by Mark J. Cipolloni Lewis Hamilton won his 2nd F1 world title (his first in 2008) with a perfect drive in the season finale of the 2014 season in Abu Dhabi. Hamilton smoked Rosberg from 2nd at the start and then Rosberg's Mercedes began to have all sorts of mechanical problems and his title hopes faded as he lost position after position. In the end the better driver won as Hamilton's race win total of 11 more than doubled Rosberg's 5 even though Rosberg won more poles.
As Mercedes power goes 1-2-3-4 Nico Rosberg for the 11th time this year beat Lewis Hamilton to take pole for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix with a 1m40.48s lap, the fastest of the weekend. The Mercedes team led a Mercedes engine 1-2-3-4 as the engine is now 99% of F1. The driver means almost nothing. Without a Mercedes engine you are nowhere. Valtteri Bottas will start third and his Williams teammate Felipe Massa 4th.
Formula 1 TEAM REPRESENTATIVES Federico GASTALDI (Lotus) Finbarr O'CONNELL (Caterham) Christian HORNER (Red Bull Racing) Otmar SZAFNAUER (Force India) Toto WOLFF (Mercedes) Claire WILLIAMS (Williams) Marco MATTIACCI (Ferrari)
by Brian Carroccio The 2014 Formula One 2014 season will come to a conclusion this weekend at the on Yas Island, outside the capital of the United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi. It will be the sixth time the 3.451 mile, 22-turn Yas Marina Circuit has played host to the Grand Prix circus, fourth time as a season-finale. Once again, the race will be run as a day into night, with floodlighting illuminating the picturesque circuit.
Bernie isn't a senile dinosaur, ready for pasture just yet
by Brian Carroccio Bernie Ecclestone caused a bit of a stir last week. In an interview with Campaign Asia that left many incredulous, Formula One's commercial chief seemed to arrogantly dismiss amongst a host of things, the value of social media and the importance of Formula 1 attracting younger fans. And as you might imagine, Ecclestone's comments were not well-received. However, if you really understand Bernie's genius, he reinforced the belief that he is more than fit to lead the empire he created, because he understands the challenges before it all too well.
by Brian C. Mackey There is a mighty war going on. And most of us don't actually get to see it. I'm not nearly expert enough to determine exactly what the entire battleground looks like, how technologically advanced, or how robust the combat, but I do know that motorsports is one big cog caught in the middle of it. It is a war that is being fought on the front lines of marketing. I call it the war between mass media and the new digital age of targeted media. Or more generally, it is a war between mass media vs. digital media with motorsports promotion jockeying in a no-man's land somewhere between the two.
Another win for the superior Mercedes cars 1-2-3-4 Nico Rosberg stopped Lewis Hamilton's win streak at five by winning the Brazilian GP by 1.4 seconds at Interlagos as the Mercedes duo romped home. Hometown man Felipe Massa was third in another Mercedes powered car ahead of Jensen Button giving Mercedes power a 1-2-3-4. Sebastian Vettel was 5th and first in the non-Mercedes class of F1.
In F1 Qualifying at Interlagos Nico Rosberg took pole from teammate Lewis Hamilton by 0.033s and led a Mercedes engine sweep of the top-5 positions in qualifying for the Brazilian GP at Interlagos. Hamilton took the pole briefly from Rosberg, who led every practice and every qualifying session, but Rosberg came and took it back. Rosberg usually out-qualifies Hamilton, but on race day Hamilton always eats his lunch. Expect the same on Sunday.
by Brian Carroccio The Formula One circus makes its annual visit to South America this weekend for the 2014 Brazilian Grand Prix. It will be the 31st time Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace, better known as Interlagos, will host a round of the World Championship. Interlagos also hosted a non-championship race in 1972 won by Carlos Reutemann in a Brabham-Ford.
by Stephen Cox When is the last time we saw a race with only one meaningful pass for the lead that was this enjoyable? Watching eventual winner Lewis Hamilton stalk Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg for the lead was a sight to behold and well worth the price of admission. Everyone knew it was going to be a Mercedes race, but few expected such a classic dogfight between their drivers.
by Brian Carroccio Let's get this out of the way from the start. Saturday, when Bernie Ecclestone shockingly uttered the words "my" and "fault" in respective succession his motivations were not entirely altruistic. No, Formula One's commercial rights holder knew who exactly who held the leverage in the pending standoff surrounding Formula One's cash crisis: not him. With the 2005 U.S. Grand Prix six-car debacle still fresh in everyone's minds, and with Caterham and Marussia both missing the Austin race, Ecclestone knew he was staring down the barrel of a public relations disasters.
