GPDA achieves unity with full F1 membership

GPDA chairman Alex Wurz says the drivers’ body has full membership of the F1 grid, which will in turn aid the drivers’ bid to get their voices heard.”The GPDA now has 100 percent membership for the first time in recent memory and maybe history,” said Wurz. “So it was a very good year. F1 is entering a period of evolution, change and perhaps even a degree of turmoil.”All the drivers … Keep reading

Wehrlein deserves to be in F1, says Wolff

The Mercedes protege is unlikely to be on the F1 grid next year after losing his Sauber seat to Formula 2 champion Charles Leclerc while Sergey Sirotkin is set to get the last remaining drive at Williams.Mercedes is currently assessing the alternative racing programmes available to Wehrlein for 2018.”Pascal is in a difficult position because there is not really an open spot for next … Keep reading

How F1 teams really performed in 2017

Motor racing is all about performance, so to understand that better it’s possible to track the ultimate pace of the 10 chassis over the course of the season.To do this, I take the fastest single lap per team from each of the 20 cars each weekend and turn that into a percentage of the outright fastest. Averaging these over the 20 races this season gives a ‘supertime’ to rank the pace … Keep reading

Andy Green: “We're taking a lot of development knowledge into the winter…”

In a major step upwards from previous years – and as a result of their success and therefore increased resources – Sahara Force India’s Technical Director, Andy Green, tells us how is he is facing a winter with a huge amount of development data with which to play…

Honda says ending McLaren project a “relief”

McLaren grew increasingly frustrated this season as Honda struggled with performance and reliability in the third year of their deal.Read Also:The design flaws that killed McLaren-HondaThe two parties ultimately agreed to end their arrangement, with McLaren switching to Renault and Honda teaming up with Toro Rosso.”Relief, yes. It is good to concentrate on nex … Keep reading

Hartley “crumbled” on first Formula 1 shot

Hartley, who made his grand prix debut this year and will race for Toro Rosso full-time next season, was dropped by Red Bull during 2010 having been its reserve driver.Hartley, speaking in an interview in the latest episode of programme The Flying Lap, accepts he wasn’t experienced enough for that first opportunity.”I wasn’t ready at that point,” says Hartley. “I have … Keep reading

Todt warns against “unfair” focus on new F1 manufacturers

Proposals for tweaks to the engines rule for 2021 have caused some controversy, with Mercedes, Renault and Ferrari all speaking out against the ideas that they fear will lead to a dramatic increase in costs.But equally, F1’s rule makers know that if they do not make tweaks to the current engine rules then there is little hope of independents like Ilmor and Cosworth being able to join … Keep reading

Sirotkin now favourite for 2018 Williams drive

Williams has spent the last week evaluating data gathered during the Abu Dhabi Pirelli test, where it ran Sirotkin and Kubica.Kubica had been favourite to make a sensational return to F1, with Williams impressed by his feedback and the way he fitted into the team and built up strong relationships.However, it has emerged that based on pure performance, data suggests Sirotkin is the … Keep reading