The Rolex pit lane clock, first unveiled at the 2013 Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix, is now a familiar sight to motorsport fans around the world, but what first brought the famous Swiss watchmaker and F1 racing together? We spoke to Arnaud Boetsch, Communication & Image Director of Rolex SA, about the company’s sporting history and its path to F1 partnership as Official Timekeeper and Official Timepiece
Formula One racing’s governing body, the FIA, has confirmed the make-up of its new Accident Panel, which will look into the circumstances surrounding Jules Bianchi’s crash in the Japanese Grand Prix. The group, which includes former Mercedes team principal Ross Brawn and Ferrari counterpart Stefano Domenicali, will carry out a full review of the accident
Nico Hulkenberg will remain with Force India for the 2015 FIA Formula One World Championship, the team have confirmed. The 27-year-old German is enjoying his best season to date in 2014, having scored points in all but three Grands Prix. He currently sits eighth in the drivers’ standings
Marco Wittmann will enjoy his first taste of Formula One machinery after earning a test with Toro Rosso as a reward for clinching this year’s DTM title with BMW. The 24-year-old German’s test was announced by BMW motorsport chief Jens Marquardt
Pirelli have revised their tyre allocation for the forthcoming Grand Prix in Brazil following track resurfacing work at the Sao Paulo circuit. Formula One racing’s official tyre suppliers had initially planned to bring their medium and hard compounds for the Sao Paulo race
Marcus Ericsson first tested a Formula One car in 2009, and yet it wasn’t until 2014 that he landed his second outing – and his first full-time seat – with Caterham. So can he recall some of the other firsts in his life, like his childhood hero, or the first sport he ever competed in? We caught up with the Swede for the latest instalment in our series designed to help you get to know the world’s finest drivers just a little better
Sauber have announced that up-and-coming racers Adderly Fong and Roy Nissany will both be given the opportunity to test a two-year-old Sauber C31 in Spain next week. Fong is a 24-year-old Chinese driver who has competed in several single-seater championships in Asia and Europe, focusing this year on the Audi R8 LMS Cup, an Asia-based sprint race series
McLaren will introduce a ‘major upgrade’ package before the end of 2014 in a bid to capitalise on their current resurgence and aid their preparations for next year’s Formula One world championship. The team introduced a similarly significant set of updates in Singapore and have duly moved up the competitive order
Mercedes say that clinching the 2014 Formula One constructors’ crown will not lead to changes in how Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg race each other over the final three Grands Prix of 2014. There have been several flashpoints between the two this year, including an ‘unacceptable’ collision in Belgium, after which Mercedes stressed to both drivers that team objectives and silverware were the ultimate priority
Tata Communications has announced the winners of the second round of the F1 Connectivity Innovation Prize. In a ground breaking initiative, Tata Communications, along with Formula One Management and Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team, launched a trailblazing contest to award a Grand Prize of USD $50,000 to a winning individual or team that was able to successfully answer one of three Challenges
Caterham have confirmed they are looking to leave Leafield and move into new headquarters as part of ongoing restructuring and stabilising efforts. Team principal Manfredi Ravetto said the team are aware they still face ‘bumpy roads’ in their fight to revive their fortunes
One thing is certain about McLaren’s 2015 car: it will be powered by Honda. As to who will drive it, that’s another story. Despite some strong performances from the team’s current duo – Kevin Magnussen and Jenson Button – neither driver has been confirmed for next season.
One thing is certain about McLaren’s 2015 car: it will be powered by Honda. As to who will drive it, that’s another story.
The Marussia team have released an update on the medical condition of driver Jules Bianchi, who suffered a severe head injury in a serious accident at the recent Japanese Grand Prix. Bianchi remains critical but stable in the Mie General Medical Center in Yokkaichi
Any change to Mercedes’ driver line-up for next season could be ‘detrimental to the team’s performance’. That is according to Mercedes-Benz head of motorsport Toto Wolff, who is eager to ensure that Lewis Hamilton remains on board for 2015
Lotus junior driver Esteban Ocon is to test a two-year old Lotus F1 car as part of his ongoing development programme with the team and as a reward for winning the FIA Formula Three Championship in his rookie season. Eighteen year-old Frenchman Ocon, who has been part of Lotus’s junior programme since 2010, took an unassailable lead in the championship standings this past weekend
When Red Bull and Sebastian Vettel part ways at the end of the season, the team’s motorsport consultant Helmut Marko is convinced they already have the perfect candidate to fill the void – Daniel Ricciardo. In a candid interview, Marko discusses the manner of Vettel’s departure, and why the form of Ricciardo and Daniil Kvyat, who will be promoted to the team in 2015, gives him confidence Red Bull will still be serious contenders
Nico Rosberg staged a remarkable recovery drive to finish second in Sochi on Sunday, but was left lamenting the opening-lap error which forced him into the pits and helped Mercedes team mate and race winner Lewis Hamilton open up a 17-point championship lead. Williams’ Valtteri Bottas was the only driver able to threaten the Silver Arrows, while a resurgent McLaren claimed their best team result since the 2014 season-opener in Australia
Drivers: 1 – Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes); 2 – Nico Rosberg (Mercedes); 3 – Valtteri Bottas (Williams) Q: What a wonderful race guys – thank you very much. I know Lewis you are a real fan of Russia, of Russian racing. Now you’ve won the first Russian Grand Prix in 100 years exactly.
