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As the summer comes on, the driver market for next season begins to click into motion and for 2016 there is an extra team for drivers to aim for; Haas F1 Team. It may be a start-up, but it’s an attractive seat as the team has strong links to Ferrari.
If the essence of a great career is a keen sense timing then perhaps Daniil Kvyat is on the right trajectory. The 21-year-old Russian has had a disappointing start to the season, but delighted team boss Christian Horner with his fourth place finish in Monaco last weekend, a positive response if ever there was one to […]
The Monaco Grand Prix often produces a controversy and this year was no exception, as Lewis Hamilton lost a certain victory due to a decision to pit with 12 laps to go. It was the most costly pit lane decision since Ferrari pitted Fernando Alonso at the wrong moment in Abu Dhabi, losing the 2010 […]
There is an interesting line in Gazetta dello Sport today, noting that after six races, Sebastian Vettel has scored more points for Ferrari than Fernando Alonso managed in any of his five seasons with the team. Vettel, who has scored a win and four podiums, has 98 points which is comfortably more than Alonso managed […]
It is hard not to feel sorry for Lewis Hamilton, who saw victory in the Monaco Grand Prix slip away from him due to a bad decision to pit for news tyres behind the safety car with 12 laps to go. Speaking after the race, both team bosses Toto Wolff and Niki Lauda said that […]
Nico Rosberg took his third consecutive Monaco Grand Prix victory as a certain victory for Lewis Hamilton was a wrecked by a late race strategic blunder that saw Mercedes pit the champion under a late-race safety car that dropped him to third place behind Sebastian Vettel. Hamilton had led the race without threat for 64 […]
Lewis Hamilton claimed his first Monaco pole position and his fifth of the season, beating team-mate Nico Rosberg by over three tenths of a second after the German made a mistake on his final run. Sebastian Vettel was third for Ferrari ahead of Red Bull Racing’s Daniel Ricciardo. After the initial runs in Q3, Hamilton […]
Lewis Hamilton set the pace in the opening practice sessions ahead of the Monaco weekend, setting a morning time of 1:18.750 and then improving on that with a lap of 1:17.192 in the early stages of an afternoon session that was significantly disrupted by a red flag and rain. In the morning session Hamilton was […]
Predictably the F1 paddock in Monaco is abuzz with discussions about the future rules for F1, with the proposed return of refuelling appealing to older drivers while some, like Fernando Alonso, openly saying that the sport has been “on the wrong track” for the last few years. Tomorrow, the GP Drivers’ Association launches its global […]
Lewis Hamilton has ended speculation surrounding his F1 future by finally signing a new contract with Mercedes that will keep him at the team until the end of 2018. For Mercedes the deal gives stability on the driver line-up, allowing them to focus on maintaining competitive advantage on the technical side. Hamilton’s negotiations with Mercedes […]
F1′s crowdsourcing challenge, the F1 Connectivity Innovation Prize, has launched today for 2015 and once again the sport is reaching out to innovators among the fan base with two real world challenges from the sport on which they can pit their wits. The grand prize is US$50,000, while individual winners will get to go behind […]
In an example of how sometimes F1 can behave like a yo-yo in its rule making process, closer inspection of the proposals for 2017 F1 regulations put forward by the F1 Strategy Group last week reveals that, if rubber stamped, they will undo much of the work done by the influential Overtaking Working Group between […]
Our latest Guest Blog comes from young writer Will Saunders, who compares the circumstances around 27 year old Sebastian Vettel’s arrival at Maranello and his idol Michael Schumacher’s at the same age in 1996 and looks for com parables.   With Vettel on the podium four times out of five races, with one victory, he’s certainly […]
We have a fun competition this weekend for readers who are interested in getting a 360 degree view on all the latest F1 news, team news, videos and other content. There will be 25 winners of a year’s subscription to a comprehensive news aggregation app.
The ultimate nightmare vision scenario for the smaller teams in F1 when the F1 Strategy Group was formed, effectively shutting them out of the regulatory process, was that it would ultimately lead to the five powerful teams plus the FIA and Bernie Ecclestone bringing in customer cars. They said as much at the time.
Formula One will reintroduce refuelling, give teams a free choice of dry compound tyres and target a reduction in lap time of between five and six seconds as part of a range of measures aimed at improving the ‘show’. Following yesterday’s meeting of the F1 Strategy Group at Biggin Hill, the sport’s governing body, the FIA, […]
The key F1 stakeholders are meeting this morning at Formula One Management’s Biggin Hill headquarters to discuss the future shape of F1 in a crunch meeting that follows months of talks. Around the table are Bernie Eccestone, the commercial boss, Jean Todt, the FIA president and the six F1 teams entitled to attend the F1 […]
Lotus test driver Jolyon Palmer topped the times on day two of the post Spanish Grand Prix test at Barcelona. With the help of super soft Pirellis, the reigning GP2 champion eclipsed the morning best of Mercedes’ Pascal Wehrlein by almost six tenths of a second, though he remained almost 1.7s shy of Nico Rosberg’s […]
While Nico Rosberg’s win in Spain on Sunday was as comfortable as you are likely to see, the battles for the other podiums slots and for fourth and fifth places were tense, tactical battles and inevitably there are questions about whether we could have seen different outcomes with different decisions. Here we will clear up […]
It is an unusual way to do business, to baldly state that either a takeover deal is done with a manufacturer, who has thus far shown no interest in F1, or else your team will leave the sport and then to back it up by saying there are no talks in place for such a […]
The good news for Mercedes’ rivals is that the team won the Spanish Grand Prix by a margin 4 seconds smaller than last year. The bad news is that margin was 45 seconds after 66 laps, an average of 0.68s per lap.
