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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 […]
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 Maranello squad’s worst season since 1993 during which they failed to win […]
The championship outcome this year was pretty much as many predicted after winter testing, with Mercedes closing out the Constructors’ Championship and Lewis Hamilton the Drivers’ title. So, looking into the crystal ball, what does 2015 look like? Here’s our analysis, based on what we’ve seen and heard in the final weeks of this season.
Defeated world championship contender Nico Rosberg has admitted that the new world champion Lewis Hamilton was “that little bit better” this season and congratulated him on his win. The 29 year old German, who won five races to Hamilton’s 11, but beat him in qualifying with 11 poles to Hamilton’s seven, went to find Hamilton […]
The 19th and final race of the F1 season carried double points and plenty of incentive for a number of drivers with outstanding issues ahead of the winter break. So who was your driver of the day?
On a day when his title rival needed everything to right for him, it was Lewis Hamilton who enjoyed a perfect run to race and championship success in Abu Dhabi. As Nico Rosberg finished a lap down, 14th, in his ERS hobbled Mercedes, Hamilton converted a perfect start into three measured stints to deliver an 11th race […]
Both Daniel Ricciardo and Sebastian Vettel have been disqualified from qualifying in Abu Dhabi after race stewards declared Red Bull Racing’s front wing illegal. The pair will start from the back of the grid. The team was called before the stewards following the session when FIA Technical Delegate Jo Bauer reported that the front wing […]
Force India have finally confirmed that Sergio Perez will race for the team next year and beyond, leaving the team with an unchanged line-up next year. Nico Hulkenberg was confirmed as a 2015 driver with the Silverstone squad in the run-up to the US Grand Prix.
Nico Rosberg dominated qualifying in Abu Dhabi to secure the all-important pole position ahead of tomorrow’s title deciding grand prix at Yas Marina Circuit Team-mate and title rival Lewis Hamilton finished 0.426s behind Rosberg but had enough in hand over third-place Williams man Valtteri Bottas to make it a record 12th front-row lock-out of the season for the […]
It was first blood to Lewis Hamilton as the title-deciding final race weekend of the 2014 F1 season got underway in Abu Dhabi, with the Englishman fastest in both free practice sessions. Hamilton bettered Mercedes team-mate and title rival Nico Rosberg by just over a tenth of a second in FP1 but the times in the second […]
Fernando Alonso makes his final outing for Ferrari this weekend after five years as team leader, which has brought just 11 wins and two near misses, in the 2010 and 2012 world championships. This year has been a real struggle, prompting the Spaniard to look around for his next move, in turn Ferrari swooped to […]
Former Marussia and Caterham test driver Will Stevens will race for the revived Caterham outfit alongside Kamui Kobayashi at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix this weekend, the team has revealed. Stevens returns to the Leafield fold having quit the team, where he was a reserve driver, earlier this year in favour of a similar role at Marussia.
Ferrari have finally confirmed that Fernando Alonso is to leave the Italian squad, with McLaren the Spaniard’s almost certain destination. In a separate statement they confirmed F1′s worst kept secret that he will be replaced by four times world champion Sebastian Vettel on a three year deal, which he describes as “the dream of a […]
This year Abu Dhabi hosts the “Duel in the Desert” for the drivers’ world championship with Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg battling for the title. So a lot is at stake this weekend and it’s worth remembering that a bad strategy call was the decisive factor the last time the drivers’ title […]
Jules Bianchi’s parents have announced that their son has been transferred from Japan to hospital in France and is now breathing unaided. The Frenchman had been in an induced coma in Yokkaichi since his Marussia collided with a trackside rescue vehicle in wet conditions at the Japanese Grand Prix on October 5th, and the news, […]
Fancy a unique piece of racing history? As part of  Red Bull Racing’s traditional end-of-season fundraiser, Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo are auctioning two of their helmets from the 2014 season in aid of the spinal cord injury charity Wings for Life. Four-time world champion Vettel has selected two iconic helmets used variously in Monaco, Japan, China […]
Toto Wolff says that both Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg deserve to win the Formula One world championship, with each driver impressing and suffering in equal measure over the course of the season. As the title rivals prepare for the double points showdown in Abu Dhabi this weekend, the Mercedes team boss spoke to a few reporters including this […]
Toto Wolff says that both Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg deserve to win the Formula One world championship, with each driver impressing and suffering in equal measure over the course of the season. As the title rivals prepare for the double points showdown in Abu Dhabi this weekend, the Mercedes team boss believes that while Hamilton has won more races, his […]
The F1 Drivers’ World Championship is not the only thing coming to a head this weekend – it looks as though the smaller teams in F1 are set to press their case for a fairer distribution of the sport’s commercial revenues. A leaked letter today written by Force India’s deputy team principal to F1′s commercial […]
This week eight JA on F1 readers got the chance to go behind the scenes at the headquarters of the world constructors’ champions Mercedes, thanks to a competition arranged in conjunction with the groundbreaking F1 crowd sourcing competition the F1 Connectivity Innovation Prize. One of the winners, Alex Nunns (photo below), wrote up the experience […]
The Caterham F1 team may be taking a skeleton staff of 40 to the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, but today the administrators announced that 230 redundancies have been made at the team’s Leafield base. The reality is that the crowd funding initiative, which raised some of the money for the team to compete in the […]
The troubled Caterham F1 team, which has been in administration since October, has issued a statement saying that the team will race at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix after apparently being successful with their crowdfunding initiative. The team’s statement read: “The Caterham F1 Team is delighted to announce that it will be racing at the […]
