Formula One Championship

  • Lotus already staring down long F1 season 09-03-2014 09:02 AM

    Madrid: The Formula One season hasn't even started and it's already looking like a long one for Lotus. This year is unlikely to bear resemblance to last season's impressive campaign when the British team opened with victory at the Australian Grand Prix. Just getting through F1's first race of the...
  • Hamilton confident Mercedes can deliver this season 08-03-2014 08:43 AM

    London: Lewis Hamilton believes his Mercedes Formula One team can live up to their advance billing as favourites when the season starts in Australia next week. "I think we're as ready as we can be for Melbourne and I'm more fired up than ever," the 2008 world champion declared on...
  • Felipe Massa upbeat about Williams' potential 12-02-2014 09:05 AM

    Sao Paulo: The solid performance by the Williams team in early testing has left Felipe Massa upbeat about the new Formula One season. The Brazilian driver had the second-best time in last month's tests at Jerez and said the "good start" could play to his advantage when the season gets...
  • Ferrari offer fans a choice of names for new F1 car 16-01-2014 08:47 AM

    Milan: Ferrari fans worldwide have been offered a choice of five names for the team's 2014 Formula One car with the outcome to be decided by them in an online poll and revealed on January 24. The Italian team said the first pictures of the car will be revealed a...
  • Test absence will hurt Lotus, says Sutil 09-01-2014 09:06 AM

    London: Lotus's decision to skip the first pre-season Formula One test in Spain at the end of January will put them at a disadvantage to other teams, new Sauber signing Adrian Sutil said on Wednesday. The 30-year-old driver told Reuters in a telephone interview from Switzerland that, with a new...
  • Kimi Raikkonen gets a new race engineer 18-12-2013 08:58 AM

    Kimi Raikkonen will be hearing a new voice over the team radio next season after Ferrari said on Tuesday that Italian Antonio Spagnolo would be race engineer to the returning 2007 world champion. How much assistance he will need remains to be seen. The taciturn Finn is well known for...
  • Unlikely that I will retain Force India seat: Paul Di Resta 11-12-2013 07:25 PM

    London: Scottish driver Paul di Resta has admitted that his future with the Force India Formula One team looks bleak. Di Resta, who has completed three seasons with Force India, said staying in F1 with the Silverstone squad was unlikely. "[Force India] are speaking to me every two or three...
  • Sebastian Vettel wishes historic F1 season could continue 26-11-2013 09:57 AM

    Sao Paulo: Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull wouldn't mind having a few more races in the 2013 Formula One season. Vettel was more dominant than ever on his way to a fourth straight F1 title this year, setting records and establishing himself as one of the greatest drivers of all...
  • Michael Schumacher declines to drive final races for Lotus 14-11-2013 08:46 AM

    Berlin: Michael Schumacher, the retired seven-time Formula One champion, turned down an offer from Lotus to drive the final two races of the season as a replacement for Kimi Raikkonen, reported Xinhua. Schumacher retired for the second time at the end of the last season, having failed to win a...
  • Webber in no mood to slow down after Formula One 08-11-2013 01:27 PM

    Mark Webber has no intention of coasting when he calls time on his 12-year career in Formula One at the end of the season and is determined to put Porsche back on top of the podium at Le Mans sooner rather than later. The 37-year-old Australian revealed in June he...
  • Sebastian Vettel takes title celebrations to Red Bull factory 07-11-2013 06:13 PM

    Milton Keynes: Four-time Formula One World Champion Sebastian Vettel brought the celebrations for his title win and the team's fourth consecutive Constructors' Championship victory with an emotional visit to Red Bull Racing's factory in Milton Keynes. Before meeting team employees at a private party at the team's headquarters Wednesday, Vettel,...
  • Kimi Raikkonen sent to back of Abu Dhabi grid 03-11-2013 09:27 AM

    Abu Dhabi: Kimi Raikkonen was sent to the back of the grid at the Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix on Saturday after his Lotus failed a post-qualifying inspection. Stewards said in a statement that the Finn, who had qualified fifth at Yas Marina and is third in a championship...
  • The partying can wait for determined Sebastian Vettel 01-11-2013 08:29 AM

    Abu Dhabi: James Hunt would doubtless have done it differently but Sebastian Vettel's idea of bliss after winning the Formula One championship for the fourth year in a row was a few quiet days at home. The partying can wait for Red Bull's 26-year-old German, the sport's youngest quadruple champion,...
  • Red Bull celebrate success with donuts at helipad 31-10-2013 02:13 PM

    Dubai: To celebrate winning the Formula One Drivers' and Constructors' Championships for the fourth consecutive year, Red Bull Racing ran one of their cars at one of the most recognised locations on earth, the helipad of Burj Al Arab hotel. Perched 210 metres above the sea, on a helipad 24...
  • Pirelli reschedule tyre test with McLaren 11-10-2013 12:15 PM

