Posted on April 24, 2014
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With the first four ‘flyaway’ grands prix out of the way, it’s a good time to assess the start each team has made to the season and look at how each team has fared so far with the new hybrid turbo technology. And the subject of our second post-‘flyaway’ analysis pieces is a team many expected to profit from the changing regulations but which has found itself once again facing troubled times… Ferrari Best result: P3 (Alonso, China) Best grid slot: 4th (Alonso, Malaysia) Average grid slot: 7th. Retirements: 0 Constructors Championship: 4th Drivers’ Championship: P3 Alonso, 41pts; P12 Raikkonen More…

Posted on April 24, 2014

Bernie Ecclestone’s first day in court in Munich saw a joke about his marital status and a robust denial of the charges he faces. He is on trial for bribery and aiding and abetting breach of trust in a case relating to the 2006 sale of Bayern LB’s shares in Formula 1 to CVC Capital Partners. According to a Financial Times reporter in court, Ecclestone’s lawyers read a statement which began with a reference to the threat from German bombers during Ecclestone’s childhood. The F1 commercial boss was born in 1930. Prosecutors in Munich, who have been working to prepare More…

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Posted on April 24, 2014
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F1’s commercial supremo Bernie Ecclestone will appear in a Munich court this morning on the first day of his bribery trial, that is expected to last well into the Autumn. The case, slated to run for 26 days, will run for months as the judge has scheduled a limited number of days in court each week to allow Ecclestone to continue to run the multi-billion dollar F1 business from his office in London. What’s behind it? The 83-year-old is accused of paying German banker Gerhard Gribkowsky around £26 million in bribes in 2006 in order to smooth the sale of More…

Posted on April 23, 2014

With the first four ‘flyaway’ grands prix out of the way, it’s a good time to assess the start each team has made to the season and look at how each team has fared with the new hybrid turbo technology so far. Over the next week or so, we will look in detail and what’s gone well and what hasn’t, and assess the outlook for the season. To start with, a team that began the season well but has been a bit of an enigma ever since. McLaren Best result: P2 Australia (Magnussen) Best grid slot: 4th (Magnussen, Australia) Average More…

Posted on April 22, 2014
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The UBS Chinese Grand Prix was not as thrilling as the Bahrain GP, which preceded it, but from a strategy point of view and in terms of revealing the decision-making process that goes on behind the scenes during Formula 1 races, it was a fascinating event. There were a number of talking points, one of the main ones being the Red Bull team trying to manage its two drivers, asking Sebastian Vettel to move over so as not to prevent team mate Daniel Ricciardo challenging Ferrari. Vettel initially refused, then relented. There was some confusion about what strategy each driver More…

Posted on April 21, 2014

“We still cannot think about catching up with Mercedes. Then again, the season is not over, so anything should be possible,” said Sebastian Vettel yesterday. “The truth is that we have a great car, and now we need to work on the upgrades and implement them in the best possible way to make sure we get more power out of the engine.” With their third one-two finish in four Grands Prix yesterday in China, Mercedes moved 97 points clear of their nearest rivals, Red Bull, in the Formula 1 Constructors’ Championship. There is still a long way to go, but More…

Posted on April 20, 2014

The Chinese Grand Prix was not as thrilling as the Bahrain Grand Prix which preceded it, but there were nevertheless some strong performances up and down the field. So who was your Driver of the Day? Lewis Hamilton The Briton took his third consecutive win (a first in his career) and led every lap of the race after securing a strong pole position on Saturday. He had to bounce back from handling issues on Friday, but got the car just how he wanted it and got the most from it. Nico Rosberg Outperformed by Hamilton in qualifying, Rosberg had quite More…

Posted on April 20, 2014
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Christian Horner has insisted that aerodynamicist Dan Fallows’ decision to rejoin Red Bull Racing was his own and that the technician had not been induced to return to the Milton Keynes squad, as had been suggested by McLaren boss Ron Dennis before today’s Chinese Grand Prix. Horner added that if McLaren “want to get lawyers involved, that that’s what will have to be done”. In the run-up to the race in Shanghai, Dennis questioned Red Bull’s actions in taking Fallows back as Head of Aerodynamics after the technician had late last year signed a contract with McLaren. “We’re obviously not More…

Posted on April 20, 2014
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After out-qualifying Sebastian Vettel for the third time this season and leaving his team-mate second best in consecutive races for first time since 2012, Daniel Ricciardo has had an impressive start to his career at Red Bull. In Bahrain his pace led to the four-time World Champion moving aside, under orders from the team, as the Australian was on the faster tyre at the time. Fast forward to Sunday afternoon and just after one third distance in the 56 lap race once again Red Bull management edict comes over the radio to Vettel: “Seb, let Ricciardo through he is faster More…

Posted on April 20, 2014
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Lewis Hamilton has completed the first hat-trick of race victories in his Formula One career, driving untroubled to head a Mercedes one-two at the Chinese Grand Prix and closing in on Nico Rosberg’s Championship lead, whilst Fernando Alonso completed the podium. In a bizarre footnote, due to a chequered flag marshalling error, the race rest was declared officially after 54 of the 56 laps. The 25th win of Hamilton’s career sees him join Mercedes team boss, Niki Lauda and two-time World Champion Briton Jim Clark at eighth in all-time Grand Prix victories. Nico Rosberg still leads the championship, but his More…

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