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Marussia’s Jules Bianchi says he feels ready to step up and drive for Ferrari should a vacancy open up at the Maranello-based team. With speculation intensifying around Fernando Alonso’s future with the Scuderia, Bianchi – part of the Ferrari young driver programme – believes it would be ‘logical’ for him to make the move if the Spaniard was to leave
Should Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg finish 1-2 in Suzuka this weekend, with Red Bull scoring two or fewer points, Mercedes could clinch their very first world championship for constructors. But after the brutal experience Rosberg had in Singapore it’s more likely the Brackley team will be on tenterhooks worrying about reliability issues than sewing up the title with four races to run
Drivers – Nico Hulkenberg (Force India), Jules Bianchi (Marussia), Romain Grosjean (Lotus), Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull Racing), Kamui Kobayashi (Caterham), Jenson Button (McLaren) Q: Kamui, as we’re at your home race, can we start with you?
After a tense race in Singapore threw the 2014 world championship fight wide open, the teams and drivers head to Japan and one of the most celebrated and iconic circuits on the calendar – Suzuka. Those involved in the 2014 Formula 1 Japanese Grand Prix discuss their prospects
After a tense race in Singapore threw the 2014 world championship fight wide open, the teams and drivers head to Japan and one of the most celebrated and iconic circuits on the calendar – Suzuka. Those involved in the 2014 Formula 1 Japanese Grand Prix discuss their prospects
In our series exploring the history of Grands Prix through selected iconic images, we turn our attention to one of the most popular races on the calendar: Japan. This look back through the archives takes in events at both Fuji and Suzuka and includes both of Senna and Prost’s infamous clashes, epic drives by Hill and Raikkonen, a rookie error by Vettel, and more
Codemasters® have released a new gameplay video for F1 2014, showing how the game captures all the action of this year’s incredible season as its draws towards one of the most exciting conclusions in recent years
Kimi Raikkonen says he is ‘finally’ acclimatising to Ferrari’s 2014 car and getting on top of the set-up and handling issues which have plagued him so far this season. Speaking ahead of this weekend’s 2014 Formula 1 Japanese Grand Prix, Raikkonen pinpointed qualifying in Singapore as the chief cause for his optimism
Two past winners of the Japanese Grand Prix – Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel and McLaren’s Jenson Button – will be present in the official FIA press conference at Suzuka on Thursday
Honda have unveiled the first image of the turbocharged V6 power unit they are developing ahead of their 2015 Formula One return with McLaren. Progress on the new engine has reached ‘prime phase’, with the Japanese manufacturer now running full bench tests of the power unit and its connected energy recovery systems
Roberto Merhi will take part in his second Formula One practice session after Caterham confirmed the Spanish youngster will drive for them in FP1 at Suzuka. The 23-year-old former European F3 champion made his Grand Prix weekend debut with Caterham in Italy in September, deputising for Kamui Kobayashi in the opening 90-minute session
With many of the Renault-powered drivers on or near the limit of five engines for the season, the French power unit suppliers say they are now “committed” to introducing a sixth unit where required, despite the resulting grid penalties. The 2014 power units comprise six separate elements, of which five of each are available to each driver per season before they are penalised
After a tense race in Singapore threw the 2014 world championship fight wide open, the teams and drivers head to Japan and one of the most celebrated and iconic circuits on the calendar – Suzuka. Those involved in the 2014 Formula 1 Japanese Grand Prix discuss their prospects
Did you know that Suzuka is one of only four circuits on the current calendar where Lewis Hamilton has not tasted victory? Or that Ferrari last triumphed at the Japanese circuit in 2004, with Michael Schumacher taking the spoils? Ahead of this weekend’s 2014 Formula 1 Japanese Grand Prix, we present the key facts, stats and trivia
After a tense race in Singapore threw the 2014 world championship fight wide open, the teams and drivers head to Japan and one of the most celebrated and iconic circuits on the calendar – Suzuka. Those involved in the 2014 Formula 1 Japanese Grand Prix discuss their prospects
After a tense race in Singapore threw the 2014 world championship fight wide open, the teams and drivers head to Japan and one of the most celebrated and iconic circuits on the calendar – Suzuka. Those involved in the 2014 Formula 1 Japanese Grand Prix discuss their prospects
After a tense race in Singapore threw the 2014 world championship fight wide open, the teams and drivers head to Japan and one of the most celebrated and iconic circuits on the calendar – Suzuka. Those involved in the 2014 Formula 1 Japanese Grand Prix discuss their prospects
After a tense race in Singapore threw the 2014 world championship fight wide open, the teams and drivers head to Japan and one of the most celebrated and iconic circuits on the calendar – Suzuka. Those involved in the 2014 Formula 1 Japanese Grand Prix discuss their prospects
