Archive for the ‘Formula 1’ Category

Fernando loves Ayrton, Jenson loves Alain

It’s now official, Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button will race for McLaren–Honda in 2015. Kevin Magnussen doesn’t totally miss out and will remain with McLaren in the role of reserve and test driver. Reliving the glory days of the last time McLaren and Honda competed in Formula 1 Farnando Alonso has confirmed his love of […]

Button v Magnussen: The final countdown

McLaren is expected to announce its 2015 driver pairing tonight (Australian time). We can all pencil in Fernando Alonso for one seat. But what about the other? Button or Magnussen? 34-year-old or 22-year-old? 266 starts or 19 starts? 126 championship points or 55 points? £12 million or £500,000? These are the questions facing Ron Dennis […]

“Do any of you think I should be racing in F1?”

While Formula 1 is no stranger to big off-season stories it is still pretty strange that we have no official confirmation on who will be racing for McLaren in 2015. At the recent Autosport Awards one of McLaren’s encumbents, Jenson Button, was on stage and asked if he’d heard any news from big Ron…

It’s another Volkswagen interested in F1 rumour

Volkswagen entering Formula 1 is a story that’s been around for years—here’s one from 2001—and yet, so far, nothing has ever eventuated. Word from the BBC says the German giant is currently undertaking a feasibility study into a possible entry into the world’s biggest motorsport melodrama and that former Ferrari Team Principal and now Volkswagen Group […]

Trophies stolen in Red Bull ram raid

Over 60 trophies have been stolen from the Red Bull Racing factory in Milton Keynes during a ram raid attack yesterday morning. Thames Valley Police say a silver 4×4 was used to crash through the front doors and a dark coloured Mercedes-Benz estate was also involved, with both cars understood to have foreign number plates. […]

FIA scraps controversial double points rule

The controversial double points rule in F1 has been officially scrapped. The decision was confirmed after the FIA World Motor Sport Council had its post-season shindig during the week. A number of headline grabbing items were signed off, including a 21-race calendar, the introduction of a Virtual Safety Car, revisions to power unit penalties, tightening […]

F1 reveals bumper 21-race calendar for 2015

The Korean Grand Prix is back on the Formula 1 calendar after the FIA published a surprise 21-race program during the week. This is a bit of an odd one as there is, in theory, a 20-race cap for the F1 calendar. Speculation suggests the weeds around the Yeongam circuit will remain untouched and the […]

Fernando forced to shelve 2015 Le Mans plans

We don’t know yet, officially, that Fernando Alonso will be racing for McLaren in 2015. We do know that Alonso wants to race at Le Mans. Yet, if we’re to believe recent reports, McLaren has prevented Alonso from pursuing a drive at the 24 Hours of Le Mans next year, most likely to have been […]

FIA report: “Bianchi did not slow sufficiently”

A 396 page report into the Jules Bianchi accident at the Japanese Grand Prix has been presented to the FIA World Motorsport Council and makes several recommendations to be applied to all international circuit racing. A summary of the report published by the FIA states: “Bianchi did not slow sufficiently to avoid losing control at […]

Albert Park F1 history under the hammer this weekend

A slice of motorsport history is up for sale this weekend when 380 Montague Street, Albert Park is offered for auction. The 120-year-old property is owned by the colourful Paul Vellacot who has been on the Melbourne car club scene for years. The property consists of two parcels, a three bedroom cottage and the old […]

The baby in red

When Formula 1 has a 17-year-old driver in its midst it’s hard to refer to Sebastian Vettel as a baby, but due to being the youngest ever world champion and, at times, carrying on like a spoilt toddler Vettel has been considered the baby of F1. And now the four-time world champ is enduring those […]

Toro Rosso rallies to sign Sainz Jr for 2015

Fresh from his 2014 Formula Renault 3.5 championship and a day of testing with Red Bull in Abu Dhabi this week Carlos Sainz Jr has landed himself a drive with Toro Rosso in 2015. Amazingly the 20-year-old will be the elder statesman at Toro Rosso next year, joining 17-year-old Max Verstappen. In a pleasing quirk, […]

McLaren-Honda – A shaky new era

Between 1988 and 1992, McLaren-Honda dominated Formula 1, winning 44 grands prix and eight world championships. In 2015, that partnership will be reforged. As we get ready for our new era in F1, we invite you inside the garage to witness first-hand the reunion of McLaren and Honda, and watch the MP4-29H/1X1 take to the […]

Porsche signs Nico Hulkenberg for Le Mans

Force India Formula 1 driver Nico Hulkenberg is the first person named to drive the factory Porsche team’s third 919 Hybrid at the 6 Hours of Spa and 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2015. It’s both rare and welcomed to see an active F1 driver taking part in categories such as the World Endurance […]

Spike’s big day out

Spike Goddard completed 89 laps in his first day out in a Formula 1 car. Driving the Force India VJM07, Goddard said he took some time to adjust to extra demands compared with the F3 cars he’s used to driving. “I felt today went really well,” the 22-year-old Australian said. ” The VJM07 is a […]