Toro Rosso have confirmed that Max Verstappen, who turns 17 years of age tomorrow, will take part in free practice one in Suzuka this weekend. The Italian squad had been waiting on the granting of an FIA Superlicence for the Dutchman but that hurdle now appears to have been overcome and on Friday the youngster […]
Caterham F1 team’s new principal Manfredi Ravetto has taken to the media in the last 24 hours to project some positive forward looking messaging about the team, whilst underlining that the rescue of the team is itself a minor miracle. Team founder Tony Fernandes decided to pull the plug on his disastrous five year F1 […]
It was noticeable during TV coverage of last weekend’s Singapore Grand Prix that F1 and Bernie Ecclestone had finally started to embrace social media, with FOM inviting fans on the main world TV feed to “Join the conversation” with a bespoke #singaporegp hashtag, which the F1 teams were also encouraged to use. This will be […]
How do F1 teams keep their data safe from malicious attacks? In the mad rush from Grand Prix to Grand Prix, it’s something one doesn’t often pause to consider.
Two senior figures in F1 who are currently working with young drivers have compared them to two of the biggest names in the Sport’s history. Red Bull’s motorsport director Helmut Marko has compared his new 16 year old signing Max Verstappen to Ayrton Senna, while Williams technical chief Pat Symonds says that Valtteri Bottas is […]
This year’s Singapore Grand Prix was certainly a race in which it paid to be bold on strategy. There was the inevitable Safety Car, at half distance, maintaining the circuit’s 100% record of Safety Cars and there were some very different strategies at work, which decided the outcome of the top 10 finishing positions. It […]
When there is an earthquake, there are always aftershocks. The earthquake at Ferrari was the ousting of Luca di Montezemolo last week after 23 years as president, the aftershocks in the F1 team are the moments of instability in evidence now, the questions of what happens next and whether their lead driver Fernando Alonso stays […]
F1′s longest and toughest race usually throws up some challenges and this year did not disappoint. The Singapore Grand Prix featured the usual challenge from a Safety Car at a key moment, which teams had to deal with and which forced many drivers to cope for many laps on deteriorating tyres.
The 2014 F1 title race was blown wide open in Singapore with Lewis Hamilton claiming an emphatic seventh victory of the season as Nico Rosberg’s race was ended almost before it begun when the German suffered a pre-race electronic problem that eventually forced him to retire after 14 laps. Hamilton’s win means he now moves […]
Getting a perfect lap at Singapore is always difficult; the 3.17 mile lap with 23 corners offers many traps and places to lose time. None of the top three put together a perfect lap with three best sector times. With such small margins between the front four cars this year it is interesting to look […]
“Damn it!” barked Nico Rosberg down the radio after Lewis Hamilton pipped him to pole for the Singapore Grand Prix by seven thousandths of a second. The championship leader ran with used option tyres on his final run of Q3 in contrast to Hamilton who bolted on a set of new supersofts. The pole is […]
Lewis Hamilton logged the fastest time of day in Singapore, his lap of 1:47.490 being good enough to see off a challenge from the fastest driver of FP1, Fernando Alonso, by just over a tenth of a second. Daniel Ricciardo was third fastest in FP2 with a lap of 1:47.790. But the time sheets from […]
Lewis Hamilton logged the fastest time of day in Singapore, his lap of 1:47.490 being good enough to see off a challenge from the fastest man of FP1, Fernando Alonso, by just over a tenth of a second. Daniel Ricciardo was third fastest in FP2 with a lap of 1:47.790.