Lewis Hamilton cruised to his ninth victory of the season in Russia, and in the process helped Mercedes secure their first Formula One constructors’ championship. Speaking after the race, Hamilton dedicated the win to the injured Jules Bianchi, saying the Frenchman – who remains in a critical condition following his accident at Suzuka – has never left his thoughts
For much of the season it has been a question of ‘when’ and not ‘if’ Mercedes would wrap up their first constructors’ title, and on Sunday in Sochi they finally did just that by way of their ninth one-two finish of the season. After the race, Mercedes’ head of motorsport Toto Wolff spoke of his delight at the team’s success and explained why he expects the battle for the drivers’ championship to run and run
Aside from Nico Rosberg’s unscheduled stop at the end of lap one, things couldn’t have gone much better for Mercedes in Russia. Not only did they wrap up their 13th win and ninth one-two finish of the season, they also earned enough points to seal their first ever constructors’ championship crown
Lewis Hamilton claimed victory in the inaugural Russian Grand Prix on Sunday, while Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg charged back after an early error to finish second – securing an historic first constructors’ crown for the Silver Arrows. Williams’ Valtteri Bottas rounded out the podium trio, while McLaren duo Jenson Button and Kevin Magnussen were fourth and fifth
The enthusiasm for this weekend’s inaugural Russian Grand Prix was obvious from the outset as more than 20,000 fans turned up on the opening Thursday, a day before the track action even began at the all-new Sochi Autodrom. They queued eagerly for driver autographs and the pit-lane walk, which offered the opportunity to step right up to the teams’ garages
From the potential of Williams’ Valtteri Bottas to challenge Mercedes to the prospect of a career-best performance from home favourite Daniil Kvyat, and from the likelihood of lots of overtaking to the possibility of safety cars ruining strategy, we break down the key themes to watch for in the 2014 Formula 1 Russian Grand Prix
Yet again it was Valtteri Bottas in the Williams who represented Mercedes’ greatest challenge in qualifying in Sochi, where the track’s grip and smoothness ensured minimal tyre degradation. As a result, one-stop strategies look like a distinct possibility for Sunday’s race, especially as the narrowness of the pit lane has led the FIA to reduce the speed limit there to 60km/h. We take a team-by-team look at Saturday’s form in Russia
In final practice on Saturday morning in Russia, McLaren’s strong Friday form appeared to have deserted them. Thankfully it returned in the afternoon, enabling Jenson Button to qualify an impressive fourth, beaten only by the two Mercedes and Williams’ Valtteri Bottas. The team are indeed in good shape, says Button, though he doesn’t expect an easy race in Sochi
It’s been a whirlwind week for Toro Rosso’s Russian rookie Daniil Kvyat. Last Saturday in Japan he was confirmed as Sebastian Vettel’s replacement at Red Bull for 2015 and today he achieved a career-best fifth on the grid for his inaugural home Grand Prix. Could things get any better?
Drivers: 1 – Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), 2 – Nico Rosberg (Mercedes), 3 – Valtteri Bottas (Williams) Q: Lewis, congratulations on a superb pole today. Tell us what you feel about pole position for this race, this first ever Russian Grand Prix and how important is it to be on pole around here?
Championship leader Lewis Hamilton saw off the challenge of Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg and Williams’ Valtteri Bottas to take his seventh pole position of the season in Russia on Saturday afternoon. McLaren’s Jenson Button was fourth quickest, just ahead of Toro Rosso’s Daniil Kvyat who delighted his home fans by claiming fifth
McLaren’s Kevin Magnussen, Marussia’s Max Chilton and Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg are all expected to drop five places on the grid for Sunday’s 2014 Formula 1 Russian Grand Prix after unscheduled gearbox changes on their cars. F1 sporting regulations require a driver to use no more than one gearbox for six consecutive events.
Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton took control of the third and final practice session in Russia on Saturday, finishing almost three tenths of a second clear of the chasing pack despite a late spin on what was set to be his best lap of the session. Hamilton’s team mate Nico Rosberg and Williams’ Valtteri Bottas were the only men to get within one second of Hamilton, with Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo rounding out the top four
The layout of the new Sochi Autodrom was generally popular with the drivers as they completed their first two practice sessions at the circuit on Friday. The weather played ball in both sessions, enabling everyone to get through their programmes, and there was a general surprise at the amount of grip for a first day. And even though Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo brought out the red flag with eight minutes to go in FP2 because of technical problems, only five minutes were lost
Team Representatives – Eric Boullier (McLaren), Monisha Kaltenborn (Sauber), Franz Tost (Toro Rosso), Marco Mattiacci (Ferrari), Graeme Lowdon (Marussia), Christian Horner (Red Bull Racing) Q: Graeme, thanks for standing in for John Booth who is still in Japan. Is there anything you would like to tell us
Friday in Sochi was very encouraging for McLaren’s Kevin Magnussen – fifth in FP1 and a highly impressive second in FP2. Was the team’s pace genuine? Speaking to the media after the opening Russia sessions, Magnussen was not giving too much away, but safe to say the Dane is hoping for a strong result come Sunday…
Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg is expected to drop five places on the grid for Sunday’s 2014 Formula 1 Russian Grand Prix after an unscheduled gearbox change on his car. F1 sporting regulations require a driver to use no more than one gearbox for six consecutive events. Hulkenberg finished 13th and 12th respectively in Friday’s two practice sessions in Sochi
Sebastian Vettel was the only man to arrive in Russia this weekend having already driven the Sochi Autodrom, albeit in a road car. Vettel doesn’t, however, think that will help him much for the Grand Prix.
Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton delivered an emphatic performance in Friday’s second practice session in Russia to finish almost one second ahead of the rest of the field. Kevin Magnussen reiterated McLaren’s strong early form by capturing second, just ahead of the Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso, the other Mercedes of Nico Rosberg and Williams’ Valtteri Bottas
Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg claimed the early initiative as the action got underway at the brand new Sochi Autodrom on Friday morning. The German shaded team mate Lewis Hamilton and McLaren’s Jenson Button in the inaugural F1 session on Russian soil, with Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso claiming fourth and the other McLaren of Kevin Magnussen fifth.
Marussia will field just one car, for Briton Max Chilton, in this weekend’s 2014 Formula 1 Russian Grand Prix out of respect for Jules Bianchi, who remains in hospital in Japan. The team said in a statement that they felt strongly that fielding a single car was “the appropriate course of action under the difficult circumstances of the weekend”
History will be made this weekend as Russia hosts its first Grand Prix at Sochi Autodrom. The new venue throws up plenty of uncertainty for the teams to contend with – whose car will be most suited to the track? Which drivers will adapt fastest
Daniel Ricciardo came into 2014 as the newcomer at Red Bull Racing, the apprentice to four-time and reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel. But that ‘apprentice’ status didn’t last long. The Australian has taken three race wins this year to his team mate’s none, and with four rounds of the season remaining he is Red Bull’s sole title contender.
After losing out in a straight fight with Mercedes team mate Lewis Hamilton at Suzuka, Nico Rosberg says victory is his sole objective at Sochi Autodrom this weekend, as he looks to cut into his current 10-point deficit in the title hunt. In a frank interview, Rosberg also touches on what defines ‘star quality’ in F1 racing, how mentally tough the championship fight has proved, and why Jules Bianchi won’t be far from his thoughts in Russia
Lotus will switch from Renault to Mercedes power units next season after agreeing a long-term supply agreement with the German manufacturer. The deal, which was highly anticipated, ensures Mercedes will continue to provide power units to three customer teams in 2015, following McLaren’s impending switch to Honda
Marussia reserve driver Alexander Rossi is set to make his Formula One race debut this weekend in Russia as a substitute for the injured Jules Bianchi. Bianchi remains in intensive care after suffering a severe head injury when he collided with a recovery vehicle during last weekend’s race in Japan
Drivers – Fernando Alonso (Ferrari), Jenson Button (McLaren), Daniil Kvyat (Toro Rosso), Felipe Massa (Williams), Adrian Sutil (Sauber), Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull)
After months of anticipation, Formula One racing arrives in Russia for the first time this weekend, with the brand-new Sochi Autodrom – the only racing circuit in the world to be located in an Olympic venue – playing host to the teams and drivers. There is a great sense of excitement about the new race, with most drivers having thus far only sampled the Hermann Tilke-designed track on a simulator
Less than a week after the 2014 Formula 1 Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka, the teams and drivers head for Sochi – and the first Grand Prix to be held in Russia. Those involved in the 2014 Formula 1 Russian Grand Prix discuss their prospects for the weekend ahead
Less than a week after the 2014 Formula 1 Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka, the teams and drivers head for Sochi – and the first Grand Prix to be held in Russia. Those involved in the 2014 Formula 1 Russian Grand Prix discuss their prospects for the weekend ahead
The star attraction in the official FIA press conference at Sochi on Thursday will undoubtedly be home favourite Daniil Kvyat. Amongst those joining Toro Rosso’s Russian rookie are three men who have been at the centre of this year’s driver market: Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso and McLaren’s Jenson Button