Preview To Weekend’s USA F1 – Vettel’s Last Chance

Sebastian Vettel’s aspirations for a fifth Formula 1 world championship are hanging in the balance after he retired for the second time in three races in the Japanese Grand Prix. A spark plug, worth around €59 according to Ferrari president Sergio Marchionne, cost the team and Vettel dearly at Suzuka. That blow came after a…

Ferrari Title Fight Not Over

Ferrari president Sergio Marchionne insists the title fight is not over despite an awful run of reliability – and claims the Scuderia’s 2017 car is at the very least on par with the Mercedes. Three engine failures for the team in the last two races, on the back of a double DNF in Singapore, has…

Red Bull Need The Magic Mode

Red Bull thinks that the lack of a ‘magic’ engine mode for Q3 explained its confusing pace at the Japanese Grand Prix – as it struggled in qualifying before being able to match Mercedes in the race. The Milton Keynes-based team was surprised to be one second off the pace of Mercedes in the fight…

Renault Reliability The problem Says Hulkenberg

Nico Hulkenberg says Renault’s reliability is not good enough after a DRS issue forced him out of the Japanese Grand Prix when he had points in his sights. Hulkenberg has suffered several power unit reliability issues this year, and retired from a good position in Monaco with a gearbox problem. At Suzuka, his DRS stuck…

Tyre Blister Cost Verstappen

A blistered front-left tyre was the main reason why Max Verstappen couldn’t attack Lewis Hamilton for victory in the Japanese Grand Prix, according to Red Bull boss Christian Horner. Verstappen finished second at Suzuka, falling only 1.2 seconds shy of beating Hamilton after closing right up to the tail of the Mercedes driver in the…

Vettel Gear Box Problem

Sebastian Vettel looks set to avoid a grid penalty for a new gearbox in Japan this weekend, after analysis at Ferrari’s factory showed his current one was not damaged in his post-race crash with Lance Stroll at Sepang. Vettel had feared a five-place grid drop for this weekend’s race at Suzuka, after he was involved…

Angry Ferrari Boss Makes Changes

An “angry” Sergio Marchionne says changes are being made to the Formula 1 team to combat the “ugly” reliability problems that marred its Malaysian Grand Prix. Sebastian Vettel had to start last at Sepang after engine problems affected his Saturday, while Kimi Raikkonen was unable to take up his second place on the grid due…

Renault Need Wow Factor

Haas team boss Gunther Steiner has been impressed by Formula 1 rival Renault’s upturn in form but says it has a long way to go to fight at the front. Jolyon Palmer scored his first points of the season with sixth in the Singapore Grand Prix to move Renault above Haas into seventh in the…

F1 Teams Confront FIA Over Secrets Problem

Formula 1’s top teams are set to confront the FIA amid growing concerns that the governing body’s former F1 technical chief Marcin Budkowski could be taking their secrets to a rival outfit. The issue was brought up in a meeting of top teams including Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull in the Sepang paddock on Friday,…

F1 Singapore – All The Talking Points

Formula 1 heads to its hottest race and the heat is firmly on Ferrari to deliver in Singapore, after being humbled in their home race by Mercedes last time out. The Scuderia were no match for the Silver Arrows at Monza, finishing over 36 seconds behind race-winner Lewis Hamilton – a deficit Ferrari boss Sergio…