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Having endured a disappointing start to the season, four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel was hoping he’d have better luck on his return to action after the summer break. But Friday’s running in Belgium only brought more frustration for the German, with damage caused by an electrical problem in FP1 ruling him out of FP2 altogether. At the end of a difficult day the Red Bull driver spoke to reporters
Lewis Hamilton took command of the second practice session in Belgium, finishing more than half a second clear of Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg and the rest of the field on Friday afternoon. Fernando Alonso underlined Ferrari’s impressive start by claiming third ahead of Williams’ Felipe Massa and McLaren’s Jenson Button, while two red flags interrupted proceedings at Spa
Nico Rosberg narrowly edged out Mercedes team mate Lewis Hamilton and Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso to set the pace as Formula One racing returned from its summer break at Spa-Francorchamps on Friday morning. McLaren duo Jenson Button and Kevin Magnussen finished fourth and seventh respectively, sandwiching Kimi Raikkonen in the second Ferrari and Force India’s Sergio Perez
Marussia have opted to reinstate Max Chilton for this weekend’s race at Spa-Francorchamps, just a day after announcing the Briton would be replaced by reserve driver Alexander Rossi due to “contractual issues”. American Rossi will still participate in FP1 for the team, but will then hand over to Chilton for the rest of the weekend
Toro Rosso unexpectedly hit the headlines earlier this week when they announced that Dutch youngster Max Verstappen – currently just 16 – will be racing for them next year, joining the almost-as-youthful Daniil Kvyat, the Russian rookie currently enjoying a successful first season with the Red Bull-owned squad. We caught up with team principal Franz Tost in Belgium on Thursday to discover more about the unusual decision
The battle between Mercedes team mates Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg has been the talk of this year’s world championship. Hamilton has won more races, but it’s Rosberg who leads the standings by 11 points. Ahead of this weekend’s 2014 Formula 1 Shell Belgian Grand Prix, Hamilton chats at length about their rivalry, his mental approach to the second half of the season, and why he wants Rosberg to be at his very best
Drivers – Jules Bianchi (Marussia), Daniil Kvyat (Toro Rosso), Romain Grosjean (Lotus), Felipe Massa (Williams), Nico Rosberg (Mercedes), Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull Racing) Q: We had news this week that next season there will be a 17-year-old driver on the grid. Can I have your reaction from a driver’s point of view?
Andre Lotterer says he will “give everything” to help move Caterham forward when he makes his Formula One Grand Prix debut with this team this weekend at Spa. The 32-year-old German was called up to replace Kamui Kobayashi for the Belgian race earlier this weekend, with Caterham saying his experience and feedback would help their development push
American rookie Alexander Rossi will make his Grand Prix race debut in Belgium this weekend after being drafted in as a late replacement for Max Chilton at Marussia. The team said Chilton, who has raced for the Banbury-based squad since 2013, was being substituted “while contractual issues are resolved”
American rookie Alexander Rossi will make his Grand Prix race debut in Belgium this weekend after being drafted in as a late replacement for Max Chilton at Marussia. The team said Chilton, who has raced for the Russian-owned squad since 2013, was being substituted “while contractual issues are resolved”
The summer break is over, and the Formula One fraternity is raring to go again at one of the most popular circuits on the calendar – Spa-Francorchamps. The circuit should favour the Mercedes-engine cars, but the big question is whether Mercedes themselves will lead the charge – or whether Williams can prevail at a circuit they believe gives them their best chance since Austria of winning a race
Did you know that Lewis Hamilton is the only current driver to have taken pole position more than once at Spa, but that he still trails Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel in the victory count? Or that all four of Jim Clark’s Belgian triumphs – and five of Michael Schumacher’s six – came without the benefit of starting from pole?
