F1 Technical

Caterham F1 Team have responded to the claims of a group of former staff, saying it is concerned about the claims of a group of individuals after their dismissal from the team following its takeover by new owners.
Even if Hungaroring is not a historical track like the one at Silverstone, Monza or Monaco, it usually produces huge excitement like it did back in 2006 or last Sunday. A sudden thunderstorm right before the pit lane opened refreshed the sultry conditions which opened up a few possibilities for those coming from behind.
Ferrari's driver put in strong performances at the Hungarian Grand Prix with Fernando Alonso claiming an unexpected second place finish thanks to error free driving. Kimi Raikkonenhad a difficult task to rise through the ranks from 16th but still finished 6th.
Lewis Hamilton secured Mercedes' eleventh podium of the season, driving a brilliant race after starting from the pit-lane and finishing third just ahead of teammate Nico Rosberg in fourth position.
Red Bull team principal Christian Horner had nothing but praise for Daniel Ricciardo after the Australian scored his second win of the season, and only the second non-Mercedes win this year as well.
Toro Rosso was satisfied to score some points at the end of a very complicated Hungarian GP. Jean-Eric Vergne was happy with his 9th place finish while Daniil Kvyat's race was compromised as his engine stalled on the grid.
Williams' Felipe Massa finished fifth and Valtteri Bottas eighth as the team scored points with both cars in an eventful Hungarian Grand Prix. Williams heads into Formula 1's summer break fourth in the constructors championship with 135 points.
Lotus' Pastor Maldonado finished in thirteenth position whilst Romain Grosjean retired from an eventful Hungarian Grand Prix. The entire team now looks forwards to the summer break following which it is determined to fight back from a difficult first half of the season.
A strong performance by the Sauber F1 Team at the Hungarian Grand Prix in Budapest was not rewarded. Adrian Sutil finished in 11th and missed out on a point by just 0.9 seconds, while Esteban Gutiérrez was running eighth, and thus in the fight for points, when a problem with the Energy Recovery System forced him to stop.
McLaren saw its hopes for big points fade away early on in the race when the team realised their made a wrong strategy call after getting a prediction for further rain. Still, despite this mishap, Jenson Button saved the day, getting a single point by finishing 10th.
Sahara Force India was out of luck today as Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez retired from the Hungarian Grand Prix. Both men crashed out do to being a little bit too eager early on in the race.
One month ago, at the Austrian Grand Prix, Force India introduced a major aerodynamic upgrade package on its VJM07, including a modified nose cone and different bodywork around the engine and exhaust. The difference is obvious around the “Claro” logo when comparing the Canadian specification to the car running at Silverstone. Tighter packaging is an obvious aerodynamic advantage and proved possible even while retaining the location of the oil cooler above the exhaust pipe, fed by the secondary airbox inlet.
Daniel Ricciardo has won his second race of the season in what turned out to be an absolutely thrilling Hungarian Grand Prix. Ferrari's Fernando Alonso finished an unexpected second, closely followed by Hamilton and Rosberg.
For the fourth time this season, Ferrari's Fernando Alonso qualified fifth this afternoon to secure a place on the clean side of Row 3. It’s a good place to be to pick up points in the final race before the summer break. Kimi Raikkonen meanwhile qualified 17th after a wrong strategy call cost him a chance at doing better.
Mercedes' Nico Rosberg took pole position during qualifying at the Hungaroring this afternoon, while a fuel leak saw Lewis eliminated in the Q1 phase without setting a time.
Qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix saw Sahara Force India's Nico Hulkenberg end the session in ninth place. Team mate Sergio Perez was hampered by a hydraulic issue on his car and qualified 13th.
With teams trying to work around the 1.6 performance difference between the soft and medium compounds in Hungary, Pirelli expects little running on the medium and mostly two stops, considering the overtaking difficulty around the Hungaroring.
Valtteri Bottas qualified third with Felipe Massa sixth after another strong qualifying session for Williams. Valtteri challenged Vettel for second, while Felipe struggled with traffic in Q3.
Lotus' Romain Grosjean qualified in fifteenth whilst Pastor Maldonado retired from qualifying at the Hungarorging for the 2014 Hungarian Grand Prix. Romain pushed through to the second wave of qualifying at the 4.4km circuit whilst Pastor’s charge evaporated before a lap was completed.
McLaren encountered mixed fortunes during qualifying today. While Jenson Button went through a solid session to post the 7th time, Kevin Magnussen was caught out by the wet track in turn 1 and subsequently crashed out.
Sebastian Vettel qualified second in today's qualifying session for the Hungarian Grand Prix while Daniel Ricciardo will start from 4th. The result makes Red Bull Racing hope for a lot of points at the end of tomorrow's Grand PRix.
In qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix in Budapest the Sauber F1 Team achieved a positive result. Adrian Sutil finished in 12th, his best result in this season so far, while Esteban Gutiérrez clinched 14th place. This could open up the opportunity to finish in the points tomorrow.
Toro Rosso put in a strong qualifying performance for the Hungarian Grand Prix with Jean-Eric Vergne posting the 8th best time. Daniil Kvyat looked set to do a similar feat but a spin on his ultimate flying lap in Q2 meant he will start from 11th.