USGP at Austin Lewis Hamilton made it five consecutive victories for the first time in his career and extended his lead in the Formula 1 world championship to a commanding 24 points by beating main rival Nico Rosberg to victory in the US Grand Prix. The two Mercedes drivers were once again in a class of their own. Rosberg will be ruing another failure to convert from pole position, with only two of his four victories this season having come when he started on pole.
As Mercedes power goes 1-2-3-4 Nico Rosberg took a commanding pole position at the United States Grand Prix in Austin, enjoying a gap of almost four tenths of a second to Lewis Hamilton. Having seen his teammate top all three practice sessions and the opening segment of qualifying, the German delivered on his Friday promise of having pace in hand by blasting to his ninth pole of the season. His latest success means he is guaranteed to out-qualify Hamilton over the course of the season.
by Brian Carroccio It's something of an odd paring to say the least. But after decades of showcasing itself stateside in casino parking lot, a clumsy infield road course, a few less-than-optimal downtown city street venues (one of which was said to be outdrawn by an ostrich festival on the same day), or simply bothering to not visit at all, it seems Formula One may have found itself a home in America.
by Brian Carroccio This past week, it was revealed both the Caterham and Marussia Formula One teams would not race in this coming weekend's United States Grand Prix. It should be said that an in-depth analysis of the situations would reveal circumstances unique to each party. However, as unfortunate stories of complicated ownership structures, nine-figure debt tallies, constant buyout rumors and lap times five seconds off the pace both share much in common.
by Brian C. Mackey It's that time of year again. You know, the changing fall colors, the cooling air, pumpkins and most of all, we're deep in the sponsor hunting season of the fourth quarter. In reality, the search for sponsors is all year long, but this time of year is reserved for the most concentrated effort. But just like the seasons seem to be a little out of kilter, in recent years so has the sponsorship story. I used to think motorsports was at a crossroads. I don't think that way anymore.
by Brian Carroccio If reports are to be believed, Sebastian Vettel was moved to tears during the recent Japanese Grand Prix race weekend. It was in Japan, where the four-time reigning World Champion informed Infiniti Red Bull Racing Team Principal Christian Horner he would be leaving the team he signed with as a development driver in 1998; the team he dominated the sport with from 2010-2013.
Mercedes power dominates race As it has been all year, if you didn't have Mercedes power in the Russian GP you were nowhere. Lewis Hamilton led every lap to win the inaugural Russian GP at Sochi after his teammate Nico Rosberg handed him the race on a silver platter. Rosberg was 2nd after having to run the entire race on one set of tires after severely flat spotting his first set on lap 1 while passing Hamilton. Valtteri Bottas was third followed by Jenson Button and his McLaren teammate Magnussen - all with Mercedes power.
Hamilton nips Teammate for pole Lewis Hamilton beat his Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg by 2/10ths of a second with a time of 1m38.513s to secure pole for the inaugural Russian GP at Sochi as Mercedes powered cars ran 1-2-3-4. Valtteri Bottas was third quick for Williams/Mercedes and would have taken pole had he not tried too hard and run wide in the final corner. Jenson Button driving to keep his job, was 4th quick for McLaren with Mercedes power.
In rain shortened race as Bianchi to hospital injured On a wet Suzuka track Lewis Hamilton defeated Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg to win the Japanese Grand Prix shortened by an accident for Jules Bianchi and bad weather. Four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel completed the podium, despite a trip through the gravel at the Esses, while teammate Daniel Ricciardo beat Jenson Button's McLaren to finish fourth. Recently Vettel appears to have the measure of Ricciardo as the tables have turned.
As Mercedes power goes 1-2-3-4 His inter-team discipline served and free to be fastest again, Nico Rosberg beat Formula 1 title rival and Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton to pole position for the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka. The German who set the pace in Q2 put in a final fast lap of 1m32.506s.Hamilton tried to beat him, but a lock-up at the hairpin cost him and he ended up two tenths slower.
by Brian Carroccio The Suzuka International Racing Circuit will play host to Round 15 of the 2014 FIA Formula One World Championship with this weekend’s 2014 Formula 1 Japanese Grand Prix. It will be 26th time the unique 3.609-mile 17-turn figure-8 style circuit has hosted a Grand Prix. The Japanese Grand Prix has also been held 4 times at Fuji, most recently in 2008. Five prior winners of the Japanese Grand Prix will start Sunday’s race
by Brian Carroccio A lot has happened in the world of motor racing since the last time I wrote three weeks ago following the Verizon IndyCar Series finale at Auto Club Speedway. While I'll spare you the uninteresting details, an old injury that recently reared its ugly head has left little time for writing about automobile racing. Nevertheless, during that time, I've amassed quite a list of subjects for discussion. So, without further ado let's tackle some the more intriguing storylines from the world of racing over the past few weeks.
