Posted on September 30, 2013


One of the most commented aspects of the Singapore Grand Prix was the astonishing speed of Sebastian Vettel, particularly in the opening laps and the initial laps after the safety car. There have been many questions about how this was achieved and some interesting observations, such as Giancarlo Minardi’s comments about a strange sound coming from Vettel’s exhaust in these phases. Here with the input of JA on F1 technical adviser Mark Gillan, former Williams F1 team chief operations engineer, is our analysis of Vettel’s speed and a consideration of why it was so noticeable in Singapore and whether it More…

Posted on September 28, 2013


One of the secondary notes from the FIA World Motor Sport Council meeting yesterday in Dubrovnik, was the announcement that Pirelli will continue to supply tyres to Formula 1 in 2014, but for how much longer than that remains unclear. The FIA statement said that in future the choice of tyre and fuel suppliers will be FIA business and that the commercial rights holder will have the opportunity to do a commercial deal with them for track signage etc only once the selection process has been completed. We will deal in another post with the suggestion that F1 may move More…

Posted on September 27, 2013


The Grand Prix of America, scheduled to take place in New Jersey, has been listed as one of three provisional races on a record 22-race Formula 1 calendar for next season. The New Jersey race, which would be staged against a backdrop of New York’s Manhattan skyline, was absent from a draft calendar circulated to the teams during the Italian Grand Prix weekend. It has now been reinstated – albeit provisionally – in a June 1 slot in the middle of a triple header between Monaco on May 25 and Canada on June 8 – but it is far from More…

Posted on September 27, 2013


Caterham F1 Team have restructured their technical team with Jody Egginton and John Iley taking on more responsibilities as the outfit look to make gains next season when the regulations change significantly. Performance director Iley will see his role expanded to oversee a new Advanced Projects Group which will focus on future innovation that can be applied to the F1 team as well as Caterham’s automotive and technological interests. Iley will also play a more active role with technical director Mark Smith and team principal Cyril Abiteboul in managing the team’s technical partnerships with Renault Sport F1 and Red Bull More…

Posted on September 27, 2013


The FIA and Bernie Ecclestone’s FOM group have signed the a bilateral Agreement, guaranteeing the governance and financial structure of F1 through to 2020, it has been announced today. There has been some confusion about what this means; it is not a Concorde Agreement, it sets out the framework for a Concorde Agreement, but at this stage it is a bilateral agreement between the two parties. Ecclestone also has bilateral agreements with the F1 teams, except Marussia. Although the FIA’s statement concludes, “Now that the agreement is operative, the parties will move towards the conclusion of a multi-party Concorde agreement,” More…

Posted on September 26, 2013


The Singapore Grand Prix saw a significant development in the broadcast of Formula 1 with Formula 1 Management trialling a Proof of Concept for delivering video content to broadcasters. FOM’s Chief technical officer John Morrison hailed it as “ground breaking” and it could soon affect the way all F1 fans consume content. The trial, conducted with FOM’s Connectivity partner Tata Communications [which is also a sponsor of the JA on F1 website], involved a live video feed of Free Practice being sent via the TCL global fibre ring back to FOM’s headquarters in Biggin Hill, England. The demonstration included the supply More…

Posted on September 26, 2013


One of the more notable features of the Singapore Grand Prix weekend was the way McLaren dealt with the subject of their driver line up for 2014; especially in the face of the rumours about a dramatic reunion with Fernando Alonso. On the face of it the team is all set to renew both drivers for next year, but it is delaying. In F1 any vacuum creates rumour and tension which escalates. Teams can take steps to avoid that and McLaren weren’t taking those steps. As the weekend went on they made it clear that Button’s option has been taken More…

Posted on September 24, 2013

The Strategy Report

The Singapore Grand Prix has always been a race where strategy plays a large part in the result and this year was no different. Partly this is because there is usually a safety car to work around, which can change the game as it did this year. Partly it’s because this is a race where cars which are more gentle on their tyres can take advantage and do one less pit stop than their rivals. And with a stop taking almost 30 seconds, that’s a big advantage. The safety car presented an opportunity for some and a risk for others. More…

