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Posted on Monday, March 3, 2014

No more testing; next stop Melbourne

That’s it now. 12 days’ of pre-season testing have gone in a flash as the Formula 1 teams now prepare for the first race of the new era. Some will head to Melbourne with confidence of topping the podium, while others will fear that any problems will be shown in very public light and with no quick fix. Here’s how the sport’s 11 representatives fared in the third and final test. Red Bull-Renault Red Bull made progress with their recalcitrant RB10 but it was still […]

Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014

Williams expands engineering team with new recruits

Williams has expanded its engineering team after confirming their signing of three members from rival teams. Jakob Andreasen joins the team from Force India as head of engineering operations, reporting to chief technical officer Pat Symonds. Craig Wilson, rejoins Williams after a stint at Mercedes, will become head of vehicle dynamics. Rob Nelson joins from Lotus as chief test and support engineer. "Williams is determined to make strong improvements in our competitiveness over the coming seasons and these new appointments continue our aggressive approach in […]

Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014

F1 2014: The numbers game

Formula 1 has changed its numbering system for the first time since 1996. Here's a look at the numbers for 2014... The announcement towards the end of 2013 that drivers would select

Posted on Friday, January 3, 2014

Ferrari president: Raikkonen and Alonso 'could be dangerous'

Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo has conceded that pairing Kimi Raikkonen with Fernando Alonso for the 2014 season 'could be dangerous'. Ferrari has altered its driver line-up for the first time since the start of 2010 as Raikkonen returns to the team with which he won the 2007 championship, replacing Felipe Massa. Alonso has enjoyed priority over Massa since 2010 and, with Raikkonen also a world champion, Di Montezemolo admits that it is a risky strategy for Ferrari. "Putting together Alonso and Raikkonen could be […]

Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013

Massa claims to be 'as fast' as Alonso

Felipe Massa insists he was "as fast, if not faster" than Fernando Alonso in qualifying trim this year. Ultimately, the Brazilian scored less than half the points of his high-profile teammate, and finally lost his Ferrari race seat. Massa will drive for Williams in 2014. "I know they are going through a tough phase," he is quoted by Finland's Turun Sanomat newspaper, "but I think that with the changes they're making, they can go back to what they were doing a few years ago. "I […]

Posted on Monday, December 23, 2013

Raikkonen to get first taste of 2014 Ferrari

Kimi Raikkonen, not the Ferrari incumbent Fernando Alonso, will get the first on-track taste of the Italian team's 2014 car. That is the claim of Italian media sources including La Gazzetta dello Sport, reporting that Finn Raikkonen will debut the new red single seater on the first two test days at Jerez in late January. Spaniard Alonso, who until now has been regarded as Ferrari's clear 'number 1' driver, will make his debut in the 2014 car later in the same test, completing the four-day […]

Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013

Season review - F1 2013 Driver rankings: part two

Having evaluated the lower half of the 2013 grid, attention now turns to our top 10 of the season, featuring those who battled for victories and the world championship. You can still view the first part by clicking here. 10 | Jenson Button | Vodafone McLaren Mercedes | Championship: 9th, 73 points Button declared after the Canadian Grand Prix that he had never been so happy to climb out of a car, which is a bold comment considering some of the awful machines that he’s […]

Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013

Latest 2014 driver line-up

19 drivers have now been confirmed for the 2014 Formula 1 season... Infiniti Red Bull Racing World champion Sebastian Vettel remains with the team for a sixth season and he is joined by Australian driver Daniel Ricciardo, who has raced for Toro Rosso since the start of 2012. Red Bull has opted to employ two test drivers as Antonio Felix da Costa will dovetail his DTM commitments alongside former F1 driver Sebastien Buemi. Mercedes AMG Petronas Mercedes is the only top team to retain both […]

Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Ferrari confirms Spagnolo as Raikkonen's race engineer

Ferrari has confirmed that Antonio Spagnolo will be Kimi Raikkonen's race engineer in 2014. Raikkonen will return to Ferrari in 2014 and visited the team's factory in Maranello on Tuesday. Raikkonen was previously engineered by Chris Dyer and Andrea Stella; the latter now works as Fernando Alonso's race engineer. Spagnolo has worked as a chassis engineer on Alonso's car but will be promoted to work alongside Raikkonen as his race engineer. 'Today in Maranello, Raikkonen was on hand to meet [team principal] Stefano Domenicali and […]

Posted on Monday, December 16, 2013

Raikkonen picks number 7, Bottas picks 77

Drivers are spending the last days before Christmas coming up with the numbers they will carry for the rest of their Formula One careers. After the FIA kicked off the selection process, telling drivers they should name their top three picks between 2-99, it has already emerged that Force India's Sergio Perez has plumped for number 11. It is believed Fernando Alonso considers 14 to be his lucky number, Jean-Eric Vergne wants the iconic 27, and Nico Rosberg has asked to carry number 6, which […]

Posted on Saturday, December 14, 2013

Driver number selection process under way

The process to assign driver numbers ahead of the 2014 season is under way, after several drivers revealed which numbers they have chosen. Under new sporting regulations, drivers are allowed to choose a number between 2 and 99, which will remain with them for the remainder of their careers. Drivers select their number in 2013 championship order, meaning that Sebastian Vettel has first choice, followed by Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton. The reigning world champion, in this instance Vettel, has the right to use the […]

Posted on Monday, December 9, 2013

Williams announces new aero recruits

Williams has announced the signing of two recruits from Lotus and Red Bull. Dave Wheater will join from Lotus to become Head of Aerodynamic Performance, reporting to existing Head of Aerodynamics Jason Somerville. Shaun Whitehead, previously of Red Bull, joins the team as Head of Aerodynamic Process. Williams is entering 2014 on the back of one of their worst seasons in the sport, having claimed just five points on the way to finishing in ninth place in the 2013 championship. "These two appointments show our […]