There has been a lot of interest in the FIA’s directive last week last week banning team radio from pits to car in which performance information is passed on, with 501 comments on our post “Leave them alone, they know what they’re doing” Today the FIA issued all teams with a clarification of the areas […]
The Mercedes F1 team has promoted 19 year old German Touring Car driver Pascal Wehrlein to be its reserve driver, as the championship leaders push ahead with a young driver programme. Wehrlein won the DTM race at the weekend for Mercedes, becoming the youngest winner in the series’ history, and is revealed as having been […]
How much is an F1 driver’s crash helmet worth? An awful lot judging by the price paid at auction recently for the helmet worn by Sebastian Vettel in his one and only German Grand Prix victory in 2013 – £72,000. There is an interesting article about helmets and their auction values in the Autumn magazine […]
A crash on the final corner of the final lap, which sent former BMW Sauber driver Nick Heidfeld rolling, tagged by Nicolas Prost the son of four times F1 world champion Alain – it was a dramatic opening race for Formula E in Beijing today. The new FIA zero emissions series made a successful debut […]
The FIA has today published the 2015 Formula One calendar, with Mexico being included on a 20-race schedule. The calendar was approved at a meeting of the World Motor Sport Council, held in Beijing ahead of this weekend’s inaugural round of the Formule E championship. In line with tradition, the season will commence with the Australian […]
The dust is settling on this week’s momentous news that Luca di Montezemolo has stepped down as Chairman of Ferrari, replaced by Sergio Marchionne, and now we start to think about what comes next for Montezemolo and for F1. Montezemolo has been a major player in the world of F1, via his Ferrari role, for […]
The FIA’s latest tactical directive, to ban F1 teams from communicating information about the car’s performance and “coaching” them in how to drive the cars, will come into force from next weekend’s Singapore Grand Prix. The decision follows wide ranging discussions within the F1 Strategy Group which is looking at ways to improve the presentation […]
Jules Bianchi has teamed up with JA on F1 to bring readers closer to the sport, as seen through the eyes of one of the best young driving talents coming through today. Jules has been a driver with the Marussia F1 Team for a year and a half, and is a member of the Ferrari […]
Ferrari CEO Luca di Montezemolo ended days of speculation about his future by this morning announcing that will step down from his role at the company, thus ending a 23-year tenure at the helm in Maranello. This followed a Ferrari board meeting this morning. Di Montezemolo’s position was the subject on much rumour over the Italian […]
Ferrari CEO Luca di Montezemolo ended days of speculation about his future by this morning announcing that will step down from his role at the company, thus ending a 23-year tenure at the helm in Maranello. Di Montezemolo’s position was the subject on much rumour over the Italian Grand Prix weekend, to the degree that he […]
Did the Red Bull team show signs in Monza that it is already lining up behind Daniel Ricciardo rather than four times world champion Sebastian Vettel? Was Vettel used as a strategy pawn to help maximise Ricciardo’s points haul and keep him in the title chase?
Michael Schumacher’s manager Sabine Kehm has issued a statement this afternoon confirming rumours in the German media that the seven times F1 champion, who was severely injured in a skiing accident in December 2013 is finally well enough to go home. This does not mean that he is back on his feet, far from it. […]
The internet does some wonderful things for the communication between people around the globe. But it can also give credence to rumour and to conspiracy theories and make them seem more real. One such example is the theory doing the rounds that Nico Rosberg deliberately made a mistake under braking for Turn 1 at Monza […]
Ferrari chairman Luca di Montezemolo made a characteristically swaggering appearance at Monza on Saturday, affirming that he will decide if and when he leaves Ferrari, but last night the boss of Ferrari’s parent company FIAT Chrysler said that enough was enough and that “no -one is indispensable”. Sergio Marchionne, who was barely 40km away from […]
The Italian Grand Prix was far from the boring procession many had predicted it would be, there was a lot of racing throughout the field, with some intense battles and some sublime overtaking. But who was your driver of the day in Monza? Lewis Hamilton Stunning lap in qualifying, well beyond what other teams had […]
Lewis Hamilton recovered from a start-line glitch to take his sixth win of the season at the Italian Grand Prix, with title rival Nico Rosberg forced to settle for second place after an error from the German midway through the race handed the lead back to the Briton. Felipe Massa claimed his first podium finish […]
Lewis Hamilton claimed his fifth pole position of the season and his first since the Spanish Grand Prix in May, edging out team-mate Nico Rosberg by two tenths of a second at Monza. Although chased throughout Rosberg, who had missed final practice with a gearbox problem, Hamilton rarely looked troubled in the session and the Briton […]
Daniil Kvyat has become the first F1 driver to incur an engine change penalty under the new rules this season. A statement issued by the FIA race stewards in Monza revealed that the Toro Rosso driver has used up his allocation of five internal combustion engines and has had to fit a sixth for this […]
Nico Rosberg went fastest in the second practice session at Monza as team-mate Lewis Hamilton was sidelined for a long period with electronics problems. Rosberg set the pace at 1:26.225 on the medium Pirelli tyre, just before the hour mark in the 90-minute session. Until that point there had been no sign of his title […]
As a listed company Williams is obliged to declare its financial affairs to the stock market and today it announced a £17 million loss for the first half of 2014, which revealed an underlying story that it has decided to invest in order to revive the team. So far this strategy has worked as the […]
Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has responded strongly to the apparent undermining of his authority in Spa, where Nico Rosberg collided with his team mate Lewis Hamilton, by saying that the drivers have to work together and observe the team’s rules or they will be moved out. Speaking to JA in an exclusive interview broadcast last […]
Fernando Alonso has described the rivalry between the two Mercedes drivers Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton as a “beautiful battle” which he is enjoying watching. The Spaniard had earlier in the week suggested that the clash on the second lap of the Belgian Grand Prix would deified the two sides of the Mercedes garage, “It […]
Caterham F1 team has confirmed that Kamui Kobayashi will return to the cockpit for the weekend in Monza, having stood down for Spa in favour of Andre Lotterer. The Japanese driver will partner Marcus Ericsson in the team which has now gone more than 50 Grands Prix in its existence without scoring a point. The […]
Monza is the fastest circuit on the F1 calendar and the one with the highest straight line speeds, which are expected to reach 360km/h this year, due to the reduction in downforce and drag on the cars. Strategy is also important as there is a long pit lane, which makes for slow stops and as […]
The new F1 team from the United States, Haas F1 Team, has confirmed that it will receive widespread technical support from Ferrari when it makes its entry in 2016. Using a model first pioneered by Force India with Mercedes and McLaren and since copied by a number of smaller and middle sized teams, Haas will […]
The second challenge in F1′s ground breaking crowdsourcing competition, the F1 Connectivity Innovation prize, has been announced today and it offers fans the chance to engage with Mercedes and its history as well as fans around the world – and to have a chance to win the US$50,000 top prize. The latest challenge is to […]
This weekend the F1 teams head to Monza for the Italian Grand Prix, one of the most charismatic races on the calendar and the fastest circuit. With top speeds this year likely to hit 360km/h and above (30km/h more than last year), the long straights of Monza have traditionally led the teams to create a […]
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 […]