As Rosberg's car never starts Hamilton now leads championship With his biggest challenger (Nico Rosberg) never starting due to electrical issues, Lewis Hamilton used his dominant Mercedes car to easily win the Singapore GP over the Red Bull's of Sebastien Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo and the Ferrari of Fernando Alonso. As a result of Rosberg getting zero points, Lewis Hamilton now leads the 2014 F1 champion points and Daniel Ricciardo is now closer to the lead.
Hamilton over Rosberg by 0.007s Ferrari tried. Williams tired. Red Bull tried. But at the end of the day it was once again Mercedes 1-2 in qualifying for the Singapore GP. First Rosberg took pole but then Hamilton beat him at the last minute by just 0.007s. Red Bull's Daniel Riccardo will start 3rd ahead of his teammate Sebastian Vettel. Fernando Alonso rounded out the top-5 for Ferrari.
by Brian Carroccio The Formula 1 circus heads to the picturesque 5.065 kilometer, 23-turn Marina Bay Street Circuit this weekend for the 2014 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix. This will be the seventh time downtown Singapore has hosted an F1 Grand Prix. Once again, the race will be run during the evening local time, yet at a time similar to that when F1’s European races typically take place. There are three previous winners in the field.
F1 At the end of 2013 the FIA Formula One World Championship bid farewell to its normally aspirated V8s and embraced brand new Power Units that combined a hybrid V6 turbo engine with two energy recovery systems – the MGU-K that works under braking, and MGU-H which harvests energy at the exhaust. Monza's 2014 race offered an ideal opportunity to compare and analyze the performance of modern low downforce-spec F1 cars with their previous counterparts.
by Mark J. Cipolloni Lewis Hamilton has won the Italian GP F1 race at Monza over his Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg. Under pressure from his teammate, point leader Rosberg twice missed his braking point at Turn 1 and had to weave his way around the barriers. Losing two seconds each time, the second time he did it Hamilton was through for the lead and the win.
by Brian Carroccio With a lap time of 1:24.109, Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes AMG Petronas edged teammate Nico Rosberg by nearly three-tenths of a second to take pole position for tomorrow’s Italian Grand Prix. It was the 36th career pole for the 2008 World Champion and sixth of 2014. Williams Martini Racing swept the second row at Monza with Valtteri Bottas taking third and Felipe Massa fourth. McLaren Mercedes make it a Silver Arrows sweep of the top-6
Ricciardo wins at Spa as Mercedes teammates collide
Belgian GP Red Bull ace Daniel Ricciardo recorded his second consecutive victory and third of the year in Formula 1, as championship title contenders Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton collided in the 2014 Belgian Grand Prix. The Australian drove a flawless race to fend off the recovering Rosberg by just 3.3 seconds and record the third victory of his flourishing grand prix career. Valtteri Bottas was third for Williams while Kimi Raikkonen was 4th and Sebastian Vettel rounded out the top-5.
Belgian GP Nico Rosberg continues to prove he is the best Mercedes driver. In wet conditions at Spa Rosberg took his 7th pole position of the year and 4th in a row over his teammate Lewis Hamilton. So superior are the Mercedes that the rest of the cars were over 2 seconds per lap slower. Sebastian Vettel was third for Red Bull, his lemon Renault engine at least making it through qualifying. His teammate Daniel Ricciardo could only manage 5th best in the wet.
by Brian Carroccio All you have to do is merely mention the Kemmel Straight; Blanchimont, Stavelot, or Eau Rouge. Instantly, the spine of most any motorsport aficionado will tingle with delight. Yes, after a month-long summer break, the F1 circus will descend upon the glorious Spa-Francorchamps this weekend with the 2014 Formula 1 Shell Belgian Grand Prix. This weekend’s race will be the 70th edition of the Belgian Grand Prix, and 57th at the majestic Spa circuit.
by Mark J. Cipolloni Daniel Ricciardo is proving every race that he has all the makings of a great world champion someday. In tricky wet-dry-damp conditions at the Hungaroring in Hungary Ricciardo beat all comers in the inferior Red Bull Renault to get his 2nd win in his debut F1 season with the Red Bull team beating Ferrari's Fernando Alonso and Mercedes' teammates Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg.
by Mark J. Cipolloni With his teammate sidelined by a fire, Rosberg took pole for the Hungarian GP by whopping 0.486s with a lap of 1m22.715s in his superior Mercedes. Sebastian Vettel again beat his Red Bull teammate comfortably and will start on the outside of row 1, but nearly 1/2-second slower than the Mercedes. On Sunday it will be no contest as Rosberg motors off into the distance.
by Brian Carroccio Round 11 of the 2014 Formula One World Championship will take place this weekend at the 2.722-mile 14-turn Hungaroring Grand Prix Circuit in Budapest, Hungary. While the configuration of the circuit has gone through some changes over the years, the Hungaroring has hosted a round of the F1 Championship every year since 1986. Also, from a historical perspective the Hungarian Grand Prix was Formula 1’s first foray behind the Iron Curtain.
by Mark J. Cipolloni Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg won the German GP F1 race Sunday in an easy waltz as Mercedes powered cars finished 1-2-3. Lewis Hamilton came back from a 20th starting spot and bullied his way to the front in the 2nd Mercedes, breaking wings and bodywork of everyone he came in contact with - his signature driving style, to finish third. Valtteri Bottas was second for Williams holding off Hamilton to the flag.
