Effective from this weekend’s Singapore Grand Prix, drivers will not be able to call on much of the help from their team that they have enjoyed in the recent past. Questions over the radio to his team from a driver when on the racetrack during a session such as where the driver is losing team to a team-mate or rival and how to solve an issue the car is having will not be allowed. Continue reading
A number of days after he had denied rumours that he was to leave the Scuderia Ferrari Formula One team, Luca Di Montezemolo stated his intent to step down from his position of CEO at Ferrari. After 23 years at the position of company president, and a member of the team since the early 1970s, the 67-year old Italian said he was departing due to parent company Fiat’s flotation on the stock market, but it is no coincidence that it comes at a time where the F1 team has seen a barren spell of championship failure since 2007. Continue reading
Lewis Hamilton got the trouble-free qualifying session dry conditions that he had hoped for to end qualifying at Monza in pole position. His laptime of 1:24.109 was more than enough to fend off his team-mate Nico Rosberg for his first pole position for four months and give Hamilton a strong shot at cutting the 29-point deficit to Rosberg in the driver’s championship. Continue reading
Round 12 of the 2014 Formula One world championship may come to be seen as the pivotal point in the battle for the title. Nico Rosberg clashed with Lewis Hamilton for the the lead of the race on the second lap of the Belgian Grand Prix, forcing both men into unscheduled pit-stops which heavily compromised their races. Rosberg needed a new front wing, necessitating a pit stop which is longer than the usual stop for tyres only and went on to finish in second place. Continue reading
A dry and overcast day was the weather as Daniel Ricciardo took advantage of a clash at Mercedes to take victory at the 2014 Belgian Grand Prix. Following an incident between the two drivers at Mercedes which had Hamilton coming off the worse for wear and later retiring, Ricciardo pushed on from his strong start from fifth on the grid to overtake Alonso and Rosberg, as well his team-mate Vettel. From here it was a case of keeping it fast and on the track to see the chequered flag first. Continue reading
At a sodden Spa it was Nico Rosberg who smoothly took pole position for the Belgian Grand Prix. He beat his Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton by over two tenths of a second to record his fifth pole of the season. Continue reading
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