F1 Technical

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.
Caterham F1 endured another difficult qualifying session with one car stuck in the garage with a hydraulics problem. For Kamui Kobayashi things went slightly better and set-up changes made after FP3 proved promising for him.
In qualifying for the German Grand Prix on the Hockenheimring the two Sauber F1 Team drivers finished in 14th (Esteban Gutiérrez) and 17th (Adrian Sutil).
Qualifying for the German Grand Prix saw both Sahara Force Indias finish inside the top ten with Nico Hulkenberg ending the session in ninth just ahead of Sergio Perez in tenth.
Lotus' Romain Grosjean qualified in fifteenth and Pastor Maldonado nineteenth after a searing hot qualifying session at the Hockenheimring for the German Grand Prix.
McLaren's Kevin Magnussen qualified in 4th place for tomorrow's German Grand Prix with team mate Jenson Button narrowly missing out on the top ten. He'll start from 11th on the starting grid.
Nico Rosberg took pole position at Hockenheim for the German Grand Prix, a fairly straightforward feat for the German after Lewis Hamilton dropped out early with a front right brake failure. Williams' Valtteri Bottas will start from second place, ahead of team mate Felipe Massa.
Having trialled a new software update at last week's in-season test at Silverstone, the Renault powered teams continued to see progress during the first two practice sessions ahead of the German Grand Prix.
Nico Rosberg started the German Grand Prix weekend in the best possible fashion by setting the fastest time in the first practice session, less than a tenth ahead of his team mate, Lewis Hamilton.
The German Grand Prix is one of the most iconic races in Formula 1. It was first included on the world championship calendar in 1951, when it was held at the infamous Nurburgring Nordschleife, and hosted its first race at Hockenheim in 1970.
The FIA has officially confirmed that none of the 22 F1 cars present at Hockenheim for this weekend's German Grand Prix are fitted with a front to rear interlinked suspension system.
Formula One Championship leader Nico Rosberg has signed a multi-year contract extension with Mercedes AMG. The team however did not reveal details on the exact duration of the new agreement.
Following the first steps of restructuring, Caterham F1 Team has confirmed today that a number of new appointments have been made, along with the termination of other contracts to ensure the team's future.
Despite enjoying an enviable advantage both in terms of performance and on the points table Mercedes are desperate to hunt for further improvements. The Brackley-based team is about to launch a series of novelties at their home race.
The Italian came from an unknown world to lead the sinking ship to heaven. Covered with dark sunglasses he remained quiet at his first appearances in charge of Ferrari, then he opened his mouth and showed that the days of his predecessor Stefano Domenicali when everyone could feel their job safe are long gone.
The world of Formula-1 was caught by surprise earlier this week when Charlie Whiting wrote a letter to each team to inform them that the FRIC system could be viewed as illegal, hence FIA can’t warrant that cars with FRIC on board pass the technical checks from the German GP onward.
McLaren Racing Director Eric Boullier has admitted that the recent move by the FIA to ban FRIC systems in Formula One have caught the teams by surprise.
Following the on-track debut of their 18 inch tyre concept on the Lotus of Charles Pic, Pirelli have stressed that if teams are willing to push on, the tyre supplier can be ready for the switch by 2016.
Jules Bianchi set the fastest time during the second and final day of testing at Silverstone. As a Ferrari development driver, he piloted the Ferrari F14T as a replacement for the recovering Kimi Räikkönen.
Pirelli has displayed its 18 inch tyre concept for Formula One, a possibility for a regulation change that the tyre company has been pushing for since its return to the sport in 2010.
Pedro De La Rosa came in action on the first day of testing for Ferrari at Silverstone. The Spaniard proved happy to be in the car, finding good correlation between the car's behaviour and how he experienced it in the simulator.
Felipe Massa recorded the fastest time during the first of two testing days at Silverstone. He set his time halfway through the morning and was not beaten, even though Daniel Ricciardo came to within 0.006s of the Brazilian's best.
Silverstone is the host for the third, two-day in-season test for Formula One. The latest change to the driver line-up is Jules Bianchi as Ferrari announced he will stand in for Kimi Raikkonen who is still recovering from his crash during last weekend's British Grand Prix.
Ferrari's Fernando Alonso took the points today for the Scuderia despite having to manage car issues towards the end of the race. Team mate Kimi Raikkonen already crashed out in the first lap, badly damaging his car but without much personal harm. He is however unsure to be able to drive next Wednesday at the Silverstone test.
After a fantastic result in qualifying yesterday, the Marussia F1 Team experienced a rather more sobering race in today’s 2014 Formula 1 Santander British Grand Prix, albeit they ended the day with Jules Bianchi in P14 and Max Chilton in P16.
McLaren's Jenson Button finished 4th in today's British Grand Prix, the closest he came yet to securing a podium in his home race. Team mate Kevin Magnussen finished 7th, making it a double points finish for the team.
Williams' Valtteri Bottas achieved his best ever race result and a second consecutive podium in an eventful British Grand Prix today. Felipe Massa was forced to retire after getting caught in a multi-car accident at the start that red flagged the race for nearly an hour.
Red Bull Racing's drivers gathered solid points at the team's home race, but it was particularly Daniel Ricciardo who proved happy afterwards thanks to his working suggestion of switching to a one-stop strategy.
Lewis Hamilton took victory in his home race at this afternoon's British Grand Prix, while Nico Rosberg was forced to retire. Lewis scored Mercedes' eighth win in nine races in 2014 – and his fifth of the season so far.
Lotus' Romain Grosjean came home twelfth whilst Pastor Maldonado was classified seventeenth in an eventful 2014 British Grand Prix at Silverstone. Both cars ran a single pit stop strategy in the restarted race.
Sauber's Adrian Sutil and Esteban Gutiérrez were able to make up positions during the start of the British Grand Prix in Silverstone, coming into 11th (Sutil) and 12th (Gutiérrez) until Esteban’s race was over on lap ten due to an accident. Sutil's performance degraded throughout the race with tyre issues, resulting in a 13th placed finish.
Toro Rosso and both its drivers proved happy with their performances at the British Grand Prix that resulted in a 9th place finish for Daniil Kvyat and a 10th place for Jean-Eric Vergne.