Posted on July 31, 2011


Lewis Hamilton’s race today was compromised by a bad strategy call to go for intermediates when they were not needed and by a drive through penalty for almost colliding with Paul di Resta as Hamilton recovered from a spin. The incident was uncannily similar to one he had in the Turkish round of the 2006 GP2 series. Hamilton received no penalty for it in GP2 but he did today. Take a look at this video at 49 seconds from the start. Today Di Resta had to go with all four wheels off the track to avoid Hamilton and the stewards, More…

Posted on July 31, 2011


On his 200th Grand Prix start and the 5th anniversary of his maiden victory in Hungary, Jenson Button drove a perfectly judged race to take his 11th victory and his second of the season. And it takes him to fourth place in the all time points scorers list behind Schumacher, Alonso and Prost. As in the most recent victory in Canada, it was Sebastian Vettel who followed him home. Once again it was a great outcome for his championship challenge as he extended his lead to 85 points, the largest margin at any point this season. Fernando Alonso finished third More…

Posted on July 31, 2011


Since the bombshell was dropped on Friday that F1 in the UK is to be taken over by pay TV channel SKY, with BBC being only bit part players on the scene, the fan reaction has been very strong with 81% of a poll sample of 5,000 JA on F1 readers saying that they will not buy a SKY package to watch F1. We’ve had 1,400 comments in 48 hours on the subject, with some very eloquently expressions of regret and anger. Here is my selection of the best of them: Ed Arran writes

Posted on July 30, 2011


Red Bull’s stranglehold on pole position this season was maintained but under intense pressure from McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton. Sebastian Vettel peaked at the perfect moment to shade Lewis Hamilton. Jenson Button was third. It was Vettel’s eighth pole of the season and the 23rd of his career. “It was a good session for us after yesterday when the others were faster than us. I’m very pleased with the result, we changed a lot on the car. I have the confidence back and I’m looking forward to tomorrow.” Lewis Hamilton was second after failing to improve in his second run in More…

Posted on July 30, 2011


This evening I’ve managed to get a much clearer picture of how the new SKY/BBC TV deal in the UK is going to work and it’s not what many people think. First the subject of what the BBC will show on the 10 weekends when SKY has the exclusive live rights. Although FOTA chairman Martin Whitmarsh says he has had assurances from Bernie Ecclestone today that the race will be shown in its entirety a few hours delayed on free to air, BBC sources say that this is not the case and that the show will be around 75 minutes, More…

Posted on July 29, 2011


FOTA chairman Martin Whitmarsh has given a cautious welcome to the news that F1 in the UK will be partly on Pay TV and partly on terrestrial as SKY will share the coverage with BBC. Whitmarsh has long maintained his position that Free to Air is the model the teams wan and he seems to be trying to force Ecclestone into a position where the BBC will show entire race deferred on Free to Air TV, a few hours later. The financial package is also clearly attractive enough to teams, who share 50% of all the sport’s commercial revenues. I’ve More…

Posted on July 29, 2011


Ben Gallop the BBC’s Head of F1 has posted a blog on the BBC Sport website in response to what he calls “considerable reaction” – in other words the many thousands of comments both to the BBC and other websites – from F1 fans. Gallop says that sports TV has now entered what he calls a “mixed economy” where large free to air broadcasters can no longer expect to cover big sporting events exclusively and must accept some sharing with pay channels, citing the Champions League as an example. Gallop argues that the BBC had to scale down the amount More…

Posted on July 29, 2011


Bernie Ecclestone arrived in the F1 paddock at 2pm this afternoon and is set to meet with the F1 teams after the ninety minute practice session to discuss the SKY/BBC F1 broadcast deal which was announced this morning. Both Ecclestone and the teams have made it clear in the past that F1 must remain on Free to air TV and yet the Sky part of the deal, where they will broadcast all 20 F1 races and practice sessions live, would seem to contradict that. I’ve spoken to FOTA chairman Martin Whitmarsh in the last hour and he says that the More…

