Moving on up: New entries from Renault F1 and Alfa Sauber promise improvement
Posted By: James Allen  |  20 Feb 2018   |  12:20 pm GMT  |  160 comments

It’s looking like a very competitive F1 season ahead, certainly as far as the midfield race is concerned, if the latest new car launches are anything to go by.

Sauber, which revealed its car on Tuesday morning, has been in the doldrums since BMW pulled out in 2010, although for a while at least they had teams like Caterham and Manor propping up the table behind them.

Last year was a real struggle and then came the cavalry in the form of a partnership with Ferrari for technical and commercial support, new Ferrari V6 engines and Alfa Romeo branding and cash.

The car revealed today looks a lot more purposeful and evolved than recent years, but one senses it’s a case of ‘more to come’ from this team, as the deals were done relatively late.

The car is a new concept, which means that there will be plenty of headroom for development.

But the time available after the deals were done, with meaningful resources being thrown at the aerodynamics in particular, was limited. It will be in the second half of 2018 and then into 2019 that you’ll see this team moving up.

The main difference between the cars at the front of the grid and the back – given that they have the same engine – is downforce. And not just barn door downforce, but efficient downforce which means maximum load in corners but without excessive drag on the straights.

That comes at a hefty price – the additional $90m or so per year that top teams can spent on R&D compared to the minnows, principally in the aerodynamics area.

In Charles Leclerc (above right) they have the most exciting driver to graduate from GP2/F2 since Lewis Hamilton in 2007, so the car should have opportunities to score some points.

Last year it was very close in midfield but with rules stability likely to close the gaps, that midfield does look incredibly tight this year and there will be a premium on the best drivers getting the results.

It’s early days and testing starts next week, but one would expect behind the top three of Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull, a gap back to a tight group led by McLaren, Renault, Force India, Williams, then Sauber and Haas pretty close with Toro Rosso. It could be that a couple of tenths of a second separates 7th on the grid from 15th this year.

Commercially Sauber has added not only the Alfa Romeo branding, which looks great on the rear of the car, but also the tie up with Ferrari has brought new deals from Kappa, Carrera and Richard Mille, who backs Leclerc.

There’s no clarity on this yet, but one suspects that the lowest budget in the field is now Haas in the sub $100m range, with Force India not far ahead.

Renault must perform in 2018
Renault went live with their car on Tuesday, shortly after Sauber.

This team has been steadily ramping back up after buying back their operation in Enstone from Gerard Lopez’ Lotus concern.

There has been a lot of investment in infrastructure and hiring of personnel – albeit not on Mercedes or Ferrari levels – and the car and engine package should be a lot more competitive this season, with two strong drivers in Nico Hulkenberg and Carlos Sainz.

The German referred in the launch notes to “the news from Viry (Renault’s engine base, near Paris) about the development of the power unit… everything looks and sounds good,” which gives him an optimistic outlook for the season.

“The workforce has already increased by more than 35%,” added Renault Sport F1 president Jerome Stoll. “Our investment has so far been successfully translated to the track as we rose from ninth to sixth in the Constructors’ Championship in 2017 and ended the year with the fourth fastest car.”

Commercially Renault has pulled in new deals with insurance firm MAPFRE and Alibaba.

Jack Aitken comes in as third driver and reserve, which duties he will carry out alongside his challenge for the FIA F2 championship. Artem Markelov, an F2 front runner from last season, takes on a role as development driver.

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I’ve noticed long time ago that you’re rather very pro Mercedes, and just the opposite regarding Renault (and rather neutral regarding other teams).

Mercedes is getting the credit even when they don’t deserve one (although to be fair, those were rather rare moments in recent years), while Renault doesn’t get any credit even when one is way overdue (ie not even a mention, let alone an article back in ’13 about the most successful engine manufacturer of V10 and 2.4l V8 era – even though you’ve said in one of the replays it is nice idea).

Even now, don’t you think Renault, just like any other team deserve stand alone article for their car launch?

Instead, for the Renault launch, you’ve cramped barely few sentences at the bottom of what is essentialy the Sauber article.

When Mercedes get couple of fans a factory tour, you write at lenghts about it.

No offense, but you’ve got me wondering what have they (Renault) done to you?

For a bystander this really looks like something personal.


I think that’s a very narrow view

Not sure why you have chosen to pick out this supposed narrative but I cN assure you it is not true

I’ve written quite a bit on Renault (engines & team) and will be doing this year as they look likely to feature



Thanks for the reply.

Well, I’ve got my opinion based on facts I’ve listed, after following your site for years.

Here’s another example: last year Renault celebrated 40 years of their involvement in F1, and you even didn’t mentioned it, let alone did a article about such important contributer to the sport we all love (and you make living out of).

I might be wrong, as you say, but that’s how does it look to me (based on the facts I’ve mentioned),

I hope you’ll prove me wrong, especially since this year Renault look decent after first two days of testing and you might have something positive to say about them,


Have anyone noticed Ferrari and Sauber alfa romeo gone the same direction not coincidentally their sidepods however their front wings……


At first, like all of these pre-season releases, I was dismissive of the new Sauber.

While I still expect very significant changes to ALL cars between now and the first test, and likely much change between the last test and Melbourne, there are some very interesting design features worth noting.

First let’s go over the Renault: it has adopted many of the Ferrari sidepod/floor sculpting, which we see as a trend in the cars released so far this year, 2018. We must, of course, remember that the key changes needed for the Renault teams is under the hood (some of you call it, ‘bonnet’?’ lol). What happens with the comparative power delivery of the Renault power unit, compared to Ferrari, and most importantly, Mercedes, will be the key factor affecting three potentially top tier team, Renault, Red Bull, and possibly McLaren (though I am as doubtful as ever of the current iteration of Mc). We know, as well as can be known, that the RB will be a very competitive chassis; so we will be able to assess the engine performance and the comparative performances of Renault and Mc from that.

Sauber Alfa Romeo:

I am intrigued by two aspects of this iteration of the car (though still expecting significant change come Melbourne):

1. Side pod treatment bucking the trend of the 2017 Ferrari emulators

I found the Jorg Zander video at sister site very illuminating.

a. wheel base changes lengthened at front, to accommodate (contemporary) turning elements (/aero), b. note front suspension elements: potentially a further extrapolation of the approach by 2017 Ferrari?! definitely aero and airflow manipulating/handling. c. nose treatment, initially I wondered how this could meet the regulations specs, but careful look reveals a somewhat clever interpretation of those specifications, are those ‘nostrils’ like a conservative version of the 2016 Force I?

