The Independent

FIA race director Charlie Whiting has acknowledged coded radio messages will be difficult to police throughout future grands prix.
Fernando Alonso led the way in practice for the first time since the Canadian Grand Prix ahead of this weekend’s night race in Singapore.
Formula One has significantly altered its proposed ban on pit-car radio transmissions after teams raised concerns, with information on car performance allowed for the rest of the season.
Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton both put on brave faces on Thursday, saying they believe they will not be disadvantaged by the FIA’s ban on performance-aiding radio communications between drivers and their engineers which comes into effect for this weekend’s Singapore Grand Prix.
Nico Rosberg has been backed to rebound from appearing to crack under the pressure of his Formula One title fight with Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton.
The FIA has issued clarification with regard to the use of radio messages throughout future grands prix.
Mercedes motorsport boss Toto Wolff has described Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg as “almost like…enemies” in their head-to-head battle for this year’s Formula One world title.
Mercedes motorsport boss Toto Wolff has described Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg as “almost like…enemies” in their head-to-head battle for this year’s Formula One world title.
What does the FIA’s new ruling mean for F1?The ban on all radio transmissions that pass on messages to aid driving the car means that drivers will now have a lot more responsibility when it comes to looking after their tyres and fuel usage. Throughout the 2014 season so far, the airwaves have been dominated by chief engineers instructing drivers how to drive the car and where they can make up time in both races and qualifying, as well as the drivers themselves asking for advice as they struggle to get to grips with the new specification cars.
The FIA has responded to calls to clampdown on the level of assistance drivers receive from the pit wall by announcing a ban on all radio transmission that appear to help the driver with matters on the track.
Ferrari made a clear statement of fresh intent on Wednesday when they announced that the chairman, Luca Di Montezemolo, will finally step down from his role with the team and the car company.
Ferrari chairman Luca Di Montezemolo will step down next month and Fiat chief executive Sergio Marchionne is set to take on the role.
Mercedes yesterday poked fun at suggestions they had rigged Lewis Hamilton’s victory over team-mate and title rival Nico Rosberg in Sunday’s Italian Grand Prix.
Sir Jackie Stewart has had his say on the growing belief that Nico Rosberg deliberately went off to allow Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton to win the Italian Grand Prix and make up for his costly error in Spa that forced the Briton to retire from the race.
Sir Jackie Stewart has had his say on the growing belief that Nico Rosberg deliberately went off to allow Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton to win the Italian Grand Prix and make up for his costly error in Spa that forced the Briton to retire from the race.
Nico Rosberg and Toto Wolff have laughed off conspiracy theories suggesting Lewis Hamilton’s Italian Grand Prix triumph was fixed.
You have to have a paranoid mind to imagine Nico Rosberg was nobbled from within at Monza, says Mercedes chief Toto Wolff. Eh?
You have to have a paranoid mind to imagine Nico Rosberg was nobbled from within at Monza, says Mercedes chief Toto Wolff. Eh?
Lewis Hamilton secured victory in the Italian Grand Prix on Sunday as Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg showed another sign of cracking under the strain of this year’s Formula One world title fight.
Lewis Hamilton put all his cares behind him with the hardest-won of his six victories this season when he staged a dramatic recovery in the Italian Grand Prix on Sunday. Hamilton systematically dismantled team-mate Nico Rosberg and avenged himself in the best possible way after their acrimonious collision in Belgium.
Lewis Hamilton conjured an impressive qualifying lap to claim his first pole position for eight races ahead of the Italian Grand Prix.
Lewis Hamilton finally put one over his Mercedes nemesis Nico Rosberg on Saturday, claiming his first pole for seven races and four months of persistent frustration. With the German second on the grid, you will be able to cut the tension in the Mercedes pit with a blunt knife come the start of today’s Italian Grand Prix, when the pair head off the grid down to the silly first-corner chicane wheel-to-wheel at 200 mph – trying not to collide.
Lewis Hamilton will attempt to recover from his DNF at Spa from pole position after he went half a second faster than his nearest rival Nico Rosberg to clinch pole for the Italian Grand Prix at Monza.
McLaren Group chairman Ron Dennis has promised he will announce his 2015 driver line-up before the end of the season.
Lewis Hamilton has vowed to continue taking risks in his bid to beat Mercedes rival Nico Rosberg to this year’s Formula One world title.
