Joe Saward

After many weeks trying to avoid it, Vijay Mallya and several other directors of Kingfisher Airlines have finally been declared “wilful defaulters” but the state-owned United Bank of India. The move came after the Kingfisher executives failed to appear before a United Bank of India committee to discuss the situation. Once listed as wilful defaulters, […]
Philippe Gurdjian had died at the age of 69. He was the promoter of the French Grand Prix for 13 years and went on to aid Bernie Ecclestone in setting up races in a number of other countries as F1 expanded into Asia.
The Formula 1 media has been fixated in recent days on the Lewis Hamilton-Nico Rosberg situation and everyone has expressed their opinions, no matter how insane these may be. When you boil it all down, Rosberg has sullied his reputation but has a big lead in the World Championship. He may or may not have […]
Mercedes has been struggling to figure out what to do with Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton’s spat at Spa. Here’s the answer: Lewis Hamilton: “Today we came together as a team and discussed our differences. Nico and I accept that we have both made mistakes and I feel it would be wrong to point fingers […]
The ultimate irony about the failed F1 race in New Jersey is that while Bernie Ecclestone is blaming it on a promoter who failed to deliver the money, and the reporting on the matter inevitably fails to tell the whole story, it is still his primary ambition to get F1 into the New York and […]
There is talk today, from the kind of sources one expects to see producing this stuff, about how Bernie Ecclestone is back, seeking revenge, and being needed more than ever by the sport. Bernie has done amazing things with the sport and many have benefited from the success but I struggle to see the reasoning […]
The Rosberg-Hamilton in Spa has brought out a number of those people who like to accuse journalists of bias because they share the same nationality of one or other of the protagonists. One commenter, called Robert, summed up my views on this subject. “I do hate how people bring up the subject of being British […]
There is a mix-and-match lot of news kicking around today with nothing really unexpected, nor very interesting. The idea of a Grand Prix in Greece has been kicking around for the best part of 15 years and has never got beyond the chattering stage. The whole thing is daft when you look at it in […]
Len Terry has died at the age of 91. Born in Birmingham in 1923, Terry grew up in London, leaving school at the age of 14. Initially he worked as an office boy for a theatre producer, but the war changed the course of his life when he joined the Royal Air Force becoming an […]
Yesterday was a pretty horrible day across Belgium and northern France. The man on French radio described the weather as “ridiculous” for August and that seemed about right, as I drove through endless streaming rain and dodged huge puddles.
I am driving home today and I think it will be good to have time to ruminate a little on the excitements at Spa. It was terrific theatre after the race with the excitements at Mercedes but sometimes it is better to let the emotions cool a little to get a better feel of the […]
The Belgium Grand Prix was full of drama, excitement and controversy, but thing didn’t really kick off until after the chequered flag had fallen when Lewis Hamilton told the F1 media that in the post-race team debrief Nico Rosberg had admitted that he deliberately left his car’s nose where it was in a fight with […]
Marussia has changed its mind and Max Chilton is back in the car for the race this weekend. One has to presume that the contractual problems have been solved by the arrival of money from the Chilton camp. This is tough on Alexander Rossi as he was looking forward to making his F1 debut.
Alexander Rossi will make his Formula 1 debut this weekend at Spa, replacing Max Chilton at Marussia. Rossi joined the team last month as reserve driver but Chilton has some “contractual issues” that need to be resolved.
An early start this morning, to avoid Paris traffic and then, once clear of the capital, there is time to stop for a croissant and a café allongé, while the commuters get themselves into a tangle behind me. I can see across the carriageways that the queue to get into Paris is beginning to form.
André Lotterer will drive for Caterham F1 Team at the Belgian Grand Prix and it is not really a great surprise. The team’s primary goal is to improve the performance of the CT05 and while Kamui Kobayashi is quick, he is not famed for his technical feedback, while the team’s second driver Marcus Ericsson does […]
So I’m back in action after a very pleasant break in glorious Cape Cod. I will leave it to the local tourist board to do the promotion for the place, but suffice to say that I keep going back, despite having travelled the world and found many beautiful places hither and thither.
Well, folks, the time has come for the summer break. It’s been a busy year but with nothing much happening in F1 until the clans gather again in Spa on August 21, I am shutting down the blog. It is a good moment to say “thank you” to my readers.
As of tomorrow most the F1 circus will be on holiday for two weeks. This means that news will be thin on the ground because almost everyone will be doing things other than F1. The engineers and team bosses will be taking in some sunshine or enjoying a “staycation” and not traveling anywhere
The reports that Bernie Ecclestone is offering $33 million to settle the criminal trial in Germany are just plain weird. There have long been rumours that Ecclestone was looking for a financial settlement, but it has always looked to be rather unlikely.
It’s holiday time now in F1 and in a few days everyone will be off in all directions. I am headed to where the F1 sun casts no shadow: to get properly away from it all. And I have promised myself that I will not waste my energy on the return of Flavio Briatore and […]
Sir Frank Williams is a massive fan of aviation. Last week he went to RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire to see an air display before flying out to Hungary.
The Mercedes GP Petronas team is riding high in Formula 1 at the moment – except for Toto Wolff, who ended up yesterday in hospital in Vienna after he crash heavily while taking part in a 100km cycle ride. The drivers were not involved this year but rather the entire engineering group and according to […]
I am trying to understand the wisdom of F1 going to Russia this autumn. Yes, the Russian government has agreed to pay a rumored $60 million per year (with a 10 percent annual hike) to run a Grand Prix in Sochi.
