Williams “denied” Massa victory at Baku – Lowe

Massa was running third, having started ninth, when the race was red-flagged.When it resumed, Massa suffered the issue and was passed by eventual race winner Daniel Ricciardo before rapidly falling down the order and retiring.Several drivers claimed they could have won the race without issues but, following analysis, Williams chief technical officer Lowe believes Massa would have … Keep reading

Analysis: What happens when F1 drivers become unified

This has not been the case in the past for various reasons, with drivers staying outside the group, which meets regularly to discuss issues facing them as stakeholders in the sport. It was originally formed to discuss safety matters, but increasingly other factors, such as commercial and image rights as well as the future direction of the sport have made them take the union more … Keep reading

McLaren feared staff exodus amid Honda struggles

Honda had revamped its engine design over the winter, but a problem with the oil system in testing was just the first of a series of issues that led to repeated breakdowns.It was at that point racing director Boullier realised 2017 would be another difficult season and he was concerned about the impact that would have on the morale of the team.”I went to the management, showed them … Keep reading

Force India understands its car better than ever before

Technical director Andrew Green, in an interview with Motorsport.tv’s The Flying Lap, says the same “injection of funds” that allowed it to accelerate development in 2017 has allowed it to build this knowledge.”It made a real difference, not just for 2017 but we [also] did a huge amount of work for next year as well, trying to understand directions to go in,” says Green.”It allowed … Keep reading

GPDA achieves unity with full F1 membership

GPDA chairman Alex Wurz says the drivers’ body has full membership of the F1 grid, which will in turn aid the drivers’ bid to get their voices heard.”The GPDA now has 100 percent membership for the first time in recent memory and maybe history,” said Wurz. “So it was a very good year. F1 is entering a period of evolution, change and perhaps even a degree of turmoil.”All the drivers … Keep reading

Wehrlein deserves to be in F1, says Wolff

The Mercedes protege is unlikely to be on the F1 grid next year after losing his Sauber seat to Formula 2 champion Charles Leclerc while Sergey Sirotkin is set to get the last remaining drive at Williams.Mercedes is currently assessing the alternative racing programmes available to Wehrlein for 2018.”Pascal is in a difficult position because there is not really an open spot for next … Keep reading

How F1 teams really performed in 2017

Motor racing is all about performance, so to understand that better it’s possible to track the ultimate pace of the 10 chassis over the course of the season.To do this, I take the fastest single lap per team from each of the 20 cars each weekend and turn that into a percentage of the outright fastest. Averaging these over the 20 races this season gives a ‘supertime’ to rank the pace … Keep reading