Posted on November 30, 2013


The Mumbai-based company, Mahindra Group, has announced that it is to compete in the FIA Formula E Championship from 2014 under the name of Mahindra Racing. They become the eighth team to join the new series, which is set to host its first race in Beijing in September next year. At the same time, one of Japan’s leading broadcasters, TV Asahi, has taken exclusive TV rights for the series in Japan. The Mahindra Group is one of the largest multinational corporations in India and covers a broad range of businesses. Expertise in aerospace, agriculture and financial services now includes the More…

Posted on November 29, 2013


As expected, Lotus have announced that Pastor Maldonado will join the Enstone-based team next season alongside Romain Grosjean, who retains his race seat for a third year. Sauber’s Nico Hulkenberg was the initial frontrunner to replace Kimi Raikkonen, who will return to Ferrari next season, at Lotus. However, consistent delays in an investment deal with Quantum Motorsports meant Lotus required a driver with backing and Maldonado – with his $30m of sponsorship money from Venezuelan oil company PDVSA – entered the frame. Maldonado leaves Williams after three seasons and 58 grand prix starts. The high point came in the 2012 More…

Posted on November 29, 2013


Yesterday eight JA on F1 readers, the winners of our best ever competition, got the chance to drive the Mercedes F1 simulator at Brackley and to tour the factory in detail. It is all part of our mission to bring the fans closer to the sport, and you don’t get much closer than this, going into a restricted area of an F1 factory! It was a unique day; it’s unprecedented for an F1 team to throw open its simulator to outsiders. The lucky eight were: Alex Porazinski, Nathan Tague, Lucy Walhain, Stephen Singh, Daniel Burns, Patrick Charlton, Neil Donnell and More…

Posted on November 28, 2013


The most anticipated story of 2013 has finally reached its endgame: Ross Brawn will leave the Mercedes F1 team on December 31st, it was announced today. The news comes as no real surprise, as it was foreshadowed a few weeks ago in press reports. Brawn had made his decision at the time, but had requested that the announcement come after the season had ended. It ended well and Brawn can sign off having lifted Mercedes to second in the constructors’ championship, a significant achievement, given where they were in 2010-12. Now they have a platform to challenge the Red Bull More…

Posted on November 27, 2013


We have been exploring the idea of the perfect lap, whether it exists in F1. It’s an intriguing notion; man and machine in perfect harmony, raising the question – Is there such a thing as a “perfect lap”? We have had great interaction with readers on this, with some fantastic comments and ideas. McLaren and their partner SAP have been exploring it too in a short video series and the final film – the Teams’ Edit – has just been posted. This features Jenson Button and a number of McLaren engineers explaining how a team works at the factory during More…

Posted on November 27, 2013


“Christian would be ideal,” Ecclestone told reporters in Interlagos, when speaking of his successor as CEO of the Formula 1 Group. “I would be happy to hold his hand. We could have a transitional period. It needs someone who knows the sport. “If someone comes in from outside, a corporate type, I don’t think I could work with them. It wouldn’t last five minutes.” Was he serious? Why was he saying this now? The comments by the 83 year old, made on the eve of the final race of the season, have intrigued everyone who works in the sport. And More…

Posted on November 26, 2013

The Strategy Report

The Brazilian Grand Prix ended the 2013 season on a high note, with an exciting race, which was a real journey into the unknown for the drivers and strategists because it was a dry race that came at the end of a wet weekend. The Pirelli medium and hard compound tyres were selected for the weekend, but the first time they came out of the tyre blankets was as the cars went to the grid. This made for an interesting race, where teams had to feel their way as the race unfolded, with no data on tyre wear or degradation More…

Posted on November 25, 2013


The Brazilian Grand Prix brought the curtain down on the 2013 season, one that promised a lot at the outset, but ultimately ended up a very one sided championship. How to sum up the season? It was the end of an era in many respects; the last race for V8 engines, the last race for Mark Webber and possibly a few others who don’t know it yet, like Paul di Resta, depending on driver market movements in the coming weeks. It was the last race, for the moment at least, for Cosworth engines and Felipe Massa’s last race for Ferrari. More…

Posted on November 25, 2013


Felipe Massa was aggrieved to be given a drive-through penalty in the Brazilian Grand Prix, for crossing the white line at the pit lane entry, when he was running in fourth place. It meant that the Brazilian didn’t sign off as a Ferrari driver on the podium, as he and the team admitted after the race that there was an understanding between the drivers that if they found themselves in that position, Fernando Alonso would have let his team mate through to finish third. “There wasn’t an agreement as such, but Fernando had said to me that if I was More…

