Rookie duo admit Alonso best driver in F1

When asked to name the best current driver on the grid, Max Verstappen answered: “Alonso.” And his 2015 teammate, another Grand Prix debutant and a Spaniard, Carlos Sainz jr, agreed: “Fernando, of course.” When you are offered the chance to drive in F1, no matter your age, you must accept it. Max Verstappen But their answer, whilst also in agreement, was very different when it came … Keep reading Source: Motorsport.com – F1 – Stories

Vettel to debut new Ferrari – report

On Thursday, it emerged that McLaren-Honda newcomer Fernando Alonso will be the one bestowed the duty of debuting the all-new MP4-30 when official testing kicks off at Jerez next Sunday. And now, Ferrari’s plans are similarly beginning to emerge. Germany’s Sport Bild reports that it has learned from sources close to the Finn that continuing Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen will drive the … Keep reading Source: Motorsport.com – F1 – Stories

Chilton eyes Indycar debut for 2016

The 23-year-old Briton raced for Marussia in 2013 and 2014, but the backmarker team collapsed late last year and is now clinging to survival mere weeks before the new season. So it has been announced that Chilton will assist his former GP2 team Carlin, a British outfit, as it expands into the Indycar feeder series Indy Lights this year. “While I’m still considering my options for 2015 … Keep reading Source: Motorsport.com – F1 – Stories

Ex-F1 driver Philippe Streiff sued by Todt and Saillant after comments

The FIA has announced that its president Jean Todt and medical commission boss Gerard Saillant are to take legal action for defamation against former F1 driver Philippe Streiff. Streiff had made some comments in the media about the report of the FIA Accident Panel which investigated the Jules Bianchi crash at Suzuka, and the circumstances leading up to it. Streiff’s Formula One … Keep reading Source: Motorsport.com – F1 – Stories

Alonso to get first drive of 2015 McLaren

Fernando Alonso will make his return to action for the McLaren team, which he left amidst acrimony after a turbulent 2007 season, on the opening day of the official Jerez Formula One test on February 1. Fellow world champion Jenson Button will have to wait until day two to get his hands on the new machine, with them alternating again on days three and four. The test is viewed as … Keep reading Source: Motorsport.com – F1 – Stories

Ferrari must improve after difficult start – Elkann

Amid the Maranello marque’s revolutionary shake-up, new president Marchionne, also head of the Fiat-Chrysler parent, admitted Ferrari can only expect to put in better performances towards the end of the forthcoming championship. Now, the New York-born Elkann, Fiat-Chrysler chairman and the grandson of the great patriarch Gianni Agnelli, has been quoted by La Repubblica: “Ferrari is … Keep reading Source: Motorsport.com – F1 – Stories

‘Time will come’ for Ocon after Lotus snub

The 18-year-old Frenchman beat the likes of Toro Rosso rookie Max Verstappen to the highly-respected FIA European F3 title last year. At the same time, his stock was rising at Lotus, where he is under contract to the team-linked Gravity management arm. He made his Friday practice debut at the Abu Dhabi finale, being only narrowly outpaced by Pastor Maldonado and looking set to become … Keep reading Source: Motorsport.com – F1 – Stories

Dominant Mercedes ‘stressed’ ahead of 2015 – Lauda

For one thing, the F1 legend and triple world champion cannot understand the sport’s looming schedule for pre-season testing. “Everyone at Brackley is stressed,” Lauda admitted to Austria’s Salzburger Nachrichten. “There are many things (to worry about),” he explained. “It bothers me that this year there is no test in the heat of Bahrain, unlike the previous year. “In Spain, the … Keep reading Source: Motorsport.com – F1 – Stories

Ecclestone says there may not be a German GP this year

Bernie Ecclestone has admitted that there might not be a German GP this year as he has yet to conclude a deal with either Hockenheim or Nurburgring. The latter was in theory due to host the race this year, while the former’s current contract says that it is due to hold the race again in 2016. Asked by Sky Sports News if Hockenheim was now on the calendar he said, “Not really,” and … Keep reading Source: Motorsport.com – F1 – Stories

Lotus pokes fun at Williams’ 2015 nose

The crew at Lotus should get the award for team who makes the most fun from social media. They have sent some tongue-in-cheek tweets before this, but this one takes the cake so far. Yesterday, Williams leaked a photo of its front wing structure, and what it feels is the best and most advantageous interpretation of the rules looks shockingly familiar for the guys at Lotus. With only … Keep reading Source: Motorsport.com – F1 – Stories