Ever irreverent, Bernie Ecclestone’s Christmas card, sent out this week, pokes fun at his court appearance in Munich this year. But the German state bank at the heart of the bribery case, now closed, against the 84 year old has sought to have the last laugh. Bayern LB, the Bavarian state bank, is issuing proceedings […]
Jean Eric Vergne is still gainfully employed in Formula One following his addition to the Ferrari test driver roster. The 24-year-old Frenchman joins the Maranello squad on the back of his ousting as a race driver at Toro Rosso after three seasons and he joins a Ferrari back room driving strength recently boosted by the […]
A collection of personal images taken by F1 drivers, team bosses and prominent F1 figures will be auctioned in London on January 16th to raise money for Great Ormond Street Hospital. The Zoom initiative, which is backed by F1 commercial boss Bernie Ecclestone, brings together imagery ranging from racing orientated material to personal shots. One […]
Red Bull boss Christian Horner has given his verdict on the 2014 season, heaping praise on Mercedes and on Daniel Ricciardo and underlining that next year’s Red Bull has had the full Adrian Newey treatment, despite the technical guru deciding to take a step back from day to day F1 involvement. Horner is full of […]
There was a significant development today on the board of Formula 1, which is controlled by CVC Capital Partners. It reappointed Bernie Ecclestone, who had been forced to step down to fight his bribery trial in Germany this year. It also appointed Paul Walsh, who had been earmarked as Chairman, to a non-executive directorship
The Grand Prize winners of F1′s breakthrough crowdsourcing initiative, the 2014 F1 Connectivity Innovation Prize, have been announced today and they win $50,000 and a behind the scenes 2015 Monaco GP experience for their innovative solution to the problem of cataloguing F1 Management’s huge archive of video content. The judging panel, which included F1 commentator […]
The Italian media today is predicting that Neil Martin, the head of race strategy at Ferrari, is set to follow the list of high profile names out of the door at Maranello. Yesterday Hirohide Hamashima, the ex Bridgstone tyre expert left and today La Gazzetta dello Sport reports that new team principal Maurizio Arrivabene will […]
Lewis Hamilton’s win in the BBC Sports Personality of the Year on Sunday seemed to catch everyone except the voting public by surprise and the media reaction since has been at odds with the margin of his victory. Having twice been runner up in the past, Hamilton finally took the prestigious trophy on Sunday in […]
CVC Capital Partners, which owns the major stake in F1, has lost the man it hoped would lead the transition from Bernie Ecclestone’s stewardship into a new era and ultimately to floatation. Paul Walsh, former CEO of Diageo and a respected figure in the world’s finance districts, has walked away from the opportunity to become […]
New Ferrari F1 team principal Maurizio Arrivabene has made some decisive moves as he reorganises his team ahead of the 2015 F1 season. The new boss has sacked chief designer Nikolas Tombazis (above) and former technical director Pat Fry (below), both of whom will be leaving the Scuderia. Tombazis’ role will be taken on by […]
The winners of the third challenge in F1′s ground breaking crowdsourcing competition, the F1 Connectivity Innovation prize, have been announced today. Challenge Three asked fans to enhance the sport’s video archive by harnessing the power of crowd-sourced commentary. Since 1981, over 60,000 hours of video has been meticulously stored and digitised in Formula One Management’s […]
The renaissance of the Williams F1 team under the management of Claire Williams and Mike O’Driscoll continues with the hiring of Steve Nielsen as Sporting Manager. Nielsen is a very experienced and well respected pair of hands, who has worked with Tyrrell, Benetton, Renault, Arrows, Caterham and most recently Toro Rosso. Nielsen, who has 27 […]
F1 world champion Lewis Hamilton was voted by the British public the BBC Sport Personality of the Year tonight at a ceremony in Glasgow, Scotland. Hamilton beat golfer Rory McIlroy and runner Jo Pavey. The award is one of the most prestigious in the British sporting world and has been won in the past by […]
The Ferrari F1 team had its Christmas celebration this weekend for all the employees with new team principal Maurizio Arrivabene telling the staff,”Today we are here to celebrate but from January onwards I want you to attack.” The objective, he added, “Is to bring Ferrari back to the positions which it deserves.” The lunch, which […]
Despite some very difficult circumstances, both the administrators of Caterham and the people behind the Marussia team are still hopeful of continuing in F1 next season. So do they have any chance? Marussia missed the final three races of the season, having tried to get to Abu Dhabi, while Caterham made it thanks to raising […]
Today at McLaren was one of those unmissable occasions for getting up close, seeing the whites of the protagonists’ eyes and listening to the subtleties of their words in the press conference and afterwards in the smaller groups. The key players were accessible and their availability lasted a couple of hours. We got a chance […]
It seemed hard to imagine until recently, but McLaren boss Ron Dennis and Fernando Alonso have saddled their futures to each other. Dennis welcomed back Alonso, with whom he had a spectacular falling out at the end of their 2007 season, talking about “unfinished business”. He added that the Alonso and Jenson Button partnership is […]
McLaren this morning confirmed that 2009 world champion Jenson Button will line up alongside two times champion Fernando Alonso in the McLaren Honda next season. Kevin Magnussen will be the reserve driver.
