FIA analysis showed Hamilton did not brake-test Vettel

Although Vettel is adamant that he was brake-tested on the exit of Turn 15 prior to him making contact with the rear of the Mercedes, analysis of data from Hamilton’s car by the FIA showed no proof of that.The FIA investigation, which took place during the course of the race, threw up no suggestion that Hamilton had braked nor lifted off entirely.Furthermore, analysis of how Hamilton … Keep reading

F1 drivers expect crazier race in Baku

The inaugural race around the streets of Baku in 2016 passed without any safety cars and had hardly any retirements, as F1 drivers took it easy because they were convinced that just getting to the finish would guarantee points.But on a weekend that has been blighted with more crashes and moments than 12 months ago, thanks to the wider, faster cars and harder tyres, there is a great … Keep reading

Honda: 'Spec 3' engine could be worth 0.3s

The Japanese manufacturer ran a new internal combustion unit on Fernando Alonso’s car during Friday’s two practice sessions.Honda says the data showed an improvement in performance, but the unit was removed and swapped with an older spec so it could check if a gearbox failure caused any damage to the engine.Investigations showed the ICE had survived unscathed, meaning it could have … Keep reading

Stroll upturn helped by Austin 2014 car test – Lowe

Stroll qualified eighth for Sunday’s Baku F1 race, outqualifying Williams teammate Felipe Massa for the first time and making Q3 for only the second time in eight attempts.Massa said Stroll’s maiden points finish had calmed him down and “some changes to the car, similar to the one [set-up] I use” had made Stroll more competitive on his first visit to Baku.Technical chief Paddy Lowe … Keep reading

Grosjean “fed up” with negative radio message broadcasts

Grosjean has endured a particularly difficult Azerbaijan GP weekend so far, having suffered from a recurrence of long-standing brake issues throughout practice and qualifying.The Frenchman, who qualified four places behind teammate Kevin Magnussen in Baku and is set to start the race in 16th, has had many of his radio transmissions featured on F1’s world feed throughout the Azerbaijan … Keep reading

Baku pace shows Red Bull development working – Horner

Tracks with long straights like Baku are always a concern for the team, but a low-downforce set-up appeared to work well on Friday, as Verstappen led both sessions.In addition, the team has chosen Baku to make its one permitted change of gear ratios for the season, in company with fellow Renault user Toro Rosso.That has been done to get the best out of the updates that the … Keep reading

Sauber chairman hits out at attempts to “demolish” team

This week’s departure of team principal Monisha Kaltenborn came amid claims that one of the reasons for the split was about how it handled its drivers.Unidentified sources had been reported as suggesting that Swedish backers wanted to throw all the team’s weight behind Ericsson, something that was strongly denied in a statement issued by the team earlier this week.But Picci, who is … Keep reading

Pirelli “not confused” by Baku tyre selection

Isola admits that the company knew well in advance that it could have brought the ultrasoft to Azerbaijan – instead of having the supersoft as its softest available tyre – but the choices had to be made almost four months ago, before it had much knowledge about the 2017 cars.For those races further into the season where there was still enough lead time, Pirelli has already made some … Keep reading

Renault rubbishes Kubica FP1 rumours

A recent test that Kubica did for the team, that left the outfit hugely impressed, has prompted rumours that the Pole could be in the frame for further running in the future – and that he could even do a free practice session at the Italian GP.But Renault F1 managing director Cyril Abiteboul has said claims that Kubica will drive in Monza were well wide of the mark and that there were … Keep reading