    Suzuka: Pirelli have rescheduled a tyre test with McLaren for Italy's Vallelunga circuit next month after Formula One's governing body rejected plans for it to be held in Austin, Texas, ahead of the US Grand Prix. A Pirelli spokeswoman said the November 11-12 test, of next year's tyres and using...
  • Sauber extends engine contract with Ferrari 04-10-2013 04:19 PM

    Yeongam: Formula One team Sauber says it has extended its engine-supply contract with Ferrari, providing a smooth transition into a 2014 season when the series will switch to V6 turbo engines. Sauber did not specify on Friday the length of the new deal - which covers engine, gearbox and the...
  • No plans for sole fuel supplier in F1, says FIA 03-10-2013 03:47 PM

    Yeongam: Formula One's governing body has written to team principals assuring them they have no intention of tendering for a sole fuel supplier despite a recent announcement raising the possibility. Leading teams derive substantial sponsorship from oil companies - such as Shell, Total, Malaysia's Petronas and Venezuelan state-owned PDVSA -...
  • FIA has 22 races in provisional 2014 F1 calendar 27-09-2013 08:39 PM

    Paris: The Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi is set to host its first Formula One grand prix next year after motorsport's governing body published its provisional calendar for what would be a record 22 races. The calendar will not be finalized until December but there is little reason to...
  • Lotus to put finances before driver decision 26-09-2013 06:50 PM

    London: Lotus have said they will put driver decisions on hold while they sort out the Formula One team's finances for next season. Team principal Eric Boullier told the autosport.com website that finalising a deal with new investors was more of a priority than hiring a replacement for 2007 world...
  • Countdown to Abu Dhabi Formula One GP in full swing 13-09-2013 02:23 PM

    Abu Dhabi: The countdown for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix is in full swing as ticket delivery for the November 3 race starts this week. Starting on Thursday, Formula One fans can look forward to getting their tickets for the Yas Marina Circuit race. "It is around this time every...
  • Mexico will amaze Formula One, says Perez 06-09-2013 08:19 AM

    Monza: Mexico's return to the Formula One calendar in 2014 after more than 20 years' absence will be one of the highlights of the season, the country's leading racer Sergio Perez said on Thursday. The McLaren driver, who will be hoping to have a car capable of winning his home...
  • Felipe Massa needs to show Ferrari results 29-08-2013 09:06 AM

    London: Ferrari would be happy to retain Felipe Massa next season but the Brazilian has to deliver the results, team principal Stefano Domenicali said on Wednesday. Massa's contract expires at the end of the season and his place at Formula One's most successful and glamorous team has again been called...
  • Hamilton expects Mercedes to be more competitive in Singapore 26-08-2013 03:42 PM

    Spa Francorchamps: British racing driver Lewis Hamilton expects the Mercedes team to be more competitive in the Asian leg of the Formula 1 season starting in Singapore on September 22. German driver Sebastian Vettel took the lead from Lewis Hamilton on the opening lap of the Belgian Grand Prix at...
  • Sutil sets 2nd fastest time on 3rd day of testing 20-07-2013 12:09 PM

    Silverstone: Sahara Force India's Adrian Sutil set the second fastest time on the concluding day of the young drivers test here and described the new Pirelli tyres as 'easier to handle'. Sutil and James Calado completed a combined total of 105 laps on the third and final day of the...
  • Webber's career call took Red Bull by surprise 28-06-2013 08:10 AM

    Silverstone: Mark Webber caught his Red Bull team on the hop on Thursday with the announcement that he was leaving Formula One at the end of the season to race Le Mans with Porsche. Team principal Christian Horner told reporters at the British Grand Prix that his Australian driver had...
  • Mercedes and Pirelli summoned to F1 tribunal 06-06-2013 08:42 AM

    London: Lewis Hamilton's Mercedes team and tyre supplier Pirelli could face heavy sanctions after Formula One's governing body summoned them to an international tribunal for allegedly carrying out a 'secret' test in breach of the rules. The governing International Automobile Federation (FIA) said in a statement on Wednesday that they...
  • Mercedes discussing engine deal with Williams 26-05-2013 12:10 AM

    Monaco: Mercedes are talking to Williams about a Formula One engine supply from 2014, the German company's motorsport head Toto Wolff said on Saturday. Mercedes are already contracted to supply their own works outfit, Force India and McLaren next year but the latter team have announced they will be reviving...
  • Smarter drivers will benefit in 2014, says Prost 24-05-2013 09:18 PM

    Monaco: Alain Prost, four times world champion and 'Professor' of Formula One, says radical new engine rules for 2014 will reward drivers who can add brainpower to the horsepower at their disposal. The little Frenchman, now an ambassador for Renault F1, earned his nickname in the turbo era of the...
  • Red Bull could benefit from Pirelli tyre changes 15-05-2013 08:21 AM

    London: Formula One world champions Red Bull could benefit from changes to be introduced at next month's Canadian Grand Prix that will make tyres tougher and longer lasting, supplier Pirelli recognised on Tuesday. The Italian company's motorsport director Paul Hembery hoped that would not be the case, however. "There have...