Posted on July 31, 2013


Lewis Hamilton breathed life into the Formula 1 title race on Sunday with a commanding drive to victory in the Hungarian Grand Prix. Where Sebastian Vettel had seemed in control of the championship race and on course for his fourth consecutive title, now things look a little less certain. At the very least Mercedes’ form in the second half of the season will complicate the picture, but a string of wins could bring Hamilton into contention. The Briton, who had not stood on the top step of the podium since the United States Grand Prix last November, led away from More…

Posted on July 30, 2013

The Strategy Report

The Hungarian Grand Prix was one of the best races of the season so far and once again race strategy was the key to the outcome. The timing of the pitstops and an ability to cut through traffic were the decisive factors in the outcome with Mercedes’ straightline speed advantage a key factor. Since Monaco Mercedes has raised its game in managing the thermal degradation of the tyres in the race – with the exception of Germany on those one-off Pirelli tyres – and is now in line with the field average for degradation. Hamilton set his fastest lap of More…

Posted on July 30, 2013


In an extraordinary statement issued on the Ferrari website last night, Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo publicly attacked his lead driver Fernando Alonso for disloyalty at a time when the team needed to “close ranks” following a disappointing showing in Hungary. “The Ferrari I saw in yesterday’s race doesn’t sit well with me,” said Montezemolo – and he wasn’t just talking about the performance on the track, but about the way his team was functioning. According to the statement Montezemolo was particularly unhappy with comments Alonso made about the car, after he trailed in a distant fifth in Budapest, unable More…

Posted on July 29, 2013


Ferrari have announced former Lotus technical director James Allison will join the team on September 1. Allison, a highly-rated engineer in F1, left Lotus in May. The deal to join Ferrari, who have struggled for form in recent races, was done back in June, around the time of the Canadian Grand Prix. In a statement, Ferrari said he will work alongside Pat Fry, who will take on a new position of director of engineering, with both men reporting directly to team boss Stefano Domenicali. Allison and Fry previously worked together at Benetton in the early 1990s. This will be Allison’s More…

Posted on July 29, 2013


The Formula 1 rumour mill was in full flow in the Hungarian Grand Prix paddock on Sunday with Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso linked with a move to reigning world champions Red Bull. So is this real, what is behind it and what happens next? The suggestion is that Alonso’s management approached Red Bull on Friday in Hungary about the possibility of driving for them, with the Milton Keynes-based outfit having a vacant seat from next season as Mark Webber is leaving the sport to compete in sportscars. Alonso told the BBC after the race: “Always in August there are rumours. It’s More…

Posted on July 29, 2013


Lewis Hamilton produced a commanding drive to win an exciting Hungarian Grand Prix and secure his first victory for Mercedes in a race which saw action all the way through the field. Kimi Raikkonen used a two-stop strategy to finish an impressive second, holding off reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel in the closing stages. Mark Webber put in another strong recovery drive to rescue fourth place in the Red Bull, having started 10th while Lotus driver Romain Grosjean had looked on course for podium but fell out of contention following a harsh drive-through penalty. McLaren’s Jenson Button was involved in More…

Posted on July 28, 2013


Lewis Hamilton drove an imperious race to take his first victory with Mercedes GP at the Hungarian Grand Prix, ahead of Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel. It is his 22nd career win – matching Damon Hill – and a record equalling fourth at the Hungaroring. It was an entertaining race from start to finish, with an action packed opening lap and a tense duel at the end for second place between Vettel and Raikkonen. Vettel, on much fresher tyres, made a move on Raikkonen in the closing stage but the Finn rebuffed him, firmly and fairly. Vettel complained on the More…