Bernie Ecclestone, the 84 year old supremo of F1′s commercial side has given an interview to Campaign magazine in Asia in which he has claimed that F1 doesn’t need to chase younger audiences as they don’t have any money to spend on products of F1 sponsors, like Rolex. And in a similar vein he has […]
Mercedes boss Toto Wolff says that F1 risks escalating into an expensive spending arms race if rival teams go ahead with threats to push through the unfreezing of restrictions on engine developments at an F1 Strategy Group meeting later this month. Red Bull Racing and Ferrari have been left behind this year by Mercedes largely […]
Mercedes boss Toto Wolff says that F1 risks escalating into an expensive spending arms race if rival teams go ahead with threats to push through the unfreezing of restrictions on engine developments at an F1 Strategy Group meeting later this month. Ahead of a crunch meeting of teams and manufacturers in Abu Dhabi, he has […]
Honda’s return to F1 in 2015 moves another step closer at Silverstone tomorrow when McLaren run the Japanese manufacturer’s new power unit on track for the first time. The interim car, designated the MP4 29H, will be run as part of the team’s allocation of ‘film days’ using Pirelli’s demonstration rubber. Team test driver Oliver Turvey […]
All eyes are on Woking this week as McLaren move closer to a final decision on their driver lineup for 2015. While the signature of Fernando Alonso is said to be a formality at this stage, following months of tough salary negotiations, the identity of his team-mate next season is still the subject of ongoing […]
The Brazilian Grand Prix featured a tight strategic battle at the front between Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg, with Hamilton’s chance of victory presenting itself with a strategy call, but communication between team and driver meaning that he had to do one more lap than he anticipated before his second stop and he made a […]
F1′s commercial supremo Bernie Ecclestone has come out and said that Lewis Hamilton would be the better 2014 world champion, despite the fact that he tipped Nico Rosberg to do it earlier in the season and that he would prefer to have a world champion who can speak five languages fluently, as Rosberg can. He […]
With the title duel between the two Mercedes drivers set to go down to the final race at Abu Dhabi, Mercedes technical chief Paddy Lowe has spoken of an incredibly tense atmosphere within the garage. The last thing they want is for one of the cars to have a reliability problem or for a driver […]
While the Mercedes pair engaged in an absorbing match race up front, battles raged through the field on a day when the rain held off, the safety car stayed in pit lane and the entertainment was derived from pure racing. So who was your Driver of the Day? Nico Rosberg He said after Austin that he knew […]
Nico Rosberg ratcheted up the tension ahead of the season finale in Abu Dhabi with a note-perfect performance in Interlagos to take his fifth victory of the season and pile the pressure back onto Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton. The title battle goes down to the wire in Abu Dhabi with Hamilton 17 points clear, needing only […]
Nico Rosberg ratcheted up the tension ahead of the season finale in Abu Dhabi with a note-perfect performance in Interlagos to take his fifth victory of the season and pile the pressure back onto Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton. The title battle goes down to the wire in Abu Dhabi with Hamilton 17 points clear, needing only […]
Nico Rosberg ratcheted up the tension ahead of the season finale in Abu Dhabi with a note-perfect performance in Interlagos to take his fifth victory of the season and pile the pressure back onto Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton. Rosberg was fastest in every practice session and all three elements of qualifying before taking his eighth career […]
Nico Rosberg secured the first driver’s trophy of the season as he secured his tenth pole position of the season and his first ever in Interlagos in qualifying for the Brazilian Grand Prix. Rosberg now has the 2014 Pole Position trophy to celebrate having bettered his team-mate Lewis Hamilton by just .033 of a second as […]
One of the more bizarre sideshows going on in F1 at the moment is the transformation of a seemingly grey accountant into a self-styled ‘interim team principal’ of the Caterham F1 team. Following on from the cleaner at Caterham who suddenly found himself a director, this situation would be funny if it were not for […]
Nico Rosberg set a blistering pace in second free practice session ahead of Sunday’s Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos as Mercedes once again dominated the time sheets. On a sweltering day in Sao Paolo, on which track temperatures reached as high as 57 degrees Celsius, Rosberg got his preparation for Sunday’s must-win penultimate race of the year with a […]
While free practice was under way at the Brazilian Grand Prix, news filtered through from Oxfordshire that the Marussia F1 team has lost its bid for survival. The team’s administrators, FRP Advisory made the announcement that Manor F1, operating as Marussia, had ceased trading with the loss of approximately 200 jobs. The decision came after a […]
Sebastian Vettel has admitted that Red Bull team mate Daniel Ricciardo simply did a better job than him in this year’s world championship and that he sees no reason to panic after four years at the top of the sport. The Ferrari-bound outgoing world champion was in reflective mood when he spoke in the Interlagos paddock […]
The paddock at Interlagos is always a place which intensifies any burning topic of the moment – it’s something about the close proximity of the teams’ offices, the sense that everyone is on top of each other – and this year is no exception. The most significant open loop of the moment is what happens […]
Nico Rosberg no longer has the world championship in his hands; two wins in Brazil and Abu Dhabi will not be enough on their own. At some point the German needs luck to intervene in his favour and work against title rival Lewis Hamilton.
In an unexpected move, Sauber have announced that Williams test driver Felipe Nasr will race alongside Marcus Ericsson at the Swiss outfit next year, leaving current drivers Esteban Gutierrez and Adrian Sutil without drives for 2015. In announcing Ericsson as one of its 2015 drivers last weekend in Austin, a Sauber statement said that the […]
To celebrate the launch of the final challenge in the F1 Connectivity Innovation Prize, today we announce a truly unique JA on F1 competition, allowing readers to go behind the scenes at the factory of the team that has already clinched the F1 Constructors’ Championship already and will soon clinch the drivers’ world title too. […]