Tomorrow morning at McLaren headquarters the team will announce its driver line up for 2015, with plenty of speculation on both sides; either Jenson Button or Kevin Magnussen will get the nod, but which one? The background to this story is long and drawn out; it revolves around Ron Dennis’ return to the helm at […]
Lewis Hamilton’s whistle-stop tour of awards ceremonies continues unabated with the latest recognition for his stellar 2014 season coming at the British Racing Driver’s Club annual gala in London. Following the FIA awards last Friday and Sunday’s Autosport Awards, the world champion collected not one but two prestigious BRDC Gold Stars in the Grand Connaught Rooms in Central London […]
Jean-Eric Vergne has made his first move following his loss of his Formula One seat at Toro Rosso with the announcement that he will join the ranks of the Formula E championship for this weekend’s race in Punta del Este in Uruguay. The Frenchman who will be replaced at Toro Rosso next year by Carlos […]
Lewis Hamilton admitted at the weekend that there had been “incredible mind games” in his tense championship battle with Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg. Speaking at the Autosport Awards in London, the new world champion reflected on his friendship with Rosberg during their formative years in karting but there was no hint of a thawing in their frosty relations […]
Daniel Ricciardo says his 2014 success “was a surprise” to him but that now that he has tasted victory he “won’t settle for anything less” in 2015. Speaking in Qatar at the FIA’s annual Prize-Giving event, where he was on hand to pick up his trophy for third-place in the F1 Drivers’ standings, the Red […]
Red Bull are this morning counting the cost of a robbery at their Milton Keynes headquarters, which saw thieves drive a van into the front entrance and steal over 60 of the F1 trophies won during the last five years. The robbery is unprecedented in F1 history and brutal for the team, which worked hard […]
The world champions Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes F1 team received their trophies and the right to officially call themselves world champions at a gala in Doha, Qatar tonight. Hamilton, 29, was collecting the championship for the second time in his career, with a six year gap since the first one.
Mercedes not only claimed the spoils on circuit this season, they also took the lion’s share of the social media attention and value, according to a report by industry monitors Repucom. The document, entitled “Full season social media snapshot” reveals that @MercedesAMGF1 was the subject of 30% of all social media activity around teams, ahead […]
The wait goes on. A board meeting at McLaren headquarters in Woking today, which was slated to be decisive in the choice of drivers for 2015, has not yielded a decision. For Jenson Button and Kevin Magnussen the wait goes on
Adrian Newey, F1′s pre-eminent designer, has always dreamed of being part of a challenge on the America’s Cup yacht race and a tie-up announced today with British sailing hero Sir Ben Ainslie brings him into that world. Newey has withdrawn from front line, day to day F1 activity, to work with Red Bull Advanced Technologies […]
A report in the Financial Times tonight suggests that F1 is lining up a new chairman, Paul Walsh and that that this could signal the beginning of the end of Bernie Ecclestone’s control of the sport he has run for over 30 years. Walsh, formerly CEO of drinks firm Diageo, which has sponsorship deals with […]
A 396-page report into the circumstances surrounding Jules Bianchi’s accident at the Japanese Grand Prix has concluded while “a number of key issues occurred, which may have contributed to the accident, none alone caused it” and that “it is not feasible to mitigate the injuries Bianchi suffered by either enclosing the driver’s cockpit, or fitting […]
The return of the Korean GP on a 21-race calendar, no F1 licence for under-18s from 2016 onwards, the introduction of a new 10-second penalty in races, the end of gimmicks such as double points and standing restarts, as well as the formal introduction of the Virtual Safety Car were among the key decisions taken at today’s meeting […]
A 396-page report into the circumstances surrounding Jules Bianchi’s accident at the Japanese Grand Prix has concluded that the Frenchman “did not slow sufficiently” under yellow caution flags and adds that while “a number of key issues occurred, which may have contributed to the accident, none alone caused it”. Furthermore it finds that “it is […]
Williams is celebrating its most successful season on track since 2003 and has enjoyed more success off track as it today announced a second new sponsor, which it has poached from the Lotus F1 team. Williams saw a €30 million boost in income from FOM prize funds thanks to rising from 9th in 2013 to […]
When an F1 driver gets a special helmet made with the message “My first day at Ferrari” printed in Italian on the side, for his first outing as a Ferrari driver, you know that we are in the realms of boyhood dream fulfilment. Sebastian Vettel, a four time world champion who lost some of his […]
The McLaren F1 team said that they would name their drivers “not before December 1″, having earlier stated that they would name them before the final race at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Today the team was clear that no announcement is imminent and so one of the more curious sagas of this season drags […]
Porsche has issued a statement on the condition of former F1 driver Mark Webber, who crashed heavily in the closing stages of the World Endurance Championship race in Sao Paolo on Sunday. Webber, twice a winner of the Brazilian Grand Prix on the Interlagos circuit, lost control of his Porsche 919 hybrid in the final […]
Four times world champion Sebastian Vettel will be in Maranello today, driving on the iconic Fiorano test track for the first time as Ferrari’s new star driver. But what kind of project is he walking into and should be be worried?
