Jean-Eric Vergne will join Ferrari as their test driver for the 2015 season, the Italian team have announced. Vergne will work on car development in the Ferrari simulator, operating alongside the team’s newly appointed test and third driver Esteban Gutierrez
The success of this year’s inaugural Russian Grand Prix was formally recognised on Friday when Russian Deputy Prime Minister, Dmitry Kozak, received the 2014 Race Promoters’ Trophy from Bernie Ecclestone, CEO of the Formula One group, in a special ceremony at the Sochi Autodrom
Did you know that McLaren’s Jenson Button completed more laps than any other driver in 2014 or that Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo had the most consecutive points finishes? As the year draws to a close, we look back over some of the amazing facts and figures that helped make this season one of the most exciting and memorable on record
CVC, the controlling shareholder of the Formula One Group, today announces three appointments to the Board of the Formula One Group. Luca di Montezemolo and Paul Walsh have been appointed as Non Executive Directors, with effect from 1st January 2015
Formula One racing’s drivers, team principals and boss Bernie Ecclestone have joined together in their support of the 2015 annual Zoom charity auction. Held in association with Nikon, it is the third running of the event in aid of London’s Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity. Throughout a memorable and tense 2014 season, the stars of the sport were each asked to take a photograph that represented a snapshot of their world
Christian Horner admits Red Bull must make strides over the winter if they are to challenge Mercedes in 2015. Though Daniel Ricciardo raced to three victories for Red Bull during the 2014 campaign, the Milton Keynes-based team were never able to fully challenge Mercedes’ dominance as the Silver Arrows swept to 18 poles, 16 wins and both the drivers’ and constructors’ titles
Tata Communications, a leading provider of A New World of Communications™, today unveils the Grand Prize winner of the inaugural F1 Connectivity Innovation Prize. The jury, which included the 2014 FIA Formula One World Champion and Mercedes AMG Petronas driver Lewis Hamilton and F1 commentator Martin Brundle, delivered its final verdict announcing a four-man British team as winners of the Grand Prize.
New Ferrari team principal Maurizio Arrivabene has announced a shake-up of the Italian squad’s management, designed to provide ‘a flat structure and clear assignment of responsibilities’. The changes include the departure of engineering director Pat Fry and chief designer Nikolas Tombazis
Wins and podiums may have eluded him in 2014, but Nico Hulkenberg played a starring role over the season as his remarkable pace and consistency helped Force India carry the fight to McLaren in the constructors’ championship. In an exclusive interview with Formula1.com, Hulkenberg reflects on the highs and lows of the past year, and discusses the targets, advantages and potential threats for 2015
New Ferrari team principal Maurizio Arrivabene has announced a shake-up of the Italian squad’s management, designed to provide ‘a flat structure and clear assignment of responsibilities’. The changes include the departure of engineering director Pat Fry and chief designer Nikolas Tombazis. Fry joined Ferrari from McLaren in mid-2010
Esteban Gutierrez has been confirmed as Ferrari’s new test and reserve driver. Mexican Gutierrez has spent the past two F1 seasons racing for the Ferrari-powered Sauber team. “It is an honour to become part of the Scuderia Ferrari family, a team with such an exceptional history,” commented Gutierrez, who lost his Sauber seat
McLaren Group chairman and CEO Ron Dennis insists there will be no recurrence of the acrimony and tension that drove a wedge between Fernando Alonso and the team in 2007. With Alonso returning to McLaren seven years after that split, Dennis admitted questions over team harmony were inevitable
Thirteen-time Grand Prix winner David Coulthard defeated Mercedes’ reserve driver Pascal Wehrlein to clinch the 2015 Race of Champions crown in Barbados on Sunday. Coulthard, a veteran of 246 F1 starts, won the first two races in the best-of-three final against Wehrlein to emerge with his first overall victory in the competition
Thirteen-time Grand Prix winner David Coulthard defeated Mercedes’ reserve driver Pascal Wehrlein to clinch the 2014 Race of Champions crown in Barbados on Sunday. Coulthard, a veteran of 246 F1 starts, won the first two races in the best-of-three final against Wehrlein to emerge with his first overall victory in the competition
Williams have announced the appointment of Steve Nielsen to the position of sporting manager with immediate effect. Nielsen joins the team from Toro Rosso, where he has been sporting director since 2013. His previous roles over the course of his 27 years in Formula One racing include positions as team manager at Tyrrell, Honda and Arrows
Tata Communications, the Official Connectivity Provider of Formula 1, today announces the winners of the third round of the F1 Connectivity Innovation Prize. Challenge three asked entrants how could Formula One Management’s archive footage be catalogued so it might be used in new and exciting ways
Given his previous tenure at the team, many believed Fernando Alonso would never race for McLaren again. That all changed this week however, when the Spaniard agreed a move back to the Honda-powered team. As the parties prepare to reunite, we take a look back over Alonso’s first spell with the former world champions
McLaren announced this week that they will usher in the start of their 2015 Honda partnership with a new driver line-up featuring two former champions – Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button. They, along with McLaren Group chairman and CEO Ron Dennis, discuss the challenge that awaits them next season
McLaren finally put to rest weeks of internal debate on Thursday by announcing that Jenson Button’s Formula One career will continue into a 16th season, with the Briton partnering new signing and fellow world champion Fernando Alonso for 2015. But while the delay might have been agonising, Button insists such a ‘special’ opportunity was well worth waiting for
Fernando Alonso started the 2007 season with McLaren, a third drivers’ championship firmly in his sites. It never happened, and less than a year later he had moved on.
