F1 Technical

New clouds have gathered over the Caterham F1 Team as new owners have threatened to pull the plug on the team, claiming that Tony Fernandes, former owner of the team, is not completing the transaction as deemed necessary.
Lotus F1 Team has concluded a deal with Endless Jewelry which will see the jewellery brand represented on the airbox and on the top of sidepod of the E22 for the United States Grand Prix at Austin, Texas on 31st October – 2nd November.
A planned auction of Caterham equipment, including one Caterham F1 test car from 2013 has been cancelled now that Caterham Sports Ltd has entered into Administration.
The FIA has announced it has finalised the composition of a new Accident Panel, founded to investigate and propose improvements to track safety following the accident involving Jules Bianchi at the Japanese Grand Prix.
Sahara Force India Formula One Team has confirmed that Nico Hulkenberg will continue to race wthe the team for 2015. The 27-year-old German returned to Sahara Force India at the start of 2014 and has enjoyed his most successful Formula One season to date.
The Sauber F1 Team has announced that on 22nd and 23rd October, Adderly Fong and Roy Nissany will test a two year old Sauber C31 on the Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia.
Kimi Raikkönen disclosed in an interview by CNN that he might stay at Ferrari beyond 2015 if he still feels the hunger for racing. He said that he still has the passion for racing.
Ferrari didn't manage to impress during the Russian Grand Prix as Fernando Alonso finished sixth and Kimi Raikkonen in 9th place after a difficult race for both of them.
Williams' Valtteri Bottas finished third and Felipe Massa 11th in today’s Russian Grand Prix. As Valtteri drove consistently to his fifth podium of the season, Felipe got stuck in traffic and failed to make it into the points following an early pitstop.
Lewis Hamilton's win and Nico Rosberg's second place finish at today's Russian Grand Prix sealed Mercedes-Benz' first ever F1 World Constructors Championship, resulting in smiles all across the team's garage.
Toro Rosso drivers Jean-Eric Vergne and Daniil Kvyat endured a frustrating race in Russia, going backwards throughout the Grand Prix due to the need to save more fuel than others.
The inaugural Russian Grand Prix on the newly built Sochi track didn’t deliver too much action. Almost all the drivers were on a one stop strategy, and, as a result, there were no real surprises. The Sauber F1 Team drivers came home in P15 (Esteban Gutiérrez) and P16 (Adrian Sutil).
A perfectly executed drive from Jenson Button to fourth place, backed up by a combative run from Kevin Magnussen to fifth place, netted a valuable 22 World Championship points that moved McLaren back up to fifth place in the Constructors’ World Championship.
Lotus' Romain Grosjean led home Pastor Maldonado in the first Russian Grand Prix at the impressive Sochi Autodrom. Both cars struggled for grip and performance during the course of the race.
Red Bull Racing had a fairly anonymous race at Sochi where Daniel Ricciardo finished 7th and Sebastian Vettel in 8th position. Team principal Christian Horner meanwhile indicates there was little more that could be done, given Mercedes power was dominant during the Russian GP weekend.
Sahara Force India scored a hard-earned point in Sochi this afternoon as Sergio Perez raced to tenth place in the Russian Grand Prix. Nico Hulkenberg battled his way to P12 from P17 after incurring a five-place grid penalty.
Caterham had a disappointing afternoon at Sochi following hopes it could fight Lotus. That soon proved not to be the case and resulted in a 19th place finish for Marcus Ericsson and a DNF for Kamui Kobayashi.
Fernando Alonso has revealed a little more information about his plans for the 2015 F1 season, ruling out recent suggestions that he raised money to complete a takeover of Lotus.
Lewis Hamilton has won the first ever Russian Grand Prix, dominating the entire race after Nico Rosberg made a mistake on lap one and had to fight his way back through the field to still finish second, ahead of Bottas. The result secures Mercedes of the win in the Constructors' Championship.
Fernando Alonso has been dominating the driver market this year by flirting with different teams. The Spanish champion admitted that he has set his plans for next year a few months ago.
Ferrari's Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen qualified in 8th and 9th for tomorrow's Russian Grand Prix. The positions reflect the car's potential and as such the team and Alonso does not expect to make up much ground in the race. Raikkonen though is more optimistic, thanks to an improved set-up on his F14 T compared to Friday.
Williams' Valtteri Bottas qualified third and Felipe Massa eighteenth for tomorrow’s inaugural Russian Grand Prix. While Valtteri only narrowly missed out on a front row grid slot, Felipe was hampered by a fuel pressure problem that made it impossible to do better.
McLaren had a day of mixed fortunes at Sochi, particularly due to making a wrong set-up choice overnight. This meant FP3 was useless for the drivers. A decision to revert to Friday's set-up eventually paid off with a 4th and 6th fastest time.
Mercedes AMG drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg finished first and second in qualifying this afternoon for the 2014 Formula 1 Russian Grand Prix in Sochi.