Posted on November 25, 2013


Red Bull’s world champion Sebastian Vettel brought the curtain down on the 2013 Formula 1 season with his record ninth successive victory in changeable conditions in the Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos. His team-mate Mark Webber ended his F1 career with an impressive drive to second while Fernando Alonso took his first podium since Singapore with third. McLaren’s Jenson Button scored the team’s best result of the season with fourth, while his team-mate Sergio Perez finished a strong sixth in his last race for the team. But who was your Driver of the Day? Sebastian Vettel Took his ninth successive More…

Posted on November 24, 2013


The 2013 Formula One season ended in dramatic fashion today as pit lane confusion, changeable conditions and drive-through penalties spiced up the 71 lap Brazilian Grand Prix. Sebastian Vettel took another dominant win ahead of Mark Webber and Fernando Alonso. The 39th win of Vettel’s career – just two short now of Brazilian legend Ayrton Senna – was a special one, extending his run of consecutive wins to nine and matching his idol Michael Schumacher’s record of thirteen wins in a single season. Vettel looked set to have his work cut out after losing the lead to Nico Rosberg off More…

Posted on November 23, 2013


Sebastian Vettel mastered the tricky conditions at Interlagos to take a dominant pole position in qualifying for the Brazilian Grand Prix, ahead of Nico Rosberg and Fernando Alonso. It is the 45th pole of his career, the ninth of 2013 and puts himself in the perfect position to equal Michael Schumacher’s thirteen Grand Prix victories in one season. The session was run in treacherous conditions, initially allowing for use of the intermediate tyre only for heavy rain to fall at the climax of Q2. That put a halt to proceedings and a half an hour delay followed. Up until that More…

Posted on November 22, 2013


Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg was the fastest driver in a wet final Friday afternoon practice session for Sunday’s Brazilian Grand Prix, ahead of World Champion Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber. Heikki Kovalainen popped in a fast time at the end for Lotus to go fourth quickest. Rosberg set the pace for most of the session in the Mercedes, but was pressed in the closing stages of the afternoon session by Vettel and Webber. With unpredictable weather forecast for the rest of the weekend – some forecasts say it will be warm and dry, others say rain – the Mercedes certainly looks More…

Posted on November 22, 2013


The curious situation surrounding the Quantum Group and its investment in Lotus F1 Team has become a little clearer with comments made by its leader Mansoor Ijaz, to our partner site in France, F1i. Angered by an article the site had written about him not being a serious businessman due to his involvement in a semi-nude women’s wrestling video and the non-appearance of funds in the bank account of Lotus’ owner, Luxembourg based Genii Capital, Ijaz contacted the site to explain the position, explaining away the video and claiming that the money had been transferred, but had not been allowed More…

Posted on November 22, 2013


Fernando Alonso has given a stark appraisal of his season, saying that he is proud to have finished second in the championship, given that he certainly does’t have the second fastest car. In an edgy finish to the season, on the same Interlagos soil where last year he fought for the world championship in a car which was also not one of the fastest, Alonso and his president are once again making barbs via the media. Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo in an interview with CNN this week gave Alonso “8 out of 10″ for his season, to which Alonso More…

Posted on November 21, 2013


This week we have been running our best ever competition on JA on F1, the chance for eight lucky readers to drive on the Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team simulator, the one used by Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg. This opportunity has been brought to us thanks to our partner UBS. We had an amazing response with over 1,380 entries in four days. The eight winners, picked at random are: Matthew Allaway Joco Gorenc Alex Porazinski Nathan Tague Lucy Walhain Stephen Singh Daniel Burns Patrick Charlton They will attend the event at Mercedes’ Brackley base on November 28th and we More…

Posted on November 21, 2013


We have been following the progress of the Formula E series since it was first announced in April 2011 and the temperature has been rising lately on the FIA’s new world series, which is due to start in September 2014. Last week saw the publication of a report by Ernst & Young into the impact the series is set to have on global car market trends, then the Abt Audi team was confirmed as an entrant and today they announced that the prototype car has tested for the first time. Formula E is a new series of zero emissions racing, More…