Toro Rosso’s 2015 signing Max Verstappen will make his Formula One Grand Prix weekend debut this Friday, after the team confirmed he will replace Jean-Eric Vergne for the first practice session in Japan. The switch means Verstappen, who has now obtained his mandatory FIA Super Licence, will drive in an official Grand Prix session just three days after his 17th birthday
Force India’s battle with McLaren for fifth place in the 2014 Formula One constructors’ championship will only intensify over the final five Grands Prix of the season, team principal Vijay Mallya predicts
After a tense race in Singapore threw the 2014 world championship fight wide open, the teams and drivers head to Japan and one of the most celebrated and iconic circuits on the calendar – Suzuka. Those involved in the 2014 Formula 1 Japanese Grand Prix discuss their prospects
After a tense race in Singapore threw the 2014 world championship fight wide open, the teams and drivers head to Japan and one of the most celebrated and iconic circuits on the calendar – Suzuka. Those involved in the 2014 Formula 1 Japanese Grand Prix discuss their prospects
Lotus’s technical director Nick Chester says the team’s 2015 Formula One car will feature significant changes compared to the current E22, which has underwhelmed and left the team struggling for points in 2014. Lotus have endured reliability and performance issues with the Renault-powered E22, and the Enstone-based squad have only broken into the top ten on two occasions
The 2014 season has been a tumultuous one for Caterham. They have experienced troubles on track, a sudden takeover, multiple driver changes and the loss of two team principals. So what’s going on at the Leafield-based squad and how do they plan to turn their fortunes around
Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg’s increasingly tense fight for the 2014 FIA Formula One World Championship will make it impossible for Mercedes to maintain harmony within the team over the final five Grands Prix of the season. That is the opinion of McLaren racing director Eric Boullier.
Reigning world champions Red Bull may have struggled to match the pace of Mercedes for much of the season, but with five races to go Daniel Ricciardo is just 60 points off the championship lead. In a wide-ranging interview, Red Bull motorsport consultant Helmut Marko explains why the Milton Keynes-based squad haven’t given up on the title just yet, and why they should be much more competitive in 2015
Last weekend’s 2014 Formula 1 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix saw Ferrari running a new, higher performing oil from suppliers Shell for the first time. The Shell Helix Ultra race formulation is notable for using natural gas instead of crude oil as its base, providing enhanced cleansing and engine protection, resulting in greater efficiency
Sauber are in the midst of the worst period in their proud history: the Swiss team have gone 14 races without scoring a point and in Singapore both of their cars failed to reach the finish for the fourth time this season. But team principal Monisha Kaltenborn refuses to be downhearted and insists that, with the right investment, Sauber will prosper once more
Jean-Eric Vergne hopes his superb sixth-place finish in Sunday’s 2014 Formula 1 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix will help secure his Formula One future beyond the end of the 2014 season. Vergne was left without a drive for next year after Red Bull elected to promote Max Verstappen to a full-time Toro Rosso seat alongside Daniil Kvyat
Mercedes have to tackle the reliability issues which have blighted their otherwise dominant Formula One campaign, says head of Mercedes-Benz motorsport Toto Wolff, who does not want to see a car failure determine who wins the 2014 drivers’ crown. On Sunday in Singapore Nico Rosberg ceded the lead of the championship to victorious team mate Lewis Hamilton
The Sochi Autodrom, venue for next month’s inaugural 2014 Formula 1 Russian Grand Prix, was officially opened on Saturday, with a host of leading Russian government and motorsport figures in in attendance. A spectacular demonstration of racing machinery was the main event, with Vitaly Petrov – the first Russian to compete in Formula One racing
The Sochi Autodrom circuit, venue for the inaugural 2014 Formula 1 Russian Grand Prix, was officially opened on Saturday, with a host of leading figures in Russian government and motorsport attending the event
As Lewis Hamilton secured a superb victory in Singapore, Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg could only watch from the sidelines, his championship lead snatched away by a broken wiring loom. Hamilton now leads the world championship for only the second time this season, and has momentum on his side after two consecutive Grand Prix hat-tricks
Tata Communications, a leading provider of A New World of Communications™, continues to drive technology innovation by becoming the first company to deliver a live 4K feed from a Formula 1® event. This landmark was achieved during a practice session at the 2014 Formula 1 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix
Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel cut a frustrated figure in the Singapore paddock on Saturday evening after feeling he’d blown his chance at pole position. But the reigning world champion was much more positive on Sunday evening after securing second place at Marina Bay – his best result of the season. After the race Vettel told reporters why he couldn’t have asked for anymore, despite a brief period in the lead
Drivers: 1 – Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), 2 – Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull Racing), 3 – Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull Racing) PODIUM INTERVIEWS (Conducted by Eddie Jordan)
Nico Rosberg headed into Singapore with a healthy 22-point lead in the world championship, but suffered disaster before the race even started and eventually retired to drop behind Mercedes team mate Lewis Hamilton in the title fight. Having vented his agony and frustration in the cockpit, Rosberg insists he will not let the ‘agony’ of the result undermine his optimism – or derail his pursuit of the world championship crown
Lewis Hamilton has enjoyed his fair share of bad luck this season, but in Singapore it was the turn of his Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg to be struck by misfortune. As the German was forced into his second mechanical retirement of the season, Hamilton swept to his seventh victory of the year from pole position, setting the fastest lap into the bargain to complete his second hat-trick in a row
Lewis Hamilton moved into the lead of the 2014 drivers’ championship after claiming a superb victory in Singapore on Sunday, as Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg failed to finish. Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel led briefly in the closing stages but had to settle for second, just ahead of team mate Daniel Ricciardo and Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso
From the threat posed to Mercedes by Red Bull to the near certainty of a safety car, and from radio messages coming under close scrutiny to the potential for thunderstorms, we break down the key themes ahead of the 2014 Formula 1 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix at Marina Bay
The Marina Bay paddock was filled with familiar racing faces, including world champions Sir Jackie Stewart, Alan Jones, Damon Hill and Jacques Villeneuve, plus Mika Salo, Giancarlo Minardi, Craig Lowndes and Neil Crompton. Australian Grand Prix Corporation CEO Andrew Westacott paid a visit, as did artist Anna-Louise Felstead and chef Gordon Ramsay
The fact that half a second covered the first nine cars on the grid showed just how close things were in qualifying at Marina Bay, even though it’s the track with the most corners and places a heavy premium on downforce and engine power. Mercedes may have locked out the front row, but rivals Red Bull were much closer than anyone had predicted and Ferrari too showed unexpectedly strong pace. We take a team-by-team look at Saturday’s Singapore formbook
There was nothing to choose between the frontrunners in an incredibly close qualifying session at Marina Bay, with half a second covering the top eight drivers. But while the chasing pack therefore closed in on Mercedes, polesitter Lewis Hamilton insists his duel with team mate and title rival Nico Rosberg will not be affected – and that his only focus is securing victory in Singapore
McLaren headed into Singapore hoping new upgrades would move them closer to the sharp end of the grid, only to struggle on the fringes of the top ten in qualifying. Kevin Magnussen admits such a return is short of pre-weekend expectations
McLaren headed into Singapore hoping new upgrades would move them closer to the sharp end of the grid, only to struggle on the fringes of the top ten in qualifying. Kevin Magnussen admits such a return is short of pre-weekend expectations
1 – Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes); 2 – Nico Rosberg (Mercedes); 3 – Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull Racing) Q: Lewis, pole position once again for Singapore and you saved the best until last it seems?
Sebastian Vettel on why he felt pole in Singapore was achievable for Red Bull; Jean-Eric Vergne on the mistake that cost him a shot at progressing into Q3; Esteban Gutierrez on exceeding expectations and putting Sauber in a ‘good position’ for Sunday’s race. The drivers and senior team personnel report back after a dramatic qualifying session at Marina Bay
Lewis Hamilton edged Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg by just 0.007s to claim his sixth pole position of the season in a hugely competitive qualifying session at Marina Bay on Saturday evening. Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo and Sebastian Vettel claimed third and fourth, while Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso saw off the challenge of Williams’ Felipe Massa to take fifth
Fernando Alonso handed Ferrari the advantage in the third and final practice session at Marina Bay on Saturday evening, edging out Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo by just five hundredths of a second. Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg was third, 0.1s down the road, while team mate Lewis Hamilton was sixth, behind Jean-Eric Vergne’s Toro Rosso and Sebastian Vettel in the second Red Bull RB10
Friday saw the introduction of new restrictions on team-to-car radio messages designed to ensure that drivers are driving ‘alone and unaided’. The FIA’s Formula One race director Charlie Whiting spoke to the media in Singapore about the changes