MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS concluded the second pre-season test at the Bahrain International Circuit today, with Nico Rosberg taking the wheel of the F1 W05 for the final day. Nico's time of 1:33.283 topped the timesheets and proved to be the fastest lap of the four-day test.
- The team's programme consisted of shorter runs this morning, followed by a race simulation in the afternoon
- We suffered from two red flag stoppages for our car, both for different reasons but neither of which are insur...[Read more...]
BAHRAIN – Seb posted a total of 59 laps of the Bahrain International Circuit on the second day of testing in the Gulf state, as the team made progress towards solving the reliability issues that have so far hampered our pre-season preparations.
Afterwards, Seb said his latest spell at the wheel of the RB10 had ended on a positive note.
'Definitely a better day today,' he said. 'We did more laps, so that's encouraging. It's good to check the car, check the reliability, but obviously ...[Read more...]
Sakhir, 21 February – A slightly more complicated morning than the previous two for the Ferrari F14 T, at the third day of testing for the Scuderia and ten other Formula 1 teams at the Sakhir circuit in Bahrain. On his first day, Kimi Raikkonen got off to a good start, carrying out aerodynamic tests, as well as working on set-up and doing some practice starts. Then progress slowed as the team had to sort out a telemetry connection problem, which although trivial took up a lot of time. It ...[Read more...]
MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS continued its programme at the Bahrain International Circuit today, with Lewis Hamilton back behind the wheel of the F1 W05 for the third day of this week's test. Lewis' time of 1:34.263 topped the timesheets for the day and proved to be the fastest lap of the test so far.
- The programme today consisted of short runs on the softer tyre this morning, followed by an attempted race distance
- A failure on the car interrupted the race simulation late afternoon; however Lew...[Read more...]
MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS continued its pre-season testing programme at the Bahrain International Circuit today, with Nico Rosberg taking the wheel of the F1 W05 for the second day. Nico's best time of 1:36.965 placed him fourth on the time sheets after 85 laps.
•Today's programme was focused on longer runs to simulate a race distance, with Nico completing 460 km in the car
•The plan was slightly hampered by two stoppages on track for the W05, both for different reasons
Lewis Hamilton will be b...[Read more...]
BAHRAIN – In the second pre-season test of the season, previous years saw the team hopping aboard a low-cost puddle-jumper to make the short trip to Barcelona and the Circuit de Catalunya. It's all change this time out, as of course we're in Bahrain.
The Bahrain International Circuit isn't a total unknown as a test venue – after all we were here for a tire test with Pirelli in December – but prior to that the Sakhir track hadn't been used as a proving ground since 2009 when Ferrari, BM...[Read more...]
Sakhir, 18 February –Scuderia Ferrari is now in Bahrain and team personnel are preparing the garage at the Sakhir circuit, where the second pre-season test gets underway tomorrow. There are four days of track action, running up to Saturday.
With the track located on the edge of the desert, temperatures are ideal for testing, currently hovering around the 20 degree mark. Less pleasant is the wind which is blowing hard today, bringing quite a bit of sand onto the track. One cannot there...[Read more...]
In the pages of Formula One history, the weekend of the 1959 German Grand Prix is usually remembered for a couple of incidents. One of those would see a providential escape. The other, unfortunately, would end in tragedy. Most unfortunate is the fact these two events, though very considerable in the annals of motor racing history, would largely overshadow what would end up being one of the most dominant performances by a Briton in an Italian car.
Tony Brooks had proven himself, his talent, wi...[Read more...]
The race would be long past its scheduled starting time. What happened? How long to wait? What if the race takes place without him? In so many ways, this aura of uncertainty surrounding a motor race would be a microcosm of what was happening in the country at large. However, in just a few moments, all of that would not matter at all. And, the cause for the unfortunate events would be a certain Ferrari 500TR, chassis 0690 MDTR.
The scene in and around the island nation of Cuba in 1958 would be...[Read more...]
Maranello, 4 February – The three test drivers available to Scuderia Ferrari this season for its development work on the F14 T and other racing and promotional activities are all well known names and faces.
Davide Rigon has extended his relationship with Ferrari for a further two years. Having started with some simulator work, Davide's involvement last year culminated with driving at the Silverstone test. Furthermore the driver from Thiene (Italy) will fly the flag for AF Corse in the ...[Read more...]
