Joe Saward

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 […]
Scuderia Toro Rosso has announced the arrival of Graham Watson as the replacement for Steve Nielsen, who has moved to Williams. Watson will have the title team manager and joins the Italian team from Caterham.
The upcoming F1 Strategy Group – illegal though perhaps it may one day be ruled – is currently the decision-making body of Formula 1. It consists of six teams and representatives from the FIA and from the Formula One group. Despite a rather poor attempt by some of the team principals to argue that this […]
Ferrari has announced that, as from next season, Esteban Gutierrez will become part of the Scuderia workforce. After two years competing in Formula 1 at the wheel of Ferrari-powered cars, the young Mexican has now been chosen for the job of test and reserve driver, a role in which his experience will be put to […]
The word from Italy is that Sauber driver Esteban Gutierrez could shortly be named as the Ferrari third driver. This makes a great deal of sense. The Italian team had a variety of drivers working for its F1 operations in recent years, while also keeping a contractual arrangement with Jules Bianchi
Subtleties are often missed in Formula 1 reporting. Yes, it is true to say that Ron Dennis has agreed to buy a majority shareholding in the McLaren Group (which does not include the road car company) but this does not mean that Dennis has bought the shares.
It’s quiet in the F1 world at the moment, with all the sensible folk being in Barbados – or anywhere it’s not pouring and the wind is not howling. Alas, I’m not that glamorous.
McLaren-Honda is delighted to announce its new driver line-up for 2015: Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button. Kevin Magnussen will remain an important part of the team, as test and reserve driver. All three men will play crucial roles in re-establishing the ascendancy of one of global sport’s most iconic unions, for McLaren and Honda have […]
It is going to be bad news later today for the Danes with Jenson Button expected to be retained by McLaren for one more year, alongside Fernando Alonso. Kevin Magnussen will presumably be retained as the team’s reserve driver, although there is already one in the former of Stoffel Vandoorne. The team was keen on […]
We all know that feeling of slight desperation as Christmas approaches and we are struggling for ideas about what to get Auntie X or the latest in a long line of brothers-in-law we don’t really know. You don’t want to go down the scarf/wallet/wine/picture frame route, because such gifts scream: “I ran out of ideas” […]
The word from Maranello is that Nikolas Tombazis, the chief designer is leaving and that he has been replaced in the role by his deputy Simone Resta. In addition the team has taken on Bob Bell formerly the MD of Renault F1 who has spent recent years with Mercedes. There are lots of other rumours […]
I just popped over to the UK on Eurostar yesterday to go to the Autosport Awards. It is a great event and it is funny now to think back to how it was when we first started it back in the 1980s, when I worked at the magazine. We had some fun
Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses after a burglary at Red Bull Racing in Milton Keynes last night. The thieves drove a vehicle through the front entrance and stole over 60 trophies belonging to the Red Bull Racing team. Two cars were involved in the burglary
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When Gerhard Berger left the role of president of the FIA’s Single-Seater Commission it was pretty clear that he do so because he did not wish to get into conflict with Bernie Ecclestone. Berger sorted out a new Formula 4 and bashed Formula 3 into some shape with a European series. But Formula 2 was […]
Sorry, I don’t get it. All these fans saying that McLaren should make a decision over drivers – because they (the fans) want to know. Methinks that grumbling fans are probably not that important in the overall scheme of things
The inclusion of a Korean Grand Prix on the F1 calendar came as a surprise to everyone, even the organisers of the last Korean GP in Yeongam! What does that tell you? Well, it could mean that the race is fictitious, will never happen, and that there some other reason for the date to pop […]
The word in well-informed business circles is that Paul Walsh, the former chief executive of drinks giant Diageo, has been approached about becoming the next chairman of the Formula One. Group.
The FIA panel looking into Jules Bianchi’s accident at Suzuka completed a 396-page report into the incident. The conclusions reached were that there was water on the track and that Bianchi did not slow sufficiently to avoid losing control. The report said that if drivers adhere to the requirements of double yellow flags, as set […]
The FIA has announced a 21-race calendar for 2015, which includes a Korean Grand Prix which is yet to be confirmed. Given that the teams have only agreed to 20 races this is probably unlikely to happen.
If you look around the Internet at the moment, most of the F1 stories are pretty negative, although to be fair most of them are written by people with no knowledge of F1 and are simple rehashes of articles from real F1 reporters. And a lot of them are being deliberately fed into the system […]
Five weeks ago, en route to Austin, I was musing about what F1 could do to improve its appeal to the all-important US market. The sport has consistently marginalised itself from the US by being too expensive for the market it is trying to enter, and because it has lacked points of interest for US […]
This week the FIA will gather in Doha, Qatar, for its annual General Assembly and prizegiving gala and you be sure that the blazer brigade will not be staying at the Holiday Inn and will be treated very well by their hosts. Qatar has a bit of a tradition of heaping hospitality on visiting sporting […]
Mark Webber has emerged from a sizeable crash in the WEC race at Interlagos, in the same place as he crashed heavily in a Jaguar F1 car back in 2003. It is not yet clear exactly what happened, but Webber and the AF Corse Ferrari of Matteo Cressoni went into the wall together at the […]
Scuderia Toro Rosso has announced that Carlos Sainz will join the team with immediate effect. It means that the team’s driver line-up will consist of two F1 novices next year. The 20 year old Spaniard won the World Series by Renault 3.5 Championship this year
These are busy times for McLaren’s Ron Dennis. If rumours are to be believed, Dennis is busy raising money to buy 26 percent of McLaren Group Ltd.
Susie Wolff has become the Official Test Driver for Williams Martini Racing for 2015. In this role she will take part in two FP1 sessions during the year and do two test days for the team.
I hear that the F1 Strategy Group meeting managed to get through a few points on their agenda yesterday, leaving about 20 undiscussed. It is good to see that the new streamlined decision-making body is working as well as the old system used to… I am of the opinion that this whole new system is […]
Nico Hulkenberg has been named as one of the drivers who will race for Porsche at Spa and Le Mans in 2015. The team intends to field a third 919 Hybrid for two races in the 2015 FIA World Endurance Championship: the Spa event on May 2 and the Le Mans 24 Hours on June […]
Lotus F1 sponsor Rexona, a deodorant brand manufactured by British-Dutch company Unilever, has decided to switch its funding from the Enstone team and will become a Williams F1 sponsor in 2015. The brand has been sponsoring Lotus since the beginning of 2012. The Rexona logo will appear on the sidepod, front wing and front wishbones […]
The post-Abu Dhabi test which took place on Tuesday and Wednesday resulted in the fastest lap going to Mercedes test driver Pascal Wehrlein, who lapped the circuit in 1m42.624s, during his 96 laps of running on the second day of the test. This was six-tenths faster than the Ferrari of test driver Raffaele Marciello, who […]
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Jean-Eric Vergne has tweeted that he is out of Scuderia Toro Rosso. “Despite a good season & 22 pts, I’ll not drive anymore for Toro Rosso in 2015. Thanks for those years
Annaliese Dodds is a Member of European Parliament, representing the South East of England. Her constituency includes Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Hampshire, East Sussex, West Sussex, Surrey and Kent.
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