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We have another exciting competition for you this weekend. Today top F1 photographer, Darren Heath, a long standing friend and collaborator of JA on F1 has launched a sumptuous new photo book “Art Of The Race” and we have three copies to give away. Art Of The Race tells the story in images of last […]
Red Bull Racing boss Christian Horner has again reiterated that he expects the agreement between F1 teams to allow a fifth engine per driver to go through, but added that his drivers would need that upper limit to rise to eight or nine engines to avoid penalties this season. He added that “there will not […]
The Bahrain Grand Prix proved that Valtteri Bottas has now recovered from the back injury which has dogged the start of his season and the Finn is convinced that the latest raft of developments from Williams will allow the Grove outfit to get after Ferrari, starting with the Spanish Grand Prix in three weeks. Having […]
The Bahrain Grand Prix was not only the best race of the season so far. It was also a perfect example of how modern F1 at its best combines strategy and overtaking in a high-speed chess game. The grid line-up featuring the two Mercedes and Ferrari cars on the front two rows promised a game […]
“Finally we have two strong drivers on whom we can count,” the words of Ferrari team principal Maurizio Arrivabene after Kimi Raikkonen’s second place finish in Bahrain, his first podium since returning to Ferrari at the start of 2014. Raikkonen’s result, following on from the front row grid slot won by Sebastian Vettel on Saturday […]
Lewis Hamilton strode to a comfortable third win of the season at the Bahrain Grand Prix, with the big battle in the closing stages at the Sakhir Circuit being fought by Nico Rosberg and Kimi Raikkonen. The Ferrari driver eventually emerged victorious to take a thrilling second place.
Lewis Hamilton strode to a comfortable third win of the season at the Bahrain Grand Prix, with the big battle in the closing stages at the Sakhir Circuit being fought by Nico Rosberg and Kimi Raikkonen. The Ferrari driver eventually emerged victorious to take a thrilling second place. After a solid start, Hamilton controlled the […]
Lewis Hamilton broke his Sakhir Circuit qualifying hoodoo to claim pole position for tomorrow’s Bahrain Grand, the defending champion finishing 0.411s clear of Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel and more than half a second in front of his Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg. Q1 got underway in slightly calmer conditions than blustery FP3 and Raikkonen was the first […]
Lewis Hamilton broke his Sakhir Circuit qualifying duck to claim pole position for tomorrow’s Bahrain Grand, the defending champion finishing 0.411s clear of Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel and more than half a second in front of his Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg. It was his fourth pole from the first four races, only the second time that’s […]
Ferrari team principal Maurizio Arrivabene fired the starting gun on the 2016 driver market yesterday by saying that if Kimi Raikkonen wants to stay at Ferrari next season, “he needs to push and he knows that.” The Finn, at 34, is the oldest driver on the grid. Last year he underperformed and put out some […]
Nico Rosberg scored the first psychological blow of the Bahrain Grand Prix weekend by setting fastest time in Friday practice but Ferrari continued its upward trajectory after heading the morning times. Rosberg pipped team-mate Lewis Hamilton by just over a tenth of a second for Friday bragging rights as the all-conquering Mercedes machines restated their dominance […]
Ahead of what could be a defining weekend in the battle for this year’s Drivers’ Championship title, Lewis Hamilton has insisted that he is not interested in the psychological battle between title rivals and insists that he’ll do his “talking on the track”. Following last weekend’s tense moment in Shanghai, in which Nico Rosberg insisted […]
F1 design legend Gordon Murray has teamed up with former Honda F1 engine guru Osamu Goto and Shell on a new super efficient city car. The new ultra compact machine is described as a “ground-up rethink” of Murray’s 2010 97 miles per gallon T25 concept city car, a machine intended to stimulate auto design into the future […]
Race Strategy again played a role in creating the main talking point of Sunday’s Chinese Grand Prix. There was some controversy after the race between the two Mercedes drivers over the allegation by Nico Rosberg that Lewis Hamilton had put him into a strategically compromised situation, relative to Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel.
