Posted on Monday, January 16, 2017

Bottas joins Mercedes for 2017

Mercedes officially confirmed that Valtteri Bottas will line up alongside Lewis Hamilton in 2017 and fill the vacant seat left by Nico Rosberg’s retirement from the sport at the end of last season. The Finn becomes the 11th driver to compete in Formula One with the Silver Arrows, a move that was possible only after Williams agreed to release him from his contract. The 27-year-old native of Nastola, Finland has completed four seasons in Formula One with Williams, making 77 starts and scoring 9 career […]

Posted on Monday, January 16, 2017

Massa to replace Bottas at Williams

Williams confirms that Felipe Massa has agreed to re-join the team on a one-year deal, coming out of retirement to replace Valtteri Bottas who the team has released to join Mercedes for the 2017 season. The Brazilian will race for a fourth consecutive season with Williams, alongside Lance Stroll who will make his Formula One debut in the 2017 Formula One Championship. Having joined Williams in 2014, Felipe has been instrumental in the team’s improved performance supporting resurgence to third place in the Constructors’ Championship […]

Posted on Monday, January 16, 2017

Sauber signs Wehrlein for 2017

Pascal Wehrlein will complete Sauber’s driver line-up for the 2017 Formula One World Championship alongside Marcus Ericsson. The 22-year old German has proved his potential in junior single-seater racing, but above all with Mercedes-Benz in the DTM where he drove from 2013 until 2015, breaking record after record: he became the youngest debutant in 2013, the youngest race winner in 2014 and the youngest champion in 2015. “We are very pleased to confirm Pascal Wehrlein as our second race driver for the 2017 Formula One […]

Posted on Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Paddy Lowe leaves Mercedes

Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport confirms its Executive Director Paddy Lowe will be leaving the team after three and a half successful years. He has now begun a period of garden leave. The company’s Board wishes Paddy well with his future endeavours and thanks him for his significant contribution to the team’s achievements. In the short term, Mercedes’ technical organisation will continue to operate under the proven and established leadership of its senior directors Aldo Costa (Engineering Director), Mark Ellis (Performance Director), Rob Thomas (Chief Operating Officer) […]

Posted on Saturday, January 7, 2017

British GP future thrown into doubt

BRDC chairman John Grant has confirmed in letter to members that the Silverstone circuit will considering terminating its F1 contract from 2020. The news comes as a shock to Motorsport fans around Britain. The 2016 British GP attracted a record attendance over the four day weekend, with 122,000 spectators on Race day. The letter to BRDC members was leaked to ITV News. It read, “Your board would like to preserve the BGP at Silverstone for many years to come, but only if it makes sense […]

Posted on Friday, January 6, 2017

Hungaroring upgrades confirmed for Moto GP arrival

Hungary is hoping that updates to its Budapest based circuit can secure the Moto GP series for the first time. The Hungaroring is currently undergoing a three year update programme, which began in March last year. The first stage was resurfacing the full 2.72 miles of circuit, the first time this has been done since the circuit’s construction in 1985. There are plans later this year to further modify some corners, as well as constructing new grandstands and television commentary booths. The final stage will […]

Posted on Saturday, December 17, 2016

Schumacher’s family launches the ‘Keep Fighting’ initiative

Michael Schumacher’s family launches a new non-profit action that seeks to channel the positive energy received by the seven times Formula One world champion and his family as a force for good in the world. The ‘Keep Fighting’ initiative aims to unite the people who are inspired by the career and character of Michael Schumacher and to encourage them to keep fighting and never give up.    The initiative is managed by the Michael Schumacher’s office (The MS Office) and #TeamMichael on behalf of the […]

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 […]