Posted on July 29, 2011


This morning’s announcement by the BBC and BSKYB that they are to share the coverage of Formula 1 in the UK has come as a bolt from the blue to the F1 paddock and to fans of the sport. It is clear that the teams and sponsors have not been consulted and it remains to be seen how they will react when they learn the details of how this arrangement will work. And it could start a trend across the international broadcast landscape of F1. The teams are likely to resist any deal which reduces the audience number. Whereas the More…

Posted on July 29, 2011


I don’t normally make much of driver milestones in F1; usually occasions when some kind of cake gets presented because no-one can think of anything better to symbolise a numerically important moment. But I’ll make an exception for Jenson Button’s 200th GP, about which we will hear a lot this weekend. It’s a lot of races and the narrative of his career, which started at Williams in 2000 is a real journey. From boy, to playboy, to frustrated racer, to world champion. Britain’s highest ever points scorer in F1, eight more points will take him to Number 4 in the More…

Posted on July 28, 2011


We’ve posted quite a bit on F1 and social media in recent months; particularly after the FOTA Fans Forum in Montreal where it was one of the key discussion points and also when I put some of the fans’ questions to Bernie Ecclestone about F1′s reluctance to push content out on social media. Our colleagues at the leading French website Toile F1 have compiled some research on the subject, which is worth sharing and which highlights some interesting trends. The sample was measured this week. The % column refers to the gain in popularity from the Canadian Grand Prix weekend, More…

Posted on July 28, 2011


My colleagues at the Financial Times have written a story with comments from investors in CVC saying that they are uneasy with the the lack of response from the private equity company that owns 75% of the commercial rights of Formula 1, to the ongoing bribery allegations surrounding the sale of F1 five years ago. They want the private equity firm to take a lead and provide more information. “There has not been much communication from CVC on F1 and we are slightly worried about it. We do not know more about this than what we read in the media,” More…

Posted on July 28, 2011


It’s been a rainy afternoon in Budapest, dodging in and out of motorhomes visting drivers at their press briefings. There has not been a great deal of cheerfulness so far, apart from the two Sauber drivers, who have every reason to smile having confirmed their seats for 2012. One story hanging over from the Nurburgring was the collision of Paul Di Resta and Nick Heidfeld. There are some drivers who seem to keep finding each other on the race track this season; one thinks of Schumacher and Petrov, and Schumacher and Alguersuari for example, but Heidfeld and Di Resta keep More…

Posted on July 28, 2011


The Sauber team has announced that it will run the same drivers next season; Kamui Kobayashi and Sergio Perez. It’s a logical decision and one made with Sauber on the front foot, as the Mexican connection with telecoms billionaire Carlos Slim has brought financial stability to one of F1′s most efficiently run teams. But they’ve got more than a pay driver in Perez; “Sergio has achieved more than one could expect from a rookie,” said Sauber. “From the very first race he proved that he is capable of driving not only fast but consistently as well. And after the accident More…

Posted on July 27, 2011


This weekend the F1 circus moves to the Hungaroring in Budapest, usually one of the most difficult tracks on which to pass. But the adjustable DRS wing this year should make things easier and strategists will have to factor that in to their plans. Sunday’s German Grand Prix showed how close the competition is and how decisive the right strategy moves are. Here – with input from from two F1 team strategists is a look at the considerations which go into planning the race strategy. Track characteristics Hungaroring – 4.381km kilometres. Race distance – 70 laps = 306.630 kilometres. 14 More…

Posted on July 26, 2011

The Strategy Report

The German Grand Prix at the Nurburgring featured three drivers in different cars closely matched on performance. As the winner Lewis Hamilton observed, it was all about being perfect and not making mistakes and this was as true of the strategists and the pit crews as it was of the drivers. In the end it came down to some inspired driving and finely balanced strategy calls. But further down the field we saw some varying strategies making a difference to the race result, particularly in the case of Adrian Sutil, who finished sixth ahead of the Mercedes and Renaults. The More…