Maranello, 5 February – Kimi Raikkonen and Fernando Alonso have chosen 7 and 14 respectively as their racing numbers for this year. Both numbers have already proved victorious in Formula 1 on Ferraris, but their glory days are ripe for revival. The number 7 first appeared on a Prancing Horse car in the 1953 British Grand Prix on Luigi Villoresi's 500. The Italian started from sixth on the grid but retired with a technical problem while lying third. As for the 14, that was first seen on the Ferra...[Read more...]
MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS concluded the opening pre-season test of the 2014 season at the Circuito de Jerez today, with first Nico Rosberg then Lewis Hamilton taking the wheel of the F1 W05 for the fourth and final day of running in Spain. The team completed good mileage with both drivers, making use of both intermediate and dry tyres during the day to cope with the damp, changing track conditions.
Nico's best time of 1:36.951 (intermediates) from 91 laps saw him end the day in eighth position on...[Read more...]
Jerez de la Frontera, 29 January – A good start with Kimi Raikkonen and James Allison on the same wavelength at the end of the second of four days of testing at the Jerez circuit in southern Spain.
'We have obtained some good baselines from which to continue the development of the F14 T,' said the Scuderia's Technical Director, talking to www.ferrari.com. 'We are working mainly on car reliability and so far, we can claim to be reasonably satisfied because, even though we are talking ab...[Read more...]
The conversation, one imagines, would have gone a little like James Bond's briefing from Q, top mastermind of the British Secret Service, when Bond received his latest special order vehicle, complete with machine guns, bullet-proof screen and ejector seat...
Adrian Newey: 'Now pay attention Sebastian, you'll be using our new car, the RB9, with a few special modifications.'
Sebastian Vettel: 'What's wrong with the old one, she never let me down…?'
Newey: 'Boss's orders, I'm afraid. Now, ...[Read more...]
MILTON KEYNES, UK – Nothing says you've arrived in F1 more than standing on the top step of a podium and planting a big smacker on an enormous silver pot twice the size of your head. Trophies are what F1 drivers get up for in the morning and Formula One comes with a dazzling (and sometimes blindingly ugly) array of podium prizes.
From China's golden urn on a scarlet tripod to Japan's elongated chalice and on to the one Sebastian Vettel once described as looking like a strange six-legged dog (...[Read more...]
Approaching the conclusion of the 1967 it seemed a given Jackie Stewart would be driving for Scuderia Ferrari the following season. Even the Scot thought the deal was done. However, there would be a Belgian driving in his place. Jacky Ickx had shown great potential but the move to Ferrari seemed a bit premature. Such talk would come to an end on the 7th of July. Unfortunately, flame and smoke would overshadow the achievement.
Ickx had stunned all within the Formula One fraternity when he drov...[Read more...]
As the usual immense crowd gathered around the Nuburgring for the 1967 German Grand Prix, just a casual glance at the grid would not tell the real story. However, it wouldn't take too long before the crowd would begin to take notice of a Formula 2 car being driven by some young Belgian with a short, but interesting, last name. From that moment on, nearly everyone would know the name Ickx.
Jacky Ickx's talent was quickly gaining recognition and praise. However, at the beginning of the 1967 se...[Read more...]
Boadilla del Monte, 20 December – An end of year in the company of children and talented youngsters for Fernando Alonso, who spent today at a Karting Gala at the Santander Bank head office at Boadilla del Monte, near Madrid.
The Spanish driver, along with his colleagues and fellow countrymen Marc Gene and Pedro de la Rosa, handed out the prizes to the winners of this contest for young talent, who will also get the opportunity to have a test with the Ferrari Driver Academy at Fiorano.
Maranello 19 December – The engine which Scuderia Ferrari will use in 2014 is called the 059/3. A three dimensional preview of the powertrain that will be fitted to the Maranello Formula 1 cars as from next year, was shown today to a select group of Italian and international media, in Maranello for the traditional pre-Christmas meeting with President Montezemolo.
'As a result of the 2014 regulations, we no longer talk of engines, but of power units,' explained the Head of Engines and E...[Read more...]
Maranello, 20 December –The name of the Scuderia's car for 2014? It will be chosen this coming January by millions of Ferrari fans from around the globe through the Internet. President Luca di Montezemolo announced the news at the traditional pre-Christmas dinner with the Italian motor sport media at the Fiorano circuit.
Ferrari has always made good use of its website, and indeed the Scuderia was the first F1 team to present its new car on line, back in 1996. Once again this year, th...[Read more...]