2. Back end

This seems drastically different from the 2017 Sauber!

Zander indicates that the back end lengthening of the wheel base to accommodate the Ferrari transmission, and suspension. Are they getting the max from Ferrari, under the new regs? It looks like it.

The two heavy weights have yet to release their photos, and we can expect that they will NOT reflect those cars as we shall see them on the grid, but are we seeing perhaps a year similar to 2004, when the Sauber was a virtual blue clone of the Ferr?

I can’t get over the sidepod differentiation of the Sauber, and whether of not, after leading the pack to a similar configuration to the 2017 Ferr sidepods, could we see a different sidepod packaging in 2018 from Ferr?

And if so, what reason(s) behind them?

Still expecting the Merc to be dissappointingly untouchable, managing the season’s illusion of competition, but you never know (there still could be a conceivable 1% chance of them somehow flubbing it?! Well, maybe, maybe not.)


Are you being serious?

The worst team on the grid and hands down favourite to come last has found some kind of miracle and/or negotiates a Ferrari clone deal when all they’ve really done is put a fancy sticker on the car.


Compared to the Renault, that Sauber looks awfully fat at the back. If the Ferrari engine is that much larger than the Renault, then the Red teams might have some red faces by mid season.


Great paint jobs……BUT those halos are just awful. They may as well just put a jet fighter style canopy over the top and have done with it.

Tornillo Amarillo

James the BARGEBOARDS around the sidepods this year are a mess… Look at this Sauber, it looks horrible! I don’t mind if they work!

Better put them in black to hide them to the naked eye like Williams did, does somebody agree?


I think the livery on both cars looks great. The pink car will potentially be the only stinker livery wise. The new Renault looks like last year’s car with a reworked roll hoop intake area. I expect more bits in testing. The Sauber looks like the fully developed car sans the rear brake flip ups. It looks sharp and interesting, but with that many intakes, it goes in the opposite direction of Neweys simplistic designs. The Renualt is the only car so far to not adopt the lower crash structure design ahead of the side pods.


So far, all the shiny new paint is wonderful, & I still think a bouncing tyre will fit through the top of the Halo. In a Jules Bianchi situation, the Halo may retain its integrity, but it will rip the mounts from the tub & . . . . sorry, I’m off topic.

All the cars I have seen to date have a wide body curve above the floor behind the radiators, that probably houses the exhausts. This will add aero wash onto the rear tyres, & disturb the smooth air flow under the rear wing, which will take effectiveness away from the diffuser.

All, except the Red Bull.

I have no idea what they have done with the exhaust, but the better working diffuser will give RB the same downforce as other teams, with less wing.

Dan Ric has said he likes the car with less wing, so I think even Mercedes will have trouble catching the RB at some tracks.

An exciting year lays ahead.


Renault car design looks more conservative than say redbull, i hope they have alot of upgrades for the first race.


Those two liveries look fantastic. Renault will always be the team from the Prost/Arnoux days for me so the yellow and black looks fantastic to my eyes. And that Alfa Sauber scheme is really eye catching with the iconic Alfa logo.


Easily the best looking car so far. Hope they can progress a bit.

Anyway we need some new teams. James, do you know if Liberty have any plans to that effect?


Apart from the Red Bull, which looks ‘uber’ interesting as it is yet mainly unseen and unexplained, the balance are all rather underwhelming. I always hope to see some marked differences but unfortunately they very rarely occur!!! I blame that on the prescriptive Formula. If only we could have diversity in design. The ‘paint em white’ and stand 150 metres away and could you tell which car belonged to which team is still a strong reminder. Ferrari design the most beautiful cars which are among the most desired vehicles in the world…why not let them loose to design images of 21st century racecars? To think that we have at least another three years is agony. The ‘Halo’ just makes it all that much worse.


As long as the FIA and the motor industry run F1, I can’t see the design parameters changing for the better in 2021. If anything, the already hog-tied engineers will be locked into even tighter constraints to suit highly restrictive road car agendas. Even if they are irrelevant to motor sport.
It will only make homologation the focal point and with that will come a plethora of standard parts and even more similar design characteristics when fitting them.

Open slather F1 design could only become a reality again when the current rule and regulation “libraries” are thrown out and replaced with a new, simpler set of guidelines which attract the right participants and their partners.
There’s only one way for F1 to stand alone and truly return to the PINNACLE of motor sport …
open cheque books, open design parameters, open engine / PU choice, no fuel limits (type included), refuelling, and lots more tyres -especially for practice and quali.
Do all of that and you attract many and varied competitors from many and varied backgrounds with mega bucks to spend on R&D of their concepts in competitive, like-minded forum.
Guys like Mateschitz, Haas, Mallya, Branson etc came to F1from incredibly different backgrounds with totally different agendas … that’s the true essence of F1. Big spenders competing against each other.
At present, F1 is merely an incestuous platform for advertising and selling boring, economic, safe road cars to sales reps, tradies, soccer mums, tech savvy dads and teenager girls!

Billionaires don’t become billionaires by being told what they can and can’t do with their money and resources. Especially by a powerful industry that doesn’t interest them one iota and is run solely to suit it’s own agendas. Billionaires from every walk of life continually seek new, exciting platforms where they can compete against each other in a bid to see who can come up with the next great innovation – whether that be an engine, gearbox, differential, composite material, electronic device, paint, adhesive, tyre, fuel, lubricant, metal compound, cooling fluid etc etc etc.
That is how innovation takes over and inspirational, ground-breaking design concepts become the norm.
At present, this convergence of different industries on one pit-lane simply isn’t possible because the FIA and the motor industry won’t allow F1 to go back to being a place where all industries are welcome to display their wares.

Restrictive budgets, restrictive rules and regs, restrictive R&D and testing, restrictive practice and racing formats etc etc etc only creates restricted and contrived results where the richest one with the most resources wins.
Being as restrictive and as negative as possible seems to be the norm when the motor industry and the FIA has it’s say – because it ensures that it keeps their “pets” at the top of the pecking order.

Don’t forget, they completely changed the rules and implemented Hybrid PUs when a fizzy drinks company made the motor industry competitors look silly for 4 years running with an engine that was only the 2nd or 3rd best in the field!

Positivity, diversity and open slather innovation is what will make F1 spectacular and great once again … it’s also what will bring more competitors, fans, sponsorship and big money.