Posted on November 21, 2013


This Sunday in Brazil, Mark Webber bows out of F1, after a 12 year career featuring 215 Grands Prix starts and nine wins. He’d dearly love to make it ten, with a third victory at Interlagos, but F1 is an unsentimental business and his team mate Sebastian Vettel is in no mood to give him presents. Memories will be fresh for both men of the start of last year’s race, where Webber took an aggressive stance in the opening corners towards Vettel, who was fighting for the world championship. In the ensuing sort-out Vettel and Bruno Senna tangled, sending Vettel More…

Posted on November 20, 2013


A revised version of the 2014 F1 calendar was circulating at the weekend in Austin, with 19 races instead of the 22 announced by the FIA at its most recent World Motor Sports Council meeting. It looks likely that there will be three casualties: New Jersey will not be ready for next year, but circuit consultant Chris Pook said in Austin that he believes the circuit is viable for 2015. Mexico will not appear, but there is a strong appetite for a race, depending on the future of Sergio Perez and Esteban Gutierrez. Meanwhile there were briefings in October that More…

Posted on November 20, 2013


The Brazilian Grand Prix is often looked on by engineers and strategists in F1 as the biggest uncertainty of the season – it’s a very difficult race to plan for. The weather often plays a part; last year was a perfect example. It was the championship deciding race, held in tricky wet/dry conditions. When it rains it is very hard to predict how long it will last and how hard it will rain. Then when it stops, there can be dry parts of the circuit and rivers running across other areas. Last year’s race was won by not switching to More…

Posted on November 19, 2013

The Strategy Report

Not by any means a classic race, the 2013 US Grand Prix, but an interesting one from a number of perspectives. The strategy was quite clearly defined by the conservative tyre choice made by Pirelli. There was little variation across the field with only Jean Eric Vergne starting the race on the hard tyre, while everyone else went with mediums and made one scheduled stop. But there are some interesting talking points and indicators of future trends, which are worth considering from this race. Pre-Race Strategy Expectations Pirelli once again announced the two hardest tyres in the range for the More…

Posted on November 19, 2013


We have been running a discussion on the concept of the “Perfect Lap” recently and Sebastian Vettel referred to it on Sunday in Austin in his post race press conference (see comment below). It’s an intriguing notion; man and machine in perfect harmony, raising the question – Is there such a thing as a “perfect lap”? McLaren and their partner SAP have been exploring it in a short video series and the latest version – the Drivers’ Edit – has just been posted. This features Jenson Button and a number of McLaren engineers and includes an amazing graphic cutaway view More…

Posted on November 19, 2013


This weekend we launched the new limited edition JA on F1 2013 Yearbook, on which we are now taking pre-orders. It will be published and orders despatched on December 7. Now, for two days only, we have a special promotion: Anyone who has pre-ordered a copy of the book by Thursday 21 November will automatically be entered into a special draw to attend a unique day driving the Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 team simulator at the team’s Brackley headquarters (yes the actual one Hamilton and Rosberg use!), taking place on Thursday November 28th This opportunity comes to us thanks to More…

Posted on November 18, 2013


Williams endured a weekend of contrasting fortunes in Austin, with rookie Valtteri Bottas scoring his first Formula 1 points while team-mate Pastor Maldonado finished well off the pace after an outburst directed at the team post-qualifying. Bottas looked quick throughout all segments of qualifying, as the Finn took advantage of an improve car which was no longer running its Coanda-effect exhausts, to line up ninth on the grid. From there, he drove a very strong race, which included a brilliant pass on Esteban Gutierrez, to finish eighth and score his first points. He now has four times the number of More…

Posted on November 18, 2013


There couldn’t be a more graphic transformation of a driver’s fortunes than those of Romain Grosjean who was praised by Mark Webber after Sunday’s United States Grand Prix, a year after Webber called the Frenchman a “first-lap nutcase” for a series of first and second lap incidents. At the time, Webber described Grosjean’s driving as “embarrassing” after the Lotus driver T-boned the Red Bull in last year’s Japanese Grand Prix. However, Lotus kept faith in Grosjean and despite a difficult start to this season, the Frenchman has come good. Second place in Austin, Texas, having held off a determined Webber More…

Posted on November 18, 2013


Red Bull’s world champion Sebastian Vettel became the first driver in history to win eight consecutive grands prix in a single season with a comfortable victory in the US Grand Prix in Austin. Lotus’ Romain Grosjean scored his fourth podium in five races with second while Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton took a strong fourth – his best finish since the Belgium Grand Prix. Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso battled back pain and a bad start to finish fifth while Valtteri Bottas scored the first points of his F1 career with eighth for Williams. But who was your Driver of the Day? Sebastian Vettel More…

