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Although his team mate had said an hour earlier in the FIA press conference that the plan is “not 100%” for world champion Sebastian Vettel to skip qualifying and start the race from the pit lane with a new power unit in Austin, Vettel himself said in his media briefing in the Austin paddock that […]
The Ferrari F1 team is in line for an injection of new cash in its quest to get back to championship winning form, after the board of the recently floated FIAT Chrysler Automobiles gave the go-ahead for a listing on the New York Stock exchange of the Ferrari car company in a few months time. […]
Over the course of this season, and indeed for much of the last five years, F1 has been wrestling with the issue of the cost of competition – with little success. Earlier this year, FIA President Jean Todt called on teams to address the issue and called for a cost cap to be introduced. Again, the silence […]
The world championship is finely balanced as F1 makes its third visit to Austin, Texas, which proved a huge hit with teams, drivers and fans last season. The two Mercedes drivers have scored 565 points between them – enough to secure the constructor’s championship already – but there are only 17 points separating Lewis Hamilton […]
In his first guest blog for JA on F1, Former Setanta and RTE F1 broadcaster Declan Quigley highlights one bizarre aspect of the Caterham administration story. Declan writes: “There are no clear rules or specific qualifications laid down for the role of Formula One Team boss. Plenty of those who have headed up F1 teams […]
The administrators appointed to the Marussia F1 team have issued a statement this morning confirming that the team will not take part in the US Grand Prix next weekend. It adds that the team is still operating and the administrators are assessing the company’s long term viability, while no staff have been let go at […]
Formula 1 will set up its show in the United States this week, but it won’t be quite as shiny and impressive as it has been. It comes at a time of major soul searching as two teams, Caterham and Marussia, will be left behind in the UK after calling in the administrators.
It looks like there will be just 18 cars on the starting grid for the US Grand Prix in Austin next weekend, after the sport’s commercial supremo Bernie Ecclestone told Reuters that he expects the Marussia team to miss the race in addition to Caterham. That leaves just nine F1 teams travelling to Texas.
Caterham are set to miss the US and Brazilian Grands Prix after the administrators now running the squad revealed that Bernie Ecclestone has given permission for it to sit out the next two rounds of the F1 championship. This morning the management team led by Colin Kolles stepped back from running the team and handed […]
In a shock development, the Caterham F1 team has announced that the consortium behind the takeover of the Leafield squad has handed back control of the F1 team to the administrator of Caterham Sports Limited to allow it to prepare and continue operating at the “next events.” The announcement comes less than 24 hours before the Caterham cars […]
Today saw F1′s “battle of the press releases”, with the old owners of Caterham (Tony Fernandes and Caterham Group) and the new owners (Engavest SA), slinging mud at each other over who owns what and who’s responsible for the current mess over Caterham Sport going into administration with debts of £12-15 million. Engavest argues that […]
The sad tale around the Caterham F1 team – the latest on which is that the administrator has locked the staff out of the team’s factory today (Thursday) – has once again highlighted the plight of the smaller teams in F1. It raises the question of whether we are soon to see an F1 grid […]
The sad tale around the Caterham F1 team, which is struggling to send two cars to Austin for next week’s US Grand Prix, has once again highlighted the plight of the smaller teams in F1. It raises the question of whether we are soon to see an F1 grid made up with third cars from […]
The Caterham F1 Team’s chances of taking part in next week’s US Grand Prix are currently hanging on crisis talks in London with the administrator of Caterham Sports Limited. And tonight the new management issued an explosive statement accusing former owner Tony Fernandes of blocking share transfers in the team with the result that, “After […]
McLaren is in the process of change and the first big name to move on is Sam Michael, sporting director of the team. Michael will complete the season and then return to Australia with his family in a move he has planned since March of this year. Michael, who handed his notice in at the […]
Professor Sid Watkins OBE, the Liverpool neurosurgeon who revolutionalised motor sport medical care, has been given a permanent tribute with the naming of a hospital building, in his home town. The ‘Prof’ as he was affectionately known to generations of grateful F1 drivers, passed away in 2012 having been at the forefront of F1 safety […]
Today Caterham was forced to explain the circumstances which led to Kamui Kobayashi racing in Sochi with a car which had a problem suspension part, which had been repaired by carbon wrapping at the circuit. Kobayashi alleges this was because the team did not have enough spare parts to replace it. The Japanese driver wrote […]
Former Mercedes F1 chief Ross Brawn, former Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali and newly elected President of the GPDA Alex Wurz are among those chosen for the expert FIA panel being set up to review Jules Bianchi’s crash in Suzuka. At last weekend’s Russian Grand Prix, FIA President Jean Todt said that following his request to  F1 Race Director […]
