Speed bumps added to Turn 2 at Sochi

The tight right-hander is the first major braking zone around the lap and has been the scene of many incidents in the past of drivers running wide, especially on the first lap of the race.However, going into the corner too quick can result in a better acceleration for the following long left-handed Turn 3, something the FIA is keen to avoid.Ahead of the Russian Grand Prix, F1 teams … Keep reading

Brown says F1 and Long Beach are no longer compatible

Brown stated that although Liberty Media, who took control of the Formula One Group late last year, is scoping venues to expand F1’s footprint in the U.S., there was no reason to believe that the Grand Prix of Long Beach – which switched from F1 to Indy cars in 1984 – would be perceived as a viable option.He told Motorsport.com: “The Grand Prix of Long Beach is obviously a fantastic … Keep reading

Retro 1991: How the Jordan F1 team was born

Jordan was a successful racer himself before he decided to run his own team and competed in the lower formulas. He clinched the British Formula 3 title in 1987 with Johnny Herbert and the Formula 3000 championship two years later with Jean Alesi.Gallagher, who was a journalist in 1988, was a close ally of Jordan and was involved with the burgeoning F1 project from its … Keep reading

Early planning for 2017 paying off for Haas – Steiner

The American outfit scored points in three of the first four grands prix in its debut season last term, but managed just two more top 10 finishes in a season blighted by peaks and troughs.Haas was not quick enough analysing data during a race weekend last year, causing it to lose its way too many times – but the evidence so far this year suggests progress has been made in that … Keep reading

Renault brings new front wing to help cure race pace issues

Though Nico Hulkenberg put Renault seventh on the grid in both China and Bahrain, his ninth place in the Sakhir event is the team’s only points finish of the season so far as it has been unable to replicate its qualifying form in race trim.Renault’s chief technical officer Bob Bell said the team understood why this was happening and had parts arriving to tackle it.”It’s pretty clear … Keep reading

F1 plans fresh clampdown on engine oil burn

Following a query from Red Bull to the FIA about the possibility of teams burning oil to deliver a power boost in qualifying – amid its suspicions that Mercedes had benefited the most from this – the FIA confirmed that such activity was not allowed.In response to the Red Bull communication, the FIA subsequently upped its monitoring of oil usage and chemical composition of oil used by … Keep reading

F1 to ditch Halo in favour of 'Shield' concept

The decision has been taken following an April 25 meeting in Paris of the Strategy Group and the F1 Commission.Cockpit protection has recently been high on the agenda of the sport, following fatal accidents of Formula 1 driver Jules Bianchi and IndyCar driver Justin Wilson – and it was the Halo that initially emerged as the solution likeliest to be implemented by the sport.That … Keep reading