Posted on September 23, 2013


Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso and Mercedes’ motorsport director Toto Wolff have admitted that this year’s world championship is Sebastian Vettel’s to lose after another dominant drive from the Red Bull driver in the Singapore Grand Prix. It was Vettel’s third successive win, seventh of the year and 33rd of his career and extended his championship lead over nearest rival Alonso to 60 points with six races – and 150 points – remaining. The German has always performed well in the Asian flyaways, winning in Korea, Japan and India – which are the next three races – last season. If he continues More…

Posted on September 22, 2013


Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel didn’t put a foot wrong as he produced a brilliant drive under the lights in Marina Bay to win the Singapore Grand Prix for the third successive year. Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso capitalised on a stunning start and a bold strategy to take second while Lotus’ Kimi Raikkonen fought off back pain to complete the podium. Jenson Button looked on course for McLaren’s first podium of the season before his tyres faded and he finished seventh, one place ahead of his team-mate Sergio Perez who recovered to eighth after a poor qualifying. But who was your Driver More…

Posted on September 22, 2013


Sebastian Vettel has said that he is not affected by the repeated instances of booing on the podium after he wins races, but his team boss Christian Horner has denounced Vettel’s detractors as “unsporting”. Once again, after winning the Singapore Grand Prix, Vettel was booed during his interview on the podium. This has become a pattern this season and Vettel laughingly suggested that the people booing him are on a “world tour”. This has been a notable feature of the 2013 world championship and its origins would seem to go back to the Malaysian Grand Prix in March, where Vettel More…

Posted on September 22, 2013


A peerless Sebastian Vettel led all but one corner of the Singapore Grand Prix today as he took a commanding seventh victory of 2013, ahead of Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen. It is the 33rd victory of Vettel’s career – putting him ahead of Alonso to fourth in all-time wins – and his third in Singapore. He extends his championship lead over the Spaniard to 60 points with six races to go. “It’s just a privilege to be part of the team,” said Vettel “To enjoy the moment completely. It’s one of my favourite races here. I’ve won here three More…

Posted on September 22, 2013


Caterham F1 team today confirmed that they will use the Renault engine for the next three seasons. They join Red Bull and Toro Rosso on the Renault roster. Lotus F1 team is expected to use the Renault unit too, but that deal has not yet been agreed. Renault sources suggest that this should be done in the near future. The 2014 engine will feature new small capacity V6 hybrid turbo technology, with a much greater energy regeneration component. The cars will be expected to cover the same race distances as this year at a similar speed, but using a third More…

Posted on September 21, 2013


He took pole position for the Singapore Grand Prix standing in the Red Bull garage, biting his nails, as his rivals scorched around the Marina Bay Circuit. But even when he isn’t on the circuit, Sebastian Vettel still stays ahead. The championship leader opted not to do a final run in qualifying this evening, believing that his lap of 1m 42.841 would be enough, but fastest sector times from team mate Mark Webber, Nico Rosberg and Romain Grosjean made him sweat. In the end, Rosberg missed out by 9/100ths of a second and Grosjean was 12/100ths only off Rosberg in More…

Posted on September 21, 2013


The best funded and most prominent young driver programme in F1 is the Red Bull Junior programme, which brings drivers through from the junior categories to F1 with Toro Rosso. If they shine there they may get a chance in the Red Bull team, if a space arises. This is the pathway which has so far produced Sebastian Vettel and now Daniel Ricciardo. In Singapore Franz Tost, the team principal of Toro Rosso, spelled out what exactly he and Helmut Marko, the mentor of the Young Driver Programme are looking for and it’s quite interesting so merits some attention. Here More…

Posted on September 20, 2013


Fernando Alonso spoke out tonight about rumours in the F1 paddock that he is lining up to defect from Ferrari to McLaren next year. The story has snowballed in the last 24 hours since McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh praised Alonso as “one of the best” and said that he would love to sign him if he could, despite the spectacular fall out between the team and driver in 2007. The delay in announcing Jenson Button and Sergio Perez served to feed the doubts. Clearly wanting to nip the stories in the bud, Alonso took the unusual step of speaking More…