Mercedes powered cars to start1-2-3-4 Nico Rosberg has won the pole for the German GP at Hockenheim in his Mercedes ahead of three other Mercedes powered cars giving the superior Mercedes power plants a 1-2-3-4 start on Sunday. Starting second will be Bottas followed by Massa and Magnussen. Rosberg's teammate Lewis Hamilton crashed out in Q1 trying too hard. He claimed it was brake failure.
by Brian Carroccio Round 10 of the 2014 Formula One World Championship will take place this weekend at the Hockenheimring in Hockenheim, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany near Berlin. It will be the 34th Grand Prix held at Hockenheim and ninth on the shortened layout that debuted in 2002.
by Bob Lefsetz You mean I need a bigger engine and a swoopy style to get laid? I just go on Tinder! Welcome to the baby boomer nightmare, wherein everything they’ve held near and dear becomes irrelevant. Like automobiles. Cars are a utility. So long Ferrari. So long Aston Martin. So long the SUV. Do you think kids want to own a big box with terrible mileage just like their parents drive? Just because cars have lasted a century, that does not mean they're here to stay, that does not mean they're not ripe for disruption. Cars are the newspapers of today. Something oldsters can't live without and youngsters can.
by Brian Carroccio Before a raucous home crowd, Lewis Hamilton took advantage of teammate Nico Rosberg’s misfortune and scored victory in today’s 2014 Formula 1 Santander British Grand Prix. It was the twenty-seventh career win and fifth of 2014 for the Stevenage, England born driver. It was also the eighth win in nine races for the Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 team. Rosberg led from pole at the start. The race however would be red flagged for nearly an hour...
by Mark J. Cipolloni On Saturday at Silverstone, Nico Rosberg totally deflated Lewis Hamilton's boastful ego by burying him in qualifying for the British GP on a partially wet Silverstone circuit in his 80 HP advantage Mercedes while Hamilton could only manage 6th best in identical equipment. Just this past week Hamilton said he was better than Rosberg. Rosberg had a point to make and he made it. Sebastian Vettel will start 2nd for Red Bull with Jenson Button delighting the partisan British crowd with a 3rd in his McLaren.
by Brian Carroccio Round 9 of the 2014 Formula One World Championship will take place this weekend at the famous Silverstone Circuit adjacent to the Northamptonshire villages of Whittlebury and Silverstone. The track, which sits on the site of a World War II Royal Air Force bomber station, hosted its first British Grand Prix in 1948. After some years rotating with other tracks such as Brands Hatch and Donington Park, Silverstone has been the home of the British Grand Prix every year since 1987.
Extends championship lead in Austria Nico Rosberg has done it again. He led a Mercedes 1-2 domination (parade) of the Austrian GP at Red Bull Ring before a crowd of 100,000 in the mountains of Zeltweg Austria be defeating his British teammate again for his 8th F1 win. Hamilton finished 1.9s behind Rosberg in second. Valtteri Bottas claimed his first podium finish in F1 in third, 8.1s off the lead and a comfortable 9.1s ahead of Williams teammate Felipe Massa. Fernando Alonso was 5th for Ferrari.
Massa leads Williams 1-2 in Austrian GP qualifying
Mercedes power starts 1-2-3 Using the superior Mercedes power unit coupled to a Williams chassis that loves fast sweeping corners enabled Felipe Massa and teammate Valtteri Bottas to lock out the front row for the Austrian GP at the Red Bull Ring. Nico Rosberg will start 3rd, Fernando Alonso will start 4th and Daniel Riccardo 5th. Mercedes powered cars will occupy 8 of the top 12 spots on the grid.
by Brian Carroccio After an 11-year absence, the Formula 1 circus returns to the Red Bull Ring this weekend for the Austrian Grand Prix. It will be the 26th time the circuit has hosted a Grand Prix. From 1997-2003, the circuit was known as the A-1 Ring, and prior to that the Osterreichring, which hosted 18 Grand Prix from 1970-1987. In 1963 and 1964 the Austrian Grand Prix was held at the Zeltweg Airfield Circuit. For this weekend, the circuit configuration will be the same as it was from 1997-2003: a 10-turn 2.688 mile track. Four-time World Champion Alain Prost has the most wins in the Austrian Grand Prix with three. McLaren leads all constructors with six victories. Ferrari is second with five.