Posted on July 27, 2013


Lewis Hamilton surprised both himself and his Mercedes team as he took pole position for the Hungarian Grand Prix with a sensational lap to beat pre-qualifying favourite Sebastian Vettel. It is Hamilton’s third consecutive pole position – the first time he has managed that – and the 30th of his career. Having stated that missing out on last week’s Young Driver Test at Silverstone, where their rivals tested the new Pirelli tyres, had hampered their chances of a strong result this weekend, Hamilton and team-mate Nico Rosberg showed themselves as pole contenders from the outset of qualifying. The German was More…

Posted on July 27, 2013


A statement issued this morning suggests that the protracted battle over the new Concorde Agreement, the contract that binds together the FIA, teams and commercial rights holder, is about to be signed. The seven year deal should be formalised in the next weeks, according to the statement, “The Formula One Group and the FIA have signed an agreement setting out the framework for implementation of the 2013 Concorde Agreement. “This agreement will come into force upon approval by the respective governing bodies of the signatory parties in the coming weeks.” It has taken a long time to get to this More…

Posted on July 26, 2013


Mercedes team principal Ross Brawn has spoken openly for the first time about phasing out of his role and handing over to Paddy Lowe. And it looks like he is thinking of this happening after the end of this season. The 59 year old has given an interview in the German newspaper Die Welt this weekend in which he speaks about working alongside Lowe for the next six months and then a phased handover will take place, with Brawn moving to a new role. It is believed that this will be along the lines of Patrick Head’s involvement with Williams More…

Posted on July 26, 2013


It is going to take something special for anyone to beat Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel this weekend in Budapest. The reigning champion topped the time sheets in both the morning and afternoon sessions, ahead of team mate Mark Webber as Red Bull demonstrated superiority in both single lap and long run pace. But it was close in the afternoon; Webber was 4/100ths off his team mate on a single lap qualifying simulation, with Romain Grosjean and Fernando Alonso all within 0.16s of Vettel’s time. However on the long runs the Red Bull looked ominously fast with both the soft and More…

Posted on July 26, 2013


On the eve of the Hungarian Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton has given his Mercedes team a vote of confidence, asserting that they “are really beginning to look like a championship-winning team” Writing in his column on the BBC Sport Website column he adds that the team reaching this level “was my hope when I came here. And I really have high hopes moving forwards. “It has gone a lot better than I expected it would… Despite the difficulties, we are second in the constructors’ championship and it is not impossible we could catch Red Bull, if Nico Rosberg and I More…

Posted on July 26, 2013


Ferrari Third Driver Pedro De La Rosa got one over his colleague Fernando Alonso in Budapest on Thursday when he completed a Lego challenge in 2m:45.44, almost ninety seconds faster than Alonso. Ferrari’s long term partner Shell has worked in conjunction with Ferrari and LEGO to produce six limited edition pieces based on iconic vehicles of the Prancing Horses’ history, covering cars throughout its prestigious life away from the racing circuit. Included are classics such as the 150 Italia and the F40, as are more recent models in the form of the 458 Italia and the extremely rare FXX. At More…

Posted on July 26, 2013


Here is something a little different: Honda, which is gearing up for a return to F1 in 2015, has made a commercial in Japan featuring acoustic technology which allows them to recreate Senna’s pole lap at Suzuka from 1989. It’s eery and exciting and shows amazing ambition. Using a system of speakers and lights set up around the length of the 5.8 kilometre circuit, they made a piece of sound and light magic, which gives a flavour of the way they plan to approach their return to F1. The messaging behind the commercial is all about the power of data More…

Posted on July 26, 2013


This weekend Ferrari and Fernando Alonso go into the Hungarian Grand Prix with the objective of reducing the gap to Sebastian Vettel in the points before the summer break. With former Lotus technical director James Allison set to join the team later this year, there is a palpable sense of the team pointing forwards, but this championship is still there to be won, even if the numbers suggest otherwise. Alonso has always maintained that the title will be decided in the nine races from Spa onwards, which come thick and fast in a three month period, unlike the first half More…