Posted on September 20, 2013


In F1′s spectacular night race setting, Sebastian Vettel’s rivals were left groping in the dark today after Free Practice. Although Lewis Hamilton topped the times in FP1, Vettel quickly announced himself as the man to beat at this weekend’s Singapore Grand Prix, as he comfortably topped the times during Free Practice on another dominant day for Red Bull. Although Singapore is a high downforce street circuit, the polar opposite to the last race at Monza, the pattern was the same; the Red Bull pair of Vettel and Mark Webber were out of reach of the rest of the field, in More…

Posted on September 20, 2013


Bernie Ecclestone, F1′s commercial boss, will have to wait until next year to learn whether he will face trial on bribery charges. Ecclestone was indicted in July on charges relating to the conviction of Gerhard Gribkowsky for bribery and breach of fiduciary trust over the sale of F1 in 2006. At the time the court said it would announce in mid September its next move. But the court announced today that it was delaying a decision on whether to pursue a case against Ecclestone as it pondered new submissions from Ecclestone’s lawyers and while a change of judge takes place. More…

Posted on September 20, 2013


Caterham today launched a new road car project, the AeroSeven Concept at the Singapore Grand Prix as it pushes ahead with its ambition to build links between its F1 team and its road cars. The idea is for the first AeroSeven models to be delivered to customers at the end of 2014. This is not the car being developed in conjunction with Renault’s Alpine brand. That car is scheduled to be launched in 2016. This is a development of the existing Seven CSR platform. The car is powered by a two litre, Ford-derived 237hp engine, with a 0-100km/h time of More…

Posted on September 19, 2013


The McLaren Group’s technological arm, McLaren Applied Technologies, has announced that its Asia Pacific operations are to be based in Singapore. The move has been made ahead of this weekend’s Singapore Grand Prix, with the scope of expanding the McLaren brand across a fast growing nation. McLaren Applied Technologies covers a range of markets, from pharmaceuticals to the automotive industry, with today’s announcement aimed at increasing the companies level of expertise and innovation. “McLaren Applied Technologies and Singapore have a lot in common,” said Dr Geoff McGrath, Managing Director of McLaren Applied Technologies. “MAT is a young, dynamic, fast growing, More…

Posted on September 19, 2013


Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen, who will be team mates at Ferrari next season, have spoken in the Singapore paddock about the prospect, playing down speculation that the relationship will be fiery. Alonso spoke first, alongside Ferrari boss Stefano Domenicali and his current team mate Felipe Massa. “I was always informed of the team movements,” said Alonso. “Until the last moment the team didn’t make a decision and when they decided to change Felipe they asked my opinion and it was that Kimi was the best choice there in the market, especially for a championship with many changes for next More…

Posted on September 19, 2013


Why has Singapore quickly become one of F1′s most important and successful races, where events in places like Korea and India have floundered? Of course the charisma of the night race and the economic location of the event, in the business gateway to Asia are significant factors. But the reason why it works so well is the business model for organising the event. And it’s one other F1 races and aspiring hosts would do well to emulate. The key to it is a public/private model; a 60-40 split between the Singapore government and a private company owned by entrepreneur Ong More…

Posted on September 18, 2013


McLaren say they are not ready to announce their driver line up for 2014, although it “won’t be too much” longer until a decision is revealed. Red Bull, Ferrari and Mercedes have all named their drivers for next season, but neither Jenson Button or Sergio Perez has been confirmed at McLaren. Button, who has not yet taken up his contract option for next year, told Sky Sports News earlier today that he was relaxed about the contract situation and that he expects to stay at the team next season. McLaren managing director Jonathan Neale said: “I can’t tell you when More…

Posted on September 18, 2013


Red Bull have released the first in a series of four videos which gives an insight into how the reigning world champions go about making a Formula 1 car. The first episode focuses on the design and R&D stage – which takes approximately five months – and features interviews from team principal Christian Horner and technical partnership manager Alan Peasland as well as giving a glimpse inside the key areas of the team’s factory in Milton Keynes. Red Bull, who have won both the drivers’ and constructors’ titles for the last three years, say that over 300 designers, aerodynamicists and More…