Nico Rosberg, who currently leads the 2014 Formula One World Championship, and Daniel Ricciardo, who won last time out in Hungary at the end of July, will be among the six drivers to take part in the official FIA press conference in Belgium on Thursday. On Friday meanwhile senior personnel will answer questions from the press
German driver Andre Lotterer will make his Formula One race debut at Spa-Francorchamps this weekend after being called up by Caterham to stand in for Kamui Kobayashi in a one-race deal. Caterham insist Kobayashi remains part of the team, but believe that Lotterer’s experience and feedback will help to improve the performance of the CT05
The FIA’s F1 race director Charlie Whiting has confirmed that Russia’s new Sochi Autodrom is ready to host its first Grand Prix later this year. The announcement follows a detailed evaluation of the circuit and the venue itself, built on the site of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games, by an FIA delegation led by Whiting
Refreshed and revitalised after their summer break, the members of the F1 paddock are raring to go racing once more as they journey to the classic Spa-Francorchamps circuit for this weekend’s 2014 Formula 1 Shell Belgian Grand Prix. Those involved discuss their prospects
Refreshed and revitalised after their summer break, the members of the F1 paddock are raring to go racing once more as they journey to the classic Spa-Francorchamps circuit for this weekend’s 2014 Formula 1 Shell Belgian Grand Prix. Those involved discuss their prospects
In our series exploring the history of Grands Prix through selected iconic images, we turn our attention to Belgium and one of the most celebrated races on the calendar. This look back through the archives takes in the first victory for the McLaren marque, Michael Schumacher’s awesome debut, a surprise win for Jordan, arguably the greatest overtake in history, and more
Max Verstappen has all the qualities needed to be a future Formula One world champion, according to Red Bull’s motorsport consultant Helmut Marko. While the Dutchman will graduate into F1 racing with just one year of single-seater experience to draw upon, Marko says Red Bull are convinced there is no risk given what the 16-year-old has already proved capable of
Refreshed and revitalised after their summer break, the members of the F1 paddock are raring to go racing once more as they journey to the classic Spa-Francorchamps circuit for this weekend’s 2014 Formula 1 Shell Belgian Grand Prix. Those involved discuss their prospects
Refreshed and revitalised after their summer break, the members of the F1 paddock are raring to go racing once more as they journey to the classic Spa-Francorchamps circuit for this weekend’s 2014 Formula 1 Shell Belgian Grand Prix. Those involved discuss their prospects
Refreshed and revitalised after their summer break, the members of the F1 paddock are raring to go racing once more as they journey to the classic Spa-Francorchamps circuit for this weekend’s 2014 Formula 1 Shell Belgian Grand Prix. Those involved discuss their prospects
Toro Rosso have announced that newly-recruited Red Bull Junior Team member Max Verstappen will drive for the team from the start of the 2015 season, replacing Jean-Eric Vergne alongside Daniil Kvyat. Verstappen, currently in contention for the 2014 European F3 title, will become the youngest F1 racer in history, debuting at the age of just 17
For the 2014 season, Formula One racing undertook the most comprehensive regulation changes seen in the last three decades, with a move to more fuel efficient, hybrid turbocharged power units. With 11 of the year’s 19 Grands Prix complete, F1 technical expert Gary Anderson looks back on how these changes have played out so far – and looks ahead to what we can expect in the remaining races
Refreshed and revitalised after their summer break, the members of the F1 paddock are raring to go racing once more as they journey to the classic Spa-Francorchamps circuit for next weekend’s 2014 Formula 1 Shell Belgian Grand Prix. Those involved discuss their prospects
Refreshed and revitalised after their summer break, the members of the F1 paddock are raring to go racing once more as they journey to the classic Spa-Francorchamps circuit for next weekend’s 2014 Formula 1 Shell Belgian Grand Prix. Those involved discuss their prospects
Refreshed and revitalised after their summer break, the members of the F1 paddock are raring to go racing once more as they journey to the classic Spa-Francorchamps circuit for next weekend’s 2014 Formula 1 Shell Belgian Grand Prix. Those involved discuss their prospects
Refreshed and revitalised after their summer break, the members of the F1 paddock are raring to go racing once more as they journey to the classic Spa-Francorchamps circuit for next weekend’s 2014 Formula 1 Shell Belgian Grand Prix. Those involved discuss their prospects
Susie Wolff made history at Silverstone earlier this year when she became the first female driver in 22 years to participate in an official Grand Prix session – a landmark she followed with an accomplished showing a fortnight later at Hockenheim. But while she may be breaking down stereotypes – and inspiring a new generation of female racers – Wolff insists it is her performance, rather than her gender, on which she must be judged
After wins and podiums in 2012 and 2013, Lotus have struggled mightily this season, with reliability issues and a lack of pace leaving them battling just to break into the top ten. But while progress might not be immediately apparent, technical director Nick Chester insists the team have made great strides with their understanding of what’s required in Formula One racing’s new era – and is adamant crucial lessons have been learnt for 2015
Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo is convinced that the team have made significant strides over the first half of their 2014 Formula One campaign, even if results are “not always visible”. While Ferrari have failed to win once over the opening 11 races for the first time since 2009, Di Montezemolo says changes are already being made in order for the team to rediscover front-running form
Having finished his first season of F1 racing – 2013 – 16th in the championship table, Mexico’s Esteban Gutierrez is having a tougher time of it in 2014 and is still awaiting his first points of the year. In the meantime, with the prospect of his first home Grand Prix in 2015 to spur him on, we thought we’d quiz the Sauber star on a few of the other firsts in his life