Posted on November 17, 2013


Sebastian Vettel took care of some unfinished business in Austin today as he claimed a straightforward victory in the American Grand Prix, ahead of Romain Grosjean and Mark Webber. It is the 38th win of his career, taking him to twelve in 2013 and adding another record to his ever-growing CV. He is the first man to win eight consecutive Formula One races in a single season. For Grosjean this was the sixth podium of the season and a hard fought one, built on a strong start and then soaking up the pressure from Mark Webber in the final stages. More…

Posted on November 17, 2013


Over the years on JA on F1 we have had some amazing competitions, aimed at bringing the fans closer to the sport, but now we have the best one ever. Thanks to our partner UBS we have the opportunity for eight lucky readers to go to the Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 team headquarters in Brackley, England on Thursday November 28th to drive on the team’s simulator. Top team’s F1 Simulators are very sophisticated, expensive and normally top secret, only the drivers and very special guests get to see them, let alone drive on them. But we have been given a More…

Posted on November 16, 2013


Sebastian Vettel required a stunning final sector to steal pole position for the American Grand Prix from Mark Webber’s grasp and give Red Bull a fifth front-row lock-out of 2013, ahead of Romain Grosjean. It is the 44th pole of Vettel’s career and the 8th of 2013. And number fourty-four proved to be more difficult that at first glance. After dominating Free Practice throughout the weekend the four-time World Champion had been expected to leave a clear gap between himself and his outgoing team mate. However, Webber continued his fine form in the twilight of his F1 career and held More…

Posted on November 15, 2013


It was once again a Red Bull Friday in Austin today as Sebastian Vettel headed Mark Webber in practice for the American Grand Prix, ahead of Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg. After narrowly losing the race victory to Lewis Hamilton last year, Austin remains an un-ticked box for Vettel and Red Bull and today’s pace illustrated that they are in no way letting their foot off the gas. He is also looking to set a new record of eight consecutive wins in a season. And on the basis of his form here in qualifying simulation and long runs on both types of More…

Posted on November 15, 2013


We are delighted to launch the JA on F1 2013 year book, which is now available to pre-order from today. The book, now in its fifth year of publication, is a firm favourite with fans all over the world, as it provides insight and analysis on the news stories that shaped the season. The book features a mixture of original posts from the JA on F1 website, plus extensive new material looking back on trends and developments during the year. Produced in a limited number, which has sold out every year so far, it is intended as a cool collectable, More…

Posted on November 15, 2013


In all the drama of the 11th hour arrival at the Austin circuit yesterday of Heikki Kovalainen, there were strong words from Lotus’ reserve driver Davide Valsecchi, who was passed over for the promotion. GP2 champion Valsecchi has attended every race this year in Lotus colours, waiting for the chance to drive the car, but when the opportunity presented itself, with the injury to Kimi Raikkonen, the team went for Kovalainen. The Italian was called by team principal Eric Boullier on Wednesday and given the news. They went with Kovalainen because of his greater race experience in F1 and his More…

Posted on November 14, 2013


Heikki Kovalainen has appeared in the F1 paddock in Austin and spoken of his surprise and delight at being hired by Lotus for the final two races of the season, standing in for Kimi Raikkonen, who has gone for back surgery ahead of a move to Ferrari next season. Kovalainen was only contacted on Tuesday evening UK time so the deal came together quickly, with the Finn able to spend Wednesday on the simulator and in the Lotus F1 factory having a seat fitting and getting up to speed with the technology on the Lotus car. He has done a More…

Posted on November 14, 2013


Finland’s Heikki Kovalainen will replace Kimi Raikkonen at Lotus for the final two races of the season, starting with this weekend’s United States Grand Prix in Austin. Raikkonen, who will race for Ferrari next year, is unavailable to drive after choosing to undergo surgery for a recurring back problem. For one-time race winner Kovalainen, 32, it marks a return to the team where he started his Formula 1 career, when the outfit were known at Renault. It was important that Lotus signed a driver with Formula 1 experience as they are in a tight battle with Mercedes and Ferrari for More…

