Joe Saward

Ferrari has unveiled the SF15T. The car will be raced this year by Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen. “Last year we had an ugly car and it was a non-winning car,” said team boss Maurizio Arrivabene.
Sauber F1 has unveiled the new Sauber-Ferrari C34-Ferrari that will be raced by Marcus Ericsson and Felipe Nasr this season. The team has had a complete change of livery with blue and yellow, which conveniently reflects Ericsson’s Swedish nationality and Nasr’s Banco do Brasil sponsorship.
I’ve been a fan of Alexander Rossi for more years than I care to remember. I think he was 14 when we first met and I have watched with pleasure and just a little awe as he has risen through the ranks, battling to be an F1 driver, without having millions behind him. I love […]
Honda is back… Alonso is back… Let’s see what happens next…
The Mercedes GP Petronas team has had its first day of running with its 2015 specification F1 W06 Hybrid, during a promotional run. Despite icy conditions at Silverstone the new car was driven by Nico Rosberg and then by Lewis Hamilton but they managed only 18 laps before snow stopped the running. The car will […]
McLaren has unveiled the new McLaren-Honda MP4-30, the first McLaren car to be powered by a Honda engine for 23 years. The car will be raced this year by Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button. The car is an evolution of last year’s design but fitted with Honda’s RA615H Hybrid power unit.
The questions over whether the modern helmets are too samey and overly-complicated led me to wonder how many people can actually recognise helmets at all these days, and how many people can look at a helmet design and know who the driver was. So, here is a challenge. The first person who sends me a […]
Lotus F1 Team has unveiled its new car – named the E23 Hybrid. “The E23 Hybrid represents a new era for Lotus F1 Team, not only in the change to a Mercedes Benz power unit, but also it is the fruition of a busy winter behind the scenes,” says CEO Matthew Carter. “Improvements within our […]
There was a time when a driver’s helmet was his coat of arms. The thing that identified him when one looked at the car. It was a way to engage with the fans
There was a time when a driver’s helmet was his coat of arms. The thing that identified him when one looked at the car.
If you are already a GP+ subscriber, I suggest that you skip on to the next item at this point. This is a promotional post, aimed at selling GP+. It is the prime selling period of the year and marketing e-magazines is not an easy business and so one must use the means available as […]
Bernie Ecclestone is stirring the pot again in relation to Germany, saying first that Hockenheim would get the race and then it seems being told that the track does not want it. So now the story is that there may not be a German GP. Never mind the history, never mind the economic muscle of […]
Bernie Ecclestone is stirring the pot again in relation to Germany, saying first that Hockenheim would get the race and then it seems being told that the track does not want it. So now the story is that there may not be a German GP. Never mind the history, never mind the economic muscle of […]
It is all very well for Jean Todt and Gérard Saillant to be getting hot under their collars about some silly remarks made by former F1 driver Philippe Streiff, who suggested that the recent Accident Panel set up after Jules Bianchi’s crash was designed to clear the FIA of the blame. Obviously Streiff does not […]
Sahara Force India ha sun veiled its new paint scheme in Mexico City, a nod to the money that the team is getting this year from Mexico for driver Sergio Perez. This year will see the first Mexican GP for a generation and so Force India is keen to try to suck up as much […]
Good news for Britain’s Jolyon Palmer, who has been named as the Lotus Formula 1 team reserve driver for 2015. He replaces Charles Pic. The deal will not be a freebie, but one presumes that young Palmer will be getting lots of simulator time and a decent number of Friday morning sessions, plus some space […]
There is only one sensible explanation for someone to be coming in to rescue Marussia – and that is that the team would save the new owner money if they are in the process of building up a new F1 operation. Marussia’s debts are the problem, but if the administrator hives these off and leaves […]
Williams has chosen to show its new car exclusively to F1 Racing magazine. I don’t understand the logic of this. If you give the car to one single outlet, they will love you, but you cannot expect everyone else to think good things about you.
The thing about true racers is that they never give up, even if what they are doing is a pretty hopeless task. They are fast and furious, like a mountain stream. This is what makes racing people special and different.
Robert Manzon, one of the stalwarts of the Equipe Gordini Formula 1 team in the 1950s, has died at the age of 97. Born in Marseille, Manzon was the grandson of Italian immigrants. Originally the family was in the dairy business but thanks to an uncle who made a great deal of money in Mexico, […]
It is still quiet in the Formula 1 world for another couple of weeks but then things will start to wind up for the new season, as testing gets underway. While it is still quiet it might be a good moment to get things ready for the year ahead and sign up for the GP+ […]
When you stop to think about it, the current story of formula 1 in Germany makes no sense at all. We have had Germans challenging and winning World Championships for 15 years. There’s a German at Ferrari, at Mercedes, at Force India and the dominant team flies the German flag
If Ferrari president Sergio Marchionne says his team has achieved its first victory of 2015 by finding a loophole in the regulations to allow it to apply some of its in-season engine development work later in the year, rather than at the end of February, he has a pretty strange view about what success really […]
The McLaren Group has changed its name to the McLaren Technology Group in order to better describe its current activities. The company, which has grown out of the original McLaren International racing team, is now a diversified high-technology company, applying its expertise to industries such as oil and gas, healthcare, pharmaceuticals, aviation and financial services.