Tony Fernandes, the colourful owner of Queen’s Park Rangers, Caterham Cars and AirAsia, does not regret his five-year adventure in Formula One’s “piranha club”.
Tony Fernandes, the colourful owner of Queen’s Park Rangers, Caterham Cars and AirAsia, does not regret his five-year adventure in Formula One’s “piranha club”.
Just in case Toto Wolff did not make the point strongly enough to his warring drivers at an intra-team showdown meeting in Brackley this time last week, the Mercedes executive director has reiterated here at the Italian Grand Prix that if their simmering rivalry cannot be controlled he would have to consider changing the line-up in the future.
Normal service was resumed as feuding Mercedes duo Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton finished one-two come the culmination of practice on Friday for the Italian Grand Prix.
Lewis Hamilton blitzed first practice ahead of the Italian Grand Prix as he set his sights on again reeling in Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg in the battle for the Formula One world title.
Mercedes motorsport boss Toto Wolff has warned Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg that their futures at the team could be at risk if they cannot race against each other in the right manner.
The McLaren Formula One team may not have had much success on the track lately, but its finances have rarely been better.
The fall-out from the Belgian Grand Prix continued today when Lewis Hamilton queried the stewards’ decision not to penalise Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg for colliding with the Briton, a view echoed by Williams’ Felipe Massa, who accused the German of “destroying” Hamilton’s race.
Fernando Alonso hopes to extend his Ferrari contract beyond the end of 2016 and reckons he could have 10 more years of racing in Formula One.
Nico Rosberg has been spared any on-track punishment following his collision with team-mate Lewis Hamilton in the controversial Belgian Grand Prix.
Mercedes have taken “suitable disciplinary measures” against Nico Rosberg after the German admitted his responsibility for the controversial collision between himself and Lewis Hamilton in Sunday’s Belgian Grand Prix.
As the summer movements in the driver market revolve around McLaren’s efforts to attract either Fernando Alonso or Sebastian Vettel into the Woking fold, Mercedes bosses have confirmed that they will not enter into any talks with Lewis Hamilton about a new contract for 2016 until his increasingly fraught battle for the 2014 World Championship has been resolved.
Lewis Hamilton has promised that he will not be looking to retaliate against Nico Rosberg following his Mercedes team-mate’s actions in Sunday’s Belgian Grand Prix.
Formula One’s governing body will take no action against championship leader Nico Rosberg despite Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton accusing him of a deliberate collision at the Belgian Grand Prix on Sunday.
Mercedes chiefs will this week decide what action to take against Nico Rosberg for the collision with Lewis Hamilton in Sunday’s Belgian Grand Prix at Spa.
Nico Rosberg has admitted for the first time to “regret” over his Spa shame with Lewis Hamilton, but is still refusing to apologise.
Lewis Hamilton says he no longer knows whether to trust Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg on the track after they collided at Sunday’s Belgian Grand Prix but has ruled out retaliation.
Lewis Hamilton and his Mercedes chiefs accused team-mate Nico Rosberg of deliberately causing a collision between their two cars at the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa as the already fractious relationship between the two drivers hit a new low last night.
Nico Rosberg cost Mercedes victory in the Belgian Grand Prix yesterday when he collided with team-mate Lewis Hamilton on the second lap while challenging for the lead.
Lewis Hamilton believes the controversial collision with Mercedes rival Nico Rosberg in Sunday’s Belgian Grand Prix has made it very tough to overtake the German in the Formula One drivers’ championship and said: “I don’t know why he hit me but I’m sure he’ll leave here happy.”
Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo has won the Belgian Grand Prix – however the story of the race was between the two Mercedes drivers.
Nico Rosberg will start the Belgian Grand Prix from pole position after holding off a strong challenge from his Mercedes rival Lewis Hamilton in qualifying on Saturday.
Unusually, there was more action off track here today as Mercedes yet again dominated practice ahead of Sunday’s Belgian Grand Prix.
Lewis Hamilton produced a bruising practice performance that put even Formula One title rival and team-mate Nico Rosberg in the shade.
As Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button prepare once again for battle on their favourite circuit, the third British driver, Max Chilton, will be cooling his heels in the Ardennes. His Marussia team surprised the paddock here today by announcing that the American driver Alex Rossi, signed earlier this month as their reserve driver, will race the Marussia MR03 this weekend before Sunday’s Belgian Grand Prix.