Posted on July 25, 2013


Pirelli’s new generation F1 tyres will make their debut this weekend in Hungary and today the company released details of which compounds it will bring to the next three races. As last year for the hugely demanding circuits Spa and Monza the medium and hard tyres will be brought, while in Singapore the supersoft and medium will be used. Last year it was supersoft and soft, but as this year’s medium is essentially last year’s soft compound, the change isn’t as significant as it appears. More significant is the double step between compounds, which will possibly make the strategy interesting, More…

Posted on July 25, 2013


McLaren are a team who are used to winning races however they are facing the prospect of their first winless season since 2006 and second since 1996. The Woking-based team finished last year with the fastest car, as Jenson Button claimed victory in the season finale at Interlagos in Brazil. However, the team chose to radically change the design of their car and have since struggled to understand and successfully develop it. Button or Sergio Perez have failed to finish higher than fifth in the first nine races of the season to leave the team sixth in the constructors’ championship, behind More…

Posted on July 24, 2013


As we reach the midway point of the season with this weekend’s Hungarian Grand Prix, we thought we’d take a look at Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel’s performance in 2013 compared to previous years to see if he is on course to win his fourth successive Formula 1 world championship. The German has won four of the nine races this year, including two of the last three, and holds a 34-point lead over his nearest rival Fernando Alonso of Ferrari. In the three years which Vettel has won the championship, only once has he led the title race at this point More…

Posted on July 24, 2013


Mercedes will have a “number of challenges to overcome” in this weekend’s Hungarian Grand Prix because they did not attend the young driver test at Silverstone, according to the team’s executive director Toto Wolff. The Brackley-based team were banned from taking part in last week’s three-day test because they breached the rules by holding a test in Barcelona after the Spanish Grand Prix in May. That meant that Mercedes, unlike their 10 rival teams, were not able to gain experience of the new specification of Pirelli tyre which will be introduced at the Hungaroring in response to a series of More…

Posted on July 24, 2013


As discussed in our UBS Race Strategy Briefing yesterday, Lotus has a real chance to win the Hungarian Grand Prix this weekend. But the key will be qualifying towards the front of the grid. So we thought we’d make that the subject of a competition. At the same time, we are delighted to offer a limited edition JA on F1 “Speed Merchants” T shirts with a logo that means a lot to me, as it combines the style and spirit of racers of the 1960s. It’s a cool collectible; “Speed Merchants” says it all really, it’s what the sport is More…

Posted on July 23, 2013


The European F1 calendar has been steadily shrinking in recent years as wealthier countries pay for dates in the Middle and Far East, but today Red Bull struck a blow for the beleaguered old contingent announcing a return to the A1 Ring on July 6th next year. The news is not a total surprise – there were rumours last winter that Red Bull and FOM had been negotiating, when a 20 date 2013 calendar was announced with a “TBA” date in late July. Turkey was the favoured candidate, but for a while it was rumoured that Austria might fill the More…

Posted on July 23, 2013


This weekend’s Hungarian GP will be fascinating from a strategy point of view as it sees the debut of a new specification of Pirelli tyres at the same time as safety measures come in after the incident with a flying wheel in Germany. As a result the pit lane speed limit has been lowered to 80km/h from 100km/h which will add over three seconds to the time needed to make a pit stop. This makes multiple stops less attractive. At the same time extremely high temperatures are forecast as mainland Europe experiences a heatwave. We could see track temperatures in More…

Posted on July 23, 2013


McLaren Electronic Systems (MESL) – a branch of the McLaren Group dedicated to control and data systems – has today received the Queen’s Award for Enterprise, for its outstanding achievement in international trade. The electronics manufacturer, which produces the ECUs supplied to Formula One, Indy Car and Nascar, was recognised for its contribution to aerospace, transport, and automotive markets; having the award presented at the McLaren Technology Centre by Andrew Wates OBE, the Vice Lord-Lieutenant for Surrey. This is the second Queen’s Award that the company have received for the variety of systems that they produce. The first, from 2009, More…

