Mercedes avoided Pirelli’s new hypersoft tyre in Formula 1 testing because it will just be a compound to “survive” on this season, according to team principal Toto Wolff. Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas ended the two weeks at Barcelona more than a second off Sebastian Vettel’s pace, but did not pursue one-lap performance and only
Mercedes Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton fears an upgrade for the Australian Grand Prix could mean Red Bull ends up with the fastest car for the season opener. Like Mercedes, Red Bull did not chase headline lap times in pre-season testing testing at Barcelona, but was buoyed by its running over the two weeks. It
FIA president Jean Todt does not understand driver criticisms of the halo – because the push to introduce it in Formula 1 was started by them in the first place. A number of leading F1 racers have continually criticised the look of the halo, which has been made mandatory for this year on safety grounds.
Toro Rosso team principal Franz Tost thinks it inevitable that Honda will discuss tactical engine change penalties during the 2018 Formula 1 season. F1 teams are bracing themselves for a tough time in managing engine life in 2018, with new rules limiting them to just three power units (and two MGU-Ks, energy stores and control
Nigel Mansell has described his epic pursuit of Nelson Piquet to win the 1987 British Grand Prix in great detail in a new interview for Motorsport.tv. In the latest episode of ‘The Windsor Interviews’, the 1992 Formula 1 world champion sits down with host Peter Windsor for an extensive conversation about his career. In this
A hugely upbeat Mercedes team says the only doubt it has about its new Formula 1 car is how well it can perform on Pirelli’s softer tyres. The Brackley-based outfit rounded out its pre-season testing programme with another solid day at Barcelona on Friday, with observers pointing to the team’s strong long-run pace this week
The Renault Formula 1 team has rubbished talk the legality of its blown rear wing could be questioned, because it has no doubts the aggressive concept complies with rules. The manufacturer’s RS18 and the way its exhaust is angled to direct gases at its rear wing, which is shielded in heat-proof material, has attracted attention.
McLaren executive director Zak Brown admits his team has been impressed with its former engine supplier Honda’s performance in winter Formula 1 testing with its new partner Toro Rosso. Honda’s poor reliability caused extensive pre-season difficulties for McLaren during their seasons together, but McLaren – now a Renault customer – is currently at the bottom
The FIA conducted a test of Formula 1’s new standing restart procedure at the end of Tuesday’s Barcelona running, with Mercedes, Ferrari, Red Bull, Haas and Williams choosing to participate. This year, races will feature standing starts after safety car periods, with cars forming up on the grid once the safety car has returned to
The halo represents not just a structural challenge to the teams to incorporate it onto their cars, but it has opened up new aero development paths too. As part of the rule package that has come with the mandatory use of the halo, teams are given some scope to add small aerodynamic devices to it.
Formula 1’s halo is still annoying, ugly, awkward and distracting, and could cause problems at corners such as Eau Rouge, says Haas driver Kevin Magnussen. This week’s Barcelona test was the first time the halo had been in mandatory use. While some former critics said they were now grudgingly accepting it, Magnussen remains frustrated. “It’s
Renault driver Carlos Sainz Jr feels like he has not “really started testing” halfway into Formula 1’s 2018 pre-season running at Barcelona. Sainz logged 151 laps during the first week of testing, which was disrupted by rain and snow. Though already convinced of the 2018 Renault’s “very big potential”, he admitted he was a long
The 10 Formula 1 teams collectively received $47million less than the previous year during the first season of Liberty ownership. Though the downward trend in F1 income had been known for some time, publication of the F1 Group’s fourth quarter results for 2017 provides the full official picture. Payments to teams fell 5% from $966m
Lewis Hamilton says the 2018 Mercedes Formula 1 car “definitely” feels faster than its predecessor after topping the final day of the first pre-season test. The reigning F1 champion recorded a best time of 1m19.333s – the quickest of the week – on Thursday afternoon at Barcelona, as he made up for the running lost
Upgrade for free today You have 10 articles remaining to view this month. Renault driver Nico Hulkenberg set the pace on a rain-affected final morning of the first week of Formula 1 pre-season testing at Barcelona. After Wednesday’s running was written off by snow and persistent rain, conditions on Thursday morning were initially little better.
