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Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Whiting: New rules will stop 'ugly' noses for 2015

F1's governing body will move to stop 'ugly' noses ahead of the 2015 season. Drivers, fans and even the designers have expressed dismay at the aesthetics of this year's new cars, after a change to the nose-height regulations on safety grounds for 2014. But the FIA also expressed doubts about the safety of the new solutions, believing that while the designs conform to the letter of the rules, the 'spirit' has been less well observed. "As rule makers, we cannot get into how the nose […]

Posted on Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Ecclestone pushing 'double points' for final three races

Bernie Ecclestone has written a letter to F1's eleven teams, arguing that the controversial new 'double points' rule should be extended to the final three races of the season. Three races was always the F1 chief executive's plan, but many team bosses refused to agree and so just installing the Abu Dhabi finale as the double points venue was the compromise outcome. But Ecclestone, 83, is trying again to push his original plan through, appealing directly in writing to the F1 teams because a change […]

Posted on Tuesday, January 28, 2014

FIA 'bombarded' by Lotus nose legality queries

F1's governing body was "bombarded" with messages from rival teams after Lotus revealed the first photo of its highly-unique nose solution for 2014. The front of the unlaunched E22, which will not be present throughout the opening winter test at Jerez this week, has been likened to a 'forklift' or a 'tuning fork', albeit with assymetrical twin tusks. So as Toro Rosso lifted the veil on its STR9 at Jerez on Monday, triggering sniggers from the assembled crowd due to the phallic resemblance of its […]

Posted on Thursday, January 23, 2014

FIA confirms cost cap among rule tweaks, double points remain

The FIA has raised the minimum weight for the 2014 season, among a number of amendments announced following a meeting of the World Motor Sport Council in Geneva. 'The weight of the car, without fuel, must not be less than 691kg at all times during the Event', read an FIA statement. 'The weight limit has increased by 1kg to take into account the difference in weight between the tyres in 2013 and 2014.' The statement also confirmed that at a meeting of F1's strategy group […]

Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014

American entry responds to 2015 interest

NASCAR team co-owner Gene Haas has confirmed that he has applied to enter a team into the 2015 Formula 1 world championship. Haas, who co-owner the Stewart-Haas team in NASCAR, responded to the FIA's 'expression of interest'. The sport's governing body opened up an entry process for 2015 or 2016 and Haas has confirmed that he submitted an application. 'We have responded to the FIA’s ‘call for expression of interest’ regarding a Formula One entry on behalf of Haas Racing Development. We respect the FIA’s […]

Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014

Pirelli extends Formula 1 tyre deal

Pirelli has confirmed that they will continue to be the sole tyre supplier to Formula 1 until the end of 2016 season. Pirelli has been the single tyre supplier to the sport since the start of 2011. In co-ordination with the new deal, amended testing regulations have been set out by the sport's governing body. 'One of the 12 days of official pre-season testing, as prescribed in the 2014 sporting regulations, will be dedicated exclusively to wet tyre testing,' read a statement. 2014's pre-season tests […]

Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Departing Valsecchi not paid by Lotus in 2013

As fears about Lotus' health grow, 2013 reserve driver Davide Valsecchi has revealed he has not yet been paid by the Enstone based team. As reigning GP2 champion, 26-year-old Italian Valsecchi served last year as Lotus' reserve driver, but he admitted last week he is now likely to exit. "After a 2013 season in which I travelled a lot but did not get on the track, I want to go back to wearing overalls and a helmet," he had said. When Lotus overlooked him late […]

Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014

FIA reveal permanent F1 driver numbers

Quadruple Formula One world champion Sebastian Vettel went for five on Friday with the German choosing to have that numeral on his car when he is eventually deposed as number one. Under new regulations for 2014, Formula One drivers will have permanent racing numbers to be used throughout their careers from now on and can choose any between two and 99. The governing International Automobile Federation (FIA) published the official list with some surprises among the selections. Vettel, who will have the number one on […]

Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014

Ferrari on track for late January launch

Ferrari is edging close to having its 2014 car ready for the start of winter testing. Reports in the Marca sports newspaper (Spain) and the authoritative Autosprint (Italy) say the Maranello-built single seater is set to be launched on either the 23rd, 24th or 25th of January, a few days ahead of the opening test at Jerez. Marca correspondent Marco Canseco said the car, whose official name will be decided by fans via an internet poll, will "almost certainly" undergo its mandatory FIA crash tests […]

Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013

Double points could be scrapped, says Montezemolo

Formula One's decision to award double points at the last race of the season could be scrapped after next year's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, if not before, according to Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo. The Italian told reporters attending a Christmas lunch at the Fiorano test track that he was no fan of the controversial rule change that has got fans up in arms and been branded 'absurd' by Red Bull's world champion Sebastian Vettel. "I am not enthusiastic about it, because for me it […]

Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013

Pirelli insists 2014 tyres are safe, despite Rosberg blowout

Formula One's tyre supplier Pirelli has insisted that their tyres are safe, despite Nico Rosberg suffering a high speed blow out during testing in Bahrain. Rosberg was travelling at 320kph when he suffered a tyre failure, pitching him into a spin. 'The tyre tests in Barhain regarded a number of prototypes, which were completely innovative in terms of structure and compounds, with the aim of developing the most suitable solutions for the next season,' said Pirelli, following the conclusion of the three day test. 'This […]

Posted on Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Mallya: Perez not a pay driver, it's against my philosophy

Force India co-owner Vijay Mallya has dismissed speculation that new signing Sergio Perez is a pay driver. Perez will race for the Silverstone based team into 2014 after being axed by McLaren after a solitary season, but Mallya has rejected suggestions that he signed the Mexican due to his backing. "Mexico, Latin America - that part of the world was totally closed for us: we don’t do business in that part of the world, we had no connection to that part of the world. It’s […]