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The movement among senior technical figures within the smaller teams continues, with much travelled technical director Mark Smith  appointed to the role at Sauber beginning on July 13th. This follows the hirings at Manor of some of Smith’s former Caterham colleagues and his old boss at Renault, Bob Bell.
Time was when the key members of Red Bull Racing all had linked contracts. Now Christian Horner is the only member of the star triumvirate, that led Red Bull to multi-championship success, who remains part of the thrust to bring the Milton Keynes- squad back to the top.
Being a dyslexic might be a problem when reading in the classroom, but it hasn’t stopped some of Britain’s greatest racing drivers from achieving success – men like Jackie Stewart, Nigel Mansell and Johhny Herbert. Stewart believes that it ultimately played a key role in his success on track. Canadian F1 writer and friend of […]
The organisers of the British Grand Prix at Silverstone are predicting a record crowd on race day of 140,000 as a combination of the Lewis Hamilton effect and a new strategy on ticket pricing appears to be boosting the event’s popularity. Organisers told this website over the weekend that they are on the point of […]
Richard Branson doesn’t know much about motorsport, but he knows how to grab headlines for his projects and he’s intervened spectacularly this weekend, saying that Formula E will overtake F1 in five years time. His success rate for predictions where F1 is concerned is pretty poor having tried and failed to run an F1 team […]
The boss of Ferrari F1 team Maurizio Arrivabene has argued since his appointment that F1 needs to do more to connect with fans and the 58 year has found himself at the centre of an amusing photo manipulation campaign which has gone viral on Twitter. The Italian came close to being run over in the […]
There have been noises recently about Red Bull potentially leaving Formula 1, because owner Dietrich Mateschitz is falling out of love with the sport due to the current regulations and his team’s relative weakness, in partnership with Renault, under them. Team boss Christian Horner has commented on these at length over the Austrian GP weekend […]
Nico Rosberg topped the times on the second and final day of test at the Red Bull Ring in what proved to be a more productive outing for the teams after yesterday’s rain. After yesterday’s eye-catching winglet on Susie Wolff’s Williams, there were no revelatory bits of development equipment on display today, according to JA […]
Mercedes reserve driver Pascal Wehrlein edged Esteban Ocon for top spot on the rain delayed first day of testing at Red Bull Ring. Wehrlein, who was swapped to Tuesday with Nico Rosberg now set to take over the car on Wednesday, posted a time just under two tenths of a second ahead of Force India’s Ocon […]
F1′s owners CVC are considering a fresh bid to sell the sport to a group comprising the Qatar sovereign wealth fund and Steven Ross, US based owner of the Miami Dolphins. CVC has received several bids recently, including a fresh bid from John Malone’s Liberty Media. Their most recent bid is understood to be larger […]
F1′s owners CVC are set to consider a fresh bid to buy the sport from a group comprising the Qatar sovereign wealth fund and Stephen Ross, US based owner of the Miami Dolphins, via his RSE Ventures vehicle. CVC has received a couple of bids, including a fresh bid from John Malone’s Liberty Media for […]
The Austrian Grand Prix may not have produced much uncertainty once the lead changed between Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg at the start, but there were some very interesting cameos going on in the race and some lessons to be learned about how the second half of the season will pan out. Pre race expectations […]
The British Grand Prix at Silverstone is almost sold out, but here at JA on F1, we are delighted to make it possible for two fans to attend the race, with a pair of tickets for all three days. We have two tickets, which allow roaming and free grandstand seating on the practice day (Friday […]
Kimi Raikkonen’s exit from the Austrian Grand Prix, following on from the equally puzzling exit from Montreal has certainly not helped his claims to the Ferrari seat for next season. Raikkonen lost control of the Ferrari on the opening lap in Austria, while in Montreal he spun when a podium was beckoning. It’s easy to […]
Honda’s F1 chief has reiterated the company’s faith in the partnership with McLaren, after the company’s new president witnessed a new low in Austria with heavy power unit change penalties and a double retirement in the early stages of the Grand Prix. To be competitive, but unreliable is one thing. To be unreliable, but competitive […]
Nico Rosberg closed back up to ten points behind Lewis Hamilton in the championship with a strong drive in Austria, jumping Hamilton at the start and then showing better race pace all afternoon. His task was helped by Hamilton attracting a five second penalty for a pit lane infringement. It was Rosberg’s 10th Grand Prix […]
Lewis Hamilton took pole position for the Austrian Grand Prix ahead of team mate Nico Rosberg in the strangest circumstances, as both Mercedes cars went off track on their final runs in Q3. Rosberg was on target for pole when he went straight on in the final corner, after Hamilton had gone off at Turn […]
Sebastian Vettel set the pace in the second practice session ahead of the Austrian Grand Prix but after claiming top spot in the afternoon the German was sidelined by more of the technical issues that had blighted his morning session at the Red Bull Ring. Vettel completed just four laps in the morning before stopping […]
Sebastian Vettel set the pace in the second practice session ahead of the Austrian Grand Prix but after claiming top spot in the afternoon the German was sidelined by more of the technical issues that had blighted his morning session at the Red Bull Ring. Vettel completed just four laps in the morning before stopping […]
This weekend in Austria we are likely to see a tight battle for pole position on the shortest lap time of the season, with Williams hoping to get in on the act as they did at this circuit last season. But attention focusses on the key battleground between the two Mercedes drivers and it is […]
As we reach the half way point in the F1 season, the focus in Austria falls increasingly on engine penalties with Honda and Renault likely to have drivers who drop down the grid due to taking new engine penalties. Chief among them are the Red Bull and McLaren drivers.