It is no secret that the Russian economy is at best stagnant and probably in recession. You need 61 roubles these days to buy a US dollar, a year ago you needed only 33. The economy is in trouble because of the low price of oil, on which Russia is heavily dependent, and because of […]
Today is Ron Tauranac’s 90th birthday and for those who may never have heard of the Australian engineer, it is worth pointing out some of his achievements, notably designing the Brabham Formula 1 cars of the 1960s and early 1970s, including the BT19 in which Sir Jack Brabham won the 1966 World Championship and the […]
There is significant redevelopment work going on at Monaco, to completely reconstruct the area around the celebrated Tabac Corner. The quayside and the path of the Grand Prix track will remain unchanged but the area between this and the Boulevard Albert I (the start-finish straight) is to rebuilt in the course of the next four […]
It seems somehow rather lightweight to be returning to the quibbles of motorsport after a weekend of amazing events in Paris – and elsewhere – that have increased my faith in humanity. This can sometimes get worn down by having to deal with a few truly corrupt people that I encounter in this job, not […]
Sometimes the importance of motor racing and all its meaningless politics fades to insignificance. Yesterday was such a day. It was an extraordinary period for France, the country where I choose to live
If one has a pet journalist who does whatever is suggested to him/her/it without any question, one is actually creating a problem. The journalist has zero credibility, of course, but in consequence the puppet-master has little credibility either – because the need to manipulate the news highlights what you are up to, or the problems […]
Since the blog closed for the holiday there have been a few stories come to light, although most relate to the F1 Strategy Group meeting more than two weeks ago. The decisions made at that meeting included the removal of the notional Korean GP from the calendar published a fortnight earlier, the revelation of a […]
During the Christmas break, some of you are bound to have come visiting the blog, looking for the latest news in Formula 1 circles. I’m taking a break so there is not going to be anything here for a few days.
A year ago, I wrote: “You know it is time to close down for Christmas when there are stories being published that Volkswagen is once again denying plans to come to Formula 1 in the future”. So, given that this has again been happening in recent days, it is time for me to bow out […]
To end the year on a positive note, it is nice to see that Tata Communications is pushing for better technology for Formula 1, with the F1 Connectivity Innovation Prize. The jury, which included Lewis Hamilton and Martin Brundle, selected a four-man British team as winners of the prize for their ideas about how to […]
The F1 Strategy Group meeting is a secret business. Officially, we don’t even know how its membership is chosen.
There have been lots of rumours about Audi and Formula 1 in recent times, despite the fact that the stories are always denied and that the whisper is that the company will not enter F1 as long as Bernie Ecclestone is involved in the sport. No-one seems to know why there is an antipathy between […]
GP+ has been following the Formula 1 season up from start to finish. We have been at all the races and the 21st edition of the year is our round-up of the action. Who did we think were the best drivers of the year – we rate them all
Spain’s Prosecutor’s Office has begun an investigation into alleged corruption and embezzlement in the awarding of contracts relating to the 2012 Formula 1 race in Valencia. The writ names Francisco Camps, a former president of the Valencia region, Dolores Johnson, a tourism official, and Jorge Martinez, a shareholder in Valmor Sports, the company that acted […]
Ferrari has announced that Jean-Eric Vergne will join the team next season as a test driver, to work on car development in the simulator. He will join race drivers Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen, third driver Esteban Gutiérrez, plus the regular test drivers Marc Genè and Davide Rigon.
How do you save money in Formula 1? That’s easy. You don’t give it to people who give nothing of value to the sport
Down in Maranello there is a lot happening, indeed things are changing so quickly that the previous CEO’s answers to Ferrari’s problems are now beginning to arrive AFTER the said CEO has departed. This means that they may not be the first choices of the new team boss – tobacco baron Maurizio Arrivabene – although […]
Jock Clear, Hamilton’s senior performance engineer at Mercedes AMG Petronas is to move to Ferrari, to become the head of track engineering. Clear will spend most the next 12 months serving his notice, leaving James Allison to oversee things until then. Clear started his career in the late 1980s at Lola before he joined Benetton […]
CVC Capital Partners, the private equity firm that controls the Formula One group, has enjoyed considerable rewards from the investment in the course of the last eight years but, at the same time, it has had a great deal of negative publicity as a result of the relationship, something which the besuited wunderkinds are not […]
GP+ has been following the Formula 1 season up from start to finish. We have been at all the races and the 21st edition of the year is our round-up of the action. Who did we think were the best drivers of the year – we rate them all.
As the blood-letting at Ferrari continues with the announcement that the Scuderia is to part company with former Bridgestone engineer Hirohide Hamashima, who had been responsible for the team’s tyre performance analysis, the word from Germany is that former Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali has finally got a title that explains what he is doing […]
It seems that former Diageo boss Paul Walsh has decided that he does not want to be the chairman of the Formula One group. This will inevitably be seen as a victory for Bernie Ecclestone, who wants the job to go to his longtime legal advisor Sacha Woodward Hill. It is a blow for the […]
Ferrari has announced a new management structure with one or two faces missing. James Allison has been confirmed as Technical Director with Chief Designer Simone Resta and Power Unit Director Mattia Binotto supporting him. The latter will have Lorenzo Sassi as his Chief Designer Power Unit.
Ferrari is a team in a considerable state of flux at the moment. The team principal for the last eight years, Stefano Domenicali, resigned in April after a poor start to the season for the team. This seems to have been caused (at least in part) by remarks made by Ferrari chairman Luca Montezemolo about […]