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Lewis Hamilton narrowly edged out Nico Rosberg to go fastest as Mercedes took command of the opening practice session in Budapest on Friday morning. Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen was the only other man to get within one second of Hamilton, with the Finn’s team mate Fernando Alonso fourth ahead of Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel and McLaren’s Kevin Magnussen
So what might you do to destabilise one of your primary rivals, on the eve of a race that he’s won four times since his debut here in 2007? Well, you could suggest to media sources that his job might be on the line
After four years ruling the F1 roost, Sebastian Vettel is facing a huge challenge this season as his Renault-powered Red Bull team struggle to compete with their leading Mercedes rivals. Vettel insists he remains as focussed as ever, however, and all the while he can still mathematically retain his title, it seems he won’t be too eager to hand back the championship trophy. We caught up with the German for an exclusive chat ahead of this weekend’s Budapest race
Sergio Perez and his Mexican countryman Esteban Gutierrez both expressed their delight at the news that Formula One racing is set to return to Mexico City after an absence of more than two decades. Formula One group CEO Bernie Ecclestone revealed on Wednesday that an agreement to hold a Grand Prix in Mexico in 2015 had been reached
Alexander Rossi has been appointed as Marussia’s official reserve driver for the remainder of the 2014 season. The 22-year-old American, who left the same role at Caterham earlier this month, will join the Banbury-based squad from this weekend’s race in Hungary and will provide cover should either of the team’s regular drivers be unable to compete
Drivers – Marcus Ericsson (Caterham), Esteban Gutierrez (Sauber), Kamui Kobayashi (Caterham), Pastor Maldonado (Lotus), Sergio Perez (Force India), Jean-Eric Vergne (Toro Rosso) Q: Marcus, ten races into your first season, what have you learned?
Pirelli have confirmed the tyre compounds that they will take to Belgium, Italy and Singapore. Formula One racing’s official tyre suppliers will bring their soft and medium compounds – also available this weekend in Hungary – for Spa-Francorchamps, which will host the 12th round of the 2014 championship
Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg heads to Budapest looking to increase his world championship lead, but can he equal team mate Lewis Hamilton’s tally of five 2014 victories, or will Hamilton make it five wins in eight years at the Hungaroring? Or will a track that has a habit of throwing up interesting results favour the resurgent Williams team whose flying Finn Valtteri Bottas has taken three consecutive podium finishes
Did you know that Lewis Hamilton has won more than half of the Hungarian Grands Prix he has entered? Or that Fernando Alonso has won just once in Budapest, while racing for Renault more than a decade ago?
Mexico is set to host a round of the 2015 FIA Formula One World Championship, Formula One group CEO Bernie Ecclestone confirmed on Wednesday. The race, the first Grand Prix to be held in Mexico for more than two decades, will be run at the 4.421-kilometre Mexico City circuit
Just days after an intense weekend’s racing in Germany, the Formula One paddock makes the short hop to Hungary and the technical, tricky, 4.381-kilometre Hungaroring circuit in Budapest. Will the Mercedes steamroller thunder on?
Just days after an intense weekend’s racing in Germany, the Formula One paddock makes the short hop to Hungary and the technical, tricky, 4.381-kilometre Hungaroring circuit in Budapest. Will the Mercedes steamroller thunder on?
In our series exploring the history of Grands Prix through a selection of iconic images, we turn our attention to the Hungaroring – home to the Hungarian Grand Prix since 1986. This look back through history takes in defiant drives by Nigel Mansell and Thierry Boutsen, one of Michael Schumacher’s greatest ever victories, maiden wins for Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button, and more
Mercedes-Benz’s head of motorsport Toto Wolff is expected to travel to Hungary for this weekend’s Grand Prix, despite suffering multiple fractures in what the team dubbed “a bit of carambolage” while cycling on Tuesday. The Austrian fractured his shoulder, collar bone, elbow and wrist in the crash, but was quick to make light of the situation
Among the drivers who will take part in the official FIA press conference in Hungary on Wednesday will be two drivers who scored points last year – Sergio Perez and Pastor Maldonado – and a man who earned Sauber their last top ten at the circuit back in 2010, Kamui Kobayashi. On Friday meanwhile senior personnel will answer questions from the press
Lotus say that driver Romain Grosjean remains very much in their plans for next season, even though they were unable to confirm his 2015 seat when team mate Pastor Maldonado’s was announced last weekend. Grosjean made six podium appearances for Lotus last season, but the team’s disappointing 2014 form – the Frenchman has scored just eight points so far – has led to speculation that he could be lured elsewhere
Just days after an intense weekend’s racing in Germany, the Formula One paddock makes the short hop to Hungary and the technical, tricky, 4.381-kilometre Hungaroring circuit in Budapest. Will the Mercedes steamroller thunder on? Will Williams finally overhaul them
Kevin Giovesi has been confirmed as the second driver to join Caterham’s burgeoning Development Driver Program. The young Italian is currently contesting his second season of Auto GP where he is fourth in the standings
Just days after an intense weekend’s racing in Germany, the Formula One paddock makes the short hop to Hungary and the technical, tricky, 4.381-kilometre Hungaroring circuit in Budapest. Will the Mercedes steamroller thunder on? Will Williams finally overhaul them?