Posted on September 17, 2013


The Singapore Grand Prix is an iconic race, F1’s first night race and it produces lovely TV pictures. But this race is probably the most difficult to manage for the strategy team and the race engineers on the pit-wall. This is due to it being a very long and stressful race, the very likely deployment of the safety car at any time and the management of the tyres, with the large penalty associated with an additional pit stop. There can often be a heavy weather front to deal with. It is not one for the faint hearted! The race on More…

Posted on September 17, 2013


Leo Hindery Jr, promoter of the New Jersey street circuit, has given an interview to Press Assocications’s Ian Parkes in which he says that the race will be on the 2014 calendar, despite being omitted from the draft version released over the Italian GP weekend. Hindery says that the omission was due to a payment owed to the national sporting authority in the USA, which he says is due to be made this Friday, 20th September. Once that has happened he asserts that the race will be rubber stamped by the FIA World Motor Sport Council which meets at the More…

Posted on September 17, 2013


Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo has spoken about the rehiring of Kimi Raikkonen, comparing him to Niki Lauda, who returned to F1 after a short break more motivated than he had been before and suggesting that he can emulate the Austrian and beat his team mate to the world championship, “Raikkonen’s case is almost identical to Lauda,” Montezemolo says in Gazzetta dello Sport today. “Also Niki at a certain point said ‘enough’ because he couldn’t do it any more. I’m speaking of the twin brother of Kimi, because the driver who we had racing for us wasn’t the one we More…

Posted on September 14, 2013


In the wake of Kimi Raikkonen signing for Ferrari there is quite a shuffle of senior engineers taking place, with new Ferrari technical director James Allison raiding his former Lotus F1 team for head of aerodynamics Dirk de Beer. Lotus has engineering talent in depth and can promote from within, but to lose Allison, de Beer and Raikkonen will hurt them going into 2014. They have hired Nicholas Hennel from Ferrari and may well be on the look out now for some senior engineers with new ideas. Ferrari is emulating Mercedes, which has a plethora of former technical directors; Ross More…

Posted on September 13, 2013


The latest F1 movie to hit the screens is “Rush”, the story of the rivalry between James Hunt and Niki Lauda, set during the dramatic 1976 season in which Lauda almost lost his life. The film charts the build up to Lauda’s accident at the Nurburgring and his subsequent recovery. Here is our review of the film, together with some behind the scenes video with interviews of Niki Lauda, Jenson Button, Christian Horner, David Coulthard and the stars of the film, from the London premiere. The first thing to say about “Rush” is that the people in it are terrific. More…

Posted on September 13, 2013


One of the defining stories of this 2013 F1 season has been the rise of Mercedes and the way they not only grabbed pole position in eight of the first 12 qualifying sessions (by getting the most out of the Pirelli tyres), but also got on top of heavy tyre wear issues in races to allow Rosberg to win twice and Hamilton once. Analysis by former Williams chief engineer and JA on F1 technical adviser Mark Gillan of photos of Mercedes wheels, taken by leading F1 photographer Russell Batchelor of XPB Images, shows the complex internal design which Mercedes has More…

Posted on September 12, 2013


The reaction to Kimi Raikkonen’s move back to Ferrari has been interesting. Fans have mixed views with many delighted to see the Finn back in red, while others think that the combination of Fire and Ice will not work. As for the media, Italy’s leading sports paper Gazzetta dello Sport describes it as a “brave but dangerous choice”. “It’s stimulating but also insidious. Above all though it was an inevitable choice. Felipe Massa had reached the end of a glorious career in red, an excellent second driver, better than Irvine or Barrichello. But his performances now are more about lows More…

Posted on September 11, 2013


Ferrari today confirmed the hotly anticipated news that Kimi Raikkonen has been re-hired for a two year contract starting in 2014. The all star line up with Fernando Alonso will provide a compelling story for F1 over the next two seasons at a time when F1 risked becoming a little stale with the domination of Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel. The Finn, 33, is the last driver to win the world championship for Ferrari in 2007 and he will bring this heritage with him when he lines up with Alonso, who replaced him at the Scuderia in 2010. Ironically Raikkonen was More…