The FIA has bowed to teams’ concerns over reliability and decided to defer some of the ban on team to driver radio messages until 2015. Teams were concerned that some messages passed to the driver regarding the management of the complex systems on the cars were necessary to avoid reliability problems which could incur additional […]
It looks like there could be some modification to the new rules on the banning of team radio this weekend in Singapore after a long meeting in the F1 paddock between the FIA, FOM and the team managers this afternoon. Although all parties support the idea that drivers should not be “coached” any longer, as […]
The Singapore Grand Prix this weekend is the 14th round of 19 and a few of the big name drivers are getting close to taking an penalty for exceeding their allocation of five power units per season. According to a data sheet issued in Singapore today by the FIA’ technical delegate Jo Bauer, Sebastian Vettel, […]
The Singapore Grand Prix is a fascinating race because there is always an element of chance. The longest race in the F1 calendar at almost two hours, one of the hardest on brakes, with a 100% record of a safety car, a long slow pit stop and a choice of the softest tyres which cannot […]
There has been a lot of interest in the FIA’s directive last week last week banning team radio from pits to car in which performance information is passed on, with 501 comments on our post “Leave them alone, they know what they’re doing” Today the FIA issued all teams with a clarification of the areas […]
The Mercedes F1 team has promoted 19 year old German Touring Car driver Pascal Wehrlein to be its reserve driver, as the championship leaders push ahead with a young driver programme. Wehrlein won the DTM race at the weekend for Mercedes, becoming the youngest winner in the series’ history, and is revealed as having been […]
How much is an F1 driver’s crash helmet worth? An awful lot judging by the price paid at auction recently for the helmet worn by Sebastian Vettel in his one and only German Grand Prix victory in 2013 – £72,000. There is an interesting article about helmets and their auction values in the Autumn magazine […]
A crash on the final corner of the final lap, which sent former BMW Sauber driver Nick Heidfeld rolling, tagged by Nicolas Prost the son of four times F1 world champion Alain – it was a dramatic opening race for Formula E in Beijing today. The new FIA zero emissions series made a successful debut […]
The FIA has today published the 2015 Formula One calendar, with Mexico being included on a 20-race schedule. The calendar was approved at a meeting of the World Motor Sport Council, held in Beijing ahead of this weekend’s inaugural round of the Formule E championship. In line with tradition, the season will commence with the Australian […]
The dust is settling on this week’s momentous news that Luca di Montezemolo has stepped down as Chairman of Ferrari, replaced by Sergio Marchionne, and now we start to think about what comes next for Montezemolo and for F1. Montezemolo has been a major player in the world of F1, via his Ferrari role, for […]
The FIA’s latest tactical directive, to ban F1 teams from communicating information about the car’s performance and “coaching” them in how to drive the cars, will come into force from next weekend’s Singapore Grand Prix. The decision follows wide ranging discussions within the F1 Strategy Group which is looking at ways to improve the presentation […]
Jules Bianchi has teamed up with JA on F1 to bring readers closer to the sport, as seen through the eyes of one of the best young driving talents coming through today. Jules has been a driver with the Marussia F1 Team for a year and a half, and is a member of the Ferrari […]
Ferrari CEO Luca di Montezemolo ended days of speculation about his future by this morning announcing that will step down from his role at the company, thus ending a 23-year tenure at the helm in Maranello. Di Montezemolo’s position was the subject on much rumour over the Italian Grand Prix weekend, to the degree that he […]
Ferrari CEO Luca di Montezemolo ended days of speculation about his future by this morning announcing that will step down from his role at the company, thus ending a 23-year tenure at the helm in Maranello. This followed a Ferrari board meeting this morning. Di Montezemolo’s position was the subject on much rumour over the Italian […]
Did the Red Bull team show signs in Monza that it is already lining up behind Daniel Ricciardo rather than four times world champion Sebastian Vettel? Was Vettel used as a strategy pawn to help maximise Ricciardo’s points haul and keep him in the title chase?
Michael Schumacher’s manager Sabine Kehm has issued a statement this afternoon confirming rumours in the German media that the seven times F1 champion, who was severely injured in a skiing accident in December 2013 is finally well enough to go home. This does not mean that he is back on his feet, far from it. […]
The internet does some wonderful things for the communication between people around the globe. But it can also give credence to rumour and to conspiracy theories and make them seem more real. One such example is the theory doing the rounds that Nico Rosberg deliberately made a mistake under braking for Turn 1 at Monza […]
Ferrari chairman Luca di Montezemolo made a characteristically swaggering appearance at Monza on Saturday, affirming that he will decide if and when he leaves Ferrari, but last night the boss of Ferrari’s parent company FIAT Chrysler said that enough was enough and that “no -one is indispensable”. Sergio Marchionne, who was barely 40km away from […]
The Italian Grand Prix was far from the boring procession many had predicted it would be, there was a lot of racing throughout the field, with some intense battles and some sublime overtaking. But who was your driver of the day in Monza? Lewis Hamilton Stunning lap in qualifying, well beyond what other teams had […]
