Bottas Wheeler Dealer

Valtteri Bottas wants to avoid another one-year deal with Mercedes and firm up his Formula 1 future for “at least” the next two seasons. The Finnish driver won three races in 2017 after Mercedes signed him from Williams on a one-year deal to replace Nico Rosberg. He earned a contract extension for 2018 but he…

Red Bull Honda Problem

The “pressure” and “responsibility” of supplying Red Bull with a Formula 1 engine are key to Honda’s discussions with the team for next season. Honda motorsport boss Masashi Yamamoto met with Red Bull motorsport advisor Helmut Marko in Spain as Red Bull evaluates whether to end its long-running relationship with current engine supplier Renault to…

Vettel Slams F1 Safety Car System

Sebastian Vettel has criticised Formula 1’s virtual safety car system, claiming it is open to abuse from drivers. Vettel finished fourth in the Spanish Grand Prix, having lost two places to Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas and Max Verstappen’s Red Bull after making a pitstop under the VSC. Vettel admitted making a mistake in stopping his car…

Red Bull Can End On A High

Red Bull thinks it now has a car that can win the final two Formula 1 races of the year if it does not get hampered by more engine grid penalties. The RB13 has made big progress in recent races, and Max Verstappen added to his Malaysian Grand Prix victory with a dominant win in…

F1’s Future To Be Planned Next week

Formula 1’s future direction will be shaped by two crucial meetings and team bosses are eager to see what the sport’s new bosses have in mind. New owners Liberty’s concept for the 2021 engine will be presented at a gathering in Paris on Tuesday, which will be attended by teams and current and potential suppliers….

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…