Lewis Hamilton hit with five-place grid penalty for Chinese GP

In the aftermath of the Bahrain Grand Prix, Mercedes discovered that the world champion’s gearbox had sustained damage. Following inspection of the unit in China on Wednesday, it was decided that it should be replaced rather than an attempt made to try to get it through another race weekend. A team spokesman also said that taking the penalty for China was deemed a better route because … Keep reading

Interview: How Manor has got its Formula 1 groove back

After a winter of restructuring and a switch to Mercedes power, Manor has impressed in the first two races of the year, even though it has missed out on points. In Australia, Pascal Wehrlein pulled off a sensational start to fight in the midfield before tyre degradation dropped him down the order. While in Bahrain, his star performance in qualifying, and then a fraught battle for the … Keep reading

Renault signs Chinese karting driver Sun Yue Yang

Sun, 15, joins Oliver Rowland, Jack Aitken, Kevin Jorg and Louis Deletraz in the roster, becoming the first driver to be signed into the new Academy straight out of karting. The Chinese driver had a career-best 2015 in international karting, with success in the KFJ class of various major championships. Among his accolades that year were fourth place in the South Garda Winter Cup, fifth … Keep reading

Analysis: Is it too early for Verstappen to join a top team?

Here is a driver who has broken convention rather than followed it at every step of his brilliant career. Verstappen’s move up to Formula 1 from F3 prompted the FIA to lay down new criteria for super licences, although at no stage was there any doubt about his amazing talent. In fact, such has been his immediate impact in F1 that silly season speculation has already placed him at … Keep reading

Inside Line F1 Podcast: Vettel – Ecclestone's successor!

Vettel recently said that he fails to understand the ‘selfie generation’ and social media. This is possibly why he is ‘most suited’ to replace Bernie Ecclestone as F1’s CEO, say Mithila and Kunal. The leaked payment reports also indicated that Mclaren-Honda were paid nearly $82 million in 2015 – a tad too much to pay for entertainment alone! On that note, will Fernando Alonso miss … Keep reading

Timetable of the 2016 Chinese Grand Prix

The Shanghai International Circuit is 5.451km long and features 13 corners and two DRS zones. The Grand Prix will be held over 56 laps. Michael Schumacher still holds the lap record in 1:32.238, established in 2004. Complete timetable of the event*. Please note that all times are local. THURSDAY APRIL 14 Formula One Press Conference 15:00Formula One F1 Drivers’ Autograph Session 16:00 … Keep reading

Williams denies plans for Stroll investment in team

As part of an effort to help European Formula 3 frontrunner Stroll’s racing career, Williams is helping him with his career development, which includes extensive simulator work. The fact that Stroll moved across from a position in Ferrari’s junior driver programme prompted talk at the time that there could be a wider motive, potentially involving fashion entrepreneur Lawrence Stroll … Keep reading