Everybody out! Will F1 drivers strike if new owner disappoints?

LONDON, England – The international Grand Prix Driver’s Association has accumulated new strength by, for what is believed to be the first time, achieving 100% membership as concern for the sport’s future grows. Among them is former non-member Britain’s four-times World Drivers’ champion Lewis Hamilton. GPDA’s chairman Alex Wurz said on the BBC on Dec…

Leclerc joins Ericsson at Alfa Romeo F1 team

By AGNIESZKA FLAK ARESE, Italy – Formula E champion Charles Leclerc will move up to Formula 1 with Alfa Romeo-backed Sauber for the 2018 season. Marcus Ericcson will remain on the drivers’ list  despite scoring zero points through 2017. The announcement, according to Reuters, was made by Fiat Chrysler’s chief executive Sergio Marchionne on Saturday…

Ferrari boss says F1 ‘walking a tightrope’ in US

MILAN, Italy – Formula 1 is walking a tightrope as new owner Liberty Media plans to grow the sport in America, according to Ferrari chairman Sergio Marchionne. According to Reuters. Marchionne, chief executive of Fiat Chrysler, recognised there was a big opportunity to win new audiences in the United States but “the sport’s heritage has…

Formula 1’s new boss speaks on change – and 2018

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates- The 2017 Formula 1 season ended at the weekend with,Reuters says, “even some drivers stifling a yawn” but the sport’s new owners were looking forward to coming years. For instance Chase Carey, new chief executive and chairman of Formula One who was visible on the grid for the 2017 Abu…

Record lap time gives Bottas 2017 Yas Marina pole

YAS MARINA, Abu Dhabi – Valtteri Bottas has won a pole start for the 2017 Formula 1 GP here with Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton on his rear wheels after Hamilton dominated the practice sessions. It will be the Finnish driver’s second pole in a row and the fourth in his racing history; the previous one…

F1 cars to lose their advertising boards

YAS MARINA, Abu Dhabi – One of Formula 1’s most distinguishing features – and the advertising spot for each team – is the shark-fin aerofoil over the engine compartment. It seems, according to reports, that they will be abolished ahead of the 2018 racing season after the McLaren team failed to support other teams’ pleas…

Guess who was fastest in Abu Dhabi final practice?

YAS MARINA, Abu Dhabi – Four-times World Drivers’champion Lewis Hamilton was fastest in the final Friday practice session of the 2017 Formula 1 season with Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel close behind. Hamilton, chasing a his 10th win of the season after sorting the title in Mexico in September, lapped the floodlit Yas Marina circuit in 1min37.877…

Pirelli in peril: Brazil F1 tyre test cancelled

Guns and threats from Sao Paulo thugs Several F1 teams targeted by men with guns  Security upgrades didn’t stop attacks LONDON, England – The Pirelli and McLaren Formula 1 teams have cancelled two days of tyre-testing at the Interlagos race circuit that should have started on Tuesday and continued into today (Nov 15). Thugs with…

Vettel wins in Brazil but Hamilton has drive of his life

SAO PAULO, Brazil – Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel took the top step of the podium here on Sunday (Nov 12) after the second-last Formula 1 race of 2017 but it was Mercedes’ four-times World champion Lewis Hamilton who made racing history. He produced the drive of the day from a pits-lane start to finish fourth for…

2017 Brazilian GP: Hamilton on back row again

SAO PAULO, Brazil – Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas has pole for the start of the 2017 Brazilian F1 GP here today after four-times World champion Lewis Hamilton crashed. Hamilton, hoping for his 12th pole start of the season, spun into the barrier even before he could set a lap time. He had set a track lap…

Both Mercedes break Interlagos F1 lap record

Both Mercedes faster than track record Previous record set by Ferrari 13 years earlier Hamilton’s helmet proclaims his star status SAO PAULO, Brazil – Mercedes’ now four-times World Drivers’ champion (he has four stars painted on to his crash-helmet!) Lewis Hamilton broke the track record at Interlagos on Friday as the team dominated first practice….

Key Mercedes F1 sponsor switching to Formula E

FRANKFURT, Germany – German fashion brand Hugo Boss will end its association with Formula 1 at the end of the 2017 to switch its advertising spend to Formula E. The announcement came from HB’s chief executive Mark Langer in a report in the German magazine Focus, ending its association with the Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 team…