Liberty are the ones who can achieve it, they have the money, power, connections and many different modern media platforms to market it on … they just have to have the balls to walk away from the FIA and stop being dictated to by road car manufacturers who act like F1 is theirs to bastardise as they see fit … then they simply come and go whenever it suits their Board of Director’s agendas.


Hi Jack,

Interesting observations old mate, I’d prefer to remain optimistic about Liberty too!


Re Alfa/Sauber livery …..

Is 2018 the final year of the Martini/Williams sponsorship deal ….?


I am interested in all the negative comments. Where do all the naysayers find the time. I have been watching F1 since 1975 when as a 12 year old I “discovered” what a hero was to me in James Hunt,when he won the Dutch GP in the Hesketh. Some say he was “peddling” the car. We had no TV in South Africa at the time so it was radio commentary. Now living in Australia and happy to pay the Foxtel fee to watch this and many other sports. When my Dad took me the the 1976 British GP at Brands Hatch I was sold on F!. I have attended many GP around the world since. So for 43 years I have been following this sport. I have watched it change and develop over the years and much like my life I like some of the changes and some others maybe not so much. Guys, just enjoy the spectacle, chill out a bit, sit back open a beer with a mate watch the races and don’t stress yourselves out about things that you cant influence. I am waiting in anticipation for Melbourne and the launch of Fernando’s McLaren Renault off the grid, into the lead on his and his teams way to a first with in a while. Go forth and enjoy, its not as serious as you think!


Nice one David; I’m excited for McLaren’s first win of the year at Melbourne too…


Great comment David, my thoughts exactly! I have been watching since the early eighties, and enjoy the sport just as much now as I difd then. There will always be things that aren’t perfect, but the fundamental principle of the best drivers in the fastest cars remains.


TimW… Let’s say 5 years from now they decide to please Al Gore even more, and they halve the fuel flow. That would slow the cars down and might even more and possibly make them slower than indycars.

So it’s not that a faster series will turn up, it’s more likely that F1 will come up with another koo koo bananas scheme that will make it slower.


LukeC, you teally think another series might turn up with faster cars than F1? Dream on! ‘massive performance disparity’? When was this not the case?


Amen brother! Can’t wait for the start of the season!


That’s pretty much all that remains. And even the “best drivers” is open to debate as there is such a massive performance disparity between the teams that it makes you wonder.

Plus there is no guarantee that what you’ve pointed out as the “fundamental principle” will remain ten years from now, or even five years from now, as F1 no longer has any recognisable DNA, and everything is on the table for amendments or even outright axing.


I am one year older than you David…..You are just the kind of viewer the F1 circus want! I however refuse to comply.


The Sauber looks great, the Renault not so much….


Compare the overhead shots of the Renault with the rear looking photos of the Sauber. They look like the before and after photos from a slimming commercial (and the French car isn’t the tubby one). The packaging job on the rear of the Renault looks very narrow.



Any news on engine gains from the manufactures. Can’t help but feel that this is going to end up being irrelevant as Merc new engine will probably have another 50bhp and Ferrari will be no where. What about Renault and Honda?.


It’s funny how a new paint job and a fancy name can change things. Last year, I could not care less where Sauber finished but this year, I’ll definitely be keeping an eye on ‘Alfa’. The car looks cool…Halo aside…and the name is pure motorsport; works for me, i’m that shallow.


@ Reuben…How true….Just look at the blandness of ‘Renault’s’ logo with that of Alfa Romeo..really, no comparison. The new ARS car looks so much better. If we were to label the Sauber with the term ‘equipe’ ,as in team, we could then affix a new acronym for them as the ARSE team from Switzerland hahaha


Ha, awesome!!


Hi James,

I’m really enjoying your take on new release Havaiinas footwear with all these different colours and all.

But where are the F1 cars?!?!


Where are the F1 cars? A lot of people have been asking that question since Melbourne 2014.


TimW.. I imagine F1 would look like an amalgamation of what we had in the mid 90s with a little bit of mid 2000s thrown in in terms of bodywork perhaps.

In other words much better looking and much better sounding than what we have now.

And there would be no thong and no PU and fuel rationing since those elements add nothing to the spectacle of F1.

And there would still be grid girls, since pandering to modern feminism is a bad image for F1.

And everybody would have a lot more money since they wouldn’t have spent it all on Prius tech to please shysters like Al Gore.

And the cars would weigh 200kg less and would be light and agile.

And the competition would be closer.


LukeC, what do you think the sport would look like if those ‘errors’ hadn’t been made?


TimW.. People never appreciate what they have until it’s gone.

Speaking of 2013 and prior to that, I don’t recall any fans asking for F1 to become a marketing channel for prious tech; I never recall anyone asking for fuel and PU rationing; I never recall anyone asking for a thong above the cockpit; I never recall anyone asking for F1 to align itself with the pseudo-green movement led by sheysters such as Al Gore; and I never recall anyone asking for F1 to align itself with a pathological and man-hating movement that is modern feminism.

In conclusion some serious errors of judgement have been made and many ill- though out decisions, and there is no point pretending otherwise.


LukeC, after reading yours and numerous other comments referring to how terrible the cars and sport are now, I decided to go back and have a look at an article from 2013. You might imagine that in an era without PUs, Halos, Lewis/Merc domination and with all the grid girls a chap could possibly wish for, that the comments section would be full of happy F1 fans congratulating the FIA on doing such a great job, but guess what? It wasn’t.


Melbourne 2014? The change of rules post 2008 season made cars look like toys.

2017 mostly addressed the issue, with still a too wide and over engineered front wing.


Two articles about V12s and sound on Road and Track in one week.

You’re not fooling anyone R&T, we know you want at least a NA V10 back in F1.

#MeToo 🙂


Mechanical engineering lesson:

The problem with V12s, as my old neighbour’s Jag XJ12 will relate, is
problems with oil churning. It just isn’t possible to pump the oil out of the crankcase quick enough in a 12 cylinder engine without the oil greasing up around the sides of the block, leading to overheating and efficiency problems.

While a V12 does have perfect primary and secondary balance which means it doesn’t need any heavy or power sapping balance shafts unlike a V8 or V6, the extra cylinders and valves mean more moving parts, meaning more frictional losses, which cancels out the benefits of the smoothness of a V12. Add on extra fuel, oil and water required, bigger radiators and more complex plumbing and exhaust system required for a 12 cylinder, which adds weight – an absolute evil in motor sport – then the purported benefits of a 12 banger just isn’t worth it compared to a light, agile, compact V8 or V6.



