The end of F1’s summer break and the return to racing is typically seen as the start of the second half of the season. The three-week gap between the previous Grand Prix in Hungary and the upcoming Belgian Grand Prix includes a two week period where all staff members in F1 teams must take a mandatory break, meaning even those on the phones and emails get rest which doesn’t come often in a sport which is rarely resting from January to December.
As the sport gets going again this weekend, it is sure to deliver more exciting action in the second half just like it did in the first. It may have been dominated at the front by Mercedes with an occasional threat from Red Bull, but all the way through the grid, there has been plenty to be entertained by. Continue reading
The world of Formula One remains in bated breath as one of its legendary figures lies unconscious in a hospital bed, clinging to life. Michael Schumacher has been in a critical condition for two weeks, with the only change in condition moving from life-threatening to stable, but still critical. Continue reading
Those hoping for a competitive and challenging season at the sharp end of Formula One would have been kept interested following the first four races and still enticed by the season’s half-way point. By the conclusion of a year which had tyres as the main talking point, most were just glad to see the chequered flag for the final time in 2013. Continue reading
Ferrari heads will have been turned by the admittance from Red Bull owner Dietrich Mateschitz that Sebastian Vettel would be allowed to move from Red Bull to Ferrari if the driver wished to, regardless of contract. Continue reading
Kicking off the first of three test sessions was a simple affair. All teams except for Williams attended with their 2013 cars with the main goal of the week being to ensure reliable running, without technical issues. Some were not so lucky, with Mercedes in particular suffering two dreadful days out of four while Ferrari enjoyed a much improved first outing for their new car compared to its 2012 counterpart. Continue reading
2013’s contenders for the upcoming Formula One season where wheeled out and pounded round the 2.7 mile Circuito de Jerez in south-western Spain in the first testing week of the pre-season period. The circuit has history as a race venue in F1, hosting races in the 80s and 90s, as well as the 1997 title-deciding race which clinched the one and only championship for Jacques Villeneuve. Following the race, a mix-up during the podium ceremony involving prize-givers resulted in the circuit being temporarily banned from hosting races. the sport has not returned to the venue for a race since, though it has become a familiar and constant venue for testing. Continue reading
The first day of a new week heralded a new year for one of the most famous car manufacturers in the world. Mercedes have kept Nico Rosberg but Lewis Hamilton’s first day with the new car ensured that there was plenty of excitement around the team’s new acquisition. Continue reading