Posted on November 14, 2013


A team of teenagers from Australia have won the 2013 F1 in Schools world title after three days on intense competition in Austin, Texas. The group of six students from two schools 3000km apart teamed up to beat 37 other squads from across the world and triumph in the ninth world finals event. The team, known as A1 Racing, collected the Bernie Ecclestone World Champions trophy on Thursday along with a scholarship to study motorsport and automotive engineering at City University in London. It is the second year in a row that an Australian team has won the competition, with More…

Posted on November 14, 2013


David Ward has officially withdrawn from the race to become President of the FIA. The deadline for entering a candidate list with a full team of deputies is tomorrow, November 15. It now looks as though Todt will be re-elected unopposed on December 6th in Paris. Ward had challenged Todt on a ticket of governance reform and financial transparency and he has lobbed plenty of handgrenades in Todt’s direction in the last two months, calling into question his probity in office, his lack of financial openness and even referring him to the FIA’s Ethics Committee over letters of support gained More…

Posted on November 13, 2013


Mexican driver Sergio Perez has announced he will leave McLaren at the end of the season after just one year with the Woking-based team. It comes a day after JA on F1 reported that the team had dropped Perez and replaced him with Dane Kevin Magnussen – however the latter’s signing has yet to be announced by the team. Perez, who revealed his decision via a statement on Twitter, joined McLaren this year after two solid seasons with Sauber. While the car has struggled for pace, Perez has failed to match team-mate Jenson Button, scoring 35 points to the 2009 More…

Posted on November 13, 2013


McLaren’s Jenson Button has been excited about the introduction of next season’s new regulations since back 2012 and he is confident he will be able to adapt his driving style to get the most out of the new cars. Formula 1 will see a switch to V6 turbo engines next season while engines will need to use around 50kg less fuel to complete a race distance – that’s a 33% reduction on this year. The Briton, who made his debut in 2000 and will start his 15th season in the sport next year, believes drivers will have a lot of More…

Posted on November 13, 2013


The world championship has been decided, but Formula 1 still has plenty of energy for its second visit to Austin, Texas, which proved a huge hit with teams, drivers and fans last season. Austin is the tenth different venue for the Formula 1 US Grand Prix, but this one is considered a real winner. The new Circuit of the Americas, which runs anti clockwise, is a wonderful mixture of many of the most famous circuits on the F1 calendar; it has more corners at over 250 km/h than Spa and more below 100kph than Hungary, which is quite a combination! More…

Posted on November 12, 2013


[Updated] The driver market this season seems both volatile and fluid, with many drivers in the balance and some big moves being made. The latest is the decision by McLaren, after much agonising, to drop Sergio Perez after just one season and replace him with Kevin Magnussen. The decision has not been announced by McLaren yet, but various news outlets have heard it in the last 24 hours from various sources and this site has had solid evidence that Perez has been dropped. It’s a brutal reversal for Perez, who thought he’d hit the jackpot 12 months ago, moving to More…

Posted on November 12, 2013


Hello, welcome to the November edition of the JA on F1 podcast, with UBS. This month we’ll be speaking to the reigning world champions, as well as a former world champion and his team boss under pressure to rediscover the winning formula. And we’ll be asking whether it’s possible for a driver to do a Perfect Lap in F1. Four times world champion Sebastian Vettel looks back on the season, explains his run of form since the summer and pays an unlikely tribute to his team mate. Red Bull design ace Adrian Newey explains how his group made the car More…

Posted on November 11, 2013


Two more 2014 Formula One seats have been cemented today as Williams announced that Felipe Massa will partner Valtteri Bottas in the Grove squad. Massa’s future has been uncertain since he learned of being replaced at Ferrari by Kimi Raikkonen, but the Brazilian insists that he had been in extended talks with a number of other teams, including Lotus and McLaren. For what is described as a “multi-year” contract, the driver has been brought in to bring Williams forward from the ninth best team in the pit lane in what has been a difficult five years for the team. And More…

Posted on November 10, 2013


Kimi Raikkonen is to miss the final two races of the 2013 Formula One season after choosing to undergo surgery for a recurring back problem. The Finn, in his final fortnight as a Lotus driver before returning to Ferrari, has complained of back issues throughout the year and his manager Steve Robertson announced on Sunday morning that his driver will sit out the American and Brazilian Grand Prix. It is a decision that F1 has been poised for in recent weeks, although the reasoning for his departure has come as a shock. Raikkonen and the Lotus team have suffered a More…

