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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 […]
In a week from now, the F1 teams will be circulating the Sepang circuit in Malaysia in practice for the second Grand Prix of the season. Two notable absentees from the opening round were McLaren’s Fernando Alonso and Williams’ Valtteri Bottas, both out with injury.
Amid all the press surrounding the Giedo van der Garde court case, the size of the grid, recriminations about Renault’s performance, question marks about Honda’s progress and Valtteri Bottas’ injury, the debut grand prix of this year’s rookies largely went missing. That though, tells its own story, for when new kids make the headlines it’s either because of […]
Giedo Van Der Garde’s settlement with Sauber provides temporary relief for the embattled Swiss outfit and closure for the Dutch racer but what conclusions can be drawn from the episode? Van der Garde posted a lengthy statement on his facebook account today confirming that his legal claim for a drive with Sauber this season is no […]
Mercedes F1 team chairman Niki Lauda says that the failure to stage a German Grand Prix this season is more down to the failure of the promoters in the country to put on a popular event, unlike Silverstone, Melbourne and other successful events such as the Red Bull-hosted event in Austria. It is painful for […]
The opening round of the 2015 season produced a dominant win for the Mercedes team, with Nico Rosberg unable to do anything through strategy to dent the superiority of his team-mate Lewis Hamilton. But strategy certainly played a crucial part in the outcome of the race for the final podium position between Williams’ Felipe Massa […]
When the new F1 season starts with a disaster, like it did for Red Bull and Renault in Melbourne, it’s understandable that there would be a lot of frustration. But Helmut Marko’s threat that Red Bull may soon decide to withdraw from Formula 1, if the rules are not changed, is worth deeper consideration.
Lewis Hamilton began his title defence in perfect style in Melbourne as he led team-mate Nico Rosberg home for a comfortable one-two finish for Mercedes, while Sebastian Vettel scored a podium on his Ferrari debut. Hamilton was untroubled throughout the 58 laps, the Englishman taking his 34th career win and his in Australia since 2008 without ever […]
Valtteri Bottas will not take part in the Australian Grand Prix after being ruled out with a back injury sustained in qualifying. Williams will field just one car in the race as Bottas qualified his car and a change of driver is not now permitted.
We are in for some fascinating battles in tomorrow’s Australian Grand Prix, with strategy the key to Nico Rosberg’s chances of getting ahead of Lewis Hamilton and also in the battle for the podium between the closely matched Williams and Ferrari cars. Mercedes showed last season that letting the drivers race extends to offering the […]
Lewis Hamilton won the first battle of the season as he took a convincing pole position for the Australian Grand Prix. The reigning world champion beat team-mate Nico Rosberg, his only serious rival for top spot, by almost six tenths of a second to record the 39th pole of his career and a record fourth […]
The FIA has issued a statement this morning in Australia, indicating the number of “tokens” each manufacturer has remaining to develop their engines during the season. And it reveals that Mercedes has already used up 78% of its available development, while Renault has used only 62%. This leaves them with some quite big development steps […]
Nico Rosberg pipped world champion Lewis Hamilton to top  spot on the first day of practice for the Australian Grand Prix as Mercedes continued to enjoy a significant advantage over their rivals. Hamilton’s response to Rosberg’s earlier soft tyre run in second practice was exactly a tenth of a second shy of his team-mate who had also […]
The F1 cars are better looking this year, they make more noise, we have new drivers in new teams, including the youngest ever F1 driver (17) on the youngest average age (26yrs) grid in F1 history. But once again the story dominating the paddock on the eve of the new season is a negative one,highlighting […]
Giedo van der Garde’s claim on a Sauber race seat for 2015 is set to drag on until tomorrow with the team’s appeal against a decision to allow the Dutchman to race will now be heard at 9.30am on Thursday. On Wednesday morning in Melbourne Justice Clyde Croft handed down a judgement in favour of […]
McLaren’s Fernando Alonso has topped a list of F1’s most marketable drivers for the second year in a row. The annual list, prepared by sports analysis company Repucom, measures public awareness of a driver through a range of criteria including knowledge of the driver, likeability, visibility in print and broadcast media, trendsetting capability, benefit to […]
Team personnel are busy putting the final touches on their preparations for the opening round of the season in Melbourne this weekend and there are new regulation boundaries that they must come to terms with. Stability in the rules means that Mercedes have retained much of their advantage and Manor/Marussia are set to run substantially the […]
The Manor Marussia  team have announced that Spanish driver Roberto Merhi will race alongside Beriton Will Stevens “for the opening rounds” of the 2015 season. The 23-year-old who last year finished third in the Formula Renault 3.5 series behind winner Carlos Sainz and fellow Red Bull junior Pierre Gasly, drove three practice sessions for Caterham last season, in […]
World Champion Lewis Hamilton believes that as a 30 year old and with all the experience he has gained down the years, he is now mature enough to deal with anything F1 and life may throw at him. There have been many question marks on the eve of the new Championship, including whether the apparently […]
Since the end of last year, Renault has been evaluating its options in F1 with three possibilities: stay as they are as a supplier, withdraw from F1 or take over a team and run as Renault again. A board meeting took place in December and further meetings are planned as they move towards a decision. […]
Formula 1 has quite a record of starting a new season with legal disputes flying around in the air and this season looks like no exception. Giedo Van der Garde’s legal bid to race for Sauber this season has moved to the Australian judicial system ahead of next week’s opening race of the season in Melbourne. The […]
This time next week Sebastian Vettel will be carrying out official duties in Melbourne and preparing to practice, qualify and race for the first time as a Ferrari driver. He has described it as a ‘dream’. In an interview today in Gazzetta dello Sport, Vettel speaks about the secret negotiations that took him to Maranello, […]
