McLaren to undergo “biggest change” in 2018 look

McLaren unveiled an all-new black, orange and white livery for last season as part of a freshening up of its image following the departure of long-time chief Ron Dennis.Since joining the team as executive director, Brown has been keep to do things differently and with McLaren swapping Honda power for Renault this term, fans can expect another change for the brand.”The car’s not going … Keep reading

F1 plans merchandise route that NASCAR experimented with

Back in 2015, NASCAR announced a 10-year agreement with merchandise experts Fanatics, who will be working on the F1 project, to help streamline the sales of trackside souvenir products.Key to the idea was a ‘superstore tent’ that provided a centralised point for the purchase of all team and driver merchandise.But while the idea seemed great on paper, the experience left fans feeling … Keep reading

Palmer deserves “world class” drive, says Renault

Palmer was promoted to an F1 race seat after Renault’s takeover of Lotus at the end of 2015 and signed a one-year contract extension at the end of ’16, but suffered poor reliability in ’17 and struggled to match teammate Nico Hulkenberg.Palmer scored only one point, in Singapore, and lost his drive to Sainz with four races to go – a decision Palmer revealed he found out by reading … Keep reading

The evidence that threatens Ferrari’s resurgence

It is often said that the Formula 1 field closes up in the second season after a major rule change.The theory is that bigger teams with more resources are able to exploit new regulations more than others, spreading out the field initially. The law of diminishing returns then allows the smaller squads to close up in subsequent seasons.That should bode well for 2018, given how close … Keep reading

Gasly: STR promotion shows F1 “not all about money”

The 21-year-old Frenchman will contest his first full-time campaign in F1 with Red Bull’s junior outfit Toro Rosso in 2018, his promotion capping off a strong junior single-seater career.He joined the Red Bull programme after winning the Formula Renault Eurocup title back in 2013, and has since added a GP2 crown and runner-up finishes in Formula Renault 3.5 and Super … Keep reading

Mercedes admits it was “pretty confused” by 2017 car

Mercedes ultimately claimed a fourth consecutive F1 championship double, but trailed Ferrari after six races having struggled to consistently unlock performance from the W08, leading team boss Toto Wolff to dub the car a “diva”.The car was overweight in the early part of the campaign, and struggled to use Pirelli’s new ultrasoft tyre properly, but Mercedes eventually developed the W08 … Keep reading

Haas open to Alfa Romeo/Sauber-style rebranding

Ferrari president Sergio Marchionne had long mooted both bringing the Alfa name back into F1 and using Sauber as a fully-fledged junior team, and those ideas came to fruition in December when Sauber announced its Alfa tie-in and deal to run Formula 2-winning Ferrari protege Charles Leclerc.Asked by Motor … Keep reading

Formula 1's top five tech solutions of 2017

With downforce increased dramatically and Pirelli offering substantially wider tyres, the cars not only looked more appealing but offered laptimes that were appreciably quicker too.The drivers were subjected to lateral loads of over 5G, with apex speeds up by over 30 km/h – putting the onus on the drivers to live up to the demands of driving these machines.With the technical … Keep reading

New F1 tyre range “can only create better racing” – Horner

The Italian company’s decision to expand from five to seven compounds for next season has generated adverse reaction from fans, many of whom are wary of the confusion that will be created by having so many types of slick tyre.However, Horner says that the post Abu Dhabi GP tyre testing proved successful, and that the expanded range will help Pirelli to generate more stops.”It was an … Keep reading