Red Bull’s Racing’s fragile relationship with power unit supplier Renault could be tested further in Bahrain this weekend with drivers Daniel Ricciardo and Daniil Kvyat set to eat further into their allocation of power unit elements. Ricciardo had used two ICE elements prior to the Chinese Grand Prix weekend and was forced into a change […]
Last year’s bitter feud between Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg that had been reduced to a gentle simmer over the winter, boiled into angry life again in the aftermath of Hamilton second win of the season in China. During the pair’s second stint of the race, on the soft Pirelli tyres, Rosberg complained over the […]
The planets were realigned and normal order resumed in Shanghai as Lewis Hamilton cruised to an untroubled second victory of the season in the Chinese Grand Prix. Having edged Nico Rosberg by a scant four hundredths of a second in qualifying, the world champion responded perfectly to the challenge of his Mercedes team-mate to record […]
On a Shanghai track that surely must rank among his favourites Lewis Hamilton carried his imperious  practice form into qualifying as he led Nico Rosberg to the front row for tomorrow’s Chinese Grand Prix. Hamilton’s lap of 1:35.782 made it five pole positions from 12 Chinese Grand Prix qualifying sessions and a third in succession at the […]
F1 technical bosses have come out against proposal to ban wind tunnels in F1 with Ferrari’s James Allison branding a total move to CFD-based development as “error-prone” and Williams’ Pat Symonds saying that recent comments on the issues by Force India boss Bob Fernley were “ridiculously provocative”. The idea of a ban on wind tunnel […]
The keys to Ferrari’s victory in Malaysia were there for all to see after Free Practice 2 in Sepang. So is the same true for this weekend’s Chinese Grand Prix, based on what we saw today? There were plenty of laps to give us quite a good idea of how qualifying and the race might […]
After a superb return to form in 2014, finishing third in the championship, the expectation was that Williams’ had established a solid platform that would in 2015 enable it make the leap up to becoming Mercedes’ main rivals. That this hasn’t happened and that the team has been eclipsed by Ferrari, has surprised many. So […]
After a superb return to form in 2014, the expectation was that Williams’ had established a solid platform that would in 2015 enable it make the leap up to becoming Mercedes’ main rivals. That it hasn’t happened and that the team has been eclipsed by Ferrari has surprised many. The headline news concerning the team’s […]
Lewis Hamilton topped the timesheet in both free practice sessions on the  opening day of practice for the Chinese Grand Prix but it was Kimi Raikkonen’s form which caught the eye as Ferrari continued their recent good form. Having headed team-mate Nico Rosberg in morning practice, Hamilton led the way early in the afternoon on Pirelli’s medium tyre before […]
Only in the uniquely chaotic, dysfunctional and political world of Formula 1 could a team announce a breakthrough “multi-year” deal with a Chinese sponsor and on the same day see its supreme leader issue a menacing threat that he may pull his team out of the sport. Chinese sponsors have not exactly poured into F1 […]
Amid all the stories flying around at the start of this 2015 season, one man has quietly got his F1 career off to an impressive start: Toro Rosso’s Carlos Sainz. He had the advantage of quietly entering the fray in Melbourne without too much pressure on him, as all the media attention was on his […]
Malaysian Grand Prix winner Sebastian Vettel has played down expectations of a repeat victory this weekend in Shanghai, with cooler conditions expected to return Mercedes to its position as pace setters. Vettel and Ferrari took advantage of Mercedes’ difficulties with making the tyres last in extreme hot conditions and capitalised on their decision to pit […]
Carmen Jorda, the Lotus F1 team development driver, has backed the idea floated by Bernie Ecclestone recently to have a women’s world championship, running as a support category at Grands Prix. Jorda, 26, is the latest of a recent string of female drivers to be taken on in a development capacity by teams, along with […]
This Easter Weekend we have a fun competition for readers, with two copies of the Zoom charity photography book published this week, containing images taken by F1 names in aid of Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital. And the first prize is a signed and framed page from the book, featuring Red Bull design genius Adrian […]
Following recent speculation that Renault were considering buying Toro Rosso, it now appears more likely that the engine supplier will opt for increased branding on the Red Bull sister team. Helmut Marko, motorsport advisor to the Austrian energy drink manufacturer, has moved to quell speculation surrounding the future of the junior squad by suggesting that Renault could get the bang […]
Ferrari and McLaren Honda were not the only team to take large steps forward in Malaysia; Manor Marussia managed to get both cars running on track on Friday, but only one qualified and raced. That has brought the team more peer criticism, so what is going on at the team? After appearing, but not running in […]
There was relief in many quarters when Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari won Sunday’s Malaysian Grand Prix, not least because so far this season there has not been much evidence that the second Mercedes driver, Nico Rosberg, is up for challenging his team mate Lewis Hamilton. So why has Rosberg not matched Hamilton’s standards in the […]
If ever a Formula 1 race was decided on Race Strategy, it was the 2015 Malaysian Grand Prix. After predictions that the season could be a Mercedes whitewash, victory for Sebastian Vettel in the second round in Malaysia came as a surprise. Mercedes struggled in the hot conditions, but was the race still winnable for […]