The Mexican events company CIE has filed papers with the Mexican stock exchange indicating that subject to final negotiations and paperwork, it has agreed a five-year contract to host Formula One races in Mexico City, starting in 2015. Previous Mexican Grands Prix have been held at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, which is operated by CIE. […]
The greatest drivers in Formula 1 are able to achieve great things with cars that are deemed to be uncompetitive. They understand the problems and adapt to them.
Yesterday was a rainy drive home from Germany with a silly “umleitung” (diversion) in the Pfalz forest which resulted in nearly an hour of rally stages either behind chugging trucks or (more dangerously) swerving around on wildly twisting roads amid trees, cliffs and ravines. We climbed so high that we were in the clouds which […]
It’s a beautiful day in France and being in no great hurry to get to Hockenheim I decided to stop of in a village called Vadelaincourt, just off the autoroute near Verdun, to find the grave of Georges Boillot, the great French Grand Prix driver before World War 1. He won the Grand Prix de […]
Years ago there was an Italian racer called Felice Tedeschi, who we used to call Happy Germans, with appropriate artistic licence. I am sure to find a few gleeful Goths and happy Hun today as I am off to the Federal Republic this morning, down that well-beaten path known as the A4 autoroute, by way […]
Mercedes AMG Petronas has announced “a multi-year contract extension” with Nico Rosberg. Rosberg has been with the team since 2010 and in recent years has scored six victories.
Amid stories of big changes at Caterham F1, with dozens of staff having been let go in recent days, work is now going on to change the aerodynamics of the car as quickly as possible in order to try to snatch 10th place in the Constructors’ Championship from Sauber, or even ninth from Marussia, which […]
The rumbling that will become the F1 Silly Season have been going on for a while, as everyone in F1 assesses the current crop of cars and then decides what to do to get a better result next year. The driver market always works like a string of dominoes, with one move causing other moves […]
At the Rochester Institute of Technology in Henrietta, New York, there is a plaque on the wall that warns students to never let themselves be carried away by their own egos. “Take a bucket and fill it with water,” it says.
There is no doubting that larger wheels can look pretty good but on the other hand, the larger the wheels and the tyres the heavier they are and thus the more effect they will have on performance. Tests show that as wheel/tyre combinations get bigger, acceleration and fuel economy suffer often quite dramatically with a […]
Formula 1 has been creating spin-offs for years as the technology and expertise are applied to other industries. In recent times several of the teams have turned to this idea and have been making money commercialising their F1 assets. A new independent company called GPFOne has just launched a product called Hypetex, which seems to […]
The accident at Silverstone that stopped the race on the first lap could have been a great deal more serious than it ended up being, as it is clear from footage that has been posted on Youtube, that I am not allowed to show here because of the restrictions that the Formula One group has […]
There is a bit of a buzz going around today regarding FRIC suspension systems. These have been used in F1 since around 2008 when the system was first tried by Renault F1 (now Lotus F1 Team).
I was rooting around today in the many articles I have written about the sport over the years, looking for positive ideas about how F1 can do a better job at engaging with the public. It is an odd thought, I know, given that F1 is simply a cash-cow for financial jackals, who don’t give […]
I cannot say that I am a football fan, or that I know anything about the sport. I went to a couple of games in my early years and did not get taken by it. I played rugby and cricket and I love both games, even if the latter is invisible in the country where […]
There are reports in the media that former HWA CEO Gerhard Ungar could be joining Caterham shortly to take over the technical management of the team. The German engineer spent 26 years with AMG and HWA, beginning in 1987.
A lot of folk have asked about what manufacturers can and cannot do to improve their engines for 2015. This has been addressed by the FIA in its efforts to control costs in the course of the life cycle of the new formula, with a series of restrictions over a seven-year period. These are designed […]
The Lotus F1 team needs to perform better than it has been doing. The year was somewhat compromised by an awful money-free winter, which meant delays with the new car, job losses and a complicated ownership/management situation. That was no bad thing as the people now in control understand that you need to cut your […]
There are lots of stories today about Ferrari hiring a bunch of new engineers as it tries to turn around the dismal situation at the moment. Given that the new technical boss is James Allison one would suppose that more than a few of these will be coming from Lotus. Hiring engineers is not an […]
Life is never simple, is it? The poet Robert Burns had it right when he wrote that the best laid schemes of mice and men, often go awry… And, frankly, thank goodness for that because otherwise all motor races would long ago have been rendered deadly dull by engineers in pursuit of efficiency. It is […]
At around 00.30 on Monday morning Gerard Lopez, the team principal of Lotus F1 Team (who comes to some of the races) but is not really involved in the operations of the team these days, was visiting a friend at her house in the town of Mexy, not for from the Luxembourg border. He had […]
Tony Fernandes has sold the Caterham Formula 1 team to a consortium of Swiss and Middle Eastern investors. It will continue to race as Caterham F1 and will remain based at Leafield. Former F1 driver Christijan Albers will be team principal, assisted by Manfredi Ravetto, both are close to Colin Kolles, who brokered the deal […]
Stories that suggest a Formula 1 with eight teams each running three cars sound half-sensible, don’t they? But could it really happen? And how would it work?
There have been reports that the Caterham F1 Team has been sold to a new consortium, involving Middle Eastern/Swiss investors. It is understood that the news will be announced on Wednesday.
The word on the street is that Lotus F1 Team, the old Renault F1 factory team, will shortly announce that it will become the fourth Mercedes team, replacing McLaren, and joining Mercedes GP Petronas, Williams F1 and Force India using the German firm’s V6 engines. The news if it is confirmed is a big boost […]
Formula 1 can be so amateurish when it is supposed to be a professional sport. Standing restarts, for God’s sake! What are these people on