At the Red Bull Ring - New venue for 2014 TEAM REPRESENTATIVES Eric BOULLIER (McLaren) Monisha KALTENBORN (Sauber) Franz TOST (Toro Rosso) Toto WOLFF (Mercedes) Christian HORNER (Red Bull Racing) Marco MATTIACCI (Ferrari)
by Mark J. Cipolloni In what was the best F1 race of the year because the dominant Mercedes cars had brake issues, Daniel Ricciardo's Red Bull Renault passed Nico Rosberg's ailing Mercedes with two laps to go to win the Canadian GP. Rosberg held on to finish 2nd with the other Red Bull of Sebastian Vettel coming home third. The last lap of the race was run under caution after a massive accident between Felipe Massa and Sergio Perez when the two touched in Turn 1.
Beats his teammate for 2nd race in row The Mercedes team continued their complete domination of F1 by going 1-2 in final qualifying for the Canadian GP in Montreal. The only cars to get into the 1m14sec bracket, the two Mercedes drivers only go as fast as they need to secure pole, and for the 2nd race in a row, Rosberg beat Hamilton by 1/10th of a sec. Sebastian Vettel's Red Bull Renault lemon actually ran the entire session without breaking down on him and he turned the 3rd fastest time but a whopping 0.674sec behind Rosberg.
by Brian Carroccio The Formula 1 circus will make the first of two visits to North America this coming weekend for the 2014 Canadian Grand Prix. It will be the 34th time the Ile Notre Dame, a man-made island in the middle of the St. Lawrence River, has hosted each of F1’s visits to The Great White North since 1978. Mosport and Mont-Tremblant previously played host to the Canadian Grand Prix.
by Mark J. Cipolloni Nico Rosberg won his 2nd straight Monaco GP Sunday leading from pole and never headed as his Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton ran close behind until he got something in his eye and had to drive the rest of the way with one eye closed. That allowed Daniel Ricciardo to close up on Hamilton as Hamilton fell back from Rosberg and eventually finished 9.2 seconds behind his teammate.
Mercedes again 1-2 of course Nico Rosberg was faster than his Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton during the entire qualifying session and in the final moments ensured pole was his by bringing out a late caution to prevent Hamilton from beating his time, though we doubt he would have. Last year's Monaco winner Rosberg is very fast at Monaco. Daniel Ricciardo will start 3rd just ahead of Red Bull teammate Sebastian Vettel. Fernando Alonso rounded out the top-5 for Ferrari.
by Brian Carroccio The Formula 1 circus makes its annual stop this weekend in the gorgeous principality of Monaco this for the Formula 1 Grand Prix De Monaco 2014. This weekend’s race will be the 72nd Grand Prix race held on the iconic Circuit de Monaco in the two-square kilometer principality on the French Riviera. The late Ayrton Senna has the most wins in Monaco with 6. Five of those six wins for Senna came with McLaren, the most successful constructor at Monaco with 15 wins.
Hamilton holds off Rosberg to win 4th straight in Spain
Spanish GP parade from Barcelona Lewis Hamilton held off pressure from his Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg by 0.6s to win his 4th straight F1 race at the Spanish GP. Once again the superior Mercedes cars led 100% of the laps and even lapped the Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen. Daniel Ricciardo was 50 seconds behind in third. 50 seconds! Sebastian Vettel finished 4th after starting way back in 15th in the Red Bull lemon. Valtteri Bottas rounded out the top-5 for Williams.
Hamilton and Rosberg will start 1-2 Lewis Hamilton claimed his fourth pole position of the 2014 Formula 1 season by outpacing his Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg to take pole by 0.168 seconds in a tense final-lap battle for the Spanish GP at Barcelona. With Mercedes continuing to make a mockery of the F1 field, the rest were battling for third and it was Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo who emerged as best of the rest, a second slower than Hamilton.
by Brian Carroccio After a three week hiatus the Formula 1 circus returns to action this weekend for round 5 of the 2014 World Championship with the Formula 1 Gran Premio Espana Pirelli 2014. This weekend’s Grand Prix will be the 55th installment of the Spanish Grand Prix and 24th at the Circuit de Barcelona-Cataluñya in Barcelona, Spain. Michael Schumacher has the most wins in the Spanish Grand Prix with 6, all in Barcelona. Ferrari has the most wins of any constructor with 12. There are six previous winners of the Spanish Grand Prix in this year’s field. Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso, a native of Oviedo, Asturias, Spain is the defending race winner and along with Ferrari teammate Kimi Raikkonen one of two double Spanish Grand Prix winners in this year’s field.
