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 […]
Sometimes a story comes out which is so sensational it calls for time to carefully study and reflect on the details . And the apparent confession by Nico Rosberg that he crashed into Lewis Hamilton “on purpose”, as it has been reported, is one such story. If true it would totally undermine Rosberg’s integrity as […]
Daniel Ricciardo took a sensational third win of the season as a second-lap clash between Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton saw the German finish second after he shipped front wing damage. Hamilton eventually retired after a puncture sustained in the collision dropped him to the back of the field. Ricciardo, who had started fifth, then […]
The members of the F1 paddock who take part in the “Run that Track” initiative, whereby hundreds run a lap of each track on the calendar, have broken through the $1 million barrier for money raised. The challenge, which was started four years ago by McLaren engineer Simon Morillas, sees drivers, trainers, mechanics, engineers, media […]
Nico Rosberg claimed his seventh pole position of the season ahead of team-mate Lewis Hamilton, who said he had suffered with a brake issue in the final segment of the wet session. Red Bull Racing’s Sebastian Vettel took advantage of the tricky conditions to finish third ahead of Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso.
Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen left their Ferrari Formula 1 cars in the garage and headed out onto Belgium’s Spa Francorchamps circuit in a couple of ultra energy efficient Shell Eco-marathon (SEM) vehicles. The Ferrari duo were joined on track by students from Belgian, British, German and Spanish universities, whose eco-vehicle concepts had been selected […]
The announcement of Max Verstappen coming into F1 next year at 17 years of age continues to prompt reflection and analysis on modern day F1 cars and there have been some interesting points raised over the past two days by drivers and senior figures alike. Most drivers seem to have taken Verstappen’s presence on the grid […]
Mercedes motorsport boss Toto Wolff has spelled out the way that instructions will be given to their drivers in future after tensions were raised when the team asked Lewis Hamilton to let Nico Rosberg pass in Hungary. Hamilton was leading Nico Rosberg, who had one more stop to do than his team-mate and therefore needing […]
Britain’s Lewis Hamilton came out on top in his battle with Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg as the Formula One World Championship got back under way after the summer break with Friday practice for the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa Francorchamps. The Briton finished an impressive 0.604 seconds ahead of Rosberg, who made a couple of […]
Marussia have this morning reinstated Max Chilton to his race seat after yesterday handing a Belgian Grand Prix drive to American reserve Alexander Rossi. The Banbury team issued a statement yesterday saying that Rossi would drive in Belgium due to “contractual issues” with Chilton. The British driver then issued a statement saying that he was voluntarily […]
Former Caterham reserve driver Alexander Rossi will make his race debut for Marussia at Spa this weekend after the Banbury-based team announced that the Amercian racer will replace Max Chilton for this grand prix, with the Briton being sidelined due to “contractual issues”. Team Principal John Booth said: “Although it was not our intention to offer Alexander the […]
Spa Francorchamps has many claims to fame; popularity among drivers, a superb collection of high speed corners, unpredictable weather. But the factor which will probably stand out this weekend is that it is the highest engine power factor circuit on the F1 calendar. The track is 70% full throttle and the run from La Source […]
There is an old saying in F1, when weighing up if a driver is too young for a race opportunity: ” If you are good enough you are old enough”. Up to now that has only been applied to drivers who were 19 years of age, like Sebastian Vettel, Daniil Kvyat and even Fernando Alonso.
