30 minutes before the start of a grand prix

The Fifth Driver

At the start of the year, we dropped in on the McLaren pit garage in Bahrain to eavesdrop on proceedings during half an hour in the life of a Formula 1 test. This time, we’re back to chronicle perhaps the most fraught and frantic 30 minutes in grand prix racing – the half-hour that leads up to the start of the race. 

It’s a well-practiced, procedure-driven series of events – all driven by the team’s two uber-calm and ultra-experienced race engineers, Tom Stallard (Jenson) and Mark Temple (Kevin), and backed up by team

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Domenicali’s new job to spark Alonso rumours

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Mercedes gifting title ‘bonus’ to staff and F1 world

The reports say the bonus is a minimum of 10,000 British pounds, or $16,000, which altogether will cost the German marque over $11 million – not including any higher bonuses due to upper management or the drivers. But Mercedes can afford it, given that the team is expected to take home over $60 million in official F1 prize-money for topping the title charts in 2014. The news about … Keep reading

Kobayashi told to park healthy car in order to save mileage on components?

Kamui Kobayashi exited the inaugural Russian Grand Prix after just 21 laps, and there’s some controversy regarding why. The official reason cited was ‘overheating brakes’ but Kobayashi insisted otherwise. “The team just decided to stop,” Kobayashi despondently told reporters in Sochi. Puzzled team boss Manfredi Ravetto was later quoted as saying that they saw a potential issue with the … Keep reading Source: Motorsport.com – F1 – Stories

Analysis: Why Marussia is angry about Bianchi accident claims

Marussia F1 team has reacted angrily to reports in a couple of media outlets that Jules Bianchi was being ordered by the team to push hard prior to his accident in the Japanese Grand Prix and that he did not slow down in the double waved yellow flag zone where Adrian Sutil’s car was being […] Please go to James Allen on F1 and check out all the fabulous articles. This article was shared with F1Junkie via RSS.

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The past two days have seen celebrations at Brackley and Brixworth as the team commemorated the first ever FIA Formula 1 World Constructors Championship title for Mercedes-Benz in a landmark year for the marque. 60 years have passed since the three-pointed star took victory in its first ever Formula One Grand Prix in Reims, and 80 years since the Silver Arrows were born at the 1934 … Keep reading Source: Motorsport.com – F1 – Stories

Mercedes bosses recognise part Ross Brawn played in their championship success

Today the Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg have been at the team’s headquarters in England to celebrate with all the employees. But who should take the credit for Mercedes’ extraordinary success in clinching the F1 Constructors’ Championship with three races remaining? This is a question many fans are asking and the current senior […] Please go to James Allen on F1 and check out all the fabulous articles. This article was shared with F1Junkie via RSS.

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The first Russian GP in history took place, without doubts, in a wonderful scenery, but insignificant from the point of view of technics and show. Worries about bends proved to be unfounded with an asphalt not abrasive at all. Without requirement to change compounds, the drivers would arrive safely at the end of the 52 laps without problems, as Nico Rosberg showed us, who had … Keep reading Source: Motorsport.com – F1 – Stories