Vettel says warm conditions favouring Ferrari

Vettel, who was third in FP2 some 0.6s off pacesetter Lewis Hamilton, said the warm conditions would suit the red cars. “I think we had a decent day, testing a couple of things,” said the German. “I have to have a look before I can say much. “Historically, we seem to do well when it’s warm. Today was quite warm. In the end we try to be competitive, I think our pace didn’t look too bad … Keep reading

F1 drivers critical of "annoying" modified final Sepang corner

The modifications to the hairpin at Turn 15, which have made it into an off-camber corner, have been arguably the most notable in a host of changes to Sepang ahead of the 2016 Malaysian Grand Prix. And, after getting their first experience of navigating the modified final corner in practice on Friday, many drivers admitted they were not keen on the changes. Manor’s newcomer Esteban … Keep reading

"I'd like to see a GP weekend start on the Monday" – Zak Brown (4/4)

On the day of the announcement of his resignation as Group CEO of CSM (the global sports marketing agency), Zak Brown talks to Peter Windsor about the future of F1 and the potential of the sport’s new investors, Liberty Media. In this final part, Zak talks about making the F1 weekend much more of a four- or five-day show, beginning with street demos and promotions, and thinks about what he may be doing by, say, July, 2107.

"We need to make the pie larger" – Zak Brown (3/4)

On the day of the announcement of his resignation on December 31, 2016, as Group CEO of CSM (the global sports marketing agency), Zak Brown talks about the future of F1 and the potential of the sport’s new investors, Liberty Media. In part 3 emphasises the importance of F1’s expansion in the USA, the opportunities for expanding the F1 brand globally and allowing the F1 drivers to be seen in more than just F1 cars. Zak – one of the most successful F1 marketeers of recent times – is in conversation with Peter Windsor.

Verstappen says Red Bull "very strong" on long runs

Although the Dutchman, the quicker of the two Red Bull drivers, finished over a second off the pace in second practice, he was very happy with the handling of his car with a heavier fuel load. Verstappen admitted, however, that Red Bull needs to find more pace over short runs, especially with the soft tyre. “Both sessions were not too bad,” said Verstappen. “The first one, you just … Keep reading

Raikkonen upbeat over Sepang pace despite "messy day"

Despite not being happy with his running in general, Raikkonen was third fastest in the opening session and fourth in the second, getting to within 0.9s of pacesetter Lewis Hamilton. “Quite a messy day from our side, at least from me, not very smooth running,” said Raikkonen. “The feeling wasn’t very good all day so I’m a bit surprised that the laptime is not too bad comparing how the … Keep reading

Nico: “We’re going to give it everything” in Malaysia

Nico Rosberg explains the challenges that the Sepang International Circuit poses, he assesses the Team’s chances of winning the Constructors’ Championship this weekend and describes the awesome Malaysian atmosphere and welcome he has received in Kuala Lumpur.

Haas: Setup woes led to Singapore downward spiral

Grosjean claimed that the troubles he endured throughout practice and qualifying at the Marina Bay circuit were ‘weird’ – before he failed to make the start of the race due to a connector coming loose on his brake-by-wire system. Following analysis of the situation since the last race, Grosjean suggested that not getting the setup right at a venue where track evolution is rapid … Keep reading

Renault suspects fuel breather issue caused Magnussen fire

Magnussen’s car burst in to flames after an installation lap early in the Friday morning session, with the flames refusing to die down as fuel continued to pour from a pipe situated at the top of the engine cover. While investigations continue in to the specific cause of the problem, team principal Fred Vasseur confirmed that it had been triggered by a fuel system issue. “It was … Keep reading

Gutierrez shrugs off blue flag etiquette criticism

The Haas driver has been on the receiving end of comments from some of his rivals, and after the Singapore Grand Prix, Mercedes boss Toto Wolff singled out Gutierrez for not making it easy for his drivers to pass under blue flags. However, the Mexican insists that he is following the letter of the law. “Look, I’m going to reply very simply,” he said when asked about the criticism. “In … Keep reading