Posted on September 10, 2013


Felipe Massa confirmed on Tuesday night that Ferrari has made its decision on 2014 and that he is no longer part of their plans. Massa has been a Ferrari driver for eight seasons and made the third most appearances for the Scuderia after Michael Schumacher and Rubens Barrichello. “From 2014 I will no longer be driving for Ferrari,” Massa posted on Instagram and Twitter. “I would like to thank the team for all the victories and incredible moments experienced together.” Another message added that he still feels he has more to offer as an F1 driver, “For next year, I More…

Posted on September 10, 2013

The Strategy Report

The Italian Grand Prix was an interesting race, if not a thrilling one and in some ways it was a perfect illustration of why Red Bull is currently on top of Ferrari, not just in the pace of the car, but in the way it goes racing. It also put paid to the title hopes of Lewis Hamilton and Kimi Raikkonen, who were both compromised in qualifying and also in the race. Both were very quick on race day on a forced variant strategy, but it wasn’t enough to recover the ground that had been lost. Pre race expectations Before More…

Posted on September 10, 2013


David Ward, who is opposing Jean Todt for the presidency of the FIA has launched a second press release in two days (the third in the last five days), accusing Todt of misusing the office of president to campaign for votes. “The FIA arranges and pays for meetings around the world, including to discuss how regions will benefit from future FIA activities and resources,” says Ward’s statement. “It emerges that, at these meetings, a number of clubs have been asked to sign formal written commitments to support Jean Todt’s re-election bid, in the form of ‘support agreements’.” Ward’s own comment More…

Posted on September 10, 2013


After much expectation, the Formula E car that will contest the new zero emissions racing series starting next September was launched today at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The Spark-Renault SRT_01E is a fully electric single seater racing car, designed aerodynamically to encourage overtaking, is built by Dallara, with technology input from F1 teams McLaren and Williams. Spark, run by ART Grand Prix’s Cedric Vasseur, has designed the car and assembled a consortium of motorsport technology firms to supply key components. McLaren produces the electric motor, which has been developed for the next McLaren road car, the P1, as well as More…

Posted on September 9, 2013


The battle lines were drawn over the weekend in the forthcoming FIA presidential election, when incumbent Jean Todt confirmed that he will stand for re-election. Last week the FIA Foundation’s David Ward, a former Labour Party adviser, launched his manifesto with a 20 point plan for reform of the federation. Ward is a long time ally of former FIA president Max Mosley, which gives this election a particular piquancy. Ward is keen to see the role of president – an unpaid position – going to the president of a national federation, while the job of running things day to day More…

Posted on September 9, 2013


Felipe Massa has not had many highs in his career since the day in 2008 when he thought he had won the world title by winning the Brazilian Grand Prix, only to find that Lewis Hamilton had managed to grab the fifth place he needed to become champion. On the podium that day Massa was a picture of dignity; taking the disappointment on the chin and celebrating his race win in tears in front of his home fans. At Monza this weekend we again saw Massa’s character. He looked sad all weekend, as if he knew that this could well More…

Posted on September 8, 2013


Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel extended his lead at the top of the championship with a dominant victory in the Italian Grand Prix at Monza. Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso took his fourth podium in as many years at Monza while Red Bull’s Mark Webber completed the podium in his last F1 race in Europe. Ferrari’s Felipe Massa delivered a strong drive to fourth place while Nico Hulkenberg rounded off a brilliant weekend with fifth for Sauber – but who was your Driver of the Day? Sebastian Vettel Led away from pole position and was never threatened as he took his sixth win More…

Posted on September 8, 2013


Only his own gearbox offered a threat to Sebastian Vettel today, as he produced a faultless drive to take victory at the Italian Grand Prix, with Fernando Alonso and Mark Webber joining him on Monza’s iconic podium. It is Vettel’s sixth win of 2013 and the 32nd of his career, putting him on a par with Championship rival Alonso at joint fourth in all-time victories. But after today, the prospect of his Championship rivals other than Alonso has been extinguished and even Alonso’s chances are slim; Vettel extended his Championship lead to 53 points over the Spaniard, more than two More…