The beleaguered Caterham F1 team has moved to quash concerns over car safety after a photo emerged on the BBC F1 website today showing a patched-up rear suspension unit on Kamui Kobayashi’s car from the Russian GP. The Leafield based team, which was rescued from closure this summer by Colin Kolles, Manfredi Ravetto and a group […]
Toro Rosso are set to test new DTM champion Marco Wittmann as a reward for clinching the touring car crown with BMW. The 24-year-old German’s F1 outing was announced by BMW motorsport chief Jens Marquardt following the DTM season finale at Hockenheim on Sunday. “Marco has an extraordinary season behind him, in which he has […]
Force India boss Vijay Mallya has hailed Nico Hulkenberg as “one of the best talents on the grid” as his team announced that the German driver will continue with the Silverstone squad for 2015. “Everybody in the team is delighted to see Nico remain a Sahara Force India driver for next season,” said Mallya. “We rate […]
FIA president Jean Todt is suffering as two drivers with whom he has close links lie in limbo with serious head injuries. Michael Schumacher, with whom Todt won five world drivers’ championships at Ferrari, was hurt in a skiing accident almost a year ago and Todt is one of the few non-family members to be […]
Jenson Button is in talks with Porsche to follow Mark Webber to the sportscar team next season, if the door closes at McLaren for the 2009 world champion with the arrival of Fernando Alonso. The problem is one of timing. McLaren is working on getting the signature of Alonso on a contract, although sources in […]
Nico Rosberg’s tyre-smoking, locked-up approach to turn one at Sochi last Sunday has not unduly alarmed his Mercedes boss Toto Wolff who has given his drivers the green light to race flat out to the end of the season. Rosberg’s all-guns-blazing effort to unseat his pole-sitting team mate Lewis Hamilton from the lead in Russia ultimately harmed […]
The winners of the second challenge in F1′s ground breaking crowdsourcing competition, the F1 Connectivity Innovation prize, have been announced. The latest challenge was to create a global digital scrapbook, accessible to all, around Mercedes’ ‘Silver Arrows’ and their extensive history in the sport, stretching back from to the 1950s racers driven by Juan Manuel […]
Pirelli has decided to bring softer tyres to the Brazilian Grand Prix, due to further analysis of the resurfaced track layout. Earlier this week Williams driver Felipe Massa had called the choice of medium and hard compounds for his home race at Interlagos “dangerous” and “unacceptable”.
Pirelli has decided to bring softer tyres to the Brazilian Grand Prix, due to further analysis of the resurfaced track layout. Earlier this week Williams driver Felipe Massa had called the choice of medium and hard compounds for his home race at Interlagos “dangerous” and “unacceptable”.
A collective shudder will pass through the workshops of Ferrari’s F1 headquarters in Maranello today, as new chairman Sergio Marchionne has said that he wants the team to return to winning ways quickly and he is happy to take risks to do that. As outgoing chairman Luca di Montezemolo is confirming on one hand that […]
It has been the worst kept secret for months, but tonight the former Ferrari chairman Luca di Montezemolo confirmed that Fernando Alonso is to leave the Scuderia at the end of 2014 after five seasons without a championship. “Fernando is leaving for two reasons,” Montezemolo said on RAI television.
Marussia F1 team has reacted angrily to reports in a couple of media outlets that Jules Bianchi was being ordered by the team to push hard prior to his accident in the Japanese Grand Prix and that he did not slow down in the double waved yellow flag zone where Adrian Sutil’s car was being […]
One bizarre episode in Sunday’s Russian Grand Prix was the retirement of Kamui Kobayashi in what appeared to be a healthy car. The Japanese pulled out on lap 21 of 53 and when asked why he said that he had been told to stop the car due to mileage concerns, presumably on some of the […]
A new Grand Prix venue is always an exciting challenge for F1 teams to master, but they usually have a good handle on things before they arrive thanks to their simulation technology. Not for this event; it made for one of the most unique races we have seen for the last five years as most […]
F1 fans are still learning about 17 year old Max Verstappen, who will race for Toro Rosso next season and will appear in more Friday free practice sessions this season for the team. For those who have not seen him in action, this video of last weekend’s FIA European F3 championship race at Imola, gives […]
Today the Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg have been at the team’s headquarters in England to celebrate with all the employees. But who should take the credit for Mercedes’ extraordinary success in clinching the F1 Constructors’ Championship with three races remaining? This is a question many fans are asking and the current senior […]
Sebastian Vettel has branded the rule that makes it likely that he will sit out qualifying at the US Grand Prix on Saturday week as “completely stupid”, while Red Bull boss Dietrich Mateschitz has also confirmed that the world champion will not be released to drive for Ferrari at the Abu Dhabi text on November 28th. Vettel has […]
As part of his prize for last weekend claiming the FIA Formula 3 European title in his rookie season, Esteban Ocon will next week test a two-year old Lotus F1 Team E20 at Valencia’s Ricardo Tormer circuit. It remains to be seen, however, whether it will the next step in his progress with the Lotus […]
“The situation is desperate. Every time the telephone goes, we know it could be the hospital to tell us that Jules is dead. But initially they said that the first 24 hours were crucial.