Posted on July 21, 2013


Now the dust has settled on the Young Driver Test at Silverstone, we can analyse who performed well and look at some of the drivers for whom this was a vital audition, like Daniel Ricciardo at Red Bull. We can also look at some of the tyre test runs carried out by the experienced race drivers to see what the new generation Pirellis will be like for the rest of the season. With the help and input of JA on F1 technical adviser Mark Gillan, former chief operations engineer at Williams, we will look in detail at Kevin Magnussen’s run More…

Posted on July 19, 2013


Reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel ended the Silverstone test with the fastest time on the final day, as the three days came to a close. Vettel was the only one of the leading title contenders to take advantage of the opportunity to evaluate the new specification Pirelli tyres, which will now be used for the Hungarian Grand Prix onwards. Vettel’s title rivals Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen decided not to take part in the test as the FIA ruled that the race drivers were not allowed to do any development or set up work in their allotted time. Both felt More…

Posted on July 18, 2013


Australian Daniel Ricciardo set the pace on day two of the young driver test at Silverstone, however his fastest time came when driving his regular Toro Rosso car rather than in a Red Bull which he tested in the afternoon. The 24-year-old, who is allowed to take part in the test because race drivers are permitted to take part so they can collect data for Pirelli, clocked a 1:32.972 which was just over six tenths quicker than Kevin Magnussen managed when he topped the timesheets on Wednesday for McLaren. Ricciardo, who along with Lotus’ Kimi Raikkonen is in contention to More…

Posted on July 17, 2013


McLaren’s Kevin Magnussen set the pace on day one of the so-called young driver test at Silverstone. The 20-year-old completed 100 laps with a best time of 1m33.602s, 0.172 seconds faster than Force India’s Paul di Resta with Red Bull’s Antonio Felix da Costa third. Race drivers are allowed to take part in the three-day test providing they focus on tyre work for Pirelli. On Wednesday, Di Resta and Marussia’s Max Chilton were the only current drivers in action. Lotus announced that Kimi Raikkonen would no longer take part in this week’s test, while Red Bull also made changes to More…

Posted on July 17, 2013


Andretti Autosports, run by former Indycar and F1 racer Michael Andretti, has become the third team to formally enter the new FIA Formula E series, due to start in September 2014. It joins UK-based Drayson Racing, whose principal, Lord Drayson recently set a new world electric land speed record, together with China Racing, led by Steven Lu. The Andretti name will be a huge boost to the series in the USA, which is set to host two of the ten city-centre rounds in Los Angeles and Miami. Andretti’s team has a strong reputation in US motorsports, having won the Indycar More…

Posted on July 17, 2013


After months of waiting, Formula 1′s commercial boss Bernie Ecclestone has confirmed this morning that he has been formally indicted by the prosector in Germany, relating to the conviction of former banker Gerhard Gribkowsky for corruption. According to a Financial Times article today, Ecclestone said, “I have just spoken to my lawyers and they have received an indictment. It’s being translated into English. We are defending it properly. “It will be an interesting case. It’s a pity it’s happened.” Ecclestone added that he had not been offered a route to resolve the suit financially, as had been rumoured in F1 More…

Posted on July 16, 2013


Marussia have agreed a long-term technical partnership with Ferrari which will see them use the Italian team’s turbo engine from 2014, when new 1.6-litre V6 power units will be introduced. Marussia were in need of a new engine deal as current supplier Cosworth, who the team have worked with since they made their debut in the sport in 2010, are leaving Formula 1 at the end of the season. The move had been widely expected as Marussia currently run Jules Bianchi – a Ferrari Academy driver – in their race line-up alongside Max Chilton. The deal will also see the More…