Mercedes heads into this weekend’s Austrian Grand Prix with a strangle hold on both the Drivers’ and Constructors’ Championships and looking for their 19th consecutive pole position. This race in 2014 was the only one of the last 26 that they didn’t start from pole. But is this streak of dominance greater than the one […]
The Italian Grand Prix could be shared between Imola and Monza, following the visit from a delegation representing Imola to Bernie Ecclestone’s offices in London on Tuesday. The attractive circuit, close to Bologna and Ferrari’s Maranello base, last hosted a race in 2006, the year of the second classic battle between Michael Schumacher and Fernando […]
Daniel Ricciardo has voiced his growing frustration at his lack of competitiveness at Red Bull this season hinting that the team is need of an overhaul. In Canada, the Australian, who limped home in 13th place in Montreal – his lowest finishing position since the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix of 2013 when he raced for […]
The first of the two challenges in this year’s F1 Connectivity Innovation Prize went live today. F1 Fans with an interest in tech have a chance to win a $50,000 top prize and a VIP trip behind the scenes at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. The prize not only gives fans a chance to get […]
Penalty points for driving infringements during Grands Prix are now at a record level, with nine F1 drivers – almost half the current field of 20 – having accrued points on their super licence since last June. Sebastian Vettel got into trouble at the last round in Canada for passing another car under red flags, […]
Back in the 1950s and 1960s F1 drivers regularly competed in the Le Mans 24 hours and other top sportscar races, but Nico Hulkenberg’s win with Porsche today, along with his co-drivers New Zealander Earl Bamber and Briton Nick Tandy, was a historic moment for a modern F1 star. It was the first time for […]
Patrick Head, who was the design and technical guru behind the success of Williams for over 30 years, has been knighted by the Queen. He joins other motorsport greats on the list of racing knights; Stirling Moss, Jackie Stewart, Frank Williams. Williams won nine constructors’ championships on Head’s watch as well as drivers titles for […]
We heard this week that McLaren has had some challenges getting its new short nose configuration through crash testing, but what is behind this fashion for the short nose on F1 cars this season? And is there any connection with the mandatory low noses now in F1 with cars struggling to follow each other this […]
It is the dream of many motorsport promoters to host a race in the centre of London – F1′s Bernie Ecclestone included. But the new FIA electric racing championship Formula E is set to get there first. The final round of the inaugural Formula E championship will take place on June 27 & 28 and […]
Red Bull’s engine reliability woes mean the Milton Keynes squad are already resigned to starting at the back at their ‘home’ race in Austria next week. In a week when Red Bull boss Christian Horner suggested that engine supplier Renault may pull out of F1 altogether at the end of the season, his team is […]
Lotus reserve driver Jolyon Palmer will take part in the next five FP1 sessions, as well as the in-season test at the Red Bull Ring following the upcoming Austrian Grand Prix. Palmer has so far driven for the team on Friday morning in China, where he finished 15th and half a second off Lotus race […]
Lotus reserve driver Jolyon Palmer will take part in the next five FP1 sessions, as well as the in-season test at the Red Bull Ring following the upcoming Austrian Grand Prix. Palmer has so far driven for the team on Friday morning in China, where he finished 15th and half a second off Lotus race […]
In the ‘good old days’, F1 drivers used to race the Le Mans 24 hours every year and take part in regular sportscar races, but the tradition died out in modern times. Nico Hulkenberg is winding back the clock and racing for Porsche at Le Mans this weekend in between the Canadian and Austrian Grands […]
The Canadian Grand Prix has a reputation for thrilling and unpredictable races, but this year’s event was more of a cat and mouse affair, with the exception of some fast cars out of position, which were able to make up ground from the back of the grid. For Ferrari it is a case of what […]
One manufacturer is flying and preparing a super motor for the late summer, while another is sweating on whether it can get close enough on development before the start of next season to make it even worth competing. Mercedes’ technical chief Paddy Lowe has confirmed that his team will use engine development tokens “in the […]
Aremed with an upgraded power unit and other chassis developments, Ferrari went to the Canadian Grand Prix with a lot of optimism. In the end a series of own-goals thwarted them on a weekend when their Canadian born president Sergio Marchionne came to the track for the first time to see his team challenge.
