Jack Brabham won the first Canadian GP on this day in 1967

For most Canadian racing fans, the best way to celebrate the country’s Centenary in 1967 was to stage a round of the prestigious Formula 1 World Championship. A dedicated, hard working group of motorsport fans worked towards this goal and finally the FIA granted an August date. The race was held at Mosport Park, a spectacular and scenic roller coaster road course located in southern … Keep reading

Belgian GP: Rosberg sees off Verstappen challenge for Spa pole

In what was perhaps the most routine pole of the 28 he’s scored in his career, without teammate Lewis Hamilton to deal with, Rosberg lapped the iconic Ardennes forest venue in 1m46.744s. Hamilton cruised on his Q1 lap to stay within the 107 percent time, as he will start on the back row of the grid alongside McLaren’s Fernando Alonso – who suffered another failure in qualifying, and … Keep reading

Pirelli keeps tyre pressure limits unchanged despite driver complaints

As is normal, Pirelli has laid down limits to teams in a bid to ensure that there is no risk of tyres suffering a failure as a result of being run with too low a pressure. With Spa-Francorchamps being one of the toughest tracks of the seasons for tyres, the limits for this weekend are 23.5 Psi at the front and 22 Psi at the rear. Those figures left a number of drivers frustrated … Keep reading

Pirelli wants more downforce on 2017 test cars

Ferrari and Red Bull began the evaluation programme of Pirelli’s new rubber a few weeks ago, with the two teams and Mercedes having created cars that attempt to simulation the increase in downforce that will be delivered next year. But amid suggestions that simulation data is already pointing to F1’s 2017 cars delivering more than originally anticipated five-seconds per lap … Keep reading

F1 drivers braced for 'tricky' tyre deg challenge

The temperatures at Spa this weekend have been much higher than anticipated, and that means the tyres are being punished more than expected. Friday’s running confirmed that tyre wear would be excessive, and means that teams will have to prepare for a tough strategy call in deciding which tyres to run in qualifying and the race. Williams Valtteri Bottas said: “It’s really tricky with … Keep reading

2016 Belgian Grand Prix – Practice Sessions

TEMPERATURES PEAKING AT 44 DEGREES ASPHALT,
THE HIGHEST ONES SEEN IN BELGIUM IN THE LAST SIX SEASONS

RED BULL DRIVER MAX VERSTAPPEN SETS FASTEST TIME OF DAY IN
FP2 ON THE SUPERSOFT TYRES, ECLIPSING LAST YEAR’S BENCHMARK

DRIVERS ALSO USE PROTOTYPE TYRES, DESIGNED WITH EXTRA
STRENGTH AS PART OF PIRELLI’S REGULAR DEVELOPMENT PLAN

Unusually for Spa, hot weather characterised both free practice sessions in the foothills of the Ardennes, with ambient temperatures peaking at 35 degrees centigrade and to 44 degrees asphalt in the afternoon. The teams ran all three nominated compounds today – medium, soft, and supersoft – with

Bottas: Williams "stronger" than Force India, should finish ahead

Since Canada, which featured the Grove-based team’s only podium of the season so far, Williams scored just 15 points, while Force India picked up 29 and is now only 15 off fourth place. Bottas, however, remains confident that Williams can see off Force India’s challenge. “I think we can definitely can do it. We are a strong team, I feel we’re stronger than them, and we should be ahead … Keep reading

Hamilton set for another 15-place grid penalty

The championship leader was already set to be handed a 15-place penalty for having used his sixth power unit of the season. Mercedes has decided to take the opportunity to give Hamilton yet another engine in order for the Briton to have two engines for the remaining races without losing grid places in another grand prix. Hamilton is now on his seventh MGU-H and turbocharger, the team … Keep reading

Hamilton gets 15-place penalty for now

The German car manufacturer had come into the weekend thinking it likely that Hamilton will take a fresh power unit to ensure he has enough components to get through the remainder of the campaign. The team had numerous options open to it to ensure the maximum return for any penalty, and it is understood to be considering further changes prior to qualifying. For the start of first free … Keep reading