Verstappen: "I want to challenge for podiums next year"

The 18-year-old experienced a frustrating start to his second season in Formula 1, finishing 10th in Australia while a much better result seemed possible after starting from fifth on the grid. In Bahrain, Verstappen bounced back by scoring Toro Rosso’s first-ever points at the track, finishing sixth. Last week in China, he managed to climb back up to P8, after losing a couple of places … Keep reading

Ferrari fast-tracks new front wing for Russia

With technical director James Allison back to work full-time following the death of his wife, the Maranello outfit is pushing hard to find the extra steps that can help it challenge Mercedes. For this weekend in Russia, Motorsport.com has learned that Ferrari will introduce a new front wing for both Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen. It hopes that the step will help it fully exploit … Keep reading

Absentees force delays to 2017 F1 rules vote

The Strategy Group and F1 Commission met at Biggin Hill hoping to sign off a raft of changes to the regulations aimed at making cars faster and mapping out engine rules to bring costs down and performance closer. On the car front, the situation was clear, with the radical overhaul of cars to make them up to five seconds per lap faster now going ahead after a push from some quarters to … Keep reading

Booth joins Toro Rosso as director of racing

Booth, along with sporting director Graeme Lowdon, left Manor and Formula 1 last year after having led the team since it joined F1 in 2010. The duo formed another Manor squad in the World Endurance Championship, competing in the LMP2 category this season. Booth joins Toro Rosso with immediate effect on a consultancy basis, and will take up his responsibilities from this weekend’s … Keep reading

Red Bull: Renault F1 revamp now paying off

On the back of a promising start to the campaign, Red Bull has raised its ambitions for the rest of the year – especially after an upgraded Renault power unit comes on board for the Canadian Grand Prix. The situation is dramatically differently from 12 months ago, when relations between Red Bull and Renault reached an all-time low and they nearly parted company. Now, Horner says Red … Keep reading

Analysis: D-Day for F1’s 2017 rules revolution

Bernie Ecclestone, FIA president Jean Todt and F1 team chiefs will get together at Biggin Hill in London later today to sign off a raft of changes for next year aimed at reinvigorating the sport and making it more competitive. But while the main focus has been on an aerodynamic and tyre overhaul for next year – aimed at making cars up to five seconds per lap quicker – they are not the … Keep reading

Sirotkin lands Renault F1 test driver role

Sirotkin, 20, is a race winner in Formula Abarth, AutoGP, Formula Renault 3.5 and GP2, having finished his rookie campaign in the latter series in third place last year. As part of his new duties, the Russian is to drive the Renault RS16 in a number of free practice sessions during the 2016 F1 season, starting with his home grand prix in Sochi. He will replace Kevin Magnussen. “This is … Keep reading

Barrichello: I have no memory of carrying Senna’s coffin

Barrichello said that the concussion he suffered in his practice crash at Imola’s Variante Bassa chicane the week before Senna’s funeral erased much of that month from his memory. Barrichello was in the second row of the coffin carriers during the funeral ceremony, behind Gerhard Berger and Emerson Fittipaldi. “I don’t remember my crash at Imola,” Barrichello told Fox Sports. “I was … Keep reading

McLaren Honda – Russian GP preview

Ice hockey is Russia’s national sport, so it’s perhaps unsurprising that the opportunity to stage a grand prix in the country came on the back of Sochi’s 2014 Winter Olympic Games. The popularity of F1 is growing every year and more spectators are expected at the race this year because it takes place over the May holiday period. #14 Fernando Alonso “I enjoyed racing in Sochi in both … Keep reading