Liberty facing dilemma over idea to ditch F1 Fridays

Speaking at an event in Austin, Brawn opened up on future prospects for a 25-race calendar, suggesting that scrapping Friday running is an option to ease logistical pressure on the teams.However, he also admitted that the idea of a two-day race weekend clashes with efforts to give promoters something more to sell, with a number of European races having this year expanded to the … Keep reading

Why Ferrari's latest defeat was its most painful yet

Sebastian Vettel’s United States Grand Prix loss to Lewis Hamilton was superficially the mildest of Ferrari’s recent disasters. He finished second and there was no start catastrophe or mechanical malady to be distraught about, but this will nonetheless have been the hardest of hard knocks.For this was a long, slow death at the hands of the dominant combined force of Lewis Hamilton and … Keep reading

Hartley stays at Toro Rosso for Mexico, Kvyat dropped

The New Zealander will be partnered by Pierre Gasly, who returns to Toro Rosso following his two outings with the team earlier this year.Hartley finished his debut grand prix in Austin in 13th, in what was his first single-seater race since 2012, while Kvyat finished 10th – only his third points finish of the season.In a one-line statement released on Monday, Toro Rosso said its … Keep reading

Hartley not focused on Toro Rosso return

Hartley completed his maiden Formula 1 race in 13th position out of 16 places, as he was replacing Pierre Gasly at Toro Rosso.The Kiwi driver said he “just did the job” instead of inquiring about whether he can stay for more Formula 1 race with the time.”Up until this moment I haven’t been asking the question,” said Hartley, who finished three positions and 27 seconds behind teammate … Keep reading

Alonso could get latest Honda engine for Mexico

The double world champion was running inside the top 10 when he reported a loss of power – later diagnosed as an MGU-H problem – and was recalled to the pits to retire the car.Honda had an updated engine ready for Austin, but only Stoffel Vandoorne ran it as he required an engine change because of high mileage on his previous unit and therefore would have had to take a penalty … Keep reading

Verstappen penalty call “the worst I've ever seen” – Lauda

Red Bull driver Verstappen was given a five-second penalty after passing the Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen down the inside of COTA’s Turn 17 on the last lap of the race.This dropped him back from third to fourth, as he had been deemed to have gained an advantage by putting all four wheels off-track.Reacting to the penalty, Lauda said: “This decision is the worst I’ve ever seen. He … Keep reading

Alonso “couldn't believe” failure after “sublime” performance

The McLaren driver was running in eighth position when he reported a lack of power from his Honda engine and was asked to drive back to the pits to retire.It was Alonso’s 10th retirement of 2017, making him the first McLaren driver with 10 DNFs in a season since Kimi Raikkonen in 2002.While he admitted another problem was tough to digest, Alonso, who had qualified six tenths ahead of … Keep reading