The meeting of the group of senior F1 figures which was due to take place this week has been deferred to a later data amid doubts over the appropriateness of former team boss Flavio Briatore being part of the group. The “popularity working group” as it was dubbed, was due to comprise Briatore, Bernie Ecclestone, […]
Starting today, Jules Bianchi will guide the readers of JA on F1 on a unique journey of discovery of Formula 1, as seen through the eyes of one of the best young driving talents on the world motorsport scene. Jules has been a driver with the Marussia F1 Team for a year and a half, […]
Among F1 teams this week, the word has been going around that Sunday’s Hungarian Grand Prix will make an ideal test case to use in future on new race strategy engineers coming into the sport. The teams will show them the videos of the race and all the real time data playbacks and ask them, […]
“If Lewis had let Nico go, Nico could have won the race with a different strategy.” So said Toto Wolff, the Mercedes F1 team CEO, addressing the team orders row that was one of the main taking points of Sunday’s Grand Prix. Lewis Hamilton was asked by his team to let Nico Rosberg through with […]
The Hungarian GP was one of the best races of the season, with huge swings of fortune, five different race leaders and a grandstand finish – the three leading cars were separated by less than a second, with a few laps to go. There were a number of standout performances, but who caught your eye […]
Daniel Ricciardo took a thrilling victory at the Hungaroring, powering his way past Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso in the final few laps to take his second win of the season. Alonso hung onto second on failing tyres while Hamilton claimed third place having started from the pit lane, despite intense pressure in the final […]
Lewis Hamilton sent a strongly worded message to his team after dropping out of qualifying in the first session once again with a reliability problem. The Briton said that this run of setbacks is “beyond bad luck” and called on the team to raise its game, as his championship hopes took another knock. Hamilton, who […]
Nico Rosberg stormed to his sixth pole position of the season at Hungaroring as an engine fire wrecked Lewis Hamilton’s chances on his first lap out of the Mercedes garage. The Briton will start the race from the back of the grid. Joining Rosberg on the front row will be Red Bull Racing’s Sebastian Vettel, […]
Lewis Hamilton dominated free practice at the Hungaroring, outpacing team-mate Nico Rosberg in both sessions, finishing ahead of the German by just under two tenths in the morning and by 0.238s in the afternoon session. After his efforts of the morning, Hamilton, who has won the Hungarian Grand Prix four times in seven attempts, ran […]
Following Wednesday’s announcement that Mexico will return to F1 next year, Azerbaijan this morning revealed that it will join the grand prix calendar in 2016, hosting a new iteration of the European Grand Prix in the country’s capital, Baku. “I am delighted to officially announce that we have signed a contract to bring Formula One racing […]
Following the announcement that Mexico City will in 2015 host a Formula One Grand Prix for first time since 1992, the news of the race’s return was today greeted with enthusiasm in the Hungaroring paddock. “It’s great, I’m so happy,” said Force India’s Mexican racer Sergio Perez of the new, which will see F1 return […]
Hungary is a much maligned circuit, due to its tight low speed nature and the difficulty of overtaking, but it has produced a surprising number of exciting races. Being bold is the key to doing well, as Lewis Hamilton proved with some overtakes in unusual places last year or as Michael Schumacher and Ferrari proved […]
Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has said that Formula One’s controversial double points system is “unfair” and that the sport’s team should not have allowed its introduction. In a post-Hockenheim debrief, Wolff continued his weekend comments on the low turnout at the German GP (where a crowd of approximately 50,000 watched the race), saying that the […]
The German Grand Prix was another in a series of 2014 races, which have featured close racing through the field but where strategy was central to the story. To understand the results it’s important to understand the strategies that the teams were employing and how some changed as the race went on. It was a […]
It was another exciting race with plenty of overtaking and dramatic moments, some drivers making big progress through the field and others losing out. While Nico Rosberg cruised to victory in front of his home fans, an eventful Grand Prix unravelled behind him with some heated battles, impressive overtaking moves and inspired drives throughout the […]
Nico Rosberg cruised unchallenged to a home victory at Hockenheim as team-mate Lewis Hamilton traded a rocky path, with several changes of strategy, through the field from 20th on the grid to take third place by the chequered flag. Valtteri Bottas starred once again and gave Williams something to smile about with his second P2 […]
Today at Hockenheim less than 50,000 Formula One fans are expected to turn up to see Nico Rosberg start his and the Mercedes team’s home race from pole position. That is 35,000 less than watched the Friday Free Practice sessions at Silverstone two weeks ago. Yesterday, an even more sparse crowd took their places to […]
Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg took pole position for his home grand prix as title rival Lewis Hamilton crashed out early in the session. The Briton will start from 16th on the grid.
