Joe Saward

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
The FIA has made some changes to the F1 Regulations for 2015. These were put forward by the F1 Strategy Group, passed by the F1 Commission and agreed by the FIA World Motor Sport Council. They are designed to cut costs
I have been puzzling for some time about what the FIA is up to in relation to Formula 1. It seems that the federation has no real interest in saving the sport from itself. Today will feature the latest meeting of the FIA World Motor Sport Council and it is an important one in that […]
With McLaren switching to Honda engines in 2015, Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains in Brixworth has the opportunity to sign up another customer. It is good idea to do so because it is good way to earn back some money, without needing to spend a great deal more. At the moment the firm will be […]
The modern world of F1 seems to be suffering from a perpetual “silly season”. Once upon a time the silly stories occurred only in the summer months when things were quiet and no one was quite sure where drivers would be going next year. These days the bottom-feeders of F1, who have never been near […]
This Friday I will be in London for an Audience for F1 fans who want to know more about the sport. Fans can ask me any questions they like about the sport and I will answer them in as honest as fashion. The event will run from 7pm-11.00pm and a buffet dinner will be served […]
You have to hand it to Dietrich Mateschitz. He wanted there to be an Austrian Grand Prix and he made it happen, with next-to-no obvious assistance from the local authorities. The facilities at the Red Bull Ring were terrific, and the only things that went wrong (apart, ironically for Mateschitz’s quartet of F1 cars) were […]
Red Bull put on a terrific event in Austria, with a vast crowd watching an exciting Mercedes 1-2… But it was not without drama and excitement as Williams took the fight to the Mercedes factory team and kept up the pressure throughout. In the end, Nico Rosberg held off Lewis Hamilton, although the latter had […]
The news that Jarno Trulli has bought a Formula E entry has been mistaken for a good sign for the planned championship, but it does raise some interesting questions about the new electric series which kicks off in the autumn. Trulli has acquired the entry from Drayson Racing. The question that has not been asked, […]
US businessman Brad Hollinger has bought five percent of the shares of Williams F1, with an option to increase his shareholding to around 15 percent by the end of the year. The shares previously belonged to Toto Wolff who was required to reduce his holding in the team after he became the head of Mercedes […]
On Friday June 27 I will be in London for one of my Audiences for F1 fans. This is a great opportunity for fans to ask me any questions they like about the sport.
There is an old joke about the perfect Europe and the imperfect Europe. I am sure all the do-gooders will write in and complain about stereotyping (and blah-di-blah…) but it makes those who travel a lot smile, even in the homogenous Europe that some seek to create. The perfect Europe would have the Germans running […]
I am heading off to Austria today, which is a bit daft, but some months ago when I was planning these things, I did one of those Google Maps journey calculations and the drive to Austria seemed to be about the same as going to Barcelona, so I didn’t bother with airlines etc. Last week […]
Caterham test driver and Racing Academy member Will Stevens will drive the Caterham CT05 F1 car on July 8, during the Silverstone F1 test, which is due to take place after the British Grand Prix. Stevens is currently competing in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series and won the opening race. he is currently fourth in […]
There have been reports in the German newspapers in the last couple of days which have crept onto the Web, suggesting that there is to be a five-year deal for the Nürburgring to host the German Grand Prix, starting in 2015. This would mean that the race would no longer be held at Hockenheim. There […]
I would like to be able to inform F1 fans about the state of health of Michael Schumacher. For many fans he is an icon and people all over the world want to know how he is.
Luca Montezemolo says (again) that Formula 1 is not working and claims that it is declining because the FIA has “forgotten that people watch the racing for the excitement. Nobody watches racing for the efficiency”. Montezemolo might see himself as a campaigner for true sport, but there are a few things which are wrong with […]
Luca Montezemolo says (again) that Formula 1 is not working and claims that it is declining because the FIA has “forgotten that people watch the racing for the excitement. Nobody watches racing for the efficiency”. Montezemolo might see himself as a campaigner for true sport, but there are a few things which are wrong with […]
One of the gripes that one always hears from F1 fans is that the tickets are too expensive and that the prices should be reduced. The argument is based on the idea that 200,000 people paying half the price of a crowd of 100,000 equals the same result.
Reading the F1 “news” today all I feel is depression. For want of anything better to write, the Internet monkeys with typewriters have reproduced a string of remarks about F1 from Flavio Briatore. Lest we forget, the sleazy-looking Italian admitted to fixing races and was slung out of the sport five years ago.
Formula 1 put on a hell of a show in Montreal on a sunny Sunday afternoon as the Mercedes team fumbled and victory went to Infiniti Red Bull Racing’s Daniel Ricciardo, the Australian’s first Grand Prix victory. The race was breathless in the closing stages as Nico Rosberg tried to hold off Sergio Perez, Ricciardo, […]
Prospective Formula 1 team boss Gene Haas was in Montreal at the weekend with a number of his executives to talk to potential partners for his planned F1 team, due to enter the sport in 2016. It has been fairly clear for a while that Haas intends to go against all F1 logic and try […]
I won’t tell you the full story of my trip to Montreal but it involved Avis, a change of hire cars in Albany, 13 sleepless hours, a bunch of insane truck drivers and a surreal moment when I got lost and went for a tour of Princeton University at two in the morning. Lovely place. […]