Rival F1 team bid for Lowe adds pressure to Mercedes talks

Lowe’s future at Mercedes has been the subject of speculation for months after it emerged that discussions to frame an extension of his contract at the outfit had been delayed until the end of this year. Mercedes motorsport boss Toto Wolff and Lowe did not want the talk to distract from their efforts to secure a third consecutive Formula 1 championship double. Lowe himself said at last … Keep reading

Liberty shareholders to vote on F1 purchase plan

The American media company has a 19.1 percent stake in the F1 company and, providing it gets clearance from anti-trust authorities, then it intends to take a controlling interest next year and rename itself the Formula One Group. Although Bernie Ecclestone suggested last week he was unsure if the deal would go ahead as originally planned, Liberty announced on Friday that its … Keep reading

Toro Rosso and Red Bull eye closer ties for 2018

The Faenza-based outfit’s switch back to Renault engines for next year means it once again has the same powerplant as Red Bull, which will allow it to theoretically share a great deal of the rear end of the car. Toro Rosso’s technical director James Key said on Friday that too many unknowns with next year’s rules meant a close partnership – similar to that which Haas enjoys with … Keep reading

Stroll and Buemi discuss their championship seasons and F1 2017 at FIA Prize Giving

FIA F3 European Champion Lance Stroll sat down with FIA Formula E Champion Sébastien Buemi in front of the media at the FIA Champions’ press conference last week in Vienna; covering both their successful seasons as well as focusing on F1 in 2017.

Wolff: Mercedes made wrong call with Abu Dhabi GP team orders

As Hamilton aimed to back up teammate Nico Rosberg into the chasing pack in a bid to boost his hopes of winning the title, Mercedes chiefs came on the radio to urge him to speed up. With Mercedes clearly worried that Sebastian Vettel, on fresher tyres, would come through for the win, executive director Paddy Lowe even got involved to instruct Hamilton to pick up his pace. In the end … Keep reading

Williams accepts Stroll will “make mistakes”

The 18-year-old Canadian will make his grand prix debut with the team next year, when he will partner Valtteri Bottas. Stroll will be the youngest driver on the grid, making the jump to Formula 1 straight from Formula 3. Symonds admits mistakes will be part of the Canadian’s learning process. “Of course he’ll make mistakes and we’ll be repairing cars,” Symonds told Reuters in an … Keep reading

Force India expecting “phenomenal” F1 development rate in 2017

Fernley says his team is optimistic that it will have a good package at the start of the season, but concedes that it won’t be easy to match the big teams. “I’m very optimistic for next year,” Fernley told Motorsport.com. “I think our technical team has proven to be very competent, and I see no reason why they can’t do a very good job in 2017. “Until we know what other people have got … Keep reading