Valtteri Bottas says he will not ‘waste energy’ on playing mind games with Mercedes Formula 1 team-mate Lewis Hamilton in 2018. Nico Rosberg has admitted that he adopted a strategy of trying to get under Hamilton’s skin when they were Mercedes team-mates. But Rosberg’s replacement Bottas had a cordial first year alongside Hamilton and insists
Lewis Hamilton says he chose to “sacrifice” driving on day two of Formula 1 pre-season testing as avoiding a driver change saved Mercedes about an hour of running time. Bitterly cold weather at Barcelona has reduced the amount of running F1 teams would have hoped to have achieved by the halfway point of the test.
Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo ended the first day of 2018 Formula 1 pre-season testing at Barcelona with the fastest time. Cool temperatures and a late rain shower made for a relatively uneventful afternoon of running, with the top four remaining unchanged from the morning. It meant Ricciardo ended the day fastest by 0.178 seconds
McLaren driver Fernando Alonso says “there should not be any debate” about the halo cockpit protection device introduced for the 2018 Formula 1 season. The halo, which was pushed through by the FIA on safety grounds, has been widely criticised, with Mercedes F1 boss Toto Wolff saying this week he would remove it “with a
Fernando Alonso has told McLaren Formula 1 fans that “good times are coming” after he drove the MCL33 for the first time at the Navarra circuit in Spain. McLaren’s 2018 challenger was revealed online early on Friday before it took to the track for a shakedown using one of its two allocated filming days. GARY
Ex-Renault Formula 1 driver Jolyon Palmer will be part of the BBC’s Formula 1 radio coverage this season. Palmer will join Jennie Gow and Jack Nicholls in the BBC 5 Live F1 commentary team for the 2018 campaign, and feature on the BBC Sport website as an analyst. The 27-year-old started 35 grands prix with
Toro Rosso has revealed the first image of the Honda-powered car with which it will compete in the 2018 Formula 1 season. The STR13, which was set to be revealed to the public next Monday on the first morning of pre-season testing, made its track debut at a wet Misano circuit in the hands of
Renault believes that only a “fresh approach” will produce the reliability steps it needs to move forward in the 2018 Formula 1 season. Although Renault was encouraged by its improved speed last year, when it often proved to be fourth-quickest, it lost a number of good results through poor reliability. That area has been a
The McLaren Formula 1 team has given its strongest indication yet that it will return to a more traditional orange livery in 2018 with a teaser video released on Monday. A fictional night security guard enters the team’s Woking factory to investigate a disturbance, and finds many of McLaren’s most famous papaya-liveried cars – including
Gene Haas says Formula 1 teams have contacted his outfit with interest in purchasing Haas Automation equipment. Haas currently supplies rival NASCAR teams alongside his Stewart-Haas operation with his company’s equipment and hoped to use his F1 entry as a vehicle to further promote the machine tool brand when he joined the fray in 2016.
Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo believes he needs to get better at driving through problems in the 2018 Formula 1 season rather than trying to perfect his set-ups. Though Ricciardo outscored team-mate Max Verstappen last year, the Dutchman had the stronger qualifying record and was ahead in five of the seven grands prix where both finished.
Valtteri Bottas says the halo on the new Mercedes Formula 1 car did not hinder him during a full race distance in the simulator. The Mercedes driver told the latest episode of Motorsport.tv’s The Flying Lap that he did not notice the controversial new cockpit protection device once he had got used to it. “In
Whether the new Williams Formula 1 car can arrest the decline the famous team has gone through since its 2014 high is the subject of the latest edition of The Autosport Podcast. With a bold new concept and more aggressive aerodynamics, the car is certainly eyecatching but Lawrence Barretto, Stuart Codling and Edd Straw explain
Williams deputy team principal Claire Williams insisted calling anyone in Formula 1 a “pay driver” is unfair, as she defended the team’s 2018 pairing Lance Stroll and Sergey Sirotkin. The decision to pick Formula 2 graduate Sirotkin over Robert Kubica as Felipe Massa’s replacement generated some scepticism, given his relative inexperience and the significant sponsorship
Robert Kubica will drive in three Formula 1 first practice sessions this year, in Spain, Austria and Abu Dhabi, as part of his reserve and development role with Williams. The Pole had pushed for a race seat alongside Lance Stroll but lost out to 22-year-old Sergey Sirotkin and ultimately decided to take a supporting role.