Posted on July 16, 2013


Pat Symonds has joined Williams as chief technical officer and will start work with the Grove-based team next month. The 60-year-old received a ban from the sport for his role in the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix crash-gate scandal while working for Renault. He returned with Marussia in 2011 as a technical consultant under the terms of the ban which expires this year and will start work with Williams, who have yet to score a point this season in nine races, on August 19. Williams also announced that current technical director Mike Coughlan has left the team with immediate effect. Symonds More…

Posted on July 16, 2013


Toro Rosso’s Daniel Ricciardo will test for Red Bull at this week’s young driver test at Silverstone, boosting his hopes of landing a race seat with the reigning world champions next season. The three-day Silverstone test, which starts on Wednesday, was originally intended for young drivers, however race drivers are being allowed to take part so they can collect data for Pirelli following a series of tyre failures at last month’s British Grand Prix. A seat at Red Bull next season alongside reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel has opened up after Mark Webber announced he would leave the sport to More…

Posted on July 15, 2013


Susie Wolff will finally get her chance to drive an F1 car in a formal test session when she drives in the Young Driver Test at Silverstone next week. The 30 year old former DTM driver has been the team’s development driver, carrying out aerodynamic tests and other duties in the simulator since 2012. It has been 20 years since a woman Giovanna Amati, last got a chance to drive an F1 car alongside the men. Wolff will be joined at the test by Daniel Juncadella and Williams race driver Pastor Maldonado, who will conduct the new specification Pirelli tyre More…

Posted on July 15, 2013


The Sauber F1 team has announced a deal with Russian Investors which it hopes will safeguard its future in F1. As part of the deal it is also training up Russian driver Sergey Sirotkin, a 17 year old currently competing in Formula Renault 3.5, to race in F1 next season. Sauber becomes the second F1 team in recent months to take on new investors, following Lotus, which sold 35% of its stock to a US/ Middle East consortium. The Swiss team has been reeling ever since the BMW deal collapsed in 2009, as the German car manufacturer exited the sport More…

Posted on July 14, 2013


Red Bull’s preferred method of winning races is to do the damage to the opposition at the start, create a margin and then manage the race from there. But the lap time traces from the German Grand Prix show that Lotus got a bit too close for comfort, according to JA on F1 technical adviser Mark Gillan. “Vettel tends not to push too hard in the second half of the race,” says Gillan. “But in Germany he had to push because Raikkonen was catching. If you study the traces you can see that Raikkonen took a bit too much out More…

Posted on July 12, 2013


Former Marussia F1 aero test driver Maria de Villota has been speaking about her desire to improve safety in Formula 1, just over a year after her life threatening accident at Duxford. De Villota was doing straight-line aero tests on the runway at the former WWII airbase when her car struck a truck at the end of a test run. The Spaniard suffered serious head injuries, lost her right eye and required 104 stitches. She has since become an ambassador for safety and sits on the FIA Women in Motorsport commission. Safety has been a big talking point recently following More…

Posted on July 11, 2013


World champions Red Bull have changed their pit stop procedure after a loose rear wheel came off Mark Webber’s car in the pit lane during last Sunday’s German Grand Prix and injured an FOM television cameraman. Paul Allen suffered broken ribs, a broken collarbone and concussion but is expected to make a full recovery. Following the incident at the Nurburgring, Red Bull carried out an investigation. The report, which was sent to governing body the FIA and the 10 other teams on the grid, revealed that Webber’s car was released prematurely because a “go” signal was sent accidentally by the More…

Posted on July 11, 2013


Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo has publically backed Felipe Massa as the Brazilian’s future at the Italian team has once again been called into question. The 32-year-old had a poor start to last season and was in danger of losing his seat for 2013 before the team re-signed him for another year last October following a marked improvement in his results. This season started off much better for Massa, finishing fourth, fifth and sixth in the first three races before picking up a podium – only his third since 2011 – in Spain but since Monaco, things haven’t gone so More…