In the highest temperatures seen so far in this F1 season, Lewis Hamilton narrowly beat Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg at the top of the timesheets in free practice for the German Grand Prix, the Silverstone-winner edging the championship leader by just two hundredths of a second. Daniel Ricciardo was third, just a tenth adrift of Hamilton’s […]
The F1 cars rolled out for practice today in Germany and the FIA has indicated that all the F1 teams have opted to run without the Front and rear interconnected suspension systems (FRIC), following the technical directive from Charlie Whiting last week. “I can confirm that no car is fitted with a front to rear […]
“It hurt, but sometimes it’s the really slow accidents when you can get badly hurt. The Silverstone crash was just unfortunate, it was nothing serious and just part of this sport.” With these words Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen returned to F1 action in Hockenheim today, after the 47g impact he suffered when he crashed at the […]
Corinna Schumacher, wife of the injured seven times world champion Michael, has issued her first personal statement since the accident which put her husband in a coma seven months ago. Writing a message to F1 fans in the official programme for this weekend’s German Grand Prix she thanks them for their support and says that […]
One of the talking points going into this weekend has been the threatened ban on front to rear interconnected suspension (FRIC). The FIA’s Charlie Whiting has proposed that it be banned from the end of the season, unless everyone could agree now to run it for the rest of this year. Predicatably it was not […]
World Championship leader Nico Rosberg has signed a “multi-year” extension to his Mercedes contract, it was announced this morning. The 29 year old, who last week got married to his long term partner Viviane Siebold, has won three Grands Prix this season and leads his Mercedes team mate Lewis Hamilton by four points. The timing, […]
This weekend is the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim, which alternates as host of the race with the Nurburgring. The last time the F1 teams raced there in 2012, HRT was still an active competitor, which shows how much has changed since the last German GP at Hockenheim. The shorter Hockenheim track was inaugurated in […]
Lewis Hamilton goes into this weekend’s German Grand Prix in ‘reset’ mode after closing the championship lead of his team mate Nico Rosberg down to just four points with ten races remaining. All season long the battle between them has been very close, with Hamilton letting himself down three times in a row in qualifying, […]
There are still a few days to go until the closing date for the first of the three “F1 Connectivity Innovation Prize” challenges and already thousands of people have gone to the Competition Website to check out the rules and a good number have made an entry. The first challenge is to demonstrate new and […]
JA on F1 technical adviser Mark Gillan, formerly head of track operations at Williams and Toyota F1 teams has penned some thoughts on the test Pirelli carried out last week at Silverstone using low profile F1 tyres on 18 inch rims. The exercise was for show only and to get people thinking about a change, […]
It is not often that a Formula 1 World Championship leader gets married mid-season, but Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg and his long term girlfriend Viviane Sibold got married yesterday at a civil ceremony in Monaco. The religious service will follow later in the summer.
The long held dream of Bernie Ecclestone to hold a Grand Prix on the streets of London remains a dream, but the legal barriers to putting such a race on were lifted today when UK Prime Minister David Cameron announced a change in legislation, allowing councils to close roads more freely for motor sports events. […]
The appearance of the Lotus F1 car on low profile tyres with 18 inch wheels seems to have been largely positive from the F1 community and from fans. A Ferrari snap survey yesterday revealed that 70% of respondents liked the look of the wheels and tyres, there was little objection at the other end of […]
This week’s final day of testing at Silverstone saw Lotus’ Charles Pic complete 14 laps using Pirelli’s proposed 2017 specification 18-inch tyres as Kimi Raikkonen’s test replacement Jules Bianchi topped the times for Ferrari. The current 13-inch wheel, which was in use for all others and for Pic later in the day is expected to be dispensed with in […]
Changing the technical specification of F1 cars mid season is never desirable, but there are clear signs that the FIA is planning to ban the linked suspension systems known as FRIC at the end of the year and may bring it forward to the next race if the teams aren’t in agreement. FRIC stands for […]
Felipe Massa set the pace for Williams as this week’s in-season test commenced at Silverstone. The Brazilian finished ahead of Daniel Ricciardo and Nico Rosberg.
