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Lost in translation cause of China chequered flag debacle

Lost in translation cause of China chequered flag debacle

A single word, which triggered a misunderstanding, is what caused the early waving of the chequered flag at the end of the Chinese Grand Prix. Article 43.2 of the sporting rules dictates that if the chequered flag is waved early, even in error, the race is over. That is precisely what happened towards the end […]

Hakkinen slams Vettel for ignoring team orders

Hakkinen slams Vettel for ignoring team orders

Fellow Formula 1 world champion Mika Hakkinen has criticised Sebastian Vettel for ignoring team orders. Although Red Bull and the German driver have claimed that Vettel ultimately decided to let teammate Daniel Ricciardo past in China, initially he answered “tough luck” when the radio call came. Finn Hakkinen, the now-retired 1998 and 1999 title winner, […]

Lotus boss says Mercedes unstoppable this season

Lotus boss says Mercedes unstoppable this season

Lotus team owner Gerard Lopez has conceded that Mercedes is strolling to the 2014 Formula 1 World Championship title. Asked about the championship prospects of the Enstone team, who are still yet to score a single point after a disastrous start, he said: “First of all, we can forget about Mercedes. “They will continue to […]

Formula 1 must look beyond Ecclestone era warns Wolff

Formula 1 must look beyond Ecclestone era warns Wolff

On the eve of a trial that could send the sport’s long time boss Bernie Ecclestone to jail, Formula 1 is having to look into its future. If convicted of bribery in Munich, the Formula 1 chief executive could even be jailed. But if found guilty and not jailed, he would surely nonetheless fall foul […]

Lauda does not want Mercedes to win all races in 2014

Lauda does not want Mercedes to win all races in 2014

Niki Lauda is hoping that Mercedes’ rivals do not make it too easy for the German marque for the remainder of the 2014 season. So far this year, the dominant Brackley based team has easily won the opening four grands prix on the trot, having aced the all-new V6 turbo rules. It evokes memories of Ferrari in […]

Red Bull war of words with Mercedes shifts into high gear

Red Bull war of words with Mercedes shifts into high gear

Reigning Formula 1 world champion team Red Bull have told Mercedes to “shove that three-pointed star”, as a war of words between the two outfits shifts into high gear. Last week, Mercedes argued in Paris that rival Red Bull’s appeal against the Melbourne disqualification actually deserved a three-race ban. The FIA court did not agree, […]

Domenicali is a scapegoat says former Ferrari team manager

Domenicali is a scapegoat says former Ferrari team manager

Stefano Domenicali is just Ferrari’s latest scapegoat, according to Cesare Fiorio, a former Ferrari team manager . Fiorio, who led the Maranello team before the ultra-successful Jean Todt era, likened Domenicali’s departure to that of Aldo Costa, who left Ferrari three years ago. Designer Costa was responsible for the ultra-dominant 2014 Mercedes project. “It is […]

No Marussia name change after ownership split

No Marussia name change after ownership split

Marussia is not planning to change its name, despite the Formula 1 team no longer being owned by the Russian supercar maker. It emerged two weeks ago that the British-based team has split with Murussia Motors, who according to Russian reports is shedding staff and no longer making supercars. A team spokeswoman had explained that […]

Magnussen enjoys Button as teammate but won’t mind Alonso

Magnussen enjoys Button as teammate but won’t mind Alonso

McLaren rookie Kevin Magnussen says that he is happy having Jenson Button as his teammate, but he also says that he wouldn’t mind partnering Fernando Alonso. Alonso – arguably the most sought after driver in Formula 1 – has often been linked with a 2015 move to McLaren to spearhead the British team’s new Honda era. That speculation […]

McLaren should focus on track not court says Horner

McLaren should focus on track not court says Horner

Red Bull have ‘advised’ McLaren to focus on upping their game on track rather than taking the Formula 1 reigning world champions to court. A bitter spat has broken out between the British-based teams over a highly-rated aerodynamicist called Dan Fallows, who was recently due to start work at McLaren. But Fallows ultimately decided to […]