Posted on July 11, 2013


Wales is on course to have a new purpose-built racing track, which aims to attract major international motor racing events, after the council approved plans for the development. Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council agreed plans for the £280m 3.5-mile track – called the Circuit of Wales – in Ebbw Vale. It will be built on an 830-acre site in the scenic Welsh valleys and will be co-funded by the Welsh government and through private investment. The venue is targeting events such as MotoGP, World Superbikes, World Motorcross and World Touring Cars. CEO of Dorna, the company which runs MotoGP, Carmelo More…

Posted on July 9, 2013


Formula 1’s governing body the FIA has put a ban on anyone other than marshals and team personnel being allowed in the pit lane during qualifying sessions and races. That is just one of a series of measures which have been introduced with immediate effect following the incident in Sunday’s German Grand Prix when an FOM cameraman was hit by a loose tyre from Mark Webber’s Red Bull. Paul Allen suffered broken ribs, a broken collarbone and concussion but is expected to make a full recovery. FIA president Jean Todt has asked the World Motor Sport Council to approve the More…

Posted on July 9, 2013

The Strategy Report

The German Grand Prix was a thrilling tactical battle between Red Bull and Lotus that led to a nail-biting finish. This was brought about by upgrades to the Lotus making it close on performance with the Red Bull and by Pirelli bringing tyres, which encouraged some experimentation with strategy. It wasn’t as interesting a tactical battle as it might have been had the safety car not been deployed after 24 laps, but it was still one of the best of the year. Pre-Event considerations The weather was good on Friday during practice allowing teams to evaluate the new specification Pirelli More…

Posted on July 8, 2013


There is always some movement of drivers in F1 from one season to another and there is usually one driver who holds everything up. This year the situation is slightly different as the retirement of Mark Webber creates an opening at the sport’s top team, Red Bull. This has fired a starting gun on driver movements for 2014. As a result there is some action in the paddock with drivers’ agents getting busy making conversation with team bosses. Kimi Raikkonen is in the frame for the Red Bull ride, up against Daniel Ricciardo and Jean Eric Vergne. While Sebastian Vettel More…

Posted on July 8, 2013


Pirelli Motorsport Director Paul Hembery has said that the Sporting Regulations will need to be changed next year to allow the F1 tyre supplier to make modifications to the tyre specifications as the season goes along. Currently the only way a change of tyre specification can be made is if all the teams agree to it. To change the sporting regulations to allow fine tuning of specifications will require a vote of the World Motor Sport Council later this year. Hembery described this as “one of a number” of things that will need to change next year to allow the More…

Posted on July 8, 2013


Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel finally won his home race with a thrilling victory in the German Grand Prix that saw battles take place all the way to the chequered flag. Kimi Raikkonen, who has not won a race since the start of the season in Australia, pushed Vettel all the way before crossing the line second while Lotus team-mate Romain Grosjean claimed his second podium of the season with third. Fernando Alonso once again demonstrated his Ferrari’s pace in the race to rise up the field and limit his losses in the drivers’ standings to championship leader Vettel. And McLaren’s More…

Posted on July 7, 2013


Sebastian Vettel was today able to do something that he had failed to do his entire F1 career, as he took his first home Grand Prix win, holding off an impressive display by the Lotus pairing of Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean. It was Vettel’s fourth win of the season and the 30th of his F1 career. “It was a tough race; it was one of the toughest for a long time, ” said Vettel, who described his main emotion at winning his home race as “relief”. “I’m happy the race wasn’t two or three laps longer, as Kimi was More…

Posted on July 6, 2013


Lewis Hamilton extended the Mercedes run of qualifying dominance to take pole position in a tight session for the German Grand Prix, edging out Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber. It is the first Mercedes-Benz pole position at the German Grand Prix since Juan Manuel Fangio in 1954 at the Nordschleife. With this morning’s final Free Practice session highlighting Vettel’s pace it looked set to be a home pole position for the German driver, especially with Hamilton seemingly lost on set up. Midway through FP3 he described the car as “undriveable”. However, come the afternoon there were a number of drivers More…