Posted on November 9, 2013


Fernando Alonso and his Ferrari team will not know until Monday whether he will be able to race in the US Grand Prix at Austin next weekend. The Spaniard has to undergo a medical check in order to be released to fly to the US on Tuesday, after his spine-jarring incident in Abu Dhabi, where he went off the track while exiting the pits alongside Jean Eric Vergne. He flew over several high kerbs and jarred his back, necessitating a visit to the hospital after the race. According to Gazzetta dello Sport’s Pino Allievi, were Alonso to fail his medical More…

Posted on November 8, 2013


Next weekend’s Grand Prix in Austin is set to host the 2013 F1 in Schools World Finals, and Head of Judges Gary Anderson believes that the standards will be higher than ever. The annual event, in which school children develop and produce a miniature Formula One car, is taking place in America for the first time, where a winning team will be chosen on Thursday 14th November. The thirty-eight teams must produce a car of 21cm in length, which has been designed using 3D modelling and cut out of a block of balsa wood, that is to be raced along More…

Posted on November 7, 2013


Ed Gorman is a writer I respect a lot. He came into F1 at the same time as Lewis Hamilton’s debut and saw F1 from the inside, during a particularly volatile period, with Spygate, the FOTA breakaway threat, Max Mosley and so on, as correspondent for the Times newspaper until 2010. He ran a successful F1 blog on the Times website (pre paywall) which some of you may have followed. When he left F1, to take up a prestigious post on the Times Foreign Desk, he had certain expectations about what would become of the sport he had covered so More…

Posted on November 6, 2013


F1 is all about the interaction of man and machine in search of the maximum performance. We have been running a discussion on the concept of the Perfect Lap recently, which was inspired by a video shoot I took part in recently with some of the McLaren people. They are exploring the notion, with the help of one of their partners SAP, of how man and machine combine and it’s a fascinating subject in light of the example we have this year in F1 and what lies ahead next year, as the recebt post on Alain Prost underlined. Take a More…

Posted on November 5, 2013

The Strategy Report

Although Sebastian Vettel made a mistake in qualifying for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, his rivals were not able to press home their advantage and control him on race day, as he took the lead at the start from team-mate Mark Webber. Any chance of his rivals being able to work with strategy to prevent Vettel from taking his seventh consecutive victory went out of the window there. Vettel was able to pull out a lead and preserve the tyres at the same time in the opening stint and then, because he had not used the medium tyres at all More…

Posted on November 5, 2013


Never one to hand out praise readily to his team mate, Mark Webber said after the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Sunday, “Seb was on another planet today and was very, very strong in the first stint. He was in another category today. “He was super quick and his tyres didn’t wear out, which is a recipe for disaster for the rest of the opposition, me included.” Indeed the opening stint is a talking point; not only Vettel’s pace but the length of the run at 14 laps. Webber had taken pole position confidently on the Saturday in the same More…

Posted on November 4, 2013


Daniel Ricciardo says he will take the fight to new team-mate Sebastian Vettel at Red Bull next season, adding that he has no intention of playing second fiddle. The Australian replaced fellow countryman Mark Webber at the team which claimed its fourth successive constructors’ championship this year on the same weekend that Vettel won his fourth drivers’ title in a row. Ricciardo joins Red Bull after two and a half seasons in Formula 1. The Australian has a career-best finish of seventh and is currently 14th in the drivers’ standings. When asked by NBC Sports whether he will try and More…

Posted on November 4, 2013


Lotus’ long-awaited investment deal with Middle East/American consortium Quantum is nearing completion, according to the man leading the consortium. But scepticism remains in the F1 paddock about whether the deal will get done. It has been in limbo since it was announced in June. Mansoor Ijaz told reporters in Abu Dhabi on Sunday night that a contract is now in place for the group to buy a 35% stake in the team. They are now awaiting approval from the outfit’s owner Genii Capital. “There is no question the deal is definitely happening. It has now been completed from our side,” More…

Posted on November 3, 2013


Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel won his seventh race in a row with a dominant drive to victory in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at Yas Marina. Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg took his second successive podium with third and Lotus’ Romain Grosjean continued his good form to take a strong fourth. Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso fought back from a poor qualifying to rescue fifth while Force India’s Paul di Resta and Adrian Sutil both used a one-stop strategy to finish sixth and 10th respectively. But who was your Driver of the Day? Sebastian Vettel Sealed his seventh successive victory with a stunning drive More…