Posted on September 8, 2013


There has been a significant reaction to the comments made by Fernando Alonso over the radio at the start of Q3 in Monza yesterday. Heading out on circuit behind team mate Felipe Massa on an out lap, he was told that he would have to let Nico Rosberg through as the German was on a hot lap. Alonso’s response is not clear in one key word, but appears to be “Quindi c’e da farlo passare..veramente siete dei scemi eh! Mamma mia, ragazzi!” This translates as “so I have to let him (Rosberg) pass..really you are idiots, Good grief, boys..” However More…

Posted on September 7, 2013


Sebastian Vettel has continued his momentum of a perfect weekend in Monza by taking a pole position for the Italian Grand Prix, by almost two tenths of a second ahead of Red Bull Racing team-mate, Mark Webber. It is Vettel’s fourth pole of 2013, and the 40th of his career. Vettel has shown great pace all weekend and after topping both Q1 and Q2, the German went on to set two laps quick enough for pole position. It will feel all the more sweeter for Red Bull, who also saw Webber take a career best starting position at Monza, as More…

Posted on September 6, 2013


Two time Italian Grand Prix winner Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull gave a clear statement of intent to their competitors today as they topped Free Practice for the Italian Grand Prix by a significant margin, with team mate Mark Webber completing the clean sweep in second place. Vettel sent a daunting message to his rivals by lapping 8/10ths faster than the first non-Red Bull car of Kimi Raikkonen. His long run times on both the hard and medium tyres looked impressive and consistent too. Red Bull set the pace from the outset and headed the field by nearly half a More…

Posted on September 6, 2013


Following a fourth consecutive pole position at the Belgian Grand Prix in Spa, Lewis Hamilton heads to Monza in high spirits at a track which has brought him success in the past. In an exclusive interview with BBC Radio 5 Live, the Mercedes driver speaks candidly of the first year with his new team and how it felt stepping up on to the iconic Monza podium in front of the Tifosi, after winning the Italian Grand Prix in 2012. Here are some of the answers. To hear the full interview, click here 5 Live F1 show, Monza Does it seem More…

Posted on September 6, 2013


David Ward, who is standing against Jean Todt as FIA president in elections on December 6, has published his manifesto, billed as an “Agenda for Change”. This is a significant moment for F1, as the series is the crown jewel of the federation’s sporting properties and generates the bulk of its income. Todt has negotiated a significant increase in annual fees from Bernie Ecclestone to €25 million (as well as €15 million from the teams as a licencing fee) and Ward wants to continue with that and keep the money within the sport, to continue the programme of professionalising smaller More…

Posted on September 5, 2013


Fernando Alonso has today spoken of his desire to extend his contract with Ferrari beyond its current date of 2016 and insists that he wants to end his career with the Italian squad. Speaking as part of Thursday’s FIA Press Conference ahead of this weekend’s Italian Grand Prix, the Spaniard spoke openly about the circulation of rumours regarding his future and assured that he will finish his career with, “the best team in the world.” After four years with Ferrari and on the rebound froma public dressimg down by Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo for negative comments on the car, More…

Posted on September 5, 2013


The 2014 F1 calendar could have quite a different look, if the provisional calendar circulating in the Monza paddock is to be believed. It was published this morning on Autosport.com and features 21 races, with events on three new (or revamped) circuits; Austria, Russia and Mexico. There is no place for India, nor for the embryonic New Jersey race, a pet project of F1 commercial boss Bernie Ecclestone, who will be disappointed with the lack of progress there. The Korean race is subject to finalisation of a contract with Ecclestone and looks vulnerable if the calendar needs to go down More…

Posted on September 4, 2013


Welcome to the JA on F1 podcast for September. This month with the announcement that Red Bull are giving the big break at their championship winning team to 24 year old Daniel Ricciardo, we are going to look at opportunity in F1. In this edition we will hear from a woman making moves in F1 – Claire Williams has been given the opportunity to progress to the highest levels of team management and is now deputy team principal at Williams. She opens up to Holly Samos. Making moves on the track recently has been Caterham’s Guido van der Garde, who More…

