I don’t know John Leicester, but I do know that he is what we call “an agency man”, with more than 20 years experience with the Associated Press, a venerable institution that is generally trustworthy. For the last five years Leicester has been a sports columnist and he has just produced a very good column […]
I read that some talking head from the Italian Olympic Committee has come out and talked about Formula 1, in support of Ferrari’s campaign to have Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen ride dinosaurs around the Circus Maximus. I have some advice for him: Go away, shut up and worry about your own sport. If that […]
As I mentioned the other day, the small teams in Formula 1 are becoming rather more active as they struggle to survive without a cost cap. The four Caterham, Force India, Marussia and Sauber, wrote to the FIA last week saying that they want to have a voice in decision-making and hinting that the F1 […]
The FIA Senate has increased its membership to 16, in accordance with the new FIA Statutes, which give the FIA President the power to nominate four candidates. This means that there are now eight elected members, four members by right (included on the President’s election ticket) and four presidential appointees.
I was reading the other day about Sir David Brailsford’s decision to stand down as performance director of British Cycling in order to concentrate his efforts on being team principal of Team Sky. The report said that Brailsford “is currently preparing for this year’s Tour de France which starts in Yorkshire on 5 July and […]
The FIA finally got round to putting out a press release relating to the World Council meeting in Marrakech today. The release came hours after Haas Formula had announced that it had been granted a licence to compete in F1 in the future. No details were given by either party with regard to the date […]
Force India has been doing remarkably well on the race tracks this year, with Nico Hulkenberg lying third in the World Championship after Bahrain and Sergio Perez picking up the team’s first podium since Giancarlo Fisichella’s amazing show at Spa in 2009. This means that the team is currently second in the Constructors’ Championship.
Marussia finished 10th in the Constructors’ World Championship last year and hoped that this year a new Ferrari engine would help to lift its performance into the midfield. There have been flashes of potential but thus far it has not proved to be the case and after the first three races of the year, Marussia […]
Red Bull Racing has announced that it has appointed Dan Fallows as its Head of Aerodynamics at Red Bull as it has failed to convince Peter Prodromou not to head off to McLaren. Prodromou thus begins his six months of gardening leave, which means that he will not be able to join McLaren until the […]
One might almost feel sorry for Ferrari chairman Luca Montezemolo, who turned up in Bahrain and tried to convince the Formula 1 world that the new rules produce boring racing. He used the word “taxi racing”, while Bernie Ecclestone, who was banging the same drum, muttered about touring car engines. Neither was much in evidence […]
The British Grand Prix is to take place over four days this year, rather than three days as has been the norm. The circuit says that it will have an open pitlane on Thursday and there is already a Kaiser Chiefs concert planned for Thursday evening. The decision is designed to give fans more value […]
The Long Beach City Council has proposed a three-year extension with the Grand Prix Association of Long Beach that will keep IndyCars racing there until 2018 but will open the the event for bidding. This satisfies both parties as the Grand Prix Association of Long Beach, the current promoter, wanted an extension, while the F1 […]
Williams has always been a racing team and wants to keep the focus on competition, even if there is much potential in using its technology to create revenue. The announcement that it has sold Williams Hybrid Power Ltd to GKN in “a multi-million Pound transaction” is not really a surprise, although the firm will probably […]
The Malaysian Grand Prix was a tough race for all concerned, but Mercedes AMG Petronas stayed ahead of the pack and Lewis Hamilton showed Nico Rosberg the way, leading all but half a lap in sweltering conditions. Rosberg never mounted a serious challenge and Nico was never really threatened by Sebastian Vettel in third, although […]
The Independent really should know better. This morning it has a very dubious story based on a quote from Ron Walker, the Melbourne Grand Prix promoter saying that F1 race promoters will walk away from the sport because of the new engine noise. Just because someone says something does not make it true
The last day of the Bahrain GP2 test saw Britain’s Jon Lancaster (MP Motorsport) come out on top of the time sheets less than a tenth of a second over Alexander Rossi (Caterham). Williams test driver Felipe Nasr was third ahead of McLaren counterpart Stoffel Vandoorne. They were followed by Daniel Abt (Hilmer Motorsport) and […]
Red Bull’s decision to appeal the exclusion of Daniel Ricciardo in Melbourne is entirely predictable, but I am not sure what will be gained from this, except perhaps diverting attention away from the team’s lacklustre performance overall since the new cars first appeared. The FIA stewards in Melbourne seem to have had a pretty good […]
Rio Haryanto and Alexander Rossi finished 1-2 on the time sheets in the GP2 test in Bahrain on Thursday. The pair were separated by four-hundredths of a second and were four-tenths clear of the third fastest driver Carlin’s Julian Leal. The three day test is the last before the season kicks off and it looks […]
Chris Pook has been explaining the plans for F1 to return to Long Beach, speaking to local businessmen in the city. He says that the race will cost the city nothing and that $9.2 million required to improve the current circuit would be paid by the promoter. The promoter would not charge the city for […]
We apologise for the delay this evening, as the FIA Stewards took five hours to decide whether or not to exclude Daniel Ricciardo. The Australian Grand Prix was the start of a new era in Formula 1 history – and the race in Albert Park provided plenty of surprises, controversy and questions that will need […]
Federico Gastaldi has been appointed the new Deputy Team Principal of Lotus F1. He will oversee the racing operations of the team as Gerard Lopez, officially the team principal, will not be doing all the races. Gastaldi has worked for Lotus F1 Team since 2010 when he joined as Director of Business Development
As members of the F1 circus wing their way to Australia for the season-opener next weekend in Melbourne, there is a fascinating story to be found in San Francisco, regarding things that effect the environment. Automobile racing is often held up as being a bad thing because it burns a small amount of fuel.
On 14 January 2014, a group of NGOs sent a joint letter to FIA President Jean Todt regarding the human rights situation in Bahrain. The letter urged the FIA to suspend the 2014 Bahrain Grand Prix until its Ethics Committee has held an inquiry to investigate the impact the Grand Prix has on the human […]
Williams has announced that it will be known as Wiliams Martini Racing. “We are thrilled to welcome Martini to the Williams family and officially launch Williams Martini Racing,” said Sir Frank Williams, founder and team principal of Williams. “Williams and Martini share a rich history in the world of motorsport, and the values of our […]