Son of former F1 driver Jos Verstappen This interview was done after Max Verstappens' very strong first podium visit (2nd place) at Silverstone a fortnight ago. However, after his even stronger performance this past weekend during the second round of the FIA F3 European Championship, with two pole positions and a maiden race win, the 16-year old Rookie is definitely a force to be reckoned with. Max Verstappen is the 16-year-old son of former Formula 1 driver Jos Verstappen.
by Keith Ori According to Wikipedia only two funerals, in recorded history, have had greater attendance by free will than Ayrton Senna's. They were the funerals of Pope John Paul II, who was just beatified as a saint, and the 16th president of the United States, Abraham Lincoln. Let that settle in for a minute. F1 drivers talk of the palpable electricity in the air before the lights go out to start a grand prix, but Senna's presence on the grid extended that mad tension to every single person watching. Jeremy Clarkson, in his amazing Top Gear tribute, concurred by saying, "Senna was spectacular every time he got into a car". That is the very crux of it; every time he raced there was the chance you might see something that defied credibility and reason.
by Brian Carroccio Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton scored his third win of the season in today’s 2014 UBS Formula1 Chinese Grand Prix. It was the third consecutive and 25th career victory for the 29-year old Brit, who began on pole and led every lap. Hamilton’s teammate and World Championship leader Nico Rosberg was second, with Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso third. Red Bull teammates Daniel Ricciardo and Sebastian Vettel rounded out the top-five in fourth and fifth respectively. The win was the fourth consecutive victory, and third consecutive 1-2 finish for the dominant Mercedes team, which has led every lap of competition in 2014.
Third of the year Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton claimed his third pole position of the 2014 Formula 1 season at the Chinese Grand Prix on a wet Shanghai track. With the track wet, Hamilton went fastest on his first run in Q3 then improved by almost half a second on his second run to ensure pole. Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo will start second, setting a time six tenths slower than Hamilton.
by Brian Carroccio The 2014 Formula 1 UBS Chinese Grand Prix will be the 11th running of the Chinese Grand Prix, all of which have been staged at the 5.5541-kilometer Shanghai International Circuit. Rubens Barrichello won the inaugural event driving for Ferrari in 2004. Fernando Alonso, also of Ferrari, is the defending race winner. Alonso (2005, 2013) and Lewis Hamilton (2008, 2011) are the only drivers to have won the Chinese Grand Prix twice.
by Pete McCole Championship-winning NASCAR owner Gene Haas announced today his newly-formed Haas Racing Developments will be moving forward with the creation of an American-based Formula 1 team after being granted a license by F1’s governing body, the Federation Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA). Haas’ new F1 operation will be called Haas Formula and will be based around the existing facilities of Stewart-Haas Racing in Kannapolis, N.C., as well as satellite operations based in Europe.
Including a dazzling video tribute to Andretti written and narrated Sam Posey In front of a capacity crowd of auto racing dignitaries, sanctioning group and series' representatives, corporate executives and champion race-car drivers, Mario Andretti was honored by the Road Racing Drivers Club at the "RRDC Evening with Mario Andretti presented by Firestone" prior to the running of the 40th Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.
by Brian Carroccio Force-India blew past a Ferrari. Four-time reigning World Champion Sebastian Vettel was asked to move over for a driver who has yet to record an F1 podium finish. Throw in the close, wheel-to-wheel racing we saw throughout the field, a closely contested battle between teammates for the win, and the spectacular visuals that accompanied Formula 1’s first night race in Bahrain, and yea, the 2014 Gulf Air Formula 1 Bahrain Grand Prix will go down as a memorable one.
Hamilton holds off Rosberg in 1-2-3 Mercedes sweep
by Mark J. Cipolloni Mercedes power has won the Bahrain GP finishing 1-2-3 in a waltz. Lewis Hamilton held off his Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg by 1.0 sec for the win ahead of Sergio Perez in another Mercedes powered car. It was Hamilton's first back-to-back win since 2010. Daniel Ricciardo was 4th in his Red Bull Renault with Nico Hulkenberg rounding out the top-5 in another Mercedes powered car.
F1: If you don't have Mercedes power, forget about it
Bahrain GP qualifying F1 is no longer about the best drivers, but the best engines. If you don't have a Mercedes powered car, you may as well stay home. Mercedes powered cars dominated qualifying for the Bahrain GP Saturday night with Nico Rosberg beating teammate Lewis Hamilton for his first pole of 2014. While Mercedes powered cars dominated the top-10, it's clear the Mercedes team is giving their drivers the best versions of those power units. No one is even close.
by Brian Carroccio To begin, allow us to point out that AR1 columnist Brian Carroccio had quite a week in the handicapping department. In his St. Pete preview, Brian had Team Penske’s Will Power winning. Likewise, in his Malaysian Grand Prix preview, Brian had Lewis Hamilton taking the win. Today, Brian will preview Round 3 of the 2014 Formula 1 World Championship, the Bahrain Grand Prix. Enjoy!
