Monthly Archives: January 2014

“But it’s disappointing when you see a driver like Paul di Resta getting booted out of F1 when you know that others are in because they’re bringing cash.” As stated by a Martin Brundle while on stage during Autosport’s 2014 International show. He finishes the thought up with this: “That’s the bit I’m getting uncomfortable with.” As the title of my post suggests I am not quite in agreement with the one… Read More

From GrandPrix 247 McLaren looks set to enter the 2014 season with silver grey livery, and apparently without a replacement for departed title sponsor Vodafone. The British team has launched a range of new official replica teamwear. Whay has emerged is a distinctly ‘Ron Dennis-style’ grey and white look, leaning strongly towards the conservative side. Moreover, the main lettering on the shirts and caps is simply ‘McLaren’, while the full team name… Read More

From ESPN F1 NASCAR team co-owner Gene Haas has confirmed he is hoping to put together a Formula One team for 2015 or 2016 after formally submitting his interest to the FIA. The FIA announced in December that it wanted potential new teams to express an interest in joining the grid by January 3. The FIA also said it “anticipates that full applications will need to be submitted by 10 February 2014,… Read More

From GrandPrix 247 In the aftermath of a disastrous 2013 season for McLaren, Ron Dennis has engineered his return to the helm as CEO with the mandate to return the Formula 1 operation to its winning ways. The catalyst for the moves at Woking appear to have arisen after the team’s 2014 car failed the FIA tests which may force the team to miss the first test at Jerez. Reports in Italy… Read More

When was the last time Williams F1 won a championship? If I said 1997 would you believe me? That would make it sixteen years ago. Who would have ever thought Williams would be unable to repeat what for a time was commonplace–taking possession of one or both of the big silver trophies the FIA hands out at the end of each racing season. Constructor titles: 80, 81, 86, 87, 92, 93, 94,… Read More

From GrandPrix 247 Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso says thatdrivers are ‘obliged’ to follow team orders when they are given from the pit gantry. Alonso was asked by a young journalist if “you have ever received a team order you did not responded to?” Alonso replied, “No. Normally when the team says something you must obey, because they have all the information and [they] know what’s going on.” “You can ask them on… Read More

From Autosport FIA race director Charlie Whiting has defended the use of the DRS in Formula 1 amid criticism that it makes it too easy to overtake. The DRS, which allows a driver to open a slot gap in the rear wing to slash drag, was introduced in 2011 and Whiting does not believe it diminishes the skill of passing. “I’m a great fan of it,” said Whiting while giving the annual… Read More

For the second time in this new year, I bring you sad news. John Button, the father of Jenson Button has passed away at the age of 70 of a suspected heart attack. If you have watched even a little of F1 over the years, at some point you would have seen a man in the paddock wearing a bright pink shirt. You will have also notice from just looking at his… Read More

From Planet F1 Not only is Formula One swapping from 2.4-litre V8 engines to 1.6-litre turbocharged V6s with ERS but the sport is also limiting the amount of fuel per race. As of this season, drivers will be permitted a maximum of 100kgs of fuel for each grand prix, about 60kgs less than they used in 2013. And that change means managing fuel economy will be vital. “[Fernando] Alonso has been to… Read More

From GrandPrix 247 Lotus has confirmed that it will not have its new 2014 car, the E22, ready for the first test of the season at Jerez starting on 28 January. It has also come to light that the Enstone based outfit will not make the journey to the Spanish venue even with last year’s E21 to take advantage of the track time. A spokesperson for Lotus said, “No benefit in running… Read More