Nico Rosberg took a controlled and comfortable first win of the season at the Spanish Grand Prix as Lewis Hamilton recovered from a bad start to overhaul Sebastian Vettel with a three-stop strategy. After a superb start which saw him safely through the first corner in the lead Rosberg was never troubled during the race […]
Nico Rosberg broke Lewis Hamilton’s 2015 grip on pole position by beating the defending champion to the front of the grid for the Spanish Grand Prix by almost three tenths of a second. Sebastian Vettel got closest to the Mercedes, finishing third, half a second back from Hamilton. Hamilton went into the session undefeated on […]
The decision of Fernando Alonso to move to McLaren just when Ferrari is resurgent, with a dramatically improved car, has left the Spanish F1 fans puzzled and out of love with the sport, according to one of Alonso’s former colleagues. Ferrari test driver Marc Gene, who hails from Barcelona, says that the decline in interest […]
Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton took over at the top of the timesheets in Barcelona beating Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel by just over four tenths of a second in second practice ahead of the Spanish Grand Prix. Nico Rosberg, who was fastest in the morning session, finished third, almost eight tenths of a second behind his Mercedes team-mate. […]
There is no getting away from the fact that Nico Rosberg has not done as good a job as Lewis Hamilton so far this season. Between this weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix and the summer break, Rosberg has to start to turn the tide against his Mercedes team-mate and channel the spirit of the same early […]
After a long period of uncertainty surrounding his future career, Mercedes have announced that they will support highly-rated European Formula 3 Champion Esteban Ocon this season. The 18-year-old wowed the junior single-seater establishment by winning one of the world’s most important ladder-to-F1 racing series at his first attempt last season but then had to watch as one […]
When the season started, this site was one of the first to suggest that McLaren’s 2015 livery was set to change and today the team unveiled its new colour scheme, although sadly, with no title sponsor to accompany it. The ‘silver arrow’ look, borrowed in 1997 from the Mercedes playbook of the past and used […]
They say that failure is an orphan, but success has many fathers – Former Ferrari chairman Luca di Montezemolo has found it impossible to hold back his feelings any longer on seeing Ferrari back among the trophies in Formula 1 and has claimed that the success of the team this year was based on work […]
A significant step was announced today in the development of the way live TV pictures are distributed globally from F1 circuits with the news that F1 Management has appointed Tata Communications to carry the live signal for the GP2, GP3 and Porsche Supercup racing series, which support the Formula 1 calendar at 12 rounds. In […]
The Spanish Grand Prix, as the first European round of the world championship, is always a time of significant developments up and down the field, which can change the pecking order in places. So what can we expect this weekend, as the teams bring their first significant upgrades of the season to Barcelona? All F1 […]
One of motorsport’s leading marketing and sponsorship specialists has branded Formula One teams’ spending ‘out of control’, at the same time adding another voice to the call for F1 to re-evaluate the product it is offering. American Zak Brown is a voice that is listened to in the motorsport business community; founder of Just Marketing International […]
Today is the 21st anniversary of the death of Ayrton Senna at the San Marino Grand Prix, an event which continues to resonate among motorsport fans globally, perhaps more than any other ‘memorial’ date. Today the web is full of tributes and reminiscences, just as it was a year ago for the 20th anniversary. Why […]
Stirling Moss has spent quite a bit of time with Lewis Hamilton lately and reckons that the 30 year old is likely to win this year’s world championship, but has some mixed messages about the driver he sees something of himself in. Moss, 85, was at the RAC Club in London’s Pall Mall this morning […]
There is some interesting activity going on around the draft calendar for the 2016 F1 season, with Formula 1 Management tonight issuing a one line statement: “It would appear that the proposed 2016 calendar has been leaked. This calendar has not yet been approved.” This tacitly acknowledges that there is a draft calendar in circulation […]
Patrick Allen, the new managing director of Silverstone Circuit, home of the British Grand Prix, has called on the FIA and Bernie Ecclestone to “improve the product of F1″ to ensure the long term sustainability of the sport and the circuits that host it. Speaking at a media briefing ahead of July’s British Grand Prix, […]
Williams Grand Prix Holdings, the parent group of the Williams F1 team, today announced its financial results for the year end 2014 with a whopping £34.3m loss. It is likely to be the nadir in the group’s financial situation, as a combination of factors combined to cause the results; the huge escalation in 2014 costs […]
There is a pincer movement going on behind the scenes in F1 at the moment, with CVC Capital Partners, the financiers who control the commercial side of the sport, as the target. The message to them is clear; they need to act now to save the sport – either by exiting and leaving it to […]
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 […]