This time last year Toro Rosso had scored 24 points. This season’s tally is just 15. While Jean-Eric Vergne and rookie sensation Daniil Kvyat have regularly qualified the STR9 inside the top ten, less impressive race pace and poor reliability have limited their results.
Just days after an intense weekend’s racing in Germany, the Formula One paddock makes the short hop to Hungary and the technical, tricky, 4.381-kilometre Hungaroring circuit in Budapest. Will the Mercedes steamroller thunder on? Will Williams finally overhaul them
Red Bull and Sauber have enjoyed differing fortunes at the Hungaroring in recent years, but for both 2010 stands out – being the last time Red Bull won, and the last time Sauber scored points at the technical, tricky 4.381km circuit. Ahead of this weekend’s Grand Prix, the two teams – and Formula One tyre suppliers Pirelli – discuss their prospects for Hungary
Sunday’s Grand Prix at Hockenheim provided some thrilling racing, notably the wheel-to-wheel battles between Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso and the Red Bulls of Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo. Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton, however, arguably provided the most entertainment, scything his way through the field to third, to stay in title contention with race winner, team mate and championship leader Nico Rosberg
Williams’ dazzling run of form continued in Germany with Valtteri Bottas notching his third successive podium finish. The Finn’s second place lifted the Grove-based squad above Ferrari in the constructors’ standings, but as deputy team principal Claire Williams explains in this exclusive interview, Williams have already got their eye on catching second-placed Red Bull
DRIVERS: 1 – Nico Rosberg (Mercedes), 2 – Valtteri Bottas (Williams), 3 – Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) PODIUM INTERVIEWS (Conducted by Kai Ebel) Q: Nico, how sweet is the taste of the home victory champagne? Nico Rosberg: It’s fantastic.
Nico Rosberg arrived in Germany having never stood on the podium in his home country – he leaves with his fourth win of the season, an increased lead over Mercedes team mate Lewis Hamilton in the world championship standings, and the honour of becoming the first German driver to win in Germany for a German car and engine manufacturer
Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg drove a faultless race at Hockenheim on Sunday afternoon to earn his first career victory on home soil. The German started from pole position and was never headed, whilst behind him Williams’ Valtteri Bottas drove superbly to take second place and see off a late charge from the recovering Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton, who started 20th and finished third
Caterham’s Marcus Ericsson will be required to start Sunday’s German race from the pit lane after the team failed to cover and seal his car in line with regulations following qualifying. Ericsson must also serve a ten-second stop-and-go penalty within the first three laps
Caterham’s Marcus Ericsson will be required to start Sunday’s German race from the pit lane after the team failed to cover and seal his car in line with regulations following qualifying. Ericsson must also serve a ten-second stop-and-go penalty within the first three laps
Lewis Hamilton will drop five places on the grid for Sunday’s German race after Mercedes decided to change the gearbox on his car because of damage incurred in his qualifying accident at Hockenheim. “The guys are working on the car now to repair everything for the race,” said the team
Lewis Hamilton will drop five places on the grid for Sunday’s German race after Mercedes decided to change the gearbox on his car because of damage incurred in his qualifying accident at Hockenheim. “The guys are working on the car now to repair everything for the race,” said the team
From Nico Rosberg’s dreams of a home win to the pressure on Lewis Hamilton to produce another epic recovery, and from the threat posed by Valtteri Bottas to the possible threat of rain, we break down the key themes to look out for in Sunday’s Formula 1 Grosser Preis Santander von Deutschland 2014
Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg had a busy build-up to his and the team’s home race. As well as making a factory visit, attending a fan forum and the Mercedes-Benz Classic, the German driver found time to get married, savour his national team winning the football world cup, and survive the much-publicised furore surrounding his helmet design celebrating their triumph
Lotus have confirmed that Pastor Maldonado will continue to race with the team for a second season next year, having joined from Williams at the end of 2013. Maldonado, the 2010 GP2 Series champion, made his F1 debut in 2011 and went on to become the first Venezuelan to win a Grand Prix
The high track temperatures of up to 57 degrees Celsius put the emphasis on clean, error-free laps in qualifying at Hockenheim on Saturday, and in the end it was Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg who once again came to the fore. But across the garage his team mate Lewis Hamilton had another session to forget as a brake disc failure consigned him to the gravel and 15th on the grid, if indeed he starts from the grid. We take a team-by-team look back on a sizzling day of action in Germany
Kevin Magnussen appears to be in very good place in Hockenheim this weekend. While world champion team mate Jenson Button seems to be struggling with the latest changes to the McLaren, Magnussen has been using them to his advantage, scoring an impressive fourth place on the grid (to Button’s 11th) for Sunday’s German race. So why the difference?