World Championship leader Lewis Hamilton says he is “99.6%” there on his new Mercedes contract, which he has negotiated himself with the team’s managers Toto Wolff and Niki Lauda. This would keep him in the company of the sport’s two other leading drivers, Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso. “It’s 99.6% done
On the face of it, Sebastian Vettel’s superbly worked Malaysian Grand Prix victory brought back to life a Formula One championship most had viewed as a two-horse race between Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg. Given the nature of the win – branded by Vettel himself as “fair and square” – the result has fuelled a belief in […]
Sebastian Vettel breathed life into the 2015 Formula One season with a sensational victory for Ferrari in Sepang, as Mercedes found themselves comprehensively outplayed for the first time in over a season. While Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg ran reliably to the remaining podium positions, Vettel was a comfortable 12 seconds clear before he throttled back […]
Sebastian Vettel breathed life into the 2015 Formula One season with a sensational victory for Ferrari in Sepang, as Mercedes found themselves comprehensively outplayed for the first time in over a season. While Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg ran reliably to the remaining podium positions, Vettel was a comfortable 12 seconds clear before he throttled back […]
The Malaysian Grand Prix promises to be an interesting strategic battle with two or three stops in prospect depending on how much each car and driver suffers from tyre degradation in the intense heat. Unlike Melbourne, which was a fairly sedate one stopper, we should see some variety today which will decide the outcome of […]
Max Verstappen scored the best F1 qualifying result for a teenager since 1961 today with 6th place on the grid for the Malaysian Grand Prix, but the way he did it and the difficult conditions marked it out as something special. There has been a lot of hype around Verstappen, whose elevation to F1 at […]
Lewis Hamilton maintained his perfect qualifying start to the new world championship campaign by the narrowest of margins as on-track squabbling between the Mercedes drivers almost allowed Sebastian Vettel to take a sensational top spot for Ferrari. Hamilton repeated his wet-weather Sepang qualifying form of 12 months ago on his first run on intermediate tyres in […]
Renault Sport F1 boss Cyril Abiteboul said today that Renault is reviewing its options in F1 which could either lead to it acquiring the Toro Rosso team, or quitting the sport. Speaking in the FIA press conference at Sepang circuit after Free Practice 2, the Frenchman said, “We are looking at a lot of options, […]
Lewis Hamilton shrugged off the frustrations of missing most of first free practice to record the fastest time in afternoon running on the first day of action at the Malaysian Grand Prix. The world champion saved the Mercedes team’s blushes when Nico Rosberg was forced to stop early in the afternoon after Hamilton’s power unit had suffered hitherto […]
It was an impressively calm performance by Fernando Alonso today in the FIA press conference at Sepang; his first time appearing before the media since his accident in testing last month. He remained calm under fairly intense questioning and maintained a story that was consistent with itself throughout. But the problem was, it wasnt consistent […]
Adrian Sutil strode into the Sepang paddock this afternoon, dressed in Williams team gear and headed to the Williams garage where he had a seat fitting for Valtteri Bottas’ car in preparation for a possible call up in the Malaysian Grand Prix. This follows clearance from FIA doctors for Bottas to race in Malaysia, but […]
Fernando Alonso, who has been given the all clear to race at the Malaysian Grand Prix after passing FIA fitness tests at Sepang Circuit this morning, has insisted that there was “definitely a steering problem” with his McLaren-Honda in the moments before the testing accident that ruled him out of the first race of the season. The […]
Fernando Alonso, who has been given the all clear to race at the Malaysian Grand Prix after passing FIA fitness tests at Sepang Circuit this morning, has insisted that there was “definitely a steering problem” with his McLaren-Honda in the moments before the testing accident that ruled him out of the first race of the season. This […]
Renault F1 boss Cyril Abiteboul has moved to deflect some of the recent criticism from Red Bull principals by pointing out that their chassis partners are also responsible for the lap time deficit to the all conquering Mercedes cars. Ahead of this weekend’s Malaysian Grand Prix the ongoing tension between the French engine manufacturer and […]
McLaren have confirmed that Fernando Alonso will return to the cockpit at the Malaysian Grand Prix next weekend subject to a final FIA medical assessment on Thursday. Meanwhile McLaren have made public the fact that the Spaniard has recalled ‘heavy steering’ on his McLaren Honda MP4-30 in the moments before the crash leading to his team […]
Valtteri Bottas has confirmed that he will be back behind the wheel of the Williams in Malaysia this weekend. The Finn injured his back during qualifying for the Australian Grand Prix and was not able to take part in the race after a series of medical tests. “After such a frustrating Sunday in Australia, I […]
Reports in Spain suggest that Fernando Alonso has passed the medical tests he underwent today in Cambridge, England following his concussion in a testing accident and he is preparing to travel to Malaysia to make his McLaren Honda entrance in next weekend’s Malaysian Grand Prix. The Spaniard, 33, will have to prove to FIA doctors […]