Posted on September 4, 2013


Caterham’s Giedo van der Garde says Daniel Ricciardo’s promotion to Red Bull, along with Sergio Perez deal with McLaren, has given him hope of progressing up the ladder in Formula 1. Earlier this week, Red Bull announced that Ricciardo, who made his F1 debut with HRT at the 2011 British Grand Prix, would partner Sebastian Vettel at the team next year. And this season, Sergio Perez, who debuted with Sauber at the 2011 Australian Grand Prix, is racing alongside Jenson Button at McLaren as a replacement for Lewis Hamilton. Speaking in the latest edition of the JA on F1 podcast, More…

Posted on September 4, 2013


Red Bull team principal Christian Horner says Daniel Ricciardo will get the same equipment and opportunities as reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel when he joins the team next season. The Australian, who currently drives for Red Bull’s junior team Toro Rosso, will graduate to the senior team next season as a replacement for Mark Webber who is leaving the sport to pursue a career with Porsche in sportscars. Horner told BBC Radio 5 live: “We expect him to challenge Sebastian. He’s employed by team to do the best job that he can. He’ll get equal opportunity. He’ll get the same More…

Posted on September 3, 2013


In the refueling era of F1, Monza was always the track around which the engineers used to design the fuel tanks, as the objective would always be to make it large enough to do a one-stop race at Monza. Strategy has always been central to this race. Last year we saw Sergio Perez move up from 12th on the grid thanks to a bold strategy of starting on the hard tyre, running a long first stint and then picking off cars struggling for pace, using the faster medium tyres. It worked perfectly and he finished second, a result that set More…

Posted on September 3, 2013


One of the most poignant thoughts to arise from the promotion of Daniel Ricciardo from Toro Rosso to the Red Bull team is the role that timing and opportunity play in a driver’s career. The announcement from Mark Webber in June that he was to retire at the end of 2013, created an opportunity at Red Bull, the first since the end of 2008. In the intervening period a number drivers have been through the Red Bull young driver programme – some have done a spell at Toro Rosso – and then headed for the exit with no promotion in More…

Posted on September 3, 2013


Fernando Alonso has confirmed that he has bought the Euskatel-Euskadi pro cycling team and will become its new chief. The team is one of two teams which represent Spain in the sport and has been competing in cycling events like the Tour de France, the Giro d’Italia and the Vuelta Espana for 20 years, with over 170 race victories, but was threatened with closure due to sponsor withdrawal. Alonso has guaranteed all contracts for two years, starting in 2014. Alonso is a passionate bike rider, who covers more than 10,000km a year in training. According to a statement on his More…

Posted on September 2, 2013


Red Bull today finally confirmed the worst kept secret of the season; that Daniel Ricciardo will replace Mark Webber as team mate to Sebastian Vettel next season. The team says this deal, which puts the 24 year old from Perth Australia into a winning car with a great opportunity to make a name for himself is a ‘multi-year agreement.’ It was important for the Red Bull young driver programme that another graduate hit the top of the ladder as it hasn’t produced a world beater since Vettel in 2008/9. Many young drivers have fallen by the wayside since then. According More…

Posted on September 2, 2013


The McLaren factory in Woking is the scene of a major celebration today with thousands of McLaren employees past and present as well as former drivers attending a special event to celebrate 50 years since the company was founded. On September 2nd 1963 Bruce McLaren Motor Racing Ltd was incorporated and since then, along with Ferrari and later Williams, the three teams have largely formed the spine of Formula 1. There have been many highs and many lows, moments of intense human drama and tragedy as well as humour and pathos as with all great sporting stories. Inevitably the story More…

Posted on September 1, 2013


The McLaren Group has this week announced a commercial partnership with online video-sharing giant, YouTube, as a way of offering their stakeholders a greater insight into the company. The collaboration, which will include investment in to Mclaren’s already large YouTube commitment and following, is aimed at bringing fans closer to what can often be a very closely guarded sport. With YouTube being a world leader in allowing a global database of uploaded videos, the notion of a ‘Commercial Channel’ has become increasingly popular in business. The ability to advertise and promote a brand on a website that is accessed so More…



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