Posted on November 3, 2013


The door may be open to drivers making celebratory donuts and tyre burnouts after the FIA stewards found no fault with Sebastian Vettel’s celebrations in Abu Dhabi. Vettel dominated the race and then, as in India last week, he did celebratory donuts in front of the busiest grandstand. However, whereas in India he was penalised $25,000 and given a reprimand, here there was no action. This is because he did the spins off the race track and was able to bring the car back to parc ferme. “Technically I didn’t do anything wrong,” said Vettel. I brought the car back, More…

Posted on November 3, 2013


Sebastian Vettel equalled the record of seven consecutive Formula One victories in one season after driving an immaculate race to win the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, ahead of Mark Webber and Nico Rosberg. He was emotional afterwards on the podium as he dedicated the win to his parents, who have not attended a race for quite some time and again in the press conference when he contemplated the great names whose records he is catching and equalling. It is the 37th win of his career, just four less than Ayrton Senna, and the 11th of this season. The all time More…

Posted on November 3, 2013


Alain Prost was on hand in Abu Dhabi this weekend as Renault Sport upped the noise about 2014 engines with a briefing for selected media. Prost was on good form, providing insight into the driving techniques necessary to do well with the new small capacity hybrid turbo engines coming in next year. His message was clear, it will be intelligent and adaptable drivers who will thrive, by being open to changing their driving style and working hard behind the scenes to learn how to get more from the powertrain. “It has always been the case (that F1 drivers need to More…

Posted on November 3, 2013


One interesting side story of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix weekend has been the growing influence of the local International Petroleum Investment Company on the Toro Rosso team. This was symbolised over the weekend by the presence of a rallying message to Emiratis on the rear wing endplate of Jean Eric Vergne and Daniel Ricciardo’s cars, “Kullunna Khalifa”, which means means “We are all Khalifa” – in other words a message designed to make the people in the region buy into the Abu Dhabi event and their presence in it as participants and reminding them that the eyes of the More…

Posted on November 2, 2013


So it’s official: Sebastian Vettel does make mistakes – just not when the championship is still up for grabs. With just three races to drive in his Formula One career, Mark Webber produced a sensational lap to snatch a popular pole position from Vettel at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, with Nico Rosberg completing the top three. Prior to this race Vettel had taken pole here twice as had Lewis Hamilton, but both hit trouble today; Vettel made a mistake at the decisive moment in Q3 and opened the door to Webber. Vettel messed up the first corner, while Hamilton’s More…

Posted on November 2, 2013


As the race to be elected FIA president enters its decisive phase, with the closing date for nominations just two weeks away, the challenger David Ward and the incumbent Jean Todt have been jousting in recent days over Ward’s ongoing gripes about governance. Ward launched another salvo this week against the Todt-led FIA, suggesting that it falls well short of the standards set out by the IOC for ethics, transparency and accounting in a detailed document sent to all member clubs of the FIA who will vote for the president, “Rather than boast that recognition by the IOC leaves the More…

Posted on November 1, 2013


Graham Macdonald has today been appointed as the new CEO of the Caterham Group, taking the reins from Riad Asmat and assuming responsibility over all arms of the group, including F1. Macdonald, previously CEO of Caterham Cars, will now oversee a range of aspects, including the Formula One team and Mike Gascoyne’s Technology and Composite departments. The Scotsman has taken charge at an exciting time for the Oxfordshire based group, with an array of ventures taking place across a broad range of markets. The introduction of a new Caterham road car and an SUV, paired with airline projects and a More…

Posted on November 1, 2013


A week on from clinching his fourth World Championship and Sebastian Vettel has maintained his impressive momentum by setting the fastest time in Free Practice for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, ahead of Mark Webber and Lewis Hamilton. The Red Bull pair of Vettel and Webber have frequently found themselves at the top of the timesheets in FP2, which sends another alarming message to their competitors. Vettel’s advantage of 35/100ths of a second over Hamilton could once again elude to a lack of excitement for the race win, but some indicators today pointed to a closer challenge from Lotus and More…

Posted on November 1, 2013


Lotus F1 team owner Gerard Lopez has issued a fascinating post on the team’s website, seeking to throw a fire blanket over the fallout with his lead driver Kimi Raikkonen after the exchange of profanities on radio during the Indian Grand Prix and Raikkonen’s proposed “no show” this weekend. Raikkonen had to be persuaded to come and participate this weekend, after the latest difficult moment between team and driver in what has been a tricky period since he announced he was moving to Ferrari next season. Raikkonen has gone public again this weekend on the fact that the team has More…



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