Posted on July 6, 2013


Pirelli motorsport director Paul Hembery has said today that the company is not seeking to shirk responsibility for the failures at Silverstone. Mid week the company issued a report on the events of the British Grand Prix and appeared to be loading the blame onto the teams for misusing the tyres, which didn’t go down too well among some of the teams. Hembery later issued a personal note saying that he did not seek to blame the teams for what happened at Silverstone and today he has spelled out where he sees Pirelli’s responsibilities lie. “We take responsibility for underestimating More…

Posted on July 5, 2013


Sebastian Vettel suffered little hangover from last week’s late retirement as he topped Free Practice ahead of the German Grand Prix at the Nurburgring, with Nico Rosberg and Mark Webber completing the top three. The running order from Silverstone seems to have changed little in the wake of Pirelli’s product change for this weekend; Red Bull had an edge in single lap and long run pace over Mercedes with the rest following. However Red Bull’s drivers suggested afterwards that Mercedes had possibly masked its single lap pace with a bit of extra fuel in the soft tyre runs this afternoon, More…

Posted on July 5, 2013


It is very rare for Grand Prix drivers to threaten to boycott a race. So the actions of the drivers ahead of this weekend’s German Grand Prix should be taken seriously. They met to discuss a response to the five tyre failures experienced during last week’s British Grand Prix, which came close to being stopped by Race Director Charlie Whiting. But it wasn’t stopped and following a meeting of the Grand Prix Drivers Association in the Nurburgring paddock on Thursday, a strongly worded statement was issued, which ramps up the heat in this situation significantly. “The drivers of the Grand More…

Posted on July 4, 2013


Formula 1 drivers will have greater protection when in the cockpit after the FIA Institute announced a new side impact system which will be introduced next year. And JA on F1 technical adviser Mark Gillan has given us his views. After a year-long collaboration between four teams – McLaren, Mercedes, Marussia and Red Bull – and the FIA Institute, cars will feature a system designed to improve safety in angled impacts. At the moment, crushable tube structures are attached to the side of the chassis to protect drivers from a side impact, but they can break off during oblique accidents, More…

Posted on July 4, 2013


British racing driver Will Stevens has been taken under the wing of the Caterham F1 Team as they today announced him at the latest young driver to join the Caterham Racing Academy. The World Series by Renault front-runner will now receive the Leafield squad’s support to enhance his prospects at gaining a seat in Formula One. This will include a focus on physical and mental preparation as well as the important exposure and prestige that comes with joining a Formula One team’s ranks. The academy, set up to develop young talent in to future Grand Prix drivers, is similar in More…

Posted on July 4, 2013


Nurburgring hosts the German Grand Prix on alternate seasons with Hockenheim. So the read across on data is two years old. Some fundamentals about strategy planning do not change, such as the circuit characteristics and the pit lane loss time, which are unchanged, but the cars themselves are two years more advanced and the tyres are a different story altogether. After the series of tyre failures at Silverstone last weekend, Pirelli has been forced to come up with a short term solution for this weekend, which is a revised rear tyre construction, tested briefly by teams at the recent Canadian More…

Posted on July 3, 2013


Welcome to the JA on F1 podcast for July. This month we have a very special edition coming from behind the scenes at the FIA Sport Conference week in Goodwood. The three day event, in the days leading up to the British Grand Prix weekend, featured a wide cast of characters and was focussed on the challenges facing the sport, as well as the work that has been done in key areas. We had a unique opportunity to go behind the scenes and talk with some of the big names; In a rare interview, FIA Race Director Charlie Whiting explains More…

Posted on July 3, 2013


Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg believes that his team are now the favourites for victory going into this week’s German Grand Prix. However team mate Lewis Hamilton disagrees. Speaking in a Mercedes phone in from Stuttgart, Rosberg said, “Fortunately yes, we are slowly but surely we are dropping into the role of being favourites,” said Rosberg. “Which is fantastic as such. The development rate during the season, which was our weakness in the past, seems to be going well at the moment. It’s a fantastic momentum we have in the team at the moment.” “I don’t think we are favourites,” said More…

