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 […]

Posted on Friday, October 21, 2016

Vettel: Ferrari was on ‘back foot’

Sebastian Vettel is not happy with how the first two practice sessions at the Circuit of the Americas went for him after a damaged wing cost him track time in FP1 and performance in FP2. The German is confident the pace will be better on Saturday as Ferrari couldn’t show its full potential on Friday. A trip over the kerbs during the first session damaged some front end aero components and the right rearview mirror on his SF16-H which required repairs before he was able […]

Posted on Friday, October 21, 2016

Poor debut for Haas on home soil

Haas did not enjoy a positive debut on home soil after experiencing a series of issues on Friday with the main one being the rear brake drum’s winglets falling off the car. The team says the loads are very high in Austin and this might have caused the problems, but hopes to fix it before heading into the last practice session. Romain Grosjean’s best time in FP1 was a lap of 1:40.826 which put him 14th overall, while Esteban Gutiérrez slotted just behind his team mate. […]

Posted on Friday, October 14, 2016

Hülkenberg joins Renault from 2017

Nico Hülkenberg will leave Force India at the end of this season to join Renault for 2017, as part of a multi-year deal with the team. He is the first driver announced to be racing with the Enstone-based squad next season. The German driver reckons he is grateful that Force India has given him the chance to take up this new opportunity after agreeing to his departure before the end of his contract. “Renault has always been a big player in the motorsport world that brings up […]

Posted on Sunday, October 9, 2016

Haas frustrated over pointless race

Romain Grosjean and Esteban Gutiérrez did not bring any point to their team after finished 11th and 20th, respectively in the Japanese GP at Suzuka. Haas drivers had to start the race on the same set of soft tires they used in Q3 and bet on a two-stop strategy to score good results. Grosjean started the race from seventh and Gutiérrez rolled off in 10th, with the first being pushed wide at the start by Nico Hulkenberg, which dropped him to ninth. Gutiérrez held his […]

Posted on Sunday, October 9, 2016

Rosberg wins, Mercedes clinch championship

Nico Rosberg took a step closer to a maiden F1 crown with a dominant victory at the Japanese Grand Prix in Suzuka as Lewis Hamilton recovered from another poor start to finish 3rd and Mercedes sealed their third consecutive constructors' championship. Rosberg crucially retained his lead at the start and was unchallenged thereafter, coming home five seconds ahead of second-placed Max Verstappen and extending his championship advantage to 33 points with just four races remaining. Verstappen held off Hamilton in the closing laps for P2, […]

Posted on Saturday, October 8, 2016

Rosberg pips Hamilton to Suzuka pole

Championship leader Nico Rosberg edged Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton by the finest of margins to grab a third consecutive Suzuka pole position, while Ferrari out-performed rivals Red Bull. Hamilton had snatched provisional pole on the first runs in Q3, but Rosberg, who had topped all three sections, clocked a 1:30.647 in the dying stages to head his title rival by just 0.013 seconds. It was an inspired performance from Kimi Raikkonen to take third on the grid behind the Silver Arrows, just three tenths adrift, […]

Posted on Sunday, October 2, 2016

Perez stays with Force India in 2017

Sergio Perez has confirmed that he will stay another season with Sahara Force India as his sponsors have finally come to an agreement with the team. The Mexican ended the speculations raised over the last few months about his future and is happy to continue his career with the Silverstone-based team. “I’m pleased to confirm that I will be racing with Sahara Force India in 2017 as the team and my supporters have concluded their agreements. I’m very happy with this team and I have […]

Posted on Sunday, October 2, 2016

Vettel handed grid penalty for Japan

Sebastian Vettel has been handed a three-place grid penalty for next weekend’s Japanese Grand Prix for the first-corner collision with Nico Rosberg in Malaysia. Ferrari driver was fighting for position with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen when locked up and tagged Rosberg into a spin that sent the Mercedes driver at the back of the grid. Vettel sustained suspension damage to his car that ended his race. After investigating the incident the stewards deemed Vettel responsible for the clash, penalizing his with a grid drop and […]

Posted on Sunday, October 2, 2016

Palmer joins point-scorer club

Jolyon Palmer scored his maiden Formula One point in today’s Malaysia Grand Prix thanks to a clean drive and a one-stop strategy that allowed him to beat Toro Rosso’s Carlos Sainz. The Renault’s driver put his disappointment from yesterday’s qualifying behind him to deliver in emphatic fashion his tenth-placed finish from P19 on the grid. “Point-scorer: It feels good! I’m really happy, I think the whole week has been really positive. The race was really smooth - I wish it was always so straightforward! “I […]

Posted on Thursday, September 29, 2016

Vettel praised new track surface

Sebastian Vettel has praised Sepang International Circuit ahead of this weekend’s Malaysian Grand Prix following a repaving of the legendary venue with a high-performance bitumen specifically developed for use on racing circuits. The four-time World Champion walked the 5.543 km track with his team in preparation for a race at which he has achieved huge success, including four victories and his first win for Ferrari last year. “I walked the track earlier today and from what I see the track surface looks really good. It’s […]