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The world champions formally unveiled their Mercedes W06 car in Jerez Spain today as they launch the defence of their Constructors’ and Drivers’ crowns. Nico Rosberg, the loser in 2014 and again the challenger this year, was the first to take it on track for the opening day of the four day Jerez test. Two […]
This post could not be called “notes from the Ferrari launch” because no-one was invited to a launch for the first time in living memory. Instead we had a series of videos and statements. It’s a hands-off approach, common among all F1 teams now as it gives them more time to develop the car, gets […]
Ferrari has revealed its 2015 challenger the SF15-T, the car which it hopes will return respectability to its performance after a winless 2014 season that saw only two podiums and massive upheaval among staff with the departure of the chairman, two changes of team principal, the removal of both the engine boss and chassis design […]
A new-look Sauber team sought to put the past behind it and head into what it hopes will be a more confident future today as it launched its latest F1 challenger for 2015, the C34 Ferrari and three new drivers: Marcus Ericsson, Felipe Nasr and Ferrari protege Raffaele Marciello. Last year was a watershed for […]
Today saw the launch of the new McLaren Honda MP4/30, the first Honda powered McLaren car since 1992. The tone of the messaging tells its own story; expectations are very much under control.
Mercedes did a shakedown test today at Silverstone, at times in hailstones and rain, of it’s new 2015 challenger the W06. Both drivers were in the UK today, with Rosberg on hand to drive the first few kilometres at a cold Silverstone, a few miles from the team’s Bracklet headquarters.
With team boss Ron Dennis branding McLaren’s new MP4-30 “the start of a lengthy journey”, Fernando Alonso insisting that the team is ready for a “steep learning curve” and Jenson Button “under no illusion that it will be easy”, the launch of the team’s new era of Honda power got off to a carefully managed start […]
With team boss Ron Dennis branding McLaren’s new MP4-30 “the start of a lengthy journey”, Fernando Alonso insisting that the team is ready for a “steep learning curve” and Jenson Button “under no illusion that it will be easy”, the launch of the team’s new era of Honda power got off to a carefully managed start […]
Silverstone’s aggressive new ticketing policy seems to be paying dividends following its introduction yesterday, with it’s first 1,000 tickets priced at £99 selling out in just 22 minutes. In all more  than 5,500 general admission tickets at the same price were snapped up as circuit bosses took the decision to extend the offer throughout yesterday. The circuit also introduced a new […]
Over the last few days we have previewed the new F1 season, highlighting what could be the big talking points of the year. Today it’s the turn of JA on F1 technical adviser Dominic Harlow (below), formerly chief operations engineer at Force India, to run his eye over the areas for fans to focus on […]
Following on from guest blogger Ed Gorman’s piece about the tantalising stories likely to define the 2015 season, JAonF1′s writers will today and tomorrow outline the stories they believe could provide some of this year’s biggest and best dramas. We’re also asking you to vote on what you believe will be the most interesting stories of 2015, so […]
GP3 champion Alex Lynn has been handed a development driver role at Williams for 2015, with the 21-year-old also set to get track time with the team this season with a one-day outing at the in-season test session at the Circuit de Catalunya following the Spanish Grand Prix in May. The Briton, who last year claimed the GP3 title with […]
Renault says it has made “fundamental changes” to its power unit in a bid to close the gap on Mercedes in 2015, with the manufacturer’s Managing Director Cyril Abiteboul saying “we believe we have made a very big step in performance and will be more reliable”. “We knew what we had to do over the winter and we know […]
Daniel Ricciardo admits that there will be extra pressure on him after his breakthrough season with Red Bull last year but the ever smiling Aussie says that’s just the way he likes it. The 2014 triple race winner believes that Red Bull can mount a realistic title push this year and is happy that, having been elevated to senior […]
Daniel Ricciardo admits that there will be extra pressure on him after his breakthrough season with Red Bull last year but the ever smiling Aussie says that’s just the way he likes it. The 2014 triple race winner believes that Red Bull can mount a realistic title push this year and is happy that, having been elevated to senior […]
Red Bull boss Christian Horner has declared his squad’s pre-season preparations as the best in the ten-year history of the team. Speaking at the Red Bull Racing Driver Day at Sno Zone Milton Keynes today, Horner paid tribute to the collective efforts of his team in making it an altogether smoother winter off season than last […]
After the shortest off-season in living memory – just 10 weeks from the final race in Abu Dhabi to the first test in Jerez this Sunday – Formula 1 is ready to start again. With time so tight to turnaround new cars, no wonder we have been restricted to some “teaser” shots of some of […]
