Renderings of new pit building for Montreal F1 track revealed

As part of the renewal of the agreement to stage Canada’s Formula 1 race from 2015 to 2029, the Société du parc Jean‑Drapeau (SPJD) made the commitment to renovate and expand the infrastructures.The new building will meet the standards required by the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) and the Formula One World Championship (FOWC), while increasing the capacity of the … Keep reading

Honda engine layout a big challenge for Toro Rosso

The Faenza-based squad will use the Japanese power units from next year after having used the Renault engines during 2017.The different locations of the turbo compressors meant that fitting the Honda is not a straightforward swap into a car that was originally being designed around the French engine.McLaren, which will switch from Honda to Renault engines, faces the same challenge in … Keep reading

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