By Mercedes Team The Bahrain circuit is a real challenge: particularly for the tires in terms of overheating. Quite often you get sand blowing onto the track, which is one of the unique features of this circuit and throws another challenge into the mix. A dusty track will have less grip than a clean one, so you have to prepare for that to change even between qualifying sessions. The layout has a great combination of fast, slow and medium corners which make it tough for the drivers and the car.
Mercedes duo dominate race with superior car Mercedes teammates Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg did what was expected Sunday in Sepang, they waltzed to an easy 1-2 victory in the Malaysian GP. It was the 2nd straight race win for the German team, with Rosberg taking the win in Australia two weeks ago. Sebastian Vettel drove brilliantly to bring the Red Bull Renault home third as the lemon car appears to be getting a bit more reliable. Fernando Alonso and Nico Hulkenberg rounded out the top-5.
On rain soaked Sepang track In a classic battle of two greats, Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton has taken pole for the Malaysian GP on a rain soaked track. He just beat Sebastian Vettel in the Red Bull Renault lemon. Afterwards Hamilton and Vettel shook hands in parc ferme. They were only 0.055s apart in their pole battle with Vettel able to overcome his cars shortcomings with raw talent. Nico Rosberg will start third in the other Mercedes ahead of Fernando Alonso's Ferrari in fourth and Daniel Ricciardo rounded out the top-5. Kimi Raikkonen will start 6th in the second Ferrari.
IndyCar season preview - we rate the drivers for 2014
by Brian Carroccio There have been no rumors of buyouts and hostile takeovers. No CEOs have been amateurishly deposed. Sure, there’s been the occasional grumbling about such matters the upcoming season’s incredibly compact schedule and continued lack of television traction for the series. There’s likewise been disappointment from fans over popular drivers such as J.R. Hildebrand, Simona de Silvestro, and Conor Daly not earning full-time rides.
AR1's Brian Carroccio Previews the Malaysia Grand Prix
by Brian Carroccio
For this upcoming season, AutoRacing1.com columnist Brian Carroccio will preview all Formula 1 and IndyCar races. Below, is Brian's preview of this weekend's second race of the 2014 Formula 1 season, the Malaysia Grand Prix. Enjoy!
Leads from the start Nico Rosberg grabbed the lead at the start in Australia on Sunday from polesitter and teammate Lewis Hamilton and drove his Mercedes to a dominant 24.5s victory over local hero Daniel Ricciardo. The Red Bull driver made the most of the team’s extraordinary turnaround to become the first Australian to finish on the podium at home. An impressive debut drive from Danish rookie Kevin Magnussen led McLaren 3-4 ahead of teammate Jenson Button.
Pook makes case why Long Beach will benefit from F1
by Brian Carroccio Last week, AutoRacing1.com columnist Brian Carroccio outlined the situation in Long Beach. With knowledge of the costs associated with other F1 street races, Brian’s article raised significant questions regarding the financial viability of an F1 race. The article elicited a fair amount of response, both positive and negative. One such responder was AR1 reader Chris Pook. While Pook praised the "balance" of the article, he did take strong exception with some of the details noted in the article.
Hamilton snatches pole from Ricciardo in Australia
Australian GP At the end of a sensational first qualifying session for Formula One racing’s new 1.6-litre turbo era, Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton ruined a fairy tale for Red Bull, Daniel Ricciardo and Australia by snatching pole at a wet Albert Park on Saturday afternoon. The Briton’s gamble to stay on wet tires enabled him to deny the intermediate-shod Ricciardo what would have been a sensational maiden pole position.
From Melbourne TEAM REPRESENTATIVES Toto WOLFF (Mercedes) Eric BOULLIER (McLaren) Rob WHITE (Renault Sport F1) Stefano DOMENICALI (Ferrari) Claire WILLIAMS (Williams) Christian HORNER (Red Bull Racing)
by Brian Carroccio For this upcoming season, AutoRacing1.com columnist Brian Carroccio will preview all Formula 1 and IndyCar races. Below, is Brian's preview of this weekend's 2014 Formula 1 season-opener, The Australian Grand Prix.