Engineering lesson – you need to do more research as your completely wrong.

Dry sump reduces much of the issue you refer to

V8 and V6 do not “require” balance shafts.

Inherent vibration in a v engine is a function of crank layout (flat plane for example) and degrees of “V”

V engine of six and eight cylinders have very little vibration. 12 cylinder V engines are often two V sixes anyway.

A straight six engine is inherently perfectly balanced however most creat a harmonic at high rpm that is capable of shattering the crankshaft. Hence large dampers on the cranks of many BMW,s.

Vibration is not always an issue but it’s pitch frequently is.


Gazboy, the Jaguar V12 is an understressed and extremely reliable engine. The problem you describe as ‘oil churning’, doesn’t exist, why would oil need to be pumped out of the crankcase? What do you mean by ‘greasing up around the sides of the block’? These terms make no sense.


Sounds like a problem F1 could solve.

Also, who said V12 is an absolutr must? V10 is just fine. At this point, so is going back to V8. Nice small displacement of 2.0L and let the engine maker choose. Wouldn’t that be cool to see who can make most power from 2L engine?


Re; Small displacement NA v’s – Before tailpipe emissions became a controlling factor, some major manufacturers were exploring 2-cycle supercharged v6’s. You want sound !

Too bad F1 got locked into the environmental political movement.


That little Honda sounds amazing

Lots of potentially good solutions for an F1 engine. Love to see a brave move on the part of Liberty and Fia, ditch the strategy group and come up with an engine for the fans.


Wouldn’t it be wonderful if F1 lifted the cylinder limit, and just put a displacement limit on engines? Let them build these little 1.5L V12s with today’s engine tech?



3 black things

2 white toilet seats.

Come on Ferrari, show us one in red like this official Puma footwear.




You’ll get used to them Sebee. Martin Brundle says so. In fact, apparently by the third or fourth race you won’t even notice them anymore.


Or maybe even the 3rd or 4th corner in Melbourne.


We won’t notice them because by 3rd or 4th race, we won’t be watching.


Luke, Martin means normal people won’t notice….


Now I know where FIA got the idea from, for the Halo on 2018 cars…hahaha!


A black and yellow Renault is classic,

even if it isn’t nationalistic.



I believe, that yellow is the the French racing color. Like red for Italy, green for Britian.


My memory says French racing color is light blue.

However, Renault did combine light blue with yellow in the recent past.


Wasn’t Vandoorne ‘the most exciting prospect since Hamilton’? How does Leclerc’s F2 campaign compare with Vandoorne’s?

I honestly don’t follow F2 that closely but I thought Vandoorne’s title winning season most the series’s most dominant?


He was much more experienced and was expected to dominate.

Leclerc, like Hamilton, was a rookie and it’s very hard for a rookie to win that series; tyre knowledge for one thing.

It’s arguably harder in the Pirelli era (i.e. now) than when Hamilton did it on Bridgestones, as the tyres take more understanding.


I like the fact that that he’s just one of us now…and no longer has his own special grey box! Very egalitarian JA!!


Ah I see.

Can I just say how cool it is that my favourite F1 website is run by the same man who commentated on races during my childhood, and who takes the time to answer my, and many others’, questions? Thanks a bunch, James!!!


No worries! Glad you like the site. Thanks


hopefully a 2018 Ferrari PU will do the Alfa. And justice and they’ll be right back in the mix.

If the Pirelli tyres work out to an average of 2 stops per race (or more like 2.3 average where at some circuits 3 stops is the quickest option), and Renault PU is decent, we could have a classic season on our hands.

I imagine Mercedes, Red Bull and Ferrari would pull away, in that order, with McLaren not too far behind.

Then the midfield would be so bunched up (between Renault, Force India, Williams and hopefully Alfa-Sauber and Haas), that the front runners would find it difficult to pit into a gap before their tyres go off.

When they pit they could be stuck behind one and two stopping Toro Rosso’s, Haases and Alfa’s.

If this happens every race, we could have some fun racing ahead. All hinges on that Renault PU though, and the field tightening up. Toro Rosso is a wildcard with the Honda PU, but maybe they’ll make it slippery to counteract any power deficit?

I hope Alfa gets onto the podium this year with Leclerc (maybe in Azerbaijan?). Just love Alfa Romeo!


Remember its not actually Alfa, its Sauber with some money and a logo from Marchione because Alfa car sales need a (another) boost.

Depending on how much money, it may give Marchionne a second string with which to threaten Liberty to pull two teams out of F1 if the new rules do not suit them (and loosing their Ferrari veto and 5% off the top) Though no way do FCA own Sauber. (Currently) In any case it is the FIA that make the rules not the Commercial rights Leaseholder.

It will be interesting to see if FCA take any ownership share in Sauber over the next two years to cement the threat.


Spot on. Alfa Romeo is just a sticker that pays for Ferrari engines, and just a performance brand of FCA not a real manufacturer like BMW or Ford. Since the Ferrari spinoff I believe FCA no longer owns any of Ferrari and therefore has no F1 or other racing credibility. But, Marchionne has management control over both FCA and Ferrari and so can cause FCA to pay for Ferrari engines for Sauber. Who’s going to fight him about that decision? Probably not a good deal for FCA shareholders because putting a sticker on Sauber won’t really boost the value of Alfa Romeo’s brand.


Marchionne has made no secret about getting another FIAT brand on the track. He initially sounded like he wanted to field a complete Alpha team but I think he saw an opportunity with Sauber. I’m thinking Sauber is looking to get off the ownership horse. It will be interesting to see just how things will progress. I don’t see any dark conspiratorial moves on Marchionne’s behalf. He and Sauber have been quite open. There’s no reason for Ferrari to commit to anything without testing the concept and potential ROI. This current Alpha Sauber deal does just that.

Tornillo Amarillo

It could be that a couple of tenths of a second separates 7th on the grid

Candidates for 7th on the grid?

Alonso, Sainz, Hulk, Perez.

But in race day is different.

James how many 2 stops we had had in 2017 and how many are expected in 2018?


Ask me again after the winter testing

Very few was the answer for 2017. I hope a lot more for 2018


I hope it doesn’t change the character of the track too much. I’ve been going to the Spanish GP since 2005 (8th coming up this year) and I’ve worked out all the decent vantage points – it would a shame for all that research to go out the window!


Interesting to read about the resurfacing of the Circuit De Catalunya. James, do you think this will affect the track much? Sepang never looked the same after it was resurfaced a couple of years ago.


