Wolff says no sadness over new Verstappen contract

Red Bull caused a surprise at the United States Grand Prix when it announced that Verstappen had extended his deal to remain at the Milton Keynes-based outfit until the end of 2020.While Verstappen was an obvious future candidate for Mercedes – with both Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas out of contract at the end of next year – Wolff says he is not surprised by what has happened.”I … Keep reading

Williams “exploring” whether Kubica can return to F1

Kubica and Paul di Resta have both recently spent time driving a 2014 Williams, with the Pole spending a day in action at Silverstone before both drove for a day each at the Hungaroring last week.Williams technical chief Paddy Lowe said “any driver who hasn’t yet got a contract” would be considered by the team, for 2018.Thus, he dismissed suggestions its decision on who should … Keep reading

Renault: Long Mercedes gardening leave spells are 'unfair'

With Renault investing heavily to expand its operation, it has faced frustrations that Mercedes in particular is slowing down the arrival of staff that have agreed to join them by up to two years.Abiteboul believes that such ‘aggressive’ contractual terms are not only frustrating for his outfit, but are bad for the sport because they prevent the spreading of knowledge that keeps the … Keep reading

Vettel “closer than expected” to Hamilton's US GP pole

Ferrari driver Vettel was seven tenths adrift of pace-setter Hamilton both in Q1 and Q2, and trailed the Mercedes man by the same margin after the opening laps in the final segment.He was down in fourth at that point, behind the other Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas and his own teammate Kimi Raikkonen as well, only to improve significantly on his second run and secure the runner-up … Keep reading

Stroll punished for impeding Grosjean

Grosjean had to take avoiding action at high speed between the final corners on a flying lap in Q1, as Stroll attempted to move out of his way to the right, when the Haas driver was already taking to that side to try to pass.An FIA statement said: “The stewards examined multiple angles of video evidence, including CCTV not available on the broadcast and radio calls to car 18, and … Keep reading

Ricciardo won't play supporting role at Red Bull – Horner

Teammate Max Verstappen has already extended his stay at Red Bull until 2020, leading some observers to conclude that retaining the Dutchman was the team’s priority and that he is the main hope for the longer term.Ricciardo himself admitted that he was surprised that Verstappen’s deal was done so soon.”The clear intent is to ensure that we keep Daniel in the car past the e … Keep reading

Prost had “no problem” releasing Buemi for Toro Rosso one-off

However, Prost confirmed that he would not have let Buemi out of his Formula E contract to race full-time for Toro Rosso in 2018, and that may have scuppered the Swiss driver’s chances of running in Austin.Ultimately, Red Bull preferred to take Brendon Hartley – a driver who would be available race in 2018, given his current employer Porsche’s impending exit from the World Endurance … Keep reading

F1 plans online streaming service for 2018 season

With F1’s new owners Liberty Media having spent the last 12 months analysing the sport, bold plans are being put in place that will change the way fans can watch grand prix racing.With a big effort being made to expand its digital presence, a live streaming service from race weekends, plus another offering in between events that offers extra data and behind-the-scenes footage, are set … Keep reading