F1 Technical

Mercedes AMG have finally introduced their bespoke new nose cone for its F1 W05. Initially scheduled for introduction at the Australian Grand Prix, the nose cone design had to be adapted repeatedly and failed the FIA crash test three times before passing the front impact test.
Lewis Hamilton topped the times in the second practice session of the day following a mere 9 laps during the morning session. Fernando Alonso was second fastest with the second Mercedes of Nico Rosberg going third fastest.
Ferrari's Fernando Alonso set the fastest time of the morning during first practice ahead of the Chinese Grand Prix. Nico Rosberg was 4 tenths slower and second fastest while Daniel Ricciardo completed the top three.
The exciting Bahrain Grand Prix is little more than a week behind us and F1 teams have arrived in China for the final race before starting the European racing season, in May at Barcelona, Spain.
The International Court of Appeal has today revealed that it will uphold the exclusion of Daniel Ricciardo from the Australian Grand Prix and reject the team's appeal.
Stefano Domenicali has decided to resign from his position as Team Principal of Scuderia Ferrari, stating that he takes responsibility for the state the team is currently in.
The Mercedes AMG team today announced the departure of Bob Bell as the team's technical director, following a spell of 2.5 years at the team. Paddy Lowe will take over Bell's responsibilities.
A new Formula One team, directed by NASCAR team owner Gene Haas has been permitted an entry to F1 in 2015, Haas and the FIA confirmed on Friday following a meeting of the World Motorsport Council at Morocco.
Michiel Mol, co-owner of the Sahara Force India F1 team has joined the board of director of Super Aguri, a team set to compete in the new all electric Formula One racing class.
Lewis Hamilton kept Mercedes AMG ahead at the second day of testing at Bahrain. After Nico Rosberg topped the times yesterday, Hamilton completed another 120 trouble free laps for his team.
Red Bull Racing have today announced the appointment of Dan Fallows as the team's new Head Of Aerodynamics. Dan will take up the role with immediate effect.
Red Bull Racing have today announced the appointment of Dan Fallows as the team's new Head Of Aerodynamics. Dan will take up the role with immediate effect.
Nico Rosberg topped the times today as the first two day in-season tests kicked off at Bahrain. Similar as in this weekend's Bahrain Grand Prix, the second fastest was Force India, today driven by German Nico Hulkenberg.
A budget cap for Formula One teams, planned to be introduced by 2015 is now off the table, according to FIA president Jean Todt. He says the FIA will now look at further regulation changes to reduce costs.
Ferrari struggled throughout today's Bahrain Grand Prix, especially on the straights where the F14T clearly lacks top end power. Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen finished in 9th and 10th, securing just a few points for the Italian team.
Lewis Hamilton took victory by the narrowest of margins in this evening's Bahrain Grand Prix after an enthralling race-long battle with team-mate Nico Rosberg. A second consecutive one-two finish for the Silver Arrows saw the team extend its lead at the top of the Constructors' Championship.
Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo came extremely close to a podium at the Bahrain Grand Prix, finishing just behind 3rd placed Sergio Perez. Sebastian Vettel finished 6th.
Sahara Force India returned to the podium this evening as Sergio Perez scored a brilliant third place in the Bahrain Grand Prix. Nico Hulkenberg was close behind in fifth place bringing the team’s points total to 44 and moving the team up to second place in the constructors’ championship.
The Grand Prix of Bahrain, which took place as a night race for the first time ever, was a huge disappointment for the Sauber F1 Team. Adrian Sutil and Esteban Gutiérrez were both involved in accidents that were not their fault, so were forced to retire. Gutiérrez flipped over but was found uninjured after medical checks.
Williams' Felipe Massa finished seventh and Valtteri Bottas eighth in the first night race to be held in Bahrain, bringing home another 10 points for the team.
Romain Grosjean finished in twelfth position and Pastor Maldonado fourteenth after an eventful first night Bahrain Grand Prix. Both drivers completed the race at the Bahrain International Circuit without reliability issues and the E22 showed improved relative pace following yesterday’s qualifying.
Kamui Kobayashi was the only man at the finish today for Caterham F1 as he finished the Bahrain GP in 15th place. Team mate Marcus Ericsson stopped earlier with an oil leak on his Renault engine.
Toro Rosso failed to score points at the Bahrain Grand Prix, a first this season. Daniil Kvyat came close but finished in 11th place. Jean-Eric Vergne's race was compromised early on by a collision and abandoned the race early on.
The Bahrain Grand Prix was a disappointing event for all at McLaren. An unremarkable qualifying performance – Jenson gridded sixth and Kevin eighth – was followed by a race showing that could have resulted in a decent points-scoring finish, for Button at least, but instead ended in a double DNF owing to clutch problems on both cars.
Lewis Hamilton has won the Grand Prix of Bahrain, fending off an exciting challenge from team mate Nico Rosberg who started from pole. Sergio Perez was overjoyed with finished third as the Mexican completes the podium.
Scuderia Ferrari saw both drivers again qualify in the top 10, and with the demotion of Daniel Ricciardo, both move up a slot. As such, Raikkonen will start from 5th and Alonso from 9th.