“The situation is desperate. Every time the telephone goes, we know it could be the hospital to tell us that Jules is dead.
There was a lot of discussion about the subject of the engine freeze over the Sochi race weekend, with Mercedes now looking likely to block moves, led by Ferrari’s Marco Mattiacci, to allow an ‘unfreeze’ period during the 2015 season for everyone to do some development. However as the decision at this stage to implement […]
The first every Russian Grand Prix was arguably the dullest race of the season so far in terms of intrigue, on track action, strategy and spectacle. But there were some highlights and a few overtakes. There was also a dramatic start.
Following meetings in Sochi resulting from Jules Bianchi’s horrific accident in Suzuka, the FIA and the F1 teams are to trial a new system for controlling the speed of the cars in yellow flag caution zones during practice at the next race in Austin, Texas. The test is likely to happen at the end of […]
Lewis Hamilton opened up the largest points margin he has had over his team mate Nico Rosberg so far this season with victory in the Russian Grand Prix, while Mercedes clinched their first ever F1 Constructors’ championship with their ninth 1-2 finish of the season. Hamilton’s win prompted team chairman Niki Lauda to suggest that […]
Daniil Kvyat picked the perfect moment to record his best qualifying performance of the season and with it, the best ever qualifying performance by a Russian. Kvyat’s fifth fastest time on the grid for the inaugural Russian Grand Prix eclipses the brace of sixth places in qualifying by Vitaly Petrov in 2011 and lifted Toro […]
Mercedes can clinch the Constructors’ World Championship in tomorrow’s Russian Grand Prix, for the first time in the marque’s history. Although the Silver Arrows dominated the sport in the mid 1950s, prior to withdrawing following the 1955 Le Mans catastrophe, the Constructors’ championship was not in place then. It was introduced only in 1958.
Lewis Hamilton’s eighth pole position of the season was also his most dominant as he ended Saturday with an advantage over team mate Nico Rosberg that seemed bigger than the two tenths of a second described by the stopwatch. But the other eye-catching performances came from Valtteri Bottas, their for Williams and Toro Rosso’s Danill […]
The FIA has spoken for the first time since Jules’ Bianchi’s horrific accident in the Japanese Grand Prix last Sunday. They announced plans to find a new system for speed control through yellow flag caution zones, taking the decision to slow down away from the drivers. They will meet with teams to discuss the best […]
Marussia President and Sporting Director Graeme Lowdon has spoken movingly of the support his team has received in the paddock in recent days in the wake of Jules Bianchi’s accident at the Japanese Grand Prix. “It’s been an incredibly difficult week for Formula One but it’s been an incredibly difficult week for our team,” said Lowdon. “As […]
Lewis Hamilton extracted the most from Pirelli’s soft compound tyre and demonstrated his own facility for coming to terms with new circuits as he headed the timesheets at the end of the second free practice session for the inaugural Russian Grand Prix. In balmy conditions and running on a clean new Sochi track surface the […]
“Ciao #Ferrari the most beautiful company in the world made by outstanding people.” These were the parting words in a tweet from Luca di Montezemolo on his last day as Chairman of Ferrari, after 23 years. From Monday, Sergio Marchionne takes over and we expect that soon after that it will be announced that world […]
Marussia this morning confirmed that they will run just one car at the inaugural Russian Grand Prix “out of respect for our driver Jules Bianchi”. The official entry list for the race at the new Sochi Autodrom had featured reserve driver Alexander Rossi as the driver of Marussia car number 42 but the team spent last […]