The British Grand Prix was up there with Bahrain and Canada among the most exciting races of this 2014 season. Although the victory was ultimately decided by a reliability problem for Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg, Lewis Hamilton was on a different strategy and here we will analyse whether he would have beaten Rosberg if the fight […]
Police in France investigating the sordid tale of the theft of Michael Schumacher’s medical records believe they are close to finding the culprit. They have managed to identify the IP address of a computer from which the records were sent and it is located in a Swiss helicopter firm, which was lined up to transport […]
Over the past month or so plenty of questions have been asked of Lewis Hamilton’s mental strength. From the moment team-mate Nico Rosberg spun at Mirabeau and sealed the pole position that set him up for a game-changing win in Monaco, Hamilton has been on the rack. Prior to yesterday the Briton had seen Rosberg […]
It was another classic Grand Prix in what is turning out to be a season with some great racing. There were some superb battles throughout the field and some outstanding drives deep through the field.
Lewis Hamilton promised to go on “attack mode” in the world championship battle after closing in to just four points behind his Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg with victory in his home Grand Prix at Silverstone. Hamilton won his second British Grand Prix, equalling Sir Jackie Stewart’s tally of 27 wins, after race leader Rosberg […]
Lewis Hamilton has admitted that the mistake he made in qualifying today is a costly one, a study of the sector times for the drivers’ final laps shows that, in fact, it handed pole to his team mate Nico Rosberg. Hamilton was ahead of Rosberg as the pair started their final laps in Q3.
If this 2014 season needed another Saturday afternoon twist, then the British fans at Silverstone witnessed the most dramatic one thus far with Nico Rosberg snatching pole position for the British Grand Prix as Lewis Hamilton decided to not complete his final qualifying lap. Hamilton therefore starts sixth, whilst Sebastian Vettel and Jenson Button complete […]
As the pressure builds in a their tense battle and with Lewis Hamilton having to make up lost ground on his team-mate, the Briton today headed his Mercedes partner, Nico Rosberg, in Free Practice for the British Grand Prix with lap times that signified that the Brackley-based squad has a comfortable margin over its competitors. […]
Sport can be cruel at times. Susie Wolff’s historic run in Free Practice this morning, the first for a woman driver in an official F1 session for 22 years, ended after just four laps when an oil pressure stopped the Williams out on track. Wolff has taken part in several test sessions, but this was […]
Sport can be cruel at times. Suzie Wolff’s historic run in Free Practice this morning, the first for a woman driver in an official F1 session for 22 years, ended after just four laps when an oil pressure stopped the Williams out on track.
FIA Race Director Charlie Whiting has stated that simplifying Formula One to grasp a younger audience demographic is unfeasible, given how sophisticated the sport and the cars have become and the clarifications on rules that are constantly required. Speaking to JA on F1 after his briefing in the Silverstone paddock yesterday, the sixty-two year old […]
There has been a lot of speculation about what will happen next for Kimi Raikkonen, who has had a difficult season since his move back to Ferrari. He has not looked the same driver whose return to F1 with Lotus was so garlanded with podiums and race wins. He has had problems with various aspects […]
Haas Automation, the company behind the group that has had an F1 entry approved for 2016, has confirmed that it will appear on the Ferrari F1 cars as a sponsorship exercise while it learns the F1 ropes prior to arriving as a team. Haas representatives spent the Montreal race weekend with Ferrari and the deal […]
Renault Sport F1, the arm of the French car company that designs and manufactures Formula One engines for Red Bull and others has today announced that its President and Managing Director, Jean-Michel Jalinier, has stepped down from the company. He cited personal reasons, but it follows calls from its main customer Red Bull for “changes” […]
With the British Grand Prix around the corner, former F1 TV presenter Jake Humphrey invited me to join him for an exciting drive, part of a series he is doing, which ended up with the pair of us competing in an Arial Atom over who could set the fastest lap around the Bruntingthorpe track in […]
Formula 1 is running a major new initiative this year called the F1 Connectivity Innovation prize to crowdsource ideas for some real world situations and the first of the three challenges has been announced today. The competition, backed by Tata Communications, Formula One Management and Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team, is looking is to encourage […]