Bound to. It was pretty abrasive. That long T3 took it out of the left front


How much are we going to learn from testing regarding tire wear? I thought the circuit was just resurfaced. If so, wouldn’t that skew your estimate of future tire use?


Fair point and also it is usually quite cold relatively speaking. It seems worse in testing than it turns out in places like Bahrain and China in early season.

But we normally get a reasonable picture. We won’t know precisely the thermal degradation however, until we get to Bahrain.

Tornillo Amarillo

expect behind the top three of Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull, a gap back to a tight group led by McLaren, Renault, Force India, Williams, then Sauber and Haas pretty close with Toro Rosso

So this is your pecking order forecast for this year.

I like to think McLaren will match or overcome Red Bull and that Williams finally will do better than Force India.


Red Bull were occasionally a match for Mercedes and Ferrari last season. I’m expecting them to really take it to those two this season. With Verstappen and Ricciardo I don’t see a better driver lineup on the grid. If McLaren can get close to Red Bull then I see Alonso at least with a race win or two. McLaren have been working hard on their chassis the last few years and it looks to be Red Bull good to me.


Dreamer. Mclaren hasn’t produced a chassis superior to RBR since 2012, even then it was lewis’s driving. Highly doubt they’ll be ahead or even close to match RBR. At best they’ll be 4th, behind the big 3.


At best they’ll be 4th, behind the big 3.



Better than being at the ass end of the grid….the Renault running teams should be an interesting battle, reliability the key of course, dial that mofo in please…as will the internal battle of Hulkenberg and Sainz


Hard to tell for sure but they really have developed that chassis the last few years. I think it will be very very close between Red Bull and McLaren, and Renault taking a big step to be just behind them.


‘Plenty of headroom for development’ – not really – there’s a giant halo in the way!


Riccardo said he never even noticed it which might explain why he hit the barriers yesterday.


I’ve stopped noticing it.


Bob, someones got to test out that halo! Danny was just taking one for the team…:)


Haha, if you cannot see the barriers then they cannot be there 😉

It did look mightily wet if that blurry Red Bull rain shot was representative.

In all seriousness, who do you think will be the first driver to blame a collision on his halo blind spot…


Alfa Romeo are named after their founder, the Neapolitan engineer Nicola Romeo, so they could have gone for the 𝘵𝘰𝘳𝘵𝘢 𝘯𝘢𝘱𝘰𝘭𝘦𝘵𝘢𝘯𝘢 𝘣𝘪𝘢𝘯𝘤𝘢 𝘳𝘰𝘴𝘢 𝘦 𝘮𝘢𝘳𝘳𝘰𝘯𝘦 look of pink, white and brown………….

The livery looks like strawberries and cream……………..nothing wrong with that, but the Neapolitan cake livery would have look more 𝘙𝘪𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘪𝘢 𝘯𝘢𝘱𝘰𝘭𝘦𝘵𝘢𝘯𝘢, and isn’t Alfa the car you associate with Sorrento, Amalfi and Audrey Hepburn?


The greatest living car man in the world, Jeremy Clarckson, said you’re not a real man till you’ve owned an Alfa.

Well I qualify because I’ve owned an Alfa. . . . . . for 4 hours!

What a pile of rubbish, couldn’t wait to get rid of it.

2018 Ferrari motor or not, I’m expecting the Alfa stickers to make it slower.


The Alfa sticker will probably make the carbon rust.


Actually Vespa scooters for Audrey!


My family has always jokingly referred to Neapolitan ice cream as “Van Choc Straw”.


🏁Awesome looking Car👍

Love the Alfa Romeo decal

🏁🏁Well Done Sauber🏁🏁


Looks very cool.


Yeah that Alfa Sauber looks great. As does the Renault. Can’t wait to see the McLaren.


I prefer the Ferrari decals. 🙂


BK, how did you know I drink my coffee on the treadmill?

You got nearly everything right, except flip-flops. Ferrari has an aftershave? I have to get some. What is the smell of Ferrari anyway? I told you, I’m super anti flip-flops. Only from room to edge of beach sand, and in the shower. Otherwise, flip-flops are banned like moving aero!

P.S. I’m really not a Ferrari maniac BK. As you know I have to wear that Mercedes leather. I did that bike in that style because F2004 is an iconic car. I’m doing a completely nude carbon one now, as well as a yellow black Jordan Honda, which I always thought was a sharp car. Those two are moving along nicely. Yellow paint is being finished now. See…I’m open to variety! I was even open to a B194 styled MTB, but it’s so busy with colors, it’s not easy to replicate that styling on a bike. Soon there will be an F1 grid of bikes around here!



Even a De Lorean would look cool with Ferrari decals.

. . . . .ok. . . maybe not.


Have started the Jordan Bike Yet Sebee?

I just thought wh3n you are riding your Ferrari Bike you could wear The Mercedes Hugo Boss jacket 😉 That’ll add the icing 😎



Since you obviously are an Alfa Romeo guy, I have to tell you a few things.

This effort is likely temporary for leverage, negotiation with Liberty and it will certainly not produce any meaningful results. They will never be contenders, and Ferrari will make sure of that, even if they somehow magically happen to be at the top of the charts. How long will it run? Who knows!?

So, please, enjoy the logo and the car. I enjoy an Alfa here or there too, even if I am really really against nail polish metallic red on cars.

This decal joke is a fascinating joke between BK and I, about a fascinating tribute bike (photo) to the F2004 V10 that I put together a year while back. Still chainless, unridden and just eye candy, but with the mentioned Ferrari logo I know BK likes…fascinatingly enough, I think he likes it a lot! Fascinating stuff. 🙂


Sebee let me guess you have Ferrari Decals on your pedal bike ,your flip flops, your peddle bin, your dressing gown, your every day clothing, your running machine tracks and your coffee mug. Not to mention the over powering smell of cheap Ferrari aftershave and Sunglasses.

I once had a neighbour who had a thing about Man Utd and painted his garage door with a massive Man Utd emblem 😄

You can imagine what happened when a load of Arsenal fans continually tagged his door with unwanted suggestions regarding his team😄

The garage door went a neutral colour rapidly 😄

Ps I’m not a football fan so it went over my head. Rugby is my team sport.

I’m just glad to see the Alfa Romeo insignia back in F1 👍


But the Alfa logo is so very distinctive! though to be fair the two policemen who stopped me on the A3 in my 1978 Giulietta had never heard of it. Still a car with “interesting” characteristics, some of which fully demonstrated the attitude of the factory workers who put it together.