Posted on July 25, 2011


Following on from the driver switches at HRT and Team Lotus in recent races, there is more movement with Bruno Senna being given a chance to drive the Renault in Friday morning practice in Budapest. The Brazilian has been in a reserve driver role this season after a difficult debut season with HRT last year. Nick Heidfeld’s seat with the team is under review, the veteran German has not performed as well as expected against Vitaly Petrov – it is seven to three in qualifying to the Russian – in the seat left vacant by Robert Kubica’s accident. But it More…

Posted on July 25, 2011


The German Grand Prix seems to have been a real crowd pleaser because it gave us three of the top F1 drivers all in closely matched cars and it came down to a straight fight on the track. It was driver versus driver and that’s what F1 fans want to see. As with all the best F1 races it is the details that make the difference; for example the tyre warm up up issue on the Ferrari meant that even though Alonso managed to jump Hamilton for the lead at the second stop, he couldn’t resist him in Turn 2 More…

Posted on July 24, 2011


A thrilling three-way battle for victory combined with strong performances all the way down the field made for an exciting race at the Nurburgring. So who did you think was the outstanding driver at Nurburgring? Lewis Hamilton Drove the wheels off his McLaren to qualify second on Saturday behind pole-sitter Mark Webber. Made the perfect getaway to lead into Turn 1 and then spent the race jostling for the lead with Webber and Fernando Alonso. Pulled off a string of overtakes, including a spectacular move around the outside of Alonso into Turn 1 after the final round of stops, to More…

Posted on July 24, 2011


Lewis Hamilton won a tense three way battle for victory in the German Grand Prix, beating Fernando Alonso and the pole sitter Mark Webber. It was Hamilton’s second win of the season and the 16th of his career. It was a great weekend for Hamilton, his result set up by a stunning qualifying lap and a great start, where he took the lead from pole sitter Mark Webber on the run down to Turn 1. And the victory was topped off by his overtake on Alonso after the Spaniard had emerged ahead of him from his second pit stop. “If More…

Posted on July 23, 2011


Qualifying for the German Grand Prix was a thrilling four way scrap between Mark Webber, Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso. In the end it was Webber who took it, his ninth career pole and the third this season. But Lewis Hamilton shocked his rivals by taking second fastest time, just 6/100ths off the pole. He described it as a “good lap”, but this was some understatement – he was over a second faster than team mate Jenson Button. Vettel was pushed off the front row of the grid for the first time this season in third place, ahead More…

Posted on July 22, 2011


With the publication this weekend of the FIA F1 Technical Regulations and talk of the cars running on electric only in the pit lane, one of the things which hasn’t been considered is “electric starts”. A careful reading of the regulations shows that teams are allowed to use electric off the startline from 2014. With the current regulations they must use the petrol engine only at the start and the KERS must only kick in when the car reaches 100km/h. As the 2014 rules are written currently, we could have the opposite situation, with cars using electric only off the More…

Posted on July 22, 2011


Fernando Alonso appeared in bullish mood on the first day of the German Grand Prix weekend, saying that he is now “very, very confident in the car” and predicting that it is now capable of taking him and the team on a winning streak, which may or may not give them a chance in the championship. “We have, I think, 32 points more than last year from these same nine races, so we are definitely improving our results, always trying to do our best,” said Alonso. “But we have to accept that Red Bull was very, very dominant in the More…

Posted on July 21, 2011


Jarno Trulli will not race at the Nurburgring after Team Lotus announced that reserve driver Karun Chandhok will race car number 21 this weekend. He becomes the second Friday driver to take up a race seat after Daniel Ricciardo took Narain Kartikeyan’s seat at HRT. Both Ricciardo and Chandhok are Red Bull backed drivers. Trulli has been struggling with the power steering this season, which has prevented him from having the precision in his steering which he needs to get the most out of the car, especially in qualifying. It is not clear at this stage how long this situation More…

Posted on July 21, 2011


F1′s commercial supremo Bernie Ecclestone has admitted paying £27 million to a former colleague but says it was not a bribe. THe 80 year old said that he has done nothing wrong and will clear his name, as prosecutors in Germany allege that he paid bribes of $44 million (£27 Mill) to Gerhard Gribkowsky, who was once the lead banker responsible for the 2006 sale of the sport to current owners CVC. Prosecutors further allege that Mr Ecclestone received $41.4m (£25.4m) in commissions from the bank, as well as a large payment to Bambino Holdings, the family trust. The prosecutor More…