Lotus have become the latest team to provide a sneak preview of their 2015 car with the release of some renders of the E23 car that the team  hopes will lift them from the eighth-place to which they slumped in the 2014 C0nstructors’ Championship back to the dizzy heights of the fourth place achieved in 2013. And according […]
The new Ferrari team principal Maurizio Arrivabene has called added his voice to the calls for F1 to take “radical” steps to make itself more spectacular and appealing, saying “We need an F1 that makes you stand up and take notice.” He also argued that F1 should reach out more to the communities in which […]
FIA President Jean Todt, along with FIA Medical Commission President Gérard Saillant are to take legal action against former F1 driver Philippe Streiff following comments made by the ex-driver in an interview with a French web TV station concerning the FIA’s response to the Jules Bianchi crash in Suzuka last year and in particular the findings of the 10-man panel set up […]
It seems hard to imagine, given that four of the last five world championships have been won by a German driver and Mercedes currently dominates the sport, but F1 is in crisis in Germany. The German Grand Prix currently has no circuit name allocated to it on the official calendar. And the latest development is […]
Force India today became the first team to give a live reveal to its 2015 livery, with the launch of its new team colours in Mexico City. Williams yesterday partially showed off its 2015 challenger with a reveal on the cover of F1 Racing magazine, but today Force India’s senior personnel gather at the Soumaya Museum in Mexico City […]
The car expected to challenge for the runner up spot in this year’s world championship has been revealed on the cover of the latest issue of F1 Racing magazine. Williams has jumped the queue with the reveal, but will it have enough about it to challenge Mercedes for wins this year and to finish the […]
GP2 champion Jolyon Palmer has been signed by Lotus as its third driver for the 2015 season, with the Briton likely to get a number of Friday practice  opportunities according to the team. Palmer will also fulfil the role of reserve driver. “Jolyon is a fantastic talent and a very credible driver to fulfil the role of Third […]
The FIA has confirmed that five races on this year’s Formula One calendar will have earlier start times following safety recommendations regarding event starts in the wake of Jules Bianchi’s accident in Suzuka last year. In December, the 10-man panel appointed by the FIA to look into the causes of the accident recommended that “a regulation […]
Former Marussia boss John Booth rates his moribund team’s chances of racing at the season opening Australian Grand Prix as “pretty high” following today’s decision to cancel a planned auction of team assets scheduled for Wednesday. Booth is in negotiation with a prospective buyer for the squad, which has a provisional entry to race as “Manor F1 Team” […]
One of the most awkward situations in recent F1 governance took a further twist this weekend with the revelation that the FIA’s Charlie Whiting has backtracked on his original edicts and will allow new manufacturer Honda the same rights to develop its engine during this season as the other three manufacturers in F1. This follows […]
The FIA has revealed that it may be open to a  future review of the new rules for a Super Licence in the wake of the latest controversy about F1 driving qualification standards. Drivers will be required to conform to minimum age and racing experiences requirements as well as accumulating at least 40 points from various designated race […]
Following yesterday’s revelations by the CEO of the Nürburgring that no deal is in place for the circuit to host this year’s German Grand Prix, with a race venue still holding ‘To Be Announced’ status on the 2015 calendar, F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone has today revealed that the race will be held at Hockenheim. Yesterday, Nurburgring boss Carsten Schumacher said that […]
Following Monday’s contrasting views on the number of races held in particular regions from circuit bosses in Bahrain and the USA, with Bahrain International Circuit, Sheikh Salman, saying a third Middle Eastern race would be “counterproductive” and US GP promoter Bobby Epstein calling for three races in the United States, two circuits from F1′s European heartland have raised questions about the […]
In a push to develop business beyond its flagship F1 team, McLaren Group has announced that it will henceforth be called McLaren Technology Group. The news coincides with plans for a new 57,000 sq ft ‘Applied Technology Centre’ which will double the footprint of McLaren’s existing innovation centre. While the name change reflects McLaren’s need […]
Sergio Marchionne the new chairman of Ferrari, has said that the decision by the FIA to allow the development of engines in 2015 due to a loophole in the regulations is a “victory” and noted that he will attend a few races in 2015, but will leave Maurizio Arrivabene, the new team principal, to run […]
It is interesting to note that the organisers of the Bahrain Grand Prix feel that a third race in the Middle East region would be counter-productive. This contrasts with the views espoused by Austin’s US Grand Prix promoter, Bobby Epstein, that the more races there are in his continent and time zone, the better. So […]