Nico Rosberg took pole position for the Hungarian Grand Prix in what became a thrilling session. After Hamilton's car caught fire early on, rain still made things difficult for the German Mercedes driver.
Lewis Hamilton has put his stamp on the Hungarian GP weekend even before qualifying by topping all three free practice session, including this mornings FP3.
Having impressed many during the recent two or three Grand Prix, Williams driver Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa agree that this weekend may turn out to be a bit harder for them.
Pirelli have brought their medium and soft tyres to the Hungaroring, a choice the company believes will suit the twisty nature of the track while coping with the usually higher temperatures.
Caterham have had a reasonable Friday, one that's been going better than any in the while. Kamui Kobayashi in particular proved optimistic about the competitiveness of his car this weekend.
Italian Brake supplier Brembo has revealed that post-failure analysis of the right front brake disc from Lewis Hamilton's car has not yet unveiled a conslusive point of failure
Lewis Hamilton was fastest in the first practice session at the Hungaroring. He was nearly 2 tenths ahead of his teammate and another 4 tenths clear of Kimi Raikkonen.
Alexander Rossi has joined the Marussia F1 Team as Official Reserve Driver for the remainder of the 2014 season. Until 2 weeks ago, the 22 year old American was the reserve driver of Caterham F1 Team whilst also competing in the GP2 series.
The Hungarian Grand Prix marks the final stop for the Formula One teams before the summer break. The twisty track usually provides the perfect atmosphere to make it a suitable end of the first part of the championship.
Ferrari and Red Bull were less than impressed with how the FIA permitted Mercedes to breach the sporting regulations when Lewis Hamilton’s car was allowed to be fitted with brake discs of a different specification.
Scuderia Ferrari welcomes the points brought by Fernando Alonso's 5th place following a daring drive with close battles. Kimi Raikkonen was unable to make it into the points after getting front wing damage at two different incidents.
Williams introduced a new cooling solution on its FW36 this weekend at Germany by adding a series of small apertures on the legality fin of the airbox cover. The small extension on the airbox cover is there only to fit the minimum area rules of the bodywork, but Williams have found a new use by creating fins to provide engine cooling. Many teams have small apertures in this area for cooling, but Williams' solution surely is elaborate.
Esteban Gutiérrez finished the German Grand Prix at the Hockenheimring in 14th. Adrian Sutil retired in lap 48 after spinning out in the last corner. It was a race in which the team had the chance to score a point.
Williams' Valtteri Bottas achieved his third consecutive podium and the team's 300th podium at the German GP today. Felipe Massa's race unfortunately ended early after he was involved in a first corner incident with McLaren's Kevin Magnussen.
Mercedes' Nico Rosberg took a dominating home victory at the German Grand Prix with Lewis Hamilton finishing in third position, gaining 17 places from the grid.
Toro Rosso leaves Germany empty handed after a race where both drivers failed to progress forwards. Jean-Eric Vergne was put back due to a penalty while Daniil Kvyat retired with his STR9 on fire.
Lotus' Pastor Maldonado equalled his season-best finish of twelfth from his P19 starting position whilst Romain Grosjean was forced to retire from the German Grand Prix with a cooling issue on his E22.
Red Bull Racing finished today's German Grand Prix in 4th and 6th positions. The result follows close on track battles from both cars, in particular with Fernando Alonso in the Ferrari who finished in between the Red Bulls.
Sahara Force India scored seven points in today’s German Grand Prix with Nico Hulkenberg finishing in seventh place and Sergio Perez in 10th. The result sees the team re-take 5th in the constructors standings.
McLaren were hopeful of a strong race result today in Germany, but saw part of its hopes vanish already at the first corner when Kevin Magnussen got involved in a crash.
Even though Caterham saw both its cars at the finish, Kamui Kobayashi and Marcus Ericsson were unable to cause any surprises during today's German GP. The duo ended 16th and 18th respectively.
Nico Rosberg has won the German Grand Prix of 2014 in dominant fashion. He lead the race from start to finish, celebrating on the podium with Williams' Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton in the second Silver Arrows.
Both Ferrari drivers said to be unhappy with their qualifying positions, mostly caused by technical and balance issues on their F14Ts. Fernando Alonso qualified in 7th place for the German Grand Prix while his teammate Kimi Raikkonen set the 12th best time.
Qualifying for the German Grand Prix ended up with 5th and 6th positions for Red Bull drivers Daniel Ricciardo and Sebastian Vettel. Both seemed happy with the outcome with Vettel highlighting that the positions are good enough to score well during tomorrow's Grand Prix.
Williams' Valtteri Bottas finished second with Felipe Massa third in a very hot qualifying session. Both drivers encountered no problems during the today's sessions and were happy with their car's balance.
Toro Rosso's Chief Race Engineer Phil Charles said to be very pleased with today's qualifying outcome for his team, but in reality there were some mixed feelings as Jean-Eric Vergne only narrowly missed out on a place in Q3.
Mercedes' Nico Rosberg secured pole position for the team's home race today at Hockenheim, with Lewis Hamilton suffering from a brake failure and a crash that ended his session during Q1.