Posted on July 20, 2011


McLaren managing director Jonathan Neale today said that talk of team principal Martin Whitmarsh being at risk of losing his job is laughable and underlined that the team wants to secure the services not only of Whitmarsh but of Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button as well for the long term. It’s been a turbulent period for McLaren, with suggestions that both drivers have made enquiries about opportunities at Red Bull, Lewis Hamilton saying that he’s not willing to do as much sponsor promotional work and then a messy British GP weekend, where Jenson Button’s race was ruined by a pit More…

Posted on July 19, 2011


It is noticeable that in recent days there has been more discussion centring on the likelihood that the BBC will pull out of its contact to cover F1 racing. The matter is of interest beyond the borders of the UK as the race commentary is taken by most English speaking countries around the world, as it was in my days with ITV. BBC took over the rights from ITV at the end of 2008, when the UK’s largest commercial broadcaster pulled out two years before the end of its contract. This was in order to fund spend on football rights. More…

Posted on July 18, 2011


Daniel Ricciardo did not have an easy time of it in his F1 debut at Silverstone. The conditions were tricky for all the drivers, but especially for one who was racing in the full glare of public attention for the first time. But what was really interesting about his race for me was learning that there is an art to backmarkerdom, which drivers in that position must learn. Basically if you drive a Hispania or one of the slower cars, you are going to be lapped several times by the leader during a race and by plenty of other cars More…

Posted on July 16, 2011


Williams’ hiring of the controversial engineer Mike Coughlan has not got off to the best of starts, with Autosport reporting that his former employer NASCAR team Michael Waltrip Racing, is suing Coughlan for breach of contract and Williams for interference. This is interesting because Adam Parr spoke at the Montreal FOTA Fans Forum about having visited Waltrip’s shop en route to Canada and having been shown around. It sounded quite a cordial visit, so one wonders to what extent this action has come out of the blue. Coughlan had a contract with Waltrip, which was due to run from October More…

Posted on July 16, 2011


This week I took part in an unusual event in association with McLaren and its partner Hilton, where we had to judge a chef competition. It was a bit like Masterchef and I got chosen to judge because I’m very interested in cooking. And it really got me thinking about what F1 drivers eat. The competition was looking for the chef who would cook the drivers’ food at the Italian Grand Prix, bearing in mind the nutritional balance that drivers need. I was asked to be a judge alongside some food professionals including Lindy Redding, who runs Absolute Taste, the More…

Posted on July 14, 2011


Fernando Alonso gave Scuderia Ferrari its first win of the 2011 season at the British Grand Prix. The victory marks 60 years since the Scuderia’s first ever Grand Prix win, at the hands of José Froilan Gonzalez on the same track in 1951. Before the race, Fernando Alonso commemorated the anniversary with an exhibition lap of the Silverstone circuit in the 375 F1 driven by Gonzalez at the 1951 British Grand Prix. The car now belongs to Bernie Ecclestone. It was driven around Silverstone 10 years ago by Michael Schumacher when he was a Ferrari driver. “It is a very More…

Posted on July 14, 2011


Among other initiatives we ran for fans around the British Grand Prix was a fun programme to convert a sceptic to F1 by using the crossover appeal of the Senna film to win them over. The prize was a weekend at the British Grand Prix, with a grandstand and hotel package kindly donated by the title sponsor, Santander. Hayley Fox and her husband won it and here’s her account of her first F1 experience. Hayley Fox writes: “We received our tickets on Thursday and with that my husband became an excited child again, I will admit that I too was More…

Posted on July 13, 2011


Leaving aside whatever benefit they may have accrued from the chopping and changing of rules over the off throttle engine mapping, the Ferrari worked well in Silverstone because of some key updates. This time last year Fernando Alonso said that despite being a long way behind in the points, he could fight for the world championship. Alonso was saying this because of the updates Ferrari had made to its 2010 car. They didn’t really show in Valencia and Silverstone because Alonso had problems with safety cars in both races, but he knew his car had been transformed. And he was More…