Posted on July 2, 2013


[Updated] Pirelli has announced a package of measures ahead of tomorrow’s meeting of the FIA Sporting Working Group in Germany, aimed at addressing the tyre failures witnessed at Silverstone at the weekend. The press release from the Italian company, issued this evening, is likely to cause waves among teams as it essentially accuses them of misusing the tyres, claiming that the tyres are safe if used correctly. However the change of specification has been unilaterally put through by the FIA on the grounds of safety. FIA president Jean Todt described it on Sunday night as “a safety problem”. Pirelli also More…

Posted on July 2, 2013

The Strategy Report

The 2013 British Grand Prix will be remembered for the series of catastrophic tyre failures which befell five of the competitors during the Grand Prix and which had an inevitable bearing on the way that the strategy unfolded. Although tyre failure was the reason why Lewis Hamilton did not win the race, and a gearbox problem denied Sebastian Vettel, there is no doubt that the positions behind the race winner Nico Rosberg were decided by strategy in the closing stages. Two safety cars played their part as did an inevitable sense of caution on the part of the teams when More…

Posted on July 1, 2013


Race drivers will be allowed to drive in the upcoming young drivers’ test at Silverstone to help Pirelli solve the problem with their tyres, the sport’s governing body the FIA has announced tonight. Six drivers suffered tyre failures during Sunday’s British Grand Prix, raising questions over driver safety. The three-day test, which takes place between 17-19 July and will be open to the public, will feature all teams except Mercedes who have agreed not to take part following their punishment for the controversial Barcelona Pirelli test. The team’s regular drivers will only be allowed to work on tyre development and More…

Posted on July 1, 2013


McLaren have appointed Sauber’s chief designer Matt Morris as their new engineering director, working for technical director Tim Goss. Goss was promoted to his current role earlier this year when Paddy Lowe left the position to become executive director (technical) at Mercedes. It is not yet known when Morris will take up the role. The team said in a statement that he had been recruited to help work on the team’s 2014 project – when 1.6-litre V6 engines are introduced – as well as 2015 when McLaren will switch Mercedes engines for Honda units. Morris worked closely at Williams with More…

Posted on July 1, 2013


Red Bull’s Mark Webber says the team need to launch an investigation into why he struggled to get away cleanly at the start of the British Grand Prix at Silverstone. The Australian, who is leaving the sport at the end of the season, has had good form at Silverstone, winning in 2010 and 2012. But his hopes of a third win in four years were hit when he bogged down at the start – something which has happened to him on numerous occasions over the last few years. As he fell back down the field, he had contact with Lotus’ More…

Posted on July 1, 2013


Red Bull boss Christian Horner say Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso is lucky to alive after he narrowly missed being hit by debris from the rear tyre of McLaren’s Sergio Perez which exploded on Hangar Straight during Sunday’s British Grand Prix. Horner’s comments come as Formula 1 comes to terms with the shock of several tyre failures, many which happened at high speed, at Silverstone to raise questions about the drivers’ safety. Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton, Ferrari’s Felipe Massa, Toro Rosso’s Jean-Eric Vergne and Perez all suffered left rear failures. Sauber’s Esteban Gutierrez had a left front failure while Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg, who won More…

Posted on July 1, 2013


Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg claimed his second victory in three races as he triumphed in the British Grand Prix in a race that was dominated by tyre failures and safety cars. Red Bull’s Mark Webber, who won the race in 2010 and 2012, produced a spirited drive to second, having dropped back to 15th after a bad start, while Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso reduced Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel’s lead in the championship with the final podium place. Rosberg’s team-mate Lewis Hamilton, who had started on pole, recovered from a tyre failure, which dropped him from the lead to the back of More…



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