McLaren now have – by some margin – the best driver line-up of any current Formula One team. That is according to Chairman and CEO Ron Dennis, following the British squad’s confirmation of Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button for 2015.
Jenson Button will partner Fernando Alonso at McLaren next year, after the team announced the two former champions as their race drivers for the 2015 Formula One season on Thursday. Kevin Magnussen, who drove alongside Button for what was his rookie campaign in 2014, will serve as McLaren’s test and reserve driver
Sauber sprang a surprise in November with the announcement that Felipe Nasr will race for them in 2015, stepping up from his role as test and reserve driver at Williams. A GP2 racewinner and championship contender, the Brazilian arrives with pedigree and experience in abundance – but he is aware that translating that into Grand Prix success will be a whole new challenge
Daniel Ricciardo admits the success of his 2014 breakthrough season took him by surprise after he finished third overall and emerged as the only non-Mercedes driver to win in what was his first campaign with Red Bull. The Australian scored three victories in total, which ensured he also had the edge on team mate and four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel
Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton was the toast of the annual FIA Prize-Giving Gala on Friday evening as he was handed the coveted 2014 FIA Formula One World Championship trophy by FIA President Jean Todt in Doha, Qatar. Mercedes-Benz Motorsport chief Toto Wolff, meanwhile, was presented with the 2014 constructors’ trophy, while Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg and Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo also received awards for second and third places respectively
More than 60 trophies belonging to Red Bull Racing were taken during a break-in at the team’s UK factory in the early hours of Saturday morning, police have confirmed. A group of around six men used a car to drive through the front entrance to gain access to the Milton Keynes premises
2014 has been a year of firsts for Kimi Raikkonen, and not all of them wanted – his return to Ferrari marked his first winless Formula One season since 2006, and his first without a podium since his maiden year in 2001. As the Finn refocuses for 2015, we asked him about some of the other firsts in his life – including why he never bothered with childhood heroes and why he quickly established ice hockey wasn’t for him
Force India will use Toyota Motorsport’s wind tunnel facilities in Cologne, Germany for all their aerodynamic testing for the 2015 FIA Formula One world championship and beyond. The team said the switch to Toyota’s facility would strengthen their future aerodynamic and development capabilities
Formula One racing’s governing body the FIA has published a number of rule changes and a revised 21-round calendar for the 2015 world championship, following a meeting of its World Motor Sport Council in Doha on Wednesday. The expanded calendar now features a provisional slot for Korea, which hosted four Grands Prix between 2010 and 2013. Double points and standing restarts meanwhile will be dropped
Max Verstappen’s meteoric rise from F3 rookie to Red Bull protégé and Formula One driver is already well established, but the big question is what comes next – and specifically how he will perform in his rookie campaign in 2015. For his part, the 17-year-old insists the pressure isn’t weighing down on him, even if he accepts it is now down to him to justify the faith both Red Bull and Toro Rosso have shown in him
Having officially parted company with Red Bull on Friday, Sebastian Vettel paid a final visit to the team’s Milton Keynes factory on Tuesday to thank staff and say a proper goodbye. The four-time world champion, who had his first run out with new team Ferrari on Saturday, was presented with a number of gifts by team principal Christian Horner and chief technical officer Adrian Newey
Sebastian Vettel described his first experience of working with Ferrari as ‘magical’ after completing his first laps of Fiorano as part of a comprehensive introductory session with his new team. On top of racking up nearly 100 laps in a two-year old F2012 on Ferrari’s bespoke test circuit on Saturday, Vettel spent time in the simulator and had meetings with senior team personnel
Valtteri Bottas enjoyed outstanding success in 2014, scoring his first Formula One podiums and beating multiple world champions Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso to fourth in the driver standings – and all in only his second full year of F1 racing. As the paddock regroups following a breathless season, we quiz the Finn on a few other firsts in his life, including the very unusual way he first learned how to race
Fans descended in their thousands to see 2014 FIA Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton and his defeated title rival Nico Rosberg as both appeared at Mercedes-Benz’s annual Stars & Cars event in Stuttgart, Germany on Saturday. The pair joined a host of other current and former drivers to celebrate Mercedes’ motor racing season
Scuderia Toro Rosso have announced that Carlos Sainz Junior will partner Max Verstappen in an all-new 2015 driver line-up. The Spaniard, who recently became the youngest ever winner of the World Series by Renault title, replaces Jean-Eric Vergne who announced his departure from the Italian team earlier this week