McLaren feeling effects of Whitmarsh absence says Lauda

McLaren feeling effects of Whitmarsh absence says Lauda

McLaren is going through a ‘Whitmarsh’ effect, according to Formula 1 legend Niki Lauda. Just two weeks ago in Bahrain, Jenson Button said the only quicker car in the field was the dominant Mercedes. But in China, both the 2009 world champion and Kevin Magnussen were non points-scoring midfielders. Button sounded particularly frustrated. “I don’t […]

Lauda predicts focused Hamilton on course for second F1 title

Lauda predicts focused Hamilton on course for second F1 title

Lewis Hamilton’s first ever Formula 1 hat-trick, took his tally to 25 victories drawing level with Austrian legend Niki Lauda who believes the Briton is on course for his second world title in 2014. “The only thing he has perhaps sometimes neglected in the past was the full focus,” Lauda said in Shanghai. “He was bringing the dogs […]

Alonso: I think this podium should be dedicated to Stefano Domenicali

Alonso: I think this podium should be dedicated to Stefano Domenicali

Fernando Alonso earned Ferrari their first podium finish of the Formula One season on Sunday and handed some of the credit to former team boss Stefano Domenicali. The Spaniard said his third place in China, the fourth race of the year, was a confidence boost for Formula One’s most glamorous team after a difficult start […]

Caterham: The final result is not exactly what we wanted to achieve

Caterham: The final result is not exactly what we wanted to achieve

Caterham team and drivers report from the Chinese Grand Prix, Round 4 of the 2014 Formula 1 World Championship, at Shanghai International Circuit; Kamui Kobayashi, car #10, chassis CT05-03: “Finishing 18th isn’t the final position we’d want, but after a really good battle with Jules I’m relatively pleased with how today’s race went. However, it’s […]

Ferrari: The result is a reward for the effort that all the team is putting into every area

Ferrari: The result is a reward for the effort that all the team is putting into every area

Ferrari team and drivers report from the Chinese Grand Prix, Round 4 of the 2014 Formula 1 World Championship, at Shanghai International Circuit; Fernando Alonso: “After a difficult start to the season, this podium is a confidence boost for the whole team, providing extra motivation for all those who are doing their best to close […]

Renault report on the Chinese Grand Prix

Renault report on the Chinese Grand Prix

Renault F1 Sport report from the Chinese Grand Prix, Round 4 of the 2014 Formula 1 World Championship, at Shanghai International Circuit. Three Renault-powered cars finish in the top ten with Infiniti Red Bull Racing fourth and fifth and Scuderia Toro Rosso tenth Infiniti Red Bull Racing move into second position in constructors’ championship Lotus F1 […]

Mercedes: The result looks easier than it actually was

Mercedes: The result looks easier than it actually was

Mercedes AMG Petronas took its third consecutive one-two finish and fourth consecutive win today at the 2014 UBS Chinese Grand Prix. Lewis Hamilton took his third victory of the season, with Nico Rosberg finished in second position. Lewis drove a lights-to-flag victory to claim his 4th win for the team and the 17th for the Silver Arrows […]

Red Bull: We know that we have a lot of work to do

Red Bull: We know that we have a lot of work to do

Red Bull team and drivers report from the Chinese Grand Prix, Round 4 of the 2014 Formula 1 World Championship, at Shanghai International Circuit; Daniel Ricciardo Finish Position: 4th, Start Position: 2nd “I started on the dirty side of the grid and had quite a poor getaway; I was spinning up on the line a […]

Force India: To have 54 points after four races is an excellent effort

Force India: To have 54 points after four races is an excellent effort

Sahara Force India continued its strong points-scoring form in China as Nico Hulkenberg finished in sixth place ahead of Sergio Perez in ninth. The ten points scored today leave the team with 54 points and third in the constructors’ standings; P6. Nico Hulkenberg VJM07-04: Tyre strategy: New Softs (11 laps) – New Medium (20 laps) – […]

Williams: It’s bittersweet as the car was quick

Williams: It’s bittersweet as the car was quick

Valtteri Bottas finished seventh and Felipe Massa 15th in the Chinese Grand Prix. Felipe had a great start but then had contact with a defending Fernando Alonso, whilst Valtteri was hit by Nico Rosberg who was braking hard in response to the action ahead. Felipe recovered to sixth with Valtteri in eighth before the first […]

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