McLaren Mercedes drivers Jenson Button and Kevin Magnussen qualified in 7th and 9th today, a performance that was in line with the expectations before the weekend, but well below the team's own targets.
Red Bull didn't have the greatest of qualifying sessions with Daniel Ricciardo and Sebastian Vettel to start from 13th and 10th respectively. Sebastian Vettel had some car issues while Daniel Ricciardo had a great lap but gets move down 10 places following a penalty incurred at the Malaysian GP.
In the night qualifying for the Bahrain Grand Prix, Sauber's Esteban Gutiérrez was able to make it into Q2, finishing 15th, while Adrian Sutil had to abort his final quick lap due to traffic and ended up 18th. Because of blocking other drivers, Sutil was also handed a 5-place grid penalty, requiring him to start from the very back of the grid.
Qualifying for Sunday’s Bahrain Grand Prix saw Sahara Force India's Sergio Perez qualify in fifth place with teammate Nico Hulkenberg setting the 12th fastest time.
Williams' Valtteri Bottas qualified fourth and Felipe Massa eighth in the first ever night qualifying session in Bahrain. Following Ricciardo's 10-place penalty from the Malaysian GP, Valtteri will start third with Felipe seventh in tomorrow's race.
Mercedes' Nico Rosberg took pole position in qualifying for the Bahrain Grand Prix this evening, with Lewis Hamilton completing the first Silver Arrows front row lock-out of the 2014 Formula One season.
Lotus' Romain Grosjean will start from sixteenth and Pastor Maldonado seventeenth after the first-ever night time qualifying session for the Bahrain Grand Prix. Romain pipped Pastor to the final place in Q2 but was unable to progress further than that session at the Bahrain International Circuit.
Caterham drivers Kamui Kobayashi and Marcus Ericsson qualified 19th and 21st respectively for tomorrow's Bahrain Grand Prix. Both men will however move up a place on the grid thanks to a 5-place grid penalty for Sauber's Adrian Sutil.
Everyone at Toro Rosso turned out to be disappointed with the result of qualifying as the team missed out on the final part of qualifying for the first time this season.
Nico Rosberg secured pole position today for the Bahrain Grand Prix. He proved better in qualifying than his team mate Lewis Hamilton. Daniel Ricciardo was the fastest non-Mercedes driver and qualified third, ahead of Valtteri Bottas
Mercedes seems the team to beat during this weekends Bahrain GP. After winning the first two races of the season, the team once again proved to be in excellent form during the third free practice session at the Bahrain International Circuit. Lewis Hamilton was the fastest man on track, followed by team mate Nico Rosberg and Force India's Sergio Perez.
Tyre management is still an important factor in Formula One, and the new Pirelli tyres this year have reset the metrics once again. Pirelli's Motorsport director Paul Hembery summarised 10 key points that are vital in understanding the differences with 2013.
After going faster than anybody else earlier today in FP1, Lewis Hamilton continued to set the pace, once again going several tenths faster than his team mate. Fernando Alonso was once more the closest competitor, albeit more than a second off of Hamilton's pace.
Lewis Hamilton has started the Bahrain Grand Prix weekend by topping the timesheets in the first practice session. A late charge put him up on top, ahead of Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg and Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso.
Bahrain is home to the third Grand Prix of the season, the first one ever at Bahrain to be run at night under artificial lighting. This year's race will also be the 10th Formula One race at the BIC.
Deputy team principal Claire Williams has apologised for her team imposing team orders during the Malaysian Grand Prix, saying it is against the wishes of the team's fans.
Two races into the 2014 Formula One season, Minardi founder Giancarlo Minardi says that the lack of action so far is mostly due to the excessive penalties that are being handed to the drivers.
Lotus F1 Team has today announced the drivers of its Junior Team for 2014. Nine drivers from eight countries will compete in six different motorsport categories as part of the squad.
Lotus technical director Nick Chester pinpoints the brake-by-wire system as the major culprit for performance but confirms the car's improved reliability now allows the team to start looking for speed improvements.
Williams Grand Prix Holdings has announced the sale of Williams Hybrid Power Limited from Williams' subsidiary, Williams Grand Prix Engineering Limited, to GKN Land Systems Limited in a multi-million pound transaction. This will see Williams Hybrid Power rebranded as GKN Hybrid Power.
Sebastian Vettel proved a happy man after today's Malaysian Grand Prix. In a competitive race he managed to get on the podium, behind the Mercedes AMG drivers. Team mate Daniel Ricciardo encountered bad luck with a trouble pitstop and a front wing failure leading to his retirement.
Sahara Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg finished in a strong fifth place in the Malaysian Grand Prix to bring the team’s points tally to 19 points after two races. Sergio Perez failed to start the race after suffering a series of issues, which caused the car to get stuck in gear on the way to the grid.
Caterham enjoyed a trouble free race and finished the weekend with Kamui Kobayashi in 13th place and Marcus Ericsson in 14th. The result is a boost for the team after various problems earlier during the Malaysian Grand Prix weekend.
McLaren had another double points finish today in Malaysia. Jenson Button drove a faultless race and finished 6th. Kevin Magnussen touched Raikkonen's Ferrari on turn 2 which compromised his entire race.