Toro Rosso have confirmed that Carlos Sainz Jr will race alongside 17-year-old Max Verstappen at the team in 2015, giving the team the youngest driver line-up on the grid. Twenty-year-old Sainz became the youngest ever winner of the Formula Renault 3.5 series last month and was always favourite to take over at Toro Rosso from Jean-Eric […]
Formula One will scrap the double points rule for 2015, with a proposal to ditch the unpopular format expect to be confirmed next week. The rule, championed by Bernie Ecclestone, was introduced as a method of keeping the championship alive until the final race of the season, but was heavily criticised by teams, drivers and fans, […]
Susie Wolff is to step up from her role as development driver at Williams to become the team’s official test driver for 2015, with the 31-year-old set to take part in two test sessions and two FP1 sessions across next season. Wolff  took part in two Friday practice session during the 2014 season.
New world champion Lewis Hamilton certainly increased his market value with his title win on Sunday, but will it make him more or less likely to stay with the Mercedes team beyond 2015? The 29 year old has one more year left on his original contract with Mercedes and little progress has been made on […]
F1 champion Lewis Hamilton was in London this morning appearing on BBC Radio 1, where he took part in a different kind of Grand Prix – the Radio 1 Breakfast Show GP against the show’s host Nick Grimshaw (@grimmers). The show has a weekly reach 5.97 million people. The event took place on a giant […]
Jean Eric Vergne’s chances of retaining the Toro Rosso seat have ended as he announced on Twitter that he is to leave the team, leaving the way open for Carlos Sainz Jr to take the season alongside fellow F1 rookie Max Verstappen next season. Vergne tweeted this afternoon: “Despite a good season and 22 points […]
Mercedes ended the 2014 Formula One season of on track activity in appropriate style as Pascal Wehrlein topped the time sheets in the final two-day test in Abu Dhabi. But there was more woe for McLaren who failed to get any meaningful running from the test with their Honda powered test mule following more electrical problems. Official Mercedes tester Wehrlein […]
Jean-Eric Vergne has revealed that he has lost his battle to hold onto his 2015 drive with Toro Rosso, with Formula Renault 3.5 winner Carlos Sainz now the heavy favourite to partner max Verstappen at the Red Bull satellite squad next season. Vergne, who finished in the points on seven occasions this season and who […]
The final round of the 2014 world championship saw a bold strategy play by Williams, attempting to win the race and coming within 2.5 seconds of the winner Lewis Hamilton, so could he have won it? It also saw great drives on counter strategies from Daniel Ricciardo, who went from the pit lane to fourth […]
The 2015 season began in earnest just two days after the conclusion of the 2014 campaign as Valtteri Bottas topped the time sheets on the first of two days of testing at Yas Marina as McLaren and Honda struggled to get on track with their interim car. Bottas was also quickest for Williams in the morning […]
The new 2014 world F1 champion Lewis Hamilton has come back to the UK overnight and is doing a round of media events in Manchester this morning, even taking the time to surprise a nine year old who clinched a kart championship on the same day as Hamilton clinched in Abu Dhabi. Harley Haughton was […]
By Ed Gorman, Times F1 Correspondent 2007-10 So Lewis is champion again. The surprising thing is how long it has taken.
There has been more upheaval at Ferrari as Marco Mattiaci has been replaced as Ferrari F1 boss with immediate effect by long time Philip Morris executive Maurizio Arrivabene in a move that had been rumoured during the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix weekend. Mattiaci leaves Ferrari after just eight months at the helm and following the departures of Stefano Domenicali […]