Certainly, it’s a good feeling when teams change their lively for this has the ability of exciting the visual senses.

So yes, the new Sauber looks freshing with it’s two colour lively

As for the midfield battle, it’s shaping up to be very exciting more so because lots of midfield drivers deserve to be in top running teams

Talking about Sauber’s Charles, the one question mark I have over him is due to the fact that no Sauber driver has yet had a very successful career

Else where in the Renault corner, Hulkenburg reckons it will take the team 2 to 3 years before they can push for the titles which can possibly mean the team hasn’t yet cracked the engine secrets


Vettel made his debut with Sauber!!!


@ BobC

Aah good point, cheers for the reminder


“the fact that no Sauber driver has yet had a very successful career”
This is only true is you think being World Champion is not being successful.


@ MartinW

No question that to midfielders and backmarkers, winning races or becoming champion is the ultimate achievement

However, to certain drivers with huge potential, multiple championships is the real barometer for success


Raikonen, Massa, Villeneuve (end of his career)…Sauber’s had some decent pilots over the years.


Raikkonen got a start there, Villeneuve had a finish, & Massa, just like Le Clerc, was placed there by Ferrari.

Life is all circles.


@ Twitch_6

I agree that Sauber has had some decent drivers over the years, but I would also say that they weren’t exactly superstars


Raikkonen was a Sauber driver…!


@ redline

Indeed, though Kimi has won one title so far. I was referring to mega success i.e. legendary kind of success


Er no Sauber driver has had a successful career? – I thought Kimi Raikkonen-the very man whose job Leclerc is after was a WDC. JV was the 1997 WDC before he even arrived there . Massa went on to become a WDC runner up. Must do better next time goferet.


If we’re looking at Alfa, obviously Fangio got his first with that team.


@ Stephen Taylor

Actually, I was referring to astronomical success that is fitting to someone with Charles’ potential

Robert in San Diego

I believe a certain driver named Kimi drove for Sauber. No slouch.


@ Robert in San Diego

It’s true that Kimi drove for Sauber, unfortunately Kimi hasn’t achieved as much success he deserves e.g. 2005


@ Robert in San Diego

It’s true Kimi drove for Sauber, unfortunately his career hasn’t achieved quite the success he deserved e.g. 2005 season


Felipe Massa, Kimi Raikonnen and Sergio Perezhave done alright after Sauber…..


@ Chris

It’s true, Massa, Kimi and Perez have done alright for themselves but with somebody of Charles’ potential, he deserves success that is more than alright


Kimi’s career doesn’t count as successful?


@ Andrew M

I believe in today’s money, one title to your name doesn’t quite cut it as a very successful story


goferet you’re forgetting Massa and Raikkonen who both drove for Sauber


@ Grant

Oh no, I didn’t forget about Massa & Kimi. What I was on about is both Massa and Kimi didn’t achieve legendary success


Think you are spot on James ; the new Sauber looks quite basic compared to the other new cars although the new front wing looks interesting but that is no real surprise. I am much positive about there future and think they could even give HAAS a challenge towards the end of the season.


From an appearance standpoint the car looks aggressive and fast. Hope that look translates into competitiveness as you hinted at James. I am cautiously optimistic about this season….It has the potential to be a cracker but I have felt this way before and been let down because cars can’t follow….


The Sauber definitely looks more developed than their other cars from recent years. There’s clearly a lot going on at the front and around the bottom of the sidepod and I’d love to know what they’re doing with the tiny, split intakes as well as the nostrils on the front of the car. Also note the picture of the two drivers – Ericsson and Leclerc are of roughly equal height, so if Marcus is outperformed he can’t blame it on the weight deficit this time.


The benchmark wasn’t very high… the 2016 abomination looked like it was designed with a set-square an pencil…! This one looks more purposeful, but it will only be 3-4 races in that we know the lay-of-the-land.


@James Allen

Thanks for your efforts in bringing F1 to the fans….sadly, after following F1 for 35 years I won’t be watching or following it closely anymore as I’ve been losing interest since the start of the Hybrid “PU” era…and all the recent HALO, F1-Logo, Grid Girls political correctness nonsense is the final nail in my F1-coffin.

In recent years I’ve never posted anything positive about F1 on your chat forum…(and as the saying goes “if you can’t say anything good, then don’t say anything at all”) and hence I’ll sign-off for good with this last comment on your website.

I have great F1 memories and I will continue to cherish them….the most recent was getting a personally signed copy from Adrian Newey of his book in my Christmas stocking!!…see pic.

Bye bye F1 – I wish you all the best, and thanks again James for all your work.




It is sad that F1 has been taken over by the money men and the car manufacturers while the FIA just ‘fiddled while Rome burned’ in pursuing their own agenda but even the shell of a sport tbat remains is not completely devoid of interest. I understand why some might just give up on F1. However, While I will not be paying to watch I expect to remain interested through whatever methods are available but I won’t be losing sleep over it as it all seems less important these days.


Got sentimental for a moment that The Bung has truly blogged his last, and then I see another post of his below. More of a Filipe Massa goodbye than a Reubens Barrichello goodbye. Bye Bung.


Seriously? Hell homey, I’m 66 and have been into F1 since I was kid. All of the stuff you are so upset about is called evolution. You know, changing how something is so that it does not remain static and possibly regress. As a true F1 fan, you should know better. When I started watching F1, there was no safety in the sport. None. Burning to death was your reward for failure. Back then the engines were loud and by today’s standards, inefficient as hell. We I first started following F1, the drivers were predominately rich kids who got their seats based on money more often than not. What I am saying is that maybe its a good thing you are going away. Change is hard for some folks. Especially when it means losing your sexist values. So my friend maybe it is time to put on your MAGA hat and retire.


This isn’t actually evolution, by any definition of the word.

It’s a bunch of mandatory rules, about a dozen too many by now.

Sport is ruined.



What we’re trying to say is that “evolution” can go too far and miss he point.

Formula 1 evolution to what it was during “Peak F1” in the late 90s and early 2000s, when most viewers watched and the sport had the deepest penetration is something we have to be aware of. In that time, the image of what F1 is was pushed to the widest audience. Since then, that image has been eroded on number of fronts. Since you provided a list, I’ll give you a list…

– unlimited excess started to give way to engine use limits

– now engine use limits result in fans being punished in later part of the season and drivers being pushed to the back of the grid

– the claims are that this is to save money, when really F1 costs more than ever, including these fewest engines per season ever.