Posted on July 12, 2011


This year through various competitions and initiatives, JA on F1 sent 14 F1 fans to the British Grand Prix, who would not have been able to go otherwise. And we also ran a competition for a JA on F1 reader to have use of a Fanvision G3 handheld device for the weekend. Ian Joyner was the lucky winner of that one and here is his feedback: Ian Joyner writes: “With the combination of a half wet track and this year’s Pirelli-enduced multiple pitstop races, the G3 made all the difference in being able to read the race as it unfolded. More…

Posted on July 12, 2011

The Strategy Report

This was a very interesting race from a strategy point of view, there were a lot more unknowns than normal, particularly with the tyres, as there was so little dry running before the race. And then there was the partially wet track at the start, which forced everyone to start on intermediate tyres, but how long for? Prior to the start most strategists were thinking of a three stop race, with some further back on the grid planning to do one less stop to try to make up places. The wet start meant two things which made life easier; drivers More…

Posted on July 11, 2011


A very exciting race at Silverstone with some strong performances throughout the field and plenty of movement forwards and backwards among the placings. So who did you think was the outstanding driver at Silverstone? Fernando Alonso Qualified third, just a tenth of a second shy of the Red Bulls who locked out the front row. Made a solid start and kept pace with Vettel and Webber up front. Lost a place to Hamilton but repassed the McLaren driver using the DRS on the Wellington Straight. Undercut Webber in the pit stops and then took the lead when Vettel had his More…

Posted on July 11, 2011


After last year’s Brazilian Grand Prix, Red Bull owner Dietrich Mateschitz articulated his philosophy of why his drivers would be allowed to race each other right to the end and the team would not intervene, “Let the two drivers race and what will be will be,” he said. “If Alonso wins we will have been unlucky. I predict a Hollywood ending. Worst case scenario we don’t become champion? We’ll do it next year. “But our philosophy stays the same because this is sport and it must remain sport. We don’t manipulate things like Ferrari do.” He got his Hollywood ending More…

Posted on July 10, 2011


In the background of today’s exciting Grand Prix at Silverstone, the teams agreed to a plan for the rest of the season on the off throttle blown diffuser issue. After a meeting this morning at which Sauber refused to sign an agreement to revert to the rules as they were in Valencia, this afternoon a unanimous agreement was reached. So from Germany onwards teams can go back to what they were doing before, only they will not be allowed to change engine maps between qualifying and the race. Then at the end of the season, blown diffusers will be banned More…

Posted on July 10, 2011


Fernando Alonso won a thrilling British Grand Prix at Silverstone ahead of the Red Bull pair Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber. Vettel lost the lead to Alonso when his second pit stop went disastrously wrong. He lost further time behind Lewis Hamilton and could not bridge the gap to the Ferrari driver. It was Alonso’s first win of the season, the 27th of his career and his second at Silverstone. Earlier in the day he had driven the Ferrari which won this race 60 years ago and he was proud to have delivered the win on such an important anniversary, More…

Posted on July 10, 2011


Mark Webber and Sam Michael are among the Australian contingent in F1 who are clubbing together to raise money for legendary speedway rider Leigh Adams, who sustained serious injuries from an off-road motorcycle accident while training for the Finke Desert Race a few weeks ago. Now he has a long rehabilitation in front of him. Adams is a 10 times Australian speedway champion and he raced in the world championship, winning multiple Grands Prix before returning to Australia about 6 months ago. He’s essentially the Peter Brock of speedway in Australia! Michael and Webber, both friends of Adams, along with More…

Posted on July 9, 2011


Mark Webber took pole position for the British Grand Prix ahead of his team mate Sebastian Vettel, with Fernando Alonso in third just a tenth of second off pole position. The McLarens were over a second behind with Jenson Button, while Lewis Hamilton was disappointed to be down in 10th place for his home Grand Prix. Webber said that the front row lock out didn’t prove anything after the row over the throttle mapping in the run up to qualifying. At an emergency meeting of the Technical Working group it was decided that the cars would all run with 10% More…

Posted on July 9, 2011


On Wednesday I went to the headquarters of Formula One Management at Princes Gate to interview Bernie Ecclestone for Australian Network 10 Television. We spoke of many things and I put to him some of the questions I’ve heard from fans – not least at the recent FOTA Fans Forum events we organsised – to do with F1′s reluctance to expand into social media and where the balance lies between entertainment and sport. * Sebastian Vettel’s current domination of F1 * The balance between entertainment and sport * His sparring match with Jean Todt * His attitude to F1 content More…

Posted on July 8, 2011


This afternoon Formula 1 served up a war of words, which is hard to describe, much less explain. It’s hard for even the specialist media to understand, much less portray to F1 fans. Nor does it do great service to the sport or to the people at the centre of the argument. F1 thrives on intrigue and hype, but this is one confrontation which would perhaps have been best left behind closed doors. McLaren boss Martin Whitmarsh and Red Bull boss Christian Horner got worked up and battled it out in an FIA press conference over how much percentage the More…

Posted on July 8, 2011


Although the crowd pouring into Silverstone this morning was comparable in size to a race day crowd at many F1 venues, they were treated to a damp day’s action. There was heavy rain before both the morning and afternoon sessions and the track took some time to dry out. This cut back on the meaningful running teams were able to do on their updated parts, particularly in light of the ban on off-throttle diffusers. Mark Webber set the pace in the faster of the two sessions in the morning, Felipe Massa was fastest in the afternoon. The forecast for Saturday More…

Posted on July 7, 2011


The F1 race strategists are pretty excited about this weekend as the new Silverstone pit lane will be used for the first time and they have to learn the best way to plan Sunday’s race. Tests in the teams’ simulators indicate that the time lost coming into the pit lane will be very short, so stops could take as little as 15 seconds. This will push them to stop more times and with the lateral loads on the tyres from the high speed corners here at Silverstone, the feeling is that the leading teams will be stopping three times on More…

Posted on July 6, 2011


Today we ran the JA on F1 pits stop challenge outside the Hilton in Park Lane, London. The event was laid on by McLaren sponsor Hilton and we had a car for an hour, plus instruction from experienced McLaren mechanics. It was another example of giving a fans a chance to get up close to the sport and find out what it takes to perform one of the most high pressure jobs in a Grand Prix weekend. Some of the best drilled pit crews are doing pit stops of all four wheels in under four seconds this season, so how More…

Posted on July 6, 2011


It’s been a busy few days in terms of helping to connect F1 fans to the sport, with the FOTA Fans Forum on Thursday and the JA on F1 pit stop competition, which took place this afternoon and about which I will post later. The winning time was a reasonably competitive 5.09 seconds. More of that anon. Across the various activities, we’ve given away a variety of British Grand Prix tickets which means that in total we’re sending 14 fans to Silverstone who would not have been able to go otherwise and we hope that they will enjoy the sights More…

Posted on July 5, 2011


Red Bull Racing boss Christian Horner has today come out with some comments which close the door firmly on ideas of Lewis Hamilton joining the Red Bull Racing team. Horner met with Hamilton at the recent Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal, starting all kinds of speculation which neither man was quick to shoot down. It was a puzzling incident from many angles; at Hamilton’s press briefing on Thursday in Valencia, he said that his meeting with Horner had taken place before qualifying in Canada. Horner later confirmed that it was at about 5pm on Saturday evening. With Vettel under contract More…

Posted on July 5, 2011


We have been running a competition on JA on F1 for fans to use the crossover appeal of the Senna film to give a friend or partner who doesn’t get Formula 1 some kind of understanding of, and interest in, the sport. We were looking for comments from the sceptic about what the film had made them see about F1. And we had some fantastic entries. Most of the entries were from women, it must be said, largely partners of F1 fanatics who have been ‘converted’ to the cause! Manish Pandey, the writer and producer of the Senna movie and More…