Lewis Hamilton recovered from a start-line glitch to take his sixth win of the season at the Italian Grand Prix, with title rival Nico Rosberg forced to settle for second place after an error from the German midway through the race handed the lead back to the Briton. Felipe Massa claimed his first podium finish […]
Lewis Hamilton claimed his fifth pole position of the season and his first since the Spanish Grand Prix in May, edging out team-mate Nico Rosberg by two tenths of a second at Monza. Although chased throughout Rosberg, who had missed final practice with a gearbox problem, Hamilton rarely looked troubled in the session and the Briton […]
Daniil Kvyat has become the first F1 driver to incur an engine change penalty under the new rules this season. A statement issued by the FIA race stewards in Monza revealed that the Toro Rosso driver has used up his allocation of five internal combustion engines and has had to fit a sixth for this […]
Nico Rosberg went fastest in the second practice session at Monza as team-mate Lewis Hamilton was sidelined for a long period with electronics problems. Rosberg set the pace at 1:26.225 on the medium Pirelli tyre, just before the hour mark in the 90-minute session. Until that point there had been no sign of his title […]
As a listed company Williams is obliged to declare its financial affairs to the stock market and today it announced a £17 million loss for the first half of 2014, which revealed an underlying story that it has decided to invest in order to revive the team. So far this strategy has worked as the […]
Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has responded strongly to the apparent undermining of his authority in Spa, where Nico Rosberg collided with his team mate Lewis Hamilton, by saying that the drivers have to work together and observe the team’s rules or they will be moved out. Speaking to JA in an exclusive interview broadcast last […]
Fernando Alonso has described the rivalry between the two Mercedes drivers Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton as a “beautiful battle” which he is enjoying watching. The Spaniard had earlier in the week suggested that the clash on the second lap of the Belgian Grand Prix would deified the two sides of the Mercedes garage, “It […]
Caterham F1 team has confirmed that Kamui Kobayashi will return to the cockpit for the weekend in Monza, having stood down for Spa in favour of Andre Lotterer. The Japanese driver will partner Marcus Ericsson in the team which has now gone more than 50 Grands Prix in its existence without scoring a point. The […]
Monza is the fastest circuit on the F1 calendar and the one with the highest straight line speeds, which are expected to reach 360km/h this year, due to the reduction in downforce and drag on the cars. Strategy is also important as there is a long pit lane, which makes for slow stops and as […]
The new F1 team from the United States, Haas F1 Team, has confirmed that it will receive widespread technical support from Ferrari when it makes its entry in 2016. Using a model first pioneered by Force India with Mercedes and McLaren and since copied by a number of smaller and middle sized teams, Haas will […]
The second challenge in F1′s ground breaking crowdsourcing competition, the F1 Connectivity Innovation prize, has been announced today and it offers fans the chance to engage with Mercedes and its history as well as fans around the world – and to have a chance to win the US$50,000 top prize. The latest challenge is to […]
This weekend the F1 teams head to Monza for the Italian Grand Prix, one of the most charismatic races on the calendar and the fastest circuit. With top speeds this year likely to hit 360km/h and above (30km/h more than last year), the long straights of Monza have traditionally led the teams to create a […]
Nico Rosberg has admitted culpability for the collision that wrecked Lewis Hamilton’s Belgian Grand Prix chances and prevented a potential one-two finish for Mercedes at Spa-Francorchamps last weekend. The admission came following a meeting today of the driver with team boss Toto Wolff and technical director Paddy Lowe. A team statement read: “Toto Wolff, Paddy […]
There has been less chatter about the F1 driver market this summer than there normally is and what rumours there have been have tended to be long term, big picture stuff. Still waters run deep. But some of that is pretty interesting and well worth a few moments consideration.
Former F1 driver Emmanuele Pirro, who was the driver expert on the panel of FIA stewards at the Belgian Grand Prix, has said that the decision not to investigate the Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton collision took them very little time to reach. Speaking to Italian sports daily La Gazzetta dello Sport, Pirro, 52, said, […]
The 2014 Belgian Grand Prix will be remembered for the collision between the two main title contenders, Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton. However, there were some interesting strategy aspects to the race, not least recovery strategies for Rosberg and Alonso, while Kimi Raikkonen was a few tantalising laps away from a first podium for Ferrari […]
It’s time to let the dust settle on the Hamilton/Rosberg feud for a while and consider who stood out in the Belgian Grand Prix. The race was dominated by Daniel Ricciardo once the fallout from the Hamilton and Rosberg collision worked through and then the closing laps were lit up by a fantastic battle for […]
Nico Rosberg has released his usual post race video blog, commenting on the incident with team mate Lewis Hamilton at Spa and the comments made by the Briton afterwards. Hamilton said that Rosberg had admitted to hitting him “on purpose” in their post race meeting. Not surprisingly, Rosberg has a different view, “I’ve been told […]