Posted on Friday, December 2, 2016

Rosberg retires from Formula 1

Nico Rosberg announced his retirement from the sport just five days after becoming the 2016 Formula One World Champion. His decision leaves Mercedes in a difficult position of looking for another team-mate for Lewis Hamilton for the next season. In an emotional press conference prior to the 2016 FIA Prize Giving in Vienna, Austria, Rosberg revealed the reasons behind his decision, which was reached following his crowning achievement in Abu Dhabi last Sunday. Nico has competed in a total of 206 Grands Prix and won […]

Posted on Sunday, November 27, 2016

Hamilton wins, Rosberg clinches title

Nico Rosberg held on under-pressure from Sebastian Vettel and Max Verstappen in a nail-biting climax to clinch his maiden Formula 1 crown as race winner Lewis Hamilton backed his title rival into the chasing pack. Both the Mercedes drivers started strongly, crucially holding station through turn one as Verstappen spun out and tumbled down the order following a collision with Nico Hulkenberg. Rosberg, though, emerged behind Verstappen following his first pit-stop and sat behind the Dutchman for a long period before making a daring pass […]

Posted on Monday, November 14, 2016

Verstappen draws comparisons with the F1 greats

Max Verstappen was compared to Formula One greats Ayrton Senna and Michael Schumacher on Sunday after the Dutch teenager's sensational drive to third place in a wet and chaotic Brazilian Grand Prix. Even father and former racer Jos, the 19-year-old Red Bull driver's biggest fan and fiercest critic, was astonished. "What Max showed here today was really special," he said of a race likely to go down in the sport's annals as one for the ages. In the last 15 laps, after a change to […]

Posted on Monday, November 14, 2016

Massa says tearful farewell to home fans

Tears flowed in the Formula One pitlane as Brazilian Felipe Massa hugged his family, thanked his past and present mechanics and waved to the crowd after crashing out of his home grand prix on Sunday. The Williams driver, who will bow out in Abu Dhabi at the end of the month after his 250th race, had hoped for one last hurrah at a circuit where he was twice a winner with Ferrari but it was not to be. "It was heartbreaking," the 35-year-old, who wrapped […]

Posted on Monday, November 14, 2016

Nasr overjoyed with precious points for Sauber

Brazilian Felipe Nasr had hoped his home race would provide a breakthrough for struggling Sauber and he was proven right on Sunday when he scored the Swiss team's first points of the season. Nasr's ninth place at a wet Interlagos brought only two points but they could be worth millions of dollars once the Formula One championship is finished by putting Sauber ahead of tail-end rivals Manor. "I have no words to say how happy I am at the moment," declared Nasr, whose future remains […]

Posted on Friday, November 11, 2016

Haas F1 confirm Magnussen as Gutierrez replacement

Denmark's Kevin Magnussen will race for Haas next season in place of Mexican Esteban Gutierrez, the U.S.-owned Formula One team announced on Friday. Magnussen, currently with Renault, will partner French driver Romain Grosjean. "Our second season will bring a new set of challenges, and we feel that pairing Kevin with Romain will help us develop our new car and continue our growth," team founder and chairman Gene Haas said in a statement at the Brazilian Grand Prix. "I want to thank Esteban Gutiérrez for all […]

Posted on Thursday, November 10, 2016

Ocon joins Force India F1 team on multi-year deal

French driver Esteban Ocon will race for Force India next season after agreeing a multi-year deal, the Silverstone-based Formula One team said in a statement at the Brazilian Grand Prix on Thursday. Ocon replaces German Nico Hulkenberg, who has moved to Renault, in the line-up alongside Mexican Sergio Perez at a team currently fourth in the championship. The 20-year-old is contracted long-term to Mercedes, Force India's engine provider, and made his debut this year with the lowly Manor team as a mid-season replacement for Indonesian […]

Posted on Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Renault retains Palmer for 2017

Renault confirms that it will retain Jolyon Palmer for the 2017 Formula 1 season. Palmer will join the recently-announced Nico Hülkenberg to complete the team’s driver line-up for next year. Twenty-five year old Jolyon Palmer won the GP2 Series in 2014 and joined Renault as the third driver at the start of the 2015 season, graduating to race driver in 2016. He has started 18 grand prix to date, scoring his first world championship point at this year’s Malaysian GP. “We are delighted to retain […]

Posted on Friday, November 4, 2016

Bottas and Stroll for Williams’ 2017 campaign

Williams confirms Valtteri Bottas will race with the team for a fifth consecutive season, with Lance Stroll making his Formula One debut alongside him for the 2017 season. Bottas has been racing for Williams since 2013 and remains a valuable asset to the team, leading them through the big regulations changes that will be introduced next year. “Firstly, I am very happy that I will be starting my fifth season racing for Williams in 2017. It’s going to be an exciting year with all the […]

Posted on Sunday, October 30, 2016

Gutiérrez struggled in his home race

Esteban Gutiérrez finished 19th in the Mexican Grand Prix on Sunday after surviving getting sandwiched between Marcus Ericsson’s Sauber and Pascal Wehrlein’s Manor through turn one at the start of the race. Despite contact that sent Wehrlein spinning off track and into Ericsson and then into the barriers, Gutiérrez emerged unscathed in 14th. The accident triggered the Virtual Safety Car and after a handful of drivers headed to the pits for service, the Mexican managed to keep his position. Shortly after the race went green on […]

Posted on Sunday, October 23, 2016

Hamilton cruises to 50th F1 victory

Lewis Hamilton kept his slim title hopes alive as he ended a five-race drought with victory in the US Grand Prix, with team-mate and championship leader Nico Rosberg finishing second. Hamilton held off Rosberg and Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo on the ascent to Turn 1, and his feathers were unruffled thereafter, eventually coming home 4.5 seconds clear of his title rival as he coasted to the chequered flag. The win was Hamilton's fifth on US soil, and fourth in Austin, equalling Michael Schumacher's record, though […]

Posted on Saturday, October 22, 2016

Hamilton beats Rosberg to Austin pole

Lewis Hamilton got the better of Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg to take a morale-boosting pole position for the United States Grand Prix in Texas. Hamilton clocked a 1:34.999 on his final run in Q3 to out-pace championship leader Rosberg by two tenths of a second, but the Englishman knows a good start is essential if he is to kick-start a monumental fightback in the remaining races. Red Bull were unable to challenge Mercedes despite their encouraging practice pace, with Daniel Ricciardo six tenths adrift of […]