The Manor F1 team today confirmed its intention to be on the grid at next week’s season-opening Australian Grand Prix using modified 2014 cars and Ferrari power units from the end of last season. At a press conference held at London’s Millbank, the team introduced media to its new backers in the shape of 36-year-old […]
The problems that beset the smaller teams in F1 have not gone away and the cashflow situation ahead of the first race of the season in Melbourne next week remains tight. Bernie Ecclestone this week responded to requests from one or two of them to bring forward the FOM payments due to teams later this […]
After 12 days of pre-season testing there is now a mad dash for the F1 teams to get their equipment back from Barcelona and to finish the build of the second chassis ready to be air freighted out to Australia later this week. So what have we learned from the winter tests? And what can […]
Valtteri Bottas set the fastest time of the day as winter testing draw to a close in Barcelona today, the Williams driver finishing four tenths of a second clear of Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel as testing pacesetters Mercedes spent the day running on medium and hard tyres. Bottas’ best time came two and three quarter hours into […]
Having shown their pace yesterday, Mercedes again lorded it over their rivals with another dominant performance on the penultimate day of winter testing in Barcelona. Lewis Hamilton produced a strong lap on soft Pirellis to eclipse Felipe Massa’s best effort by 0.24s, an impressive performance given that the latter –along with most of the other runners […]
Fernando Alonso has broken his silence about his condition, producing a selfie video for distribution on his Twitter channel in which he says that he fine and would like to be driving this week, but the doctors have told him to rest. He offers no explanation for the cause of his accident, nor of the […]
There are two more days of testing left before the start of a new F1 season. An ideal time to get close to the action and look for indications and clues as to the season ahead.
The phoney war came to an end in Barcelona today, as Nico Rosberg topped the time sheets in emphatic style, while there was good news for McLaren and Force India. Just over an hour from the end of the tenth day of pre-season testing Mercedes bolted soft compound Pirellis on Nico Rosberg’s car for the first time this winter and the German promptly […]
The Williams team’s relatively anonymous path through winter preparation ended in Barcelona this afternoon as Felipe Massa ended the first day of the final pre-season test comfortably fastest by three quarters of a second. However, it was another tough day for McLaren who were forced to abandon the day’s sessions with just seven laps on the board, and […]
Lotus have announced that they have appointed GP3 racer Carmen Jordá as a development driver for the 2015 season. The role will see the Spanish racer drive the team’s current car at some point during the season, although the team did not specify if that would be at a test.
With speculating surrounding Fernando Alonso’s testing accident at last week’s Barcelona test continuing to swirl, McLaren CEO Ron Dennis has moved to further clarify the team’s explanation of the incident. At a press briefing in Barcelona today Dennis revealed that Alonso was knocked unconscious in the accident that ruled him out of this week’s final pre-season […]
Brad Hollinger, who has become a 10% shareholder in the Williams F1 team after acquiring shares from Toto Wolff, has said that he may consider buying up more shares in the team that finished third in last year’s F1 championship. The American, who runs the Vibra Healthcare business in the US, a network of private […]
The good news today is that McLaren Honda driver Fernando Alonso has left hospital and is now recovering at a family home in Spain after three days hospital observation following his testing accident in Barcelona. He will not be testing this week in Barcelona and we await an update on whether he will be fit […]
Will Stevens has signed to race with the Manor F1 squad which is on target to appear at the first round of the world championship in Melbourne in just over a fortnight. Stevens, 23, made his F1 race debut with Caterham at last year’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and is well known to the Manor team from his […]
McLaren have pinned the blames for Fernando Alonso’s heavy accident at the Circuit de Catalunya yesterday on strong winds, adding that the team “categorically state(s) that there is no evidence that indicates that Fernando’s car suffered mechanical failure of any kind”. Shortly before the lunch break during the final day of the second pre-season test, Alonso […]
Romain Grosjean went quickest for Lotus on the final day of testing in Barcelona, while local hero Fernando Alonso gave his fans a scare when he left the track in an air ambulance following a heavy impact with the barriers. Alonso’s difficult week for McLaren ended shortly before lunchtime when his Honda-powered machine left the track at turn three, making […]
Pastor Maldonado topped the times for the second time in three days as the Lotus squad completed a trouble-free day at Circuit de Catalunya. McLaren, meanwhile, hit more trouble as the replacement seal the team had banked on following Thursday’s issues failed in a similar manner, leading to severely curtailed running. 2012 Spanish Grand Prix winner Maldonado used Pirelli’s super […]
Daniel Ricciardo topped both the time sheets and the mileage stats as Red Bull enjoyed a welcome boost in the second day of pre-season testing at Barcelona. Ricciardo brought out the red flag when he stopped at pit lane exit early in the morning but thereafter his Red Bull ran trouble free to record 1m24.574s, […]
Pastor Maldonado gave the Lotus team a much needed tonic by topping the times at the end of the first day of testing in Barcelona. But there was drama for McLaren and Mercedes who endured problematic days with contrasting issues, while Susie Wolff and Felipe Nasr were delayed after colliding on track.
The surprise decision by the FIA to limit drivers to one helmet livery per season has sparked debate throughout the world of F1 with opinions divided on whether it’s a good development, an infringement of personal liberty or of limited importance. The decision, made by the F1 commission in Geneva this week and due to […]
Mercedes have confirmed that its reserve driver Pascal Wehrlein will drive Force India’s 2014 car for two days of this week’s four-day test in Barcelona, with race drivers Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez restricted to a day each behind the wheel of the VJM07. Force India’s pre-season preparations have suffered a series of setbacks with […]