– F1 has moved too far toward this efficiency, fuel savings, endurance type of formula – which is a complete and total deception. F1 is not more efficient, it is not saving fuel and the endurance push is misguided.

– iconic sound to which the fans in early 2000s were exposed as the identifying feature of F1, one of the most direct connections the sport had to wow the crowd, is gone.

– cockpits got closed up with halos. Yeah, one guy died because the equipment allowed on the track under local yellows (green in that sector actually) caused it. You’d think they are solving a pandemic of cockpit deaths in F1 with this halo, right? Consider that 1.3m people die in cars each year with the product they are selling us in F1…but that’s OK, right?

Formula 1 is about a fine balance, always was. I understand the argument those have with the direction. Clearly they make the call and they “win” because the can implement the changes. However, by changing the identity of the product on track drastically, they have yielded to a fad vs. their long standing identity. The question is, how does F1 come out on the other side of that choice?


No, there was nothing admirable about drivers – irrespective of talent – dying back then. It was sad, it was stupid and a lot of it was unnecessary.

I remember reading and interview with Damon Hill in which he was asked what it was like growing up as the son of a champion driver.

He said “we went to lots of funerals.”

Get a grip, please, everybody. There was glamour around F1 back then, but it was nothing to do with drivers dying.

And so, F1 is right to implement the halo. F1 drivers now are far safer than even 20 years ago. But that doesn’t mean that F1 should stop pursuing safety, it means they should continue, they should make the cars more safe.


Three cheers BobW, well said.

I’m a bit behind at 55, but I totally get your drift.

I can have the odd complaint, but the biggest gripe of what F1 needs is, put more bloody cars on the grid!!!

F1 has never stood still, & F1 has never been about more overtaking.

So to all the newbies that don’t get it, Shane’s bus is leaving & there are seats available.


All the discussion about “evolution” misses the point and uses the wrong analogy. F1 has never just evolved from one season to another – just read some history.

It started off as 2.5 litre formula. Then a couple of years later there were so few credible F1 car/engine packages that they ran the WDC with F2 cars. Then came the 1.5 litre formula. Then the 3 liter formula (notice the straight line evolution) which was the era in which big tyres and wings started appearing. In the early 80s they started clamping down on ground effects, and we started seeing more turbo cars because of an old rule that said (for no good reason) that you could run a 3 litre engine OR a 1.5 litre blown engine.

Eventually flat bottomed cars were mandated to rule ground effects all the way out. This is the mid 80s. Meantime there had been various restrictions on wings, at one time a ban on the air intake scoops and starting in the 70s compulsory safety structures on the cars.

Then the clamp down on the turbos started with incremental limits on turbo boost and fuel tank limits. The idea was to get them all the way out of the sport, and the limit for non-turbo engines was raised to 3.5 litres.

And that was before the end of the 80s.

F1 has never been purely evolutionary in it’s rules, and more often that not the rule changes have restricted performance, often intentionally.

So what we’re seeing the last couple of years is just more change in a sport that has always been changing.

Nobody has to like it, but let’s not pretend it was ever any different. And maybe recognising that there’s always been these changes, and that they often are seen as restrictive, helps us see modern F1 in a different context.

What has changed is that 35 years ago when the rules to restrict ground effect started biting fans didn’t have bulletin boards to voice their discontent. 50 years ago when Jackie Stewart was agitating for some basic safety precautions, Dennis Jenkinson didn’t have a blog on which he got lots of likes.



You have to admit there is something admirable about a guy paying to drive a car in an era where deaths were commonplace in F1. Kinda made you look past the fact they were pay drivers, didn’t it?

The image and aura around F1 was made in those years. If F1 started today with the product they are putting on the track for 2018, it would be the first casualty.


@ BobW what a supercilious and condescending post.


BobW… What has been done to F1 in recent years is borderline criminal. To me there is a difference between evolution and merely a change, and F1 was merely changed — for the worse.

The lack of respect for what F1 is supposed to be about has absolutely astonished me, and continues to astonish me every year as one Koo koo bananas scheme gets implemented after another.

Therefore I absolutely understand The Bung’s point if view and to be honsest I’m not far off quitting F1 myself. And I’m saying this as someone who has been obsessed with F1 since the mid nineties.



What I find fascinating more than anything else is that people who claim to be progressive and forward thinkers, as you do, actually exhibit the same screw you behaviour they apparently frown upon.

Evolution? Is that what this is? Evolution of what? Automotive marketing strategy? Selling you stuff you don’t need? Telling you that you’re special since you’re paying for Sky to watch this evolution? Telling you that Formula 1 is now efficient? That this PU actually saves fuel? That it is ‘green’? Do you seriously think that if this PU technology was so great they would be wasting money on showing it off without having an actual product derived from it, which we can purchase? Oh wait a minute, that product exists, and it did before F1 woke up to it. It was called a Prius, it’s been here 2 decades and it barely has 2% automotive market share. The product that Mercedes is selling you here with PUs is actually AMG premium cars ideally, with the top selling AMG choice engine being a V8, and of course V12s available should you wish. Go PU! Go Evolution!

Oh, and by the way, my grandma’s oatmeal raisin recipe hasn’t changed since I can remember. Change for sake of change is just lame. Here, have a Coke BobW…it now comes in a new shape bottle. Actually, no it doesn’t! Coke knows the key identifying features of their product and it won’t dare change them.


@ The Bung.

You’re one of hundreds of millions that have punched out in recent years, sadly. They’re losing you because…well, in a nutshell, I don’t know why. They have this tendency to fix things, which aren’t broken. There is hardly a better example of that than what has happened to Formula 1.

If it wasn’t for the fact that I treadmill in the mornings, I wouldn’t watch Formula 1 for some time now as well. Now that they pushed the start times forward by an hour, I think there is a very good chance I will also drop off. The new start times just don’t fit with my routine. If it was really done for US, I doubt that the gains on the west coast (would you wake up at 6AM for this hybrid halo F1? – they will still just PVR or watch the replay) will offset the loses on the east coast as the race now eats up the heart of Sunday morning. I mean, before you could watch it and still take the lady out for brunch. That’s just one example.


You haven’t included sleep in your math inequation….here in Australia we sacrifice sleep to watch F1 live late on a Sunday night…or we record it and watch bits and pieces throughout the week and avoid F1 websites and sports shows until we have watched the complete race!


@ Jungle…let’s do some Maths with Sebee. It’s been a while.

