‘Season not over yet’ says Ferrari’s optimistic boss

LONDON, England – Ferrari chairman Sergio Marchionne has saluted his Formula 1 team’s progress with the belief that the 2017 season “is not lost” despite a string of setbacks. Sebastian Vettel, championship leader Lewis Hamilton’s main title rival, is 59 points behind the latter and was a retiree from the October 2017 Japanese GP Prix…

Button to return to track – but not in Formula 1

SUZUKA, Japan – British driver Jenson (37) Button will return to racing in 2018 but not in Formula 1. He reckons, according to a Reuters report, that he’s spent a year too long in the sport The 2009 World champion raced in a Suzuka 1000km endurance race earlier in 2017 as a one-off on the…

Vettel in more trouble for disrespecting anthem

SUZUKA, Japan – Sebastian Vettel is believed to be one race-remand away from a 10-place grid penalty after Formula 1 stewards punished him for missing the national anthem at Sunday’s Japanese GP. A report from Reuters said the German’s absence “was understandable given the commotion around his car on the starting grid as the Italian…

Vettel’s champs chances fade into exhaust smoke

SUZUKA, Japan – Sebastian Vettel had yet another retirement on Sunday as his Formula 1 title hopes almost disappeared through his exhaust pipe. Engine problems halted his challenge to Lewis Hamilton on the fourth lap of the 2017 Japanese F1 GP despite his spanner team working hard on the pre-race grid to try to correct…

Hamilton trembles to Suzuka win as tyres degrade

SUZUKA, Japan – Lewis Hamilton is now close to scoring his fourth Formula 1 World championship with his win today (Oct 8) at the 2017 Japanese F1 GP. His closest rival Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) retired with engine problems. Mercedes’ Hamilton finished 1.2sec ahead of Red Bull’s Max Verstappen despite tyre vibration intensifying towards the end…

Guess who’s on pole for the 2017 Japanese F1 GP?

SUZUKA, Japan – 2017 Formula 1 championship leader Lewis Hamilton has taken yet another pole start – this time for the October 8 2017 Japanese GP at Suzuka. His fastest lap also generated another line in the record tables for the 5.8km track – 1min27.319 and “well clear”of his rivals. Team mate Valtteri Bottas set…

Bottas’ broken box to cost five grid places

SUZUKA, Japan – Valtteri Bottas will be penalised five grid places for Sunday’s Japanese F1 GP because of an “unscheduled gearbox change” on his Mercedes. Rules say a driver has to use one gearbox for six consecutive races. He can take on a fresh gearbox without penalty if he fails to finish the previous race…

Suzuka GP: Vettel sets pace, then track washed out

SUZUKA, Japan – Sebastian Vettel was quickest in free practice for the 2017 Japanese F1 GP on Friday but his effort was never challenged as the session was cancelled after heavy rain soaked the track. Only five drivers completed timed laps. The opening day of track action at Suzuka started under overcast skies with light…

Look out Lewis, Sebastian is still in your mirrors

SEPANG, Malaysia – Sebastian Vettel might have fallen to the fringe of Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes race-car mirrors but the Ferrari driver is still optimistic about his chances of taking the trophy. Vettel started at the back of the grid for Sunday’s (Oct 1) 2017 Malaysian F1 GP thanks to being unable to qualify thanks to…

Cruising crash at Sepang could cost Vettel Japan F1

SEPANG, Malaysia – Sebastian Vettel’s F1 title bid could get a further setback because of a bizarre collision on the “cool down” lap of the 2017 F1 GP here on Sunday (Oct 1). The German, 34 points behind Mercedes’ championship leader Lewis Hamilton with five races left, collided with Canadian Lance Stroll’s Williams. “Stroll just…

‘Brackley, we have a problem!’ Lewis tells crew

SEPANG, Malaysia – Formula 1 World champion team Mercedes “has some real big problems” to fix according to its champion driver Lewis Hamilton. He was speaking during interviews after the 2017 Malaysian F1 GP on Sunday (Oct 1) after finishing second – from pole. VERSTAPPEN ‘SIGNIFICANTLY FASTER’ The win puts him 34 points ahead of…

’17 Sepang GP: Second win for young Aussie Max

SEPANG, Malaysia – Red Bull’s Max Verstappen won Sunday’s (Oct 1) Malaysian F1 GP the day after his 20th birthday with World championship leader Lewis Hamilton unable to catch him and settling for second. Verstappen’s team mate Daniel Ricciardo was third. The win was Verstappen’s second. Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, who started stone last after missing…