Up-and-coming Dutch racer Max Verstappen has joined the Red Bull Junior Team, it was announced on Tuesday. The 16-year-old, who is the son of former F1 podium finisher Jos Verstappen, is regarded as one of the most promising young drivers in Europe having taken seven wins in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship this year, his first season in car racing
There wasn’t much that Mario Andretti didn’t experience in his 128-race F1 career, so who better to cast an eye over the first half of 2014 season than the 1978 world champion? In this exclusive interview, the American offers fascinating views on the current machinery and why some drivers have struggled to adapt to it, the rivalry between Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg, driver penalties, the emergence of Daniel Ricciardo, and more
The early talk of Formula One racing’s new era was that Mercedes were in good shape, but even after a convincing pre-season, few were expecting them to be quite so dominant in 2014, taking nine wins from the first 11 races. In a wide-ranging interview, Mercedes-Benz head of motorsport Toto Wolff discusses the Silver Arrows’ rise, and explains how the team intend to keep a lid on the simmering rivalry between Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton
Sauber’s Esteban Gutierrez has described the return of Mexico to the Formula One calendar for the first time in more than two decades as “some of the greatest news in my career so far”. Organisers recently revealed that Mexico City’s Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, which last saw official F1 action in 1992, is set to host a round of the 2015 FIA Formula One World Championship, and for Gutierrez the news couldn’t come soon enough
Marussia’s Max Chilton will become the first contemporary Formula One driver in nine years to compete at the UK’s famous Goodwood Revival meeting next month, when he climbs behind the wheel for the September 12-14 event. British driver Chilton, who is in his second year of F1 competition, will race in the Shelby Cup, a one-off event being held to mark 60 years of the small-block V8 engine
First front-row start – Australia; first podium – Spain; and first win – Canada. The ‘firsts’ are coming thick and fast for Daniel Ricciardo this season, following his promotion from Toro Rosso to Red Bull for 2014. As the F1 paddock enjoys its traditional summer break, what better time to quiz the popular Australian on a few other firsts in his life
Heading into last year’s summer break, Williams were a team in disarray, having scored one solitary point over the opening 10 Grands Prix. It would transpire to be the worst season in their illustrious history. This year, however, they have been rejuvenated
Sweeping rule changes shouldn’t favour the smaller teams, but Force India have bucked the trend in 2014, entering the summer break on the back of the strongest opening to an F1 campaign in their history. In a candid and exclusive interview, Force India chief operating officer Otmar Szafnauer reveals how the Silverstone-based squad have profited as others have struggled
With zero points from 11 Grands Prix, 2014 is proving a tough season for Sauber. By the team’s own admission the Ferrari-powered C33 is ‘not one of the better cars’ they’ve built, and neither Adrian Sutil nor Esteban Gutierrez has been able to trouble the top ten. We spoke to team principal Monisha Kaltenborn to find out how the Swiss squad intends to turn their fortunes around
Tata Communications is delighted to announce the winners of Challenge 1 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
According to the popular maxim, the first person any Formula One driver wants to beat is his team mate, and never has that been truer than in 2014. We’ve seen sizzling intra-team battles taking place up and down the grid, but who has done well and who must do better?
Australian Grand Prix organisers are optimistic that Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo will score a home win in Melbourne by the end of the decade, after the city signed a new contract to host the race through to 2020. Melbourne will celebrate its 20th running of the Australian Grand Prix next season, and having renewed its deal for a further five years
Williams’ success across the first half of the 2014 Formula One season will not prove fleeting. That is according to technical director Pat Symonds, who believes the team will be just as competitive after the summer break. In the opening 11 Grands Prix Williams have scored three podiums – all through Valtteri Bottas – and they remain locked in battle with Ferrari for third in the constructors’ standings
Kevin Magnussen has racked up plenty of firsts over the past 12 months – from clinching the Formula Renault 3.5 crown to making his Formula One debut, and scoring a Grand Prix podium at his first attempt. But he can also recall some of the other milestones in his life, like his first crash and his first taste of champagne. Just don’t ask him to cook
Next year’s official Formula One video game will be available on new-generation platforms and will feature live, in-season updates for the first time, Codemasters have confirmed. The game, which will be playable on the Xbox One, Playstation 4 and PC, will also be released earlier in the season
Luca Marmorini is to leave his role as the director of Ferrari’s engine and electronics department as the Italian team restructure their power unit department. The move, which was announced on Thursday, sees Mattia Binotto assume the role of chief operating officer, whilst Lorenzo Sassi retains his position as chief designer of the power unit
Force India have continued their tradition of punching above their weight this season, and head into the summer break lying fifth in the constructors’ table on 98 points – 39 up on this time last year. Although the team failed to score through either Nico Hulkenberg or Sergio Perez for the first time in 2014 in Hungary, team boss Vijay Mallya is confident his Mercedes-powered squad can continue to take the fight to the Formula One frontrunners
Daniel Ricciardo’s inspired drive to victory stole the headlines in Hungary, but the two men he beat – Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton – also shone in a sensational finish to a breathtaking Grand Prix. For Alonso, an astounding final stint brought him within three laps of what would have been a first triumph of 2014 – while Hamilton came agonisingly close to an unprecedented charge from pit lane to victory