Force India sets January 21 launch date

Force India has set a firm date for the launch of its 2015 car, the Mercedes-powered VJM08. After finishing the 2014 season a career-high sixth in the constructors’ championship, the Silverstone based team renewed with its major backer America Movil. It means the Sergio Perez-linked Telmex, Telcel and Claro branding will also appear on the 2015 car, just as they also will at Ferrari … Keep reading Source: Motorsport.com – F1 – Stories

Happy birthday Michael, remembering how the legend began

Michael Schumacher’s 46th birthday is being spent with his family on Lake Geneva, as he continues the painfully slow recovery process, a year and a few days after his shocking skiing accident. A history lesson We’ve spent a lot of time talking about the brain injury the 7-time Formula One World Champion suffered as he remains in an almost comatose state, but being his birthday, let’s … Keep reading Source: Motorsport.com – F1 – Stories

Honda excluded as engine upgrades allowed in 2015

Jan.3 (GMM) F1 newcomer Honda has been left out as rival engine suppliers prepare to develop their turbo V6 power units throughout the 2015 season.It has emerged in recent days that, because the wording of the regulations is unclear, the sport’s 2014 suppliers Mercedes, Renault and Ferrari do not in fact have to present in Melbourne an engine to be ‘frozen’ for this year’s entire world … Keep reading Source: Motorsport.com – F1 – Stories

The strangest motorsports story of 2014? No contest

The strangest motorsport story of the year? Like Lewis Hamilton’s Formula One championship, it was really no contest. Yes, there were multiple contenders, but in the end, only one truly bizarre tale emerged as the winner. Perhaps you’ve already guessed: It was Trophygate – the case of the stolen Red Bull Racing trophies. You recall the story: Police were called to the factory, located … Keep reading Source: Motorsport.com – F1 – Stories

FIA admits loophole, teams can now develop engines during season

One of the fiercest battles off the track in Formula One last season was the ongoing struggle between Mercedes, Ferrari, and Red Bull Renault in regards to developing their engines during the season. This became a top story as teams scrambled for any way possible to close the gap on the silver arrows. As revealed by Autosport, the FIA is now saying that teams are no longer locked into … Keep reading Source: Motorsport.com – F1 – Stories

Williams revival surprised team champion Villeneuve

In 2013, amid the Grove team’s slump, the French Canadian told the Portuguese language magazine Revista Warmup that “When a team is reduced to hiring pay-drivers, it’s over”. At the time, he was referring to Pastor Maldonado and Valtteri Bottas. Maldonado has since switched to Lotus, but although Finn Bottas is backed by some sponsors and managed by team co-owner Toto Wolff, he emerged … Keep reading Source: Motorsport.com – F1 – Stories

Lotus could tweak team name for 2015 – report

Lotus may not be in danger of dropping out of Formula One after all. On an updated official entry list for the 2015 season, the Enstone team was listed recently with a “subject to confirmation” asterisk alongside its name. In trouble or simply changing the name? It sparked fears Lotus, whose Gerard Lopez led the angry complaints of midfield teams including Force India and Sauber late … Keep reading Source: Motorsport.com – F1 – Stories

Williams ‘most dangerous’ 2015 rival – Wolff

Toto Wolff has singled out Williams as the most dangerous opponent for title defenders Mercedes in 2015. Mercedes utterly dominated the first year of the new turbo V6 era last season, with 2010-2013 world champions Red Bull in second place. But it was Mercedes-powered Williams that ended the season as arguably the works team’s closest challenger. I also fear Red Bull Toto Wolff Asked … Keep reading Source: Motorsport.com – F1 – Stories

Sauber announces Raffaele Marciello as its test and reserve driver for 2015

Hinwil, 31st December 2014 – The Sauber F1 Team is pleased to announce Raffaele Marciello as its test and reserve driver for 2015. The 20-year-old Italian started his racing career in karting in 2005. After winning several championships he moved up to single seater racing. In 2013 he won the European F3 Championship with 13 wins. One  year later he competed in the GP2 series, where he … Keep reading Source: Motorsport.com – F1 – Stories

Ferrari bench better than Caterham seat – Vergne

Jean-Eric Vergne insists his new Ferrari test role is better than a race seat at struggling backmarker Caterham. The 24-year-old Frenchman was dropped by Red Bull after contesting the last three seasons for the energy drink company’s second F1 team Toro Rosso. I’m still very young and there are still many years in Formula One in front of me Jean-Eric Vergne Ferrari has signed him for … Keep reading Source: Motorsport.com – F1 – Stories