Lotus F1 Team faced a tough Saturday in Sochi with Romain Grosjean qualifying sixteenth and Pastor Maldonado qualifying in twentieth. Pastor suffered from an Energy Store issue in the morning then a power failure and related gearbox problem in the afternoon.
Qualifying for tomorrow’s Russian Grand Prix saw Force India's Nico Hulkenberg set the twelfth fastest time of the afternoon ahead of Sergio Perez in P13. Both only narrowly missed out on top 10 positions on the grid.
The Sauber F1 Team drivers finished qualifying for the Russian Grand Prix in 14th (Esteban Gutiérrez) and 15th (Adrian Sutil) on the new track in Sochi. These are the results which could realistically be expected.
Caterham came very close to Q2 during today's qualifying session with Marcus Ericsson only narrowly missing out on 17th place. Team mate Kamui Kobayashi admits to a difficult weekend so far and qualified 19th.
Toro Rosso's Daniil Kvyat was overjoyed with his 5th place on the grid for tomorrow's Russian Grand Prix, improving on his best qualifying position in F1 to date. Team mate Jean-Eric Vergne struggled a bit in Q3 but still qualified 10th, making it a great opportunity for the team to score points during the race.
Red Bull Racing drivers Daniel Ricciardo and Sebastian Vettel qualified for the Russian Grand Prix in 7th and 11th places respectively, both admitting they expected more before going into qualifying.
Lewis Hamilton secured his seventh pole position of the season, outperforming his team mate Nico Rosberg and Williams' Valtteri Bottas, even though the latter came very close to a better grid slot.
Lewis Hamilton topped the times in the final free practice session ahead of qualifying for the Russian Grand Prix. The Brit did spin off shortly after but his pace was remarkable, especially considering others needed several more laps to get the soft tyres to work.
Five days following Jules Bianchi's horrific crash during the Japanese Grand Prix, the Frenchman’s father Philippe has revealed that his son is still in critical condition.
The FIA are looking to implement a speed limit under yellow flags to improve track safety on the back of Jules Bianchi's accident at Suzuka. Technical Delegate Charlie Whiting is set to meet with F1 teams this weekend at Sochi to discuss the plans.
Following a difficult first session where the Brit wasn't happy with his performance, Lewis Hamilton jumped to the top of the timesheet with ease, topping closest competitor Kevin Magnussen by nearly a second.
Nico Rosberg set the fastest time as running got underway at the Sochi Autodrom in preparation for the Russian Grand Prix. Team mate Lewis Hamilton was second fastest.
As F1 is set to break new ground at Sochi for the Russian Grand Prix, the mood in the paddock is still very downbeat with people's minds still set on Jules Bianchi.
Lotus F1 Team and Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains have announced a long-term supply agreement which will see Lotus F1 Team utilizing the Mercedes-Benz Power Unit from the start of the 2015 season until the end of the current Power Unit generation.
Jean Todt has paid a visit to his close friend Michael Schumacher recently. The Frenchman who is in charge of governing the FIA, disclosed the great German was on course to have a “relatively normal life.”
Lotus F1 Team Technical Director Nick Chester looks intot he technical challenges that are expected when running starts on Friday on the brand new circuit that is the Sochi Autodrom, set to play home to the first ever Russian GP.
Azerbaijan's track layout, set to host the country's first ever Formula One Grand Prix was unveiled on Tuesday by Bernie Ecclestone, joined by members of the Azerbaijan government.
Former Formula One driver Andrea De Cesaris has today passed away following a crash with his motorbike on the ring around Rome. De Cesaris was 55 years old.
Jules Bianchi has sustained “severe head injury” in today's crash on lap 47 of the Japanese Grand Prix. The Frenchman is currently undergoing surgery at Mie hospital in Japan.
Jules Bianchi was involved in a huge accident during the dying minutes of the Japanese Grand Prix. The Frenchman has suffered serious head injuries and has been transported to the local hospital.
Lewis Hamilton has won the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka, mastering the wet conditions following a delayed start. Nico Rosberg finished second and Vettel third following an early stop of the race due to a crash involving Jules Bianchi.
Ferrari is adamant to get back to the top therefore they continue working on their technical staff. The Scuderia signed up key figures from rival teams.
Ferrari's Fernando Alonso qualified fifth for the Japanese Grand Prix, saying he enjoyed himself thanks to a solid balance of his car. Kimi Raikkonen on the other hand had a less optimised car, mostly due to him being sidelined in FP3 as the team were changing the power unit on his car.
Fernando Alonso reckons he has the key to the driver market in hand, saying he can virtually go wherever he wants. The Spaniard is still scrutineering the potential teams which can offer the most enticing future.
McLaren's Kevin Magnussen and Jenson Button will line up seventh and eighth respectively for tomorrow’s Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka. A solid result for the team that sees its performance improve on the back of further car developments.
McLaren's Kevin Magnussen and Jenson Button will line up seventh and eighth respectively for tomorrow’s Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka. A solid result for the team that sees its performance improve on the back of further car developments.