Iconic MARTINI Brand Returns to F1 Racing as Title Partner of Williams MARTINI, the world’s leading vermouth and best-selling Italian sparkling wine, in partnership with Williams, today announced a multi-year agreement that unites two of the most iconic brands in Formula One racing, creating WILLIAMS MARTINI RACING. The iconic MARTINI Racing stripes will adorn the new Williams Mercedes FW36 race car that will make its race debut on March 16 in Melbourne, Australia, kicking off the 2014 F1 season.
by Brian Carroccio The car-crazy Southern California market. An incredibly loyal title sponsor. IndyCar’s annual chance to see and be seen amongst the Hollywood glitterati. And one gorgeous, if not perfect backdrop for 800 horsepower machines, are but a few reasons losing the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach would be nothing short of an unmitigated disaster for the IndyCar Series. But all those pale in comparison to this.
Photos to Follow..... The Marussia F1 Team will be targeting the first milestone of its fifth season of Formula 1 competition today, when it plans to commence on-track testing with the MR03, the Team’s all-new challenger for the 2014 season, at the Circuito de Jerez in Spain. The MR03 is the Marussia F1 Team’s design response to the dramatic and far-reaching technical regulation changes of 2014.
Four F1 legends inducted into Motors Sport Hall of Fame
at London’s historic Royal Opera House Racing legends Alain Prost, James Hunt, John McGuinness and Ross Brawn became the latest inductees to the Motor Sport Hall of Fame, as the renowned British magazine kick-started its landmark 90th anniversary celebrations in style with a star-studded ceremony at London’s historic Royal Opera House.
Nose raises eyebrows CT05, the Caterham F1 Team car that Kamui Kobayashi and Marcus Ericsson will be competing with in the 2014 FIA Formula One World Championship was unveiled today in Jerez, Spain. The first car to be fully designed and built at Caterham’s Leafield Technical Centre, CT05 is the team’s answer to the all-new F1 regulations that have come into force in 2014. The car will race in Caterham’s new all-green 2014 livery.
Will it take Vettel to his 5th straight title? Infiniti Red Bull Racing today revealed the RB10, our challenger for the 2014 Formula One World Championship and our first interpretation of F1’s radical new technical regulations. Unveiled in the pit lane this morning at the Jerez Circuit ahead of the first day of testing, the RB10 is powered by the Renault Energy F1-2014.
Innovative Silver Arrow powers into a new era of Formula One The MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula One Team today unveiled the F1 W05, its 2014 challenger, at the Circuito de Jerez in southern Spain. Ahead of the first morning of official winter testing, Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton took the wraps off the first all-new Silver Arrow to hit the track since 1954. The F1 W05 will therefore deliver over one third more performance from every unit of fuel consumed, a development story that places the new Hybrid Formula One at the cutting edge of automotive technology - and puts the sport on the same development path as the wider automotive industry.
Ugly as can be Two years in the making, the STR9 was revealed today at the Jerez de la Frontera circuit in southern Spain. The drivers Jean-Eric Vergne and Daniil Kvyat whipped the sheets off Scuderia Toro Rosso’s challenger for the 2014 Formula 1 World Championship in the Jerez pit lane, at an event organized by long time sponsor CEPSA.
Ahead of testing this week Sauber launched their C33 on Sunday with the new car featuring a much gentler slope in the nose than many of its rivals. Similar to the McLaren that was launched earlier in the week, the 2014 Sauber features a sharp nose where others have opted for flat or even two-pronged. The new car's front wing is also notable smaller due to change in the rules while the team have adopted a twin pylon mounting for the rear.
F1 The F14 T is the sixtieth car built by Ferrari specifically to take part in the Formula 1 World Championship. The name comes from the combination of the current year and the introduction of the turbo-compressor in the Power Unit. 2014 is an exceptional year in the history of the sport, with a raft of rule changes that commanded an early start to allow the ground up revision of every aspect of the car’s design.
In F1 the word ‘engine’ is no longer sufficient: now ‘Power Units.’ This year, the FIA Formula One World Championship is set for a raft of radical technical regulation changes. From 2014 onwards, the cars will be powered by avant-garde powertrain technology, with a powerful turbocharged internal combustion engine coupled to sophisticated energy recovery systems. Energy efficiency will reach levels never seen in the sport before, with two types of energy propelling the cars.
by Stephen Cox Doug Strasburg is an easy guy to talk with. His humble, soft-spoken manner belies a lifetime of motorsports experience and wisdom. The Mid-American Stock Car Series has thrived under his leadership despite being on the endangered species list not many years ago. When you disagree with Doug, believe me, you'd better do it on very solid grounds. The man knows auto racing.
At Autosport International An amazing collection of race cars and motorcycles will form a tribute to John Surtees’ life in motorsport at Autosport International next weekend, marking the start of 50th anniversary celebrations of the British legend’s 1964 Formula One World Championship. After taking seven motorcycle Road Racing World Championships, Surtees became the first man to win world championships on both two and four wheels when he secured the 1964 title with Ferrari.
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