Lauda confirms no freeze delay for Renault

Mar.3 (GMM) Niki Lauda has confirmed that Renault’s F1 rivals opposed a move to delay the 2014 engine performance ‘freeze’.Although denied by the embattled French marque, it was reported last week that Renault made the request that was subsequently discussed during the meeting last Friday of the F1 strategy group.It was there, Mercedes team chairman Lauda confirmed, that a postponement … Keep reading Source: – F1 – Stories

Marussia’s Jules Bianchi completes test in a positive way at Bahrain

15 days before the 2014 season-opener in Melbourne, Jules Bianchi has now completed his allocated running with the Marussia F1 Team’s MR03. Jules Bianchi, Marussia F1 Team MR03Phot … Keep reading Source: – F1 – Stories

Marko tells Vettel to not get ‘angry’

Feb.27 (GMM) Red Bull’s Dr Helmut Marko has urged world champion Sebastian Vettel to keep his cool amid the early-season technical crisis.After two dismal pre-season tests, things began to look a little brighter for the team early on Thursday as the third and final test in Bahrain kicked off.Daniel Ricciardo’s tally nudged over the 30-lap mark in the morning session, and he bettered … Keep reading Source: – F1 – Stories

F1 fixes taking ‘four times longer’ in 2014

Feb.26 (GMM) Fixing technical problems is taking mechanics up to four times longer than usual in F1’s new turbo V6 era.Writing in the Spanish sports daily Marca, Marco Canseco said the issue is so significant that a breakdown on the Saturday morning of a race weekend could mean the car is still not repaired by the time of the qualifying hour.”Repair processes have at times been … Keep reading Source: – F1 – Stories

Susie Wolff to continue as Williams Development Driver for the 2014 season

Williams is pleased to confirm that Susie Wolff will be continuing as the team’s Development Driver for 2014 in an expanded role that will see her take to the wheel of the Williams Mercedes FW36 in two FP1 sessions this season. … Keep reading Source: – F1 – Stories

Williams to show Martini livery on March 6

Feb.21 (GMM) Williams’ new Martini-themed 2014 livery will be unveiled on 6 March, a week before the F1 circus gathers in Melbourne for the season opener.Initially, it was believed the Grove team would pull the official wraps off its highly-anticipated new title sponsorship deal during Bahrain testing.But that theory was dismissed on the basis that alcohol advertising is not allowed in … Keep reading Source: – F1 – Stories

F1 news update: Nasr, Massa, Schumacher, Bahrain, Ecclestone

Feb.22 (GMM) Brazilian Felipe Nasr, and his sponsor Banco do Brasil, have joined Williams.GP2 frontrunner Nasr, 22, is the British team’s new reserve driver, and Williams said he will take part in five Friday morning practice sessions this year.In a separate media statement, it was announced that the logos of Banco do Brasil, the largest bank in Latin America, will appear on the FW36’s … Keep reading Source: – F1 – Stories

New team CEO Matthew Carter talk through the challenges Lotus faced

Enstone’s new CEO, Matthew Carter, gives his take on the state of play for Lotus F1 Team heading into the 2014 season. How would you describe the 2014 specification Lotus F1 Team? I think it’s no secret to say that last year, while very positive on the track, was challenging off the track. This year, 2014, we’re looking to be as successful away from the track as we are on it. With … Keep reading Source: – F1 – Stories

Hulkenberg and Sahara Force India fastest on first day of Bahrain test

As teams returned to testing this week at Bahrain International Circuit, Sahara Force India had a good first day, completing 79 laps with a chart-topping time of 1:36.880. Nico Hulkenberg: “A very positive and satisfying day. We had a busy programme and we learned a lot. Time in the car is very valuable at the moment and so it feels good to cover so many laps and even complete two … Keep reading Source: – F1 – Stories