I give F1; my time, attention, I used to give it money with travel to many Grand Prix, I even bought a few hats and got suckered into one of those Ferrari Puma sneakers. I’m here chatting it up.

In exchange F1 has taken away from it’s product; competition, sound, speed, open cockpits, and now it’s asking me to give up Sunday brunch?

Those two sides DO NOT equal for some time, and what F1 is asking for does not justify what it provides to be frank. And now I have to make an effort to watch it? I’ll watch the 5 minute YouTube highlight video on the official F1 channel as I’m paying for my Sunday lunch bill. I have limits Jungle. I’ll go old school and watch music videos during my treadmillin’!


lol….F1 now conflicts with your treadmill schedule?


LKFE, in case you haven’t noticed, (in yet another change) the default order is now reversed, so it doesn’t matter anymore. So sleep in, catch the free YouTube highlight reel on the official F1 channel, save tons of time, comment and still be at the top! 🙂


Well, the best figures I can find are a viewership decline of about 137 million. That doesn’t necessarily equate to 137 million people turning off because a lot of viewers would have watched whole seasons. If a 1000 people who watched 20 races in a season take their business elsewhere, the viewing stats decrease by 20 000.

And why is that? This is where you make too much of it and tie a drop in figures to your resistance to change.

A lot of the decline is due to switching to pay TV. This reduces audiences but brings the teams more money, so it’s a mixed curse (or a mixed blessing).

There are regional fluctuations too depending on who is winning. As Alonso has dropped out of contention, viewers in Spain decline. In 2016 when Rosberg took an early championship lead, viewers in the UK foresaw somebody other than Hamilton winning the championship and figures there dropped (TV audiences and ticket sales for the Grand Prix).

So the TV audience is down (though the social media audience is up, and F1 claims to have the fastest growth in social media for any major sport), actual number of viewers is down by a smaller figure, and a lot of it is due to pay TV or to parochial concerns about who is winning.

Right(ish) data. Questionable conclusion.


If you start DVR-ing, you’re gunna miss “first comment”…

These strands could go off in absolutely any direction without you setting the tone for the first 50 or so comments..

That 70 minute delay is striking at the heart of all F1 discourse on this site!!

All for what?



@Sebee – I don’t mind telling you that I actually seek out your comments first on most of the articles in James’s website as I often find myself agreeing with everything you say…so to have you personally reply to one of my own comments is a nice way to end my time on here and bring some closure to the sadness I feel at having to walk away from F1.

I think it’s only fitting that the last image I put on here is that of my F1 hero and sporting hero – Ayrton Senna. This is an original picture – not a re-print – it is picture number 4 of 50…I have it on my Living Room wall…the portrait is made of hand writing of famous quotes that others have given about Senna.


I feel the same! It’s a great shame that it’s come to this. I’ve traveled all over the world to attend races and even arranged a multi million dollar sponsorship of a team at one point too, however it’s just not what I’m excited to watch anymore for all the reasons you’ve mentioned.


I guess to pick up on what @sebee has said, yes the read is that after all these changes and the absolute complete disinterest of the fans – who make the whole show possible, these latest changes are ones that broke the camel’s back. Basically, the cost of engagement and consumption – either on TV or Track-side is far to high for what is being offered. In other words simply put the proposition lacks value for money. So being forced to pay sky high prices to watch and engage with something that really isn’t that great any more just doesn’t add up for me. The race day experience is very boring, the cars sound horrible these days and now they look horrible too with all this PC safety nonsense – its just gone to far.

If I want to engage with something that is exciting, where the athletes really show some courage instead of being wrapped up in cotton wool, then there’s Supercross and MotoGp. Both provide an amazing spectacle on TV or at a race and are hundreds of percent cheaper to consume and enjoy which means the value proposition is there compared to F1. How F1 can not see or understand this just doesn’t add up to me.


I feel the same…message received loud and clear from the FIA/Liberty. F1 is now just a disappointment and I don’t need that from my entertainment sources so I’m moving on after 20 years.

Check out the various bike series Shane. It’s good stuff. WRC is cool too.

Take care


Just for a different spin on the negativity … I would like to thank Liberty Media for allowing the Australian V8 Supercars participation at the Australian F1 GP to now be a full V8 Supercar Championship round with full championship points on the table.

I have never been to a Australian F1 GP since the introduction of the Hybrid PU, however this year have let the moths out of my wallet and purchased a 3 day pass. Looking forward to hearing a full field of V8 Supercars at full song and the best drivers fighting it out in relatively evenly match race cars,.. awesome.

@James : Keep up the good work. My interest in F1 has been waning in recent years and now that F1 has dropped off the FTA TV, your site is now my primary source of F1 information. Like to keep up with Danial Riccardo’s progress through the season. Cheers.


you’re going to stop watching a sport you’ve been watching for 35 years because they replaced the 15 year old logo, got rid of grid girls and added an extra head protector to the car? Well we’re vert sad to lose you, you were obviously a huge fan of the sport.


And DRS push to pass, and no strategy anymore since refueling left, and endurance parts… it will be 1 engine per season soon you call that F1? It isn’t.

Grid girls and halo are nothing compared to all that’s other stuff.


To me it reads that halo and other PC decisions are the just he straw the broke the camel’s back.

I think Formula 1 is underestimating the patience and how many fans will continue to hang on in hope this turns around. And with each day, it looks like there is less and less of a chance of turing this around. 2021 proposals certainly don’t read as that inspirational to me for example.

At some point, as a fan, you have to ask if this is what you want to see, watch, and if you get enjoyment from it.


I think this is a positive experience. However, the new car is not enough ….character’s. The speed and power we will see at the race track.


Looks not bad, shame it doesn’t have a bit more red or green from the Alfa badge at the front. I guess they don’t want it looking too Ferrari-ish.

So much of the racing and competition in F1 2018 seems reliant on a decent, reliable Renault PU.

If they can’t touch the Mercedes PU or Ferrari then I home at least that Renault/Red Bull/McLaren can race each other. (Although the Red Bull couldn’t usually compete with Mercedes, there was a big gap from the Red Bull to the works Renault last year!)


can you please stop the spam emails for comments?


Clicking the plus symbol is adding more than one to the total. I have just added three twice!


We’re on it, should be sorted today



Hi james…can your comments have the grey background they used to have?

It was helpful for the posts with 00’s of posts to find the good questions and your responses.



The Sauber livery reminds me of the 1999 BAR-Honda – almost two separate designs with the white and blue (reminiscent of the 2012 Williams) at the front and the red bit at the back and on the engine cover.

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