. On the eve of this year’s Shanghai race, we look back on that momentous victory – and the phenomenal achievements that have followed
Amongst the drivers who will take part in the official FIA press conference in Shanghai on Thursday will be last year’s China winner Fernando Alonso and the man who has just lost his appeal against exclusion from the season opening race in Australia, Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo
In our series exploring the history of Grands Prix through a selection of iconic images, we focus the lens on China and the impressive Shanghai International Circuit. This trip down memory lane takes in Lewis Hamilton’s pit lane hiccup, Michael Schumacher’s final Formula One victory, Mark Webber’s epic charge through the field, and more
After experiencing their least competitive showing of the season in Bahrain, Ferrari’s engineering director Pat Fry has said that the team’s short-term priority is to establish themselves as the second-best team in F1 racing – not to catch runaway championship leaders Mercedes. Following the race in Sakhir, in which Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen claimed ninth and tenth places respectively
Red Bull have lost their appeal against Daniel Ricciardo’s exclusion from last month’s Australian Grand Prix results. Ricciardo was disqualified from second place after his car was found to have exceeded the maximum permitted fuel flow rate.
Gene Haas could postpone debuting his planned American Formula One team until the 2016 season, with a final decision to be made “within weeks”. The NASCAR team owner had an application to enter the F1 world championship accepted by governing body the FIA last week. “The FIA has told us we have to elect which year we want to participate,” Haas explained, “with a timetable around June
After a scintillating, breathless race in Bahrain, the F1 community travels east once more for the fourth round of the 2014 FIA Formula One World Championship. Those involved in the 2014 Formula 1 UBS Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai discuss their prospects for the event
After a scintillating, breathless race in Bahrain, the F1 community travels east once more for the fourth round of the 2014 FIA Formula One World Championship. Those involved in the 2014 Formula 1 UBS Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai discuss their prospects for the event
Red Bull’s appeal against Daniel Ricciardo’s exclusion from last month’s Australian Grand Prix results is being heard in Paris on Monday. Ricciardo was disqualified from second place after his car was found to have exceeded the maximum permitted fuel flow rate. Red Bull chose to rely on their own fuel calculations in Melbourne, after experiencing what they termed ‘inconsistencies’ with the FIA-approved flow meter, and insist they can prove they never exceeded the 100kg per hour limit
Mercedes has announced that technical director Bob Bell will leave his position at the end of the season. Paddy Lowe, executive director (technical) at the team, will assume Bell’s duties as part of a streamlining of the technical organisation
Stefano Domenicali has resigned from his position as team principal of the Ferrari Formula One team with immediate effect. The Italian had been in his role since 2008, winning one constructors’ title but failing to secure the drivers’ crown despite several near misses. He will be replaced by Marco Mattiacci
Force India team principal Vijay Mallya believes his squad’s performance in Bahrain, and the podium Sergio Perez delivered, can be repeated during the 2014 season. Perez delivered the team’s first podium since 2009, while Nico Hulkenberg claimed fifth, lifting Force India into second in the 2014 constructors’ championship
After a scintillating, breathless race in Bahrain, the F1 community travels east once more for the fourth round of the 2014 FIA Formula One World Championship. Those involved in the 2014 Formula 1 UBS Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai discuss their prospects for the event
After a scintillating, breathless race in Bahrain, the F1 community travels east once more for the fourth round of the 2014 FIA Formula One World Championship. Those involved in the 2014 Formula 1 UBS Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai discuss their prospects for the event
After a scintillating, breathless race in Bahrain, the F1 community travels east once more for the fourth round of the 2014 FIA Formula One World Championship. Those involved in the 2014 Formula 1 UBS Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai discuss their prospects for the event
Red Bull’s appeal against Daniel Ricciardo’s exclusion from last month’s Australian Grand Prix results is being heard in Paris on Monday. Ricciardo was disqualified from second place after his car was found to have exceeded the maximum permitted fuel flow rate. Red Bull chose to rely on their own fuel calculations in Melbourne, after experiencing what they termed ‘inconsistencies’ with the FIA-approved flow meter, and insist they can prove they never exceeded the 100kg per hour limit
Red Bull’s appeal against Daniel Ricciardo’s exclusion from last month’s Australian Grand Prix results will be heard in Paris on Monday morning. Ricciardo was disqualified from second place after his car was found to have exceeded the maximum permitted fuel flow rate. Red Bull chose to rely on their own fuel calculations in Melbourne, after experiencing what they termed ‘inconsistencies’ with the FIA-approved flow meter, and insist they can prove they never exceeded the 100kg per hour limit
Formula One racing’s governing body, the FIA, confirmed on Friday that it has accepted an application from Gene Haas to enter a new team in the F1 world championship. The American NASCAR team owner’s entry was granted after a lengthy evaluation process and the new squad now hopes to be on the grid for the 2015 season
Pirelli have confirmed the tyre compounds that will be available for Spain, Monaco and Canada. Formula One racing’s official tyre suppliers will bring their hardest two compounds for the high-energy Barcelona circuit, but will then offer their supersoft and soft compounds in Monte Carlo and Montreal
When Ron Dennis arrived at McLaren in late 1980 he found a team that was at a low-ebb and struggling to repeat past glories. They hadn’t won a Grand Prix since 1977 and had just gone a whole season without a podium finish. Fast forward to 2014 and the situation is not all that dissimilar.
