Hamilton Versus Vettel Once Again

The Formula 1 championship battle may be over, but there is plenty pride at stake at this weekend’s season finale in Abu Dhabi. Lewis Hamilton clinched his fourth world title in Mexico but the Mercedes driver had hoped to finish the season in more glittering form. Ninth in Mexico followed by fourth in Brazil is…

Hamilton Astonishing Says Wolf

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff reckons Lewis Hamilton had the potential to win Formula 1’s Brazilian Grand Prix from the pitlane after his “astonishing” drive that just fell short of a podium. The world champion had to start from the pits at Interlagos following a crash in qualifying that prompted the fitting of a new specification…

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…

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…