Adrian Newey expects that Red Bull will still be playing catch up to Mercedes again this year, with a less potent power unit and he also admits that Sebastian Vettel is taking useful knowledge to Ferrari this year. The renowned design chief, who is stepping back from day-to-day involvement in F1, having overseen the design of this […]
Toro Rosso refugee Jean Eric Vergne is racing in Formula E this weekend in Argentina, but his thoughts are on his new role as a development driver for Ferrari, which he starts next week. “Ferrari is a dream for every driver and, sincerely, I never expected it to happen,” he told Gazzetta dello Sport in […]
While Jules Bianchi continues his long road to recovery in a French hospital the FIA have confirmed the details of the Virtual Safety Car procedure introduced in the wake of his accident at last October’s Japanese Grand Prix. Trials of the new system took place at the end of last season and the teams and drivers now […]
There will be two in-season Formula One tests this year and no end of season test, a reduction of two on the 2014 total in an attempt to reduce the financial burden on teams. The introduction of radical technical rule changes in 2014 led to a demand for more testing but with rules stability in 2015 the teams see less value in the extra […]
Silverstone Circuit, the home of the British Grand Prix, has a new management team to take on the challenge of making the venerable old circuit more customer friendly and ensuring that the F1 race is as close to a sell out as possible. The circuit is owned by the British Racing Drivers’ Club, which has […]
Yesterday’s meeting of the engine manufacturers in Geneva discussed various options for the power units of the future, with the emphasis on increasing the “Wow-Factor” and making deeper cost savings. No details have emerged of decisions or findings, but recommendations will be sent to the F1 Strategy Group for its next meeting. There are a […]
The BBC will televise the final two Grands Prix of the season in Brazil and Abu Dhabi as part of a 10 race live package, which sits alongside all the races, qualifying sessions and practices live on BBC Radio 5 Live and 5 Live Sports Extra. At the same time, the FIA has confirmed that […]
The FIA’s new super licence system is squarely aimed at ensuring that young, inexperienced drivers don’t make it to the top level too quickly and there have been few dissenters to the governing body‘s initiative so far. The new system is sure to place extra attention on Max Verstappen and Carlos Sainz Junior who don’t […]
The FIA has revealed details of the new F1 superlicence qualification system that will come into force for 2016. The sport’s governing body first outlined the new system at last December’s meeting of the World Motor Sport Council where, in response to Toro Rosso’s controversial signing of 17-year-old Max Verstappen, it revealed that for 2016 […]
Finbarr O’Connell, the administrator of the Caterham F1 team has said that he is talking to three potential buyers but warned them that they would need to put pen to paper before the end of January if they are going to race this year. “One of those interested is a billionaire who would come into […]
Max Verstappen and his father Jos have moved to dampen expectations ahead of the Dutch prodigy’s eagerly anticipated F1 race debut in Melbourne. The 17-year-old, with less than a year’s car racing experience under his belt, will become F1 racing’s youngest ever racer when he takes to the grid at the Australian Grand Prix on 15th March. His […]
It seems that the FIA has now accepted that there is a loophole in the F1 technical regulations, which might level the playing field a little, as Renault and Ferrari have been requesting for some time. So what does it mean for the 2015 Championship and will it change the packing order? Here with the […]
Sauber have announced that it has signed Ferrari academy driver Raffaele Marciello as test and reserve driver for 2015. “[Raffaele] proved his great talent in junior formulas, and his season in the [2013] European Formula 3 Championship with 13 wins and the title victory was particularly impressive,” said Sauber Team Principal Monisha Kaltenborn of the […]
The year just ending, 2014, has been quite a year for F1, with the introduction of far-sighted new engine technology, but which has also come at a heavy cost for the teams, while on track we have seen all facets of racing, from thrilling duels between drivers to the tragic injury of Jules Bianchi. Traditionally […]
It was twelve months ago today that we all received the shocking news that Michael Schumacher had been injured in a skiing accident. Like all major news events we can remember clearly where we were when we found out and what we felt. The news was confusing and conflicting at the time, on that chilly […]
There has been a lot of discussion in F1 recently about levelling the playing field on the hybrid turbo power units (PU), with suggestions from some parties like Red Bull’s Christian Horner, that F1 should simplify the technology and others, like Bernie Ecclestone, proposing a return to the old V8 engines to save money. Not […]
The second in our end of season mini-series of animated technical short videos is a fascinating piece, which shows the differences between the steering wheel set up of the two Mercedes drivers, Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg. The animation is produced by Giorgio Piola and the explanatory voice over is by JA on F1 technical […]