Leclerc would welcome Hamilton at Ferrari

4 Dec

Hamilton’s Mercedes contract will expire at the end of next season, and was strongly linked with Ferrari across the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix weekend having allegedly met with Ferrari chairman John Elkann this year.Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto also…

Ferrari lost 2019 battle in 2018, says Binotto

4 Dec

The Italian team started pre-season testing strongly but that did not translate into results at the start of the year, and it had to wait until the Belgian Grand Prix – after F1’s summer break – for its first win.It eventually scored just three victori…

Whiting played role in Zandvoort banking idea

4 Dec

The Dutch track will return to the Formula 1 calendar next year, and a banking will be created for the final corner in an attempt to boost the chances of overtaking at the end of the straight.The Arie Luyendyk corner will be angled at 32 percent – the …

Abu Dhabi showed F1 still needs DRS, say drivers

3 Dec

A computer server problem early in the Yas Marina race prompted the FIA to disable DRS until lap 18 of the F1 season finale – with it working flawlessly from then on.Although some fans have long argued for DRS to be dropped because it is too much of a …

French GP mulling major changes to track layout

3 Dec

In the wake of a far from thrilling race earlier this year, it has emerged that circuit chiefs have been in discussions with the FIA and FOM to find ways to make the venue better for overtaking.Those talks are focusing on three key changes to the venue…

Honda apologises to Verstappen for throttle issue

2 Dec

After Verstappen made his sole pitstop just before the halfway mark of the race, he started to report a problem with throttle response in his Honda-powered Red Bull.The issue did not stop him catching and passing Charles Leclerc’s Ferrari for second in…

Wolff: Abu Dhabi test no benchmark for Russell

2 Dec

Russell will drive for his regular team on Tuesday morning at the start of the two-day 2020 tyre test before handing the FW42 over to ex-F2 driver Roy Nissany for the afternoon.He will then drive the Mercedes W10 on Wednesday, after Valtteri Bottas run…

Vettel mocks claim he’s about to leave F1

2 Dec

The Ferrari driver has a deal that runs until the end of 2020 but there has been speculation over his future since the start of this year, ahead of his first campaign alongside rising star Charles Leclerc.That has been compounded by a difficult season …

F1 boss Carey says no decision on Bratches yet

2 Dec

Bratches, who took on the role as one of Carey’s key lieutenants when Liberty Media gained control of the sport at the start of 2016, is known to have issues with the amount of travelling involved.His family is still based in the USA, while he works ou…

Sainz: Last-lap move felt like world title decider

2 Dec

The Spaniard had to finish in the top 10 to guarantee himself a top six finish in the drivers’ championship, but was running 11th on the final lap behind Hulkenberg.He was not quite close enough to the German under braking at the end of the back straig…

Gasly “disgusted” by first-lap Stroll collision

2 Dec

A hit from Stroll’s Racing Point in the opening corner of the race turned Gasly’s Toro Rosso, whose left front impacted with the other Racing Point car of Sergio Perez as a result.This damaged Gasly’s front wing and nosecone, and though he made it back…

Verstappen hurt by throttle response issue

1 Dec

Following his pitstop on lap 25, Verstappen bemoaned multiple issues throughout the subsequent laps, suggesting he had a “handbrake effect” on the exit of the corners.Verstappen was eventually told he would have to “live with it” as the Red Bull team w…

Vettel admits he “must do better” next season

1 Dec

Vettel ended the 2019 season in fifth place in the drivers’ standings, 24 points behind his new teammate Charles Leclerc – which is one place behind the fourth place he scored in ’16.His season included high-profile mistakes in Bahrain and Italy, with …