Letter of the month
The Japanese Grand Prix accident involving Jules Bianchi has raised many suggestions, ranging from stricter flag-waving to closed cockpits. The latter option, I believe, has its own dangers, particularly with regard to removing an injured driver from his car.
The solution appears, to me at least, to be simple. We see teams fret over the ‘risk of a safety car’,...
Singapore, Japan & Russia
Rd 14 Marina Bay, September 21, 2014
1 Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes W05 – 2hr 00min 04.795sec
2 Sebastian Vettel – Red Bull RB10 – 2hr 00min 18.329sec
3 Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull RB10 – 2hr 00min 19.068sec
Fastest lap: Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes W05 – 1min 50.417sec
Race distance: 60 laps, 188.749 miles
Pole position: Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes W05 – 1min 45.681sec
The Bianchi accident
Jules Bianchi was engrossed in a long-running battle with Marcus Ericsson’s Caterham at Suzuka. Both were driving exceptionally well in low-grip conditions in cars with very little downforce. Ericsson had recently made a breakthrough, a change in the Caterham’s brake-by-wire system giving him the pedal feel he’d lacked all year. Besides which, he was very much at home around...
The Bianchi accident, Montjuich Park 1975, Vettel and Alonso
In the hours following Jules Bianchi’s accident, several moments and conversations came back to me, one of them with Martin Brundle at Suzuka in 1995, in which he recalled the Japanese Grand Prix a year earlier. In appalling conditions – worse even than those at this year’s race – Brundle’s McLaren flew off the road at the Dunlop Curve...
The youngest member of Ferrari’s Driver Academy isn’t quite 16. Sam Smith spoke to a teenager who’s already making waves
A spectacularly quick young Canadian at Maranello? We’ve been here before... But while the legend of Gilles Villeneuve arguably grows by the year, a relatively unknown 15-year-old from Montréal is hoping to continue that unforgettable legacy.
Spotted by a Ferrari talent scout...
Rd. 11 Hungaroring, July 27 2014
1 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull RB9 1hr 53min 05.058sec
2 Fernando Alonso Williams FW36 1hr 53min 10.283sec
3 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes W05 1hr 53min 10.915sec
Fastest lap: Nico Rosberg Mercedes W05 1min 25.724secRace distance: 70 laps, 190.531 milesPole position: Nico Rosberg Mercedes W05 1min 22.715sec
Pre-race rain and an accident: the two crucial, and linked...
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As the 1982 Swiss Grand Prix (at Dijon…) entered its final minutes, Williams team manager Peter Collins started getting edgy. Keke Rosberg’s Cosworth-powered FW08 was catching Alain Prost’s slowing Renault, but the laps were running out and it was going to be close. As well as that, there appeared the...
The Motor Sport team shared responsibility for Formula 1 coverage last season. Here are some personal highlights of 19 Grands Prix won by five drivers on as many continents
Nigel Roebuck“When I think back to the 2013 season, I’ll remember primarily Vettel – and Pirelli.”
Sebastian Vettel recently said he was concerned that the new technical regulations for 2014 might have an adverse effect on the...
There are four British drivers on this year's F1 grid and another four in 6P2, in tantalising reach of the summit. We spoke to them about hope and ambitionwriter Simon Arron
Before we begin, it's important to appreciate the fragmented mess that passes for an international single-seater ladder.
The sport used to have a pleasingly simple structure, although starter categories varied according to...