Red Bull tonight announced that Max Verstappen will be handed a race seat at Toro Rosso for the 2015 season. His 17th birthday is next month.. Less than a week after the Dutch racer, who is the same age as children collecting their GCSE exam results this week, signed for Red Bull’s Junior Team it […]
When the Formula 1 World Championship resumes at Spa next weekend for the Belgium Grand Prix, attention will once again focus on who is strong and who is weak – such is the nature of F1. With Bernie Ecclestone now clear of his trial in Germany, he will have renewed vigour for the sport and […]
In the latest of his columns on the state of the F1 nation, former Times Formula One correspondent Ed Gorman muses on noise, the return of Bernie Ecclestone and how paternal competitiveness might have made Nico Rosberg a stronger character than we all imagined. I imagine the script when Lewis Hamilton moved to Mercedes was […]
In the latest of his columns on the state of the F1 nation, former Times Formula One correspondent Ed Gorman muses on noise, the return of Bernie Ecclestone and how paternal competitiveness might have made Nico Rosberg a stronger character than we all imagined. I imagine the script when Lewis Hamilton moved to Mercedes was […]
It’s that time of year where talk in the world of Formula 1 increasingly turns to the driver market and the expected line-ups for last year. And there are some big decisions to be taken in the coming months, involving some well known names and some less well known. Teams such as Mercedes (Lewis Hamilton and […]
The new zero emissions world championship Formula E has completed two full event simulations at Donington Park as preparations for the series’ first race in Beijing on 13 September ramp up. Organisers built a temporary pitlane and pitboxes at the Leicestershire circuit to mirror the set up which will be required at street circuits in […]
Highly regarded F3 racer Max Verstappen, son of former Benetton, Stewart and Arrows driver Jos, has joined Red Bull’s Junior Team, a move which will fuel rumours that the 16-year-old Dutch driver is being lined up for an F1 race seat with Toro Rosso. After graduating from a stellar karting career, Verstappen currently lies second […]
“One of the racing team said to me last year, ‘It makes no sense to practice pit stops, because the car is so bad.’ This gets you nowhere. Check out our pit stops today; they are very good. The mechanics all believe in themselves again
With five world champions in the field, F1 has a number of big names and quality drivers at the front of the grid at present. But one of the most encouraging aspects of this 2014 season is that, despite fears that the rise of “pay drivers” would damage the long term standards, we have seen […]
With F1 now in the midst of the summer shutdown, just over half way through the season, we thought it would be fun to run a small competition and so we’ve decided to ask F1 fans for their Three Word Assessments of the current F1 drivers. And the winner will get a pair of signed […]
A few months ago we featured a challenge, offering the chance for three young engineers to work alongside Adrian Newey at the Red Bull Racing F1 team. A video has been released showing the process by which the 12 finalists were whittled down to three winners during several days of tests at Red Bull HQ […]
Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg’s rivalry at Mercedes has dominated the headlines during the first half of the season, but there have been a number of other fascinating inter-team battles – with some surprises about which driver is coming out on top. The two biggest surprises are at Ferrari and Red Bull. Much was expected […]
The sense of sadness and incomprehensibility surrounding Michael Schumacher’s accident and its aftermath intensified yesterday as the man Swiss police were holding on suspicion of trying to sell the champion’s medical records committed suicide in his cell in Zurich. The man, whose real name has not been released, was arrested on Tuesday and denied any […]
Aldo Costa was designer of some of the Ferraris raced by Michael Schumacher, replaced Ross Brawn as Technical Director at Ferrari and held the post until May 2011, when he was sacked. Brawn then hired him for Mercedes and he is the man behind the current design, which is dominating both the drivers and constructors’ […]
The two winners, announced today of the first Challenge in the F1 Connectivity Innovation Prize, will be jetting off to the Monaco Grand Prix next season and will also qualify for the shortlist of 6 winners leading up to the Grand Prize of US $50,000. The F1 Connectivity Innovation Prize is a crowdsourcing initiative organised […]
Formula 1 commercial boss Bernie Ecclestone’s trial in Munich has ended. German prosecutors have accepted Ecclestone’s offer to make a $100m payment to bring to a close his trial on bribery charges. Ecclestone, who was in court for the decision, went on trial in April, over allegations he bribed former German banker Gerhard Gribkowsky as […]
This has been an interesting season, as a lot of negativity entered the system at the start of the year and it has not gone away. Commercial boss Bernie Ecclestone criticised the new hybrid turbo formula and the lack of noise and this negativity was fanned by the likes of Red Bull owner Dietrich Mateschitz […]
The reign of Ferrari team principal Marco Mattiacci is little more than 100 days old, but this week the first changes in his restructing of the team came to light. Former Lotus technical director James Allison is in overall charge of the entire technical project, both chassis and engine.
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 […]