You can’t blame Fernando Alonso for being frustrated. His finishing record this season with McLaren Honda reads: Retired; 12th; 11th; Retired; Retired; Retired. He is pointless after seven rounds and in Montreal he suggested that he was being made to look like “an amateur”, being requested to save fuel early in the race when he […]
Lewis Hamilton bounced back from his Monaco heartbreak with a controlled, though close-fought, Canadian Grand Prix win ahead of team-mate Nico Rosberg and Williams’s Valtteri Bottas who scored his first podium finish since last year’s season closer in Abu Dhabi. Hamilton didn’t have it all his own way and Rosberg kept pace with the Briton all […]
Lewis Hamilton bounced back from his Monaco heartbreak with a controlled, though close-fought, Canadian Grand Prix win ahead of team-mate Nico Rosberg and Williams’s Valtteri Bottas who scored his first podium finish since last year’s season closer in Abu Dhabi. Hamilton didn’t have it all his own way and Rosberg kept pace with the Briton all […]
There has been a lot of talking this weekend about customer cars, moving on from the most recent F1 Strategy Group meeting. This weekend the top teams, who would be the suppliers in this scenario, met to discuss how a customer car F1 might work. They position this as a ‘contingency plan’ in case the […]
His Monaco woes now well behind him, there was no stopping Lewis Hamilton in Canadian Grand Prix qualifying as the world champion recorded the 44th pole of his career in untroubled fashion. The anticipated battle with Ferrari failed to materialise as Sebastian Vettel was forced out with engine problems in Q1 and, while Kimi Raikkonen was […]
His Monaco woes now well behind him, there was no stopping Lewis Hamilton in Canadian Grand Prix qualifying as the world champion recorded the 44th pole of his career in untroubled fashion. The anticipated battle with Ferrari failed to materialise as Sebastian Vettel was forced out with engine problems in Q1 and, while Kimi Raikkonen was […]
The controversial F1 Strategy Group is set to be the focus of a formal complaint to European Union regulators by some of F1′s smaller teams, with the process likely to be launched within a month. There have been rumours for some time of the EU considering taking a closer look at Formula 1′s governance and […]
An interesting video has been posted on F1.com and the Official F1 app, featuring the actual radio conversations between Lewis Hamilton and the Mercedes team in the moments leading up to the fateful decision to pit him behind the Safety Car in Monaco, which explains how the decision was arrived at. For the first time […]
A largely harmless visit to the tyre barrier and the irritation of ongoing questioning over his final Monaco pit visit two weeks ago were just about the only problems for Lewis Hamilton on a rain interrupted first day of running at the Canadian Grand Prix. Keen to “move on” from the Monaco strategy gaffe, the world champion […]
This is quite an interesting video, with Felipe Massa taking you inside the Williams factory and explaining how big a part the F1 simulator plays in setting up a race car. There are some particularly good behind the scenes shots. “It is important for the set up changes and for developing the car with new […]
Max Verstappen today insisted that he won’t change the way he races after once again being criticised by Felipe Massa. Williams driver Massa first hit out at Verstappen in the wake of the teenage racer’s collision with Lotus’ Romain Grosjean two weeks ago, saying that Verstappen’s accident had been “very dangerous”, that the Toro Rosso […]
It’s been a busy week for the Manor F1 team HR department with the news that 2013 GP2 series champion Fabio Leimer has been retained as reserve driver. The 26-year-old joins the driving strength in the same week that the F1 minnows have bolstered their design and engineering departments with several key appointments. The signature of Leimer […]
It has been confirmed that the first wave of development power units, boosted by the use of ‘tokens’ for 2015, is about to come on stream this weekend in Montreal and there is a lot of hope and expectation around Ferrari’s, which uses three of their available 10 tokens. Both Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen […]