Posted on January 13, 2014


Three teams have confirmed they will attend the first pre-season test of 2014 in Jerez, which starts on 28 January, but the suggestion is that there might not be too many more joining them. Mercedes, Caterham and Williams will be in Spain for the four-day test, as they look to gain crucial mileage with their new cars following a big change to the regulations. Williams, who used their old 2012 machine at the first test last year, tweeted that they have begun building their new FW36 this week ahead of Jerez. However, it seems many other teams are facing a More…

Posted on January 8, 2014


Sailor Sir Ben Ainslie says there is the potential for “genius” Red Bull chief technical officer Adrian Newey to advise on the four-time Olympic champion’s America’s Cup yacht design. Briton Ainslie triumphed in the America’s Cup for the first time when he was instrumental in US team Oracle’s remarkable comeback victory over Team New Zealand last year. No British team has won the competition in its 162-year history but Ainslie is hoping to change that. He is trying to raise the investment to form a British team so he can enter the next event, which will be within three to More…

Posted on January 7, 2014


Lotus have decided to miss the first pre-season test at Jerez in Spain, which starts on 28 January, and are instead expected to run their 2014 challenger for the first time at the second test which follows in Bahrain next month. The move gives the Enstone-based team more time to develop their car and they will not miss out much on tyre data as Jerez’s abrasive track surface isn’t representative of tracks on the race calendar. However the downside is they will lose vital track time with a car that will see incorporate some of the biggest rules changes in More…

Posted on December 31, 2013


There has been overwhelming support for seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher from key figures around the world as the German remains in a “critical” condition following a ski accident in France. On Tuesday morning, doctors at the CHU hospital in Grenoble said that following a second operation, scans show there has been a “slight improvement” in the 44-year-old’s condition. Former US president Bill Clinton tweeted his support: “Thinking today of Michael Schumacher and grateful for all he’s done w/‪@clintonfdn and for others. My prayers are with him and his family.” Fellow German and ex-footballer Didi Hamann: “Thoughts with Michael Schumacher More…

Posted on December 20, 2013


As Ferrari launched its 2014 turbo F1 engine in Maranello, the team’s disappointing 2013 came to a point of closure. Felipe Massa ended an eight-year stint with Ferrari, as the team chose to sign Kimi Raikkonen in his place, alongside Fernando Alonso for next year. So, as part of our series of comparisons, we’ve run the numbers on their time together. The Brazilian, who will drive for Williams next season, spent four seasons with Alonso as his team-mate and according to the statistics, Massa was comfortably outperformed by the Spaniard during that period. However, it needs to be born in More…

Posted on December 17, 2013


Pirelli will begin a three-day tyre test on Tuesday at the Bahrain International Circuit as they look to develop their 2014-specification tyres. The F1 Commission granted the Italian manufacturer the session on safety grounds ahead of next season. All 11 teams were invited to take part but only four teams accepted the invitation – Red Bull, Ferrari, Mercedes and Toro Rosso. They will all run 2013-spec cars to a programme decided by Pirelli. World champions Red Bull have interestingly decided to run reserve driver Sebastien Buemi, rather than Daniel Ricciardo, who joins the team from Toro Rosso to partner Sebastian More…

Posted on December 17, 2013


Sauber last week announced that Adrian Sutil will join the team next season but they did not say who would partner the German. Esteban Gutierrez will be hoping for a second chance, but much will depend on whether Sergey Sirotkin’s money and superlicence come through. Did Gutierrez do enough this season to keep his seat? As part of our series of analysis of the head-to-head records of team pairings, here’s the analysis of the Mexican’s season alongside Nico Hulkenberg at the Swiss team. It was a tough start to the year for Sauber but after the summer break, they unlocked More…

Posted on December 16, 2013


Mark Webber’s decision to quit Formula 1 at the end of this season brought to an end a seven-year association with Red Bull. The Australian partnered Sebastian Vettel for his final five seasons, during which Vettel won the title four times and finished second once. During the same period, Webber managed three third place finishes in the standings, plus a fourth and sixth. But how close was Webber to his more decorated team-mate? Overall, Vettel had the edge in qualifying, outperforming Webber 77 times to 22. The German also had the more impressive pole record, with 44 to the Australian’s More…

Posted on December 15, 2013


Continuing our series of analysis of the head-to-head records of team mate pairings, here’s the analysis of Jules Bianchi and Max Chilton’s seasons at Marussia. The Anglo-Russian team fielded an all-new line up in 2013, dispatching with Timo Glock and Charles Pic and bringing in rookies Chilton and Bianchi. The team’s goal was to beat rivals Caterham and finish 10th in the constructors’ championship, after agonisingly losing the position at the final race of last season, and they achieved it this year courtesy of Bianchi’s 13th place in Malaysia. Bianchi was impressive all season and looked to have the measure More…

Posted on December 14, 2013


The FIA has introduced a penalty points system and pole position trophy for Formula 1 in 2014. If drivers accrue 12 points during a year, they will be handed a one-race ban. The points will then be reset. “Penalty points will remain on a driver’s Superlicence for a period of 12 months after which they will be respectively removed on the 12-month anniversary of their imposition,” said the FIA. Motorsport’s governing body also announced a pole position trophy that will be awarded to the driver who scores the most P1 grid slots during the season. Four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel More…

Posted on December 11, 2013


World champion Sebastian Vettel has described the plans to award double points for the final race of the season from 2014 as “absurd”. Following a meeting of the F1 strategy group and the Formula 1 commission in Paris on Monday, the FIA announced a host of rule changes, including the regulation which will see the winner of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix score 50 points, rather than 25. It is intended to mean that it’s mathematically more difficult for the title to be decided several races before the end of the season. But Vettel, 26, told German newspaper Sport Bild: More…

Posted on December 9, 2013


In the next of our series of analysis of the head-to-head records of team mate pairings, we look at Jenson Button and Sergio Perez’s season together at McLaren. With Lewis Hamilton leaving for Mercedes, Button had a new team mate for 2013 in the form of Perez. The Mexican joined the Woking-Based outfit after a strong season for Sauber where he scored three podiums and came close to winning the 2012 Malaysian Grand Prix. It proved to be a difficult year for McLaren, who failed to score a single podium all season for the first time since 1980. The team More…

Posted on December 5, 2013


Romain Grosjean’s season ended in a cloud of smoke in the Brazilian Grand Prix as his Lotus’ Renault engine expired on the first lap of the race. However, it was a rare disappointment in a very strong final half of the season where the Frenchman scored four podiums in five races. It marked a turnaround in form for the 27-year-old who has struggled to better his 2007 world champion team-mate Kimi Raikkonen over a two-year period. Grosjean was called a “first lap nutcase” by Red Bull’s Mark Webber after a series of first and second lap incidents in his first More…

Posted on December 4, 2013


Continuing our series of analysis of the head-to-head records of team mate pairings, here’s the analysis of Paul di Resta and Adrian Sutil’s season at Force India. At least one driver, maybe both, will miss out on a seat with the team next year after Force India announced that Nico Hulkenberg will return to the outfit in 2014. Most people expect ex-McLaren driver Sergio Perez to get the second seat, but with the team breaking with tradition and not naming both drivers at the same time, it seems there is still room for negotiation. Sutil and Di Resta were first More…

Posted on December 2, 2013


Following on from last season’s very popular analysis of the head-to-head records of team mate pairings here’s the analysis of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg’s first year as team-mates at Mercedes. It was the end of an era when Hamilton left McLaren for Mercedes at the end of last season, but has had an impressive first season with the Brackley-based team, outperforming Rosberg who has been at the team for three years, although the trend was towards Rosberg after the summer break and post the Pirelli tyre specification change. The Briton has complained all season that he has been unable 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 October 28, 2013


Mexican driver Sergio Perez says he is confident he will remain with McLaren for a second season in 2014, following an impressive drive to fifth in the Indian Grand Prix. The 23-year-old ran deep into the race on the medium tyres and then performed a brilliant pass on Lewis Hamilton and Kimi Raikkonen in the same move to secure fifth at the Buddh International Circuit – his best result of the season. McLaren have yet to officially announce their line-up for next year, McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh has said he expects to field the same two drivers next year More…

Posted on October 28, 2013


Red Bull’s newly crowned four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel has no big weaknesses and is developing into the perfect driver, according to Red Bull chief technical officer Adrian Newey. The 26-year-old became the youngest driver to win four world championship titles when he triumphed in Sunday’s Indian Grand Prix – his eighth win in 10 races and 10th of the season. Vettel, who joined Red Bull in 2009 after being promoted from the team’s junior outfit Toro Rosso, and has since gone on to win the title in four of the next five years to join the likes of Juan More…

Posted on October 27, 2013


Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel clinched his fourth world championship with his sixth consecutive victory of the season in Indian Grand Prix. Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg took only his third podium of the season with a confident drive to second with Lotus’ Romain Grosjean producing a sensational drive through the field to take third having started 17th. Felipe Massa led the race at one point before finishing fourth for Ferrari while Sergio Perez secured his best result of the season with fifth in the McLaren. And Force India’s Adrian Sutil did a long first stint to bring him into the points and More…

Posted on October 24, 2013


The FIA ethics committee has dismissed presidential candidate David Ward’s complaint about the way current president Jean Todt has gone about his campaign for re-election to a second term. Ward was upset by letters of support gathered early by Todt and his team and suggested that the Frenchman had used a trip on FIA business to garner support for the election. He lodged the complaint last month, with the hearing taking place in Paris last Friday. But the committee said it “did not see any evidence of any kind supporting the allegation that people were coerced into signing the Letters More…

Posted on October 24, 2013


Brazilian Felipe Massa has said he is in talks with Williams – among other teams – with regards a race seat for next season. The 32-year-old is in need of a drive after Ferrari chose to replace him with Finn Kimi Raikkonen, who is re-joining the Italian team alongside Fernando Alonso. “I’m talking with a few teams, including Williams,” said Massa. “I will not go to a small team. I will go to the team that has possibilities to build a good car. Massa, who narrowly missed out on the 2008 world title to Lewis Hamilton, added: “I’m not a More…

Posted on October 24, 2013


India’s Supreme Court has agreed to hear a petition on Friday which seeks the cancellation of this weekend’s Indian Grand Prix over a tax dispute. Campaigner Amit Kumar has accused the race’s promoters Jaypee Sports International (JPSI) of not paying all their taxes for the 2012 race. Should the race get cancelled, Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel would automatically become world champion for the fourth successive year as he currently holds a lead of 90 points over nearest rival Fernando Alonso and there would only be 75 available in the three remaining races. However, Indian motorsports chief Vicky Chandhok said he More…

Posted on October 24, 2013


India’s search for a driver to break into Formula 1 in a meaningful way has received a boost after Akhil Rabindra, 17, beat rivals from across Asia-Pacific to top his regional qualifier and progress to the FIA Institute’s 2013/14 Young Driver Excellence Academy. The 17-year-old will now take part in the academy’s fully-funded training programme, which starts in December. It aims to help drivers develop their motorsport careers while increasing safety skills. Ahead of this weekend’s Indian Grand Prix, Rabindra impressed in three days of tests and evaluations at the Sydney Motorsport Park against drivers from a number of major More…

Posted on October 23, 2013


Russian driver Danill Kvyat will replace Daniel Ricciardo at Toro Rosso next season, alongside Jean-Eric Vergne after beating off competition from Felix da Costa and Carlos Sainz Jr – but who is the 19-year-old and what is his level of experience in motorsport? Well Kvyat has secured two wins in the last four races of the GP3 Championship, a support series to Formula 1, to trail championship leader Facu Regalia by just seven points heading into the doubleheader decider in Abu Dhabi next month. If the 19-year-old goes on to win the title, in his debut season, he would follow More…

Posted on October 23, 2013


Team principal Stefano Domenicali says Ferrari considered signing Polish driver Robert Kubica but now doubts whether the 28 year old will be able to return to Formula 1 following injuries sustained in a rally crash. Kubica was set to drive for Renault in 2011 when he suffered injuries in a rallying accident. He has since returned to driving, competing in the World Rally Championship (WRC). The Pole leads the WRC2 standings, the second tier in the WRC, and will take part in Wales Rally GB next month. But despite saying earlier this year that he is keen for a return More…

Posted on October 17, 2013


Mercedes engine boss Andy Cowell says the new 1.6 litre turbo engines, which will be introduced next year, will not be the dominant factor – however he does expect there to be more of a difference between rival power units compared to this year. Mercedes, Ferrari and Renault will supply units to teams next year, with Cosworth leaving the sport at the end of 2013. The new units, which will have more relevance to road cars, will replace the current V8s. “I think we could see more of difference across the power units next year,” Cowell told the October edition More…

Posted on October 14, 2013


Williams driver Valtteri Bottas has criticised team-mate Pastor Maldonado after the two drivers narrowly avoided a collision at the final chicane on the last lap of the Japanese Grand Prix. Maldonado, 28, dived down the inside of Bottas at the chicane, forcing the Finn to take avoiding action and cut the chicane. Maldonado crossed the line 16th, one place ahead of Bottas, who was struggling with high tyre degradation at the time. Bottas, 24, believes they would have crashed if he had attempted to take the corner. The Finn said: “There was no space on the track. It was not More…

Posted on October 14, 2013


Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali says Felipe Massa will not be reprimanded by the team after he ignored team orders during the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka. On lap eight, Massa, 32, was running ahead of Alonso when the Brazilian’s race engineer Rob Smedley gave him the instruction: “Multi-function strategy A. Multi-function strategy A now please,” over team radio. Massa, who is racing for his career as he has yet to secure a seat on the grid next year, chose not to move over, however the Brazilian was later overtaken by the Spaniard on lap 20 in a legitimate pass More…

Posted on October 14, 2013


Red Bull’s Mark Webber feels the decision to switch to a three-stop strategy in Sunday’s Japanese Grand Prix was a mistake. The Australian, who is leaving the sport at the end of the year to race for Porsche in sportscars, was running second behind the Lotus of Romain Grosjean, after a slow getaway from pole, when the call was made. As a result, the 37-year-old had to do one more stop than Grosjean and race winner Sebastian Vettel – which surprised the Australian. Webber said: “After that first stop the guys said ‘We’re still on two [stops] – no problem, More…

Posted on October 13, 2013


Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel edged closer to his fourth successive world title with his fifth successive victory of the season in the Japanese Grand Prix. The German’s team-mate Mark Webber produced a late fightback to claim second with Lotus driver Romain Grosjean, who led for most of the race, a strong third. Nico Hulkenberg produced another brilliant drive in the Sauber to finish sixth, one place ahead of team-mate Esteban Gutierrez who scored his first points in F1. But who was your Driver of the Day? Sebastian Vettel Fought back from a bad start to take his ninth win of More…

Posted on October 10, 2013


Murray Walker, a commentator who at times was even more popular than his sport, celebrates his 90th birthday today. To mark the occasion, James Allen headed down to see his former ITV F1 colleague to share some memories and discuss what made him the special broadcaster that he was. “I don’t feel 90,” Walker told the October edition of the JA on F1 podcast. “I think if you’ve got a passion in life, and for me it’s motorsport, it something to keep you going. I feel fine and I’m looking forward to a lot more years of motorsport.” Check out More…

Posted on October 9, 2013


Caterham F1 owner Tony Fernandes says it is “not essential” that his team beat Marussia and finish 10th in the constructors’ championship this season. There are 11 teams but prize-money is only awarded to the top 10 teams in the constructors’ championship. Caterham beat Marussia to 10th in the final race of the season last year, but currently trail their rivals in 2013 with five races remaining. “It’s not essential,” said Fernandes in October’s edition of the JA on F1 podcast. “I don’t think I’ll be able to raise enough to cover the payment. If we don’t, we don’t, we’ll More…

Posted on October 6, 2013


Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel closed in on his fourth successive world title with a commanding victory in the Korean Grand Prix. Lotus’ Kimi Raikkonen produced another trademark drive through the field to finish second ahead of another strong showing from team-mate Romain Grosjean. Nico Hulkenberg was mighty in the Sauber, punching above his weight to secure his best result of the season in fourth while Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton battled tyre problems to take fifth. But who was your Driver of the Day? Sebastian Vettel Won his eighth race of the season to move to the brink of his fourth world More…

Posted on October 4, 2013


Red Bull’s Adrian Newey is the most successful design engineer in the history of Formula 1, winning over 100 races and 17 drivers’ and constructors’ championships. But he was kicked out of school and has no A level qualifications. The story of how he turned his life around from wild teenager to the benchmark designer in the world’s most technically advanced sport is compelling. His career forms the spine of modern F1, along with his nemesis Ross Brawn and it features triumph and tragedy. He has worked with many of the greats and is able to give context to Sebastian More…

Posted on October 3, 2013


Red Bull’s team principal Christian Horner has dismissed suggestions his team are running a form of traction control – which is banned – on their car. Former F1 team principal Giancarlo Minardi suggested Red Bull were using the system – which stops the rear wheels spinning and has been banned since 2009 – after watching the action trackside at the Singapore Grand Prix. At one stage in the race, Vettel was lapping an incredible two seconds quicker than anyone else as he clinched his sixth victory of the season on the Marina Bay Street Circuit. Minardi said Red Bull’s Renault More…

Posted on October 3, 2013


Sauber team principal Monisha Kaltenborn says that Brazil’s Rubens Barrichello – Formula 1’s most experienced driver – is in contention for a seat at the Swiss team next season. Barrichello, who has started a record 322 races, finished as championship runner up to then Ferrari team-mate Michael Schumacher in 2002 and 2004. He left the sport at the end of the 2011 season, with 11 wins and 14 pole positions to his name, after Williams decided not to retain him. The 41-year-old has since raced in American single-seater series IndyCar and Brazilian stock cars as well as attending several Formula More…

Posted on October 3, 2013


Lotus driver Kimi Raikkonen says he does not believe his back problem will stop him competing in this weekend’s Korean Grand Prix. The Finn needed a pain-killing injection before qualifying last time out in Singapore after a flare up of his long-standing back problem caused discomfort in final practice. It is understood that the back issue dates back to his Formula 1 rookie year in 2001 with Sauber when he had a testing accident at Magny Cours. Reserve river Davide Valsecchi was called up as a precaution in Singapore, but Raikkonen, 33, went on to qualify 13th and then finish More…

Posted on October 3, 2013


Marussia have retained Jules Bianchi for a second season after the Frenchman delivered a string of impressive performances in his debut year. The 24-year-old joined the team only a few weeks ahead of the new season, as a replacement for Luiz Razia, and as a result only had two days of pre-season testing. But he has consistently outperformed team-mate Max Chilton – who is still in negotiations with the team about his seat next year. Bianchi, who is a member of the Ferrari Driver Academy, had been linked with a number of teams but decided to stay put with Marussia, 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 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 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 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 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 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 August 30, 2013


Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali says the team are planning to switch all their efforts to the 2014 car at the end of September. Teams face a big decision as to when to stop developing this year’s car to allow them to divert more resources to next year when the regulations change dramatically with the introduction of new 1.6 litre V6 turbo engines. Ferrari are third in the constructors’ championship, 94 points behind Red Bull with eight races remaining. In the drivers’ standings, Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso is second, 46 points adrift of Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel, with team-mate Felipe Massa More…

Posted on August 29, 2013


McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh believes Kimi Raikkonen wants to leave Lotus but thinks the Finn will ultimately end up staying with the Enstone-based team next season. Lotus boss Eric Boullier has said he is optimistic of keeping Raikkonen, amid speculation the team is struggling with its finances, but the Finn has been linked with a move to Ferrari and Red Bull. Raikkonen, the 2007 world champion, who won the opening race of the season in Australia, is fourth in the drivers’ standings, 63 points adrift of Red Bull’s leader Sebastian Vettel, having lost ground in recent races. “Obviously Kimi More…

Posted on August 27, 2013


Ferrari and Mercedes both admitted they had work to do to challenge Red Bull for the title but they have no intention of giving up on the chase. Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel took a commanding victory in Sunday’s Belgian Grand Prix at Spa, taking the lead from Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton on the first lap and never looking back as he took his fifth win of the season and 31st of his career. Three-time champion Vettel stretched his lead to 46 points over Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso, who finished a strong second at Spa, with Hamilton, who completed the podium, a further More…

Posted on August 26, 2013


Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel took a big step towards a fourth world title with a dominant victory in a Belgian Grand Prix at Spa Francorchamps which saw plenty of overtaking. Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso got his title challenge back on track with an impressive drive to second while Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton took his fifth podium of the season. McLaren’s Jenson Button came close to a podium before taking sixth while Daniel Ricciardo climbed through the field to grab a point for Toro Rosso – but who was your Driver of the Day? Sebastian Vettel Passed Hamilton at the start and More…

Posted on August 21, 2013


Pat Symonds is targeting a big push on the development of Williams’ 2014 car as he begins work with the team in his new role as technical director. The 60-year-old left Marussia last month to take up his new role at the Grove-based team who have scored just one point this season and sit ninth in the constructors’ championship. While Symonds is still hoping for an improvement this season, starting with this weekend’s Belgian Grand Prix – which will be his first race with his new team – he is aware focus needs to switch to 2014 to prepare for More…

Posted on August 21, 2013


McLaren’s managing director Jonathan Neale believes it will be “a real challenge” for the team to contend for race victories in the second half of the season. Britain’s Jenson Button and Mexican Sergio Perez have not managed to finish on the podium this season with Button’s fifth place in China McLaren’s best result. That’s quite a drop in performance for a team which has won at least one race in each of the last 10 years, apart from 2006. Before the summer break, Button said he hoped the team would be able to challenge for wins in the second half More…

Posted on August 20, 2013


Kimi Raikkonen’s future in Formula 1 continues to top the headlines ahead of this weekend’s Belgian Grand Prix, with speculation that the Finn is set to return to Ferrari, the team he won his only world championship with in 2007, intensifies. On Monday, his manager Steve Robertson said the 20-time Formula 1 race winner would not be driving for world champions Red Bull next season, with Toro Rosso driver Daniel Ricciardo set to get the seat alongside reigning champion Sebastian Vettel. That seemingly leaves Raikkonen, 33, with two options – stay with Lotus for a third season or move back More…

Posted on August 15, 2013


Rumours that Kimi Raikkonen has signed a contract to drive for Ferrari next season have been played down by the Italian team. With Raikkonen’s contract up for renewal at the end of the season, the Finn has been linked with a move to the Red Bull seat being vacated by Mark Webber. Raikkonen, 33, has finished each of the 30 races he has contested since his return to the sport with Lotus in 2012, finishing in the points in all but one of them. He is second in the drivers’ championship, 38 points behind leader Sebastian Vettel in the Red More…

Posted on August 11, 2013


Codemasters have announced that the latest edition of their Formula 1 franchise – F1 2013 – will hit the shelves this autumn and feature a new twist – classic race drivers and cars. And we’ve spoken exclusively to the Creative Director behind the game franchise. Alongside the latest cars and drivers from the 2013 season – with the likes of Lewis Hamilton in a Mercedes and Sergio Perez now in a McLaren – gamers will also be able to race as their heroes such as Nigel Mansell in his 1980s and 1990s Williams cars. Alain Prost, Gerhard Berger, Mario Andretti, More…

Posted on August 9, 2013


Lotus team principal Eric Boullier says he is optimistic Kimi Raikkonen will stay with the team in 2014 despite the 2007 world champion being linked with Red Bull. Raikkonen, 33, won the season opening race in Australia and is currently on a consecutive points-scoring run that stretches back 27 races to last year’s Bahrain Grand Prix. The Finn has failed to score points just once since returning to the sport with Lotus last season and is in contention for the drivers’ world championship for the second consecutive year. He is second in the drivers’ standings, 38 points behind leader Sebastian More…

Posted on August 8, 2013


Mercedes team principal Ross Brawn says winning the drivers’ and constructors’ titles with a team bearing his name in 2009 was his biggest singular achievement to date. Brawn spent 10 years with Ferrari, where he won five drivers’ and six constructors’ championships with the team, before taking a year out of the sport and returning with Honda in 2008. At the end of the season, Honda decided to pull out, but rather than close the team, Brawn and Nick Fry brokered a deal to save the outfit, renaming it Brawn GP. Jenson Button went on to win the title, with More…

Posted on August 7, 2013


Formula 1 has seen a number of business sectors come and go since the championship began more than 60 years ago. An analyst for UBS, a global partner of Formula 1, has looked into those changes and come up with a number of interesting conclusions. There are two main reasons why companies decide to engage in sponsorships: the specific nature of the product and its relevance to sport. Therefore companies such as oil, tyres and automotive are more inclined to spend money sponsoring an F1 team. Those companies will be more resilient to downturns in the business cycle, and therefore More…

Posted on August 2, 2013


As F1 heads into its summer break there are quite a few question marks hanging over the calendar for next year – especially races in two vital emerging markets – after F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone said that the Indian Grand Prix would “probably not” happen next season, while the Russian Automobile Federation has missed the deadline to formally lodge the race at the new Sochi venue on the calendar. Sochi has been given a provisional date of October 19, but a dispute between the RAF and the promoter in Sochi has led to the missed deadline. According to a statement More…

Posted on August 1, 2013


The drive-through penalty handed to Romain Grosjean for been judged to have left the track in completing his overtake of Felipe Massa has become quite a talking point among JA on F1 readers following the Hungarian Grand Prix. Lotus driver Grosjean, who was also given a 20-second post-race penalty for clashing with McLaren’s Jenson Button, went on to finish sixth having looked like he was in contention for at least a podium earlier in the race. The vast majority of those commenting on the incident have been sympathetic to Grosjean, suggesting he didn’t deserve the penalty. Phil said: “Super impressed More…

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 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


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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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…

Posted on June 26, 2013


Reigning world champions Red Bull have claimed victory at Silverstone in three of the last four years and arrive at this weekend’s British Grand Prix as favourites to add to that tally. According to JA on F1 technical adviser and former Williams chief engineer Mark Gillan, the secret behind their success at the Northamptonshire venue is that their car is the best out there in terms of aerodynamic efficiency – something which is crucial on the sweeping terms of Silverstone. “Silverstone is certainly a circuit where better drivers seem to thrive,” said Gillan. “It’s technically quite difficult and very demanding More…

Posted on June 26, 2013


Formula 1 race director Charlie Whiting believes the sport is set to enter a new era of excitement when it introduces 1.6-litre V6 turbocharged engines next season. Whiting was speaking on the opening day of the FIA Sport Conference Week, hosted by our own James Allen, which looks at the vision for motorsport over the coming years as well as the challenges facing the sport in terms of safety, sustainability and affordability. Whiting highlighted that fuel efficiency will be key, with 2014 cars requiring around 50kg less fuel than this year to complete a race distance. “We have new powertrain More…

Posted on June 26, 2013


Ferrari are hopeful they can deliver a strong result at this weekend’s British Grand Prix as they believe the F138 will suit the high speed corners of Silverstone. The team are currently second in the constructors’ championship, 56 points adrift of leaders Red Bull while Fernando Alonso is second in the drivers’, 36 behind leader Sebastian Vettel. Alonso’s team-mate Felipe Massa is seventh. Alonso, who won the British Grand Prix in 2011, finished a strong second in Canada and Massa scored a battling eighth but both were hampered by a lack of pace in qualifying, something team principal Stefano Domenicali More…



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