FIA launches investigation into Vettel clash with Hamilton

Amid ongoing suggestions that motor racing’s governing body was not satisfied with the 10-second stop-go penalty handed to Vettel for his part in the move, the FIA confirmed on Wednesday that the situation was being looked into again.A spokesman for the FIA said that evidence would be evaluated next week and a decision on w … Keep reading

Baku comeback a lesson in not giving up, says Bottas

The Mercedes driver dropped down the order after receiving a puncture in his first-lap contact with Kimi Raikkonen, and after getting back on the lead lap during the first safety car period he charged up the order.Crucially, Mercedes was able to repair some of Bottas’ diffuser damage under the red flag, so when the race resumed he had a faster and more consistent car for the second … Keep reading

Red Bull can win races on merit in 2017, says Marko

The Austrian says that Daniel Ricciardo’s opportunistic victory in Baku showed that Red Bull is going in the right direction, although ongoing reliability problems for Max Verstappen remain a cause for frustration, after the Dutchman retired with an early engine failure.“It’s very, very important because we had such a bad start to the season, and now we improved,” Marko said. “We … Keep reading

Celis gets two F1 practice outings with Force India

Celis had six outings in official F1 weekend sessions during 2016, but his only on-track appearances for the team so far this year have been in winter and post-Bahrain GP testing.Force India has announced that Sergio Perez will step aside for Celis on Friday morning at the Red Bull Ring this week, with Esteban Ocon doing so at the Hungaroring in a month’s time.Celis’s main campaign … Keep reading

Force India makes first move in ‘Force One’ name change

Documents reveal that on May 31st and June 6th new limited companies were registered under the names Force One Grand Prix, Force One Racing, Force One Team, Force One Technologies, Force One Hospitality, and Force One Brand.The only director listed is Dr Thiruvannamalai Laskshimi Kanthan, an accountant, financial consultant, and long time associate of Dr Vijay Mallya.He is also a … Keep reading

Why F1 title battle goes beyond just the drivers falling out

There is something quite fitting that in ‘The Land of Fire’, as Azerbaijan is known, that tensions in the fight for the Formula 1 championship should erupt so spectacularly between the two title contenders.But whichever side of the debate you stand on the rights and wrongs of Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton’s behaviour – there is one thing that everyone can agree on: the gloves … Keep reading

Mercedes and Ferrari opt for different Austria tyre choices

Mercedes has chosen eight sets of ultrasoft tyres for each of its drivers, while Ferrari has gone for seven apiece.Within each of the two teams, the drivers have heading in for slightly different directions with regards selection of the softs and supersofts.Kimi Raikkonen and Valtteri Bottas have four sets of the supersofts, with Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton opting for five … Keep reading

Red Bull drops behind McLaren in F1 2017 race miles

Despite Daniel Ricciardo taking the team’s first victory of the season in Baku last weekend, teammate Max Verstappen’s fourth retirement from the last six races meant it was a bittersweet day for the team.The scale of Red Bull’s problems has been highlighted by the fact that Verstappen’s latest stoppage means he is the full-time driver who has completed the fewest race laps all season … Keep reading

Honda “very relieved” after McLaren's Baku points

The relationship between McLaren and engine supplier Honda has become increasingly strained in recent weeks, with the former frustrated by poor engine reliability and performance.But the Baku weekend eased some of the pressure as the team got both cars to the finish for the first time in 2017, with Alonso taking advantage of a chaotic race to take ninth and Stoffel Vandoorne … Keep reading