Lotus are on the verge of breaking into the top ten on merit, despite their torrid start to the 2014 season, according to the team’s technical director Nick Chester. The Enstone-based squad have been consigned to competing at the back of the field in the opening three Grands Prix, with neither Romain Grosjean nor Pastor Maldonado starting from higher than 15th on the grid
After a scintillating, breathless race in Bahrain, the F1 community travels east once more for the fourth round of the 2014 FIA Formula One World Championship. Those involved in the 2014 Formula 1 UBS Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai discuss their prospects for the event
After a scintillating, breathless race in Bahrain, the F1 community travels east once more for the fourth round of the 2014 FIA Formula One World Championship. Those involved in the 2014 Formula 1 UBS Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai discuss their prospects for the event
After a scintillating, breathless race in Bahrain, the F1 community travels east once more for the fourth round of the 2014 FIA Formula One World Championship. Those involved in the 2014 Formula 1 UBS Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai discuss their prospects for the event
Kamui Kobayashi has won the hearts of F1 fans around the world with his aggressive driving style and affable personality. In the latest instalment of our series that aims to help you get to know the world’s greatest drivers a little better, we asked Caterham’s Japanese ace to think back and remember some of the ‘firsts’ in his life
Lewis Hamilton kept Mercedes on top as the first of this year’s four in-season tests concluded in Bahrain. The Briton finished a comfortable 1.4 seconds clear of the field on the second day, although his best time of 1m 34.136s was set on a development tyre – Mercedes having agreed to dedicate the day exclusively to compound work for Pirelli
McLaren racing director Eric Boullier maintains that Mercedes are catchable, despite the Brackley-based team’s dominant start to the 2014 season. The Silver Arrows have taken three pole positions and three wins in the three races so far this year, but though they enjoyed a substantial pace advantage over the rest of the field in Bahrain, Boullier says it’s not too late for McLaren to bridge such a deficit
Reigning world champions Red Bull have announced Dan Fallows as their new head of aerodynamics. Fallows has worked as part of the Milton Keynes-based team’s aerodynamic department for many years and replaces Peter Prodromou, who will join McLaren after a period of gardening leave
Reigning world champions Red Bull have announced Dan Fallows as their new head of aerodynamics, although McLaren dispute the appointment. Fallows worked as part of the Milton Keynes-based team’s aerodynamic department for several years, before leaving the squad for a short period. Red Bull say he has now returned to begin working in his new role
Reigning world champions Red Bull have announced Dan Fallows as their new head of aerodynamics, although McLaren dispute the appointment. Fallows worked as part of the Milton Keynes-based team’s aerodynamic department for several years, before leaving the squad for a short period.
The first of four post-race tests scheduled for 2014 got underway on Tuesday, and it was Mercedes who took up where they left off in Sunday’s Bahrain Grand Prix, as Nico Rosberg clocked the fastest time in Sakhir. Rosberg’s best lap of 1m 35.697s put him just over three-tenths clear of namesake Nico Hulkenberg, second for Force India with a 1m 36.064s
After their strong winter testing form, many were tipping Williams for instant glory in 2014. It hasn’t quite worked out that way, but the team are very much back among the frontrunners.
The first in-season test of the 2014 FIA Formula One World Championship begins in Bahrain on Tuesday, with a number of rookies set to take on driving duties during the two-day session. McLaren reserve Stoffel Vandoorne gets his first F1 outing, fresh from his GP2 debut win at Sakhir at the weekend; 2012 Formula Renault 3.5 champion Robin Frijns will drive for Caterham; and 18-year-old Sergey Sirotkin will be at the wheel for Sauber
The first in-season test of the 2014 FIA Formula One World Championship begins in Bahrain on Tuesday, with a number of rookies set to take on driving duties during the two-day session. McLaren reserve Stoffel Vandoorne gets his first F1 outing, fresh from his GP2 debut win at Sakhir at the weekend; 2012 Formula Renault 3.5 champion Robin Frijns will drive for Caterham; and 18-year-old Sergey Sirotkin will be at the wheel for Sauber
Silverstone will celebrate hosting its 50th Grand Prix later this year by opening up the pit lane to fans on the Thursday of the 2014 Formula 1 Santander British Grand Prix. For the first time, fans holding a three-day ticket to the race will be eligible for free entry to the pits on July 3, giving them unprecedented access
The third round of the 2014 season was outstanding in every sense, from Mercedes’ breathless intra-team battle for victory to Force India springing a surprise and surging onto the final step of the podium. There were fights throughout the order: Daniel Ricciardo rescued fourth for Red Bull, while Williams’ Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas hounded four-time champion Sebastian Vettel – and each other – in the fight for sixth