MILTON KEYNES, UK - While Mark Webber's rivals relaxed at the end of a grueling 18-race Formula One season, the intrepid Aussie embarked on the cycling leg of his charity challenge in Tasmania. He was tearing along the dirt tracks near Hobart when everything suddenly went blank. Mark woke up in hospital after being hit by a car. His lightning quick reactions saw him get his torso out the way of its bullbars, but his trailing right leg didn't make it. The fibula was smashed in the impact....[Read more...]
The MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula One Team is pleased to announce two key engineering appointments for the 2014 season.
These two newly created roles will further strengthen the team's technical organisation, particularly in the fields of simulation and vehicle dynamics.
Mark Ellis will join the team as Performance Director in June 2014. Giles Wood will take up the position of Chief Engineer, Simulation and Development at the same time.
Both new recruits will join MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS ...[Read more...]
In his first season with McLaren, Emerson Fittipaldi enjoyed a strong start to the 1974 season. However, as the last half of the season carried on, strong results would be muted by early retirements. Just past the halfway mark of the season Fittipaldi had been leading the championship by a single point. Leaving the Italian Grand Prix, he was in third. Emerson's title hopes needed a lift. It would come in 'Kanata'.
The Italian Grand Prix would be an important race for Emerson Fittipaldi. He ha...[Read more...]
From the moment Fittpaldi responded by earning victory following the tragic loss of Jochen Rindt back in 1970, it was clear the Brazilian was a World Champion in the making. The question would be 'How long would it take?' In just two short years, and in front of the Tifosi, everyone would have their answer.
It had been a remarkable moment. Emerson inherited the lead of the 1970 United States Grand Prix with less than ten laps remaining. He had only just taken his place at Lotus at the British...[Read more...]
It would be a chaotic and ghastly sight. The twirling Lotus mass carried with it another of a brotherhood of drivers that were both very successful and wildly popular. It was another loss for Team Lotus. It was terrible when Jim Clark was lost, but Jochen Rindt's passing would be more than the team could bear. It seemed all hope had gone. But then there would be a young Brazilian, of whom most of the world was ignorant. However, all of that would change one day in the fall of 1970.
Emerson Fi...[Read more...]
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Sebastian Vettel was voted Overseas Sports Personality of the Year at the BBC's annual gala.
He's the second racing driver to win the award, following in the footsteps of Niki Lauda in 1977. He's also the third German: Boris Becker was given the award in 1985 and Steffi Graf in 1988.
Unlike the public vote, which determines the winner of the domestic award, the OSPY is voted for by a panel of 30 sports journalists. In recent times Roger Federer and Usain Bolt have...[Read more...]
Maranello, 14 December – It was a very special Christmas lunch for Felipe Massa, as he bid farewell to the Scuderia with which he has shared over ten years of his racing and personal life, having enjoyed a close link to this team and so many of its people over the years. 'We started together so many years ago and I want to thank all of you, mechanics, engineers, everyone who works at the track and behind the scenes in Maranello,' said an emotional Felipe. 'Each one of you has always given...[Read more...]
Maranello, 11 December – Pedro de la Rosa and Jules Bianchi will take to the track in Bahrain at the wheel of a Ferrari for the Pirelli organised test from 17 to 19 December. Apart from Scuderia Ferrari, three other Formula 1 teams will take part. While the data management and the daily schedule will be defined by Pirelli, De La Rosa's work at the wheel of the F138 over the first two days will be important in terms of defining the continuation of the simulator development work began by th...[Read more...]
PARIS – Sebastian Vettel and Infiniti Red Bull Racing were awarded their trophies for winning the 2013 Drivers' and Constructors' Championship titles respectively at last Friday night's FIA's annual Prize-Giving Gala in Paris.
Held at the Cité du Cinéma movie studios complex built by legendary French film director Luc Besson, the Formula One awards section of the evening kicked off with Mark receiving his trophy for finishing in third place in the Drivers' standings in his final Formul...[Read more...]
Maranello, 7 December –Yesterday evening, Cinema City in Paris hosted the FIA Gala evening at which the traditional prize giving takes place to honour this year's world champions. For the third time in his four seasons with the Scuderia, Fernando Alonso was present as runner-up, a result that had left such a bitter taste in 2010 and 2012, when the title slipped from his grasp at the very last. This year however, the result was accepted calmly, given the clear superiority of the winners as...[Read more...]