With both cars making the top ten on the German grid and the team renowned for race pace rather than qualifying speed, Force India are hoping for a strong result at Hockenheim on Sunday. For Nico Hulkenberg there is the added motivation of it being his home Grand Prix, but he knows that strategy will be just as important as outright performance
After taking his fourth pole position of the season, Nico Rosberg was joined in the press conference by the Williams duo of Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa. Read what all three had to say about qualifying in the official transcript
Nico Rosberg gave the home fans exactly what they wanted as he raced to pole position in Germany on Saturday afternoon, but Mercedes team mate Lewis Hamilton had another miserable qualifying session, crashing out in Q1 with a brake disc failure. Behind Rosberg, Williams claimed second and third with Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa, ahead of McLaren’s Kevin Magnussen and Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo
Nico Rosberg was the fastest man around Hockenheim in sizzling conditions on Saturday morning, going over half a second faster than Mercedes team mate Lewis Hamilton. Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso was ‘best of the rest’, just four thousandths of a second behind Hamilton, followed by the Williams duo of Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas, but it was a session that raised more questions than answers
Sweltering track temperatures that rose as high as 58 degrees Celsius made life difficult for the teams and drivers as they tried to assess the performance of Pirelli’s soft and supersoft tyres and get to grips with running their cars without Front-and-Rear Interconnected suspension (FRIC). In the end, Mercedes emerged on top once more, but their advantage was narrower than many expected
At the first race of the season in Australia, Jenson Button inherited third place when Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo was disqualified. Little did the Briton know at the time, but that would prove to be the high point of a frustrating first half of the season.
Sebastian Vettel has never triumphed in Formula One at his home track of Hockenheim, and while he and Red Bull made a promising start to this weekend’s proceedings, Mercedes remain the team to beat. Vettel however thinks that rain – which remains forecast to interrupt Sunday’s race – could play into Red Bull’s hands and provide the platform to edging out the Silver Arrows…
Team Representatives – John Booth (Marussia), Paul Hembery (Pirelli), Federico Gastaldi (Lotus), Christijan Albers (Caterham), Toto Wolff (Mercedes), Cyril Abiteboul (Renault) Q: Cyril, if we could start with you. Perhaps you could tell us why the job change to Renault?
Mercedes recorded another one-two finish in a scorching second practice session in Germany on Friday afternoon, but Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo was right with the silver cars. Lewis Hamilton led the way, beating team mate Nico Rosberg to the fastest time by 0.024s, with Ricciardo just 0.078s further back in third.
World championship leader and crowd favourite Nico Rosberg led team mate Lewis Hamilton in a Mercedes one-two as the action got underway at Hockenheim on Friday morning. The well-matched Silver Arrows duo were separated by just 0.065s, with Fernando Alonso a further 0.227s back for Ferrari. Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo and McLaren’s Jenson Button completed the top five
The threat of protests and possible reports to the race stewards for rule infringements was finally lifted last night when the FIA confirmed that all of the teams have removed their Front-and-Rear Interconnected Suspension (FRIC) systems. Nobody quite knows what to expect of their cars without the systems, but several tested at Silverstone after the Grand Prix with them disconnected
The FIA’s Formula One technical delegate Jo Bauer has confirmed that none of the cars that will take part in this weekend’s Formula 1 Grosser Preis Santander von Deutschland 2014 at Hockenheim will be fitted with a Front-and-Rear Interconnected Suspension (FRIC) system. The news follows a technical directive sent to the teams by the FIA’s race director Charlie Whiting following the last race in Great Britain which called into question the legality of some of the FRIC systems being used this season
At the last race in Great Britain, Nico Rosberg saw his 100 percent finishing record expire along with his gearbox, but worse than that he saw his world championship lead over Mercedes team mate Lewis Hamilton sliced from 29 points to just four. But the weeks since have been much better for the German driver – not only has he signed a new contract with the Silver Arrows, but he also got married to his long-term girlfriend, and as a result he arrives at his home Grand Prix both happy and determined to return to winning ways
At the last race in Great Britain, Nico Rosberg saw his 100 percent finishing record expire along with his gearbox, but worse than that he saw his world championship lead over Mercedes team mate Lewis Hamilton sliced from 29 points to just four. But the weeks since have been much better for the German driver – not only has he signed a new contract with the Silver Arrows, but he also got married to his long-term girlfriend, and as a result he arrives at his home Grand Prix both happy and determined to return to winning ways