Posted on July 4, 2011


It was good to see today that Williams has joined forces with Renault again, recreating a partnership which dominated F1 racing in the 1990s. Together they won four Drivers’ and five Constructors’ world titles and 63 race victories. The circumstances are rather different this time, in that Williams joins a list of customers including Red Bull Racing, Lotus Renault GP and Team Lotus. Back in the 1990s it was for a the works team, with Ligier and then Benetton coming along in 1995 to also get the engine. The deal is for 2012 and 2013 for the current V8 engines, More…

Posted on July 4, 2011


The Virgin Racing team, now controlled by Russian car company Marussia and its billionaire investor Andrey Cheglakov, has made a significant move as it attempts to split with the rather chaotic structure of the last 18 months and form itself into a proper F1 team. Last month the team dispensed with technical director Nick Wirth and now it has acquired his company at the same time as striking a technical partnership deal with McLaren to use its wind tunnel, simulator and other facilities. At this stage the deal is not as extensive as Force India’s partnership with McLaren, which provides More…

Posted on July 3, 2011


Just before the weekend Hispania Racing Team (HRT) confirmed that Australian Daniel Ricciardo will race for the team starting at Silverstone, in place of Narain Kartikeyan. HRT is around four seconds a lap off the pace in qualifying this season, an improvement of a second and a half over last season. In Canada Tonio Liuzzi qualified a tenth of a second faster than Timo Glock, but in Valencia the gap was a second and in Barcelona it was half a second. The 22 year old Red Bull sponsored driver has been doing the Toro Rosso Friday testing duties, bit it More…

Posted on July 1, 2011


Here’s another great opportunity to get closer to F1. Ever wanted to experience the thrill of an F1 pit stop from behind a wheel gun? Well here’s your chance because next Wednesday July 6th we are going to have a JA on F1 pitstop competition. We have been given the opportunity of bringing 16 JA on F1 readers to an event organised by Hilton, a partner of the McLaren team. The event will take place between 2pm and 3pm outside one of the Hilton Hotels in Central London. We’ve been given a McLaren car for an hour. So readers who More…

Posted on July 1, 2011


Three of F1′s leading engineers, McLaren’s Paddy Lowe, Renault’s James Allison and Red Bull’s Paul Monaghan met face to face with 300 F1 fans at the Fans Forum UK hosted at McLaren technology centre. The fans made it clear that to them F1 should remain the pinnacle of technology despite cost restrictions and asked the experts what changes they all were making to their exhaust blown diffusers for Silverstone to fit in with the new interpretation of the rules. There was also some amusing banter about secrecy and Red Bull’s practice of getting mechanics to block the rear of the More…

Posted on July 1, 2011


McLaren’s Martin Whitmarsh, Mercedes’ Ross Brawn, Virgin Racing’s Graeme Lowdon and Force India’s Robert Fearnley met face to face with 300 F1 fans at the FOTA Fans’ Forum, UK at McLaren Technology Centre to discuss topics raised by the fans and hear their points of view. Top of the agenda was fans’ concern that F1 should stay on Free to Air TV and the rumoured NewsCorp take over was discussed. The team principals also tackled the subject of F1′s green credentials, with Fearnley putting forward a slightly different tone from the others, describing F1 as “a celebration of excess.” “The More…

Posted on July 1, 2011


Here is the video highlights edit of Lewis Hamilton and Kamui Kobayashi’s appearance at the FOTA Fans Forum UK event at McLaren. Fans wanted to know all about the pair’s prowess at overtaking and the two drivers did not disappoint. “What does it feel like to actually pull off a fantastic overtaking manoeuvre?”, Hamilton was asked. His reply: “It’s exhilarating. It’s probably the most exciting part of the race, when you’re not too fast compared to the guy in front. You’re just creeping up on him and looking to see where he’s weaker so that you can attack next time More…

Posted on July 1, 2011


Three of F1′s leading engineers, Paddy Lowe of McLaren, James Allison of Renault and Paul Monaghan of Red Bull, took to the stage for the technical element of today’s FOTA Fans Forum. On the agenda as far as the fans were concerned was the artificiality of the DRS wing, which was conceived by the Technical Working Group on which all three men serve, and the ban on the off throttle blown diffuser, which comes into force at the next race in Silverstone, among many other topics.. The engineers explain what they’ve had to do to adapt their cars for the More…



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