The 2014 season ushered in arguably the most significant rule changes in F1 racing’s history, and out of it all one team emerged as the dominant force: Mercedes. But far from being processional, we witnessed one of the fiercest intra-team battles of all time as Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg fought over the world title from the first race to the last
Williams have announced that Susie Wolff will step up to the position of official test driver for the 2015 season. The British racer had previously held the title of development driver, a role which culminated in her becoming the first female driver to drive in a Grand Prix event for two decades when she took part in FP1 in Britain and Germany
Nico Hulkenberg will compete in the Le Mans 24 Hours for Porsche in 2015 alongside contesting the full Formula One season with Force India. The 27-year-old German said the desire to compete in both disciplines had been too alluring to turn down
Kimi Raikkonen believes the recent changes at Ferrari, including the recruitment of Sebastian Vettel and Maurizio Arrivabene, will help drive them forward in 2015. Vettel was formally confirmed as a Ferrari drive on the eve of the season-ending race in Abu Dhabi
Jean-Eric Vergne has confirmed that he will not partner Dutch rookie Max Verstappen at Toro Rosso in 2015. The Frenchman, who has driven for the Italian team since graduating to F1 racing via the Red Bull young driver programme in 2012, made the announcement on Twitter
Pascal Wehrlein ensured Mercedes ended the 2014 season in fitting fashion by going fastest as the final Formula One test of the year drew to a close in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday. GP2 race winner Raffaele Marciello put Ferrari second ahead of Toro Rosso’s 2015 rookie Max Verstappen, while McLaren’s interim Honda-powered car hit further complications, completing just two laps in the hands of reserve driver Stoffel Vandoorne
McLaren’s renewed partnership with Honda began in earnest on Tuesday as the team’s developmental MP4-29H/1X1 machine, featuring the Japanese company’s 2015 power unit, made its official track debut in Abu Dhabi. There were the predictable teething troubles – test driver Stoffel Vandoorne completed just three laps – but as McLaren racing director Eric Boullier points out, systems checks are the test’s primary aim and it is behind the scenes that the real progress is happening
Williams’ Valtteri Bottas set the pace on the first day of the final Formula One test of the season at Abu Dhabi on Tuesday. Kimi Raikkonen put Ferrari second, with Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg edging the Force India of GP2 champion Jolyon Palmer for third late on. Meanwhile, McLaren-Honda’s interim F1 car completed three laps in the hands of reserve driver and GP2 runner-up Stoffel Vandoorne
The first proper outing for McLaren-Honda’s interim Formula One car is set to be the star attraction of the final two-day in-season test of 2014 in Abu Dhabi this week. Barely 24 hours after his title hopes were extinguished, Nico Rosberg will be present for Mercedes – one of a handful of 2014 regulars appearing alongside the likes of GP2 champion Jolyon Palmer, Formula Renault 3.5 champion Carlos Sainz Jr and FIA European F3 champion Esteban Ocon
Nico Rosberg had done his best to pile the pressure on title rival Lewis Hamilton ahead of their Abu Dhabi showdown, but as he suffered the agony of technical problems, Hamilton kept his cool to secure victory – and with it a second Formula One world championship crown. Williams, meanwhile, scored their first double podium in almost a decade, while there were emotional farewells for Sebastian Vettel at Red Bull and Fernando Alonso at Ferrari
Ferrari have announced the appointment of Maurizio Arrivabene as their new Formula One team principal, replacing Marco Mattiacci who took over from Stefano Domenicali in April. Arrivabene comes to Ferrari from tobacco giants and team sponsors Philip Morris, which he joined in 1997, becoming Vice President Consumer Channel Strategy and Event Marketing in 2011
Lewis Hamilton opted for quiet rather than wild celebrations on Sunday night, reminiscing with family and friends about his journey from starry-eyed go-karter to double Formula One world champion. But while he admits the magnitude of his success might take a while to sink in, his attention is already turning to 2015 – when he believes he can apply lessons from this campaign and become even stronger
DHL, the world’s leading logistics group and Official Logistics Partner of Formula 1, awarded Lewis Hamilton as the winner of this year’s DHL Fastest Lap Award at a special ceremony during the 2014 Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on November 23. Hamilton, FIA Formula One Drivers’ World Champion of this year and 2008, won the award a nose ahead of Nico Rosberg, who scored five fastest laps this season. In total, Hamilton has amassed seven fastest laps during this year’s season
DRIVERS: 1 – Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes); 2 – Felipe Massa (Williams); 3 – Valtteri Bottas (Williams) PODIUM INTERVIEWS Q: Lewis, you did it. Can you try to put that into words for us, just how much this means to you?
Nico Rosberg had to swallow the bitter pill of title defeat in Abu Dhabi as he suffered car problems while trailing Lewis Hamilton – but even in the face of cruel luck and crushing disappointment the German demonstrated his class, congratulating Hamilton and celebrating with his Mercedes team in the aftermath. In magnanimous style, Rosberg said Hamilton fully deserved to win the drivers’ crown