Wehrlein: Manor can target points in 2016

After a disappointing lack of pace in the season opener in Australia, Wehrlein shone in qualifying in Bahrain as he nearly made it out of Q1 – and then ran briefly in the midfield in China after deciding not to pit under the first safety car. But despite slipping back to 18th in Shanghai, Wehrlein thinks there is more potential in the car than shown so far, and reckons that the flashes … Keep reading

Chinese GP tech debrief: Haas reveals its first F1 update

Haas The American team surprised everyone in the first two grands prix, maximising both its own performance and taking advantage of others’ mistakes. China told a different story though, with both drivers struggling to get the best from their VF16. Romain Grosjean was particularly vociferous about the mandated pressures issued by Pirelli, condemning the high pressures and suggesting … Keep reading

Ferrari: Gap to Mercedes is just one tenth

Nico Rosberg maintained Mercedes’ strong start to the campaign, as he reeled off his third consecutive victory in Shanghai on a weekend when Red Bull managed to get itself on the front row. But Ferrari team principal Maurizio Arrivabene thinks that Ferrari failed to show its true potential last weekend, as mistakes in qualifying and a first corner clash between its drivers cost it … Keep reading

Red Bull canopy could now be ready to race in 2017

The canopy had previously been touted as a possible long-term replacement for the Halo concept being developed by Mercedes and Ferrari and that was previously viewed as the only realistic option for next year. However, Red Bull has fast-tracked its canopy development to the point where, following discussions in the last meeting of the FIA’s Halo Working Group on April 6, it has now … Keep reading

WMSC approves 25 car days for 2017 F1 tyres

The F1 Commission had already agreed to the changes asked by Pirelli earlier this week, ahead of the deadline set for 4pm CET on Monday. On Wednesday, the WMSC ratified the changes, aimed at giving Pirelli additional dates to prepare its tyres for next season. The changes will allow 25 car days of testing with current F1 cars fitted with 2017 tyre sizes during 2016, 2017 and … Keep reading

Opinion: F1 needs changes, but is far from a crisis

Formula 1 people have got well used to the sport getting its fair share of public criticism. And if it is not the fans, media, drivers, or team bosses lashing out at things they are not happy with, then Bernie Ecclestone, the man tasked with trying to exploit its commercial opportunities, often has a go, too. Yet in recent weeks such slating has taken on a new dimension. For the focus … Keep reading

Ferrari yet to show true pace due to "mishaps" – Rosberg

Rosberg, who scored his third win of the season in China, cautioned that the Maranello team has struggled to enjoy a clean weekend. “Ferrari haven’t really shown what they can do at all yet, they’ve had so many mishaps all the time, and we really think they are very, very close to us,” the German said. “So we really need to keep our heads down, keep pushing. Even in qualifying Kimi … Keep reading

F1 to discuss three-engine limit for 2018

Ahead of talks between teams later this month to discuss changes to F1’s power unit regulations, the manufacturers think the best way to reduce costs and help performance converge is to cut back on the number of engines allowed per season. Sources suggest that early calculations indicate cutting back from the current four-engine limit (five engines when there are more than 21 races) … Keep reading